Contemporary Seiðr/ Heathenry; it’s very much the time for NOW.

As I prepare for a long needed hiatuses in the wilderness, I was going to ask a simple question to my readers: Are you someone who is wanting to practice the heathen path, (especially the Occult portion of Asatru called seiðr) yet all the stuff you see about seiðr says “There is even today a complete way of reconstructing this path based on Ancient Tradition/lore that is still known/discoverable” or “One must live and think like the Vikings” or “ You must really be from Scandinavia to truly authentically understand it” or worst “ There are secret ways to this path only the chosen can know” and these erroneous falsehoods sends you running to some other path?

I have been thoroughly studying and LIVING this path since the 90’s, and in my advanced research, I can firmly tell you NO ONE since the conversion of Scandinavia some 1000 or so years from pagan to monotheism has a unerring understanding of what pre-Christian, pre Roman life or “religion” entailed. Not one person alive today knows the mind sets, techniques, rituals, or complete history about the path of Norse paganism. This Indo European Spiritual Tradtion is not fully understood, nor is it able to be reconstructed 100% accurately today, even when comparing mythos to archeology finds.

“Norse” paganism can NOT be practiced as it was when our Norse Ancestors walked this planet, as #1-we are VERY different people, and #2-since not knowing they were Norse ancestors, (but regular people like me and you) the converting Scandinavians ABANDONED their beliefs for various reasons; which speaks volumes to the fact a spirituality must fulfill the needs of those practicing it, PLUS that spiritual path must fit in naturally to the practitioners of their everyday, CONTEMPORARY, day to day life.

To our Ancestors, spirituality was NOT a form of escapism by trying to go back in time and live in a contrived “good old days” delusional mindset- it was a way of being/living that lead one closer to ALL aspects of day-to-day life, thereby making those people able to use esoteric tools (magic and ritual) to help get through life’s problems.

Moreover, ancient Europeans were very much involved with the now and the future, meaning to try to recapture a ludicrous dream of re-enacting/reconstructing the possibilities of a perfect “past” was a concept foreign to them for survival back then. One had to be ever progressive and look to evolving their family and tribe into the future if they indeed wanted to become part of that future!

I and a dear heathen friend of mine are going to attempt to change this toxic mindset that had arrived with the new found popularity of seiðr and heathenry; we are going to form a new path called ‘Contemporary Seiðr and Norse paganism.’

Within this correctly labeled modern construct of old fragmented Lore paired with today’s proven occult work, Kurt Hoogstraat and I plan on giving the 21st century seeker of Norse based occult arts and paganism the much needed permission to study a modern construct based on Old traditions, but not stifled in the trappings you need to be a bachelor in history, a LARPER, or from Scandinavia to follow your souls lead and actually be a 21st century heathen or seiðr worker!

Our Contemporary Path will be both authentic and user friendly.

Yes, you must know your roots and the culture from whence you came; but EVERYONE on this planet has a few places they can trace their roots to-and like ALL spiritual work, if it (that path of spiritual craft)isn’t meaningful by being up to date and time correct, its as useless for being a viable path of transformation and empowerment as it is watching a movie, day-dreaming, or going off for a weekend of LARPING fun.

As I go off into the wilderness for the next few weeks, I am leaving you with an excerpt from a beautiful writer and witch Laura Tempest  Zakroff, from her book titled “Weave the Liminal” at Llewellyn Worldwide. Laura is an amazingly powerful witch has dared to bring her Tradition of Witchcraft into the modern era. ~Get her book!!

Let her words really sink in and PLEASE, apply her wise words to today’s Heathenry/Seiðr/Asatru.

“At the Loom: In order for us to be amazing weavers, we first must understand the history of how such things came to be. Liminally Minded: To find the space in between, we need to see where we have been and feel where we are going.

Every tradition starts in the present, becomes part of the past, and sees itself change and morph into the future. In walking the path of the Modern Traditional Witch, searching for origins can be like following an ouroboros—the serpent that consumes itself endlessly in a circle, all the while shedding old skins to reveal new ones beneath. To uncover the history of the Modern Tradition as well as its present applications and future possibilities for you, we need to wade through some of the skins of my own path.

You see, I love reading different perspectives and particularly enjoy the hunt for information. But for my personal practice, it was hard finding one path or tradition that resonated. I found I have an aversion to ceremonial magic, trouble with power pyramids, and no tolerance for ego massaging or misogyny, so that cut out certain paths. Then there were the folks obsessed with recreating or reconstructing the past.

Rediscovering ancient things is cool, but the question is: Does the practice work or can it be applied practically now? Can it work effectively outside of its original location or time period? I live in the United States and come from a long line of people who like to sleep with people from other cultures, so I couldn’t follow just one path from one place. Most importantly, I asked, if we’re living in the here and now, what makes the most amount of sense for the modern-day practitioner?

Back in the late ’90s, I read and participated in a variety of online forums/message boards. There were many that were flooded with 101 questions, spell requests, and fantasy fluff, so it took some work to find ones where serious or more advanced discussion happened. Often you had to fill out a questionnaire to be granted access to the better boards. That was the process for several of the Traditional Witchcraft boards I belonged to.

There were some good discussions and sharing of resources, but often the conversation got dominated by pissing contests. Statements like “My way/tradition is better/more correct/more authentic/older than yours” would come up again and again.

And there I was with my on-the-table oxymoron: “Why, yes, I’m both modern and traditional.” I didn’t receive too much flak for it, possibly because I was probably ignored by some hotheads who saw me as beneath them due to my age, gender, or chosen labels. But I think a large part of the lack of debate had to do with the fact that I was very upfront about my path, presented myself in a grounded manner, and didn’t care much what other people thought.

So why modern and traditional? Because I’m not a genetic pure-blood anything, nor am I living in the twelfth, fifteenth, or nineteenth century or in the “old world.” I’m not from one particular ethnic background, so why would I align only with the gods found in a portion of my blood when there are many more talking to me?

What if it’s not just ethnic heritage that factors in but also past lives—and what if those aren’t connected by blood either? What if our ancestors really can and do come to us in dreams and initiate us in the old ways as needed?

If our predecessors had the tools we have access to today, would they exchange the flint for the lighter? I think so. Every day we are not only living proof of past traditions and methods but are also innovating and creating new traditions and ways.

To me, Witchcraft is about doing what needs to be done with what you have available. There are time-honored things we do not just because Grandmom did them but because they work—and then there are the new ways we find that work better. Whether the method is ancient or modern isn’t important as long as it works. The trick is in understanding how and why these seemingly opposite categories work in balance.

What Is Traditional?

I think these are both questions that are not often asked when folks talk about “tradcraft,” or Traditional Witchcraft. I’ve watched an interesting metamorphosis over the last two decades, and there are a wide variety of opinions as to what those two words, when put together, actually mean….

…There are other traditions of Witchcraft, many of which claim to be hereditary or family-based in origin, though being a blood relation is not necessary to join. I have seen countless online forums and discussion threads where people really get their anger on debating what those words mean and who gets to use them, which is essentially time wasted arguing semantics and worrying about what other people think.

Who has the time and energy to police and validate other people’s paths, especially if they’re working for them? I don’t know about you, but I find all of that so exhausting.

If your label works for you, great. It’s wonderful to explore history, but no amount of academic research is going to prove that there is one definitive tradition of Witchcraft. Humans and culture simply do not work that way. Traditions are born, acknowledged, and reinvented and fade away into obscurity every day. They are not universal, meaning that if you find a tradition in one place or with one group of people, you won’t necessarily find it somewhere else. You might, but considering that traditions can vary from country to country, town to town, family to family, and generation to generation, we must acknowledge their fluidity.

A tradition simply refers to a pattern of action and/or belief that is passed along in some designated way. It could be direct, from generation to generation, or passed along by friends, or it could skip down the line. Recipes, songs, dances, stories, observations of holidays, good luck charms, ways of crafting certain items, formulas for gardening, and secret spots for fishing or vacations are all ways that traditions are transmitted.

With the possible exception of recipes and photos, very few things are handed down solely through the passing of books.

 Even those two examples are generally shared directly, such as cooking alongside the maker and looking through a photo album together.

There is a hands-on factor that keeps a tradition living, and it’s usually dependent on the relationship we have with the person we’re sharing that experience with.

You might have certain saints on your altar because your beloved grandmother had them too and taught you how to work with them, but you might avoid doing something you associate with that mean uncle you hated.

We tend to equate “traditional” with things that are old, ancient, or historic, have esteemed value, or were created by great people, but the reality is that traditions are being made every day by regular, ordinary people.

Often they are infused with meaning, but sometimes the initial intent and purpose gets lost in a multigenerational game of telephone. Traditions tend to get started because there was a change activated that correlated to a specific event or situation, which probably involved some problem solving.

Typically the response to that change was positive and seen as successful, so that belief or action became reinforced and was repeated.

Certain traditional practices get left behind or change because they’re no longer functional, safe, available, affordable, culturally/socially acceptable, or able to be reproduced. Others fall out of favor when a new generation tries to break away and the old ways get tossed in the rebellion. But things that work and have meaning are not always lost forever. We can reactivate traditions that were left behind or forgotten, picking up the thread and weaving it anew.

So what does tradition have to do with Witchcraft? Consider the traditional as a means of weaving in the past. We can look to folklore to harness the wisdom of those who came before us. Plant lore, charms, myths, and cultural history can all help us tap into things our ancestors already discovered. We don’t always have to reinvent the wheel—especially when the plans have been laid out before us. We can also look to tradition for inspiration and to give us guidelines on how to use our knowledge effectively and pass it on to future generations.

It’s much easier to know where we are going if we’re familiar with where we have been.

One of the best things about humanity is our ability to problem-solve, to take ideas and build on them, to find new and different ways to interact with the world. Of course those same inquisitive traits can get us in trouble when we move forward without considering the full consequences of our actions. Progress for the sake of progress can in turn set back progress, but for the most part, innovation has moved carefully and positively forward.

For instance, we harnessed the power of fire to warm ourselves, cook food, and purify water. Then we learned to work metal so we could go from using animal bladders, shells, and coconuts (carried by African swallows to Europe) to crafting cauldrons to use for cooking, carrying, and cleaning.

We could continue down the line with advancements that led to new techniques, from indoor plumbing to electricity. It’s natural for us to keep wondering and working—in fact, you can say it’s part of human tradition. Incorporating new ideas into the mix doesn’t have to mean tossing out old ones.

There has to be a balance. Short of going totally off the grid and running your own island, it would not be easy to disconnect from the world and go back to the way our ancestors lived 200, 500, 1,000, or 5,000 years ago. Our modern world presents new challenges that our ancestors could never have imagined. That means we must use our ingenuity and be willing to adapt to new ways of doing things when the old ways cease to work.

It’s important to respect and educate ourselves about the past, but living traditions can’t survive under pin and glass. They have to be able to breathe, grow, and change. But at the same time, everything that’s new and shiny isn’t necessarily better. So it’s up to us to find the right mixture of modern and traditional.

What does modern have to do with Witchcraft? Thanks to technology, we are able to find information more quickly, as well as preserve it for ourselves and others in a variety of formats. We can use our modern technology to tap into the past, locate ancient sites, and discover relics that give us insights into the past. With our advanced knowledge, we can utilize materials that are safer and healthier for us and the environment, and have a better understanding of where those materials come from. We are able to connect with others much more easily and share our ideas with people all over the world.”

Ritual of Runes and futharks.

I am posting this ritual for those of us who need a little boost of Self empowerment. I have had moments in my life where I doubt my own destiny, my worth to my Gods and my community, or even my skills as Volva, due to issues of Oorlog, or the life tempering of Wyrd that I haven’t worked through yet.

Don’t let the simplicity of this ritual fool you; it is very effective in initiating powerful changes through the use of Futharks and by learning the art of creating personal “runes” being infused into your multilevel intricate being.

This ritual activates empowerment through all ones souls self’s. *note* I have spelled the futharks phonically for ease of saying out-loud their pronunciations.

Materials:You will need a set of colored markers, paints, or pencils including red, orange, yellow, green, light or sky blue, dark blue, violet or purple, black, and grey. You will also want something that marks white, silver, and gold. (I have used paints or fabric paints for the latter, sometimes for all of them.) You need a medium to work on–cloth or paper on which all the colors will show up (beige or brown for example). You will need to create the personal runes you associate with yourself at this time that give you power and strength. *NOTE ~With the word “RUNE” I am meaning the words TRUE meaning, not the futhark alphabet (though we will use those in this ritual too) which is: a spell or incantation.synonyms: incantation · charm · conjuration · rune · magic formula · abracadabra · sorcery · magic · witchcraft · witchery · hex · mojo · makutua section of the Kalevala or of an ancient Scandinavian poem.*

In addition to your usual altar setup, you will want a red candle, and a fiery scented incense, such as sage or cedar, and a bowl of fresh dirt, Meade as offering and your blot bowl.

Purpose:The purpose of this ritual is to tap into your own personal life-force and amplify it into a personal statement of self-confidence and strength; then via chanting your own rhyming runes and drawing a physical mandala of manifestation- you send this energy of change into the muti-verse.. Afterwards, when you feel yourself dragging in one area or another, concentrate on the mandala by locating the appropriate furthark in the appropriate color for a bit, and you will find yourself tapping back into the energies you established in the ritual when you sang out your person runes. (I hung the finished futhark-piece on my wall where I could see it every day to reinforce its lessons, as well.)

First, establish your working space, after you’ve gathered all your materials together. Make sure you have a comfortable place to sit and draw or paint–you’ll be here a while.
When I’m doing a spell-working such as this in my temple space, I do not generally go through an elaborate space cleansing and space casting ritual–unless the temple feels that it needs it! I start by calling in the directions and visualize them forming a sphere of power centered around the altar.Face the east and say:

Austri, Spirits of the East, powers of Air, I ask that you be present at this spell-working. Help me find inspiration and visualize the runes clearly that I may partake of their essence.

Face the south and say:Suðri, Spirits of the South, powers of Fire, I ask that you be present at this spell-working. Help me find the spirit within to empower the runes and tune into their color energy.

Face the west and say:Vestri, Spirits of the West, powers of Water, I ask that you be present at this spell-working. Help me to seek the mystery within, that the runes I draw here may work upon my emotions for my Highest Good.

Face the north and say:Norðri, Spirits of the North, powers of Earth, I ask that you be present at this spell-working. Help me to manifest the runes in the third-dimensional world so that their energies may become a part of my physical existence.

Face the sky and say:Freya, you who gift us with seidr; I ask that you watch over me in this spell-working. Lend me your wisdom so that I may safely link my inner vision with the outer Self.

Place your hands on the bowl of earth and say:Skadi, I ask that you watch over me in this spell-working. Let me ground myself deeply in you and draw on your strength and energy to sustain me in my work.

Face your altar in the center of the circle and say:Sacred Disir, Spirit that guides me, Ancestors, of whom we are all descended aspects, unite this sphere into a protected space for the wyrd-working I plan to do here.

Once the you feel centered. pour some Meade in your blot bowl and hold it up, saying; Norns who gave us Wyrd, except this gift for a gift! Grant me kenning in my Gladr of summoning my own runes this day, from the well of Urd; so I might know true empowerment!

Place the bowl of Meade back on your alter. begin to raise energy by chanting your personal runes (hidden occult kennings) in a rhyming fashion; chanting with strength, building in speed, volume and intensity each round of your personally created Galdr.

Raise energy through chanting, drumming, shaking or dancing; (or whatever other method you use for magickal work.~The energy for this spell will be drawn primarily out of yourself, because you are attempting to change your own internal energy states.)
Ritual Work:

Now to the work. Mediate on the futhark Sowilo in red. Say the letter. Red symbolizes the lifeforce, and Sowilo as a sigil brings to the lifeforce the energy of essential power. This futhark will link and empower all the other Norse letters. Once you have visualized the futhark and felt its energy, draw it in red in the center of your sheet of paper or cloth. We are going to encircle Sowilo with seven more Norse letters in rainbow colors, corresponding to the Norse Hvel, (akin to the concept of chakras) plus one in white to unite them with the source, then we will bind the energy with four runes at the cardinal points.

Mediate on the futhark Sowilo in red. Say the letter. Red symbolizes the lifeforce, and Sowilo as a sigil brings to the lifeforce the energy of essential power. This futhark will link and empower all the other Norse letters. Once you have visualized the futhark and felt its energy, draw it in red in the center of your sheet of paper or cloth. We are going to encircle Sowilo with seven more Norse letters in rainbow colors, corresponding to the Norse Hvel, (akin to the concept of chakras) plus one in white to unite them with the source, then we will bind the energy with four runes at the cardinal points.

Next, meditate on the futhark Tywaz in red. Say the letters name. Here, red represents strength and protection–the essential warrior within. Once you have visualized it and felt its energy, draw it in red below Sowilo. (This corresponds to the root Hvel at the base of the spine.)

Next, meditate on the futhark Uruz in orange. Say out-loud the letter’s name. Here, orange represents vitality, and the rune brings in the essence of potency, courage, and strength. Once you have visualized it and felt its energy, draw it in orange above and to left of Tywaz (below and left of Sowilo). (This corresponds to the sacral or sexual Hvel below the navel.)

Next, meditate on the futhark Mannaz in yellow. Say the letter’s name. Here, yellow represents the intellect, and Mannaz is a request for self-knowledge. When you have visualized it and felt its energy, draw it in yellow above and to the left of Uruz (directly left of Sowilo). (This corresponds to the power or ego Hvel at the solar plexus.)

Next, meditate on the letter Feoh in green. Say the futhark’s name out-load. Here, green represents expansion, and Feoh abundance, prosperity, growth, and universal love. When you have visualized it and felt its energy, draw it in green above and to the right of Mannaz (above and left of Sowilo, lined up with Uruz). (This corresponds to the heart Hvel in the center of the chest.)

Next, meditate on the letter Wunjo in light or sky blue. Say the furthark’s name. Here, the light blue represents expression and communication, and Wunjo spiritual gain, joy, and self-achievement. When you have visualized it and felt its energy, draw it in light blue above Sowilo, lined up with Tywaz. (This corresponds to the throat Hvel .)

Next, meditate on the futhark Laguz in dark blue or indigo. Say the letter. Here, the indigo represents synthesis, and Laguz inner wisdom. When you have visualized it and felt its energy, draw it in dark blue below and to the right of Wunjo (above and to the right of Sowilo, aligned with Feoh). (This corresponds to the third eye Hvel in the center of the forehead between the eyes.)

Next, meditate on the letter Ken in violet or purple. Say the futharks name. Here, the purple represents spirituality, and Ken spiritual guidance. When you have visualized it and felt its energy, draw it in violet to the below and to the right of Laguz (to the right of Sowilo and even with Man). (This corresponds to the crown Hvel at the top of the head.)

Next, meditate on the Futhark Algiz in white. Say the letter. Here, the white represents healing and integration, and Algiz spiritual assistance, shielding, and protection. When you have visualized it and felt its energy, draw it in white below and to the left of Ken (below and to the right of Sowilo, even with Uruz). (This represents the body’s connection to the Higher Self and Spirit–the universal Mind of the Universe, if you will.)

Now that the central pattern is complete, and we’ve linked your life-force into the Higher Self, we’ll surround the pattern with runes (again, your own wordings of hidden occult secrets spoken in Rhyme) to bind and activate the desired qualities. First, before saying your rune; draw on the letter Isa in silver.

Chant your own rune of change. Here, the color silver represents receptivity to the changes you wish to make in your ego self, and the futhark Isa is the inner journey of static freeze you have embarked upon. When you have visualized it and felt its energy, draw in silver the letter Isa to the left of Mannaz and Sowilo.

Next, meditate on your own rune of your needs. Begin the chant your own rune of need. Here, medite on the color grey, which represents flexibility, and then draw the letter Nyd to signify the endurance, persistence and resolve that you will need to accomplish the changes you desire. When you have visualized it and felt your own runes energy of need, draw the futhark Nyd in grey above Wunjo and Sowilo.

Next, meditate on Mannaz again, this time seeing a gold light, and begin to chant a rune of connection. Here, the gold represents activity, and the letter Mannaz represents self-activation. This rune of your own creation activates the energies of the others you’ve linked with to accomplish the changes you desire. When you have visualized it and felt its energy, draw another Mannaz furthark in gold to the right of Kennaz and Sowilo. (You should have a horizontal line formed through the center with the letters Isa, Mannaz, Sigel, Ken, and Mannaz again.)

Finally, meditate on the power of disruption and thorough changes. See the color black as you form your own rune about upheaval that LASTING changes bring. Begin to chant your rune. Here the black represents release, so draw the futhark Hagalaz as this letter represents the energy of change and transformation. You are releasing the energy of your spell onto the Inner Planes to do its transformative work. When you have visualized it and felt its energy, draw Hagalaz in black below Tywaz and Sowilo. (You should now have a vertical line of letters through the center with Nyd, Wunjo, Sowilo, Tywaz, and Hagalaz.) Visualize the energy of the circle your made by your creation of your own runes and the futharks used as sigils being bound into your work.
Closing: When you feel your ritual is done, thank Freya and the Nornir, your Disir and Ancestors by offering up the the mead in Sumbles, by honoring and thanking each in turn. Thank the spirits you invoked in all seven directions for their presence and help by offering up some Meade in turn. Be sure to give thanks for their presence and aid in this work.

When you feel your ritual is done, thank Skadi as the personified power of the wilderness inside you, and the Nornir, your Disir and Ancestors by offering up the the mead in Sumbles, by honoring and thanking each in turn. Thank the spirits you invoked in all seven directions for their presence and help by offering up some Meade in turn. Be sure to give thanks for their presence and aid in this work.

Open the Space, and say: To all spirits visible and invisible that have been present in this ritual, depart in peace, my thanks and blessings. Pour the rest of the Meade on the ground.

When you return home, put your mandala up somewhere so that you can see it and meditate on it daily to achieve its affects in your life!

Notes: The ritual makes the rune energies that were part of you part of the 9 worlds, and attunes your Spirit Self to them so that they will be available to you at need. The written futharks on your mandala work as sigils to continue the spoken rune portion of this work.

When you find the work has manifested sufficiently, be sure to destroy the mandala.

In seidr work we find the role of being an Oracle for the otherworld’s; is it necessary, and better yet, would you even want to??

I have been reflecting about the roles and benefits that our mass media and instant connection to everyone and anyone in the world is doing to us as a people of late; and after coming across the below post, I am voicing my concerns. It’s hard as I love to see both sides of every situation, (especially when it comes to technology and mass media, as I utilize it often) and what prompts my decision to pick a committed opinion stems from what I observe, what I hear, and what I experience. Below, is the post that prompted me to get off the fence and say my thoughts; but take it or leave it, as it’s ONLY MY VIEW of things.

“I’m finding that a lot of paganism is based on “yes I spoke to the divine and they said..” or all about tarot or runes or spirit working and what not. I feel like it’s so garbled with things that probably are good. I feel though that when everyone gets involved in this kind of feels very overwhelming for me personally. I feel this sense of pressure to be a particular way or to interact with the gods and go to all these places in the so called world they live in. To do meditations, which I feel is vastly overrated. Which isn’t to say it can’t help somebody, but I feel like there’s just so much of this business and things going on that I want to remove myself from it.

The community is not as accepting, even if it happens to be a community like this one. There’s this sense of things that makes me not want to be part of it because it feels overwhelming. Like why can’t I enjoy life? Why do I have to do this meditation or commune with spirits? In the past people would go to others for that kind of thing, but even back then I don’t think it was how it is now. I feel like everyone is extra hyped about it and get carried away with it and even get involved in these personal fantasies that may actually be delusions. Never questioning if this experience is actually not real or not.

Maybe it’s my nature to be a hermit, but I feel as though all this business with the overall hype of things is bad some how. Maybe it’s just bad for me..idk…but I feel like overall it’s kinda not a good thing. I feel like no one ever talks about the gods being in nature like Odin is the wind or Frey the field. It’s really bothersome to me because everyone is trying to go to another world instead of appreciating this one. Idk..just my personal thoughts on the matter and why I haven’t posted lately.”

-~D. Gunnerson

This post came on the heels of a weekend workshop I had just returned from. I had just participated in a Seidr workshop, and before getting into the procedure, the head Volva brought up what I say to anyone who will listen: Seidr (as I have learned it according to Scandinavian lore) is the ritual procedure of channeling messages from the spirit world. It is foremost a form of oracle prophecy via spirit possession, while being a form of “witchcraft” or occult work secondly, and not only is it taxing on the individual, the biggest thing to remember to ask is: 1) is it still necessary to perform in the 21st Century, and better yet 2) is it even a desirable thing to do, ~and why in the world do you think it is??

The first answer is ; “Yes of course!” I wholeheartedly see the timeless usefulness of seidr as an oracle and for the benefits had by adept occult work, however, this answer of all to quick “yes” is oftentimes given by those people who, via mass media and group chats, THINK they know what the process of Seidr entails. I have heard so many self-proclaimed Spa workers, call Seidr a form of Norse Shamanism, and I can tell you as an initiated Shaman taught from a Sami, that is very misleading, as the term ‘Shamanism’ itself is very opaque. Seidr as described in the Edda’s is a prophetic oracle channeling ability. Historically, it is more similar to what Voodun’s practice, than to what a Northern Shaman does, though there are some similar aspects.

The second answer is: “I would LOVE to learn how to do Seidr!” ~Why?? Again, this answer appears to be given by all the dis-enchanted folk out there who are looking for an escape of this high stress, plastic, unnatural and toxic world. They are looking for an organic based thrilling experience that feeds the modern peoples need for engaged stimulation and fantastic “super-natural” experience. To go deeper, the hopeful person is attempting to forge a relationship with entities other than human, therefore filling the void of loneliness that they are feeling in this instant messenger, smart gadget speaking, disconnect of a world.

When someone is a Channel for otherworldly energy; what is happening is the person’s core self is moved aside so that a visiting spirit is channeled and inhabits the individual doing the prophecy for the gathered folk she is propheciseing for. The Seidkonna becomes possessed and is incapacitated for the duration of the process. In the old days, the benefits of this would be to avoid a war with an invading tribe who might wipe them all out; or to seek a reason as to why the crops are failing and avoid mass starvation. With us today being so interdependent, overly connected, and self-sufficient; the need to prophecy for a group I feel should have warrant to outweigh the risks the person who becomes possessed might experience. To find out if you are going to get that coveted job, how many kids you will have, or if you will get married soon, to me, does not a necessary prophecy make.

Finally, to address the above post that started this train of thought; I must address what I have said before: Special abilities, like second sight, being an oracle for spirits, and the ability to travel between the worlds as well as being a Psychopomp are special talents very few folk are BORN with. It can’t be self-taught, nor should someone strive to acquire the skills if one isn’t called to perform these arts. It is at times dangerous, scary, life changing, and daunting. Most Spa Workers struggle to accept their “gifts” of the Mystic, and with those talents comes the accountability to always help others, say things when you would rather not, and have your life not really be your own 90% of the time.

As the person who wrote the above post said, why not just enjoy the real world, the here and now, and have that be sufficient to live your faith that way? I am envious of those who don’t have messages that are constantly yammering in their head, looking for lost soul parts in the iron wood instead of just quietly honoring the Earth by walking through Her quite green forests.

I am here as a Guide, to help steer the truly gifted Folk, the Kindred trying to get a grasp on how to deal with their “gifts.” My message is stop reading so much fantasy and wishful posts, and get away from your computer which has become, perhaps, a portal to your fantasy world. Meet real kindred, enjoy the outdoors, and marvel in the organic world that you are an integral part. Do what you can in the HERE and NOW, in the EVERYDAY EVERYWHERE, and be grateful you have the ability to do so.

Sometimes just being aware you know the spirit world and it’s inhabitants are there, living and working along side the world of man, is plenty enough occult work for a modern day Norse Pagan. Not everyone is cut out to live the life of a contemporary mystic.

To be a Volva (or a Vitki) nor a Seidkonna (or seidmann) is a requirement to being Heathen. -it never was!

The art of re-membering your spiritual path.

Witch. The word brings many images; some are evoked from almost a thousand years of hate and suppression, but many are images I feel, buried in our ancestral memory: That of the wise woman, the healer and the wild priestess.

In the turning of the 21st Century, there was a resurgence of what I call “the mass awaking.” People began to dispute and reject the monotheist religious and it’s consuming, self-serving Dogma that were forcibly imbued in the landscape of human spirituality, those belief systems that were the ‘only truth’ and that were forced upon the free world by penalty of persecution and death. The wise women of the forest and heaths began to once again emerge as the necessary intercessory between our physical existence and the spiritual wisdom of Nature with Her myriad of mysterious workings and power.

I find that I must remind myself that we are new to this art of re-membering. Our ancestors are calling to us from the annuls of time, trying to link us once again to that which sustains life and organic living. We via our generations of societal conditioning have bought in to the idea of the ‘greatness’ of the Industrial Revolution, and we humans as a collective whole are on the path of destroying the only home and way of existence possible for us and all other non-human life forms: Earth. We are actually rearing a techno savvy/gadget dependent generation of Aliens on our very planet. That, I feel, is why the call of the Wilderness and Her ancient ways of finding “God” has become so prevalent in today’s modern world; the message is: evolve as we must-but not to the point of annihilation and extinction (of ourselves or the co-inhabitations of this wonderous world.)

Many Witches hold a belief in animism; (from Latin anima, “breath, spirit, life”) which is the religious belief that objects, places and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. Potentially, animism perceives all things—animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, human handiwork and perhaps even words—as animated and alive.
Moreover Animism is used in the anthropology of religion as a term for the belief system of many indigenous peoples, especially in contrast to the relatively more recent development of organized religions. Although each culture has its own different mythologies and rituals, “animism” is said to describe the most common, foundational thread of indigenous peoples’ “spiritual” or “supernatural” perspectives. The animistic perspective is so widely held and inherent to most indigenous peoples that they often do not even have a word in their languages that corresponds to “animism” (or even “religion”).

I am a Witch who started my re-membering being taught by a true Strega descendant in the woodlands of my Adirondack home at the age of 13; I then found my way to the eclectic tradition of Feri, as I also found my way to Shamanism (Sami influenced) and also to the Norse path of the Witch called a Völva.

Upon entering the world of Asatru in the early 90’s I was delighted to discover the ecstatic path of seiðr, as the formal re-claiming process of Nose heathenism at that time was almost a too structured and rule orientated for me, thereby smacking of the dogmatic religion everyone was so desperate to leave behind. Back then, even though Heathenism was Pagan in its reformation efforts, it (as wicca did/does) had many trappings of “must do it like this or you’re not” practices. Again, I am reminded of the process of when we use re-membering as a way to break away from conditioned behavior, we humans like to take what we know and feel confident in to our budding growth by simply expanding on our familiar status quo.

Which brings me to the point of this post. As a Norse Witch of many years now, I am delighted to witness a mass interest in this very obscure and fragmented path of the Northern Wise Woman. I see Nature and the Wilderness is calling out to people en-mass; and this is a very good thing as there might be hope for this world yet. Don’t however, get lost in the fragmented writings of how it was possibly done in leu of accepting(and most importantly) implementing the kennings that are being given and shared to many of us, right here, right now in the time that matters most to us: our lifetime. Today.

Take the guidance of the information left to us by the Lore and EXPAND upon it. Don’t be afraid! All the modern authors you read for knowledge, ancient secrets, and ways of being a Norse Witch have done that very thing: they have taken the gleanings they found in the ancient texts and harkened to their inner knowing’s, trusting they were being guided to re-member those obscure but necessary practices, exercises, and concepts that forms a complete working picture on how we as spiritual beings can re-align our powers with the organic and physical world of nature and of our original potential as mystic mammals.

Know the history, anthropology, customs and traditions of the Witchcraft you choose to practice-this is very important in many ways. However, I am here to tell you that at some stage the time for being scholarly will lessen, and the time for implementation, experimentation and application will then become paramount to your powerful connection with the Wisdom of the Ancients, and you inheriting the legacy of the Wise Women who have gone before you. These Wild Women were taught to KNOW the skills, but they were powerful because they choose to be WILLFUL and DARE to apply their nature given instincts via trusting in guidance that came to them while listening deep into the night to the still SILENCE of their very core.

You have this ability too. Trust it. USE IT.

Authenticity on a Cultural Heritage path of spirituality; or indigenous appropriation.

Of late, there has been hordes of people being called to various Cultural Heritage paths of Mysticism and spiritual veneration of the Indigenous Folk they are descended from. The Germanic/Teutonic path, (also lumped under the tiles of “Asatru” or simply ‘Norse Paganism’ is one of the biggest seeing this resurgence of adoption and adaptation.

I will start of this post to remind anyone viewing it to do three things: 1) READ IT, in its entirety.
3) Refer to step 1.

In the Late 1950’s-80’s, people in America, as well as Europe (this includes east Europe, west Europe northern Europe and southern Europe and central Europe) were being called to re-discover their ancestral roots and begin a reclaiming process of re-forming an indigenous based European spirituality that was all but eradicated by the Roman and Christian oppressive conversion.

When Paganism was dying out by force almost 2000 years ago, European People were well on the way of having their Cultural Heritage in its many forms erased from human history by the conquering invaders who felt Christianity should be “the only one True religion and faith.”

Other continents underwent similar conquest; but fortunately, much of the Indigenous peoples hid in such a way, that most of the “Native” spiritual practices passed down since Man began tribal life has survived to this day. (Australian aboriginal, as well as Native American Indian people and the Mongolians and Sami are a prime examples.)

For what ever reasons, the European continent (perhaps due to its smaller size and more communal townships and villages) seemed to succumb the most thoroughly of the world’s other spiritual Cultural practices annihilation; whose traditions and practices were followed for generations by the indigenous ‘common folk.’ European Pagans were the most severely attacked populace in a relentless manner for eradication of Heritage religious practices-first by being dominated by the Romans, then in turn by the Church of Rome; during the Witch Hunts. (And by the onset of the “burning times”, there were VERY few Wise folk left to be the healing force and birth givers of the towns throughout Europe; let alone to pass down any Cultural heritage of spiritual practices and ways of Traditional veneration!)

This especially effected the Celtic tribes of people, the Germanic/Teutonic peoples, and the Italian peoples, whose path is that of the Strega and Early Italian religions such as the Etruscan; which were influenced by the Greek Pagan religion.

Fast forward and that’s brings us now to the present day.

People are being called in droves to pick up where their Ancestors left off, and continue the process of doing Human evolution shit. Suddenly many folks are seeing that our entire planet is in jeopardy, and we just might not have anything to pass down, (spiritually or otherwise) if we don’t tap into our unique and accessible form of spirituality.. Folks in record numbers are hearkening to the earths call, via their Ancestral Wisdom, which is simply: “live in alignment and accordance with the natural world, and Her grand scheme of eternal cycles of life.”

That is accomplished by doing what indigenous peoples all over the world do; each in a similar yet unique way suited to the demography they hail from.

They connect with Ancient wisdom via Ancestral memory and wisdom, and take up the indigenous Pagan path’s of their forebears to re-member and relearn holistic living on this planet. You see, a Pagan by default is known to be an earth based form of spirituality; and to be earth based, (to be one with nature) you MUST BE ONE WITH NATURE, and that means the patch of dirt you LIVE your LIFE upon. (~and drive upon, and throw out your waste upon, and don’t have a thought about it except what-you-can-resource-for-your-own-use/consumption upon.)

And this brings me to the point of this post: the argument over A) is it necessary to follow a Cultural Heritage if one is called to be a Germanic/Teutonic (Norse-Asatru) Pagan, and B) to define cultural appropriation, as the very term, for me at least, clarifies the answer to question A.

So lets start with B) and define Cultural appropriation:

Cultural appropriation is the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture. Cultural appropriation is seen by some as controversial, notably when elements of a minority culture are used by members of the cultural majority; this is seen as wrongfully oppressing the minority culture or stripping it of its group identity and intellectual property rights.

Ok, so I was asked JUST today; “do I need to really worry about who or what I do when opting to say I am a heathen who practices ANY form of Germanic/Teutonic European Paganism; especially of I choose to call it Norse-Asatru?”

I would answer “Yes, of course!” and here is why: by the very definition above, if I want to re-claim an almost lost Tradition of Pagan spirituality, I will go to what ever sources are left to us and reconstruct what I can, by knowing the CULTURAL CUSTOMS of the folk who were indigenous to the demography the Pagan practices stem from; or, unfortunately, it wont be authentic or worse, I will need to “beg, borrow or steal” other Traditional practices from other indigenous peoples; EVEN IF THEY LIVE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO MY ANCESTRAL HOME. ~This is known as Cultural appropriation, and it makes many tribes of people really upset when you say: “well, its close by, and similar to what my ancestors MIGHT have done, so i’ll just adopt it and say its my own, and call it Norse, or Asatru, or Vanitru; or whatever..”

Ummm, NO. We have enough information that is left to us we can RECREATE what was probably done by comparing to the neighbors what rites, rituals and practices were used, but that is where the “adopting others Cultural Traditions” must stop.
I REPEAT, we re-create our OWN TRADITIONS of today, based on historical evidence of yesterday.

Why? Because if we are to reconstruct a Pagan tradition that stays not only recognizable as a Tradition by more than merely saying in a Circle of other Pagans some “Old Norse Gods Names”, AND we want to hand down this Ancestrally inspired form of Indy-European spirituality to the following generations; we have to unwaveringly stop pushing the easy button and say “well, our Viking ancestors adopted other cultural practices and traditions, so why cant I?”

Because your not a Scandinavian who raids other lands (or you would be in Jail) and The Viking Era was when Christianity was becoming the norm, therefore, Germanic/Teutonic Paganism, (or more accurately heathenism) was being eradicated, as were the people staunchly trying to defend its survival.

I feel as a Gythia, We must do our homework, and reconstruct a spiritual PAGAN practice based on the historical documentation left by many people and races of people who wrote about what they witnessed when they met a Germanic/Teutonic person; also known as the Norsemen, the Vikings, and a plethora of other names like: Saxons, Gauls and alike.
We then take what we have found, (and there is waayy more information out there if you look; like the dances, songs and “fairy tales” still told from the time before Germanic Pagans were gone) and compare these findings to the practices of the other Indy-European neighbors; we can then in an educated, 21st century way, RE_FORM and RE_BUILD a Path that is recognizable, unique, and as close as we can get to what our Ancestral memories glean us kennings of! ~All the while keeping it “Norse,” not Greek, not Druidry, not pseudo-Christian, not Hindu nor Hoodoo.
And to say this thought process is non-inclusive, you would be correct, by the simple Captain Obvious fact of a Scandinavian “shaman” is a seiðkona or seiðman, A Sami shaman is a noaidi, and a Celtic Shaman is a Druid.
They have similar attributes, but they have very different Gods, spirits and procedures they use to do their Spiritual work and veneration. Its VERY ok, to be specialized. Especially when it comes to our Gods and Traditions!

To try to say, everywhere I look now, it’s ok to mix and mash any path one chooses, and then try to call it by a name designated to clarify the Cultural Heritage and spiritual practices of the indigenous people (In this case Germanic/Teutonic) that we modern day folk are trying to reconnect with, does NO ONE any favors! Not our Ancestors (and the Gods they called to) which we are trying to keep alive through memory and veneration, nor our descendants who wish to have a Tradition of antiquity to follow that’s not created by cultural appropriation.

Be Bold! Learn about your Cultural Heritage and build a solid foundation upon which a spiritual tradition that was once alive and well can get some new life and remain, living breathing and very distinctly recognizable!

Ancestor veneration is THE backbone of Heathenism, and a way to this path is through Tribalism.

“For those who raise the bowl in offering and veneration of the Old Gods, there is a glimmer of their connection to the past. Much of the personal practice of Heathenry {and its kindred gatherings} is based around this key concept for those who identify with Asatru,and the revival of the traditional Norse pagan religion. It is the attendance to and memory of ancestors, the veneration of them just as the Gods; both of which can be traced back in a familial lineage. As Thor, Freya, and Odin are mentioned, faces around the campfire[no matter where on the planet the faces hail from] can envision what those names meant to their Indo-European peoples deep in the past. The power of thunder. The perseverance in battle. The strength of conviction.

Yet it is not those elements that most of those with quick glances see when they notice a small silver Mojinir around a believer’s neck. [Unfortunately]Today’s Asatru is one of the most divided areas of the new pagan groundswell that is happening world wide. This is not simply because of its origins, or the warrior ethic present in its primary source materials of times long past: the Eddas and Sagas.

It is the clear association between Heathenry and an openly racialist subculture, one that has taken on Norse myth and symbols as a primary form of identification. Hundreds of neo-Nazi and white nationalist bands and magazines take their names from the Northern Tradition.

[to some called right-wing]

But what is it about Asatru that creates a trajectory towards the exclusionary “folkish” interpretation? Is Asatru today possible of having distinctly multiracial interpretations?”


I say indeed, with a resounding YES! -I believe it is very possible to be participating in a Indo-Eurpoean spiritual practice that puts the focus on our Ancestral worship WITHOUT racist overtones or exclusion; and the answer lies, I feel, by being truly Community Driven; both locally and globally.

I shared above the opening words from the blog-site “Gods and Radicals” with some of my own embellishments; and I suggest everyone read the original blog entry as written! My post today ties in with my last one, and It’s purpose is for all of those Heathens out there, like me, whom aren’t “universalist” yet we are not Racist; and since the word Folkish has too many negative connotations beyond the realm of taking back from the faction of extreme militant haters, we must agree on a what terms are acceptable and used to describe 21st century heathens..

~You might wish to do as I have, and begin the reclaiming of the title and concept of Inclusive Tribalism within Heathenry; which as we will see, actually gives those of us who value the authentic reclamation of Ancient Traditional Indigenous European Spiritual Heritages and Beliefs a way of sharing, INCLUSIVELY with anyone who seeks it; this ALMOST lost faith can survive.

And I mean survive in a way that isn’t/won’t make it 1) a faith unrecognizable to future generations AND anyone Oath Bound (by Word, Deed, or Blood) and 2) Inclusively Tribal, meaning all Heathens support All Heathens as a GLOBAL family of Norse Pagans!

So what does the term Inclusive Tribalism mean within Heathenry to me?

Uppsala Online states:

“The members of the middle faction of modern Asatru are called [Inclusive-my added term]Tribalist’s, and shun the errors of either extreme. The racism of Folkish practice is avoided as well as the “anything goes” motto of the Universalist. The answer the [Inclusive]Tribalists have to the question of “Who can practice Asatru?” is: “Anyone who makes a sufficient effort to understand and adopt the culture of the ancient heathens.

This gives Asatru rigorous enough standards to make sure our practice is like that of the ancients, and is well understood, for to fully adopt another culture [none of us in America are truly “Norse” bronze age culture; we are decedents of “Norse” people, but still are very much a part of our modern culture and county!] requires MUCH study. Additionally the gods first came to be known in the context of the ancient culture, so it stands to reason that they can only be truly understood in the terms of that culture. It also keeps us[Heathens] from the ludicrous, untenable argument that “other races” are somehow intellectually inferior to the Norse and Germanic that they cannot attain this understanding. After all, someone brought up in modern Western culture is quite likely, from childhood on, to have been inundated with images, stories, and ideas from that Western culture, thus including our [countries founding] religion. This would make anyone in our [21st century]culture, whatever the color of the skin, likely enough to have a way of thinking predominantly drawn to Asatru via [native] religious matters, and[are]much more ready to understand it, than some religion their ancestors happened to practice so long ago it isn’t a part of their lives anymore.”

The members of the middle faction of modern Asatru called [Inclusive]Tribalist’s, shun the errors of either extreme. The racism of Folkish practice is avoided as well as the “anything goes” motto of the Universalist.

So, you sick of all the time wasting fruitless in-fighting happening between the two big “extremist” factions of Heathenry? I welcome you to the Tredje Veien (Third Road) where one can find the path of heathenism that resonates with authenticity, and inclusiveness to those who wish to Oath themselves to our Gods and Norse cosmology!

~If you wanna join me and begin to learn the ways of a Inclusive Tribal heathen; here is a GREAT place to start:

The soul part Ek: The I or Ego.

The most important of all the soul parts a Volva/Vitki can come to know (as well as master) is the concept of self; that part we refer to as “me’ or ‘I”. In Jung teachings this part is known as the personality or Ego, which in some western and eastern philosophies is a soul part we are encouraged to ‘conquer’ or supersede, or Gods forbid; destroy.

The Norwegian word for I is called Ek. In the book “ Elhaz Ablaze: A Compendium of Chaos Heathenry by Henry L., He describes Ek as “The part of the Soul in my understanding it is one’s everyday personality, which needs to function well so that it can deal intelligently with, and make meaningful use of, the other Soul parts.”
I tend to agree with Henry that the understanding of our own workings with in our unique personalities is very critical to furthering ourselves as Norse mystics, and it falls into the ancient Oracle of Delphi’s only warning before approaching the Limitless: “Know Thyself.”

Our ancestors revered above all other traits that each person be a self-sovereign, independent soul; but they equally held sacred the idea of being a attributing member of the collective tribe. Here lies THE secret to being a successful human being; that you can fully know yourself (all your strengths and weakness) and at the same time turn this knowledge into useful traits that benefit your survival along with the furtherment of the tribe.

This concept is no different when we are a Volva or Vitki, and conversely, it is of more importance. As a Pathwalker, Witch, or Shaman, Our ‘tribe’ becomes much bigger; we meet and co-create with a plethora of other beings ~many of which are not human like in the least. If we approach these other entities without having a handle on what triggers us, what blinds us, our weakness, or our points of vulnerability; we become at worst a very easy target to dismantle and destroy, and at best; ineffectual in our esoteric work.

I am from the mindset our mission is NOT to destroy our sense of self, or Ego, quite opposite, I think we are who we are for good reason, and to be the most powerful individuals we can be, we must learn to master those parts of selves that might inhibit our successful dealings with the world outside ourselves. Moreover, when we understand those things within our self-identity that can be a weakness, we then can examine them and manipulate them so they constantly work in our favor.
In my previous book, I have an exercise for turning our ‘shadow selves” into an ally. I akin our shadows to the monster under the bed, and I suggest an exercise to take this monster out of the darkness of our rooms and bring them into the light of day; taking the shadow out on the playground and coming to know it by exploring it in a friendly lighthearted way, much as we would do with a childhood companion.

This approach also of knowing the Ek goes for the parts of ourselves that give us much pride and joy. When we excel at something this is a very good thing; as it benefits us and the cosmos around us as a whole. We evolve successfully, and in doing so the world evolves with us. However, (and this is where the whole idea of being ‘ego-less’ in other traditions stems from) if we let that pride of self-accomplishment turn into a type of enamored-with-myself-ness, we then run the risk of becoming ‘egotistical’; self-centered, petty, self-righteous, and blind to the important workings of others in the world around us.
We develop a overinflated sense of Ek (I) thinking we are the only God-selves in the room.
This can be very dangerous and limiting, as we will fail to acknowledge our weak points, bulling through those things we really can’t (and shouldn’t) be attempting in comparison to our skill sets, thereby setting ourselves (and others) up for a world of hurt.

So how do we really learn to “know” ourselves and have a healthy well-functioning Ek?
I have a 3 way approach to this very vexing quandary of knowing our selves; i.e. the notion we know our parts and every aspect of the motivating factors that cause us to act within our lives:
1) Observation. By simply observing with an open mind and unbiased attachment to what it is igniting our reactions to any given situation, we can begin to decipher what makes us tick. We learn to see what triggers us, where we are the most beneficial, and where we are own worst enemy.
We can then make comparisons to the environment outside of our Ek and judge by collective experiences what behaviors and thought patterns best serve the Cosmos as a whole, and those who repeatedly seem to be unbeneficial and destructive. The most powerful times of observation is when we sit with ourselves alone, in deep meditation.
2) Experimentation. After simply observing the complexities of our individual Ek’s reactions to others, we then begin to experiment with change. (For better or worse) We begin to play with the notion we can change our reactions or thought process, and in doing so we experiment with habitual experiences by approaching it differently through experimentation of handling the situation differently. Empathy plays a huge role here; as by placing our awareness in the shoes of another being, we begin to see our view isn’t the only one in the 9 worlds. Having the power of empathy actually allows us to observe how things might be perceived when it isn’t viewed by our own personal Ek. This takes A LOT of openness and willingness to be vulnerable as well as ‘wrong’ on how we instinctually have lived our daily lives until now.
3) Application. All the observing and experimenting is for not if we cant learn how to apply these new insights and kennings. Once we have had that ‘aha’ moment of a part of our Ek we wish to change, we simply must work at doing so. Every minute of every day; until it becomes a true change. Habits are a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up, and this goes for habitually being and reacting from the Ek. (I-ego) For example: it can be daunting and scary to give up our knee-jerk rage, as that gives us a feeling of power and righteous entitlement. However to truly know power, we must know how the antagonist provokes us-a.k.a through empathy. Therefore, that rage must be understood (why/where it comes from) as well as what it’s most productive use can be for Ek and the world if wielded. So we must apply our observations and experiments that have come to show us what triggers our power of Rage, and why we allow it to be unleashed. [For most people it is simply because Ek says it feels good, powerful, or righteous to unleash a blind fury, yet it always leads them to disaster-because they lashed out unprepared, didn’t have the might to back it up, or it causes more harm than the situation demands.] Through experimentation, we begin to see a controlled rage funneled through empathetic understanding gets us father and more things accomplished. Through application of this insight we begin to have less stress, more friends, and less injuries due to explosive, selfish, tantrums.
~Learn the Ek part of you and you will know the deepest of the esoteric mysteries!


In this next post I wish to continue my series on Norse soul parts, and for this one, it’s the Hamingja!
So what is the Hamingja? Víga-Glúms saga 9 mentions it as something that can be passed to unnamed family members, and in the Hávamál we read:

Wealth will pass,
Men will pass,
You too, likewise, will pass.
One thing alone
Will never pass:
The fame of one who has earned it.

The name Hamingja was also used to indicate happiness, and that is what it means in modern Icelandic. We also understand it is known as “luck” but I feel many Folk are stopped short in today’s world understanding the Old Norse concept of Luck.
Luck isn’t so much about being ‘charmed’ or gifted’ by a miraculous gift of Fate.(a.k.a Wyrd via the Norns)
I feel it is intwined into our Oorlog, and it is more akin to the concept of “karma” and ancestrally passed traits, inherited in our very DNA.

Yep, Hamingja is part of our genetic code, and luck can be earned as well as worked to be better!

Have you ever met some poor sod who seemed to be the epidemy of the song “A man of constant sorrow?”
This dude ALWAYS has bad luck; he never can hold down a job, or a meaningful relationship, he has a drinking and gambling problem that leaves him in trouble with the law, and his money lenders.
Even the few times our friend Joe would try to change his destiny, for example, go apply for that new Job that would get him on the right path; his alarm clock wouldn’t go off, and on the way to the interview he got a flat tire, (with no spare in the trunk) so he never got the job. It seems he can never get a break, and his life is consistently in the shitter.
Unlucky Joe has even sought help, but when he is given very wise counsel, he turns a deaf ear and falls back into a life of trouble and unhappiness.

So as an observer, we scratch our heads and wonder why Joe’s life seems to be so full of “bad luck.”

As a Norse Heathen and Volva, I instinctually sense Joe has bad Oorlog, due to the fact he inherited a family string of bad misfortune due to inherited bad behaviors and life choices which started eons back with a very foolhardy and careless relative.

This ancestor probably had some incident that set him on a path of dishonorable behavior: perhaps he stole something from a friend of his, which in turn lead him to becoming unwelcoming to this friend in his family home. (*gasp, to not show hospitality to your Kindred was actually viewed as a very major social injustice back then)
This action, in turn, lead the vile ancestor to become an outcast in his tribe, so he began to drink a lot to drown his disconnect from the village, which in turn lead to violent outburst, which lead to him in a fit of rage killing his wife, which of course lead to him being punished to pay the blood debt to her family, which finally lead to him dying bitter, reviled, and alone.
Upon his death, his “luck” (Hamingja) was uninvitedly passed to his child, who had similar Wyrd, and this string of unfortunate events followed the entire family line to poor Joe whom we find today; sad, dejected, and defeated before he even started!

Ok, so seeing as none of us want to be Joe, how -if we recognize this sort of pattern, can we change it?
I mean, can we?

Oh yes we can, and its very simple really!

To rid ourselves of bad Hamingja, there are simple steps to take, BUT they must be followed in the order of their appearance AND ADHERED to. (Think of it like a 12 step program, only there are 9 steps, and you don’t have to go to a secret support group)

1) Take a FEARLESS inventory of yourself and your bad behaviors that reoccur and get you into situations you really would rather not be in AND HAVE A UNWAVERING INTENTION TO FIX THEM.
2) Dig deep, and look for these patterns within your family line, to understand this is the Hamingja you have inherited, and will (if unchanged) pass down to your descendants!
3) Write down all the Hamingja you wish to change on a piece of paper, and gather a thick stand of the finest wool you can find. (if you could spin your own strand more the better, but purchasing one is fine)
4) Go to your Hof or Ve and prepare to do a Blot of change.
5) Begin your Blot as you normally do; and ask for the Norn’s to be present, as well as your Disir; being sure to pour out offerings of welcome and gratitude.
6) Begin a galdr for the change of Hamingja: Be sure to state that this is a rite of change as your intention, and be sure to SCREAM that intention to the Norse nine worlds.
7) Pick up your wool string and begin to sing your Wyrd into change! While holding the string, sing the runes Nauthiz, Hagalaz, thuraz, algiz, Ingwaz, (in that order) WHILE TYING KNOTS For each bad manifestation of bad Hamingja that is in your life. ~Be sure to sing and name each bad inherited trait while tying each knot.
8) As soon as the knots are tied hold the string over a fire and using your hamr via full concentration and Will, UN-TYE EACH KNOT as you sing the runes Jera, Dagaz, Birkana, and Wunjo and be sure to end your song by singing: “this bad Hamingja I inherited from my families line, no longer is mine, nor will my descendants be maligned!
By Fire, need, and solid will, a better hamingja is now fulfilled!”
9) Throw the string in the fire-and send the changed Wyrd to the Norns. Be sure to thank them, and make an Oath you will live very differently from this point onward, proving you are worthy of good Hamingja!

I hope this post is helpful for any Joes out there! Remember, we are the sum of a thousand lifetimes and loves, so its worth it to persevere and change your “luck” as it becomes someone’s Oorlog one day!

The Soul Part Of our Mind: Hugr.(Hughr)

For this soul part, I will include an excerpt of one of THE best explanations of Hugr I have found to date; via the book Elhaz Ablaze: A Compendium of Chaos Heathenry, which states:

“The Hughr is in many ways the structuring, analytical, investigative, observing faculty, mostly identified with the intellect. The Myne (minni ) represents the imaginative, visionary, intuitive part of the Soul that brings forth images, symbols, symbols, signs, patterns, feelings, and omenlike occurrences. The Hughr and Myne are of course Odin’s two ravens Huginn and Muninn. Ian Read calls the Wode, Hughr, and Myne the core-triad. This is so because all three must be developed in a careful and balanced way so that the runic learning can happen in a holistic process without bringing imbalance to the psyche. Too much Wode will simply consume you, your everyday personality won’t be able to handle the overwhelming ‘information,’ and psychosis or worse would be the result. An overdeveloped Hughr will make you question everything – the typical academic – or you simply will accumulate a lot of knowledge that you can’t put into action; the armchair scholar or the book-learning occultist who knows everything in theory but nothing in reality. If the Myne is overdeveloped and the Hughr is undeveloped one will be confronted with endless images and patterns that will lose coherence. The result in most cases is the occult ‘master of the astral planes’ or the New Age dolphin channeler, who flies off into cuckoo fairy tale land, seeing everywhere coincidences, secret messages, and magic at work without being able to manifest any real results. So, in a nutshell: The core-triad needs to be developed harmoniously for the seeker to have a meaningful learning process.”

For Odin’s furtherment in knowing all, He knew the best tools for the job would be to send the parts of his mind that could discern/recognize any new information, (think) as well as retrieve/bring back (remember) whatever new insights were to be found. ~Our Norse Ancestors were very clever, and it seems obvious to me by the very names Odin used for the bird forms he send forth as his minds representative’s, Huginn and Muninn, The Norse concept of the mind was very deep.

When Odin sent his Two Ravens out to do his bidding, he sent out an extension of himself (his mind- Hughr) to gain any obscure information that might aid Him in his quest for ‘all knowing.’ Upon return, Huginn and Muninn would share all they found via the duel analytical process that make us uniquely human: our thoughts (self-awareness) and our memory (comparing past events for relevance and decision making)

There are varying views to the true meaning of Muninn’s name, and as the name can’t be clearly defined via old Norse; (there are folks who think the name means memory, and others who think it means mind) I hold the idea it means both. You see in Icelandic the name Muninn actually means ‘difference’ (there is no old Norse reference to that name) and knowing the Norse held great weight in the naming process, I discovered from the University of Texas in Austin Linguistics Research Center; the old Norse word for remember is: ‘muna’; and according to UOT it means: “To think or have thoughts, one must remember the data being received, as well as have the abilities to process and analyze the new information; thereby using their mind in conjunction with past informational data to compare it with.”

Our Mind is a soul part that also needs regular work, attention, and exercise, to keep sharp and attentive.

Sharpening the mind in the powers of concentration requires practice, like everything else in life, be it reshaping your body, to learning to play a new musical instrument; you must do practice, training, and specific exercises to realize a goal of adeptness when it comes to learning any new skill! It is the same idea with developing your concentration. You need training and practice.

Even only five to ten minutes a day of concentration exercises will do you good. Its known for many people, especially adults, the mind does not like discipline, and will resist your efforts to train it. Your mind loves its freedom more than anything else, and unfortunately it will try NOT to allow you to try to discipline it! Your pesky mind will make you forget to do the exercises, or tempt you to postpone performing them. Your free-wheeling mind will find many tricks to occupy your attention with something else. Your mind thinks discipline is punishment!! *E Gads!
So…The choice is yours, to be mastered by the mind and its whims, or to be its master. Below, you will find a few (Free!) simple concentration exercises. By practicing mental work-outs, you CAN train the mind and master it; at any age!

Remember you are not solely your mind, nor the sum of the thoughts that pass through it. Though it might be hard to accept this idea, the mind is not ALL of you, nor is it the real you, but only a PART of you as a tool that you use. It is an instrument, which has great value, but that beautiful, maverick, heathen mind of yours has to be taught to obey you!

For some fun Mind training exercises see:…/brain-exercises-for-memory…

Understanding Self; Soul part: Lich (Lyke).

Lich means the actual physical body. When we get involved with higher spiritual pursuits it’s very easy to overlook this crucial soul part, and todays lesson is to remind you without it, we wouldn’t be! Your Lyke IS your most sacred vehicle, so it’s the most important ‘soul’ part you own!

Lich is also spelled lyke. (old Norse) Lyke is pronounced lee-keh; where the old English name Lich is pronounced leekh.

Like all parts of us, it goes without saying our body is like, super necessary to do ANY work, spiritual or otherwise yes?

As a Feri initiate of Victor Anderson, one of the first things we are taught is to revere our physical selves, and its soul part with all its functions is sacred and Holy.

So for our totality of self in the Norse tradition, I choose to honor the component parts of a living person as follows: 1) the physical body (lich); 2) the mind(hugr) 3) the etheric energy or energy field (aura) that surrounds our physical body (ham[r]); 4) personal awareness of consciousness or identification of self, sometimes called the ego (EK) ;5) our actual spirit self that is our astral ‘double’(Fylgja) 6) the higher “god” self (Disir) and 7)the breath of life or spirit (önd); 8) divine consciousness and inspiration (öðr)and finally; 9) our ‘luck’ or inherited traits and behaviors known as hamingja.

Each of these parts creates a working and cohesive whole; and if one is overlooked we can’t know our full power in my opinion. That means much time and insight are needed via getting in touch with ALL your parts! This month it’s our bodies; and this outward manifestation of ourselves is THE essential part of our being that has its own primal intelligence and provides us our interface with life and all things mystic!

The physical body, whose parts appear and function in the same way regardless where we hail from or what we belive, has its own kennings and instinctual ways of performing within life on Planet Midgard. It is our bodies that allows us understanding of the world around us; both seen and unseen! Moreover, as we have discovered thus far, the unseen parts of the soul can be divided up in a number of ways, depending on cultural or (as in this case) personal preference; but the Lyke is a soul part universal to ALL spiritual paths. For me, the Lyke is physical proof of our existence, seen by every other being on this planet; therefore I view the body itself must be approached as THE most scared and holy of our soul parts, since without a physical body, we simply wouldn’t be..

In 1985, I read a book called “The Body Electric” by Robert O. Becker, a pioneer in the field of regeneration and its relationship to electrical currents in living things, and in Becker’s ground breaking book of its day, Robert tells the fascinating story of our bioelectric selves; which in many ways challenged the established mechanistic understanding of the body in the early 80’s. In his iconic book, Robert explored new pathways in our understanding of evolution, acupuncture, psychic phenomena, and healing.

It is through understanding the body (Lyke) as an organism that houses its own intelligence, its own muscle memories, it can repair itself, fight off microbial invasion, and it generates its own biomechanical energy and heat; we come to see our Bodies are miraculous self-sustaining entities in their own right. Our bodies are just as sacred as our Disir, our Fylgja, or any of our other 9 soul parts!

This is why doing physical self care, knowing about alterative healing, and revering the ‘meat puppet’ called our Body that carries you through this world is indispensable for this work. We are learning the power our body wields in healing and wholeness.

Today, celebrate the body as our ally and its own soul part, -full of its own intelligence, wisdom, and connectiveness.

Let us revel in the body, and learn ways to actually experience our faith more deeply though this beautiful and wonderous soul part!