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