International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally
International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally
International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally
International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally
International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally
International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally
International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally
International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally
International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally
International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally
International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally
International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally
International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally
International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally
International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally
International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally
International Teacher, Author, Painter and Forest Witch Europe Globally

 POETIC EDDA

The Runes in Sigrdrífumál  

 

SOME BACK GROUND

Sigrdrífumál (also known as Brynhildarljóð) is the conventional title given to a section of a Poetic Edda text in the manuscript called Codex Regius.

It follows Fáfnismál  (another famous text) without interruption, and it relates the meeting of Sigurðr with the valkyrie Brynhildr, here identified as Sigrdrífa (her name means "victory driver"). The content consists mostly of verses concerned with runic magic and sharing general wisdom teachings. This is presented in the format of advice given to Sigurd by Sigrdrifa. The metre is fornyrðislag, (except for the first stanza). The end is in the lost part of the manuscript but it has been substituted from younger paper manuscripts. The Völsunga saga describes the scene and contains some of the poem.

WORK IN PROGRESS!

This series of paintings is a labour of love and very much a work in progress. Focussing on this text has already brought me powerful dreams and many fresh insights into the runes (as shared on my courses for Rune Magicians).

I feel very strongly that both painting and dreaming are valid ways of doing research and accessing information. This is something I often mention in interviews and when UI speak at conferences. 

There is something unique about the process of immersing yourself in an ancient text and allowing the process to be your guide and teacher. I highly recommend it!

 

Árvakr and Alsviðr

"He bade write on the shield | before the shining goddess | On Arvak's ear, | and on Alsvith's hoof 

(Lines 1-2, Stanza 15)

 RUNES CARVED ON SLEIPNIR'S TEETH

On the wheel of the car | of Hrungnir's killer,
On Sleipnir's teeth, | and the straps of the sledge.

(Lines 3-4, Stanza 15)

ON THE PAWS OF THE BEAR

On the paws of the bear, | and on Bragi's tongue,
On the wolf's claws bared, | and the eagle's beak

(Lines 1-2, Stanza 16)

 

 

RUNES CARVED ON BRAGI'S TONGUE

On the paws of the bear, | and on Bragi's tongue,
On the wolf's claws bared, | and the eagle's beak

(Lines 1-2, Stanza 16)

 RUNES CARVED ON THE NIGHT OWL'S BEAK

On Gungnir's point, | and on Grani's breast,
On the nails of Norns, | and the night-owl's beak

(Lines 3-4, Stanza 17)

RUNES CARVED ON THE NAILS OF THE NORNS

On Gungnir's point, | and on Grani's breast,
On the nails of Norns, | and the night-owl's beak.

(Lines 3-4, Stanza 17)