Evelyn C. Rysdyk | Norse Shaman: Seiðr Varðlokur

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Norse Shaman: Seiðr Varðlokur

by Evelyn C. Rysdyk

Norse Shaman-Seiðr Varðlokur is brand new recording to support the seiðr ritual and is especially useful for solo practitioners.
Genre: New Age: Shamanic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Norse Shaman: Opening Galdr
1:23 album only
2. Norse Shaman: Seiðr Chanting
62:46 album only
3. Norse Shaman: Closing Galdr
1:04 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Norse Shaman-Seiðr Varðlokur is brand new recording that is a perfect accompaniment to Evelyn Rysdyk’s book, The Norse Shaman. The recording was designed to support a seiðr ritual and is especially useful for solo practitioners.

During the seiðr ritual, the völva or shamanic seeress would enter the realms of the ancestors to seek prophesy. Her shamanic journeys through the roots of the magical, World Tree, Yggdrasil were supported by the haunting sounds of a women’s chorus. While no records of traditional varðlokur exist, they were probably repetitive, sing-song melodies that would assist the seer in achieving and holding a trance state. From reports written in the Icelandic Sagas, it is most likely that there were some of these songs that were common knowledge among practitioners. In addition, it is also likely that each völva had a number of personal varðlokur for connecting with power, performing different kinds of magic or contacting individual spirits.

The reconstruction varðlok on this recording is meant to assist in achieving and holding trance during a seiðr ritual. It is sung in a minor key in keeping with Viking Age sensibilities. Accompanying the vocals are the wild sounds of nature, cow horn, staff and raven calls. The recording also includes an opening galdr (poetic chant/decree) and closing galdr with callback signal.

This is consciousness altering music that may be used for shamanic journeying, meditation or dreaming. (© 2016 Spirit Passages)



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