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Frigg - Art Club

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Art Club

When she’s not planning homecoming or the next big banquet, you’ll find Frigg in the arts-and-crafts room, weaving her latest tapestry. Frigg is a total natural when it comes to weaving, spinning, and sewing: she even weaves clouds. She’s almost never seen without her trusty distaff, a tool for holding threads as she’s spinning. A majority of the members of this clique count weaving as their craft-of-choice, probably because weaving was considered the feminine art in their cultures.


The Gaelic goddess Brighid is associated with “high” things, which include high hills and high-rising bonfires, but also activities that require high-mindedness, like artistic creation. She is the patroness of blacksmithing, and is credited with creating a whistle the ancient Gaels used to call to one another in the night. Fancy!

Spider Grandmother

Many Native American traditions have a weaving grandmotherly figure. In some versions of her myth, she throws a sparkling web she has woven into the sky, creating the stars. In other versions, she is responsible for the creation of the universe when her thoughts and dreams weave the web of life. That's pretty impressive.

Athena (Minerva)

This Greco-Roman goddess of wisdom, warfare, and the arts was super protective of her reputation as a great weaver. When a human girl, Arachne, claimed to rival her, Athena punished her by turning her into a spider. You can read the story in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

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