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European Shamanism: Early Northern Roots

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.  


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  • Suzanne A.

    Excellent talk! I'm really intrigued now to learn more about Northern European shamanism.

    July 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry I'm not going to be able to make this one.

    July 18, 2014

  • MaryAnn

    Perhaps the traffic is the same all the time between Denver and Castle Rock. On the north end of Denver, the traffic gets quantumly worse starting at noon on Fridays.

    1 · July 17, 2014

  • MaryAnn

    I will not venture out onto I-25 on a Friday night for anything.

    May 12, 2014

    • Renna S.

      Depends on your route. From Castle Rock, I'd try Santa Fe Drive north to Hampden, Hampden west to Wadsworth, Wadsworth north to Alameda, Alameda west to Garrison, Garrison north to ALMOST Sixth Avenue - turn in to the parking lot on the right just before the 6th Ave overpass and Full Moon is around to the right in the corner of the mall. Mainly, AVOID 6th Avenue where it meets Santa Fe and I-25!

      1 · July 4, 2014

    • Rebecca W.

      Mary Ann, I am hoping to come and I drive up from Castle Rock all the time for events. Traffic on I-25 is no better or worse on Friday evening than any other evening.

      July 15, 2014

  • Sandramarie

    Renna if a space opens up for the 18th please let me know I would like to attend.

    June 4, 2014

    • Renna S.

      That's weird - registration closed prematurely. I just reopened it and there's still plenty of space, so please try again, Sandramarie!

      June 4, 2014

    • Sandramarie

      Thanks!

      June 5, 2014

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