Norse Pronunciations

Hi everybody!  Lady Beltane asked me to post a quick guide to pronouncing some of the Norse names.  They can be quite a mouthful, I’ll admit.  Here’s a short list of the names you’ll see in the Norse 101 Part 2 post tomorrow:

  • Aesir: eye-seer
  • Asgard: az-guard
  • Ask: ask
  • Audhumla: ow-DOOM-la
  • Bestla: BEST-la
  • Bor: bore
  • Buri: BOO-ree
  • Embla: EM-blar
  • Freyja: FREY-ya
  • Ginnungagap: Gin-oon-guh-gap (the G’s are hard, like in the word ‘go.’)
  • Hoenir: HUR-near
  • Lodhur: LO-thur
  • Midgard: MEED-guard
  • Muspelheim: MOO-spell-hime
  • Niflheim: NIFFLE-hime
  • Odin: OH-din
  • Ve: vay
  • Vili: VEE-lee
  • Ymir: ee-MEER
  • Volva: VOOL-vuh

I’ll post a pronunciation guide for each week’s lesson.  See you tomorrow!

Norse Volva

Samhain – Flashback 2014

“Samhain – Divining the Unseen”

“At Samhain, the veil between the worlds is thinnest. The ordinary and extraordinary meet. Death and life touch at the edges. Mysteries drop hints. These factors make divination easier now, and traditional Samhain activities include various forms of it. Nuts may be placed in the coals of a fire to divine the future of a relationship. Scrying in a mirror or bowl of water is another popular option. An apple peel thrown on the ground reveals symbolic shapes. Of course, tarot cards also suit the occasion.

Celebrate the mysteries this Samhain. Choose from mystical colors such as purple, gold, silver, and black. Decorate the covenstead with lace veils and velvet drapes. Cobwebs of paper, string, or floss evoke the Fates who spin the thread of the future. The Norse god Odin traded an eye to the Norns to gain wisdom. In Greek mythology, Apollo is associated with the oracles. The Sumerian goddess Inanna also relates to prophecy and visions.

Consider a ritual that enacts visiting a sacred oracle. Lead coveners into a softly lit space where they can consult a priest or priestess who is skilled in divination or psychic arts. Use drums or bells to summon people back out..”

Copyright Elizabeth Barrette Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2014 Page 115

Beltane – Flashback 2014

“Beltane – Cleansing and Warding”

“In Celtic tradition, Beltane begins the warm half of the year. This is a  time for spring cleaning and for protective magic. Cattle would be driven between balefires. Cottages would be cleaned and swept out, the hearth fire doused and relit. Insecticidal herbs may be picked for home remedies.

Take care of your covensted this Beltane. Hold  a work day for peope to come and freshen the area. Try to find herbal cleaners based on orange, lemon, mint, or pine. Now is also a good time to repaint a pentacle, build a new altar, dig a firepit, or start other projects. Decorate with live or silk herbs of purification such as bay, juniper, pennyroyal, sage and yarrow.

For personal cleansing, take a bath or sauna before the main ritual. Rosemary, thyme, juniper, and othe herbs may be sealed in a tea ball for bathtub use. Grapefruit, lavender and lime are popular in purifying soaps. Bath oil or lotion for afterward may use some of the same ingrediants.

Large balefires are not necessary. Two small fires (or even torches) will suffice. Lead a line dance between them for protection. You can also carry a torch, or a lit candle, around a house to ward your covensted.”

Copyright Elizabeth Barrette Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2014 Page 63