Forseti was a Norse God of Justice. When I think of the Viking era my image is of a violent and lawless time when justice was likely swift and brutal. And yet Forseti represented a form of justice associated with reconciliation, restoration and finding solutions through dialogue. Forseti would hear disputes from both gods and mortals and would facilitate a collaborative process to reach meaningful resolutions. In some respects he could be considered an ancient mediator. The concepts of justice associated with Forseti are consistent with values that inform my counselling and restorative justice practice.
Why the Vegvisir Symbol?
The Vegvisir (the round symbol you see in various places on this website with an "F" in the middle) is often referred to as an Icelandic or Viking compass. It is intended to be carried by an individual as a signpost to help travel through storms and reach a destination even when the route is unknown. The Vegvisir is not a literal compass and was not intended to actually point out a direction but rather was carried to help people find their own way through difficulties. The concept of the Vegvisir is consistent with the ethics and values that inform my practice. It's not about me pointing the way that you need to travel. Rather, I will use my skills and knowledge to provide you with a process that will assist you to make it through tough times and reach the destination, or destinations, of your own choosing.