Freya

Pantheon: Norse | Vanir

Freya is a major goddess in Norse mythology and is associated with love, beauty, fertility, gold, and war. She is the daughter of the god Njord and the sister of Freyr, and is a member of the Vanir, a group of nature gods associated with fertility, prosperity, and wisdom.

Freya is known for her beauty and is often depicted as wearing a cloak made of falcon feathers, which allows her to transform into a falcon. She is also associated with the valkyries, female figures who choose which warriors will die in battle and which will live. Freya is said to have the power to revive the dead, and it was believed that those who died bravely in battle would be taken to her hall, Folkvangr, where they would live forever.

In Norse mythology, Freya is also associated with fertility and is said to be able to bestow fertility upon those who honor her. She is sometimes depicted as a fertility goddess and is associated with the earth and its abundance.

Freya is also associated with love and is said to be the most beautiful of all the goddesses. She is often depicted as a passionate and loving goddess who is sought after by many of the gods and mortals.

 

These are food offerings based on this Deity's preferences according to existing mythology.

  • Apples: Apples were seen as symbols of fertility and abundance, and were therefore often offered to Freya as a way of asking for her blessings.
  • Berries: Berries were seen as symbols of fertility and were therefore often offered to Freya as a way of asking for her blessings.
  • Honey: Honey was seen as a symbol of sweetness and abundance, and was therefore often offered to Freya as a way of asking for her blessings.
  • Meat: Meat was a common offering to the gods and goddesses in Norse mythology, and was often offered to Freya as a way of showing respect and honor.
  • Milk: Milk was seen as a symbol of fertility and was therefore often offered to Freya as a way of asking for her blessings.
These are some general offerings and symbolic associations with this Deity.

  • Herbs/Plants
    • Apple: The apple is a symbol of fertility and abundance, and is therefore associated with Freya.
    • Cinquefoil: This herb is associated with love and is sometimes called “Freya’s heath.”
    • Clover: The clover is a symbol of fertility and abundance, and is therefore associated with Freya.
    • Daisy: The daisy is a symbol of innocence and purity, and is often associated with Freya.
    • Fern: The fern is a symbol of fertility and is therefore associated with Freya.
    • Rose: The rose is a symbol of love and passion, and is therefore associated with Freya.
  • Symbols
    • Cats: Freya is often depicted as riding a chariot pulled by cats, which are seen as symbols of her beauty and grace.
    • Falcon: Freya’s cloak is made of falcon feathers, which allows her to transform into a falcon. The falcon is therefore seen as a symbol of her power and transformation.
    • Flowers: Freya is associated with fertility and abundance, and flowers are often seen as symbols of these qualities.
    • Gold: Freya is associated with gold and is said to own a large treasure hoard. Gold is therefore seen as a symbol of her wealth and prosperity.
    • Love and passion: Freya is associated with love and is often depicted as a passionate and loving goddess. Symbols of love and passion, such as hearts and roses, are often associated with her.
  • Runes
    • Laguz: This rune is associated with water, the unconscious, and the feminine, and is therefore associated with Freya.
    • Nauthiz: This rune is associated with constraint, resistance, and the need to overcome challenges, and is therefore associated with Freya.
    • Perthro: This rune is associated with mystery, secrets, and the unknown, and is therefore associated with Freya.
Ways to praise or honor this deity in daily life.

  • Erotic Poetry/Art
  • Recognizing Beauty around and within ourselves
  • Self Worth
  • Care for Cats and other animals
  • Learn seidr: Freya was deeply connected to seidr magic, and was revered as a powerful and skilled practitioner of this form of magic.
  • Wear symbols associated with Freya: You can wear symbols associated with Freya, such as a necklace with a pendant in the shape of a falcon, as a way of honoring her.
  • Meditate on her qualities: You can meditate on the qualities that Freya represents, such as love, beauty, fertility, and abundance, and try to embody these qualities in your own life.
Some of these names are directly associated with this deity, some are more loosely associated.

  • Gefn: This name means “giver” and refers to Freya’s association with fertility and abundance.
  • Mardöll: This name means “sea-bright” and refers to Freya’s beauty.
  • Syr: This name means “sow” and refers to Freya’s association with fertility.
  • Vanadis: This name means “lady of the Vanir” and refers to Freya’s membership in the Vanir, a group of gods associated with fertility, prosperity, and wisdom.
  • Valfreya: This name means “lady of the slain” and refers to Freya’s association with the valkyries, female figures who choose which warriors will die in battle and which will live.
These are some writings associated with this deity.

  • The Prose Edda” by Snorri Sturluson: This book is a collection of Norse myths and legends that includes several stories about Freya and her adventures.
  • The Poetic Edda” by Anonymous: This book is a collection of Norse myths and legends that was passed down orally and later written down. It includes several stories about Freya and her role in Norse mythology.
  • Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman: This book is a modern retelling of Norse myths and legends, including the stories of Freya and her adventures