Daeg heralds Your coming
the Earth yet too warm
the Frost held at bay
Hail Sunna Sun-rider!
Nött’s exit is subtle
Yet full and free
You dance pale in the sky
Hail Mani Moon-rider!
I see You wave across the sky
Chariots pulled by horse and hound
One to the other, saluting in silence
The morning chill warmed by love
There are plenty of ways to bring the Gods into our everyday life. When my son and I wait for the bus we say a morning prayer. It’s short, simple, and direct: we thank Sunna for the Sun’s light that it provides for the new day, and sometimes our warmth and/or the growth of our food, and Daeg for a new day.
First we face the East.
This is the prayer:
“Hail Sunna, Goddess of the Sun.
Hail Daeg, God of the Day.
Thank you for a new day.
Thank you for a fresh start.
Thank you, Sunna, for the warmth of the Sun.
Thank you, Daeg, for the promise of a new beginning.
Hail Sunna! Hail Daeg!
Blessed be, and ves ðu heil!”
Then we salute with our hands pressed together at our forehead, and then bowing, with our hands over our hearts and/or solar plexus. That’s it. Well, we might play or tease each other, but it is a good way to get our day started. Even if we both had a rotten morning we tend to feel a bit better if not refreshed. He goes off to school with a prayer on his lips and primed for a good day. I get to see my son off on the bus, and wave to him as he leaves, going to the same school I once did. The blessings of the Gods are many, and the joy of seeing him off smiling is one I treasure.