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!
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!
The Runes can be used for many purposes. Perhaps my favorite use is to use them in regards to personal power and transformation. This use for me is the primary use of the Runes. It is through this use that we can tap into the strongest and highest use of the Runes. It is through this use that we may achieve the highest goal of the Vitki. The transformation of the Vitki into someone more powerful than before. Someone with greater Self understanding.
How do we do this? Two ways immediately come to mind. Through the use of individual staves and through the use of bind Runes.
In using individual Runes the Vitki would choose the Rune that most suitably matched the desire of the needed change. This may be as simple as using Ansuz for spiritual growth or connection with Odin. Or perhaps using thurisaz for protection and defense. The individual Runes chosen can then be used in different ways. Through galder we can use the element of air to achieve a desired change. Through the use of fire either with a candle sending or simply writing the Runes on a piece of paper and burning it we can release the power of the Runes into the multiverse. The simple act of loading the paper or candle with the appropriate stave through galder should bring about an effect. There is powerful magic in these uses. Explore them for yourself.
Then there’s the use of bind runes. You can choose several staves to bring about a desired effect. For example for spiritual growth you may choose laguz and Ansuz. For material gain fehu and laguz work well. The possibilities are as endless as the imagination of the Vitki. Again you could use the two burning methods described above to send out the magic. I ask you to also try these techniques.
What is the difference between using an individual stave or a bind rune for your purposes? The individual stave tends to be more focused and directed towards quick results. The bind rune is more long lasting in its effects. Slower and more deliberate. At least that’s been my experience with these two techniques.
Changing of Self is a primary calling for the Vitki. Try using these ideas and see what changes may occur in your life!
Being a working full time Vitki is never boring. You get lots of interesting cases to work on. And you get to help plenty of people in the process. That’s what makes it so great and why I love my work so much.
The other day I had a client come in. He asked me if I did chakra alignment. I told him I didn’t work with the eastern 7 chakra system. But I explained that I did work with the 5 energy wheel system which is definitely more Heathen based (thanks Runic John!). After a quick run down we agreed to work together on what he was describing as a blockage.
I laid him down on a table in a comfortable position. I told him to breath in a pattern of in to the count of three, hold for three and exhale to the count of three. It took him a few minutes to get into this pattern.
I took my clear quartz gand and started my assessment. As I felt the energy in his hamr I realized he indeed had blockages in his top three wheels. The bottom two were humming along nicely. I sensed that the problem was a lack of energy exchange between his third and fourth wheels with another disconnect with his fifth wheel. His fifth or head wheel was also spinning very slowly.
I got to work. Using the gand I started creating new energy pathways between his top three wheels. I also started to redirect the energy into the proper flow pattern of spinning clockwise. All of this took about a half hour to achieve.
One of the things I also did was place a clear quartz stone on each of the wheels to help amplify my attentions. As I placed a stone on his head wheel he let out a yelp. I asked him what was wrong. He told me that it had felt like a sharp pain. I assured him that was just the feeling of the realignment taking effect. A few more spinnings of the gand and I could tell that we were done.
The client stood up I asked him if he felt any different. He told me he could feel energy flowing through his body. I thanked him and told him to see me again in a couple of weeks for a tune up. Then he was on his way.
Helping people feel more connected and intune. All in a day’s work for a Vitki!
Air surrounds us. It is everywhere we go. It is huge. But how can a Vitki use it in magic?
One of the easiest ways to use air in magic is simply through galder. Using your diaphragm to breathe in intone the name of a rune. This is a simple yet effective way to access air magic. You can also create a bind rune and galder the individual staves for much the same effect. Don’t underestimate the power of your own voice in magical workings. If it comes from deep inside your chest it is powerful indeed!
Another way to use air is to draw a bind rune on a piece of paper. Go outside if there’s a breeze blowing. Galder the bind rune and rip the piece of paper up into tiny bits. Toss the bits up into the air and let the breeze take them. This will take your magical sending as far as the bits of paper will travel. You are literally releasing your magic into the universe. Powerful work!
A little more unique is to couple the Elements of air and water together this way. Heat water on the stove until it is boiling and steaming. Take a styrofoam cup with a bind rune drawn on it. Place the steaming water into the cup. Galder the bind rune and the magic will be released through the steam into the air. Air will carry it away to do its work.
These are three very simple yet effective ways to use the Element of air in your magic work. With a little creativity I’m sure you can come up with many more!