An Apology


I feel i might have been a bit sloppy and angry when i was writing a post on certain tendensies within SOME US Asatru..

It was in a period when i was feeling more or less bombarded with strange sentiments, incorrect history and weird oppinions.
The post was meant to reflect on a certain video and and their ilk and not “mainstream” (in lack of a better term) US Heathenry but i can see how it came across like a general
elitist abrasiveness.
Placing a picture on there without making clear that this kindred was NOT implied in the critizism was downright stupid.
The picture was really meant to illustrate that some Heathens DO wear historical clothing, but NOT in a “LARPy” way.
Some do in Sweden too (besides, i have nothing against LARPs or re enactement. I have LARPed for years myself).
Since then i have written a post on some things about US Asatru that i like and admire (and that sometimes are missing here ).

Neither post, ofcourse, is “general”. Nobody could write a post on Heathenry or Heathens anywhere that covered all Kindreds or individuals.

It is merely my oppinions or observations and might be totally incorrect or unfair.

Heathenry ,being orthoprax, there are all kinds of oppinions, traditions and “flavors” of it.

Historically that would be the case too, with farms, villages or groups having the same basic traditions, but with variations suited to them (even looking at Iceland and Sweden is enough to see that there where some differences in how things where done. Heathenry has varied in praxis with region as well as  time ).

I should also repeat what i have alredy said, any complaints (whining) i have are not about any Heathen community in general, that is, it is not meant to mean the majority of Heathens anywhere (and neither would i prefer Heathenry to be identical everywhere. That would go against it´s nature)but certain tendensies that bugged me at the time.

I know several kindreds (Asatru and Anglo-Saxon) in the US that i respect and like a lot and who obviously does something that works very well.

I also know a whole bunch of nutcases in Scandinavia using Heathen symbolism but who would not get any sympathies from most Heathens anywhere.

I do however sometimes come across all from simple difference of oppinion (wich is as it should be) to people getting upset with me for thinking Fenris worship is unhistorical.

There was a period when my feeling was that “my” culture was up for grabs and could be presented anyway anyone pleased without anyone speaking up.

As if Scandinavian (and other Norse) history was a matter of personal agenda and taste.

This is fine in art but not if presented as history (for instance) .

As a matter of fact i was even told once (on the web) that me, being European (actually the term used was “white”), had no right to complain about anything and should “shut up”.

If anyone feels that my whining doesent fit them at all, it is probably because it doesent.

I have stated before that the majority of US Heathens are just that, Heathens that happen to live in the US.

There are regional differences in Heathenry even within (todays) Sweden and there always have been.

It is quite common to see “What is your Sed (custom)”, in writing here, indicating that differences are expected.

There are traditions within families or individual traditions too (as i suspect there are everywhere).

There ARE people wearing viking age clothes here too and there are also Blóts where the presiding/officiating Godi is wearing special garb.

I must say i feel stupid for posting pictures in a way that could be understood as if the people on them where the ones i whined about.

I have practiced thinking twice since i wrote this in an attempt to avoid lashing out at the wrong people.

I am really sorry for any offence!
I have taken down the post and hope frith will be restored.
Marcel

Library???


I remember when the Library was a place for reading books , and if you chose not to, you still had to shut the fuck up.
The worst offenders are the librarians .
Since my computer is broken i sit here in Skillingaryd library trying to read about archeology ,Socrates ,Ancient Levantine Iconography  but i might as well be reading at a pub.
No wonder people are such idjits!

New Orders And Claims Of Transmission


I mentioned that i wish there was an order like “The Irish Order of Thelema” in a Swedish version (degrees connected to culture, history and the land + the law of liberty) and got the response that i should found one.

Fact is, i once did found an order that survived and initiated for years (even in my absence). It was meant as a Hermetic order including the GD techniques but also several other traditions. It had a degree system inspired in part by the Scottish Rite (though the rituals where unique to it) and in part on the tree of life.

(Me and one other person still has charters to the Ordo Arcanae as it was called).

I noticed a “wee” problem that i had suspected.

Many orders (i am initiated to quite a few) have a founding myth that is sometimes taken too literally and they seem to want to make claims on tranference that on closer inspection just isnt there (to me a charter is a charter, no charter is no charter).

I avoided that and got the feeling that the order would have been more popular (not that that was a goal) if it seemed as ancient as much of its content and if i pretended to have a lineage to a lot of other historical or semi historical societies.

If simply having a member initiated to several high degrees and such of defunct orders was enough (say a GD 5-6) i could claim a “lineage” to the Bavarian Illuminati, Memphis / Misraim, Royal Arch, The Odd Fellow FLT degrees, certain (contemporary) templar degrees, Rocicrucianism, The Golden Dawn, Several Swedish degrees,  some neo druidic degrees , AND John the Baptist, Apostles John, Peter and James (i dont).

So could almost anyone by extension if they are initiated to any mystery school (if nothing else since that one will claim such a lineage).

How hard would you say it would be to have a newly founded order get traction and what would be its major obstacles?

Esoterisk Sexualitet


Martial och venusiansk sexualitet

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Artikel om sexualitet ur Esoterisk synvinkel av Frater Sincerus Renatus.
Imperator Av The Hermetic Order Of The Golden Dawn-Sverige:

 

 

 

Min kommentar:

 

Personligen anser jag nog att Igra ger uttryck för väldigt gammalmodiga föreställningar som i stort sätt gör sexualiteten heteronormativ. Alla uttryck för sexualitet bör stå i fortplantningens tjänst och allt därutöver är “perversioner”.
Min egen åsikt är nog snarare att det är just ett begränsande av sexuella uttryck som föder obalans (Gamaliel-Yesod blir obalanserad). Många moderna sexologer verkar snarast obekväma med begrepp som parafili eller perversion . När det gäller våldtäkt så ser jag det inte som en sexuell avikelse utan snarare som en obalans i Geburah (som ju faktiskt trots svärdet som symbol är centripetal och restriktiv), dvs en våldstendens/dominansönskan som tar sig “sexuellt” uttryck, vill man vara Freudiansk så skulle det snarast vara ett analt uttryck.

Den Stora Riten.

När det gäller sexuella läggningar (inklusive BDSM osv) och mindre normativa utövningar så är det på tok för komplext för att analyseras enbart med ett par Sephiroth och är ett helt mysterium i sig själv. Inom många sex magiska utövningar så används principer som skulle kunna kallas tex sado-masochistiska, homoerotiska,fetishistiska osv både historiskt och i modern utövning (och i Judiska Kabbalistiska traditioner så är ju oftast det esoteriska “könet” på en Sephira avhängigt av kontext även om den har ett “allmänt kön”).
Din egen slutanalys är intressant. Själv har jag dessutom ofta associerat “manlig” sexualitet med Tiphareth (centrifugal och egostyrd) och “kvinnlig” med Yesod (centripetal och idealstyrd).

Baphomet. Balanserandet och trancenderandet av alla motsatser.

 

Min personliga åsikt är att sexualiteten spelar en stor roll andligt, socialt, fysiskt och känslomässigt, konstnärligt, intellektuellt som går långt bortom (fysisk) fortplantning.

Dessutom så talas det ofta om Qliphoth i Esoteriska sammanhang i väldigt kvalitativa termer snarare än kvantitativa. Det var influx av Ohr (Aur) som spräckte Kelim, kort sagt inflöde av Gudomlig/kreativ kraft spräckte kärlen.

Två av något som balanserar ut varandra och inte generellt överflödar systemet är Sephirothiska.

En kvalitet som tar över och lämnar en obalans i systemet riskerar att bli Qliphothisk.

Detta är väl tämligen “basic” Kabbalah?

Att totalt ägna hela livet åt en enda Mitzvah skulle likt förbannat bli en obalans.

Mycket som i exoteriska sammanhang skulle anses “omoraliskt”, balanserat med sin motsats och i en “dos” lämplig för helheten leder till trancendence bortom båda dessa principer.

Babalon rider på Besten. En helt receptiv natur, med andlig avsikt färdas framåt på sin “djuriska” rent biologiska sida. “Love under will”. Binah/Neschamah använder Yesod och Malchut/Nephesh för att uttöka sin upplevelse, balansera motsatser och trancendera. Notera att Jesus red in i Jerusalem på en åsna (traditionellt associerad med Satan), ett envist djur använt som bärare av ryttare och egendom.

Jag känner massvis med bögar, transor, sadister, masochister, voyeourer och exibitionister av de mest varierande slag.

De enda “perversa” jag känner till är de som helt frånsäger sig hela principen eller förfalskar sin egen natur för att glädja en övernaturlig varelse.

Ale Stenar (Stones Of Ale), Sweden


Ale Senar (Stones Of Ale), Sweden, Scania
There are quite a few other archeological sites in the area.
Standing in the middle of them is a mighty feeling and they are sometimes referred to as the “Stone Henge” of Sweden (as far as i know this is the biggest stone ship, i have a smaller one and some mounds next door though 😉 ).
Ps: Ale is pronounced “Ah-leh”.

 

Ale Stenar (The Stones Of Ale),Sweden (Scania)
Ale’s Stones (or Ales stenar in Swedish) is a megalithic monument in Scania in southern Sweden. It consists of a stone ship 67 meters long formed by 59 large boulders of sandstone, weighing up to 1.8tonnes each. According to Scanian folklore, a legendary king called King Ale lies buried there.
The carbon-14 dating system for organic remains has provided seven results at the site. One indicates that the material is around 5,500 years old whereas the remaining six indicate a date about 1,400 years ago. The latter is considered to be the most likely time for Ales Stenar to have been created. That would place its creation towards the end of the Nordic Iron Age.

MACABRE FINDS IN THE BOG AT ALKEN ENGE (DENMARK)


http://www.heritagedaily.com/2012/08/macabre-finds-in-the-bog-at-alken-enge/

This is the first skull from the 2012 dig with a mortal wound caused by a spear or an arrow

A FRACTURED SKULL AND A THIGH BONE HACKED IN HALF — FINDS OF DAMAGED HUMAN BONES ALONG WITH AXES, SPEARS, CLUBS AND SHIELDS CONFIRM THAT THE BOG AT ALKEN ENGE WAS THE SITE OF VIOLENT CONFLICT.

‘It’s clear that this must have been a quite far-reaching and dramatic event that must have had profound effect on the society of the time,’ explains Project Manager Mads Kähler Holst, professor of archaeology at Aarhus University.

Monastery where Christian saint was martyred is uncovered on Eigg – Heritage – Scotsman.com


Monastery where Christian saint was martyred is uncovered on Eigg – Heritage – Scotsman.com.

Students and local people have uncovered what are thought to be remains of St Donnans monastery

Students and local people have uncovered what are thought to be remains of St Donnans monastery

An ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig on a Scottish island has unearthed the remains of what is thought to be a monastery founded by one of the country’s first Christian saints.

St Donnan brought Christianity to many places in the West Highlands in the seventh century before settling on Eigg.

According to local folklore, he became a martyr after he was killed by Norsemen, along with 50 monks, while giving Mass on Easter Sunday in the year 617.

The Iluma, the Canaanite Pantheon – paganSquare


The Iluma, the Canaanite Pantheon – paganSquare.

Day 22 Rashu Yeni (month), Shanatu 84 (year)*
Many people aren’t as well acquainted with the Canaanite pantheon as with other pantheons. My guess is that this is because biblical lore and religions did a great job stamping out their polytheistic roots and succeeded better with Canaanite religion than for other ancient religions.

Skull on a stake reveals unknown rituals


This is not too far from where i live.

A discovery in a peat marsh in Sweden reveals unknown rituals from the Stone Age. Poles with human heads on them had been planted in a pile of rocks in the peat, which was then a pond.

One of the crania was found impaled on a stake at the excavation site. (Photo: Fredrik Hallgren)
One of the archaeologists lifts up a skull. This cranium is attached to a stake. Nobody has seen the likes of this in digs from the Stone Age.
It’s also unusual to find a stone burial mound this old. Burial mounds like this didn’t become common until much later, in the Iron Age from 500 BCE until the Viking era. Its location at the bottom of a little pond is yet another mystery.
ScienceNordic

Medieval texts colour our knowledge about Odin


Researchers disagree on the Viking Age conceptions of the god Odin. The source material is ambiguous and difficult to interpret.

Odin with his two ravens, Hugin and Munin (Illustration from a 19th century document. The Árni Magnússon Institute in Iceland)
Today, the general conception of Odin is that of the one-eyed chief of the Norse gods. However, when it comes to the general conception that was prevalent in the Viking age, researchers disagree.
Up until now, research history shows us that the method for understanding Odin has been wrong.
Annette Lassen says.
“Regarding medieval texts as a single, heathen text and extrapolating an image of Odin from this is not a viable option. The texts are very diverse,” she says.

According to Lassen, once the Christian way of thought has been identified, not much information is left about Odin in the old sources.

She says that while archaeologists and historians of religion may not necessarily agree with this, there is not likely to be anyone disagreeing that it is necessary to analyse the Christian additions, before starting to look into the original Viking Age conception of Odin.

“My aim with the book was to focus on the Medieval Odin figure, clarify the extent to which Christianity has shaped our ideas of heathenism and demonstrate that this calls for circumspection, but also to come up with a method that other researchers can use,” she says.

“Basing a thesis about the pre-Christian Odin on a series of elements from medieval texts about Odin presupposes an interest in whether those elements come from Christian ideas.

By: Irene Berg Sørensen

ScienceNordic

Whole Article: http://sciencenordic.com/medieval-texts-colour-our-knowledge-about-odin