The Little Bones Women

LBW 1Amongst the holy women of the early Germanic tribes were the little known healing seers who held power and respect with the local folk. The church considered them shadowy figures and certain references taken from the evidence of the Icelandic Sagas composed nearly a thousand years later suggests that such women still existed in Viking times, though the power they once wielded was no longer political and had become purely spiritual in nature. A great deal of misunderstandings has come via modern interpretations of what the vǫlva, sometimes referred to as The Little Bones Women were meant to be. As the Druids were to the Gauls, so these vǫlva’s were to the Proto-Germanic tribes. They presided over the great passages of life, healed with herb runic charms and oversaw every important tribal gathering before organized religions were instituted in the North. They were present at births to read a child’s fate. They read oracles to forecast the coming season at the principal religious feasts. They conducted great ceremonies for the dead. And they accompanied the barbarian army into battle, determining through rune casting or looking towards spirits of the ancestors the most propitious time to go to war. This work is hoped to put the record straight.
Chapter 1 Herbal knowledge, vǫlvas wisdom
Chapter 2 Heathen Women and Sorcery
Chapter 3 Freyja Cults and the witch figure
Chapter 4 Female use of rune magic from the sagas
Chapter 5 Magical staffs of old
Chapter 6 Wights and other unseen beings
Chapter 7 Hofs and other Holy Places
Chapter 8 Magical attack and summoning supernatural beings
Chapter 9 The demise of the historical vǫlvas and female magic
Chapter 10 The Chicanery of Seiðr

Release date: December 2019

 

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