My Greatest Trial Was To Rely Only On Myself!!!… The Gods Smile When You Do It Yourself!!!

I Gained Invaluable Results From The Norse Gods!… But I Found My Greatest Trial Was To Rely Only On Myself!… The Gods Will Smile When You Do It Yourself!!!

“The gods will smile upon you if you can do it yourself”. I made this statement in my very first conversation with E.A Koetting. When discussing the magick I had learned in my pathworking of the Vitki system I explained that while the Gods can be called upon to give you results they will respect you more if you can do it without them. This statement still rings true today perhaps even more so in my developments since. I worked with several of the Gods in my pathworking. The Allfather Odin, The Mighty Thor, The Righteous Tyr not to forget old Loki and beautiful Freyja. However, in my work with them I learned one very important lesson…

“Why is it that the gods give with one hand… and take with the other?”- Ragnar Lothbrok (Vikings TV Show)

I remember one of the most synchronistic moments in watching the Vikings TV show one night after my work. It was the scene where Ragnar loses his unborn baby. It hit me like a hammer of relativity. I was at a point in my life where mine was crumbling. I was watching the things I thought I was meant to have crumble before me and new things come forth. I asked myself the same thing to my old Patron Thor that cold snowy winter night in Flagstaff Arizona. “Thor why do you provide me with something I grow to love, care and fight for but then take it away in the name of progress and sacrifice? Worst of all then judge me for it”. I realised where the Gods really stood in my path.

The path to Ascent doesn’t begin when asking Gods and Entities to provide you with riches and manifestations in the circle. No, that what dabblers do. Ascent, begins when you stop asking the Gods to provide and you begin to do it yourself with your own Godlike power. Your own creative divinity within. This was my lesson, to work with the Gods, and learn from them, but manifestation is up to me… not them.

The Path Of The Vitki/Volva Is One Of Responsibility In All Aspects!… To Rely On Gods For Necessity Is Not Enough!!!

The path of the Vitki is a system of magick that requires the practitioner to take full control of their life and this means responsibility, accountability and most of all to be independent. While we all need a helping hand sometimes to ask the Gods to give handouts is a risk and I am the example of this. They can help by teaching you, but the more you ask of them in terms of manifestation the more you risk other things being taken away from you. Yet, when you begin to take your control back and make the manifestations you need through your own will and magick you become the God. This is part of the reason we do this. In this pathworking building favour with the Gods is necessary as is dedication. But the reason for this is not to cash in a handout check. It is to learn from them and be taught the skills to help you climb the ladder of ascent.

My pathworking system cuts out this cheap offer and receive magick and gives you a system that will force you to adapt into taking full control of your life. To rely on the Gods for all your needs is to give away all of your divine power to do that yourself and as a spiritual entity it makes you weak. It is for this reason many fail at this system. They want results but try to get another figure to do it for them. My system will give you back your power and provide you with the tools to allow that power to take you to the throne on which the Gods sit. Do not be a slave to the gods…. Be a god!

Stay True & Stay Awesome!!!

Asbjorn Torvol

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Is Our Community Oversaturated With New Creators??

Is Our Community Oversaturated With New Creators?… Or Is Spirituality & The Occult Just Entering Its New Age?… What Lies In Wait For Our Community Next!!!

Ten years ago, our community was vastly different. I had only just dipped my toes into the waters and didn’t know much about how things went. However, I have had the benefit of coming into the scene at a very young age. I was able to grow with magick as a part of my life from my very early teens to adulthood and it has stuck with me. However, the community is not the same as it was and it is continuing to change. Back in the day (as I hear old veterans of the community whisper in my ear) there were a handful of voices in the community, authors, public figures in any given area. Things were limited, streamlined and that was ok. Now however, everyone and their mother has a YouTube channel, book and presence on social media and this has caused a lot of contrasting views.

On one hand you have the people who believe that there are too many creators who are talking about things and it’s a bad thing. They are amateurs that don’t know what they are talking about, just doing it to follow the hype train. These often come with an old school, traditional veteran mindset. Now in some fashion they are right. Some people create a platform and talk about things they don’t know, some of those people claim to be experts and stroke their egos. Some people do it just for the hype and after a year will fade away and be forgotten. Few who take their work to the public stay there for long as its easy for them to fade. The opposing side of this argument however, is that the community is simply growing. It is coming out of its suppression and becoming more mainstream. People are losing their fear of expression and exercising their freedom of expression. This allows our community to have more information that people can choose from and gives us a wider platform that will further take us out of the old stereotypes. In my view both of these arguments have validity.

My view is a mix of both. I fully support the freedom of expression and ultimately when more people share thoughts and experiences it opens up more opportunity to develop our ideas and theories further. The more information we have to work with the better. The issue is that many who have their own channels don’t want to further ideas or debate. Instead they want validation and when ideas are criticized and dissected (not referring to judgment or insult) they get defensive and cut people off. Thus, a lot of these creators post information that isn’t tested and take away any real opportunity for their viewers to test them. However, this is a common concept in other areas. TV use to be a few channels, now we have youtube and several other mediums. Games use to be a few big companies now we have a huge influx of indie creators. Magick is no different in this respect.

I Believe Our Community Is Coming Into Its New Age!… An Age Of Progress But Also Ignorance!

I truly believe that the state our community is now in we are headed toward a new age. This is an age of both great progress as we further develop our ideas and revolutionize magickal practice. But given the saturation of new content creators I also believe we will usher an age where fantasy and untested work flourishes as much as the solid work. This is what I have commonly referred to as the pollution. It may be difficult to figure out whats untested and whats solid, at least to the newcomers. There is a lot of great things coming but it will come at a price. We are growing… but not always in the best of directions.

All progress demands sacrifice and, in our development,, we may have to sacrifice the streamlined system we had before. This is a tough topic to cover as the community is full of both great people who are expressing their thoughts and coming together, but ultimately we make it harder for new people to embrace the real spirit of magickal perfection. What are your thoughts on this? Where do you think our community will end up?

Stay True & Stay Awesome!!!

Asbjorn Torvol

Is Norse Magick Still Relevant To Our Modern Age?

Unlike Most I Believe Norse Magick Can And Is Relevant To Our Modern Age?… Embark On Your Vitki Initiation With My Comprehensive Pathworking!!

When I first started putting together my Pathworking of the Vitki I asked myself one very important question. Is Norse Magick still relevant in our modern day? It is a question that I had to seriously contemplate over a series of weeks to be confident in my answer for it. Through all the history and stories that exist Norse Magick seemed to be better fit for 1000s of years ago. They travelled by horseback and sailed on longboats. Fought with Swords, Axes and shields and lived in wooden huts. What do we have in common with these people of the past? Very little in terms of our technologically advanced world. Yet, I found in my contemplation of this question that the Viking people were not just an ancient group of settlers but rather a civilisation with in my opinion very sophisticated values. It is these values that make Norse Magick relevant. Let me explain why.

The Vikings were known for many things but there are a few that stand out the most. The first is there ability to adapt. They used what worked, what got results regardless of its origin, the crossbow is a perfect example of them integrating new technology into their military. Secondly, they were very liberal in terms of traditions. While they had communal traditions and common beliefs their practiced differed between household. Each individual household had their own traditions given them a very diverse community. It is my belief there magick was no different. They used magick that got results and took out dogma for true expression and result. This is the true spirit of the Vitki’s (Norse Sorcerers and Shaman) and Völva’s (Female wandering women/Seers).

I Have Formed A System Of Magick That Brings The True Spirit Of The Vikings To The Forefront & Leaves History Where It Should Be!

History is great, I love reading about it yet its not always relevant. I think we should all invest some time into acknowledging history and its progression but ultimately it is irrelevant today. Why would we need a sigil that guards a longboat at sea? We would find more use in something that protects a car. In my study of Norse History, I found the large majority to fit the needs of Ancient people and those needs are not the needs we have today. We turn on a tap and get hot water, thousands of years ago this wasn’t the case. Thus, magick has to evolve and change as we change. This is how I approached my path of the Vitki.

I created my pathworking system based upon the two main values discussed earlier. What works and individual freedom; not to forget relevance. I looked into the old sigils and modernized them, I took the old rituals and tweaked them as well as inventing completely new techniques based on historical inspiration. I have a question for you! If the Norse pagans were still around today would they use swords? Would they still live in wooden huts? Would they ride horses or cars? The answer to all these questions is easy, they would have evolved with the times and their beliefs and traditions would also. It is because of this observation that trying to replicate history is a fools errand not only because the Norse practiced an oral tradition, but because to replicate it is to try and practice a tradition that even the Vikings would have grown out of. If you want to be a historian that is perfectly ok. However, if you want to do this as a magician then you have to look at this in the modern sense.

The Vikings cared about legacy. They didn’t want to just repeat their forefather’s goals but actually make history. Every noble Viking wanted a saga to remember their legacy and what history they made. So why is today we are so reluctant to make new history? My pathworking takes this true spirit of the Norse and give you the freedom to add your own personal flare and needs, as well as walk a tradition that is authentic to Viking values.

I have put my life’s work into this pathworking and I am so happy to be the first person in history to put together a full and relevant pathworking system for you to reap the benefits of. I don’t want us to just follow history… I want us to create history.

Stay True & Stay Awesome!!!

Asbjorn Torvol

Romanticism While Appealing Is Misleading. What Does Our Unrealistic Ideas Tell Us About Magick?

Romanticism While Appealing Is Often Misleading!… Often Our Unrealistic Ideas Lead To Disappointment!… What Does This Tell Us About Magick?…

If there is one thing we are all guilty of from time to time, it’s a bit of romanticism. I know from my own life this has been something that has come up quite a few times. Last year when I visited Tombstone, Arizona to see the O.K corral and the Bird Cage Theatre. Every since I was a child I remember watching Val Kilmer and Kurt Russell in the 1993 classic film Tombstone. Throughout my years growing up I always wanted to go to there and see the history and stood where they stood. Last year I got that chance but having so many years to dream and romanticise I was ultimately disappointed to find over commercialised plastic guns and trinkets and the real feel of the old west non-existent. This disappointment was due to my high-expectation but that was because of the romanticism I had about this place.

In magick this is a common theme although not in the same context. Every single day without fail I will see a quote written by some “guru” or other figure who has romanticised things so much that the statement has become… well… simply incorrect. Here is an example:

“In order to eat, you have to be hungry. In order to learn, you have to be ignorant. Ignorance is a condition of learning. Pain is a condition of health. Passion is a condition of thought. Death is a condition of life.”

So, lets dissect this quote. “In order to eat, you have to be hungry”… I guess obesity really isn’t much of a thing then? Its pretty obvious to see where this quote is just plain wrong. Humanity has a history of overindulging and I can say from my own experience that I can and do eat when I’m not hungry. This while carries a resonant romanticism is for all intensive purposes incorrect. Let’s look at the next line. “In order to learn, you have to be ignorant” … No. ignorance is in fact the thing that prevents learning. Now my next point could be debated but I will explain as best as I can. Ignorance is to wilfully ignore necessary and present information. To say it another way, Ignorance is having the necessary information present to learn but choosing to wilfully ignore it. What the writer is trying to convey here is nescience which is not knowing something because the necessary information is absent. To quote Mark Passio, its in the word, IGNORE-ANCE.

Let’s look at the next line. “Pain is a condition of health” … well not really. Would you say that because I have back pain, nerve damage and I am painfully sick all the time that I am in good health? No, in fact quite the opposite. This line implies that Pain is a sign you are in good health which let’s face it is actually a sign something is wrong with your system. We then have, “Passion is a condition of thought” … but is it? What about thoughts of fear? My sister who has arachnophobia will not say she has a passion for spiders of the thought of them. Now you could say well she passionately doesn’t like them, yea sure. But what about random thoughts? Or thoughts planted by another? If I tell you right now to stop thinking, you will think about trying to stop thinking. That’s just a planted thought there isn’t any passion to it. We think about a lot of things that lets be honest have no meaning to us at all. Then we have lastly, “Death is a condition of life” … while most will get the sentiment here its more of a consequence than a condition, but hey, at least its not as bad as the rest.

Now I know what your thinking! Asbjorn, what the hell are you complaining about now its just a quote. You’d be partially correct. Yes, I am being nit picky to a degree, but how often does this same romanticism happen and how does that affect us? We all have a degree of susceptible to things around us. The occult, magick and spirituality has a lot of that romantic feeling just in the idea of it and we reinforce that with this “fortune cookie half-truth wisdom”- Opie Macleod. My question is does it do more harm than good? Does it drive us more into ignorance than enlightenment?

While Romanticism Is Appealing It Misleads It Is Often Picked Up As Truth!… Big Voices Can Say Anything And Have It Believed!…

One of the biggest issues with out community is the fact there are people in it who have a voice that people have learned to trust. This inherently isn’t the problem; the problem is that their voice is never questioned. Be it E.A Koetting or Frater Xavier, Be it myself or large organizations like the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. People have lost the art of questioning and dissecting information and so much of this romanticism gets taken as truth. What begins as a misleading quote can turn into a principle that another now implements into their outlook on the world and magick. I want to make it clear I am not saying that anyone with a voice has to be responsible for what their followers do with their words but rather that regardless of who is speaking, big voice or not should be questioned on the merit of what they say rather than blindly believed because of their stature.

I have often said our community has a pollution and this I would say is part of that. We are to eager to believe what appeals to us rather than what is actually true. Even in subjectivity there are still somethings that are just incorrect as we have explored. While truth can be a tricky subject our goal should be to reach it, and that means being able to set aside the romanticism and accept it for what it is. I am happy to relish in the feeling of romanticism, but I have learned to always remind myself that it is not the reality and as such it is kept separate. The lesson here is simple, do not believe everything you read especially when your only reason for doing so is because it makes you feel good. Poison is usually sweet to mask the danger, and in trendy romantic wisdom this is no different. Question everything!

Stay True & Stay Awesome

Asbjorn Torvol

How My Eye of Odin Ritual Changed My Life!

I Was Depressed In A Dead Marriage With No Real Purpose For My Life!… The Eye of Odin Ritual Turned My World Completely Around!… Now I Live In Paradise!!!

In my very early career to this day there is one ritual that most people associate the most with me. This ritual is my infamous Eye of Odin Ritual. I have written several pieces on it as well as discussed it in several videos and podcasts, but this will be the first time I really dive into the meat and potatoes of this ritual and what it did to my life. Late 2016 my marriage was falling apart, and I entered into a state of deep depression. My life had very little purpose and I resorted to various means of escaping one of which was overindulging in my work. I became a workaholic, writing, recording and advertising around the clock. From the moment I work up until the moment I went to sleep I was working. My relationship with my wife was dead and everyday was a constant battle. In all honesty I owe my career at this point to that depression as I got so much work done in such little time it propelled me to where I am now.

During the early stages of this dying relationship I called upon several of my Gods to try and find a solution. Thor, Odin and even Loki, but all I got was silence. I realized that what I needed was to open the doors to something bigger. Perhaps it was simply an essential hurdle to my progression. I decided one winter day to head up to a local mountain range with a few basic tools and perform a ritual for Odin. I had no idea what I was going to do I just felt the need to go there. Upon the mountain I performed my ritual and I asked Odin for a few things.

I asked Odin in this evocation to pull me deeper in my path. Allow me to peer deeper into the web of reality. Allow my magick to reach far beyond what I could even comprehend. I asked for my life to enter into its next stage and reach its next heights. I never realized at the time what this would mean for my life. I would get everything I asked for, but not without having a lot of sacrifices to make. From this ritual onward, my life started to get very interesting. I received a symbol in my dreams that is now known as the Eye of Odin symbol. It was a sigil for Odin and a doorway to the changes that I had asked for. A doorway into the wyrd into a place where reality could be moulded… However, my life fell apart.

With the symbol Odin gave me I did a new ritual, the Eye of Odin ritual. In this ritual I symbolically opened the eye of Odin symbol, placed my intention for change and gave a blood sacrifice to activate it. My Marriage got worse, my relationships with people crumbled and I ended up loosing my house, money and resources. It was in this moment that my magick breakthrough occurred. I was put in such a state of survival that I was forced to either manifest what I needed or loose everything including my control. I manifested a Paradise out of that chaos. I was able to see clearly the reasons why things in my life were being pulled away. After months of stripping away the unnecessary things that were holding me back in life I manifested a new home, my business flourished like never before, my career reached the skies and I had everything that I wanted to move forward. I manifested a Paradise out of chaos.

The Eye Of Odin Ritual May Have Brought Me Chaos!… But It Was The Gateway To The Paradise I Dreamed Of!!!

To this day this ritual still affects me. The work this ritual has brought has not ended and I don’t expect it to either. It was perhaps not what I ideally wanted, but it was everything I needed. Money, Housing, Career, Love and even Sex were all provided with this ritual. It brought me my desire, and this can do the same thing for you. Now what’s unique about my situation is that my life was already in a mess and a little more chaos was what caused my Paradise to come through. However, after a lot of feedback from others who have performed this same ritual they have had different paths. This ritual taps into each individuals situation and provided the necessity for desire to be manifested; sometimes that means removing the unnecessary and or further developing things that are already there. Regardless of what that pathway is, this is the doorway to the life you have dreamed of.

One of the things I see often in our Magickal/Occult community is people living in a state they don’t want to be in. They are trying to find there way to live the reality they have dreamed of. Looking to lead a life they want to live rather than one they are forced to live in. I think we all have ambitions we work for but that is much easier when our living conditions are how we want them to be. This ritual turned my life completely around and it can do the same for you. Be it money, sex, love, career, housing or even just ascent in magick, the Eye of Odin can be your gateway.

Stay True & Stay Awesome!!!

Asbjorn Torvol

Spirit Animals – Genuine or Power Play?… My Observations On A Trendy Topic…

Are Spirit Animals A Genuine Concept?… Or Are We Simply Making Another Spiritual Power Play?… My Thoughts On Our Flawed Bias System!!!

It is no secret that the spiritual and magickal communities have a system that is deeply flawed as I have touched upon several times in my work. Often have I pointed out fallacies which are more often than not debunked with a little bit of logic and closer inspection. One of the dominating factors that I believe cause this, is our own bias toward our community (which in all honesty is a natural thing). There is a bias toward more or less anyone who wants to have themselves validated by others. I truly believe that there are many people in our community who wish reality was a certain way so much so that they would rather find away to justify believing that reality exists, rather than accepting what actually is.

Many have abandoned logic, common sense and basic science because it is a conflict to the fantasy they wish they could be in. Here in lies our flawed system. Instead of questioning these fancy concepts even when a logical argument arises many tend to look the other way, the typical see no evil so that they don’t have to change their own flawed ways. Its far easier to live a lie than to admit being wrong and then changing the mistakes that were made. This is of course a broad opening to the specific topic I want to address today. That topic is spirit animals.

Most if not everyone in our community will know this very common and somewhat trendy concept. It’s a popular thing to have a spirit animal and to figure out what your animal is. However, here is where I pose my first question. Is this a genuine and real concept? Or is this being used as a power play? Let me first say that spirit animals (and variations such as power animals) do have some legitimate history to be taken into consideration. Animists and shamans have been using this idea of our relation to animals for a long time. Yet, history does not always mean useful. In our community I have observed the telling feature that this concept is simply a masked validation for our fantasy world.

There are common choices for spirit animals (and I emphasise the word choice here) and even more common choices. Wolf, bear, lion, as my first examples turn up frequently. Yet things like, cockroach, dung beetle and garden worms never show up. These things are still animals. Now ok animals and bugs do have a clear distinction, but what about the rat? Or the turtle? The seagull or pigeon? It is clear there that the popular kids get picked first. We have hundreds of wolf spirit animals but not a single squirrel. Herein lies the bias. The majority are choosing their animal because it validates their own conceptions of themselves. It’s a romanticism that most don’t even realize they have. Its empowering to pick a bear or wolf but degrading to choose a worm or cockroach, as such we avoid the latter. Funny how even we spiritually evolved people still have this hint of looking down on lesser animals like the bugs as well as people in our spiritual conquest. Now let my say next that I realize not every person is subject to this, but I am talking generally.

It is my belief that the animal doesn’t choose us as many spiritualists believe, but rather we choose them. We pick these animals because of many potential reasons. For the typical average joe this is most likely a power play, pick an animal that makes you cool and superior. For others it can be simply feeling like you have something in relation. It’s not uncommon for us humans to relate certain traits to animals and then see patterns in the likeness ourselves. However, this is based upon our own bias and romanticism’s which is where the issue lies. The third is experiencing some kind of affinity toward a certain species of animal which again falls to bias. Often psychological concepts such as pareidolia (seeing patterns in randomness which does also account for this concept), Ideomotor and placebo end up debunking spiritual concept.

Now let me now say that in all honesty I have no issue with this concept and I myself have had spirit animals. But with all my work I try to take a non-personal approach and look at things from a Birdseye view. This concept doesn’t do much harm for the majority however, I think we should speak our observations more so when we are searching for truth and evolution. I think that spirit animals as a concept is simply our own minds trying to relate to the world around us and as things get popular and trendy they get abused and misinterpreted. This observation however, I think it is an important one so I want your thoughts on this observation?

Our Community Needs Unity!!! Lets Elevate People Rather Than Putting Them Down!!!

What Our Community Needs Is Unity!… We Were All New At Some Point!… We Should Be Helping People Elevate And Learn Rather Than Putting Them Down!!!

The Occult, Magick & Spiritual communities can be a harsh and unforgiving place. This applies even more when it comes to newcomers. From the harsh judgmental attitudes of “community veterans” to the narrow linear views of the dogmatic pathwalkers, our community as it stands today is full of bickering, infighting and segregation. In the age where we can communicate with other thousands of miles away with the click of a button you would think our world would be unified. The sad truth is that we are further from unity than potentially ever before. Society and civilization has broken into an endless cycle, a trap, a prison that we have allowed ourselves to create. With the loss of debate and proper dialog many new content creators, experience sharers and vocally new practitioners are often insulted, pushed aside and attacked, simply because of their inexperience and naivete.

I believe it is important for us to acknowledge that we were all inexperienced and naive once. We were all once new to magick, spirituality and the occult. Yet it seems in our current day we are less willing to give the new, inexperienced folks a chance. We expect them to step through the door as experts. Almost an expectation for them not to speak until they have mastered all the secrets of the universe. Truth is many of the people in our community don’t want to give anyone a chance. Most cannot accept the vocalization of the new and yet the only way for these people to grow is to allow their work, experiences and thoughts to be gazed upon under the lens by those who do in fact know better.

We have created these unwritten rules that are enforced by folk whose personality I can only describe as hardened stone. They are so set in their ways that they will not shift… set in stone pardon the pun. These rules are commonly found and tend to be along the lines of, don’t make any content, videos, posts or comments on something you haven’t got years of experience in. Another is that youtube, blogging and any other form of public vocal expression is not for newcomers. Usually these rules are enforced by attacking verbally, character assassination and of course slander. It would seem are open minded, spiritually evolved community lacks the ability to give anyone a chance to make something of themselves and learn.

Now of course this doesn’t apply to every single person, but everyone will know of someone that this refers to. We seem to have forgotten that it is naivete and mistakes are what allows me to grow. We forget that professionalism, delivery and content take time to develop as to the qualities we have. I look at the first blog articles I wrote, the first videos I produced, and I think, wow… this is terrible. Yet I also acknowledge that it was because of my persistence and continued production that my talents grew and became refined. Again, I acknowledge the distance they still have to go. Nobody gave me a chance in my first days… but I wish they did. That is what we as a community need to do. Instead of putting newcomers down, pushing them aside and trying to break their want to continue, we could direct them on how to be better. Give advice and constructive criticism instead of insults. Aid them in progressing and evolving rather than trying to stamp out any potential they may have.

As Much As We Can Aid The Community In Its Growth Those Trying To Progress Have To Meet Us Half Way!…

There is however another side to this. There are some creators who cannot take criticism in any fashion. They cannot see the line between judgmental insult and helpful criticisms. This is something they too need to work on. The community has to meet each other half way and bring unity to our people. We have the ability to share experiences, teach what we know and aid in each other’s growth. Instead of debating semantics and bickering about different perspectives we could all be bouncing ideas, and vocalizing our expressions. Refining each other’s practice and gnosis. True ascent for us will be when the community stands together as one.

For too long have we put others down who don’t deserve it. There are some people who deserve to be called out… but that is not the majority. If someone has the desire to be vocal let them, and allow their words to be heard and considered. Even if that means criticizing it. Our creators have to allow their voices to be challenged and questioned. This is how we grow. We cannot have unity when we build walls to shut people out. We cannot be unified when we don’t give people a chance to become. We are all student, we were all knew, and progression always starts at square one. Just because some of us are higher on the progression chart, doesn’t mean those below us are worth less. We have a responsibility to see this community grow… so I will ask you this. Do you want this community to grow? Or is this community only for your elite?

Stay True & Stay Awesome

Asbjorn Torvol

Photography by Sara Lourenco

Meditation Is Far More Than Just Sitting Still And Clearing Your Mind!!!

Meditation Is Far More Than Just Sitting Still And Clearing Your Mind!… Many “Teachers” Have Forgotten The Versatility Of This Art!… Meditation Is The Gate To The Minds Temple!!!

For much of my earlier years in spirituality and the occult, meditation was pushed upon me harder than any other practice. Many of my mentors would constantly remind me to meditate, clear my mind. Never was I given a reason why, never was I given a goal to achieve through this practice other than having a calm mind. It seemed meditation was important for some reason and, yet nobody wanted to give me an honest answer. Meditation is no doubt valuable and important, and yet many “teachers” have this notion that mediation is only about stilling the mind. This often gives the student the impression meditation means to clear the mind of all thought.

If you google the definition of meditation it will be defined simply as “the action or practice of meditating”. However, the interesting thing with this is that if you look at the synonyms for meditation you will find terms such as, “contemplation, thought, thinking, musing, pondering, consideration, reflection, prayer”. Interesting that while many teach meditation as a way to clear the mind its synonyms seem to suggest that thought is exactly the point of meditation. This is something I tend to agree with. Meditation is not so much about clearing the mind of thought but rather being able to enter the temple of the mind and look more directly upon your own thoughts.

Few meditations are aimed at clearing the mind. In fact, most meditations are aimed at fine tuning certain mind sets, and facing thoughts on a much more focused and direct fashion. Its hard to get in your head space when you’re in a state of constant distraction. Meditation is the art of mental gardening if you will. Tending to the garden of the mind… thank you Mr Rodgers. Let’s look at some of the misconceptions and make a more solid foundation for meditation; outside of romanticized wizard looking appeal.

All meditation should have a purpose and a goal. Clearing the mind might be the goal but it doesn’t define the purpose. Why should I clear my mind? What for? What circumstance? Many “teachers” are quick to hound their students to meditate but rarely give them an actual reason to do it. Meditating for the sake of meditating is pointless. You have to give it a purpose and by understanding that purpose you can choose the right kind of meditation. Let’s look at some examples:

You have a job interview for an important position. You are very nervous, and you feel it might affect your performance in the interview. A meditation to calm the nerves and reassure your mental state can help greatly to keep a natural state throughout the interview. To calm the self and your nerves. Next example: You plan to do a ritual to work with a new entity. You use meditation to help form an idea of how you will perform the ritual and then you use another meditation to start of the trance process. Last example: You have issues with intense emotions and its causing strife in your life. You use meditate as a way to ease your emotional intensity that prevents you from becoming emotional impulsive and making bad decisions.

As you can see with these examples each meditation has a very direct purpose. To many spiritualists are meditating for hours a day (apparently) and they don’t even know why. Without a purpose the only thing it accomplishes, is time wasting.

The Wise Monk On The Mountain Is A Good Fantasy But A Terrible Reality!… Meditation Is Mundane!!!

So many people want to be the wise monk on the mountain. Everyone wants to be the wise wizard. Yet this goal to replicate that idea provides nothing for our actual lives. Meditation is a mundane act. Using the moment, we are in to interact with our mindset to best suit our situation or desires. Meditation isn’t always sitting cross legged on the floor. Sitting at the window having a cigarette while you write down five things you want to accomplish that day is a meditation. Taking the time to assert and affirm your position before making a decision is a meditation. Going for a walk outside with the dog to the park is a meditation. It doesn’t have to be this complicated thing, nor does it have to be romanticised to the point of fantasy.

Meditation is a versatile tool meant to aid you in bettering your mundane life. To aid in making tangible differences in your life. It needs a purpose, it needs a reason. Tailor the meditation around the purpose. Sometimes we need to clear our heads, sometimes we need to dissect thought, reassure ourselves. Perhaps we have to sit and be overwhelmed in our own emotional state. Purpose is everything. Ask yourself why? And ask yourself, what difference will this actual make in my day to day life or circumstance? Don’t let romanticism take away from the real-life benefit that exists out there for you to take. Meditation is a tool, and tools all have a purpose…

Stay True & Stay Awesome!!!

Asbjorn Torvol

The Chakra System Is An Analogy To Get Your Shit Together; Not Spiritual Woo Woo!!!

The Chakra System Is An Analogy To Get Your Shit Together!… Spiritual Woo Woo Has Distracted Us From Manifesting Greatness!… Why Are Metaphors Always Taken Literally?…

Chakras have become a cornerstone area of spirituality and occultism that has always made me ponder. Every magician at some point has a seed of doubt in their work, usually about ritual success and if what they experienced was real or not. I have found my own doubt to be more helpful than that allowing me to question concepts that many seem to accept as truth without any kind of research or question at all. Chakra’s seem to be one of these things. Before even starting this article, I can tell many people are going to be ruffled and emotionally responsive. Talking about my views on spirituality through a more tangible and scientific lens tends to have the effect of getting under people’s skin. I will start this one with a disclaimer, take what I say with a pinch of salt. I simply like to take a more unorthodox view on spirituality and magick that what most do. I will also say that this article is not aimed at every single person, just the vast majority of the community. There are practitioners out there who follow my own methodology with this system.

Many people tend to buy into the whole Chakra analogy (as a literal concept) because of two main reasons. The first is that its trendy and popular in spiritual communities to do so. Secondly is because of its origin. The Chakra concept is found particularly in the tantric traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. They are conceived as an energy focal point, bodily functions or psychic node in the subtle body. They are believed to be part of the subtle body, not the physical body, and connected by energy channels. I personally do not fully agree with this statement and I will explain why.

We call these Chakras for a lack of better description energy nodes in the body. They are centres of energy within the energetic body of each individual. This use of the term energy is my first problem. Everything is energy, every physical thing is made up of energy that vibrates. There is no difference between the energetic body and the physical body, they are both energy. The separation of these things for communication of ideas is fair but the belief that they are separate is illogical. If chakras are indeed a thing (which in all honesty I think the name for these energy centres is unnecessary) then surely, they would be reflected within the physical body. Some correspondences of these chakras also seem to imply that. Root being genitalia, heart being the literal heart are two good examples of this. So why is this chakra system such an issue for me?

The issue for me is that the chakra system is an analogy for occultism. I do not believe there are spheres of energy at certain spots along my spine. I do however, believe that my body has a complex energetic system each organ being a centre for different things. For example, my stomach would be part of that system which is a nexus for my physical dietary health.  While an energetic system does exist within the body, seven spheres of energy along the spine is in my belief inaccurate and misleading. But overall, I see it as an analogy for good health.

I pose a question, what does it mean to align your chakras? Does it mean sit in meditation and visualize these spheres balancing out and spinning certain directions in order to somehow alter the energetic state of the body? While that meditation may have some effect on the body again it seems unnecessary. Why visualize the energetic change in my body through meditation when I can act physically to do that? I pose another question. What will make my over all health better, meditating on being health, or changing my diet and exercise routines?  My point here is that while the idea of being spiritually evolved through the use of these mystical techniques may be appealing, they do not offer any longevity in their effects or impacts on your living conditions. I can meditate every day on being healthy but until I implement an actual change into my behaviour and routines that will not happen. It seems for the most part chakric techniques only fool the mind into differences that do not last. It’s a distraction for real life changes. Now I am not saying meditation and other various techniques aren’t valuable. I encourage meditation to anyone. However, it also has to be recognized that meditation isn’t going to fix every aspect of your health, mind, and over all living conditions. Only action is going to do that. So, what is the analogy for chakras then?

The Chakras Are Symbolic Of Certain Aspects Of Our Health!… Aligning Our Chakras Is The Act Of Shaping A Better Lifestyle And Routine!!!

Each chakra in my view represents a different aspect of our health. Things that we know make very tangible effects on our reality, on our living conditions. Let’s start at the bottom and work the way up. The root Chakra symbolized often by our genitalia, is symbolic of our sexual health. Being sexually unhealthy as we know can end up causing a lot of negative effects on our overall living conditions and behaviours. Aligning or balancing this chakra is the act of having a healthy sexual life (different for each person). The Sacral is symbolic of our dietary health. Not eating healthy can have huge effect which I shouldn’t need to point out here. Aligning this chakra is to have a healthy diet. The solar plexus is our physical health. Are our bodies being kept to optimum health, exercise is important to keep our body in good health. The heart is our emotional health. The heart which circulates blood which can be affected by stress levels and emotions being a clear indication. Also, the heart is symbolic over our over all physical health. The throat is symbolic of our words. The words we speak have an impact on our reality, words manifest reality. The brow is our outlook on the world. The way we see reality can have huge effects. Those who live with a very negative outlook often suffer from a negative reality and vice versa. The crown simply is the mind. Our thoughts, healthy thoughts are essential for good health. The crown literally is our physiological health.

Balancing or aligning these chakras is literally taking care of your health in all aspects. From sex, diet and exercise all the way to psychological processes and relationships. In essence, it’s getting your shit together. Aligning these chakras by taking physical action will make each life much more fulfilled and happy. Leads to success, happiness, and overall satisfaction. This idea is the idea of creating ideal living conditions. Meditation alone will not do this. I think that many people get pulled in to the idea of mystical techniques that they forget the goal of making a real impact on their life. Something that can be felt, measured and experiences. Mystical techniques might fulfil a mental appeal but overall, they make very little change in one’s life. Many take metaphors literally and loose the true insight concepts like this give.

Now what I will say is that I am not saying Chakra work is pointless. Taken in the physical action sense I think it can be useful, but the problem lies in many people only wanting to partake in mystical techniques without any idea of what the goal is. Stimulating the minds appeal is great but the results in doing so are limited. The physical and the energetic are not different, all physical things are energy and this separation is one many miss. My last question to you for those who will argue that the mind can do these things is this: What is easier for the average person to do, change the physical through physical action? Or change the physical in thought only? Action is essential… and this concept is not an exception to that rule.

Stay True & Stay Awesome!!!

A.Torvol

The Valkyrja – The Daughters of War

There are few things more romantic in Norse Mythology than the valiant warrior being chosen by a Valkyrie to be taken to Valhalla after dying a warrior’s death weapon in hand. However, I cannot help but feel one of the important characters in this mythology is undervalued by those who explore the stories. This character is the Valkyrja… the Valkyries. Choosers of the Slain said to carry the einherjar (deceased warriors who prepare for Ragnarok) to Valhalla or Fólkvangr for Odin & Freyja. In many aspects the Valkyrie serve Odin, Freyja and the einherjar. Yet, it is my belief that these female warrior spirits are far more than just servants… at least in the sense of the magician.

For some time now, I have pondered about the Valkyrja. It was my thought that in the magickal sense (psychological or otherwise) these spirits could be worked with in the same fashion one could work with any other spirit. How are the Valkyries different, than the Goetic demons? Depending on the mythological stories you read the Goetic demons are servants to other higher demons, kings and gods… yet they can still be very intimately worked with. Take the Enochian angels as another example. I believe the Valkyries can be worked with in the exact same sense. However, not just as choosers of the slain, and servants of Gods and Einherjar… but as daughters of war.

Throughout Viking/Norse mythology there are several Valkyrie’s referenced in the text. In this modern-day names, meanings and references have been compiled that provide a far better birds eye view of what these individual Valkyrie stand for. Most of the names of these Valkyrja have meanings relative to war, battle and weapons. Some are implicated to be more offensive in that they represent the act of war, where as some are implicated to be more defensive in that they represent protection and shielding. It doesn’t take a genius to see where I am going with this here.

In my experimentation with this idea I came to a pretty solid conclusion on how I could work with these spirits. Valkyrja are the Daughters of War and if I were to ever apply them into my work as a magician they would be best suited to the one thing most practitioners tend to avoid… spiritual/magickal warfare. Even while many try to avoid conflict with other magicians usually anyone who publicizes their work in the occult will eventually have the threat of someone else cursing them, or acting against them magickally. Now while most of these experiences are easy to blow off, debunk and label as delusional dick measuring it doesn’t hurt to keep yourself prepared in case you need to defend yourself.

There have been times in my life where the only way to get someone to stop bothering me was to magickally force them to stop. Additionally, I have spent my entire career performing protection style magick should I need it. My point, is that war even on this small scale is a very real thing, and while the stories of the Valkyries are set in battlefields with swords, the archetypal idea of these spirits can be applied to any form of conflict that is based in the destruction or defeat of another.

Let’s take the art of war by Sun Tzu as an example. A book on military strategy that has been applied into sports, politics, employment, business and much more. War in this modern day is not just the physical act of blood, blade and bullet. An applicant for a job may try and metaphorically cut the throat of his competition through sabotage. In Politics we see this all the time. In marketing and media, we see this often when false accusations or gossip are so loudly voiced that people believe it crushing the accused person. Truth rarely matters in these situations. It’s all a game and in the magickal world, spiritual warfare is far more than just cursing, and this is why I believe it’s so highly sought out.

With this perspective in mind I believe the Valkyries are great spirits to work with when these situations come to the forefront. Be it a need to protect yourself or a need to blow down a violent obstacle in your path. I am not a lover of baneful magick, but I do recognize that sometimes it is needed. Life is not black or white and the grey areas are where our morals are truly put to the test. Circumstance is rarely pure, and this is why baneful magick while polarizing is often considered when conflict arises.

The Valkyries are great allies to have in these situations. Whether you summon Randgríðr and Mist to shield and conceal yourself or you summon Geirdriful and Hlökk to completely annihilate the enemy, the potential is there. These spirits are both archetypes and external forces as all things are. They are forces that can be directed. They may serve the Gods… but they may also serve you in that time of need. War is never the best option… but sometimes it’s the only option and it’s better to have an arsenal at your back, than end up being slain without a sword in hand.

Stay True & Stay Awesome!!!

Asbjorn Torvol