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Mysticism is a spectrum

One of the reasons why I think the attitudes towards mysticism in Heathenry tend towards the extremes of flat-out skepticism to “I can do any weird thing I want no matter how incompatible with theology, thew, or ethics, because THE GODS TOLD ME”, is because there is a lot of confusion as to what mysticism actually means and is.

When most people think of mysticism, they usually assume someone who is “on” 24/7, whose life is permeated by the unseen. In Heathenry, we do not have too many examples of full-time, 24/7-365 mystics in the way that Christianity and Hinduism has many such accounts. The closest thing we have in our written history is the individual seiðfolk, spae-wives, and völven who did seership and magic for the people, often traveling. This is one role mysticism can take, but is in very small proportion to the amount of modern Heathens reporting mystical experiences of some kind.

The fact is, the concept that you are either “on” all the time and thus compelled to use the abilities in full-time service, or you are completely “mundane”, is erroneous. Mysticism is not either/or. It is, rather, a spectrum.

Most of the people I know who report being pulled by one of the Gods also report occasional Deity communication and sometimes that of wights and/or ancestors. Yet, most of them are not seiðfolk, or performing rune magic or folk charms, and are not reporting great disturbances in their lives because of continual “woo”. Does that mean they are completely “mundane” and not at all mystical? Hel no.

Read the original article at: Blog of Void

Read the original article at: Blog of Void

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