In Norse tradition, we have many Goddesses, each one of whom has a profound meaning and a sphere of functioning:

 

Goddesses contain layers of meaning according to each man‘s understanding. Man‘s understanding depends upon his state of consciousness. Men, who are refined and almost enlightened, have the ability to perceive the layers, from the most obvious ones to the most subtle ones, into the Oneness of all, where no differences abide.

 

The coarse man, not yet possessing a refined nervous system — i.e. in Icelandic terms, his Sleipnir, being not yet apt, pure, and cultured enough — may perceive only the surface values.

 

Note: In Norse mythology, Sleipnir, is the eight-legged horse of Óðinn (Odin, the main-god of the ancient Norse tradition). Sleipnir is the finest of all steeds, representing man’s refined nervous system, a vehicle to attain pure consciousness, thus being our means to discover enlightened understanding.

 

 

Myths contain layers and allegory, so that every man can enjoy them on his term:

 

Note: ‘Man’ refers generically to Mankind. The plural word ‘Men’ refers to both men and women, and all human children. Please take into account my Icelandic use of these words.

 

In order to understand our beloved and much revered goddess Freyja, we have to see through personifications of her powers, and find the core and essence of them. Personifications are therefore OK — if we are not led astray by seeing such as ‘people’.

 

When we enjoy the perfection of ancient Greek statues, we tend to forget that these are originally the administrative and creative powers in the universe.

 

We should not let mythological personifications of worldly phenomena blind us to the fact that they are symbolic of something subtle and powerful.

 

Personifications are a good thing, actually, as everything in the created world is in the same pattern and in the image of Ginnungagap, the “Great Void” or “One-ness”, That which alone is, unmanifest eternity. Also the human body is in this image.

The personification equivalent of ‘Freyja’ amongst the Greek dieties are as Afrodita, and Hera or Nerþus “coming out of her bath” as some tended to see it. Greek Afrodita correlates to Roman Venus, to our Norse Freyja, in Sanskrit Shukra. Their week-day is Friday, correlating in all our languages. ‘Afros’ means ‘foam’.

 

What should be known is that Freyja‘s name is also derived from “froða“, foam, froth:

 

The Abyss of Waters, Ægir, is the very “place” from where the great goddess of creation emerges. The space-time ‘quantum’ foam perculates universes. (Please refer to the lectures of quantum-physicist Dr. John Hagelin on this point). Physics tell us that the space-time ‘quantum’ foam emerges from The Unified Field, bubbling in all shapes and forms until some break loose — to become universes.

 

So, if anything is symbolizing creation, it is Freyja. It is no small thing that she creates, as it is our universe — along with all that follows. No small thing that little Big Bang, carried out in a wee fraction of a second, by the grace of a female diety, a Goddess.

 

 

 

We should also know that in the foam there are little worm-holes.

 

We human beings can do, as does Óðinn, when he penetrates – in the shape, or guise, of a worm – penetrates the “barrier“ (as some may see that creation-thing to be) into the cliff Hnitbjörg to Gunnlöð, in order to imbibe the mead of wisdom in abundance, enjoying her hospitality.

 

Óðinn (in this myth) can not take his body along, as bodies are of the created world. Neither can we. We have to creep through Freyja without the body, leave our beloved body for a while in its place (in the world where it belongs), and come back to it after imbibing the mead of wisdom. Then we can fly in the world like an eagle.

 

In the ‘Hávamál’, vísa 138 and on:

 

Note: The ‘Hávamál’ in English means literally ‘Sayings of the High One’. It is a single poem in one of the ancient sacred books of the Norse people, ‘The Poetic Edda’.

By ‘layers of understanding’ it contains advice for righteous living, proper conduct, then seeking of the knowledge, and, the last part of Hávamál conveys the supreme wisdom, transcending, and the benefits thereof in human life.

 

In the last part of Hávamál, part of pure supreme wisdom, Hávi (Óðinn) tells us about transcending. He (and we, as ‘everyman’) peeps, or spies, underneath the creation to gain fimbulrúnir, the skill in action, and nine good galdrar, which is the power to “think our world”, i.e. create our world, as perfect as we wish it to be. A world is a man-thought phenomenon.

 

Use it or loose it:

 

Humans are the earth-species endowed with this superb nervous system, Sleipnir, that allows transcendence. We might lose this most precious ability if we do not use it. I recommend the easy, natural technique of Transcendental Meditation, or TM®.

(Please Google TM on the internet for more information and comprehensive scientific research).

 

It is interesting to know that the English word, “world” is the Icelandic word “veröld”:

 

Ver-öld, means a man‘s lifespan in Icelandic. So, each one of us creates his own veröld out of Gungnir. Gungnir in Norse mythology is the spear of Óðinn, but Gungnir really means ‘vibrations’.  Gungnir is the “super-strings” of Physics.

 

Each person, by placing their attention in an aspect of life that attracts him, creates his own conceptual world from ‘vibrations’. Thus, there are as many ‘worlds’ as there are living men. We can, by this knowledge, see that no two men might perceive “a world” in the same way. Worlds are individually designed by us. This is “the world is as you are“.

 

Men of exalted consciousness create a beautiful and loving world. They can easily penetrate the Freyja-creation, and thereby nurture themselves with pure wisdom. These men exalt their fellow-men, enlighten and uplift the whole of mankind. Freyja loves them, and they love her.

 

Freyja, the graceful Goddess, with great joy lends us her feather-guise whenever we need it, so that we can take a gandreið, to wherever we want.

 

Note: a gander is a goose, and gand-reið, a ‘goose-ride’. This is every pure man‘s ability to fly in the world.

 

During the Dark Ages in Europe some men disdained Goddesses:

 

Following the spread of Roman Christianity (theocracy) throughout Europe, Goddess-worship was banned, as was the reverence of the other Gods. But an annoying Goddess-deficiency syndrome seems to have accumulated in the consciousness of the people of Europe! In the end, a Goddess was promoted by the, by then, dominant Christian church throughout Europe. She was a woman obedient to the patriarchy. We know her as Holy Mary.

To her, great churches were dedicated, such as Notre Dame in Paris, and Vor Fruekirke in Denmark.

 

Note: Vor Frue = Our Lady; the title Fru (German Frau) being derived from the name Freyja

 

There is a lovely story of a huge Icelandic seaman visiting southern Europe some few years ago:

 

He was in south of Europe travelling with other Icelanders, visiting a Catholic church. There he watched old ladies in hooded cloaks light candles and put them at the feet of a Holy Mary icon. So he decided to do the same. His friends pointed out to him that the statue was that of Virgin Mary, the mother to Jesus. He replied: “Whatever they call her I do not mind. She is Freyja.”

 

Even if we love Freyja the most of all Gods and Goddesses, we should take heed:

 

It is unwise to take one god or one goddess out of the pantheon.

 

Note: The term God, Gods or Goð, is orginally neuter, i.e. neither masculine nor feminine. Therefore encompasses both Gods and Goddesses. The Roman Empire turned the term God into masculine singular for their theocratic purposes.

 

Our Gods are contained within the complete ‘Wholeness’, Ginnungagap, The Great Void, The Unified Field of Total Natural Law. Ginnungagap, Brahman, is not defined by qualities, only IS. Brahaman is eterniy, is unboundedness, is the unmanifest self-sufficient pure knowledge.

 

Gods and Goddesses are flawless organizing and creative powers in the created universe. All this “existence”, though, is only Ginnungagap, as nothing else is.  The functioning of Gods, or Laws of Nature, comes to an end in the end, when all “broken symmetry” re-unites in Ginnungagap. In the ancient Norse spiritual heritage this is termed as Ragnarök.

Rögn means the gods, æsir, tívar.

 

But Ginnungagap never ceases to be. Freyja is creation at the beginning of a universe, and she will leave as she came, only to start anew – as Ginnungagap perpetually perculates future universes.

 

So why all this playful creation-fun?  Does it have a purpose?

 

We should simply use our live-spans to evolve. That is what we are here for. Thanks to Freyja‘s creative power there is a universe for us for this highest purpose of man‘s many life-spans. So use them well. Set enlightenment as your highest goal in this your present life-span. That we do best by transcending every day, using our worm-holes in the space-time foam, imbibe the mead of wisdom. Great Goddess Freyja is our friend, now that we know the very purpose of life on earth, and strive for the highest goal: enlightenment

 

 – by Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir, Iceland.

 

If you are interested in the symbolic language and allegory of the ancient Norse Edda-poems and myths, please go to YouTube and search under ‘Goiagodi’ to find ‘Iceland Heathenry Chatter’. 

Guðrún’s website is: www.mmedia.is/odsmal

 

Also illustrated books (for now in Icelandic language only) are available via Amazon. Search for: ‘Odsmal’ (or Óðsmál); for more books, search ‘freyjukettir’.

 

Many a man has, through the ages, seen the pure theosophy and spirituality of Heathenry (Paganry) found in the surviving Norse Edda – which is available from our library in Melbourne.

This present research has been inspired by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who has given us profound understanding of the supreme wisdom.