Lesson Seven: Heathen Esoterica

Readings:

  • Eyrbyggja’s Saga, 21-44.
  • The Poetic Edda:
    • Hávamál (“Sayings of the High One”)
    • Skírnismál (“Skírnir's Journey”)
    • Sigrdrífumál (“The Lay of Sigrdrífa”)

Select one of the following introductory guides:

  • A Practical Heathen’s Guide to Ásatrú
    • Ten: Runes Charms and Magic
    • Eleven: Seidh

OR

  • Essential Ásatrú
    • Lesson Eight: Heathen Esoterica

Exercises:

  1. Create a chart listing the various futharks, the letters associated with them, and their most general meanings. What insights do you have on each rune, based on your understanding of heathen ways?
  2. Define seidhr (seid). Is seidhr spae? Are they one and the same, or distinct parts of an overall whole? How were seidhworkers viewed by our ancestors (positive and negative)?
  3. What is the place of folklore? What charms do you use in every day life, and why do you use them?
  4. What supernatural events occur in Eyrbyggja’s Saga? Which characters use magic, how, and for what purposes? How do the examples of magic and the supernatural this saga illuminate or contradict the different categories of Norse magic as described in your guide?
  5. How are magic and runes described in the Hávamál? What are Odin’s various powers?
  6. How are magic and runes described in the Skírnismál? How does Skírnir use them to curse and uncurse the giantess Gerd?
  7. How are magic and runes described in the Sigrdrífumál? What spells does it contain?

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