Freyja - How to honour and invoke her.

Herbs, Scents, Oils, Flavours, Foods and Drink

  • Strawberry (sweetness, love, desire)
  • Rose (love, romance, sexuality)
  • Florals (femininity, sweetness)
  • Sandalwood (sensuality, strength, desire)
  • Nutmeg (luck, love)
  • Rosemary (death, respect, passing on)
  • Vanilla (sensuality, sweetness, desire)
  • Mint (sensuality, desire)
  • Cinnamon (strength, warmth, assertiveness)
  • Thyme (magic, strength)
  • Ginseng (aphrodisiac)
  • Saffron (aphrodisiac)
  • Catnip and catgrass (cats)
  • Mugwort (magic, prophecy) [toxic in large amounts]
  • Wormwood (magic, prophecy) [toxic in large amounts]
  • Juniper (strength, power)
  • Charcoal (death, rebirth)
  • Red wine (aphrodisiac)
  • Mead (golden colour relates to her golden tears)
  • Cocoa (aphrodisiac)

Items that can be used in an altar dedicated to Freyja

  • Cats - statues, fur (not from cruel means!), shedded claws or whiskers, paw prints, plush toys.
  • Food and Drink offerings - see above list!
  • Weaponry - being a warrior goddess, a weapon is a great addition to an altar dedicated to her or as an offering. Letter-opener swords are perfect in size, but a kitchen knife will work just fine! Be careful of any children or other people who shouldn’t be able to access something that can be used as a weapon.
  • Feathers - Freyja owns a Falcon feather cloak that allows its wearer to fly.
  • Gold - anything golden. She likes shiny things.
  • Necklaces - Freyja owns the beautiful necklace, Brisingamen. Any other jewellery would work too!
  • Runes - Freyja is a witch (seidkona).
  • Other magical items - crystals, candles, tarot cards, wands etc.
  • Beauty products - hair brushes, makeup (warpaint!), nail polishes, etc.
  • Boars - Freyja (and other Norse gods) own boars. Anything relating to a pig would be suitable (often you can find crystals carved into the shape of a pig). A boar bristle hair brush would be perfect.
  • Things relating to feminism - There will be those who roll their eyes and get angry when they see this point, but it’s true. Deal with it.

Subtle and “secret” ways to worship

  • Keep altar items in a jewellery box. It signifies her magical necklace while still being able to be hidden away in case the wrong people see it. Same goes for makeup bags, handbags, other boxes, etc.
  • A bottle of wine can be placed somewhere in her honour. It’s a common sighting in many households, so there’s little chance of someone questioning it.
  • Keep a book (grimoire, book of shadows, journal, etc) with poems, songs, drawings, print-outs etc. dedicated to her. These can be easily hidden between furniture or in a drawer if need be.
  • Kitchen magic - use ingredients that are associated with her in your cooking. Just be careful not to include anything that can be toxic or make yourself or someone else sick.
  • Burn incense, oils, candles etc. in scents related to her. Many homes use these things as decoration.
  • Play music of a Nordic/Pagan/Medieval nature (or whatever you associate with Freyja!).
  • Wear perfumes in scents related to her.
  • Note: you are allowed to secretly worship, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Not everyone has the luxury/comfort/space to openly have an altar or place of worship in their home, and that’s okay! Your patron deity won’t mind.

Please note: mentions of Freyja being the goddess of femininity are not intended to belittle or exclude trans and non-binary people. Any one of any gender identity can worship her, and without having to explain or justify it to anyone else.

Always Here to Learn and Listen

Hey hey!

Just a little note to remind y’all that if you ever have questions about Asatru, being a heathen, paganry, witchcraft, sigils, spirit work, being a pagan and/or witch in college, Baldr, Nanna, Cernunnos, or crafting in general, I’m always here to help!

And, if you need someone to rant to or ask personal questions, I’m a Listener, just like Cernunnos ^^ I may not always have the right answers, but sometimes all we need is someone to listen.

You all are very near and dear to my heart, my spirit walks with you <3 Don’t forget that!

On offering to the Land Wights (For the Beginner)

Now I have already discussed the wights, but I did not discuss much the subject of offering to them.

Land wights are likely the easiest to begin with. Go for a walk in nature, along paths or off them, near trees and rocks, beside babbling brooks, in the heat of summer, or the cold of winter, near flowers of spring, or surrounded by the colors of fall and you will find the wights. They are in all nature and they are of nature. If the place Is friendly and willing to your being there then find a big rock, or construct a hearg or a cairn (pile of rocks), it need not be gigantic. But visit that place often as you can and take in the feeling you get while there. Hallow it and devote it to religious practice. If you get those positive feelings, bring back an offering for the place.

Now there is a lot of variety in how you go about the next step, of choosing an offering. There are not just one type of land wight. I will argue that there are three distinct types of land wights you will commonly come across where I am in Eastern America. These types are not based on tree or rock or other such thing, but instead on culture. We often forget America was colonized before, by Native Americans. And those people practiced a nature-based spirituality and honored land spirits. When the Cherokee people were forced to leave, they hugged the trees. Their wights remain, as do the wights of other tribes. And those wights remember even when everyone else has forgotten. But they only make up one type. The next would be the Irish/Celtic wights. A large part of the American people have Irish or at least Celtic ancestors. Somehow their wights followed them here, and they remain here. The third primary type would be the Norse/Germanic/Saxon wights. There’s a hefty English population (we do speak English after all) and a hefty German population and they both brought their wights. They brought them stowed away with their livestock, with their seeds, and always inadvertently. Both they and the Irish brought their little stowaways all the same. Those farm wights spread outward with settlers. The wights remembered the people long after the people forgot the wights. The differences in these wights are also primarily in preference to certain treatments.

So you may be looking at me askance here. But bear with me. If you have the time, I offer you this esoteric experiment on this matter. Go out three different places and offer these three things on three different days.

For the first day, Find an animal trail and offer tobacco.  A great way to start is with really natural tobacco - try offering something like the American Spirit stuff. Never buy anything too modern or pre-rolled as a cigarette. Crumble it, hold it straight out, and let if fall from your fingertips never throwing it or slinging it. Meditate silently while seated on the ground especially with left leg tucked under your body. Position yourself just off the animal trail but still touching it. 

For the second day, find the knottiest maple out there and offer a small bowl of really nice cream under it and use a glass or better yet a wooden bowl (do not use any metal unless it is copper, and along with wood copper is ideal). Meditate silently with your back to the tree while in contact with tree and ground. Make sure the bowl of milk is on the other side of the tree. Do not look at the bowl again at all until you return for it in a full day’s time.

For the third day, find an oak or hardwood out there and prop a rock under it, or find any hardwood with a rock already under it, then offer a nice beer (or mead) by pouring first then drinking some then pouring more then drinking some then pouring the rest (you should have poured slightly more than half, you must drink to show it’s good stuff). If you can’t use alcohol, then use apple or grape juice (the more natural the better). But use something you would drink and enjoy in any case. Now meditate silently while either standing or kneeling straight in front of the tree with the rock with your head unbowed - I repeat do not bow. The


I believe you will find that the “nature” of the three spirits who come to your offerings are essentially different. And you should be able to feel the difference. And after being here for the last 400 years, no matter how foreign they began, they now belong. Strangely I have not met any spirits outside these three types. Someday I expect I will meet other wights who have grown accustomed to a different way - maybe on a trip to Asia or Africa or Australia. But until that day, those are some easy opening offerings.

Now you do not have to follow this in whole or even in part. This is not even how I typically sacrifice. I offer eggs and hard cider typically because those are things I have and enjoy. I sing and talk and whistle while sacrificing. I talk to the trees and rocks, I sing to the birds, and I listen to the wind. I sit on the ground, I stand, I lay down sometimes to be in contact with the earth. There is no real wrong way to offer if you are treating the land with reverence and obeying the Golden Rule in it always. So what I outlined here, this is an experimental primer for those wanting to work with land wights. It will get you started and then you will have to decide how best you want to honor the land and which spirits you want to draw to you.

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More phenomenal artwork from sceithailm (DeviantArt)
English translations of Old Norse (from top to bottom): 

Witchcraft
Loki spake: “They say that with spells in Samsey once, Like witches with charms didst thou work; And in witch’s guise among men didst thou go; Unmanly thy soul must seem." 

Heimdall
Loki spake: "Be silent, Heimdall! in days long since, Was an evil fate for thee fixed; With back held stiff must thou ever stand, As warder of heaven to watch.”

Baldr’s Death

Loki spake: “Thou wilt then, Frigg, that further I tell, Of the ill that now I know; Mine is the blame that Baldr no more, Thou seest ride home to the hall." 

Fenriswolf
"The wolf shall fell the father of men, And this shall Vithar avenge; The terrible jaws shall he tear apart, And so the wolf shall he slay.”

Don't keep the Gods trapped in the past!

You know what I want to see more of? Images of our gods in the modern age. They’re not just our ancestors’ gods, they’re ours too.

I want to see Freyr blessing migrant farmer laborers. I want to see Freyja watching over sex workers. I want to see Odin camped out under an overpass, swapping stories. I want Tyr marching with protesters and Thor fighting tyrants. I want Frigga as a high powered lady executive or attorney, Eir as a nurse in an overcrowded and underfunded inner city hospital

Our gods our more than gleaming steel and mead halls. Humanity has grown and changed, and of course the gods have come along with us!

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Heathen New Year (5th January 2015)

As Sól’s light falls on the final day,
A year on Miðgarðr is washed away,
A brand new chance to show Óðinn my deed,
In Yggdrasil’s branches a new year takes seed,
Hail Frey, prosperity and virility,
Hail Freyja, lust and fertility,
Hail Þórr, strength and protection,
Hail Óðinn, wisdom and intention,
Hail Skaði, valour and redemption,
Hail to the powers as the days start to lengthen.

- hedendom

A CURSE FROM THE GODS

May Odin strike you blind
Loki warp your mind
Thor take your strength
and Freyja kill your love

May Ullr hunt you down
Njord see you drown
Skadhi freeze your blood
and Freyr seize your child

May Idunn sour your youth
Sif set ablaze your roots
Heimdall smite you with his gaze
and Hel sentence you to Garmr

May Baldr allow you no light
Vali no rest from these plights
Hodr lead you to ruin
and Vidar rend your maw

May Forseti grant you no reconcile
Bragi cause your praises to turn to bile
Tyr amputate all connections you cherish
and Sigyn pour acid in your face.

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