The shaman knows the drama of the human soul, its instability, its precariousness ... the forces that threaten it and the regions to which it can be carried away. If shamanic cure involves ecstasy, it is because illness is regarded as *a corruption or alienation of the soul.* ~Mircea Eliade
Norse shamanism. The name “völva” means simply “woman with a staff”. The staff, in Norse also called “gandur” (refer to the English word “wand”), was a symbol of power and, like in this case, control of the supernatural. The bishop’s crozier, the king’s sceptre and the magician’s magic wand are relics from this special kind of symbolism. The Norse word “gandur” means both wand and magic in modern Faroese and Icelandic.
"The symbol of the Wise Woman traditionally is a spiral. A spiral is a cycle as it moves through time. A spiral is movement around and beyond a circle, always returning to itself, but never at exactly the same place. Spirals never repeat themselves. The spiral is the path of the earth. The spiral is your individual life. The spiral is the passage between worlds: birth passing into death passing into birth. ~Susun Weed (Artwork by Gaia Orion) ..*
Female Shaman in Mongolia This is an interesting photo to me because the act of Shamanism is still alive and well practiced there. I have picked up a book call Riding Wind Horses and began to sink into it when I began to recognize that elements of my own trad training were being discussed in this book. I am fascinated by the way ancient practices have been passed and retained.