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Friday, 21 March 2014

Stating The Obvious

Dear friends,

Guess what?! It's Friday!!! I know I am being all Captain Obvious here but what can be more perfect than a Friday? Yes, yes, a Saturday, that's right, you got me there ;) Well what can I say?! I was always fond of Friday's and I always asked myself why Monday is so far from Friday, yet Friday is so near to Monday... I blame it all on the the time that somehow passes faster during the week. It was always nice to know that after a whole week working your arse off at school and then at your job - when you grow up - you will have a bit time for yourself and for the people you love. Of course the weekend is perfect when you get to have some nice weather but I ain't getting my hopes up this time - not after what happened last weekend...
I think TGIF is a common acronym - well... at least for youngsters ;) In the U.S. they say about Friday «TGIF» – of «Thank God It’s Friday» («Thank you, Lord, today is Friday!”) Or another version of «Take Good In Fridays» («Happy holidays”). Did you know that on ancient legends Wednesday and Friday – two angels, who will make a person into heaven? You might have known about TGIF and the angels but for sure you did not know that 20 years ago, the collective unconscious fear of Friday the precipitated on 13th number, the American psychologist Donald Dossey coined a special term, “Paraskavedekatriafobiya.” According to the results of his research, in this day America loses $ 900 million due to decline of productivity.
Also in old Germanic tribes, the day of the week was dedicated to the goddess Freya, which is why in English Friday called Friday.In Norse mythology, Freyja (Old Norse the "Lady") is a goddess associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr, war, and death. Freyja is the owner of the necklace Brísingamen, rides a chariot pulled by two cats, owns the boar Hildisvíni, possesses a cloak of falcon feathers, and, by her husband Óðr, is the mother of two daughters, Hnoss and Gersemi. Along with her brother Freyr (Old Norse the "Lord"), her father Njörðr, and her mother Nerthius, she is a member of the Vanir. Stemming from Old Norse Freyja, modern forms of the name include Freya, Frejya, Freyia, Frøya, Frøjya, Freia, Frejsha, and Freja.
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Freyja rules over her heavenly afterlife field Fólkvangr and there receives half of those that die in battle, whereas the other half go to the god Odin's hall, Valhalla. Within Fólkvangr is her hall, Sessrúmnir. Freyja assists other deities by allowing them to use her feathered cloak, is invoked in matters of fertility and love, and is frequently sought after by powerful jötnar who wish to make her their wife. Freyja's husband, the god Óðr, is frequently absent. She cries tears of red gold for him, and searches for him under assumed names. Freyja has numerous names, including Gefn, Hörn, Mardöll, Sýr, Valfreyja, and Vanadís.
Freyja is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources; in the Prose Edda and Heimskringla, both written by Snorri Sturluson in the 13th century; in several Sagas of Icelanders; in the short story Sörla þáttr; in the poetry of skalds; and into the modern age in Scandinavian folklore, as well as the name for Friday in many Germanic languages. (via)

It is clear for me now why I see Friday as a fair lady prancing about and happy to be free and wild :) I dunno how you lads/lasses visualise Friday but that is how I see her. She is full of love and laughter and she likes to gave a good time with the ones she cares about. She cares not of the wind and rain - as she is also a goddess associated with war and death so the bad weather makes her say "Fiddlesticks!" :) How do you see Friday? Do tell me and let us see if you match Friday with Freyja as I do :)

Yours truly,
A Happy Bumblebee Friday LadyBug