Witches have long used the powers and forces within the sea, for the purpose of magic. The Sea is so deeply connected to the cycles of the Moon, that the aspect of Sea Magic cannot be overlooked. Janarric witches, in the central coastal region of Italy, long ago devised a system of symbols which they used in the casting of spells. These symbols were placed upon sea shells, in a circular manner around the edge of the shell. The shell was then set near the water, at the appropriate Tide (lunar phase), so that the Sea Powers would receive the spell, and grant it success.
Many times, offerings were left upon the shore, for the deities, to invoke Their favor. These offerings included white flowers, pearls, white pebbles, etc. I cannot reproduce the old symbols here, but any symbolic symbol which reflects your wish should work:
The Spell of the Shell
To perform this spell, you must find a suitable shell in shallow water. Take the shell and dry it thoroughly. Next, place a symbol of your desire upon the surface of the shell. The symbol must be made with a substance which will easily wash off in water. Then, place the shell upon the shore, so that the Tide will bring waves across the shell. Take care to note the phase of the Moon (waxing moon for the gain of something, waning for the dissolving of something). When the shell is in place, draw a triangle in the sand, enclosing the shell completely. The symbol upon the shell must be facing upwards (toward the Moon). Meaningful words, or phrases, may be placed upon the shell also, or simply written in the sand (inside the triangle).
Finally, give the words of enchantment: (toward the moon)
"Goddess of Moon, Earth, and the Sea,
each wish in Thy name must come to be.
Powers and Forces which Tides do make,
now summon Thy waves, my spell to take "
Leave the area now, and the spell is set. Once the waves come, then your wish will be taken out to the Old Ones. It will usually take about 7 days for a Lunar spell to begin to manifest, but can take as long as 28 days.
This type of magic is what we call "little works", and belongs to the folk-magic level of Witchcraft. There are, of course, much more involved spells, and such. But, I do love the simplistic beauty of a spell like this.
In the early stellar cults, there were four "royal" stars (known as lords) which were called the Watchers. Each one of these stars "ruled" over one of the four cardinal points. The star Aldebaran, when it marked the Vernal Equinox, held the position of Watcher of the East. Regulus, marking the Summer Solstice, was Watcher of the south. Antares, marking the Autumn Equinox, was the Watcher of the west. Fomalhaut, marking the Winter Solstice, was Watcher of the north. Towers were constructed, bearing the symbols of these Watchers, for the purpose of evocation. During the "rites of calling" symbolic gestures were given and the names of the Watchers were called out. In the stellar mythos, the Watchers themselves were deities who guard the Heavens and the Earth. Their nature (and "rank") was altered by the successive Lunar and Solar cults, which replaced the Stellar Cults. Eventually the Greeks reduced them to Gods of the four winds, and the Christians made them principalities of the air. Their connection with the stars was vaguely preserved among the populace, in the concept of Angels.
In the Italian system, these ancient Beings are called the Grigori. They are the Guardians of the "doorways" between the physical plane and that which is beyond. In Italian witchlore, the stars were thought to be the campfires of the legions of the Watchers (there were other stellar associations as well). In the 16th Century, the French theologian Sinistrari spoke of Beings existing between "men and angels". He called them demons, and associated them with the Elemental natures of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. This, however, was not a new concept, but was taught by certain Gnostic sects in the early days of Christianity. In the Old Testament (Daniel 4: 13-17) there is reference to the Irin, or Watcher, which appear to be an order of angels. In his book DICTIONARY OF ANGELS, Gustav Davidson lists the Watchers as a high order of angels, known also as the Grigori. In Rabbinic lore, the "good" Watchers dwell in the 5th Heaven, and the "evil" Watchers dwell in the 3rd.
In Aridian lore, the Watchers guard our circle and watch over us. They assist us in our spiritual growth, and "escort" us to the next realm, when we cross from physical life. We acknowledge them as Guardians of the entrances and exists, to and from the worlds which connect with the physical plane. We also know them as the Keepers of the Ancient Wisdom, and guardians of the Art. They are Clan Guardian spirits, known as The Old Ones. They are also pre-Christian and pre-Gardnerian.
The Walnut Witches
In Italy, there is a legend of Witch gatherings in the town of Benevento, at the site of an old walnut tree. Manuscripts from old witch trials in Italy, speak of this tree which (it was said) had always been there, and was in leaf all year long. The nuts of this tree, were said to have been of pyramid-like form. Many of these walnuts were sold as talismans and amulets. The tree was so huge, and its branches so thick with leaves, that its shade was said to be like night itself. It was considered sacred to Proserpine, Nox, Diana, and all Cthonic deities. The walnut witches were said to have been a very powerful society of witches. It was through their dedication that the Old Religion survived intact, during the Inquisition (and afterwards). In 662 AD Romuald, Duke of Benevento, lived in Benevento and was said to have joined in these celebrations at the walnut tree. In Benevento there also lived a man named Barbato. He was a Christian, and later became a Bishop (eventually he was even sainted). Hard times befell Benevento, and the army of the Byzantine Emperor Constans II, was threatening to invade. Barbato went about the town blaming all the troubles of Benevento, on the witches and their religion. After corresponding with Constans, Barbato approached Romuald, and said that he (Barbato) would perform a miracle and save Benevento, if given authority to "cleanse" the town of its "heathen sins". In desperation, Romuald agreed, and sure enough Benevento was not conquered (but it was attacked).
Barbato had the Walnut tree cut down, and converted Romuald to Christianity. One story is told that Barbato had a church built upon the site of the old tree, and another that the tree was seeded in a different place, and still another that the tree grew again in the same spot.
Whatever the case, my mother says that a walnut tree still stands in Benevento, in the Stretto di Barba, near the river. Witches still gather there today in secret. Benevento has long been associated with Witchcraft, and was once the sanctuary of the followers of Aradia, in the 14th Century. In Charles Leland's book ETRUSCAN MAGIC & OCCULT REMEDIES there are several exaggerated (but fun) stories of the good witches of Benevento. Leland also states that the witches of Benevento were very well known for their healing, and for dispensing coins to the poor.
A last note of interest, Strega Liquor is made in Benevento (and has been for quite awhile). If you can find a bottle, check out the label. You'll find a picture of witches and satyrs dancing beneath a tree (walnut I assume <G>).
The Old Ways: The Spirit Flame
I would like to share some of the Old Hereditary Ways here, and invite others to post their techniques for Ritual or Magic, etc. I know many of you choose to believe that we Hereditary Witches do not exist, but that's O.K., you may still find this info of use (or at least of some interest). This first post is about what we call The Spirit Flame. In the Aridian Tradition, it is the focal point of the altar. A bowl is placed upon the center of the altar, and is filled with a special liquid, which will burn a blue flame. The appearance of the blue flame represents the presence of Divinity, within the ritual setting. The use of fire as a sacred symbol is one of the most ancient of practices.
If you wish to experience the Spirit Flame, you can perform the following, using any high quality perfume, or cologne. Strega Liquore is excellent, and contains all but one of the original ingredients (it is quite expensive, however). Place the bowl in the center of your altar (the bowl must be able to hold fire). Fill the bowl about half full. Set two altar candles, forward of the bowl, off to each side (you are forming a triangle; the bowl is the bottom point of an inverted triangle). Light the candles, and extinguish any other source of light. With a ritual tool such as a wand or blade, trace a crescent over the liquid, and say:
"In the name(s) of ____________
and by this sacred sign
be this the Essence of the Divine"
Then take a lit match and touch it, gently, to the surface of the liquid (do not use any liquid other than perfume or Liquor/ liquore). As you light the bowl say :
"I call upon Thee ___________________
be Thou present at this sacred place "
A beautiful blue flame will appear, and gently dance upon the surface of the liquid. We consider the flame to be sacred, and we use it to bless objects, empower tools, and create our ritual circles/sacred space. Feel free to experiment with it, but please treat it with respect. Allow the flame to go out by itself.
I have altered the wording, and omitted some of the gestures and invocations. You may insert the names of your own deities in the blank space. Even though altered, the technique here is sound, and should enrich whatever you may choose to do with the Spirit Flame.
This ritual has been preserved among the Hereditary Clans, and is still an aspect of all ritual gatherings. It is the oldest of our "laws" that nothing may be removed from the Teachings, so we still keep the Old Ways alive (we can add to our material, but we cannot remove anything). In Italy, Strega Liquore has been used as the Spirit Flame liquid, since it was first distilled in 1873. Originally the recipe was sold to the Alberti family, by some Strega (Italian for witch), with the exception of one certain ingredient. Before this, a liquid made from a mixture of distilled grape wine, and distilled grain, was the basis for the Spirit Flame liquid. It was quite similar to Brandy, which was first distilled around 100 AD
Scenes showing fermentation appear on pottery made in Mesopotamia as early as 4200 BC The earliest forms of Spirit Flame Liquid would have been a fermented substance, followed later by ones which were distilled. I am not at liberty to go into the individual ingredients, unfortunately. However, Strega Liquore is about as close as one can get without being initiated.
If the Spirit Flame was used outside of Italy, I am unaware of it. But I would be happy to know that others had this Tradition as well.
Don't laugh too hard at the following
Raven...I experimented with lighting the Strega in my bowl, in my case a cast-iron chili pot cum cauldron. It does WHOOSH, doesn't it?! (No, I didn't set myself on fire). And the blue is lovely...But everything got so hot that the Strega went into a rolling boil and essentially doused itself. IS this supposed to happen? I think I hear you laughing...SeraLuna
Dear SeraLuna, You can always pick out an Aridian, as they have no eyebrows, eyelashes, or hair!! <VBG> Seriously though, no it isn't supposed to do that. I suspect that you used too much Strega Liquore, and that the pot was too big. A Chili pot full of Strega would...well, it would do exactly what you described! I am glad that you're OK. Next time use only a small bowl, no larger than a cereal bowl, and only use about 2 or 3 oz. of liquid.
The Witches' Rede of Chivalry
"Chivalry is a high code of honor which is of most ancient Pagan origin, and must be lived by all who follow the Old Ways."
"This above all...to thine own self be true."
A Witch's word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed oath. Thus, give thy word sparingly, but adhere to it like iron.
Refrain from speaking ill of others, for not all truths of the matter may be known.
Pass not unverified words about another, for heresay is, in a large part, a thing of falsehoods.
Be thou honest with others, and have them known that honesty is likewise expected of them.
The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth; to keep one's head is a virtue.
Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others. Strive not to harm.
Diverse covens may well have diverse news on love between members and with others. When a coven, clan, or grove is visited or joined, one should discern quietly their practices, and abide thereby.
Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humor are much to be admired.
As a Witch, thou hast power, and thy powers wax strongly as wisdom increases. Therefore, exercise discretion in the use thereof.
Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust.
Pledge friendship and fealty to those who so warrant. Strengthen others of the Brethren and they shall strengthen thee.
Thou shall not reveal secrets of another Witch or another coven. Others have labored long and hard for them and cherish them as treasures.
Though there may be differences between those of the Old Ways, those who are once-born must see nothing and must hear nothing.
Those who follow the mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the world.
The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason, for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom.
Have pride in thyself, and seek perfection in body and in mind. For the Lady has said, "How can thou honor another unless thou give honor to thyself first?"
Those who seek the mysteries should consider themselves as select of the Gods, for it is they who lead the race of humans to the highest of thrones and beyond the very stars.
"Snake Dream Diagnosis"
It's no accident that the caduceus, the staff entwined with double serpents, is the modern symbol of the medical profession. Snakes are the primary animals of healing and have been so since ancient days. Once maintained in the temples of healing that were the first hospitals, their venom both heals and harms. Their old skin fades and grows dull, only to be shed painlessly as the snake emerges vivid and youthful once again, revived and refreshed. Because they lack limbs, snakes are always in contact with Earth. They burrow in Earth's crevices, live in the sea and in trees; they are privy to all Earth's secrets. Snakes are the guardians and sometimes sharers of Earth's wisdom, the guardians of her treasures, including secrets of healing.
This magical diagnostic technique is especially suited for conditions that defy conventional identification or treatment. An image of a snake is required. It may be a photograph, a stone fetish, or other artistic rendering, however, it must fit comfortably under your pillow and not disturb your sleep.
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Registration for the Herbology 101 is now excepting students...so hurry and get signed up for this fun class spring quarter learning all about herbs and magick. Class starts on April 7th.
We have two new admins to work the facebook groups, yay!. Please welcome Sam & Tina for they have graciously offered their services. The facebook groups are growing leaps & bounds daily and hard to keep up with the demand. Although the facebook groups are not connected to this website it is our marketing for new members & students for the Legion so they do play an important role.
Rember we are having our second dark moon this month on the 30th so prepare to do your magick as the energies are extra strong for clearing and banishing unwanted energies and or anyother unwanted nasties.
So pagans remember to make it true, make it real, and always make it magickal everyday!
Humbly serving my Goddess with pagan pride )O(
by John Halstead
Many attempts to describe contemporary Paganism use lists of beliefs or practices. One common way of understanding the Pagan community is as a metaphorical umbrella. The problem with this metaphor is that the image of an umbrella suggest a single center. And what the "center" is is a matter of perspective, usually the perspective of the person drawing the umbrella.
Instead of a single circle with a single center, I would describe the Pagan community, as three overlapping circles. Each circle has a different center, a different focus which transcends the individual. The three circles of the contemporary Pagan community are: Earth, Self, and Deity.
Earth-centered Paganism includes those Paganisms concerned primarily with religious ecology, "deep green religion," animism, and what is sometimes euphemistically called "dirt worship". For earth-centered Pagans, their relationship to the earth is what defines their Paganism, and connecting to the "more-than-human" natural world is what characterizes their spiritual practice. A sense of wonder or awe often characterizes the religious experience of earth-centered Pagans. Of course, there are those whose spirituality may be described in these terms, but who do not identify with the Pagan community, including some earth-centered Christians.
Self- or Human-Centric Paganism
"Self-centric" is used here, not in pejorative sense of ego-centrism, but in that larger sense of "self" which transcends the ego and even the individual. Self-centric Paganism includes many forms of Neo-Wicca, Jungian Neo-Paganism, feminist witchcraft, and more ceremonial or esoteric forms of Paganism. The goal of Self-centric Pagan practice is personal development, spiritually and/or psychologically, through connecting with the Deep Self. This may be described in terms of psychological wholeness or ecstatic union with a divine “Oneness”. Again, there are those whose spirituality may be described in these terms, but who do not identify with the Pagan community, including many New Age practitioners and ceremonial magicians.
"Deity-centered" is a term which I adopted from Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone’s book, Progressive Witchcraft. Deity-centered Paganism includes many forms of polytheistic worship, some reconstructionist or revivalist forms of Paganism, including those many which identify with Heathenry, and those which borrow techniques from African-diasporic religions. Deity-centered Pagans identify primarily in terms of their dedication to one or more deities. The goal of deity-centered Pagan practice is to develop a relationship with those deities. A sense of passionate devotion is what most characterizes the religious experience of deity-centered Pagans. As with the other two categories mentioned above, there are many people whose spirituality might be called “deity-centered”, but who do not identify as Pagan. They would include some contemporary polytheists who have rejected the Pagan label, many traditional or indigenous (small-p) “pagan” religions, bhakti Hindus, and many Abrahamic monotheists as well.
Because contemporary Paganism is so diverse, many ways of describing Paganism tend to group individual Pagans together with others with whom they share little commonality. This is one reason why there is so much conflict over the definition of "Pagan". Many respond to this by either opting-out and rejecting the Pagan label entirely or by attempting to define the term in a way that excludes those they are uncomfortable with.
One advantage of of the "3 centers" approach is that it recognizes both the similarities and the differences among contemporary Pagans. On the one hand, individual Pagans can identify with one or two of the centers, without having to identify with all three centers. On the other hand, the three centers approach also recognizes theoverlap between these groups. For example, some feminist Goddess worshippers might identify with both Earth-centered and Self-centric Paganisms. Likewise, some forms of animism might overlap with both Earth-centered and Deity-centered Paganisms.
"Three Centers" Correspondences
The three centers described above correspond to three chapters in Graham Harvey’s book, What Pagans Believe, which describes Pagan practices in these terms: “Celebrating Nature”, “Working Magic”, and “Honoring Deities.”
In addition, the three centers correspond roughly to three different Classical “paganisms” described by 19th century classicists and philologists: (1) the local cults of the country folk (which corresponds to Earth-centric Paganism) (2) the mystery cults (which correspond to Self-centric Paganism), and (3) the poets and the city state cults (which corresponds to Deity-centric Paganism). Often contemporary Pagans will focus on one of these groups of ancient Pagans when invoking antiquity in support of their claim to the term "Pagan".
Finally, the three centers correspond to three different style of Pagan reactions to Christianity. Earth-centered Pagans reject the “other-worldly” focus of Christian eschatology and the dualistic separation of matter and spirit, as well as its anthro-pocentrism; Self-centric Pagans challenge the Christian condemnation of the body, sex, and the feminine, and seek to reclaim these; while Deity-centered Pagans reject monotheism and all it implies.
A Fourth Center?
A possible fourth center of contemporary Paganism is Community. I have seen this orientation more prevalent in Heathenry -- where it is often unmixed with the other three centers. Although rather underdeveloped in mainstream “popular” Paganism, Community-Centric Paganism is quite common in Heathenry. [end of article]
What type of Paganism do you practice? Weigh in on this concept by commenting on my original blog post at PaganSquare.
[John Halstead] John Halstead discovered Jungianism and Neopaganism at the same time through the writings of Vivianne Crowley, Margot Adler, and Starhawk, and the two have remained intertwined for him ever since. John is the managing editor at HumaniticPaganism.com, a community blog for Naturalistic Pagans. He also writes about his spiritual quest on his other blog, The Allergic Pagan where he explores his personal religious history, Paganism, UUism, and Jungianism.
Witchcraft Spell - Common Ingredients
Witchcraft spell are utilized to obtain something out of one’s natural or free will. It can be very useful for people who are very much in need of help and have done everything to achieve a certain goal. Witchcraft spells include magical powers for rituals and incantations which are done in casting a spell. It can also be used to highly provide one person the right reward for every task he/she has done, may it be negative or positive. There are many ingredients that one can use in creating witch spells. Creating potions are sometimes the technique in casting such spells. With this, one should be ready with the following items in their witchcraft materials to be able to prepare one’s self in mixing potions.
Here are some famous ingredients used in many potions for witchcraft spell:
Basil is normally used for exorcism. It can also be useful in creating potions for love spells. One may utilize it in creating potions for protecting himself/herself. With this, one may have a healthy mind and body. For a person who encounters nightmares, basil may be used to counter these nightmares. It helps alleviate bad dreams and counter it with good ones if possible.
Caraway seeds are said to have magic within it. It allows one to achieve a healthy mind and body just like basil. With this, one may enhance his/her mind and do well in exams, work and other things you may encounter in life.
Bay leaves can grant one the chance to predict the future. Some events which normal people cannot know through perception may be granted. Also, these leaves allow one to acquire psychic power which in turn lay out wisdom for one to use in psychic readings. Bay leaves may issue benefits in health. It can help create potions which can highly help in one’s healing.
Anise is considered a must in every protection potion. It helps one purify his/her soul. With this, the person may be able to seek the goodness in life without worrying about the negative forces which may take him/her down.
Garlic can drive away bad spirits. It can also be used in potions for love and magic. With this, you may obtain success in the financial side. Also, garlic cloves can help one protect him/her from physical pains and sickness.
Coriander, on the other hand, helps one in alleviating sickness. It can also help improve the mix of a potion for love and healing. It can issue out the best in love potions which may drive another person towards another. With this, coriander is the best choice of people mixing up love potions for witchcraft spells.
These ingredients are highly available in markets. You may easily obtain such ingredients for your food. What more can you ask for in creating the potions for witchcraft spells. With this, you are bound for a successful trip in witchcraft. The accessibility of such ingredients can help one in creating potions useful in one person’s life.
Real Name: Sigyn
Occupation: Goddess of fidelity
Legal Status: Citizen of Asgard
Identity: The general populace of Earth is unaware of the existence of Sigyn except as a character from mythology.
Other Aliases: Sigunn, Sigryn, Siguna
Place of Birth: Unrevealed
Known Relatives: Iwaldi (father), Freya (mother), Frey (uncle), Gerda (aunt), Njord (grandfather), Gaea (grandmother, alias Nertha), Nertha (great-aunt), Nanna, Sjofn, Syn, Lofn, Var, Snotra (sisters), Hnossa (half-sister), Loki (husband), Narvi, Vali (sons, deceased), Helbindi, Byleist (brothers-in-law, deceased), Odin (father-in-law, deceased), Frigga (mother-in-law), Laufey (father-in-law, deceased), Farbauti (mother-in-law)
Group Affiliation: The Asynjur and Gods of Asgard
Base of Operations: Asgard
First Appearance: Thor I #275
History: Sigyn is a member of the Vanir, an extra-dimensional race of beings who who worshipped as gods to the ancient Germanic and Scandinavian tribes of Western Europe. She is the daughter of the Freia, goddess of fertility, by the dwarf Iwaldi, whose sons created many of the divine treasures of the Asgardian gods. According to myth, Sigyn was reportedly married out of necessity to Loki, the god of mischief. According to one account, a young Loki came to desire a wife, and beheld Sigyn from afar. When he went to woo her, she revealed that she was betrothed to Theoric, one of Odin's elite Crimson Hawks. Loki arranged for Geirrodur and his trolls to have Theoric murdered, and Loki then disguised himself as Theoric and returned to Asgard and Sigyn. Sigyn and Loki posing as Theoric were eventually wed by Odin, but at the end of the ceremony, Loki revealed himself. Odin was furious, but Sigyn noted that as his wife, she was duty-bound to Loki for life. Odin made her the goddess of fidelity for her endurance, and banished Loki from Asgard.
During a party held for the sea-god Aegir, Loki insulted the gods and fled from Asgard, turning himself into a salmon to escape, but Heimdall caught him in a net created by Ran, the sea-goddess. Loki was finally caught and bound to a ledge where the venom of a serpent would drip on to him. Sigyn stayed by his side during this time to catch the venom in a bowl before it dripped on to him, but every time she turned away to empty the bowl, the venom dripped on Loki and scalded him like acid. As he writhed with pain, earthquakes reportedly occurred on earth from his screams.
Sigyn had two sons by Loki named Narvi and Vali, but these sons may only have existed in a prior version of Asgard, which has been held in repeating cycles of destruction and rebirth called Ragnarok. According to myth, Narvi and Vali were transformed into wolves who slew each other and their entrails were used to bind Loki to the rock beneath the serpent. Sigyn seems to have no memories of her children from this previous incarnation of Asgard.
Sigyn was among the goddesses of Asgard who were recruited by Gaea in her attempt to save earth from the Celestials by offering them the Young Gods. Several years earlier, Odin and the other Godheads of Earth met to discuss the coming of the Third Host of the Celestials who decreed that the gods of earth should cease trafficking with mortals. Frigga met with the goddesses of these realms to locate examples of humanity of pure genetic potential to serve as examples of human potential. These human beings would become known as the Young Gods. Sigyn spent twenty years beneath the earth, guarding the Young Gods with her fellow goddesses.
In later years, in order to teach Thor humility, Odin stripped Thor of his godhood and mystic hammer, Mjolnir, and cast him to earth as a young medical student named Donald Blake who was lame. During this time Loki had been imprisoned within a tree by Odin for other deceptions against the gods. Sigyn reportedly observed these events and beheld images of Odin allegedly placing the true Donald Blake into suspended animation in Mount Wundagore, while Thor was given Blake's mortal identity and appearance. Sigyn hoped to use Blake as a bargaining tool for Loki's release from the tree, but as she cast a spell to capture the alleged true Blake, it backfired and the Blake illusion was destroyed if it had ever existed in the first place. Horrified, Sigyn created a Donald Blake clone with her own magic, and left him in place of Odin's Blake in Wundagore. Unknown to her at the time, she left her wedding band by the Blake duplicate's body, but never proceeded in her plans to use him to free Loki, who eventually freed himself.
Loki eventually manipulated Hoder into killing Balder to set into process the prophecies involving Ragnarok among the gods once again threatening Asgard. Sigyn returned to Asgard at that point out of loyalty to Loki. After Odin succeeded in restoring Balder to life, Loki was held over by trial for atrocities against the gods. Sigyn wept as Loki stood before the gods for his crimes. Loki was once more chained to a rock, and a serpent dripped venom into his face. Sigyn caught the venom in a bowl to save him, but every time she emptied the bowl, the venom would again strike him in the face. As the Asgardians prepared for combat against Hela and her allies, Sigyn offered to stand by Hoder and guide his hand against Hela's armies as condolences for Loki's treachery. Ultimately, Hela's forces were driven off by Red Norvell and Thor. For his involvement, Loki was bound and manacled to Sigyn in her custody, but he still somehow managed to conduct treachery against Asgard. When Odin was forced into a chess game with Dormammu with all of reality at stake, Thor confronted Loki, believing him to be responsible for the risk but found him manacled to Sigyn in bed, who vouched for Loki's innocence.
Tired of his being bound to Sigyn, Loki eventually confronted Odin and demanded that he be released. By observing how Odin had always been distant to him because he was not his true son, Odin became moved, and released Loki from bondage to Sigyn by once again exiling him far from Asgard.
When Loki learned from Sigyn that a vote was being held to determine if Thor would remain in Asgard permanently, Loki sent Sigyn to vote for Thor to remain in Asgard, while he devised the a way of getting Thor to abandon the trial, so that Odin would turn on him. Ultimately, it was voted that Thor return to Earth, and Loki's plan was thwarted. Sigyn did not perceive how her actions had aided Loki in his schemes.
While Loki was a disembodied spirit, held within Mephisto's realm, Sigyn agreed to serve as his agent in Asgard. At this time, Loki had schemed with Hades, the Olympian god of the dead, to destroy Thor using the hell-hound Cerberus, and the elfin warrior Flame. However, Hades manipulated events so that Flame ran across Sigyn, and attempted to kill her. Loki attempted to aid her but was not powerful enough in his spirit form, so he revived Thor to assist him. Thor saved Sigyn from both Cerberus and the Flame, and won some small gratitude from Loki in the process.
Eventually, Sigyn was present in Asgard as Odin related the complete story of Thor's connection to Donald Blake, the mortal identity which Thor had long abandoned by this time. Thor soon discovered the false Blake with Sigyn's wedding band next to it and went to confront Loki, believing him to be behind the ruse. To provide Loki with a physical form, Sigyn bound Loki's spirit to a suit of armor, and he battled Thor in this form. After Loki's armor was severely damaged by Thor, Sigyn admitted to having created the Blake duplicate years ago, and Thor realized that she had meant him no harm.
Sigyn continually stayed close to Loki for several years through all his schemes to destroy Thor and conquer Asgard. In recent years, Odin was killed defending Earth and Thor took his place on the throne of Asgard. Loki set into events a revised Ragnarok which Thor carried through on to end the cycles of Ragnarok. Under unknown circumstances, Sigyn lost her life in the assault on Asgard, but was restored to life afterward by Thor using the last of the Odin-Power which he had inherited. She was briefly a guest of Doctor Doom in the country of Latveria until Thor rebuilt Asgard. This Asgard was built on land in Oklahoma where it was attacked and decimated by Norman Osborn and the Dark Avengers. Narrowly rescued by her sisters, Hnossa and Var, Sigyn's current whereabouts are unrevealed.
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 340 lbs.
Hair: Black, later Blonde
Strength Level: Sigyn possesses superhuman strength enabling her to lift (press) 25 tons under optimal conditions.
Known Superhuman Powers: Sigyn possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Asgardian gods. Like all Asgardians, she is exceptionally long lived, but she is not immortal like the Olympian Gods. She has not aged since reaching adulthood and cannot die by any conventional means. She is immune to all Earthly diseases and is resistant to conventional injury. If she were somehow wounded, her godly life force would enable her to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of her bodily molecules to cause her a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for a god of significant power, such as Odin or for a number of Asgardian gods of equal power working together to revive her. Sigyn also possesses superhuman strength and her Asgardian metabolism provides her with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Asgardian flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the superhuman strength and weight of the Asgardian gods.)
She also has some mystical abilities of unknown nature; she is not as adept as Odin or Loki in the mystical arts, but she has some mastery of the mystical arts.. She can travel from Asgard to Earth, change her form and cast spells, some of which have included the bonding of Loki's spirit to a suit of mystical armor, and the creation of a duplicate of Dr. Donald Blake, virtually undistinguishable from the original. Her power level is unknown, but her mystical prowess is not as powerful as Odin or Loki.