Words

I am a Vitki. I am a writer. I write about Vitki stuff. I have this blog. My books. My Facebook page A Contemporary Vitki. I write almost daily. That’s a lot of words. But words for the Vitki are power. Words can change the multiverse. Words can make a difference.

Think about the words you use in a magical sending. Whether they be Rune names or stating your intention words are the tools we use to bend and shape our reality. In this way words definitely have power.

The words you use in communicating with others have power. Facebook is a great example. The posts and comments we make all help others form a picture of who we are. Many friends in social media we have never truly met. Yet because of our words they can become as important as any other friend. This is why we need to choose the words we use with care. They help create a picture of who we are for the world. Think about this the next time you comment on a post!

Remember words are power. Use your words carefully. Build for yourself an image of who you are through the careful use of words. Words are within your control. Make the most of them!

And now for a message from Freyja…

I did a Contemporary Seidr session this morning. The gods haven’t been speaking to me much of late. But I tried again. This time it was Freyja who showed up. With her cats. She said to me that I am doing the work of the gods. What they had planned for me. This blog. My books “Vitki Musings” and “On Contemporary Seidr” ( which are available exclusively through Amazon!). My work with my apprentices. All of this she told me was the god’s work. The work I was meant to do. Being a Contemporary Vitki is what my life was always striving toward.

Good to know. I like the fact that the gods have chosen me for this work. And it’s good to know that the gods seem to approve of what I’m doing.

This whole journey has been quite a trip. All the stuff I’ve studied and read and practiced all these years has finally amounted to something. Something big. Something that makes me useful to my clan. That is the highest calling. And I take this duty with humility and sincerity.

Hopefully those of you reading this are on your own path. All I advise you is to keep going. Pick up the clues the gods place in your path. Work. Study. Practice. You will find your life filled with magic and wonder. Your life will be rich.

That is my greatest hope for you. Freyja told me so!

Brick wall

Sometimes in my Vitki work I run full force face first into a wall. The wall could appear in any of the areas I work in. Contemporary Seidr. Rune readings. Whatever. But suddenly I’ll hit this brick wall and bust my nose in the process…

At times like these I have to stop. Literally. The multiverse just won’t let me move forward. And so I have to ask myself “Why?”  Why is the multiverse putting up this stopping point?  Why am I not to keep moving forward?  What the Hel is going on?

Normally upon reflection I find that I need to simply slow down. Let myself catch my breath. I move at such a frantic pace most of the time. But there are times when the multiverse sends me this message to just stop. So I stop. Do a little breathing. And reevaluate what I’ve been up to that caused this phenomenon.

I understand that walls can be good. They protect us from the bad stuff. They provide structure. They offer boundaries that I often am in need of. Walls can be my friends.

But then there’s the other times when a wall is just a big old obstacle to achieving a goal. Then it’s not my friend but my enemy. The wall is bad. And those walls are meant to be burst through.

So how to tell if a wall is a friend or a foe?  That’s when I do a Contemporary Seidr session to souse it out. A good old fashioned trance session can shine a light on the goings on that are troubling me. I can rely on the gods to set things aright. They rarely fail me. I don’t believe the gods get anything out of watching me flail around. They provide the ways back to the path I’m meant to follow. I just have to trust that the gods have my back. And they most certainly do…

Walls. Good thing or bad?  I trust in the gods to let me know. And for that wisdom and guidance I am eternally grateful…

The elephant

It seems that you can’t have a group of Heathens without also having the elephant being somewhere in the room. I refer to the issue of racism. That ugly word that almost always seems to pop up in Facebook groups and organizational meetings of the Heathen flavor. Whether it’s accepting these ideas of racial superiority or decrying it it never seems to be a dead issue.

I perhaps am uniquely qualified to write about this issue. A proud Heathen of over two decades and also married to a Jewish man and father to a beautiful African American daughter. Oh and grandfather to an adorable African American grandson. So my radar is always on high alert for this. I obviously don’t take too kindly to attitudes of racial superiority. But why does this subject seem to be in the shadowy background of our spiritual path?

The modern history of these misguided beliefs perhaps can be traced back to Guido von List. He was an Esoteric worker who came up with the modern ideas of Runic thought. He worked over 100 years ago. And he was violently anti Semitic. A true precursor to the thoughts that later bloomed into the Nazi mindset. The Reich used his works to bolster their attitude of racial purity.

And the Nazis. Their use of our symbols put our path squarely on the minds of the general public. The use of these symbols as part of the Nazi propaganda helped solidify attitudes of racial purity and superiority as being part and parcel of those on our spiritual path. The Nazis were the cement that put and held these attitudes firmly in place.

So it’s been in modern society. These attitudes of racial superiority bled through to factions of our path. Unfortunately the loudest and most visible factions. General superiority views of all those not “purely white” became more and more attached to our path as disturbed individuals kept doing crazy things like shooting people of color with guns inscribed with Norse path symbols. Or marching and chanting hate slogans against others while wearing badges of our symbols. The list of examples goes on and on.

Why is this true today?  I postulate the theory that as a minority there are those who look to twisted ways to make themselves feel better by attacking other minorities. It’s the old “I’ll show you who’s better” mindset at work. There are unfortunately those who take it upon themselves to rant and rave and scream their insecurities to the world.

Of course I’d make the argument that those of this mindset are not truly on this path anyway.   Anyone who’s read the Eddas knows that racial mingling is in the lore. Where else do etin brides cone from anyhow?  To be true to the Norse path is to understand that even our ancestors had a vastly different attitude towards race issues than we currently have. There was a feeling that permeated their beliefs so strongly that it made it into the lore!  We need to look to the past in these regards to build a stronger more inclusive future.

So what to do about this all?  Fight. Whenever an attitude of racial superiority rears its ugly head on a Facebook group shout it down. Be the voice of inclusion rather than letting it slide. Look to elders in our community who hold inclusive attitudes. Shun those who believe that white is somehow better. If these folks are frozen out often enough they will remain quiet. And perhaps reflect on these issues with a cool head. We will never be taken seriously by the mainstream as long as these attitudes remain part of our public picture. We must show the face of inclusion to the world at large. We must each as individuals address this form of thought in our own lives. We must personally be examples for those new to our path to emulate. Never be silent. Never give in. Shoot the elephant every time you see it. And with enough bullets it will surely die.

What I do…

Being a full time Vitki is a challenge!  But here’s a list of the things I do almost every day…

Rune reading. Almost no day goes by without my doing a rune reading. For myself or for others. It’s part of the backbone of my practice.

Contemporary Seidr sessions. These I generally do at least once a week. Keeps me in contact with the deities.

Blog. If you’re reading this you know it already!  I try to blog at least once a week. Sometimes more.

Write. I have two books available in paperback or Kindle editions on Amazon. “Vitki Musings” and “On Contemporary Seidr”. Just type in my name Kurt Hoogstraat and they come up. I promise you I’m the only author you’ll find under that name!

Help create curriculum. I’m in the process of helping create an Esoteric curriculum for a group I belong to.

Post on YouTube. My channel A Vitki Gothi Speaks is relatively popular. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Mentor my apprentices. This is totally rewarding. I learn as much as I teach!

That’s a quick rundown of how I spend most of my time. Pretty rewarding!  I am looked down upon by the gods in a most favorable way…