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Holy Harvest
(Autumnal Equinox)

Day's light dims and shortens---as Night grows and gains in length,
Wynn-seeds which were sown---yielded a Harvest of Harmony's strength.

Thus at this Even-tide time---we Hail the Vanir All!
Of the Wanes who ay abide---Four we now shall name and call.

Nerthus, known as Mother Earth---She of Wain and of Womb,
Great Goddess of Enclosures---of Birch-breast and Birch-tomb.

Njorth, Generous Wih-God---He of Water, Wind, and Fire,
Warder of Land-wealth and Weal---ever the Earth-Kin's Sire.

Freya, our Red-gold Goddess---the beautiful Earth-bride,
She of Seith-sorcery---Shall ay be Beacon and Guide.

Frey, God of the Green-woods---the Stallion God and Stag King,
Lord of Lust, Lord of Love---as Volsi and virile Ing.

All around us---North, West, South, East---Ice, Water, Fire, and Wind,
Mighty are the Brising's meeds---gifts that the Van-Gods send.

Kenaz candles are lit with love---in West windows all,
Tribute torch to Vanic-Ar---and first full night of Fall.

Flickering firelight draws---our ancient Deities of Earth,
As well as the sacred sounds---of merriment and mirth.

Within the woods we gather---sharing dance, a feast, and fun,
Ribald is the revel---of earthy jest, joke and pun.

Our laughter sheds light---on the shadows of Harvest night,
Rejoicing and regaling---in Their magic and might.

Hail to the Wise Wanes---Nerthus, Njorth, Freia, and Fro Ing!
Heartfelt love and loyalty---we happily shout and sing!

Đ Rhonda Turner

Authorīs Notes:

Ar -- Old Norse for year, (good) season. Refers to Jera, the 12th rune of the Elder Futhark, some of its aspects being that of returned reward, the period of time as a year, and harvest.
Ay -- Always
Birch -- Referring to Berkano (GMC or Germanic for Birch Goddess), the 18th rune of the Elder Futhark. As part of it essence it expresses such key words as "Earth Mother," "birth-life-death cycle," and containment.
Brising -- pertaining to Freia's necklace the Brisingamen.
Kenaz -- GMC for torch. The 6th rune of the Elder Futhark, considered a fire rune that is controlled toward a willed result--such as a torch. The Kenaz candles mentioned, refers to small votive candles that I inscribe with Jera runes (or if unfamiliar with runes, unmarked candles). I then place one in each West window (candles are in sturdy containers placed upon a small glass plate) as a tribute to the Vanir.
Meeds -- Rewards
Wih -- Holy, sacred.
Wynn -- Old English for pleasure, delight. Refers to Wunjo (GMC for joy), the 8th rune of the Elder Futhark. Some of the key words for this rune are harmony, well-being, and fellowship.

Rune references -- "Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic" by Edred Thorsson.

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