July 29, 2019
Freyja and the Necklace by James Doyle Penrose, 1890
A word of caution. If you are trying to work with this deity, it is wise to be aware that Freyja does not live by humanly standards of morality. She lives to her own accord and will go by any means to obtain what she wants, as she is viewed as a Goddess of the untamed forces of nature. Freyja may appear to you and either gently motivate you in a direction or outright demand it!! She is a true Queen B!!
The fierce and powerful Freyja was the Norse goddess of many dueling aspects! While she was the goddess of love, sexuality, fertility and beauty, she was also a warrior goddess of death, strength, lust, and war itself. Freyja is also viewed as the Goddess of magick, because she was believed to be magick itself!!
She was a force of untamed nature and desires. If there was something that Freya wanted, she was above no moral standard to obtain her desires. One of Freya’s most notable correspondences is a beautiful necklace forged by 4 Dwarven brothers, known as the Brising Brothers. It is said that Freyja set her eyes upon this necklace and offered to trade anything for this piece of jewelry. The Brising Brothers asked Freyja that if they could each have a night in bed with her that they would trade the necklace to her. Freyja agrees to their terms and in return is presented with the “Brisingamen.”
While many interpretations have listed this as a time of infidelity to her then husband Odr, citing that Odr then leaves Freyja so that she may travel the earth lonely, I don’t see this as having any relation to one another, but alas haters are going to hate on ANY woman being powerful and fierce in her sexuality. While Freyja was the godess of sex, she also taught those who she engaged with in self love, beauty and acceptance. I’d like to think she did a solid for the insinuated “hideous” Brising Brothers.
In my research, reading and working with Freyja I have really loved finding all these powerful multi-layered aspects about her. For instance, as a goddess of war she sought to teach self-confidence, strength, and pride, not just the aspect of war itself, but what it takes to win the battle. Which is the aspect I’d like to discuss below on why we are working with her this month.
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