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Freya, Goddess of Love and Beauty


Freya or Frayja, the goddess of Love and Beauty, also; fertility, war, and wealth. The daughter of Njord, and the sister of Frey. Her daughter, by her husband, Od, is named Hnoss, who it is said: "Is so beautiful that whatever is valuable and lovely is named treasure after her."

Freya lived in Folkvang (battlefield) and each day chose half of the slain warriors to split with Odin. She somehow lost her husband, Od, and cried golden tears for him. Many believe Od is Odin.

Norse legend tells of Freya, whose chariot was pulled by two black cats. Some versions of the tale claim they became swift black horses, possessed by the Devil. After serving Freya for 7 years, the cats were rewarded by being turned into witches, disguised as black cats. The cats also played around her ankles as a symbol of her domesticity.

Freya owned the precious Brisinga-men's necklace, which she acquired by sleeping with four dwarves. She also owned a feather coat which she could use to fly between the worlds. Freya was also known as the goddess of magic and divination.

Freya was one of the few Norse female characters who had a major role, an exception to the general rule of lower status for goddesses compared to gods. She was revered by women.

Some sources say Friday is named after her.

Both Aphrodite and Freya are goddesses of love and fertility/reproduction. In keeping with the apparent Norse acceptance of infidelity, Freya is much more a goddess of lust, being identified with sexual freedom. In this way she was almost identical to Aphrodite, as both were well-known for their numerous partners. While one of Freya's prized possessions was her famous necklace, Aphrodite, similarly, was renowned for her girdle. In many stories, both goddesses were asked to "lend" these adornments to others.

Because of her association with divination, Freya has some of the characteristics which the Greeks assigned to Apollo.

Freya, Queen of the Valkyries

Chant 1: (as Seer and Lady)

Great Goddess, Mistress of cats,
Lady of love, beautiful Vana-Goddess,
Fulfill my greatest needs, O glorious one.
Teach me the magic I need.
Give me a glimpse of your deep wisdom.
Teach me in dreams. Enrich my life.
O Lady, you are Golden-tears of Asgard.
Lady of love, beautiful Vana-Goddess,
You are shape-shifter, the Sayer, The independent One.
Give me the strenght and the magic I need.

Chant 2: (as Valkyrie leader)

Queen of the warrior-women,
Frejya of the Black Swordhand,
Mistress of Magic, enchantments deep,
You who beckon to fallen heroes,
Harken to this your child.
I would weave strong magic for protection,
Deep magic to bind and chasten.
I lift up my sword to repel all attackers.
Beware, foul troublemakers!
For Freyja whispers her spells in my ear.
Freyja, Queen of the Valkyries, stands at my side.

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