Norse Fae Gods

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Gods: Short list

Freyr (Norse):  Said to be the owner of Ljiossalfheim, the home of the light elves

Odin (Norse): Associated with the Wild Hunt, who some sources say include Fey

Frau Holle (German): Associated with the Hiddenfolk

Frau Perchta (German): Associated with a type of Fey called the perchten

Hecate (Roman/Greek): In later periods called the Queen of Fairies

Nicneven (Scottish): Goddess of Witches and a Fairy Queen

Gwynn ap Nudd: Welsh God of the Underworld/Otherworld and King of Fairies

The Tuatha De Danann: All of the Irish Gods are associated with the fairies because it is said the Gods went into the fairy hills when humans came to Ireland

 

Fairy Gods:

The Lady of the Greenwood is a Goddess of potential, growth, healing and ultimately life. She nurtures and comforts as well as guides and inspired those who follow her and her energy is boundless fertility, sexuality and beginnings. She is often surrounded by green, sometimes clothed in it, sometimes with every growing thing touching her bursting into lead and flower. She is often accompanied by different animals, particularly deer, hounds, cows, bears, and rabbits. Her special bird is the wren and her tree is the rowan. Roses are her flowers. I often see her as a woman in her prime, full figured and smiling, with light brown hair. She is the soul of the forest and its Queen, the Queen of the Greenwood, the quintessential Fairy Forest.

The Lord of the Wildwood is a God of the physical. He is physical prowess and good health, a spirit of movement and action that embodies the will to live, to overcome, to win. He is the nurturing masculine element that guards and protects, but is also the sense of adventure that drives exploration and takes risks. He appears clad in shades of brown, from the light tan of tree bark to the rich deep brown of fresh green earth. His animals are the horse, stag, bull, mouse and fox. Hid birds are bluejay, pheasant and sparrow. His tree is the oak and his special plant is the foxglove. He is the spirit of everything that lives in the Fairy wood, its King, and he rejoices in lives well lived.

The Queen of the Wind is a Goddess of the deep dark time of winter, of renewal, introspection, and enchantment. She is the balance between death and life that creates harmony. A Goddess of magic, she is a seer who knows all gates without judgment and therefore is a deity of divination. She appears clad in white, her hair black and shifting in the wind that accompanies her. Her touch is rest, and peace, and relief, as well as magic and new beginnings. Her animals are white hind, the skunk, and cat. Her birds are the crow and the owl. Her tree is the birch and her special herbs are the nightshade and the bluebell. She is the spirit of timelessness that exists between the worlds, the essence of the luminal spaces of that which was, and is, may yet be.

The Hunter is a God of planning, tactics, and wisdom. He is the psychopomp who guides the newly dead into the next world and carries new souls into this world to be born. He is the blade separating life from death and the energy planting each new soul in the womb. Within him is the heart of every warrior, beating fiercely, the shrewdness of each predator seeking a meal, the ruthlessness and determination to make the hard choices and see them through the tough times. The Hunter is the guardian of everything living thing in the darkness of winter, and also the one who will bring death or grant life. His colors are black and grey, his animals are wolf, boar, weasel, and porcupine. His birds are the hawk and goose. His tree is the yew and his plants are the fern and dandelion.  He is the timeless moment that is always now: the instant before the arrow strikes, the moment when first it hits, and the blood flowing afterwards; he is all of these things at once and always.

 

Liminal Gods:

Donn- Irish God of the dead and the Lord of the Fairy.

Matronae- primal ancestral mother spirits.

Both of these straddle the fine line between the dead and the Fey – and we may say perhaps between the Gods as well putting them in three different liminal categories.

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