Prayer for Receiving Stewardship of Land

By Gudrun of Mimirsbrunnr


O Great Landvaettir beneath my feet,

I call you, I awaken you, I offer you friendship!

In the name of Jord, Green Mother,

I swear I will not exploit this land out of greed.

In the name of Frey, Lord of the Grain,

I swear I will plant each seed with thought and reverence.

In the name of Freya, Lady of Spring,

I swear I will see the beauty of my land as a source of soul’s comfort.

In the name of Nerthus, Mother of the Vanir,

I swear that I will keep the secrets of this land as jewels.

In the name of Skadi, Winter Queen,

I swear I will leave wild places for your children.

In the name of Ullr, Hunter of the Wild,

I swear I will not take too many of your children, even to feed my own.

In the name of Iduna, Orchard-Grower,

I swear I will be grateful for every mouthful this land gives me,

And that I will give back what is given with all due respect and joy.