32 thoughts on “#1 Spinning and Weaving in Seidr

  1. In the tale of the Sleeping Beauty the princess pricks her finger on a needle of a spinning wheel that puts her into a deep sleep (coma?). Here is a connection between spinning and magic. People that practise astral travelling speak of a silver cord that connects the astral body to the physical. There are many connections or references to threads involving the spiritual and magic worlds.
    Gugnir, Odinn's spear was said to always hit the target, could be symbolic of his will (mind) and in other tales it is said that it holds his powers again connecting a type of staff to magic? In the opera Ring of the Nibelung by Wagner, Wotan (Odinn) uses his spear to stop Siefried from waking the Valkyrie, Brunnhilde. Siegfried breaks the spear, Wotan flees and takes no further part in the story, presumably because his plans are now destroyed or his will has been defeated.

  2. Another great video.
    I find that my religious and world views are somewhere between what I understand from you in your videos and Stephen McNallen views. What is your opinion on Stephen McNallen?

  3. What is the definition of witchcraft that you are using? I know that the anthropological definition is "the use of personal power to control others."

  4. how curious… 'oorlog' in dutch and flemish means 'war'… fate and war.. Guess we need seidr to unspinn that thread.

    But in all seriousness, i have been looking for the info you provide here, very grateful. And for all your works, thank you!

  5. Fantastic video!
    I am so happy to see more on Seidr! This is the kind of practical understanding of energy work that we have been so sorely lacking! Exposing these sort of practices is so essential to furthering our study of the past, and the healing of our present. Thank you Arith!

  6. Im curious if you were planning to eventually talk about the Sami, or in general, Lapland traditions?
    They seem to be considered separate from the other northerners. In all the books Ive read about the norse myths, history, and traditions Ive never come across more than a quick mention of the Sami.
    But when I find works specifically about the Sami the connections between old Norse and Sami Spiritual beliefs are glaring….

  7. It seems both Seidr and Witchcraft are terms that are both constantly misused but ignorance and misinformation has done a great job with making sure of this. Another interesting video here friend, thank you.

  8. Happy Birthday Arith! …though if I'm not mistaken it was yesterday? Very Interesting perspective and presentation.

  9. Where do you think Odin comes into the practice of Seidr? He learnt the art from Freya. obviously he wasn't partaking in the more feminine componants of Seidr, as practiced by a Völva. But There were class of men who were often set aside from general norse society, that practiced a form of shamanism and seidr more asociated with shapeshifting and the wild hunt, spiritual warriors. They were widely outlawed during christianisation and I believe they were mentioned a number of times by christian writers of the time, are you completely sure that the information conveyed regarding these Seiðmaðr has not been tampered by these sources? It was a common practice for christian writers to attack pagan societies in that way…. even so to say there were no practitioners of such arts by men in norse society would completely contradict that fact that these practitioners existed widely in other cutures of the time, such as the slavic Volkhv? just throwing it out there, excellent video Cheers

  10. I never considered that spinning would have religious significance. It does make sense though. I love spinning. My dad has Icelandic sheep. Cleaning the wool, combing it, spinning it, and weaving that thread is such a long process and it takes a lot of skill to master. It’s easy to see how the practice can be incorporated into religion

  11. Fascinating! I enjoy connecting culture to my love of spinning/weaving. I wonder, are there any runes linked to spinning/weaving? Love your lectures!

  12. I have been studying early medieval textile production for about 25 years. I am very familiar with the use of spindle, distaff and warp weighted loom. It is very easy to achieve a trance like state when spinning or weaving. The slow, repetitive movements have this effect. Spindle whorls (weights) have been found with both curses and love charms inscribed on them.

  13. Parabéns, wonderful video! Really clarifying. Is there a video talking more abouth homo-affection in Old Norse society yet? Obrigado.

  14. Great explanation. I find this all very interesting…. I am convinced that our ancient ancestors knew much more then we think they did, and could manipulate ele-magnetic (aka magic) energy. I also think current ideas in physics about "string theory" has some relation to things like seidr magic, as well as all the intricate line patterns/symbols seen in all ancient cultures including norse and celtic. They may be a glimpse into the inner framework of how magical energy looks.

    Those pictures of the distaff/spindles really give a better picture of the types of tools/weapons they worked with, they kinda remind me of a lightning rod or a similar tool to help channel/harness this energy better. Also, I noticed some of the designs look similar to a Morningstar mace as well…. perhaps that was how men got away with using this magic tech.

    Women taking the traditional role in this seidr magic makes sense too…. other then the obvious phallic imagery u mentioned, they say that magic is tied to sexual energy… aka "sex magic", and women seem to have larger reserves or access to this type of energy (multiple orgasms for example). It may even be a polarity thing, like the staff is needed to harness the energy but gives off a "male" type energy which women will naturally gravitate to or harness better while men would have a charge pushback/repulsion so can't use it as well… something like that.

    Very exciting stuff…. keep up the great work.

  15. This is mind blowing information … I know of a bit from reading about it, but not in so much detail. I think language barriers are also restrictive. Many thanks for sharing this information, as always, it is vey educational.

  16. Wonderful video Thanks for explaining this so well.
    The explanation of why seidr is ergi is great. I had not noticed that s spindle with thread on it had a penis shape, and I use a hand spindle all the time (except during the 12 days of Yule).
    As a spinner, I can attest to the ability to go into a light trance while spinning. This would have been compounded if the woman had a faceted glass or quartz bead that would have shimmered in the light, and acted as a focus object (similar to a hypnotist with a watch). This is one of the "working meditations" that help people enter trance easily.
    Keep up the good work. Working my way through all of your videos and taking notes.

  17. Are you Icelandic? I’m trying to place how many languages you speak by the way you enunciated certain words.
    I’m very interested in seidr thank you!

  18. Thanks for these videos and sharing your knowledge. I'm really learning alot. Love your deliverance and keep up with your music. Sounds great.! Are you a fan of Wardruna the band from Norway?

  19. "volva" is a part of the female genitals in English…. I mean thats interesting, I wondered where that word came from…im pretty sure its obvious

  20. The chords. Seidra as you call it is both nurtured and natural inherent traits that facilitate transmission appropriate to the rite of passage and the development. I think. I guess what I am trying to say is the chord may cause disruption to the person receiving because we do rely upon language and benefit greatly with dyadi c conversation. But on the occasion necessity requires 2 instead of one when only one is present the chord is helpful. Not fool proof but helpful. Fragments of this human quality are in everyone everywhere. The people that were from Constantinople were brilliant survivalists to consider every facet of endurance for a journey. Hard to explain outside of tradition.

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