:drinking_horn: Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Nordic Traditions and Magick

I’ve never been drawn to the Norse deities or Norse practices. I think the only time I’ve ever been mildly interested in them was when I watched the show Vikings and got an overwhelming sense of… not nostalgia and not homesickness… it’s hard to describe.

During the show, the way the characters have faith in their Gods is inspiring, especially Floki. The way they just know these things about their faith and they act upon it, hold rituals, and give praise tugs on my heart in a way that I can’t really put into words. It’s a sort of blind faith they have, never questioning their Gods or fearing retribution from others for their practices.

Spoilers... 😅

There’s even one scene where they enter a temple and the people inside are on their knees praying. Floki is fascinated and entranced by the faith of these men in another God that he’s never heard of nor met – and also curious as to why he can’t see their Gods (the temple is Muslim). One of the characters beheads another and Floki freaks out. He’s horrified that they were slaying the men of faith for simply existing. He actually turns and protects the praying Muslims, telling his friends that if they wanted to kill those people they would have to kill him first.


Anyway, it’s the intensity of their belief that really gets to me. I wasn’t raised religious and I feel like that plays a part in how my faith guides me. I don’t have this intense belief. I don’t have this blind faith (which is good, don’t get me wrong - question everything lol) – but the way people of the past just knew these things about their Gods and their practices and rituals just… :face_exhaling:

I have no idea if that makes any sense at all :laughing: but to connect it back to Nordic practices, I went into my ancestry report to see if my lineage can be traced back to that area.


And yeah… not a lot :laughing: but I have to remember, too, that the first recorded Viking raids in Ireland took place in the 700-800CE time, well before my Irish ancestors came to the United States. It’s possible I have more than that but it’s not recorded because of the way the DNA stuff works right now. Anyway, I learned a new word, too.

[screenshot from my ancestry report]

I can get behind that, for sure! :laughing:


Challenge Entry – Nordic Traditions and Magick
Sami Traditions and Magick

Above the Arctic Circle is an area called Lapland that stretches across Norway, Sweden, Finland and part of Russia. It is not a geopolitical designation, but an area populated by the only indigenous people of Europe who call themselves Sami. Once called Lapps meaning “uncivilized”, the term is now considered derogatory. Rock art believed to be 2500 years old show men on snowshoes and skis hunting reindeer.
Once thought to be descendants of a Mongoloid tribe from Asia, recent DNA tests show an ancient haploid from the alpine area of central Europe.
The Sami once ranged throughout Finland but were pushed north by the Finns in the 16th century.
The Sami were not Christianized until the 12th century and the Catholics left them to practice their own spirituality until the Protestant Reformation in the 17th century when the Swedish overlords violently suppressed what they believed was idolatrous magic. The magic drums of the shamans were seized and burned. In 1693 Lars Nilsson was burned to death at Arjeplog for attacking a pastor and taking back his confiscated drum.
Missionary accounts of the Sami practices must be studied carefully because the priests would be fitting what they learned into the framework of their own beliefs and knowledge. The Sami would have distorted or suppressed some matters when being accused of heathen practices and threatened with death.
The Sami considered their belief system to be a way of life rather than a religion. The Otherworld existed alongside the material world and was more perfect, and the home of the dead (the Saivu, the ancestral mountain).
Their spirituality was animistic. Every object had a soul and must be respected. There were many spirits with control over different aspects of nature. Interpreting the will of the spirits was the responsibility of the shaman (noaidi). He entered the Otherworld in a trance or out of body experience through rhythmic drumming, singing the joik, and using hallucinogens such as the fly agaric mushroom. He mediated with deities to ensure a safe and successful hunt, or to heal someone, or to appeal to the elements for survival. The shaman also performed divination for the clan, and foretold future events, sometimes over great distances.
The shamans were famous sorcerers and were credited with controlling the winds, and performing minor miracles such as staunching the flow of blood. The Norwegian king forbade his subjects from traveling to the Sami shamans for their magical services.
Some of the Sami deities were:
Dierpmis, thunder god
Bieggolmmai, wind god
Cahcolmmai, god of lakes and oceans
Leaibolmmai, god of alder and wild animals
Ipmil, the Supreme god
Raudna, god of lightning and the Earth
Mattarahkka, woman creator and mother goddess
Sarahkka, woman who spins
Uksahkka, door woman
Juoksahkka, bow woman who protects infants.
The Sun, Baive, was a primeval cosmic being and suitable offerings to her were the bones and antlers of a white reindeer.
The Moon, Aske, did not play a major role and lost its place in the cult.
As the Sami were affected by the influx of other cultures, the names of the gods changed to others such as Thor and Jesus. In its oldest form the religion consisted of the worship of local idols and the dominant natural forces of wind, water, etc.
Specially shaped rocks or trees resembling human form were guardian deities, sieidde. Other sieidde locations were grottos, caves, mountain peaks, and lakes. Some of these sites have rich finds of metal objects dating from 700 to 1400 AD, but also have quartzite, slate, and asbestos tempered pottery from 4000 years or more.

Offerings were antlers, bones, fish fat, blood, or whole animals. Offering were in the form of gratitude or in the form of bargains. If the bargain was not kept the altar would be knocked over.
The family had a shrine (boasso) within the tent, but it was forbidden to women. Entered by the back door, the male of the household kept his weapons, drum and household god there, and made family prayers and sacrifices to a minor goddess of hunting that lived beneath the shrine.
One ritual which was practiced even after Christianity was the ritual of the Cult of the Bear. A detailed account of the weeklong event can be found in The Lapps by Roberto Bossi, 1960, Chapter XI.
The brown bear was considered the animal king. An age old belief was that the bear was the ancestor of their race. They said it had the intelligence of one man and the strength of nine men. It had the supernatural power of being able to sleep all winter. A hungry bear emerging in early spring was a threat to the reindeer calves. The bear demanded awe and respect especially before the introduction of firearms.

In early spring the bear was chased from its den into a wall of spears set in the ground. At the end of the feasting and festivities, the bear was buried, being careful not to break any bones, so it could resurrect in the spring.
The Sami were a peaceful people and traditionally the weaker party in any encounter with other cultures and so relied on guile to outwit rather than on force to overcome their adversaries. Today their descendants fight for their rights like other indigenous people around the world.
Nomad year in the North. Ernst Mauritz Manker, 1964.
The Lapps. Arthur Spencer, 1978.
The Lapps. Roberto Bossi, 1960.
Ancient wisdom: earth traditions in the Twenty-first century. Vinianne & Christopher Crowley, 2000.
The history of Lapland. Johannes Scheffer, 1673.


I made a bag for Freya. I feel right now I could do with her guidance.

Golden bag
Rose petals
golden rutilated quartz


Challenge entry

I have done some work with Freyja.

I have pulled a tarot spread for Freyja.

I came across this website which had some great information on Freyja including astrology correspondences.



What do you think? Does the key word in the middle match the rune?

I am not a quilter but I am tempted to pick up a new hobby.


They sort of capture the feel, but it’s not exact. :grin: Which actually doesn’t matter, as noone knows exactly what the runes mean anyway :rofl:


Challenge entry

I’m so sad I missed the other challenges but I’ve had a lot going on… However this topic is dear to me! I have lived in Sweden whole my life and heard stories from the elderly, we learned about Norse mythology, folktales in school and how to read/write runes, we’ve visited historic Viking sites and museums. Now I’m learning about different local folktales and myths in Norrland. There’s differences from South Sweden and Northern. I think I’m quite influenced by Norse traditions and subconsciously live the way of the Norse as we still have a lot of that incorporated in our todays culture in Sweden.

Fun fact: Tor also oversaw the weather at large and he was considered important to the farmers as he brought them rain. That’s why I always say “Tor is not happy” when there’s a storm coming. :cloud_with_rain:

I’m currently reading so many books about Old Swedish traditions and mythology. I’m starting to connect with Frigg, Tor and Fjorgyn (Jord). :drinking_horn:


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Challenge entry

Well, for this one, I just educated myself a little bit about Scandinavia and norse mythology


I wrote a prayer for Freya as I feel right now I clearly need her strength and guidence. I am also carrying with me the offering bag which I hope she will approve.

Freya goddess of gold

Queen of the North

A fierce warrior & commander of the dead

I call upon you

Empower me!

Give me strength

Give me courage for what lies ahead

Freya goddess of love & magick

Queen of the Valkyrie

Hear my words

Guide me through the darkness

Send all harm away from me

So it is now so mote it be


Challenge Entry
I had a lot of fun doing this challenge and did a lot of research. I allowed th znorse Pantheon to pick who should work with.
I went to goodwill amd someone had gotten rid of their collection of wolf things.
And crows are always finding me. So I decided to work with Odin.
I made my own futhark runes.

Did research on Odin’s connection with the Hanged Man card in the tarot. Then found a tarot spread that was Odin’s ravens and brought to light very important things.

The Huginn and Muninn Ørlǫg Tarot Spread

And going to put the 9 relams on the mug. Ill post when it is fired and glazed.
I will post more of my experiences tomorrow. I am running out of steam. More tomorrow!

Image Wikipedia and public domain.


Wonderful, I love your runes :partying_face:


Your runes are beautiful @celineelise!

I started reading this challenge about an hour ago and I was in awe by @tracyS post from March. Thank you @tracyS for all the information from that March post and I’m looking forward to reading the others!


Aww thankyou lovely , I’m glad you enjoyed it. :green_heart: Most of the credit must go to Odin too, couldn’t do it without his help. :partying_face::beers:


I haven’t finished it yet. I’m dedicating my Wednesday night at work to finish it and read the others. This is so interesting!


Challenge entry

I can’t believe I managed to forget to link my entry here. :rofl: :woman_facepalming:


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