She measures his neck with her hands
and takes from under her shirt
A large pair of beads which she always wore,
and she wound it about his neck,
Then pulled his shirt over it.
-Heitharvega saga 23
The ‘large pair of beads’ the Seiðwoman Alof wears in this saga is called steinasörvi, or the “stained stones”. This sort of charm – worn close to a magic woman’s skin – was but one part of the five-part method to the ancient healing touch found in Old European Lore.
Excerpt: Forn Þreifa: Ancient Healing Touch