Bulgarian. French. MagyarSerbian.

Our forebears believed that the honourable dead could be reborn, by entering the burial mound and collecting the life force of the dead inside. In the Stone Age they collected the thigh bone (the life force) and the skull (the mind) of the dead, to become them. When they left the burial mound with these totem items, as the Sun rose, they were seen as reborn. The dead had returned from the realm of death!

If you believe that a life force can be collected like that, then the idea of taking the life force of another creature, and put it outside your own as protection, to become invulnerable or at least much stronger, is not too far fetched. The same can be said about the idea of hiding your own life force away somewhere, and then use another creature’s life force instead, meaning that if you are harmed, it is not you, but the creature whose life force you use that is harmed.

So one thing we often hear about in fairy tales and myths, is the invulnerable hero. Nothing can harm him, because he has been dipped into the river Styx (Achilles), because he wears the skin of the Nemean lion (Herakles) or because he wears the skin of a bear, a wolf or a boar (“berserks”). Others are invulnerable because their life force has been protected (BalðuR) or hidden away somewhere else (the trolls of fairy tales).

To make the hero (or troll) vulnerable you have to first find his life force, or find the spot where he is vulnerable. E. g. Achilles is vulnerable only where he mother held him, when she dipped him into the river Styx; BalðuR can only be harmed by the mistletoe (which is actually his life force) and the trolls can only be harmed by destroying their life force.


Today we might laugh when we see such ‘superstitions’, but at the same time we are still completely dominated by the same ‘superstitions’. The same totemic ideas penetrate all layers of society. We live by the idea that we gain some sort of life force, protective force, or other force, from using or surrounding ourselves with certain brands, symbols or even bits and pieces of others whom we think highly of.

By driving a car of a certain brand you gain some sort of force: by wearing the clothes of a certain brand you gain some sort of force: by wearing a certain symbol you gain some sort of force: by putting on a t-shirt with a certain band name on it, you gain some sort of force, etc. You somehow feel that you become what the brand is associated with, you gain the force symbolized by the symbol, you become a part of the band whose shirt you wear, etc.

The Sorcerer, as we often see him:


You can always ridicule others who do this, who buy expensive cars of certain brands because they feel better in them, who need to wear clothes of this or that brand, who wears a Thor’s hammer or a crucifix around the neck, who want the signature from artists they appreciate, etc., but the truth is: on some level we all do this. This is how we are built. This is what we are. This is deeply rooted in our human nature. And there is nothing wrong with our nature!

Whether we like to admit it or not, we all believe in sorcery. We don’t always understand that we do, but we do. Rather than fight, ignore or ridicule this ‘sorcery’, we should embrace and celebrate it, and try to learn more about it, for the betterment of our species.

Related post here and here.

HailaR WôðanaR!



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  4. Also a point to make is the extent beyond clothing and what is worn. Everything in your immediate surroundings(furniture, paintings, “decorations”, etc.) all have a direct effect on the way you feel and how you perceive things even. We don’t realize sometimes the dramatic effect we have on the degradation of society by purchasing most material goods. Especially if they have been factory produced or are marketed and sold by corporations. No matter how much research you put into sometimes you can be fooled into thinking you are not feeding into the cycle. In recent years I have refused to purchase ANYthing new. I either try not to buy period, or if it is an absolute necessity such as clothing getting really old I will get used clothing. I take it even a step further to keep my consciousness toward the cycle flowing. I make sure its not made in any of those factory produced countries(aka China, Taiwan, Philippines, Mexico, etc). Now I know for some that may not even be practical, even secondhand. But, If I can’t find things that aren’t made it Europe…I just simply refuse to buy it, regardless of the “need”. Believe it or not it is very possible even here in the US where I live to find things that aren’t made in these crap countries. Of poor, poor quality. I choose to look specifically for the European (Italy, Germany, etc.) tag to ensure I keep the cycle going. However, there is a dark side to even this. Believe it or not tags can be put onto products claiming they were made somewhere and through a legal loophole they can actually be produced elsewhere. This is where it pays to do your research into the company and their products. Also, buying vintage is a great idea. Things made back in the days were of much higher quality(save for the horrible push for synthetics), they tended to have a very long lifespan and were also engaging as in, you needed to kind of “figure out” how they worked. Anyhow…the whole point I was trying to make is that in order not to feed into the cycle there must be a lot of work (and conscious effort) put in and its an ongoing thing. People don’t realize sometimes how much they feed into the modern crap cycle by purchasing JUST one thing.

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  6. I would also like to add that the people you’re surrounded by also have a effect on how you feel (the life force). Well in fact that’s probably obvious to everyone. Therefore I try to avoid as much as possible people with a negative effect on me (which in such times is really freakin’ hard) and look for connections with people who aren’t brainwashed.
    That’s why this blog is kinda like my source of life power (of course I can live without it), because to know that there’re are other individuals that perceive the world like I do gives me more strenght. I noticed that always after reading your post (especially such as this one), I always get more motivation to do things. I think many here can indentify with this.
    Burzum is also a source of power for me. Nowdays I can’t imagine running without listening to Burzum (esspecialy Belus – all my life force is in this album I think 😉 ).
    There’s a saying that “the robe does not make the man” but looking at this from the totemism perspective, the robe certainly does make the man… at least to some degree.

    • Yes, Yes Przemslaw. I second that notion. Especially in todays society replete with narcissists. One key thing about narcissists is the amount of energy they feed off of in order to maintain themselves. It could almost be likened to a “vampires” need for blood. In psychological terms it is called the “narcissistic” supply. In modern terms it is more like someone who is vapid having to extract mostly positivity from you in order to make themselves look good and make you confused and left zapped of all positive energy. Then they use “gas-lighting” and “projection” to further their attack on your soul. Unfortunately, this theme is only becoming too common nowadays. Look at any and most people in power and you will find they are narcissists and/or sociopaths (this goes hand in hand actually). This is why also a lot of people can do nothing about their current situations. They have been exposed to many narcissists in their lives and don’t even know it.

  7. Reading of how you’ve apply sorcery as a sort of modern day “conspiracy of consumer culture” made me think that on the other hand ‘sorcery’ is also used to weed out individualism and is so influential it re-create identities and shapes reality too. Look how the media controls the minds of the impressionable, it’s also a powerful kind of sorcery. Despite what any individual thinks, eventually those who believe they’re unique, in doing so, end up belonging to the same unstoppable and overwhelming army of this collective and unified life force far greater and far more influential that their own.

    • It’s funny reading back a comment you’ve posted after a short break from the computer & noticing little alterations you really should make to words to correct them, isn’t it? I’m aware and not bothered by such petty mistakes myself, Ha!

  8. When I was younger, my grandparents used to make my sweaters for me somewhat like these which I still to this day very much like:

    After that, people started buying me sweaters and shirts with brand names, brand symbols, and slogans. Immediately I refused to wear any of these things, and from then on only wore plain clothing. Eventually, I started wearing some clothing with patterns similar to the ones I wore when I was young, and also just basic checkered patterns. Still, I mostly wear plain colours.

    • Funny enough me too, save for the sweaters part. I’ve always felt really uncomfortable in bright colors, or patterns for the most part. In fact, most of the colors I wear are either in the absence of color (such as white or black) or very earthy tones. Since a child…. I detested even slightly looking like anyone else. In fact, It actually bothered me to an extent that I would go out of my way to do the opposite. I eventually just became comfortable with whatever I like truly and just stuck by it. But I find this notion of brands, symbols etc. to be kind of absurd. I know Varg you say everyone gets caught in it at some point. But I think, the more you see what a waste something so tangible is…the more you are drawn to things that are closer to nature. In fact I hate putting too much thought in to clothing period. Its a waste of valuable time to me. Rightfully so, I think you can also judge people accordingly. This concept of what we wear in modern society has been flipped on its head to unbelievable absurd proportions.

      To me, what really touches me are things that took time and were made by someone’s hands and not a machine. Someone’s special time and attention. Same goes for “gifts” or anything of that matter. If someone really took the time and put their thoughts a bit of their soul in that piece…that really speaks to me. In fact its quite beautiful to me and like art to me. Practical art, art that makes sense. If you look at any cultures of times past, you will see that art didn’t necessarily exist in the state in which it is presented nowadays. It was usually something that served a practical purpose(such as telling a story, passing down a bit of history) so to speak. I find that so immensely satisfying.

      • I think what Varg is saying is that it is the instinct for the power and protection through symbols, that even when misdirected, is still at play. Here he demonstrates with even trendy or shallow human beings – people with perhaps no positive thoughts given towards practicing sorcery – unbeknownest to them, they actually still do practice it. Personally, I agree with him. However, I do feel strongly against the misdirection of this natural instinct. When my father would buy me an expensive Ralph Lauren shirt because he thought it would be good for my status in my tribe, he was right. He was practicng a good instinct. At the same time, our entire tribe was wrong in deeming Ralph Lauren or whoever, to be a proper brand to support. It would obviously confuse and anger my parents when the clothes they spent their money on, would remain in the closet. I suppose that by me not wearing this clothing, I was acknowledging it’s power, and stating that I didn’t want to have any part in strengthening it, even if it would elevate my status.

        As far as plain clothing is concerned, if you show me clothing with something resembling nordic petroglyphs I will probably always like it to an extent, even if it’s trendy. I simply enjoy looking at those symbols. And like you, I value what is made by someone else, and of course I have trouble with much of our clothes being made in Asia under such poor conditions. I wonder if my preference towards basic, plain clothes and items is natural, or overly reactionary. I think if someone of your tribe makes some clothing with some embroidery or tastefully modest patterns, or relevant symbol, I could be ok with this. It’s this tacky, commercial and flashy advertising of being part of some international tribe which I have a problem with.

      • PS. I have a similar preference in colours used for clothing, and I do wonder if plain and simple clothing also holds it’s own special quality.

  9. “we should embrace and celebrate it, and try to learn more about it, for the betterment of our species.”

    Does that mean we should all buy Burzum shirts and try to “gain” it’s life force 😉 ?

  10. The idea of people using certain symbols or wearing certain clothing as a way of inheriting their characteristics has always been apparent to me, but I did not know where it originated from. As you say, we see this everyday through what clothing people wear, what symbols they wear, what kind of music they listen to, what possessions they own and even the way they act when around other people. Everything we possess is a way of trying to associate ourselves with a certain object, thought or belief. It is not so obvious to the vast majority because they do not think of it in this way. Explaining it as a sorcerous practice makes complete sense. Today, however, it is not so much of a sorcerous practice at face value but more materialistic in nature. Many people contain their life forces in objects that have no value of their own and only serve to further decay and rot them. Certain objects such as cell phones, computers, fashionable clothing, music and many other forms of pleasure are all modern methods of sympathetic sorcery, but have no value of their own. It is when we own them that we find value in them. Even the most zealous and brainwashed Christian who wears a crucifix everyday is unknowingly acknowledging their use of sorcery in their everyday life but will never know it (or care to admit it.)

  11. These days it is assumed the life force is in one’s wallet. What is that quote about ‘hitting him where it hurts.’ Plus that is where people keep their ID, and in the past every membership card and all of their photos. Now the cell phones take on that role, so the life force is within them.

  12. Species, aye? 😀 The Leftists might think that you’ve had a change of heart, Varg… 😉

        • Svante Pääbo is of Finnish descent, and his forehead is just fine for a European.

          The article you link to is made by extremely ignorant individuals, who don’t know anything about this, save the lies of the priests and “others” who presented the Neanderthal as a degenerate, when he was first discovered.

          You should read the posts on, and if you don’t then you have nothing you should say about the matter. If you have already, then you didn’t read them well enough, or failed to understand what they said.

          PS. Jews too have Neanderthal genes, by the way, as do other Asians, and Australian Aborigines too, as well as East Africans. North American natives too, through their European and Asian ancestors.

          • Actually, Pääbo is of half Swedish and half Estonian (= Finnish) descent.

            I can also add that the images used in the article you link to are just like I said: those of the priests and “others” who first presented the Neanderthal to us. They did it very poorly and inaccurately. The Neanderthal looked just like a tall, strong, blond, blue-eyed European would have looked in Antiquity.

            I can also add that in effect “your friends” in the USA claim that the Semites are the natives of Europe, because the Neanderthals are.

            • The republicans are just a bunch of christian creationist fanatics. Crypto-jews so to speak. Just like the protestants claiming they are the true ”chosen people” and that the jews are the seed of satan. And by the way, John de Nugent is/was a Jehovah’s witness…

        • Another point about that article that is completely off is claiming that Ireland is some kind of isolated bastion of racial purity on the edge of Europe, and this simply isn’t true. I’m not trashing the Irish, being myself mostly Irish with a bit of Anglo-Saxon, but the island’s position in the Atlantic means that Irish ancestry is pretty diverse, ranging from Scandinavian to North African. Thus you get Nordic looking people and you get Mediterranean looking people, even varying amongst the members of individual families . In ancient days before most of Europe’s forests were cut down and before roads were built, it was far easier to travel by sea, so before classical times Ireland was by no means isolated.

        • Two words:
          – Amud
          – Mousterian

          What that means is something you’ll have to figure out for yourself. And as to the sloped forehead, you will have observed that high vertical foreheads are actually far more common in sub-saharan populations, and sloped foreheads among high IQ people [especially] isn’t uncommon at all here in Sweden.

          • By your logic, the Jews are a “high IQ people” and the Romans Emperors were not. Guess I must be a retard, too… 😛

    • Well this is one of those things that is actually shared by all races, though we all do things our own way.

    • I second what you say here. To me it also happens to feel weaker or more vulnerable after shaving my beard. That’s the main reason why I quit shaving from a year now.

      • You’de have to change your name to ‘shortbarte’, and that’s… just not cool… 😉

        • Same for me. But once in a while, I do shave my beard to please the recurrent request of my wife. And the worst about this is once it’s done she tell me that she miss my beard half of the time… The sacrifice we are ready to accomplish for our wives are often beyond understanding… 😉

        • I have learned from BAD experiences. I will never clean shave again! I have done it twice i believe in the last 20+ years and HATED IT! I felt like i could not even leave the house. I did truly feel naked! I lost all the warrior in me! 😦 I will “tidy up” my beard, but never again will that warrior leave me. 😉

      • I’ve thought before that maybe wiser individuals are so innately because they have more experience from more previous lives, whereas weaker-minded individuals don’t. For the weaker ones, maybe this is their first time as a man. Maybe in a previous life they were a lower creature and have just been “promoted” (like the Hindu concept). Maybe, since we have so many people now, there have been more “promotions” from lower creatures to fill the gap, so more weaker-minded individuals by percentage.

        • Maybe we grow wise mainly from how much of the wisdom of our forebears we are able to ‘tap into’. So those who connect well with their forebears become brilliant, and those with little or no connection becomes… idiots.

          Just an hypothesis…

          • That (as well?).

            I don’t know what you think of “probability” vs. “luck”, but I find it interesting that we live in the time with the most people (that we know of). Seems to make sense, since there are more people, we are likely to be born.

            • It makes sense that when you are sitting beside the tap connected to the source of memory, you can open it or close to, to control the flow of water. You can drink the water, or waste it.

                • I suspect it needs to be awakened by some form of sorcery or initiation. I wrote about it some time ago.

                  I would also say through my experimentation with dieting that what you eat can make you more or less receptive to it. When I eat the wrong foods I lose my intuition completely. It’s enough to make you feel as if you are going around in the nude.

                  I like the valve analogy but I would say it’s more like a clogged pipe. When it is clear you have no choice in the matter, the instincts are there and present.

                    • I’m sorry to say that I hadn’t been to your blog in some time. Interesting what you wrote on Thyme. For the past few months it has been the only spice I use regularly, since I cut out all forms of pepper.

                      Assuming my own site takes off as I expect it will, I would really appreciate having your writing for us. If nothing else I’d like your content mirrored there as it deserves more publicity.

                  • Really? I thought it was a nightshade. Well that is my reason for cutting it out, that and it did in fact bother me when I forgot and put it in something. I don’t know why.

          • I think it is definately a matter of ”blood memory” but also a matter of choice. Some just willingly turn their back to their ”blood memory” while some others cultivate it as much as possible and are always listening to the ”whispering” of their forebears…

              • In our modern society, we are pushed all the way to ignore this very memory: our parents when we were young, then our teacher at school, etc… Some just choose to follow what they have been told and some others just revolted from the beggining…

                  • A mix of it all in a certain way. But the two main requirement are the biological disposition and the willpower to make the choice to revolt and to listen to the voice of the blood no matter what we have been conditioned to…

        • I just want to say that kind of thinking can lead to easily exploited thinking. As a first it sounds universalistic.Or it could be used to promote universal thinking.

          Also I would say in nature there are no lessor creatures just as there are no superior creatures. A salmon is unquestionably superior to any human at living in frigid water. Rats/Bugs which are regarded as the lowest of the low have an extremely low chance of ever going extinct because of how quickly they breed. You could just go on and on with examples.

          You always support your own because it’s instinctual, you wish for your children better than what you had(and more importantly you wish for them to experience the good you have as in traditions as authentic as possible,) and yes because every species deems itself the best or most worthy.

          Either way, I’ve noticed a lot of people on other sites going on about superiority lately. If you’re going to talk about your own survival and you wish to convince those whose instincts have been buried it’s best to stay away from the buzzwords, especially generic ones at that. Imagine if all of these people instead of just claiming superiority instead said “We survive because… should not disappear from this Earth.” Fill in the blank with a culture, a person, a song, a painting, an achievement, an invention, an idea, or what ever else you are proud of.

          In today’s world superiority is linked with money, there is nothing particularly praiseworthy about earning lots of money. And in fact such ‘superiority’ only breeds resentment. Imply superiority or at least uniqueness through something inspiring.

          • Safe to say, I think we can only be reborn without our own group. For some nothing will be more motivating than remembering something they loved in their childhood and being able to say “I want that to still be around for me to discover again in another lifetime.”

          • I disagree. Hierarchies are all around us. It is a universal concept. Even non-living matter is arranged in hierarchies. Certain substances impose and overtake other substances. A world of inequality is a world of dynamism. A world of perfect equality is a world of stagnation.

            For those who argue that man is not the greatest lifeform on this Earth, I would say, despite of what we should and should not do, look at what we CAN do.

            • I don’t disagree with that. I am trying to think of a better way to express my thoughts on the matter. I don’t dispute the importance of hierarchies at all, but I would caution against trying to see them cross-species. Owls eat mice, it means Owls are higher up the food chain, but it really doesn’t imply much else.

  13. Huh… I can’t help but laugh at myself for having never seen these connections until now.

      • Varg,

        I immensely enjoy these kinds of articles from you. It is also nice to hear some positivity as the world has so much ugliness. This is a way of linking the past that may be a bit more tangible for most. Myself included. I also believe that the above is so true and that is why capitalism has become so prevalent. Modernity has bred this search for who we are because we get farther and farther from it. We think that the link may be reached through tangible means such as any and most appearances. Yes, we all do this and yes it is a part of nature. However, I also tend to think things have gone so overboard because the deep connection was lost within the blood. No amount of losing OR gaining these material things will fix that. We can attain whatever accoutrements we may want or “need” but there will forever be that hole. That nothingness will remain. In part that is precisely why we need to connect that which is happening now and find our way back through time. It will probably be a long, long and hard process. I like to remain hopeful for this connection, but I think we all are a long, long way from it.

      • Varg, if i may i will use this as a quote when required. I love it! You said: “Some times it is hard to see the forest, because all those trees are in the way…”

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