Shipwreck In A Dish

[Cross posting a draft from just-another-vanic-shrine.]


I make these as offerings to Njord, but I suppose they could be used any time one wants a bit of ocean.

  • a small dish or cup (I like to use a clear glass one so you can see the whole thing, but anything will do)
  • salt (preferable sea salt)
  • water
  • seaweed (available in the health food or Japanese food sections of most grocery stores)
  • toothpicks or other small shards of wood
  • coins
  • rocks, gems, herbs, shiny things, what you will, etc.

Put a bit of salt in a small dish and fill the dish with water (tadah! sea water!). Add a small piece of seaweed and pinches of whatever herbs are applicable (for Njord, I use the same herbs I use to season fish). Float the toothpicks on top of the water and then set the coins (and any rocks or other sinkable things) on top of the toothpicks and let them fall to the bottom, maybe carrying the wood with them.
And there you have it, a teeny tiny ocean in a dish, complete with treasure and splinters of wood.

Knitting & Njord

[Cross posting a draft to just-another-vanic-shrine that’s a pre-WP post (2014).]


I associate knitting with Njord.

First off, knitwear is traditionally associated with fishermen, who are absolutely Njord’s people. And secondly, knitting is working string into, well, a net, a lot like a fishing net.

(via hightimberedtemple)


His shrine has gone through a bit of an update, particularly after being asked to disassemble for part of the summer. I’m still muddling through the mobile app, so I’m going to bypass on trying to link to the last incarnation.

The water bottle and most of the shells are from a friend’s trip to the Atlantic Ocean. The glass jar has some change, Frey’s prayer beads, and an acorn on top. The blue cup can hold offerings, and the sea side painting was done by me at some point in middle school.

It’s unofficially become a place for the Vanir as a whole, though I really only interact with a few by name (Frey, Freya, Sunna, Nott).

Kind Father, Njord (II)

Kind Father, Njord (II)


Kind Father, Njord
who found Sigyn as a young child
alone and in need of love
who offered Your hand
who opened Your arms
to Her and took Her in
who showed Sigyn starfish
and taught Her about the ocean
who held Sigyn tight
during stormy nights
who wiped away the sand
from Her cuts
and pressed a fish band-aid
to Her skin
held in place by a kiss
who raised Sigyn
as Your own daughter


Please help me
to have the strength
to find a child
through adoption, IVF, or something else
to hold hir in my arms
and taker zher into my heart
to show zher the world
and to teach hir about life
to hold hir
during those stormy nights
to wipe away the dirt
from zher cuts
and press a band-aid
to zher skin with a kiss
Please help me to persevere
and raise hir
as my own child


Kind Father, Njord
please help me to love zher and take care of hir
to provide for all that zhe needs in life
as a caring, compassionate parent.
Bless me, Kind Father, Njord
and may Your blessings flow through me to my child.

[Thank you such as: Thank you for all that You have done, are doing, and will do.]

. . .

Variations – Currently no variations for part i.

ii. Teen

Please help me
to have the strength
to continue raising my child
to accept zher refusal
of physical signs of affection
not as a refusal of love
but as a wish for
me to let zher grow up
help me to love zher still
to hold zher tight
through the new storms*
to accept that I can’t
heal all wounds with a kiss
Please help me to persevere
to continue to raise
my child
my growing, changing teen

ii. Adult

Please help me
to have the strength
to let my child go
to understand
zher leaving
as a job well done
help to let zher try
to love, cry, make mistakes
to live zher own life
help me to hold zher
through the new storms
if zhe needs me to
and accept it when zhe doesn’t
Please help me
to let my adult-in-the-making
set sail into the waters of life
and explore new territory

iii. Adult

Kind Father, Njord
please help me to love zher and care for zher still
as zhe provides for zher own needs as an adult.
Bless me, Kind Father, Njord
and may Your blessing flow through me to my child.
Guide zher through these new waters safely.

. . .

* Other similar phrases can be used: the stormy weather/water/seas, the tempests, the hurricanes, the typhoons, the tsunamis. It just depends on how appropriate it is to your child. ‘Emotional’ can precede any of these. You can describe a current situation, regardless of how it adds to the line count, or use a different phrase if you wish. I can’t stop you from personalizing and making this more meaningful to you.

Fire Howling 2016

After being asked to disassemble His shrine earlier in the year, I’ve recently put something together for Njord. It’s rather similar to what I had previously, and I found myself slowly putting things together today for the Pack.

I’m not sure why, but They’ve requested that I not share pictures of these spaces. I haven’t yet oficially opened the doors, but They seem protective. (Something about these being group spaces since Frey and Freya drop by the one for Njord.) Anyways, They seem happy with the set ups.

I accompanied my grandfather on a shopping trip since he was going past Best Buy, and I have my laptop back in my possession (ten days later). Things will take some time to get to a comfortable place because they had to do a factory reset (files were restored, but not programs so I currently can’t open anything, for example).

Because my grandparents had a freezer / fridge unit die on them, we also stopped by my grandparents for the dinner of things that thawed (pulled pork and cheese sandwiches and beef vegetable stew). I don’t know if I’ve paired pulled pork with cheese before, but it actually was pretty good.

(May you not howl alone.)

Shrine update

With People leaving, Faces turning away, and it apparently being a time for People to change things, I have a new shrine configuration. It’s part of the Leaving Questionnaire to ask what I should do with items / shrines, so it didn’t take too much to just check in with Everyone else.

The big change right now is that I have one shrine for the Vanir (and two Vanic compatible Deities – Sunna and Mani). It was a combining and trimming process.

The new shrine is being shown first and below the cut are the available images I have of previous shrines and the components combined.


Continue reading “Shrine update”


[I’m sharing how I’ve known and interacted with Everyone, starting with the Aesir. The Vanir will be next, then the Rokkr, and then the category where I put those Who don’t seem to pick just one category.]

In my upg, Njord is Sigyn’s Foster-Father. This is how I’ve come to a upg-ish stance that Sigyn associates with the Vanir through having a Vanic upbringing. I’m sure I’ll come back to that later, but Njord has so many fatherly vibes. In terms of what I’ve done, I have two prayers that I alternated reading every other Thursday. I also occasionally wrote devotional poetry (often tied into holy days).

Njord’s holy days used to include a list of 1st of ____ seasonal indicators, dates corresponding to Walleye fishing seasons in Lake Erie, the Full moon in July, and Father’s Day. It’s changed away from that long list to the eight Vanic holy days associated with the Vanic Wheel of the Year. At the end of the first devotional lockdown, I found out that I needed to add in two more prayers, so there’s a different prayer for each Thursday, but I haven’t really been able to do that.

I have a tumblr tag for Him (Njord), though there’s also some stuff that could work in the tag for Oceanic Deities. I also have a physical shrine for Njord, which was initially featured here.

It features:

  • Several shells a friend kindly brought back from a vacation spot on the Atlantic shoreline.
  • The little water bottle [inside the bowl] has water from the Atlantic Ocean (same friend on same trip).
  • – The paper bag that several things are sitting on is the bag my friend used to transport the stuff in. I’ve held onto for when I need to move these later.
  • That blurry thing far right is a gift from a friend of handmade soap in the shape of a sea horse (it’s pale green and blue).
  • A small painting done in 7th grade [I’ve kept all art projects forever] utilizing some technique that was suitable for a shoreline piece.
  • A small blue cup.