We had a lovely Sunwait rite tonight. I can already feel the momentum building as we move one week closer to Yule and it evokes such anticipation in me to submit myself to the dark and velvety magic of my God, the feel of His presence and those other Holy Powers we will invoke that I can barely hold it in. I want to garb myself in bells and a savage mask and run riot through the all too civilized and calm streets of my town, beating on doors and whirling as I chase the dark fire of my God. Instead, I’m here, writing this, holding these things in my heart, and contemplating the Yule cycle.
This year, we are adding Lussinatt to our Yule celebrations. Christians may hold this night sacred to St. Lucy, and that’s cool, but it’s also an older holiday, honoring a much older Power. Incorporating this into our preparations for Yule is one more way of restoring and reclaiming our ritual cycle. I have promised myself (and my Vanic oriented assistant) that I will spend the winter hunting up hints at smaller holy days between the spring equinox and summer solstice so that we might balance our rites to the Gods of the holy days of winter, with equal attention given to those in summer. Back to tonight’s Sunwait though.
We did a very simple symbel, passing the horn in rounds: the first honoring our Gods, the second, our ancestors, and the third an open round (we mostly honored other spirits, like the house and land vaettir that we regularly include in our venerations). Ansuz was galdred, Sunna was hailed (not in that order!) and it was a quiet and lovely ritual.
Here is a close up of our altar. This Sunna statue was a gift from my husband last year. I absolutely love it.
Here’s along view of the altar – my ancestor room is our ritual room, so that’s a line of ancestors and other ancestral spirits that we honor (the two main ancestor shrines are on other side of the table that you see here with the Sunwait altar). The cloth is one that I made just for this Sunwait (I still have to put edging on one side – the lace I wanted to use was late coming in!).
This is the prayer we offered tonight:
Sunwait Prayer to Sunna in Ansuz Hail to the glorious warrior Who rushes across the sky, magnificent, fierce, unstoppable in Her joy. Hail to She Who restores, Whose very presence Banishes evil and malignancy. Hail to the Goddess Who emblazons the night, Filling the worlds with color and life. Hail to the Felicitous One, Who elevates our souls, freeing us from the fetters of our enemies. Hail to the Companion of Mani, Beloved of Glenr, She Who stands as a shield against turpitude. Hail to the Fiery Grace-Giver, She Who ever upholds the Worlds. Hail to the Laughing Brightness of the Heavens, Who with a gesture frees us from duress. Hail to Sol, Gleaming Splendor, opening the way between the worlds. Hail to Sunna, ever triumphant, Ever generous with Her blessings. Hail to You Sunna as you ride in ansuz, Hail to You, on this fourth week of Sunwait. (by Galina Krasskova)
And finally, here’s another close up.
(Sannion wrote about tonight’s right over at House of Vines).