Inniujiþa

Information

Name Meaning: From the Gothic word inniujiþa (“renewal”).
Date: 3 days beginning on the full moon of Wintrumenoþs.
Deities Honored: Þaibons, Fairguneis.
Activities: Reidarjos celebrate the new year with this important 3-day festival. It is a time to reflect upon the past year and to prepare for the upcoming one, making any necessary oaths before others.

  • On the first day, Reidarjos clean their homes and make offerings to Þaibons. Before Her shrine, they announce their intentions and goals for the new year, and ask for Her blessings. Divinations and prophecies can be done this day.
  • On the second day, Reidarjos gather with their friends and family to feast, drink, and make offerings to Fairguneis. They thank Him for His watchful protection and bringing the world out of Drobna.
  • On the third day, both Fairguneis and Þaibons receive offerings as a divine couple. It is an auspicious time for couples to marry or make/renew their vows. Sidjus Reidarje Sauilis holds a formal ceremony for all new Siponjos and Gasinþans from the past year.

Offerings: Milk, bread, sweets, cakes, horses or horse alternatives (votives, etc.), white hares or hare alternatives (votives, etc.).
Associated myth: Gapt and Teiws approach Þaibons and ask for Her guidance on how to escape the chaos of Drobna. She makes a sacrifice and gives Them a prophecy to crown a king and leave for a new home. They crown Fairguneis, who marries Þaibons, and then they depart.

Prayers

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

For the first day

Simple Prayer

I welcome You, Þaibons, Hearth Guardian, Fire Keeper.
You read the web of all our deeds in burning flame.
You know our pasts and see the weaving of our fates.
O Wise One, may You grant us good fortune in the coming year.
In thanks, I give You this offering in love and adoration.

Poetic Prayer

I welcome You, Þaibons!
Wisest of seers,
first among the illustrious divine!
Queen of the Eternal Flame,
and consort to mighty Fairguneis!

I welcome You, Þaibons!
Hearth-guardian, fire-keeper,
who makes the home sacred!
Far-seer of the deeds of men,
You read the web in burning flame,
gazing along its threads
and knowing all.
We seek the guidance of Your sight,
which spans the fullness of the sky,
and the blessing of Your wisdom
on this day of our renewal.
Receive these gifts, O Þaibons,
herald of ever-blazing hope,
that I freely give to you.
May Your light show us the way
and guide us home again.

For the second day

Simple Prayer

I welcome You, Fairguneis, Strongest of Gods, Guardian of Man.
You stood upon the mountain, You seized the Great Tree,
and You held at bay the chaos of the world’s end.
O Preserver, may You keep me safe wherever I am.
In thanks, I give You this offering in love and adoration.

Poetic Prayer

I welcome You, Fairguneis!
Strongest of all the gods
and guardian of mankind!
First and highest among kings,
and husband to queenly Þaibons!

I welcome You, Fairguneis!
Sharpest is Your axe
that cleaves the sky!
You stood upon the mountain,
You seized the Great Tree,
and You held at bay
the chaos of the world’s end.
We thank You for Your
boundless protection,
that we lived through drobna,
that we can greet the new dawn.
Receive these gifts, O Fairguneis,
preserver of all the worlds,
that I freely give to You.
May You hear our praises
and keep us safe.

For the third day

Simple Prayer

I welcome You, Þaibons! I welcome You, Fairguneis!
Blessed is Your union, held fast by Your sacred oath.
The tree stands firm in the wind, and fires burn in our hearts.
O Wondrous Gods, may Your blessings bring us into the new year.
In thanks, I give You this offering in love and adoration.

Poetic Prayer

I welcome You, Þaibons!
Wisest of seers,
first among the illustrious divine!
Queen of the Eternal Flame,
and consort to mighty Fairguneis!

I welcome You, Fairguneis!
Strongest of all the gods
and guardian of mankind!
First and highest among kings,
and husband to queenly Þaibons!

Blessed is Your wondrous union!
Blessed is the binding of Your hands,
His to Hers and Hers to His,
held fast by Your sacred oath.
We rejoice, we rejoice, we rejoice!
The road is long, the sky is wide,
the tree stands firm in the wind,
and fires burn bright in our hearts!
Receive these gifts, O Gods,
Great King and Holy Queen,
that I freely give to You.
May Your blessings bring us
into the new year.