A Viking Vision Quest
My Personal Odin Rituals
I will now share with you three of my favorite ODIN Rituals. I practiced these when I was living in Arizona years ago and I still do them occasionally. By using them over the years I have made a real solid contact with ODIN and I don't need them to contact him anymore.
These are what I call New Rituals. You won't find them in any of the modern day viking books. They are not rote memorization or stale dogmatic murmurings that you hear around the camp fires of Viking kindred outings. These are not 10Th century outdated rituals.
They are unique Odin Rituals because I CREATED THEM. Not Stephen McNallern's Rituals of Asatru which in my opinion are out of date and useless. Nor any other of the out of date asatru rituals.
They are telling you that you need to cling to a godi or a self appointed leader to tell you how to contact ODIN and the gods/goddesses of the north.
I will tell you how to contact them without a godi or middle man.
I may sound harsh but this is the 21st century and we must bring Odin and the gods and goddesses of our ancestors into the 21st century, if we are to have a chance for our ancestral soul and culture to survive.
We must think out of the box, about our relationship with ODIN.
These modern day thoughts of mine about Odin and godi's have made me an outcast, among the existing kindreds who are still practicing 10Th century rituals.
Ever notice the similarity between them and the Christian Church which is still practicing their 2000 thousand year dogma although the walls are falling down on them.
I don't want the walls to fall down on ODIN or our Viking Culture.
I promised you that when you came to my website you would find writings that are not anywhere else.
I want and have built a one-on-one relationship with Odin, the All Father. There are no self appointed godi's or priests or intermediaries between Odin and I.
This powerful bond with Odin has led me to write three books about and with him.
ODIN OAK TREE RITUAL
When I lived in Payson Arizona and I was a member of the Arizona Asatru Alliance (before I was outcast) I enjoyed going into the woods alone.
One day I was in a very strange mood, as if something very powerful was about to happen. I felt there was something very important I had to do.
I parked my truck on the side of the road and walked into the forest for about 100 yards. I always picked a different part of the forest to explore.
There it was! What I was looking for. A copse or nine oak trees in a circle. There was an opening in the middle of the oak trees. The opening was about 25 feet in diameter.
I stepped inside of the circle of oak trees and dropped my knapsack and sat down.
Then it came to me. What I should do.
I stood up and took off my jacket and took out the bag of trail mix I had inside of my knapsack.
I opened it up and took out a handful of nuts and raisins.
I faced North and murmured an Odin thank you and tossed the trail mix in that direction.
Then, clockwise, east, south and west with the same tossing of trail mix and Odin thank yous
When I felt that I had sufficiently made sacrifice and the oak tree circle was tiled, I picked up my gander walking stick. I made this out of a branch off an oak tree that had been struck by lightening. I hand carved all of the runes on it. It was very stout and a good five foot long..
Remember what Odin told us about not getting very far from your weapon. We cannot carry around guns or axes, but a good stout gander walking stick will work just fine if a Loki type showed up.
I walked to the oak tree in the North of the circle. I stopped for a moment, thought of what to do, then touched the oak tree with my gander and said Odin guide me out loud.
I continued clockwise to the next oak tree, touched it with my gander and said out loud. Odin heal me.
Then to the third tree, touched it with my gander and said out loud, Odin protect me.
I continued clockwise around the circle of nine oaks trees touching each one with my gander and repeating the Odin invocations in sets of three (one of Odin's favorite numbers.)
When I completed one circuit of the oak trees I said mentally to myself one.
I knew that nine was a sacred number of Odin's. The same number as the oak trees in the circle.
I made the decision to make 90 trips around the oak trees because it was a multiple of nine.
I remember keeping track in my mind and adding one every time I completed a circle of the oak trees. I also remember walking faster and faster around the circle of nine oaks.
When I finally reached ninety trips I was in such a heightened state of awareness that I felt that my feet were not touching the ground.
I decided to continue and go for the next multiple of 900 trips around the oak trees.
I kept circling and circling faster and faster. I now was only saying Odin. Odin, Odin, Odin, Odin, Odin, Odin, Odin, Odin.
I don't really know how many times I circled the sacred oak trees for the next thing that I remember I was lying on the ground in the center of the circle of oaks.
I sat up and looked around. It was deathly still and quiet.
All of a sudden a great wind came out of the north and shook the oak trees furiously. It lasted only a few seconds, but s few powerful seconds.
I knew that Odin had heard me, for is Odin not also the God of the winds?
Suddenly two ravens, came squawking and circling about 100 feet above the oaks in the center where I could see and hear them.
They squawked and circled as if they were talking to me.
They circled one more time, squawked and headed north.
I sat there for some time wondering what it was that Odin was trying to tell me through his two ravens.
Several days later I got my answer.
I wrote my first book about Odin, called "Odin's Return." I wrote the whole thing at one sitting, so quickly as if it were being told to me.
THAT WAS A RITUAL.
That is the kind of ritual I want you to learn how to do. Leave Stephens books alone, I believe they are dead and outdated.
Do your own thing!
When the Native Americans go into the woods for a ritual or a Vision Quest, they go alone. It is just them and the great spirit. They don't go with a crowd, beer and dead words out of a book.
Native Americans are not the only ones who know how to go on a vision quest. Our ancestors did and so have I.
Contact them and Odin when alone and see the amazing results.
While I was still in Payson I went to my sacred space several times and repeated my Odin Oak Tree Ritual.
All had wonderful results.
That's the kind of rituals we need for the 21st century. Throw the ritual books away and become spontaneous
Come into the 21st century.
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