For the past year and then some, the goddess has had me on a journey of healing
(and we're making great progress, hallelujah!). Whether it
was the pain or the medicines used for it, many of my memories
have slipped away. Quite bothersome that is.
But I'm in the process of recapturing them as best I can,
photo albums in my lap. This I can tell you . . . memories
And today is Memorial Day in the U.S. It's the day
we're encouraged to pass on to the next generations the
significance of those who went before us, hoping that they will
not vanish or be overlooked as insignificant.
Some of us visit public cemeteries or family plots.
Many go to veterans' cemeteries, honoring these warriors,
knowing that their sacrifices have made our lives a little
safer. Some of ask the unanswerable question of why it had to be
But however we spend this day, and all the others, memories
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them."
~Robert Laurence Binyon
was a Norse goddess, a Valkyrie, who was also known as the
goddess of war and death. As leader of the Valkyries, she
had the right to claim half the souls of the bravest
warriors who died in battle (the god Odin received the
Actually going onto the
battlefield, Freya would gather them into her arms and
take them to spend the after-life in her home in perpetual
rest and recreation.
Thoughtful and compassionate,
she graciously invited their wives or lovers to come and
live with them.
Freya was also responsible
for comforting those who were dying, to ease their transition
into Valhalla (the "otherworld"), serving as a guide and
companion during their transition.
When Freya and the Valkyries
rode forth on their missions, their armor caused the eerily
beautiful flickering l Northern
Lights (in Greek
mythology, they are known as the Aurora Borealis, named after
Aurora, the Greek goddess of the Dawn).
The Goddess of Memory
:: Mnemosyne ::
Greek Goddess of Memory
by Frederick Leighton
Greek goddess of memory named Mnemosyne was, in her time,
honored as one of the most powerful goddesses. Consider this:
our ability to remember is a precious gift -- one that gives us
the ability to reason and to predict and anticipate outcomes.
Memory is the very foundation for civilization.
"art" of memory, once hugely important, lost much of its power
when it was practically rendered "obsolete" by the
invention of the written word. And even more so now that we have
instant access to knowledge via the internet. Who needs to
remember things anymore?
But, if you think about it, you'll realize that
memory is still very important because it's one of the magical
things that creates "bonding" in relationships.
It's not so important that you always have great
experiences together as that you somehow manage to create good
memories of your experiences -- even if the memory itself is
just a good story about a bad experience, it creates a powerful
Put another way, it is important to our futures how are memories
are framed, how our stories are written in our souls. Spend time
framing your memories well.
Or as one friend of mine used to say, "I try to
judge the value of any event in terms of its future anecdotal
So when the going gets tough in a relationship, just pull out
the photo albums and spend time together remembering!