Norse Goddess Freyja Who are you?

It’s Freyja #Friday

Freyja is the Norse goddess of fertility, beauty, wealth, gold as well as being a witch skilled in magick and enchantment.

Here are a some Folklore Facts about this lovely goddess.

*Freyja is not Frigg the queen of the Aesir goddeses and is married to Odin. Many scholars still debate this topic.

 

* Freyja has a brother ‘Freyr’ who is the Norse god of harvest and bounty
*Freyja represents the planet ‘Venus’ which is the love planet
*Freyja is called the goddess of love & fertility and wealth, she is originally a Vanir goddess. 
*Freyja has two large male Norse forest cats that pull her and her chariot among the clouds
*Her cats names are ‘Bygul’ and ‘Trjegul’
* She has a wild boar at her side his name is ‘Hildisvini,’ who once was a man. The dark elves turned him into a boar

*She is married to the god Óð who is rarely around and she searches for him under various names such as including the thrice-burnt and thrice-reborn Gullveig/Heiðr, the goddesses Gefjon, Skaði, Þorgerðr Hölgabrúðr and Irpa, Menglöð, and the 1st century CE “Isis” of the Suebi. 
* She has a falcon cloak that enables her to travel throughout the nine worlds. 
*Freyja is known as an accomplished sorceress of the Norse nine worlds
*Freyja is the leader of the Valkeryies, female goddesses that help her collect the fallen brave soldiers souls from the battlefield.
*Odin and Freyja collect the dead souls of valiant soldiers on the battlefield and carry half of them, off to Valhalla the hall of Odin and the other half Freyja takes to her hall Sessrúmnir in Folksvang.
*She reigns over ‘Folksvang’ in the heavens
* Freyja has a magickal gift of Seidr, she can shapeshift and change her enviroment that surrounds her.
*Odin taught her Rune wisdom and in exchange she taught Odin her spell craft.
* Freyja takes pride in her amber necklace called Brísingamen.
*Her most desired fruit are strawberries
*Her number is 13 and she is the goddess of Friday this is her good fortune day, Friday the 13th.
*Freyja cries red and gold tears.

Source: Wikipedia
Heimdallr returns the necklace Brísingamen to Freyja (1846) painting by Nils Blommér public domain

Holda, Northern European goddess

Holda or Hulda is a Northern European goddess known also, as Mother Holle. She is a winter goddess or Snow queen. Holda, leads  dead souls, all flying on brooms alongside her trusty hounds during the Wild hunt. 
Folklore dictates, this wintery, goddess totes prosperity and good luck to compassionate folks and dealts out calamity to cruel, mean spirited people.
This Snow Queen is a busy nature goddess, she controls fog and snow. When Holda shakes out her feather mattress, snow falls out over the earth.

The German term “Holda-riding,” means witches’ flight or night train. Holda is loved by her followers these witches and the dead souls fly at night during the twelve nights of Christmas.

Source: Wikipedia

Odin in Younger Eddas

It’s Woden/Odin Wednesday! #Norselore


Here is an excerpt from The Younger Eddas by Sturleson pg 276. 
On Odin.

21. “I must now ask thee,” said Gangler, “who are the gods that men are bound to believe in?”
“There are twelve gods,” replied Har, “to whom divine honours ought to be rendered.”
“Nor are the goddesses,” added Jafnhar, “less divine and mighty.”
“The first and eldest of the Æsir,” continued Thridi, “is Odin. He governs all things, and, although the other deities are powerful, they all serve and obey him as children do their father. Frigga is his wife. She foresees the destinies of men, but never reveals what is to come. For thus it is said that Odin himself told Loki, ‘Senseless Loki, why wilt thou pry into futurity, Frigga alone knoweth the destinies of all, though she telleth them never?’
“Odin is named Alfadir (All-father), because he is the father of all the gods, and also Valfadir (Choosing Father), because he chooses for his sons all of those who fall in combat. For their abode he has prepared Valhalla and Vingolf, where they are called Einherjar (Heroes or Champions). Odin is also called Hangagud, Haptagud, and Farmagud, and, besides these, was named in many ways when he went to King Geirraudr,” forty-nine names in all.
“A great many names, indeed!” exclaimed Gangler; “surely that man must be very wise who knows them all distinctly, and can tell on what occasions they were given.”[Pg 277]

“It requires, no doubt,” replied Har, “a good memory to recollect readily all these names, but I will tell thee in a few words what principally contributed to confer them upon him. It was the great variety of languages; for the various nations were obliged to translate his name into their respective tongues, in order that they might supplicate and worship him. Some of his names, however, have been owing to adventures that happened to him on his journeys, and which are related in old stories. Nor canst thou ever pass for a wise man if thou are not able to give an account of these wonderful adventures.

Tooth Fairylore

#FairyFriday

The Tooth Fairy in #fairylore has been with us for centuries. This fabulous fae originated in the Norse Eddas in the thirteenth century C.E. It is a Northern European tradition, even the Vikings practiced it! 

According to folklore, Vikings, paid their children for their fallen out teeth. The legend in Norse culture continues, the children’s teeth and  their objects supposedly, brought good luck during a battle, and the Norse warriors hung children’s teeth as a necklace on  string to wear around their necks. 

Meanwhile, back in jolly old England, Christianity had lit the flame of ‘War on witches.'(innocent women that were healers and herbalists helping their folk, used and sacrificed as scapegoats by a patriarchy clergy.)
The villagers were encouraged by their paranoid clergy to bury or burn their children’s fallen out teeth. Medieval Europe folklore, deemed if a witch poached one’s tooth, that person would be oppressed and commanded by the witch to serve his/her’s orders.
The custom of replacing a child’s dispelled tooth with a coin or money travelled across the Atlantic to North America. A 2013 study was done by Visa Inc. On average in the U.S. a child that places money under their pillow receives a gift from our tooth loving fairy amounts to $3.70 USD.
(I never received that kind of wealth as a child.) Kuddos to these lucky kids!👍 

Source: Wikipedia

Icelandic Folklore of Necropants.

Icelandic #Folklore of the Nábrók and the Nábrókarstafur.

There are two sides to Folklore. One is light and cheerful like folk dancing and some folk music. Then there is a dark side that presents itself as sheer terrifying like this  Icelandic folklore about real human necropants.
Nábrók means “death underpants!” (No I’m not joking!)
They’re a pair of pants made from the skin of a dead man, according to Icelandic witchcraft, generates a limitless money cache.

The Magick Ritual:
Legend dictates, in order create your own necropants or nábrók, one has to attain approval from the living person in order to use their skin for this ritual after they have expired.

This gruesome ritual states once the deceased man has been buried, he must be dug up and excoriate in one piece his skin from the waist down.

When you step into the skin of the cadaver the Nábrók will fuse itself to your lower body.

Next, you must pillage a coin from a poor widow and place in the scrotum with the magical sigil,  nábrókarstafur, penned on a scrap of paper.

Then, the coin will attract money continuously into the scrotum as long as no one disturbs the initial coin.

The Christian twist to this is for one that desires to attain salvation, the owner of the necropants must convice an unweary male to accept ownership of the nábrók and pop into the pants immediately. 

The nábrók will continue producing coins for ages.
Icelandic Sigil of the nábrókarstafur.

 The Galdrabók

#Folklore #Iceland

In the The Galdrabók (Icelandic Book of Magic) is an Icelandic grimoire dated to ca. 1600 some of the inyteresting herbs in this book was named after the Norse gods and goddesses such as Baldr’s brow and Frigg’s herb. These herbs were used in spell work.
The leek was known for magickal runic formula.

circa 45o C.E.

Icelandic Herbal healing stones were used to ward off disease.

Odin Discovers The Runestones.

Woten/Odin Wednesday!

To some gods wisdom is more precious than gold!

Did you know that Woten or Odin has several names? He is known as the Allfather, Grimnir, the god of gallows, god of prisoners and cargoes.

In Hlidskjalf, Odin is perched on his majestic throne, viewing all things. He has two ravens Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory) that fly throughout the worlds relaying important information to him.

Woden/Odin’s thirst for so much wisdom and magick that he hung himself upside down on Yggdrasil, the Norse world tree,for nine nights. The number 9 means an ending leading to a new beginning.

This is not Odin’s first time he sacrificed himself. Odin sacrificed his right eye in the spring of Mimir in exchange for High Wisdom. Odin pierced his own side with a spear. He suffered great pain like a clam creating a beautiful pearl, the runes and their magic unveiled ancient magickal, wisdom to him. After much pain and suffering and on the discovery of the runes, his rope breaks and Odin falls to the ground free of his trial by fire.
Odin is now a wise and powerful wizard.

~ Nifty Buckles

 
I know I hung on that windswept tree,

Swung there for nine long nights,

Wounded by my own blade,

Bloodied for Odin,

Myself an offering to myself:

Bound to the tree

That no man knows

Whither the roots of it run.
None gave me bread,

None gave me drink.

Down to the deepest depths I peered

Until I spied the Runes.

With a roaring cry I seized them up,

Then dizzy and fainting,

I fell.
Well-being I won

And wisdom too.

I grew and took joy in my growth:

From a word to a word

I was led to a word,

From a deed to another deed.
~ The Poetic Edda

Circa 1200 CE.