12-14-12 Goddess Freya

Friday greetings from Western France!
May Freya’s blessings be upon you on Her day.
Areas of Influence: Freya was the Norse Goddess of love, beauty, fertility, war, wealth, divination and magic.

This Goddess belongs to group of Gods and Goddesses known as the Vanir who were associated with nature, wild
places and animals and unseen realms.

She was renowned for her beauty and no man could resist her when she wore her enchanting necklace known as
the Brisingamen. This necklace was made for her by 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.

She liked romantic love songs and bunches of flowers.

Freya was entitled to the souls of half of the bravest warriors who died in battle. She invited them to stay
with her on her land and extended this hospitality to their wives and lovers.

This Goddess is linked to magic and divination as she taught Odin Seidr in return for knowledge of the Runes.
She had the able to shape shift and to perform spells.

In modern times she has also become associated with the fairy realms and spirit realms as she is able to travel
to all of the nine worlds in Nordic cosmology.

She moved to the world of Asgard, her land is called Folksvang (folks meadow) where here hall Sessrumnir
(the many seated) is sited.

Freya is the ruling Goddess of the female ancestral beings known as the Disir that can be called upon for guidance
and to see into the future.

Her name means “The Lady” it is also often spelt Freyja.

This Nordic Goddess was also leader of the Valkyries.

Origins and Genealogy: This Goddess was said to be the daughter of Njord her mother is not known. She was the
twin of Frey and together they represented the untamed forces of nature.

In Norse mythology she married Od who many argue is same God as Odin. This confusion has also lead to suggestions
that Frigg and Freya are the same Goddess as both were married to Odin and had a magical feathered cloak.

She had two children named Hnoss (jewel) and Gemesi (treasure).

This Goddess took many of the Gods as her lovers including the trickster Loki.

Strengths: She represents female sexuality and the untamable force of nature.

Weaknesses: she is not bound by our current standards of human morality. She seeks to obtain what she desires
and does not take into account the wants and needs of others.

Freya’s Symbolism

Freyja is often depicted as a blonde Goddess wearing a Viking Helmut and carrying a sword.

She rode a chariot driven by two blue cats given to her by Thor.

Other myths say she rode upon Hildisvini a battle swine who is a symbol of fertility and a protective talisman for
those going to war.

She had a cloak of feathers that enabled her to fly in the form of a raven.

As a fertility Goddess she is linked to the full moon.

This Goddess is associated with the runes, the wheel of fortune and other forms of divination.

The Northern Lights were said to be caused by her traveling through the night’s sky with the Valkyries.

Pictures of Freya Pictures of Freya are difficult to find. This link is to an image produced by one of my
favorite Goddess artists, Thalia Took. The Goddess is shown wearing the magical Brisingamen necklace.

Sacred Animals: Cats and wild pigs.

Sacred Birds: Ravens.

Sacred Plants: Cowslip, daisies and primrose.

Sacred Crystals: Amber.

Freya’s Archetypes

The Shape-shifter

The Shape Shifter has the ability to change her physical appearnce. They are also able to adapt easily to different
environments by altering there behavior.

Shadow Shape Shifter is fickle ,lacking conviction and constantly reinventing themselves like politicians to appeal
to most people.

Freya is a shaman Goddess who is able to travel in the different realms by using her magical cloak to shape shift
into a bird. She also has the power to transform other people into animals.

The Lover:

Represents passion and selfless devotion to another person. It also extends to the things that make our hearts
sing, like music, art or nature.

The shadow aspect is obsessive passion that completely takes over and negatively impacts on your health and
self esteem.

Freya is a very passionate Goddess with many lovers yet she still care deeply for her husband Od. She also enjoys
romantic music.

Please follow this link to the Archetypes page to discover which other Goddess Archetypes resonate with you.

How To Work With These Archetypes

The Shape Shifter:

The Shape Shifter is a useful archetype to have if you need to be flexible or perform lots of different roles.

The shadow side asks whether your chameleon like tendencies reflect a deep insecurity and inability to commit
to any particular path.

The Lover:You may be drawn to this Goddess Archetype if you are looking to attract a new lover or to re-ignite
the fire in an existing relationship. The Lover can also be a useful tool to discover what you are passionate
about in life.

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