By popular request I’m doing this post to compare the Hweols of Maegen to the Chakras. Both are systems of power for the Vitki. Both use energy wheels within the human body for their might. Both use color to help visualize the wheels. Both have great wisdom to unfold for the seeker. But one is distinctly Norse in sensibility. Let’s look at the system as explained in the Runic John book The Book of Seidr.
Wheels of Might compromise as system of thinking about human energy systems. It like the Chakras is complete unto itself. It is a uniquely Norse way of looking at this ancient system of energies for today’s practitioner. Much wisdom can be gained by studying it. So what are the major differences between these two systems?
Wheels of Might is a five wheel system unlike the seven of the Chakra system. Through these five centers or wheels of energy Ond is brought into the body and distributed. Ond may be likened to the energy of the multiverse in all its aspects. Ond is the breath of life and inspiration. It’s force is needed for humans to function at their fullest potential.
The Wheels of Might are more centered and grounded than the Chakras. Beginning with the first Wheel at the feet the color is brown. Very earth centered unlike the Chakras which begin higher on the body and start with the color red. This orientation of the feet immediately makes the Wheels of Might more grounded. With this system you begin truly at the bottom and work up from there. You take brown colored earth energy in to begin your journey through the Wheels. You are grounded and centered by this basic act. Earth is your starting point of reference.
The next Wheel moving up the body is the hip Wheel. Anchored by your genital area it is blue green in color. It is water. It is the center of creative energy. All ideas originate here. Then the thoughts can move upward through the system till it reaches completion in the physical realm. The function of this Wheel is similar to the function of the Chakra located in the same physical space. But the difference of color and alignment makes them very different in flavor. In the Wheels it is the blue green energy of water that is fluid and ready to perk upwards. It is an energy of fluidity and calm. Very different from the fire energy of the Chakra located in the same space.
The Midgard Wheel is located at the navel. This is the third Wheel. As the place where we were joined first to our mother is contains the energy of all the Wheels. Hence it is rainbow colored. It reflects the unity of all the Wheels in one.
The heart Wheel is the fourth Wheel. It is located at the center of the chest. It is fire and it’s color is red. It is the mental realm of thinking as it relates to emotion. This Wheel balances the two.
The final fifth Wheel is the head Wheel. It is air and the color is pure white. It interacts with the higher consciousness and deities. Here our most spiritual Self rules. Talking with the gods is one of the functions of this Wheel. It is through this energy that we become true reflections of Asgard. We become the divine in Midgard.
Working with this system from the first through the fifth Wheel we take a journey through the human experience in all the states. From earth energy through water and fire up to the lofty realm of the Divine this system offers a clear cut no nonsense approach to the human energy system. Wheels of Might is a more compact and in my opinion more thorough investigation of the human experience as seen through esoteric eyes. It doesn’t rely on an understanding of the ethereal that the Chakra system requires. It is more direct, more forward and for me a more human way to experience these wheels of energy.
Hopefully this offers some insight into the Wheels of Might system versus the Chakras. Hopefully you will take this information as a starting point for your own journey through the Wheels. Safe travels!
Trance work did not come naturally to me. I did have one mind blowing experience with spontaneous trance in my early 20s. But that was it. For years. I thought trance work was cool and all. I just never had the time to make it a part of my life. Then I hit my 40s. I had the call to Asatru. And I knew right away I wanted to become a Vitki. That meant some trance work if I wanted to be well rounded. That’s when I started making an effort to achieve trance in earnest.
At first I was just meditating. Trying to get some control of my very active monkey mind. It took quite a while to achieve anything resembling a receptive mind. But I was finally able to quiet things down to a manageable rumbling. I had no real intention at this point. I just wanted to get to a place where I could calm my mind. After some effort I could tell the random thoughts I was busy right now.
Once I had a reasonable grip on this skill I started adding the intention to the proceedings that I wanted to go into trance. This was more difficult than it may sound. Getting myself to focus on the intention took longer for me than I’d hoped it would. Especially telling the random thoughts that would occur that I would get back to them later, right now I’m focusing on something else.
Quickly I came to the realization that I would never be able to totally clear my mind. Empty head just wasn’t in the cards for me. But after some practice I became adept at releasing the thoughts as they occurred. I learned to not allow myself the time when meditating to obsess. Release became my mantra.
After a time I started noticing a shift in my consciousness as I meditated. I would slowly drift into a place that felt just like I was about to fall asleep. But there was a distinct energy that was like a buzzing. I knew I wasn’t literally just falling asleep. There was way too much energy coming through for that to be the case. I was experiencing a heightened awareness. I was in a trance!
So I had figured out how to go into trance. It didn’t take long to figure out that there are different levels of trance. The type of trance that I use most frequently is a working trance. That’s where my consciousness has shifted but I’m still able to perform tasks like ritual or rune readings. Then there’s the deep trance that I achieve for major personal work on my spiritual state of mind.
All of these trance states I can get to more reliably with the aid of a drum. Drumming puts me in that trance space almost every time. Drums are important tools for me!
So that’s a bit of my trance experience. It’s brought my Vitki work to new levels of competence. It allows me to do seidr. It deepens my understanding of the runes. It has opened doors for me that I never even imagined existed. It is now a part of who I am.
So you’ve studied the rune books. You’ve done meditation on the Rune Poems to get further meaning and insight. You’ve discovered that each rune has several different meanings in a casting. So how do you decide which of the sometimes very different meanings is applicable to the casting at hand? Here’s how I do it.
Look to the other runes in the casting. Rune castings are like telling stories. They create a narrative of the issue at hand. You weave a coherent story by looking at all the staves pulled and creating an answer to the question. That means every casting is unique. The meaning of an individual rune is not always going to be the same casting to casting. Keeps things interesting to be sure!
Experience. When you’ve been doing casting for some time you’ll find that patterns of meaning occur. You’ll be able to say that in the past with readings this particular rune next to that particular rune means this. While every rune casting is definitely unique you will find patterns. This aspect of interpretation only comes with time. There is no real substitute for good hard practice. That’s why it’s vital to do rune readings often. For yourself. For family. At meetings. At parties. I even do readings at doctor visits! There just really is no substitute for the ability and knowledge gained with experience.
Your gut feeling. Sometimes interpretation comes down to a simple hunch that a certain meaning applies. Intuition can play a vital role in castings. You need to learn to trust your instincts. If something just feels right that is probably the correct meaning. Even if it makes no sense to you personally it may be right on the mark. Recently I was doing a reading for someone and mannaz murk came up. I had a gut feeling it meant depression. Nothing else in the casting would have lead me to that meaning. But my gut was telling me this was it. So I said this to the client and he said he had just been diagnosed with clinical depression. It was affecting everything in the issue of his question and made perfect sense to him. I would never have guessed this was the case!
So these are some of the ways I discover this versus that when it comes to meaning interpretation. It’s a very organic progress. Good luck figuring out correct meanings in your own castings! Hail!
How do I know if something that comes to me in a seidr session or trance is real and not just a result of my imagination? Here’s a quick rundown of how I check.
If it’s something I have totally never encountered before my first stop for verification is the lore. Can I find some mention of something similar in the works we have left as guides? Oftentimes there will be a mention somewhere in the Lore that I can turn to. The lore is filled with mentions of esoteric examples. If it’s mentioned then I have a pretty good answer that the information I received was authentic.
Then I turn other written sources. Was it similar to something an other author wrote about? I have a pretty extensive library so there are a lot of references at my disposal. I place some validity in the fact that others have found it important enough to mention in their writings. At this point I’ll also try a peer review. I’ll ask others if this information sounds correct and valid. If others I know and trust give it a green light I know I’m good to go.
I also rely on personal experience. Have I personally encountered this or something similar before? If so I can trust that I’m dealing with something real. I haven’t gained years of experience in these matters to throw it away. That and my studies which are pretty thorough. If it’s been written about by others I’ve probably studied it in the past. My own dealings with the esoteric do play a part in my deciding whether or not to pass on information to a client.
And really it’s a combination of all of these examples that come into play. I rely heavily on my own knowledge gained from years of studying and practicing. But in a pinch I know there are other sources I can turn to. When in doubt research!
So those are the ways I decide if something I get in trance is real. Sounds complicated. But I know if there’s a reference somewhere or someone has experienced something similar before it’s authentic. I tell my clients upfront that I may have to get back to them with results of a session. I’d rather be reasonably certain I’m correct than give out bad information.
So the answer to my question is research research research. And find other similar examples. Every session brings up something new but this practice has been around long enough that precedent exists. All you need to do is study and practice. And ask for help when you need it. That’s how I know if something is real.
Good question. Here’s a brief overview of what I actually do with the runes. Here goes.
Divination. The runes are powerful and effective divination sources. They are a way to talk to the gods. They are a powerful tool for having a little chat with the divine. A way to get information and insight on an issue. I turn to the runes for wisdom and clarity on any given issue. I will often have a concern in my life that needs a little divine perspective. What better way to gain that perspective than a direct link to the source of all wisdom? Through using the runes I connect to a power greater than myself. I get out of my own head and into a true relationship with the gods. And through this relationship I attain all the assistance I need for facing life concerns. When I do readings for others I tap into something beyond myself. And it is the insight that I gain that I share. Pretty straightforward. No question is too big or too small for the runes. Any open ended question will be rewarded with divine perspective. I work with Odin and the Norns as my primary sources. There is no question in my experience that they can’t handle.
Meditation. I often use the runes as meditative devices. Focusing on a rune energy or stave shape helps me clear my mind of all the junk that I mentally hold on to. The runes give me a way to clear out the distractions of the everyday world. They offer me a way to once again shift my focus from myself to something larger. I’d rather be tapping into the big stuff than tapping into my insignificant daily dramas! Meditating on the runes helps me gain a view of the bigger picture of life. No mucking about in the mundane for me!
Riding the runes. Runes are energy markers. Sources of their own individual energies. Those energies can be tapped into and ridden. If I want to explore Yggdrasil I can ride eiwaz. This act helps me travel through the Nine Realms. If I have money issues I ride fehu to discover answers to this crisis. And so on. Every rune has its own energy which can be ridden for specific actions. Travel. Insight to resolve crisis. The list of ways the runes can be used in this manner are only limited by the Vitki’s imagination. Try it and have some interesting experiences along the way!
So those are three ways I use the runes. There are more of course. It’s an area that is limited only by your own knowledge and ability. Learn all you can and then try things out for size!