I am a Vitki. I have called myself that for 25 years. Yep it’s been that long! I was first introduced to the word through the Rune Gild and the works of Edred Thorsson. According to them anyone who studied and worked with the Runes was a Vitki. Good enough for me!
In several occasions on social media I have been attacked for using that word to identify myself. But I simply stuck to my guns. I never realized that people could be so passionately negative over this simple label. But the trolls come out from time to time and I have to defend myself.
When I started the Vitki/Volva Forum I was as inclusive as I felt I could be. I didn’t question anyone’s right to use that label to identify themselves. Still don’t. Maybe I’m too loosey goosey. Or maybe I just don’t feel it’s my place to judge.
Over the years my definition of Vitki has grown to include Seidr workers. This concept has opened up new realms for me to discover. I welcome growth into my life. So it now (for me at least) refers to those who work with the Runes or do Seidr work.
Has anyone else “given” me this title? Yep. Those who know me and my work refer to me as a Vitki. I’m not sure why that’s important but to some it is. So I meet that criteria as well.
Really why should we spend time worrying about what we or others call themselves? Shouldn’t we be spending our time doing the work? Reading Runes. Doing Seidr sessions. Creating magic. There’s plenty to do. So don’t worry about what others call themselves. As long as they’re doing the work in my book they’re a Vitki!