Card of the day: FREYJA – Goddess of Beauty

Love. Beauty. Art. Acknowledge the power of beauty.

We usually associate the Norse goddess Freyja with love, beauty, and even the root word for Friday, the end of the work week which promises fun and pleasure. But did you know that she actually presides over both the living and the dead? As such, she is responsible for the souls of half of the warriors who perish in a battle.

Despite this grim duty, Freyja is mainly honored as a goddess of beauty and love – forces more formidable than war and death – no doubt because of her exceptional pulchritude. Sometimes she rides the sky in her golden chariot drawn by two gray cats, and at other times she dons a falcon-skin cloak, enabling her to fly through the air like a bird.

Have you been too pragmatic that you have deemed beauty unnecessary as an ingredient in your own life? Beauty is a nurturing force and a healing function that all humans need. Remember that beauty offers you an authentic experience of the divine that can shake you to your core. May the story of the goddess Freyja remind you of its healing power. Acknowledge the power of beauty in your life.

I once asked a bird, “How is it that you fly in this gravity of darkness?” She responded, “Love lifts me.” — Hafiz

(Deck: “Goddess Inspiration Oracle” by Kris Waldherr, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2007)

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