Deities and plant wights and runes. Oh my!

I’ll be the first to admit I’m probably crazy. I am a full time Vitki. So this means that my connection to ordinary consciousness is sometimes sketchy at best. I spend a lot of time in other realms. I talk to gods. And plant wights and the runes talk to me. Crazy right?

 

I have built a life around these aspects of communication and revelation. I have done my best to make it so. I have done magic (yes magic) to that end. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Take deities.  I have a triumvirate of gods I work with regularly.  More than three seems incomplete for me.  More  seem like I’m watering things down.  My big three are Odin, Freyja and Hella.

 

Odin is one of the three because as a Vitki I have things in my multiverse that he rules over.  The runes for example.  He’s the go to god for all matters Runic.  I call to him for guidance every time I do a Rune casting.  And he never seems to fail me.

 

Gaining a relationship with Odin wasn’t terribly difficult for me.  Perhaps because of my use of the Runes.  We already had a way to communicate through them.  I did some basic meditation sessions to reach out to him.  He responded easily that way.  I often go to him for wisdom.  Though more often than not he’ll hand me off to some other deity for my concerns!

 

Freyja is in the mix largely because of her connection to Seidr.  As I perform Seidr sessions regularly I seek her council often.  Many times I will go into trance to journey to the other Realms and she will come to me.  On her boar.  She will loan me her boar to ride for my traveling through the Nine Realms. It’s a great way to go!

 

Establishing a relationship with Freyja took a little time.  Not that she wasn’t accessible.  I just didn’t know how to speak with her.  In my experience with her I find that a less direct way of asking about things helps out.  In short she likes small talk.  And getting some amber beads dedicated to her to add to my altar sealed the deal.

 

Hella is the last of my big three.  She is important again for Seidr work.  She is the gateway for talking with departed ones in Hel.  She is the one I seek when I travel there to gain wisdom or words from the ancestors.  I also turn to Hella for issues in my private life dealing with change.  I find her instrumental in both assisting me to make the best of changes that I haven’t brought about personally or making change I want to occur. This makes a relationship with her vital for me in my work as a Vitki.  I am always seeking to create change.  Who better to go to them Hella herself for guidance in this matter?

 

A relationship with Hella was a real challenge.  I worked on it for a solid six months before I had any real measurable success.  For me she was very elusive.  I tried different types of incense for my meditation sessions to reach her.  Finally agronomy did something.  I made an offering to her of an obsidian wand.  That gave me some traction.  I don’t recall what was the final deal maker.  But finally one day she was willing to talk to me.  Whew!  I felt as if I’d just run a marathon!  But the results have been worth the effort.

 

Plant wights play a part in my life as well.  As I have MS going outdoors to build relationships with plants is not part of the picture.  But I have a ritual room full of plant wights that I work with.  Plant wights in my experience are very willing to deal with us humans.  I approach them by meditating in front of them.  I allow my focus to blur.  I will be able most times to slowly see an energy field around the plant.  Next I reach out with my energy field to make the connection I desire.  Then I send out the intention that I would like to become one with the plant.  I then am treated to seeing the world through the plant’s eyes.  Cool stiff indeed!  Try it yourself!

 

Runes play a role in my life as well.  I guess it comes with being a Vitki!  But this form of communication as well as trance sessions form the bulk of my communication forms with deities.  This for me is a simple direct way to talk to Odin or the Norns without the rigamarole that comes with full blown trance work.  Sometimes I’m just in the mood to grab my Runes for a quick chat.

 

My life is full of things that “normal” people find impossible to grasp. Take my abilities to receive messages directly from my gods via the Runes and trance.  You reading this probably find that fact non remarkable. You probably even do it yourself. But to the public at large this is strange stuff. Most people believe their deities must speak to them through an emissary. Not me. I go straight to the source. I figure I have that right. And so should everyone else.

 

Keeping one foot foot firmly planted in Midgard and the other in some of the other eight Realms comes second nature for me. Wasn’t always so. It used to be a real struggle. But with practice and patience I learned the arts of both the Runes and Seidr. And the multiverse opened itself to me. Door opened onto door and I did my best to walk through them all. And you know what?  Even after all these years the doors keep opening. That’s why I stay on the Vitki path. So many doors…

 

Where have you been lead on your journey?  Do you find similar things happening for you?  Or is your experience something entirely different?  There’s no right answer. And that’s part of the beauty of this work. Everyone’s path is different. Everyone’s path is valid. And so it goes…

Looking forward

Much in this path is based on the past. We do our reading of books  about what happened gods know when. We spend so much time and energy looking back. I say it’s time for a rallying call to look to the future.

 

As Vitkis it is in our best interest to know what has gone before. It is a running stream from which we drink our most sacred waters. We learn much from the experience and trial and error of those who walked this path before us. But it is time to look forward. There is a wealth of information and wisdom to be gleaned from. But once you have gotten all you can from the past it’s time to consider the future.

 

Where would you like the state of affairs of Vitkis to be in five years?  Ten?  Twenty?  How can we individually and as a community move into that vision?  What can we do to make sure our work and effort is remembered?  How can we touch generations to come?

 

The most important way as far as I am concerned is we must do good work. Magically. Work that others will talk about and grow from. If we help others to reach their fullest potential we are guaranteed to touch tomorrow. For our good work will grow in those we help and bloom and be harvested. That in my opinion should be our ultimate goal.

 

I try to do this myself. I also try to use my other talents to impact the future of the Vitki. I write. I founded a Facebook group. I work with apprentices. All to assure that this work will continue once I’m gone. It’s the work that’s the thing. And I want to be as certain as possible that the work will go on. Long past me.

 

Why should we care?  Because we have found the profound power of this work in our lives. We should hope that others discover and use it. Runes. Seidr. These are practices that should continue long into the future. It is our duty and obligation to make sure that they do. Hail!

On writing a book

I am busy writing a new book. I have had great success with my first book “Vitki Musings: Runes Seidr and Esoteric Asatru.” It is available in paperback or Kindle editions exclusively through Amazon. My new book has a working title of  “Contemporary Seidr: A Guide to Norse Trancework”. It’s all about contemporary Seidr as I practice and teach it to apprentices worldwide. This time I have a publisher. My first book is self published. But the new one will be published by Saga Press. My editor is none other than Kveldulf Gundarsson. He’s the author of “Teatonic Magic”, “Teutonic Religion” and most of the two volume book “Our Troth”. His work has definitely helped shape me as a heathen. Big deal stuff indeed. And he’s as excited about the book as I am!  Double big deal! I hope to have finished the writing part done by September. Keep looking for updates on when it will be available.

 

I’m writing this book in a way that for me has become second nature in my work. I’m doing the writing in a working trance. This makes the process seem almost effortless. I do my drumming and light my incense and get into a trance using the intention of “I will have the assistance of Odin in my writing”. I use ansuz as another tool to make the connection. Once I’ve gotten to the Old Man things move right along. I recommend this technique to anyone doing creative work. It literally gets you out of your head dovthe art can flow through you.

 

So I’m writing a book with the assistance of Odin and Kveldulf  Gundarsson. Pretty heady stuff for this regular Joe Shmo heathen. Wow.

The name game

I am a Vitki. I have called myself that for 25 years. Yep it’s been that long! I was first introduced to the word through the Rune Gild and the works of Edred Thorsson. According to them anyone who studied and worked with the Runes was a Vitki. Good enough for me!

In several occasions on social media I have been attacked for using that word to identify myself. But I simply stuck to my guns. I never realized that people could be so passionately negative over this simple label. But the trolls come out from time to time and I have to defend myself.

When I started the Vitki/Volva Forum I was as inclusive as I felt I could be. I didn’t question anyone’s right to use that label to identify themselves. Still don’t. Maybe I’m too loosey goosey. Or maybe I just don’t feel it’s my place to judge.

Over the years my definition of Vitki has grown to include Seidr workers. This concept has opened up new realms for me to discover. I welcome growth into my life. So it now (for me at least) refers to those who work with the Runes or do Seidr work.

Has anyone else “given” me this title? Yep. Those who know me and my work refer to me as a Vitki. I’m not sure why that’s important but to some it is. So I meet that criteria as well.

Really why should we spend time worrying about what we or others call themselves? Shouldn’t we be spending our time doing the work? Reading Runes. Doing Seidr sessions. Creating magic. There’s plenty to do. So don’t worry about what others call themselves. As long as they’re doing the work in my book they’re a Vitki!

Growing up and out

Something is happening to me. Something exciting. I’m growing up and out spiritually. It’s happening quickly. It’s all I can do to keep up. But I’m thrilled by all that I’m learning and experiencing.

I have been busy with my alternative paths of late. Druidry and other spiritual disciplines. This has not meant that I don’t still follow the Norse path. I do. I’m just growing beyond those confines to something else. I welcome this growth as it makes me a better Vitki. I am opening new eyes on the world. I am opening myself up to different possibilities. This for me is very exciting. I haven’t felt this feeling of being on fire since I first discovered the Norse path.

This energy boost finds its way into my Vitki life. I am doing more rune readings than ever before. But now I’m also doing tarot and ogham readings as well. This is helping to balance me out spiritually speaking. Which is very exciting.

I’m able to love the land more now. My love of all things natural has been reignited. I’m getting back in touch with the very thing that have me joy as a child. Piles of dirt. The earth. The very land we walk on. Pretty cool stuff.

I’m allowing myself to be open to the multiverse as it unveils itself to me. I’m seeing common language between the spiritual paths I’m on. For example Odin and the Morrigan are in essence very similar deities. Both count the raven as their animal. Both have warrior aspects. Both see into the future. The similarities to me are amazing. And they are each from very different paths. And as I grow I discover more similar stuff.

Where does all this new stuff leave me? I’m not sure yet. I only know I will keep exploring and growing. That in itself is a very Norse thing to do!