I'm not much of a morning person. I've always preferred late evening when most people are asleep and the psychic white noise of their ever chattering consciousnesses is finally silent --more or less. Day time means having to put on my "Midgard drag" as i like to call it, and brave the crowded world again with all the psychic shielding that entails. Really, i'd rather sleep in.
Still, day brings with it Sunna's magnificence and that is a gift and a glory worth hauling oneself out of bed to experience. She is our sun Goddess, sometimes called Sol, and She blazes across the heavens just like Her brother Mani and yet so very different.
If i were more of a morning person, I would rise early and sit on my porch in order to watch Her drive back the darkness of night, the very fabric of the grey curtain of evening rolling itself back before Her gleaming chariot. It truly is something to see. I'm not a morning person though so instead, I drag myself out later in the morning and make offerings, usually of wine to Her with simple prayers --as coherent as I can muster upon first waking.
Sometimes i wait until the evening when i can make my offerings with more mindfulness. Then I will spend more time in prayer. We don't talk much about Sunna (and Mani) in contemporary Heathenry but the majority of our ancestors lived agrarian lives. They lived and died by Sunna's grace. We do today too, we just don't realize it as readily because few of us are living bound directly to the land. We still depend on the fruits of the land though to nourish us and our families. We still depend on Sunna.
When Sunna ceases to drive Her chariot across the sky the earth will cease to be in any way livable. That's worth considering now and again. Sunna's labors further life on our planet, are essential to it. The least we can do is pour out an offering to Her once a week.
Hail the Goddess
Who drives Her gleaming chariot across darkened skies,
bringing light, bringing warmth, bringing the grace of morning.
Protector of our ancestors,
Who brought health
and the bounty of a good harvest.
Sister of Mani,
blazing Goddess of life-giving Power,
This ends my week long cycle of daily devotion. I may revisit this again in the future but for now, I'll consider the cycle concluded. I've been gratified with how popular these week long writings have been and encourage folks to share with me the various ways that y'all honor these Gods.