A (Re)-Heathenization of

the Swedish Lucia Ritual

 

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by Raudhildr

> Hail Laurel,

> This brings up questions about Lucia that have been lurking somewhere in my brain for a while. How do the Hrafnar folk see her?

Hail Arlea!

Like every Kindred, Hrafnar has folks who bring their god/desses with them. Lucia is a big deal in Hrafnar because she is a big deal to a few of the members, me among them. So, what you are going to get is my view that I share with a couple of other folk in Hrafnar. I see her as literally holy light, the promise of Sunna's return. To me, she is the herald of the returning sun.

I rewrote the words to the Santa Lucia song to suit what I encounter when I approach holy light each year. I think poetry is the best means to approach her.

These words contain my understanding of her:

 

Burn bright, oh Holy Light, shine 'til the morning,

Hope through the longest night of new day's dawning.

 

chorus:

Light our poor candle flame.

Put every shade to flight.

Burn bright oh Holy Light,

Holy Lucia

 

Burn bright, oh Holy light, queen of the morning,

Bearing the sun so bright home from her faring.

 

chorus:

Light our poor candle flame.

Put every shade to flight.

Burn bright oh Holy Light,

Holy Lucia

 

Burn bright, oh Holy Light, come with the morning,

Robed in your gown of white, hope's promise answering.

chorus:

 

Light our poor candle flame.

Put every shade to flight.

Burn bright oh Holy Light,

Holy Lucia

I do not know which of the ancient Goddesses she may be, although Sunna is likely. I know that she *is* and that the folk of Sweden long for her. I also know that the children of the community love her blot.

I don't know if the Asatruar who are dedicated to strict reconstruction of the ancient faith would even be comfortable with a Lucia blot, but I never miss celebrating her day. It gives me hope that darkness is as finite as light and that warmth will return to the world. (Now that I have a plate of titanium in my leg, warmth is preferable to cold.)

Peace and good seasons

 

Laurel

Raudhildr

12/15/2000

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