Internal Alchemy

When people approach others for spiritual guidance or advice (aside from dedicated teacher/student relationships) they usually expect them to deliver some sort of elaborate truth on a silver platter; some almighty answer that removes their need to search or do the internal “Alchemy” that is required of them in this life.

However, even if the person being questioned felt like they had those answers, from a completely spiritual context, what works for them most certainly should not work for you. These answers can only be brought forth, reawakened, and transformed internally by your own experience and growth. Teachers can assist in this flowering of spirit, but ultimately it is their job to inspire you to do the work yourself, not do the work for you.

This is how forming a Gnostic and deeply personal spiritual system is undergone. Keep pushing yourself and keep digging deeper. Strive to try new things at every opportunity and never be afraid to experiment with life’s journey; move with it and don’t get locked into any type of stagnation.

An Aspect of Initiation into the Cult of Odin.

To begin initiation into the cult of Odin, one must let go of their reliance on secular and secluded reasoning as being the highest form of knowledge, for Odin is the god of madness, magic and wisdom, not of material intelligence or bland Atheism. 

Odin is a force of manic inspiration and enlightenment, a force of obsession and creation. Odin is a force of frenzy and divine insanity; something the ancients harnessed for superiority in warfare, poetic creation and divination. Odin is one that explores the vast empty caverns of man, forgotten by time, words and experience; beholder of all through a wandering of the soul and a traversing of its’ realms.

Wodaz is the term I associate most with this Odinic force, viewing it as a state to be achieved and mastered, not necessarily an external God or deity. When referring to the God in any external way, I would use the Old Norse Othin or Proto-Germanic Wodanaz. Many names can be used, as Odin possesses a lengthy list of names, faces and forms to experience.

The Proto-Germanic term Wōdaz (mad, furious, possessed) comes from a previous Pre-Germanic Wātós meaning anger, frenzy, madness. This stems from an even more archaic Proto-Indo-European word weh₂t- (excited, inspired, raging). As we can see, this concept has existed and been cultivated in high regard since early points in the IE emergence. The cultures that mastered this force are the ancestors of the Germanic tribes, the ones who brought Odin into Scandinavia and Wotan to the continental Germanic areas. This force must have been almighty in their eyes and must be responsible for their successful expansion and sovereignty; replacing much of which was inhabited by Celtic, Slavic, and Baltic tribes. Using this force, they were able to expand all the way to Britain where Woden finally landed as ancestral patriarch of Kings and royal blood lines.

When it comes to concepts as divine as Odin and Wodaz, it is impossible to achieve a transfer of conceptual understanding through words. It is something that must be experimented with and experienced with openness and true inquisition. Words will help you remember the path and the memories within you, but if you truly want to find power in this force, you must follow the paths given to us through thousands of years of preservation. From the Rig Veda to the Prose Edda, we are given clues to understanding the power and awareness that our ancestors possessed. I don’t think it is too late to return to this headspace and create a new path for ourselves moving forward; paralleled to modernity but buffered from its sickness…

As more and more people and cultures strive to return to their roots and organic traditions, we should hope to see more of their teachings bleed into the twisted globalist sphere. The more we focus our attention on the divine and the core meanings of what it means to be alive and human, then the less we will consume and drive our souls asunder with pointless, empty, basic materialism. The choice is yours, the time is now. Start fighting for your spiritual freedom today and take back the identity of your ancestors, wherever they may hail from.

An Indo-European perception of Sin.

Sin means to deviate from that which we are devoted to.

This can have completely metaphysical and divine connotations or completely secular and material ones, it makes no difference in its relevance.

When you truly devote yourself to something you must consider every moment and action that doesn’t coincide with your own mastery or understanding of that something as a sin.

Not always against a God, but against yourself, your Highest self.

The God within you; the God you’re becoming.

The Mind and the Will, P.1

The mind is a watery () place with shifting tides, different depths and ebbs and flows. It is a malleable metascape that can experience sudden storms and equally bright moments of calm and clear reflection.

The Will however exists in a place far more primordial in origin and functions in a similar way to a muscle. The training of the Will makes it grow, strengthen, and essentially allows it to carry more weight.

The Will carries the mind, the body, and is a reflection of our spiritual health; our Soul Health.

We must eat well to preserve the physical temple, sleep and think well to preserve the mental, but also we must strive, conquer and succeed in order for our Will to grow and ascend upward. Once we have a strong foundation built, our Will can carry the rest forward like a chariot of the soul.

The Will will drag the rest when times become difficult and can maneuver the terrain more clearly and focused when things seem in order. This Will takes the form and function of our highest and most potent self, constantly trying to make itself known even through our sometimes murky and Hedonistic tendencies.

Hold the Will as the highest form, the Godhead of your existence. Listen to it and train towards its’ mastery. Compete only with your own obstacles and never back down in the face of a challenge.

May you succeed in every aspect of your true Will.

Fate, Instinct and Nature.

I am convinced in the existence of fate because of the natural laws of cause and effect. Every cause has an effect, indicating a pre-determined outcome for any and all actions. All things and actions no matter how big or small are carefully designed and created with a specific intent and purpose to fulfill, whether conscious of it or not. All is connected like pieces in an endless puzzle.

However, while fate may indeed exist, it is not a finite and concrete model.

There is “wiggle” room…

Rune magic and most divination methods exist for this reason; to gain further insight into circumstances in their past, present and future context. The web of fate is constantly spun, but like a physical web (which looks seemingly perfect) there are minor variables throughout it based on circumstances and the spider’s reaction () to them, resulting in the intended and coherent final product.

In extremely primitive terms, humans have the capability to “foresee” many future events at all times and are able to make present decisions and actions in order to affect those future events. This is evident in our knowledge of the yearly natural cycles of the Earth. Our ability to foresee seasonal, terrestrial, and cosmic events helps us sow, cultivate and harvest what we need to ensure we survive as long as possible. Being able to foresee Winter gives us time to change our circumstances and better our future position.

This is primitive, but evidence of divination nonetheless…

With practice and patience, you can begin to adjust certain strands and strings of the web, gaining deeper insight into their workings and patterns. Personal rune reading (followed by honest decoding) will do this, as well as Tarot and other divination practices.

Instinct is also a good piece of evidence for some kind of fate or design as well.

Instinct indicates that DNA holds literal knowledge of its physical expression and its’ living experience. In other words, Nature imprints experience on its’ creations for them to remember the rules and laws of existence, the laws of fate. The fact that an incubated chicken knows to scratch and eat certain things without seeing it before, or in the way a butterfly’s wings can display pictures of predatory animals like owls, snakes and foxes,  indicates a creative awareness and conscious design within nature, almost like a computer program with all functions working to create a working system. Biological evolution is further evidence of this “Nature Mind” as it is always consciously creating, altering, and watching itself…

Perhaps to fulfill its own fate…

A Step on the Odinic Path

Altar to Freyr/Ingwaz/Ingui

People generally choose God(s) (in various forms and names) to devote themselves to based on the qualities and traits they are said to possess.

The traits are usually representative of a larger archetype that the devotee wants to portray and has the qualities that they want to possess.

Once the person discovers these qualities that suit him/her best, it will determine who they identity with in a divine, mythological or spiritual way.

It should be practical and work with their lifestyle, ultimately inspiring them to want to excel in the areas they want to in life.

Once they find those qualities, principals and truths that fit their chemistry, then they should devote themselves , or rather “sacrifice” themselves to themselves.

This is the Odian path…

Animism

Thunder Rocks, Allegany State Park, New York.

All things, whether sentient or (seemingly) insentient, possess an essence or a “spirit” within and around them. If you hold a stone tightly and close your eyes, you will sense a connection between your heartbeat and the “rhythm” of the spirit within the stone. In Rune work, this would apply to the Raido () rune. If you approach an ancient oak (or any other old tree) in the forest, you will feel undeniable connections and energies emulating from within it and its’ spirit can be accessed, communicated and interacted with. Once you recognize the spirit within everything, you will see how life starts to slowly connect and form one large, organic cosmos of interconnected spirit and matter.

Bodies of water, groves, and mountains are held in especially sacred light within our minds and they have undoubtedly immense power and essence within them. Each stream, river, lake and piece of land has its’ own personality and habits. We build connections and relationships with these environments and habits just as we do with the people we surround ourselves with, and the ancient man developed beautiful and passionate relationships with the landscape, its’ habits and the spirits of those landscapes. These days. people can easily relocate and move; more than likely their blood hasn’t yet built a connection to the soil because they haven’t experienced it for very long. I think this would apply to most people in America save the Native Americans.

It takes hundreds, if not thousands of years for organic relationships to be established between the soil and the blood of the people inhabiting it. The ancient man was locked into the cycle of his environment, as if his own body and mind were attached to its events and happenings. The patterns that were experienced outside of man were mimicked internally and recognized as one cycle. Time existed as an eternal and endless circle, not as a linear phenomenon with beginning and end. This recognition of patterns (and cycles) established the foundation for “religion” or Paganism/Animism.

How to View, Approach, and Venerate the Old Gods of Europe

Vendel Helmet Plate (900 A.D.)

For most people practicing European Paganism, the goal is not merely to worship and pray to the old Gods, but to embody them and entwine their forms within us. We should strive to avoid the worship of external deities and instead become them through the emulation of their archetypal expressions.

An example in the most basic sense:

-To be a successful farmer, naturalist and Lord of the Land, one is to embody Frey.

-To be a successful sorcerer, artist and eternal student of wisdom, one is to embody Odin.

-To be a strong and fearless protector, one is to embody Thor.

These Gods personify and preserve different aspects of the ancient European mind and culture. Although they have evolved over time, they will always represent core concepts within the patterns of nature and the psyche of the folk.

Not only do we associate the forces of nature with many different deities and spirits, but each one also possesses an endless repertoire of names and “faces” associated with it. These faces are simply different expressions of the God-Power representative of the deity in focus. We see this in the lengthy list of titles for Odin, including Draugadróttin, Gaut and Grim.  These titles do not refer to different deities but rather a different face, form and focus of the God we are choosing to emulate or venerate. In the same respect, we see the title and focus of the Gods change with culture and time, as the Odian archetype from the North seems to be yet another altered face and form of the original Wōdaz or Gaut incarnation.

Odin Idols
Loshult, Skåne, Sweden

In the word Wōdaz we see that the Odinic force was thought of as an adjective, a way to describe a specific phenomenon, state of mind or being that intoxicates the emulator or practitioner. This personification (or effect) would inspire (or require) a certain state of rage, madness, frenzy and obsession to invoke. When we look at what these forces have in common, one observation is that they are all required in the act of creating and unlocking the highest forms of the self; the unwavering and untamable “Odian” self through a supreme invocation of madness.

The reason why Odin is renowned as a war god is also reflected in this hyper-form of rage and obsession. Through many means of ancient sorcery (such as Galdr and Utisetta) the warrior ascends to a realm of complete and total awareness and focus. Time is slowed down dramatically and stormy forces begin to rise within. This gives birth to a wild flare of intense energy and aggression; a substantial power brought about by an internal means of transformation. In this state, the warrior can achieve things that a normal man cannot and fight with unhinged ferocity.

Eventually, it seems that the Norse took this “Wōdaz” concept and formed it into a more tangible and external “Godlike” force that could be consulted, worshipped, and interacted with. In other words, the act of achieving Wōdaz (madness/obsession/frenzy) was turned into a deity and noun termed Odin or “the frenzied one.” The adjective took on its’ own archetype due to the potency of its’ characteristics, demonstrating further its’ effectiveness in the transforming of the practitioner, solidifying the concept in an objective form.

Odin
‘Der Wolkenwanderer’
by Hermann Hendrich

When we look at the name Gaut, we see a Gothic verb meaning “to flow out of.” This seems to reflect the early stages of the Indo-European migrations when the people came “flowing out” of the Eurasian Steppes during the decline of the last Ice Age. This title seems to be more ancestral in nature, as “Gaut” was said to be the origin of the Goths or “Gauts.” Whether this term correlates with a single originating ancestor or is a term used to describe how the entire Proto-Germanic population came “flowing out” of the North is to be speculated. Either way, this title should be held in particularly high regard, as the Gothic language is one of the oldest recorded languages in this family.

To conclude this short anecdote, it is important that we do not let monotheistic, omnipotent, Zoroastrian/Abrahamic concepts plague what it means to venerate the Gods within our blood. Strive to unlearn those false and foreign concepts about what a God is (or should be) and rebuild the spiritual identity locked within your ancestry and DNA. Our cultures were unique, complex and created during the primordial ages of human development when our relationship with nature was still abundant and flourishing. They were undoubtedly more sophisticated and powerful then the watered-down concepts they “feed” us in school and in mainstream media. This applies to Paganism of all cultures and forms, as all our Gods have been painted in this way to ensure the systematic destruction of our advanced cultures and identities. Our distinct and organic histories are entwined within us; in our Gods, cultures, language and ancestors. We must hold these things in the highest respect and venerate them fully to ensure our spiritual health, freedom, and strength.

Odin and Berserker
Bjornhouda, Torslunda parish, Oland
(600 A.D.)