A Month for Freyr: Byggvir and Beyla

I associate Beyla with honey, more than her other etymological possibilities. Also the color of the firelight on the wood inside the house, which is a warm yellow-brown. She is very fond of cooking and taking care of people with food. I don’t need to eat elsewhere, but it troubles her if I don’t eat twice during any full length of day time when I’m there and I know she worries and fusses about it because she cares.

They both have a mild parental view toward me — since Byggvir said he’d been with Freyr for most of Freyr’s life, it makes sense that they would be vaguely parental toward both him and his lovers who stay in his home.

Byggvir was accused of being a coward in Lokasenna, but he’s behaved protectively toward me. I associate him (for some reason) with early spring/late autumn greens, like kale, which are resistant to cold weather and a rich, dark green, and I also associate him with iron. Particularly the smell of it.

I was having a fair amount of trouble with someone when I went there once, and he took me aside and told me that if I needed someone to deal with it for me, he would take care of it.

They are an important part of my life, though I do not see them as often as I think I should. I would like to set aside some time to get to know them better.

I am weary of the lack of space I have to do anything, here. And I am wondering if a virtual space would be better, until after we’ve found new housing. It feels strange, the idea of creating  a non-physical space for them and the other people I am getting to know, but the time I spend with them is non-physical, as well.

When I was idly looking at sea shells after coming across a website about sea hearts, I got a prodding that someone would like shells. I kept thinking it was Freya, but Frigga’s name kept popping into my head. It turns out that most shells are not that expensive, so whomever would like some nicer shells, I can hopefully make it happen eventually.

I did buy plants, despite the lack of space issues, while I was at the greenmarket on Tuesday. Three varieties of sansevieria, a type of moss, a striped aloe, an unknown plant in muted autumn colors, and another unknown plant that has white veins. They were all shockingly inexpensive.

I thought that, with the space problems, and the difficulty in burning candles in the summer because of the fans, the plants could be a living altar. Freyr, and all of the plant spirits. I feel better, even crowded in here with an entire wall full of someone else’s disorganized books and more shelves above the bed with the same.

I had a collection of sansevieria about four years ago, but while I was away, only one of them survived never being watered by the person I’d asked to look after them. I also lost the collection of spider plants that I had except for one, as well. But spider plants are not usually as expensive as sansevieria and that really was a lot of money. However, at the greenmarket, I replaced two of the species I’d lost and got one I’d wanted but never had, for something like $14. Two 4″ pots and one 6″ pot. It blows my mind. Maybe it is also a wedding present!


3 thoughts on “A Month for Freyr: Byggvir and Beyla

  1. Áine Órga

    I love the idea of the plants being a living altar. I do occasionally incorporate my one plant (I live in a tiny apartment) into my practice, and usually when I water it I do it with reverence as an offering back to the earth.

    1. shannonkotono Post author

      Yes, I like being able to bring something of the natural world into this dry, dusty room. It changes the energy significantly and I feel drawn toward the plants, like hearing a faint song and trying to identify it. Their energy feels lush, green, shaded, wet.

      Were I to have room, I would set out seven small lotus-shaped dishes (actually intended to be sauce dishes) and perform the Buddhist water offering daily, and one of the options for disposing of the water is to water plants or pour it into the ground, if possible. I like the idea of making a double-offering, and giving to the plant spirits as well, though even with the smallness of my dishes, the amount of water would be too much in total, but still — a small amount to the plants that it’s all right to let them not dry completely between waterings, and a thoughtful, generous, grateful heart toward them for their existence, for their creation of oxygen, and the life energy they give so freely.

      1. Áine Órga

        I love that idea! Really beautiful. They definitely do change the feeling of a room, I’m glad to have the one plant I can have. I don’t get any direct sunlight, so I’m a bit limited. I’m definitely looking forward to having my own house and garden in the future, so that I can incorportae rituals like the one you outline above into my daily practice.


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