CULT OF FREYJA )))))))))) by Ron McVan
"It is through myths that men are lifted above their captivity in the ordinary, attain powerful visions of the future and realize such visions.” ..........Peter Berger
Of all the female deities the most renowned the most active, the most mystical of the Northern pantheon is the goddess Freyja. Just the very name 'Freyja' alone rolls from the lips with such age old familiarity that one can almost see her drifting with seductive grace through the mists of time in the bracken and bramble of our genetic memory. Indeed, it is this ancient, voluptuous seductress Freyja of the Vanir who taught the patriarchal Allfather Wotan the shamanic art of sejdr. It is she who leads the Valkyries to and from the fields of battle and divides these valiant warrior souls with Wotan. It is she who is the twin sister of the high god Frey, daughter of Njord and Nerthus and alter ego of the maternal matriarch Frigga. The goddess Freyja is most commonly envisioned riding across the sky above the battles in Midgard (earth) with her Valkyries. At other times she may simply ride the night through the boreal forests in her chariot drawn by two huge cats. With the dawn, she could likely be glimpsed on her golden boar through the shadowy trees, and often at such times she would spread her wings and disappear, like a bird of prey, into the canopy.
Freyja, goddess of love, fertility, magic and mystical knowledge. It is little wonder then that she has remained the foremost icon image of the female practitioners of sejdr. "Sejdr" (say-ther) is a form of Aryan shamanism, involving altered states and divination which originated with Freyja. Her own particular brand of sejdr, from its conception, was a feminine, mystical craft. This would at times also involve shape-shifting, astral body travel through the nine worlds, psychic prophecy, sex magic and consummate herb and rune knowledge. The art of sejdr itself, known as 'the technique of ecstasy' predates all known religions.
Freyja was known as the great Dis. The Disir (goddesses) were long known as nine woman dressed in black and carrying swords. Nine (a moon number) was considered the most sacred and mysterious of numbers. At the beginning of winter, particularly in Sweden, these spirits and Freyja were worshiped in a ceremony called the Disablot. The Disir brought good luck, but they were, also, merciless in exacting justice. The Disir were mysterious female beings, most likely related to the Fylgjir and the Valkyries, and connected with Freyja in her capacity as goddess of the dead. It was wise to keep in good stead with the Disir and to remember them with sacrificial gifts, for they could foretell death and had certain protective powers over houses and crops. In Viking times the Disir were celebrated at Uppsala during a large winter feast held in February at full moon.
The ancient craft of sejdr is usually performed by a woman known as a volva or seeress who, when called upon by the folk for her services, would seat herself on a high platform and fall into a trance, induced by the singing of spells, after which she answers questions on certain aspects of the future. While in this condition the seeress would seek information from the spirit world that would enable her to answer questions put to her by fellow worshipers.
"The Goddess and the Horned God have risen from their sleep and call their worshippers, from East and South and West and North, and whisper in the dreams of those who love them: Seek us, find us; walk the way which lies between the two worlds." .............Vivianne Crowley
There are times when sejdr can be a dangerous activity, used to bring harm and even death to others. Often the ecstasy obtained in the feminine sejdr rivals that of the masculine sejdr right practices attributed to Wotan, Thor, and Frey. Traditionally, a Cult of Freyja seeress also known as a 'sejdkuna' would garb herself during a ritual with boots made of calfskin and gloves sewn together from the hide of a cat. Some might prefer to garb themselves with a black or feathered cloak.
There was a recorded account in Greenland during a bad crop season in which a sejdkuna was called upon for her services and was described thusly: "She was wearing a blue strapped cloak, all set with stones down to the hem; she had glass beads round her neck and on her head, a black lambskin hood with a lining of white cat skin; and in her hand she had a staff with a knob on it, which was mounted with brass and had stones set in it round the base of the knob. She had a belt of touchwood round her and on it was a large skin pouch in which she kept her charms, which she had to have for her magic. She had furry calf-skin shoes on her feet and long shoe-laces with big tin knobs on the ends; she had on her hands gloves of cat skin, white inside and furry."
Both the Teutonic and the Celtic tribes since earliest times held their seeresses in high regard. To them the sejdkuna possessed knowledge of the arcane mysteries of the world and of life that was far beyond the understanding of warriors. They go so far as to believe, the Roman historian Tacitus, wrote, that "there is something divine about this sex. They listen to woman's advice within docility, and regard them as oracles." Tacitus, also, mentioned his own personal observation of a sejdkuna, which he described as the nebulous and poetic Vedda, a lonely prophetess who lived up in a tower whence she exercised her power over a vast territory.
The sejdr practitioners whether male or female, was considered the one person within the Aryan pagan tribes who had the skill and power to undertake quests to the world of the spirits in search of special knowledge about the future or healing for the sick. The sejdmadr and sejdkuna were sometimes known to ascend into the spirit world by physically climbing a tree or ladder, which symbolically represented the world tree Yggdrasil or cosmic axis. It is interesting to note that the word "shamanism" derives from the Vedic word "sram" meaning "to heat oneself or to practice austerities." The Norse word "sejdr" also means "heating or boiling". History tells us that shamanism as a traditional practice originated out of White Russia. The names Freyja and Frey mean "Lady" and "Lord ". Among Freyja's many titles she is known as Queen of the Valkyries. "Valkyrie" defined translates to "chooser of the slain".
Belief in magic woman on horseback, sent from the astral realms was very widespread in Northern Europe. It even seems to have been current in Normandy, for it was condemned by an assembly of bishops at Roueni from which one can infer according to one of the early historians of Northern mythology, that these journeys happen frequently in Normandy and that when Norwegians settled in this province they could not bring themselves to renounce this belief, even after they had been forced to accept the alien Christian beliefs.
The Scandinavians referred to man's shadow-self or non-physical self as a "Fylgia", which roughly translated means "the second" or "the one following". The time when this double was most likely to disappear from the body of the man or woman it inhabited was during sleep. In legend the Fylgir acquired a more and more independent existence. If necessity arose, spirits of ancestors were believed to manifest in various physical forms. A Fylgia was known to be a warriors ally and of assistance in battle with hostile spirits. Like the Dises they had the prophetic gift to foresee the future and warn of danger.
There have been great revealers in the mystic circles in all societies and in all ages, people who have found out that the greatest good which can be conferred upon their fellow men is to teach, especially to convey that which their lives embody. These are people who act on their wisdom. It has always been a difficult arduous and at times a life-threatening path for those who teach and practice the arcane science contained in the pagan mysteries. Our indigenous mythologies, legends, gods and heroic tales have served as an ethnic safe ground to ensure the very survival of this ancient knowledge, which binds our race and reveals our deepest self. The Cult of Freyja is just one path of endeavor through a vast treasure trove of wisdom, heritage and spiritual evolution which make up the body of Wotanism. As long as Aryan man survives, Freyja, not unlike her female contemporaries, Frigga, Aphrodite and Isis, will remain that sublimely eternal matriarchal goddess who guides us through the physical and astral matrix of cosmos and chaos, to forever ensure our personal development and the development of our race as well.
"At the ends of the universe is a blood-red chord that ties life to death, man to woman, will to destiny. Let the knot of that red sash, which cradles the hips of the goddess, bind in me the ends of life and dream... I am the knot where two worlds meet. Red magic courses through me like the blood of Freyja, magic of magic, spirit of spirit, I am proof of the power of the gods. I am water and dust walking."
........Meditation by Normandi Ellis from "AWAKENING OSIRIS"