An ergi warrior. Contradiction of terms? Maybe not.
I’ve always known I was ergi. From my earliest memories of being the oddball in a rough and tumble familial and social setting I knew something was up. Took me a while to figure out what exactly. But I was always feminine.
But I was also always a warrior. Fighting back against those who picked on me. Fighting back with my father. I figured out that the only way to survive and flourish in this atmosphere was to stand up for myself.
Fast forward to adulthood and my exposure to Asatru. I learned about Odin and his studying seidr with Freyja. Not a very manly practice. Most seidr workers were women after all. And then of course Loki using the term ergi to hurl as an insult at Odin. But Odin was nonplussed. After all he was a warrior god. If he also had an ergi side of his complex personality so be it. Odin knew that to continue his never ending search for wisdom it would be necessary to explore that part of his psyche. He was an ergi warrior.
What does this mean for me today as a vitki? I explore both sides of myself. The masculine runes and the feminine seidr. I know that may be a gross oversimplification but it’s how I view it. It takes work on both sides to keep me balanced. I admit I struggle sometimes with this balance. But I at least keep struggling.
And these days I’m a warrior in my daily battle with MS. And naturally my ergi flag is always flying. I’m not afraid to be ergi. Or a warrior. I am happily both. So let Loki hurl insults. It’s simply who I am. I follow the example of Odin. I’m an ergi warrior!
The concept of nine realms is one of the cornerstones of Nordic thought. These realms are laid out in the Lore in many places. But to what end? What is the purpose of the nine realms to the vitki?
First of course is to have a destination for seidr journeying. Whether it’s Hel for communication with the dead or Asgard for acquiring greater wisdom the realms are there to explore. It’s through these explorations that knowledge and understanding are collected for the use of the vitki. This information is best used to describe spiritually what occurs in ordinary consciousness. It is a framework to explain everyday life.
But the nine realms can be used to explain even more. They can be used as a way to interpret the psychological state of mankind. Here’s a quick lesson from Thorsson on how.
Midgard is the center realm. It governs the Self. The higher consciousness is explained in Asgard. Lljossalfheim is the intellect. Svartalfheim is the emotions. Hel is the subconscious. Vannaheim stands for motion. Jotunheim is motion. Neifelheim is contractive energy. Musspelheim is expansive energy. All together they form a snapshot of the individual. That can be used in rune casting.
This rune layout is a combination of things I have learned along the way in Runic studies. It’s simple in the layout but a little tougher in the interpretation.
Nine runes are pulled. The first is placed in the center at Midgard. The second is placed above this in Asgard. Directly below that is the third rune for Lljossalfheim. Directly beneath Midgard is Svartalfheim for the fourth rune. Fifth comes Hel directly beneath that.
The the sixth is in the upper left hand corner for Vannaheim. The seventh is the lower left hand corner for Musspelheim. Number eight is the upper right hand corner for Neifelheim. And finally the ninth is placed in the lower right hand corner for Jutonheim.
Now comes the fun right brain task of interpretation. Using the psychological aspects given you can place a person’s immediate and short term beliefs on a given issue. Have fun coming up with pairs in all this. Asgard and Hel influencing each other for example. The variations are only limited by the interpreter skills and intuition.
So hopefully this has given you are new way to look at rune casting. Let your intuition soar with the possibilities hinted at here. Mostly explore!
Dovetailing the last post I thought I’d share an exercise from Runic John using the Wheels of might system. Here goes.
Imagine you’re pulling energy up from the earth into your brown foot wheel. It travels through all the Wheels until it is in your head wheel. Then it turns into a rainbow colored energy that sprays out of your head wheel covering your body with light. It falls back down to your foot wheel only to get sucked up again and make the journey through the wheels all over. This fountain of energy continues feeding itself and repeating. You are surrounded by a rainbow colored energy field. Continue this exercise as long as your focus will allow.
Great. But what does it do exactly? I can only report from personal experience. What it has done for me the last several days I’ve been doing it is that it definitely gives me a boost of energy. Energy I need to continue my day with purpose. Continue with the goals at hand. Very useful tool for someone with MS.
It’s another tool I can add to my toolbox. Every day it seems I find something of use and value to add. Hopefully you do the same!
Wheels of might. The Nordic chakra system. I’ve been dying to know if such a thing existed. Apparently Runic John was inspired with such a system. Here’s a brief run down of what I’ve learned.
Having some exposure to the chakra system of 7 wheels I was surprised this Nordic system only had five. But that’s all he wrote.
The first hweol is the foot wheel. It is located just below your feet. It’s color is brown. It oversees your physical body and vitality. The rune is uruz.
The hype hweol is at your groin or hips. The color is blue-green. It governs creativity and sexuality. The rune is othala.
The Midgard hweol is at your navel. The color is a swirling rainbow. It governs the conscious mind and ego. Isa is the runic affiliation.
Next is the heorte hweol located at the center of you chest. The color is red. It looks after emotions. Ehwaz is the Rune.
Last is the hafela hweol. It is located just above your head. It’s color is white. It is in control of the growth of consciousness. The rune is Ansuz.
There’s more of course but I just wanted to give a brief introduction to this school of thought. I admit I was a bit skeptical of this. But I figured I’d give it a try. I’ve worked with it for several days. It’s growing on me. The Book of Seidr gives exercises to work on. I admit they’re pretty powerful. But don’t take my word for it. Use this system to create your own meditations and exercises. That’s what being a vitki is all about — creating!
I stand in the center, blind. But creativity of my higher consciousness will defeat the blurring of vision I’m experiencing in my subconscious. A connection to the gods of this story, intellectually, will prevent emotional stagnation. An exchange of magic will bring about success and goals achieved. The expansive energy of inspiration will bring about innovation in my thought.
This is the result of a rune casting I did on the question “What does this runic passage of the Poetic Eddas mean for me as a vitki today?”. I did this casting in preparation for writing this entry of my blog.
So it appears that some creative thinking is called for. I will do my best
I won’t bore you all with a retelling of this except. It’s all right there in the Poetic Eddas under the title Sigrdrifumal. If you haven’t read it yet I sincerely ask you to do so. Important information for the vitki is to be found there.
So Sigurd our hero has discovered Sigerdrifa our heroine. He thinks she’s a man at first because of her battle gear. When he takes off her helmet and reveals she is in fact female his heart leaps. Sigurd takes his sword Gram and cuts off her chain mail (no comments Dr Freud). She awakens and greets the day. Then she turns to finding out who this man is who has woken her from her slumber. Being convinced he is indeed a hero worthy of her time of day Sigerdrifa starts a segment vital to a vitki’s knowledge. She teaches him rune charms.
Let me say that again. She teaches him. Here we have an example of how the Lore states clearly the equality and even superiority of the female over the male. It is the feminine catching a bit of equality with the masculine.
The feminine or as I like to call it the intuitive side has something of great value to teach. The intuitive unlocks secrets. The intuitive knows more on this subject than the analytical masculine. Femininity wins the day. In the world of rough and tumble masculine energy we find a glowing example of a role reversal. This happens in other places of the Lore but not quite so eloquently. This is a victory for women of our ancestors. And a victory for today.
What this means for me as a vitki is the importance of balance in my vitki work. I must always stay mindful of this balance. I must give equal thought to both the intuitive feminine and the analytical masculine. It’s a tightrope that can be difficult to walk. But the rewards are there for those who strive to maintain the balance.
Words of enduring wisdom for this vitki. Maybe you will discover wisdom here too.