reya The Goddess of Love
Freyja is the Goddess of love, but she is also associated with sex, lust, beauty, sorcery, fertility, gold, war and death. The name Freyja means “lady”, and can also be spelled Freya. She does not originate from the Aesir but she is from the Vanir, she and two other Gods were sent to the Aesir by the Vanir as a token of truce, in return, the Aesir also sent two Gods to the Vanir. Freya became an honorable member of the Aesir after the war between the Aesir and Vanir ended.
Freyja is the daughter of Njord and his sister Nerthus, and she has a twin brother named Freyr. Freyja is married to the God Odin, she has two children with Odin, their names are Hnoss and Gersimi. Some of the weekdays in our history originate from some of the Gods and Goddesses, and Freyja might be associated with the day Friday.
Freya is incredibly beautiful and she has many admirers, not just among the Gods and Goddesses but also among the dwarves and giants. She loves jewelry and other fine materials and she has quite often used her beauty to get the jewelry she desires. She has a big passion for poems and loves to sit and listen to songs for many hours. Freya has an unusual gift when she cries her tears turns into amber or gold.
Freya is living in Asgard (the home of the Gods), the name of her house is Sessrumnir and it is located by the field Fólkvangr which means “field of the host”, “people field” or “army field”. It is a place where half of the people who die in a battle go for the afterlife, while Odin will receive the other half. Freya is always given the first choice among the brave warriors after she had picked the ones she wanted, the rest are sent to Odin.
Freya loves to travel and she will sometimes take a ride in her chariot pulled by two black or gray cats. But she is also able to fly, by using her cloak of falcon feathers, which she willingly loans out to the other Gods and Goddesses in Asgard, when they need to fly to one of the worlds in a hurry. Freya also has a boar named Hildisvini “battle swine” which she rides when she is not using her cat-drawn chariot. It is also said to be Freya’s human lover, Ottar in disguise, and that is the reason why Loki consistently accuses her of being immoral by riding her lover in public.
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Freyja is the Vanadis – the Lady of the Vanir. Her twin brother Freyr is the current Lord of Vanaheim and Alfheim both. Their parents, also twins, are Njordh, Lord of the Sea and his sister, most likely the Earth goddess Nerthus. The lore implies that Freyja was originally married to Freyr before the first war was fought between the Vanir and Aesir. At the end of the war when Freyja, Freyr and Njordh were fostered to the Aesir as hostages in exchange for Honir and Mimir, the Aesir declared the sibling marriages of the Vanir unlawful in Asgard, and arranged new marriages for each of them over time. Freyja’s husband among the Aesir is Odr, who has since been lost, his identity and provenance is a true mystery, although one of the most common UPGs is that Odr is or became Odin. Freyja’s daughters with Odr are the treasures, Hnoss and Gersemi. In modern practice, we have found that the Vanir recognise both marriages, and Freyja often acts loverly towards Freyr, regarding Gerd not only as sister-in-law, but also as sister-wife. Gerd is the lady of Alfheim, as Freyr’s consort, leaving Freyja as the primary ruler in Vanaheim, although she still shares those duties with her brother and parents.
Freyja is indeed a goddess of love and beauty, of sex and fertility. In my experience, love is her primary motivation, and a deep, abiding sense of the beauty of all things is the core of her nature. She encourages self-awareness and self-worth regarding our own beauty and sexuality, and may be anything from achingly gentle to forcefully dominant in showing people what they are worth. I have known her to require people to stand naked in front of a mirror, repeating compliments they can barely stand to say or hear, as she guides them word by word in the act of learning to admire themselves.
She can be called upon to help with fertility in humans and animals especially, as well as the fecundity of the land. Fertility is not a metaphor to Freyja – if you ask for her help with fertility, be very clear what you do and do not want. While human sexuality may be used to empower the land, to drive artistic creativity, to bring those who love each other closer together, or even just for sensual enjoyment, if you start heterosexual fertility magic with Freyja, be quite clear what your boundaries are with regards to pregnancy, and do not be surprised if she is disappointed at the need for barriers. She will respect any boundaries you set for your own body.
Freyja is associated with all female animals, especially domestic animals in heat or giving birth. She has several specific animal associations, as well, each of which illuminate some aspect of her power. Her falcon-feathered cloak allows the wearer to fly, usually in the form of a falcon, demonstrating Freyja’s connection with shape-shifting magic – an aspect of Seidhr trance magic. Loki often borrows her cloak when he needs to solve a problem for the Aesir. A pair of cats work together to draw her cart, proving her sovereignty as a goddess. Women of great wisdom suggest the names Bygul and Trjegul – “Bee-gold” and “Tree-Gold” – for Freyja’s cats, to honor her connections with honey and amber.
* One of Freyja’s titles is “Mare of the Vanir”, giving her a connection with horses, and emphasizing her role as a fertility goddess.
* The Vanir in general are connected with swine, and Freyja is no exception; one of her kennings is “Syr”, meaning “sow”, and she is sometimes depicted riding a boar named Hildisvíni. Swine are also strong fertility symbols.
Freyja’s power and beauty are symbolized most strongly by the necklace Brisingamen. The four dwarven smiths, the Brising brothers, forged a golden necklace of unsurpassed beauty, which Freyja could not bear to let pass from her grasp. She offered them every object of value she could think of in exchange, but they wanted only service – a night in her bed for each of them. Some interpretations describe her acceptance of these terms as compelled by temptation despite the dwarves being hideous creatures. They describe it as infidelity to Odin, and many surmise that this infidelity is why he went away, leaving Freyja to wander the worlds weeping tears that turned to gold when they touched the land, and amber when they touched water.
I do not believe Odr left in a jealous fit over Freyja’s sexuality, nor do I believe Freyja scoffed at the Brisings’ request. I believe Freyja accepted their terms with aplomb and showed the dwarves their own beauty, and that doing so was well within her rights, as her husband Odin must have known. She traded for her beautiful golden necklace of power fairly, and in doing so gave us a model for appreciating the value of our own abilities and attributes.
Ecstasy Zenfold, Shaman of Sa’Jesuil