Who runs this blog? I do!
Hi, I’m Cara, a priestess of Freya working primarily within a Norse Reconstructionist/Heathen perspective. I’ve been active in the Heathen community for about 15 years, both in Kentucky and California. I’m a devotional polytheist, and I draw my understanding of Freya and of Heathenry as a whole from the Lore (the Sagas and the Eddas), relevant archaeological finds, and my own peer-checked UPGs. Though at heart I’m a Norse Recon girl, I’ve recently been drafted by the Hellenic deities, so I’ve begun getting involved with a few Greek Recon groups as well. I like to balance my Recon book knowledge with a huge dose of pragmatism, so I enrich my spiritual practice with skills and techniques from various Wiccan traditions, shamanic practices, and Western astrology. As a good friend and fellow priestess puts it, “If it works, use it.” On the mundane side, I work in the tech industry and what little free time I have is spent cuddling with my two cats, cooking, hiking, and indulging in a good sci-fi/fantasy book.
About this Blog:
In April of 2014, I finished up a Dedication process to my Lady, Freya. For those of you unfamiliar with her, Freya is the Norse goddess of Sex, Money, the Battleslain, Magic (specifically all things seidh), Gold, Love, and Beauty. She’s a member of the Vanir tribe of deities (as opposed to the Aesir deities, such as Odin and Thor).
As part of my Dedication process, she has asked me to create a blog to honor Her and share information about Her, the Vanir, and Heathenry as a whole with people far and wide. It will include “Love Notes” from Freya (part of her original mandate); random acts of priestessing; resources for connecting with and honoring Her (and all of the Vanir); and my thoughts and musings about being Her priestess in the Heathen community and the pagan community as a while.
I call this blog a “diary” because it is as much of a processing tool for me as it is a resource for others. I consider myself a priestess-in-progress and I am always expanding my understanding of what it means to be a priestess of Freya and a modern devotional polytheist, and my posts on the blog reflect this.
The Many Facets of Freya
As with many pre-Christian deities, Freya is very complex and rules over many aspects of life. For me, she is a goddess of Beauty, Love, Power, Gold, boundaries, and self-respect. Others experience her darker side as the Chooser of the Slain–walking the battlefield and taking first choice of those dead warriors up to Her hall, Sessrumnir, in Vanaheim. Yet others see her as the Gythia, priestess and seeress, wild and wise in the magic of seidh that Odin coveted. She can also be seen in the embodiment of the green and gold fruitful earth, working with Her brother Freyr to keep the animals fertile and as He keeps the land fruitful. She is also the wife of the lost one, Odr; as She searches for him, she weeps; her tears turning to gold when they reach the earth. Those who connect with this side of her understand the loss of love, whatever form it takes, and know that She mourns with them.
She is the wild, sweet lust of a summer night; the raucous, passionate, unexpected fling; the rush of falling headlong into love; all love and relationships that are forbidden or taboo. She is the Goddess of unabashed New Relationship Energy (NRE). She will help you start a relationship, but not necessarily make it last; look to Her ecstasy, but not necessarily commitment. (If you are looking for contentment within a long-term relationship, you might be better served in appealing to Odin’s wife, Frigga.)
To me, She is also The Queen; separated from her beloved husband Odr, She rules her Hall and her body completely, and does what She pleases, when she pleases, and with whom she pleases. She is not beholden to anyone–not a husband, not her tribe, not the Aesir or jotuns. In this facet, she can be seen as the Strife-Stirrer (as opposed to Frigga’s and Freyr’s roles as community frithweavers). She is the most beautiful of the Norse goddesses, coveted by Gods, jotuns, and humans alike, and fights are often waged for Her hand in marriage–but She never lets Herself be tied down against Her will. Thor Himself dressed as Freya to trick a jotun rather than to try to force her to be married against Her will.
As with many complex deities, Freya has both a light and the dark side of Her nature; which side you experience depends quite a bit on what lens you have to look through. She can be dangerous in that She can (though not necessarily “will”) bring out the negative aspects of power and goldlust in those people who work closely with Her. Her energy, if filtered through your own issues in these areas, can inspire power struggles, selfishness, greed, jealousy, obsession, stinginess, and materialism. As with any other powerful goddess, people who work with her can be drawn to that darkness and obsession rather than try to share her light with others. The choice is yours; but know that the Norse gods are very present, and, in my opinion, not very subtle in letting you know Their opinion.
Why is your lovely blog called “The Gold Thread“?
I chose the title “The Gold Thread” for a number of reasons. First, golden threads are a recurring image in my journeys with her. My most memorable experience of this occurred in the final stages of my initiation with Her. She slowly and thoroughly cocooned me in pure golden thread, which She connected back to Herself. Then She showed me all of the other gold threads that connected back to her, from Her chosen people. (If you’ve seen any of the X-Men movies–remember what it looked like when the Professor put on his helmet and saw all of the mutants all over the world? Imagine that, but with golden threads connecting everyone.) I felt, as usual in my interactions with Her, an overwhelming sense of love, completeness, and connection. In writing this blog/website, I hope to continue to send her “gold threads” out further into the world, and create even more pathways for Her love to flow through.
Second, Freya = valuable = gold. One of her roles (and those of all of the Vanir) is to help create abundance–for Her, this shows itself in monetary wealth, love, and sex. Gold has always been a strong symbol in Germanic literature, an entity unto itself that both lures and destroys those who lust after it. Gullveig, a goddess of the Vanir whom many Asatru identity with Freya, has a name that literally means “gold-intoxication”. Also, the myths list Freya with the most important treasures of the universe: a jotun, having Asgard in his debt, will ask for “the Sun, the Moon, and Freya” in return. (Or, just Freya, depending on the myth.) So, gold is one of the major symbols and colors that I, and many others, use when when dealing with Freya. I can guarantee that anything gold or gold-colored will be appreciated by Her. 🙂