Stav and Tein

Stav and Tein

Meanings, Rituals, and Rules

Stav (Norwegian): noun, any vertical line, a staff, ski poles, rods in the eyes, stripes in a weaving, and ancient Norwegian architecture. It is Isa, the ice rune. When our spine is stav we are upright and plum with the Earth. A tree trunk is stav when it is growing from Earth to Heaven. Stav is the trunk of the world tree and the basis of Nordic Roots Dance.

Tein (Norwegian): noun, root sucker, off-shoot from a stump, thin rod or stick, spindle in hand spinning. The cross on the rune for need, Nauthiz.  Our arms are tein when we hold them to the sides, inviting a hug. When a tree falls and lays trunk to the Earth it is tein. Where stav is the axis of the world, tein is the equator. It is a wand and a wooden spoon and the rungs on a tvuru.

 

Cleaning up after a storm and careful/intentional pruning are the ways to acquire a new stav and tein for use in Völva Stav or stick rhythm (Staving).

How Do We Honor You? (Tauring 2004, from A New Yuletide Celebration, 2011)

How do we honor you? (Tauring, 2004 – Völva Stav Manual p. 68 – Free On-line.
Three Part Chant for the ritual of collecting Stav and Tein.

1.Take up a branch that freely fell, ask it nice and listen well. Take it with you if it is pleased, work it with your hands and feet. Carve it here, adorn it there, stav it on the threshing floor. Listen to the song it sings, share your song within the ring.

2. Call/Response A
Call:  Echo Tree!
Response: Up and down my spine
Call: Echo tree
Response: My spine is mine
Call: Echo tree
Response: my wooden horse
All: Through the worlds I safely ride

Call/Response B – (Sing kinds of Trees. Be sure to call the name of your tree.)
Call: ie. Oak is Here
Response: Up and down my spine
Call: ie. Apple’s Here
Response: My spine is mine
Call: ie. Willow’s Here
Response: my wooden horse
All: Through the worlds I safely ride

3. Up and down and up my spine, roots in deep and branches high!

Rules of Etiquette for Stav and Tein
Indoors:
the size of the stav and tein should be no larger than a broom handle and a wooden spoon. They should be clean enough to use in a kitchen. When you use them to create rhythm, they will begin to disintegrate eventually. When that happens, get a new set for indoor use and use the old set for outside only. When they are beyond use as stav and tein, use them in the garden to prop up beans or as kindling for fire. The memory they have stored for you must be honored by returning to the Earth in some way.

Outdoors:
You may use your clean stav and tein outdoors. To keep them clean you may 1). stav on a tree stump 2). use a small mat and cutting board 3). other clean boards or surfaces

Larger branches are called stang or pole. You may wish to use them in ritual with or without a tein. Bark will naturally fly off if used in staving. It is a way of beginning the cleaning of a stav for indoor use. Sing the bark off and let it cover the ground!

Other Special Staffs – I do not recommend using a staff that is special to you for Staving unless you are willing to dent and nick it.

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