31 Days of Devotion – Day 5 for Mani
- Who are Members of the family – genealogical connections of this Deity.
We actually do know quite a bit of Mani’s family, at least we know who They are and to some degree, what Their spheres of influence are too. We know that His father is Mundilfari, the God of time. Aside from that, we don’t actually know very much about Mundilfari, though contemporary northern traditionalists have come up with a number of theories. I personally think that as a God of time, He can ride the threads of wyrd and the flow of time to whenever and wherever He wishes. It makes Him remarkably difficult to pin down, I’d imagine. I haven’t had any direct experiences with Him, save that I’ve always gotten the sense that Mani loves His family very deeply. I have participated in raising a God-pole to Him, and I likewise keep an image on my Mani shrine for Him (I have a card of the astronomical clock in Prague…seems like it’s the perfect image for Mundilfari!).
Mani has a sister Sunna or Sol, the personification of the Sun, our Sun Goddess. She is likewise a bringer of health and healing (She is referenced in the Second Merseburg Charm in a healing context) and tends the cycles of the day. I’ve often called Sunna our pace-setter because we work on a solar calendar and from Her we can learn how to best organize the working hours of the day.
We also know that there is another sister Sinthgunt, also mentioned in the second Merseburg Charm. Almost nothing is known about Her beyond that one mention. I have done quite a bit of devotional work with Sinthgunt and my own experience of Her is of a powerful Goddess of cosmic cycles, of the movement of stars, alchemy, and the birthing of galaxies.
Mani’s aunt (?) and herald is the Goddess of night, Nott. She is a wandering Power, grandmother of Thor, and may be the mother of Dagr, the God of Day, and the herald of Sunna. She may also be the mother of Jord, and a God Audr, perhaps a minor Deity of wealth. There are discrepancies with respect to Nott and Jord, but I think this may actually be a matter of differing regional cultus.
Unfortunately, we don’t know who Mani’s mother might be. That information has not come down to us in any surviving lore.