There are few things more romantic in Norse Mythology than the valiant warrior being chosen by a Valkyrie to be taken to Valhalla after dying a warrior’s death weapon in hand. However, I cannot help but feel one of the important characters in this mythology is undervalued by those who explore the stories. This character is the Valkyrja… the Valkyries. Choosers of the Slain said to carry the einherjar (deceased warriors who prepare for Ragnarok) to Valhalla or Fólkvangr for Odin & Freyja. In many aspects the Valkyrie serve Odin, Freyja and the einherjar. Yet, it is my belief that these female warrior spirits are far more than just servants… at least in the sense of the magician.
For some time now, I have pondered about the Valkyrja. It was my thought that in the magickal sense (psychological or otherwise) these spirits could be worked with in the same fashion one could work with any other spirit. How are the Valkyries different, than the Goetic demons? Depending on the mythological stories you read the Goetic demons are servants to other higher demons, kings and gods… yet they can still be very intimately worked with. Take the Enochian angels as another example. I believe the Valkyries can be worked with in the exact same sense. However, not just as choosers of the slain, and servants of Gods and Einherjar… but as daughters of war.
Throughout Viking/Norse mythology there are several Valkyrie’s referenced in the text. In this modern-day names, meanings and references have been compiled that provide a far better birds eye view of what these individual Valkyrie stand for. Most of the names of these Valkyrja have meanings relative to war, battle and weapons. Some are implicated to be more offensive in that they represent the act of war, where as some are implicated to be more defensive in that they represent protection and shielding. It doesn’t take a genius to see where I am going with this here.
In my experimentation with this idea I came to a pretty solid conclusion on how I could work with these spirits. Valkyrja are the Daughters of War and if I were to ever apply them into my work as a magician they would be best suited to the one thing most practitioners tend to avoid… spiritual/magickal warfare. Even while many try to avoid conflict with other magicians usually anyone who publicizes their work in the occult will eventually have the threat of someone else cursing them, or acting against them magickally. Now while most of these experiences are easy to blow off, debunk and label as delusional dick measuring it doesn’t hurt to keep yourself prepared in case you need to defend yourself.
There have been times in my life where the only way to get someone to stop bothering me was to magickally force them to stop. Additionally, I have spent my entire career performing protection style magick should I need it. My point, is that war even on this small scale is a very real thing, and while the stories of the Valkyries are set in battlefields with swords, the archetypal idea of these spirits can be applied to any form of conflict that is based in the destruction or defeat of another.
Let’s take the art of war by Sun Tzu as an example. A book on military strategy that has been applied into sports, politics, employment, business and much more. War in this modern day is not just the physical act of blood, blade and bullet. An applicant for a job may try and metaphorically cut the throat of his competition through sabotage. In Politics we see this all the time. In marketing and media, we see this often when false accusations or gossip are so loudly voiced that people believe it crushing the accused person. Truth rarely matters in these situations. It’s all a game and in the magickal world, spiritual warfare is far more than just cursing, and this is why I believe it’s so highly sought out.
With this perspective in mind I believe the Valkyries are great spirits to work with when these situations come to the forefront. Be it a need to protect yourself or a need to blow down a violent obstacle in your path. I am not a lover of baneful magick, but I do recognize that sometimes it is needed. Life is not black or white and the grey areas are where our morals are truly put to the test. Circumstance is rarely pure, and this is why baneful magick while polarizing is often considered when conflict arises.
The Valkyries are great allies to have in these situations. Whether you summon Randgríðr and Mist to shield and conceal yourself or you summon Geirdriful and Hlökk to completely annihilate the enemy, the potential is there. These spirits are both archetypes and external forces as all things are. They are forces that can be directed. They may serve the Gods… but they may also serve you in that time of need. War is never the best option… but sometimes it’s the only option and it’s better to have an arsenal at your back, than end up being slain without a sword in hand.
Stay True & Stay Awesome!!!