Based in the very small demographic of the universe that is my apprentices seidr is extremely popular. Compared to the Runes more people want to study seidr. Why? What makes seidr so popular? And why would people turn to me to learn it?
First of all it’s what seidr does. Seidr opens up the multiverse for you. Suddenly with a lot of practice you’re able to travel to different realms. The Nine Realms in particular. There is a whole vast network of information to be had in these Realms. Everything from wisdom of your ancestors to direct communication with the gods seidr has you covered. All of that wisdom there for the taking. It’s a powerful enough urge in most folk to get them on the track of practicing seidr. That alone could explain the popularity of Seidr. But there’s more!
Through seidr you get a chance to discover things about yourself. Things you might never have imagined before. There’s quite a bit of joy when a totally concrete thinker suddenly opens up to things beyond or even in themselves. And that realization that you can encounter archetypes and gods within yourself brings some people. You can uncover much knowledge about yourself through Seidr practice. Like I never realized how mentally strong I was before taking up Seidr. It was through the vigorous practice of mental exercises that I discovered my mental prowess. I thought I was mentally weak. Not so! I was able to get through exercise after exercise with a little gumption and a lot of sticktoitiveness. Mental strength was shown to me.
Being able to see most likely outcomes of situations is another big draw. Like the runes Seidr gives us a glimpse into what may most likely occur. This gives us a chance to choose wisely to make the foreseen future occur or avoid it entirely. This hint at choices gives a sense of power over our fate. This is a great feeling. One that again draws people to study it.
Those are a couple of reasons I’ve come up with to explain this trend. Add to that the chance to serve your tribe is it any wonder it’s so popular? Keep studying and keep coming up with reasons to learn all about seidr!
The first Great War mentioned in the lore is a battle between the two major camps of gods the Aesir and the Vanir. This battle was so evenly matched that it ended with the two sides deciding to call it quits by exchanging hostages. So it came to pass. Hostages were exchanged and the battle was ceased. What does this story have in the way of wisdom for the Vitki?
It’s all about the mind. The battle that rages inside all our heads. Think of it this way. The Aesir can be said to represent the left side of the brain. Intellectual. Logical. The Vanir therefore are the right side of the brain. Intuitive. Feeling. These two halves are often at war with each other until a truce is called. And neither side is declared the winner. Only when both sides are acknowledged and given equal time is the mind truly at rest and at its best.
As a Vitki it is important that both sides of the brain are in peak working order. We must utilize all the aspects to be very successful.
We need our left side to be analytical. For successful workings a great deal of rational thought must be part of the equation. We need to be able to plan and logically execute our plans to bring about any real change in the multiverse. Without this proper planning a magical working remains an amorphous blob. It’s only by being shaped by the logical mind that a random thought takes steps to becoming reality.
But of course we need the right side as well. It’s through intuition and that random spark of inspiration that things begin to take shape. Without these forces all would become mechanical execution. Doing something without emotion behind it is an empty prospect. We need the firey energies of this side of our brain for a working to reach fruition
So it appears that to become and remain successful as a Vitki no one side can win. Each side must be as powerful as the other. We must always seek that precious balance. Only then will we become a successful Vitki.
Thorn. Defense. Action. Thurs. Thor. These are all but some of the words that come to mind when I contemplate Thurisaz. A prickly rune literally. But not really so painful to grasp as at first sight.
This rune for me always means action. Doing something. As in it’s guise as defense. Defense is taking preventative action. It’s all about forward movement brought on by yourself. Having this rune in a reading always alerts me that there is something to be done. Action is required. What that action may be is brought to light by interpreting the other runes cast. For example near fehu it means financial action. Near othala it calls for creating a sacred enclosure. All the questions are answered if you only know how to look at things.
Defense speaks of this rune’s affinity with Thor and thurs. Thor was always battling the frost giants. The thurs. His never ending strength and stamina served him well in this regard. As in his tussle with the Midgard Serpent action is required. We can find many lessons of strength in Thor. This strength is often what is called for in taking action. May the unlimited strength of Thor be with us all as we take action in our daily life!
In it’s murk Self it can simply mean defenselessness. Being defenseless is a scary thing to be sure. It becomes up to us to flip it around to become action.
These are a few of the thoughts that come to me with thurisaz. Your meanings and interpretations may be different. That’s the miracle of the runes. They open. They don’t close. So explore to find your own true meanings. Happy delving!
Persistence. Or as my late father used to say Sticktoitiveness. The ability to keep going despite all the odds being against you. A trait that’s very handy for a Vitki to have. It ain’t all a bed of roses. There will be times when I just want to say enough. I’m done with this. What to do when those thoughts bubble up through the muck of my mind?
First thing I do is take an inventory of past successes. Reminding myself of the things I’ve actually accomplished immediately puts me in a better frame of mind. Reviewing how far I’ve come gets me thinking about all that there still is to accomplish. And that gets my mind reeling on the future. Never look back for too long. Just enough to review. Then focus on now and when. Forward thinking always helps me out of the funk.
Then sometimes I reach out to others. I keep a list of names and numbers of all the folks I’ve assisted with my Vitki work. A quick call to any one of them puts me back on track. Being reminded of the help I’ve offered others is a great way to break the block. Most people have no trouble reminding me of past glories. And maybe I will find out they need help now. Always looking forward.
Then of course I can just do some Vitki work. A rune casting. A seidr session. Some form of work that puts me in a mindset of what I actually do. A Vitki is what a Vitki does. So I push up my sleeves and get to work. Do. Not think.
There will be times in your life as a Vitki when it seems too much like work and not enough like fun. This is not a casual calling. It requires work. And perseverance. Plain old Sticktoitiveness.
One of the exercises I have my apprentices do is travel to the nine realms in trance. Upon giving the assignment I am invariably asked if that includes Hel. Well yeah. How else does one perform seidr if they don’t travel to Hel? Hel is where our ancestors dwell. The source of great wisdom. So after any initial misgivings my apprentices show their true brave side and take the journey.
These journeys are always a trip into the unknown. No matter how prepared you may be there are just too many variables to account for. You can never be quite certain who you’ll run into. It could be a major deity like Odin in Asgard. Or Hella in Hel. Meeting Hella the first time can be a bit intimidating. She’s quite a force of nature! She appears to me in the midst of a windstorm. Lots of heated air blowing about. But that’s about as scary as she gets. At last the windstorm dies down and all becomes unearthly still. Then she appears. She’ll ask me my business with her. I tell her and most times things move along smoothly. I think because I bring meat for her dog she takes me seriously!
So even a trip to Hel can be realitively unremarkable. Just another task in the life of a Vitki. I urge all of you to take this trip. You never know what wisdom awaits you. Until you try!