My departed dad delivers an ass kicking

I do plenty of seidr sessions to speak to those no longer in physical body. I have my routine down. It’s generally done to acquire wisdom. A view point on an issue that I’m just not seeing. A different perspective. I find that if I phrase my questions correctly I get plenty of response. So a week or so ago I decided to talk to my mom about her views on my taking up a concurrent spiritual path. I was ready for lots of loving support from the Other world for this new endeavour. Boy did I get something!

A bit about my parents. Mom was the loving one. If you wanted a yes answer you asked mom. Dad was the disciplinarian. He wasn’t afraid to spank. And often did. Being ex-military he was the tough guy. No cookies from him!

So I did my trance preparations. Lit incense. Put on my oil. Got out the drum and started chanting. I chant Freyja when I’m journeying. She loans me her boar to travel between the worlds. She appeared. The boar was with her which meant I was to travel.

I got on the boar. Still drumming I changed my chant to Hella. The boar started running down towards Hel. As we were traveling the boar suddenly stopped and turned around. Now we were traveling upwards. I was very confused. But I knew enough to just go with it.  Up we went. Up the Tree. Soon we were in Asgard. Well I thought. Odin must have something to say to me. Suddenly I was excited. I had been summoned!

As I looked around I realized this was not the Asgard I was used to. Normally it appears to me as a big field of grass. Sunny and bright. Today it I was overcast.  Gloomy. The field was full of men in the distance.   Behind them was a great hall. Valhalla. I approached them. The men were fighting. They were dressed in uniforms from many different eras. As I watched them my excitement turned to dread. Why was I here?  A place I’d never been to in my years of traveling?

Out of the group of men one man approached me. As he got closer I realized in was my father. In his Korean War Army gear. Young. Not at all like he normally appears to me. He strode over to me

“What the hell is your biggest problem?  You want the go ahead to follow two paths at once. Do it and stop worrying what those other people think about you. It’s your spiritual life not theirs. Let them worry about themselves and you worry about you. Jesus son we are talking about your life here!  And goddammit stop doing so much!  You haven’t been doing your studies or practicing what you preach. It’s great that you decided to take on new challenges. That’s how you grow. Great!  So grow goddammit!  But cut out the shit and pay attention. Jesus Christ!”

He headed back to the group of men. He had said his piece. I stood there a little shell shocked. I finally got enough sense to get on the boar. We traveled back and I returned to ordinary consciousness.

Well. I was a bit in a state of shock. I had expected a nice supportive chat with mom. Instead I had gotten an ass kicking from dad in all his warrior glory. But I couldn’t argue with what he’d said. It was all true. So I’m taking the time to get back into the swing of things. And I’m cutting back. Some. I haven’t posted as much on my blog for one. I’m making time for me to do my stuff.

Balance has always been a challenge for me. I’m excited by all of the new opportunities that have fallen into my lap. I intend to take advantage of them all. But I’m going to do it making sure I still take time for me. To do my own studies. To allow myself to grow. After all dad ordered it!  And you definitely don’t want to defy him. If you do you’ll get a spanking!  And I’d hate to get a spanking from him now from the Other world!  Jesus Christ!

 

 

UPG man

I’ll admit it. I’m a UPG man. What does that mean to me exactly?  I’ll try to explain.

UPG informs my spiritual practices. I rely on UPG to keep my spirituality alive. It is the Ond. The breath of inspiration. That aspect alone makes it vital to me.

I have a good working knowledge of the Lore. I read constantly and have much of that knowledge tucked away somewhere in my craggy brain.  But I certainly don’t consider myself a lore head. I can’t quote exact references from the Lore in many cases. And quite frankly I tend to distrust those who can. If the knowledge of the Lore is so important that you memorize passages and can cite five resources on an issue that’s great.   But what about making a living breathing tradition for ourselves?  Not one entirely based on lore. There must be a place for inspiration. Ond. Those pesky UPGs.

I value my own personal experiences of the gods greatly. And if confronted with new or different information in a trance I will do my best to figure it out. Not simply shut things out because they’re not mentioned in the Lore. Trance is where I experience our path as a friend and teacher.  To say that something that came to me in a trance has no value simply because it can’t be referenced in the Lore is degrading my entire spiritual practice. And them’s fighting words!

The lore we have is in itself tricky. It is tainted with Christian values and morals. It has to be because writing them down was a bunch of Christian men!  So their worldview is bound to have influenced them. Based on oral tradition?  Absolutely. But definitely muddied. It can’t be totally trusted simply because it’s part of the scant evidence that has made it to us here and now.

Those who are quick in a discussion to drag out references from the Lore to prove the infallibility of their remarks strikes me as Fundamentalism. And all I can think of in such a situation is “Why are you hiding?”  Share your first hand experiences with me. Not something out of a book you read. Experience must count for something.

Suppose someone said that Odin had appeared to them as a black man. Instead of dismissing them as a lunatic I would find out what this could mean to them. Are there things about your attitude of race that need to be addressed?  Was there a wise teacher who helped mould you who was black?  What lessons do you need to learn that can best be taught by a black man?  Rather than dismissing them outright I would try to help them figure out the reason for this appearance in this guise.

So I guess I’m just a UPG guy. If that makes me one to dismiss I’d say you’re missing the picture. After all at some point everything was a UPG. I’m looking for the next piece of wisdom to be revealed. Not looking over my shoulder at the past.

An eclipse experience

I had been looking forward to the solar eclipse for over a month. My excitement grew each day in anticipation. I was planning a big ritual for it. I was going to use this event and it’s energy to rededicate myself to the vitki path.

Yesterday finally arrived. I got myself and my ritual tools ready. The time came. Here goes!

I lit incense. I  centered and grounded myself. I stood at my altar arms raised. I started to feel the energy growing. I called upon the Aesir and Vanner to hear my oath. I could suddenly feel a charge of electricity as I called them. With the assembled gods in my presence I made my oath. I oathed to continue on the path of the vitki. I asked for their guidance in this matter. I offered myself to do the work for my tribe. I made a vow to be available to those in need.

Then I stood quietly letting my words and my oaths reverberate through me. I let myself stay quiet as the darkness of the eclipse descended. I closed my eyes. As I stood there letting it all sink in I had a vision. It was a tree. A tree with three huge roots. I knew instinctively it was Yggdrasil. As I stood there gazing at it it started to grow. Rapidly. I started to grow as well. Within moments we were too large for my building and we burst through the walls and roof. Still we grew. Up and down and every direction we could. Soon we were sky and earth. We were the elements of the multiverse. We were everything. Then I was snapped back into ordinary consciousness.

I finished my ritual thanking the gods for the message. I believe the message was that I am to grow in this path. Grow beyond my expectations. Grow in every aspect of a Vitki. May it be so!

Some rune readings

I thought I would share with you some rune readings. If nothing else to share what I do as a Vitki almost every day. All but one of the examples were long distance readings. I never physically met the people. But I wanted to show you can effectively do distance readings. All you really need is a client and a question.

These readings are all nine realms readings. The first rune pulled is for Self. Second is Higher Consciousness. Third is Intellect. Fourth is Emotion. Fifth is Subconscious. Sixth is Balance. Seventh is Expansive Energy. Eighth is Contractive Energy. Ninth is Motion.

Now you have the framework for these examples. Here goes.

The first example the client wanted to know how her spiritual life would unfold in the coming months. The nine runes pulled in the order given above were elhaz, ingwaz, tiwaz, Isa, Berkano, jera, dagaz murk, wunjo murk, and perthro murk. Here’s what I gave her as a reply.

She has been experiencing a sense of stagnation spiritually. This has caused her to feel unhappy and hopeless. Rational control of her emotions is a key to breaking this stagnation. Her spiritual life is experiencing a time of gestation that will result in the birthing of new ideas. If she trusts herself in the process and path, the changes will occur with a new balancing from within. This will happen over the next year. This is the proper timing for these events to occur. She needs to trust herself as to when the appropriate time comes for these new ideas to be birthed

The second example comes from a man who wanted to know the cause of his relentless depression. Here are the runes I pulled in the order listed above. Othala, Ehwaz, Ansuz murk, fehu murk, Gebo, dagaz, ingwaz murk, raidiho murk, naudthiz. Here’s what I told him.

It is a good time for new spiritual endeavors.  He has created a sacred place for himself.  The depression is being caused by emotional burnouts from his thinking too much about this issue. This has lead to an intellectual scattering and a crisis state.  If he can balance the intellectual work of his spiritually with new innovations he can break through the depression. Coming up with creative ways to address his spirituality will lead to a break through of the intellectual boredom.   He needs to trust that a magical exchange is occurring between him and the Divine.

The last example comes from a man who wondered how a donation he had made would be used. The runes he pulled in order as above where Thurisaz, Isa, tiwaz, jera, eiwaz, perthro, othala, dagaz and Ansuz. All nine bright staves, a good sign right there!  I had never had that happen in a nine rune pull. I told him that what he pulled meant the following.

He has taken action. A positive action. A stillness of Self in this regard brings about an initiation. He told me is was his first time giving to that organization.   I told him not to worry that he gave money to the wrong organization. Proper timing will bring about justice in this matter. A balance of good fortune will bring about the motion of his money being used for productive communication. The expansive energy of his donation brings about safe spaces. Overall this action will facilitate an awakening of issues. That’s when he told me he had given to the Anti Defamation League. It suddenly all made sense.

Those are three examples of the vitki work I do all the time. Hopefully you were able to follow along with the interpretations. Any questions about all of this you know how to reach me!  Hail!

On being a mentor/coach

I have a Vitki student. I hesitate to call him that. I think of myself as his mentor or coach. But student seems to fit his part of our relationship quite well. I’m doing my best to teach him all of the information I have on how to be a Vitki. My way of course but it seems to work for me. Why not spread the information around?

I don’t hold much in secrets of the trade nonsense. If things that I have learned on my path can benefit another on their path we both stand to gain something in the sharing.

He lives on the other side of the world. We keep in touch through FB on a daily basis. We’ve been working together for a month now. It takes a lot of my time. But it’s worth it to have a front row seat at his growth.

Lately he is facing huge life changes. Moving to a new country. We’ve spent the most part of our month together working on grounding and centering. Holds him in good stead for the whirlwind he’s facing. But recently the need for magical workings has appeared. So we’ve leapt ahead in his study plan to address this need.

He has a good working knowledge of the runes. He told me he had tried to use bind runes before without much success. I assured him part of the problem was not having a good foundation to build on. We had been working on building a strong foundation for about a month. Time to test it out.

I was prepared to create a bind rune for him to use. I had done so in the past with some success. I was going to ask him to try to create a bind rune on his own. And sure enough after a gave him the three runes I would use for this working he turned around and fashioned a very workable bind rune!  And he created a mantra to go along with the sending!  I was beside myself with excitement. A true breakthrough. He had shown true Vitki skills.

I gave him a few options for how to do the sending. We talked some more about the ins and outs of a successful sending. And then we said goodbye for now.

Nothing is more thrilling than seeing someone find their way on this path. I am reminded of that time years ago when I was just discovering the power of this work and how to correctly use it. This alone makes every minute I spend mentoring him worthwhile. I’m reminded of the power and humility of being a Vitki. And for now a Vitki who helps.