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Wulf
Friday, March 11th, 2005, 09:54 PM
Part I - The Ancient Religion

A lot of ethnic Europeans are reluctant to call themselves Pagans, although they would like to call themselves Pagans. The reason for that is amongst other things that: "There are so many dirty, filthy, ganja-smoking hippies who have taken use of the term" (to quote a friend of mine), and sensible people don't really want to be associated with such people.


In Norway I have been seen as a reason for people not to call themselves Pagans too, and some of the so-called Pagans in Norway have also campaigned against me to ostracize me and alienate me from the whole Pagan movement, but ironically the people who don't want to be associated with me are the same dirty, filthy, ganja-smoking free-love hippies who in turn scare others from calling themselves Pagans.

Some gullible souls argue that instead of fighting we should all gang up and work for our common goal. The problem with this is of course that we don't have a common goal. I don't use the term Pagan because I want to have an excuse to smoke pot, wear exotic jewellery and costumes, or because I wish to sleep around as much as I want and never wash. I don't use the term to exchange the Christian "God" with a "Goddess" and hate men instead of women, like the Wiccans seem to do.

The problem is that the term Pagan is a very wide term. In fact it can be compared to a term such as Christian. What is a Christian? We have all kinds of interpretations of the bible and dozens of different versions of Christianity. Even the Ku Klux Klan are Christians! The Amish, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesuits, Freemasons, Gnostics and You name it. They are all "Christians" and they all claim their own version is the "true" Christianity. The only thing they have in common is their praise of Jesus "Christ", although they don't agree on who or even what Jesus actually was.

Just like the Christians base their faith on the Hebrew mythology (the old and the new testament) the Pagans all base their faith on European mythology. Some of these interpretations might be good, and others are pretty ignorant, but who can tell what is what? Am I right if I say that Pagans who actually believe Žórr with the hammer rides across the sky in his wagon and causes lighting are featherheaded fools? Am I right if I say that ganja-smoking hippies who call themselves Pagans are ignorant people who know close to nothing about Paganism? Are they right when they claim I am blind and only misuse Paganism in "vile racist schemes"? Who can actually tell if they or people like me are right?

I guess nobody has the exclusive rights to the term, but we can do some research and find out more about what Paganism is and was really all about. The term "Pagan" derives according to some from Latin "paganus", that simply means villager. The English term "villain" is originally the same term: a person living in a village or in the countryside. People believe this term was used on the Pagans because Christianity came to the cities first, meaning the people living in the countryside still practiced the old religion for some time, before they too were converted to Christianity - and in the meanwhile were seen as villains.

The other theory is that Pagan derives from Greek "pagos", that means stone monument or menhir, a term used because the Pagans practiced their rites around stone monuments, like Stonehenge, Externsteine, the stone temples in Ancient Greece, the menhirs in Northern Europe and so forth. Yet we don't know what Pagan really derives from or what it means.

The other general term used in English is "Heathen". This is the name used by the Christians on the Pagans living in Northern Europe - in the heathery areas by the Atlantic Ocean. So it only means "a person living in a heathery area". That tells us even less about the Pagan religion than the term "Pagan".

"Odinist" is a modern term, so I won't even bother writing about that, but Įsatru ("belief in the Ęsir" or "faithful to the Ęsir") too is a term invented by Christians and in the Christian era. Instead of a belief in the Hebrew "God", they believed in the Ęsir, the Norse family of gods, so they were simply "believers in" or "faithful to" the Ęsir (that is plural from the Norse įss, that translates as "a source to divine utterance").

So what did the Pagans themselves use as a name for their religion? Well, why would they need a name for it, when it was the only religion they had and knew of? In Japan they didn't call their Shinto religion by a name either, not until they needed to be able to separate their native religion from the foreign Buddhism and Confucianism. So why should our forefathers name their only religion anything? What we call Paganism was to them simply their age-old traditions, customs and mysteries (secretive religious rites). In Scandinavia we have a name for the old magical practice that supports this claim. You might have heard of seiš, that is known as the ritual magic tradition of the Scandinavian women. Norse seiš, as a mere of word, has a meaning, and it is the same as Norwegian sed, that simply means "custom". So they called their magical customs nothing more than "the custom".

The spell casting in Ancient Scandinavia is known as galdr. This was the more masculine type of magic involving runes and incantations, so it should not surprise anybody when I say that galdr translates as "to crow" or "scream", and that it is understood as "incantation" or "magic song".

When they called their religious customs "the customs" and their magic songs "the magic songs" why should they have some fancy name for the rest of their religious traditions? There simply is no primordial name on the ancient religion. For that reason I have chosen to most often just call it "the ancient religion", as that is the most precise and accurate description I can come up with.

There is another meaning to the term Pagan, though, that I have not yet mentioned. It is also understood as a name of those who are not Jewish or who don't have a Jewish faith (id est any form of Chirstianity, Islam or Judaism). Because of that I feel comfortable using the term "Pagan" when describing myself (even though it reveals very little about my actual beliefs), because I am not a Jew and I don't have a Jewish faith either.

However, many of these "Pagans", who claim to have a Pagan faith, have built their faith on Christian interpretations of the ancient religion, and because of that actually believe not in the European gods, but in the European gods as the Christians see them. That is why I ridicule many of the so-called Pagans and feel that we don't have a common goal, because their religious practice is nothing but a mockery of the ancient religion and in fact looks more like some sort of perverted Christian faith, where the whole worldview and philosophy is thoroughly and absolutely Christian.

The reason these "Pagans" hate me and my kind so much and run campaigns to ostracize and alienate us from their movement is that they are basically just a bunch of Christians, who fails completely in comprehending what on Earth we - the actual Pagans - are doing, saying or even thinking about. They have only renamed their Christian belief system, but they are still Christians.

Now, I have to admit that women dressed in medieval or prehistoric dresses look fine, not least compared to how they look in modern clothing, and I would love it if more women wore such clothes regularly, but Paganism is not about dressing up in the clothes that our Pagan forefathers wore. People are welcome to do this, of course, but it has nothing to do with Paganism. Do "Pagans" think that people who practice the ancient religion have to be so reactionary that they cannot even wear modern clothes, or that wearing the same type of clothes as our forefathers did makes them Pagans? The only thing that was important in some of the Pagan mysteries was that the clothes they wore were white (like the original "Santa Claus" costume and the druidic robes), because they shouldn't bring anything impure into the holy places (and white is the colour of purity). The female cults quite often practiced their customs sky-clad, though, so they didn't necessarily wear any clothes at all (only their white skin).

Another thing that probably is a problem to these dirty, filthy, ganja-smoking free-love hippies who call themselves "Pagans" and claim to perform Pagan rites, is that "white" also means innocent. The ancient Pagans claimed that one should not bring anything impure into the wyrd ("esteem", a name for "the other side"), so only virgins and married women who had never been with any other men than their husbands were allowed to practice "the customs". (Being with other women don't seem to have been a problem in this context, though, as long as the other women too were Freyja priestesses in the same circle.) Further, only women (and men) with fair eyes (id est blue, grey or green eyes) were allowed to enter the hall of the Óšinn. This is not something I just make up because I am a "vile racist", it is stated very clearly in the Norse mythology, that only people of Jarl's kin (the fair-eyed and fair sons and daughters of Heimdallr [Rķgr]) are allowed to enter Valhalla, the hall of Óšinn. Nobody else were welcome, because they were not white (in the meaning: pure) in their souls and blood. Now tell me, how many of these "Wiccans" or "Pagans" live up to this? How many of these women are virgins (or have only been with their husbands) and how many of them also have fair eyes? ("The eyes are the mirror of the soul.")

Men were not even allowed to watch the women when they practiced their "customs", unless they were practicing in the mysteries themselves (like lone Freyr priests sometimes did). These mysteries were for initiates only. "The customs" were seen as pretty womanish activities, and men and women had different roles in society, so instead the men had their own warrior cults where they practiced other rituals (like the initiation [hallow] rituals of the warrior cult) and the more masculine galdr, but the same strict rules applied in that cult as well.

Women were seen as more powerful practitioners of magic, though, as males were not seen as magical creatures in the same way as women were. The women were even seen as more valuable generally speaking. If only one woman survives in a tribe the tribe is doomed, no matter how many men survives, but if only one man survives along with several women, he can still impregnate the lot of them (and it would probably not be too hard to convince him to do just that either, as all men are dogs after all) and make sure enough children are born anyhow. Children are the foundation all societies that wants to survive must be built on.

That brings us to my next point. The "Wiccans" and other "Pagans" don't seem to understand that the worship of Mother Earth, the goddess, was first and foremost a fertility cult where making and raising (quality) children was seen as the most important task. Because of that the circles of Freya priestesses picked out the best man in the tribe to be their Freyr priest, because quality was what mattered the most, and naturally the best man could give them the best children. Because of that these chosen Freyr priests had several wives. The unhealthy children, the sick children, the weak or otherwise not ideal children were set out in the forest to be eaten by wolves. They didn't do this because they were poor, but because their natural religion dictated this.

And this is where the modern "Pagans" realizes that they perhaps are not "Pagans" after all, because they think this is a cruel custom. However, that is the Pagan philosophy of life: only let the healthy, the strong and even only the moral, the good and beautiful survive. Only Christians appreciates degenerated children, genetically defective creatures that should not be allowed to survive, grow up and reproduce in the first place, and by doing that destroy our genetic properties in the long run. Only Christians think quantity rather than quality. Only Christians think it is terrible to kill one individual rather than let this one individual infest a whole community with his or her (genetic) poison.

This of course is where the "Wiccans" and other anti-Varg "Pagans" freak out, because it begins to grow on them that perhaps the racism is not so far from the Pagan philosophy after all. Perhaps eugenics is actually Paganism in practice! Perhaps it is not so strange that the "rabid racists" like me hail the Pagan religion after all? "Oh dear!"

Óšinn actually sends Heimdallr to Earth to create a better human race. His first attempt is called Trell (Thrall), but he is black, ugly and stupid, so Heimdallr pays no attention to him and keeps trying. The next result is Karl (Free Man), who had red-brown hair, is tall and strong. He is still not satisfied though, so he keeps trying. Then finally he gets a son called Jarl (Proto-Norse *EirilaR, English Earl), that is fair-eyed, intelligent, beautiful and fair (European). Heimdallr had finally created a man who is good enough for Óšinn and Valhalla, so he teaches him - and only him - the runes (secrets) of the gods and Valhalla is opened up to his kin. His kin is the only one that will be let over the bridge that leads to Įsgaršr ("the court of the Ęsir" or "the yard of the Ęsir"). The others will ignite and fall down like rocks if they set their foot on this bridge, that is guarded by Heimdallr.

To enter at all you need to be of Jarl's kin and be innocent and not bring anything impure, but to be able to leave again after visiting you need to be alive too. Naturally it doesn't really matter what you say as the guardian of the bridge already knows all the answers (he is after all Heimdallr, the white god or "Santa Claus" if You like, who knows everything there is to know about his children already), but if You try to lie to him You will certainly be surprised by what happens (just ask King Arthur and his knights…). As we know, only the good children get presents from "Santa Claus" on the Yule Eve, and the rest get their stockings filled with ashes (and that ashes is all that is left of other "bad" children who tried to cross the rainbow bridge) from the chimney.

This is the mythology, a pretty unmistakably racist statement left to us from our forefathers. So are people like me "blind", and do we "misuse" the symbols and religion of our forefathers when we spread racism? Should I be ostracized from the "Pagan" movement when I only advocate views that are obviously in accordance with the views of our forefathers and their religion?

I think these "Pagans" should instead realize that they are not Pagans at all, but - like I said - just a bunch of Christians. You cannot be Pagan and anti-racist. You cannot be Pagan and homosexual or even tolerate homosexuality. You cannot be a Pagan and not want to have only as racially healthy children as possible. You cannot be a Pagan and believe in "free love". You cannot be a Pagan and at the same time be what Christians call a "humanist".

When it comes to homosexuality, there are other rules in the Pagan philosophy for women, though. Women are free to choose how they shall live. The Pagan women often used their Freyr priests only for "uncomfortable" mating, and when not producing children preferred the company of other women instead, and this was seen as perfectly acceptable. The difference between men and women in the Pagan society was in other words not just "suppressive" to women. Women had special rules to follow, but also special rights - because men and women are different.

You can however easily be a Pagan with brown eyes, or a Pagan who is not innocent, but if so You cannot practice "the customs" or sing "magic songs" in this life (and this only make up a small part of Paganism anyhow). Then You simply have to wait until the next life before You can live up to the required moral and genetic standards. Maybe You will not live up to these standards until the life after the next life, but if You are a Pagan that is not a problem, because Pagans have a belief in the eternal life of the individual in the kin. When we die we will only take a break from life to be purified, before we return to life when new children are born into the kin. Even if some Europeans are a bit "polluted genetically", so to speak, and have brown eyes for instance, that is something that can be solved by a few generations of race hygiene. Those not yet welcome in Valhalla will come to Žrśšheimr, Sessrżmnir or other divine dwelling, and of course to Hel (everybody visit Hel in death).

That is Paganism.

Again, I must stress that even though I use the Scandinavian names and mythology here as reference, I am not only talking about Scandinavia and the Scandinavian people or only about the Scandinavian version of the ancient religion. Whether Baltic, Roman, Greek, Gaelic (or "Celtic" if You like), Germanic, Slavonic, Finnish (Ugric) or Scandinavian we are all European aboriginals of Jarl's kin and we all once practiced this ancient religion. Whether we call the god of the (summer) light Baldr ("end of the day") or Bjelobog ("white god") and the god of the (autumnal) darkness Hošr ("hood") or Czernebog ("black god"), that doesn't matter. Whether we call the goddess of human fertility Freyja ("love") or Aphrodite ("foam") it doesn't matter. Whether we call the Sky God Tżr ("honour"), Uranos ("heaven", "sky", "firmament") or Svarog ("heaven", "sky", "firmament"), that doesn't matter.

When Christians claim Bjelobog and Czernebog are "good" and "evil" respectively, this is a perfect example of a Christian interpretation that is ignorant and nonsense. There is no "evil" in Paganism, only natural and necessary sides of life and nature.

After reading this article You should know if You are a Pagan or not, and if You should use or not use the term to describe Yourself. I know I am a Pagan. Perhaps a corrupted, fraudulent, unreliable and cynical "Loki", but still a Pagan.
Varg "Loki" Vikernes
06th January 2005 a.y.p.s.

nordicfist
Friday, March 18th, 2005, 07:06 PM
Heil Wulf !,

What a great write that is! Thats excellent job on that, not only that was comprehensible, but right on the point!

Heil Wotan !!!!

alphaknave
Friday, March 18th, 2005, 08:02 PM
I completly agree with everything Varg says here. I consider myself of "the ancient religion" and think everyone should follow the ways of our forefathers. This is how we were ment to exsist, not under the rule of Christian "leaders"...Varg is my hero.

Roma Invicta
Monday, June 20th, 2005, 05:10 PM
Part II - The Holy Grail

The myth about the holy grail is often linked to Jesus and Christianity, but like almost all other religious myths in Europe (and in the world populated by people from Europe) this is a myth with European roots - id est Pagan roots.

The ancients worshiped the Sun, that in Scandinavia (in Antiquity) was called Sōwilō and Sunnōn, and the Moon, Mēnan, as the most important deities of our world. They also worshiped the Sky God, TīwaR, and the Mother Goddess, Eržō. All the other gods and goddesses are basically just masculine or feminine emanations of these primordial deities.

The most important of the three main faces of the Sky God is the king of the gods, WōšanaR. He is the personified power of the celestial bodies - whether it was the day's Sun or the night's Moon - and he was responsible for bringing the best men and women back home to the realm of the gods when they died. ŽunraR was the personified gravity that amongst other things brought the rain back to Earth. All the humidity gathering in the clouds always came back down, because of gravity, enabling the people to grow their crops. ŽunraR was in other words an agricultural god. FraujaR, also known as Weiha, was both a Sun god and the fertility god responsible for sowing and harvesting the crops.

Sōwilō (the Sun) was not a male deity, but actually female, and Mēnan (the Moon) was not a female deity, but actually male. However, both WōšanaR and FraujaR, but first and foremost BalšraR, represented the masculine side of the solar deity, and the feminine side of the lunar deity is best known as Skašō. In other words, the two main celestial bodies were both male and female. Our forefathers recognized that all forces in nature are both male and female, and therefore all the gods had their female counterparts. Although the weekdays are known, from Sunday to Saturday, as the day of Sōwilō/Sunnōn (female), Mēnan (male), TīwaR (male), WōšanaR (male), ŽunraR (male), FraujaR (male) and HaimažellaR (male), they were also the days of BalšraR (male), Skašō (female), Eržō (female), Frijjō (female), Sibjō (female), Fraujō (female) and Fergunjō (female) respectively. Although most of the days are best known by their masculine names, the first and most important and holy day of the week was named after the feminine side of the Sun.

The ancient European symbols we know as being the most holy are the hooked cross and the Trojan fortress, the circles and the palms of the Sky God, and other symbols of the Sun and/or the Moon and other celestial objects. The most feminine of the ancient symbols is a bit different. From the accounts of the Roman historian Cornelius Tacitus we know that people living in Northern Europe (Denmark) in the Ist century worshipped a deity known as NeržuR (or Nerthus), by holy sources. This mysterious NeržuR is the spouse of Skašō. Skašō and NeržuR were the deities of the holy sources, rivers and lakes. Tacitus described NeržuR as a goddess, but the female deity of this couple is actually Skašō. The confusion might be a result of the fact that in the ceremonies both these deities appeared together; some times the male deity as the procession leader and some times the female deity as the procession leader.

Skašō's name translates as "harm", "shadow" and "source" (from the Germanic root skaž). She was also called Anduradīs, because the waxing and waning Moon looks like the small skies known in ancient Scandinavia as anduraR. As we know the Moonlight can indeed be harmful (skaž), to weak souls exposed to it, it is the Earth's shadow (skaž) that makes the Moon look like a sky and the Moon was worshipped by holy sources (skaž). Her husband, NeržuR, was therefore also called AnduragošaR.

This lunar cult was a mysterious and secretive cult of women (priestesses), and their male companion was the priest (one for each "coven" of priestesses). The holy sources were seen as the womb of Mother Earth. Also, the goddesses, called dķsir (pluralis), had their name from another role served in this cult. The word dķs (sinfularis) translates as "breast feed" and "mother's milk", from Indo-European dhū or dheu, although it came to mean "goddess" and "respectable woman". In addition to the Moon ceremonies by the holy sources they held their Sun ceremonies on mountaintops or hilltops near a "high" (hence the term "high festival", that we still use today), that was also often shaped like a woman's breast.

The holy sources were used in the mysteries, to purify the body, and like we all know Fraujō is reborn every year as she emerges from the holy water (on the summer solstice), with the many fires burning along the coast as her "necklace of fire" (Brķsingamen). Only the innocent were allowed to even touch the holy water, and we are told by the Scandinavian mythology that all those who touched the holy water became "white". The holy sources were also used to execute criminals, by drowning them, and they were therefore "made white" again, as death purifies us all - just like the water in life removes the filth from our bodies. Both the fire (Sun) and the water (Moon) can give life and purify us, but it can also take our lives.

So the holy source was seen as life-giving (as Mother Earth's womb), but also purifying (as a place where the "white" maidens washed their bodies) and life-taking (as a place of execution). The holy sources could be lakes, rivers and waterfalls, but also bogs and manmade wells, or they could be symbolized by holy cauldrons. An example of such a holy cauldron is the Halstatt Wagon, with wheels, warriors and a giant holding up a cauldron. It dates from around year 700 before our time of reckoning, and was found in Halstatt (in Austria, as far as I remember). That is the origin of the myth about the holy grail. It brought "salvation" (purification through death) and "eternal life" (the women's womb giving us rebirth) to those who possessed it. It elevated man to AnsgaršaR, the home of the gods.

However, the ancient mysteries enabled men and women to become elevated to the gods in life too. The initiate traveled down to Haljō, the realm of the Moon, and up to AnsgaršaR, the realm of the Sun, through the three holy wells under the roots of the holy ash tree. They hanged themselves in the tree and left their bodies behind. Only the "white" would return to life after this initiation process, though, as only the "white" can travel across the rainbow bridge to Heaven unscathed, and survive the triple burning in the divine fire of WōšanaR. The impure will be burned to ashes and remain dead.

In AnsgaršaR the initiate met the prince or princess, BalšraR or Īžund, like Cinderella did in the fairy tale, and was united with him or her in a divine wedding, called eskatogami by the ancient Greeks. The runes (secrets) are written on BalšraR's and Īžund's tongue, and therefore we say the secrets - the salvation if You like - are learnt as the initiate kiss the deity. This is the unio mystica; the moment when the initiate feels she or he has become one with the deity.

Nothing impure can exist in the heavenly realm, and only those of Jarl's kin (id est the fair-eyed, fair haired and fair-skinned Europeans) are welcome and can learn the secrets. Only Jarl's kin can be elevated to the gods, by the help of the ancient mysteries and the holy source. By the help of our ancient European religion.

So, the Judeo-Christians are right after all: the holy grail brings salvation and healing, but not to them… and we have not only already found the holy grail; we have possessed its powers for at least 7.000 years already; since the Stone Age, about 5.000 years before Jesus was even born.

Since this is a Russian website, I can point at the fact that there is nothing in this myth that is in conflict with the Slavonic mythology. If You exchange the Scandinavian names with the Slavonic names, You will see that the Slavonic mythology is the same as the Scandinavian mythology. The Scandinavian Paganism is the same as the Slavonic Paganism, because we are simply different tribes of the same race: Jarl's kin. TīwaR is the same as Svarog ("to create" or "sky"); WōšanaR, ŽunraR and FraujaR is the same as Triglaf ("three faces"), the three most important faces of Svarog, the Sky God, and therefore WōšanaR too is the same as Svarog (the most important face of Svarog, the king of the gods); ŽunraR is the same as Perun; FraujaR is the same as Veles. FraujaR is also known as Weiha and Veles is also known as Svjatevit (Svantevit), and both names translates as "holy". BalšraR and HaimažellaR is the same as Belobog, Dazhbog, Kolada and Ovsen. As we know, HaimažellaR ("Santa Claus") is also known as "the white god" (Belo-bog), and his throne is said to be on the North Pole. Further, Frijjō is the same as Lada and Velikaja Mater; Fraujō is the same as Lelja; Haljō the same as Hela; AnsgaršaR is the same as Svarga; and so forth.

Whether Roman, Greek, Baltic, Gaelic, Ugric, Slavonic or Scandinavian, it doesn't matter, or at least not in a religious context. The closer we get to Scandinavia ("the isles of the Skašō") and the Baltic Sea, the more racially pure the Europeans are, but naturally it is irrelevant where you live or what tribes you come from: all the "white" individuals of the fair European race (Jarl's kin) are welcome in AnsgaršaR (Svarga, Troja, Ilion, Olympus, or whatever we call it). They can all, like Cinderella did, become one with the deity (id est become complete).
Varg "The Heretic" Vikernes

Roma Invicta
Monday, June 20th, 2005, 05:11 PM
Part III - The One Ring

How can a fictional story by J.R.R. Tolkien about the One Ring influence so many people so much, and what has this got to do with Paganism? Tolkien was a professor in Anglo-Saxon linguistics, and although he was a Catholic, he was an ethnic European heavily influenced by Pagan ideas through his linguistic studies, but even though he used some Christian ideas in his books - like the concept of "good" versus "evil" - his books contain a lot of Pagan ideas.

The central issue in "The Lord Of The Rings" is the One Ring. On the ring itself Sauron, when crafting it, had written the last verse of a poem:

"One ring to rule them all,
one ring to find them,
one ring to bring them all,
and in the darkness bind them."

This is a riddle, and when we try to solve this riddle it becomes clear that one ring that rules, brings into darkness and binds all life is time. We are all ruled by time, found by time, brought into obvious darkness by time and bound by time - it is just a matter of time before we all die and forget, and none of us can escape it. Time has no beginning or end, like a ring. It goes on forever, and Sauron needs this corruption of time to cover the world in his darkness. The only person in the book that doesn't seem to be much affected by neither death nor time is Gandalf the Grey. He actually died when fighting the Balrog, but simply returned as Gandalf the White.

I say that, because Gandalf is a name we know well from the Scandinavian mythology, Gandįlfr, and it translates as "animated elf", or "magic elf". Elf itself is a word that derives from Proto-Norse alpt ("swan", "eternal"). He is the personified "eternal magic of our souls". Balrog too is a name deriving from Proto-Norse. It is not a name from the Scandinavian mythology, but it translates as "fire-power" or "fire-god" (like Norse bįlrok). The greed of the subhuman dwarves caused this fire-power to be unleashed from the depths of Earth.

According to the mythology mankind lost its immortality because we failed to live like we were supposed to or because we weren't yet perfect. Mankind was forced to live on Earth because we did not yet deserve to live amongst the gods. Therefore WōšanaR (Óšinn) sent HaimažellaR (Heimdallr) from AnsgaršaR (Įsgaršr) to create a better man from the blood of the gods. He did, and the final and best result was Jarl's kin. Unlike the giants (known to us as Cyclops, Trolls, Titans et cetera), that made up the first proto-humans, the new human races were not undying creatures. Even Jarl's kin was not pure enough to live eternally, but when man dies the holy fire (the Sun) vaporizes the hugr ("mind") and brings it back to the divine realm of the Sun (AnsgaršaR). Then we are reborn again, when we have been purified by this fire-power (bįlrok). For every life we live we learn something new and become better. We keep what is good and the fire removes the rest; we are purified by the Sun. Eventually Jarl's kin will become worthy of life amongst the gods in AnsgaršaR.

So Gandalf the Grey becomes Gandalf the White when he returns after being killed by the Balrog. He is better after being purified by the fire-power that came as a result of the subhuman mankind's greed. Although we die and are not immortal creatures (elves) yet, our minds (our "magic") are eternal - like Gandalf ("magic elf", "eternal magic"), and they will always return to life when we die, in a new body.

The One Ring is known to corrupt life, just like time corrupts us all. Nothing wrong we do in life can be undone. If I make a mistake I have to live with it for the rest of my life. Although the Sun (the Balrog) purifies our minds when we die it is harder to become purer and more innocent in life. If we have become filthy, most often we can only stop getting even filthier. Just like it becomes harder and harder to carry the burden of our mistakes the older we get, the harder it is for Frodo ("wise") to carry the One Ring the closer he gets to Mount Doom (old age).

Frodo and the other hobbits are innocent beings, but Frodo is wise too, as suggested by his name - and indeed wiser and more curious than the other hobbits. The only one who accompanies him on this quest is Sam, who is also known as "Sam the Wise". Only the innocent and wise can even dream of going to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring. Less innocent creatures, like humans and dwarves, will not stand a chance and will instead be corrupted by the ring in no time. The elves (including Gandalf) on the other hand have already overcome death. They are already "white" so why should they want to even touch this ring of corruption, and by doing so become corrupted again? Instead they do as we will have to do one day, and in the end of the book they leave our world, to live in AnsgaršaR "beyond the sea (space)".

The hobbits are pictures of the innocent, they not yet corrupted men and women of our race. The dwarves are the people corrupted by greed and the humans are the ones corrupted by power. The elves represent the superhuman that is not corrupted by the One Ring. They are offered the ring several times, by Frodo, but they want nothing to do with it. They won't even touch it out of fear they might lose their immortality. Arwen, an elfish maiden, has to give up her immortality if she decides to marry Aragon, because she "contaminates" herself, by uniting with an impure creature like Aragon, a mere human. When she does, she will no longer be eternal (an elf). The whole Middle-Earth is becoming an increasingly corrupt place, so the elves have decided to leave it, cross the great sea in the west (the sunset) and move to another continent. However, only the elves can make this journey - only the elves and Frodo that is, because when he destroys the One Ring in Mount Doom he overcomes the corruption of life too and becomes immortal. In effect he has become an elf himself!

To be able to enter the hall of WōšanaR, the realm of the Sun, we need to be innocent. Everything impure we bring into death will be burned to ashes and not be let into AnsgaršaR. Only the good part will remain of us, only the part that is "white". A completely corrupted individual will in other words cease to exist, as there is nothing left of him or her after the Sun has removed all that was impure, while an almost completely "white" individual will start his or her next life with a lot of luggage and experience, so to speak, because he or she was able to bring this to AnsgaršaR when he or she died in his or her previous life. When we die we keep only the pure parts, and lose the rest, and when we are reborn we still have the pure parts from previous lives with us, stored in the unconsciousness - and we will be greater human beings.

The dead travel across the sea in ships (that is: they travel across the space between the Earth and the Sun), and we see pictures of such ships in rock carvings from the Stone and Bronze Age all over Scandinavia. Even the graves of our forefathers were often shaped like ships. These were the ships that should bring the eternal magic of our minds - the elves - to the realm of the Sun when our forefathers died.

This is the Pagan goal; to become better, whiter and brighter, to become more and more like the perfect gods. To conserve what is pure and remove the rest. This also explains why our forefathers could place their "deficient" children in the woods to be eaten by the wolves, and it didn't really matter: their souls were not corrupted and would be reborn anyhow. In effect nothing was lost.

"Saruman the White" is an example of how it ends of we fail to follow these biological laws. In the book he crosses hill men with orcs and creates an army of half-orcs, that can travel during the Day as well as the Night. Because of this grave mistake he becomes "Saruman of Many Colours" - and is no longer "white" (pure and honourable).

The order of the Vala, that Saruman was the head of, is the same as the Pagan cult of the initiates. In fact, Vala is a Norse name that was used on the Pagan initiates. We know the name from a son of WōšanaR, called (in Norse) Vįli or Völi ("chosen"), living in Valaskjįlf ("ritual site of the chosen"). In the plural form his name is actually Vala. Saruman was "the White", but became the "of Many Colours", and Gandalf was "the Grey" and became "the White". They were a part of a cult, that had the aim to become "white", like their leader Saruman originally was, before he made his mistake. Saruman mixed races and because of that fell from grace, while Gandalf was purified by the Balrog and because of that became whiter. The grey was removed, and all that was left was the white.

Another example of Pagan ideology in "The Lord Of The Rings" is the fact that Aragon was living in exile for so long, because his forefather - Isildur - made such a terrible mistake and not destroy the ring when he had the chance. Aragon is troubled by the fact that this weakness is in his blood. Like our forefathers sometime forced criminals to go into exile, Aragon has done this voluntary, because he didn't want to influence the world with his weakness.

These are just examples of just how Pagan "The Lord Of The Rings" is, but there is a lot more Pagan symbolism and Pagan ideology in this book. Tolkien was possibly more influenced by European Paganism and his European blood than he appreciated himself, as a Catholic, but in any case I think this book is an interesting example of how Pagan ideas, names and symbols can stimulate the Pagan instincts of so many people today, and attract them to something that is so deeply rooted in our genes. We also know that Tolkien wanted this book to become the mythology of Britain, and from my point of view that is not such a bad idea. It is no less Pagan and valuable than for instance the myths about King Arthur and the Ring of the Nibelungen.

Even a fictional story using partly hidden Pagan symbolism can give more "salvation" to the "Christian Europeans" than the "holy bible" ever could, and create more longing for beauty, light and eternity than the Asian "Paradise" has ever done. Imagine how the Pagan mysteries ("secretive religious rites") would have influenced the individuals of our race, when a mere novel like this can create such strong emotions?

The darkness we still live in must be replaced by light, or else we will soon be permanently blinded. Let us open our eyes to the true light and embrace BalšraR (Baldr) and Īžund (Ķšunn), like we did in the past. The only reason we don't see the light today is that we have closed our eyes and refuse to open them, just because some Asian idolaters and their loathsome lackeys in Europe tell us not to. Wake up Europe!
Varg "the Grey" Vikernes


Ignem amoris
(The fire of love)

Blutwölfin
Monday, July 18th, 2005, 10:02 AM
Paganism: Part IV - Ultima Thule

All religions have a mythological explanation to the creation of Earth and mankind, and they are often very similar, probably because they all have a common origin. The constantly recurring theme is the appearance of gods from above, who then fight and defeat a race of giants, that is often described as a dragon or a serpent. Earth and mankind is then created from the remains of these giants.

In the Scandinavian mythology we learn that the first human race was created when the gods gave the worms in the body of the giant a human form. The gods were not satisfied with this race, though, and Óšinn told Heimdallr to go to Middle Earth and improve mankind, by giving them the blood of the gods. He used the name Rķgr ("ruler") and the first improved race was called the kin of Trell ("thrall"), and was made up of ugly and stupid black men, with dark hair and wrinkled skin. Óšinn was not satisfied with the result, and Heimdallr had to keep trying, to get a race worthy of Valhalla. After another failed attempt, the kin of Karl ("free men"), he finally succeeded in creating a human race worthy of Valhalla. This was the beautiful kin of Jarl ("earl"). This kin consisted of tall and fair men and women, with fair hair and fair eyes. They were wise and skilled in everything they did, and Rķgr taught them the runes (secrets) of the gods. The creation of the youngest of these kins, Jarl's kin, took place on an island we today know as Atlantis.

When the remaining giants finally discovered this new race - about 200.000 years after Jarl's kin had been created and then kept safe in a secret valley on Atlantis - they revolted against the gods. Žórr had to kill them or cast them into the abyss, as they charged from the caves they had lived in and threatened the existence of Jarl's kin. In the process Atlantis, where Jarl's kin had been created, sunk into the sea, some time between 35.000 and 80.000 years ago, and the surviving members of Jarl's kin were forced to move.

The god of gravity, Žórr, forced the planet to shift, to move around its own axis, and for the first time people on Earth experienced the different seasons. Before this happened the summer or winter had been eternal, depending on where you lived on planet Earth. Atlantis was in other words really a sea of ice. But it was only covered in ice for a while, and eventually the mountain peaks of Atlantis emerged from the ice as islands, around 13.000 years ago, when the last Ice Age ended. For that reason we call this land Scandinavia, from Germanic Skažinawjō, that translates as "The Islands of Skažōn". Skažōn was later known as Skašō, and eventually - in the Viking Age - as Skaši, and she was a goddess of the mountain rivers, and the daughter of the rain that washed the ice back into the salutary sea, Njöršr, whom she is said to be married to.

When the ice covering Atlantis melted some of the survivors of Jarl's kin followed the edge of the glaciers northwards, back to the secret valley, where they had been created. Some lived as nomadic hunters on the ice itself or on the mountain peaks emerging from the sea of ice, and we have archeological evidence of their presence in the mountains of Western Norway around 13.000 years ago. Around 8.000 years ago they settled in the first ice-free lowland areas in Southern Norway, that we still call Jęren ("the edge"). Other tribes settled in other parts of Europe, as far away as in Greece and Great Britain, in the Iberian peninsula and Italy, and in Egypt, the Indus Valley, Urumqi/Ürümchi (in China), Sumér and possible even in America (something that would explain the existence of the Kennewick man).

When Pytheas from Massilia (Marseille) around 3-400 years before our time of reckoning visited Norway he called it Thule. The Thule name derives from Germanic žuliz (Proto-Norse žuliR, Norse žulr), that is an ancient name used on an initiates or "priest-chieftains" of Óšinn. Óšinn himself was known in the Viking Age as Fimbulžul (The Great žulr), a name he used when he visited Earth as an avatar and walked amongst the mortals. The word žuliz/žuliR/žulr translates as "orator", "speaker", "he who is lifted up (to the gods)" and "the burden (of the sacrificial tree)". The Greek version of the name, Thule (Thul-ē), would then translate as "the land of the žuliz". Thule is in other words "the land of the initiates".

The part of Norway visited by Pytheas has been identified as Hålogaland in Northern Norway. It is therefore very interesting to see that Hålogaland translates as "the land of the initiates" and "the holy land", from a genitive form of the early Norse word hįlugr, that translates as "holy" and "initiated" or "to initiate". Although hįlugr translates as "holy", the original meaning of the word is "the high flame". This is a name of the Sun - the eye of Óšinn - that eventually became synonymous to the words "holy", "initiated" and "enlightened".

South of Hålogaland there is a mountain range known as Jotunheimen ("the home of the giants"), and this is the mountains from where the giants came when they attacked Jarl's kin on Atlantis, when they discovered that a new race of men had been secretly created and trained by the gods. The Scandinavian peninsula - known in Antiquity as an island - is Atlantis, and Hålogaland in Northern Norway is the secret valley where the gods created Jarl's kin. Like Platon says, it is located beyond the pillars of Hercules (that are located in Denmark).

The Greeks, as well as the Sumerians, claimed they originally came from a land they called Hyperborea ("the utmost north", "the land beyond the northern wind"), but this land was also - by the Romans - called Ultima Thule ("the utmost Thule"). So Hyperborea, Ultima Thule and Atlantis are all names of Scandinavia, and all the European tribes that day are living outside Scandinavia once emigrated from this land, some time in Antiquity or later.

Jarl's kin didn't really multiply in Northern Scandinavia, though, but in Southern Scandinavia, namely Denmark ("the land of Dan"), that is known as the granary of Scandinavia (and I may add that in Antiquity Denmark also included parts of Southern Sweden and Northern Germany). Because of that the utmost Thule, Northern Norway, remained a land of myth, unknown and mystical even to most people in Southern Thule/Scandinavia, and therefore the original homeland was located not in Thule, but in the utmost Thule.

The different tribes left in waves, probably every time Denmark became overpopulated or when certain events forced them to, and some tribes left as late as in the Dark Ages (that precede the Viking Age), when the Angles, Saxons and Jutes invaded England ("the land of the Angles"). The Angles came from the Danish isles, the greatest being Fyn, with the city Odense ("the island of Óšinn") and Sjęlland ("the land of the sea"), the Saxons came from Northern Germany and the Jutes from Jylland - the Danish peninsula that is also known as Jutland ("the land of the Jutes").

Even today we see that the racially purest European tribes live in Scandinavia and around the Baltic Sea, and the closer you get to Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea the purer the populations are. This is only logical, though, as the further away from Scandinavia you go, the more the different tribes have mixed with the non-European races; with Trell's and Karl's kin.

The least polluted individuals of Jarl's kin are the beautiful, blond and blue-eyed - and of course fair-skinned - Europeans with blood type O or A (blood type AB and B and non-European), who are also dolichocephalic or mesocephalic (id est with a skull index more or less close to 0.78). Our ideal is racial purity, but even the purest of the purest have giant blood. Mankind - including Jarl's kin - is created using the blood of both the gods and the giants.

The pessimists - like some Judeo-Christians (for instance some of the Gnostics) - see the creation as a punishment, and regard the blood of the giants as the "sin" ("the original sin") that will always follow us and make us mean. According to their mythology we are Lucifer and his fallen angels, cast down from Heaven and forced to live on Earth, because of some "sin" we committed. They believe our physical bodies are the prisons that keep us from returning to Heaven and the world we live in is Hell.

The optimists - like the Pagans - see the creation as an opportunity. We are not exposed to this "Hell", and Earthly life, because we are being punished, but because we are supposed to learn something and improve. The gods united with the giants because they needed to be connected to something physical in order to influence the world physically. Jarl's kin is the tool of the gods, that they can communicate with and influence, and use to achieve their goals. Our minds and spirits are simply elves ("eternal"), that we can describe as "small bits and pieces" of the deity we know as Tīwaz/TīwaR/Tżr ("honour", "god[s]"), Svarog ("heaven", "to create"), Jupiter ("father of the gods"), Divas/Deus ("god[s]"), and so forth. Every time we die the still pure ("white") parts of these "bits and pieces" are returned with the deity, before they are sent back to Earth, when we are reborn in the kin. The goal of each individual is to make sure the mind and spirit is not only "white" when we die, but also that it is strengthened and magnified, so that the deity we are apart of is strengthened by our existence. When the deity is strong enough, we will return to the deity and stay there - something the Judeo-Christians call "Heaven" or "Paradise", but it is also known as "Nirvana".

The only way to achieve this is to be "white" and live like we are supposed to, according to the Pagan philosophy of life. The Judeo-Christian solution has been to reject life, and stay "white" that way, but the real solution is to cultivate the "white" life. The racial purity is necessary because the more giant blood there is in each of us, the harder it is to live like we are supposed to. The lighter and fairer the individual is the closer he or she is to the gods. Every physical need and desire in us stems from the giants. The writer H.P. Lovecraft accurately called this "The Call Of Cthulu" - that basically is the call of the blood of the giants; the call of Ymir, Jörmungandr, Tiamat, Leviathan, Satan or whatever we call the force of the giants. However, this "call of Cthulu" is not bad. It is only bad if it takes control of our lives. There is a struggle within us, between the blood of the giants and the spirits of the gods, but if it had not been for the blood of the giants we would never reproduce or even eat, and we would simply return to the deity, without ever doing anything to improve or grow stronger. We would have stayed "white" alright, but there would have been no improvement of any kind - and life would have served no purpose whatsoever (like is the case when the Judeo-Christians and others successfully reject life completely).

To produce more and hopefully better human beings we need to fall in love and make love, just like we need to give in to hunger to survive. That is the reason the gods mixed with the giants, as they needed their base nature to create the mankind they needed. The actual improvement and strengthening of the mind and spirit take place when we participate in the ancient (Pagan) mysteries, and expose us the mysterium tremendum, facinans et augustum ("the solemn/ceremonious, that call forth shivers and tears"). In response to the Judeo-Christian rejection of life, and to underline how ludicrous they are, I can add that some of the mysteries even had a sexual content, known from classical sources as the eskatogami ("heavenly marriage"), and they called the ritual sex between the priest and the priestesses theos dia kolpou ("the god through the abdomen"). In Northern Europe these mysteries were practiced well into the XVIIth and perhaps even the XVIIIth or XIXth century.

Another important mystery has become very well-known, although it has been misunderstood for 2000 years. As I have already stated, Germanic žuliz translates as "orator", "speaker", "he who is lifted up (to the gods)" and "the burden (of the sacrificial tree)". I will therefore remind You about Jesus and his crucifixion, and the fact that he too was said to "be lifted up" to God and Heaven. Žuliz was the name of the initiates, and to be initiated you had to first die, ut post mortem vivat beate ("to live in salvation after death"). Like Jesus according to the bible did, the initiates returned to life after they had hanged themselves and pierced their bodies with a spear. This mystery is described in Northern Europe as the hanging of Óšinn in the world-tree. This is the reason they burned the "witches", because if they didn't destroy the bodies with fire they could return to life again - like they had done in the past. Like Jesus according to the Judeo-Christian myths did.

Many believe that the Scandinavian mythology claims that mankind was created when the gods went to a beach and picked up two pieces of wood that resembled themselves. They had neither spirit nor mind, neither fluid nor movement or good colours. Óšinn ("spirit", "mind", "fury") gave them spirit and life, Lóšurr ("animate", "put in motion") gave them wits and movement and Hœnir ("allure", "entice") gave them fluid and good colours, vision, speech, hearing and good looks. They were called Askr ("ash") and Embla ("elm").

What this actually describes is the resurrection of the initiates, who hang lifeless in the gallows - made of ash or elm - or by the holy sources, after being executed in the initiation mystery. They were dead, because they had to be (or look) dead to gain access to the realm of the dead (the realm of Óšinn and Hel), but were then resurrected by the gods, just like Jesus according to the Judeo-Christian myths was. When resurrected they had become initiates; žuliz.

Before the Judeo-Christians become too excited, I will point at the fact that Thule, the land of initiates, was called Thule several hundred years before Jesus was even born, and it is also located in a part of the world very far from Judea/Samara, and this religion had already practiced since the beginning of time (since before the fall of Atlantis) in Thule. The oldest known manmade entrance to the realm of the dead, used in mysteries, is actually Newgrange in Ireland, that was originally called (by a Celtic name, Sid in Bruca, that translates as) "the entrance to the underworld" or "entrance to the realm of the dead". Newgrange was built around 7.000 years ago, 5.000 years before Jesus was born. Along with the holy sources, hollow trees and caves, they used grave mounds in these mysteries, as entrances to the realm of the dead. That is why they built the grave mounds like they did in Antiquity, all over Europe (and in Northern Europe until the Viking Age).

The Scandinavian initiates were also called the vala, singular from vįli/völi - that translates as "the chosen". Valhalla translates as "the hall of the chosen", the Valkyries is a name that translates as "the selectors of the chosen" and Óšinn chose only Jarl's kin to be the kin welcome in Valhalla. What is particularly interesting is that Jesus is almost always portrayed as a man with European features: he has blue eyes and straight nose, fair skin and some times even blonde hair! He certainly doesn't look like a Jew! Why would they portray him like that if he was a Jew? What we know is that if Jesus was an initiate, who went through the religious execution to be elevated to the gods, he could not have been a Jew, because only individuals of Jarl's kin can be elevated to the gods. The others are only harmed by these initiation mysteries, because they cannot handle the impressions, and end up like Cinderella's stepsisters in the Grimm brothers' fairy tales (id est mutilated and blinded).

Further, if Jesus was an initiate this too makes Christianity completely irrelevant, because all he did was to show us what we should do in order to be elevated to the deity, and it certainly serves no purpose to worship him, like the Christians do. In fact, they even murdered people who did just like Jesus probably did, and went through the Pagan mysteries. They burnt them on great fires in the Middle Ages, and even accused them of "devil worship"!

The cult of Jesus probably came to be because the person we know as Jesus arrived in Judea/Samara when he was in his early thirties, probably from a European area (as he, if he was initiated, must have been an ethnic European), and while his death and resurrection would have been seen as a common event in Europe, and especially in Thule/Scandinavia, his resurrection was something special in an area populated by mostly non-European people. It was so special to them that it became the origin of a new religion! Another and more cynical theory is that the Romans, who tailor-made Christianity first and foremost as a tool to oppress Europeans, needed to present Jesus as an initiate for the Europeans to take him serious (meaning the story about his resurrection is made up). Another interesting fact is that the highest initiation level in the Pagan cult is that of the druid, that in Norse is called the drótt. Now, we know that Jesus was mocked as I.N.R.I. that is (as far as I remember) short for something like Iesu Nazareni Rex Iedorum ("Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews/Judes [Jutes?]"), so it is a but curious to see that drótt actually translates as "king" in Norse. The word is still in use in its feminine form, in all the modern Scandinavian languages: dronning and drotning translate as "queen". So perhaps Jesus was a king of the Jutes after all?

We don't really know what is the truth in this context, and the fact is that it doesn't matter as Jesus is basically completely irrelevant, and if he indeed was an initiate he was still no different from the thousands - and even tens of thousands - of initiates who lived before and after him in Europe. The last known initiates were burned as "witches" in the XVIIIth and XIXth century (ironically by the Christians!)!

The reason why parts of the old testament are so similar to the European mythologies (and they are!), is the fact that the Jews copied their mythology from the Egyptian mythology as well as the (Semitic) Mesopotamian mythology, that in turn was based on the Sumerian mythology. As I have already told, both these cultures (id est the Egyptian and the Sumerian) were probably originally European cultures. The Jews were as we know used as thralls in both these civilizations, and while in captivity they copied their masters' mythologies, twisted them, perverted them and made them their own. That is how these thralls suddenly became "God's chosen people", while the truth is that they are of Trell's kin (although they are more likely of Karl's kin). The term "God's chosen people" becomes even more pointless when we know that about 90% of modern Jews are not even descendants of the tribes of Judea, but simply descendants of the Khazars, a Turkish people from Central Asia, who in the VIIIth century converted to Judaism, for political reasons (when they lived in the Caucasus region). So most of the Jews aren't even real Jews, but just some converted Turks. If there ever was a European tribe known as the Jews it has been long lost, just like the European tribes in the Indus Valley and Central Asia (best known as the Aryans), the tribes that lived in Urumqi/Ürümchi and the tribes that must have been assimilated by the American natives some time in Antiquity.

All the answers can be found in our Paganism and our European culture, and I will end this article by referring to something that, as far as I remember, is written next to the entrance to Mother Earth's sanctuary in Faistos on Crete: the goddess offers "a great miracle" to "those who can guarantee their origin", but she refuses to listen to the prayers of those who "illegally force their way into the family of gods". According to our Scandinavian mythology the people not of Jarl's kin will, if they ever try to cross the rainbow bridge, ignite and fall down like rocks, because Valhalla is for Europeans only, the true "chosen people". Our Holy Land is Thule (a.k.a. Scandinavia, Hyperborea and Atlantis), and perhaps in particular the utmost Thule; Hålogaland in Northern (Arctic) Norway!

Varg "Heresiarch" Vikernes
(Written in April 2005)

"I am everything that was (the past) and everything that shall be (the future),
and no mortal has ever removed my veil."

(According to Plutark this was written on one of Isis' statues. Isis is the Egyptian name of Freyja. The point is that you need to die to visit her and unveil her secrets, so only those who were ritually killed and resurrected in the mysteries could unveil them. When initiated the Isis [Freyja] priestesses could look into the past as well as into the future - by traveling into the vyrš [English wyrd, a name for "the spirit world" that originally translates as "esteem" and "honour"], where the past [Uršr], the present [Veršandi] and the future [Skuld] all exist at the same time. Or rather they exist beyond time.)

CountBloodSpawn
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005, 06:18 PM
Varg Vikernes is alot more of an intellucal occult scholar than people give him credit...you really see that when you read his essay on the one ring

he truly is also a role model for every dude and chick of our youth

:hvešrungur:
Wednesday, September 21st, 2005, 12:42 AM
I am a folkish heathen but I cannot stand Vikernes personally. He mixes too much NS politics in with his writings. The ancient heathens were not national socialist or totalitarian. Look at Iceland for example, one of, if not the only country that still in some ways have strong connections to the old ways. The Althing at Thingvellir, the ancient heathens were democrats, things went to votes and no one was a slave to another.
Another thing is, he sometimes changes or makes up "History" to further his own writings. I cant respect someone who is immature enough to burn down a church in the name of our gods. He makes every single good, folkish, intellectual and well practicing heathen look like an idiot.
Id would trust someone with NO political agenda to promote and someone who is an actual schollar like H.R. Ellis Davidson in Germanic/Scandinavian culture before id trust a criminal like Vikernes. As much as this post will probably piss people off and start some kind of verbal debate I always speak my mind. Asatru / Odinism / Norse and or Germanic heathenism ARE folkish ethnic religions but they are not excuse to promote hatred towards any group of people.

Blutwölfin
Monday, October 17th, 2005, 01:38 AM
In the ancient times only the Athenians with a property, a piece of land, had the right to vote. In Scandinavia on the other hand a mere property was not enough. Only those who had owned a property for several generations had the right to vote. These properties were called óšal properties. The symbol of such a property was the High Seat of the family's head. This seat was a symbol of the noble peasant's rights and not even the king had the right to violate his rights. We know this seat from the rune sign called ožila, shown below, that is a picture of the High Seat.

This custom is known even from the prehistoric times, when óšal properties were called ožila properties, like the rune sign. Óšal is Norse and derives from Proto-Norse ožila that translates as allodial possession. Those who owned such a property made up the nobility of the ancient society. The modern Scandinavian word noble, adel, derives from Norse óšal, and even today we still call such properties odel properties. Odel naturally derives from Norse óšal too.

The High Seat was placed in the north-eastern corner in the main building on the farm, because the dead were buried north of the farm and because the Sun rose in the east. It was known as įndveget (the spirit way) because the spirits of the dead family members visited the living each High Festival. Pictures of the dead were placed in the high seat, that worked as a portal for the dead.

The óšal property was inextricably linked to the kin. This was the land where the kin's blood had fertilized the soil for generations. This land was nourished by the dead and maintained by the living. The head of the kin didn't have the right to sell the property unless all family members agreed to sell it. They all had the right to veto and the right to purchase the land for a fair price if the kin wanted to sell it. The oldest son always inherited the right to run the farm when the head of the family died, but was not allowed to sit in the High Seat until he had given a promise of loyalty to the rights of the kin and drank the Bragi cup - a toast where he made a promise to the kin.

East of the farms, on hills and mountains, they celebrated the Sun, and by the nearest holy source or river they celebrated the Moon. All the High Festivals were centred around the ancient deities; Sunna (the Sun), Mįni (the Moon), Tżr, Óšinn, Žórr, Freyja/Freyr, Heimdallr, and so forth. Mother Earth - called Jöršr - was celebrated by the many horgs (ancient stone temples/altars) and other High Festivals took place in the hofs, the great halls of the lords, or in alvesirkler (elf circles), natural circles in the ground.

Apart from the Sun and the Moon the most important deities were Žórr, the god of loyalty, Freyja and Freyr, the goddess and the god of love, Heimdallr, the god of mercy, and Óšinn, the god of war and magic, eloquence and death.

The dead went to Hel, like Baldr and Ķšunn did in the mythology, but they also went to Įsgaršr; to Valhalla, Sessrżmnir, Bilskķrnir or some other divine dwelling. There is no conflict here, as the individual human being is made up from several beings. When we die the different beings all go to the different realms. When new members of the kin were born they were named after dead relatives. That way the souls of the dead could return to the living from the worlds of the dead, from Hel and Įsgaršr. In modern Scandinavia we say Helvete instead of just Hell (Hel), like they do in English. This term derives from Norse Helvķti, that translates as "visit to Hel". The dead only visits her, and always return to the living when they are reborn in the kin. That is the faith of our forefathers. Death was not a threat, as it only meant a break from life in a divine world; in Hel and Įsgaršr. They could even visit the living once a year, on the Yule-Eve, when they arrived along with Heimdallr (better known as "Santa Claus").

The modern man has lost his connection to the soil of his forefathers. The modern man's connection to his forefathers and the gods of his blood is lost too. He travels all across the Earth as a creature with no roots anywhere. He no longer grows his own food, he no longer catches his own fish or meat, he no longer milks the cows or collects eggs, berries, nuts, fruit and sea shells from nature. He no longer builds his own home or buries his own kin. He has lost his respect for nature, for his fatherland and for his kin, but he has gained nothing. The soul of the modern man is dead. He has lost almost everything.

The biggest idols of the modern man are no longer love (Freyja/Freyr), loyalty (Žórr), mercy (Heimdallr), the noble, eloquent and strong man (Óšinn), strength (Magni), the fatherland (the óšal property), courage (Móši), the fertile nature (Jöršr) or any other ancient ideals and idols, but instead he idolizes shallow and fake celebrities or cynical capitalist-pigs who rape Mother Earth and the blood of the people.

Our ancient religion and our European gods are present in our everyday lives even today, though. When I was a kid I grew up in Odinsvei (Óšinn's Lane). If I went to the local grocery store, called Jovi (another name for Jupiter), I could for instance buy a "Freia (Freyja) Chocolate", on a Tuesday (Tżr's Day) or any other day of the week, except on Sundays (the day of Sunna, the Sun), because that is a day we still kept holy. If I was angry at somebody I sometimes told them to go to Hel, and when I ate hot dogs I put ketchup on from a bottle of "Idun (Ķšunn) Ketchup", and so forth. The names of the gods are still everywhere in our lives. Even after a thousand years of Christianity we are surrounded by our Pagan gods and feel a natural connection to them. We might have lost our soul, but our Pagan blood is still the same.

In the Easter we went skiing in the mountains and brought oranges and eggs filled with candy, symbolizing the Sun and the box of Ķšunn respectively. On the Yule Eve even the kids got a glass of (light) beer to drink, because that was a custom (to toast for Óšinn and the dead), although we had forgotten why. On the New Year's Eve we sent rockets to the sky and watched the fireworks, and we dressed up as scary creatures and went from door to door asking for candy (more Freia chocolate), just like our forefathers did in their initial rituals of the Oskorei - although they used fires instead of fireworks. In the summer we burned great fires along the coast, symbolizing Freyja's necklace, and celebrated summer solstice - always trying to build the largest bonfire of them all. The New Year's Day we watched the New Year's ski jumping contest on TV, a custom that derives from the ancient initiation ritual, when Heimdallr had to jump across the fence surrounding Hel to gain access.

I could go on, but You get the point. Officially our culture is Christian, but there is actually nothing Christian about it, and the ancient traditions are still being practiced. We just aren't always aware of it. We no longer know why we do it. It might be different in other European countries, but to some extent we all still practice the ancient religion. The European gods are still there with us, in our heads, but first and foremost in our blood. No amount of brainwash or even thousands of years of religious oppression can change that. A famous Swiss psychiatrist, Jung, spoke about archetypes that would always be there within us, no matter what. A Norwegian author, Bringsvęrd, spoke of embers that never die, lying beneath the ashes, waiting for somebody to bring dry wood, embers that are always ready to become a sparkling fire again. If we let them.

For a thousand years we have walked away from the gods of our own blood, trying to replace them with some Asian saviour, and his alien Hebrew desert-soul, but at any time we only need to stop to return to living in harmony with our European nature. The gods are still there, within us, waiting patiently for their children to come to their senses, and just like we can never run away from our own shadows we can never run away from our own gods. They are as much a part of us as our physical characteristics. They are our collective soul. Just listen to the voice of our forefathers, the silent whisper of the blood, and embrace our own gods. Return to life. Revive our European soul.



Note:

I use the Scandinavian names of the deities here, but this applies to all of Europe, not just Scandinavia. The gods are all the same, they are only called by different names in different parts of Europe because we speak different languages. Whether we call the thunderer Donar, Thunor, Taranis, Pjerun, Žórr, Perkuna, Jupiter, Zeus or something else, it is the same European god. All the gods and goddesses are the same. They are our common European deities. They are our European soul.




Varg Vikernes

Source (http://es.geocities.com/sucellus23/940.htm)

Taras Bulba
Monday, October 17th, 2005, 02:37 PM
Officially our culture is Christian, but there is actually nothing Christian about it,

This is absolutely incorrect! In fact ironically it was Christianity that gave "Europe" a cultural-racial element. Before that, the pagans(well Classical Pagans to be more exact) saw Europe as largely a vague geographical entity with constantly shifting borders.

Blutwölfin
Thursday, October 20th, 2005, 10:35 AM
Is there any point in making blot (sacrifice) to the gods? Will the gods hear us if we invoke them? Is there a need for religious leaders?

The gods represent different aspects of our self; the Aesir and Aesiress, Vanirs and Disers are all different sides of our consciousness; while Jotuns and Dwarfs are different sides of our subconscious. Helheim and Utgard are our subconscious, while Asgard and Midgard are our conscious. When Balder - as a metaphor for the meaning of life - is murdered he ends up in Helheim. Pretty simple, this means that we have “forgotten” the meaning of life; the meaning of life has been repressed by a Judeo-Christian psychosis.

In the myths the trolls cannot stand sunlight, this is because a thought (a troll) that comes from the subconscious, up in the daylight, in mind; is no longer a subconscious thought (a troll).

While Loki is logic, Thor is fidelity. Tyr is one's courage; Frigg is love, Heimdall conscience and Forsete righteousness. Nanna is the vicinity, Siv is kinship (Siv is married to Thor, notice this!! Fidelity to the kinship!!), Frej and Freja are male/female lust and so on. If we make a blot to something of this nature, we strengthen this part of our selves.

To “blot” then means to “strengthen”. We make blots to these powers by toasting to them for example, or by eating a blotmeal in their name, by living for them! If I toast to Thor I do so to strengthen my feeling for fidelity, my loyalty. To strengthen it, by reminding myself of it, thus putting it into my consciousness.

The Gods all symbolize various positive aspects. The word “God” itself actually comes from the word “Good”. There is no doubt about that. We have given all these good things different names and characters, to more easily remember them. And to honour great men and women who had once lived. Men and women who were actually named Odin, Thor, Freja and Frigg.

If we believe we are making blot to the gods, we are! The gods do exist, in us, our race, and within our pure blood! The gods do hear us by us hearing them. They hear us by ourselves becoming more loyal thinking of Thor, or by becoming more courageous thinking of Tyr and so on.

If I ask Odin for advice in an important question, I shall trust in the answer he gives me; because it is the voice of my blood that will answer. From thousands of years of gained knowledge and experience. The name Odin is a kind of key to my inner self, like a password that invokes the wisdom of past ages. Some use coffee-grounds as their key, some use bird intestines; others use the lines of the hand, the stars, runes or the formation of the clouds. But all these represent the same thing, actual keys to our inner self. Small reflections of the macrocosm whence from all knowledge is hidden.

Heroes of our folk become Godlike symbols for us. If we make blots to them, our thoughts related to them and their ideals are enforced. This is also a form of Asatru, worship of ancestors! To toast for good things or people and so that they will never be forgotten! In that they will always be in our mind.

So, you may ask if we need religious leaders? Yes, but with some reservation. We must be reminded of our holy duties and obligations, but this task is best given to the oldest member of the family, rather than anyone else. Some parts of religion should be a personal or private endeavour. It would be impossible for the state to remind all families of their good deceased family members, this must be the task of the family itself.

To remember the Gods, those of our own. Those Gods & Goddesses which have come forth through ourselves since ages past, whom are common for our whole people; shall be celebrated and remembered officially. This is the responsibility of the leaders of our people.

In the worship of ancestors, the idols are continuously renewed, as great people are born and pass-away as nature dictates. The good members of the family are remembered their name being given to the first-born child after their death. In this way they are never forgotten, and the child has something to be proud of from the very first day of its life. Something to grow up with, something to respect and find strength in; honour and a name!

What is Asatru ? (Part 2 of 2)
by Varg Vikernes

Are our God's physical? Do they in one way or another have a physical manifestation in the universe? How do we believe in them and how do we know what they are like?

I believe in our gods as archetypes, which lie, within our blood. Symbolic of what is right and wrong, historical persons and outer-planetary beings. They symbolize powers in nature and other physical characteristics that still exist today.

We all know that Thor (Thunar in Anglo-Saxon) is the guardian of our race, it is he who makes our very existence possible. It is Thor who protect us from all the chaotic powers of nature, and when I say this, I mean literally. I mean that a physical manifestation of Thor is protecting us from the uncontrollable powers of the universe.

Take a look at the planet Jupiter (the Roman name for Thor). It is Jupiter, with its force of gravity that prevents meteoroids from hitting our Mother Earth; which would thus terminate all life on Earth. Jupiter -Thor- is red just as Thor's beard, and red is also the color that is bound with Thor. Surrounding the planet is a belt - Thor has a belt called Meningjord-, this belt grants him double strength. Surrounding Jupiter -Thor- are sixteen moons - the same number of sons Thor has as written our Germanic mythology. If this example was only a isolated example -speaking of relations to the planets in our solar system and our gods- we could simply call it a coincidence, but this is in fact no so. All the planets, yes even the Sun (Sól), fit into a similar system.

We can tell the age of the gods by looking at the size of the planets; the sun is the biggest and the oldest, while Pluto (Hel) is smallest and youngest. Only mars (Tyr) differs from this, but also has its explanation -his size was reduced at one certain point. I wish to remind you of the myth, which tells us of how Tyr was mutilated when the gods tied the Fenrizwolf. Is this coincidence?

The albedo of the planets, in other words the “gratitude” of the planets; the capability of returning light that is directed towards them. In other terms, that of returning love and to treat others as they treat you- is also very much like the impression we have of the gods as in the myths.

Mercury (Loki), the callus, has an albedo of 0.1 (in other words, about 10% of the light are returned), while Venus (Frigg) the goddess of love have an albedo of 0.76. The wargod Tyr (mars) has an albedo of 0.16, Mother Earth 0.39, The Moon (Måne) 0.06, Jupiter (Tor) 0.51, Saturn (Heimdall) 0.61, Uranus (Odin) and Neptune (Njord) 0.35 and Pluto (Hel) 0.4. Neptune (Njord) has two moons - Nereid and Triton. In the myths Njord actually has two children, Freja and Frej. Uranus (Odin) has 15 moons (not mentioned because of the lack of space), in the myths Odin has 15 sons. Mars (Tyr) has two moons and Saturn (Heimdall) has thirteen moons, but here it stops, our knowledge of this myth is not sufficient.

Maybe Thor's stepson Ull is one of Tyr's sons? We don't know about this -the Christians murdered those who knew, and killed anyone who wished to know and learn about our blood bound heritage. It must be said that we only possess a certain amount of our ancient knowledge today.

This is not all though; we also know how open the gods feelings are by looking at the planets. The angle of Mercury's (Loki's) equator is 0 degrees. As we know Loke is callous, he did not cry when the gods asked everything to cry so that Hel should let Balder go home to Asgård, why didn't he? Because he is callous! And Venus' (Frigg's) equator angle is 177 degrees! Of course the love goddess is open for feeling!

The equator angle of the other planets is as follows: Tellus (Mother Earth) 23,27; Mars (Tyr) 23,59; Jupiter (Thor) 3,5, Saturn (Heimdall) 26,44, Uranus (Odin or Woden) 97,55; Neptune (Njord) 28,48 and Pluto (Hel) 52 or 122 (depending on which astronomy book you may read). The reason why Thor is lacking in feelings is based on his low intellect, while Odin is as open for feelings as he shown because he is the king of the gods; who cares for his near and dear and his people! At the same time we also know that Odin can often be an ungrateful god, we can sacrifice everything for him, and the only thing he gives in return is loss and treachery, death and sorrow. This is why he has such a low albedo.

I mentioned the belt of Thor -Meningjord-, the ring surrounding Jupiter. Other planets also have rings around them. Saturn (Heimdall) has five broad rings (which in are made up of almost a thousand smaller rings), we do not know the origin and function of these yet, and again our knowledge about this myth is insufficient. Uranus (Odin) has 9 or 11 rings (depending on which astronomy book you read). We know the myth about Draupnir; the ring which drops eight new rings every ninth night. With Draupnir itself included we have nine rings. Neptune (Njord) has two rings, which the meaning of is unknown.

This is again another way of looking upon the gods within Asatru. This something which should also be considered in serious astrological research. We can study and learn much more than imagined about reality through our ancient mythology, about our origin and our future. There is much more information for us to receive yet… The gods have many faces and manifestations, one thing is for sure; they are all meant to help us in our journey towards Asgård! Heil Odin!


Source (http://ahfenner.tripod.com/WhyAsatru.htm)

Dbv
Friday, November 25th, 2005, 12:30 AM
Vargs Paganism essay has grown quite a few chapters since this post was made, i will not post them here as it would be too space-consuming, the full text and several other of his writings can be found at: burzum.org

I think Varg has some very interesting ideas on the subject, but he tells them in his usual very "matter of fact"-way, almost to the degree where it seems he has first hand experience of the old ways... He almost completely neglegts to list references and sources and this, sadly makes it much less useful for the seriously interested...

Wulf
Saturday, November 26th, 2005, 05:07 AM
In the Viking Age the Christians reported that some Pagans made sacrifices to the Ęsir, Vanir, elves (id est spirits of the dead) and other vettr ("creatures") "out of season", asking them for favours. They also reported that many Pagans looked upon these sacrifices with contempt. The Christians believed that these people weren't "real" Pagans. Instead they had what was known as trśa į mįtt sinn ok megin ("the belief in your own strength and power").

Like always Christian interpretation is ignorant. These Pagans were indeed just as Pagan as the Pagans who made such sacrifices (also) "out of season" were. The reason some Pagans didn't make sacrifices "out of season" was that whatever you need help from the gods to get, you don't deserve to have. If you ask for help from the gods, in some context, and is granted aid, the profit belongs to the gods. You don't deserve it yourself unless you acquired it by the help of mįtt sinn ok megin ("your own strength and power").

We see this from some archeological finds, where weapons, boats and human remains are found in Scandinavian bogs and lakes. Perfectly usable and high quality weapons and equipment were destroyed and prisoners were executed and thrown in a holy lake or hung in a holy tree. The booty was given to the gods. The victors chose to do this, after the battle, rather than take their dead enemies' arms as war booty or sell it, and use or sell the prisoners as thralls, because they had asked Óšinn for help to win the battle. They probably destroyed all the equipment to make sure nobody tried to recover it, or possibly to symbolically "kill" it and thus make it available to the gods, who live "in the realm of the dead".

We actually have a well known historical example of this too, when Herman (Arminius) of the Cheruski tribe in year 9 lead the Germanic resistance against a Roman invasion of Germania east of the Rhine. Apparently they exterminated two of three whole Roman legions and after a total victory hanged more than 10.000 (!) Romans in the trees in Teuteburger Wald in Thüringen, as a sacrifice to Óšinn (or Wōžanaz, as his name was at that time). This fairly brutal outcome prevented a Roman conquest of Germania east of the Rhine, and the Romans weren't too keen on sending any more legions to try and conquer Germania east of the Rhine after that.

Had these Germanic tribes not asked Óšinn for help, they could have used or sold the people captured as thralls (something that was common practice in Antiquity). They owned the victory to Óšinn, though, so it all belonged to him - to Hangatż ("god of the hanged", one of Óšinn's nicknames).

When (all) the different Pagans made sacrifices "in season", on the high festivals, they were not supposed to ask for special favours from the gods, but it was done to strengthen the ties to the gods. Therefore a sacrifice in Pagan Scandinavia was known as a blot ("blood", "to strengthen"). When you have visitors, you show them hospitality and serve them food and beverage. On the Yule-Eve the gods visited the living accompanied by the elves ("eternal", the spirits of the dead), whom they brought with them from Heaven. Although Heimdallr, Žórr or Óšinn is said to lead this procession of gods and ghosts - best known as the Oskorei ("Army of Thunder") - the other gods were present too. To make some of the food available to the Oskorei they hanged cakes and other food items in the trees (id est they "killed" them to make them available to the dead) and they poured mead over the grave mounds to make the dead feel welcome, and they drank and ate in honour of the gods. They even made their beds especially carefully on the Yule-Eve, and then slept on the floor, to enable the guests from Įsgaršr to sleep well, in the beds of the living.

The banquet was held not to ask for a good and peaceful year, but to thank the gods for the peace and prosperity the gods decided to give them in the coming year. They let the gods decide what they deserved, and gave thanks to them for whatever they would get from them, be it much or little. The other sacrifices of the year served the same purpose; to give thanks to the gods for whatever fortune the gods decided to let come their way. It served little purpose to ask for much or to ask for special favours, because - like I stated above - what was gained that way belonged to the power helping them gain it. Such extra gains had to be given (sacrificed) to the power that had helped them, or else they would be struck by bad hamingja ("luck").

We all receive favours from the gods, that we (should) thank the gods for in the high festivals of the year. We show respect for the gods by just accepting our destinies and appreciating all the favours that come our way, as we do our best in life. Trśa į mįtt sinn ok megin was in other words not a lack of faith in the gods, but rather complete trust in the gods (it was Įsatrś: "belief in the Ęsir", "faithful to the Ęsir"). These Pagans didn't ask for special favours from the gods, but instead welcomed whatever fortune came their way anyhow. They relied on whatever the gods and chance (destiny) had equipped them with from birth; their own strength and power.

The Pagan philosophy is well described by the saying: "each man gets what he deserves". If you ask for something extra, for something more, then you have to pay for it, one way or the other. If You don't annul it yourself (by giving/sacrificing the extra gain to the gods), the "wrong" and the "injustice" of extra favour will be somehow annulled by bad hamingja - fully in accordance with the Pagan understanding of justice. The gods will restore the balance on their own, some way or the other, and the bad luck can come when and where you least expect it. Each man gets what he deserves. Nothing more, nothing less. Asking for special favours is a risky business.

The custom, mostly in the late Pagan era, or in the case of Southern Europe even in Antiquity, of asking the gods for favours "out of season" is simply religious decadence, and should not be used as a model to modern Pagans. The most extreme religious decadence and ignorance would then be prayer; a pretty sacrifice of time and (often egocentric) thoughts intended to make the gods grant the wish of the person praying. Not only is this very disrespectful, in the sense that the person praying suggests that he or she knows better than the gods; it is also folly to ask the gods to change the destiny of someone - and thus ask them to deprive that person of the purpose with his or her life. Whatever happens in our lives is meant to happen, so why would we want to change that?

We should never try to misuse the power of sacrifice. Besides, only the initiates, that had gone through the initiation mysteries, could communicate with the gods, so prayer is in any case nonsense unless you have gone through the Pagan initiation mysteries. Normal uninitiated human beings cannot communicate with the gods anyhow. They don't know the asamįl ("language of the gods") and don't have the keys to their realms. They don't know the runes ("secrets").

What you don't experience in this life you have to experience in the next life, so there is really not even a point in trying to avoid your own destiny, no matter how horrible it is, how unjust it may seem to you or how much you would like your life to be different. Accept your destiny, and accept other people's destiny too. Like Julius Cęsar said it: amor fati ("love your destiny"), and don't try to change it through petty sacrifices or prayer. Influence life and the world only with mįtt sinn ok megin!

Unless the situation is very special, or if you are ready to pay the price and annul it afterwards, we should only make sacrifices, lead by the initiates, to thank the gods for everything they have given us in life. Be it rainfall or sunshine, adversity or prosperity, bad luck or good luck. Everything has a purpose - and each man gets what he deserves.

However, I will stress that a so-called ill-fated life is not handed out as a "punishment" (and I can add that punishment is a term that is alien to the Pagan philosophy), but to enable us to grow, prosper and thrive in the long run. It is handed out to us to enable us to become stronger, better and nobler human beings. All adversity in life is an opportunity to become better (purified), and not a punishment. Only the adversity we face can bring us closer to the gods. Besides; the "evil" in our world brings forth the opportunity for the "good" to do its deeds.

We are all responsible for our own lives, in the sense that we decide for ourselves what to bring into the grave when we die - how "white" (pure) we are when we die. What we need to learn and go through in life is decided before we are even born. It is decided by our past (id est our past lives). We are always responsible for our own past, and because of that we are all responsible for what we are today. We all always get what we deserve.

The belief in the gods and their free will and the belief in destiny seems like a paradox, but it is only a result of the fact that the gods seek to penetrate and improve everything, while the laws of necessity offer them some resistance. Mankind balances between the free will of the gods and these laws of necessity.

There are indeed many paradoxes in the universe, and mankind is one of them: we are earthly and divine creatures; our bodies come from Jord (Norse Jorš, "Earth"), Mother Earth, but our minds (or so-called "souls") come from Bore (Norse Bśri, "born"), the Sky God - and while the mind longs for home (Įsgaršr), the body keeps it on Earth, and will continue to do so until we have been sufficiently purified and improved.
Varg Vikernes
January 2005

ornendil
Monday, January 9th, 2006, 09:59 AM
Part V - Sacrifices

In the Viking Age the Christians reported that some Pagans made sacrifices to the Ęsir, Vanir, elves (id est spirits of the dead) and other vettr ("creatures") "out of season", asking them for favours. They also reported that many Pagans looked upon these sacrifices with contempt. The Christians believed that these people weren't "real" Pagans. Instead they had what was known as trśa į mįtt sinn ok megin ("the belief in your own strength and power").

Like always Christian interpretation is ignorant. These Pagans were indeed just as Pagan as the Pagans who made such sacrifices (also) "out of season" were. The reason some Pagans didn't make sacrifices "out of season" was that whatever you need help from the gods to get, you don't deserve to have. If you ask for help from the gods, in some context, and is granted aid, the profit belongs to the gods. You don't deserve it yourself unless you acquired it by the help of mįtt sinn ok megin ("your own strength and power").

We see this from some archeological finds, where weapons, boats and human remains are found in Scandinavian bogs and lakes. Perfectly usable and high quality weapons and equipment were destroyed and prisoners were executed and thrown in a holy lake or hung in a holy tree. The booty was given to the gods. The victors chose to do this, after the battle, rather than take their dead enemies' arms as war booty or sell it, and use or sell the prisoners as thralls, because they had asked Óšinn for help to win the battle. They probably destroyed all the equipment to make sure nobody tried to recover it, or possibly to symbolically "kill" it and thus make it available to the gods, who live "in the realm of the dead".

We actually have a well known historical example of this too, when Herman (Arminius) of the Cheruski tribe in year 9 lead the Germanic resistance against a Roman invasion of Germania east of the Rhine. Apparently they exterminated two of three whole Roman legions and after a total victory hanged more than 10.000 (!) Romans in the trees in Teuteburger Wald in Thüringen, as a sacrifice to Óšinn (or Wōžanaz, as his name was at that time). This fairly brutal outcome prevented a Roman conquest of Germania east of the Rhine, and the Romans weren't too keen on sending any more legions to try and conquer Germania east of the Rhine after that.

Had these Germanic tribes not asked Óšinn for help, they could have used or sold the people captured as thralls (something that was common practice in Antiquity). They owned the victory to Óšinn, though, so it all belonged to him - to Hangatż ("god of the hanged", one of Óšinn's nicknames).

When (all) the different Pagans made sacrifices "in season", on the high festivals, they were not supposed to ask for special favours from the gods, but it was done to strengthen the ties to the gods. Therefore a sacrifice in Pagan Scandinavia was known as a blot ("blood", "to strengthen"). When you have visitors, you show them hospitality and serve them food and beverage. On the Yule-Eve the gods visited the living accompanied by the elves ("eternal", the spirits of the dead), whom they brought with them from Heaven. Although Heimdallr, Žórr or Óšinn is said to lead this procession of gods and ghosts - best known as the Oskorei ("Army of Thunder") - the other gods were present too. To make some of the food available to the Oskorei they hanged cakes and other food items in the trees (id est they "killed" them to make them available to the dead) and they poured mead over the grave mounds to make the dead feel welcome, and they drank and ate in honour of the gods. They even made their beds especially carefully on the Yule-Eve, and then slept on the floor, to enable the guests from Įsgaršr to sleep well, in the beds of the living.

The banquet was held not to ask for a good and peaceful year, but to thank the gods for the peace and prosperity the gods decided to give them in the coming year. They let the gods decide what they deserved, and gave thanks to them for whatever they would get from them, be it much or little. The other sacrifices of the year served the same purpose; to give thanks to the gods for whatever fortune the gods decided to let come their way. It served little purpose to ask for much or to ask for special favours, because - like I stated above - what was gained that way belonged to the power helping them gain it. Such extra gains had to be given (sacrificed) to the power that had helped them, or else they would be struck by bad hamingja ("luck").

We all receive favours from the gods, that we (should) thank the gods for in the high festivals of the year. We show respect for the gods by just accepting our destinies and appreciating all the favours that come our way, as we do our best in life. Trśa į mįtt sinn ok megin was in other words not a lack of faith in the gods, but rather complete trust in the gods (it was Įsatrś: "belief in the Ęsir", "faithful to the Ęsir"). These Pagans didn't ask for special favours from the gods, but instead welcomed whatever fortune came their way anyhow. They relied on whatever the gods and chance (destiny) had equipped them with from birth; their own strength and power.

The Pagan philosophy is well described by the saying: "each man gets what he deserves". If you ask for something extra, for something more, then you have to pay for it, one way or the other. If You don't annul it yourself (by giving/sacrificing the extra gain to the gods), the "wrong" and the "injustice" of extra favour will be somehow annulled by bad hamingja - fully in accordance with the Pagan understanding of justice. The gods will restore the balance on their own, some way or the other, and the bad luck can come when and where you least expect it. Each man gets what he deserves. Nothing more, nothing less. Asking for special favours is a risky business.

The custom, mostly in the late Pagan era, or in the case of Southern Europe even in Antiquity, of asking the gods for favours "out of season" is simply religious decadence, and should not be used as a model to modern Pagans. The most extreme religious decadence and ignorance would then be prayer; a pretty sacrifice of time and (often egocentric) thoughts intended to make the gods grant the wish of the person praying. Not only is this very disrespectful, in the sense that the person praying suggests that he or she knows better than the gods; it is also folly to ask the gods to change the destiny of someone - and thus ask them to deprive that person of the purpose with his or her life. Whatever happens in our lives is meant to happen, so why would we want to change that?

We should never try to misuse the power of sacrifice. Besides, only the initiates, that had gone through the initiation mysteries, could communicate with the gods, so prayer is in any case nonsense unless you have gone through the Pagan initiation mysteries. Normal uninitiated human beings cannot communicate with the gods anyhow. They don't know the asamįl ("language of the gods") and don't have the keys to their realms. They don't know the runes ("secrets").

What you don't experience in this life you have to experience in the next life, so there is really not even a point in trying to avoid your own destiny, no matter how horrible it is, how unjust it may seem to you or how much you would like your life to be different. Accept your destiny, and accept other people's destiny too. Like Julius Cęsar said it: amor fati ("love your destiny"), and don't try to change it through petty sacrifices or prayer. Influence life and the world only with mįtt sinn ok megin!

Unless the situation is very special, or if you are ready to pay the price and annul it afterwards, we should only make sacrifices, lead by the initiates, to thank the gods for everything they have given us in life. Be it rainfall or sunshine, adversity or prosperity, bad luck or good luck. Everything has a purpose - and each man gets what he deserves.

However, I will stress that a so-called ill-fated life is not handed out as a "punishment" (and I can add that punishment is a term that is alien to the Pagan philosophy), but to enable us to grow, prosper and thrive in the long run. It is handed out to us to enable us to become stronger, better and nobler human beings. All adversity in life is an opportunity to become better (purified), and not a punishment. Only the adversity we face can bring us closer to the gods. Besides; the "evil" in our world brings forth the opportunity for the "good" to do its deeds.

We are all responsible for our own lives, in the sense that we decide for ourselves what to bring into the grave when we die - how "white" (pure) we are when we die. What we need to learn and go through in life is decided before we are even born. It is decided by our past (id est our past lives). We are always responsible for our own past, and because of that we are all responsible for what we are today. We all always get what we deserve.

The belief in the gods and their free will and the belief in destiny seems like a paradox, but it is only a result of the fact that the gods seek to penetrate and improve everything, while the laws of necessity offer them some resistance. Mankind balances between the free will of the gods and these laws of necessity.

There are indeed many paradoxes in the universe, and mankind is one of them: we are earthly and divine creatures; our bodies come from Jord (Norse Jorš, "Earth"), Mother Earth, but our minds (or so-called "souls") come from Bore (Norse Bśri, "born"), the Sky God - and while the mind longs for home (Įsgaršr), the body keeps it on Earth, and will continue to do so until we have been sufficiently purified and improved.

Varg Vikernes
January 2005

Via purgativa et illuminativa
(The Way of Purification and Enlightenment)

ornendil
Monday, January 9th, 2006, 10:02 AM
Part VI - Hygiene In The Pagan Era

One thing that is puzzling with "The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring", the Jackson film, is that all of the characters - with the exception of Legolas and the other elves - were filthy throughout the film. This reminded me of the fact that this is actually how modern man views our forefathers. I am not saying that anybody believes "LotR" is actual history, but obviously films like this are made with our own medieval and prehistoric forefathers as models; and we tend to see them as thoroughly filthy creatures.

We have probably all heard about how the Europeans in the Middle Ages used to wash only once a year - in the Yuletide - and how the French royals used perfume to drown their own foul smell in the XVIIth and XVIIIth century, instead of simply washing. They were so filthy and disgusting that modern man shivers in disgust when they hear about them.

Historians can also tell that in the Viking Age the Scandinavian Pagan men were very popular with women of Christian Europe. The reason was not only because they were fairer and healthier, but also because they actually washed - and they even washed regularly (at least once a week). The fact is that the horribly poor hygiene we know of from the medieval times didn't come to Europe until Christianity came to Europe. The Christians claimed washing and good hygiene was a "sin" and banned it! That's the reason Europe became a pigsty in the Middle Ages, and not because people were so very unhygienic and ignorant in the past!

We see the custom of washing carefully once a week very clearly from the names of the weekdays in Scandinavia.



Norse Norwegian English Translation
Sunnadagr Sųndag The Sun's Day
Mįnadagr Mandag The Moon's Day
Tżsdagr Tirsdag/Tysdag Tżr's Day
Óšinsdagr Onsdag Óšinn's Day
Žórsdagr Torsdag Žórr's Day
Frjįdagr Fredag Love [Freyja/Freyr]'s Day
Laugardagr Lųrdag/Laurdag Washing Day


The week began on the Sunday, so therefore they always ended the week by washing (and cleaning the house), in order not to bring anything impure into the new week (just like they never brought anything impure into the realms of the gods or the holy places). The washing day was dedicated to Heimdallr - known as "the white god" - who ruled by the principle "you harvest what you sow". Every weekend they washed, and every last Saturday of the year they did this especially carefully. To be hygienic is in other words actually an important part of the ancient religion (and that is actually why the Christians banned it and called it a "sin")!

Now, these are the Scandinavian names of the weekdays, but at least in English and Latin, and partly in German, the names of the days of the week are the same as the Scandinavian ones (only with English, Latin and German deity-names). I don't know the names of the weekdays in other European languages, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were based on the same Pagan philosophy.

My claim is that this custom of washing at least once a week must have been (in Antiquity) a Pan-European custom, and not just a custom in Scandinavia. We already know the Romans had elaborate plumbing and baths, and naturally this supports my claim that all of Pagan Europe was hygienic. I can also add that most of the Pagan mysteries begins with or includes a bath or (in case of the initiation mysteries) a washing of the candidate.

The horribly poor sanitary culture that came to Europe with Christianity is however not the only filth this Asian regurgitation brought to us. The mental hygiene and race hygiene practiced by the ancient Europeans also was disrupted by the introduction of Christianity. In that context, had an ancient European seen modern Europe and how people behave and live today he or she would have (rightfully) reacted with the same horror as we do when we hear about the hygiene in medieval Europe!

Science and common sense finally defeated the Christian view on hygiene in the XIXth century and I am convicted the rest of this Hebrew Black Death will be overcome too, with time. Some of us have already developed immunity, and will because of that never be soiled by this plague no matter what. With science as an unwilling ally, reason will prevail.

Although doomed to live in Hel/Hades during the winter season, Baldr/Persephone always returns to us in the summer season. Dagr ("day") is born by Nįtt ("night"); before we can enjoy the wonderful light of a new day we always have to endure the darkness of the night for some time. The fact that this night has in parts of Europe already lasted for up to 1.800 years doesn't change this.

Varg "Fenrir" Vikernes
08.01.2005

Qua medicamenta non sanant, ignis sanat
(What medicine does not heal, the fire cures)

ornendil
Monday, January 9th, 2006, 10:03 AM
Part VII - Why Did Paganism Fail?

We can glorify our Pagan forefathers and their religion, culture and worldview as much as we want to, but all this sounds rather silly the moment somebody asks us the simply question: "If Paganism was such a marvelous religion, then why was it replaced by Christianity?" Christianity prevailed through treachery? Deceit and lies? Violent oppression? Sure, but that is not the main reason Christianity prevailed.

The Pagans of Southern Europe will probably not like to hear what I am about to say, but it is a fact that our European religion had become effete in Southern Europe as early as in the first couple of centuries before our time of reckoning. If we read some of the ancient literature we can see that even the ancient Greeks - including Homer - were puzzled by certain facts in their stories. They were not always familiar with the customs of the people they wrote about, because the ancient Greek society had already become decadent by then. The Pagan religion no longer worked like it was supposed to do in Southern Europe, and the explanation to this is actually population growth!

This point about population growth is very important, because the Pagan religion is a mystery religion, with complex rituals and a vast array of symbols and deities. Only the initiates really knew what was going on and understood the liturgy. The enlightenment achieved through participation in these mysteries was achieved step by step, over time. In a large congregation only a small percentage could be initiated, because only one person at the time could be initiated in each mystery. Further, this had to be done on a certain day of the week, month or year, when the candidate was at a certain age, and the uninitiated individuals of the congregation would then in effect remain outsiders or at best ignorant spectators not knowing what was going on even in the public religious rites. When the congregations grew into a huge crowd, like they did in Southern Europe because of population growth, the result was that eventually most of the people in the South-European communities would be ignorant to the purpose of the whole Pagan religion. Even in the early Iron Age the public rituals would serve only as theatre to most of them, as some sort of incomprehensible entertainment. "Nice music, spectacular show, but what is the purpose?" If the priests unveiled the secrets of the mysteries to the uninitiated, just to let them know what was going on and keep them interested, that would also ruin the whole experience for them, because the enlightenment only comes if the content of each mystery is unknown to the candidate beforehand. They had to keep it a secret, or else the mysteries would serve no purpose.

So unlike in the scarcely populated Northern Europe the Pagan religion only served a purpose to a small part of the populations of Southern Europe. There the ordinary man saw the religion as incomprehensible, the rites were too complex for him or her to understand them, and naturally it gave him or her no spiritual enlightenment. When the Romans a few centuries later created Christianity, a religion tailor-made for the mediocre masses left out by the Pagan cult, it was not very hard to gain supporters to this new religion in Southern Europe. Christianity offered one single symbol, one single deity and one single saviour, and was comprehensible to even the most intellectually inferior individuals. "Kneel in front of the cross, accept Jesus Christ as Your saviour and You are saved!" Why not? At the time the Pagan congregations only let the elite of the society into their cults, and the rest was basically left out, so why would the rest not join a cult - Christianity - where they too could be saved, and where they could even be saved instantly? A lot of people must have thought like that, because the next few hundred years Christianity spread out across Southern Europe. The villages in Southern Europe remained Pagan longer, though, obviously because the Pagan cults in the villages didn't have the problem with too large congregations - and I can add that that is apparently why we call the European religion Paganism in the first place, as paganus means "village dweller" in Latin. Christianity was first and foremost a religion for the uninitiated and ignorant crowds of the larger cities.

Western and Eastern Europe faced the same problem with population growth, and because of that offered little resistance to Christianity, but Northern Europe remained a scarcely populated area. In the Viking Age there were tens of millions of people living in Western, Central, Southern and Eastern Europe, but only about 250.000 people were living in all of Scandinavia. So while the rest of Europe was Christianized Scandinavia remained a Pagan society first and foremost because of the fact that people were still living in tiny communities, where everybody could participate and be included in the Pagan cult. Scandinavia had never become decadent and there was no vacuum to be filled by Christianity.

The result of this was, as we know, that Northern Europe defended itself against the cultural and religious imperialism of the Christians, with all the means they possessed. Superior ship technology and contempt for death was not enough, though, when 250.000 Scandinavians had to face the tens of millions of Christians in Europe. However, they burnt the few monasteries already built in Scandinavia, slew or threw out the few Christians already here, and fought courageously against the rest of Europe for about 250 years (!) before the resistance was broken and the Scandinavians finally agreed to pretend they accepted Christianity.

Paganism didn't fail as a religion. Paganism simply failed to remained the official religion because it is not a religion for the masses. It is a religion for healthy communities made up of a few individuals living in harmony with nature. It is a religion for the strong, the pure, the beautiful and the healthy, and to these people it is still the only religion worth practicing.

When the rest of the world goes down the drain because of consumerism, capitalism, internationalism and the Judeo-Christian religions it doesn't really matter, because the Pagans will remain uncorrupted and strong, living in their own healthy and self-sufficient societies in the countryside. Nobody and nothing can destroy our culture or race if even only a few of us remain true to our religion, and they cannot pollute our minds with their Asian filth either, if we live in communities where everybody are enlightened - by the Pagan mysteries. If we don't let them they cannot take us down with them when they fall into the abyss and their modern Sodom/Gomorrah destroys itself. The Pagans will survive the downfall of civilization because they don't participate and because of that remain pure.

Varg "Lķfžrasir" Vikernes
(12.10.2005)

Blod og Odel!
(Blood and Allodium)

Vikingland
Friday, December 22nd, 2006, 08:56 PM
Am I the only one here who finds this stuff kind of amazing?

Blood_Axis
Thursday, December 28th, 2006, 12:01 PM
Am I the only one here who finds this stuff kind of amazing?
No, otherwise you'd be in the wrong place... ;)

To me it's amazing, how different a reality could be (and had been), so different than the christian way of what things are "supposed to be", that our schools & families feed us.