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August Goddess of the Month : Freyja

July 29, 2019 0 Comments

August Goddess of the Month : Freyja

Freyja and the Necklace by James Doyle Penrose, 1890

GODDESS OF THE MONTH

AUGUST : FREYJA 
Norse Goddess of love, beauty, fertility, war, wealth, divination and magick

 

Correspondences:

  • Crystals: Amber, Rose quartz, Ruby, Citrine, Pink Tourmaline, Emerald, Red Jasper, Jade, Malachite, Moonstone
  • Metals: Silver, Gold, Copper 
  • Animals: Geese, cats, pigs, falcons, cuckoos, sparrows, and horses.
  • Herbs & Plant Materials: Apple, alder, birch, bramble, cypress, elder, feverfew, mint, mistletoe, mugwort, rose, strawberries, tansy, thyme, vervain, yarrow, and valerian
  • Dates: Celebrated on Beltane and Lughnasadh 
  • Zodiac: Capricorn and Leo 
  • Planets: Moon
  • Candle colors: White, Red, Black, Silver, Green,

 

Attributes:

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!!

 

 Goddess Gossip 

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.

 

What I love about Freya:

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.

 

Altar Decor

  • Weaponry or shields to symbolize battle, get creative with it! If the battle ahead you have is a writing deadline use a utensil of that medium as your significator ! (pen, pencil, paper etc)
  • An Athame
  • Awards or trophies, if you don’t have a physical representation of winning something, or are someone who “never wins” write out a letter of your goals!
  • Statues of Valkyries or Lions
  • Gold, Red or White Candles
  • Amber, Citrine or Malachite stones.
  • Her sacred herbs and plants: like Bramble (blackbberry), Cyrpress and Birch! (all have associations with willpower, success, and protection)

A Simple Ritual - Overcoming adversities with Freya 

  • Begin the ritual by drawing your magickal circle around you and your altar with the Athame, sealing off all energies that are opposing you. 
  • Take the candle and light while focusing on the battle ahead you have to overcome. 
  • Ask Freyja, the goddess of war to please join you, and aid you with the self confidence and knowledge of overcoming obstacles, and battles.
  • Place next to the candle your weapons for battle, now asking Freya to bless these items with her power
  • Meditate with Freyja, visualizing how she wants you to go about fighting this adversity.
  • Leave for her, crystals of manifestation and success such as citrine, malachite and amber as an offering. Amber was Freyja’s most sacred as it was said to have formed from her tears.
  • Give thanks to the Goddess, for her insight and strength as she will watch over you now in your obstacle to come. 
  • Close your magickal circle again with your athame and take with you the tool you have asked Freyja to bless, feeling her power flow through the instrument into you.
  • You may want to leave Freyja a little something extra and special, as she loved jewelry, and things of luxury. I’d leave her beauty products of high quality, to show your gratitude but it’s not necessary. 

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