Released December 12, 2020 — Verjaseiðr embraces the dark, the unknown, and connects with the other-worldly.
Ancient cultures responded to the nature where they lived and developed particular belief systems to interpret reality. For thousands of years, our ancestors regarded the earth and its mountains as a conceptual base-line level of what was real, with other humans at the next level, and the sky and our sun as the highest representation of reality.
- Fornrít: At Verja Sik
- Hreinnhǫfði feat. Sigrún Spákona
What most people refer to as “shamanism” is a spiritual discipline involving a skilled practitioner to interact with the forces of nature and the spirit world. Usually, the goal of a shaman is to direct otherworldy energies into the physical world to manifest entities that can provide healing, protection, or prophecies, to give a few examples.
Verjaseiðr hooks into the spiritual and was created with a specific purpose: to reinforce the egregore of Draugablíkk. The album material has been carefully composed and performed to sense and ward against primordial evil, such as the left-hand path which is a term for “black” magic used to invite forces beyond the veil for darker purposes.
“To “perform varðlokkur” in Norse society was to chant songs of protection to summon guardian entities and healing spirits.”
Although Wikipedia suspiciously disagrees, it is now widely known the Old Norse title “Varðlokkur” (from which we have “warlock”) originally represented a chanting male sorcerer-shaman. To “perform varðlokkur” in Norse society was to chant songs of protection to summon guardian entities or to call upon healing spirits. Upon completing such a ritual, the “varðlokkur shaman” would pass out and be almost lifeless due to mind and body exhaustion. A young woman then had to perform a healing ceremony while reciting poems until the varðlokkur’s lifeforce returned.
The Verjaseiðr Cover Artwork
Hiǫrtr. Ormr. Úlfr. Arn. Those are Old Norse words for deer/stag, serpent, wolf, and eagle — the animals which adorn the Verjaseiðr cover art are profoundly inspired by the Jelling (Denmark) and Urnes (Norway) period styles of Viking Age animal art.
- The stag Eikþyrnir stands guard on top of Valhalla.
- The ormr longships lie ready to embark on new adventures.
- The úlfhéðnar warriors are waiting for the next full moon.
- The mighty eagle rises, brought west by the Gothunni and Saxons (the Saka-Wusun.)
Often mistaken for a raven, the iconic eagle emblem on the Verjaseiðr artwork was introduced to Europe by the Scythians and the Huns thousands of years ago. The eagle became the emblem of the Goths, the Anglo-Saxons, and the Norse.