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This is my altar. Part of my sacred space. I am fortunate enough to have a whole room dedicated to my spiritual practices. I know not everyone has that luxury. But you can still create sacred space on a smaller scale.
What is sacred space? It’s an area set off from the mundane aspects of your life. An area where you can preform ritual and pray. An area where you can meditate. An area set aside for your spiritual purposes.
The biggest challenge of course is simply finding the space. What makes a good sacred space? An area off the beaten path. An area of quiet. Even in a houseful of cats we can all find such a space. It needn’t be large. Just dedicated to a purpose.
Intention makes all the difference in this regard. If you intend a space to be sacred then it is. It’s your mindset that makes all the difference. Deciding to make an area a home to your spiritual practices is half the battle.
It can be as large or as small as your situation allows. Just a table. Even a TV tray will do the trick. Just be certain you can set it aside for sacred purposes.
To prepare a sacred space you may want to do some recaning of the area. Smudging. Incense is a great way to make an area holy. It tells your brain through the power of scent that you have made this choice.
Candles also raise a space above the mundane. A candle or two of the right colors can give you a chance to explore the wonders of a flame. The flame can serve as a focal point for your meditations. Nothing beats time concentrated on a candle flame to alter your state of consciousness.
There are other ways to sanctify a space. Stones make a good addition. They are part of the earth. Grounding. Centering. A good addition to any sacred space.
Of course you can really create sacred space anywhere. Just cast a circle chanting the runes can do it. Again it’s all about intention.
Once a sacred space is created you can do any spiritual work there. Casting the runes. Meditation. Seidr work. Anything you can imagine that brings you out of the world of the ordinary.
One last thing. Keep the space clean. Even if it’s overcrowded keep it clean. It’s difficult to do holy work in dirty surroundings.
And that’s it. With a little creativity and intention you can have a sacred space too!
As you can see from the photo above I have Sacred garb. I only recently decided to go that route. Up till now I thought nothing of what I wore to perform rituals and seidr. But I’m glad to say I finally got around to it.
The tunic was a purchase from Amazon. It wasn’t terribly expensive. It came in two colors. I chose the brown for a more earthy feel. But anyone can get this garb easily.
The staff also came from Amazon. Remarkably cheap. As in under 15 dollars. I knew I had to have it the moment I saw it. I had been thinking about a staff for some time. I just never seriously looked for one. The idea of the staff came long before my thoughts on other sacred garb. So although I ordered it after the rest the idea was older for me.
What good is it? Isn’t it just a guy playing dress up? Definitely not. The idea of sacred dress is an ancient one. I’m not saying all Vitkis has specific dress. But the idea was there.
Sacred garb sets things apart. It tells your brain that you are about to do something special. In my case this means I’m going to perform some aspect of a Vitki.
Simply getting dressed in the garb sets a tone. If you are doing work with a client it helps to set you apart from them. If no client is involved you are simply telling yourself that something extraordinary is about to happen. Either way it’s all about intention. Saying to your brain that you have the intention of setting this time apart makes a world of difference.
What about the staff? That piece of the works has a much more mundane role to play. The staff is there to act as a grounding device. It helps me connect and stay connected to the energy of the earth. It also serves as a way to pound out a beat when I have no drum to perform seidr. It helps me get into trance. Very practical!
So more than playing dress up my sacred garb helps me get into the appropriate mood and get into a proper state of mind. And for sacred proceeding that’s half the battle!
Bind runes are a vital part of the Vitki toolbox. They are the simplest and perhaps most powerful form of rune magic. Here’s a little update on how I approach them.
First of all you must choose the staves to be included in the bind rune. This is perhaps the most challenging part of the process. In this stage you are definitely using the left side of your brain. This is where analytical thought comes into play. In the example above the purpose I wished to achieve was wisdom in magic. I thought about the staves to be included and decided on eiwaz for enlightenment and initiation, fehu for new beginnings and fertility and Ansuz got transformation and inspiration. Choose your runes carefully. Make sure they truly reflect your goal.
Now it’s time for the right side of your brain to come into play. Taking the staves you have selected be a little playful. Create different combinations of the runes in one sigil. Squish them together in different ways until you come up with something simple but visually appealing. Experiment. Try different combinations. This should be the really fun part!
I generally choose only three staves per bind rune. More than that I find makes the magic too all over the place. I want something simple and concentrated. More power that way.
Once you’ve constructed your bind rune now it’s time for the magical application. Here is where intention plays a key role. Having a strong intention makes all the difference in magic. Focusing your mental energy on the purpose of the bind rune draw it onto a piece of paper. I draw mine in red. Or carve it into a strip of wood. Use whatever medium you see most fit.
Using the concentrated power of your mind draw the bind rune on your chosen medium. As you draw or carve galdr the staves individual name three times each. That way in a three stave bind rune you will be galdring nine times.
Then release the bind rune into the multiverse. Here’s where intention is important again. Whether you decide to burn it or bury it or carve it onto an amulet let your intention carry it away. Then release it so it can do its work.
Following these steps you should be able to successfully accomplish bind rune magic. In the case of using the bind rune above for gaining wisdom in magic I can honestly say it did it’s job. New magical avenues were made available for me to explore. New doors opened up in my magical practice. Success!
Hopefully this has been helpful. Let me know about your bind rune successes!
Ice. Stillness. Meditation. Concentration. All meanings for this slippery and sometimes dangerous rune. Let’s take a closer look.
Isa is ice. Ice brings up images of stillness and constriction. Beautiful but empty of life. This reaction of water to cold speaks of nourishment on hold. The life giving aspects of water are brought to a grinding halt in ice. Left unable to do the nourishing it was meant to do it simply remains still. Stillness is one of the major aspects of this rune. Quiet. Meditation. Self reflection.
The self discovery that comes of such self reflection and meditation contradicts the slippery aspect of this rune. The slippery aspect speaks of thoughts not sticking or gaining hold. Yet when viewed in its bright aspect the exact opposite occurs. Thoughts do take hold. And when warmed by the light of enlightenment it thaws into its natural state of a life giving Element. It is allowed to do what it was destined to do. Grow. Grow thoughts and insights to their full bloom.
In my personal experience this rune is an example of the thought being gestated and brought ultimately to life. It is a rune of contractions worthy of the reflection it speaks of. Good or bad news depends on the other runes in a casting. When used magically it is a powerful tool in creating change. It is like most runes multifaceted and deep in mystery.