I was in trance today. Most frequently of late I’ve gone into trance with no intention. I just open myself to whatever may come. This has lead me to a series of very powerful sessions.
As I was in trance I came upon a river. A wide broad river. I dove into the river to swim. Soon I was being taken down the river which seemed to have accelerated in force and speed. I was unable to control my own desired progress. I was no longer in control. Panic surged through my veins. I was on a fast and frantic ride. The sun was out and shining and the breezes were warm but suddenly there was a feeling of doom that overtook me. I didn’t know what to do. I splashed and tried to swim to the shore. No luck.
I managed to get myself turned around so that I could see where I was going. The scenery flashed by me. In the distance ahead I could hear a loud rumbling and crashing noise. The pace of the current seemed to pick up even more. It was with a sense of disaster that I realized I was rushing toward a waterfall. I knew going over the falls would be the death of me. But I could not think of a way to save myself. I was totally at the mercy of the rushing waters. And I was rushing to my death.
Suddenly ahead of me I spotted a tree that had grown branches over the river. The branches stuck out far enough that I could tell I might be able to grab one and stop my uncontrollable progress. I had hope.
Soon I was upon the tree. As I rushed by I grabbed at the branches. I missed. I grabbed again. Another miss. Finally at the third try I managed to actually grab hold of a branch and held on. My life depended on it. I pulled myself out of the river and collapsed on the shore exhausted yet relieved. My ordeal was done. The trance ended.
I was puzzled by the possible trance meaning. I knew on the surface it was about letting go of control and going with the flow. But what of the waterfall? I thought about it some more.
And like that it dawned on me. The river was the entirety of Druidry. All the lore. The pantheon. The honoring of the land. The great big huge sum total of Druidry. And once you immerse yourself in it all you must give in to its urges and natural progress. You need to loose control if you’re to experience Druidry in all its multifaceted splendor.
The waterfall was the sudden ending of the path. Druidry if you don’t have a branch to grab on to can take you far and fast. The branch was the wisdom I was accumulating through my studies of all things Druid. It was only through the gaining of wisdom would I be able to stop and focus myself. The branch was the wisdom I needed to focus on. Only then would I halt my progress towards a spiritual crisis of loosing control. I needed the wisdom to grab on to. I was thrilled to have found the branch before it ultimately was too late. Wisdom would prevent my doom of washing down the huge rapid moving entity that is Druidry.
I was in trance today trying to figure out what to blog about. I was in my sacred Grove. It was still and quiet. Peaceful. Suddenly all these animals started showing up. Deer. Rabbits. Birds of all sorts. And they seemed scared. I was confused by this as my Grove is such a peaceful place. Then they started talking to me. They told me they were afraid of humans. Because of what they were doing to their homes. They told me they would show me what they meant.
Suddenly the ground started shaking. A huge rumbling noise filled the air. Bulldozers appeared stripping away the ground and all the grass and plants. Men appeared with chainsaws. They started their evil work on cutting down all the trees. The animals started to frantically run around searching for cover. There was none. The men were so busy doing their work that the animals had nowhere to go. Finally exhausted and scared the animals started dropping to the ground. The bulldozers just scooped them up as they continued to strip away the land. My heart was pounding. I was sweating. I tried to yell and tell the men to stop. But I was unable to speak or make a sound. Now I was frantically running around just as the animals had done. My anxiety continued to soar. My mind was unable to form thoughts. I had never been this full of panic before. Finally I fell to the ground exhausted. Just as the animals had done. As I laid there waiting for the bulldozers to take me away too one thought did fill my mind. Stop. It must stop. My sacred Grove could not become a victim. And the trance suddenly ended.
As I was laying there back in ordinary consciousness I was still sweating and my heart was still pounding. It took me ten minutes or so to calm down. As I was calming down I was able to think. And the thought suddenly came to me. I had to do something to help fight. So I quickly researched the internet for organizations that were dedicated to the fight of conserving wilderness. I found one that spoke to me and my ideals. I became a monthly donor. It may not be enough. But it’s something.
Being a working full time Vitki is never boring. You get lots of interesting cases to work on. And you get to help plenty of people in the process. That’s what makes it so great and why I love my work so much.
The other day I had a client come in. He asked me if I did chakra alignment. I told him I didn’t work with the eastern 7 chakra system. But I explained that I did work with the 5 energy wheel system which is definitely more Heathen based (thanks Runic John!). After a quick run down we agreed to work together on what he was describing as a blockage.
I laid him down on a table in a comfortable position. I told him to breath in a pattern of in to the count of three, hold for three and exhale to the count of three. It took him a few minutes to get into this pattern.
I took my clear quartz gand and started my assessment. As I felt the energy in his hamr I realized he indeed had blockages in his top three wheels. The bottom two were humming along nicely. I sensed that the problem was a lack of energy exchange between his third and fourth wheels with another disconnect with his fifth wheel. His fifth or head wheel was also spinning very slowly.
I got to work. Using the gand I started creating new energy pathways between his top three wheels. I also started to redirect the energy into the proper flow pattern of spinning clockwise. All of this took about a half hour to achieve.
One of the things I also did was place a clear quartz stone on each of the wheels to help amplify my attentions. As I placed a stone on his head wheel he let out a yelp. I asked him what was wrong. He told me that it had felt like a sharp pain. I assured him that was just the feeling of the realignment taking effect. A few more spinnings of the gand and I could tell that we were done.
The client stood up I asked him if he felt any different. He told me he could feel energy flowing through his body. I thanked him and told him to see me again in a couple of weeks for a tune up. Then he was on his way.
Helping people feel more connected and intune. All in a day’s work for a Vitki!
The other day in trance I was shown a river. Not a big huge wide river. Just big enough it couldn’t be called a stream.
In trance I stood and watched the river as it rushed by. It was plenty loud and moving along at quite a pace. Along the bed of the river was a group of cattails. I was drawn to walk over to them.
The wind was blowing warmly. The sun was bright and clear. It was a beautiful day.
I picked one of the cattails and was instantly drawn inside it’s consciousness. I was seeing the world through the awareness of the cattail. The day was still beautiful. But everything I could “see” looked different. The plants all were surrounded by glowing energy fields like auras. These energy fields were fluid and ran one into the other. Everything was interconnected. Everything was distinct but still somehow part of the larger picture. The river beds were alive with energy.
I just had enough time for this all to register when a gust of wind snatched the cattail from my hand. My consciousness still inside the plant I was whisked away and into the river.
I landed on the river. It was warm and comfortable. I started flowing with the water. I was aware of all the life beneath me. Fish. Plants. Once again I was struck with the sense that they were all connected. A much bigger sense of belonging overtook me. I was the plant and the water and the fish and the wind all at the same time. I was huge.
Then the trance ended suddenly. I was back in my plain old boring body. Plain and boring in comparison to the wonder of nature I had just experienced. But a sense of the greatness stayed with me throughout the rest of the day. I was a cattail. I was a river.
Air surrounds us. It is everywhere we go. It is huge. But how can a Vitki use it in magic?
One of the easiest ways to use air in magic is simply through galder. Using your diaphragm to breathe in intone the name of a rune. This is a simple yet effective way to access air magic. You can also create a bind rune and galder the individual staves for much the same effect. Don’t underestimate the power of your own voice in magical workings. If it comes from deep inside your chest it is powerful indeed!
Another way to use air is to draw a bind rune on a piece of paper. Go outside if there’s a breeze blowing. Galder the bind rune and rip the piece of paper up into tiny bits. Toss the bits up into the air and let the breeze take them. This will take your magical sending as far as the bits of paper will travel. You are literally releasing your magic into the universe. Powerful work!
A little more unique is to couple the Elements of air and water together this way. Heat water on the stove until it is boiling and steaming. Take a styrofoam cup with a bind rune drawn on it. Place the steaming water into the cup. Galder the bind rune and the magic will be released through the steam into the air. Air will carry it away to do its work.
These are three very simple yet effective ways to use the Element of air in your magic work. With a little creativity I’m sure you can come up with many more!