August 24 @ 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
FreyFaxi is the feast of Freyr and of harvest thanksgiving, it has undergone many transformations as an ancient holiday. At one time human sacrifices were made to ensure good crops, today we sacrifice a bottle of mead or a loaf of bread. Even though many of us are no longer farmers, we still depend on the land. Most of us go to the grocery store and buy things that have come from the fields.
It is a time to honor Frey, God of the harvest, rains, fertility. We honor him because without him we would not have much of our food supply. He gives fertility to the fields and plants; he gives them life giving rain so that they may grow and flourish. These plants including trees which give us oxygen to breath.
We honor Frey to thank him for the many harvests that we have had, including our homes, jobs, and family. We honor Frey by giving him a blot, and a grand feast from the yield of the earth. We honor him with mead, or some type of drink, food from our table, baked bread that we or others have made from the wheat he has bestowed upon us, and we ask him to give the land and our lives even greater fertility in the coming year. A tradition of this ritual is to make bread beasts, loaves in the shape of animals (particularly a boar) and offer them to Freyr.
A popular story about Freyr is told in the poem Skírnismál. Freyr sits on Odin’s chair, from which he can see the whole word, and spies Gerðr, a beautiful jötunn (the jötnar were the enemies of the Aesir). He falls madly in love at first sight, and his servant, and good friend, Skírnir, offers to convince Gerðr to marry him in exchange for Freyr’s famous sword that never misses its mark. Freyr readily agrees, and from this point on Freyr fights his battles with a pair of antlers (in fact his death at Ragnarok, the Norse Armageddon, is credited as being because he gave up his sword for love). Many people view the story of Gerðr and Freyr to be symbolic of the union of rain (Freyr) and Earth (Gerðr) to make the harvest.
In all the records and histories, I’ve seen Freyr is beloved as a god that brings fruitfulness and peace, a god who is clever in a fight but more concerned with matters of the heart than the battlefield, a god who teaches wise decisions and strong ties of kinship. It is perfect to honor Freyr at the start of any harvest and ask his blessing on our hard work, in our gardens or in the workplace, and that it bear fruit.
Freyr is also ruler of the elves and when he cut his first tooth the other gods gave him Alfheim as a present. He owns a magical boat called Skíðblaðnir that always has a favorable wind and will fold up to fit in your pocket, and he rides a chariot pulled by a boar called Golden Bristles, because his bristles glow in the dark.
Hail Frey! Hail the Harvest! May yours be bountiful!
If you are not able to attend our ritual find a way to honor Frey, son of Njord, for the bounty of the land and for the life of the plants and world around us. Perhaps you can get a few things from a farmers’ market or something similar.
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