One thing leading to another a long way from the original idea.
I was going to write something about health care according to folklore today, so I searched on sjukvård that is the swedish word for healthcare. I didn’t find what I was looking for because I sort of got stuck on another Vård that turned out to be something like a guardian angel or a warden. This, I’ll call it warden from now on, warden is a spirit that follows the human spirit from birth till death and that it sometimes shows itself to us. It could be something like tickling in the palm of our hands or something called lyse (sort of a light and it could also show itself like a simulacrum.
Later on when Christianity came we still kept these wardens in our believes but a second one appeared. This one was supposed to be evil while the original one was good. If You remember I have written about care trees, I think another name would fit well for them, Warden trees. We still plant Warden trees in our gardens, trees that must never be harmed in any way and these trees are planted as homes for these wardens. It’s amazing how old traditions stays even if we don’t know why we’re doing them 🙂 I for instance have a Rowan as Warden tree in my garden.
In the pagan days these Wardens were called Fylgjor and Hamingja and were seen as female spirits. I also found other things to look for like earth spirits. An earth spirit could be many beings like elves , fairies and gnomes, trolls, dwarfs and mountain spirits. So I looked in to mountain spirits. Even here it could be several beings and I took a look at Mountain trolls. Mountain trolls are very big, not intelligent but very smart if You know what I mean and have supernatural strength and naturally have magical abilities. They live in big halls in the mountains where they have gathered enormous treasures.These trolls only live far north in the big mountains, further south they are smaller and hard to separate from us humans, but they all have long tails 🙂
Looking in to trolls made me go further and further away from my original thoughts ( like reading about Vittror, huldror, gruvrån, dwarfs and gnomes) and here I am now. Full of knowledge about lots of our beings out there but very little with the folklore healthcare I originally was looking after 🙂 I can go on reading about all these beings all day because even if we had sun and rather warm weather this morning we now have rather chilly and rainy weather once again. This will continue for at least two days and then we might get sun and warm weather again. It’s strange how one area can get so much rain where it isn’t needed while places in need of rain gets nothing.
I had planned to do things outside today but it looks as if I’ll stay indoors most of the time instead. I think I might turn on the radiators for a while, not because it’s cold but to get rid of the humidity in my cottage that makes it feel cold.
Have a great day!