Summary: Frey is a major Norse God.
Norse names: Frey, Freyr
(NOTE: In addition to native variations by locality or over time, there are often several possible transliterations into the Roman alphabet used for English.)
Frey: Norse God of rain and sunshine.
Husband and brother of Freya
A member of the Aesir.
magickal information and correspondences:
Sacred candle color: green
from The Handbook of Norse Mythology:
by Karl Mortensen, 1898 (Nordisk mythologi), original Danish
translated into English 1913 by A. Clinton Crowell
8. FREY AND FREYJA. Njorth of Noatun, as we have said, had had two children in Vanaheim, a son, Frey, and a daughter, Freyja. Frey is the grandest among the Aesir; he governs the rain and sunshine and thereby the products of the earth; wherefore men shall call upon him to obtain good years and times of peace, as he also governs mens happiness with reference to the gods. His dwelling is called Alfheim. His sister, Freyja, is the most excellent among the Asynjur, and dwells in heaven in the castle which is called Folkvang.
Left to right: Njörðr, Skaði, Freyr. From the book The Elder or Poetic Edda; commonly known as Sūmund's Edda. Edited and translated with introduction and notes by Olive Bray. Illustrated by W.G. Collingwood (1908) Page 138, published 1908. The list of illustrations in the front matter of the book gives this one the title The Lovesickness of Frey..
Frey Nordic God of Rain and Sun. In Sweden the life-size wood image of this Lord of Animal and Vegetative Fertility was carried in Spring by wagon, accompanied by a maiden chosen to represent his consort-sister Freya.
Frey is consonant with the dying-resurrecting Roman deity Priapus, his annual sacred joining with Freya bringing rebirth to the land. The Norse and Germanic feast of Yule celebrated Freys reemergence; Yule log and tree are the gods personae hidden within our festival of Christmas. Frey wielded a phallic sword, and in this depiction rides the indomitable boar, Celtic symbol of prosperity, virility and ceremonial feasting. picture and text © 1996 JBL Statues (now called Sacred Source), original text created by Tom Laudeman
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Brisingamen Disk The Sacred Marriage of Frey and Freya is shown in this pictograph dating from about 500 BCE and discovered in Maltagarden, Denmark. Carved upon the sandstone lid of a cremation urn, Freyas ornate necklace Brisingamen may have symbolized the Sun, whose thawing of winter ice gave its solar disc feminine qualities in the Norse/Germanic traditions. Note the phallic god, and the goddess identified by her crescent moon. The fir tree fertility symbol that adjoins Freya has also been identified as an ear of grain.
See Frey. picture and text © 1996 JBL Statues (now called Sacred Source), original text created by Tom Laudeman
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