Friday, November 13, 2009


The witch-goddess
The name "Friday" was derived from a Norse deity worshipped on the sixth day, known either as Frigg (goddess of marriage and fertility), or Freya (goddess of sex and fertility), or both, the two figures having become intertwined in the handing down of myths over time (the etymology of "Friday" has been given both ways). Frigg/Freya corresponded to Venus, the goddess of love of the Romans, who named the sixth day of the week in her honor "dies Veneris."
Friday was actually considered quite lucky by pre-Christian Teutonic peoples, we are told — especially as a day to get married — because of its traditional association with love and fertility. All that changed when Christianity came along. The goddess of the sixth day — most likely Freya in this context, given that the cat was her sacred animal — was recast in post-pagan folklore as a witch, and her day became associated with evil doings.
Various legends developed in that vein, but one is of particular interest: As the story goes, the witches of the north used to observe their sabbath by gathering in a cemetery in the dark of the moon. On one such occasion the Friday goddess, Freya herself, came down from her sanctuary in the mountaintops and appeared before the group, who numbered only 12 at the time, and gave them one of her cats, after which the witches' coven — and, by "tradition," every properly-formed coven since — comprised exactly 13.
Urban Legends



Blogger willow said...

Gosh, she has fabulous eyes. Interesting post, Rel.

7:14 AM  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

Now that's interesting, Rel. I used to have a jet black cat with eyes like that...I referred to him as my familiar. I'd have been burned at the stake in medieval times...

6:49 PM  
Blogger Jellyhead said...

You know, I didn't even notice it was Friday the 13th! Now I'll know the background story, before the next one :-)

Hope all's well with you & yours Rel. I'm off to face another Monday!

3:47 PM  
Blogger Churlita said...

Cool. I always wondered what was behind the Friday the 13th superstition.

11:05 PM  

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