Sunwait Week 5: Sunna and Raido
We always begin our rites with a fire blessing that ends with the words Thunor weoh three times. Thor hallow. He is the one to Whom we turn, along with fire itself, to protect, cleanse, and gird our sacred space, and tonight He, along with Sunna, was so very present. Our ritual was humbling and it left me in tears. I have never before had a particular devotional relationship with either Thor or Sunna…until this year, and with Sunna, that didn’t really happen until this Sunwait. Suddenly, I have a sense of Them, Their Presence, and the mysteries They bring. I never expected this, and it is a blessing. Sitting in ritual Their presence – Sunna, Thor, and even raido– was so soothing and peaceful, so very there. It has completely transformed the room, something we all felt, and I think from here on out, it may well have likewise transformed my devotional relationship with these Powers. I am so very, very grateful for even the barest sense of Them, and the way I felt Them tonight, it really underscored what a tremendously holy time Yule is, and certainly why our ancestors honored both Thor and Sunna so fervently (1)!
It also occurred to me during the ritual that there is a very potent relationship between Sunna and Thor (as colleagues), particularly when it comes to hallowing. It was the last thing I expected to sense. I think in part, there is a genealogical connection between Them too. In the tradition I follow, Nott is Sunna’s aunt, but She is also Thor’s grandmother through Her daughter Jorð, the Goddess of the earth. That makes Thor and Sunna some type of cousins, I think first cousins once-removed (it also means that Dagr is Thor’s uncle, since Dagr is also a child of Nott – though with a different father than Jorð. Nott had three husbands and She had a child with each) (2).
Raido surprised me too. At first it was difficult to capture its rhythm in the galdr, but then that rune came showing itself as a gauntlet worn by Sunna, as a power that opens the way, as a force that barrels right over any obstacles, brooking no resistance, and also as a rune whose power has been knit into the very fabric of the cosmic architecture (3).
For the ritual tonight, my housemate Tatyana and I co-wrote the following prayer. Instead of our regular prayers last night, we meditated on Sunna for a time, and then I wrote the first line of each couplet, and she wrote the second. We each tapped into different aspects of Sunna, which was really powerful. I think I want to take some serious devotional time this year to really explore Sunna and all the ways She may manifest.
Prayer to Sunna with Raido (by G. Krasskova and T. Vitta) Hail to Sunna, Who roars across the sky, skipping in a half circle through the clouds. Hail to Sunna, Whom no force can stop, a rolling, roaring fire, unfolding, expanding, and glorious. Hail to Sunna, wielding the magic of fire, burning away all darkness, ensuring survival. Hail to Sunna, mighty Magus, driving out all pollution, wickedness, and harm with Her unstoppable force. Hail to Sunna, Whose presence brings healing, destroying all infection, all that hinders the relentless progression of life. Hail to Sunna, Who orders the calculated roar of time, from summer to fall, fall to winter, to spring, to summer again, Inexorable Power. Hail to Sunna, Shamaness of the spheres, wielding raido in joyous synergy. Hail to Sunna, mighty Mother, Who opens the way, showering light and blessings on all the Worlds. Hail to Sunna, Who paves the way for Nott, welcoming darkness in its rightful time, and bringing us to well-earned rest. Hail to Sunna, now and forever. Hail to Sunna, Glorious Power.
There is now one more week of Sunwait, a little over a week until Yule. The rune for next week’s Sunwait is kenaz, and that seems a very fitting way to encapsulate the blessings and holiness of Yule (4).
- Of course, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that our polytheistic ancestors were pious, but in tonight’s ritual, I felt like I glimpsed some small measure of how fervently they must have felt about the importance of venerating these particular Holy Powers and why.
- There is nothing in the Eddas about the relationship between Sunna and Nott, but some traditions accept, via shared personal gnosis, that Nott is Sunna’s aunt. Nott’s connection to Thor, however, is attested to in the Gylfaginning. It all really demonstrates though, how deeply interconnected the various families of our Gods are.
- A huge part of that architecture is the cosmic cycles, the shifting of seasons, the turning of day to night to day again, the rhythm of tides and torrents all inexorable, all built into creation by our Gods.
- The runes for Sunwait are really quite perfect a preparation for Yule. Fehu sets us on the right course with luck and blessings, uruz strengthens us for the journey, thurisaz challenges and cleans out any stagnation or corruption, ansuz opens everything up, clearing out the road ahead, raido increases the momentum until we reach kenaz, which encapsulates the holy fire of Yule. It’s a truly beautiful preparation.
Posted on December 12, 2020, in devotional work, Heathenry, Holy Tides, Lived Polytheism, Ritual Work and tagged Asatru, Devotional Work, Heathenry, Holy Tides, Lived Polytheism, Northern tradition, raido, ritual work, runes, Sunna, sunwait, Thor, Yule. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.