Posthumous Fame

MagyarSerbian.

Why do you think I am doing this? Why am I writing posts for this blog? Why am I making music? Why am I writing books? Why am I making videos? What’s the point? Why am I exposing myself to so much ‘heat’? What is it I want?

First some music:

 

We all have different priorities in life. Some just want to live as comfortably as they can. Others want ‘success’, whatever that means today. Some care about fame and fortune. I care about posthumous fame.

‘What’s the point?’, you might wonder. Why would I want fame that I will never be able to see or appreciate in any way?

Well, as I see it, the best we can do is to base everything we do on the assumption that we will be reborn in the kin, that we will – after we have died – return as our children’s children, or as their children, or as the children of somebody else we are related to. Whether we actually do or not is completely irrelevant; what matters is that we either believe that we do, or that we at least pretend to believe that we do and then base everything on this world view.

If we all had such a world view, we would not ruin our planet as we know it, we would not destroy what is good in our world or turn our world into a Hell on Earth, ruled by lying, perverse and greedy madmen, to be sorted out by those who come after us. No. We would instead worry more about the future and take steps to ensure that life also for those who come after us will be good, right, just and healthy.

What I do is to ensure that if I return some time in the future, the most important of what I know today, of what I learned in this life, will pass on to the future me, so that I don’t have to re-learn all of this the hard way. I wont have to re-interpret our mythology and read all those often boring books that I had to read to be able to get the knowledge base needed for me to write. I want to hand over my knowledge to my future self, so to speak.

Yes, the fame, or if you like infamy, I accumulate in this life will ensure that the future me will get to know about me, so that I can easily and fast re-learn the most important things I knew in this life. Hence I worry more about my posthumous fame than I do about fame. Fame matters no whit, unless it is also posthumous. I will not return to life until after I am dead, after all.

The ‘heat’ I generate in life, to put it that way, contributes to my posthumous fame. Yes, it also makes life for me so much harder and much less comfortable, but that is a price I am willing to pay. Because I know – or if you like; believe or just pretend I believe – that my posthumous fame matters so much more, and this fame is actually nourished by the ‘heat’.

When I die, my memory will be left amongst the living, and therefore when I return to life, I can return to myself, and continue living where I left the last time. Thus I not only can live forever, but I can accumulate experience and wisdom, and start each new life on increasingly solid ground. True greatness is not achieved in one single lifetime. You need to ‘save up’.

HailaR WôðanaR!

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The Myth of Christianity as a Wall against Islam

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Some seem to think Christianity is and has always been a wall against Islam, but let me remind you of a few historical facts:

The Teutonic Knights did not attack Islam. Instead they attacked true Europeans (i. e. Pagan Europeans), in Prussia, Lithuania, Livonia and Estonia. They also attacked other Christians, both Catholic Poles and Russian Orthodox Slavs. Not only that; they attacked the Christian Slavic tribes at a time when they were already under attack from the Mongols in the East. Other parts of Europe too were under attack, from Muslims, and received no help from the Teutonic Knights, who gave priority to slaughtering Europeans.

Example Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teutonic_Knights

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_Empire

Then we have the crusades, when Christians instead of fighting against the Muslims decided to e. g. sack the capital of the Christian Byzantine Empire – leaving her vulnerable to the Turkish hordes advancing from the East. They even raped the nuns in the monasteries. The Muslims didn’t advance further than they did into Europe because of the efforts of the Christians, but mainly because of the Mongol Horde – who attacked them from the East.

Example Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Constantinople_(1204)#Sack_of_Constantinople

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_people#Beyliks_era

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Baghdad_(1258)

Some times Christianized Europeans were butchered only because they did not have the ‘right’ type of Christianity, like the Cathars, who were completely anihilated by Catholic crusaders. The Bogomils too fell victim to the hatred and aggression of crusaders.

Example Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catharism#Massacre

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albigensian_Crusade

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogomilism#War_with_Hungary

This in-fighting culminated, I think we can say, with the ‘Reformation’, resulting in a a series of wars, the worst one being the ‘Thirty Years War’, that killed as much as between 25 and 40% of the entire population of Germany alone (and many other Europeans too), and left the entire Christian Balkans to the mercy of the Muslim Ottomans for hundreds of years.

Now think about that for a while: between 25 and 40% of the entire German population killed in 30 years… because of Christianity!

Example Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protestant_Reformation#Thirty_Years_War:_1618-1648

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottoman_Empire

Now, letting the Muslims wreck havoc to large parts of Europe, was not a new thing to the Christians. In the 8th and early 9th century, rather than take back what the Muslim Moorish aggressors had taken in Iberia, when his father Charles Martel had been king of France, the Christian Charlemagne decided that it was more important to convert the Saxons (Germans), and spent about 30 years killing Saxons – an even massacred them, when he had the chance to. The result of this was naturally that the Muslim Moors could keep almost all of the Christian Iberian Peninsula for 500 years!

Example Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saxon_Wars

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_of_Verden

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moors

I could go on an on about this, showing you how Christianity has not defended Europe from anybody at all, and instead focused on wrecking havoc in Europe and for Europeans – even when Europe was seriously threatened from the outside, by foreign enemies such as the Moors, the Ottomans and the Mongols/The Golden Horde. The Christians of Europe left their fellow Christians to fight the foreign threats on their own, and often even supported the foreign threats or even attacked the Christians defending against them in the back.

Example Source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franco-Ottoman_alliance

If anybody thinks that Christianity is the solution, the way to go to ensure the survival of Europe, then think again. Christianity itself is an enemy of Europe, and has always been an enemy of Europe, and is the biggest direct and indirect cause of all our unwanted problems.

The Pagans of Europe united whenever they faced a common threat, and we should do that today as well, and in the future.

Example Source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Teutoburg_Forest

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vercingetorix

Europe is Pagan in blood, mind and spirit, and must return to her roots to become harmonious again. Not peaceful, not weak, not tolerant, but harmonious: in accordance with the laws of nature. Never compromise with Christians: they are enemies of Europe! 

HailaR WôðanaR!

Related Posts:
https://thuleanperspective.com/2014/07/25/the-christian-triumph/

Hope is the Dreams of the Man awake

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You don’t know, you say? Well, some people handle that just fine, and simple accept that they don’t know, but others need some sort of assurance. They need to feel that what they ‘know’ (as in: “believe in”) is the truth. Without this assurance they crack up, so to say, and don’t cope well with life anymore.

Such individuals are drawn to ‘miracle men’ like flies to manure, and often they end up in a camp purely by chance, only because that particular camp was the first to ‘catch’ them when they fell. When reason, logic and evidence make it impossible for them to stay in one ‘miracle camp’, they simply change to another ‘miracle camp’. They rarely – if ever – grow wise enough to simply start accepting that they don’t know. No, they just change the contents of ‘the truth’ they believe in, and when one such ‘truth’ falls they just replace it with another. They need to. They cannot stand a life without ‘knowing’…

Often it is hard to believe in the ‘truth’ presented to them, because the evidence supporting it is flimsy at best. But quite often these ‘miracle seekers’ simply lower the bar when it comes to accepting ‘evidence’ supporting their ‘truth’. Likewise, they reject all evidence against their ‘truth’. Alas! They are stuck, as if caught in a loop…

Naturally, when I say this, we probably all think of different extremist Christian groups, one more ignorant and deluded than the other: British-Israelites and Creationists being good examples in this context. When reality is not good enough for them, when reality doesn’t fit into their religion, they just invent a new reality, more flattering to them, more easily comprehensible for them and more easy to live with.

One thing that is symptomatic to such ‘miracle seekers’ is the strong will to convince all others that they are 100% right. The doubt others have regarding their beliefs is enough for them to start losing faith, so they have to convince all others that they are right, and all dissidence is seen as ‘evil’ or even ‘satanic’. And in a sense it is to them: it makes them lose faith, and they need this faith to survive.

This naturally explains the need for Christians to mission. Deep within their hearts they know that what they believe in is – simply put – bullshit, but if they can only make others believe in it, then it will be easier for them to believe in it as well…

So we should all believe in the same, have no dissidence, and never question anything that our group stands for… that would be so much easier, so much better and so much more comfortable. Right?…. An entire globe with one religion, one human race and one culture! Hallelujah!

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Well; maybe not…

If only man was stronger, had a stronger character, had more backbone and a better ability to on his own separate right from wrong. If only man could be more Stoic, and accept that some things are, some knowledge is, beyond the grasp of the human mind. Aye, perhaps this will change, and we should seek to ensure such a positive transformation of man, but until man is better, we just have to accept that there is so much that we simply don’t know or understand. And we can and must live with that, without making up stories about a virgin giving birth to the son of some desert god, or about fanciful stories told us by an imagined being in caves, or similar nonsense.

Life is good, sans ‘miracles’ and ‘salvation’, sans a beginning and an end for our world, sans self-assuring lies and ‘greater-than-man’ beings. Yes, we can enjoy and even wallow in all sorts of fantastic ideas, we can hope for and dream of a more colourful world, and by doing so make our own world more colourful, but we must do so without the weakness of character that we so clearly see in many political and religious individuals, who base and explain their entire existence on such wild hopes and unrealistic dreams. The sky does not come crashing down if we admit to ourselves that we don’t know what is true and what is not; if we live our lives in accordance with what we do know, instead of what we would want to know. 

About Technology & Natural Abilities

Bulgarian. French. Magyar. RomanianSpanish.

First some music…. 

Today we need technology to survive, not least because groups hostile to us and bent on destroying us are equipping themselves with all the technology they can get their hands on. Also, we have to achknowledge the fact that we do need some technology no matter what, even in an ideal world. I mean; even a javelin and a knife used for hunting is a type of technology.

Before I continue I wish to separate between technology that is necessary and not detrimental to either the environment or man himself, and technology that is not necessary and is detrimental to the environment and man himself. For the sake of simplicity, I will call these ‘good’ and ‘bad’ technologies respectively.

A serious problem with bad technology is that is interferes with the positive natural selection, and even promotes the decay of man. The man without any natural abilities suddenly is given an opportunity not only to survive, but to survive at the expense of those better than him.

E. g. the hunter no longer needs skill or courage, but can just shoot any creature from a safe distance and location, with some rifles up to 2 km away. In fact, industrial farming even makes hunting obsolete, and has removed man so much from the natural processes (even the process of feeding himself) that he has completely lost all healthy and normal links to nature – and the man with no such links to nature will easily destroy everything natural. So the modern man does: in his environment and in himself.

In the long run this bad technology ruins mankind, and the once creative, skilled, brave, healthy and sane man slowly but surely turns into a terrible and sub-human creature, suffering from all sorts of ills – both physically and mentally. At one point mankind will become so degenerated that it will not even be able to uphold the high tech society it has created for itself, and what will then happen?… Yes, man will eventually become so degenerated that he will not be physically able to change even a simple light bulb, or even understand how to do so.

Survivors?

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In the long run this bad technology also ruins the environment mankind needs to survive. Forests formerly full of herbs and game are turned into fields producing genetically modified crops, all owned by a tiny corrupt, cruel, cynical, greedy, dishonest and sinister ‘elite’. Lakes and oceans formely boiling with fish are turned into huge dumps for garbage and chemical waste. Only the cities grow, and accelerate the decay of man even further. More bad technology is hailed as the solution to the problems created by bad technology, and there seems to be no way out of it other than through disaster

The world depending on bad technology to uphold itself is very vulnerable to the whims of nature as well: solar storms, earthquakes, vulcano eruptions, returning Ice Ages and also just bad weather can destroy it. So even if we never run out of the energy needed to uphold the modern world, and even if man does not have the time to be ruined so much that he is no longer able to uphold world he lives in, this modern world will at some point fall into ruins.

One might wonder: how can an intelligent species willingly place itself in a situation where it will be destroyed? It is just a matter of time before this happens, and it can happen in so many ways!

Until the day comes when the modern high tech world comes crashing down, I will use bad technology to promote the dream of a simpler life, of life in ‘good tech’ societies cultivating the healthy man and his healthy relationship to the nature he lives in and is a part of. When the day comes I will be ready and able not to depend on bad technology for the survival of my kin, and so will many others.

The fall of the ‘bad tech’ modern world will not be a disaster for ‘mankind’ though, but mainly for those who did not have the wits to escape this death trap – something they fairly easily could have done by returning to a simpler life. Mankind will in fact profit from such a ‘disaster’, as it will be purified and have its ‘cancer cells’ removed. Both Mother Earth and mankind will be rejuvenated by such a ‘disaster’. Mother Nature will reclaim what has been taken from her by the ‘civilized’ man. Earth will once again grow green and rich with life. Time will remove all traces of the bad tech world, and mankind will enter a (new?) long period when bad technology will no longer be seen as something good. Perhaps even universal rules will be made, and followed, to ensure that it will take very long time before any bad technology is invented again: before man (once again?) enters a period of decline…

Survivors!

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It is some times said that “there is nothing new, only what has been forgotten”, and perhaps much of it was intentionally forgotten, because some were wise enough to understand that it was bad technology.

A Simpler Life

The Coming Darkness

7 Examples of ‘good’ Technology:

Clay pots

Clothes made from natural fabrics and fur

Magnifying glasses made from quartz (… yeah, you didn’t know they had that in the Stone Age, did you? [They were used to make fire quickly])

Yurt-like tents

Accoustic musical instruments

Herbal medicine

Wax candles

 

7 Examples of ‘bad’ Technology:

Cars

Planes

Industrial farming (and in fact: farming itself….the hunter-gatherer lifestyle is superior to the agricultural lifestyle in all ways)

Firearms

Paved roads

Modern medicine

Electricity (in fact: everything that needs electricity to work)

About Civilization & Natural Habitats

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How many times have you not heard praise of ‘civilization’ and the ‘civilized’ man? These city-builders and city-dwellers are universally praised as the most advanced of men. But are they? But were they really?

The first known (…) civilizations on this planet were all built not by Neanderthals, not by racially pure Europeans; not by the Nordic man most European racists today think so highly of. No! They were built by mongrel populations; in Mesopotamia, in Egypt, in Persia and in the Indus Valley. Later the Greeks built cities too, but only after they had been sufficiently racially mixed not to look like Nordics anymore. Later the Romans too built cities, but only after they too had been sufficiently racially mixed not to look like Nordics anymore.

The civilization we have in Europe today too was built by ‘mongrels’: the Romans. Yes, if you are in doubt, know that all cities, all civilization, in Europe, is based on and stems directly from Roman and Judeo-Christian civilisation. The racially pure Europe was barbarian and uncivilized. Britannia. Gaul. Germania. Scandinavia. Baltica. Slavia. Dacia. Aquitania. Suomi. Scythia. Sarmatia. Illyria. Thracia. Etc.

If you think I am wrong, then think about this for a minute. First of all, take a look at cities today: who are drawn to them? Compare them to the countryside and then tell me: where do you find the most mongrels? Exactly: you find them almost exclusively in the cities. And if they can choose, almost all of them go live in the cities. Why? Because that is the natural habitat of the mongrel. The natural habitat of the racially pure individual on the other hand is the pristine nature; un-touched, un-soiled, un-polluted, wild, dangerous and beautiful. You find close to no mongrels there, and if you do you probably do because some racially pure individual has dragged them along.

Civilizations are horribly self-destructive: with time they all eventually fall. They all go down in tragedy and leave the citizens dead or dying, eliminated by their own decadence, crime, stupidity and the degenerative life-style of the city, and not least by epidemics. The few who escape these death traps quickly die in nature, because they are no longer naturally fit for life, after living for generations in ‘cities’.

The ones who are the most likely to survive the collapse of a civilization are those who do not live in cities: the commonly much more racially pure individuals living in the countryside, as close as they can get to their natural habitat: the pristine nature…

PS. You live in the city, and you hate it? Well, maybe because you are not meant to live there.

So why do you?… 

About European Morals

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One thing that is rather odd, is that Christians seems to think that they have some sort of monopoly on morals and good behaviour, that the Europeans before the Christianisation were just a bunch of amoral lunatics, raping, killing, pillaging, drinking and having no moral attitudes or self discipline whatsoever. They are often Christians because they are good and moral themselves (they are Europeans in blood after all), and wrongly believe that they need to take the consequence of that and therefore become or remain Christians. They know no other good and moral alternative.

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Many modern so-called Pagans seems to think the same, and mistake Heathendom with Hedonism, and use their cartoonish mock-Paganism as an excuse to be amoral and live what the Christians would call ‘a life in sin’ – and what a real Pagan would call ‘a life without Honour’.

Well, I have no problems with what is perceived as traditional ‘Christian’ values and morals: loyalty, family values, kindness, honesty, self discipline (or ‘moderation’) etc.. But let me be perfectly clear: these are not ‘Christian’ values! These are values the Christians adopted from Paganism – or rather keptwhen they were Christianized. You can even argue that these are values they kept in spite of the Christianisation: these are the European values the Judeo-Christians failed to eradicate, when they created the Christian cult to destroy Rome (and later the rest of Europe).

As a Pagan European I am not the opposite of Christian Europeans. My problem with them is not their morals, but their embrace of an international and racist religion bent on mixing all races and destroying all cultures and religions on this planet – and replace them all with just ‘Christians’ (of any race or any mix) and Judeo-Christian culture. They have done their best to destroy our European culture for more than a thousand years, and they still try to complete this task.

When you meet Europeans who identify themselves as ‘Christians’, remember this: they don’t need Christianity to justify being moral. The exact same good values and morals are embraced in our European religion too. Paganism is not a excuse to sleep around, drink, take drugs or in other ways behave like a complete idiot. Paganism is the foundation on which all good traditions and morals stand! And unlike Christianity, Paganism is without dangerous alien influence, or even alien control, from some non-European tribe not at all friendly towards Europe and European culture. And unlike Christianity, Paganism is friendly towards all other non-aggressive and non-expansionist religions and cultures on this planet, and seek not to destroy them and replace them with the worship of one non-European tribe and their self-proclaimed right to destroy and enslave all others.

All Christian Europeans who seriously want to ensure the survival of Europe as a biological entity should open their eyes to this, cast the anti-European and racist Christianity aside like a wet towel, and become real Europeans again. Only a Pagan European is ‘a European mind in a European body’. 

Related post here and here.

Hail the European Gods! Hail and Joy!

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“In hoc signo vinces” 

Ásatrú, Seiðr & Víðarr

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Scholars today often fail to see the continuity of the belief system of our forebears through the ages, and thus often claim every new thing that seems to appear is a result of some alien influence, usually an invasion by some fictional people or even a complete replacement of the former population.

One might wonder if they claim this because they have a sinister agenda, or perhaps only because they have been programmed to behave in a certain (politically correct) manner, and especially so in relation to European cultures.

What we should do though, when we approach our own culture, is to understand that there is a thin red line through all of it, through all ages and all European cultures. Everything is basically the same, but there are four different ways of seeing it.

The key to the oldest sources is to know that in the most ancient of times our forebears were hunter-gatherers and believed in spirits (sorcery). After that we see the introduction of both agriculture and deities (religion) as we know them today. Not all hunter-gatherers became agriculturalists though, and not all agriculturalists replaced their belief in spirits with a belief in deities.

So there were four different cultures based around the same original culture: a hunter-gatherer sorcery culture, a hunter-gatherer religious culture, an agricultural sorcery culture and an agricultural religious culture.

Further, these cultures didn’t or didn’t always replace the older dominating culture, but often existed alongside each other — often at the same place.

Although simplified, it works well to define these four like this:

 

Seiðr (belief in spirits/sorcery) + Veiðr (hunter-gatherer) = The old tradition

Seiðr (belief in spirits/sorcery) + Byggjandi (agriculturalist) = The tradition

Ásatrú (belief in deities/religion) + Veiðr (hunter-gatherer) = The old religion

Ásatrú (belief in deities/religion) + Byggjandi (agriculturalist) = The religion

 

When we do that we can look at the high festivals, myths and other traditions and make so much more sense of them.

Knowing this it e. g. makes sense that the spirit of the forest is pictured as an elk in Scandinavian rock carvings, but is described as a deity, Víðarr (“wood”, “forest”), some thousand years later. We know they are the same, simply by looking at other names for Víðarr: he was known also as Elgr, which of course means “elk”.

 

Norwegian: Elg

Norse: Elgr

Proto-nordic: *AlgiR

Proto-Germanic: *Algiz

Proto-Indo-European: *Alci

(PS. Latin: Alcis)

 

Even today we call the elk “the king of the forest” in Scandinavia. Well, now you know why…

So when you see petroglyphs with images of elks in Scandinavia, they are Bronze- or Stone Age depictions of Víðarr, the silent god of the forest. Or if you like: when you read myths about Víðarr, you read about the elk in the petroglyphs. What you know about one of these ages can be transferred to the other.

When you possess this key you might be able to see a large four-dimensional picture, rather than just tiny two-dimensional fragments of it.

HailaR WôðanaR!

Totemism

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.

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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:

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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!

 

 

Metempsychosis

Bulgarian. French. MagyarSerbian. Spanish.

First some music… 

As explained here and here, our forebears believed in reincarnation and the eternal existence of the honourable man. There was no “punishment” for the bad, and no “reward” for the good, other than rebirth – here on Earth, in the kin – for the honourable.

What they believed was that when you died your body went to Hel (“hidden”), i. e. the burial mound/grave. This was a cold, dark and damp place, but it was really just a name for the grave. Our dead bodies return to earth, as simple as that. Your mind (called “soul” by the Judeo-Christians) was sent to heaven to be purified by the fire of the Sun. Again, like with Hel, there was no ‘punishment’ or ‘suffering’ involved. You just had to remove the bad parts with cleansing fire, to make sure they did not return when you were reborn into a new body.

The amount of ‘you’ to be reborn was equal to the ‘amount of your mind’ that would be left after the cleansing fire had removed the bad parts. Thus the truly honourable could be reborn ‘in full’, so to speak. Others had only small fragments of their minds reborn, and of course yet others – the thoroughly rotten – were simply removed. They ceased to be, they ceased to exist. They passed into oblivion.

The most honourable dead were buried in beautiful graves, and when the children grew old enough they could chose themselves whom they were to be reborn as. The more honour a dead person had, the more children would be interested in being reborn as him.

Men often chose to bring their most valuable possessions with them into the graves when they died, to make sure that they could keep them in the next life as well – and possibly also to entice children to chose to be reborn as them, if their honour was not enough. So the more honour and the more wealth a dead person had, the greater the probability that a child would choose to be reborn as him.

If a dead person was never chosen by a child, then he would never be reborn. So the honour itself was not enough: the honourable dead had to be chosen by a child as well, in order to be reborn. There was no automatic rebirth even for the most honourable.

European Pagans also let the fire purify in life:

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You might argue that there is no evidence to support the belief in reincarnation. You might claim that there is no such thing. Ok, but as I see it we will be better off if we live in societies where people believe in reincarnation than we are in societies where people believe in either nothing (atheists) or in some fictional “Heavenly Paradise” (Judeo-Christianity). It doesn’t matter if it is real or not: what matters is that people who believe that they are to be reborn here on Earth, in the same society, will do their best to ensure the happiness and health of their descendants!

Will you catch all the fish in the ocean, kill all game in the forest, chop down all the trees or pump up all the oil and use it all in your lifetime, if you believe that you will be reborn here on Earth? Will you leave nothing for your future reborn self? Of course not. You will instead try to preserve all that is good, to create more good, and try to pass it on to those who come after you – to yourself in future lives.

I care not if I actually am to be reborn or not, if reincarnation is real or not, but I see the value of such a belief system for my species, and understand that only such a belief system will ensure the survival of all that is good and just. Only such a belief system will enable the betterment of our species. No matter what you think, say or feel; all the alternatives are worse in all respects, because whether we like it or not: man is an egotistical creature. Rather than try to suppress man’s ego, we should use it to cultivate great societies.

HailaR WôðanaR!

The purifying fire of the Sun:

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Sorcerer & God

BulgarianFrench. MagyarSerbian. Spanish.

A long time ago our forebears practised what we would call sorcery: they cast spells to influence the spirits of nature. Some were better at this than others were, and yearly contests were organised to make sure that the tribe at all times had the best suited to be their sorcerer-king and sorcerer-queen. The king was selected based on his skills, strength, intelligence and good health. The queen was selected based on her innocence, patience and beauty.

We know this May couple and the May contests from both our fairy tales, mythology and traditional songs.

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With time it became clear that the sorcerer’s spells didn’t always work, and some societies changed: rather than rely on the spell-casting skills of a sorcerer, they began to address the spirits more directly, and simply asked them to comply. When doing so the hermaphroditic spirits were athropomorphised and given a name and gender: so the spirit of lightning was called “Lightning”, in Scandinavia Loki (“lightning”, from the PIE root *luk-), the spirit of thunder was called “Thunderer”, in Scandianvia Þórr (“thunderer”), etc. The trees and animals these spirits had originally been associated with turned into the attributes of the deities. So Þórr’s temple was based around an oak tree, and his carriage was said to be pulled by goats. Freyja’s temple was based around a cherry tree, and her carriage was said to be pulled by cats. Etc.

The society was still penetrated on all levels by the idea of sorcery (‘sympathetic magic’) though, so in order to gain the powers of the deities man – i. e. priests and priestesses – could simply impersonate the deities. E. g. by dressing up as a goddess, by impersonating her, by taking her name a girl became her, and thus also gained all her powers. The gods and goddesses of the temples were thus very much real: they were there themselves! Listening to the prayers of man, eating the sacrificed animals, healing injured men, and being pulled or carried around to the fields to bless them, etc. The deities were real! The sorcerer-king and sorcerer-queen were thus replaced by the god-king and the goddess-queen, but not much changed, really.

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Yearly contests were still organised to make sure that the tribe at all times had the best suited to be their god-king and goddess-queen. The king was still selected based on his skills, strength, intelligence and good health. The queen was still selected based on her innocence, patience and beauty.

The winners of these annual contests were given an apple. The aging man stood no chance of winning an Olympic games type contest against younger and stronger men, and the aging girl stood no chance of winning a beauty contest against younger and more beautiful girls. Thus the deities were kept young forever, by the help of Íðunn’s apples.

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