Freya is the most prominent of the Vanir Gods, a goddess associated withdomesticity, womanhood, sorcery, magic, and female sexuality as well with war and death. It was said that after a battle,Freya would lead a band of Valkyriesto gatherone half of the worthy fallenwarriorsto her hall, Folkvang, while the other half went to Odin, God of wisdom and war.
Freya chooses her warriors whileriding her flying chariot, which is pulled bytwo large gray catsnamed Bygul and Trjegul, who were given to her by Thor.
It was a tradition in the Viking culture to give a kitten (or more) to the newly wed, symbolizing the blessings of Freya for the couple.
In Norse art or jewelry, the symbol or motif of the cat is meant to denote the blessing of Freya: love and desire, abundance and beauty, valor and the afterlife, music and poetry, magic and wisdom.