Seidr and song

One of the most powerful tools in trance or Seidr work is song. This element can bring your work to a whole new level. It is simple to do and incorporate into your practice. And you don’t really have to be able to sing!

The lore tells us that there was a tradition of using song for Seidr. It was the song that finally helped the Volva in the Saga of Erik the Red achieve trance state. The song helped carry her off to new realms. She needed a chorus of singers. Luckily in Contemporary Seidr you can get the same results all by yourself!

The song itself is not important. It can be as simple or as complicated as you desire. As in all things in regard to Seidr work experiment until you find something that works for you.

I recommend starting off small. String a series of words together. Make them powerful words. I use words like “trance” and “journey”. These words are designed to activate that part of your brain that accomplishes the task.

Some of my apprentices use nonsense words and get good results. They have found that a series of gibberish words works best for them. Perhaps what that serves to accomplish is turning off part of your brain to allow for impressions and images come through. Again the key is to experiment. Have fun while doing this. Not everything Seidr has to be work!

Another way to approach this is to construct a song made up of the names of the runes. Then it becomes a type of galder. The runes can be incorporated into Seidr work in many ways. This is but one of them.

Then set your words to a tune. This should also be fun. Try out different pitches and length of tone. Keep it simple. Try setting it to a certain rhythm that you can drum to. Or even ring small bells in this effort. Make it a game to discover what is right for you.

All you’re doing is creating a tool to help open your mind to what is invisible in ordinary consciousness. The song you create should help you travel the realms. It is a tool to sing you literally on your way as you go. That is a joyous thing indeed!

Try working song into your Seidr routine. You may be pleasantly surprised at the outcome!

Author: vitkimusings

A fifty-something Vitki living in the suburbs of Chicago. Follower of the Nordic Path for the last fifteen years. Student of runes for the last 23 years and seidr for the last seven years. Always learning and growing!

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