Coming back to my “30 Days of Njord” series finally. A commentator on another blog I write for pointed out that he really enjoyed this prayer. Seemed to be a good time to bring it back again🙂
A Prayer of Thanks for the Vanir
Hail to Njord!
Hail to that gift-giving god
Whose generosity is as boundless as the sea.
God of the coasts and the ocean
A hand to calm the troubled waters.
A peacemaker, an oathkeeper
Hail to Njord!
Hail to Nerthus!
Hail to that hidden goddess
Whose cart and whose cattle
blesses the fields
and helps us all prosper.
Hail the Earth Mother
Hail to Nerthus!
Hail to Freya, lady of love and light
And magic, gold, lust, and death
Hail to Her glowing hall
that welcomes half of the slain—
a well-deserved reward for a life well wrought.
Hail to the Vanadis!
Hail to Freyr, lord of peace and prosperity
Who thaws the land, makes it fertile and lush
Hail to the god who followed his heart
He gave up his weapon and chose love, not war.
Hail to the noble sacrificial king.
Hail to Ingvi-Freyr!
Hail to these gods of pleasure and plenty
Of peace, prosperity, and wisdom!
Hail to all their spouses and children!
Hail to their laughter, hail to their strength
Hail to the joy and hope that they bring us!
Hail to the connections they nurture between us!
Hail to the generous Vanir!
–C. Freyasdaughter, 2016
Not as va-va-voom as the other months, but still🙂
None of this should come as a surprise🙂
And then, my own words on the subject…
(image by Lorrie Wood)
I love this great Njord bracelet made by Victoria S. In her own words:
This bracelet was initially conceived and created during a meeting of the Vanic Conspiracy. The charms on it include a Conch shell, an anchor, a sand dollar and a small tree. In addition, there are six small silver shells spread out through the amber, turquoise, silver, obsidian and quartz gemstones. The stones are selected to honor the nature and sea-orientation of Njord, and the charms and seashell beads are all directly linked to trade on the sea and to commerce.
I work with a lot of partners who come from outside of America, so the cross-sea commerce focus is key for me.
I think her connection between her work life and Njord’s gifts make a lot of sense. This bracelet also reminds me of a fishing net and all of the lovely things that can be caught in one. Perhaps the lesson here is to spread your net wide and see what treasures are out there to find. Sometimes you can catch valuable things unexpectedly.
I was journeying and checking in with Njord and a few others last week when I finally told Him that I was out of inspiration for His 30 days. (I’m pretty much burned out on a bunch of things, and my devotional practice is getting the worst of it, unfortunately.) His response? “Focus on the rune of gambling.”
My first thought was, the rune of gambling? WTF is the rune of gambling? I assumed he wanted me to create a bindrune about gambling, but I was unclear what the focus should be. Like, for gamblers, so they win? Or to help people take risks? Do we even have a God of Gamblers, or stories about them? So I went away a bit bewildered, but let it pass. These things generally make more sense as time goes on.
A few days later, I was putting together the usual handout that I use in my rune classes. This month, our runes are Eihwaz and Perthro. It wasn’t until I was literally typing the up the section on Perthro and looking for a picture of a dice cup to go along with it that I realized that the “rune of gambling” was Perthro! Perthro, the dice cup, which is “a source of recreation and amusement to the great, where warriors sit blithely together in the banqueting-hall.” Duh. I took it as a sign that I should get back to my rune work. (That’s the gods for you; ever helpful in keeping me on track.)
But yes, one aspect of prosperity and generosity is gambling, which fishermen and Vikings also did while waiting out the hours on those long boat rides around the world. Hail the pastime of sailors!
Gambling–what I also do each time I open myself up to hear the Gods and agree to do Their work.🙂