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    Post The Order of the Iron Wreath

    In the 60s, certain people interested in the creation of a religious Order came to Julius Evola and asked him for guidelines. In the beginning of the 70s, the following article was published in Arthos. Though I disagree here on numerous points with Evola, I thought it was an interesting read.


    The Order of the Iron Wreath
    Julius Evola

    At the downfall of the Roman empire, the first ascetic Orders were born of the need to maintain and defend spiritual values in the middle of the political chaos and the moral disintegration of the time.

    With the appearance of a similar situation, the deep crisis that has been affecting the modern world, it seems appropriate to set up something similar, and the Order of the Iron Wreath has been proposed. This designation is not related to the ancient Italian wreath. It was suggested by the idea of a sovereignty to be defined in spiritual terms, and with reference to the metal that is the best symbol of strength, temper and inflexibility, which must be features of character of the men of the Order for the defense of Spirit.

    1. The men of the Order have the duty, first of all, of being living testimonies to the values of pure Spirit, understood as a transcendent reality, above any merely human value, any naturalistic, 'social' and 'individualistic' bond, and of defending and asserting them in appropriate forms.

    2. The devastations that characterise the modern world impose on the men of the Order the responsibility for the assumption and the assertion of such values as distinct from more or less historically conditioned institutions and forms. The men of the Order, noting that at the present time there is no political or social system of a legitimate nature, true to higher principles, keep aloof from all these. They could be present, and even accept offices or positions, in such institutions, but for the sole purpose of exerting an influence of a transcendent nature, whether direct or indirect. As for the distance to be kept from every particular religious form, since the growing decay and secularisation of these forms is self-evident, any such participation must be justified by the acknowledgment of basic values free from any conditioning.

    3. Leaving this aside, the most important thing is that the men of the Order act on an existential level through their presence, through absolute adherence to truth, uprightness, ability to subordinate the person to the work, inflexibility and rigour of the idea, indifference towards any outward recognition and any material benefit. Recognising the correspondence between the interior and exterior human form, it is desirable that the men of the Order be chosen from among those without physical defects, and even from among those of imposing mien. Besides, this was often a rule in the knightly orders.

    4. There are distortions specific to modern society, and to take a stand against them is a natural and essential premise of adherence to the Order. What is to be criticised above all in this connection is any form of democracy and egalitarism, to which must be opposed a spiritually founding principle of
    authority and hierarchy.

    Any proletarian and collectivist 'social' myth must be fought even more. Contempt for the so-called 'working classes' is an essential point. The men of the Order oppose any cronyism, any climbing of inferior forces to power and any concept of rank, privilege and power defined in terms of money and wealth. The task of the men of the Order is to assert the supremacy of heroic, aristocratic and traditional spiritual values against the practical materialism, petty immoralism and utilitarianism of our times. On every occasion they will stand up for these values and oppose and unmask what is in contradiction with them.

    5. The Order recognises Truth as the most powerful weapon for its action. The Lie, the ideological falsification, the suggestion and the anaesthetising action exerted on every ability of higher sensitivity and recognition are actually at the root of the general work of subversion and distortion in the present world.

    6. The center of gravity of the Order lies neither in any particular religious confession nor in any political movement, and moreover, in its spirit, the Order stands aloof from all that pretends to be 'culture' in the modern, intellectualistic and profane sense. The foundation of the man of the Order is on the contrary, in the first place, a way of being ; in the second place, a given vision of life, as its expression ; in the third place, the elements of
    style for a personal attitude of rectitude and coherence in life, together with a norm for the mastery of action.

    7. Currents and bodies of ideas may be supported, inspired or favoured, according to their opportune nature in relation to any given situation, by the Order, but without its identifying itself with them. It will only aim at acting on the plane of causes, not on the plane of effects and exteriority.

    8. The whole Order will be behind each man of the Order. Each member will have the duty of supporting, by any means, any other member, not as an individual, but as an exponent of the organisation. Each member of the Order should turn himself into a center of influence in any given circle, and the unity of the Order will express, confirm and strengthen the natural harmony potentially existing between these elements, cells or centers of action equally internally orientated, shaped by the same idea.


    About Qualifications

    1. Only men of an age not less than 20, free from physical defects and from anything that could be prejudicial to natural prestige on the psycho-somatic plane can be admitted in the Order.

    2. The Order presupposes individualities who, having at least potentially the same inner qualification, vocation and mentality, are already at various stages along the same line of spiritual awareness.

    Belonging to the Order, however, requires a precise and sworn pledge, attesting to readiness to put in the front line, in any field, the idea of the Order's aim, as opposed to any sentimental, emotional and familial bond, to personal preferences, to material interests, or to social ambitions. The men of the Order are asked for no renunciation, but for an inner detachment - that is to say an inner freedom - regarding their own situation in the outer world, whatever it may be.

    3. Belonging to a given religious community or denomination is not incompatible with belonging to the Order, provided that the latter is guaranteed primacy in case of conflict.

    4. It is wished that, in the formulation of higher principle, the men of the Order aspire to concordant realisations, in the sense of seeking contacts with superior states of being that have constituted the object of operative disciplines of initiatic nature.


    About Distinctions of Rank and Organisational Form

    1. The Order has two aspects, an internal one and an external one. With reference to the first aspect, all the members of the Order take on an equal dignity corresponding to the denomination or title of 'Men of the Order of the Iron Wreath'. Organisationally, the Order is ruled and led by a Council of the Masters of the Order, composed of seven members, with a 'Grand Master of the Order'. General tasks of directive, realisatory and disciplinary nature, to be gradually defined during each session of the Council, are to be shared out among such members.

    2. The internal side of the Order corresponds to the purely doctrinal domain and consists of three degrees, to be related to the state of spiritual fulfillment of each individual. This articulation does not necessarily have a bearing upon the domain we have just referred to in the previous point, apart from the clause that at least four of the members of the Council of the Masters must also take on the highest degree of the internal hierarchy. This and the work on the plane of knowledge and distinctions of rank according to traditional criteria will be dealt with in a separate chapter.

    3. It is up to the Council to decide any admission to the Order, with the choice and the direct investiture of distinguished elements that are judged worthy. 'Ex officio' memberships are not to be excluded: given personalities can be declared as belonging to the Order in every respect, even though they have no apparent relation to it.

    4. Belonging to the Order does not entail financial obligation. Bequests and donations will be allowed. The Council will have them at its disposal, with exclusive reference to the impersonal aims of the Order.

    5. The title of 'Man of the Order' is potentially hereditary in the sense that whoever possesses it can decide that it can be transmitted to the firstborn of his family, the ambition being that the tradition of his blood be also that of a given spiritual form and influence, in the continuation of the same action.

    6. The members of the Council are the founders of the Order. The Council itself will decide on the succession in any case where a death or incompatibility occurs regarding any member. Each of them has the right to propose to whoever he wishes to transmit his function and to be the continuator of his work. The Council will decide on this point.

    7. The Council has essentially the features of a 'Society of Men' (Mannerbund). It has thus no sympathy for all that belongs merely to the realm of the family.

    8. The members of this society can follow a line of sexual freedom, provided that this does not mean subservience to sex.

    9. Though women cannot belong to the Order as members, young women could constitute a 'third-class' formation at the disposal of the men of the Order, for communitarian and not possessive, use (see what Plato considered, in his ideal State, for the warlike caste), measures being taken to prevent fecundation.
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    Post Re: The Order of the Iron Wreath

    Very interesting piece - as always.

    This seems a valiant attempt by Evola to concretise the Ideal into a Body of Men.
    I would prefer a terser form of expression of such tenets, but accept that it is a translation into English.

    It is altogether startling and god-like in its noble conceptions - although I'm interested to know what points you disagree with, seeing as you took the decision to post the piece in the first-place.
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    Post Re: The Order of the Iron Wreath

    Quote Originally Posted by Moody Lawless
    It is altogether startling and god-like in its noble conceptions - although I'm interested to know what points you disagree with, seeing as you took the decision to post the piece in the first-place.
    I agree with the broad outline and really like the idea of a sacred Order to salvage what's left of sanity, which is why I put it up. Some short remarks on the piece:



    Any proletarian and collectivist 'social' myth must be fought even more.
    Is the race concept a collectivist myth? According to people like Ayn Rand it is and I'm not entirely certain what Evola position towards it is; it seems some of his material is contradictory in this respect. This might have something to do with the censoring of his work in the post World War II period though.


    Contempt for the so-called 'working classes' is an essential point.
    I disagree. The working classes are an important and integral part of the folk, and good material for revolution. In fact, I think many people in the working classes have more ethnoracial consciousness than the 'higher classes' (as if there is any spiritually qualitative difference between them nowadays), and are therefore actually healthier. What must be contempted is not the labourer, but the man who reduces his world to mere economics - and such persons can be found among all strata of society. I do, however, strongly agree with what Evola then says:

    The men of the Order oppose any cronyism, any climbing of inferior forces to power and any concept of rank, privilege and power defined in terms of money and wealth. The task of the men of the Order is to assert the supremacy of heroic, aristocratic and traditional spiritual values against the practical materialism, petty immoralism and utilitarianism of our times. On every occasion they will stand up for these values and oppose and unmask what is in contradiction with them.
    Excellent.


    Only men of an age not less than 20, free from physical defects and from anything that could be prejudicial to natural prestige on the psycho-somatic plane can be admitted in the Order.
    I'd add that being 'free from physical defects' and being wholesome on the psycho-somatic plane necessarily entails ethnoracial integrity; only white Europids without roots in subversive ethnic groups (such as the Jews or gypsies) should be eligible.


    The Council has essentially the features of a 'Society of Men' (Mannerbund). It has thus no sympathy for all that belongs merely to the realm of the family.
    I think Evola's condemnation of family life goes too far. The family unit should be respected as the organic cornerstone of the folk; to proclaim one has no 'sympathy for all that belongs merely to the realm of the family' is subversive IMHO.


    Though women cannot belong to the Order as members, young women could constitute a 'third-class' formation at the disposal of the men of the Order, for communitarian and not possessive, use (see what Plato considered, in his ideal State, for the warlike caste), measures being taken to prevent fecundation.
    I strongly object to the idea of a 'third-class formation' of women at the 'disposal' of the Men of the Order, for 'communitarian' 'use'. I respect the family unit and monogamy.


    I basically agree with most of the other assertions, though I'm somewhat sceptical of the following too:

    Belonging to the Order does not entail financial obligation.

    What do you think of these points? Are there other points you disagree with or consider especially important?
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    Post Re: The Order of the Iron Wreath

    First thing to note is that it describes an "ascetic" order - one therefore of self-denial and severity. Hence the rejection of family.
    Only a very select Few can live like this.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?r=10&q=ascetic

    'Sovereignty' here is symbolised by the iron wreath [we are reminded of the crown of thorns which symbolises a very different conception of sovereignty].


    This wreath is Hard, Severe, Unbending and Indestructible [unlike the disintegrating thorn wreath which scratches and mars the imperfect head of the victim]


    A kingdom of heaven could never be enough - the values of sovereignty, being of the highest and most exalted MUST be replicated on earth; that is why the Order exists


    Evola is right to fight against 'collective "social" myths' - the operative word is "social"; 'society' means nothing to us as it is an amorphous collective ill-defined. He does not fight against 'collective "racial" myths' - no!
    The Racial is always preferable to the Social; and here 'myth' is meant in its positive sense, i.e., 'mythos'.
    So there is no contradiction here - look to the words used.


    The Order's ethos must be understood as inter pares; there is only respect and ethical responsibility within this one Order which is a caste.
    The Order is not a 'working-class' set-up - it is ascetic, remember.
    It would have nothing but contempt for the beer-swilling lechery of the 'salt of the earth'!

    This is a SEVERE Order - do not expect any patronising niceties about 'the good old working class'!

    Being free of physical defects means just that!
    Something like the SS restrictions but even more exalted.
    I am reminded that Irish pagan kings were chosen for their unblemished appearance - if they developed blemishes then they were killed.
    This may account for the extreme degree of inherited beauty among the Irish.


    The main points/desideratum, seem to be;

    1) Absolute Duty
    2) Anti-Modernism
    3) Perfect Racial Specimens
    4) Adherence to Order of Rank and Authority
    5) We are Truthful, always
    6) Absolute Spirituality in Being and Doing
    7) Aloofness
    8) Total Loyalty WITHIN the Order
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    Post Re: The Order of the Iron Wreath

    Did this Order ever come into being?

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    On "Ascetic"

    ...a term that no longer has boundaries, or, never did. The "denial" of ones self is reduced to a core trait. In short, the greatest of self-affirmations: a tool of the will; a display of ones governing proclivity/wille zur macht. How, and in what context the use of this term appears, yields far more information than the fact that it appears at all. It is ideological smoke-and-mirrors: an obfuscation of the already cryptic. In other words--brilliant.

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    Is a New Knightly Order Possible Today? [split f. 'Spiritual Knight Order' ]

    Quote Originally Posted by Moody Lawless View Post
    It may be better, at the moment, to create such an Order on a Virtual basis, here on the web.

    Perhaps a thread could be started to that end [such as this one!], where a new Order is to be set up which would include pagans, agnostics and Aryan Christians all together, working towards a common goal.

    A curriculum would be invented and various codes, symbols, mottoes and grades of membership could be devised, along with ideas for suitable venues [castles etc.,], holy lands, gods etc,.
    (Split from this thread):
    http://forums.skadi.net/showthread.php?t=64036

    This sounds like a good idea, though I agree with Thulean Imperial Inquisitor that such an order would be insufficient. It would nevertheless be a good start.

    I do think, though, that such a thread — which would involve real planning — should not be in the public areas of the forum, such as this area. Free Speech, the Althing, or the Asgård Club would seem a better venue for such discussion.
    Last edited by Moody; Thursday, October 12th, 2006 at 05:49 PM. Reason: split thread, so added link to parent thread.

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    Re: A (spiritual) Knight Order in the modern world (?)

    It's not a bad idea, but the last attempts since the XIX century have many times finished as Freemason lodges or similar.

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    Re: A (spiritual) Knight Order in the modern world (?)

    Our difference is that we stand clearly against the stated and actual aims of Freemasonry and all other simularly situated Orders.

    I believe this is a vital step towards the revival come through the end of things.

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    Mad Re: A (spiritual) Knight Order in the modern world (?)

    As much as I admire the drive and enthusiasm expressed by participants of this thread, some of the machinations I'm reading sound like the wet dreams of a group of disfunctional adolescent boys with a rich fantasy life.

    How many of you really think establishing breeding farms should be a top priority? Will all the thirteen year old boys out there please raise your hands...

    Enough with these testosterone fantasies of wanabee warriors parading around with combat uniforms and bedding breeding stock wenches conscripted by the thousands...

    Time to get real. The white warrior of the 21st century isn't going be some brawny killer with a sword or a firearm. He's going to be the scrawny, nerdy egghead who understands that the new fields of battle are intellectual and psychological in nature -- and will be waging campaigns accordingly on the political and economic fronts.

    So much for the loverboy Lancelots of the new realm...

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    Organizations have a "living" essence: They can grow, react, change, reproduce, get sick and even die.

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    I loathe the idea of there being a secret steering committee -- that's the surest way for corruption to get a toehold and pollute the whole process...

    Assuming the need for a steering committee, I would recommend there being some sort of watchdog group comprised of people who have diametrically opposing views but are capable of conducting themselves in a respectfull and constructive manner to monitor the direction of the committee and ensure that the stated interests are respected.

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