Runes and Galdr

This group is for discussion of the Nordic Runes in all their forms. We will discuss their proper use in divination, magic and the quest for higher wisdom. Beginners, seekers and Runemasters alike are all welcome to share and learn.

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Hail! and Welcome to Runes and Galdr!

"Heill dagr! Heilir dags synir!

Heil nótt ok nift!

Óreiðum augum lítið okkr þinig

ok gefið sitjöndum sigr!


Heilir æsir! Heilar ásynjur!

Heil sjá in fjölnýta fold!

Mál ok mannvit gefið okkr mærum tveim

ok læknishendr, meðan lifum.


(English translation)


"Hail, day! Hail, sons of day!

Hail night and night's daughter!

With loving eye look on we gathered

and grant us great victories.


"Hail gods! Hail goddesses!

Hail the all-giving earth spirits!

Sage wisdom and goodly speech give to we who are renowned

And healing hands, life-long


from “Sigdrífumál”

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Comment by Satori on July 13, 2011 at 16:59
These two words while often interchangeable do not mean the same thing. As you mention I would agree that they point at two different practices. At our times they are not limited to a specific sex and historically both female and male have engaged in Galdr and Seiðr. 
I think the main difference between these is that Seiðr is specifically connected with Ásatrú while Galdr is more unbound.

Seið(-kona/-karl) seems to be more commonly linked today to natural remedies and less with magic, the very word makes me think of someone "brewing" something. As ancient tales go Óðinn was taught Seiðr by Freyja (as i am sure you know already) so it seems to be more linked to the feminine and stories go that if a man embraced this practice he was giving away part of his masculinity (labeled as homosexual). 
Seiðr is considered more powerful than Galdr and its practice goes far beyond "brewing remedies". Seeing the future or taking someone's power away and passing it onto someone else is part of it as well.
In the Völuspá the Valva, an entity who has seen both the beginning and the end of the world, is a Seiðrkona. She words it as if she has always existed, even when nothing was there (she sees the Ginnungagap, the vast emptiness that was before the creation of the world), which implies that she can see both the future and the past. So Seiðr is heavily linked with future/past/fortune telling also.

Galdr as presented in the old sagas seems to deal with more mudane situations such as in the Njáls-saga where a Galdrakarl (while protecting a criminal) continually made a group of vikings, who wanted (honorbound) revenge, get lost in a forest by spawning fog onto them and demanding each time that they leave. After a few times of this they gave up and left. This specific man later on in the story is said to walk into a mountain, through a solid wall basically, and is never heard from again.
Njáll, the character this book is named after, was known for seeing the future of himself and others, he is also mocked a few times by his enemies who were claiming he was a homosexual. As of fact in the Viking era being called a homosexual was the worst imaginable insult and its not uncommon that this kind of accusation was followed by someone's head being chopped off.
As you mention the connection of the masculine to Galdr you may find interesting that in Iceland there are extremely few cases of women being burned or somehow executed for witchcraft/Galdur, the vast majority of people executed for practicing some kind of Galdr were men. This is contrary to what was going on in the rest of Europe where women were mainly the target.

There is a word which was used over a person who had abilities people usually don't have which is "fjölkunnugur" and means a person who "knows a lot of things". This word was used over both Galdr and Seiðr alike but it seems to be that women who "knew too much" were taken much less seriously than men who had similar abilities, men were probably considered a bigger threat. 

However both men and women with the ability to see into future events were usually honored or exalted within their communities and people sought them for advice.
Comment by Satori on July 10, 2011 at 20:24
Well lookie lookie here, nice group :D

The word galdr (in icelandic galdur) means magic or spell/incantation. When referring to rune magic one would say rúna galdur. So to me the name of this group says runes and magic. Galdr, as I understand it, while often associated with runes it does not have to include them - it can refer to any kind of magic.
Comment by Miss Nel (Spacious Feline) on June 23, 2011 at 21:18
Perhaps a little clarification: I understood Galdr to be singing magic. Have I confused it with something entirely different?
Comment by lightshield on June 20, 2011 at 17:44

Maybe we should all try to get along ....let's all learn together....let's all prove that witches, sorcerers etc, are all really good and peaceful people...we are not first graders anymore...let's all be the better person...

Cheston, did you mention private lessons?

Comment by Lark on June 20, 2011 at 8:23

Greetings, I will probably be pretty quiet in here, but I have used the Elder Futhark for many years as a divination tool and have made several sets for myself.  I have also worked some with bindrunes.  I look forward to interesting discussions.


Putting my Mod hat on here, I will point out that deleting discussions or posts is frowned on here on RealPagan.  So please try to find a way to work with conflict other than deleting posts.

Comment by Julica on June 19, 2011 at 11:14

So rather than the group name being 'Runes and Spells it's called 'Runes and ?' Rune magic? ...Or is that incorrect too?


 Depending on how you use the runes, they may be lain or cast. different situations call for different uses. Just as at times, I may lay my cards, while other times I just shuffle them for enough information.


 Just because runes are not my forte does not mean I am not familiar with them. In truth I just keep forgetting it XD In essence, I am not looking for a teacher, but more intellectual discourse that may add some glue lol

Comment by Miss Nel (Spacious Feline) on June 19, 2011 at 10:43

I said I only made and USED one set of runes, thank you very much. I've made others. -.-"


It's been requested that I stay peaceful here, but I'd like you to know that it's the fact that you act like everyone automatically wants to learn from you because you know a lot that I don't trust you as a teacher. You've ignored my requests for respect in return, and nothing I've said has been an outburst of any kind.

I'll stay here to watch what is posted, but all I've seen of you is someone who won't respect those who don't automatically trust everything you say... And considering the track record of those who have come before you with the same attitude, that makes everything seem a little off.


I didn't want to come in here and cause a fight and seem stand-off-ish, but so far you haven't given me any reason to be nice other than that you can spout information.

Regardless, this is the last you'll hear of me. I apologise to the others for disrupting the pece in this group, I'll watch in silence now, as you'd clearly prefer.

Comment by Enjolras on June 18, 2011 at 21:04
*turns gaze this way*
Comment by Miss Nel (Spacious Feline) on June 18, 2011 at 17:23

Don't call me your dear, I am not your dear, and don't call me kitty. I never asked you what you had to offer, I said I was here to see. You know nothing of my use or knowledge of the runes, or how much I have studied. Don't treat me like an idiot and I will return the favour.


I came here to see what there was to see, not to make friends and certainly not to be patronised. You asked questions, I answered them. I certainly had no intention of starting an argument and for that I apologise, I'm just tired of people assuming I don't know what I'm doing when I'm not forthcoming with every answer to every question. I said I'm not very good with runes, not that I don't know them, not that I haven't studied them, and not that I didn't seek to know more.


As for the gender discrimination, I didn't mean my post to come across that way. It was simply something that came to mind, nothing more, nothing less.

Comment by Julica on June 18, 2011 at 17:16

No offense intended of course, but shouldn't it be Runes and Galdrar? 


  I have a base knowledge of runes and am interested of learning more on both topics. I specialize in tarot, so I don't think laying the runes will be up my ally but I would like to know more of bindrunes and incantations (or galdrar) using them.


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