KIRAN ATMA: Völva
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Showing posts with label Völva. Show all posts

Paganism & Wicca - Who Is A Völva?

Völva: Vala is another name for Völva. The Norse word for a female magician or magical prophetess is sibyls of the North-land. 


  • The name comes from the Swedish word völr, which means "stick." In magical ceremonies, this stick (also known as a stafr or gandr) was employed. 
  • The divination ritual known as seir was presided over by the völva. 
  • The völva traveled, giving her services in exchange for food and festivities. 
  • She re-creates the ancient processional, in which a god or holy item is carried on a cart. 


A written record of these activities has survived from a famine-stricken Greenlandic community anxiously anticipating the advent of the völva. 


  • She was welcomed with a sumptuous ceremonial feast consisting of the hearts of every conceivable animal. 
  • The völva climbed a platform after the feast, donning calfskin boots and cat's fur gloves (furry side on the inside). 
  • She sat on a hen's feather-stuffed pillow and asked a villager to sing the mesmerizing incantations. 
  • A young Christian lady volunteered, claiming that she had learnt the songs as a kid. 

The Voluspa (also known as The Sibyl's Prophecy or The Völva's Prophecy) is an Icelandic Norse poetry composed in the late 10 or early eleventh centuries, but thought to represent earlier traditions. 
  • It is regarded as one of the most significant, if not the most important, poems in the Poetic Edda. 
  • In answer to Odin's inquiry, the poem takes the form of a monologue given by a völva. 
  • When the völva awoke, she complimented the singing, saying that the ghosts had gathered to hear it. 
  • She was able to learn through these spirits that the hunger will be over soon, as well as other details, such as the singer's fate. “Little she stated went unfulfilled,” one witness claimed. 


Related to -  Seidh/Seir; 


DIVINE WITCH: Herta; 

CREATIVE ARTS: Dance: Processionals.


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Paganism & Wicca - Who Are The Valkyrie?

In Norse mythology, the term "Valkyrie" refers to female warrior spirits commanded by Freya, and they are also known as "Odin's daughters." 


  • Valkyries battled on the backs of wolves and might change into ravens or swans. 
  • A Christian preacher reprimanded England in the early eleventh century for the growth of "wiccan" and "waelcryrian," which in contemporary English translates "male witches" and "Valkyries." 
  • These Valkyries were not spirit-maidens, but the female equivalents of male witches: real women who practiced magical skills and followed Pagan customs. 
  • Valkyrie may also refer to a Freya priestess. 


DIVINE WITCH: Freya, Odin 



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Paganism & Wicca - Who Are The Völva?

Vala is the same as Völva. 


You may also want to read more about Paganism here.

Be sure to check out my writings on Religion here.