I was writing in my DP journal about “personal religion.” The WOTY book was asking me questions about hearth cultures and Patrons. It suddenly hit me that I was responding to each question with how Freya influenced my search for a hearth culture. I realized that the idea of Freya as my Patron had been stuck in my head for a long time.
I decided to do a bit of searching (yay Google!) to find more information about Freya. I found a website that described her as a Goddess of love and beauty, but also sex, pain, war, and death. This is actually very fitting for me, in ways that I’d rather not describe here. She also rides in a chariot driven by two cats. I got my own cat a few years ago named Frieda, though I grew up with a dog. Frieda was probably named by the shelter where I got her. I couldn’t think of any good cat names, so I kept it. Every day I am reminded of the Goddess Freya thanks to my calico cat.
I decided I would begin to honor Her as my Patron, though I wasn’t quite sure what kinds of offerings She would like. I sent out an email to the Norse mailing list in ADF asking about possible offerings and went to bed.
When I got up this morning, I performed my morning devotional ritual and took an omen. Instead of asking my usual question, “Kindreds, what blessings do you have for me today?” I asked “Should I honor Freya as my Patron?” I drew three runes in response. These runes were Jera, Kenaz, and Ansuz.
Jera is a rune of the harvest. Since Freya has fertility associations, she is a Goddess of the harvest. Jera also refers to the year ahead, so I took this to mean that perhaps Freya will be my Patron for the next year, but I’m not entirely sure about this interpretation.
Kenaz is a rune of either cheer or pain and death. Since we are dealing with Freya, though, I believe Kenaz was both cheer and death. Kenaz is just a reflection of Freya, like Jera.
Finally, we have Ansuz. Ansuz can indicate a new beginning. Having a personal Patron is certainly a new beginning for me! It also refers to communication and wisdom from the Shining Ones.
Combining all of these interpretations, the answer to my question was yes. I read in my email that Freya likes coffee, so I made some and offered Her the first “sip” of the cup outside with a few words acknowledging Her presence in my life.
Later in the day, I was not feeling well. I climbed into bed and took a nap. As I was starting to wake up, I closed my eyes again to fight the urge to get up. When my eyes were closed, I saw a figure of a woman with a feathery-looking cloak flying upwards to the Sky. I knew that was Freya.
I am thrilled to have found a Patron, at least for now. I know Freya will bless my life.
May you find your Patrons also,