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 🙂
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. 🙂
A pot filled with Viking treasures was found earlier this year in Scotland. I wonder if Njord made a stop on His way back home? 😉
Recently I was tracking down some examples in the Lore in which Njord is called “a wise Wan (Vanir)” and I came across this article. It lays out almost every mention of Njord that we have from the Sagas and the Eddas, from Odin’s conversation with the wise jotun Vafþrúðnir in the Vafþrúðnismál regarding which Gods survive Ragnarok, to the reference of Njord as a king of Sweden in the Heimskringla.
Njord Vanir, King of Sweden It’s definitely worth bookmarking for future reference.
So, I love my Gods, and They usually support me. However, sometimes they do it in some strange ways, and often at the very last second. (For example, I was only able to go to PantheaCon last year because my tax return arrived the day that I left.)
This month they also cut it close, but they are covering my expenses, which is the goal. As my unemployment just ended earlier this month, I was kind of stuck. Then, on the 1st I got into a car accident. Luckily I wasn’t at fault–some guy just wasn’t paying attention and plowed into me at a stop light. Not fast enough to do major damage, but certainly enough for me to have to file a report. It wasn’t a bad one as far as car accidents go–neither I nor the car were severely damaged–and while the timing of the accident was really bad, there were no long-term negative repercussions. Now, I haven’t been in a car accident in at least ten years, so this did seem kind of random.
After all was said and done, however, I was able to get a settlement to cover my expenses for this month. (Who knew car accidents could be lucrative?)
It gets better.The accident money will carry me over until my loan dispersal check for my first quarter of school comes through. (Granted, it’s a loan, but still.) Then yesterday, I verified that I am indeed allowed to open an unemployment claim with my current state of residence, as the one with my previous state of residence had run out. (Again, who knew? I’ve ever been in any of these situations before.)
So yes, my financial stresses have been assuaged for the next few months. Not the way that I’d expected, certainly–but hey, if it works, I’ll take it! Hail Njord! Hail the Vanir!
Idol of Njord in the assembly hall of Ásatrúarfélagið, Reykjavík, Iceland. Photo by Eric O. Scott.
Today’s Njord offering is not something I wrote, but an article by Eric O. Scott that The Wild Hunt posted two years ago. It describes Scott’s visit to Iceland and a conversation which illuminated the difference between how we American Heathens think Icelandic Heathenry “should be” (read: violent and obsessed with Vahalla) and what Icelandic Heathenry actually is (hippie-ish and family-friendly). It’s a neat little snippet of a visit to Iceland. The photo, above, is from his trip, and is apparently the Njord God-pole that stands in their Assembly Hall.
Fishing folk magic from 18th c. Norway: wind your fishing line with words of praise to Njord.
The old folk [folk in the olden days?] were always rather lucky when they went fishing. One night old Gunnhild Reinsnos (born in 1746) and Johannes Reinsnos were fishing in the Sjosavatn. They had taken a torch and were fishing with live bait. The fish bit well, and it wasn’t long before Gunnhild had a week’s supply of fish for her pot. So she wound her line around her rod with the words: “Thanks be to him, to Njor, for this time.”
In my program, we say, “Turn it over to God(s). Then do the footwork. Then turn it over to God(s). Then do the footwork…..” It’s a never-ending cycle. We do our part so that They can do theirs. They do their part and pick up where our individual human power ends. It’s not one or the other; it’s a partnership, and we achieve more when we work together. Need abundance? Do your part. Then turn it over. Then do your part. Then turn it over.
It also helps to release specific expectations. The Gods don’t do our bidding. They can, however, decide to push things in our favor whenever they can, but what they push us towards may not be what we had expected. Do we reject what they give us because it’s not specifically what we asked for? That’s up to you.