Sif Norse Goddess Of Fertility  

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"SIF" IS THE NORSE GODDESS OF FERTILITY, THE PATRONESS OF FARMERS. SHE RULES OVER THE HARVEST AND THE CULTIVATION OF THE LAND. SHE WAS KNOWN TO REPRESENT DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE HOME, FERTILITY, AS WELL AS THE DIVINATION MAGIC OF WOMEN. SHE IS A PROPHETESS, AN ENCHANTRESS, AND A SHAPE SHIFTER. THE WIFE OF THOR, SHE WAS OFTEN CALLED THE FAIR HAIRED GODDESS, FOR HER MOST STUNNING FEATURE WAS HER LONG GOLDEN LOCKS. MANY TALES IN FOLKLORE ARE TOLD ABOUT SIF, AND THE FIELDS OF THE RIPENING GRAIN, TOSSED IN WAVES BY THE WARM WINDS OF SUMMER WERE SAID TO BE HER SHINING GOLDEN HAIR; THE DANCING HEADS TO THE CORN, BOWING AND WAVING, WERE SAID TO BE MOVED BY HER FEET AS SHE PASSED OVER THE FIELDS.

IN ONE TALE, WE FIND SIF LYING ASLEEP OUTSIDE OF HER HOUSE; THE TRICKSTER, LOKI, KNOWING HOW MUCH THOR LOVED HER SHINING HAIR, SAW HIS CHANCE TO ENGAGE IN SOME GREAT MISCHIEF. SMILINGLY, HE TOOK HIS SHEARS, AND HE CUT OFF SIF'S HAIR...EVERY SINGLE STRAND OF IT. WHEN SHE AWOKE AND DISCOVERED HER HAIR GONE, SIF WAS DEVASTATED. THOR, EVER THE PROTECTOR OF HIS LOVED ONES, PROCEEDED TO THREATEN LOKI WITH HIS LIFE UNLESS AMENDS WERE MADE. LOKI, THROUGH THE HELP OF THE DARK DWARFS, HAD NEW HAIR FASHIONED FROM GOLD THREAD. THIS LACY WEB OF GOLD MIRACULOUSLY BECAME REAL AND MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN SIF'S OLD HAIR WHEN IT WAS PLACED ON HER HEAD. THE CUTTING AND RESTORATION OF THE GOLDEN HAIR SUGGESTS A REPRESENTATION OF THE CORN HARVEST, A GOLDEN CROP WHICH IS CUT AND GROWS ANEW.

WITH THE MOVEMENT OF POPULATIONS AWAY FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE INTO THE CITIES, WE HAVE LOST TOUCH WITH SIF; YET, EVEN IN RECENT TIMES, THIS BELOVED GODDESS WAS HELD IN RESPECT BY THE FARMING COMMUNITIES WHO PAID HOMAGE TO HER BY THE MAKING OF CORN "DOLLIES AND THE FESTIVAL OF "HARVEST HOME" WHICH, BY THE WAY, WAS ACTUALLY HER FESTIVAL DESPITE ITS CHRISTIAN FACADE.

"MAY THE LADY WATCH OVER AND GUIDE YOU ALL. "
"MAY THE AUTUMN FIND YOU WITH A RICH HARVEST. "
"MAY THE TURNING OF THE YEAR BRING YOU PEACE. "
"WARM BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL."

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