I’m working my way through the wonderful book The Book of Seidr by Runic John. I can’t recommend this book enough for those interested in studying seidr. It’s terrific. Anyway I am working on the exercises outlined in the book. Right now I am working on my hamr. The hamr is the subtle force that shapes the body. It is kinda like an aura. It’s an energy field that is the same shape as your body. Think of it as an astral body. One that you use both in journeying through the nine realms and creating your physical body.
My hamr is kinda purplish pink. That’s how it appears to me in trance. It follows the shape of my body. It hugs my body pretty closely in shape and form. Mine extends out about six inches or so. And I’ve been working on strengthening it. My MS causes some issues that need addressing.
I’ve been focusing on making the color of my hamr more vivid and bright. More radiant. Stronger in force. I achieve this while in trance by taking energy from the middle of the Earth to boost my own energy. I make sure I’m solidly grounded always before I trance work. So I can just tap into all the energy of the Earth for a little extra help. I know I’m doing it correctly when I feel my legs tingling. I can actually feel myself getting an energy infusion.
As the hamr is a field that creates the physical body I felt this was a valid way to work.
Lately after having done these exercises for a week or so I can feel a difference. My legs feel stronger. I’m able to walk better. Mostly I also just feel better overall.
Next I’ll work with more journey related aspects of my hamr. Explore the out of body experiences associated with this field. For now I’m just thrilled that the strengthening seems to be working on my legs. Without lifting weights!
There’s a question I haven’t really considered much. I don’t believe for me it was a choice. I didn’t wake up one day saying I want to become a vitki. All my life experiences just seemed to lead me to this path. The only decision I really made was whether or not to continue the direction I was pointed in. I did make a conscious choice to dedicate myself to this journey. But I guess I feel as if I never really had a choice. It was just in my wyrd to do this. So here I am.
I first came across the word vitki in my runic studies 20 some years ago. Back then the term just meant to me someone who was dedicated to the study and use of runes. That was the path I followed for several years. Merely calling myself a vitki meant I studied the runes.
It was only about five years ago when I was given the gift of full-time dedication to my esoteric studies that my eyes started to open to something bigger. As I had been a Wiccan several years before I had some exposure to magic and the more energy related aspects of the multiverse. But I never thought of seriously applying those concepts to my life. Now I started seriously exploring the concepts of rune magic. Dealing with bindrunes, magical energy sendings — these became regular parts of my practice. I continued on that limited way for several years.
Then about a year ago when I decided I was definitely out of whack and needed some feminine energies in my life that I came to seidr. Studying seidr has brought all new energies to me. Now I find myself relying more and more on intuition. Even in my rune studies I now trust my intuition to guide me. This has been a real revelation for me. Getting past my fear of letting go to that side of my Self. Letting my feminine side drive more often. That’s where I currently stand. Learning to really trust my feminine side will know what to do. Especially magically.
So now a vitki for me now is much more than simply studying the runes. It’s a journey down the path of all esoteric studies — runes, seidr, magical applications. Being a vitki is growing larger and larger for me. And that’s where my path is headed right now. In another five years I’m sure my definition will be even broader. That’s the wonder of following the path as it opens itself to you — you’re never quite sure what lies ahead. And that’s great for me!
I had a dream where Freyja came to me and let me shapeshift with her falcon cloak. I was intrigued by the possibilities of this new aspect of my practice. So I decided to do a seidr session to see what I could find out about this.
So I got myself into a trance and asked for a visit from Freyja. Soon enough she came. I told her I wanted to learn about shapeshifting. So she summoned three animals — a hawk, a rabbit and a snake. She asked me to pick an animal to become. So. I chose rabbit because I figured soft and furry and cute. I like that. And the other two choices seemed too severe for me. So I told her rabbit. So gave me a look and said “Are you sure?” And I told her I was sure. She just shrugged her shoulders and threw a rabbit pelt on the ground. “Put that on” she said.
So I put the pelt on my head. Instantly I was a rabbit. I started eating a dandelion. Everything was nice and calm. Then suddenly the snake slithers up and bites me. And I feel the pain. One second after that the hawk flies over and grabs me. And takes off.
Now I’m flying through the air in this hawk’s talons. I can feel the pain where the hawk has grabbed me. I’m thinking about how this is not a good turn of events! We get to a nest and the hawk drops me in. And starts to eat me.
I’m frantically trying to get away. But I realize that even if I manage to get away from the hawk I’m high up in a tree. I would fall and die that way. So I’m dead no matter what. Great!
As I feel the pain of being eaten I have decided to give myself over to my wyrd. Not much else I can do. It’s a good day to die I guess.
The hawk finishes devouring me. It flies away. But wait! On the ground is a hunter. He spies the hawk and draws his bow and aims and shoots. Inside the belly of the hawk I feel the arrow finding its spot. The hawk drops to the ground dead.
The hunter slices the belly of the hawk open. And suddenly I am whole and fine and scramble out. I scamper off. I’m alive and I’m free! But now my fur is a different color. Before the ordeal I was a white rabbit. Now I’m black. But I could care less. I’m free!
In the air in front of me I see a blazing red Berkano. I come out of trance suddenly. It’s over.
Whew! Intense to say the least. Especially the pain. Too much pain. If this is what shapeshifting means maybe it’s not for me! More likely I think this was a one time ordeal Freyja decided I needed to go through. Maybe to show I’m serious about this whole thing. Maybe to make me more aware. I’m not sure.
It sure gives me much to think about and meditate on.
Beware what you do! Sometimes it really hurts!
For years I knew that on my path I was supposed to be honoring my ancestors. But the thing about the ancestors I had direct experience with was that at best they could be described as grumpy. At worst they were abusive. So I wasn’t too hepped on honoring them.
Then one day it occurred to me to try an experiment. I decided to try to make a list of any positive things I could remember about them. So I got out a piece of paper and started writing. The list went like this — always provided for his family, was deeply intuned with nature and its cycles, taught me about self discipline, took me to the Ice Capades in a blizzard. If I tried it wasn’t hard to make a list.
This was a real eye opener for me. My experience of their memories had been so overwhelmingly negative for so long. So I took some time focusing my thoughts on the items on my list. Soon enough I felt able to honor them in ritual.
I started making a point to honor them in ritual on a regular basis. Next thing I know they’re coming to me in trance sessions and offering good solid advice and helping me in all my spiritual problems. My dad even came to me and helped point me towards a place to get a proper gand for my work! He had rarely been that helpful in life!
So that’s what I did for the ones I had personally known. For those who were just names on my family tree it was easy to imagine them in a positive way (even though in all of their photos they looked grumpy!).
This really worked for me. I now have an actual new relationship with them. A better relationship than I had had with them when they were in this realm. And it helps bring fullness to my spiritual life like I had never had before.
I have some thurses I have to deal with all the time. They appear as self doubt. I have some pretty destructive tapes that it’s very easy to play in regards to my vitki work. Am I making this all up? Is it really the gods I’m communicating with? Am I doing this the right way? And the big one — am I crazy to think I’m a vitki at all?
Not conducive thoughts for doing the work at hand. So how to deal with them?
The first thing I do to battle these thurses is to drag out my notebooks. I keep a notebook of all the rune readings and seidr sessions I do. That way I can monitor my progress. Reviewing them and reminding myself of past successes always shifts my mindset.
If that doesn’t do the trick I do a ritual. I light candles and incense. I pray. I focus my mind on gratitude for the gods presence in my life. I remind myself that I have created relationships with the divine. And it’s not made up when they communicate with me.
Then I turn to the runes. I ask the Norns for guidance. Normally the results of a rune reading will really kick the thurses in the butt and out of my mind. My previous experiences with the runes and the wisdom I’ve gained through my readings are pretty powerful medicine. That’s why the notebooks come in handy!
If that still hasn’t done the trick I’ll do a seidr session. Communicating with the other realms reminds me that this is but one realm and others are busy fighting their own thurses. There’s strength in knowing the battle is being fought by others. And sometimes we win!
So if I do all of that I can destroy the thurse invasion. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it. Of course I wish the thurses would go away for good but every so often they show up. I just battle them with a barrage of vitki tools and they’re gone. For today!