Some days ago i wrote about a goddess which i thought to be one of those goddesses people don’t talk much about and few know, but in this post i will talk about a goddess even more unknown than the previous one. Her name is Hyndla, and she is the Norse goddess of bloodlines and family trees, she is directly connected with the ancestors.
Hyndla lives in the deep northern mountains of Jotunheim in a frozen cave, this giantess-goddess is a very wise spirit who has the knowledge of bloodlines and family trees and also genealogy. Bloodlines and the history of every family is very important, the best way to honor our ancestors is to know who they were and what they did in life, all their deeds, learning from the steps each one of them took, they are the first figures in our lifes to give us the inspiration to build up our own personality. We might act in some things the way they did, and we can also learn from their mistakes and do differently. We can’t forget that someday we will become the ancestors of our decendents and they too will learn from us, in this way we have to show them the best of us. Hyndla is the right goddess when we need to know everything about our kin, she can see into the bloodline of everyone of us all the way back to the beginning. The other gods consult her when they need to know how someone might be related to someone else, or to know about the decendents of their mortal children and i mean this literally, the various sexual interactions the gods had with mortals. People consult her to discover unknown ancestors, where their family came from, what steps they have taken, but also to help figuring out genetic disorders and blood-illnesses. Hyndla also helps those who are adopted, if they desire to know their parentage, and those who are trying to find out about their ancestry. She knows everything that is to know about blood and she can help to get genetic illnesses diagnosed, however, she is not an healer, but she knows if that illness may be passed down through the blood to any child that might come from the person whose blood has any kind of illness, so people who might want to have children and are worried with this matter, they can speak with her.
Most of the time, Hyndla is sleeping, well.. what seems to be a very long slumber, actually is her way to send her mind into places she can’t physically go, a form of trance, spiritual journey. Hyndla appears as an old woman, very place with a long grey hair, and for a giantess, she is small, human-sized.
For those who can travel to the place where she is, it is often difficult to see her, like i said, she is “sleeping” most of the time and her cave is guarded by very faithful etins, so one might get the chance to see her and speak with her, when she is awake to eat or stretching her legs. She keeps hounds and wolves to make her company, large ones, there is even a tale of Freyja that comes to Hyndla riding a boar and asks Hyndla to accompany her in a ride with one of her wolves, in a discussion about genealogy.
In my personal opinion, knowing who our ancestors were, is a fundamental key to choose a very good path in our lifes to start our own big journey, and i have always been particulary interested in my own bloodline, which is in fact something that i’m very proud of in some parts, but that is a matter for another time. I feel somehow connected with Hyndla through my mother, in fact it is from my mother side that i have ancestry of both Norse and Germanic blood, but that is not the thing that connects me with this goddess, it is also and unfortunately because of my mother’s blood illnesses, that were passed down by my grandmother and grandfather, however, it affects women more than men and probably i also may have some of those diseases, but not that strong, in fact, i alway feel very healthy, but the problem is, that i am afraid that those might pass to my children but i think those illnesses in the blood didn’t came to me, only the future might tell, at least for now, i am fine.
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