Originally posted to Facebook on June 30 at 8:35am
Another grey morning to greet me and I have no sadness in its presence. Just the knowing that everything is well fed, well washed fully nourished. Morning rains are but a mist and enough to wash the night's sleep away.
Friday is here in her gracious way and of course, most of us welcome her with open arms:
"Friday’s Child is Loving and Giving."
"Friday children are big-hearted and generous."
Friday is a day of the nurturing, loving, awe-inspiring goddesses of our lore. Oh, how we have lost our connections to this world in all of the ways that teach and inspire us best.
A little etymology: Freo is identical with freo, meaning free. It is from the Germanic frijaz meaning "beloved, belonging to the loved ones, not in bondage, free". Are we not free from the bondage and slavery of the workweek? It's not a thing any of us like to admit but that is the truth in of the matter. Friday means freedom.
Friday is ruled by the planet Venus and the goddesses who are assigned to her. Frigg and Freya of Nore mythology are best known to occupy this day. You also have the Roman goddess Venus and the Greek goddess Aphrodite but let's delve into the reasons for these beautiful, strong, loving and terrifying goddesses to hold the end of the work week in their palms, shall we?
Frigg is the queen of Asgard, the capital city of the Norse gods. She is a major goddess, and most myths focus on her roles as a wife and mother. Frigg is also said to be prophetic. Like her husband Odin, Frigg sometimes sits in a high seat called Hliðskjálf. From there she can look into other worlds. How do we see this goddess translating into our lives? I can see the symbology in my own life but not all households are so traditional.
Freyja, which is Old Norse for the “Lady,” has many associations, which include fertility, gold, and death. She rides a chariot that is driven by two cats. When she’s not in her chariot, she’s also known to hitch a ride on a boar she owns called Hildisvíni.
Freya (Fria) is the Teutonic goddess of love, beauty, and prolific procreation. She is identified with the Norse god Freya. She is the leader of the Valkyries and one of the Vanir.
Frigg (Frigga) is the Teutonic goddess of clouds, the sky, and conjugal (married) love. She is identified with Frigg, the Norse goddess of love and the heavens and the wife of Odin. She is one of the Aesir.
Venus encompasses love, connection, belonging, comfort, sensuality, and passions. Friday is surely the day in the week that is replete with the energy of friendliness, kindness and a sense of relief and nourishing energies. It's no wonder this day is the most popular night for dates between lovers as it's all about romance and letting our hair down to relax and enjoy one another.
Words of Venus' influences:
On Fridays, we gather with friends and family and express our love and care for them and hey for us. It's the beginning of a weekend filled with homestead reviving, tending to home and hearth and breaking bread in a less frantic way that would be seen during the week. Friday is a great day for pleasure and appreciation, and indulging in the finer things in this life. It's a good day to pamper oneself to wash away the week and quite honestly to act as the gods would have at one of their favored gatherings where they imbibe and celebrate one another and their marvelous creations. Are we not the gods of these tales in our own understandings so that we may feel more connected to them? Is that not the point of these tales of mythos and mysticism?
The symbology of Venus reminds us of the inclusive nature of our universe. Here there is no exclusion. Only inclusion. All of us are welcomed to enjoy the wonders and delicacies in this life, all of us are welcome, and all is ever-expanding. Spirituality holds hands with this same inclusive concept. The mystic mind never pushes away, but always embraces what is. And, the at the base of all inclusive is the vibrating construct of love.
Colours that represent Friday are greens, browns, and blues. Earth and sky represented in it's most protective and all-encompassing manner. The Sky above us sheltering us from the vastness of the Universe, the ground below us keeping us well rooted and nourished.
So here we are at the beginning of our Friday. I do suggest that you sit with these ideas and mythologies, that you delve into the spark of these archetypes within yourself and feed them well. We are powerful creatures, creators and so very tired from the mundane of this life, we lose our connection to the tales that brought us to where we are. This accounts for so much of our unhappiness; that deep sense of not being connected to something greater. If we would only allow ourselves the chance, the ability to see our own greatness, our mirrored faces of the gods, of creation, of the spark of life that began it all. perhaps we would feel less lonesome in it all, perhaps we would create more, love more, endure more and be more than we have believed ourselves to be.
Blessings on this Friday and all days. Be well and make merry with your kin. Time is fleeting and soon enough we will wish we had taken the time to be still enough to appreciate, love and nourish it all.
Author: Cari-Lee Miller
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