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Hel

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 Devotional candles for Hel: Norse goddess of the Underworld. Her birth is debated amongst many, but one commonly known myth is that she is the youngest child of Loki, the trickster god, and the giantess Angrboda.

She is depicted as being half corpse and half human: one side of her is rotting while the other is flourishing with radiant health. In one myth, Odin, the All Father and the chief of the Aesir, threw Hel down from the sky into the depths of the underworld from fear of her parentage and other prophecies regarding the role she would play in chaos and destruction. Hel embraced her new world and turned it into her own realm and crowned herself Queen of Helheim. 

Helheim, in some tales, was generally described in neutral or sometimes even positive terms, as there was no punishment or reward for moral behaviors for the souls of the dead. Her land was simply a residence for the dead, and Hel welcomed all to her kingdom. She was thought to be the receiver and taker of souls, appearing slowly in the wrinkling age of elders and in all fatal illnesses or plagues of the world. Sometimes, it is said that Hel is seen as an old hag who collected souls by traveling on a broomstick. Other pagan analysts suggest that her half-maiden and dark queen traits resemble the goddess Persephone, who ruled over the Underworld alongside Hades. Perhaps both goddesses are indeed the same, only serving different cultures and the people within them.

 Today, she is seen as a goddess of ancestral wisdom and teacher of the cycles of life and death. Evoke Hel for death-related practices, to connect with loved ones, for confidence, and assistance in shadow work. 

 

ɪᴛᴇᴍ ᴅᴇsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ:  Two 6 inch pillar candles rolled in locally sourced herbs. These taper candles have been ritually rolled in herbs associated with Hel such as cedar, apple, wormwood, and mugwort.

𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐓: These candles melt beautifully and are safe to burn indoors, however, PLEASE be wary of the flame. The more herbs, the bigger and taller the flame with be. Always supervise your candles while burning. These candles have very burnable botanicals. Some herbs may crackle when caught on fire, such as cedar and juniper.

Always burn in a reliable candle holder or in a fireproof dish.