Being out

A question that occurs to me from time to time is should I be open about being a Vitki?  Should I tell others about my calling or should I remain in the closet about it?  An important question that we should all grapple with.

Being out about being a Vitki is a very personal matter. There’s many issues to be considered. What will it mean to my family life if they know I’m a Norse sorcerer or Shaman?  What would it mean if people at work knew?  Can I retain my power if lots of others know?  Only you can answer those questions for yourself. A lot of soul searching and perhaps testing the waters are required.

Being out as a Vitki should never be a chore. If you do decide to be open it should be as natural as telling someone you have a sister or a son. It should never be forced. It should be easy for you to talk about your spirituality. If it’s not easy for you to discuss such matters perhaps it’s time to reevaluate the place your spirituality holds in your life. Perhaps it’s time to bring it more to the forefront of your daily affairs.

People in general are in need of education on what it means to be a Vitki. You can become a champion of information on this subject. By living a life where being a Vitki is as natural a breathing you can serve as an example. You can be an example of what it means to truly live a spiritual life. Through your interactions with others you can show the world what it means to follow this path.

I am totally out as a Vitki. To family. To friends. To acquaintances. This is what I’ve chosen to do. It offers me a freedom that my life would lack if I kept this important aspect of myself secret. It allows me to freely discuss matters of importance to me with others. It offers me a chance to educate. It allows me to be me.

This is a highly personal issue. But maybe my example will allow you to see how life can be as an open Vitki. My hope is that after you’ve done all the ruminating required to make this decision you decide to be out. Be proud of being a Vitki and share with others. For me at least freedom means power. May it be the same for you.

Imagination

For me imagination is a vital tool in Vitki work. It helps bridge the gap between this realm and the other worlds. It is a key in learning how to journey in seidr. Imagination is a key to many aspects of the Vitki work.

I took an unscientific survey on whether other Vitkis considered imagination a tool or a crutch. The results were interesting to me. Most Vitkis consider it a tool. I had expected the opposite even though that is not my view. I expected to be in the minority on this matter. Thankfully I found I was not.

Imagination serves as a way to transcend the confines of life in Midgard. It offers a way to get started in authentic journeying. If we can imagine another realm it offers us valuable clues on what we may expect when we actually journey to that realm. It gives us a chance to preview what is to come. This can serve as a powerful aide in fleshing out a rather bare bones idea of what a certain realm may be like.

How do we know if an experience is a valid trip to a world or just an exercise in imagination?  In my experience a valid journey is much more vivid and three dimensional. In authentic journeying I experience and can recall things like temperature and smells of scents. It just feels different. But my use of imagination helps get me there. Before the rhythmic breathing and drumming and incense burning that are my personal cues to travel there is a meditation in which I simply imagine. It’s like a test run for an actual trance session.

So for me imagination has always been a tool used to achieve greater results. I am always aware not to let it become a crutch in which it serves as a replacement for true trance work. In other words I’m always on guard not to become lazy and just daydream my way through. The work is where it’s at for me!

Wights

Wights are spirits of nature. In some traditions they’re called faeries. As Asatru we tend to have a big issue with the word faeries. It conjures up images of Disney cartoons. But I assure you they are anything but Tinkerbells. These spirits of nature come in all forms. Not winged pixies at all.

There are as many types of wights as there are forms of nature. Tree wights. Water wights. Rock wights. So there’s a lot to get familiar with. Here is the way I get in contact with these wise and powerful entities.

First find a place in nature. Not easy for everyone. I live in the suburbs of Chicago. But very close by are large forest preserves. So I tend to go there. But even an area with a single tree growing will do the trick.

Then once I’ve found a spot I sit down. I ground and center myself. And I begin to meditate or reach a trance state. I make my intention that I am here to meet with the wights of this area. Then I just let the images start to flow.

In my experience the wights take many forms. Earth wights can appear almost like gnomes. Water wights tend to be ethereal and very fast moving. Rock wights are very old and slow to move. Each area you find yourself with nature you will have a new experience of how they appear. Just be open to however they choose to present themselves. You will be happily surprised at the many different varieties of entities that wights appear in.

Once they have appeared I generally ask them if they have any wisdom to share. In my experience many of them say the same thing. That humans are destroying their habitats. And there’s almost always a plea to stop it. So they are very aware of humans and the power we have to destroy their environment. As a whole we need to be more concerned with our place in the universe and become guardians of nature. That’s one way to thank the wights for their assistance.

Then I finish up my session by making an offering to the wights. Cornmeal or bread do the trick. Something to say thank you for all they do.

And what exactly do the wights do?  They assist the plants in growing. They help the rocks remain solid and steadfast keepers of ancient wisdom. They help control water from unleashing it’s fury. These are just several of the many ways wights do their job. They hold a special place in our universe.

After the offering I hail the wights and then go on with my day. It never fails that after one of these sessions I feel calmer and more connected. Try it for yourself and see what results you get!  I’m pretty sure it will be rewarding.

Flexibility

One of the keys to being s successful Vitki is flexibility. You can’t become too entrenched in your ways of doing things. Because sure enough as soon as you’ve settled on a way to do things they stop working. What to do? Approach your work with flexibility and the doors open wide.

For example you have found a way to do Seidr that works for you. You’re busy going into trance and traveling the nine realms and everything is happy. Then one day you do your routine and nothing happens. Nada. So you try again the next day. Nothing. So you keep this up for several days with no results. I say that’s when you switch things up. If you’re usually a breathing trance worker try using a drum. If you’re generally a drum worker try swaying. You get the picture. New ways of approaching trance will bring you new avenues to explore. And give you a new tool for your toolbox to boot!

Same with Runes. You’re getting unreadable information in your castings. Nothing is making sense. Time for learning a new layout. Giving the runes new ways to communicate with you is a powerful way to shake things up a bit. Maybe have someone else do a reading for you. There are numerous ways to change up your Runic practices. Try something new and different!

These are ways to get you over the rut you may find yourself stuck in. In my experience it happens to all of us at some point. Knowing ahead of time that you may find something new to do to get you back on track is power. And what are we all about if not personal power and learning new things?

Divination with Runes

As my new book “Vitki Musings: Runes Seidr and Esoteric Asatru “ was until today the number one bestseller on Amazon in the category Divination with Runes I thought I’d do a post on the subject. By the way check out my book on Amazon today and see what the hubbub is about!

Using Runes for Divination is the primary use of them for me personally. I do readings for others and myself. It’s not too difficult once you have the meanings under your belt. Of course new nuances in meaning come with experience. Learning the meanings is important but only your own experience in reading can give you true and accurate results. Let yourself be open to that process. The results will be many.

Doing a reading for me is not a big event. It’s pretty simple. I light some incense and candles to put me in the proper mood. Then I invoke the gods for their assistance. I used to invoke Odin exclusively but then he told me to invoke the Norns. Since that message I have used the Norns. It has brought me great success.

Then I do the casting. The meanings are pretty clear if I remain open. I sometimes do a seidr session to get results for trickier meanings. That only happens for really difficult readings.

Then I thank the gods for their help. And that’s about it.

Giving the results to clients is sometimes difficult though. If the results are not that positive you have to approach your giving of results with care. Being diplomatic is part of the job of being a Vitki.

So in my opinion keeping things simple is the key. You can’t afford to make things complicated if it doesn’t need to be.

Doing Divination is a vital aspect of Vitki work. I get a lot of results from the act of reading the runes for others. Try it and you’ll see!