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.