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!

Riff

This is a riff. An entry about nothing in particular but maybe about everything. Here goes.

I love the Runes. I love the structure they provide. I did a reading today about something that’s on my mind. And as ever I was given insight and direction that I would never have thought of before the reading. It’s always that way for me. If something is bothering me I’ll grab the Runes. And presto! Instant wisdom. A wisdom that’s far deeper and more meaningful than my own brain is capable of having. So I love the Runes.

I love Seidr. How else would I be able to communicate with ancestors I’ve never even met! Not to mention that I can talk to my spirit allies about stuff. My allies are my best friends. I can totally be myself with them. Unfiltered and honest. No need to worry about agendas either. They expect nothing in return other than my gratitude. That’s a small price to pay for such open dialogue with an otherworldly being.

I never know if my Vitki work is “good enough”. No matter what kind of feedback I get on things I’ve done I’m always second guessing myself. What could I have done differently? What did the client really want? Was I honest enough with the client? These are thoughts that run through my mind after I’ve done a session. But on the upside I believe these sorts of doubts help to keep my ego in check. I will never consider myself a “powerful” Vitki. A good one yes. But great no. I’ve encountered many Vitkis who think more of themselves than their work merits. Let them have the ego. I’ll just keep plugging along.

Being a full time Vitki is always an adventure. I rarely know each morning what the day will bring. Sure there’s the structure provided by my work with my apprentices. I know how much prep time I need to do to have a good session with them. But I also need to remain flexible to their individual needs. This definitely keeps things interesting!

And that’s my Musings for tonight. Hopefully I didn’t take up too much of your time!