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Holda also is associated with lakes, streams, and wells. In theGrimm's fairy tale, "Mother Holle,"she is visited by two half-sisters at her home at the bottom of a well,where she rewards the industrious onewith gold but covers the lazy one with pitch. Holda as goddess of hearthand home presided over spinning anddomestic arts. She also symbolized virtue, wisdom, and womanhood.

Today, across the United States, Europe, and other parts of theworld, Holda is remembered, not onlyby folklorists, but by Pagans of many paths, who invoke her, give herofferings, and share her stories andtraditions in Winter Solstice rituals and celebrations. As Holda takes herYuletide ride this year, may shebring the world her blessings of peace, prosperity, and well-being.

For further reading:

Bates, James Allan, Doris Duncan, & Countess Von Staufer. History of Santa. Fullerton, California: Duncan Royale, 1987.

Farrar, Janet & Stewart. The Witches' Goddess. Custer, Washington: Phoenix Publishing, 1987. p. 230, 260.

Fox, Selena. "Frau Holda: Yuletide Goddess" in CIRCLE Magazine, Winter 2000, issue 78, p. 19.

Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. "Holda" in The Encyclopedia of Witches & Witchcraft, second edition. New York: Checkmark Books, Facts on File. p. 160-161.

Hilton, Edward. "Winter Goddess" http://des.users.netlink.co.uk/winter.htm, summary of "The Winter Goddess: Percht, Holda, and Related Figures" in Folklore Vol. 95: 11, 1984.

Karas, Sheryl Ann. The Solstice Evergreen. Fairfield, Connecticut, 1998. p. 51-53.

Leach, Maria & Jerome Fried, editors. Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend.
New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1972. p. 500.

Monaghan, Patricia. The New Book of Goddesses & Heroines. St. Paul, Minnesota:Llewellyn Publications, 1997. p. 127, 252.

Thorn, Thorskegga. "Holda" at http://www.thorshof.org/holda.htm.