Norse shamanism. The name “völva” means simply “woman with a staff”. The staff, in Norse also called “gandur” (refer to the English word “wand”), was a symbol of power and, like in this case, control of the supernatural. The bishop’s crozier, the king’s sceptre and the magician’s magic wand are relics from this special kind of symbolism. The Norse word “gandur” means both wand and magic in modern Faroese and Icelandic.

Norse shamanism. The name “völva” means simply “woman with a staff”. The staff, in Norse also called “gandur” (refer to the English word “wand”), was a symbol of power and, like in this case, control of the supernatural. The bishop’s crozier, the king’s sceptre and the magician’s magic wand are relics from this special kind of symbolism. The Norse word “gandur” means both wand and magic in modern Faroese and Icelandic.

Shaman woman headdress headpiece fantasy costume. €85.00, via Etsy. Halfling Shaman in working garb, hehe

Shaman woman headdress headpiece fantasy costume. €85.00, via Etsy. Halfling Shaman in working garb, hehe

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The Volva were Norse witches honored and sought out as wise women, healers and priestesses.

The Volva were Norse witches honored and sought out as wise women, healers and priestesses.

"Somewhere in a hidden memory Images float before my eyes Of fragrant nights of straw and bonfires And dancing til the next sunrise..." "All Souls Night" - Loreena McKennitt

"Somewhere in a hidden memory Images float before my eyes Of fragrant nights of straw and bonfires And dancing til the next sunrise..." "All Souls Night" - Loreena McKennitt

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