Sol & Mani: God of the Sun and the Moon

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Sol & Mani: God of the Sun and the Moon

Sol and Mani Solar God and Lunar God

  • The Goddess Sol ("Sun"), is the personification of the Sun in Nordic & Viking mythology, she has a brother who is the God Máni
  • Máni ("Moon"), the personification of the Moon.

These divinities are in a rare case of Nordic mythology, indeed the Gods in this belief are so since their "birth", or rather, their appearance in the universe.

There are many mortals who become more than just human beings, such as the hero Siegfried who after his death then takes certain powers from a god without becoming one, but in this religion the Gods are the Gods and they have always been so. But there are cases by cases. Example of Brünnhilde of Valkyria, before her banishment from the divine world by the God Odin, and her loss of her powers and divine nature that she will find again at the hour of her death. Brünnhilde is therefore a "goddess" daughter of Odin who became mortal by her banishment, and who later found her divine status at the time of her death as mortal. So we have before us a divinity that passes to mortal, and from mortal to divinity, but there are no mortals who become divinities.

sol-mani

So we have a strict nature in Ásatrú, the Gods are Gods and the humans are human beings. Although a God can become mortal through a banishment from Odin, (case of Brünnhilde), and a mortal can approach the divine nature (case of Siegfried), never will a human become a God. For a God who has lost his divine nature will find it again at the hour of his death.

  • Yet Sól and Máni are a Goddess and a God, but they were not born with their divine nature.

The nature of the Viking Gods and human beings.

At the beginning of the human age, at a time when people were a great threat to the young human race, because the giants wanted to take control of Midgard, (the earth), made with the body of Ymir, their former leader and king. Mundilfouri one of the first men fights against the giant Vafþrúðnir, he is known to be the first mortal to fight the giants without the help of the Gods. Over the years, and Odin's victory over the giants, the mortal Mundilfouri and the giant Vafþrúðnir have become friends. Sol-goddy-nordic representation of Sol, the Nordic goddess. 

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Vafþrúðnir told the other giants the story of the children of the mortal Mundilfoeri, the mortal had a daughter so beautiful that he named her Sól ("Sun"), and a son so beautiful that he named her Máni ("Moon"). But the Gods do not accept that simple mortals bear the name of their divine creation, the God Odin then decided to divinize Sól and Máni, he installed the brother and sister on carts in the solar system, then he gave the Sun to Sól and the Moon to Máni. Thus the children of Mundilfoeri do not bear the name of a part of the noble creation of the Gods, but are Gods responsible for a part of the creation. According to legend, when the brother wants to visit his sister in the sky, it causes a night in the middle of the day. The Goddess Sól is therefore responsible for the daylight, and the God Máni for the nightlight. They keep the natural order between day and night for the good of the inhabitants of Midgard whom their father protected during his lifetime a long time ago.

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