Friday, June 28, 2013

Sunna


Sunna



suna


Appeal: Sun, Light, Solar Panels, Growth, Sunny Places, Warmth




Sunna s (Sol) is the Sun personified in Norse mythology.  She is described as the sister of the personified moon, Manni, the daughter of Mundilfari and is foretold to be killed by a monstrous wolf during the events of Ragnarok.  She was a human who rose to the rank of Goddess due to the Gods.  Sunna has blonde hair with golden curls that looked like rays of sunshine. Sunna like the ‘sun’ was always kind and generous to her people brining light wherever she went.

Rudolf Simek stated that Nordic Bronze Age archaeological finds, such as rock carvings and the Trundholm Sun chariot, provide evidence of the Sun having been viewed as a life giving heavenly body to the Bronze Age Scandinavians and that the Sun likely received an amount of respect.

The Sun is approximately 4.5 billion years old.  As the largest object in the sky, the Sun is the source of light, heat, and life.  It can also be a symbol of destructive power.  Since earliest times, people in all parts of the world have observed the position of the Sun and its rising and setting throughout the year.  Many cultures have created solar calendars to govern such things as the planting of crops and the timing of religious festivals.  They have also given the Sun a major place in their mythologies, often as a deity.

When the world was created from the body of the dead giant Ymir by the triad Gods of Odin, Vili and Ve - the Sun, Moon and Stars were made from the gathered sparks that shot forth from Muspellsheim, the Land of Fire.  Sunna drives the chariot of the Sun across the sky every day.  Pulled by the horses Allsvinn and Arvak, the Sun chariot is pursued by the wolf Skoll.  It is said that sometimes he comes so close that he is able to take a bite out of the Sun, causing an eclipse.

On Midsummer Eve, Sunna's strength begins to decline, and those who honor her gather to celebrate this passage.  For the Pagan religions of Northern Europe, this is the Sabbat of Midsummer.  Songs are sung, poems are read, libations and toasts fill the air.  In honor of the strength of light and warmth that are Sunna's blessing, fire is a central part of the celebration at this Sabbat.
Despite the wolf Skoll catching and killing Sunna, not all is lost.  Like the other Gods at the end of Ragnarok, light still shines on the Earth.  Before her death, she gives birth to a daughter as beautiful as her mother and she shall ride her mother's road.  The daughter survives with the Sun to aid and guide humanity after the destruction of the world as we know it.  She heals the world, knitting together the fragmented pieces of life after the chaos of Ragnarok. 

 

Sunday (Sun's day) is a day of rest in most Western countries, part of the weekend.  Sunday is associated with the Sun and symbolized by its symbol . 

Sowulo s rune represents the power of the Sun. In almost every religion in the world, the Sun is held most sacred.  To the Norse, the sun was known as Sunna or Sol and was considered feminine. The sun’s light and warmth symbolizes life, nurturing, growth and all that is good.  In some Northern cultures, they start their day at sunset and usually begin their year in the winter months.  (This is why many Sun and Moon images show the Moon ahead of the Sun)

 

Come out into the light!

You are meant to shine!
 

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