Come for an evening's look at some bridges between contemporary shamanism and the early Northern European practices of seidr. As interest in shamanism grows, it's worth remembering that versions of these practices existed (and still exist) on every continent.
Seidr (pronounced saith) or sejd (the Swedish term, pronounced much like sage), included a range of practices that existed throughout pre-Christian Northern Europe and are still in use among the region's indigenous people, the Sami. In early times, seidr was most traditionally the work of the völva, the female shaman and seeress who acted as oracle and healer within her community.
We'll begin with an overview of some of Sweden’s early sacred sites (mounds! giant rune-stones! rock carvings! islands where völvas lived!) and some historical context, and then move into a guided visualization.