The name “Grimoire” is derived from the word “Grammar”. A grammar is a description of a set of symbols and how to combine them to create well-formed sentences. A Grimoire is, appropriately enough, a description of a set of magical symbols and how to combine … Continue reading On Grimoires & Magic Books
Odin: What a dream! I dreamt I woke at dawn to tidy Valhalla for the fallen ones; I … made the Valkyries bring wine, as a prince was coming. I’m expecting some renowned heroes from the human world; my heart is glad! Anonymous poem about … Continue reading Viking Age Shieldmaidens
There seems to be a lot of confusing ideas today concerning the ever-growing trend on the internet and other mind, body and spirit bookstore outlets not to differentiate between academic rune scholars and those who call themselves “rune experts”. A scholar is usually a student … Continue reading Rune “Experts” versus Rune Scholars (or the 5 points of fellowship)
The study of historical fuÞark runes is a study of wisdom poetry and the religious mysteries associated with them, not merely a study of an ancient “alphabet” as academics would see it. So, in essence, a delicate balance has to be found between sounds, meanings … Continue reading Runelore
Oddly enough, the most common uses you hear about involving carnivorous plants involve Pinguicula vulgaris being used in Nordic countries. For examples, I have heard of it being used as a way to curdle milk, as a balm for the udders of milk-producing ungulates, and … Continue reading Potential entheogen, perhaps within the context of seiðr
Sufficient examples can be found in the early sources to suggest that magical arts women were not held to be generally trustworthy and they were thought of as a rather disreputable company. Furthermore, it was believed that even the glance of a vǫlva if she … Continue reading Were killing arts used in historical seiðr?
The earliest weddings were very different from our ideas of what marriage is today. Germanic girls of the Late Iron Age were married between the ages of 12-16. The girls had no say in the marriage and they were then expected to run a household. … Continue reading Viking Age Marriages