Idun, the Goddess of Youth and Vitality (and abundance?)

14 Oct

Idun, Idunn, Iduna is the goddess of apples, of youth and of vitality. She keeps the Gods in Asgard young and fresh with her golden apples. But here is another perspective we can take on this very positive goddess: abundance.

This autumn time of year sees the harvest of apples, of pumpkins, of plums. There is an abundance to give thanks for. In Germany, the Erntendank is celebrated. In the US, Thanksgiving. What this comes down to is being grateful for the prosperity nature has gifted us with. The harvest ensures livelihood in many different ways. Being thankful ensures we have a good attitude in addition to this. We go into the darker times of the year strengthened.

It is said that it is best to eat fruits and vegetables that are in season. At this time of year, apples are very much in season, so there is no better time to eat them and gain their healing benefits. As a little ritual, you can eat a golden (or another color, at best from the area where you live, if not from your own garden) and take each bite with gratittude; to the goddess of apples, to nature in general for providing such healthful goodness to you. swns-apples1

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