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    Restoring the Indo-European Religion: Zoroastrianism, Germanic Paganism, & Rune Magic

    I was never into Stephen Flowers, but after this interview I am considering reading his books.


    Stephen Edred Flowers, also known by the pen-name Edred Thorsson, is an American Runologist and proponent of occultism, Germanic mysticism, Odinism, esoteric runosophy, Asatru, and Mazdaism.

    He is known for being instrumental in the early establishment of the Germanic Neopagan movement in North America and has been involved in Left-Hand Path organizations.

    Flowers has hundreds of published papers and over three dozen books, including “The Good Religion” and the forthcoming release, “Original Magic”. Flowers is currently director of the Woodharrow Institute of Germanic Studies and the owner and operator of Runa-Raven Press.

    Stephen begins by discussing his vision for rejuvenating the Indo-European way through a revival of well-founded Germanic traditions and the restoration of traditional areas of study that are being eliminated from academia. He explains the foundations of the Mazdan tradition and its ultimate goal of attaining happiness in the here and now, and he speaks to the importance of preserving the heroic myths that our ancestors would evoke to organize and motivate societies.

    We talk about the centuries-long, coercive Christianization process that eroded away the ancient organic values of Indo-European folk-groups and flipped the true position of humanity on its head with the idea of original sin. Stephen highlights his understanding of the connection between the formation of the Germanic religion and the Zoroastrian way, and he emphasizes how the absence of culturally conditioned images allowed different cultural spheres to develop according to a veneration for their own symbols, myths and rituals.

    In the members’ segment, Flowers talks about ancient horse domestication and the profoundness of the great myth of the American frontier. Then, Stephen explains the history of the Germanic writing system called the Runes and the relationship between the theory of magic and the mystical study of runes.

    We discuss rune magic, the use of artistic, mythical components in conveying messages, and the function of rune stones in immortalizing the dead and instilling motivation for group survival. We also touch on the application of runes in self-transformation, which Stephen says can be used to facilitate communications between one’s conscious and unconscious mind and in activating the spirit.

    Additionally, Stephen gives recommendations for inspiring a sense of spirituality and purpose through self-exploration and bonding with other like-minded individuals in real life. At the end, we consider the Persian Empire’s role in spreading the Aryan traditions of community and rights for all living things.

    Source: Redice.tv

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    I am very familiar with Flowers/Thorsson and own most of his writings, and am familiar as well with both the Temple of Set and the (now defunct) Rûna-Raven Press, two entities with which the author has been closely associated.

    His most interesting works by far, at least to me, are his studies of rune lore. And among those, the most valuable to me has been his Rune Might: History and Practices of the Early 20th Century German Rune Magicians, which, among other things, offers a useful treatment of the rune theory and practices of Guido von List and his 1914 masterwork Das Geheimnis der Runen. It also contains a short treatment of Karl Maria Wiligut and the selective appropriation of traditional rune lore by the NS occultists. Other useful runological works by Flowers/Thorsson include especially his Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic and Runelore: A Handbook of Esoteric Runology.

    Digital renderings of these works and others are readily available on the internet.

    But perhaps my favorite Flowers/Thorsson work is a short piece entitled The Secret of the Gothick God of Darkness. I remember in particular how the following paragraph resonated when I read it for the first time:

    Runic (Mysterious) information is stored "in the blood" where it lies concealed and dormant until the right stimulus is applied from the outside which signals its activation. In this way, knowledge can seem to have been eradicated, but yet resurface again and again with no apparent, or apparently natural, connection between one manifestation and other subsequent remanifestations.
    This theme is fundamental to the author's occult philosophy and reverberates throughout his writings. It ties in directly to the connection preservationists often make between racial origin and culture, namely, that the latter emanates from the former. Even if hidden temporarily, or suppressed due to the conditions under which people live, the root culture unique to a people is always available - because it is innate - to be revealed and revived under the right circumstances.

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    Haha, he was banished from the Odinic Rite for being an 'eucemnist' and his affiliation with the Temple of Set afaik.

    He also looks like the twin brother of Rush Limbaugh o_O
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