Yule King Freyr Picture
A Prayer to Ingvi
blood-drops strung among crisp leaves
as you bend your head
to accept them.
I will tell you a secret, child:
Freyja's tears are not gold, but amber
blood of the World Tree.
She roamed the world once, it's true—
but not in search of Odin.
This poem and icon depict the Heathen God Freyr as Yngvi, the youth to-be-king, crowned on the Winter Solstice. I was inspired by by the ancient blend of peoples who passed through Poland and Scandinavia– Eurasian nomads, the Celts, the Balts, Scythians and Sarmatians speaking Persian dialects, Germanic peoples, Graeco-Romans and bringers of Mediterranean influence, and the Slavs. I adore bronze-age and Egyptian artwork, and interestingly enough, Osiris is also supposed to be awakened by Isis at about this time, to symbolize life returning to the land along with the lengthening of days.
The armlets are the horse and stag for the life and death of the God, and common symbols of Gods of virility in northern Europe. In some ancient northern cultures, a young woman or man was given a crown made from tree branches or flowers as a mark of coming of age and the right to court and marry. Jarilo, the youthful Slavic God of fertility, sunlight and life-giving rains, is depicted as wearing a crown of flowers in the spring. In a Saami myth, the Sun's youngest daughter who visits the earth is given a juniper crown by her adoptive human parents to mark her transition from a teenage maiden into womanhood, along with her adult independence. Polish girls still perform traditional dances with flower crowns and ribbons to this day.