In my books, I discuss the importance of the use of song in seiðr, and how the very use of song is what gives the Indo-European tradition of “shamanism” it’s highly recognizable unique distinction from other mystical or occult forms of practice.
Whether it be done solo in Utiseta, or in a group collectively creating a High Seat Spa; Song is the main tool or vehicle, that a Völva rides to do her root-work.
When I first was becoming more proficient in my seiðr work, I began to see a commonly shared practice experienced by all the Northern witches called to this tradition. I saw when we are seeking to put our will into the universe to effect changes and outcomes as bi-products of our desired intention, we find the astounding power of our voices as passed down from the earliest Ancestor who summon this path; seiðkona spinning her Wyrd: chanting and singing.
There are various forms of song a Völva might use, and the one I will discuss today is known by the obscure word kuað; (or kvad in Norwegian) which means roughly, ballad*. Since ancient times, many cultures recognized the power of a ballad sung in its entirety with its power of energy/consciousness/emotion manipulation when spoken with unwavering intention, charged with emotion, and spoken in structured metered flow. It then becomes a sort of “magic formula,” which is used with ‘kunna’ meaning knowledge.
*The ballad no matter which category they fall into, mostly rely on simple and easy-to-understand language or dialect from its culture of origin. Stories about hardships, tragedies, love, and romance are standard ingredients of the ballad. This is irrespective of a ballads geographical origins.
Another element of any ballad is the recurrence of certain lines at regular intervals. Ballads can also be in a questioning form, with the appropriate answers to every question asked contained within it. Ballads don’t usually give a direct message about a certain event, character, or situation., as part of the magick is in the deciphering of the ballads message!
So you can see, a Ballad or Kvad (kuað) becomes the vehicle with which we infuse our power, and see to it that the strands of Wyrd are altered in the way we see as best for the situation, known as “magic,” -fjölkyngi in old Norse. Though seldom mentioned in modern-day seiðr, kuað/kvad to me is an essentially powerful song to use as a Volva or a Vitki when either in the high seat, or working spa for herself or others.
Check out the Swedish modern day use of this song form: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_ballad_tradition