Witches Should Not Overlook the Fascinating Powers of the Goddess Freyja

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There are many goddesses that modern Wiccans can invoke to perform their spells. We often fail to consider requesting powers from Nordic gods and goddesses, even though they have so many divine gifts to offer us. Witchipedia has a great article on Freyja, an overlooked goddess of beauty, fertility, love and magic.

Due to her versatile set of powers, there are many reasons witches can use Freyja to cast spells. As a goddess of magic, she can be especially helpful for new witches trying to enhance their powers.

Who is the Goddess Freyja?

Freyja (or Freya) is, in Nordic mythology, the goddess of fertility, love and sex. Unlike most of Asgard’s deities, she does not belong to the lineage of the Aces, but to that of the Vanes. He came from faraway Vanaheim with his father Niord and his brother Freyr, in an exchange that closed the war between the two families of gods.

In the lands of Asgard corresponding to Freyja, Folkvang, stands his Sessrúmnir palace, so impregnable that one can only enter it with the permission of the goddess, and which ends after his death part of the warriors fallen in combat (the goddess is entitled to half, as explained in the Eddas) and maidens, probably those who immolated themselves (real or symbolic) after the death of their loved ones. In Sessrúmnir, lovers separated by death meet.

Freyja is a frequent traveler that has visited almost every country. She is always looking for Od, her husband that she lost many years ago.  She is always filled with sorrow and often cries tears that turn into gold before they touch the ground. Many ancient scholars from the Nordic countries used to refer to gold as “Freyja’s tears” due to this legend. Some still use this term to this day.

In each place Freyja visited, its inhabitants gave it a new name, so it can be named in many different ways: it is Hörn (Linen), Gefn (The Generous), Sýr (The Pig), Mardöl (Shining in the Sea), Thrungva (That of the Shoots) and also Vanadís (Lady of the Vanes). “Freyja” means “lady”, and the names of her daughters, Hnoss and Gersimi, “treasure”.

Freyja has a shining necklace, the Brisingamén, which symbolises the cycle of life, made by four blacksmiths dwarfs: the Brisingos. The goddess found them when they were forging the necklace, and she liked it so much that she offered them gold, silver and other treasures in exchange. But the dwarves replied that they did not want riches, but to her: they would give her the Brisingamén if she slept one night with each one of them, something to which the goddess agreed.

Because of its beauty, Freyja is desired by dwarfs, giants, gods and humans, and they say that not even Odin itself is free from its influence. Although the Shining One is generous in offering her charms, she chooses her lovers with complete freedom, so no god can force her to take as a companion someone she does not want.

Besides being the goddess of love and fertility, Freyja is also the goddess of seid magic, the one related to the other world, which allows the dead to wake up to obtain hidden knowledge or to find out the future. In the art of her practice she was Odin’s teacher.

Snorri Stúrluson says that of all the deities of Asgard, Freyja is the most willing to listen to the prayers of humans, explains that she likes love songs and recommends us to invoke her for sentimental matters. It seems that during the Viking era her cult was concentrated mainly in the region around the Oslo fjord and in the south and east of Sweden.

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