My interview

giftsofthewyrd.podbean.com. That’s the address for the podcast on which I was interviewed recently. Gifts of the Wyrd. I talk about being a full time Vitki and inclusive heathenry. Check it out!  Hope to be in your ears soon! And if you have a chance check out my channel on YouTube. Four posts so far!  I’m a busy Vitki. Check it out! Thanks!

Straddling two realms

As a Vitki part of my job is to work in realms other than Midgard. I achieve this through Seidr work. In such work I go into what I call a working trance. This is a trance state where I have one foot in ordinary consciousness and another foot in another realm. This allows me to experience reality in different ways. I can be in Asgard and still be aware of ordinary consciousness enough to hear the phone ring.

This working trance brings about some interesting insights. For example I will get a message from another realm and be able to write it down in my journal as it’s happening. That’s how I perform all of my Seidr sessions. I never fully go under into trance.

How do I achieve this state?  For me it all starts with drumming and chanting. And sometimes swaying. These actions are enough for me to feel a shift in my consciousness. This shift is a bit like the way you feel right before you fall asleep. It’s a consciousness Twilight Zone. This state is what I try to get to every time I do Seidr. Sometimes I admit it doesn’t work. I stay stuck in ordinary consciousness. But most of the time I get the results I’m looking for.

In this state I’m able to perform all the tasks I wish to do in the other realms. This straddling of two realms is key for me. I’m allowed to do whatever my intention is.

Other people may go into deep trance to perform Seidr. But as I generally do Seidr alone it’s important not to be totally under. This is the state of consciousness I train my apprentices to be in. And for me it’s become second nature.

It’s a state I’d urge you all to try. It’s safe and brings results. Straddling two realms is for me the way to go. Happy traveling!

Gods calling

The gods call us in different ways. Depending on their personalities and the reason for the call. Here’s how some of the gods have called me to their service.

Odin. I was first called by Odin in this path. His calling me was kinda sneaky and quiet. I had started studying the runes and knew very little about Asatru and Norse spirituality in general. But as I studied the runes the name of Odin kept coming up. Odin this. Odin that. Odin. So I started meditating on him in particular. And sure enough he wanted to talk with me. It was mostly on the runes at first. How to better read them and so on. So Odin had much to say to me then. He taught me about the runes and many mysteries. Cool. I had a god and he talked to me. I was a heathen. This was about 24 years ago. And I’ve been going full force since then.

Next up was Tyr. He wasn’t subtle at all in calling me. I was meditating on Odin and the image of a tiwaz rune came to me. I thought nothing of it. Until it happened again the next day. And the next. And the next. So I switched my meditation to that of Tyr. He had things to teach me. So I started following him

Then several years ago while in trance Tyr told me it was time for me to move on. He told me that now Freya wanted a turn. And Hella. So off I went to find out what they had for me. And I’ve been considering them my primary deities since then.

So that’s how I have been called. Sometimes over the years it’s felt a bit like rejection. This god doesn’t want me anymore. But the trade offs have always ultimately been in my favor. So for me at least the gods do know what’s best.

How dare you call yourself a Vitki? Part two

It’s the mid 80s. I’m in my early 20s. I have been searching for a spiritual path my entire teen years. Then in my early 20s I met a wonderful woman. She turned me on to the booming New Age movement. I took to all of it like a duck to water. I read everything I could about trance, channeling, spirit guides and the rest. Some of it took and some of course was sheer garbage.

It was during this time that I had what today I would call my first spontaneous Seidr session. I was just laying there relaxing and I was suddenly in an altered state. I got information that I was told was for a friend. When I passed on the information the friend told me it was absolutely correct and valid. As I didn’t really know how I got to that altered state I didn’t continue exploring it. My bad.

Then in my mid 20s I decided to explore what my ancestors may have done for spirituality before the arrival of Christianity. As I’m German of both sides I started reading about their early religion. This lead me to reading about the Norse pantheon. And I was on my way!

In my late 20s I got bit by the rune bug. I started studying them seriously. I joined the Rune Gild. All I kept hearing about was Odin. Then he called me. It wasn’t a single dramatic event. It was more of an unveiling of wisdom to me that I soon realized was coming from Odin. So I answered the call and started to honor him in earnest.

As I continued my Rune studies over the years I got the feeling that my spiritual practices were off balance. I decided to start finding out about Seidr. Soon I was duplicating my spontaneous experience of years gone by. I was having altered consciousness experiences regularly.

I was now in my early 40s. I was and had been doing rune readings and Seidr sessions for others for some time. And I had been referring to the work I did as Vitki work. It just slowly over the years evolved to that.  I was a Vitki. I did what a Vitki does.

In my mid 40s I was diagnosed with MS. Soon I was unable to hold down a regular job. This freed me up to do my Vitki work full time. And that’s what I did. I have been dedicating myself to Vitki work full time for over seven years.

In my early 50s now I have really accelerated my Vitki work. I have apprentices. I have this blog. I have published a book. I have a YouTube channel. I have been interviewed on a podcast. All in regards to the work of a Vitki. I do what a Vitki does and have for years now.

How dare I call myself a Vitki?  That’s how. But mainly because I dedicate my life to Vitki work. I serve my clan in many ways. Rune readings. Seidr work. Education. And as an ordained gothi I provide spiritual guidance. This is my life. All I do centers around this amazing work. I continue to grow and surprise myself in what I end up doing. It’s a never ending path I’ve been on. Each step along the way has lead me to now. I am a Vitki.

How dare you call yourself a Vitki?

There have been people in my life that have asked me the question “How dare you call yourself a Vitki? You read a few books and call yourself a Vitki”. My answer to them is always the same. I call myself a Vitki because I do what a Vitki does.

My introduction to the term Vitki came first from Thorsson. He told me through his writings that anyone who practiced and studied the runes was a Vitki. A Norse sorcerer. At least that was my understanding of his words. So I studied the runes and therefore called myself a Vitki. But it all started much earlier for me. It was just a term that I found useful to explain what I was and what I did and who I was.

I was born and raised in farm country. My grandparents owned a farm. My father worked the land. And I as an extension was raised to be the one to take over the land one day. Many contended hours of my early years were spent on piles of dirt.  Bugs were my friends. I grew to appreciate the changing of the seasons. I was intune with the cycle of planting growing and harvesting the crops. My dad used to tell me of one of his favorite memories growing up was going out to the fields in spring and laying down in the dirt to listen to the corn grow. These are the people who shaped my early years. People whose goal was to leave the land better than they had found it. An admirable goal to be sure.

I was in touch with the land wights if our area. Although I called them “gnomes”. I didn’t have the proper vocabulary to explain what I was experiencing. But experience it I did.

Then came the teen years. A rough time in anyone’s life.  But especially for me.  I was gay in a very rural area in the late 1970s.  And I was never in the closet.  Being gay was just a part of who I was.  It never dawned on me to try to hide it.

Being gay meant I was acutely aware of my feminine side  I learned to trust my intuition.  I learned not to be ashamed of those aspects of self that the world around me said were bad and sinful.  I learned to be different than others.  Very different.  It was this sense of being an other that colored my life.  I became comfortable being who and what I was though those around me condemned it.

So I entered my 20s with a thick skin and the firm conviction that I was right in my sense of otherness.  All the lessons of my life up till then had prepared me for a life different from those around me.

My next post I will continue this tale of why I call myself a Vitki.  Till then…