I am of the fervent believe that Seidr work can be done safely on your own. Sure it’s great to do a session with someone else to sing you into the other realms and back out again. But there are other ways to safely do a Seidr session.
First of all don’t go into trance so deeply that you lose touch with ordinary consciousness. You should be able to perform all that you need to in a Seidr session by keeping one foot in each realm. I call this a working trance. Not out so deeply that you don’t still have an awareness of the ordinary state of consciousness. That way you’re able to navigate safely in whatever realm you choose to visit. You still experience a shift in your consciousness but it’s not so severe you’re totally gone. One foot in each realm. That’s my motto.
So is such a working trance really Seidr? I suppose not if you only define Seidr by what we have in the lore. But I maintain we have grown as a species since the lore was written. Couldn’t that growth include growth in the purview of Seidr? I say yes. Emphatically. We are at a point in our growth where we’re able to take cues from other cultures in how this is done safely. Does this make what I do and teach a heathen practice? Absolutely. Remember intention is the key. If I am using this talent with the intention of journeying the nine realms it is definitely a heathen practice.
What do I say to those who maintain that Seidr work can only be done with someone for assistance? I say if that works for you and your practice is only lore centered great. Just be open to the fact that others perform Seidr sessions solo. Don’t criticize someone else’s practice because it doesn’t match your own.
As long as you are able to bring yourself out of a session safely I say go for it. No harm will be done to you as long as you keep one foot planted in this realm. Walking the worlds is what we do. And that requires the ability to straddle two realms at once. That’s all.
Another tip that I find helpful is that I set an alarm on my phone for 15 minutes or so. If I’m not able to accomplish my goal in that amount of time I wasn’t very clear about my goal going in. Again intention.
So I claim Seidr work can be done alone. Have an exit plan. Keep one foot in ordinary consciousness. Set a timer. Have a clear intention. These are some of the keys to traveling safely on your own. And I encourage you to do so.
Something interesting happened to me that I thought I’d share. It’s about how I experience the trance state for my Seidr sessions. Everyone’s experience in this regard are different. So I figured I’d let you know how it goes for me.
I was taking a nap. No big whoop. But as I awoke from the sleep stare I stayed in that zone between sleep and awake. The Twilight Zone. It’s the state where I’m consciously aware of what is going on in the ordinary consciousness world but still somewhat detached from it all. Never one to miss an opportunity I decided to add an intention to my state of being to journey. So I made my intention to travel to Hella to speak with my father. I hadn’t done that for a while. So off I went to Hel.
I threw the dog some meat as an offering and called for Hella. She appeared and I made my request to speak with my father. Soon my father appeared. I asked him for wisdom for my current life. He told me to do my thing. Be a Vitki. There is a need for me to be doing this work. So his message was to keep at it. I told him thanks and left that realm behind.
The way I experience a trance state is I know I’m in a trance when I feel or sense a shift in my consciousness. It’s a subtle shift. Just like slight buzzing of energy. I sense this buzzing energy and ride that into trance. It’s an easy transition for me after years of doing this. But it certainly wasn’t easy when I started! I had to find a way to draw that sensation to me. For me it was a combination of controlled breathing and drumming that did the trick. Most of my apprentices have success with just the breathing. But everyone needs to discover what works best for them. Experimenting is all part of being a Vitki! Trying out different techniques is part of the fun. Keep experimenting till you find what works for you. Perseverance will pay off.
Or you could just take a nap..,
Patt of the art of reading runes is keeping an eye on one rune in conjunction with the other runes in a pull. This requires intuition and knowledge of rune meanings. Lots of knowledge! You can never get enough of that.
What I’m talking about is knowing a certain rune meaning based on other Runes in the pull. For example if I get Ansuz and laguz in a pull together that signals spiritual growth. Ansuz and thurisaz mean spiritual action or defense. And so on.
Its important to keep your eye on the runes. Otherwise meanings escape you. Your readings will suffer from short sightedness. They will not be as rich and deep as they could be. Intuition plays a key role in this. That’s why I often do Seidr sessions in conjunction with rune readings. Anything to get me in touch with my intuitive side!
This skill also requires some practice. When first starting to do readings I would do them for everyone. Family. Friends. My dentist! Just to get practice at different interpretations. It’s a skill that really can’t be learned doing casts only for yourself. You need to be able to access another person’s energies. Their energy will inform your interpretation.
Keeping your eye on the rune also means being in touch with each rune’s individual energy. That’s why a regime of Runic meditation is helpful. You can become attuned to a rune energy stream by meditation. This for me was one of the keys to the runes in general.
So remember to always keep your eye on the rune. That way you can be assured of good readings. Happy rune casting!
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.
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!