I am weird

I am weird. There’s no other way to put it. Weird. Not on purpose but that’s the way it’s ended up. I just am…weird.

Take the fact that I live my life straddling Realms. I spend so much time journeying that I experience whole days when I’m not quite sure if I’m in ordinary consciousness or an altered state. It feels a bit like dream walking. Not a bad thing in itself but not exactly conducive to getting the laundry done when it needs attention. It’s days like this that I wonder how my hubby puts up with me. I mean he’s a solid stable kinda guy. The kind of guy you can rely on in a pinch. Me under pressure?  I can’t even be sure some days what Realm I’m dwelling in!  Not exactly the kind to count on… but if you need to talk with a dearly departed I’m your guy!

Then there’s the Runes. I see Runes  everywhere. I don’t have a refrigerator. I have an Isa box. Books?  Rows of Ansuz. Things like that. I am pretty good at interpreting things into common parlance. But when push comes to shove that’s an Isa box.

Do I mind being so weird?  Not really. It happened so slowly that I had time to adjust myself as the change was occurring. Come to think of it I was pretty weird as a kid too. So I guess I never had to adjust. It was just because I was born this way.

I have learned to enjoy my weirdness to a certain degree. I mean I want to be happy like everyone else. So I best make peace with what and who I am. I don’t go around shouting at the top of my lungs to strangers “I’m weird!”  But get to know me a little and it’s pretty clear.

So. I’m weird. Let’s not make a big deal out of it though. Let’s just combine our world views and make some magic together!  Maybe you’ll discover you’re a little weird too!

Sticking to the path

You’re on the path of the Norse tradition. You’ve been studying the lore. You’ve at least dabbled in the Esoteric practices of this path. You’re moving right along. And then. Bam!  A major roadblock. Now what?

This is a time to rededicate yourself.  If you’ve been called this is bound to happen to you sooner or later.  Here’s some tips I’ve found useful in my 25 years on this path.

Dig into the lore.  Perhaps there are sagas you’ve meant to read.  Perhaps you’ve only skimmed the Eddas.  Or maybe there’s an author you’ve always wanted to read.  It’s a cliche but this is a spiritual path that is all about homework.  This is a good thing.  You’ll never be done reading or hopefully learning about our spiritual path. It’s a life long process of unending growth potential. So do some homework!

You can reach out to others who follow the Norse path. When I was a newbie I didn’t know anyone. So I joined a couple of groups on Facebook and that’s all it took. I suddenly had the potential to know hundreds of folk. This is the great wonder of the times we live in. Instant and huge amounts of feedback and advice are as close as your computer. Take full advantage of this opportunity. Join groups. Lots of them. Learn and grow at your own rate.

Find a skill that you haven’t explored yet and do some more digging. Not great with the runes?  Do some work on that. Never tried Seidr?  Time to learn. Again there are great authors on a myriad of facets to our path to study. Give yourself the chance to really find out what things are all about. Remember homework?

You can always strengthen your bonds to the gods. Now is always the best time to start the habit of daily devotionals. This little act of setting aside ten minutes a day to honor our gods can make a world of difference. Try it for yourself and see the results. Bet they are terrific!

Those are just a few ways to help keep you on the path. I’m sure there’s many more. Get creative and find out what a life time commitment can mean. Find out who you are on this path. You may be surprised!

Deities and plant wights and runes. Oh my!

I’ll be the first to admit I’m probably crazy. I am a full time Vitki. So this means that my connection to ordinary consciousness is sometimes sketchy at best. I spend a lot of time in other realms. I talk to gods. And plant wights and the runes talk to me. Crazy right?


I have built a life around these aspects of communication and revelation. I have done my best to make it so. I have done magic (yes magic) to that end. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Take deities.  I have a triumvirate of gods I work with regularly.  More than three seems incomplete for me.  More  seem like I’m watering things down.  My big three are Odin, Freyja and Hella.


Odin is one of the three because as a Vitki I have things in my multiverse that he rules over.  The runes for example.  He’s the go to god for all matters Runic.  I call to him for guidance every time I do a Rune casting.  And he never seems to fail me.


Gaining a relationship with Odin wasn’t terribly difficult for me.  Perhaps because of my use of the Runes.  We already had a way to communicate through them.  I did some basic meditation sessions to reach out to him.  He responded easily that way.  I often go to him for wisdom.  Though more often than not he’ll hand me off to some other deity for my concerns!


Freyja is in the mix largely because of her connection to Seidr.  As I perform Seidr sessions regularly I seek her council often.  Many times I will go into trance to journey to the other Realms and she will come to me.  On her boar.  She will loan me her boar to ride for my traveling through the Nine Realms. It’s a great way to go!


Establishing a relationship with Freyja took a little time.  Not that she wasn’t accessible.  I just didn’t know how to speak with her.  In my experience with her I find that a less direct way of asking about things helps out.  In short she likes small talk.  And getting some amber beads dedicated to her to add to my altar sealed the deal.


Hella is the last of my big three.  She is important again for Seidr work.  She is the gateway for talking with departed ones in Hel.  She is the one I seek when I travel there to gain wisdom or words from the ancestors.  I also turn to Hella for issues in my private life dealing with change.  I find her instrumental in both assisting me to make the best of changes that I haven’t brought about personally or making change I want to occur. This makes a relationship with her vital for me in my work as a Vitki.  I am always seeking to create change.  Who better to go to them Hella herself for guidance in this matter?


A relationship with Hella was a real challenge.  I worked on it for a solid six months before I had any real measurable success.  For me she was very elusive.  I tried different types of incense for my meditation sessions to reach her.  Finally agronomy did something.  I made an offering to her of an obsidian wand.  That gave me some traction.  I don’t recall what was the final deal maker.  But finally one day she was willing to talk to me.  Whew!  I felt as if I’d just run a marathon!  But the results have been worth the effort.


Plant wights play a part in my life as well.  As I have MS going outdoors to build relationships with plants is not part of the picture.  But I have a ritual room full of plant wights that I work with.  Plant wights in my experience are very willing to deal with us humans.  I approach them by meditating in front of them.  I allow my focus to blur.  I will be able most times to slowly see an energy field around the plant.  Next I reach out with my energy field to make the connection I desire.  Then I send out the intention that I would like to become one with the plant.  I then am treated to seeing the world through the plant’s eyes.  Cool stiff indeed!  Try it yourself!


Runes play a role in my life as well.  I guess it comes with being a Vitki!  But this form of communication as well as trance sessions form the bulk of my communication forms with deities.  This for me is a simple direct way to talk to Odin or the Norns without the rigamarole that comes with full blown trance work.  Sometimes I’m just in the mood to grab my Runes for a quick chat.


My life is full of things that “normal” people find impossible to grasp. Take my abilities to receive messages directly from my gods via the Runes and trance.  You reading this probably find that fact non remarkable. You probably even do it yourself. But to the public at large this is strange stuff. Most people believe their deities must speak to them through an emissary. Not me. I go straight to the source. I figure I have that right. And so should everyone else.


Keeping one foot foot firmly planted in Midgard and the other in some of the other eight Realms comes second nature for me. Wasn’t always so. It used to be a real struggle. But with practice and patience I learned the arts of both the Runes and Seidr. And the multiverse opened itself to me. Door opened onto door and I did my best to walk through them all. And you know what?  Even after all these years the doors keep opening. That’s why I stay on the Vitki path. So many doors…


Where have you been lead on your journey?  Do you find similar things happening for you?  Or is your experience something entirely different?  There’s no right answer. And that’s part of the beauty of this work. Everyone’s path is different. Everyone’s path is valid. And so it goes…

Looking forward

Much in this path is based on the past. We do our reading of books  about what happened gods know when. We spend so much time and energy looking back. I say it’s time for a rallying call to look to the future.


As Vitkis it is in our best interest to know what has gone before. It is a running stream from which we drink our most sacred waters. We learn much from the experience and trial and error of those who walked this path before us. But it is time to look forward. There is a wealth of information and wisdom to be gleaned from. But once you have gotten all you can from the past it’s time to consider the future.


Where would you like the state of affairs of Vitkis to be in five years?  Ten?  Twenty?  How can we individually and as a community move into that vision?  What can we do to make sure our work and effort is remembered?  How can we touch generations to come?


The most important way as far as I am concerned is we must do good work. Magically. Work that others will talk about and grow from. If we help others to reach their fullest potential we are guaranteed to touch tomorrow. For our good work will grow in those we help and bloom and be harvested. That in my opinion should be our ultimate goal.


I try to do this myself. I also try to use my other talents to impact the future of the Vitki. I write. I founded a Facebook group. I work with apprentices. All to assure that this work will continue once I’m gone. It’s the work that’s the thing. And I want to be as certain as possible that the work will go on. Long past me.


Why should we care?  Because we have found the profound power of this work in our lives. We should hope that others discover and use it. Runes. Seidr. These are practices that should continue long into the future. It is our duty and obligation to make sure that they do. Hail!

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.