In Seidr, an
old Nordic form of shamanism, the practitioners traditionally used
a unique combination of staff, ecstatic song and a magic seat as means
for contacting the spirit world. Seidr is described in late Viking
age written sources, but the origins are much earlier in fertility
cults and shamanism.
On this course,
we will explore both the craft and the spiritual basis of the seidr
tradition. We will work with seidr as a community ritual as well as
in pairs and alone.
core of seidr is inseparable from nature. Therefore a key part of
our practice is connecting with the spirits and powers of the land:
Sitting out alone with our staff among hills and trees,
in dusk and darkness, singing with river and wind, our seidr work
takes root in our own landscape and time.
In the seidr
tradition we find refined time-tested ways of dealing with power;
we will explore the mysterious concept of ergi, a way of handling
energy through the shamanic union of surrender and consciousness.
This way we strengthen an essential aspect of our shamanic practice:
Knowing how to let the power flow through us, how to apply it wisely,
how to ground it.
To deepen our
understanding of the seidr tradition we will also view our own experiences
in the light of the newest research into Norse myths and worldview,
which contain so much more than the few well known divinities.
Seidr work is
for both men and women, and can profoundly inspire our general shamanic
practice. We become freer to choose the right ritual tool for the
right task, and we deepen our experience of the power of earth.
participate you must have clear contact with your spirit allies or
-teachers and have completed introductory course The
Shamans Journey or agreed equivalent. Seiðr work is
for both men and women. Good preparation for seiðr is singing,
shamanic counselling, finding your staff, or befriending a powerplace