Well, work has me run ragged, and we’re still recovering from the move. Also this week, my mother ended up in the hospital for a week (she’s fine now and recovering). So the Fall Equinox has kind of caught me by surprise. Normally I start to notice Freyr going back into the Mound around August 1, once the days start getting noticeably shorter, but it’s Mabon, to use the Wiccan term, and Freyr’s still up and kicking–around here, at least. (We’re in the middle of a week of 90+ temps, so it certainly doesn’t feel like fall yet.) But the cycles are turning, and Freyr will be down soon.
In the honor of His and Gerda’s marriage, I am putting together a short reenactment ritual which honors Their marriage and its connection with the changing of the seasons. It will take place in my favorite secluded glade in my hometown, surrounded by overhanging trees, adjacent to the local public rose garden. We’ll have a picnic dinner after the ritual. If all goes as planned, it will be idyllic 🙂 Wish me luck!
The Lord and the Lady, by Faeriewood
Idol of Njord in the assembly hall of Ásatrúarfélagið, Reykjavík, Iceland. Photo by Eric O. Scott.
Today’s Njord offering is not something I wrote, but an article by Eric O. Scott that The Wild Hunt posted two years ago. It describes Scott’s visit to Iceland and a conversation which illuminated the difference between how we American Heathens think Icelandic Heathenry “should be” (read: violent and obsessed with Vahalla) and what Icelandic Heathenry actually is (hippie-ish and family-friendly). It’s a neat little snippet of a visit to Iceland. The photo, above, is from his trip, and is apparently the Njord God-pole that stands in their Assembly Hall.
Here are some more depictions of Njord. My favorite of these is the bottm left picture, of him standing with a fishing spear.
First row: Statue of Njord is in Heiligenhafen, Germany. The picture second from right is by Helgath.Picture on the far right is by Thorskegga Thorn.
Middle row, far right picture: from the “Fate of the Norns: Gullveig” card game
(Unfortunately, I don’t know who created the other images.)
My favorite picture of the two of them
And here’s your Elk Glamour Shot for the day, courtesy of Freyr:
Because Freyr is the most subtle and nuanced of Gods (coughhackcough), no matter what I do, the prayer for him by Joshua Tenpenny absolutely refuses to become a page that I can link to. Instead, each time I try, it posts itself front and center on my blog. Each. Time. I’ve had to delete it three times now and at this point I just give up. You win, Freyr! Look–another post, just about you. And I’ve read that damn prayer like five times in the last twenty-four hours.
I did say I wouldn’t want to be in a relationship with a god who doesn’t talk back, didn’t I? Hmm. (Sigh. Freya was never this hamfisted with things. Seriously.)
Let’s see, what else can I do that will make Freyr happy. Well, I can print out another pic of him since the last one burned up a few weeks ago (a funny story which will likely not make it to the blog). I’ve already started putting together a page of images of him so I’ll have a companion page to the artwork and poetry/songs pages that Freya now has. Hmm, what else? Offerings. Pick up some pulled pork? Barley beer? Honey? Flavored lube? There are clearly not enough ithyphallic sculptures on my altar; I’ve got to rectify that soon (Ha! I said rectify!)
Wow, now I’m making bad Vanic jokes. Freyr’s definitely in the house.
Here’s to you, Ingvi-Freyr. May your love never cease, your indomitable spirit never flag, and your antler never miss its mark.
I am so in love with John Bauer right now. Too bad he’s been dead for almost a hundred years. /swoon Also I realize I keep updating my Freya Artwork page and not letting you all know about it. So, if you haven’t checked over there in a while, there’s a bunch of new artwork, and everything’s finally labeled.
Here are two of my favorites:
Freya (Menglad) and Svipdag, from the Svipdagsmál.
Loki looking completely Loki-ish. 😉 (Bauer really nails him, I think.)
Thanks to EmberVoices, I was able to go through and update the artist info on a bunch of the artwork on my Depictions of Freya page. Check it out!