"Have you been present at vanities which women practice in their webs, their spinning and weaving, who when they begin their webs hope to bring it about with incantations?"
--synopsis of Burchard, Bishop of Worms' anti-pagan penitential begun in 1012 CE. It speaks against folk spiritual practices such as praying outdoors, divination, personal autonomy and reproductive sovereignty.
Spinning and weaving are ancient crafts that were often associated with spells, auguries, spiritual insight and trance. Spindle, loom and distaff are repeated themes in fairy stories and folklore. They are also a reminder of the sacred magic of so-called everyday tasks--those sacred arts of hearth and home were essential and imbued with the energies of creation. Like hunting, fishing and farming they relied on the cooperation of the spirits. Fibers might be spun well for protection or with ill intent. Patterns woven "in the webs" may be mirrored or transformed in the web of wyrd, or fate should all the spirits agree.
Women who spun too well were suspicious, as were women who acted strangely (like the Scottish Witch of Irongray, a widow old and poor who spun and wove for a living and who was seen as sitting out at night and gathering Rowan sticks--source: Witchcraft in Medieval Scotland part two. For her crimes she was horribly killed.)
This year I wish to weave webs of wyrd in wool and form. Making magic in the re-membering. Unknot the thread, repair the torn. :::ᛄᛇᛄ:::
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