“Odin and the Völva” (1895) by Lorenz Frølich
I was pleased today to see a wonderful post on the Völva or Nordic Shamaness. This is a subject that I as a witch was woefully ignorant of. Ehsha Apple on her blog posted a FAQ on What is the Völva? and I learned a lot there about herself on this path and about this old Northern European female lineage. One of the links she lists goes to Samantha Catalina Sinclair’s experiences of discovery in her paper, “Traditions of the Nordic Völva.” which is also very informative. Surprisingly even the Wikipedia link to the Völva was very comprehensive. It is scary but understandable to note that men trying to practice what was considered women’s magicke were often killed.
Ehsha Apple just responded to my comments and suggested I also post another link called Seiðr Magic by Ed Richardson.
And another good general link that was just posted today (Friday) by Metal Gaia on Ancient Norse Women – Warriors, Housewives, Poets and Priestesses which has even more links.
So follow these links and educate yourself to another aspect of witchcraft that the Catholics tried to wipe out a thousand years ago, but which is also a practice which is being revived and practiced today.