A common trope among many Nationalist and Fascist “Norse pagans” is to exalt the God Odin above all the others, whether consciously or subconsciously (Odin is very similar to Christ, and thus our subconscious Christian programming looks very favorably upon the God). The obsession with Odin overlaps with the esoteric currents in Norse “paganism”, which largely focus on the attainment of knowledge via the runes, which are supposed magical symbols to be harnessed instead of metaphysical symbols expressing symbolical truths. In fact, some strands of paganism have even gone so far in their pseudo Christian understanding of the faiths of our ancestors that they have called themselves “Odinists” or “Wotanists”. As nationalists, we must ask ourselves why we would wish to affiliate with the worshippers of the deity which transports the souls of the fallen to the realm of the dead. If we want to build communities of faithful men and women, and if we want these communities to grow and flourish, would it then not be better to harness the deifications of marriage, authority and creation to our cause? This “Odin Obsession” is but one of the many problems with the contemporary spiritual currents in “paganism”, and in this article we will attempt to sketch an alternative to the current “pagan” faiths.
What is needed is for “Norse paganism” to throw off its Christian veneer? The current strands of paganism base themselves largely on the abstract theories of intellectuals, history, archaeology, and the speculations of the scientific world. But most of all, they are largely rooted in something that is at its core not a belief, but a form of anti-Christianism called “paganism”, a belief that is ultimately void of meaning because its ties to the strangle cords of Christian science and the Christian interpretation has not been cut. In order to not just be “the alternative”, “paganism” needs to become a third system in the world, a true religion instead of a mellowed worn-out system based on contemporary occultism and “esotericism” and Christian-influenced historical and archaeological interpretations.
Our new radical paganism will begin at the root of where our ancestors found their kosmos and symbols: the well of Mimir, or the well of contemplation (Mimir is related to the Dutch word mijmer, which means to let go of all thought, to let the thought run free in order to systemize patterns and symbols). Get rid of those interpretative books and return to the self is the message of our ancestors. The wise men of old were largely educated without books or written sources, relying on remembrance and the power of their mind solely to discern the metaphysical and religious truths behind the symbols and the signs of the world. No longer must we be restricted by the dusty dogma of the academics and their narrowed interpretations of the old religions. Instead, we turn to our own mind and we must teach ourselves to think like our forefathers did. The patterns in word and symbol that our ancestors thought in we must assimilate with our minds, which are now largely filled with the abstractions and theorems of the modern age.
Mircea Eliade – Romanian historian of religion, philosopher, and professor at the University of Chicago.
And how do we think like our ancestors, one might ask? the answer lies largely in etymology and the sacred science of words and symbols. Most Indo-European words contain some form of fixed pattern of vowels that relates to other “groups” of words. Much like the runes are divided in “rows”, or “Aetts”, the words are also divided into “word-strands”. If words derive from a certain strand it is possible to relate them to each other like one relates a strand of DNA to another by analyzing the comparative patterns of two different words. The reason why it is possible to compare the patterns of words, is because the words, like the runes, are derived from a single wheel-like symbol, which could be called “the wheel of the word-origin”, or the “sacred center of language”, to speak in the words of Mircea Eliade. Once one decided to analyze a word one must first contemplate upon it in order to gain realization. This realization comes in the shape of “lightning-thoughts”, or thoughts which occur in the mind suddenly, relating some sign of symbol to another and relating the pattern and structure of words to one another. The lightning thought is a thought that derives from the pure intellectual intuition, and is not an abstract idea pushed by the academic or the scientist. Rather, it is as if the intuition of the mind senses a connection between two different words, which may seem completely unrelated.
“In civilizations possessing a traditional character intellectual intuition occupies the position of a principle to which everything else can be referred; in other words it is the purely metaphysical doctrine that constitutes the essential, everything else being linked to it in the form either of consequences or of applications to the various orders of contingent reality. This is especially true of social institutions; but it is also true of the sciences, of those branches of knowledge, that is to say, which are concerned with the sphere of the relative and can only be regarded, in such civilizations, as dependencies and, as it were, prolongations or reflections of absolute and principial knowledge.1 It is in this manner that the proper hierarchy is everywhere and always preserved.”
— René Guénon, Sacred and Profane Science
The single principle to which everything can be referred in the context of the European language is that of the “language-wheel” as we have defined before. This wheel is in essence a variant of the sun-cross, having six spokes instead of four. Using the geometric shapes of the wheel, our ancestors formed symbols that represented many concepts summarized in a single symbol. Such symbols are known to us as letters, and to the more primitive anti-symbolical mind of our “scientists” they constitute nothing but the sounds of vowels or consonants. However, in the olden days such symbols could be used to express many things at once, for the primordial sayings can be expressed in many ways. This allowed the wise men and sages of the past to essentially speak in a language that would sound like nonsense to the ear of the modern etymologist or the modern professor of language; if one does not grasp the connections of the word-web, one is utterly lost in translation during the discussion of metaphysical and supra-individual subjects by the learned men. Laymen only had a very basic knowledge of the word-system and could usually only express themselves in rather basic terms, but such expressions still conveyed a knowledge, which might have been wholly unknown to the speaker, that is virtually impossible to both recreate and interpret with the collection of animal-like sounds we call “language”.
The six-pointed star is a cross between the Hagall symbol and the sun cross. This primordial geometric figure was used to form our symbols and letters.
One of the primary reasons why priests and other such men preferred to consciously use nothing but symbols when speaking, is because the ancients vehemently despised the written word, and even despised the spoken word in a certain sense, still thinking the oral traditions superior to the written ones but above all preferring to think and to ponder for days without end, expressing themselves mostly to themselves, primarily concerning their own beings with constructs of their own mind and thought that only they could perceive. As stated rightly by the Perennialist school, the easiest way of expressing such particular forms into universal terms is by the application of symbolism in its most rigorous form, each sacred symbol being connected to others like the threads of a spider’s web. Guenon once noted that it was so dreadful to express metaphysical and sacred forms or terms in the language of the common folk, and this is certainly a concern that plagues the minds of many a religious thinker. Primordial man was never concerned with this problem because the very expressions that came out of his mouth were “a sign and a symbol” in themselves, thus charging any discussion or conversation with many levels of deeper meaning like the human being knows many levels of spiritual enlightenment which may be attained.
“Paganism’s” primary focus, if it wishes to be a true religious tradition instead of a collection of the refuse of Christian society, should be on rebuilding the spiritual principles of the ancients and their worldy implications. This means that every fiber of man must once again be charged from within by the force of his ancient spirit and that old heart, which beats with ancient blood. We seek not to rebuild the past as it was, we seek to build the new wheel and the new web, of words, symbols and of traditions upon we can once again fixate ourselves to find the truest and most pure forms of ourselves. Despite all the talk about how Tradition “is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire” we have seen very little spiritual results from the “preservation of fire” as it currently being employed, primarily by rational and academic interests who are not really spiritual in form whatsoever but more social-historical in shape. In the vast expanse of time, historical matters are actually of very little value, instead the primal focus should be the transfiguration of the old truths into new symbols. From the bits of the sword one must forge a new one, so to speak. The Old Truth must be recognizable not by the interest that it draws from past-oriented types, but by its living and beating heart, from which the solar rays of the primordial times enlighten the foggy meadows of the present. In order for seven young heads to grow, we must first cut off the old and dogmatizing head of the Hydra, which actively prevents the young and bountiful from entering this world in happiness and growth. The Old Head prefers to wither in its grimdark cage, playing on fantasies of death and decay, amused by the helpless flailing of others, but unwilling to change its fundamentalist frail nature to finally deal with the laws of love and attraction.
The new “religion” will be constructed organically, by the actions of a few elite personas constantly furthering their knowledge of symbols and their deeper meanings. Since the fire of the soul burns not as bright in some as in others, a core of elite men and women is required who are in direct contact with the source and the spring of the symbolic connection. The prophets, the druids, the sages and the priests of the past belonged to this elite class, kindled by the hottest flame and burned by the intensity of the highest physical and spiritual struggle. It is only via the way of mortal and immortal suffering that the highest planes of consciousness are reached, and the man who aspires to be a part of the small group of wise ones must forsake all social contacts except with those he considers his mentors, abolish all mental and spiritual superstitions within himself, and dedicate himself to the perfection and purification of body and soul until his soul is truly as light as a single feather in the hands of Ma’at.
Do not mistake the formation of such a spiritual elite for the formation of an intellectual elite, as is usual in nationalist circles today. The knowledge we pursue is not intellectual in any way or form, and intellectualism is merely a tendency in one’s character, a combination of learnedness and a certain narcissism. The philosopher and the scientist will not at all understand the value of the research that is carried out via meditative and symbolic thinking, for we do not operate on the same plane as them. Their intention is to manifest their own theories and conclusions into reality, our intention is to manifest into reality that which is truthful and unchanging in time. To use an analogy: the intellectual is the one who attempts to explain the workings of the Dharma using “rational” and “unbiased” methods, always operating in some human paradigm that exists in their present nature. The sage is the one who attempts to manifest the Dharma in the divine world via the word and the symbol. the sage is thus primarily a figure that is associated with undertaking action, whereas the intellectual relishes in abstractions.
The primordial sage-like figure for many greek philosophical movements was Socrates, the Sophos. Sophos is in essence “someone who fights using the way of words”. Of course, Scorates’ use of words is largely that of sophistry, and not that of the ancient wars of symbols and words which were waged on the spiritual, instead of the sophistical plane.
The sophistry of the “professional” academics and “learned people” is deadly to the spread of true and noble traditions. Unable to understand or comprehend the teachings of tradition, the intellectuals revert to perverting them by dragging them out of their symbolic contexts and analyzing them on basal and rational levels because their minds in essence Promethean: they do not wait for the voice of wisdom to speak but instead they themselves set out on long and futile quests to discovering the essence of nature. If they had just sat down and listened to themselves for once they would’ve perhaps one day noticed the slow but steady call of truth. They are however fundamentally unable to do so because their very nature is conditioned. They attach great value to social standing, which manifests itself in a form of “social learnedness”, a type of learning that is ultimately not dedicated to the pursuit of truth but to the impression of their colleagues and peers. The first revolution against the order imposed upon society by the sages is this revolution, the revolution of those who are considered intelligent among “intelligent” circles against those who possess true intelligence not gained by the hands of man.
The new creed then, will be the creed of the people, and of the people alone. Often times, the world as it is comprehended by the carpenter, the construction engineer or the farmer is a far more honest creed than that of the “thinkers”. Our creed seeks the primordial innocence of man, present in the common folk. It is the common folk who still are able to think “by themselves”, and to come to their own conclusions on topics without the need of books or the corruption of a sustained education. Faith is not expressed via the fetishization of meaningless terms and concepts, but it is represented by the people in their everyday use of speech and the word. The intrinsic concepts of our belief will be spread among all the folk because they are integrate in the very language and symbolism they use, all that is needed is to restore the use of letters, words and symbols to their proper place in the grand order of things. The delusions of elitism, often entertained by the religiously “enlightened” have no place in our belief, because everything we believe in flows from the same root and is more or less the expression of the concept, albeit on a different “spiritual plane”.
“Primordial man takes everything from himself, not from outside. He has no books. He has one book, which is virtue and nature, of course. It’s a kind of book. But he has intellectual intuition, Jnana. He has no prophet to come and talk to him, he is his own prophet in a way.”
— Frithjof Schuon quote from an interview
When the sage emerges from his cave, as with the great prophet Zarathustra, how does he act? He does not mingle with the philosophers or the natural scientists. Instead, he finds his work under the burning sun, spreading his symbolic manifestation of truth with the manual labourers and the working people. Ultimately, the sage, having overcome the barriers of thought many are not able to lift, has become a man of the common folk through a spiritual transvaluation of his wisdom.
Prophesizing is not the only way for the bearer of divine truths to change the spiritual values of his people however. There are many different ways in which the wise man can choose to manifest the divine symbols. Some prefer to walk the way of contemplation like the Buddha, gathering disciples around them and spreading their creed by travelling the land. Some act as divine judges or advisors, only appearing when the need for revelation and discernment is nigh. Others prefer to act or reign as kings, thus also indirectly laying the foundations for the grand royal dynasties of the ancients. The great white God Viracocha chose to bear the crown of a king, ordering the societies of the native South Americans for their own good and teaching them virtues and morals. Among the Norse, the God Heimdall once walked, creating order in the societies of this people by creating social classes.
Despite the many ways in which one can go to achieve revolution in the highest planes of the human existence, it must still be stressed that this revolution is only ever achieved by small groups of thinkers who work and act independently of the biases and presumptions of their day and age. They bypass all the common paradigms and notions existent in their social and political environment, even if this heaps upon their heads the scorn and malice of many who are unable to see the way forward or conceive of another way than is taught by “invisible masters”, the invisible influences on their mind. The study of the word and symbol is ultimately a very precarious one, and could easily be corrupted by the taint of preconceived spiritual or metaphysical notions. In this sense, we do not and will never propose the formation of a “mass intellectual movement”, which accurately describes the way in which many political systems actively operate today. In these kinds of movements the road towards symbolic and true etymological reformation and revelation is largely blocked by those persons who are interested more in pushing or preserving certain “ideas”, an attitude which stems from political or ideological grounds and is not at all concerned with the discernment of Truth.
The recruitment of this small group of thinkers must of course be strict and demanding, for very little of the human material that is presented to us will be able to pass the mental and physical tests we demand of them. SCROFA:DIVISION will be the primary vessel for this task, but we are not bound to any group or organisation. In the Division we have found a group of people with the qualified skills and capabilities to take the awakening of our new creed to a higher level. A lot our further articles will be dedicated to expanding and explaining the details and specifics of this new “religion” we have spoken of.