Sigdrifa’s Prayer is a rare remnant in the Northern Tradition (historical cultures with a common worship to Odin/Woden), as it’s the only non-Christianized, complete prayer that we have from the historical sources. In it’s short simplicity, the prayer found in the Sigdrifumal is a microcosm of the vast macrocosm of Northern Tradition cosmology. It holds a very special place in my heart.
HAIL TO THE DAY
HAIL HIS SONS
HAIL NIGHT AND HER DAUGHTER!
GAZE ON US
WITH LOVING EYES
AND BRING US VICTORY.
HAIL TO THE GODS
AND THE GODDESSES
HAIL, THE GENEROUS EARTH!
GRANT US WISDOM
AND ELOQUENT SPEECH
AND HEALING ALL OUR LIVES.
What many do not realize is that Day (or rather in the Old Norse Dagr) is a personification of the Day, and is the son of Nott, i.e. Night. And that they are separate and distinct from Sunna and Mani (our Goddess of the Sun, and God of the Moon).
These few lines… is enough fodder for a short book – Sigdrifa’s Prayer: An Explanation & Exegesis, by fellow blogger Galina Krasskova. Whether you are of the Northern Tradition, or just practice some other form of paganism the book is definitely recommended.
Speaking as someone who is a modern day polytheist, we honor our Gods, our ancestors, the wights of land and water, as well as those who serve our communities. Respect for the military comitatus and cultus is a part of this. Our deities such as Odin, and Freyja were (and still are) honored for their great wisdom, ability with magic, connection to scholars and poetry; they were also worshipped for their roles connecting them to warriors too.
I have created bookmarks featuring this prayer, and would now like to make them available for free (yes, I’ll cover shipping costs as well) to any veteran or currently serving pagan or polytheist in the U.S. military.
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The bookmarks themselves are 2 x 6 inches, with a UV glossy coat, featuring a double-sided full color design printed on nice cardstock. One side has the prayer in the original Old Norse, the other side has a modern translation of it.
- Be Heathen (Asatru, Northern Tradition, Theodish, etc.), a polytheist, or pagan.
- Be a veteran or currently serving member of the U.S. Military (any branch).
- You must have a U.S. mailing address (an APO/FPO or similar address counts).
Contact me via email (wyrddesigns at gmail dot com) or through private message on facebook (Wyrd Dottir). For privacy concerns, please do NOT make your requests (featuring your name and address) in the comments of this post. Please note, that you may not receive acknowledgment of the request for several days as I’ll be busy with travel and family. When you do contact me please be sure to:
- Full Name
- Complete Mailing Address where the bookmark(s) can be sent. If you give me an APO/FPO address, remember that all mail must be addressed to an individual soldier.
- Email Address or FACEBOOK ID (whichever method you used to contact me so I can notify you once I’ve got the items in the mail, and I can make sure I don’t mix your request up with someone else of a potentially similar name).
I’m going to assume that I just need to send one of the bookmarks along. If you are requesting on behalf of a group, please indicate that clearly in your message to me and the number you’d like to request. I’ve sent a stack of the bookmarks before to some of the Pagan Circles at various bases. I’ve also donated stacks in the past to Circle Sanctuary’s program to send yuletide care-packages to those serving.
Offer only good while supplies last.
I have worked with groups before who offered to sponsor a print run to give away these bookmarks at large public gatherings and events. I am open to such discussion, just drop me a line.