A friend pointed out to me today (I am shocked I had missed this until now) the significance of 9/9 as a potential Heathen holy day. For her, it is for Odin but it occurred to me that it could be much broader:
Odin – Hung for 9 days and nights
Heimdall – Born of 9 mothers
Hermod – Rode for 9 days and nights (He was stated to be Odin’s man so this could just be a direct correlation to Odin’s story.)
Nine Realms – We frequently refer to the world having 9 realms/places
Nine seems to matter a lot in our myths and traditions, as does three and nine is but three cubed. So, on this day, perhaps we should do a little something to remember and note our gods and ancestors. I will do so as I walk today for both Heimdall and Hermod. I am sure my friend will do something for Odin. If you read this, post what you did.
UPDATE 1 – Took my normal half hour exercise walk. In honor of Heimdall and Hermod, I did nine cycles of the nine line prayers I do. For the record:
Heimdall: Heimdall, Himdallr, Vindler, Rig (x9)
Hermod: (More complex, some variation of nine lines of the following each time)
Hermod, Hel Rider; (Beginning and end)
Hermod, Brave Rider;
Hermod, Dark Rider;
Hermod, Nine Nights Rider;
Hermod, Nine Days Rider;
Hermod, Frigga’s Rider;
Hermod, Frigga’s Speaker
Hermod, Sleipnir’s Rider;
Hermod, Odin’s Rider;
I am pondering promising a more elaborate honoring to Hermod this year that would mean running 9 miles by day once and by night once. I will try to decide that tonight and blot to that effect. I will update again after I decide.
UPDATE 2: I performed a blot to Hermod and promised the runs in his name by the next 9/9.