I was recently treated to a rant on Facebook. The gist of it was that Americans are ruining our tradition of Seidr and runes. According to the attacker we have no right to do so. We are taking things too far in our practices. I did not engage the attacker so I have no idea what further nonsense they may have spewed. What they said initially was enough for me. But it did get me thinking.
Does anyone have the right to take things beyond the lore in their practice of seidr and the runes? I say absolutely yes. Not simply because I personally take things beyond the lore. But because that is the way we grow and keep our traditions alive. What good are ideas left in ancient manuscripts and not taken any further than that? Our spirituality becomes moribund very quickly if that is the case. If we want a living breathing spirituality it is our duty to take things beyond the lore.
The lore serves as a strong solid foundation. But it is up to us to build on that foundation. We are called by our ancestors to keep things growing and alive. I’m certain that they would have embraced innovation. They too were living breathing beings with all of the same challenges and needs as us. They would have turned to the lore for inspiration and then do what they did best. Adapted.
And as far as American practitioners being the most guilty of this trend I say of course. American thought has always been forward looking. We tend not to live in the past but look toward what may become. And Americans tend to be practical. If something works they use it.
I’m not saying that all innovation is good. There’s a lot of crap produced. But it’s my job as a Vitki to dig through the crap to figure out what works and what doesn’t. That’s one of the reasons I read so much. I’m weeding through the crap to find hidden jewels. And there are jewels to be found. You just have to be willing to get a little dirty in the process of finding them.
So if I would have engaged the Facebook attacker I would have told them that’s how I feel about things. Americans not only have the right but the duty to take things beyond. And so do vitkis all around the globe. Keep innovating. Keep things alive. It is our duty.