The 3 Sunna Adorations – modern

The 3 Sunna Adorations – modern

Extract from a longer praise poem including a verse to “the House of Mundilfari” and one to “Mani” the Moon God.

by Sophie Reicher

Summer psalm
To be said upon arising:

Hail to Thee, Oh Sunna,

Who charges across the vault of heaven

In Your gleaming chariot

At the breaking of the dawn.

Hail to Thee and to Arvakr and Alsviðr:

Early Charger and Gleaming Whiteness,

Fleet-footed steeds of Thee, Mighty Sol,

Who stands in splendor at the reins.

Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Night, Oh Goddess.


To be said at noon:

Hail unto Thee Who art Sunna Triumphant,

Who art in Thy beauty and splendor

Even as Thou rideth across the heavens

At the mid-point of day.

Hail to Thee, Oh Goddess, Who stands in majesty

At the helm of Thy chariot

Charting the course of the day.

Hail to Thee from the Abodes of Morning, Oh Goddess.


To be said at dusk:

Hail to Thee, Sunna, Who art sublime in Thy setting,

Even unto Thee, Whose journey gives us joy,

Who traverses the heavens in Thy gleaming chariot

At the closing of the day.

You stand in splendor at Thy chariot’s helm, mighty Goddess,

And none may contest Thy power.

Hail to Thee from the Abodes of Day, oh Goddess.

Isis – Oh Golden One

Isis – Oh Golden One

Isis, for Her part, was connected with the star Sirius as far back as the Pyramid Texts; the star was said to be Her ba, or soul. Yet Isis is also linked with the Sun.

As the Sun was the image of one of the most important Gods to the ancient Egyptians, it should not be surprising to find that Isis, one of the most important Goddesses, also has strong solar connections. In some places—notably, Her famous temple at Philae—Isis was worshiped specifically as a Sun Goddess. Among Her solar epithets are Female Re (Re-et) and Female Horus (Horet).

Isis eye of Ra

Isis’ most common solar manifestation is as the Eye of Re, the Uraeus, the Cobra Goddess Who coils upon the Sun God’s brow to protect Him; and Who fights a constant cosmic battle against His great opponent, Apop (Gr. Apophis). An inscription at Philae calls Isis “Neseret [fiery]-serpent on the head of Horus-Re, Eye of Re, the Unique Goddess, Uraeus.” A hymn from Philae calls Her “Eye of Re who has no equal in heaven and on earth.” The Eye of Re is His active power. While He maintains His place in the sky, the solar power—the Eye Goddess—goes forth to manifest His Divine will. In this way, Isis and the other Uraeus Goddesses (such as Nephthys, Wadjet, and Tefnut) are similar to Shakti, the active, feminine Power related to the God Shiva in some Hindu sects. Isis is also one of the Deities Who travels with Re in His solar barque as it moves through the Otherworld. Again, Her function is to protect Him and help battle His foes.

Isis is also associated with the Sun God and the Sun in several of Her important myths. In the tale of Isis and Re, Isis gains power equal to Re’s by learning His secret name, first by poisoning, then by healing the ailing God. In another, with Her magical Words of Power, Isis stops the Boat of the Sun in the sky in order to receive aid for Her poisoned child, Horus.

But it was at Isis’ influential temple at Philae that She was most clearly worshipped as a Sun Goddess and even as the Sun itself. A Philae hymn to Isis praises Her saying, “You are the one who rises and dispels darkness, shining when traversing the primeval ocean, the Brilliant One in the celestial waters, traveling in the barque of Re.” An inscription on the first pylon (gate) at Philae says Isis is the “One Who illumines the Two Lands with Her radiance, and fills the earth with gold-dust.” (I absolutely adore this praise of Her!)

Isis fire glow

Like many other Egyptian Deities, Isis was often envisioned with immortal, golden, solar skin. Some of Her sacred images would have been covered with gold, earning Her, like Hathor, the epithets The Gold and the Golden One. A Philae hymn addresses Her, “O Golden One; Re, the possessor of the Two Lands, will never be far from you.” Some scholars believe that the holy of holies at Philae may have once been gold-leafed so that it always appeared filled with golden, solar light. O how I would love to have seen that.

At Her Philae temple, Isis is first of those in heaven: “Hail to you, Isis, Great of Magic, eldest in the womb of her mother, Nuet, Mighty in Heaven Before Re.” She is the “Sun Goddess in the circuit of the sun disk” and Her radiance outshines even that of Re.

From Her great temple at Philae, Isis’ identity as a Sun Goddess flowed back up the Nile to Her temples at Memphis and Isiopolis in the delta. From there, it entered into the Graeco-Roman culture in the famous aretalogies (self-statements) of Isis. From a papyrus found in Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, we learn that one of Isis’ many names is Name of the Sun and that She is responsible for the rising of the Sun: “Thou [Isis] bringest the sun from rising unto setting, and all the Gods are glad.” In an aretalogy from Kyme, in modern Turkey, Isis says of Herself, “I ordered the course of the sun and the moon.” And later in the same text She says, “I am in the rays of the sun” and “I inspect the courses of the sun.”

Isis by KateMaxpaint

Isis by KateMaxpaint

A festival calendar from the temple of Edfu records a summer procession of Isis the Brilliant. During that festival, the image of the radiant Goddess was carried among the people in Her sacred boat, coming to rest in Her boat-sanctuary. There, the calendar text tells us “every kind of good thing is offered to her.” Some modern Kemetic Orthodox groups celebrate this as the Aset Luminous Festival. Participants illuminate paper boats with candles and set them adrift to carry worshippers’ prayers to Isis. In accordance with the ancient traditions, offerings are also given to Isis at this time.

Throughout Her worship, Isis has always shown Her life giving, fructifying power in the image of the Sun. She is the Radiant Goddess, the Lady of Sunlight.

Isis Golden


Modern Pagans often think of Isis as a Moon Goddess. And, it’s true, in later periods of Her worship, She was indeed associated with the Moon—and, in fact, that’s how She entered the Western Esoteric Tradition. The Isis-Moon connection first started when Egypt came under Greek rule in the 3rd century BCE, following the conquest by Alexander the Great. To the Greeks, Goddesses were the lunar Deities, so as Isis made Her way into Greek culture and hearts, Her new devotees naturally associated Her with the Moon.

In Egypt, Osiris, Khons, Thoth, and I’ah were the Deities most associated with the Moon.


Please note that all material on this blog is copyright M. Isidora Forrest. Excerpts from Isis Magic, first edition, are copyright 2001, and from Isis Magic, second edition, copyright 2013 by M. Isidora Forrest. Excerpts from Offering to Isis are copyright 2005, M. Isidora Forrest.


M. Isidora Forrest has been devoted to Isis ever since the Goddess told her, in no uncertain terms, that she was not yet ready to be Her priestess. (Isidora respects a Goddess Who doesn’t coddle.) More than twenty years—and a lot of research, ritual, agony and ecstasy—later, Isidora has earned the title of Prophetess in the House of Isis. She is also a priestess of the international Fellowship of Isis, a Hermetic adept, a maenad for Dionysos, and a founder of the Hermetic Fellowship, a non-profit religious organization devoted to spiritual development through ritual and education in the Western Esoteric Tradition. In addition to Isis Magic, she is the author of Offering to Isis: Knowing the Goddess through Her Sacred Symbols, and a contributor to the Golden Dawn Journal series of books edited by Chic and Tabatha Cicero. Isidora lives and works in the not-at-all-Egypt-like climate of Portland, Oregon with her husband Adam Forrest, a fierce black cat name Korê, and both a Temple of Isis and a grape arbor sacred to Dionysos in the backyard.

Now enjoy this lovely animation of Isis birthing the Sun by Lesley Keen:

Prayers to the Sun by a man in Arisaig, West Coast Scotland

Prayers to the Sun

Arisaig sunrise by Tom Henderson April 2015

Arisaig sunrise by Tom Henderson April 2015

There are not as many prayers to the sun as there are to the moon because, “The sun was a matter to them of great awe, but the moon was a friend of great love, guiding their course upon land and sea, and their path wherever they went.”1

Even so, plenty of blessings have survived, and Carmichael tells us:

“3o8 A’ GHRIAN


Thubhairt an seanchaidh : — Bha duine ann an Àrasaig agus bha e
fuathasach scan, agus bhiodh e ag adhradh do’n ghrein agus do’n ghealaich
agus do na reultaibh. Dar a dh’eireadh a’ ghrian air bharr nam beann
bheireadh e dheth a chomhdach cinn, agus chromadh e sios a cheann,
a’ toir glòir do Dhia mor nan diil air son glòir na greine agus mathas a
solais do chlann nan daoine agus do bheathachaibh an t-saoghail. Dar
a rachadh a’ ghrian fodha sa chuan an iar, bheireadh an seann duine
dheth a rithist a chomhdach cinn, agus chromadh e a cheann gu làr, agus
theireadh e —

Tha mise an dòchas ‘na thràth
Nach cuir Dia mor nan àgh
As domhsa solas nan gràs

Mar tha thusa dha m’fhàgail a nochd.

Bha an seann duine ag ràdh gun d’ionnsaich e sec bho athair agus bho
sheann daoine a’ bhaile dar a bha e ‘na leanabh beag. Bhiodh clann
gun mhodh a’ magadh air Iain, an dùil nach robh e uile gu leir ann,
ach cha leir dhomh fhein gun robh Iain bochd a’ dèanamh dad cearr.




The reciter said : — There was a man in Arasaig, and he was extremely old,
and he would make adoration to the sun and to the moon and to the
stars. When the sun would rise on the tops of the peaks he would put off
his head-covering and he would bow down his head, giving glory to the
great God of life for the glory of the sun and for the goodness of its light
to the children of men and to the animals of the world. When the sun
set in the western ocean the old man would again take off his head-covering,
and he would bow his head to the ground and say —

I am in hope, in its proper time,
That the great and gracious God
Will not put out for me the light of grace
Even as thou dost leave me this night.

The old man said that he had learned this from his father and from the
old men of the village when he was a small child. Mannerless children
would be mocking Iain, thinking that he was not all there, but it is not
clear to me that poor Iain was doing anything wrong.2

In spite of its heavenly associations with God, however, it can be seen that the sun – like the moon – is commonly regarded as being feminine,3 as the prayer [below] indicates. This one always seems very appropriate on particularly sunny days, especially after a lot of dull ones, and should be said in the morning after you get up:

Link to prayer below


1 Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica, 1992, p630.

2 Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica, 1992, p291.

3 The Gaelic words for sun and moon – a’ ghrian and a’ ghealach – are also grammatically feminine. The Indo-European root of a’ ghrian is thought to be *greinâ, meaning ‘warm’. Geal refers to the moon being both white and bright, and so might refer to the moon or silver. See Black, The Gaelic Otherworld, 2005, p570/p606.

Carmina Gadelica

Hymns and Incantations

With Illustrative Notes on Words, Rites, and Customs,

Dying and Obsolete : Orally Collected in the Highlands

and Islands of Scotland

By Alexander Carmichael


A’Ghrian – song to the Sun from the Isle of Barra discovered by ArchMatrona Georgia

A’Ghrian – song to the Sun
from the Isle of Barra
discovered by ArchMatrona Georgia


Hebrides sunset on isle of barra

Hebrides sunset on Isle of Barra

From John MacNeill, cottar, Buaile nam Bodach, Barra

Song to the Sun

Hail to thee,
thou sun of the seasons
as thou traversest
the skies aloft.

Thy steps are strong on
the wing of the heavens,
thou art the glorious
mother of the stars.

Thou liest down in
the destructive ocean
without impairment or fear.

Thou risest up on
the peaceful wave-crest
like a queenly maiden
in bloom.

Song 316, Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica, 1992, p292 (English only); Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica Volume III, 1941, pp310-311.

“A Ghrian”
(To the Sun)
from the Isle of Barra

A’ GHRIAN [317]

O Iain Mac Nill, coitear, Buaile nam Bodach, Barraidh

ÀILTE ort fein, a ghrian nan tràth,
‘S tu siubhal ard nan speur ;

Do cheumaibh treun air sgeith nan ard,
‘S tu màthair àigh nan reul.

Thu laighe sios an cuan na dith

Gun diobhail is gun sgàth ;
Thu ‘g eirigh suas air stuagh na sith,

Mar rioghainn òg fo bhlàth.

A’Ghrian, Hymn to The Sun

A’Ghrian, Hymn to The Sun videos discovered by ArchMatrona (Bishop) Georgia


Sunna or Sól. Norse goddess of the sun

A’ Ghrian
The Sun
Verse One:

Fàilte ort féin, a ghrian nan tràth,
I welcome you, sun of the seasons,

‘S tu siubhail ard nan speur;
As you travel the skies aloft;

Do cheumaibh treun air sgéith nan ard,
Your steps are strong on the wing of the heavens,

‘S tu màthair àigh nan reul.
You are the glorious mother of the stars.
Verse Two:

Thu laighe sìos an cuan na dìth
You descend into the deadly sea

Gun dìobhail is gun sgàth,
Without distress and without fear;

Thu ‘g éirigh suas air stuagh na sìth,
You rise up on the wave of peace,

Mar rìoghain òg fo bhlàth.
Like a youthful Queen in bloom.

This is a separate sunset prayer:

Ha-misham doh oss-narah.. na-cuir chia mo-ornah…
I am in hope in its proper time that the gracious One

As rom sa-a-ah, so-lar-s, nuhn-gra-as, Marra-husa, ca-ah-ma, gala noc
will not put out for me the light of grace even as thou dost leave me this night


Song 316, Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica, 1992, p292 (English only); Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica Volume III, 1941, pp310-311.
Lyrics 1

Lyrics 2

Video 1

Video 2

The Moons of Sunna 1st Sunna / 11th July – 28th Sunna / August 7th 2016

The Moons of Sunna 1st Sunna / 11th July – 28th Sunna / August 7th 2016

Soleil levant derrière les montagnes


July 19th: Bright Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).

Aug 2nd: Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).

Aug 6th: (4 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).

Sacred Month of Sunna July 11 – August 7th

Sacred Month of Sunna July 11 – August 7th

This is a Clan Jana named month.

Sól’s themes are the sun, blessings, cycles, healing, movement, and travel.  Her symbols are gold or yellow colored items, [chariots] and horses.  “Sól (Old Norse ‘Sun’) or Sunna (Old High German, and existing as an Old Norse and Icelandic synonym: see Wiktionary sunna, ‘Sun’) is the Sun personified in Germanic mythology.” [1] As the northern hemisphere approaches late spring, Sól’s inspiring light and warmth are welcome and notable. “Sól drives the chariot of the Sun across the sky every day pulled by the horses Alsviðr (‘Very Fast’) and Arvakr (‘Early Rising’)” [2], giving Her additional connections with movement and safe travel.

“This date marks the return of the Midnight Sun, a ‘day’ for Norwegians that will actually last for ten weeks, emphasizing Sól’s power. Correspondingly, people’s activity level increases around the clock, as they sleep less to adjust to the change in earth’s cycle. So, when your inner resources lag or you’re out of kilter with natural or biological clocks, turn to Sól for assistance.

Wear gold or yellow items to tune into Her vibrations, and get out in Sól’s sunlight today (if the weather cooperates). It’s very healthy and naturally generates more of Sól’s positive energy for anything you undertake.

It’s an excellent day to take a short trip anywhere. If you enjoy horseback riding and have a stable nearby, take a jaunt and ride with Sól and the wind at your back. Alternatively, use ‘horse power’ and take a short drive in your car!”

(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)

Interestingly enough, 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 OdinVili and Ve, the Sun, Moon and Stars were made from the gathered sparks that shot forth from Muspellsheim, the Land of Fire.

Sunna is the Norse Goddess of the Sun, also known as Sól – though some hold that Sól is the mother and Sunna Her daughter.  As Sunna, She is a healer as seen in one of the two Merseburg Incantations(the “horse cure”) written in the 9th or 10th century CE, which attests that Sunna is the sister of Sinthgunt. In Norse mythology, Sól is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson.  In both the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda She is described as the sister of the personified moon, Máni, is the daughter of Mundilfæri, and is at times referred to as Álfröðull. [3] [4]


“Sunna -‘Mistress of the Sun,’ the ancient Scandinavians used to sing, ‘sits on a bare stone and spins on Her golden distaff for the hour before the sun rises.’  To the people of the north, as to many others, the bright day-bringing star was feminine, the Goddess Sunna – still honored whenever we point to the sun.

Her people said that Sunna lived at first on earth; She was such a beautiful child that Her father, Mundilfæri, named Her after the most brilliant star.  But such presumption annoyed the gods of Asgard.  They took Sunna from earth to Her namesake, where She forever after rode the chariot of day.  Pulling Her were divine horses…under their harnesses were bags of wind that cooled them and the earth as they traveled with their mistress through the sky.  Likewise Sunna carried the shield Svalin(‘cool’), which protected the earth from too intense contact with Her rays.

Sunna was not really immortal, for like other Scandinavian gods, She was doomed to die at Ragnarök, the end of the universe.  She was said to be constantly chased through the sky by the Fenris-wolf Sköll, offspring of a female giant (it is said that sometimes he comes so close that he is able to take a bite out of the Sun, causing an eclipse. [5]); on the last day he would catch Her and devour Her.  But say the eddas, ‘one beaming daughter the bright Sunna bears before She is swallowed,’ and this new sun daughter would take Her mother’s place in the new sky following the destruction of Sunna’s realm.  (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. [6])

The ‘bright bride of heaven’ had, in addition to the familiar powers we grant the sun, a special function in Norse mythology.  She was the ‘elf beam’ or ‘deceiver of dwarves’, for those creatures were petrified by Her glance. Stone was important to Her in another way, for Her worshipers carved deep stone circles across the Scandinavian landscape as part of Her sacred rites.” (Monaghan, 1997, p. 287).

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



Monaghan, Patricia. The New Book of Goddesses and Heroines, “Sunna”.

Took, Thalia. A-Muse-ing Grace Gallery, “Sunna, Norse Goddess of the Sun“.

Wikipedia, “Sól“.


Suggested Links:

Agaliha. Mystic Wicks, “Sól/Sunna {Goddess of the Week}“.

Crowfuzz & Tyrsson. Beliefnet, “Midsummer: A Celebration of the Goddess Sunna“., “Sun Goddesses“., “The Northern Sky: Praising Sunna“.

Sabrina. Goddess A Day, “Sol“.


“From Old Norse sunna, from Proto-Germanic *sunnǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *sh̥₂uén < *sóh₂wl̥.

Germanic cognates: Faroese sunna, English sun, West Frisian sinne, Low German Sünn, Zunne, Dutch zon, German Sonne, Gothic 𐍃𐌿𐌽𐌽𐍉 ‎(sunnō).

Indo-European cognates: Sanskrit स्वर्, Greek ἥλιος, Latin sol, Old Church Slavonic слъньцє (Russian солнце), Latvian saũle, Welsh haul.”


Sunna is the very symbol of the sun and its power, so as you might guess, her gifts to us is exactly the same emotions and feelings the sun gives, energy, enthusiasm, motivation, happiness, warmth, joy etc. of course there are people who don’t like the sun or its light, but i’m referring to those emotions and feelings the sun brings to the land it self, so as you might also guess, disrespecting the land, the air, the natural environments and the world itself, is something this goddess will disapprove. For her power is also linked to the power of growth of all natural things expecially plants. She belongs to the group of Northern gods of the Sky, and nowadays our daily actions that might bring harm to the Ozone layer ( which unfortunately is a problem very present ) is a great disrespect towards Sunna and the other sky gods.

Sunna is the very light that warms the hearts of those in need, the hearts of those that lie in the shadows and in the cold emotional depression, so she can be called by those who are in these melancholic conditions and in sadness. Imagine her importance to our ancestors, to those who worked in the fields, harvesting their crops, the sunny days bringing life to animals and plants which gave mankind sustenance. I know that some people don’t like the heat of the sun, or its light, but imagine the people in the Northern countries, where winter is too long and too hard, so when the sun game, it brought vitality to the people and thus, it would empower the people, making them a better and healthier community.

An interesting curiosity is that Sunna is also called Sol, and in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, Sol means Sun, also in the English language which is based in Germanic languages, the very word Sun, comes from the same group of languages as the Northern countries, also in Iceland, the word for the Sun is also Written as it is in English. But more interesting than this, is the fact that in the Iberian Peninsula in the counties of Portugal and Spain, there are thousands of vestiges of the Germanic culture, such as Pottery with runes carved ( the first symbols of the runes before the Elder Futhark, symbols used in times before the vikings ), or burial grounds, buildings, weapons, bones and also in the Language, because in Portugal and also in Spain the word for the Sun is also “Sol” and in Portugal the pronunciation of this word is too similar to the Swedish one. Like this you can see the importance that the Sun had all over Europe, for Europe is a cold mother and the weather is harsh, so people longed for the warmth of the Sun, and the fact that the name of such a goddess remained till today a word for the Sun especially in the coastal countries of Europe, it isn’t something to be astonished about, for the Northern peoples traveled by sea and established their settlements in those countries, and it isn’t something new to know that they were in Portugal, because all European cultures came to Portugal looking for a warmer weather for agriculture, hunting, fishing, living. Portugal is the last country of Europe by the Atlantic sea, or the first country for the sailors, it can either be where Europe begins or where Europe ends, that depends on your point of view. In fact more than half of Portugal was a Germanic country much influenced by the Germanic cultures for more than 2000 years, since somewhere between 2000 and 1500 Before the common Era, to the 6th century.


Aruck and Alsvina: Anglo-Saxon equivalent of Arvakr and Alsvidr, the horses pulling the sun chariot.