Day 5 – for Frigga
You are His Best-beloved and Partner in crime.
No One knows Old One-eye as well as You,
and No One else can match Him as easily
in wit and ruthless cunning (No One else would dare).
It is a game You play, Husband to Wife,
and as in chess, it is You, the Queen,
Who reigns most powerful on the board.
He delights in it, especially when
Your wit and cunning triumphs over His.
You are ever gracious in Your victories after all,
and He so loves that You are formidable and not afraid.
Who else could possibly know Him as well?
With what other Goddess could He be more Himself,
unmasked and unmasking, unburdened by the need
for complications and deceit?
Who else could bear the glacial fire of His affections
on equal and occasionally terrifying footing?
What a pair You make and together nothing and no one,
mortal or immortal, may thwart Your designs.
Let them try and it is Your twin laughter
that will follow them to their very permanent doom.
You only thwart each other’s plans,
and that has the rich delight and savor,
of an ongoing seduction
that will outlast the cosmos.
Hail to You, Frigga,
Whom Odin in His wisdom
May we contemplate this well
and grow wiser in our own relationships –
both our human ones and our devotional ones too—
so that we never need ask our partners to become small
in order to make ourselves feel competent enough.
Let us instead relish the dance of differences
and the challenge of ever-deepening respect.
Hail to You, Holy Goddess.
(prayer by G. Krasskova, image by G. Palmer)