Odin and the völvur, sometimes anglicized vala, also spákona or spækona is a female shaman and seer in Norse religion and a recurring motif in Norse mythology. The vǫlur were referred to by many names. Old Norse vǫlva means “wand carrier” or “carrier of a magic staff” and it continues Proto-Germanic *walwōn, which is derived from a word for “wand” Another name for the vǫlva is fjǫlkunnig (plenty of knowing) indicating she knew seiðr, spá and galdr. A practitioner of seiðr is known as a seiðkona “seiðr-woman” or a seiðmaðr “seiðr-man”. A spákona or spækona “spá-woman” (with an Old English cognate, spæwīfe) is a specialised vǫlva a “seer, one who sees”,from the Old Norse word spá or spæ referring to prophesying and which is cognate with the present English word “spy”continuing Proto-Germanic *spah- and the Proto-Indo-European root *(s)peḱ (to see, to observe) and consequently related to Latin specio (“I see”) and Sanskrit spaśyati and paśyati (“to see”).Vǫlur practiced seiðr, spá and galdr.