Music: Sandra Wong

Freyja, Odin, and the Runes


Ancient Runestone in Uppsala, Sweden
The primary goddess of the Norse people, Freyja is an oracle, shapeshifter, and warrior. She is sometimes portrayed as riding through the air, pulled by house cats. She is also seen astride her steed in full battle armor, taking the fallen heroes to Asgard—home of the Norse gods—in the frozen north. Freyja teaches the sacred oracular songs of Seidr to her chosen students, including her husband Odin. The oracles she trained were called völva, or seers.

Odin is attributed with discovering the runes, an ancient symbolic Norse alphabet also used for divination. He was hung from the world tree, Yggdrasil, while pierced by his own spear for nine days and nights, in order to learn the wisdom that would give him power in the nine worlds. Nine is a significant number in Norse magical practice. There were, for example, nine realms of existence. It was during this ordeal that Odin visioned the symbols of the runic alphabet. The runes date to the first century CE and have several variations.

When you take this journey, you will receive powerful initiations from both Freyja and Odin, and you will begin to learn about the runes and how to use them.