Today I followed my intuition to Eye of Horus where I took a workshop on Staving. You just might wonder what the heck staving is right now, and I’m getting to that. The teacher of this workshop is Kari Tauring, a musician, author, rune reader, and staff carrier. Through her studies of the Norse Myths and Sagas, her practice of working with the runes, and her inner journeys she has developed a wonderful tradition of working with the deep and ancient energies of the Nine Worlds.
Today I learned to align my spine with the world tree, or Yggdrasil in Norse Traditions. Tonight I will be working on my staff to bring it into my healing work. Here’s more about Staving from Kari’s website:
VÃ¶lva is a reclaimed word from Old Norse which means literaly, staff carrier. The women who were VÃ¶lva carried their healing, far-seeing, ceremonial, and magical practice from farmstead to farmstead. We have learned about them from the medieval texts, sagas and eddas, the folk stories and songs. Today, many women in the United States and abroad are reclaiming the title and practices of the VÃ¶lva.
Here in Minnesota, Kari Tauring has developed VÃ¶lva Stav. It’s a way to use the staff to create rythm for chant and song to journey and do energy work. In Ms. Tauring’s classes you will learn the history and vocabulary of the Northern pre-Christian mystical tradition. You will learn to use your body as the tool for your spiritual work â€” carrying your spine as the great stav and freeing your voice to call the ancestors. In group work, you will feel the fabric of the web of wyrd that holds all life together, you will hear it in the rhythm of other VÃ¶lva as we shift and change and journey together.
Kari is an excellent teacher, and part of the workshop was doing a journey while we Staved. It was a wonderful experience for me, and it was the beginning of a journey from my heritage of Finnish and Norwegian to my love of the Celtic ways. So tonight I take the branch I staved with and I will be stripping the bark to what lies beneath, and then I will adorn it with symbols that mean a great deal to me in my personal journey. When I am done with the project I will definitely post it here! But here is a small sample of what I’m learning from Kari: