This week Friday comes on the 13th—Freya’s special day! Forget that nonsense about bad luck. Somewhere in heaven, Freya is riding joyously in her cat-drawn chariot, heading to meet her beloved consort Od, the god of ecstasy. Before the Church cast its gloomy superstitions on Friday the 13th, this was a pagan festival day, devoted to guiltless indulgence in pleasure and love-making. Both the number 13 and Friday are sacred to the goddess. Fish are among her sacred animals. Eating fish on Friday was considered an aphrodisiac and fertility charm before this tradition was shamed by the Church. This week, I hope you feel inspired to invent a few pagan rituals of your own!
To get the most from this holiday, it helps to have a strong relationship with your Venus. If you’re not sure whether or not you do, you might enjoy this article, currently in our Venus section: “Have You Ever Really Met Your Own Venus?”