Healing Hands, Runes, and Galdr all combined
in pre-Christian Europe to invoke ‘Divine Touch Healing’.
Óðinn var hermaðr mikill ok mjök víðförull ok eignaðist mörg ríki.
Hann var svá sigrsæll, att í hverri orrostu fékk hann gagn;
ok svá kom, at hans menn trúðu því, at hann ætti heimilan sigr í hverri orrostu.
Þat var háttr hans, ef hann sendi menn sína til orrostu, eða aðrar sendifarar,
at hann lagði áðr hendr í höfuð þeim, ok gaf þeim bjanak;
trúðu þeir, at þá mundi þeim vel farast.
Odin was a great and very far-traveled warrior,
who conquered many kingdoms, and so successful was he that
in every battle the victory was on his side.
It was his custom when he sent his men into battle,
or on any expedition that he first laid his hands upon their heads,
and called down a blessing upon them,
and then they believed their undertaking would be successful.
-Ynglinga saga 2
Læknishendr – ‘Healing Hands – was a skill. Not just intuitively, but learned.
Runes – ‘Whispers; Mysteries’ – one must know, to prompt others to speak the truth,
to assist in childbirth, to heal wounds.
The Staff-Bearers knew such wisdom,
and they passed it to those through
“Speech and Understanding” – Mál ok Mannvit.
This was Forn þreifa, “Ancient Touch” Healing.
This is a life-wisdom passed down by our ancestors:
Góðan mann teygðu þér að gamanrúnum
og nem líknargaldur meðan lifir.
Try a good man through tests of joyful conversation
and games of hidden lore, and include healing-galdr in your life.
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Engraved shell cup with the eye in hand design.
Spiro Mound, Mississippian culture
9th-16 Century CE