In Our House, Iðunn Rules the Year

(I’ve been meaning to post this since New Year’s Day). 

Every January, usually on New Year’s Day, our household does divination for the coming year, a ‘reading of the year’ if you will. We seek several things: which Deity “owns” the year; are there any taboos we must follow; what are the key influences over every month? This, then, guides our entire year. One of the most important of those questions is which Deity governs the year and we were all [happily] shocked by what our div showed. 

I won’t go into the particulars of the divination itself. That is for our House; but I will share that our divination showed that Iðunn governs the year. I was shocked and delighted because the last couple of years have been so intensely grueling, so exhausting and in the face of that, Iðunn’s promise is that what was old will become new again. She offers joy and renewed inspiration and excitement in those areas that have become rote and stale. With this Goddess stepping forward for the year, we are told that it will be a year of transformations and surprises. We are counselled to expected εκστασις and breakthroughs, creatively and spiritually. Essentially, regardless of what else this year brings, it is time to shake off the dust and depression and fill our celebrations with joy and love of the divine.  

Prayer to Idunna

Goddess of regeneration,
Bearer of the Blessed Apples,
Wife of the God of Poetry's Fire
I hail You. 

The Sweetness of growth, 
the tartness of change,
the crisp tautness of eternal balance:
these are Your mysteries, 
These the fruits of Your blessings. 

Bless me, Sweet Idunna. 
Tend my heart, and mind, and spirit, 
that my love for the Gods may never wither.
That is the apple whose bite I would beg, 
that is the gift I would cherish the most, 
from Your hands alone. 

Gracious Goddess, 
to You, I pray. 
hail, Idunna. 

(by G. Krasskova)


Likewise, for each month, we drew a rune to interpret what influences would guide that month. I share them here, without further comment.

Runes for each month:

January - Laguz
February - Kenaz
March - Inguz
April - Algiz
May - Isa
June - Eiwaz
July - Raido
August - Ehwaz
September Nauðiz
October - Sowilo
November - Hagalaz
December - Thursisaz

  

Good luck!

My own shrine to Idunna, last year when I first put it up.

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on February 9, 2022, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Thank you for posting a prayer to such an under-appreciated goddess! I’ve noticed that a lot of people have received messages about renewal, healing and better things to come in their divination for the upcoming year, including my partner and I. I really do hope it comes to fruition (no pun intended), we really need some good luck for a change after the past couple of years.

    PS— you asked for my site address in the comments of another post, but I was late answering so I don’t know if you saw it. It’s going to be http://www.fledglingdevotion.wordpress.com, but it’s not up yet. I’m being a bit of a perfectionist about the layout and the intro post 🤷‍♀️

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  2. What a beautiful prayer! (And what a magnificent shrine!) Thank you for sharing both.

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  3. I am having a hard time trying to post comments because Word Press keeps asking me to reset my password…I hope this gets through.

    I am responding to your post because it was so meaningful to me. My husband and I were married in Iceland in October. We celebraed our vows in an Asatru ceremony and we included in it a prayer to Iðunna that we adapted from your book ´A Modern Guide to Heathenry’. We asked her to remind us not to become so busy that we miss the sacred moments in our lives, and to treasure one another each and every day. Thank you.

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    • oh thank you for posting. that is lovely.

      (and WordPress gives me problems when I respond on my husband’s blog unless I go in via chrome, or my WordPress reader. I’ve no idea why.).

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  4. I am writing for your input. I have been reading your book Á Modern Guide to Heathenry’ as well as several other authors, including Diana Paxson and Winifred Hodge Rose – and like your work I might add, very enlightening. I have, however, come across and read some of the book ´Heathen Handbook´ by Wodenś Folk Kindred. I found this work to be somewhat dogmatic and sexist. I did not pick up an inclusive and welcomimg vibe, especially for someone like myself who is seriously interested in exploring Heathenry. Am I missing something or is this book representative of those who follow a stricter Heathen way of life, and is there such a thing? Thank you

    Ken

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    • Hi Ken, there are different denominations in heathenry just like with any religion and some of them are…more dogmatic than others. Basically, there’s no one Heathenry just like there’s no one Judaism or Christianity. we’re a mess lol.

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