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Goddess Colors

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This is a story about a personal experience I had recently, in which I honored 3 goddesses by wearing colors that represent them. 

Before my recent trip, I had gone to my local Renfaire. Every year I trade something I made for a braid. I started doing that back when I sold my hand dyed fabrics from a booth. Some years I am not vending and some years I am, but I always make something out of my hand dyed fabric or yarn for the braidy lady. This year I was vending my hand dyed scarves as part of the Haven Craft booth. The braid booth has the customers choose ribbon colors, typically 3 colors. This year, I chose lavender to honor Sigyn, rose to honor Freya, and gold to honor Sif. 

I kept my braids in during my trip to the desert, and still had them in when I returned. I cut off the knots of the ends of my braids and put the small knots in my spiritual souvenir shrine. Shortly after that, my mom brought out a pendant she said she had just found. She said she didn't remember having it, and thought I'd like to have it. 

It was cloisonne on a gold tone metal -- gold for Sif. It was shaped like a heart -- a heart for Freya. The cloisonne design was butterflies -- butterflies for Sigyn. The background color of the cloisonne was purple-- that's my color, purple for Erin. 

I honored the goddesses and was provided with something with which to continue to honor them. It is now one of my pieces of sacred jewelry. 

Image: A photo I took of my ribbons after I took them out of my hair, and my new pendant. 

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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.


  • Dianne Ross
    Dianne Ross Sunday, 29 October 2017

    What fine memories you will have of your mother one day. Too thin ribbons of these colours can be braided and used to hold a pendant. (22" fits my head.) I always associate gold for Freyja, for it was said in her search for Ode the tears which fell to the land turned to gold and her tears which fell to the sea turned to amber.

  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale Sunday, 29 October 2017

    Thanks Diane! Yes on actual gold the metal being associated with Freya, but in this case I was associating the golden-tan color with Sif to represent her hair, which is the color of ripe wheat.

  • Katherine
    Katherine Friday, 17 November 2017

    Wow! this story remind me of some dreams, when nothing left by the chance - and when you trying to interpret them, you can see an advice or lesson.
    Thank you Erin for sharing this.

  • Katherine
    Katherine Friday, 17 November 2017

    Oh, forgot to tell that I love hand dyed fabric and ribbons!

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