I don’t live in a vacuum. I admit to being influenced by the works of others. Sometimes I tell myself jokingly that I may not have a single thought in my head that is truly my own! Of course that’s not true. But i do say I am a combination of all that I’ve read and studied.
And I’ve read and studied a lot. Over the past 25 years on the path of the Vitki I have read almost everything I could get my hands on in regards to Esoteric Asatru. In the categories of runes and seidr especially.
For runes my first big influence was Edred Thorsson. He is who I turned to when I decided to take my studies of the runes seriously. And in many ways that stands true even today. It seems as if in some ways I can’t get past his very long shadow. Even on recent years when he’s had some controversy swirling around him I maintain that his Runic work is solid. A tad academic. But solid.
Then I was turned on to Freya Aswynn. Again some gems are buried in her work. But she’s another one who has been tainted by controversy. What is it with these rune people anyway?
Then came someone who has influenced me in several different categories. Diana Paxson. Her works run the gamut from general Asatru to Runes to trance work. All of her work is easy to read and worthy of your time.
And in Seidr I find Runic John to be without equal. His books offer real life applications. There’s no real Seidr is so mysterious stuff going on with him. Again a very easy author to read. His works pack a whallop.
Then there’s the many authors I’ve read and only picked up one good idea from each. This still was not time wasted. As long as I get one good idea out of a book I consider it worthwhile.
Of course there’s also the stuff I’ve read that was simply dross. Too many to name here but you know who you are!
Ive also cone up with insights along the way that I would say are really mine. But I’ll save that for a book!
I’m not ashamed that admit I’ve been influenced. Each bit of study along the way has made me into the Vitki I am. I wouldn’t change that for anything!