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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The Divine Man

Francais. MagyarSerbian. Spanish.

First some appropriate music

The truly free man is a man able to survive and provide for his family even when the institutions of society collapse.

A people should be made up of such free men. This will make it a viable, prosperous and happy people. No man in such a people will be another man’s slave. No man in such a people needs to accept any form of humiliation in order to survive. No man in such a people needs to kneel in front of others at any point in life.

The Un-kneeling Man:

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The institutions of society should rather than be aimed at enslaving the citizens (by making them depentent on these institutions for food, health care, transportation, infrastructure etc.) be aimed at protecting the people’s interests vis a vie other peoples and at protecting Justice. Most importantly though: the institutions of society should be aimed at liberating man from his metaphysical vertigo by offering public religious ceremonies and by serving the Divine.

The King should be the High Priest; the Queen the High Priestess, and their only responsabilities vis a vie the people should be the military, law & order and public religion. The rest should be left for each family to take care of, so that they remain truly free.

The King and Queen should be found not through election, but through selection; the able men should compete for Kingship in different yearly contests, the May games, known from Christian times as “Knight Tournaments” or as different challenges for the protagonist of the Fairy Tales, intended to show who is the best of them all; the Bragi. The King’s main task should be to protect the Queen and to preserve her innocence. The most healthy (i. e. beautiful) girls should compete in a yearly bride’s race (a brûðlaup) for Queendom and should be selected based on their skills, their youthful beauty and their innocence.

May Queen:

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The King and Queen should be married, but only symbolically; the Queen should never bleed, and if she did (and when she does) she would have to be replaced.

May King:

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New contests should be held every year, to ensure that the King is always the strongest and wisest man in the realm, the most able to protect the innocence of the Queen, and to ensure that the Queen is always the most beautiful, healthy and innocent of all the girls in the realm.

The military should be made up of the people itself; all able men should answer the call when summoned for war by the King, and all men should be responsible for their own equipment and their own training too. A military unit should be made up of the able men of a tribe. The army should be made up of these tribal units. Women should be able to join in war campaigns too, as shield maidens, assisting the men on the battlefield, brining the men whatever they need when fighting.

The law & order should be the responsibility of the (professional) guardsmenn of the King and be based on Honour. The innocent Queen should always be the judge in all legal issues. The King should himself be responsible for the upkeep of this guard. Being a King should not be profitable; it should be a burden to be carried only by the most successful and able.

The temples should be made up of young men and women eager to learn, and the bards willing to teach. Philosophy, music, poetry, mythology and all other beauty in general should be their main priority; divine harmony the ultimate goal! Each tribe should build their own temples. Young men and women should never serve the deities forever, but should marry after around 10 years in service for their deities, when they are around 17 years old. When old they could return to the temple, and serve as bards.

The Well of Wisdom:

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Each kingdom should be tiny. All the European kingdoms should be in a European confederacy, protecting the interests of all the tribes when needed.

The European nations should be made up exclusively of individuals who are close to each other in blood, so that they know perfectly well just by looking at the others in the nation that the link between them is strong. No true trust can ever be achieved between individuals who don’t look much like each other. No common purpose and meaning can be achieved in a nation where the members are very different from each other. When a man died he should know that his children would be raised by others who were just like him; honourable Pagan Europeans. Without this knowledge a man is less likely to willingly risk his life for the betterment of the tribe.

May King & May Queen:

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Honour should be the foundation of everything in society, and of the society itself. Each tribe should work to gain Honour for the tribe. Individual Honour should be gained from acts of heroism and self-sacrifice and individual achievements out of the ordinary. Only the good and Honourable should ever be remembered and cultivated. The bad a man does should pass to the Shadows; it must never be kept alive. Cast it aside, into the bog, and let it sink into oblivion!

No matter how you interpret the idea of reincarnation, the idea that man will be reborn in his kin should be the official teaching. Every individual is egotistical by nature, and if man is made to believe that he will be reborn in his kin he will work to ensure a good future for his descendants, because he believes that he will return to this world as one of them.

The European man should return to the ways of the Ancients, so that he can become better again, and re-start his ascent on the ladder to divinty. The European man should study the nature of his deities, and become divine himself!

The Philosophers say that there are Gods, and that Their Will directs the Universe … But the more important lesson is to discover the nature of the Gods. Upon discovering that nature, a man would please the Gods by making his own nature like unto the Gods’. If the Divine is faithful, he must also be faithful; if free, he must also be free; if beneficent, he must also be beneficent; if magnanimous, he must also be magnanimous. Thus to make the Gods’ nature one’s own, a man must imitate Them in every thought, word, and deed”. (Epictetus)

The path to divinity is open. Why would any of us willingly chose any other path?

The path to divinity is hard, but that hardship, the strife, pain, patience and perseverance, is what makes us divine! Let the dregs of our peoples take that other path, to slavery and ultimately to oblivion. They will vanish from the face of the Earth and from the memory of man. Nature wills it that way; life is for those who want to live, not for those who actively seek the obliteration of everything that is their own. Fell no tears for them; rejoice when they are gone!

See the world we live in today not as our doom, but as the doom of the dregs amongst us and as an opportunity for the good to do its deeds; for you to act Honourably when dishonour is in fashion! The misery of our age is the labour of a new and better age, the Golden Age, that will come because it must come – as it has before, over and over again. Leave the damp and dark dungeon behind, wash the muddy bog-water off your feet, and enter the wonderful vast wilderness outside; free and fertile, ripe with new opportunities. Harmony. A world returned to its equilibrium after two thousand years of winter and pitch black darkness. The Sun will rise again for our world, like it does every morning for each and every one of us. HailaR Sôwili!

The Past & the Future:

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