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Novel Gnosis part 29: Sigyn

Sigyn's name means Victory Woman. She is the butterfly goddess, the lady of compassion, goddess of caregivers, wife of Loki, grieving mother. What follows is my gnosis about her. For a more scholarly article please see my paper Sigyn: Butterfly Goddess published in Witches & Pagans Magazine.

In the Fireverse, Sigyn is the only being with any agency left by the end of time. Everyone else is caught in the Prophecy (Voluspa) either trying to achieve it or trying to resist it. By the time Ragnarok comes, the other gods have done everything they can to set up the conditions that will result in a properly functioning next universe. Those who have a role to play in making Ragnarok happen try to do their assigned parts, but things don’t go exactly as the Prophecy foretold, and without Sigyn’s actions, the death of one universe and the birth of another would not be achieved. Hers is the final victory, the end and beginning. She presides over the ends and beginnings of life both for humans and for universes.

Gnosis that came to me after finishing writing the Fireverse, but which I would not have gained without the relationships with the gods I got by writing: Sigyn uses the lavender given to her by human worshippers to wash the world clean. She sweeps dark energy away and puts it into a bucket in space until that bucket accumulates enough of that energy to turn into a black hole. The dark energy is not evil, but it is inimical to human life. It’s bad for all kinds of living things, and / or bad for anything made out of normal matter. Once a black hole has been made, Sigyn’s lavender broom and human representations of it can be used to sweep away both bad spirits and normal dead things that need to go on to their next life, into the hole to be recycled. Sigyn’s color is lavender and her preferred sacrifice is fresh lavender and things made of lavender, including lavender flavored beverages.

Image: butterfly woman in sand by Thomas Skirde, creative commons via Pixabay


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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners, and the updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. Erin has been a gythia since 1989. She was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, and is admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. She also writes science fiction and poetry, ran for public office, is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.


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