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To Nanna

Hail to fair Nanna, daughter of Nepr,
wife of bright Balder, devoted and true,
mother of silken-tongued Forseti.
Might-giving goddess, intrepid and bold,
fearless and faithful, you followed your love
on his most daunting journey, to share
his fate and his life, wherever they lead,
to burn with him on the crested sea,
to dwell with him in the halls of Hella,
to rise with him at the end of all things.

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

 

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To Nanna

Hail to Nanna, strong-hearted bride of bright Balder,
most loving of wives, most faithful of consorts,
most steadfast and devoted of lovers. Nanna,
courageous one, daring one whose perilous journey
would strike terror into other hearts; Nanna,
compassionate one, gracious one whose presence
brings comfort to all, whose gentle, certain hand
builds order from chaos; Nanna, resolute one,
balanced one whose steady heart creates a home
in any place you go, no matter how foreign,
no matter how desolate, no matter how alone.
Nanna, strong one, quiet one, whose gift of belonging
can soothe and enliven, cheer and console. Nanna,
who lightens heavy hearts, who brings together
those who have parted, we honor you. Hail Nanna!

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

 

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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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