Fin: Sunna

I was prompted to return to daily and weekly prayers post-Burning, but I admittedly didn’t get very far before updates started happening. All but the last stanza of Sunna-Rise by Michaela Macha was asked for on a weekly morning basis, while the refrain and dusk stanzas from The Four Adorations by Sophie Reicher was asked for on a weekly evening basis (both on Sundays). On a daily basis, I was asked to return to the “Sunna Prayer Cycle for the Day” by Raven Kaldera that I started out with for Sunna*.

Going forward, I don’t have much in terms of actual requests in order to indirectly honor Sunna because Her previous requests have sort of been filtered away to other People – observing Årsväntan ((may appear without accents here)) and building a yoga practice (no way a solar deity is going to pass up the Sun Salutation).

From what I can tell, it doesn’t seem like She minds sharing or passing off requests because She’s the sun. Anytime I’m in the sun or taking my vitamin D supplement, I’m indirectly honoring Her. She also has the latent energy of Her tag here, on tumblr, and on the Vanic shrine.

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(*) When I first copied “Sunna Prayer Cycle for the Day” down (2013), it was listed online, but it’s been removed because it’s now in a devotional book, Candles in the Cave: Northern Tradition Paganism for Prisoners compiled by Raven Kaldera.

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Weekly Writing: 1.18.16

The Sun

Peaking around the horizon, a glimmer of hope breaks through the twilight. A small smile, a blush among the clouds, the potential for a good start to the day. There can be happiness, a surprise, anything waits.

Dependability, clockwork, routine. As surely as the sun rises in the morning, it sets in the evening. Glancing back, painting a promise in the sky that there’s still hope, light will return. Darkness does not last forever.

I was asked to pull a tarot card in relation to this week and free-write. For me there seems to be a lot of hope associated with the sun, encouragement, the potential for happiness from a fresh slate.

With starting the semester so recently, I think it’s a bit of a reminder to try to keep a positive outlook on the next 14 weeks. It seems like I have to do a lot for my classes, and there are so many shows happening, but I can create a routine to help manage time and energy (particularly with this online class).

I’m so close to my psychiatric intake appointment. Remember that Sunna returns in the morning, and take things a day at a time.

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.

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Sunna

[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.]

I tried to do a solar prayer set every day, but there was a greater effort to at least do it completely on Sundays. It used to be available online, but the source has been removed due to it being included in a book. (I am aware that I could cite the book, but I have to refind it / it’s site.)

I started a process of getting to know Her before the last devotional lockdown, which entails a ritual with a ton of divination for predetermined questions on different days (whether holy or not). For example, I should be able to know what offerings She prefers based on what time of the year it is by the end of this process (X from the summer solstice to autumnal equinox, Y from autumnal equinox to winter solstice, etc.).

In terms of more frequent actions, I’m constantly needing to work on waking up a consistent time each morning. I need to do yoga and work up to doing the Sun Salutation for Her. I frequently share sunrise paintings from sunrisepaintings on tumblr and have a few tags (Sunna, Sun Goddess) for Her. I typically try to hail Sunna on the equinoxes and the solstices, though I can’t say those are Her only holy days.

I shared shrine pics for Sunna and Mani (and something for Hati and Skoll ended up included as well) here, however I’ve since packed this particular one up (so no updated pics). (Captions are originally from that post, btw.)

ALL THE SUNFLOWERS. Plus a circular yellow candle with silver spirals (of glitter, so I may never get all this glitter off).

Combining it all together on my headboard shelf. The sunflower picture is from a gardening magazine, and the thing between Maxi’s paws [name of the stuffed dog] is a watch. It still works despite losing the clasp and one of wristbands, so I thought it’d work here.