Contemplating Sunna – The Germanic Goddess of the Sun
As I am contemplating the wheel of the year and Germanic Paganism/Folk Magick, I came across an interesting Goddess whom I want to connect with further.
Sunna – the Germanic Goddess of the Sun – whom is known in the Nordic pantheon as Sol, is an interesting character, who’s symbolism has been distorted (as it has with many old-germanic symbols) to be tied to the Nazi regime.
As a healer, bright and positive, she comes across as a positive, easy to approach Goddess to me personally. Maybe it is because I have been always drawn to warmer climates – I am constantly cold. In that concept and as a fellow healer, I consider warmth greatly healing and rather bright as I visualize it occurring.In mythology Sunna drives a chariot across the sky every day, being pulled by two horses. Allsvinn – who’s name translates to “very fast” – and Arvak – meaning “Early Rising” pull the Goddess across the heavens as they are persuit by the Wolf Skoll. Myths declare that at times he catches up with them, taking a bit out of the Sun, creating an eclips.
Her symbol – the “Sonnenrad” or sun-wheel – has been found as decoration pieces in many archaeological sites throughout parts of the German state Schleswig Holstein, and is now a part of the city symbol of the town Suederbrarup.
How to connect with Sunna
Time of the Year: Midsummer to Mabon
Time of the Day: Sunrise
Symbols: The sun-wheel, any image of the sun, candles, bonfires
Colors: Bright Yellow, Orange, Fire red
Foods: any type of berries (traditional), citrus fruit (non-tradition)
Herbs: rosemary, daisy, marigold, butter cup, angelica
Prayer to Sunna
Goddess of the Sun
so brightly shinning
your warmth and healing eases our days
Hail to you, dear Lady
may your firy powers
lead us to a future bright
full of abundance and hope
now and forever more.