Working With The Gods: Sigyn

Sigyn is a Norse Goddess who is the second wife of Loki the Trickster God. She is best known for her faithfulness during the period when Loki was imprisoned in a cave, tormented by a terrible venomous serpent. She is a goddess of loyalty and compassion, perhaps the most compassionate deity in the Northern Tradition. This shrine honors her in all her aspects – innocent child-bride, faithful wife and nurturing mother, and mourning mother as well.
The two sons of Loki and Sigyn were named Narvi and Vali, and both met tragic ends. When Loki was hunted down for the death of Baldur, the Aesir transformed one of his sons – Vali – into a ravening wolf and forced him to attack and kill his brother Narvi. Loki was then bound by Narvi’s intestines during his imprisonment. Sigyn, having lost both her children, became a goddess of grieving as well as nurturing, and many modern folk have found Sigyn a wellspring of help for those who are also broken and grieving.

This story is for remembering the fates of Narvi and Vali, and all those who are unjustly killed or driven into mental illness by unfair circumstances beyond their control, and may they find help by praying to this goddess or to her both sons.
Sigyn may come in one of two ways – as the child bride, or as the adult woman who has been through Loki’s imprisonment. For the first type of spirit-working, dress the (female) spirit-worker in flowing dresses of lavender and pink, and lay out dolls and toys and cake. For the latter face of Sigyn, dress her in browns and give her bread and butter, and fresh milk if you have it.

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