Invoking Freya for the Full Moon

Today is the full moon so I invoked Freya as the Mother Aspect of the Triple Goddess. Here are a few pictures from the ceremony. I did not, Freya2of course, take the photographs during the ceremony as that would have been disrespectful.

Freya is sometimes used as the Maiden Aspect of the Triple Goddess and Frigga is the Mother. I tend to use Idunn as the Maiden, however. Hela remains, naturally, the Crone Aspect.

Freya is a leader of the Valkyries and a sage mistress of cats. Her powers are love, beauty, war, wisdom, and sometimes death since she is a Valkyrie. She can be called upon for differing types of spellwork including enchantments, protection, wisdom, love, poetry and creativity. I think the reason I like to call upon her is for the creativity since that fits in well with my writing.

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For the last quarter moon of this month I hope to invoke Hela and post pictures from that ceremony.

Making Magickal Wands for Wicca/Paganism

One of the nice things about Wicca is you can fashion the tools you need for very little expense. One of these is a wand.

I started with several choices and diameters of wood. The first two in the picture below are juniper, then I had an apple branch followed by maple. I asked the juniper tree permission before I took the branches and give it a big drink of water afterward. The apple and maple were picked off the ground from dead branches.

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Here is the apple wand after I stripped the bark. I left some for a handle and left the knots and whorls and buds because I liked the way that looked.

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Here is the apple wand completely carved and sanded and polished. It is 13-inches long. I don’t think I will paint it or glue crystals to it. I prefer a more natural look. But if you decide to make your own wand you can do whatever feels right for you. There is no right or wrong way, it’s the intent that matters most here. You can even buy one from a metaphysical shop if you wish.

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Here are all three together. (Sorry for the blurriness.) At the moment the apple wand is on my altar. (Oh, you didn’t know I have an altar? I guess I should blog about that!) I think I might carve the big fat juniper wand with sigils and decorate with hair, feathers. At the moment I’m happy with the apple and maple wands so I doubt I will mess with them further.

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Apple, juniper, maple wands.

Different woods have different magickal properties. Maple has feminine and masculine energy which fits with the God/Goddess dual aspect of Wicca. A horned owl is considered the sacred bird of this tree.  Maple wands are used for spiritual healing. They enhance  knowledge and communication.

The Apple tree represents female energy and is a symbol of fertility. Since I am doing Nordic Gods it fits with Iduun who grew golden apples to convey immortality to the gods. Apple is good for fairie magick, love, peace, harmony.  I have yet to find information on juniper. Not that it matters. It’s not the wand, it’s the witch who holds the wand that is important, along with his intent. Don’t have a wand? You can use your finger. It’s not the tool…it’s the intent that is always most important in Wicca.

Blessed be!  )O(

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Loki stole Idunn’s apples which, as you might guess, caused quite a lot of consternation among the Nordic gods.

My New Path into Norse Wicca

Freya is one of the gods I will use in my journey through Nordic Wiccan.Many years past a couple of friends and I were talking about religion. What we liked, what we didn’t like. I said then, “If I had not been born a Catholic I would have followed Wicca.”

I never forgot that. To be honest, I never realized at the time what being born, or not being born Catholic, had to do with following any religion for any reason.

But there were parts of Wicca I always liked. Its close relation to nature. Ritual. Reflection. Seeking wisdom. Acknowledging the old ways and the old gods. Forming and shaping parts and elements of the belief to fit your own worldview. A very personal and eclectic system to be built, if that’s what you wanted.

Over the years I wondered if that was what I wanted. I remain unsure to some degree. But I have decided to follow Wicca for a calender year (loosely, Samhain to Samhain) and delve into it and learn.

My reason for this is twofold. One, just by learning more about this cannot but help me with my fiction. I write a lot of dark fantasy. I have never been well-steeped in some facets of that world. Knowing more about it, learning more about it, can only help me as a writer if I continue to write.

And I will continue to write.

Second, I honestly do like the nature aspect of this. Helping me connect more to nature can only be a positive thing. Anyone who follows my blog or knows me well knows how much I like camping and getting away and being by myself. I am hoping I can find new synergy Odin is the male god I will worship in my journey through Norse Wicca.here. Maybe, maybe not. I don’t care. It’s the journey that interests me most. As a writer I am always more interested in journey than in endings and beginnings. Seeking wisdom. Looking into yourself. Being alone without being lonely. That has always been who I am.

I’m going to blog about this and I am going to approach it legitimately. Now, I certainly do realize that with my deep background in physics and chemistry and skepticism leavened with an INTJ personality there may be some bumpy roads ahead. That’s all fine. For what writer alive thinks  human life isn’t about conflict? At the core of things, what else is there to write about? What else do we write about?

So I am going to be very honest with myself about all this. I know there are some things I am going to have a hard time accepting. I may never accept any of it. Maybe I won’t like it. Maybe I’ll get tired of it. Maybe the pressures of the every day world will find a way to tear this idea from my consciousness.

I’m all good with that. I’m a writer first. You think I am going to pass up the opportunity for potential story ideas?

I don’t know how much of this I can do, either. I want to be honest about it and approach it openly, but I can’t lie to myself. I doubt I am going to have the time to celebrate the many-fold parts of this. But I will be honest about it, and my intent will be good, so I’ll see where it goes.

So for one calender year I am going to follow Wicca, learn about it, do it, perform it, be honest to it. If I don’t like it I will stop. If I do like it I will keep going. No matter what happens I will blog about it and write about it here, and use all those experiences to broaden my fiction.

Valkyries and gods seeking wisdom. What's not to like in Nordic Wiccan?There are many ways to seek the path. I think the eclectic one, a solitary path, is right for me. I am not interested in covens or anything like that. In Wicca there is often the Lord and Lady you pay homage to plays a prominent role. But you can choose other pantheons. Lots of witches do and that seems to be a path I would like to explore. The Norse gods have always interested me and here’s a way I can delve more deeply into that mythology. To really get at the bones of the myth and immerse myself in it without being fanatical about it all.

That’s why I have decided to go with Odin and Freya. Perhaps Frigg in place of Freya? I’ll have to think about it and do more research. It remains to be seen which one speaks to me the most. Conventional Norse choices, I suppose, but they seem right to me at the moment. Which is not to say I might not turn to Lord and Lady or even other gods like Egyptian, Celtic, Japanese, or what have you. There are a lot to choose from. You can follow whomever you like, who speaks to you, as long as you have good intent. But I think Norse feels right to me in a very deep and personal way. Especially these gods known for wisdom and strength and knowledge and beauty. I like that. I like that a lot.

The eclectic part will work better for me rather some something more structured like, say, Asatru. Although there are parts of Asatru I like as well. Oh, well, I also get to decide if I use a Pentacle, Valknut, or Triquetra on my altar. Not that I have an altar. Gotta make that someday. Fun!

So there you have it. This is what I am going to do. Well, aside from writing. I’m going camping tomorrow in Santa Rosa, NM and later Palo Duro if I’m not too tired. I intend to finish the Haxan story while camping, do a ton of reading and think about this decision at more depth.

While I am out I am going to look for a wand. They say the tools of your altar find you when you are ready. We will see about that.

This is something that has been building in the back of my mind for more than half a decade now. Now I am going to do it and learn what I can and have fun.

So mote it be.

)O(

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