A few weeks ago I made a post about Aphrodite which triggered a post request from a subscriber. She follows the Norse Pantheon and asked if I would do a post on Freyja. Since it is still the month of love I figured I would make this for her.
Freyja is the goddess of love, sex, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr, war, and death.
Her symbol is the Northern Lights
Her sacred animals are cats and wild pigs
Her sacred plants are cowslip, primrose, and daisies
Freya was the Norse Goddess of beauty that no man could resist when she wore her enchanting necklace known as the Brisingamen. This necklace was made for her my four dwarves. They demanded that as repayment she spent a night with each of them in turn.
Although she had many affairs she loved her husband deeply and when he went missing she cried tears of gold. She set out to find him by transforming herself into a bird with her magical cloak.
When she found he had become an ugly sea monster. Freya remained by his side and became enraged when he was murdered, threatening to kill the other Gods. To placate her Od was offered a place in Valhalla despite not dying as a hero on the battlefield.
Gotten from https://www.goddess-guide.com/freya.html
Ritual for Freyja
It will be helpful to have:
A couple of candles
A space to set the candles and make a simple ve or shrine for Freyja
An offering to pour for Her (Mead is good, so is any sweet or strong drink. Lacking those, use sweet teas or fruit juices. Lacking those, use water.) The Lady is going to be your guest, so at least provide Her with the kind of drink you would offer to a mortal guest. There are many other gifts and offerings that are appropriate for Her; some are listed here.
First we do a cleansing. Most traditions have some sort of cleansing rite, to prepare you and the space for the presence of and interaction with the divinity that you are calling. Flames have been used to bless property in some places in Northern Europe, where a torch or light is carried to all parts of the property and the shadows chased out. Some Heathens call on Thor in the Hammer Rite, but as I don’t have a regular practice involving him and She is perfectly capable of helping with this work I call to Her for it.
Take a candle and light it. Say, “Sacred flame, in Freyja’s name, cleanse and bless this space. Banish from it all baleful wights and wills and make it whole and holy. In Freyja’s name, oh sacred flame, so be it. Hail Blotgydja!” Pass it in front of and around your body. Walk with it around the space, making sure to shine the light in corners and dark spaces especially. Set the candle down in the space you want to use.
Set up a space for Freyja. Include statuary images, or things that are important to Her, especially amber if you have any. Face your shrine and call to Her. You can say Her names, write out a wordy invocation (I like doing that, but that’s me) or sing to Her. Here is a sample invocation that you may use if you like:
Hail to Freyja, cat-chariot riding,
Hail to Freyja in passion abiding,
Hail to Freyja in red-gold lust screaming,
Hail to Freyja in deep seidh-trance dreaming,
Hail to Freyja on falcon wings flying,
Hail to Freyja in dwarven bed sighing,
Hail to Mardoll in brightness and beauty,
Hail Blotgydja in your sacred duty,
Hail to Freyja in passion and power,
Hail to Freyja, bright Vanaheim’s flower!
Hail, Freyja, Vanadis! Be welcome in your shrine, be welcome my home, be welcome in my life.
Now is the time to present Her with any offerings. It’s good to come with gifts when meeting friends, whether new and prospective friends or long term ones.
Light a candle for Her, and say something like, “I light this candle in your honor. May its warmth and brightness and sweet scent please you and bring you joy. Hail Freyja!”
Pour the drink for Her, and say something nice about it. “For you, Freyja, I pour this mead, the essence of honey transformed. May its gold be like your gold, its warmth suffuse you, its flavor please you, its honey give you health and power. Drink deep of it and may you find within it all that you want and all that you need. Freyja, accept my offering!” You can take a drink as well, sharing with Her if you like, just don’t do it from the portion offered.
If you have any other gifts for Her, talk them up and present them nicely to Her. It’s not inappropriate to sing to Her. She likes to have Her names sung and is known for a fondness for romantic and bawdy music.
Once you’ve given Her gifts, tell Her why you’ve called Her, even if it’s as simple as curiosity.
Then be silent. Spend some time being quiet internally and externally, eyes closed or focused on an image that brings Her to mind. You may feel Her presence as feelings of warmth and love. You may see or hear Her in your mind.
Or you may feel nothing. Sometimes it takes some time to recognize the presence of a deity and sometimes they just don’t seem to respond. The Lady tends to be responsive to people, and She’s been growing more and more present over the last few years.
After you’re done thank Her and leave the space to end the rite.
Spell to do with Freyja
you may burn a pink candle for Friday or an amber-colored candle to honor the goddess Freya. It’s completely up to you. Light the candle and repeat the charm:
Freya’s day is Friday, and the thirteenth is today,
Let’s work with these energies in a magical way.
Freya, mistress of magic, bless us with your wisdom,
As the candle burns away, the good luck spell begins.
This good luck candle spell is spun from the heart,
Worked for the good of all, with a Witch’s art.
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