Sundorwīc Hearth’s belief system is that of an immanent polytheism where numinous agents work constantly in our reality according to their particular functions and desires. It’s through rite and ritual that we are able to persuade or dissuade divinity and create a means to commune with the numinous for a fleeting time. While we believe divinity can manifest anywhere according to their inhuman desires, laying out separate, holy space is still a must- we are entreating Gods after all.
The following is a list of deities regularly offered to by Sundorwīc Hearth. Please note that as we are polytheists, this list is not exhaustive and can and likely will expand in time.
Frīg is the Hearth-Matron, household protectress and embodiment of domestic safety and tranquility and it is in this capacity that She is regularly petitioned at Sundorwīc. She is also the Allseer and Allknower, possessing oracular power via her innate connection to the mechanism of Wyrd and is often petitioned for clarity during periods of uncertainty and indecision.
Sōl is the radiant Sun Maiden and Goddess of hot springs and healing. Our information on Her is gleaned by our syncretizing Her with the Romano-British Goddess, Sulis, whose name, according to scholars, is associated with either ‘eye’ or ‘sun.’
Sōl receives offering each Midsumor, alongside Her consorts Hengest and Horsa in Their role as Sunbearers.
Wada is the God of water, wind, healing and earthquakes. As a water deity, He is distinctly liminal and has obvious connections to the dead and things unseen; straddling our realm and that of the Other. It is for this reason that Wada holds such a prominent role in our religious observances and is petitioned as “Gatekeeper” during each and every one of our rites.
Hengest and Horsa are the divine horse-twins and legendary warriors who supposedly led the initial Germanic migration to Britain. Like other Indo-European Horse-Twins, our Hengest and Horsa possess solar connections and are celebrated alongside Their consort, Sōl, Maiden of the Sun. Hengest and Horsa also play an important role as Dūrupālas, or ‘Door-Guardians’ and as such, They are the tutelary deities of Wōdgār’s vocation as a building caretaker.
Niht is, just as her name suggests, the primordial personification of night and of darkness. She, like many Indo-European night-goddesses, is related to leechcraft and herbalism and She is often petitioned by Sundorwīc in that capacity. Niht is also a liminal deity and as such, is associated with thresholds and crossroads, wherein She is petitioned for apotropaic purposes.
Ealdfæderas & Ealdmōdru
Ancestors play an important role in Sundorwīc’s praxis and are petitioned at the end of nearly all of our religious rites. They are petitioned for a variety of reasons and are customarily given grain as offering, as per the admonishments listed in the Paenitentiale Theodori.
Sib is a Goddess of liminality, transitions, hospitality, food crops and the common man. She is often petitioned for the prosperity of the family unit and for continued success in our undertakings at home and in our community.