The deceased could be friendly or scary, or in many cases, singularly useful in both Pagan and Christian lore. Corpses, especially hung thieves and execution/murder tools (hangmans’ ropes, knives, bullets) were also of use in traditional magic and healing. We will explore the gjenganger (again-walker) and the draugr (drowned at sea), which could be pretty scary, as well as binding the deceased to his/her grave.
Ancestors in Norse and Sámi Traditions- Jane Sibley
Naming customs of descendants were a part of Norse life. In some cases, noble families (or wannabee nobles) claimed a god as their clan father as a means of legitimizing their nobility. In other cases, a deceased ancestor might order a given course of events, including the naming of a baby. One could also, in trance, contact ancestors for advice or help.
Midwifery and Giving Birth using Traditional Norse Folk/Magic Medicine – Jane Sibley
Giving birth in the old days was fraught with danger. They didn’t know about bacteria, but they sure knew about trolls, bears, evil spirits, and other problems which might affect the birthing process. In this class, we will examine what folks did from the time the mother-to-be realized that the child was coming, to the time the afterbirth was delivered and the baby was put to her breast. This includes spellcraft, first foods, protection magic, and the role of the child’s father in the proceedings. [1 hour]
The Wise Man or Wise Woman was specially selected, trained, tested, and confirmed. The Norse and Sámi traditions include divination, communion with the supernatural, hunting and warrior lore, spellcraft, and folk medicine for both humans and animals. In this session, we will focus on healing and disease prevention (physical and supernaturally caused), using both Pagan and Christian lore. [1 hour]