Brick wall

Sometimes in my Vitki work I run full force face first into a wall. The wall could appear in any of the areas I work in. Contemporary Seidr. Rune readings. Whatever. But suddenly I’ll hit this brick wall and bust my nose in the process…

At times like these I have to stop. Literally. The multiverse just won’t let me move forward. And so I have to ask myself “Why?”  Why is the multiverse putting up this stopping point?  Why am I not to keep moving forward?  What the Hel is going on?

Normally upon reflection I find that I need to simply slow down. Let myself catch my breath. I move at such a frantic pace most of the time. But there are times when the multiverse sends me this message to just stop. So I stop. Do a little breathing. And reevaluate what I’ve been up to that caused this phenomenon.

I understand that walls can be good. They protect us from the bad stuff. They provide structure. They offer boundaries that I often am in need of. Walls can be my friends.

But then there’s the other times when a wall is just a big old obstacle to achieving a goal. Then it’s not my friend but my enemy. The wall is bad. And those walls are meant to be burst through.

So how to tell if a wall is a friend or a foe?  That’s when I do a Contemporary Seidr session to souse it out. A good old fashioned trance session can shine a light on the goings on that are troubling me. I can rely on the gods to set things aright. They rarely fail me. I don’t believe the gods get anything out of watching me flail around. They provide the ways back to the path I’m meant to follow. I just have to trust that the gods have my back. And they most certainly do…

Walls. Good thing or bad?  I trust in the gods to let me know. And for that wisdom and guidance I am eternally grateful…

You get what you get

Dealing with the gods in trance can be a dicey endeavor. Often they give me great advice or words of wisdom for my daily life. Most of the time. But today…

I went into trance to have a chat with Cerridwen to hopefully get a topic for this blog post. I did my breathing and lit some incense. The typical things I do to go into trance. Soon enough I was in an altered state of consciousness. I sent out word that I wanted to speak to Cerridwen. She appeared. She was stirring a huge caldron of bubbling liquid. I boldly asked her for help with a topic for this blog. She looked straight at me with her steely eyes blazing. She said “I am preparing the Awen. It is not yet ready. Come again another time for inspiration.”  Then the steam from the cauldron obscured her and she was gone.

Well. Indeed.

No wisdom for me today. No pithy wise remarks to share. Just come back later. Which I shall.

This was just an example of how you can’t have grand expectations for every trance session. Sometimes you’ll come up empty handed. And you need to try again later.

One thing I’ve learned in my years of trance work is you get what you get. Sometimes the veil is lifted and you see the multiverse in rich vibrant technicolor. Other time it’s in sepia. Other times it’s just a big blank. But I needed to learn to be grateful even for the blanks. They have their own wisdom to teach you. The wisdom of patience. The wisdom of perseverance. The wisdom of possibilities. Many lessons can be learned through a non answer answer. The gods communicate in many ways. One of those ways is through silence.

So no wisdom for me today from Cerridwen. Or was there?

Bleeding through

Sometimes something strange occurs when you spend some time traveling to the other Realms. Do it enough and you start to get bleed through. One Realm overlapping into another. This can be rather disconcerting. Especially when you experience it for the first time. But have no fear!  There are plenty of things you can do about this phenomenon.

First is to make sure you’re always properly grounded before you make an attempt at travel between the worlds. This is simply a matter of sitting with your feet flat on the ground. Focus on your breathing. Once it’s in a rhythm imagine roots  growing through the soles of your feet into the ground. With each exhale send the roots down deeper. Soon they’ll be at the core of the earth. Then on your next inhale draw energy up from the center of the earth into your body. Fill yourself with this energy. Once you feel full you’re free to go about the business of travel.

If the bleed through is interrupting your daily tasks simply do a quick grounding. Shake off the remnants of the other Realm. Stay focused on the here and now. Breathe. Stay calm. Be in control.

There may be times you welcome the bleed through. In those cases allow yourself the freedom to follow your consciousness to wherever it may go. Give yourself the opportunity to follow the lead of the multiverse. See where it takes you!

There’s nothing to fear from this. In all my years of practice I’ve never been sent anywhere bad or evil. If you keep your waking thoughts focused on the positive that’s what you’ll experience. Good comes from good.

So if ever you’re drifting into another Realm don’t panic!  Keep your wits about you and enjoy the ride!  Safe and productive journeys to you!

The elephant

It seems that you can’t have a group of Heathens without also having the elephant being somewhere in the room. I refer to the issue of racism. That ugly word that almost always seems to pop up in Facebook groups and organizational meetings of the Heathen flavor. Whether it’s accepting these ideas of racial superiority or decrying it it never seems to be a dead issue.

I perhaps am uniquely qualified to write about this issue. A proud Heathen of over two decades and also married to a Jewish man and father to a beautiful African American daughter. Oh and grandfather to an adorable African American grandson. So my radar is always on high alert for this. I obviously don’t take too kindly to attitudes of racial superiority. But why does this subject seem to be in the shadowy background of our spiritual path?

The modern history of these misguided beliefs perhaps can be traced back to Guido von List. He was an Esoteric worker who came up with the modern ideas of Runic thought. He worked over 100 years ago. And he was violently anti Semitic. A true precursor to the thoughts that later bloomed into the Nazi mindset. The Reich used his works to bolster their attitude of racial purity.

And the Nazis. Their use of our symbols put our path squarely on the minds of the general public. The use of these symbols as part of the Nazi propaganda helped solidify attitudes of racial purity and superiority as being part and parcel of those on our spiritual path. The Nazis were the cement that put and held these attitudes firmly in place.

So it’s been in modern society. These attitudes of racial superiority bled through to factions of our path. Unfortunately the loudest and most visible factions. General superiority views of all those not “purely white” became more and more attached to our path as disturbed individuals kept doing crazy things like shooting people of color with guns inscribed with Norse path symbols. Or marching and chanting hate slogans against others while wearing badges of our symbols. The list of examples goes on and on.

Why is this true today?  I postulate the theory that as a minority there are those who look to twisted ways to make themselves feel better by attacking other minorities. It’s the old “I’ll show you who’s better” mindset at work. There are unfortunately those who take it upon themselves to rant and rave and scream their insecurities to the world.

Of course I’d make the argument that those of this mindset are not truly on this path anyway.   Anyone who’s read the Eddas knows that racial mingling is in the lore. Where else do etin brides cone from anyhow?  To be true to the Norse path is to understand that even our ancestors had a vastly different attitude towards race issues than we currently have. There was a feeling that permeated their beliefs so strongly that it made it into the lore!  We need to look to the past in these regards to build a stronger more inclusive future.

So what to do about this all?  Fight. Whenever an attitude of racial superiority rears its ugly head on a Facebook group shout it down. Be the voice of inclusion rather than letting it slide. Look to elders in our community who hold inclusive attitudes. Shun those who believe that white is somehow better. If these folks are frozen out often enough they will remain quiet. And perhaps reflect on these issues with a cool head. We will never be taken seriously by the mainstream as long as these attitudes remain part of our public picture. We must show the face of inclusion to the world at large. We must each as individuals address this form of thought in our own lives. We must personally be examples for those new to our path to emulate. Never be silent. Never give in. Shoot the elephant every time you see it. And with enough bullets it will surely die.

What I do…

Being a full time Vitki is a challenge!  But here’s a list of the things I do almost every day…

Rune reading. Almost no day goes by without my doing a rune reading. For myself or for others. It’s part of the backbone of my practice.

Contemporary Seidr sessions. These I generally do at least once a week. Keeps me in contact with the deities.

Blog. If you’re reading this you know it already!  I try to blog at least once a week. Sometimes more.

Write. I have two books available in paperback or Kindle editions on Amazon. “Vitki Musings” and “On Contemporary Seidr”. Just type in my name Kurt Hoogstraat and they come up. I promise you I’m the only author you’ll find under that name!

Help create curriculum. I’m in the process of helping create an Esoteric curriculum for a group I belong to.

Post on YouTube. My channel A Vitki Gothi Speaks is relatively popular. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Mentor my apprentices. This is totally rewarding. I learn as much as I teach!

That’s a quick rundown of how I spend most of my time. Pretty rewarding!  I am looked down upon by the gods in a most favorable way…