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The Merseburg Incantations or Merseburg Charms (Germandie Merseburger Zaubersprüche) are two medieval magic spells, charms or incantations, written in Old High German. They are the only known examples of Germanic pagan belief preserved in this language. They were discovered in 1841 by Georg WaitzThe Merseburg Incantations are the only surviving instance of ostensibly pre-Christian, paganOld High German literature.

The first spell is a “Lösesegen” (blessing of release), describing how a number of “Idisen free from their shackles warriors caught during battle. The last two lines contain the magic words “Leap forth from the fetters, escape from the foes” that are intended to release the warriors.

In the second Merseburg charm, Phol is with Wodan when Baldur’s horse dislocates its foot while riding through the forest (holza). Wodan is saying as a result: “Bone to bone, blood to blood, limb to limb, as if they were glued”.

Figures that can be clearly identified within Continental Germanic mythology are “Uuôdan" (Wodan) and "Frîia” (Frija). Comparing Norse mythology, Wodan is well-attested as the cognate of Odin. Frija the cognate of Frigg, also identified with Freyja. Balder is the Norse Baldr. Phol is apparently the masculine form of Uolla, Sunna (the sun) in Norse mythology is Sól, though her sister Sinthgunt is otherwise unattested.

Deity of the Day: Frigg/Frigga



Frigga is a Norse Goddess. She is the wife of Odin, and ruler over love, birth, marriage, destiny, and the sky. She weaves the sky and fates, and is considered responsible for the fertility of crops (due to the rain and sun from the sky). She is considered the “All mother.” She is a “seer”; she knows fates, but does not change the course of them. She gave birth to Baldr (alternately called Balder), Hodor, and in some texts Wecta. She has many stepchildren: Thor, Hermóðr, Heimdallur, Týr, Bragi,Víðarr, Váli, and Skjöldu. Her attendants, Hlin, Gna, and Fulla, are seen as a part of Frigga. She took part in the Wild Hunt and was the only one allowed to sit on the High Seat other than Odin. Her name translates to “wife,” “beloved,” or “the loving.” She is sometimes depicted as in a chariot pulled by cats.  She is seen as alike Freya, but not the same.

Frigga is considered the queen of the heavens, the goddess of birth and motherhood, renewal, love, and housework.  Some myths say she has the ability to see futures, but not reveal them; others say she cannot reveal them. Call upon her for help with prophecies, any sky work, healing, inspiration, strength, fertility, love, renewal, marriage, household management, transition into the afterlife, motherhood, and domestic arts.

The best day to work with her is a waxing moon and Friday; it is named after her. Her element is water and the colors she is associated with are blue, white, and aqua. She is strongest at Yule. Things to offer her are falcon and hawk feathers, jewels, rose, sandalwood, myrtle, and wine. The New Year is also quite powerful/special for her. Plants associated with her are mistletoe, birch, mugwort, mint, rose, tansy, and Valerian. Gems associated with her are amber, moonstone, silver, rose quartz, emerald and gold.


Sacred animals to Frigga are the Cat, Hawk, and Falcon.  Cats have long been associated with magick and witches, starting in Egypt. They are known to be common familiars and are said to be very in tune with the super natural. They may be messenger for you, protectors, or just there to guide you in magickal practice.

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