- Name Meaning: From the reconstructed Gothic word *deiss, from Proto-Germanic *dīsiz, from which also derives Old Norse dís and Old Saxon idis. Deisedags means “Day of the Deiseis.”
- Date: The new moon of Riqizamenoþs.
- Deities Honored: The deiseis.
- Purpose: To honor the deiseis, the collective of female goddesses and guardians who know the dedinati (deed-web, e.g. wyrd) of their families. The world is changing, so celebrants appease the deiseis for protection, blessings, and guidance during this twilight time.
- Offerings: Milk, wine, red meat, baked goods.
- Associated myth: Theodoric the Great dies and joins Gapt’s horde, marking the end of a Golden Age for the ancient Gothic people. The threat of war and trouble looms on the horizon.
Worshipers can perform or request divination to receive guidance from the deiseis, visit the graves of their female ancestors and leave offerings, and clean their homes to sweep out any ill tidings that have accumulated during the year.
Listed below are some example prayers. You can choose the one you like or write your own.
I welcome You, Deiseis, Wise Mothers, Handmaidens of Queens.
You read the web of mankind’s deeds and plot our course.
You safeguard us against the storms of change.
O Bright Stars, may You watch over me in the dark days ahead.
In thanks, I give You this offering in love and adoration.
I call to You, Deiseis!
Winged watchers, far-seers
of mankind’s deeds,
who read the web
and plot our course.
I welcome You, Deiseis!
Wise mothers, and the
handmaidens of queens!
You are our guiding stars,
bright constellations against
the turbulence of night.
We seek the safety of your
sharp-eyed eagle gaze,
ever vigilant against the
storm of change.
Receive these gifts, O Deiseis,
that I freely give to You.
May You watch over me
in the dark days ahead.