Freya Aswynn, born Elizabeth Hooijschuur in Zannstad, the Netherlands (November 1949), is a Dutch author and musician. Untill accusations of racism, she was among a handful of people to achieve royalty like status within the modern pagan / heathen movement. Her book Leaves of Yggdrasil (1990), now a collectors item was greatly influential in shaping modern thoughts on the religions of the Norsemen and more importantly Women. As a musician, Freya was involved in the birth of neofolk music.
Her religious and spiritual started young with Catholicism. She was first introduced to the runes by her first husband. Although he passed after only two years of marriage, her interest in the esoteric continued. Astrology, Spiritualism, Kabbalah, Thelema, and other esoteric topics all peeked her curiosity and invited her exploration.
After moving to London, Freya was initiated into Alexandrian Wicca by Jim Bennett. She was also involved with Gardenerian Wicca. Later that year, she was strongly moved away from the mostly Celtic centered Wicca and towards the Germanic religions of her ancestors.
In 2018, Freya Aswynn was removed from her position in The Troth for reportedly making anti-Islamic statements. Although she since reversed an opinion that the runes could only be read by those of Germanic blood, she was associated with the various racist Norse ideologies. She would eventually be removed from the Troth for voicing those views.