The beauty of a rock

Rocks. Not high on my list of beautiful things. Rocks are the big chunks outside my building. Decorative for some. But not exactly beautiful for me. But lately my husband took me to a local rock shop to find items for a personal divination system I’m devising. I was overwhelmed by the beauty.

There are the obvious candidates of course. Who can deny the beauty of an amethyst tower?  True wonder. But as I hunted for pieces to inspire me on my task I found much less showy sources of beauty.

Malacite. It’s dark greens and browns speak of the fields and forests. Polished it shows a type of solid no nonsense beauty that is unrivalled in most of nature. I spent many moments at the shop gazing into the depths of all of the pieces offered. Finally selecting one I decided it would represent earth in my divination system.

Polished moonstone. Cool to the touch.  Opalescent to the eye. It’s beauty speaks of hidden mysteries. Things known and yet unknown. As I marveled at the beauty of this stone I realized it was the perfect choice to represent balance in my divination system. The balance between the realms.

All of the stones were beautiful in their own way. I ended up selecting about twelve of them. I felt a type of serenity. Peaceful in a way speaking of solidity. I had been brought to the right place for my purpose.

As it was the day after Black Friday they were having a promotion. Spin the wheel and win a prize. My husband spun and won a raw geode.

Butt ugly I couldn’t help but think. When we got it home we got a hammer and broke it open. Inside was an array of beautiful quartz crystals. Perfect for higher consciousness. It’s rough exterior hid its inner beauty. A fitting end to a day filled with beauty.

 

Developing my own divination system

I was inspired this week by an article in one of my druidic journals to start the path of developing my own divination system. I’ve taken to the challenge like a duck to water.

The article described a system of using small items that had personally relevant meaning.  These items are to be thrown on a cloth for divination purposes. I’m working now on developing a system of items that have spiritual meaning for me. For example I’ve decided to use a gold dollar coin of Sacajawea for female ancestors. And a beautiful piece of moonstone for balance. And so on. Taking pages from Thorsson, my Asatru knowledge and druid information I’m developing system that works for me. It’s rather eclectic I admit but then so am I I guess.

I’m going to throw the pieces on a linen cloth with two concentric circles. The smaller for concerns that are of a spiritual nature and the larger one for concerns that are more mundane in relevance. Outside of the circles will be concerns that have relevance but are less pressing.

My husband was kind enough to drive me to a local rock shop. I found items there that spoke to me and gave me ideas on how pieces can be used. Beautiful rocks with differing energies. Very powerful stuff.

And that’s what I’ve developed so far. It will grow as I work with it and learn more about the process. As an organic system it’s bound to grow as I grow with it. That’s the exciting part. Learning as I grow.

Why develop my own system?  It’s truly a part of me that way. It will speak to me in ways that systems developed by others can’t and don’t. I can learn all about other systems and integrate them into my practice but it will never be as organic or have as strong a connection for me. This way I am assured to have a bond with each piece and the meaning they hold. Powerful possibilities.

I have been brought to this point in my development as a Vitki by the gods themselves. They are speaking to me and through me in this process. Earlier in my development as a Vitki it would not have held such a spiritually fulfilling place in my practice. Now I’m ready to take this step. It’s all lead up to this.

So stay tuned for further developments. I’ll keep you posted on the progress. And think about starting to develop a system of your own. It may be time. Consult the gods and see if they’re willing to assist you. You may be as surprised as I was by their response!

What’s the big deal about seidr anyway?

Seidr is a big deal for me as a Vitki.   After rune work it comprises a large portion of the work I do. My apprentices are mad about it. Why?  Probably because of all the cool things you can accomplish through seidr. Like what?

Direct connection with the gods. If you want to have a chat with an entity in another realm seidr is your ticket. Building relationships with the gods should be a primary goal for a Vitki. That way you can count on them to assist you when things get a bit sticky. Many is the time a particularly thorny issue has been brought to me for resolution or clarity. My relationships with the gods has definitely helped me wade through. I may not have close relationships with all of the gods but I am on a first name basis with many. And their assistance can prove invaluable.

Talking to departed ones. By using seidr to travel to visit Hella and gain the opportunity to talk with the dead you can gain very interesting insights and perspectives on issues that may be troubling you. Or just get road signs to help you find your way. For example in one seidr session my father came and uttered one word to be that snapped me bolt upright into ordinary consciousness. That one word started me on a new spiritual adventure that I am finding immensely powerful. That is just one reason I do seidr. Who knows what the dead will say next?  I want to know!

Clarity and wisdom. Whenever an issue is perplexing us it’s good to go somewhere someone can help. Often I travel to Asgard with the intention of being open to speaking with whatever deity can assist me best. Leaving the gate wide open. Sometimes Odin will amble by. Sometimes it’s Thor bursting in. Whoever shows up I’m sure to get wisdom and guidance. By being open I’m able to get help from whoever is best suited to a situation.

Those are just a couple of ways that doing seidr work is so valuable to me as a Vitki. I’m sure you will find new ways in your practice!

Magic magic

If I’ve learned anything in life it’s the fact that there’s a Broadway show tune quote for every occasion. Today’s quote is “How can life be tragic if there’s magic in your life?”.  Truer words were never spoken.

Since learning that quote in eighth grade it’s been a kind of mantra. It reminds me to shift my focus. If something seems out of whack I’ve learned to look at it from a different angle. Find the magic.

The lore is full of magic. Read any story and there’s bound to be something magical going on. It’s everywhere. Magic serves as a kind of framework for the lore. It provides a unifying structure from tale to tale. To deny the existence of magic is the deny the lore and it’s many lessons for us. To accept that fact is to open your world to all kinds of possibilities.

Magic fills our world. All we have to do is look for it. The simple act of flicking a light switch has its own magic. There is no denying there is magic in human relationships. Love and friendship have their own special magic. And on. With so much magic constantly surrounding us we become characters in our own tales and lore. We are affected by magic at every turn.

We also engage in the act of creating magic. By living our lives fully and exploring all avenues of growth our abilities to create magic increase. The act of reading from the lore and finding ways it’s applicable in our lives is a form of creating magic. We are connecting with ancient sources and bridging a span of time to today. Magic indeed!

Not that by creating magic is everything going to go as we’d like it to. We may be able to shapeshift into a salmon to swim away from a situation only to find ourselves plucked from the stream by some pesky bird flying overhead. We may get eaten by the bird but then we become part of it. Our wisdom builds onto the bird’s wisdom. We somehow become bigger and greater than what we were. We become more. Through an act of magic. I tell you magic is everywhere!

It all depends on your point of view. Try tilting your head a bit to see a new perspective. Another quote from the song goes “In true focus the world is hocus pocus”.  Try that on next time you’re faced with a difficulty. It works for me. Maybe it will work for you.

“Magic magic all of life is magic”.

Learning to think like a druid

My brain is being reshaped. Not a bad idea considering it was mush to begin with. But it’s being reshaped to think like a druid. I’ve thought as a Vitki for so many years this is a total rewiring of the motherboard. Slow work to be sure but here are some of the ways it’s happening.

Thinking about nature. To me up till now nature was just background. It had no life of its own. I’m rethinking that point of view. Slowly nature is communicating with me. I feel and sense the energies of my various houseplants when I tend to them. The rocks around my building are telling me ancient stories from years past. The birds, especially the crows, greet me. The trees are slowly offering up their wisdom. Everything sings now. Nature is taking its rightful place in the foreground. No more background for nature!

Ancestor veneration. Up till recently my ancestors were a bunch of grumpy Germans frowning at me from old photos. Now they teach me. They teach me how to face bad times and how to celebrate the good. Their lives are stories to teach me from. They offer quiet wisdom I had never yet had the chance to learn. They support me in my trials and celebrate my victories. They are more alive to me now than they ever were when the were in this realm. From the other world they shine a much appreciated light in the dark.

The tales from the lore. There’s a whole new world of old stories for me to learn. And all of them speak of magic. The magic to change forms and rule a kingdom justly and fairly. The magic to run a race fully pregnant only to give birth to twins at the finish line. All tinted by magic and other realms interacting with ours. These tales are helping me see the magic in my own life. The small acts of magic that pepper a day. Magic is everywhere. We just need to be awakened to it.

And on. Thinking like a druid may be a task that takes a lifetime. But I’m up for the challenge. My brain is rewiring. Check back in to witness this progress as it unfolds!