|Captioned as "Holda, die gütige Beschüzerin". Holda, the good protectress. Published in 1882 Wägner, Wilhelm. 1882. Nordisch-germanische Götter und Helden. Otto Spamer, Leipzig & Berlin. Page 117. Friedrich Wilhelm Heine (1845-1921)|
The Netbook of Witches and Warlocks
By Timothy S. Brannan and The Netbook of Witches and Warlocks Team
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Holda, or Frau Holt, is the Goddess of Teutonic witches and Hags. She is seen as both a caring mother and a frightening hag a witch that calms children's fears or eats them. These polar opposites are common in many of the guises of the Goddess. Classic witches typically honour her ·good· side and Hags her evil one. Holda is often depicted as riding a broom or a giant flying goose. She can appear as a kindly old mother, a small child wearing all white or a viscous hag like monster. She is the goddess of spinning, vegetation and children. She is also a fertility goddess and her consort is known as the Wood Man.The Oskorei, or the Furious Horde, a legion of fallen heroes and others, who have died before their time, similar to the Wild Hunt of the Celts or the Valkeries of the Norse, follow her on her nightly rides. It is also believed that Frau Holt is the model for the children's storybook character -Mother Goose-.
Alignment: CG or CE
of Influence: Night, Mysteries, Witches and Hags
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