(Freyja, Freya) - Freya is one of the major Goddesses of Norse
Equal in prowess to Thor, Freya is nearly the equal of Odin,
the Allfather. The northern Europeans called their lusty Goddess
Freya (pronounced fray'ya), which means, "mistress",
and gave her name to the sixth day of the week, Friday. Freya
– also Freyja or Freia – is the daughter of Niord
and sister of Frey. She is one of the Vanir but came out of
Vanaheim to live with the Aesir along with her father and
brother. Her hall, Sessrumnir, is built in the field of Folkvang
in Asgard, the realm of the Gods.
She is the Goddess of Love and Beauty, one of the original
fertility goddesses of the region. Patron of young lovers,
Freya is viewed as a force for good in the world – protector
of the weak, healer, granter of magic and source of love and
peace. She listens to the prayers of men and women seeking
love and helps them when she can.
Beautiful, blue-eyed, golden-haired – Freya generally
appears as the most desirable woman in the Nine Realms. She
always wears Brisingamen, a wonderful necklace made from gold
and amber that she received from dwarves. Often appearing
unclothed to her followers, she is always described as the
most beautiful of women.
The goddess Freya's passions were abundant, vigorous, and
unrestrained. Clothed or not, she is usually shown in sensual
Freya didn't discriminate in her choice of lovers: All Gods
were fair game. When Freya appeared draped in her feathered
cloak and wearing nothing but her magic amber necklace, none
could resist her.
She is often depicted riding her golden chariot through the
skies, the chariot pulled by two large blue cats who were
a gift from the Norse god Thor.
Freya was a spectacular beauty known for her appreciation
of romantic music and stunning floral arrangements. That was
her softer side; she was also known as the goddess of war
Freya leads the Valkyrie, the Choosers of the Slain. These
warrior maidens ride over battlefields on winged horses, taking
the souls of noble warriors killed in battle to feast in Valhalla,
Odin’s Hall. Freya claims half of the warriors for her
own hall in Folkvang. This martial province makes Freya a
more fully dimensioned goddess than most fertility deities.
Freya taught magic to the Aesir, Odin in particular. Freya's
magic is termed Seidr - a type of trance magic whose fully
realized forms include shape shifting and astral projection.
Freya herself has a falcon cloak which allows any who wears
it to become a bird.
Cats are particularly sacred to Freya. In addition to the
two large cats who pull her chariot, other cats are generally
associated with this kind and loving Goddess. Whether it's
their grace, their beauty or their fierce nature when provoked,
cats are the special darlings of Freya, often carrying messages
for her. (Of course, sometimes they take a nap while enroute...)
The goddess Freya reminds us to explore and acknowledge all
of our emotions, longings, and traits, even those we wish
we didn't possess.
If you feel awed by the wonder of veins in leaves in the lush
green trees and feel your knees go weak at the joy of being
alive, the passionate goddess of love is working in you. Freja's
gifts are those that make us overjoyed to be alive!
Freja loves all things that give pleasure, she indulges in
love, romance and lovemaking - always walking in harmony and
beauty. Her power brings men and women together to create
new life, and she is the gentle goddess who ends life in order
to perpetuate the circle of life with love and trust. According
to Nordic myth she was also the Warrior Goddess who was hostess
to fallen war heroes in her great hall.
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