The Son of Nine Sisters, and there are many versions of it in other sources too.
In the orchard, I could sense Idunn peeking out from behind the trees a couple of rows away with a smile on her face and fun-loving mischief in her heart. In that moment, I felt good and happy, carefree, just as I envision her to be. To that end, I decided to conduct a Rune ritual to her, focused on the joy and vitality she represents for the gods.
For this ritual, I encircled a bowl of apples, a bottle of apple wine (with the name "Jardin D'Eden" on the label, which means garden of Eden, but I prefer to interpret it as Idunn's garden or orchard), and three Runes with a ring of 24 apples (one for each letter of the Elder Futhark). Before selecting the Runes, I sat with them for quite a while contemplating which ones would best honor the goddess I view as the epitome of innocence, good health, and fun. I came up with three that felt right - Wunjo, Dagaz, and Gebo. I chose these Runes not only for their individual meaning, but for the
way they represent Idunn's essence together. Wunjo is, perhaps, the
most obvious choice, but here is my reasoning for all three.
For the ritual itself, I set up the circle of apples, then placed the contents inside and, as I did so, I thought about each item as I set it down and chanted, "I make this circle to honor Idunn, my goddess, for her wonderful essence and energy. May she spread good health, joy, and vitality. May we, in return, be grateful not only for her apples, but for the example she sets for us to be giving and happy without expectation or complication."
I'm not sure how many times I repeated my request in honor of Idunn while setting up the circle, but once the circle was complete and I sat in front of it, I repeated it three more times and was struck by how natural the entire process felt and how much I wanted to do my part in this ritual. Therefore, to honor my goddess, I commit to the very words I chanted, for this ritual helped me to realize the importance of what Idunn represents for me, my energy and vitality.
How do you honor your god/dess through rituals?