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To Idunna

Hail to Idunna, bright bloom of Asgard,
beloved wife of long-bearded Bragi,
watchful guardian of the sweet apples
of youth and vigor. Fair Idunna,
stolen by greedy Thiazi you were,
but by Loki’s wit and Freyja’s cloak
you were returned, holding close the treasured fruit.
Idunna, who knows when to speak in company
and when to keep silent, whose lightest touch
cheers the heart and lightens the step. Hail Idunna!

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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Heathen Prayers, Idunna

 

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To Idunna

Hail Idunna, fair bride of long-bearded Bragi,
generous goddess, holder of the sweet fruit of youth.
Your might sustains the strength and vigor of the gods,
your beauty and spirit lend light and life to Asgard.
Cherished by the Aesir, coveted and sought
by envious giants, your presence a blessing,
your absence a grief, your theft a treachery.
Idunna, shining goddess, renewer of life:
in the seasons’ change from cold to warm and back again;
in flowers that grow and fade, one after the other;
in trees that blossom, bear bright fruit, drop their brilliant leaves;
in faith that all will grow and be again, we know you.

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Heathen Prayers, Idunna

 

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A Daily Devotion

Hail to Odin, ruthless seeker of wisdom,
far-seeing persuader, bender of what will be.

Hail to Frigga, exacting mistress of the home,
seeress and spinner whose gifts weave through our lives.

Hail to Thor, strong-armed defender of Midgard,
red-bearded rain-bringer, faithful friend of mankind.

Hail to Sif, golden-haired goddess, dear wife of Thor,
treasure of the gods, bringer of life to the cold earth.

Hail to Frey, giver of wealth of gold and grain alike,
of peace and protection, of joy and of pleasure.

Hail to Freya, who stirs sweet desire and keen-edged strife,
seeress, sorceress, strong-willed holder of war-dead.

Hail to Tyr, one-armed granter of justice deserved,
Thing-warder, wolf-binder, strong-minded foe of chaos.

Hail to Skadhi, sharp-minded huntress, winter’s maid,
bow-woman, vengeance-seeker, shining bride of Njord.

Hail to Ullr, snowshoe god, friend of hunters,
unsurpassed, glory of the gods.

Hail to Eir, soft-handed healer, gentle goddess
whose touch brings relief from ills of all kinds.

Hail to Heimdall, constant guardian of bright Bifrost,
keen-eyed giver of clear thought, father of men.

Hail to Nerthus, ancient and unfathomable,
holder of the black earth and of the seeds within.

Hail to Njord, fair-footed husband of fierce Skadhi,
friend of sailors, seacoast-dweller, giver of wealth.

Hail to Bragi, foremost of skalds, rune-tongued master
of inspiration’s fire, of wordcraft’s labor.

Hail to Idunna, keeper of the treasured fruit
of youth and vigor, radiant renewer of life.

Hail to Forseti, law-giver and law-keeper,
arbiter, peacemaker, mender of fences.

Hail to Hella, host of our beloved dead,
inevitable one to whom we all will go

Hail to Aegir, best of brewers, best of hosts,
master of the dark sea depths and all they hold.

Hail to Ran, ocean-queen, keeper of Aegir’s hall,
stirrer of storms, both bane and reprieve of ships at sea.

Hail to Balder, brightest son of farseeing Odin,
final hope of the gods, final hope of all the worlds.

Hail to Nanna, bold-hearted bride of Balder,
strong one, true one, holding fast to hearth and heart.

Hail to Jord, deep-souled mother of red-bearded Thor,
enduring holder of breath and blood, sea and stone.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Heathen Prayers

 

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