Welcome .. and thank you for visiting.

My name is Valarie Wright (pen name ‘Yngona Desmond’), and I am a Seidwoman and Seidr historian. I research and write about the history, mythology, and folklore of Old Europe; with a specific interest in Seidr – the ancient spiritual expression. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, have written five books on Seidr, and over 100 essays on the myth and legend of Seidr, Galdr, Runes, Healing, and the Old European Folkways. I manage a public author’s page, a private member’s page on facebook, a blog, and a website. I am a lifelong intuitive, a writer and artist, an animist and naturalist, an herbalist and healer. My work and books on Seidr are found here:

Völuspá: Seiðr as Wyrd Consciousness
Forn Þreifa: Ancient Healing Touch
Seiðr Sprëhhan: The Sayings of Seiðr
Heathen Anthology: Volume One
Heathen Anthology: Volume Two
-Unser Weg: Female Mystery Traditions Revealed

I draw and paint #SeidrArt (esoteric and asemic), research and write on the Old European spiritual folkways, carve Runes and Ogham on paper, wood, and bone, create amulets, lorica, and other sacred objects. I spent several years translating the Nine Herb Galdr, then growing those herbs to re-create that remedy. Over the years I have grown and wild harvested the herbs to make flying ointments and blends to conjure fairies, mixed potions and brews, solid-liquid wands, smoking blends, and incense. The focus of all my work – these 36 plus years – has been to share the results of my work, through writing, artistry, and teaching; to become intimate with nature and the Náttúra; and to aid those who also hear this call: to re-Remember and re-Wild their Wyrd Consciousness.

I am a Völva, a modern shaman, a facilitator of spiritual wellbeing and finding meaning in life.  I grow and wild harvest the sacred herbs of Old Europe and the Americas, I hex and heal, curse and bless, I collect and speak with bones, I whisper Runes and read the Book of Tarot, I peer into tea leaves and trace the lines of fate upon palms. I am a Staff Bearer and runner of wild animal trails; I Galdr atop burial mounds and follow Ley Lines.

I live in the Land of Mound Shamans (in central Ohio), and work as a professional writer of books, an herbalist brewing folk remedies, and a healer of soul-sickness; all while helping others find the same within themselves. Born in the backseat of a car on Hwy 101 in California, raised in a folkloric family, and called a “wild child”, my altar is moss covered stone, my temple old growth forests, my gods the Gogs of XOHOX, my ways the living traditions of Wild and Wyrd Consciousness. Having traveled the world visiting sacred monolithic sites, conversing with the Matronae, Landvættir, and Chthonic Beings, while learning the dead languages of my Ancestors, I enjoy visiting kindreds and covens, attending Pagan Pride, and participating in conferences and festivals. To book me as a speaker or ritualist at an event, for copies of my art, for interviews or permission to publish my essays, please contact the Events page.

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Šamán . Sādhu . Seiðu . Aes Sídhe . Seita . Shaman . Sorcery . Seer


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Elvina Taylor says:

    I was drawn to the north pictographs on your recent blog. My Grandparents were Saami . My father taught me Joiking as a small child. I have been dreaming and even having waking visions of the circle with the X in it and am wondering what the significance of it is? Do you know?


    1. Thank you for visiting my blog Elvina.

      I was invited to spend three months with Saami Noaide in Finland a few years ago. That experience re-aligned aspects of my perspective.

      The circle and ‘x’ is an ancient symbol. The circle represents completion, creation, and manifestation. It is nothing less than sacred space. The X signifies transformation, of making things new. Additionally, X represents the Sun God; or his All Seeing Eye. Combined they represent raw/primal power, the ability to ‘jump-start’ redefinition and refinement. Finally, the X is a celestial configuration. Within the Circle/Heavens, the X is the equator and ecliptic, upon which the entire heavens ‘swings’, or finds balance. As such, the Circle and X are a Golden Gate from which the gods may travel to earth and the Noaide/shaman may travel to meet the gods.


    2. What a lovely heritage you have! I was truly blessed to visit, and be shown so much! It was a true life gift! As to your dream, I will intuitively say: It sounds like the drum .. also, sacred space. Have you tried creating the circle, marking the four quarters, sitting in the center, and joiking!? If so .. I would love to hear about it!

      All the best!



  2. Maggie Nell says:

    In case you don’t know, the Perth Mint here in Australia, has this year
    released a series of silver coins depicting the Norse gods.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh my Maggie! I did not know that! I will certainly google it to take a look! Thank you so much for sharing this information with me .. your the best!


  3. Publisher says:

    Dear Yngonna, it has been so many years since we’ve talked last, but you have been with in spirit since the day we first talked about our father Odin. I would like to share if you still are here to see the culmination of my hard effort for our God as we are his Einherjar: https://iofthedragon.wordpress.com/


    1. Dear friend .. your site has been “deleted”. I trust you are well .. and that you are updating!


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