Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Disclaimer

Every blog, like every book, has its target audience. And only the patently dishonest among them pretend to be all things to all people. So for as long as this blog has been around, it is only fair that it should have its own disclaimer. Some of this stuff should be obvious, but still bears repeating.

CULTURE:

1. This is primarily a blog about runes and, as the title suggests, magick. Specifically Nordic/Germanic magick, and primarily of the sort involving various uses of the runes (although other areas of Nordic magick such as Seidhr are also open to coverage). So there will not be much mention of other magickal systems here, unless they are from other Indo-European traditions and merit a valid comparison. So no hermetica, no tarot, no "ceremonial high magic" and no wicca or other syncretisms. If this offends you, then there's the door.

2. This blog covers and promotes culturally valid rune-magick. This includes modern esoteric/occult strands of Germanic Heathenry (i.e. Armanism or Armanenschaft) as they are indeed culturally grounded in a mystical Germanic and greater Indo-European Weltanschauung. While this blog is open to the occult and metaphyical side of modern runeology, and not shackled to dry dusty academia, It does NOT promote blatantly fake new-age hackjobs like Ralph Blum who market false rune meanings, steal from non-runic sources like the I-Ching and invent entirely baseless concepts like "blank runes" and yet try to pass off their books as authentic runic knowledge. If this offends you, then there's the door.

3. This blog promotes Indo-European culture. Primarily Germanic, but also Celtic, Slavic, Ossetian, Greater Iranian, Indo-Anatolian, Tocharian and others. It promotes a healthy balance of the material and spiritual, of man and nature, not a false dichotomy and forced conflict between them. It promotes a cyclical, not linear, understanding of time, and an empowering, not nihilistic, understanding of fate and will, in accordance with ancient life-affirming Indo-European principles. It does NOT promote Christianity or Jewish herder-archetype culture - there are literally millions of other blogs for that. If this offends you, then there's the door.

4. This blog promotes Indo-European metaphors and symbols, of which there are many, and most are very ancient and widespread across the planet, some being runes and many others being esoteric multi-armed solar symbols... you can guess where this is going. If ancient Indo-European symbols by themselves offend you, then there's the door.

5. This blog does not promote ethnic hate, racism, or any other sort of irrational groupthink or political agenda. It promotes religious freedom and a return of consciously Indo-European souls to runic paths by their own free choice. If this somehow offends you... you get the idea.


LORE:

1. This blog will reference the Lore of Germanic societies, but also occasionally that of other Indo-European cultures for broader comparison and clarification to fill in gaps. It is not "comparative religion" in the globalist academic sense - constant contrasting of these beliefs with those of non-Indo-European cultures is a pointless exercise in the obvious and could theoretically continue forever.

2. The approach to the Lore will be neither dogmatic nor eclectic, but openly informed. There is nothing worse than ignorance being smeared all over the Lore, whether in the guise of puritanical dogmatism, or misguided labeling of esoteric approaches to the Lore as "eclectic" or "fluff" when they are clearly not.

3. It is openly clear that the Lore itself is in many cases altered or damaged by centuries of cultural occupation from non-Indo-European creeds. Therefore it is right to be skeptical of those parts of it which appear overly fatalistic or otherwise alien to general Indo-European values, as well as to understand that it is far from a fair or even complete account of Germanic religious or magickal practices.

4. Lore from other Indo-European cultures may be consulted as necessary to fill in gaps or clarify meanings of Northern European Lore. At the same time it is not to be taken as infallible authority on the ancient practices of those cultures either, and may have faced similar problems in the history of its compilation - though obviously in different areas and contexts, which will allow for some overlap of what does survive.


OUTLAWS:

1. Ignoble or coercive behavior of any type will not be tolerated. I am not here to waste time parlaying with trolls. Malignant trolls' presences are to be erased digitally here, as Thor would do physically with his hammer.

2. Purely defamatory comments/character assassination are not tolerated. If your personal criticism is malicious or just baseless, I will delete. No excuses, no equivocation, no damns given. If it were the old days I'd just liberate your loose tongue with a swing of the axe. Hávamál or Lokasenna, which are you emulating?

3. Solipsism/Special Snowflake Syndrome. I really shouldn't have to explain this. Others have already done it far better. Don't act this way. Just don't.



An additional note:

I would like to let everyone know that I welcome and enjoy all true feedback, both positive and negative, and I will allow all honest comments no matter how harshly you judge my conclusions. However, insulting language and personal attacks against myself or any other commenters is completely unnecessary and will not be allowed. The entries of those exhibiting such behavior will be deleted. I will also delete all responses to those entries even if the response is more sane and well thought-out, because I do not believe in letting arguments with trolls and baiters continue. Let's keep it respectable, show respect to get respect, and maintain Frith and Ehrenschaft at all times.

Real Rune Magick is about how we can improve and elevate ourselves above the base instincts of hunter and hunted. Indeed, what contrasts the Runic paths as a proactive, solar Indo-European stream of wisdom (as opposed to reactive orbiter herd-ideologies that have lain shackles on so much of the planet's inhabitants) is that we believe in the improvability of man, through successive personal achievement, praxis and initiation, in a definable and measurable sense - in orthopraxy, not orthodoxy. We do not think anything is wholly good or wholly bad. We prefer, as such, to concentrate on (and to cultivate) what is essentially noble, ethical, self-sufficient and transformative, and to leave behind what is essentially ignoble, dishonest, abusive and regressive. I ask my readers to do the same: If you are leaving a public comment please keep the tone constructive and informative, and do not sink to the level of the sorts of lie-mongering people who seek to persecute us and silence the Old Ways once more.

Please note, I will not tolerate comments that insult, slander, or denigrate any individual, group, or religion, etc. While there are obviously some ideologies which are not in any way compatible with the life-affirming Runic Indo-European paths - and the contrasts are telling - there is no useful purpose in spending one's time scapegoating cabals (for the millionth time) which should have no appeal to the serious Runenmeister in the first place. The point of this blog is to unlock the wisdom of the Runes to conquer personal shortcomings - not to stagnate and blame some person or group as a lazy cop-out for said shortcomings. The powers of the Runes, let alone Asa and Arya, are not open to the cowardly whiner who merely seeks excuses instead of solutions.

Life is short. If you find yourself taking time out of your day to post negative remarks on the net, or to talk only about what others are doing wrong, I strongly recommend that you take that time to focus on improving yourself — mentally, physically, and spiritually — instead. Travel the path of Nobility and reach for the Mysteries. The quality of your life will improve, and you’ll feel more fulfilled.

Reise! Erreiche für die Runen!




11 comments:

  1. Good information and great post. I like the website, and am sure to keep returning.
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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Ljubo. It means a lot to me to know that my blog and my work with the runes, small as it still is, has been helping others in various walks of life to gain wisdom. I try to avoid too much academic, and look more at the practical things people can do everyday to benefit and improve from Rune Magick - but it's true, sometimes you have to stick your arm deep into the Lore to get not just the content but the SPIRIT of what the Asa and Arya ancestors of both north and south were doing in rituals. Yes, it does take several tries to wash off the reactive haze and grime of modernity from our eyes and re-learn to see deeper meaning as they did. The dark theme here is intentional, as Odin's journey through Yggdrasil for the Runes, shows us that sometimes you have to go through darkness to find the truly valuable sort of light.

      I agree, the best way to learn and connect with the Runes, in any of their aspects, is a group setting of like-minded seekers. Though this is not always possible, and we may often be scattered far apart, the knowledge and bold frith and compassion to form such groups is something that can be shared even across the seemingly impersonal internet. May your Od be bright and your Wyrd be strong.

      Alaf sal Fena!

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    1. Thanks for your high praise. You make some very good points about the runes.

      As for the Eddas, the situation is this: There are already some translations of the Eddas that have lines numbered. There are things like "The Asatru Edda" and "The Odinist Edda" however these are the work of one small organization and they change the ordering of the various books/tales and even sometimes mix material from multiple poems. Sometimes even new sentences are added that are not part of the original Eddas. I don't agree with this approach because it basically makes them too much like a Bible in terms of everything having a chronological order, which then is a slippery slope to literalism, trying to pin dates on everything, etc.

      The Eddas are much more spiritual than narrative in the sense that once can take the stories not just literally, "Odin fought the giants" but also as symbolic (of the seasons, of natural processes, and most of all, of the spiritual refinement of man. In that sense it's interesting that their chapters are arranged more like the Qur'an, non-chronologically, but rather in order of the most complex themes first and the simplest ones last. The Poetic Edda starts with the Voluspa and the Havamal, which are extremely esoteric and complex texts with many layers of meanings. It ends (depending on the edition) with simple sagas of ancient heroes and family feuds in Greenland. 

      I agree that there should be a more or less authoritative form of the Eddas, especially the Poetic Edda. In fact this is a project I would like to work on myself at some point. The Voluspa and the Havamal definitely need a standardized form, but seeing as how translations have varied so much, it would also need commentary. We will not "King James" the Havamal as this would lose too much of its meaning. As it already is, the Poetic Edda has likely lost much of its old nuance, though as you say, there are still gems of wisdom hidden within it, some of which may be discovered by implication alone, even after their supporting text has been lost from the Edda! So a standard Armanist commentary would also help.

      I would favor an Armanic translation of the Poetic Edda, for at the very least this would tie it in conclusively to the 18 runes of Odin which the Havamal mentions, and all aspects of ancient Aryan thought as re-assembled by List, Kummer, Lauterer and Shou. The triple-phase evolution of cycles of man and nature; the triple-faceted nature of society, spirituality, sexuality; and the triple-phase nature of the runes themselves, a primal technology every bit as essential for the nine-aspected (3x3) soul, as polyphased electric current is for the material world today. The Edda sees the Wyrd as a sea journey, and the runes are keys to its navigation. The Armanen system of List is a rediscovery of the original map.

      The runes do indeed function beyond one row. While the Armanen rune row is the most complete for esoteric meanings, the other rune rows also have value in terms of telling how the Armanen secrets were often concealed or repackaged for use by non-Armanen. For you see, the Armanen were one of the three classes of ancient Aryan societies, both in Europe and elsewhere. The Armanen were the seers and priests, the Ostivanen/Istaevons were warriors (men of Os-Tivar or Asa-Tyr), and the Ingvonen/Ingaevons were the farmers. Each had their own understanding of the runes based on lifestyle. The Ostivanen ended up using the Saxon futhorc, through wars and migrations. The farmers used the Elder Futhark as it pertains to farming. The Younger Futhark was an attempt by Viking skalds to refine the Elder back to its esoteric roots of the 18 Odinic runes of the Havamal, but they were in doubt about the identity of the last 2 runes, so left it at 16. All 4 systems are useful in giving us a rounded understanding of the runes, but yes, like you I am partial to the Armanen system, because of how much more it ties in the runes with Indo-European Lore and spiritual concepts, rather than simply material objects.

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    2. Additionally, I believe there is a place for inspired writing of a new Edda, which does not use any of the material in the Proetic or Prose Eddas, but instead serves as prequel to them and connects them to the wider body of Indo-European Lore (The Avesta, the Vedas, the Visperad, and so forth). In a sense, think of it like Tolkien's Silmarillion, filling the gaps in the origins of everyone in "Lord of the Rings". There is, I believe, a heavy need for this, because “official” academia has fragmented and confused people through its gradual takeover by herder dialectic and anti-Aryan rhetoric. As a result, most runers have no clue about the fact that the primal runic path (the Odinic, or Armanen path rediscovered by Master von List, and maintained without interruption by ancient clans such as the Lauterers) is older than merely Germanic identity. Today most runers think "this is Norse" or "this is German" but they are missing the big picture. They forget just how ancient the roots of the Eddas are. They think "Indo-European" only pertains to language, whereas it actually also pertains to culture, runic spirituality, and yes, ancestry as well. 

      The primal runic path was Pan-Indo-European. This is why the word Arman means "Ideal" in modern Persian, why the Semanen (the alternate name for the Armanen brotherhood) gave its name to the Semnani tribe and language near the Caspian sea, who still survive today, and this language is so ancient that it contains roots of both Germanic and Iranian words (as well as possibly a few proto-slavic ones). Fewer people still know of the history of Gotvand, the Goth city of the Zagros, or the fact that the Persian calendar still contains months named for Freyr (Fravar-din) and Tyr (Tir), whom the Vedas also mention as Tivastr. Thor appears there too, as Thuragna, or Vire-Thragna. Freyr too, appears as Fravarti in the Avesta, giver of lordship, as in the Edda. Odin/Wotan is Vayu-Vata, reflecting the name of Vili-Ve-Wotan, and his dual nature as both bright wind (Vayu) and dark storm (Vata). In both the Avesta and the Vedas he is described as the giver (Gibor) of the breath of life (Od, Wod, or Vaad, old Indo-Iranian term for Wind). How few people have been taught this! 

      This new Edda would be a companion book to the Poetic and Prose Eddas, NOT a replacement. It would tell the tale of their origins, and of other potential Eddas long-lost. It would tell of not just the Teutons or Goths, but all the great Fathers of the tribes of Arya. The Lost tribes of Armanen past, who took the Solar culture worldwide: The Semnones, the Hvushmandaran, the Hvargmanen, the Agartans, the Sakya, the Shennongshi, the Scythians, and more. How Mimir's well contains the root of the Aryan mysteries even in its name, and how the Odinic knowledge came to Loddfafnir, or Avazanda Dur-savar, the far-straying singer of the Runes. 

      You would learn in this new Edda, of how the Odinic knowledge was once widespread across many lands, with the many successor-races of the Aryans after the destruction of the Arctic home mentioned in the Vedas. And how it tragically died out as these successor-races found themselves overwhelmed, like the Aesir with the Jotnar, by less wise but more numerous hunters and herders, the destructive ancestors of modern humans, who learned from them only the material arts to build empires and weapons, but not the spiritual knowledge to use it responsibly. And you would see how the last survivors of these wars, took steps to ensure that although the legions of jotun-like tribes among mankind may have won, they would not be able to prevent the rebirth and reawakening of Arya from the ashes.

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    1. You can do that if you choose.

      Honestly the reason I didn't correspond by email is that I've been very busy and short on time. I can send or provide you an email but I can't guarantee that I'll have time to read or respond to everything. Inevitably as two different individuals we will end up disagreeing on some stuff so I don't want things to degenerate into an argument. But if you want to bounce some ideas off me as far as esoteric and history subjects then I'm open to considering your thoughts. As for trust, don't worry about it. Mein Ehre Heisst Treue, as far as any secret told to me is concerned.

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  6. No, it is all right, I think I'll manage to mould my contributions to this (blog) format.

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