Gaunoþus

Information

Name Meaning: From the Gothic word gaunoþus (“lamentation, mourning”).
Date: The new moon of Saudimenoþs.
Deities Honored: Sauil, Gapt.
Activities: Reidarjos lament the capture of Sauil, giving offerings to Her in a bid for Her return. They will also make offerings to Gapt for two reasons: to avoid His wrath during the Wild Hunt and to bolster Him in His quest to find Her. On this day, Reidarjos are encouraged to spend time with their loved ones and give each other small gifts, such as chocolate or other sweets, as a way of expressing gratitude and appreciation.
Offerings: Standard offerings.
Associated myth: Sauil willingly becomes a hostage of Rome to maintain peace, assuming the role of the Undefeated Sun. However, the gods except Mena do not know, so They think She was captured. Gapt rides out at the head of a massive horde to look for Her, initiating the Wild Hunt.

Prayers

Listed below are some example prayers. You can choose the one you like or write your own.

To Sauil

Simple Prayer

Come away from the darkness, Sauil, O Life Giver, O Fire Dancer!
Come back to the open sky, to the embrace of your kin!
Your love calls for You and rides out with His horde to find You.
O Golden Goddess, may You return and fill the world with glory.
To You, I give this offering in love and adoration.

Poetic Prayer

O Sauil!
O Bright Star,
brightest child of Laguhwaþo,
golden gem of Teiws’ sky!
O Traveler,
flame-wreathed goddess
with healing hands,
we see You and know
Your sacrifice!

O Sauil!
Come away from the darkness,
back to the open sky,
to the embrace of kin!
Your love calls for You,
Joy Bringer! Shining One!
He rides with His mighty horde
to free You from Your enemies.
We cry for You, Goddess!
Our mortal eyes are blind
without Your brilliance!
We seek the safety of Your light,
the peace You bring to the land, and
the protection of Your burning gaze.
May these gifts please You, O Sauil,
so You may return to us once more
and fill the world with Your glory.
Come away from the darkness,
Life Giver!
Fire Dancer!
Invincible Sun!

To Gapt

Simple Prayer

Go with the speed of the winds, Gapt, O Conqueror, O Cruel Blade!
The enemy has seized fairest Sauil and taken Her way!
She is not in our homes but in the lands of the enemy.
O Raider, may You find Her and pierce Her captors on Your spear.
To You, I give this offering in love and adoration.

Poetic Prayer

O Gapt!
O Cruel Blade,
the spear of cunning,
and father of kings!
O Conqueror,
Who leads the horde
to battle in every age,
we see You and know
Your fury!

O Gapt!
Go with the speed of the winds
across all the lands of the world!
Ride with all the fury of the storm!
Your love has gone to the enemy,
Raider! Horse Lord!
They seized Her and took Her away,
casting a black shadow across Her light.
We know Your anger, Great God!
We fall away from Your rage,
for we are only mortals.
We do not hide Your wife from You;
You will not find Her in our homes
but in the lands of the enemy.
May these gifts please you, O Gapt,
so You may turn your wrathful gaze away,
so You can find Golden Sauil
and pierce Her captors on Your spear.
Go with the speed of the winds,
Death Bringer!
Blood Spiller!
Unconquerable One!