We know little about the role of the Vitki in long gone times. The role of the Volva is clearly defined in the lore. She was an Oracle. She saw into the future. Vitkis do the same thing several times in the lore. They also curse enemies. Beyond that there’s not much to be found.
But what of the Vitki of today? What does he do? What is his role in the clan?
A Vitki today in my definition is simply a Norse sorcerer. Which covers a lot of ground. Rather like a Shaman in other tribal societies the Vitki of today is called on for many services.
Seidr work is one of those services. Whether it be faring off to talk to departed ancestors or looking into the Wyrd of someone seidr is the tool we use. A complicated and sometimes messy tool but a valuable one at that. Seidr practice opens doors otherwise left tightly closed. A Vitki offers a glimpse of other realms through his work.
Rune work makes up a huge portion of my work as a Vitki. Divination and magic are the primary uses available to me. Looking for clarity or insight on an issue? Turn to a Vitki and the runes will assist you.
Being a Vitki in the modern world means using tools our ancestors would never have dreamed of. Phones for instance. The use of phones means that we are able to be in touch with those on the other side of the world. This means that we have the ability to do long distance healing and seidr work with ease. Vitkis can be in touch with more people meaning larger size clans. This is a definite step forward in the world as we know it.
The internet is also a huge development for modern vitkis. Now information is at our fingertips at all times. We can use this tool to expand our clan as well. We can easily reach others who may wish to use our services. We can interact with those also doing this work.
So although many of the basic services a Vitki offers today looks very similar to those offered long ago the ways of communication are greatly easier. No one need be the only one in a village doing this work. Our village is now global thanks to the innovations of the modern day. And that’s what being a modern Vitki means for me.