I have studied the runes for 20 or so years. By studying I mean studied mostly Thorsson. A little Aswyn and Pennick. But almost exclusively Thorsson. About a year ago I decided to try some other authors. When I did I was surprised by the results. My entire runic world was set on edge.
I was encouraged by the works of these different authors to take a different (for me) approach to the runes. I didn’t need to take these new authors at face value. They were telling me to go back to the Rune Poems for inspiration. And then meditate to uncover my own truths in regards to meanings.
This new approach has been validated by my recent decision to study the Anglo Saxon futhorc. Just read the Rune Poem and meditate on meanings. My grasp of this futhorc has been quicker than my grasp of the Elder ever was. I am seeing new dimensions to my understanding of the Elder futhark. Everything is coming fast and furious and easily. My interest in the runes has been brought back to live. Vividly and with an electric charge.
I have no doubt my study of seidr has been a factor in all this. And maybe it’s just 20 years of studying finally paying off. Maybe the moral of this story is don’t put all of your trust and belief in one other person. Trust yourself on your path. All I know is I have never felt so connected to the runes as I do now. May this be the beginning of a new direction in my path of wisdom and understanding.
Bindrunes create the backbone of my runic energy workings. They provide structure to my dealings with the runes.
I use bindrunes to create images to focus on. They give me a place to mentally hang my hat. As a means of focusing my energies they send those energies out into the multiverse in a directed manner. Without this focus it would all just be scatterings.
I keep my bindrunes simple. No more than three or four individual runes per bindrune. That keeps the energy concise. More than that and for me it becomes too diffuse.
I create them into an aesthetically pleasing whole. This generally relies on symmetry. Keeping things balanced is important to me. I generally design my bindrunes in red on paper. Red of course adds power to any working.
I chant galdr as I design. I intone the individual rune names aloud. I chant them three or nine times depending on how powerful I need the working to be. Most times I find three is sufficient.
Next I decide how the working is to be performed. If I’m going to burn it I copy it onto special paper that I use for just this purpose. In red again. If it’s a candle sending I choose an appropriately colored candle and carve the bindrune into the wax.
Now comes the fun part. The ritual. I create a sacred space with energy and incense. I load the energy of the bindrune into the medium. Then I release into the multiverse with burning!
Of course I could just trace the image into the air (which I’ve been known to do) but there’s less energy released then. So I prefer burning if possible.
Then I let the bindrune do it’s stuff. I do record it in my vitki journal and try to forget it. That’s about it.
I’ll share a success story. Money was tight. I created a bindrune of fehu, berkano and laguz. For money, becoming and growth. I did a candle sending of it. Soon enough there was a card from a family member with cash in it. I found out my mother’s estate was closer to being closed. And I got 100 dollar gift card to Amazon! It had worked!
Now you see why bindrunes are my go to for runic workings. If you don’t use them already please try them!
This is a blow by blow description of how I do seidr sessions. Maybe you will get some ideas for your own practices. Maybe not!
First I decide on my intention. Am I seeking wisdom? Do I want to visit dead people? What is my goal. Of course there are times when I get into trance and the goal switches if I get signs or messages that I’m to do something else. So I do stay flexible. But I don’t do seidr every day anymore. My practice has grown to the point that I trust my skills. I don’t need daily practice to go into trance. So I at least start out with a goal.
Next I light some incense. I use white sage or mugwort. Then I put scented oil on my temples, neck and wrists. I’m triggered by scent. Sometimes just the scents can get me going on my way. So these things are important in my work.
Next I take out my drum and sit on my high seat. Okay it’s a barstool but it’s elevated. I only use this seat for seidr work. The slightly different perspective also helps get me in the mood.
Now I ground myself. Very important step in any work in the other realms. Plus I draw energy from the center of the Earth. This gives me the strength I need to proceed.
Then I start drumming. Once I have a steady rhythm I start to chant galdr. I chant to call on the deity I think I’ll need guidance from. If I’m journeying I’ll call on Freyja. If I’m seeking wisdom I call on Odin.
I’ll keep this up until I find myself slipping into trance. Sometimes it just takes a little while other times a lot longer. Once I am in trance I can begin to do the work at hand.
How the body of the session goes depends on the gods. Who shows up. What my intention was. Sometimes I just connect with Odin and he speaks wisdom. Sometimes it’s Freyja and I know I’m heading to another realm. If I do travel I call upon the Norns and Hela for assistance. I just get into trance and see how things unfold.
A session generally ends very suddenly for me. I’ll just be snapped back into ordinary consciousness once I have gotten what I came for. Then I often will do a rune reading for clarification. Just to highlight the important things that came to me in trance. And I reground myself. I thank the gods for their guidance and make an offering to them. Then I journal the experience in my vitki book. And I go about my day.
Not something happens every time I go into trance. Sometimes it’s just kinda hanging out in an altered state. That’s okay with me. It’s restful.
That’s what I do. I realize it may not be traditional. It’s what I have come up with after a couple of years of trial and error.
Maybe you picked up a tip from this. Let me know what you thought!
I have two drums that assist me in my vitki work. Both are handmade by heathens. Both are 10 inches in diameter. I acquired both from Etsy. I use them to go into trance for my seidr work and my serious rune work.
The first drum I got is a female. Her name is Olva. Her name came to me in trance when I first started working with her. I use her name when I first start going into trance. She is my first contact in trance work for journeying purposes. As I drum on her I chant her name. This helps me get into a deeper trance. Her head is made of horse hide. Olva’s pitch is the deeper of the two drums. I use her when I am doing work on intuitive issues. She is always there for me if I am traveling to Hel or working on emotional issues. She helps me clear my head on any right brian work.
My other drum is male. His name is Skinfaxi. His head is elk hide. He assists me in right brian work. If I want to reach Odin I use him. Anything having to do with logical solutions I use him for. Again I chant his name when first going into trance. He helps me remain focused on solution based work. And all rune work I use him for.
Both drums have become vital tools in my vitki practices. With them I am able to attain deeper trance states. They keep me stay focused on the work at hand. Sometimes I just get them out to play. They seem to me to be living entities. I count them among my closest friends.
If you do any trance work I strongly recommend drums. I know they bring me into closer contact with the other beings of the nine realms. They offer a form of structure in an area that can become pretty scattered. I deal with them every time I do vitki work. They have become indispensable for me.
I always thought that “magical” names were stupid. Silly. Childish. I mean, what’s so wrong with your given name? Why come up with a special name just for magical purposes? It just seemed ridiculous to me.
I started asking some friends who had magical names to explain them to me. Most said they really didn’t know why they chose a special name for magic uses. To them it was just something you did. Not a good enough reason for me.
Then I asked one more person. She said some things that finally made some sense to me. She asked me if I believed words have power. Yes I do. Using that logic, wouldn’t it make sense that the word we use to identity ourselves would also have power? I suppose so. So why not pack as much power into the name we use for ourselves?
Finally I was understanding what all the uproar was about. I decided to do a trance session to find out whether or not this idea would work for me.
I expected nothing of relevance. I figured it would just be a nice quiet trance session to rest during. I settled myself into trance. And then things started to happen.
I saw in flaming runes a word. Ondsvin. That was it! I had a vitki name. I liked it.
As I researched my revelation I started to see how this name made perfect sense for me. Ond is the all-pervasive force of the energies of the universe. The charged air of all that is. Vin means friend of. So I am a friend of the energies of the multiverse. Pretty cool. I certainly wouldn’t have come up with it consciously.
So now I use my vitki name in performing all my rituals. I also use it for runic energy workings. I find it empowering. It lends a certain gravity to the proceedings of my spiritual life. I now encourage you all to discover your own personal vitki name.