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An Example of Heathen Piety

I was thinking about the ‘Lay of Hyndla’ today. There’s a beautiful, haunting passage where Freya talks about the piety of Her servant Ottar, whom She has transformed into the boar, Hildsvini — apologies to Old Norse readers. I’m typing this directly into WordPress and can’t figure out how to do the accent marks.  In Stanza 10, She tells Hyndla about Ottar, indicating why, perhaps, She is willing to help him on his quest. She’s arguing with Hyndla, who is basically a Goddess of genealogy,(1) so that the latter will recite Ottar’s ancestry, enabling the hero to tap into his ancestral blessings. It really shows how important it is to have proper relationships with the Gods and ancestors, and that if you have one, They’ll help with the other. 

10. “For me a shrine | of stones he made,–
And now to glass | the rock has grown;–
Oft with the blood | of beasts was it red;
In the goddesses ever | did Ottar trust.

In other words, Ottar made so many sacrifices, and committed those sacrifices to immolation on Her altar, that the heat of the fires turned the stones to glass. Note that it’s his piety that wins Freya over, not some great heroic deed. May we take him as an example of good, religious behavior.(2)

Notes:

  1. Not everyone in the Northern Tradition views Hyndla as a Goddess, but my particular tradition does.
  2. * sarcasm* I guess that makes Ottar one of the original members of the Piety Posse.

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Winner of the Freya Contest

I’ve been meaning to post this the past two Fridays but I kept getting distracted! The winner of the title contest for the Freya Novena book is “Golden Reflection, Whispers of Beauty.” 

Please contact me at krasskova at gmail.com with your mailing address and when the devotional is finished, I’ll send you a copy along with a prayer card. 

All others who contributed title suggestions, please email me with your addresses and let me know what prayer card you want. 🙂 

thank you all!

 

I need title suggestions for Freya’s novena booklet — Help!

I have several upcoming novena booklets in progress. I’m really enjoying this format and I love the portability of them. The next one is for Freya. 

Once again, I’m stumped for a title and once again I’m turning to you, my readers, for help. From now through September 21 please email me your suggestions for a title to krasskova at gmail.com. Everyone who suggests a title will receive the Freya prayer card of their choice. (If you already have the Freya cards, you can choose any other prayer card instead). The ‘winner’ will receive that and a copy of the novena booklet when it is ready. 

One september 21, i’ll take all the suggestions to Her shrine. I’ll do divination to allow Her to choose the title and I’ll announce it the following day. 

Please please please help! 🙂

Winner of the Freya Contest

The winner of the Freya contest was entry #2: 

Vanadis! Tränenschöne!* Menglada!
Bountiful, beautiful, fierce and true
radiant, shining, daughter of Earth,
Your tears, washed ashore by your father
Your neck bejeweled, pure amber and gold,
to you do I raise my prayers,
beloved sister of the fruitful fields.
Look benevolently upon me
and accept the little things I do in your honor
Strengthen my weapons and harden my shields, oh Lady
for you see the knots that weave the net of my fate.
Lend your voice to my song and brighten my eye,
Watch my hands as I work your mysteries.
Ancient one, sow on silent cats paws,
thrice-burnt, thrice-reborn
I hail your names in awe!

By Christopher Gaspar

(Tränenschöne is, as best as I can translate it, “She of the beautiful tears” — Freya’s tears were amber)

Congratulations Christopher!

 

Please, everyone who contributed, email me your mailing address to krasskova@gmail.com and I will send you a Freya card (or other card of your choice) once these are printed. 🙂 Thank you everyone for contributing! It was nice to see all of these new prayers of praise to the Vanadis come into being. Hail Her!

update on Freya contest

I’ve decided to wait to select the winner of the Freya contest until Her day: Friday. 🙂 Until then, I’ve each of the entries numbered and a bowl with scraps of paper, each bearing a number written on it, sitting in a bowl at Her shrine. 

Friday, I’ll make offerings and prayers, and do a drawing by lots and announce the winner. Submissions are closed now, but stay tuned. 

Freya Contest – Entry 13

Flaxen Lady of Vanaheim
Beauty to behold
Shine on us in all your ways
Your tales e’er to be told

Vanadis of the battlefield
Chooser of the slain
Welcoming to Folkvangr
Warriors of the plains

Bearer of Brisingamen
Ring of fire about your neck
Obtained with your assuredness
Inspire us to be our best

Falcon feathered Sorceress
Soaring through the night
Enshroud us by your magic power
With the runes of might

Rider of the chariot
Around the world you’ve fared
Leaving pieces of yourself
Your presence felt and shared

Great Goddess Queen of Vanaheim
Bright daughter of the sea
Cloak us with prosperity
May we ever connect with Thee.

by Jan Tjeerd

Freya Contest – Entries 9, 10, 11, 12

#9 by Laine Mardolldottir

Fire-hearted, golden-haired, sea-eyed, jewel-lipped,

You light the fires of passion.

Wand-wise, witch woman, flame caller, curse breaker,

You light the fires of wisdom.

High Priestess, Goddess, Queen of Herself,

You light the fires of power.

Amber-teared, never ceasing, ever seeking,

You light the fires of hope.

You are the power that boils from beneath.

You are the flame that climbs the torch.

You are the heat that renders us senseless with desire.

Yours is the light, yours is the heat, yours is the sere sky, yours is the flaming torc,

And yours is the flame.

Hail Freyja, Lady of the Flame.

 

#10 by Laine Mardolldottir

Dedicated to Freyja in Her role as Blotgydja

Hail Freyja, Blotgydja!

Priestess of the Sacrifice.

You keep the sacred flame and the blade that cuts

to free the offering from the offered.

When we reach out to that which is beyond us

You are there at the gate.

In the flame we pour our blood, our sweat, our tears,

we give our passion, our toil, our pain,

Let it pass through the gates and into the hands of the Holy Powers.

May it be transformed and showered back upon us as amber, bronze, and gold.

Teach us the good gifts to give, oh Gefn, and the prices to pay

to achieve our deepest desires.

Hail Freyja, Blotgydja!

Priestess of the Sacrifice!

 

#11 by Laine Mardolldottir

For Mardoll Freyja, the Sea-Bright Lady:

Upon the joyous waves the sun gold dances,

and there we find you, Sea-Bright Mardoll.

Youthful, shining, beautiful.

You draw us close

and our eyes sting with tears of joy.

When you seek your lost love Odhr,

sorrowful Mardoll,

Your tears turn to shining treasures.

Flying, riding, and walking, your devotion to your love

leaves a trail of beauty in your wake.

Be with us when we are wracked with sorrow,

when we are overcome with pain,

when we are mad with devotion

when passion takes hold of us and our waters overflow.

As our tears burn their hot paths through us,

let us be purified and transformed.

Take our tears and make of them amber.

Take our tears and make of them gold.

Every tear a jewel in Your horde.

Hail Mardoll Freyja,

beloved daughter of Njord.

 

 

#12 by Angela Kunschmann

 

Hail Freyja, the golden Goddess

Loved by all who honor Her

The Lady of light who teaches us to love and be loved.

 

Hail to the Lady of the Vanir

She who is a strong Warrior and collector of the Dead

The Mistress of Folkvangr, home to the Fallen.

 

Hail to the Magical One

Who teaches us the sacred magical arts

She who guides the Seidrkona

 

Hail to the Sensual Mistress

Who reveals the sacredness to our sexuality.

The Goddess who revels in sensuality

 

May I be as authentic, loved, and strong as She.

May my magic be strong and my sexual nature be adored.

Hail Freyja, the Golden Goddess.

 

(The contest ends 9pm EST, August 22, folks. All contributors receive a prayer card of their choice, and the winner –who will be chosen by lot after prayers to Freya—will receive that and have their prayer used on the new Freya card. May She be hailed.)

Freya Contest – Entry #8

Falcon-haired goddess
Who rains red from above
Heavenly, earthly
Sacred one
Guide us out of the labyrinth of deception
With mighty steel
Illuminate all
In your glory.

by Courtney Belyea

Freya Contest — Entry #7

I hail now Freyja, brilliant daughter of Njord

Lady of the Vanir, Who wears the falcon cloak

Wandering Goddess known to many peoples by many names

As You are the Mistress of Seidhr, may Your magic fill and soothe me.

As You are a warrior, may I become strong enough to fight for what is right.

As You are the Goddess of Love, may I be filled to bursting with love –

Love for myself, love for others, but most especially,

An enduring love for the Divine, for Gods and Goddesses in all forms.

May I be washed in Your tears of amber and gold,

Purified in light of Your radiance.

May I worship You forever.

 

By Amanda Artemisia Forrester

Freya Contest Entry – # 4, 5, and 6

This are courtesy  of Facing the Fires Within.

1) For those who have suffered abuse

Freya, who wears Brisingamen

and would never be someone else’s prize

Freya, who IS Worth!

There are those who have been struck and knocked down

They have been told that they have no value or Worth

Freya, we ask that you guide both those struck and those helping them

May they find their own worthiness,

gain the strength to stand

and know how to stand for themselves

Hail Freya!

 

2) Generic

Hail Freya!

Hail Lady of the Falcon Cloak!

Hail Lady of Love!

Hail She Who Takes Half the Slain!

Thank you for all of your blessings and the change you bring.

Thank you for your lessons, even if they are hard.

Hail Freya!

 

3) More personal, but should work for most followers

Freya, Lady, Vanadis

Weeping Tears of Gold for Odr

Taker of Half the Slain

Taker of the Warrior’s Sacrifice

Love

Lust

Worth

I thank you for your bounty and blessings

I thank you for the answer I would not see

Help me to show those who have Fallen…

How to Stand and tell their Stories

Hail Freya!