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To Nerthus

Hail to Nerthus, ancient and wondrous,
hidden goddess who holds her secrets close,
peace-bringing goddess whose presence forbids
quarrels and conflicts, and all devices
of war. Deep-rooted Nerthus, Vanic mother,
of your shroud and wain we know little;
of your hand in the world we see much,
but our grasp of your might is feeble.
Hail to Nerthus, who knows of seed and soil,
who sees beneath all cloaks and masks. Hail Nerthus!

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

 

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To Nerthus

Hail to Nerthus, deep-rooted goddess,
heart of the Vanir, soul of the earth,
center and source of our existence.
Straight and true your wagon fared, Nerthus,
drawn by kind-eyed cows, veiled in fine cloth,
served by doomed men, your secrets still unknown.
Nerthus, ancient one, knowing one, mother of gods,
within the blood and bone of old Ymir
you dwell, from icy peaks to fiery depths.
Field and furrow, seed and soil, all are yours.

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

 

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To Nerthus

Hail Nerthus, deep-minded goddess, older than old,
fair as any flower, as flowing fields of grain,
as evergreen forests carpeted with needles.
Nerthus, in groves were you honored in times long past;
your travels among your people, your priests, your wain,
are all we know of you, all the knowledge given us
by a changing world and a changing time. Nerthus,
we see you in the rich black soil we turn over
each spring; we know your might in the sprouting of seeds,
the mating of beasts, the feeding of life on life,
in the bearing of children, the nurture of youth,
in our own thoughtless grasping for survival.
Nerthus, mother, trusted one, unknowable one,
we thank you for bread and for breath. Hail Nerthus!

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Nerthus

 

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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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