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    After Durer

    Here is a drawing I did a few days ago after Durer's 'man of sorrows'.
    It's a freehand copy, so it is not exact. I wanted to capture the feeling the Durer had, while studying his pen work closely....
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    The 23rd stanza (ethel rune) says that homeland...

    The 23rd stanza (ethel rune) says that homeland is sacred. The rune's form suggests a boundary, and therefore a limitation, as it were, to generosity.
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    Taking the Anglo Saxon rune poem as a source, two...

    Taking the Anglo Saxon rune poem as a source, two main ethical principles emerge in that work.

    The first has been mentioned, that of courage. See the second stanza, for example. Endurance of pain...
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    I too thought often of Tiw as we discussed the...

    I too thought often of Tiw as we discussed the issues here, and I inlcine to the opinion that Tiw pre-dates Woden.

    In Tiw, justice and war are one, and he plays a vital role in Ragnarok too.
    ...
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    Sure, but they all stem from the root meaning of...

    Sure, but they all stem from the root meaning of to separate in some sense or other.

    The clan [weik-] is the result of separation, just as the sacred place [and therefore by extension those who...
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    ... and the connection with Thor is instructive,...

    ... and the connection with Thor is instructive, as the essence of Norse religion is war.

    And the Aryan root of these words is *Wik-, meaning on the one hand to separate (as we see in the sense of...
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    From a Self Portrait series

    These are some of my drawings and painitngs from a recent self portrait series.
  8. Thread: Kenaz

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    I think Gungnir is on to something here. It has...

    I think Gungnir is on to something here.
    It has been suggested that the kennaz meaning attested in the poems as 'boil', 'sore', was treated metaphorically as a sore being like a fire or a burning...
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    In Anglo Saxon, weoh = wig, which Sweet defines...

    In Anglo Saxon, weoh = wig, which Sweet defines as 'idol' (no doubt a Christian influenced reductionism).
    But revealingly, wig is also defined as war, and here we get at the essence.
    It is close...
  10. And the Roman tendency to Universalism ended with...

    And the Roman tendency to Universalism ended with Rome's adoption of Christianity, a 'world religion'.
    The 'full truth' in racial particularism is that every race is unique and singular, and that...
  11. The Romans wanted to appropriate the Germanic...

    The Romans wanted to appropriate the Germanic gods to their own, as a means of conquest, just as the succesor religion to the Roman Empire, Christianity, appropriated the Germanic festivals.
    Most...
  12. The problem arises when religion is not...

    The problem arises when religion is not ethnic-based and rather states that the religion itself is for all people, whoever they may be, as long as they believe in, or follow that religion.

    In...
  13. Let us attend to the quote more carefully. He...

    Let us attend to the quote more carefully.
    He actually makes a distinction;

    1) following in the path of great men, and
    2) imitating those who are most excellent.

    In 1) he is suggesting that...
  14. I certainly agree with Machiavelli's assertion;-...

    I certainly agree with Machiavelli's assertion;- a version of the 'on the shoulders of giants' dictum.
    All great men build on the achievements of their predecessors.

    Secondly it relates to the...
  15. Poll! Yes - and as I said before, the beyonding of...

    Yes - and as I said before, the beyonding of morality is just the beginning.

    What Nietzsche aimed at was the grand task of the revaluation of all values.

    We must get beyond all values.

    This...
  16. Poll! One may not be able to get beyond pleasure and...

    One may not be able to get beyond pleasure and pain - but one can get beyond morality:
    This is the first step to be taken by the Ubermensch, and is far from being Utopian - not is it a kind of...
  17. Poll! Traditional societies posit a non-human Presence...

    Traditional societies posit a non-human Presence that is far superior to the human - this can be called the super-human, or over-human.
    Humans can only get a glimpse of the Presence, and yet it...
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    The use of the word 'mourn' reminds of a story of...

    The use of the word 'mourn' reminds of a story of Professor Tolkien who, when pondering on the Norman invasion of England would weep uncontrollably.
    He mourned the loss of Anglo-Saxon England at the...
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    This reminds me of the general criticism of...

    This reminds me of the general criticism of syllogistic logic; - it is based on tautologies, and derives from a game of definitions.
    of course, a perfect syllogism can be false, just as a bad...
  20. Thread: What Is Beauty?

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    I think when we use the phrase "a beauty in ..."...

    I think when we use the phrase "a beauty in ..." we are speaking metaphorically again. We are a saying 'a kind of beauty', meaning something like beauty. When we see something in its prime, we don't...
  21. Yes, I agree most certainly, and his speech is...

    Yes, I agree most certainly, and his speech is recorded in Tacitus.

    It is a good ethical principle to 'unite your friends and divide your enemies'.

    A clever enemy will always seek to divide his...
  22. In the Philosophy section we are at liberty to...

    In the Philosophy section we are at liberty to discuss ideas as ideas. Therefore if someone presents a purely biological ethic, we discuss it; just as we discuss a purely spiritual ethic. Skadi has a...
  23. The term 'Aryan' is used variously - sometimes as...

    The term 'Aryan' is used variously - sometimes as a synonym for 'Nordic', other times to mean merely Caucasian. It also adverts to the view that the Germanic, Latin, Slavic cultures atc., all share...
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    I think that "a marked twig" would be an obvious...

    I think that "a marked twig" would be an obvious way that a foreigner would refer to rune casting if he was merely observing it without knowing the Germanic languages [we can agree to disagree here...
  25. Thread: What Is Beauty?

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    What then is the metaphorical content of...

    What then is the metaphorical content of non-physical beauty which makes it applicable to what you claim is only metaphorical physical beauty? What is it about a physical thing that invites the...
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