Hweols of Maegen versus Chakras

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!

Read the signs!

Ever since I started down the Druidry path three months ago I’ve been looking for signs and omens that I am right in accepting this call. After all I had a path that I was pretty satisfied following. But then I had my first druid calling in the form of a dream. But always one to self doubt I needed some reassurance. Here’s a rundown of some of the signs that have been thrown my way.

I knew nothing about Druidry except that trees were a big deal. As I had trained myself in trance work and was comfortable with that I decided to start there. Sure enough the multiverse sent my a druid spiritual ally in the form of Llewellyn. He guides my path and I try to chat with him daily.  That was sign number one.

I asked Llewellyn if I should start studying any particular deity. He introduced me to the Morrigan. After meeting her in her three aspects she called me to follow her. After some quick internet research I heeded her call. Sign number two.

As a total newbie I wanted to have as much information sent my way as I could handle. That’s when the books started being thrown to me. Books on lore, books on the Morrigan, books on Celtic magic. Plenty to read and get me started. Sign number three.

I had a friend who knew I was getting involved with Druidry. He said he had belonged to a druid group a while back. I asked him its name. ADF. I had also heard about OBOD. But upon researching the two I decided to go with ADF. If this friend hadn’t mentioned it I would never have known that it existed. Sign number four.

When deciding to heed the call of the Morrigan I had no idea how noisy it would be. I mean crow cawings. I have lived in the same place for 18 years. Before now we never had crows. Now they’re around all the time. Sign number five.

That’s just five ways the multiverse has tried to set my mind at rest. Yes, this is a valid path for me to follow. Yes, this was waiting for me to wake up to. Yes. I am destined to follow the path of Druidry. I will follow wherever the signs may direct me!

 

Go into your trance

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.

Dueling goddesses

The day started out with an auspicious omen. As I was walking the dog I heard the caw of a crow. I saw it sitting there under the tree across the street. Morrigan was letting me know it was going to be a big day. I thanked her for the message. And got to it.

I knew I would be performing a ritual today to mark the autumnal equinox. I had already planned to affirm my decision to follow Cerridwen as well as following Morrigan. Little did I know…

I started the ritual. I lit incense. I got myself into the correct state of mind. I started all the steps I had already learned in performing a druid ritual. Then came the seeking omens phase.

I turned to my crystal ball. I started gazing. Soon enough an image appeared. It was me. I was very busy shuffling some wooden blocks. On the blocks were symbols. Runes and /|.  As I shuffled the blocks I started stacking them one on top of the other. Higher and higher I stacked until I had to get on a ladder to continue. And then the vision faded out.

I took it to mean that as long as I kept shuffling my two spiritual paths of Asatru and Druidry I would continue to grow. Grow beyond this reality into the higher places of existence. Not a shabby vision to have!

Now came the time in the ritual when I made it apparent that I would be a follower of Cerridwen as well as Morrigan. I stated my intent. I got a vision of a dark haired woman busy over a mortar and pestle. She looked up at me and said “Welcome” then went back to her work. I felt her energy. It was supple and pliable. Very different from the hard steely energy I had sensed from Morrigan. As I was making mental note of the differences I sensed Morrigan’s energy start to push through. As that occurred the Cerridwen energy pushed back. Back and forth between the two like a tug of war. The two energies were overwhelming me. I said aloud that I would follow them both. Both would get my attention. Still the battle. I stated again my intention to not ignore either of them but to follow them both with equal devotion. Finally in a great snap the battle was over. I sensed both energies of the goddesses. In tandem. Neither pushing the other out. Coexisting in my ritual room.

The rest of the ritual was a blur. I finished off exhausted. I was going to have my hands full being a follower of these two!  But I was sure I was up to the task.

As if to get the last word in I heard a crow caw.

Runic this versus that

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!