Love and the Vitki

Let’s face it. Asatru often is a cold and heartless path. All the warrior mentality. But the lore is filled with love. Love of the land. Love of spouses. Love of clan. Love of honor. So with so much love being spread what can we as Vitkis do to take it even further?

First I think I need to state my definition of love.  For me love is not a fluffy bunny emotion.  Love is a strong and powerful force.  Love can overcome fierce obstacles.  It can be the driving force behind acts of war even.  But the love I experience is a strong solid emotion.  Nothing fluffy at all!

Love can consume you. Not just romantic love. But love of many different things. Love of Esoteric work is one way this emotion can manifest. I can honestly say I have a true deep love and reverence for Seidr and the Runes. Both disciplines have brought so much to my life. That fact alone is reason enough for me to love these processes. It is a true two way relationship. I put much energy into these disciplines and get much in return. How much more of love can you ask?

The use of the energy of love in magic is powerful. Every act of magic should have an emotional energy behind it. That energy is what sends the spell out into the multiverse to do your work. Isn’t using love to send out your intentions better than using anger or hate?  For me the emotional power of love carries the day. I’d rather put out a positive emotion than a negative one.

I recently did a candle sending. I created my bind rune and carved it on the candle. As I loaded the candle with the Rune energy I focused also on the sturdy emotion of love. I added the emotion to the Runic energy I was sending. Instead of feeling worn out after the act I felt light and full of joy. That is what love can provide your magic!

So think about using the energy of love next time you’re doing a magical act. Try focusing on this positive emotion. Let the stable foundation of love serve you well. It has done so for me!

How to do distance healings

One if the most rewarding and challenging things I do in my Vitki work is distance healing. This is where you work on a client who is not physically in your presence. They could be in another state or even another country. But healing can be done over great distances.

The first thing I do is set up a time with the client to do the session. I want them to be available to experience the healing first hand while I do it. I ask then to be as relaxed and open at the given time as they can. If they meditate I ask them to do so. Better yet if they have trance experience I ask then to go into a trance. This way I know that they will be receptive to the work I’m going to be doing. Of course you can only trust that the client is doing as you request. But in my years of doing this I’ve only had one time when this wasn’t done. And that was when the client got the day wrong!

Once I have a good feeling about the client being in a calm state of mind it’s time for me to do my thing. I get myself situated in preparation for going into trance. I start my drumming and soon enough I’m in a working trance.

I become aware of my hyde or hamr. I ground myself so that I can draw energy from the Earth to do my work. I start drawing up energy from the ground by imagining my legs are plugged in to an electrical outlet. I see energy flowing up into me through my feet and legs from the ground.

I use this primal energy to increase the strength of my hyde. I draw in the energy until my hyde is bright and strong in its feel. Now comes the fun part!

I look around the astral plane for my fetch. As the fetch is an aspect of the Self it’s never far away. I become conscious of my fetch and send energy into it. I also send part of my awareness into the fetch. Once I can feel that I am experiencing reality through my fetch’s eyes I’m ready to journey.

I send my fetch and my consciousness to the client. If they’re doing as I asked this generally is not a hard chore. Once I’ve found my client I start to become aware of their hyde. I scan it and search it for trouble. This can manifest as dark patches or holes or ruptures. Now I can begin sending energy through my fetch into the hyde of the client. This takes some effort. You’re acting as a channel of the energy flowing up through you from the earth across whatever distance there is and into the hyde of the client. It’s very important to remain focused as you don’t want to break that chain of energy.

After some time of sending the energy you will begin to see the client’s hyde repairing itself. The holes will start to be filled in. The dark patches will become bright. And once this is accomplished you will know you have completed your task.

Now it’s just a matter of retracing your steps to get back into your ordinary consciousness. Hopefully you have arranged a chance to speak with the client by phone after the session. They can tell you all about what they experienced while you worked. Set up a time in a week or so to check in with them to see if their issue seems to be resolved. Hopefully you will get positive feedback!

Thats a quick lesson in how I do distance healing. Don’t try this until you have achieved a level of ability to actually see the world through your fetch’s eyes. This is a vital skill for distance healing. You will be looking through your fetch’s eyes to do the work. Otherwise you may as well be throwing darts while blindfolded!

I wish you success in your endeavors in this area of your Vitki work. I’m sure there are other ways to do this but this method is the one I have found reliable. Try it yourself and see what results you get!

Etymology — what is it good for?

Etymology. The origin of words. Sometimes this issue comes up in groups on Facebook. What exactly is the origin of the word “rune”?  Or “Seidr”?  Or any other word related to the work of a Vitki?  Interesting questions to be sure. Yet really what does it matter?

I maintain the only issue that should surround a word is how it is used currently. The only thing that matters is the current use and meaning of a word. Everything else in my opinion is merely mental mastrubation.

Take the word “rune”. The origin of that word is the word “runa” which means “mystery”. What does this mean to us now?  Would we not have discovered this meaning if we simply studied them?  What difference does it make if a word is Old Norse or Old German or whatever?  The meaning of a word is what it does for us today. So in this case the word means “mystery” to us today because in studying the runes we find it to be true.

My opinion is that a word is only as good and as powerful as it’s current usage. Otherwise we run the risk of being trapped in some dusty yesterday rather than being full and vibrant practitioners of a living craft. And that’s what I strain to be. A living breathing Vitki with his eyes looking towards the future. Not looking back on where we’ve been.

Connections

To be truly effective a Vitki must be well connected. Connected on many levels to many different entities. Connection is the way we monitor our progress. It is the way we serve. It is the way we communicate with our gods.

First for me there is the connection with deities. Being connected with the deities gives me the opportunity to do and experience a wealth of information. Being connected to deities is the way I make sure I stay on the correct path. How to stay connected to deities?  The easiest way is through meditation. And ritual and prayer. These ways offer us a direct link to the divine. This is my primary connection. Without it for me none of the other connections really matter. It is my lifeline to everyday life.

Connection to the Runes is also vital to me as a Vitki. It is my first line of connection with the gods. Through my use of the Runes I am allowed a glimpse into the goings on of the divine. The runes are more than a powerful Divination system for me. Plugging into the energy of the Runes gives me a boost of spiritual strength. I need this on a regular basis to function well.

Connection with your clan. Staying connected with those of a like mind has never been easier. Thanks to the internet we can reach others all over the world in a simple keystroke. Your clan can be as large as your imagination allows. For me this has the added benefit of not needing to leave my house to be connected. This is important as a person who suffers from MS. It may be important to you for different but just as valid reasons.

These are just three ways that being connected is vital to my work as a Vitki. I’m sure in your own practice there are more. But being connected is an important part of who we are and what we do. Connections makes the work worthwhile!

Seidr and personal transformation

One of the most powerful ways to use Seidr is to use it for personal transformation. This is easy enough to accomplish if you have trance skills. Let me give you an example.

First let me restate my definition of Seidr. For me in my practices any trance work done with a northern tradition as its backdrop is Seidr. Traveling the nine realms qualifies.

First you need to determine what you would like to change about yourself and your thinking or behaviors. This could require some introspection. It’s time well spent though.

Once you have a plan in mind it’s time to journey. For transformation purposes some of the most powerful allies you can have are the Norns. They are the weavers of Wyrd and help control our paths. Whenever I have a change that needs to occur within myself I travel to the well with the Norns.

Next I ask them to see the weaving they are doing of my own Wyrd. If they agree to show me I look for something in the weaving that may correspond to the change I would like to have occur. Many times this appears as a dark or black strand in an otherwise colorful weaving. It looks out of place. I then ask the Norns to cut this thread and continue the weaving without it. If they agree then great. Mission accomplished. If they don’t agree to this request I simply go back to them at another time and it always seems to get done.

Next I return to ordinary consciousness and make a game plan of what I can do myself to bring about the change. This is something else I always ask the Norns. They generally give me a good idea of what I can do beyond their changing of my weaving. This always takes the form of good solid steps to take. It’s up to me of course to follow them!

This technique has worked for me many times. Whether it’s a habit I need to change it a relationship that I need severed I go to the Norns for their aid.

This is just one way to use Seidr for personal transformation. There are many more. The uses are only limited by your imagination. Dream it then do it with the help of the Norns!