Freyja: Red-haired Norse Goddess of Beauty, Love, Magic and Healing

FreyaRedheadFreyja: Goddess of Magic, Love and Healing

Of all the Norse gods and goddesses, Freyja alone has enjoyed unbroken worship throughout history. Goddess of magic, love, fertility and healing, her name means “the lady”, as if to emphasize she is the epitome of woman. Patron of wise women, seeresses, rune-mistresses and healers, she is Mistress of Seidhr, the brewing of potions and herbal medicines. As goddess of beauty, she encourages self-awareness, appreciation for and acceptance of one’s own personal beauty. She was also able give new life to the slain. Called the Shining One, legend recounts how she was cast into fire three times, each time emerging unharmed, thus earning the name. Even the rune “F” for Freyja represents good health.

Women dedicated to Freyja travelled around healing people, and this inspired us create our shop Freyja’s Magic. In the spirit of Freyja, it is our mission to bring healing to others, and cultivate true beauty through our handmade body care, crafted in harmony with nature.

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Never A Saint With Red Hair

A Russian proverb states, “There was never a saint with red hair”, meaning all red-heads are prone to evil tempers and dissolute ways. In fact, one of the most famous Irish saints, Brigid, was a red-head.

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It all began with Brid, the goddess of fire, patroness of hearth and home, smiths and forges, healers and herbs, poets and language. Honored in ancient Ireland, it was claimed that at birth, a column of fire reached from her red curls up into heaven. Many girls were named Brid, or Brigid, in her honor.

One such girl was Saint Brigid. Born in 435 AD to a chieftain and a slave girl, and raised by Druids, she was beautiful and iron-willed. She refused to be married off, instead choosing to follow the revolutionary teachings of St Patrick and embracing Christianity.

She worked many miracles, from controlling the weather to improving the yield of crops and livestock, and even outwitted Irish Chieftains. She travelled far and wide, eventually building an Abbey in Kildare where she welcomed travelers with legendary hospitality. She was fond of ale, and said to be the best brewer in all of Ireland! She also kept a magic red-eared cow that gave the most and best milk in the land.

Brigid’s feast day is still celebrated on February 1st, the old feast of the goddess Brid. On that day it is said Brigid travels through Ireland with her magic cow, blessing those who remember and honor their sacred roots.

Druids and Qigong

chinesedragonAncient Druids were aware of what they referred to as the Dragon coursing through their bodies and the universe. Practitioners of qigong know this as well called qi. The ancient Daoists revered the dragon too. Is it possible they were both talking about the same thing? Some Druids had red hair and there have been found redheaded mummies in China. Interesting…

The Hair Shaman

“All vital life force – ‘chi’ – is interwoven with our hair.”

~Antonio Morocco, The Hair Shaman

We know instinctually that there is something magical about hair. It makes our face, reflects our health, and reveals our personality. Anthony Morocco, The Hair Shaman, has spent his life “fully discovering and maximizing the vital life force of human hair”.

At the age of four he had the vision that started him on his quest. He realized “all vital life force is interwoven with our hair, rather than the body.” After working as a barber for the likes of Audrey Hepburn, he set out on a worldwide journey to study hair shamanism, including cutting based on lunar cycles, Ayurveda, herbal elixirs, & Qi Gong. His life’s mission is to “restore chi to the world.”

Check out his story at The Hair Shaman and don’t miss the fairy tales, which prove that the magic of hair was once well known.

Redheads, your hair is magical!