Recently I have written about how I associate Sigyn with Roses, and also about making a Daisy tincture for Inner Child healing work. Others have experienced Sigyn as a Goddess for helping heal the Inner Child, and I believe one way She does so is through Daisies.
On the day my Daisy tincture post went live I had a parcel arrive – a handmade worry doll. I went on the site originally because a friend had liked her tarot and ribbon-reading page on Facebook and it piqued my curiosity. While browsing the online shop I saw the worry doll and felt such a strong ‘Sigyn’ vibe that I bought her. Pink, pretty, girly, flowery things often (but don’t always) mean ‘Sigyn’ to me. There’s a side to Her (that others have written about too) that is almost like this beautiful, innocent, sweet, open-hearted young girl. And that part of Her is the one I associate with the pink, girly, flowery stuff. Things I used to actively avoid, but the last year or so I’ve been more drawn to.
When the worry doll arrived (on the afternoon the Daisy tincture post went live) I saw she came with a little card:
The worry doll’s name is Daisy! I didn’t even notice she had a name on the listing, and yet I felt so strongly that this little doll was for Sigyn that I bought her.
Occasionally I will pick flowers and leave them out for Sigyn. At the moment one of our Roses has lovely peachy-pink blooms, so I decided to pick a couple and gift them to Her. I associate Roses with Sigyn because they’re linked to the heart and the heart chakra. Being a Goddess of immense compassion and love this symbolism seems very apt. The colours of these Roses speaks very much to that softness in Sigyn, balanced with the compassion and deep love… but Roses also have thorns, and as with others who know this Goddess, I have seen a side to Her that is fiercely protective.
The day after I picked and presented them to Her the Roses started to wilt. I put them in a mesh tray in the airing cupboard so I can dry the petals for magical use.
(c) Michelle G, Northern Tamarisk, 2018
I am very much in support of a practice that caters to a person’s individuality. While tradition has its place it can, at times, place constraints on how people practice, and how they approach and work with Deities. Part of my aim here is to encourage people to discover individual levels of practice, and to provide ideas for different ways to connect. It’s something I’ve been doing since the beginning, though I didn’t realise it until very recently. It is something I believe in strongly, and while I respect traditional practitioners, there is more encouragement needed for people on non-traditional pathways.
Our connection to Deity and/or Spirit is unique, and that can often be downplayed. I’ve seen more being written about what constitutes ‘right practice’, but ultimately I believe in doing what is right for you and the way the Gods/Spirits work with you as the person you are. Your gifts, talents and strengths are unique to you, and your work and connection with Deity will reflect that.
On the 24th May I attended an author talk and book signing by Chocolat author Joanne Harris. Her new book, The Testament of Loki, is a sequel to the popular novel The Gospel of Loki, and acts as a continuation of the time period preceding her Runemark stories. The talk took place at Lincoln’s Collection museum, and also included a book signing.
Joanne started off by telling us how she was first introduced to Norse mythology when she was seven. Her first book borrowed from the library was a retelling of the Norse myths, and she borrowed it every week for some time, so enamoured was she with the stories. But as she continued her explorations she found herself unsatisfied with the ending. Ragnarok didn’t seem a fitting end to the story of the Gods, so she started writing stories for them herself. When she was 18 she tried to get a 2,000 page book published which was continuing the story after Ragnarok. She was turned down by publishers and put the book away. But she never forgot her love of the Norse myths.
Four years I’ve been dedicated to You.
I’m glad You’re still here,
(c) Michelle, Northern Tamarisk, 2018
Inspiring, forging flame,
Soothing, healing heat.
May we ever
Strength and sanctuary
At your feet.
(c) Michelle G, Northern Tamarisk, 2018
The main card is by artist Jo Jayson. The others are from oracle card decks – Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards and Keepers of the Light Oracle Cards
Spotted while out and about: the Balder mobility scooter!
Also see: Out and About 01 – the Wotan lightbulb
If I could give one tip to devotional Polytheists it would be this: cultivate a sense of curiosity. Your Beloved Deities are multi-faceted Beings, so become curious about Them!
Read about Them, connect with Them, ask Them things, choose something about Their myths that interests/intrigues/baffles you and research the heck out of it.
It’s one of the best ways to get to know more about Them, to build a stronger connection, and shows that you honour, respect and love Them.
Be curious about your Beloveds!
(c) Michelle G, Northern Tamarisk, 2017
It can be hard when we’re going through difficulties to remember to be grateful for what we do have in our lives, but it can make such a difference. When we are truly thankful for the small blessings in our lives it reminds us that the world is not ‘against’ us. It can be all too easy to forget the good when we’re caught up in the less-good.
This also applies to our practice as Polytheists. When things aren’t going so well do you still remember to thank the Gods for what is in your life? When that surprise gift/job/opportunity comes up do you remember to say, “thank you”?
I thought it was about time I finally started finding new homes for the Deity statues I’ve amassed over the past few years. I can’t stand seeing Deities unloved and homeless so I have rather a hoard now! I have lots more to list and can only manage to photograph a few at a time, but you can expect to see plenty more in the coming months.
Part of the idea behind the Etsy shop was to become more financially independent by doing something I love, and I hope to better realise this as I move forward. Another reason is that it can be quite hard to find good quality Egyptian statues in the UK, so in some small way I hope to make them more available, thus honouring my Beloved Deities by sending Them forth into peoples’ homes.
For now, due to the breakable nature, weight and subsequently high postage cost of the statues, the majority will be available to UK buyers only. Some of the smaller items I have yet to list may be made available to those outside the UK.
I will still be making prayer strands, which will be available to buyers outside the UK. I haven’t got any to list yet but now my wellbeing is starting to improve I hope to get back to my beads soon.
Anyway, here are the four preloved Deities currently available from my Etsy shop and looking for Their new homes:
Tall Sekhmet statue (28cm) – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/553482180/large-egyptian-goddess-sekhmet-black