Busy weekend. Sunday was spent at a naming ceremony in Macclesfield. The Macc side of my wife's family were celebrating the naming of their child and we went along. Was held in a very pretty chapel - though I couldn't tell you where it was, despite having driven/walked there only yesterday.
Ceremony was Unitarian. Nice, but 'a little happy clappy' as my wife put it. Personally, I found it refreshing not to have any dogma thrown at me during the service.
Nice spread at the pub next door afterward - I particularly enjoyed the bacon (Frazzles-style) crisp and the selection of meat pies. Despite a few nice Marstons' ales on draught, I was driving so had to wait til I got home to placate myself with the remainder of the wine we'd opened the night before.
I've been spending some time thinking about Gullveig.
For some reason, the Aesir pierce her with spears and burn her three times...
This alone got me thinking of how those actions alone are reminiscent of a shamanic ordeal to reach altered states of consciousness. She is, after all, thought by some to become a great seer, a volva, after this ordeal. Three times reborn could be descriptive of her being reborn to take on another role. Of course, "piercing with spears" can also be a euphemism for something else... ;)
And the name, Gullveig. I am not sure precisely what 'veig' means, but Gull, iirc, means 'gold'.
Now, doesn't the norwegian rune poem contain the line:
"Fee (wealth) is a source of strife among kinsmen..."
Could Gullveig have been attacked precisely because she was (perhaps maliciously) causing strife amongst the Aesir?
I need to meditate upon this a little more, I think. Twenty minutes thought on the tram home last night maybe isn't quite enough to solve this particular mystery... ;)