Norse Sun Goddess

Sunna is the Norse Goddess of the Sun, also known as Sól, though some hold that Sól is the mother and Sunna Her daughter. In Norse mythology, the Sun is female while the Moon is male.

When the world was created from the body of the dead giant Ymir by the triad 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.

Sól (“Mistress Sun”), drives the chariot of the Sun across the sky every day. Pulled by the horses Allsvinn (“Very Fast”) and Arvak (“Early Rising”), 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. Sol’s father is Mundilfari, and She is the sister of Måni, the Moon-god, and the wife of Glaur or Glen (“Shine”).

As Sunna, she is a healer.

At Ragnarok, the foretold “Twilight of the Gods” or end of the world, it is believed the Sun will finally be swallowed by Skoll.

When the world is destroyed, a new world shall be born, a world of peace and love, and the Sun’s bright daughter shall outshine Her mother.

Winter Solstice

An all-night vigil was often held on the night of the solstice and blót to Sunna as she rises in the east.

Solstice night, Yulefire bright,
waiting for the dawn.
Solstice morn, Sunna reborn,
the wheel goes on and on.

Alternate names: Sól, Sun, Sunnu, Gull (“Gold”).



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