How dare you call yourself a Vitki? Part two

It’s the mid 80s. I’m in my early 20s. I have been searching for a spiritual path my entire teen years. The Christian church had turned its back on me when I was 15. I had been teaching Sunday School preschool since I had been confirmed at the age of 12. One day after class the superintendent took me aside. She told me that a pair of parents had come to her and told her that they would not allow their child to be taught about Jesus by a gay person. And that was it for me. I never went back to the church. My sense of betrayal was that strong.

I read a lot of spiritually themed books during my late teens.  Spirituality from different cultures.  I went through a serious Native American phase and learned to read the medicine wheel.  But nothing really seemed to stick.  I was drifting aimlessly in the spiritual sense.

Then in my early 20s I met a wonderful woman. She turned me on to the booming New Age movement. I took to all of it like a duck to water. I read everything I could about channeling, spirit guides and the rest. A big influence on me was the Seth material channeled by Jane Roberts. I also read and studied “A Course in Miracles”. Of everything I read and was exposed to during those years some of it took and some of course was sheer garbage.

It was during this time that I had what today I would call my first spontaneous Seidr or trance session. I was just laying there relaxing and I was suddenly in an altered state. I got information that I was told was for a friend. When I passed on the information the friend told me it was something that had been on his mind but that he had no idea of how to resolve. The information I gave him helped him to resolve the issue. I wanted to duplicate this experience. As I didn’t really know how I got to that altered state I didn’t continue exploring it. My reading had not given me a clear idea of how to go into trance. Looking back I realize I should have looked for better material on that subject. My bad.

Then in my mid 20s I decided to explore what my ancestors may have done for spirituality before the arrival of Christianity. As I’m German of both sides I started reading about the early religion of that area of the world. This lead me to reading about the Norse pantheon. Something about the gods and stories struck me in a way unlike anything I had studied since I left Christianity. Once again I read everything I could about this path. These were the days before the internet and material was much harder to come by. Still I found stuff to study. And I was on my way!

In my late 20s I got bit by the rune bug.  I had read about the runes in the books by Tolkien. I started studying them seriously. I joined the Rune Gild. All I kept hearing about was Odin.  I learned that Odin had snatched up the runes while hanging on the tree. Then he called me. It wasn’t a single dramatic event. It was more of an unveiling of wisdom to me that I soon realized was coming from Odin. So I answered the call and started to honor him in earnest.

As I continued my Rune studies over the years I got the feeling that my spiritual practices were off balance. I decided to start finding out about Seidr. Soon I was duplicating my spontaneous trance experience of years gone by. I was having altered consciousness experiences regularly.  More studying lead me to greater personal success.  Soon I was visiting the Nine Realms as often as a frequent flier!

I was now in my early 40s. I was and had been doing rune readings and Seidr sessions for others for some time. And I had been referring to the work I did as Vitki work. It just slowly over the years evolved into that. Step by step. Bit by bit. No crash of thunder or flash of lightning signaled that I was to become a Vitki. I did what a Vitki does.  So I was a Vitki.

In my mid 40s I was diagnosed with MS. Soon I was unable to hold down a regular job.  I believe this turn of events was the work of the gods making sure that I was freed up to do my Vitki work full time. And that’s what I did. I have been dedicating myself to Vitki work full time for over seven years.

Now In my early 50s I have really accelerated my Vitki work. I received my certificate of Shamanism of the Norse path. I founded a Facebook group. I have apprentices. I have a blog. I have published a book. I have a YouTube channel. I have been interviewed on a podcast. All in regards to the work of a Vitki. I do what a Vitki does and have for years now.

How dare I call myself a Vitki?  That’s how. But mainly I call myself a Vitki because I dedicate my life to Vitki work. I serve my clan in many ways. Rune readings. Seidr work. Education. I received my ordination as a Gothi. And as an ordained Gothi I provide spiritual guidance. This is my life. All I do centers around this amazing spiritual work. I continue to grow and surprise myself in what I end up doing. It’s a never ending path I’ve been on. Each step along the way has lead me to now. I am a Vitki.

Author: vitkimusings

A fifty-something Vitki living in the suburbs of Chicago. Follower of the Nordic Path for the last fifteen years. Student of runes for the last 23 years and seidr for the last seven years. Always learning and growing!

3 thoughts on “How dare you call yourself a Vitki? Part two”

  1. Do you have recommendations for learning runes? I’m wanting to learn but don’t even know where to start or who to go to for good information. Also, thank you for sharing all of this.


  2. How do I perform seidhr trances? I’ve been researching galdr and galdr poems, as well as basic blots and rituals within heathenry, but I’m not sure how to begin incorporating seidhr into my practice.


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