I’m struck sometimes at how a certain rune can seem to be holding sway over my life. As I travel this path I guess it’s only natural that I would also travel under the influence of different runes at different times. It’s all part of what the runes do. Some are more powerful than others given where I am on my path.
Right now there’s a lot of Ansuz energy in my life. Inspiration. Transformation. Communication. All the things we associate Ansuz with. Especially in my work with my apprentices. And I’m grateful for its energies. Things are really opening up for me on so many different levels. And I can’t forget Odin. It’s his rune after all. I’m sure he has a hand in all of this!
There have been other times when things were much darker. During those periods I felt the chilly hand of Hagalaz. Everything seemed to be a crisis. I would put out one fire just to find another had sprouted up. During those times I have to remind myself this is a journey I’m on. Something completely different may be waiting around the bend in the path. It’s not always an easy thing to remember. But as sure as I continue to put one foot in front of the other my journey will change.
There are also times of such joy and happiness that I’m convinced Wunjo is well at work. Times when I find myself giddy and at a loss of words to explain what I feel. Such times may be rare and spread out. But they do exist. These are the times I remember when things are at their bleakest. I remember to hoard those moments like a squirrel with nuts saving up for winter.
And times of Fehu. New beginnings and wealth. Seems I’ve had more than my share of Fehu this year too. Starting the Vitki/Volva Forum. Taking on new apprentices. Starting my blogs. Being called to the concurrent path of Druidry. So much wealth in wisdom and understanding. And so many new beginnings.
That’s how I see things. Different runes influencing different times of my life. What about you?
Sometimes I feel as if the gods are playing a cosmic game of hot potato and I’m the potato. They just don’t want to handle me and they pass me off like I’m too hot to handle. Odin is the undisputed champion of this game in my experience. Often I’ll go to visit him in a trance only to have him shuffle me off to another deity.
One example of this cosmic game came after my calling on Odin for years to oversee me in rune castings. Suddenly one day I’m going to him in trance and he cold heartedly tells me to call upon the Norns for assistance with the runes. I was a little skeptical but I said to myself it was the Old Man’s orders so I guess I better do it. Sure enough connecting to the Norns worked. Not only were the runes picked making more sense but my ability to interpret them was greatly enhanced. I found the whole act of rune reading more enjoyable and fulfilling. Score one for Odin.
When I decided to start practicing seidr I turned once again to Odin. He had been taught how to do it and he was a guy so I thought we’d have a connection. But oh no. He had a different idea. Talk to Freyja he tells me. Now I already had a relationship with Odin and I had none to speak of with Freyja. But once again I trusted. Off to build a bridge to Freyja I went. It was slow going at first. But after a time I had built up a relationship with her and her teachings of Seidr were impeccable. So not only did I get the needed assistance in learning a new skill but I also got a relationship with a different deity to boot. Score two for Odin.
Freyja plays the game too. While learning seidr under her guidance it came time to talk to the ancestors. I figured this wouldn’t be an issue because at that point things were going swimmingly between Freyja and myself. Nope. To talk to the ancestors you have to build a relationship with Hella she tells me. So I spend several months building a relationship with Hella. It was worth it. Not only do I now have access to the wisdom of departed elders but I had one more relationship with a new deity. Score one for Freyja.
There are other examples I could give. But these three should help to illustrate a fact. If some deity you turn to passes you off to someone else it’s probably not because they’re feeling a bit lazy that day. It just means another deity is perhaps better suited to get you the results you need. No need to get all butthurt about it. Just realize someone greater than you knows better. And that’s how you learn. Hot potato anyone?
I’ve been doing a lot of Seidr work lately. A lot. More than usual. And I have discovered some things I thought I’d share. These are just some observations. Most of it I already knew but apparently needed to be reminded of. Lessons come when you need them. If you’re open to them.
Have food handy. After a seidr session I’m starving! Even if I just ate before the session. I have found that keeping a candy bar near by is a life saver. And it provides me with a dose of sugar. I’m generally fatigued after a session and sugar gives me a much needed boost. That or protein. A spoonful of peanut butter also does the trick nicely.
Set a timer. I set a timer for my sessions. A half hour. I figure if what I want to do can’t be accomplished in that amount of time I wasn’t sure of my intent going into it. If I don’t set a time limit on sessions I can be gone for hours. This helps keep me focused on the work at hand. For me it’s all about intent and getting the job done. I generally find I’m out for fifteen to twenty minutes. And I can get quite a bit accomplished in that amount of time if I know what I’m doing in the first place.
Don’t expect a certain deity to assist you. Sometimes you’ll be handed off. If you go in with the intention of reaching a particular God you may end up with someone better suited to the task. Recently I had a session where I thought I’d chat with Odin. He neatly handed me off to the Norns. Turns out that they were much better equipped for what I wanted to do. Nice bit of calling it Odin!
Keep your tools handy. For me I am very scent sensitive. There is a certain oil I generally use to get me in the mood of trance work. Lately I had run out. It was much more difficult for me to get into trance without it. After several frustrating attempts I finally broke down and ordered more. Know what works for you and always do it.
Breathe. I rely on controlled breath for my work. As of late I had somehow acquired the bad habit of breathing from my chest not my diaphragm. Working with an apprentice reminded me of this simple yet valuable piece of the trance puzzle.
So that’s a quick rundown of what I recently needed reminding of. Doesn’t matter I’ve done it for years. Sometimes I get lazy or sloppy. Thanks to the multiverse for these sometimes not too gentle reminders. Things work out if we listen!
Okay this might be a bit too Wicca for this crowd but I’m going to go out on a limb. Runes for me have Elemental correspondences. And I use them in my Runic magic. Here’s a brief rundown on how.
I have assigned each rune an Elemental correspondence. I achieved these through the use of meditation and trance work. For example the first three runes are Earth for me. Your results will likely vary. Ansuz is Air. Kennaz is Fire. And so on.
What does that all mean exactly? For instance creating a bind rune using the Elements I might create a bind rune for quick cash. Fehu for money, uruz for strength and Thurisaz for action. I would craft the bind rune on a piece of paper and bury it into the ground. Then let the magic grow into being. Or disintegrate into the Earth to have the magic spread throughout. That’s one way I use it.
For Air same principle applies. I create a bind rune with all Air correspondences or the primary rune being Air and I go outside. Holding the image of the bind rune in my mind’s eye I take in nine deep breaths of blue Air for inspiration. On the exhale I let out red energy for passion. This sends the bind rune out into the Air where it can circulate and bring forth the magic desired. I leave it literally to the winds to do the work.
For Fire I create the bind rune and trace it on a piece of paper. Then I burn the page releasing it into the multiverse. Magic will occur.
And for Water I get a bowl filled with water after constructing a bind rune. I meditate on the Water in the bowl. I imagine the bind rune floating on top of the Water. Then I infuse the Water with the bind rune energy. Once accomplished I take the bowl to the sink and dump out the Water. I send the image down the sink to meet with streams then creeks then rivers till it finally gets to the ocean. There the magic becomes huge and unstoppable. Just like the ocean.
There you have it. A quick and easy guide to using the Elements in your rune magic. The real challenge is coming up with the correspondences. Once you achieve that the rest is a piece of cake. Have some fun using this new tool in your toolbox!
Ingwaz. Rest phase. Gestation. The subtle energy of this rune has hit me in a not so subtle way. I guess the multiverse decided it was time I learned a bit about this rune and it’s influence on this vitki’s life.
I’ve been going at vitki work full time for over six years. I read. I learn. I do exercises. I do trance work. I read the runes. I’ve been doing this work at a break neck pace for what feels like forever. I rarely if ever take time to let things really sink in. I finish a book, incorporating new exercises into my daily routine, and move on to the next. After all who knows when the next aha realization will hit? So I plow on.
The multiverse is telling me that right now it’s time to rest. Cut back on the frantic pace and just chill with it all. It’s time to share what I know with others.
So I’ve taken on apprentices. I still have the room and energy for two more. If anyone’s interested PM me on Facebook. Taking on the apprentices has shown me that there is a way to be active in this work without hunting for the next big aha moment. It shows me that there is much to be learned in guiding others to their next big aha moment. Helping others brings its own set of aha moments. Sometimes vicariously but still valid.
But for now I need a break from personal study. This is not a totally new concept for me. I have been given these messages in the past. But with my typical Viking mind set I have plowed through this cycles with more action. Hitting the books harder. Now it’s time for inactivity. Letting the sharing be enough. Focus on my apprentices.
So this time I’m going to listen to the multiverse. This time I am going to allow gestation to occur. Who knows what aha moments may occur while I’m chilling?
So here I’ll sit. Doing nothing but ruminating. This time I’ll try to let ingwaz sink in.