Völva Tank Top
A design depicting a Völva (Old Norse: 'Wand-Bearer') designed by Tattooist Jesper available at Mannklan tattoo, Denmark.
A Völva is proposed to be an individual, predominantly female who would predict the future and practiced seiðr, a form of magic used throughout Germanic societies in the Scandinavian Iron Age. They are described in a number of Scandinavian sagas, for instance in the Saga of Erik the Red where the female practitioners are mentioned as being connected with the spiritual realm through chanting and prayers and Old Norse texts suggest that the seiðr ritual was used in times of inherent crisis, as a tool for seeing into the future, and for cursing and hexing one's enemies.
The earliest historical attestation of seeresses in Germanic societies were during the first and second centuries AD by the Roman senator Cornelius Tacitus and the Greek historian Strabo. However in the Viking period evidence relating to the practice of a Völva is discovered in a woman’s grave dated to the 10th century at the fortified enclosure at Fyrkat, Jutland.
Amongst the total of around 30 graves from the site, the woman laid in a wagon provided a clear example of a seeress in Norse society, shown by small amulets or charms hanging from her belt, a metal wand with bronze fittings, a wooden box containing animal remains but most tellingly, hundreds of henbane plant seeds.
This plant is said to give an hallucinogenic experience when taken in in the right quantities, would create the ability of divination and euphoric states.