Freyja, Lady, Vanadis: The Goddess of Love, Beauty, and Fertility

Freyja, Lady, Vanadis: The Goddess of Love, Beauty, and Fertility

Freya is the Goddess of love and fertility in the Norse mythology of the Germanic culture. She was a goddess of the Vanir god clan, a goddess linked to the rites of prosperity and fertility.

Freyja The Beautiful

The Goddess is full of attributes. It is associated with love, fertility, beauty, wealth, magic, war and death.

Some authors considered Freyja and Frigga to be the same Goddess - however, the differences are obvious. The two together form a feminine totality of love, for one is the Goddess of married life and family, the other is the Goddess of sexuality and magic. All of these very feminine attributes.

Freyja was called The Lady and was invoked, together with her brother, Freyr, to attract prosperity and fertility from the land.

She is the daughter of the land goddess Nerthus and the sea god Njord and was assigned to the Æsir clan of gods and her father and brother, as part of an agreement between the two clans.

But Freyja is not only the Goddess of sensuality, sexuality, love and attraction. She was also the Goddess of magic, divination and wealth.

Freyja The Leader

She was the leader of the Valkyries (conductors of the souls of those killed in combat). And he shared with Odin, the souls of warriors who died in combat. Half of the souls went to her palace called Fólkvangr, while the other went with Odin to Valhalla.

Freyja had several lovers. She was a voluptuous goddess and a great lover of necklaces. And he used sex to achieve his purposes. She had a husband, Odr, but he disappeared for a few months of the year, causing Freyja to cry tears of gold and amber.

She had a magic necklace called Brisingamen, supposedly made of gold, obtained from four blacksmith gnomes in exchange for having slept one night with each one. In Edda in prose, it is reported that Loki stole the necklace under Odin’s orders.

Animals And Some Feathers

Besides, Freyja had a carriage guided by two cats. Cats were animals associated with it.

As an archetypal image, she has some similarities with Aphrodite, or Venus, for being a goddess of love, lust and fertility. Aphrodite had the magic belt that she wore for seduction, while Freyja wore the necklace.

With Persephone, Freyja approaches in the absence of land for a few months. Also, being a goddess of death, like Persephone.

In Greek worship, the Goddess of love and the Goddess of the dead are separated. Freyja brings the two aspects of the Great Mother, that of fertility and that of death, containing within itself the cycles of nature.

Freyja is the lady of magic and love, too. She is considered the lady of wealth, as her tears turned to gold. That is, it is the wealth of nature.

An alchemical goddess, too, with transformational power (tears in gold). A voluptuous and rapturous woman was described, having several lovers among the gods. Nothing more transformative than passion and love. Love causes us to transform through access to things that we do not know in ourselves and others.

Goddess of war too, leader of Valkyries, showing that love and war go hand in hand.

Freyja Has A Cat-drawn Carriage

Felines are animals associated with magic, intuition and independence. Very close to the female, cats were persecuted in the middle ages for being associated with witches.

In this way, Freyja shows an independent, powerful female, owner of her desires and power.

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