The myths about Ergi

The myths about Ergi
This off course conflicts with the neo-pagan wiccan based Hrafnar Spæ groups who claim on false etymology that "ergi" refers to homosexual male (it does not) or that only women only should practice seiδr (another myth). Or that Freya had a seiδr cult (there is no evidence for this) There is no indication that such a cult ever existed -- or that Freyja has any association with fertility, for that matter; she is associated with sex and war. The central thesis of Price's book is that seiðr was an adjunct to combat, a form of battle-magic, which could in itself explain its association with Freyja who is herself a Battle as well as a Sex Goddess. For females in their natural sexual roles “Ergi” implies an overwhelming sexual lust and desire by the female for sexual intercourse. Both the terms œði and óþola refer to burning pains that afflict the genitals.

Regarding the word "ergi" you should look at the poem Skýrnismál, 36 st.,  
þurs ríst ek þér
ok þriá stafi,
ergi ok œði
ok óþola;

36. þurs I cut for thee,
and three letters more:
ergi, (lust) and oenði, (rage)
and oþola. (loathing)
So will I cut them out,  
as I have cut them in,
if there need shall be.

Ref: Thorpe B För Skirnis eðr Skirnismál
The Journey or Lay of Skirnir.
According to the Bergen rune carving;

Ríst ek bótrúnar, ríst ek bjargrúnar, einfalt við alfum, tvífalt við trollum, þrífalt við þurs[um], við inni skoðu skag(?) valkyrju, svát ei megi, þótt æ vili, lævís kona, lífi þínu g[randa], ...ek sendi þér, ek sé á þér, ylgjar ergi ok úþola. Á þér hríni úþoli ok ioluns(?) móð. Sittu aldri, sof þú aldri ...ant mér sem sjalfri þér. Beirist(?) rubus rabus et arantabus laus abus rosa gaua
I cut runes of help; I cut runes of protection; once against the elves, twice against the trolls, thrice against the ogres ... ... against the harmful 'skag'-valkyrie, so that she never shall, though she ever would-evil woman!-(injure) your life ... I send to you, I look at you (=cast on you with the evil eye): wolfish evil and hatefulness. May unbearable distress and 'ioluns' misery take effect on you? Never shall you sit, never shall you sleep, (that you) love me as yourself. [Latinate magical words] and [magical words] ...

Ref: N B257 (N B257) - Søndre Gullskoen, Bryggen, Berge inscription; c1335;
Norway. Bryggens Museum, Bergen, Norway;
The main question is this; How do you threaten a female to be homosexual or to lesbian? In my rationale this is an escape rather than punishment! There is a thought that the word "ergi" means lust and then you have a harmony in the meaning. Lust + madness + restlessness = forever crazy; but there is also the thought that "ergi" means to be without sex or celibate/impotent and that can also be considered a threat to a women, that is to say not to be able to have children, this understanding is received by looking at the text of Herodotus. The third solution to the meaning is a coward, to be considered the weaker sex, unmanly and a woman without having to be a homosexual, just a pure coward; remember who and what Snorri was. I suspect also the term Ergi is misunderstood in its original context and an Icelandic linguist I was researching this subject matter with suggests Ergi in its original context means to be impotent or not to partake of sex. Ergi in this sense within the semantics of this wording has nothing to do with being homosexual at all or unmanly. An important component in the semantic content got missed by scholars Ergask, the passive verb formed on Ergi shows how firmly fixed this semantic centre was; It means to loose one’s virility (karlmennska) cf. the proverbial expression sva ergisk hverr sem hann eldisk (of the loss of male potency in old age) (8)

8) ; Ergi actually means to*loose one’s virility* (karlmennska) cf. the proverbial expression sva ergisk hverr sem hann eldisk (of the loss of male potency in old age) Níð, ergi and Old Norse moral attitudes - Viking Society Web by Folke Strom pgs 17

My thanks to Tommi, a leading member of Iceland's  Íslenska Ásatrúarfélagið for many late night discussions on Ergi and how the West misunderstand its true meaning.