I am a devotee of the Goddess Freyja. Over the years my practice with her has shifted and morphed, taking many forms. At present, I celebrate Freyja on holy days throughout the year, and I acknowledge her on Valentine’s Day as well. For a long time, I struggled with doing anything for her on Valentine’s Day because it is a highly commercial, secular day. But, be that as it may, each passing year since I started working with Freyja it seemed inappropriate for me to allow such an upwelling of amorous feeling to pass without at least a small observance for her. Now each year I make offerings as an expression of my devotion and as an acknowledgement of my bond with her.
Freyja is the Lady of Love whose entire being sets hearts ablaze with passion and rouses mortal desire. A bountiful love life is her gift to bestow, but in case it has to be said, Freyja cannot and should not be glossed over as The Norse Goddess of Love. She is most definitely that, but she is a complex, dynamic, and powerful goddess with might that stretches beyond the narrow label of “love goddess”. Freyja is the most glorious and approachable of the goddesses as stated in the Lore, having many spheres of influence.
To give a little background, Freyja is the daughter of Njörðr, Lord of the Sea, and though her mother is not mentioned in the Lore, some say that Nerthus, the Holy Earth Mother, bore her. Her shining brother is Glorious Freyr, God of Good Seasons. Freyja and her family lead the god-clan known as the Vanir who have ties to agriculture, wealth, health, and fertility. Freyja is known as Vanadís, meaning wise goddess or wise female spirit of the Vanir. As such, she has power to influence fate. That is not shocking given that she is the desire that stokes the fires of life, the caress that coaxes the sap to rise, and the substance of beauty in the world.
Freyja is also Sýr, the sow goddess and Battle-Maiden. This is a powerful counterpoint to her position as Vana-Goddess of Life and Love, The sow is one of the most holy animals of the Vanir along with its male counterpart, the boar. Swine are known for their strength and ferocity. In addition, Freyja is Lady of the Slain, choosing half of the worthy-fallen to sup in her hall. Women are admitted into her roomy hall as well, where all may feast until the End, and possibly beyond.
Freyja’s might also fills the spaces in between love, life, and death. She is Lady of Seidhr and Prophesy, the cunning arts that reveal the threads holding love, mind, life, and death together. She reads Wyrd, changes minds, works the fates of men, fools the senses, foretells the future, influences the weather, remembers the past, travels the worlds, and sings the songs that ward the soul in flight. Magic is hers.