Essences from magical places are reminiscent of ancient spirituality
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The Brothers Grimm achieved world fame and immortality through their literary work. Inspired by Clemens Brentano’s search for popular songs for the Des Knaben Wunderhorn collection, they first scoured literary texts for fairy tales. In the course of time they added more and more orally transmitted stories. Ultimately, Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm wanted to create their own collection of fairy tales for children from mythological and folkloric sources instead of just working for Brentano. They used their poetic freedom to merge several stories into one, to insert common proverbs and to adapt the whole thing to bourgeois conventions and the supposed childlike disposition.
Moving backward through time from 1812, the date the collection was first published in book form, reveals the origins of these stories and their significance for people of earlier ages. Fairy tales, myths and legends transmitted ancient wisdom, gave hope and gave life a spiritual meaning.
In Mother Hulda (in German her Name is Frau Holle) there are fateful events that give life a meaning. When a girl tries to cleanse her spindle of the blood from an injury, it falls into the well, whereupon she jumps in it to retrieve it.
Wells have always been regarded as entrances to the underworld, where one went after death. In a small settlement on the North Sea, a house was found over a filled up well in which a dead child between the age of one and two was found. Directly above was the house’s fireplace. It is believed that the fairy tale of the goddess of the underworld Mother Hulda is based on the actual event of the burial of a child in a well, because her realm can only be reached through a well.
As the representative of Mother Earth, Frau Holle was seen as similar to Freya, the main goddess of the Wanen, Frigga, Odin’s wife, or Hel, the ruler of the underworld. It may even have been identical to the latter. The English hell = hell is derived from Hel, and it’s not far from hell to hell. In the Middle Ages, Christianization was an attempt to turn her into a demon. Between 1008 and 1012, the Bishop of Worms, Burchard, noted that some people believed that a demon named Hulda was riding through the air with an army of spirits. It was this weather goddess who sent thunder and lightning and made snow fall in winter. This aspect can be found in the Grimm fairy tale as shaking out the feather beds, which makes it snow on earth.
On the Hohe Meißner in Northern Hesse you will find Frau Holle Teich, who has a long history. Historian Annette Rath-Beckmann assumes „that the Central European Holle was still worshiped as a great goddess in the Celtic-Germanic times and especially in the preceding Neolithic Age“. Jacob Grimm also considered Frau Holle to be a pre-Christian goddess, who was recognized in large areas of Germany under the name we know. Finds from the Stone Age show that the pond has been visited by people for a long time.
Despite the association with the underworld, the pond assigned to it is found on a mountain, and that is no coincidence. Frau Holle stands for karma and reincarnation. The path that one takes after death leads first into the underworld, where one is confronted with all kinds of tasks that correspond to those in life in the here and now. You have to prove that you have learned the lessons and are taking them to heart. That determines the course of the following life.
And this begins in the Frau Holle pond on the mountain. There the reincarnated souls are picked up as newborns by the stork and brought to their future parents.
Up on the mountain is the place of the second chance. Here, unaffected by human entanglements and emotional conflicts, one overlooks the path of life and can shape it accordingly.
The water of this pond gives us an essence of spiritual purification, non-attachment to the worldly and a chance to gain wisdom.