" The Langobardi, by contrast, are distinguished by the fewness of their numbers. Ringed round as they are by many mighty peoples, they find safety not in obsequiousness but in battle and its perils. After them come the Reudingi, Aviones, Anglii, Varini, Eudoses, Suarini and Nuitones, behind their ramparts of rivers and woods. There is nothing noteworthy about these peoples individually, but they are distinguished by a common worship of Nerthus, or Mother Earth. They believe that she interests herself in human affairs and rides among their peoples. In an island of the Ocean stands a sacred grove, and in the grove a consecrated cart, draped with cloth, which none but the priest may touch. The priest perceives the presence of the goddess in this holy of holies and attends her, in deepest reverence, as her cart is drawn by heifers. Then follow days of rejoicing and merry-making in every place that she designs to visit and be entertained. No one goes to war, no one takes up arms; every object of iron is locked away; then, and only then, are peace and quiet known and loved, until the priest again restores the goddess to her temple, when she has had her fill of human company. After that the cart, the cloth and, if you care to believe it, the goddess herself are washed in clean in a secluded lake. This service is performed by slaves who are immediately afterwards drowned in the lake. Thus mystery begets terror and pious reluctance to ask what the sight can be that only those doomed to die may see. "
- Germania, chapter 40, Tacitus.
Along with Nerthus I honor the Goddess Syn on the 31st of every month.( If there is no 31st that month I simply roll them over to the first and 2nd of the next month. )
Syn is to me the strangest of the Goddesses. In Gylfaginning it says that she : " Manages the doors of the hall, and closes them before those who are not to go in. " It is also said that she " Is established at assemblies as a defense against those cases which she wishes to disprove . "
I have had dreams of her standing before Forseti and defending an individual who is falsely accused. I see her as a tenacious and confident " lawyer " who , if she is sure her client is innocent, will stop at nothing to defend their innocence and honor.
I would want her to defend me.
All Hail Syn !