This writer refers to our current situation, in the remnants of western civilization, as the Wolf Age. Generally one hears that we are approaching the apocalypse, but this writer disagrees as he has a different mindset. The mindset of those who follow the Nazarene is linear. To the Nazarene there is a creation of the physical world by a god aloof from his creation, the origination of man and the introduction of evil, lives led, death, judgement and an eternity spent in praising the creator or an eternity spent in punishment for denying the Middle Eastern god of love. It all occurs in a straight line. Mankind’s mother, the earth, is merely an artifact to be used and tossed away because she is not eternal.
But this writer prefers western traditions and philosophies that existed prior to the interjection of the foreign Middle Eastern religions into our western civilization, which have afflicted our minds ever since. This writer envisions eternity as cycles without a clear beginning or ending. A swirling eternity that always was and always will be. Cycles of what we call time are always repeating themselves, the contents of which are never exactly the same or perfect. In other words, this writer is describing nature. Cycles of nature; where no straight lines exist. The straight line is a creation of man. However, this writer wonders if a line travels far enough will it not curve? Even man is eventually subject to nature. The earth is our mother because we cannot exist without her.
Man observed that plants and animals die, but return anew in the spring. There is a rebirth, a reincarnation of sorts, if something of the previous life returns in the new life. The old ways were similar to the many layers of an onion in which one could keep removing the outer layers and finding new ways of looking at things in each new layer. One could looks at the old myths in different ways, peeling layer after layer. Most will see the old gods and stories as cartoonish characters in outlandish stories fit only for a child. This is how the faithful of the Nazarene portray the stories of indigenous peoples; it robs their traditional stories of their power. One could dig deeper and peruse the stories and gods from a linear perspective.
In the Old Norse poem “Voluspa,” a seeress is brought before an assemblage of the gods. The seeress tells the assembled about the creation of the worlds, the creation of man, the coming of strife and greed into the worlds and the eventual destruction of the worlds in Ragnarok or the twilight of the gods. There is a beginning, middle and an end; the results are known before the game begins. One’s fate or weird is set and one moves in a straight line toward destiny saying one’s lines on cue. The worlds and gods are concrete and tangible. There are the evil Jotuns of destruction versus the gods of order; which is a comfortable position for the dualistic thinker- especially in our current culture.
But one can dig deeper. The student of “Voluspa” will be aware of, but have a tendency to ignore what the seeress said would happen after Ragnarok. There will be new worlds, with a new generation of humans and a new generation of gods. “Voluspa” is cyclical just like nature. Something which is an oppositional force is not seen as evil, but as a necessary evil for destruction of stasis to allow for transformation during the cycle. This works for relative thinkers. The gods may be seen as synonymous with forces of nature or as aspects of one’s higher self. The myths could be seen as stories of transformation through initiation hidden in plain view.
In the view of the controversial Varg Vikernes, the gods are what euro-folk should try to become in this world, after they have obtained their hamingja or ancestral honor. In other words, the trufolk are the gods of this world. To some that would be a very heretical statement and will certainly not be embraced by most. However, to relative thinkers all positions are viable; they are just different levels of the onion. The syncretic thinker understands the various layers of the onion (myths/traditions) and takes the position which he believes will best serve his people and tradition, while maintaining respect for the other positions. Other layers are just as viable and they are still part of the same onion.
Why is this important to understanding the wolf age in which we find ourselves? Because this writer wanted to express that there are different ways of looking at the lore, which is part of a folk soul, and they should be respected. In the “Voluspa” the seeress said:
“an axe age, a sword age
shields are riven
a wind age, a wolf age
before the world goes headlong.
No man will have
mercy on another”
The above quote certainly describes the world in which we find ourselves today. One could take a Middle Eastern linear view of our situation; that we are on a one way trip to oblivion and there is nothing we can do about it. It is a type of thinking with an external locus of control; which is the way our enemies want us to think. However we could look at this with a different perspective a more natural cyclical perspective. If one takes the position that a part of an individual survives death and is reborn in one’s descendants; one’s core essence is therefore immortal. We are our ancestors and eternity is on our side. What will change during the cycles are the body and the personality. Entering the different cycles during times such as the Wolf Age provides an opportunity for one to rise to the challenges presented, increasing one’s honor.
If one does what is right in difficult times, one’s honor will continue to grow making one’s core essence or hamingja stronger. The stronger the hamingja one possesses, the more like the gods of one’s people one becomes. If one does dishonorable things, one’s hamingja becomes weaker. If the hamingjas of the members of a family or tribe become weaker, they as a people become weaker and may disappear altogether. That is why the heroic epic is important in a society, to provide a blue print of how to behave in difficult circumstances. Heroes are not to be watched as in a spectator sport, but emulated in pain and danger.
One may not control one’s immediate negative circumstances, but one can control how one will react to those circumstances and that is enough. Those reactions should be based on the heroic examples of one’s own people. One must develop an internal locus of control confidently anchored in one’s ancestral hamingja. At the center of the onion or mythology is the hero. If a people loses its hero, it must be recovered if they are to again become a healthy people. The lore is a road map to find the hero. The wolf age is the opportunity to recover the hero by peeling back the layers of the onion.