A friend of mine recently asked me to write up the daily devotional that I do for Freyja. I decided to share it here as well. It’s heavily ADF influenced, as a lot of my private practice is. Thus you’ll see the fire, well, and tree (although establishing the sacred center was inspired by a similar process that I’ve seen Patricia Lafayllve do, shared with credit to her, and her permission). I also cleanse the space through invocations to Her. I know a lot of Heathens call on Thor for this, but I don’t work with him often, and She is the Priestess of the Sacrifice and as such can be called on to aid in hallowing and cleansing. Other than the sacred center and the prayer adapted from Galina the rest is my own work, including the invocation.
“I light now the sacred flame. Let us pray with a good fire.”
Hold the candle in front of you. Move it up and down and back and forth in front of your body, saying:
“Sacred flame, in Freyja’s name, cleanse me and bless me, banish from me all baleful wights and wills and make me whole and holy. Oh sacred flame, in Freyja’s name, so be it. Hail Blotgydja.”
Walk candle around the room, saying:
“Sacred flame, in Freyja’s name, cleanse and bless this space and banish from it all baleful wights and wills and make it whole and holy. Sacred flame, in Freyja’s name, so be it. Hail Blotgydja.”
Asperge self with water from bowl, saying:
“Water from the sacred well, in Freyja’s name, cleanse me and bless me, banish from me all baleful wights and wills and make me whole and holy. Water from the sacred well, in Freyja’s name, so be it. Hail Blotgydja.”
Asperge eight directions of room, ceiling and floor, saying:
“Water from the sacred well, cleanse and bless this space, banish from it all baleful wights and wills, and make it whole and holy. Water from the sacred well, in Freyja’s name, so be it. Hail Blotgydja.”
“Hail Freyja Blotgydja!”
Establishing Sacred Center
Pass hand through candle flame, saying:
“In the south, the realm of flames and sparks, Muspelheim hight.”
Dip fingers in the well, saying:
“In the north, the realm of water and mist, Niflheim hight.”
“In the center, in the void, Ginnungagap hight, the fires of the south met the waters of the north. SSSSSSSSSSS (hissing sound). From this meeting, all things were made.”
Touch representation of Yggdrasil, saying:
“In the center, all things connecting, nine worlds supporting, a mighty tree, Yggdrasil hight.”
Calling to Freyja:
Raise arms, saying:
Hail Mardoll Freyja, Lady of Passion, Lady of Power.
Hail to Freyja, cat-chariot riding!
Hail to Freyja in passion abiding!
Hail to Freyja in red-gold lust screaming!
Hail to Freyja in deep seidh trance dreaming!
Hail to Freyja on falcon wings flying!
Hail to Freyja on dwarven bed sighing.
Hail to Mardoll in brightness and beauty.
Hail Blotgydja in your sacred duty.
Hail to Freyja in Passion and Power!
Hail to Freyja, bright Vanaheim’s flower!
Hail Mardoll Freyja, Vanadis!
Slowly lower arms, saying:
Be welcome on your shrine, be welcome in my home, be welcome in my life.
Light any candles you have for Her, saying:
“Freyja, I light now these candles in Your honor. May their warmth and light and sweet scent please you and bring you joy. Hail Freyja!”
Sing Her names, whichever ones please you and call to you in whatever tune you wish. Think of Her as they flow from your heart and through your lips. Feel your love for Her.
This is where I recite my personal devotional oath to Her. If you have that or something similar, this is a good time to do it.
Then recite any prayers you have for Her. I do different ones depending on need and mood. The one I use daily is adapted from Galina Krasskova’s prayer to Freyja (changed only in that I alter “we” and “our” to “I” and “my” when I am reading it alone:
“Hail to the Lady of Amber. Hail to the Lady of Steel. Bringer of luck, bestower of wealth. You are the envy of all the Gods, the treasure of the nine sacred worlds. Freyja, mighty and magnificent, I praise Your name with my passions. Ignite within me an awareness of my own creative fire. Ignite within me hunger, to burn through the pale shadows of my life and to find integrity: in all I do, in all I dream, in all I am. Bless me, Freyja, Lady of the Vanir, and I shall hail You, always.”
I also thank Her for Her blessings at this point. I usually say something like:
“Thank you Freyja, for your blessings. Thank you for your presence in my life. Thank you for being part of my life, and for letting me be part of Yours.”
Sometimes I include other blessings and gifts that I thank Her for as well.
Spend some time in silence with Her; it can be as short as three breaths or as long as you wish and have time for. Listen to Her, feel Her presence, and love and honor Her in your silence.
“Thank you, Freyja, for coming to my home and being in my life. Be with me always.”
Snuff the candles, one by one, saying:
“Thank you Freyja, hail and blessings!”
Turn to the flame, well, and tree.
“Thank you sacred flame. Thank you sacred well. Thank you sacred tree.”
Snuff the candle flame, saying:
“I have prayed with a good fire.”
And it is done.