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I am woman

Published July 14, 2017 by Lunapo

Freya and I don’t get along…at least certain aspects of Freya and I don’t get along. 
When I think of Freya, I think of all the energies she is that I am not. She is the counter to the energies of Frigg. She is seen by so many as the goddess of love and beauty and Frigg is completely overlooked. When I did my 30 Days of Frigg is when started to take issue with Freya, because so much information was about Freya and not about Frigg. 

But really, there isn’t that much information on Freya either. At least not when compared to Thor, Loki, Odin…

Historically, Frigg and Freya are both derived from Frija, proto-Germanic goddess. It would seem those following the Aesir interpreted her as Frigg and those following the Vanir interpreted her as Freya. When the clans came together, the two goddesses overlapped again, as they were once one entity. 

What drove me nuts and, frankly, pissed me off, was the idea that Freya was sexy and Frigg is not. Because Frigg is a mom and mom’s aren’t sexy. 

Nope. 

Frigg’s a MOLF. 

Freya uses sex to get what she wants.

Frigg doesn’t use sex, she enjoys it. 

So while I am much more aligned with Frigg, and while I still don’t want to embrace Freya as love/fertility/beauty, I am drawn to her as a warrior. 

That is one aspect Frigg and Freya don’t share. Frigg is strong, but in a different way. She stands up to Allfather when needed. She does all within her power to change the fate of Balder, even though she knew what would ultimately unfold for him. 

I have a temper, and I like to keep my temper in check. This is perhaps another issue I have with Freya. She is War. I cannot channel her for fear of losing my shit and going beserk. 

I feel more comfortable being a wife and mother than being a warrior. 

Most days. 

Joyful woman’s work

Published July 1, 2017 by Lunapo

I read an intriguing piece a few days ago: Frigg has fallen out of favor in the modern era and Freya has taken her place. It’s all related to the duty of a woman and woman’s work. 

Through modern eyes, Frigg embodies the dutiful 1950s housewife who cares for her husband and children, makes sure all of the moving parts of the home are in place to allow all of the people of the home to function. While many modern households have partners who share the load of the physical housework, the mental housework- the coordination of all of the physical housework- still typically falls to the wife. The husband helps with the cleaning but the wife makes the schedule. The husband helps with the kids after the wife coordinates all activities. 

Freya, on the other hand, through modern eyes, is seen as the independent woman-like no need for a man, caring for herself with no interdependence. She is sexually liberated and does not have to answer to anyone about with whom she takes to her bed. 

Yet, neither does Frigg. Frigg has affairs, including those with Odin’s brothers. When Loki attempts to insult her by bringing up her infidelity, it is noted that in this time and space it is quite commonplace for both husbands and wives to take lovers. 

Frigg actually embodies what the woman’s movement pushed for- having it all. A loving family, a smoothly run household, and a life independent of the nuclear family. 

In today’s monogomous Western society, husbands and wives are less likely to take lovers. Of it does happen, it is even more likely done in secret and against the wishes of the other partner. 

In today’s constant on-the-go society, Freya may be enticing for some. She comes and goes as she pleases without regard for the time frame of anyone else unless she is currently in their company. But, from my experience, she is the one missing out. 

Frigg has it all, through joyful woman’s work. 

Sharing the myths

Published March 29, 2017 by Lunapo

Witchlette has started her stay with me requests after we have sung her lullaby and kissed her goodnight. Last night, she asked me to tell her a story, specifically, “Deadpool and the zombies.”

I took advantage of her want for oration of stories, and shared with her a myths of the Norsemen. 

Below is the version I related to her of one of my favorites. 

Thor awakens one morning to find his hammer missing. He blames Loki, who swears he didn’t do it, but agrees to seek it out and share what he learns. Loki ventures out and finds the hammer in an ogre’s home. He speaks with the ogre who says he will return the hammer if Freya becomes his bride. 

Loki returns to Asgard and shares his findings: Mjolnir for Freya’s hand in marriage. Thor takes the news in stride, Tyr has done well with only one hand, surely Freya can give up one for the cause as well. Loki corrects him- he wants Freya to be his bride, something Freya admently refuses to do. 

Loki comes up with a plan. He transforms himself into a beautiful handmaiden and sews three of Freya’s dresses together to fit Thor’s frame. He covers his head, face included, in a veil thick enough to hide his bright red whiskers. As a finishing touch, Thor dons Freya’s special necklace to prove his false identity. 

Loki the handmaiden and Thor the bride travel to the ogre. They enjoy the wedding feast, where Thor eats his usual amount and consumes his usual amount of mead- helpings that are not appropriate for a dainty Freya. Loki explained it away as “Freya’s” want for the other, her excitement at becoming his wife, that she must eat to have strength. 

After the wedding feast, Mjolnir is presented to bless the union. As it is placed before “Freya” at the table, Thor stands, rips through the dresses, and smites all the ogres. 

Perhaps, if she asks tomorrow, I will share about the building of the wall. 

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