Norse 101, Part 6

Norse 101, Part 6

Here we are for the sixth part of Norse 101.  I hope that those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful one!  This week, we’ll talk about two more deities: Freyr and Freyja.  They’re brother and sister, and of the Vanir.  Their father is Njord, a God of the Sea.  And though Their mother is never named, it’s suspected that she is Nerthus, a Goddess of the Earth.  There was once a war between the Aesir and the Vanir, and part of the peace treaty between them was that some of the Vanir would come live in Asgard while some of the Aesir would move to Vanaheim.  Freyja and Freyr were part of that treaty.

Freyr is a God of fertility, both of land and body.  He was a pretty popular God back in the old times, and it’s said that He was “hated by none.”  He even had priests and priestesses that traveled around the countryside with a chariot, carrying a statue of Him around from village to village in processions.  He has a golden boar named Gullinbursti, and a ship that He can fold up and fit into His pocket.  Pretty handy, right?  He also had a sword that could fight on its own, but He gave it up to show His future wife, Gerda, that He was serious about wanting to marry Her.  She is a jotun, very gifted in knowledge of herbs and healing.  (See?  Not all jotnar are bad news!)  Freyr is a very kind and warm God.  It’s nearly impossible to be in a bad mood when He’s around.  As a God of fertility, He isn’t limited to just fertile land and bodies.  Creativity and a fertile mind are also in His realm!

Freyja is a Goddess of love, beauty, and war.  Yes, war.  Remember how Odin takes His pick of the best fallen warriors?  Well, He does that after Freyja has taken Her pick!  She takes them to her hall, Sessrumnir, to be reunited with their families and lovers to spend eternity in loving embraces instead of endless training and sparring in Valhalla.  Freyja is also adept in the art of seidhr, which a form of magick and shamanism.  It is said that She taught this art to the Gods and also brought it to humanity.  She rides a chariot pulled by two cats.  Some say that these cats are the Norwegian Forest cat breed, which are large, long-haired cats equipped to live in the cold climates of the North.  Freyja is very much a Goddess of love and beauty, including self-love.  She isn’t just about outer beauty.  She teaches you to embrace your inner beauty and see the beauty and light in others.  And, as you all know, we get the word for ‘Friday’ from Her name!

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Freyr and Freyja by Richard Pace

This week’s pronunciations:

Freyr:  Fray

Freyja:  Fray-uh

Njord: Nee-ord

Nerthus: Nurth-us

Gullinbursti:  Goo-lin-burst-ee

Sessrunmir:  Sess-room-near

Seidhr:  Seether

A Thought for Today

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Eight words a Witch must abide by “Do as ye will, Less it harm none.”

Remember the Three-fold Law-what you send out will come back to you three times stronger.

This is not just the Wiccan Rede or Law of Three these are Universal Laws all Witches should try very hard to follow. That’s why I call it the Wicce (Wise Woman) Rede.

Blessed be dear ones.

As Thanksgiving in USA Approches

This has been a very hard week for me and my family without my mom to call to talk to about tomorrow. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving I would probably call my mom six times or more making sure I had all my turkeys in a row to be ready for the big day. I am used to cooking a twenty-five to twenty-seven-pound bird because most of my children and grandchildren would be here plus my mom and an odd friend or two. This year I am cooking a seven-pound ham and the tiniest turkey I have ever seen weighing in at seven and one-half pounds. Only my two youngest sons can make it here for dinner leaving the other seventeen members of my family going elsewhere or cannot make it home because of the cost of gas and just being here September 4th to lay my mom’s body to rest. Saying I am sad and lonely is an understatement, I am just hoping to make it through the next hour without crying again.

Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together and be thankful they have each other, jobs, a roof over their heads and food in their stomach. But let us not lose sight of those who suffered through many hardships to celebrate the first Thanksgiving. When I talk of hardships I am not just referring to what the Europeans went through but the Native Americans as well. If you say a blessing before digging into your feast please remember those that made this celebration possible and give thanks for them also.

One tradition my mom started when my children were little is going around the table and everyone stating one thing they are grateful for that happened in the past year. This is a tradition I will continue and hope my children and grandchildren wherever they might be, will be doing also. My mom’s thing to be thankful for every year was her family and that she had good friends that would help her if we were not available.

May your Thanksgiving bring new memories to share in the future and may you fondly remember the past times your family was together. Wishing you and yours a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.

So I ask you, “What is one thing you are grateful for from this past year.”

Set Goals Not Resolutions!

It is getting to be that time of year again when people decide to set resolutions for themselves.  Instead…try something different!  Set Goals for yourself!  My friend Marietta over at Witchy Words (you can click this link to go to her blog http://www.witchywords.com/ ) wrote a blog post last year about setting goals.  I really liked the way she did it because she used a Pentacle to bring in the 5 elements as well as aspects of her life that are important to her.  Here is a photo (used with her permission) of her goals she set for herself using a pentacle.  I have also included a blank version you can print out to use for yourself.  I enjoy using this form because it makes me really think about what is important to me spiritually as well as what is truly achievable.  Click on this link to take you to her original article.   http://www.witchywords.com/2013/09/esbat-goals-worksheet.html

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What is Traditional Witchcraft? How to Know if You are a Wiccan or a Traditional Witch

Traditional Witchcraft and Occultism

What is traditional witchcraft?

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The answer to this question seems to depend a lot on who you ask, however, to those who consider themselves traditional witches, traditional witchcraft might, also, be called historical witchcraft. Moreover, traditional witchcraft is a world-wide practice; it is not a religion.

In recent years, the term, “traditional witchcraft,” has  developed to distinguish those who practice old folk magic or historical witchcraft from those who are members of the Wiccan religion or other neo-pagan religions, who, also, sometimes refer to themselves as witches and refer to their religions as witchcraft.

While there is no universal definition of the term, “traditional witchcraft, “Michael Howards, gives an interesting one in his book, “Children of Cain: A Study of Modern Traditional Witches,” when he refers to it as, “any non-Gardnerian, non-Alexandrian, non-Wiccan or pre-modern form of the Craft, especially if it has been inspired by historical forms of…

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A Thought for Today

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To me being a Witch and Pagan is a way of life and spirituality. So I walk the walk not just talk the talk. I rise in the morning take my familiars out and thank my patron Gods and Goddesses and Spirit Guides for another beautiful day being part of the Universe and all the energy it gives and I give to it. At night, I lay my head down and again thank them for being with me throughout the day. If someone asks what religion I follow I proudly tell them I am Pagan and if they I ask I explain to them what that means to me. I understand it is difficult for some Witches to come out of the broom closet but for me it was not a difficult choice to admit to myself and others that I am a Witch. Do not feel bad or be ashamed if you still do not feel comfortable sharing with family and friends that you are a Witch and/or Pagan when the time is right for you to share your path you will know it.

If you read this earlier sorry for the typo my thoughts were going faster then my fingers typed. Thank you SunRay for catching my huge mistake 🙂

Blessed be dear ones.