Today’s guest blog come to us from LIminal Emma!Liminal Emma is a month away from her first Saturn Return! Interestingly, she is also about to finish her Master’s program and must decide what to do next. Emma lives with her husband and two cats. She and her husband enjoy gluten-free vegetarian food, playing guitar, and life in general.
Halloween with Freya!
Well, a Norse Goddess of love and fertility may not be the first thing you think of when your mind conjures up images of Halloween delights, but for some reason Freya will not leave me alone lately. Over the last year she has come up again and again. As I studied more about the rich mythos surrounding this goddess certain surprising elements began to stand out to me. I realized that she and the Northern tradition might make a great complement to Halloween! Freya is a Goddess who blesses lovers, creativity, and fertility, but she also has what I believe is a neglected, dark aspect. Some sources say that she receives up to half of the noble dead that Odin collects from battlefields. She resides over these dead as queen of the Valkyries! Freya rides in a chariot pulled by two large cats. Doesn’t all of this sound enchanting for Halloween? The Vikings contributed to and were a part of Celtic culture; the Celts being the originators of many of our ideas about Halloween. In Viking culture October is a month in which we see the fall begin to turn to winter. The Asatru Alliance webpage tells us that this month, “celebrates the bounty of the harvest and honors Freya and the fertility and protective spirits called Disir, that She leads (often the Disir are seen as our female ancestors). Give glory to Freya and pour a libation of ale, milk, or mead into the soil an offering to the Disir and the Earth itself.” Here are some ideas to celebrate Freya this season: • Add love magick to your life this October with Freya! • Honour those who have gone before you. • Carve meaningful runes into your pumpkins. • Brísingamen is Freya’s powerful necklace made of amber. Use amber this month. • Bless your cats this month and consider donating to a shelter. • Friday is Freya’s day. Celebrate accordingly!