On writing a book

I am busy writing a new book. I have had great success with my first book “Vitki Musings: Runes Seidr and Esoteric Asatru.” It is available in paperback or Kindle editions exclusively through Amazon. My new book has a working title of  “Contemporary Seidr: A Guide to Norse Trancework”. It’s all about contemporary Seidr as I practice and teach it to apprentices worldwide. This time I have a publisher. My first book is self published. But the new one will be published by Saga Press. My editor is none other than Kveldulf Gundarsson. He’s the author of “Teatonic Magic”, “Teutonic Religion” and most of the two volume book “Our Troth”. His work has definitely helped shape me as a heathen. Big deal stuff indeed. And he’s as excited about the book as I am!  Double big deal! I hope to have finished the writing part done by September. Keep looking for updates on when it will be available.

 

I’m writing this book in a way that for me has become second nature in my work. I’m doing the writing in a working trance. This makes the process seem almost effortless. I do my drumming and light my incense and get into a trance using the intention of “I will have the assistance of Odin in my writing”. I use ansuz as another tool to make the connection. Once I’ve gotten to the Old Man things move right along. I recommend this technique to anyone doing creative work. It literally gets you out of your head dovthe art can flow through you.

 

So I’m writing a book with the assistance of Odin and Kveldulf  Gundarsson. Pretty heady stuff for this regular Joe Shmo heathen. Wow.

The name game

I am a Vitki. I have called myself that for 25 years. Yep it’s been that long! I was first introduced to the word through the Rune Gild and the works of Edred Thorsson. According to them anyone who studied and worked with the Runes was a Vitki. Good enough for me!

In several occasions on social media I have been attacked for using that word to identify myself. But I simply stuck to my guns. I never realized that people could be so passionately negative over this simple label. But the trolls come out from time to time and I have to defend myself.

When I started the Vitki/Volva Forum I was as inclusive as I felt I could be. I didn’t question anyone’s right to use that label to identify themselves. Still don’t. Maybe I’m too loosey goosey. Or maybe I just don’t feel it’s my place to judge.

Over the years my definition of Vitki has grown to include Seidr workers. This concept has opened up new realms for me to discover. I welcome growth into my life. So it now (for me at least) refers to those who work with the Runes or do Seidr work.

Has anyone else “given” me this title? Yep. Those who know me and my work refer to me as a Vitki. I’m not sure why that’s important but to some it is. So I meet that criteria as well.

Really why should we spend time worrying about what we or others call themselves? Shouldn’t we be spending our time doing the work? Reading Runes. Doing Seidr sessions. Creating magic. There’s plenty to do. So don’t worry about what others call themselves. As long as they’re doing the work in my book they’re a Vitki!

Growing up and out

Something is happening to me. Something exciting. I’m growing up and out spiritually. It’s happening quickly. It’s all I can do to keep up. But I’m thrilled by all that I’m learning and experiencing.

I have been busy with my alternative paths of late. Druidry and other spiritual disciplines. This has not meant that I don’t still follow the Norse path. I do. I’m just growing beyond those confines to something else. I welcome this growth as it makes me a better Vitki. I am opening new eyes on the world. I am opening myself up to different possibilities. This for me is very exciting. I haven’t felt this feeling of being on fire since I first discovered the Norse path.

This energy boost finds its way into my Vitki life. I am doing more rune readings than ever before. But now I’m also doing tarot and ogham readings as well. This is helping to balance me out spiritually speaking. Which is very exciting.

I’m able to love the land more now. My love of all things natural has been reignited. I’m getting back in touch with the very thing that have me joy as a child. Piles of dirt. The earth. The very land we walk on. Pretty cool stuff.

I’m allowing myself to be open to the multiverse as it unveils itself to me. I’m seeing common language between the spiritual paths I’m on. For example Odin and the Morrigan are in essence very similar deities. Both count the raven as their animal. Both have warrior aspects. Both see into the future. The similarities to me are amazing. And they are each from very different paths. And as I grow I discover more similar stuff.

Where does all this new stuff leave me? I’m not sure yet. I only know I will keep exploring and growing. That in itself is a very Norse thing to do!

Riff

This is a riff. An entry about nothing in particular but maybe about everything. Here goes.

I love the Runes. I love the structure they provide. I did a reading today about something that’s on my mind. And as ever I was given insight and direction that I would never have thought of before the reading. It’s always that way for me. If something is bothering me I’ll grab the Runes. And presto! Instant wisdom. A wisdom that’s far deeper and more meaningful than my own brain is capable of having. So I love the Runes.

I love Seidr. How else would I be able to communicate with ancestors I’ve never even met! Not to mention that I can talk to my spirit allies about stuff. My allies are my best friends. I can totally be myself with them. Unfiltered and honest. No need to worry about agendas either. They expect nothing in return other than my gratitude. That’s a small price to pay for such open dialogue with an otherworldly being.

I never know if my Vitki work is “good enough”. No matter what kind of feedback I get on things I’ve done I’m always second guessing myself. What could I have done differently? What did the client really want? Was I honest enough with the client? These are thoughts that run through my mind after I’ve done a session. But on the upside I believe these sorts of doubts help to keep my ego in check. I will never consider myself a “powerful” Vitki. A good one yes. But great no. I’ve encountered many Vitkis who think more of themselves than their work merits. Let them have the ego. I’ll just keep plugging along.

Being a full time Vitki is always an adventure. I rarely know each morning what the day will bring. Sure there’s the structure provided by my work with my apprentices. I know how much prep time I need to do to have a good session with them. But I also need to remain flexible to their individual needs. This definitely keeps things interesting!

And that’s my Musings for tonight. Hopefully I didn’t take up too much of your time!

Spiritual crisis

I’m in the midst of a spiritual crisis. The new year has brought all kinds of energy to me that I admit I’m not quite sure what to do with. It’s been accelerated by the recent new moon. Change never comes easily for me. Yet I find myself at a point where some form of change is inevitable.
I did my yearly rune reading to inquire what the the new year would bring. In the future slot was fehu. New beginnings. But in the overarching slot was wunjo. Joy. So the new beginnings will bring me joy. Great. Doesn’t feel that way right now…
I’ve identified myself as a Vitki for over two decades. And through that time my definition of a Vitki has changed from someone who merely works with the runes to someone who also performs Seidr work. This for me is a valid evolution. It works well for me to say that a Vitki performs different Esoteric Norse disciplines.
My practice of Seidr has lead me to the more inclusive definition of Vitki to one of Norse Shaman. This for me fits neatly with my new definition. I feel in that regard I’m on the right path.
I’ve begun exploring the Shaman community on Facebook. I have been met with open arms and much respect. It’s been nice to have people welcome me so definitively. No questions about my credentials or accusations of “How dare you call yourself a Vitki?” Just open sharing of experiences and acceptance of who I am.
Meanwhile in the Vitki community there has been statements made that amount to “You’re a new ager. Not a Vitki”. Why the incredible outcry of “No. You’re not doing this right or labeling it correctly!” I am just evolving and sharing that evolution.
Interesting that the community I have been a member of for over two decades and worked my way to becoming an elder in will not embrace my evolution and experience.
I will continue on my path. I will refer to myself as a Vitki or Norse Shaman. I will no longer consider myself to be Asatru. I am a Norse pagan. These are the new labels I will use for myself in 2019 moving forward. Once again I will face the challenge of carving out my place in a new community. I will face these challenges not by removing myself from the Vitki community but by making my case regarding what I’ve discovered on this path. I am still a Vitki. But just one with a new perspective of the labels I choose to use for myself. May this new beginning indeed bring me joy! And may you find the same on your path this new year. Hail!