The First Week of Sunwait Approaches

I looked at my liturgical calendar today and to my shock, realized that the first week of Sunwait is … next week. It seems like it is so incredibly early this year, but there it is. What strikes me is that for those of us who celebrate it on Fridays, it falls on Veteran’s Day (Remembrance Day). For many Heathens this is also a feast day for Odin. That’s a hell of a confluence of powers. 

I personally plan to approach this with several days of prayer and ritual purifications, starting on November 7. Then this is what we typically do: 

  • Cleanse and ward the space, the latter with fire. 
  • Call upon Thor to protect and Heimdallr to hallow the space. (I always personally contemplate what Sunna’s relationship with Them is like, and how these specific Powers interact, and what that means for sustaining and restoring the order of the worlds). 
  • Offer a prayer to Sunna. 
  • Light the first week’s candle. 
  • Galdr that week’s rune (for week 1, it’s fehu).
  • Attendees make any personal prayers to Sunna
  • Pass the horn making prayers as in a regular faining. 
  • Close with Sigdrifa’s Prayer and thanks given to the Powers. 

We also usually incorporate a fair amount of drumming and ecstatic work after or sometimes during the galdr and offerings are poured out to the Powers, including the runes, throughout. 

This year, before we open up the rite for personal prayers, we’ll be making copious offerings to the military dead and also a prayer to Odin as it is also His feastday. 

It still seems very odd to me that Sunwait is beginning so quickly after our Winternights. May the weather be cold, the mornings filled with frost, and may Sunna’s blessings welcome us into Yule. 

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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 November 2, 2022, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Just to throw something else in the mix – November 11 is Martinmas, St. Martin’s Day, which took over from an earlier bear festival in pagan times, as the saint became connected to the bear. It marks the rough time of year that bears would go into hibernation, mirrored by Candlemas when they (and later, a groundhog) emerge. So for me that day has been a bear holiday for many years.

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  2. -hums Its the most wonderful time of the year-
    I hope you and yours have a blessed Sunwait.

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  3. If you don’t mind, can I ask why you chose Nov 7 in particular as the start of your purifications? Is there some special significance to that date, or that period of four days?

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