I got a new drum in the mail yesterday. It’s always exciting to get a new tool for my Vitki work. This drum has a beautiful ring of runes on the head in red ochre. I plan to use it to assist me in seidr work. But I can’t just jump in and use it. It must go through some preparations.
First I have to use incense to make it sacred. Passing it through the smoke a few times helps to set this drum aside for special purposes. It says to the multiverse exactly what I plan to use the drum for. Sacred work. Setting it aside this way makes sure that whenever I use the drum it’s for a distinct reason. This act also puts me in the mindset of what this drum is truly for. Seidr work and calling upon the gods.
Next I need to spend some time getting to know the drum better. I sit and meditate with it. I stroke it to add my personal energy to it. I ask it it’s gender. I ask it if it has a name. All of these things help build a link with the drum. In essence I become one with it. It’s never good to trust a stranger with your intimate ritual work. Same thing goes with your tools. Don’t let them be a stranger. Get to know them a bit before using them in a ritual setting.
Once I feel confident I’ve gotten to know the new tool I can do some dry runs with it. Testing it out as it were. Giving the tool a chance to show off its abilities. Let the tool have this opportunity to show you what it’s got. This process can take several sessions. Don’t rush things. Really give the tool a chance to become acclimated to what you intend to use it for. Not good to just jump in and then expect positive results. These things take time.
Now that I’m sure the tool is accustomed to its use and I know it and have set it aside for Vitki use it’s time to use the tool in a full blown ritual setting. Let all of your previous work carry you through. Enjoy the new tool in its proper use. Exciting stuff to be sure!
i do this routine for all my tools. Drums. Gands. Whatever. Proper planning makes for positive results in ritual use. A little time beforehand gives a wealth of rewards.
How do you prepare new tools for ritual use?
So I felt it was time for a seidr session to have a talk with Odin. These talks generally go pretty well for me. I generally get nuggets of wisdom from him. So it was time to find out what wisdom he’d share with me this time.
I prepared as always. I lit candles and incense. I got out my drum. I started drumming and chanting the name of Odin. Soon enough I was in a trance.
I looked around. Yep. It was Asgard. I called out Odin’s name. And I called again. And there he was in the distance. Walking with a staff purposely toward me. Soon enough he was with me.
“What do you need?” he asked in a rather direct manner. I told him I was just checking to see if he had any wisdom to share with me. He looked at me with his one piercing eye. I felt uncovered and vulnerable. Finally after seconds that seemed like hours he spoke.
“You are an ordained gothi. You are a certified Norse Shaman. You are a teacher. So you are the keeper of wisdom. Any wisdom you may seek is already inside your head. Use it.” And with that he ambled off.
I slowly came to ordinary consciousness. I was weak and shivering. I let the power of his words sink in. He was right. I am a wisdom keeper now. I had never thought about that before. I have and always will be a seeker of wisdom. But as I stand today I am also the keeper of much wisdom. Funny. I needed to start looking at myself with different eyes. I needed to acknowledge to myself how far I’ve come and how much I do know. Scary thought. But powerful.
And I challenge you to take a look at yourself. You too are a keeper of wisdom. No one else has traveled your path and learned what you’ve learned. Acknowledge that fact. And be a keeper of wisdom yourself.
Do the runes and seidr ever go together? Absolutely. In a couple of meaningful ways.
Runes and seidr go together to create powerful experiences. It’s like a double whammy of input . The best of both of the major disciplines of Vitki work come together in harmonious ways.
First there’s the Runic seidr combo. That’s where you do a rune casting and can’t make heads or tails out of it. A seidr session offers clarity in these cases. What you do is cast your runes. When an interpretation escapes you simply do a seidr session to make it understandable. Go into trance. Focus on the runes pulled. And soon interrelationships start to become apparent. That which was obscured becomes transparent. Meanings will dawn on you that you never expected.
The same works in reverse. Did a seidr session that was full of disconnected images that left you flabbergasted? Do a rune casting to get additional meaning. Runes are very to the point and down to earth. Rather unlike the ethereal seidr session. A rune reading will help ground you in the here and now. Making it easier to make heads or tails of a slippery seidr session. Runes can give answers where only questions occur.
These are but two examples of how these esoteric heavy hitters go together. Maybe you’ll find other ways to combine them!
All Nordic healing techniques should first begin with Eir. Invoking her is the first step toward recovery. Here’re two methods of healing for which I have called upon her for assistance.
First there are psychological healings. A broken heart for example. First I get the client into a comfortable position laying down. Next I light incense. Then I pull out my drum. Drumming in a given rhythm I start to invoke her. Saying her name along with the drumming forms a type of light trance. I fall into the trance state and hopefully my client does too. Then the work begins.
Using my third eye vision I explore and examine the Hyde of the client. I’m looking for holes. Dark splotches. Sudden eruptions in the energy field. Now I can start to remedy the imperfections. Using myself as a conduit for the energy of Eir I fill in. I smooth out. I fix stuff. Once things seem complete and whole again I restart my drumming. The drumming serves to help me return to ordinary consciousness. Once fully back in this realm I go over what I’ve accomplished with the client. Then I give them a runic amulet or some stone for them to use as a focusing device. I instruct them to spend some time every day with the object in meditation. That’s about all there really is to it!
Physical ailments can be addressed through the use of herbs. Every Vitki should have some solid knowledge of the use of herbs. Getting to know them will give you a good idea of dried herbs to have on hand. Crushing them together in a mortar and pestle gets them ready to give to the client. I pray to Eir over the mixture so that they have the desired affect. Of course you shouldn’t dispense or prescribe any herb until you have a solid training in their uses. To do otherwise is reckless.
There is scant little information about Eir in the lore. About all we know is that she was the doctor to the gods. All I know is that no healing work I undertake is complete without her aid.
If the lore is filled with tales of brave and heroic deeds it also has its shadow side. Darker deeds done by a god. Enter Loki. A much darker trickster god who slips his way through the lore. Like the multiverse itself Loki provides a balance of dark in a realm of light. He has his justified place alongside the heroic deeds of the other gods. He just goes at things slightly sideways.
Take the example of the feast where Loki calls out the rest of the gods on their personality shortcomings. Why does he do this? Is it just to make himself seem superior in a room filled with brave and heroic deities? I say not. I believe that the purpose of the tongue lashing is to help the gods see areas for self improvement. Just like all sentient beings the gods are subject to evolution. Perhaps the telling it like it is episode of Loki simply was there to show off areas that needed improvement.
As the bringer of Baldur’s death Loki served as an example of the treachery of nefarious deeds. All through the tale his actions are of a deceitful kind. His refusal to weep at Baldur’s death served to only place the last nail in the coffin. Baldur was doomed to exist in Hel. But does the action of Loki here not set the stage for a glorious rebirth of Baldur after Ragnarok? Even here Loki’s actions serve a higher good. Once again he sets the stage for growth.
Every set of tales needs to be balanced between light and dark. Otherwise the tales are woefully one sided. Loki and his deeds serve as that balance. Because of his example the deeds of the other gods can be viewed as heroic and brave.
Some say Loki is merely the dark aspect of Odin. I’m not sure where I stand on that issue. But it makes for some interesting speculation.
All great works of literature need a villain. The Eddas have a fine example in Loki. But is he such an evil deity after all?