stav with maddy elruna
Stav is the foundation of my life. It shapes how I perceive world. The wisdom, practices and people of Stav are the bedrock of my life. This page is in progress- I will add more as time allows.
I struggle to write about Stav for various reasons.
#1 Its such a big topic I don’t know where to start.
#2 I know so little, there are so many others with far more experience and knowledge than me- I worry about doing justice to the wisdom.
#3 Its personal. Most of my understanding comes from my own personal journey.
So I’m going to try- to share my personal take on Stav (none of which is definitive), and to link to others that share elements of Stav.
No Stav journey can start with out a link to the Hiembu Page- here you will find information shared by Ivar, it is his family tradition which I was so blessed to be able to step into.
Stav is a wisdom tradition based on the 16 runes of the younger Futhark. Each of the runes has a focused movement (a little like tai-chi), a name, sound, at least one deity associated with it. You can find a YouTube demonstration of the stances here.
Stav has a strong martial tradition, using the staff to explore the lines and runes. This is for far more than a fighting art, it is an aid to understand yourself and the Stav principles. Ice and Fire (run by Graham Butcher) teaches the martial tradition, and I am co-ordinating with Simon Cole to come and teach the physical/martial at the Barns.
I am currently researching other Stav pages and will add links as I find them.
Fun as programmes like The Vikings and The Last Kingdom may be- reading the Edda's and Saga's for yourself (or listening to them on audio-book) is a great way to connect to the tales.
If you are looking for great places to start I recommend; Norse Mythology, by Neil Gammon, The Poetic Edda (Jackson Crawford has a great translation), and The Volsung Saga. I know some would disagree- but The Lord of The Rings is a great Nordic inspired tale as well.
I translated the Old Norse and Icelandic (in italic) rune poems myself. As with everything I have written it is not definitive- it works for me. But do check and see how other people have translated them.
Frey (fe) f
Wealth causes strife amongst kinsmen
The wolf lives in the wood.
Wealth- source of discord amongst kinsmen
And fire of the fsea
And path of the serpent
Vidar (ur) u
Dross is from bad iron
Oft runs the reindeer on the hard snow
Shower- lamentation of the clouds
And ruin of hay harvest
And abomination of the shepherd.
Thor (tor) j
Thor causes anguish of woman
Misfortune makes few men cheerful.
Thor- torture of woman
And cliff dweller
And husband of giantess
Odin (oss) o
Estuary is the way of most journeys
But the sheath is that for the sword
God- aged gautr
And prince of Asgard
And Lord of Vallhalla
Hel (rei) r
Riding it is said is worst for horses
Reginn forged the best sword
Riding- joy of horsemen
And speedy journey
And toil of the steed
Loki (kreft) l
Ulcer is the curse of children
Death makes a man pale
Ulcer- disease fatal to children
And painful spot
And abode of mortification
Heimdal (hagl) h
Hail is the coldest of the grains
Christ (crystal?) formed the world in ancient times
Hail- cold grain
And shower of sleet
And sickness of serpents
Urd, Verdandi, Skuld (nud) n
Need makes for a difficult situation
The naked freeze in the frost
Constraint- grief of the bond-maid
And state of oppression
And toilsome work
Skarthe (is) i
Ice we call the broad bridge
The blind need to be led
Ice- bark of rivers
And roof of the wave
And destruction of the doomed
Jord (ar) a
A good harvest is the profit of men
I say the Lord was generous
Plenty- boon to men
And good summer
And thriving crops
Balder & Forseti (sol) s
The sun is the light of the lands
I bow to the holiness
Sun- shield of the clouds
and shining ray
and destroyer of ice
Tyr (tyr) t
Tyr is the one handed among the Aesir
The smith has to blow often.
Tyr- god with one hand
And leavings of the wolf
And prince of temples
Frigg (Bjork) b
Birch tree is the limb greenest with leaves
Loki brought the luck of deceit
Birch- leafy twig
And little tree
And fresh young shrub
Freya (mann) m
Mankind is the increase of dust
Mighty is the talon span of the hawk.
Man-delight of man
And augmentation of dust
And adorner of ships
Njord (laug) l
Waterfall is that which falls from the mountain as a force
But gold objects are costly things.
Water- eddying stream
And broad geyser
And land of fish.
Ull (ull) y
Yew is the greenest of wood in the winter
There is usually, when it burns, crackling
Yew- bent bow
and brittle iron
And giant of the arrow