Yggdrasil: The Scandinavian World Tree

Yggdrasil: The Scandinavian World Tree

Myths are cultural stories that reveal to us what happened to the wise ways when they were forced underground in the times of persecution. Often the myths have originally come through divination, which indicates the medicine people saw what was coming and divined on...
Freyja and the Dwarves of the Four Directions

Freyja and the Dwarves of the Four Directions

In The Well of Remembrance, a book exploring the origin of the Norse Myths, Ralph Metzner tells the story of how the Goddess Freyja wore a magical necklace called brisingamen. This necklace is ‘emblematic of her power.’ The word brisingamen is linguistically related...
The Norse Völur: Ancient Seeress Diviners

The Norse Völur: Ancient Seeress Diviners

At the root of the Norse myth cycles are women called völva (singular) or völur (plural). These are priestess diviners or seeresses whose work was esteemed and depended on for a long time in the Norse lands by humans as well as gods. In one of the myth cycles Odin...