Sif Norse Goddess Of Fertility  

Posted by Stella Clark

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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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Copper Woman  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"COPPER WOMAN "WAS THE FIRST MOTHER FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE PACIFIC WEST COAST, AND ALTHOUGH, TECHNICALLY NOT A GODDESS, SHE BELONGS HERE. THE FOLLOWING IS HER STORY.

ACCORDING TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST COASTAL PEOPLE, AT ONE TIME, THE WORLD WAS AS IT IS TODAY, BUT THERE WERE NO HUMAN BEINGS. AND THEN THE CREATOR TOOK SHELLS FROM THE SEA AND MINERALS FROM THE ROCKS AND FASHIONED THEM INTO A SKELETON...FOLLOWED BY THE SALT WATER OF THE OCEAN WHICH AS MADE INTO THE BLOOD WHICH RAN THROUGH THE VEINS. THEN, THE CREATOR TOOK HANDFULS OF DIRT AND FASHIONED A BODY OVER THE SKELETON...AND UNDER HER ARMS AND BETWEEN HER LEGS, WAS PLACED A SOFT-SCENTED MOSS. THEN, THE BRAIN WAS ADDED AND THE HEART ORGAN WAS PUT INTO PLACE; SHE WAS GIVEN YES TO SEE...AS WELL AS THE SENSES OF TOUCH, TASTE, SMELL, SIGHT, AND HEARING. AND FINALLY, THE CREATOR TRAPPED THE WIND AND PLACED IT IN HER LUNGS; HENCE, COPPER WOMAN WAS BORN.

COPPER WOMAN LIVED BY THE SEA. SHE WAS ALONE ON EARTH, BUT SHE MANAGED TO FIND FOOD; SHE ENDURED...SURVIVED. SHE SPENT MOST OF HER TIME CATCHING FISH, SPEARING SEALS, AND HUNTING FOR CRABS, BUT ONE DAY, SHE FELT SO LONELY THAT SHE BEGAN TO CRY, AND THE SPIRITS TOLD HER TO SAVE HER SECRETIONS...THEY WERE A SIGN THAT SHE WAS HUMAN...THAT THIS WAS EVIDENCE OF HER OWN MORTALITY...AND BY ACCEPTING THIS, SHE WOULD NEVER FIND HERSELF ALONE AGAIN. THEY ALSO TOLD HER THAT THOSE TIMES WHEN THE SECRETIONS FLOW, SHE SHOULD NOT FEEL SHAME, THAT THOSE TIMES WHEN A WOMAN ANSWERS THE CALL OF THE MOON, THEY ARE HOLY AND SACRED TIMES...A TIME FOR PRAYER AND CONTEMPLATION.

SO, COPPER WOMAN DID AS SHE WAS TOLD AND PLACED HER SECRETIONS INTO A CRAB SHELL, AND THE VERY NEXT MORNING, SHE DISCOVERED THAT IT HAD CHANGED INTO A STRANGE LITTLE WRIGGLING CREATURE...AND EACH DAY, IT GREW A LITTLE MORE UNTIL IT TURNED INTO A HALF HUMAN. IT HAD PINCERS FOR ARMS, A MAN'S PENIS, AND CHEST HAIR. THE CREATURE NEVER SPOKE, BUT SPENT ITS DAYS PLAYING WITH ALL OF THE OTHER SEA CREATURES, AND A NIGHT, IT VISITED COPPER WOMAN IN HER BEACHSIDE HUT TO MAKE LOVE TO HER..AND WITH PAIN AND BLOOD, CAME FORTH A SMALLER VERSION OF HERSELF...AND SHE WAS NEVER ALONE AGAIN.

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