Goddess Beiwe  

Posted by Stella Clark

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BEIWE IS A SCANDINAVIAN SUN GODDESS, AND THE SAMI PEOPLE OF FINLAND WORSHIPPED HER AS THE GREAT GODDESS OF THE SPRING AND MENTAL CLARITY. SHE IS THE POWER OF THE SUN AND FERTILITY; IT IS BEIWE WHO ENABLES THE PLANTS TO GROW, AND, HENCE, ENSURES THE SURVIVAL OF HUMANITY.

HER SACRED ANIMAL IS THE REINDEER, AND ACCORDING TO THE FOLKLORE, IT BELIEVED THAT SHE TRAVELS THROUGH THE SKY EVERY SPRING ACCOMPANIED BY HER DAUGHTER, BEIWE-NEIDA. THEY RIDE IN AN ENCLOSURE MADE OF REINDEER ANTLERS, BRINGING THE GREENNESS OF DEVELOPING LIFE TO THE ARCTIC SPRING AND THE LIGHT TO THE LANDSCAPES AFTER THE HARSH NORTHERN WINTERS WHICH ARE DOMINATED BY THE SNOW.

BEIWE CHASES AWAY THE WINTER AND RESTORES THE SANITY OF THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEMSELVES IN THE DARKNESS OF THE SEASON FOR SHE IS ONE OF THE FEW DEITIES WHO IS INVOKED FOR THE RELIEF OF MENTAL ILLNESS, AND AS SUCH, IS A PATRON OF THOSE OF US WHO WORK WITH PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. ALTHOUGH I REALLY HAVEN'T DONE MUCH STUDY ON IT AND CANNOT SAY FOR SURE, I CAN IMAGINE THERE IS A HIGH INCIDENCE OF DEPRESSION IN NORTHERN SCANDINAVIA SINCE THERE IS AN ABSENCE OF LIGHT FOR UP TO 22 HOURS PER DAY. MYSELF, ALTHOUGH NOT THRUST INTO TOTAL DARKNESS FOR SUCH A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, I TEND TO SUFFER FROM SADD IN THE MONTHS OF FEBRUARY AND MARCH. IF ANYONE KNOWS THE RATES OF DEPRESSION IN THE NORTHERN AREAS, I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO KNOW.

SO, WE CAN SEE THAT THERE IS DEFINITELY A REALITY TO THE FEELING OF BEING MORE OPTIMISTIC WHEN THERE IS A RAY OF SUNSHINE; PERHAPS ONE OF THE REASONS FOR THE TRADITIONAL LIGHTING OF BONFIRES IN WINTER IS TO CREATE WARMTH AND LIGHT.

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