This is a blow by blow description of how I do seidr sessions. Maybe you will get some ideas for your own practices. Maybe not!
First I decide on my intention. Am I seeking wisdom? Do I want to visit dead people? What is my goal. Of course there are times when I get into trance and the goal switches if I get signs or messages that I’m to do something else. So I do stay flexible. But I don’t do seidr every day anymore. My practice has grown to the point that I trust my skills. I don’t need daily practice to go into trance. So I at least start out with a goal.
Next I light some incense. I use white sage or mugwort. Then I put scented oil on my temples, neck and wrists. I’m triggered by scent. Sometimes just the scents can get me going on my way. So these things are important in my work.
Next I take out my drum and sit on my high seat. Okay it’s a barstool but it’s elevated. I only use this seat for seidr work. The slightly different perspective also helps get me in the mood.
Now I ground myself. Very important step in any work in the other realms. Plus I draw energy from the center of the Earth. This gives me the strength I need to proceed.
Then I start drumming. Once I have a steady rhythm I start to chant galdr. I chant to call on the deity I think I’ll need guidance from. If I’m journeying I’ll call on Freyja. If I’m seeking wisdom I call on Odin.
I’ll keep this up until I find myself slipping into trance. Sometimes it just takes a little while other times a lot longer. Once I am in trance I can begin to do the work at hand.
How the body of the session goes depends on the gods. Who shows up. What my intention was. Sometimes I just connect with Odin and he speaks wisdom. Sometimes it’s Freyja and I know I’m heading to another realm. If I do travel I call upon the Norns and Hela for assistance. I just get into trance and see how things unfold.
A session generally ends very suddenly for me. I’ll just be snapped back into ordinary consciousness once I have gotten what I came for. Then I often will do a rune reading for clarification. Just to highlight the important things that came to me in trance. And I reground myself. I thank the gods for their guidance and make an offering to them. Then I journal the experience in my vitki book. And I go about my day.
Not something happens every time I go into trance. Sometimes it’s just kinda hanging out in an altered state. That’s okay with me. It’s restful.
That’s what I do. I realize it may not be traditional. It’s what I have come up with after a couple of years of trial and error.
Maybe you picked up a tip from this. Let me know what you thought!