This is a hearty hail to Nordic Circle Kindred in Arizona, which was officially founded earlier this year in January 2016. What makes NCKAZ different from other kindreds is that they are actively in the streets passing out food, water and clothing to homeless military veterans. They are a kindred of action or as they would say, “Boots on the ground”. NCKAZ is making a difference! If you wish to make a difference by supporting the kindred’s efforts, or if you want to find out what the kindred is doing; go to their web page. You can call them at 1-800-529-1542. Or you can do as I do and follow them on Facebook. The veterans could use our support. They fought for us, let’s fight for them!
Raise your mead horn with me and give Nordic Circle Kindred a hearty hail !!!!
The Roman Emperor Flavius Claudius Julianus, known as Julian, was the last “pagan” emperor of the Roman empire. The emperor Julian attempted to restore Rome’s greatness, by restoring traditional Roman values and religions. Julian was a very complex man, much more so than later emperors. Julian was at times a brilliant military leader, a social reformer, a government reformer, a philosopher and a promoter of neo-Platonic paganism. Christians derisively refer to Julian as “The Apostate” because he had been raised a Christian. Julian did not openly reject Christianity until after he had “taken the purple.”
Julian was born in 331 or 332 in Constantinople. Julian’s uncle was the Emperor Constantine I. When Constantius II became Emperor, he had most of Julian’s relatives murdered. Julian and his half-brother Gallus were raised in exile on an imperial estate. Julian received a Christian education under the Bishop of Nicomedia, Eusebius of Nicomedia. However, when Bishop George of Cappadocia lent Julian books from the classical period, Julian developed a strong interest in philosophy and traditional religions, which Julian knew that he had to conceal.
In 351 Julian studied neo-Platoism under Aedesius and neo-Platonic theurogy from Maximus of Ephesus. In 355 the Emperor allowed Julian to travel to Athens, where he studied philosophy and was secretly initiated into the Eleusinian Mysteries. Later in 355 Julian’s life made a radical turn, he was summoned to the imperial court at Mediolanum, and Constantius II had Julian married to Constantius’ sister Helena before sending Julian to Gaul as Caesar of the West.
Constantius thought the scholar would only be a figurehead, however Julian excelled in Gaul. Julian quickly adapted to military life and was responsible for winning several military campaigns. Julian’s popularity in Gaul swiftly grew. In 360, while in Paris, Julian’s legions proclaimed him Augustus (Emperor). Constantius maneuvered his legions in the east to meet the threat, but Constantius died before a civil war could begin in earnest. According to Constantius’ writing, Julian was Constantius’ choice for succession.
In 361 Emperor Julian entered Constantinople and began making governmental reforms by drastically reducing the size of government. Julian re-opened closed pagan temples across the empire and removed the advantages the Christian emperors had given Christians over non-Christians. Julian planed to rebuild the Jewish temple in Jerusalem, to further divide the quarrelsome Christians further. Julian weakened the power of Christian’s but he generously did not persecute them. Julian passed an edict guaranteeing freedom of religion. Julian addressed the senate, which emperors had not been doing and wrote books and essays in spare moments. Julian was a “hands on” working emperor, which did not endear him to the fired bureaucrats.
Julian began ruling in the style of a Marcus Aurelius or a Hadrian. Knowing that he needed the support of the eastern legions to remain emperor, Julian planned a campaign against the ancient enemy of Persia. A victory would assure his stability, enabling him to complete his reforms with the support of the army. Antioch would be the staging point for the campaign in Persia. After five months in Constantinople, Julian left for Antioch.
Julian’s stay in Antioch was unpleasant for the Emperor and the citizens of Antioch. Although most of the empire was still pagan, Antioch had become strongly Christian, the local temples had been neglected. The citizens of Antioch also expected the emperor to be aloof and follow the whims of the mob, but Julian led an ascetic philosopher’s life and his participation in pagan religious rites stunned them. Animosity grew on both sides. While in Antioch, Julian wrote the book Against the Galileans, which according to Christian apologist Cyril of Alexandria, was the most important work ever written against the Christian religion.
On 05 March 363 Julian happily left Antioch with an army of 65 to 90 thousand soldiers on the march toward Persia. By the middle of May, Julian’s forces arrived at the city of Ctesiphon, where they defeated defending forces in front of the city walls. However, the Romans did not believe they could breach the city walls with the threat of the main body of the Persian army at large. Julian made the decision to bypass taking the city and push with his army into the interior of Persia, in hopes of a decisive battle on Julian’s terms. Julian believed in the transmigration of souls and that he was Alexander the Great reborn.
The Persians used slash and burn tactics before the advancing Romans depriving them of food supplies. The Persians also employed attack and run tactics against the weakened Roman army and avoided an all out battle. On 26 June 363 near Maranga, Julian’s column was attacked at the Battle of Samarra. In a hurry to inspire his troops to counter attack, Julian leapt upon his horse with his sword, leaving his armor in his tent. In the mêlée that followed, Julian was struck by a lance piercing his liver and lower intestines. Julian was quietly removed from the battle, but the word that he had been seriously injured quickly spread. Although Julian received immediate surgery, he died in his tent three days later. One of Julian’s Christian generals “Took up the Purple” and became the next emperor. The hope to restore the greatness of Rome faded away.
Immediately it became hazardous to have been a friend of Julian and they began to disappear from public view. Julian’s religious reforms were undone. Many of Julian’s books and essays were destroyed as blasphemy. As an enemy of the church, Julian became almost the devil incarnate and so he remained until the renaissance. However, since the time of the renaissance, Julian has become the subject of researcher, plays and novels. His reputation has been revived in certain circles.
Although Julian’s book Against the Galileans was destroyed, fragments of the book were quoted by Christian apologist Cyril of Alexandria in three books he wrote (Contra Julianum)in an effort to refute Julian. What fragments remain of Against the Galileans is available on the internet or in book form available from Ostara Publications.
Additionally, Adrian Murdock published the book The Last Pagan, which is available through Inner Traditions. The Last Pagan is a very easy read and the writer may give a brief review at a later date. This writer also recommends the historical novel Julian by Gore Vidal. Vidal’s novel brings the characters to life and he had his own ideas concerning the death of the Emperor Julian.
People such as the Emperor Julian and Hypatia of Alexandria are all but forgotten. They should be remembered for the resistance they gave to a universalist, centrist controlling religion.
I just read the book Anthony Ludovici: The Lost Philosopher. Ludovici was a British philosopher, who lived from 1882 to 1971. Ludovici would be an interesting study for anyone interested in the alternate right or radical traditionalism. Although some of his material is dated, the majority of his material is still germane today. The first chapter is on religion. Ludovici immediately goes to the topic of ‘Nature’ to prove that the religion of Christianity is unnatural and why.
Ludovici gives several interesting quotes in regards to life’s processes in both plants and animals. Speaking of the natural world Ludovici says, “They give fair field or no favor to all alike, no matter what kind … from the amoeba to man there is probably no animal which is not attacked by some parasite…” Ludovici points out to his readers that there is no fairness in the attacks of the parasite and all creatures are preyed upon. Young or old, rich or poor, deserving or undeserving, there is no discrimination when it comes to nature. You survive or you don’t. The often used words, “It isn’t fair!” would be a very apt description of life.
Ludovici continued with another train of thought in regards to the “will to survive.” Ludovici indicated that there is more going on in nature than just the desire to live. Ludovici says, “… They do not merely sustain their own lives; they obtrude themselves on other lives, even other lives belonging to their own species. They all assault, invade and trespass on alien territory … the need to discharge their strength, to make something else pay .. Their first concern … is enjoy using an expressing energy, if possible at the cost of some other life …” Ludovici then continued on by giving several examples to prove his point that life forms seek to invade and dominate all they can reach. Ludovici is saying that survival is not enough, all life has a drive to expand and conquer.
At this point, one might be inclined to assume that man is not an animal and what applies to nature does not apply to man, in other words man is supernatural above nature. Ludovici continues, “It is a false dichotomy to think of Nature and man. Mankind is that factor in Nature which exhibits its most intensive form of the plasticity of Nature.” In other words man can not be removed from the Nature that is within him. A great deal of man’s behavior could be explained by the following quote, “So there appears to be substantial grounds for the view that a striving after supremacy or power is the basic trend of all nature.”
Lodovici then tackles the concepts of liberal idealism of man’s nature when he states, “What can be the good, then, of speaking of ‘eternal peace’ or a future of ‘loving concord’ for all mankind, or any state in which rivalry of some kind, violence, high-handed apportion … wholly eliminated …That in all of nature there is no trace of any such morality. On the contrary every kind of thuggery, deception, fraud, duplicity and mendacity finds its ablest and most unscrupulous exponents in nature … It is hopeless to seek the sources of human morality in nature … In the social life of man, morality becomes a means … of regulating customary conduct that made communal survival possible …” Therefore that which promotes community or group cohesion and survival is moral; and that which does not is immoral.
While reading all of this, this writer’s mind began to wander making connections with Ludovici’s words and the writer’s previous experiences. And of all things, the movie Conan the Barbarian came to mind. Conan the Cimmerian was a character created by Texan Robert E. Howard. The movie Conan the Barbarian was loosely based on Howard’s character, but did not mirror the original. The movie script was written by John Milius and Oliver Stone. The movie opens with a smith hammering a glowing sword repeatedly on an anvil hardening the steel as the movie is introduced. The opening reminds one of Siegfried forging his sword.
The movie moves to a conversation between a young Conan and his father, the tribal sword smith and possibly the tribal king. Conan’s father explains to Conan, the Cimmerian myth of the beginning of the world and how during a battle with the giants, the Gods accidentally left steel on the battlefield allowing man to purloin steel angering the Gods. Conan’s father said, “The secret of steel has always carried with it a mystery. You must learn its riddle Conan. You must learn it’s discipline. For no one- no one in this world can you trust. Not men, not women, not beasts.” Conan’s father points to the sword and continues, “This you can trust.” Enemies and dangers are everywhere, one must trust in himself. It sounds very much like something out of the Havamal.
The die is cast from the beginning, although the norns are unseen. The opening sequence of hammering the steel to make it hard, sharp and dangerous is an allegory for Conan’s future life of being hammered by adversity making him hard, sharp and dangerous. Conan’s village comes under attack by the warriors of Thulsa Doom, who are seeking Conan’s father’s sword. Steel is rare and valuable, equating to power. Conan watches Thulsa Doom behead his mother and take his deceased father’s sword. All of the tribe is murdered except for the children, who are taken away as slaves. If possible, Conan must now avenge the murders of his father, mother and people to properly secure their place in the next world.
Conan is now a nonperson, a slave without any rights or any expectation of survival or worth. Without a tribe, what value does he have? Conan is taken to a great mill that is reminiscent of the World Mill of Germanic mythology. Conan slaves away turning the mill like the giantesses of old, until he is a man and the only one left alive at the mill. Conan has been hammered and he has grown strong and hard, but he is not sharp. Conan is taken from the mill and used as a gladiator for the enjoyment of the mob. Conan is awkward at first, but his sheer strength prevails and he survives. Conan fights in many gladiatorial contests and kills without discrimination or remorse. Conan is a talented killer.
Conan is taken to a sword master for training to make him sharp. Conan is taught poetry and tactics and he is used for breeding stock like a herd bull. Conan appears to be in the service of a Genghis Khan type warlord. Hammered strong and sharp, Conan is miraculously set free by his handler. Conan now runs for his freedom pursued by hungry wolves. With the wolves on his heals, like the wolves Skoll and Hatichasing the sun and the moon, Conan seeks refuge on top of a burial mound.
Conan falls through the top of the mound into the tomb. Inside of the tomb there is a dead Cimmerian king sitting on a throne holding a great sword. If one is familiar with heathen lore, one concludes immediately that Conan has entered the tomb of one of his ancestors. Conan takes the sword from the hand of the dead king and becomes himself. Conan was the king in a previous life. Conan has experienced a mystical experience and he realizes that he has the soul of a king. Empowered Conan emerges from the tomb as his true self, an uncrowned Cimmerian king. Conan then slays the two wolves waiting for him and wears their skins like a úlfheðnar (wolf skin warrior).
Conan’s next adventure is with a witch, who unsuccessfully tries to slay Conan after seducing him. The following day Conan meets his first companion, Subotai a Mongolian style archer. Subotai has been chained to a rock to be eaten by wolves because he is a thief. Conan sets Subotai free and they travel together to the town of Shadizar, where the witch told Conan that he could find Thulsa Doom. Conan and Subotai determine that Thulsa Doom has a temple devoted to his god Set in the town. Conan and Subotai decide to break into the Temple of Set and in the process of the burglary; they come into contact with Conan’s second companion the beautiful Valeria, who is also in the process of burglarizing the temple. The trio complete the burglary together after Conan slays Thulsa Doom’s snake, reminiscent of Sigurd slaying the dragon Fafnir. The burglars make off with many jewels and valuables including the “Eye of Set.”
The trio celebrate their successful burglary by going on a drunken spree. Valeria falls in love with Conan and she becomes totally devoted to him. The trio is too conspicuous and are arrested by the city guards before being taken to King Osric for judgement. Instead of being punished by King Osric for the burglary, he rewards them with jewels. King Osric is a fellow Northmen and king by his own hand; however King Osric is now too old for war. King Osric reveals that he hates Thulsa Doom and his cult of Set. King Osric explains to the trio that the cult of Set is not about love and peace, but about murder and control. King Osric then hires the trio as mercenaries to return his daughter, who has runaway to be with Thulsa Doom.
After being set free, Subotai and Valeria want to leave with what they have and not pursue the sorcerer Thulsa Doom. Conan must follow his desire for revenge and he sets out alone. During Conan’s journey to Thulsa Doom’s main stronghold, Conan comes into contact with his third companion, the wizard Akiro. Akiro, who lives alone as a caretaker at an ancient battle site, becomes friends with Conan. Conan leaves his horse and armor with Akiro and travels in disguise as a “love and peace” type follower of Set in order to enter the strong hold. Conan enters the stronghold, but he is recognized as an “infidel.” Conan is arrested and taken to Thula Doom, where is beaten to get Conan to reveal the location of the items he had stolen from the temple at Shadizar.
When Thulsa Doom confronts, Conan about the theft, Conan replies, “You killed my mother, You killed my father. You killed my people! You took my father’s sword!” Thulsa Doom, who did not recall the murders, sighed and replied, “It must have been when I was younger. There was a time boy when I searched for steel. And steel meant more to me than gold or jewels.” Conan replied to Doom, “The Riddle of Steel.” Thulsa Doom replied to Conan, “Yes! You know what it is don’t you boy? Shall I tell you? It is the least I can do. Steel isn’t strong, boy, flesh is stronger! Look around you. There, on the rocks; a beautiful girl. Come to me my child.” The girl obeys, steps forward and falls to her death.
Thulsa Doom exclaims, “That is strength boy! That is power! The strength and power of flesh! What is steel compared to the hand that wields it? Look at the strength of your body, the desire in your heart, I gave you this! Such a waste. contemplate this on the Tree of Woe! Crucify him!” In the next scene, we see Conan nailed to a tree similar to Yggdrasil. Conan’s hanging from the tree is Conan’s second mystical experience, similar to that of Odin hanging from the World Tree, Yggdrasil. Conan like Odin, reaches into the depths of his soul to examine all things.
In a near death state, Conan is rescued from the tree by Subotai and taken to the wizard Akiro. Valeria convinces Akrio to contact the neither world and make a deal for Conan’s life. Akiro advises Valeria the Gods would require a heavy price to save Conan’s life. Valeria says that she would pay any price. Akiro works his magic and Conan is saved. Conan slowly recovers and the trio make their plans to return to the stronghold and kidnap King Osric’s daughter.
The trio sneak into Thulsa Doom’s stronghold undetected and make a startling discovery, when they enter the inner sanctum. They find the insiders in the middle of an orgy and a feast of human flesh. While the outer members of the cult believe the cult is about peace and love, the cult insiders are indulging themselves in violence, cannibalism and sex. The trio attack the cult with overwhelming violence and abduct the princess. While the trio are escaping, Thulsa Doom fashions a snake into an arrow and shoots Valeria.
Valeria dies from her wound paying her debt to the Gods for saving Conan’s life. Conan burns Valeria’s body in a scene somewhat reminiscent of Odin burning his son Baldr’s body. Because of Valeria’s love for Conan, she becomes a flygia or follower/protector of Conan. Conan, Subotai and the wizard Akiro prepare for a counter attack from Thulsa Doom. Soon enough the battle begins, as Thulsa Doom, his lieutenants, Rexor and Thorgrim along with a troop of cavalry arrive. Conan negates the advantage of superior numbers and cavalry by fighting from among the rocks and the use of traps. Conan, Subotai and Akiro kill everyone but Rexor and Thulsa Doom.
Rexor, who is wielding Conan’s father’s sword, attacks Conan and defeats him. As Rexor is about to deliver Conan a death-blow, Valeria appears and blocks the sword stroke, much like a Valkyrja from the lore. Valeria momentarily blinds Rexor giving Conan time to recover. Valeria urges Conan to get up and fight when she says to Conan, “Do you want to live forever?” Valeria then disappears. Conan gets to his feet and attacks Lexor. Lexor is trying to block Conan’s sword cut with his sword and Conan breaks Lexor’s sword. Conan then slays Lexor and recovers his father’s broken sword. When Conan breaks his father’s sword, he symbolically destroys his father’s ascendancy over him.
Thulsa Doom, who has watched the battle from afar, fashions a snake into an arrow and shoots at the Princess to keep anyone else from having her. Subotai blocks the arrow with his shield saving the princess. Thulsa Doom flees the battlefield back to his fortress. When Thulsa Doom tried to kill the princess, he broke the spell he had over her and she could see him for what he was. When Thulsa Doom returned to his fortress, he assembled his followers in the darkness. As Thulsa Doom was urging his followers of “love and peace” to return to their homes and kill, “washing away all that has gone before;” the princess was helping Conan sneak into the fortress.
As Thulsa Doom is addressing his followers, Conan confronts him from behind. When Thulsa Doom sees Conan, he looks into Conan’s eyes with a hypnotic gaze as he says, “My child, you have come to me my son. For who now is your father if it is not me? I am the wellspring from which you flow. When I am gone, you will never have been. What would your world be without me?” Thulsa Doom reaches out and touches Conan on the shoulder as he says, “My son, my son.” Conan was momentarily hypnotized by Thulsa Doom, but he overcame Doom’s mind control. Conan used his father’s broken sword to slay and behead Thulsa Doom. Conan holds up Doom’s severed head for all of the cult members to see, before he tosses it down the temple steps. Thulsa Doom’s spell over the cult is broken and they quietly leave the temple as Conan drops his father’s broken sword on the steps.
Many people hate this movie saying that it is racist, sexist, and violent. You have the hated Aryan looking white male overcoming and slaying the black male playing Thulsa Doom. And it is easy to see that the “Cult of Set” represents liberalism. The rank and file followers of the cult believe in universal love and peace, while the inner circle use mind control techniques to control the masses of the their followers (I believe they have a saying, “The masses are a**es”). For the cult, violence is cloaked in a rhetoric of love giving rise to power. Thulsa Doom is urging his followers to go forth and “Wash away all that has gone before.” Is that not the goal of liberalism, to destroy the foundation of traditional western culture?
Conan, representing the traditional pre-Christian western values of strength, honor and loyalty; overcomes the cult of liberalism. Conan has not been feminized, he is a man. Conan is a natural man, he does not resist the urge to expand, overcome opposition and conquer. Many Christians do not like the movie, because they do not understand the subtleties of pre-Christian motifs. The script writers did some research and with a superficial understanding of heathen lore, they produced a script that is heathen tolerable.
The Riddle of Steel is never directly answered in the movie. Thulsa Doom indicated that he had evolved beyond steel and he used mind control (sorcery) to dominate and get what he wanted. “What is steel compared to the hand that wields it?” However, when mind control did not get Thulsa Doom what he wanted, he quickly resorted having his problems solved the old-fashioned way with steel or violence. The riddle is probably in the synthesis of flesh and steel, but that is a guess. Would Anthony Ludovici liked the movie? I don’t know, but I do know that he would have understood it.
There are several interesting sites in Iceland named Bjarg including a farm in Borgarnes, which is now a bed and breakfast. There is also a farm called Bjarg in Midfjorur; which was at one time the residence of Asdis, who was the mother of Grettir the Strong. The red-haired Grettir survived all most twenty years as an outlaw, often seeking refuge with his mother at Bjarg. From the Saga of Grettir the Strong we learn that Grettir had defeated a draugr (un-dead/again walker) in battle, but the draugr cursed Grettir with bad luck in revenge.
In act II scene II of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet says, “What’s in a name? That which we shall call a rose, by any other word would smell as sweet.” Juliet was obviously blinded by her love for Romeo, names are very powerful and important in our lives. Names are a source of identification, but they are also a source of connection. Names such as: Cooper, Baker, Smith, Miller are connections to occupations. Some of those occupations, such as Smith, have mythical origins, such as Wayland the Smith. Other names are connected to places in the natural world such as: Craig, Stone, Berg, Cliff, Lee, Leah, Heath, Hill and others. Those places in the natural world were often connected to spirits (landvaettir), which protect and nurture us, if we take the time to find and connect with them. Maybe our name is a hint to us as to where we should look to make that personal connection.
Some names are connected to our ancestors (Disir/Alf), such as: Jen(sen), Jan(son), David(son), Erick(son), John(son), Jon(sson), Johan(son), Robin(son), Robi(son), Robert(son) and so on. Other names are connections to ancestral deities such as: Brown(ing) or Ingi Freyr. In some instances people use more than one name, perhaps several. Examples of other names that people use are: nom de guerre (war/cadre name), nom de plume (pen name), regal name (name of position), stage name, user or screen name, religious and devotional names and nicknames.
One of the words used in Old Norse to refer to a nickname is Kenningarnofn. Nicknames indicated a special status or recognition. It appears that in days of olde, the presentation of a nickname may have created a special relationship between the name maker and the recipient. Can you not imagine a gift for a gift ceremony at a name fastening (nafnfestr) of a great Jarl or Konungur? King Harold Tanglehair became Harold Fairhair on fulfillment of his oath, I wonder if there was a special nafnfestr?
A nom de guerre was used by the French army before the advent of a numbering system. Today’s nicknames may be related to a call sign or given by the training cadre. Some groups will confer a nickname based on physical characteristics or a recent incident. The nickname will be conferred by members of the in-group on those in and out of the group. The “others” outside the in-group will be given special names, usually derogatory such as: Skraeling, Charlie, Slope, Kafur, Kraut, Limey, Frog and many others.
Nicknames for certain in-group members may change. Someone might be indecisive in a situation and others might start calling that person “Shakey.” The name might stick or it might change with a new situation. If “Shakey” makes a habit of borrowing from his buddies; his buddies might start calling him “Moochie.” Nicknames can put pressure on in-group members to conform and perform, no one wants to be “that guy” on a regular basis. Everyone wants their mates to think well of them, especially when one’s life depends on their buddies.
Special names are also given to initiates into religious or esoteric orders. As a point, one can not initiate oneself into a religious or esoteric order. One can only apply to be accepted. An initiate must be able to trace their genealogy back to the founder of the particular group. The current morass of “self-initiation” must be laid at the feet of Scott Cunningham. If one’s claims are legitimate they can be verified. One can not simply read the “Nine Doors of Midgard” and self-initiate into the Rune Gild. It is not that you do not know anything. You may be very knowledgeable and skillful, but you are not an initiate of that established organization.
There is an esoteric belief among some that a soul complex that reincarnates has a “true name.” Discovery of one’s “true name” or true nature is at the heart of esotericism. “Know thy self” is the goal of the quest. There are some that have traditionally believed that one’s true name must be guarded as carefully as their hair and nails; least some nefarious sorcerer gain control of your soul. Remember the cautionary fairy tale “Rumpelstiltskin“? The miller’s daughter, who would become queen, made a bargain with Rumpelstiltskin that she would give him her first-born in exchange for the knowledge of turning straw into gold.
Rumpelstiltskin held up his end of the bargain, but when the queen was to hold up her end of the bargain, she balked. Confident in himself, Rumpelstiltskin entered into a name game with the queen. The queen was given three guesses. The queen was naught for two guesses and in a tight spot. Later by happenstance, the desperate queen came upon the unsuspecting Rumpelstiltskin gleefully talking to himself in the woods. Thinking himself alone Rumpelstiltskin said his name aloud and the queen heard it. During their next bout, the queen revealed Rumpelstiltskin’s name gaining control of him. An esoteric concept in plain sight.
“Now, lady, what is my name?’ ’Is it JOHN?’ asked she. ’No, madam!’ ’Is it TOM?’ ’No, madam!’ ’Is it BJARG?’ ’It is not.’ ’Can your name be RUMPELSTILTSKIN?’ said the lady slyly. ’Some witch told you that!– some witch told you that!’ cried the little man, and dashed his right foot in a rage so deep into the floor, that he was forced to lay hold of it with both hands to pull it out.”
This writer would like to spread the word that Brad Taylor-Hicks has a new blog called “The Cunning Rustic- Folkways in the Wolf Age.” The blog looks good and this writer encourages all to visit. The blog is about art, craft and tradition. You can’t go wrong with that. I have included a link to Brad’s blog in my blog roll.
This writer is not a political pundit and doubts that any positive future changes will be wrought in the political realm. The American Republican/Democratic party is, to this writer, nothing more than political theater. Entertainment for the mob, while those who really control our countries go about their skullduggery like “busy bees.” Electing a “nationalist” to high office will not seriously retard the death spiral into the abyss. The sycophants, of those who can not be named, are deeply entrenched in our governments. Bureaucrats, who never seem to change during any administration, go about their missions deep within the system unmolested. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
This writer has advised the reader to “tribe up” so when the opportunity arises you are ready to make positive changes for the continuation of your people. Make the system as irrelevant as possible in your lives. However this does not mean that you should be unaware of what goes on around you. Being aware of subterfuge makes you better able to make decisions, to see things more clearly. At times this writer may write on topics that may not seem directly related to Asatru/Heathenism. However in someway, the topics typically relate to heathens. A recent post was on self-defense in the Wolf Age. Within a week an Isis inspired jihadi killed approximately fifty people in a Orlando Florida night club. The sheep will continue to speak of peace and reconciliation, while the wolf will train to defend his folk.
In this post the writer is changing directions and discussing a particular oath taking. This is important because heathens take their oaths seriously. Honoring one’s oath, or failure to honor one’s oath, can affect one’s hamingja. Many, if not most, American heathens have raised their right arm and taken an oath to protect and defend the American constitution. Some have died to honor that oath. At this time, I want to discuss a pledge that many of us have been giving since well before we could understand the history and meaning of the pledge- The American Pledge of Allegiance. Some of this information will be political and divisive in nature, possibly “triggering” some.
When the American colonists had won their freedom from King George, each colony or state was recognized independently. The states determined to cooperate with each other in matters of commerce and defense; loosely uniting under the Articles of Confederation. Dissatisfied with the Confederation, the states began to individually secede from the Confederation and re-align in union under the constitution. The Federal government was weak, as it was supposed to be. One was not a U.S. citizen, but a citizen of the great state of …. The Union was not established to bring about an American Empire, but the concept of “Manifest Destiny” would eventually take hold.
During the War of 1812, the Americans were initially losing the war to the Crown. The New England states, who were opposed to the war, were in the process of seceding from Union, when word came that the war was over. The New England states remained in the union but their right to leave the union was never questioned. With new confidence the union (Federal Government) began to try to break the chains placed upon its power by the constitution. There were wars with the native North American tribes (who were not considered citizens) and a war with Mexico. An American navy sailed the oceans forcing Japan to open its ports with “gunboat diplomacy“. But internal ethnic, cultural and political differences caused the southern states to secede from the union with the election of the radical republican Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln maneuvered the Confederate States of America into war by refusing to abandon its military installations in the Confederacy. A war that killed more Americans than any war before or since. A war that destroyed the American republic and gave us an American Empire of capitalism. The shade of the republic has remained, for public consumption. And it is out of this chaos that the roots of the first Pledge of Allegiance came. Before having their rights restored most Confederate soldiers took an oath similar to what follows:
“I, … of … county, state of … , do hereby solemnly swear that I will bear true allegiance to the United States and support and sustain the constitution and laws thereof; that I will maintain the national sovereignty paramount to that of all state, county or confederate powers; that I will discourage and forever oppose secession, rebellion and the disintegration of the Federal union; that I disclaim and denounce all faith and fellowship with the so-called Confederate armies and pledge my honor, my property and my life to the sacred performance of this, my solemn oath of allegiance to the Government of the United States of America.”
Notice that they were being forced to swear an oath of allegiance, not to a union of equals, but to the (corporate) federal government of the United States, which had superseded the union, religion and the folk. There was historically never a question of the lawfulness of secession; there was no rebellion because they were not trying to overthrow the United States government. The Confederate States of America had their own constitution and government. President George Washington was on the Confederate government seal, the Confederates believed they were the true inheritors of the revolution. The Confederate national motto was “Deo Vindice.”
Out of this climate came George Balch from Shelbyville, TN. Balch was an admiral in the United States Navy. Balch served in the Mexican-American War, the Matthew Perry Expedition to Japan and the War Between the States. Balch became the auditor of the New York Board of Education and it is believed that he wrote the first Pledge of Allegiance for a School System, which is as follows: “We give our heads and hearts to God and our country, one country, one language, one Flag!”
Our story now turns to the American Francis Bellamy. Mr. Bellamy was from a family of famous socialists. Mr. Bellamy was born in New York State in 1855 in the town of Rome. In time Bellamy attended the University of Rochester where upon graduation he gave the commencement address entitled “The Poetry of Human Brotherhood”, a speech praising the socialism of the French revolution. Bellamy then attended Rochester Theological Seminary in 1876, graduating in 1880. Bellamy took his first preaching position in Little Falls New York at the Baptist Church. In 1885 Francis Bellamy took a preaching position at the Dearborn Street Church (Bethany Baptist Church) in Boston Massachusetts. Bellamy was highly involved in local social issues and while in the pulpit gave sermons such as “Jesus the Socialist” and the Socialism of the Primitive Church.” Bellamy definitely preached a socialist gospel.
The writer at this point in the story would like to mention Francis Bellamy’s more famous cousin, Edward Bellamy. Edward Bellamy was a famous socialist leader, who advocated for a socialist state controlled by a powerful central government. The workers would be an “Army.” Edward Bellamy called his version of socialism- Nationalism (is anyone beginning to see a connection here?). Edward Bellamy put forth his socialist ideas in two best selling books called “Looking Backward” and “Equality”. Edward Bellamy also appears to have published a magazine called “The Nationalist.”
Back at the Dearborn Street Church in Boston, Francis Bellamy appears to have been spending more of his time as a “social justice warrior” than spreading the “good news.” By 1891 the church was fed up with Bellamy’s politics and he resigned before they “sacked” him. However parishioner Daniel Ford shared Bellamy’s socialist ideals and Ford hired Francis Bellamy to work at Ford’s “The Youth’s Companion” magazine, whose editor was James Upham. To make money “The Youth’s Companion” had been selling flags. In 1888 “The Youth’s Companion” started a campaign called the “The School House Flag Project.” The concept of the project was to have a flag flying over every school.
Francis Bellamy was assisting James Upham in the promotion of a National Public School Celebration for the up coming 1892 Columbus Day Celebration. Bellamy was also selected as the National Education
Association’s chairman for the event. “The Youth’s Companion” held patriotic writing contests. Bellamy wrote speeches and patriotic songs. Bellamy’s friends were able to persuade President Benjamin Harrison to ask all Americans to join the celebration. The celebration was a success and the National Education Association began promoting Bellamy’s flag raising ceremony and pledge of allegiance for use in all government schools.
According to Bellamy, James Upham developed the “palm up” aspect of flag ceremony and Bellamy developed the military salute aspect, while they were brain storming together. It also appears that Bellamy did not like George Balch’s pledge for use in the ceremony and he developed his own version. The first version of the Bellamy’s Pledge was: “I pledge allegiance to my flag, and (to) the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with equality, liberty and justice for all.” The Bellamy Salute was published in “The Youth’s Companion” in 1892 #65 on pages 446 and 447 as follows:
“At a signal from the Principal the pupils, in ordered ranks, hands to the side, face the Flag. Another signal is given; every pupil gives the flag the military salute — right hand lifted, palm downward, to align with the forehead and close to it. Standing thus, all repeat together, slowly, “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.” At the words, “to my Flag,” the right hand is extended gracefully, palm upward, toward the Flag, and remains in this gesture till the end of the affirmation; whereupon all hands immediately drop to the side.”
Note that the arm is extended toward the flag palm down from the military salute and turned the palm up at the right moment; but many found turning the hand palm up uncomfortable and people soon began doing the entire salute palm down. It appears that Bellamy used the words “my flag” in the pledge because he had designed the ceremony to be used universally by any country.
It appears that Bellamy had an interest other than just selling flags and the promotion of patriotism. It appears that Bellamy’s personal goal may have been to connect the concept of socialism to patriotism and inject the end product into the next generation via a nationalized education system. During the formation of the United States, education was considered a community or private matter. The National Education Association appears to have had some goals in common with Francis Bellamy. It is interesting that Bellamy, a Baptist preacher, did not include God in his pledge. It is not so surprising after all, Bellamy had stopped attending church. It appears the state had finally become Bellamy’s god and the educational system was its high priest, the flag its symbol.
In the years 1923 to 1924, the national flag conference, responding to pressure from the American Legion and the Daughters of the American Revolution, changed the words “my flag” to “the flag of the United States of America” altering the pledge’s universal usage. The Daughters of the
American Revolution were very aware of Bellamy’s socialist beliefs, to which they were very opposed. By the 1930s Americans became aware that the National Socialists in Germany were also using a salute very similar to that of the Bellamy salute. In 1942 the Pledge of Allegiance was adopted as part of the United States Flag Code by congress. The Bellamy salute was replaced by placing the hand over the heart. In 1954 Congress responded to pressure from the Knights of Columbus to add “under God” to the pledge.
The first questions is “what was first, the chicken or the egg?” Some writers state that the salute of the National Socialist German Workers Party developed from a different source, the “Roman” or “German” salute. However, to this writer’s knowledge, there were no pictorial or other descriptions of said salutes predating that of Bellamy’s
salute introduced in 1892. It appears that art and motion pictures were using the Bellamy salute as their model for the Roman salute. This writer thinks that it is very likely that the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) borrowed their salute from the American socialists, either directly or indirectly. The National Socialist Workers Party certainly borrowed symbols from other sources.
All of this may seem nothing more than mental masturbation to some, but there are other considerations for heathens or asatruars, who take oaths seriously. Some of the questions we must ask ourselves before pledging our troth is about the “Pledge” itself. Are we merely pledging our allegiance to what is now the ghost of a former republic? When we recite the pledge are we taking an oath of allegiance to what has become Jörmungandr in the wolf age, who is working for the destruction of the Folk or are we pledging our troth to the concepts of individual freedom and liberty? And at this time, should we allow our individual freedom and liberty to supersede the interests of our folk; if we are to survive the wolf age as a people without surrendering our western culture? These questions certainly should be discussed.
It is apparent to any observant person what the government educational system is, it is an indoctrination center for the state (as Bellamy had hoped) which has greatly contributed to the folk’s current malaise in the wolf age. It is obvious that heathens need to begin the work of developing our own educational materials and curricula for future folkish community schools and home schoolers. Heathen leaders and educators please comment. We need some qualified direction.
On this memorial day of 30 May 2016, the writer was contemplating the sad state of affairs in the United States. I am referring to the desecration of memorial day displays. This is not a surprise and was expected. Government had been encouraging this behavior by their banning of Confederate flags, the removal of Confederate War Memorials and the disrespect of our honored dead. The republicans, who are the party of Lincoln and northeastern money interests, were gleeful that they thought the tide had turned and they no longer had to pretend. The great unwashed was no longer protected by public opinion, they thought. The party insiders truly hate the great unwashed of the flyover.
The United States flag, as a symbol of western imperialism, capitalism and nationalism, will be next. U.S. war memorials will increasingly come under attack as symbols of racism. The republic was killed long ago by Lincoln and replaced with an empire of capitalism, backed the power of an army and a navy. You merely have the facade of a republic, but you are ruled by an oligarchy, who is in turn controlled by an element hidden in the 1%. I think I have heard it said before, “The masses are asses!” Hard words but true. The heroism of our service people is real and commendable, but their masters are not. False platitudes were given by our politicians today to the unprotected class. Encouraging the bereaved with words of freedom and sacrifice. Who is the true threat to our liberty? Who are the real enemies of the unprotected class?
I was pondering these thoughts as I went to Kalki Weisthor’s blog and began to read. (I encourage the reader to do like wise and to go to Memorial Day, and Our Wars and read. At times, it seems that Kalki and I have this mind meld going on.) Again hard words from Kalki. Words that might make you angry, but they are true. As a descendant of revolutionary war soldiers and confederate soldiers, Kalki’s words rang true for me. My father served on the U.S.S. Chicago in the Pacific during the occupation of Japan. My family was invested in that sad war and I honor their courage and sacrifice, but who or what were they really fighting for? Look deep beyond the propaganda, look behind the curtain. No more brothers wars! We have enough real enemies to contend with!
Today is about the death of our fallen heroes (enherjers). Nothing says courage in the face of death better than the Death Song of Ragnar Lodrok. I place it below for your study. This writer likes Ben Waggoner’s very readable translation, so reading it will be easy. Read it several times. Absorb it. We are all going to need courage in the future.
Ragnar Lodbrok´s Death Song
We struck with our swords!
Why should a warrior cower
before the ranks, when braving
the blizzard of spearpoints?
He who mourns his demise has
never fed meat often
to eagles in the edge-game.
It’s hard to urge on weaklings;
no coward takes courage
from his craven heart.
We struck with our swords!
I say it’s right for a lad
to dare to dash at foemen
as they draw swords together.
Let thane not shrink from thane—
that long was the warriors’ way;
maids’ darlings should be dauntless
in the din of swords, always.
We struck with our swords!
It seems to me an ordeal
that our fates we must follow;
few escape the Norns’ craft.
I didn’t imagine Aelle
as the end of my life,
when I fed blood-falcons
and forced keels through the water;
we gave wolves worthy payment
widely, in Scotland’s bays.
We struck with our swords!
My soul is glad, for I know
that Balder’s father’s benches
for a banquet are made ready.
We’ll toss back toasts of ale
from bent trees of the skulls;
no warrior bewails his death
in the wondrous house of Fjolnir.
Not one word of weakness
will I speak in Vidrir’s hall.
We struck with our swords!
The sons of Aslaug all would
rouse the wrath of Hild here
with their ruthless sword-blades,
if they fathomed fully
how far I have traveled,
how so many serpents
stab me with their poison.
My sons’ hearts will help them:
they have their mother’s lineage.
We struck with our swords!
Soon my life will have passed;
Goinn scars me sorely,
settles in my heart’s hall;
I wish the wand of Vidrir
would wound Aelle, one day.
My sons must feel great fury
that their father is put to death;
my daring swains won’t suffer
in silence when they hear this.
We struck with our swords!
I have stood in the ranks
at fifty-one folk-battles,
foremost of the lance-meet.
Never did I dream that
a different king could ever
be found, braver than me—
I bloodied spears when young.
Aesir will ask us to feast;
no anguish for my death.
I desire my death now.
The disir call me home,
whom Herjan hastens onward
from his hall, to take me.
On the high bench, boldly,
I’ll drink beer with the Aesir;
hope of life is lost now,
laughing shall I die!
Wolves were feared by our ancestors because wolves were one of the predators of northern Europe, who would hunt men as prey. Odin had two wolves, Geri (Ravenous) and Freki (Greedy), who hungered for the flesh that Odin, as a dark god of death; required for the necessary cycle of death and regeneration. Odin’s cult was followed by a small group of Germanic nobles, whose primary occupation was war. They were death bringers and life takers. Germanic warriors formed some war bands around the cult of the wolf. This short essay is about a man who this writer considers to a lone wolf in the current “wolf age;” and about the culture that created this modern wolf. There are other wolves that have been created and there will be more, now all unknown to us.
Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik, was born on 13 February 1979, and is currently serving a twenty one year prison sentence at Telemark Prison’s affiliate in Skien for the 22 July 2011 terrorist attacks at Utoya and Oslo killing a total of 77 people. Terrorist attacks are nothing new, but this incident was unique. As the powers that be, (those who must not be named), are implementing the Pan-Europa Coudenhove-Kalergi plan (refer to the article “Casablanca- “The Usual Suspects”), they expect a certain amount of violence as they forcibly integrate disparate cultures. But they probably did not expect an attack on the midlevel protected class. Violence is supposed to be confined to the unprotected class to help bring about submission from those targeted for replacement.
Western civilization must die before those who cannot be named can become the new aristocracy. The virus to bring about this death is Islam. Multiculturalism, feminism and cultural Marxism are used weaken the host country’s resistance to give Islam time to incubate. When Islam is first injected into the host culture, it will present itself as the “Religion of Peace” of a powerless people displaced by wars of Western Imperialism. This will continue as long as they remain 2% or less in the host population. Once Islam consists of approximately 5% of the host’s population, it will use the environment provided by the cultural Marxists to claim aggrieved status. They will begin pushing for sharia law.
When the Islamic population reaches approximately 10% of the host population, they become increasing lawless. One can expect tactics such as the car burnings in Paris. The host population will constantly be under tension in areas where Moslems are wresting control from the host. When the Moslem population reaches approximately 20% of the host population, there is a steep increase in violence toward the host culture. Churches and synagogues in Moslem controlled areas will be burned and the host population is directly targeted. By that point violence pushes members of the host population out of their former community, therefore increasing the influence of Moslems in that community. Violence will cause those who remain in the community to modify their behavior to Moslem demands, to avoid being targeted. Eventually those who remain in the community will have to convert. Conversion will be easier when the host population in all actuality has no religion to being with; because they are cultural or social Christians.
Part of the role of the social Marxist is to push the concept, through multiple strategies, that the host population should not resist; because they do not deserve to survive as a unique people. Even more so, the unprotected class should desire its own destruction. Through various forms of controlled media, the unprotected class is being programmed to commit suicide as a people. By the standards of the United Nations it is an agenda of genocide.
Breivik identified, rightly or wrongly, the Norwegian Labor Party as being an agent for promoting the cultural destruction of Norway by promotion of the virus of Islam. On 22 July 2011 Anders Breivik attacked a Worker’s Youth League conclave for thirteen to twenty five year olds in Utoya killing sixty nine. Breivik was also responsible for a car bomb in Oslo that killed eight more people at a government building run by the Labor Party. It appears to this writer that Breivik believed that he was killing the next generation of leaders that was being groomed by the Labor Party to betray Norway to the genocide of its culture.
Emotionally it is easier to accept this tragic event as the illogical actions of a mad man. That is certainly how it was betrayed in the controlled media and by the government of Norway. It appears the government initially wanted to send Breivik to a mental institution, but they reversed themselves. They may have feared he might be released at some point or that people might gain access to interview Breivik, this writer does not know. It is certain they will tightly control access to Breivik to ensure he has no voice at this important juncture. By the time Breivik serves his twenty one years, it will no longer be an issue. The Norway we know today will probably be gone, if things continue without disruption.
Do not assume that this writer is glorifying the actions of Breivik, quite to the contrary. As an asatruar, this writer believes that the killing of women and children is dishonorable and heinous. There is no valor in such tactics. Such actions are the tactics of those we are resisting and it should be stated as such. However, what took place at Utoya and Oslo is not the disjointed actions of a madman. At times Breivik has described himself as an Odinist, while at other times he has described himself as a cultural Christian. It is obvious from his choice of targets and his comments that he is neither, although his comments on the state of western culture are germane.
Breivik has reportedly described himself was a warrior in a low intensity civil war, where he attacked those who were planning the cultural and ethnic genocide of Norway. Breivik has declared that Pope Benedict XVI is corrupt, cowardly, incompetent, Pope who has abandoned Christianity and Europe. Breivik’s views of the state of the western world are described by the government as “conspiracy theory” nonsense in an over reaction to the government helping displaced refugees. In this writer’s opinion, even the simplest person knows that something just isn’t right. Many in the unprotected class do not know what is going on; because they are buying into the narrative they are being fed (by those who cannot be named). They cannot see what is obviously right in front of their faces and are even eagerly awaiting their own destruction because they are unworthy of continuation. Sorcery is in full force during the wolf age. Clear your mind, tribe up and be ready to make it on your own. London has fallen, who will be the next to fall?