Goddess Erda  

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"ERDA "IS THE NORSE GODDESS OF THE EARTH; SHE EXISTS IN AND OF THE EARTH IN A CAVE WHICH WAS SET NEXT TO THE ROOTS OF THE GREAT TREE, "YGGDRASIL", THE WORLD TREE WHO REPRESENTS THE NURTURING OF ALL LIFE. AS THE "SLEEPING EARTH GODDESS OF KNOWLEDGE, "HER PLENTIFUL FOUNTAIN OF WISDOM FLOWS AT THE ROOTS AND WATERS THE WORLD TREE. SO MAGICAL IS HER WATER THAT THE TREE GREW SO LARGE AS TO ALLOW ITS LIMBS TO REACH THE HEAVENS.

ERDA IS THE MOTHER OTHER OF THE THREE NORNS AND IS ALSO THE MOTHER, BY WOTAN, OF THE NINE VALKYRIES. SHE HAS THE ABILITY TO SEE THE FUTURE AND POSSESSES A GREAT WISDOM, AND ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION, WE FIND WOTON ASKING FOR ADVICE FROM ERDA. SHE RISES FROM THE EARTH ONLY WHEN SHE SEES IMPENDING DISASTER.

AND, BECAUSE OF HER ASSOCIATION WITH FATE, THE NORSE THOUGHT THERE WAS A CLEAR CORRELATION BETWEEN ERDA AND THE ART OF DIVINATION. HENCE, THEY OFTEN TURNED TO THE EARTH ITSELF FOR GUIDANCE BY USING MANY ASPECTS OF IT AS ORACLES ANIMALS, BIRDS, THE SKY, AND EVEN THE OCEAN. THEY BELIEVED OBSERVATION OF THESE PHENOMENA COULD OFFER DIVINE ANSWERS.OTHERS BELIEVED ERDA COULD BEND THE POWERS OF FATE OVER WHICH SHE RULED.

"ERDA AND HER MAGICAL FOUNTAIN ARE INVOKED BY THOSE IN NEED OF WISDOM WHICH IS USED TO BEND THE POWERS OF FATE. "

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