It seems that character research takes us down many paths. Now, after years of translating ancient texts, along with rune work and such, I find myself researching the magical study and practice of seiðr, which is/was associated with both the god Oðinn, as well as the goddess Freyja, a member of the Vanir, who was believed to have taught the practice to the Vanir. A character in the Daughters of The Rose series is a practitioner of such, so I must do what I must. I always believe in pushing the limits of the known, without fear, on a quest for knowledge. Call it research for my novels; but either way, I expect that I will be a seiðrman soon.
The seiðr ritual was, as they are described in a number of Scandinavian sagas, Saga of Erik the Red in particular, used by practitioners connected with the spiritual realm. Viking texts suggest that the seiðr ritual was used in times of inherent crisis, as a tool used in the process of seeing into the future, and for cursing and hexing one’s enemies. With that said, it could have been used for great good or destructive evil, as well as for daily guidance.
I choose great good.