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.
I use ‘Cōfgodas’ as a catchall term which encompasses all of the tutelary wights of our hearth – a concept akin to that of the Roman, Dii Familiares.
I will add more deities to this list when and if they become part of my hearth practice.
Ealdfæderas & Ealdmōdru
The bulk of my offerings are made to our Ancestors, the Ealdfæderas and Ealdmōdru, whom we petition weekly for continued guidance, health, prosperity, luck etc. The Ealdmōdru are also given offering once a year on Mōdraniht.
Our hearth patroness is Frīg Heorþmōdor, and she is invoked during each and every rite in the same vein as Roman Vesta. She delivers offerings to the desired recipients and acts as divine intermediary. Frīg is given offering often throughout the year, typically at the major tides as thanks for her continued protection of the household.
In Fyrnsidu, as in Celtic religion(s), water is considered a gateway to the “other.” As such, Wada Þerscold plays a major role in household rites as both a God of liminality and of gateways. Like Roman Iānus, He is petitioned to “open the gates” during each ritual to allow divine communion to occur.
Ingui is honoured during the full moon of Winterfylleth as Lord of the mound, beneficent ancestors and of rebirth. Because the veil between the realm of the dead and the realm of the living begins to wane as Winter approaches, propitiatory offerings are given to both Ingui and the ancestral dead during this tide.
Ēastre is honoured from the full moon at Ēastremōnaþ to the end of Blōstmfrēols. We celebrate her in triplicate form as Goddess of flowers ‘Blōstmbǣrende‘, of bees and honey ‘Bēomōder‘ and of the dawn ‘Frumlēoht‘, syncretizing her with Flora, Mellona and Aurora/Eos respectively.
Hengest and Horsa
Hengest and Horsa play an important role in Sundorwīc’s hearth cult. As the Dūrupālas (Door-Poles), they are petitioned as liminal deities of the doorway and are given regular offering in that capacity. Because Wōdgār makes his living as a custodian/caretaker (OE: dūruweard), the Dūrupālas are also petitioned as the tutelary deities of his vocation. As Sunnbǣras (Sun-Bearers), Hengest and Horsa play a pivotal role in our Midsumor celebrations where they are supplicated alongside their consort, Sōl, Goddess of the sun.
Sōl (also known as Sunne or Sigel) is Goddess of the sun, of warmth and of healing and is petitioned alongside Hengest and Horsa during Midsumor rites. Our Sōl is syncretized with Sulis-Minerva, the great Goddess at Bath and in this capacity, She is petitioned to cure ailments and to provide overall wellness to the family unit.