A couple of things about seidr

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!

What am I exactly?

It was bound to happen. I started on this path of Druidry three months ago. I planned to practice both this new path along with the old path of Asatru concurrently. Well things change…

I am finding that Druidry offers me a spiritual path that fits my needs better at this time in my life. The focus on the Earth. The gods and demigods. The ritual practice.   The magic.

Don’t get me wrong. Asatru offers all of that. But it always felt a bit empty for me. Especially the ritual aspect. I just never really felt connected to it. And I tried for twelve years. So it’s not like I didn’t give it the old college try. But for me something was missing.

I’ve found that Druidry offers more avenues for me to explore.   I’ve found already two different groups that feel like home. The ADF and the OBOD. Both offer different ways to approach Druidry. I’m working on both and finding that the two work well for me. OBOD offers guidance through weekly lessons. ADF offers ritual format that seems natural to me. Both are vital to my spiritual growth. I’ve found that I already have experienced more spiritual growth over the last three months than I had experienced in practicing Asatru for several years. This is exciting stuff for me!

Maybe it’s because it’s still new and I’m bound to grow quicker. I thought a lot about that explanation. But I remember being new to Asatru. The growth wasn’t as rapid or profound as it’s been with Druidry. And I have a different feeling about my spirituality now. Asatru feels heavy and somewhat laborious. Druidry feels like light coming through in the forest. At least for me.

But I still want to honor the Norse gods. And remain a practicing Vitki. I feel there’s no reason I can’t still do that and practice Druidry as well. Especially in the ADF framework.

So what does that leave me as a label for myself?  After a lot of thought and some research it seems the best label for me right now is Neopagan Druid. I’m pretty comfortable with that. And for me labels are important. They offer a way to explain who you are to yourself and the rest of the world. So for me finding a label is vital.

So I’m not discarding twelve years of my life. I am adopting a new label for myself spiritually and discovering a new spiritual path.  It feels like the time has come to shed the old skin to let a new one grow. The only thing certain is change…

Runes and the Elements

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!

Druid state of mind

When am I consciously aware of being on the path of Druidry?  At this point in my journey there are still times when I’m reminded of the path I’m on. So here are some of the times throughout my day when I find myself thinking like a druid.

When I take down the recycling. I know it sounds silly and somewhat stupid of me but doing recycling seems a very druid act. The fact that I actually care enough about the environment to sort through my garbage and separate the recycling out means my frame of mind has switched to an awareness of our Mother Earth.

When I listen to music. Any music. Not just Celtic music. Any music with a strong beat. It puts me in a sacred state of mind. It allows me to relax my conscious mind to the point of nearly being in a trance. Letting go of myself. This is definitely part of my path of Druidry. Forgetting the confines of three-dimensional reality and tapping into something bigger than self. Getting in touch with the Big Picture.

When I study. Definitely part of my path. Learning new things and perhaps letting go of some of the old. Taking new concepts and thoughts and incorporating them into my current state of mind. This shows and reminds me that even this late in life I have much to learn. New ways to grow. And isn’t that what being alive is all about?

When doing or preparing to do ritual. Nothing gets you into a sacred mindset faster than the act of ritual. Whether it’s for one of the major holidays or daily devotionals. Performing these rights puts beliefs front and center. It transforms consciousness from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Being in this state of mind gives me the time to stop worrying about the house chores and think about other matters. Otherworldly matters. For that alone it is worth the time and effort put in.

These are just some of the ways I follow the path of Druidry. Each day seems to bring new examples of the sacred in the midst of the mundane. New ways to be and act holy. I look forward to what each day will bring as the sun rises. I look forward to each new day.

Ingwaz

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.