As the path of Odin, Shiva, Socrates, Lucifer, Buddha, and many others will reveal: authority, truth, and wisdom reside in our core, lying within us. Through the emulation and understanding of these most invulnerable and permanent forms, the essence of the Self stirring within every human incarnation, we get a glimpse into a higher, more focused, refined and crystalline sense of reason and awareness. Here is where all answers await, and where all questions of importance in time must be directed, as this is the only conveyer of truth, the eternal Self within all. This is the voice which calls the true seeker; drawing ever closer to its origin; striving to balance the earth and sky.
All men really want is to be irreplaceable.
Mans higher purpose is to become a master of something… a professional at X, a genius on Y, an authority on Z.
When it comes down to it, men want nothing more than to become irreplaceable. They want to know that no one can fill their shoes; that their existence has a meaning tied to their form. They want to know within that they have made a contribution and that their memory/legend will live on beyond the grave; whether or not one has heirs.
Man wants to conquer great obstacles, ascend the highest peaks, and soar into the blackness of space; each one wants his unique piece of the glory.
At a certain point, we must ask ourselves if this is really a bad or negative trait to possess. In reality, yes and no cannot answer this sufficiently, as it seems to be “natural” instinct for driven humans to behave like this.
Do we call the hunting aspects of a mountain lion negative or evil, even when they sometimes kill humans? No, it is natural for them to hunt any prey that is liable and in their territory.
The humans’ need to conquer seems to be akin to this type of instinctual, non conscious behavior; transcending a human “right” or “wrong” duality. Repressing this can be detrimental to one’s own life and the lives of those around him. But, through wisdom, it can be mastered and maneuvered with divine accuracy.
This view ties one in with the physical and metaphysical simultaneously, as one must achieve earthy victories in order to attain the metaphysical “legacy” one wants to build or acquire. In many ways, although this doesn’t seem to offer any sort of climax or end, it reinforces man’s role as the being “in the middle.” We exist within that context, as a wheel in between tracks, moving onward into eternity.
We emerge and dissolve into many forms, although, the deeper parts of our spirit continue to rise ever higher.
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However you choose to celebrate the next couple days, do it with your full attention.
Meditate on life in its myriad forms.
Banish any fetters holding you down in the damp halls of Hel.
Personally, we will be preparing a part of the homestead for the return of our patron deity of peace, plenty, and fair weather (Freyr,Ingwaz, Fraujon).
(In our practice, Freyr departs after Samhain and returns on May Day.)
Before we do this, we wish to shield ourselves and our land from all forms of evil and misfortune with song, ritual, and fire.
Under the darkest of moons we shall embody the Sun,
Becoming the fire that licks the sky.
Filling our hearts with strength,
impregnating our minds with ferocity.
Let us transcend the depths,
On the wings of the eagle!
ᚠ : ᛉ : ᛋ
In this piece, I will explain how we can metaphorically link all actions, plans and inspiration to a formula represented by the three main deities of Germanic mythology.
First and foremost, when carrying out any action, we are met by a force of inspiration. A divine “spark,” if you will. This inspiration has long been equated with the wind god, Odin. Odin is the inspiring thought, drive, or “stirring” we feel before any action is undertaken. Once we are inspired to complete a goal, action, or task, the next faculty comes into play, as we move from inspiration into planning and execution.
This intermediate period between final action and initial inspiration is the planning stage. This is when the “seed(s) of inspiration” begin to gestate and grow. This gestation period is deified in the god Freyr, who represents growth, abundance, and fertility.
As this seed of inspiration grows and our plans begin to take form, we begin to move towards our final aspect of completing an action, which is to finally act with precision, force, and fullness. This aspect of the trinity is most easily attributed to the god Thor, who represents action, will, force and potency.
To quickly summarize, Odin inspires, Freyr plans, and Thor executes. Each faculty is crucial and each one fits closely with a certain aspect of society, class, or caste.
If you practice Germanic Paganism, try incorporating this tripartite system into your life. The role of Freyr can be replaced by his sister if that is your preference. This can be a practical application to philosophize Paganism and the “worship” of deities. As much as they are to be viewed as “Gods,” they also represent greater ideas and functions within the life and society of those who revere them. They are the blueprints of ascension.
People talk about “the real world” a lot.
Referring, usually, to their self built life of slavery; as if it were something one must accept and welcome.
I learned early on that their version of the real world was never a place I was going to survive.
The real world, as many have expressed, is what you make it.
It can be wild, full of life, and mysterious.
Or, it can be dull, boring, and burdensome.
Engage in beneficial actions, live simply, and remember to laugh.
Have joy (ᚹ) in the moment; nothing is permanent.
Changing and growing are similar but separate concepts.
Change has no positive or negative connotations. It is just the objective and constant state of existence. Growth, on the other hand, means a positive shift towards the best possible outcome of an organism; becoming larger, stronger, and more capable of survival etc.
Things will always change, but things may not always grow…
Make sure your choices and actions aid you in growth. Build the patterns choice by choice, day by day, until you are no longer conscious of them.
Building a habit of positive growth is something that will ensure your success in any aspect of life. Many sacrifices must be made, starting usually with the ones that that lead to short term pleasures. But, the hard choice will usually bring the most long term benefit and reward.
Growth can be a very painful and uncomfortable process. Learn to recognize and love these sensations.
By knowing these instances, we can actually find enjoyment and satisfaction in these painful moments, acknowledging the “need” one has for these experiences in order to reach higher levels of wisdom and growth.
This lesson can most potently be found within the Nauthiz rune; as trials, tribulations, and resistance in life can ultimately force one to become stronger in mind, body and spirit. Likewise, the rune represents a “make or break” aspect within ourselves, where we can either succeed by force of will, or fail out of weakness.
In summary, it is important to remember that the comfortable life doesn’t give one wisdom.
Life, in many ways and for all beings, is war.
Take a look at your life, choices and actions. Make sure they are aligned with your growth and not just pure change. Strive to conquer obstacles and not cowardly avoid things that are hard to do or figure out.
Wisdom must be hunted for within dark corners; wandered for with sweat and blood.
Essentially, wisdom is experienced, not learned.
Get out there and find it!
We should always have unshakable convictions, laws, and morals. However, we shouldn’t place ourselves willingly into any particular ideological box. These terms, theories and identities are too minute, small, and insufficient to attach ourselves too without limiting our growth and development.
The Sanskrit term “Madhyamāpratipada” describes this phenomenon, meditation, or act of non-polarization in the practitioner, essentially meaning “The Middle Way.”
Many people are familiar in some regard to this concept. It’s been reworded and reworked countless times in countless traditions.
But, for those who aren’t familiar with this concept, I will do my best to summarize it in simple language.
The “Middle Way” theorizes that while extremes are valid points of view and exist for a reason, they should be avoided by most, if not all spiritual aspirants or those looking to live a practical life.
Of course, like the Hagalaz rune teaches, sometimes extreme measures must be taken to change a situation or element, but they cannot be practiced or embodied full time if one wishes to achieve samsara, enlightenment, nirvana etc…
We are advised to not delve too deep into the material world of sense-pleasure, as well as to not become to entranced in self-deprecating asceticism. The only reason a person should fall to one side or the other is to re-align and re-balance themselves onto this middle path. That is, of course, if one is conscious and aware that they have fallen out of balance.
The idea is that if we attach ourselves to one side of an idea, excluding the other, we will always face an antithesis regarding the same concept or thought. A type of cognitive dissonance of possibilities.
Some might be familiar with this concept as mirrored in Greek philosophy under the title of “The Golden Mean…”
Therefore, by taking the “Middle Way,” we leave no room for alternative or opposite thought or action. It simply becomes “the way” in which all beings “ought” to exist. In short, there is no possible opposite to the middle, so it must be the one true way or “dharma.”
The Neuroscientist Sam Harris touches upon this concept in his book “The Moral Landscape.” Stating that we can scientifically measure and calculate the ways humans “ought” to live.
This practice absorbs into one’s own dharma, duty, and daily rites, becoming one with the Eightfold Path of right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.
Strive to detach yourself from labels, identities, and denominations of any kind. They are at an incongruence with freedom of mind, body, and spirit.
I’ve seen people living in great wealth and abundance off of less than 1k a month, with enormous amounts of time to live life and grow.
I’ve also seen the same income create poverty, stress, and misery.
Our choice is to decide how much we need and how much we want, while bringing to balance our means with those needs.
If you always live below your means, you will never feel the weight of debt or lack of resources.
No one keeps you enslaved except for your own self and your own desires.
Stop making excuses and change your relationship to money, materialism, and consumption.
Stop thinking about how to free yourself and take the reigns with right action, discipline, and accountability.
The power is always in your hands.
If we are constantly complaining or worrying about the things (or people) we do not like or do not agree with, then we are actively giving our energy to a place that doesn’t benefit us at all in a positive or practical way. Instead of letting this type of mental habit consume us and our potential, we must direct this energy source towards positive, constructive and creative endeavors. Use feelings like frustration, anxiety and anger in a way that furthers you and your teams’ position within your given sphere. These seemingly negative emotions are useful catalysts for growth and change if approached with wisdom and awareness.
A collective of individuals doing this will likely achieve greater success than a group who spends their energy thinking and obsessing over what the opposition is doing. I am not saying to be ignorant of potential threats and movements of enemies, but do not let their movements make you stagnant and fettered. Surrender will only prove to you and everyone else that you were not all there to begin with and that your will and drive lacks power and genuine conviction. If you can learn to break through the dark places of life without being crushed in the process, then you will gain access to equally immense plateaus of light.
We should take every ounce of this energy and put it into something that we love and want to promote further. Put everything that you are towards the things you care about, believe in and want to see more of. Actively take initiative and “be the change” you want to see in the world and stop trying to force others to follow suit based on mere words. Actions will always be the most potent source of inspiration to others; words will only enhance this phenomenon and will seldom find power without it. If we can act in a way that people want to mirror or achieve, then we can actively help heal the modern sickness that seems to pervade all aspects and ages of society. This act is reminiscent of the saying “you can’t think yourself into right acting but you can act yourself into right thinking.”
The same goes for men (and women) who complain too much about the opposite sex. Instead of being ultra-critical of what they are doing, be ultra-critical of yourself and the cultural actions and dilemmas of your own sex. Ask yourself if you are even worth the time of a quality woman (or man). If you are unsure in that regard, start working on yourself and stop complaining about the perceived inferiority of others. Too often lazy and unhealthy men and women will demand certain things from the opposite sex without giving the least amount of thought as to whether they themselves deserve them or have truly “earned” them. For example, too often I hear unhealthy, unkempt, and uninteresting men complain about women not being healthy, modest, beautiful or smart enough for them. They will sit around and demand that a woman be X, Y and Z, while they themselves are literal savage Pigmen.
This is likely why long relationships are a rare phenomenon these days, as people are unable to instigate growth or transcendence within themselves. They would rather fall victim to the domestication of the “civilized” and modern human who is told to accept his/her flaws as unchangeable tangents of their personality. More-so now than ever it seems that people have an inability to self-criticize and in turn victimize themselves to the sickness that engulfs our psyche; displaying an unwillingness to fix the self while demanding everyone else be fixed.
We have all met this kind of person, and even the most extreme examples are mirrored and echoed in the most minute ones. This problem pervades all of society in the globalized world and we are seeing a desperate misery like never before from even the most average of plebeians. We must all collectively strive to be our best and actively search for the methods in which to do so. This reminds me of something the neuroscientist and author Sam Harris expressed in his book “The Moral Landscape”, there is way that humans’ “ought” to live. I would go one step further and say that depending on your genetics and placement in the world, this “ought” should be dictated by the setting of your ancestors and the places they inhabited, as a person from the forest “ought” to live differently than a person from the ocean or desert.
Some concluding concepts that are wise to evaluate and reinforce daily are as follows:
– If you are constantly whining about another group, race or culture, then you are probably not doing anything to better your own.
-Spend time doing things you love instead of amplifying the things you hate.
-Spend time doing things that inspire you rather than spending time consuming things you hate.
-Love who you are and love what you do, fuck the rest.