Being eclectic is sometimes not a benefit. Especially if your like me and have a hard time making up my mind. At first I wanted to retell a story I remember hearing a long time ago. A Native American storyteller told us a tale about the buzzard. He was a proud bird. I don't remember the full story unfortunately. So I can't retell it. All I remember, is that he lost the feathers on his head for a noble cause. If you happen to know what story I'm trying to remember, please let me know!
And then we move on to another story I've enjoyed. I have read a good portion of the Poetic Edda to help me with a character I'm developing for my novel Humanly Goddess. Unfortunately when I moved I threw away the book. Some soda had spilled on it and couldn't be salvaged.
Freyja has always been a fascination to me though and while reading the Edda I'd always pay close attention when her name popped up. She is the goddess of war, fertility, and love. She's a strong woman and that is what I'm drawn to. She is associated with a chariot pulled by two cats. She is the mistress of magic so its no wonder I am so drawn to her.
One story tells of her seeking jewelry; a necklace made by dwarfs. The dwarfs refuse to give the necklace unless she sleeps with them all. Overcome with the jewels beauty, she agrees. But Loki has found out her secret, and so he steals the necklace and tells Odin of her misdeeds.
Odin is furious with Freyja's infidelity to Odur, and he orders her to eternally wear the necklace and wonder the earth searching for her lost love.