Since this series was inspired not just by Njord but also by his attitudes on generosity and gift-giving, I give to you some wise words on the subject from the Havamal. (TL; DR: Be as generous as you can, otherwise you will have no friends and life will be bad.)
- Hail, ye Givers! a guest is come;
say! where shall he sit within?
Much pressed is he who fain on the hearth
would seek for warmth and weal.
- He hath need of fire, who now is come,
numbed with cold to the knee;
food and clothing the wanderer craves
who has fared o’er the rimy fell.
- I found none so noble or free with his food,
who was not gladdened with a gift,
nor one who gave of his gifts such store
but he loved reward, could he win it.
- Let no man stint him and suffer need
of the wealth he has won in life;
oft is saved for a foe what was meant for a friend,
and much goes worse than one weens.
- With raiment and arms shall friends gladden each other,
so has one proved oneself;
for friends last longest, if fate be fair
who give and give again.
- To his friend a man should bear him as friend,
and gift for gift bestow,
laughter for laughter let him exchange,
but leasing pay for a lie.
- Hast thou a friend whom thou trustest well,
from whom thou cravest good?
Share thy mind with him, gifts exchange with him,
fare to find him oft.
- My garments once I gave in the field
to two land-marks made as men;
heroes they seemed when once they were clothed;
’tis the naked who suffer shame!
- Not great things alone must one give to another,
praise oft is earned for nought;
with half a loaf and a tilted bowl
I have found me many a friend.
A few weeks back, a friend who is running a Trance Class gave the class their first chance to attempt trancing a deity. A few of us had dialed in and were participating online, but most people were there in person. I hadn’t expected to trance Freya–while I have a lot of experience acting as Her medium, She and I haven’t been close in that way for a while. However, apparently She had some people to talk to and messages that needed to be passed on. So that’s what I did.
Money and prosperity is a common theme when speaking with the Vanir, and this was no exception. The lesson I learned that night was that though each of the Vanir have a tie to bringing money and prosperity, each goes about it in a slightly different way.
For Njord–Njord is the one who helps to “bring your ship in”–be it a job, an inheritance, money owed to you, or a good opportunity to make money. He’s like a sale rep. He goes out and brings back leads and contact info. A point that Freya made here was that if He knows specifically what you are looking for, it makes His job considerably easier. Otherwise he’ll keep throwing random things in your path and hope one of them is useful.
For Freyr–Freyr is the banker of the Vanir. He protects your investments and helps them to grow in a steady, safe way. He tends them the same way He tends His fields and He tends his followers. He is the Sacred, Sacrificial King–he will do whatever it takes to make sure his people survive; and he plans ahead for contingencies.
For Freya–Simply put, Freya is the attractor. She literally pulls money and valuables to Her (and you). Freya is all about gifts from out of the blue, with people, both good friends and mere acquaintances, unexpectedly buying you or giving you things. A down side to this energy is that you can end up with an imbalance of power in regards to gift-giving within relationships. Remember, a gift begets a gift. And a gift that you get may actually be something that the giver cannot afford to give away, or will receive a serious repercussion for. Best to make all of these things explicitly clear with the Lady when you ask her for help with the finances.
Hopefully this helps. I find that going to the best deity/power for the job makes everyone’s life a bit easier.
I had two deep thoughts today.
First, Freya gives to herself (and we do, too)
Odin sacrifices “himself to himself” for knowledge of the runes and whatnot; but Freya — Freya is a giver. Working on the Facets of Freya ritual today, I kept getting the message “I am a gift”. (Me, attempting to clarify: “Who is a gift? Me?” Freya: “YES.” “To who?” “YES.” “To you?” “YOU ARE THE GIFT.”) sigh. So I thought, well, if Odin can sacrifice himself to himself, than I can give myself to myself. I give myself to myself; I am both the giver and the gift. Which fits in perfectly with the facet of Freya that I will be portraying–the Freya of Self-Love. (If you could only see the way She loves us…)
Second, Freya as a golddigger. Literally.
Today’s work also brought up this quote: “I am the daughter of a master navigator. There is no gold I cannot find or treasure I cannot uncover and make shine.” And I thought, Well, of course. She loves gold and beauty in all of its forms. She found the best gold/treasure the dwarves had to offer, and went after it, breaking all kinds of Asgardian rules and thoroughly pissing Odin off (depending on your pov). And She loves and is doted on by Her father, Njord, the god of Fishing,Trade, and Commerce. (Vanic gods, the both of them, so modify anything They do with the adjective “abundantly”.) Who’s to say that Her guidance won’t always bring us to richer and better things? Maybe She is a golddigger, but in a good way. I mean, She is a giver.
Cinderella’s (soon to be Sleeping Beauty’s) Prince: Yes, but even one prick–it’s my thing about blood–
Rapunzel’s (soon to be Snow White’s) Prince : Well, it’s sick!
CP: It’s no sicker than your thing with dwarfs!
RP: Dwarves are very upsetting….
Actually, they’re not that upsetting at all, just kind of surprising. And happy folk for Freyaspeople to come visit. So, let’s talk dwarves, shall we?
Motherhoood is a symptom of kindness, and the greatest form of charity. It is the gift that is given without the expectation that something of equal value will be given in return. Who are you mothering today? Who has mothered you?
Honor those who, in their own way, have shown you kindness and compassion and have passed on the knowledge that they themselves fought dearly to gain. Respect their experience, strength, and hope, for without it, where would you be? Motherhood comes in all shapes and forms; look past your blood kin and out to others whom you respect and love. As you draw your strength from them, be a comfort to them as their own strength wanes. What is remembered, lives, and gives hope to those who come afterwards. It is a gift; honor it as such. Love, Freya
This month appears to be a month of honoring your ancestors, of blood and spirit. May that which is beneficial remain with us and strengthen us, and that which is harmful fade away.