Spákligr: “quiet, peaceful wisdom; situational awareness”,
quiet sage advice, prophetic sayings.
Modern terms: vision, prophetic vision, divine vision, discerning vision.
“Seiðus are those whose lifestyle is one of divine communion with All That Lives.
This role must be Heathenry’s most sacred and profound thread to spirit,
and so its adherents must be deeply spiritual individuals,
publicly recognized as intermediaries between the Innengard and Utgard –
meaning the inner fire of hearth, and the wild unfamiliar places,
or that which is known and unknown.
The Lore suggests that there were magic/mystic learning centers,
some with upwards of 80 folk in attendance.
Several words for ‘magic’ exist in Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon/Old English,
one in particular, dri-/drycraft and dreocraft, is rooted in Indo-European
deru– and dreu-, meaning, “to be firm, steadfast, specialized”,
which is further related to weid-, meaning “to see”, as in ‘guide; wisdom; history’.
This latter is the same root found in witan, an Anglo-Saxon title meaning,
“counselor; wiseman, seer”, and notably, Druid.
Other derivatives include ‘betroth’, ‘endure’, ‘tree’, and ‘trust’.
All of this, and much more, explains why I actively contend that
Seiðr was a skilled practice coupled with intuitive insight,
and why Seiðus today must also function as healers and herbalists,
lore, law and history keepers, mystics and ‘shamans’,
guardians of spiritual knowledge and wisdom.”
–Forn Þreifa: Ancient Healing Touch,
By Valarie Wright (forthcoming)
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Original Art by the Author