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Stønnesbotn, Senja, Norway. (by Bhalalhaika)
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Today I will write about something special: the "wand carriers" or so-called wizards and witches from the Norse mythology.

spákona or spækona is a “seer, one who sees”, from the Old Norse word spá or spæ referring to prophesying.

Völur practiced seiðrspá and galdr, practices which mean shamanism, sorcery, prophecy and other forms of magic.

  • Seiðr, pronounced seidr, is the art of changing one’s destiny through a ritual, which requires that the practitioner enters some kind of trance and travels to all the Nine Worlds. Freya is the archetype of the völva, a professional practitioner of seidr. It was she who first brought this art to the gods.(One day I will write more about her).

  • Spá  is the process in which one or more messages that have been communicated to a prophet are then communicated to others. 

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  • Galdr  means ”spell, incantation”.One example of galdr for women was one that made childbirth easier, but they were also notably used for bringing madness onto another person. A master of the craft was also said to be able to raise storms, make distant ships sink, make swords blunt, make armour soft and decide victory or defeat in battles

photo:Gloria Scholick

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