Fin: Freya

I was prompted to return to weekly prayers post-Burning, but I admittedly didn’t get very far before updates started happening. I was supposed to say a prayer for Freya on an alternating Friday schedule, but She didn’t convey Her pick before updates closed this down.

I know there’s more to Freya than what I’ve shared here (queer friendly and helping cats), especially since others seem to talk about the badass warrior, own your sexuality, seidr working aspects, but I never really personally got any of that. I wasn’t slated to get a certain side (seidr), or I was afraid on some level and delayed a side. I know there are areas that She would’ve liked to get to in shadow work, but they aren’t exclusive to directly interacting with Her (learning how to love myself, including myself in body positivity, uninstalling negative romantic and/or sexual conditioning, etc).

It’s not like I’ve missed my window of time for learning or unlearning, and for better or worse, I don’t think I actually can avoid any of those topics She wanted to bring up. Even though She’s leaving and I won’t be directly interacting with Her, Someone else will nudge at shadow work, or I’ll reach my last straw and be motivated to do something on my own. It’s not an if so much as a when I’ll finally get around to these areas.

More in the realm of parting requests, Freya would like me to help a charity or organization, like Others have requested, but She doesn’t want to indicate any particular one animal program over another – “a local animal shelter / org / charity / etc”. She also has the latent energy from Her tags here, on tumblr, and on the Vanic sideblog.

Freya (ii)

The Tiny Tabby sells cat plushies and merchandise in order to raise money for cat shelters with different characters representing different types of cats that are often harder to adopt; Franklin is blind, Marmalade has cerebellar hypoplasia (CH), Clover is a black cat, etc.

They also signal boost adoption efforts, even if they don’t currently support that particular shelter with a character.

Source. I know there are other causes that can be backed by Freya, and I know there are other groups that help cats, but I wanted to share this because I was once planning on getting a plushie as a shrine item.

Freya (i)

SourceFreya isn’t the only Person I tagged on this post about AIDS history, btw. Similar to Frey, I see Her as being queer friendly and supportive, even if seeing Her as queer is upg (applying modern labels to a deity’s sexuality is highly individualized and variable across humans being interacted with). Y’know, it doesn’t hurt anyone if She nudges me to queer history.

Animal Random Acts of Kindness

The morning of this past Sunday we found an orange tabby at the back door. It’s not uncommon for people to move out of the nearby rentals and let their cat loose, which is what we assume happened to this guy. He’s in the gangly kitten stage and isn’t neutered, so we’re not really sure that we’ll see a lot of him. We still put out some food and water, like we used to (the last cat stopped by mid June coincidentally enough).

Hail Freya, and welcome back.

Later that same day we saw a dog in the middle of the road on our way back from my grandparents house. He was on the yellow line of a state route (55 mph), so my mom pulled over and had me get him into the car. Because it was a Sunday, we couldn’t call or drop him off at the humane society so we had to wait until Monday morning. Half of his problem was that he’s a puppy; half of his problem was that he’s not neutered. The dog warden came by and took him in the afternoon, and he’ll hopefully be reunited with his family.

Hail Frey, and welcome back.


((Written 8.29.16, slight trouble with scheduling on the app led to a late posting.))

New Year

Pagan Church Lady

May Her falcon’s wings carry us.

May Her chariot clear the way for us.

May Her gold pour on us as She passes.

May Her passions enflame us and drive us to power.

May Her strength empower us.

May Her beauty inspire us.

May Her love fill and envelope us.

May She walk with us, fly with us, swim with us, dance with us, sing the secret songs with us, make love with us, scream with us, dream with us, bless us and aid us.

Mardoll, Menglad, Gefn, Blotgydjya, Seidhkona, Raudhagull, Valfreyja, Syr, Horn, Mother of Twin Treasures, Our Lady of the Runny Mascara, Freyja, be with us this year.

Happy New Year!

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Shrine update

With People leaving, Faces turning away, and it apparently being a time for People to change things, I have a new shrine configuration. It’s part of the Leaving Questionnaire to ask what I should do with items / shrines, so it didn’t take too much to just check in with Everyone else.

The big change right now is that I have one shrine for the Vanir (and two Vanic compatible Deities – Sunna and Mani). It was a combining and trimming process.

The new shrine is being shown first and below the cut are the available images I have of previous shrines and the components combined.

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Shamless Intoxicated Thanksgiving Post! (Complete with bonus prize inside!)

“We interrupt this rant for a bonus Love Note From Freyja:

There is someone in the world who smiles because of you, smiles spontaneously and from the heart. You are the apple of their eye, you’re the gifted rose beneath their nose, and their world is better because you’re in it. You may not know who they are, but they think of you when the world grows dark and cold and you brighten and warm it for them. Never forget that.”

Pagan Church Lady

I am grateful for you.

Seriously, whoever you are.  If you’re reading this I’m grateful for you.  Some of you have become good friends and I have glowy heart-feels for you.  Some of you are good people I like, even though we’ve not spoken much beyond shared comments.  Some of you I don’t know at all, and I’m pretty sure that one or two of you follow my blog because you don’t like me at all.  I’m grateful for you, too right now.

It’s been a struggle, but I’m coming to a point where I like the person that I am, and all of you in some way have helped to shape me.  Oh, there are a lot of other factors, orlog and hamingja, blood ancestry, all of the other people in the world whose lives have touched mine who are not reading this… but you’re part of that.

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Burning wyrd clean.

Since I’ve gotten some accurate readings from Answersfromvanaheim in the past, I volunteered for a flower oracle reading. And apparently Freya decided to pick the card.

Copy+pasted response from Gef:

Carnation.

I love this card, it’s so dynamic and fiery. Appropriately, this is a card of rebirth. You may be going through some changes right now, or this may be something that will happen in the near future. This card strikes me as very optimistic. I think it’s either a good sign or at least a sign that things are going to heat up in your neck of the woods.

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I mean, it’s not wrong. I am indeed going through some changes right now – the burning period as I’ve been referring to it. Energy modifications are being undone, so that I’m incompatible with other pantheons again, and People are leaving.

Several days of fever and physically feeling like shit have also happened, in part to remind me that I have to take care of my body. (If I’m ever given an ALD assignment again, I need to remember to sleep every night and take vitamin C.)

While it may not feel all that great right now, all these changes are ultimately going to be for the better. *fingers crossed*

Freya

[I’m sharing how I’ve known and interacted with Everyone, starting with the Aesir. The Vanir will be next, then the Rokkr, and then the category where I put those Who don’t seem to pick just one category.]

I admittedly don’t do a whole lot for Freya. She kind of hinted at shadow work at one point, and I kind of freaked out, so I’ve sort of tried to do enough to not offend Her but not so much that She’d come around with this shadow work in mind. It doesn’t sound good when I type it out like this, but you know, some of us just aren’t 110% thrilled when Deities hint at shadow work.

Anyway, I read a prayer on Friday – A Morning Prayer for Freya by Kira. R. [altered], and a prayer set once a month – Freya Prayer Beads by Raven Kaldera [altered]. Before the last devotional lockdown, She wanted me to do both of these every Friday (but, you know, a lockdown means that never happened). These prayers are from Her northenpaganism.org shrine, btw.

She wants me to keep the Love Notes From Freya, but I just barely started trying to transfer them to tumblr [tumblr tag: love notes from Freya]. Additional tumblr tags: Freya, Feline Freya [cats and cat related], Mardoll [oceanic] (See also: Oceanic Deities).

Pic (from this tumblr post) – a pink votive in a red candle holder with four roses. These items have actually had their connection to Her cut and been set aside to donate (Goodwill). I technically use this red bead bracelet as my catch-all prayer beads for prayer sets that I currently don’t have a separate, unique set of prayer beads for. Eventually, I need prayer beads just for Freya (at least, last I knew I did).