The Norse Goddess Sif

Goddess Sif
Sif is the wife of Thor, the mother of WulÞur and Trude. WulÞur father is unknown but Trude is the offspring of Thor and Sif. Snorri Sturlusson mentions in his prologue to his Edda that Sif’s parentage is unknown but that Sif is a prophetess. This is an inaccuracy taken from the assumption connection to the Classical “Sibyl”. The goddess Sif is well renown for her long golden hair which according to one myth, Loki crops her hair off forging the treasures of the gods. Theories abound that Sif’s golden hair is the embodiment of the fields of grain which around the harvest time in England appears to the imagination as golden hairs rippling in the breeze. Within the United Kingdom it is believed that lightning ᛋ during the summer seasons were needed for the crops to ripen at least according to local superstition here. And folks of the old ways always tend to associate lighting with the Thunder god Thor. Sif’s long golden hair according to the sagas make her the epitome of womanhood, definitely the fairest of the Norse goddesses and the very embodiment of the Norse ideal of female attractiveness. Long hair was also in my opinion considered to have a meaningful sign of both life force and holiness amongst the ancient Germanic peoples.

So when Loki cropped Sif’s hair, it was not only considered a great insult but also an attack on the life force of the Æsir, in some ways similar to the theft of Iδunn. The most famous tale about her features said hair, in which the trickster god, Loki, with whom she may have had an affair with, shaves her head and absconds with her hair. Throughout the stories, Loki is an often jealous god. Although he himself is described as comely and charismatic, he is envious of gods who are beautiful and well-liked. While asleep, and by some accounts, having drugged Sif and Thor, he creeps into their bedchamber and shears off her crowning glory.

Turville-Petre in Myth and Religion pg 98 suggests “Probably the wife of Thor was once conceived in the form of a Rowan, to which the god clung” Sif is never depicted as a Battle Goddess despite the Marvel movies portrayal of her. Sif to me represents on the physical level material wealth and prosperity much more than the goddess sorceress Freyja. Gold or golden colours would be her hues and the Fall our English autumn would be her time of the year.

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The Little Bones Women

LBW 1Amongst the holy women of the early Germanic tribes were the little known healing seers who held power and respect with the local folk. The church considered them shadowy figures and certain references taken from the evidence of the Icelandic Sagas composed nearly a thousand years later suggests that such women still existed in Viking times, though the power they once wielded was no longer political and had become purely spiritual in nature. A great deal of misunderstandings has come via modern interpretations of what the vǫlva, sometimes referred to as The Little Bones Women were meant to be. As the Druids were to the Gauls, so these vǫlva’s were to the Proto-Germanic tribes. They presided over the great passages of life, healed with herb runic charms and oversaw every important tribal gathering before organized religions were instituted in the North. They were present at births to read a child’s fate. They read oracles to forecast the coming season at the principal religious feasts. They conducted great ceremonies for the dead. And they accompanied the barbarian army into battle, determining through rune casting or looking towards spirits of the ancestors the most propitious time to go to war. This work is hoped to put the record straight.
Chapter 1 Herbal knowledge, vǫlvas wisdom
Chapter 2 Heathen Women and Sorcery
Chapter 3 Freyja Cults and the witch figure
Chapter 4 Female use of rune magic from the sagas
Chapter 5 Magical staffs of old
Chapter 6 Wights and other unseen beings
Chapter 7 Hofs and other Holy Places
Chapter 8 Magical attack and summoning supernatural beings
Chapter 9 The demise of the historical vǫlvas and female magic
Chapter 10 The Chicanery of Seiðr

Release date: December 2019

 

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