We are a people of prayer

roman

The Bacchic Orphic rhapsode hard at work. But not hard enough.

As you may have noticed if you’re a regular reader of my lovely wife’s blog she finished all of her 7-Day Hymn Cycles in a burst of creative frenzy yesterday, while I still have Thor and Ariadne to go.

I concede defeat to the superior poet, and shall be purchasing her prize from Amazon presently.

Seriously folks, check it out: she produced some fucking amazing work, especially the Frigga, Odin and Loki Cycles.

Once everything’s complete (we’ve still got to write a couple more for the Miscellaneous Prayers and Hymns section) we’ll be publishing the collection through Sanngetal Press.

I can’t wait to hold this book in my hands. A couple months ago our household started doing a nightly prayer circle and it’ll be so much better reading from this rather than off screens, print outs or prayer cards.

And once you get your copy you can join in from wherever you are.  


12 comments

  1. Very cool! I’m happy to hear all the prayers will be in a book. I especially loved your prayers to Mani. I think you really captured Mani’s essence. <3

    PS
    You shaved off your lovely curly locks?!? Noooo! ;)

    Liked by 1 person

  2. People might take your claims of not being a Nazi more seriously if you stopped using alt-right dogwhistles like the Black Sun or using the OK sign. I mean, I believe that you’re not a Nazi. (Though, to be clear, historically, the Nazis were no more socialist than the DPRK is Democratic.) But that doesn’t mean you’re not sympathetic to the alt-right, white identitarians, and modern-day fascists.

    I like you. I like Galina. I love the work in polytheistic religion from both of you. I think it’s wrong that you guys got doxxed.

    If they come, when they come, we’ll all be in the same boat.
    They won’t be Leftist or Communist or Antifa and they won’t be polytheists. They won’t be inclined towards LGBTIQ folks.

    I pray that you and your house remain safe from harm…and that you and your house always be opposed to fascism.

    Like

    • I appreciate your well wishes for my household, and enthusiastically offer the same to you and yours.

      That said …

      People might take your claims of not being a Nazi more seriously if you stopped using alt-right dogwhistles

      Legit question: why on earth would I do that? I mean, if I genuinely held racist, alt-right or neo-Nazi beliefs don’t you think I’d proudly stand by them? I certainly have no problem advocating equally controversial positions, even when it’s cost me dearly to do so – and by openly identifying as far-right I’m not going to be fooling any leftists, nor are the WP people going to be welcoming me with open arms any time soon when I have been and continue to be so critical of them, so … can you explain the game plan here?

      Or maybe there’s something else going on. Something that requires deeper reflection and critical thought to grasp.

      like the Black Sun

      That is something with profound symbolic, mystical, magical and religious significance going back thousands of years. You can find it in Migration Era Germanic carvings and jewelry, Hellenistic alchemical texts and even Euripides’ Bakchai and Apuleius’ Metamorphoses. Just because some bloodthirsty lunatics used it for a couple of decades does not mean I’m giving it up. Because you know what? EVERY SINGLE SYMBOL of my tradition was appropriated by the Nazis – Maiandros, Wolfsangel, Triskelion, etc. etc. on down to the fucking Labrys and Labyrinth. Do they get to keep all of them too? Fuck no. The Nazis also adopted the Cross and yet no one’s suggesting Christians stop using it, so why should I? Sure, it’s going to be problematic for some people no matter what, but if others are willing to listen I’ll happily explain the whys and wherefores of my usage.

      or using the OK sign.

      ROFLMAO Seriously? Seriously? Please tell me you haven’t fallen for that 4chan prank turned fake news canard. Do you also believe milk, clowns and rainbows are white supremacist?

      I mean, I believe that you’re not a Nazi.

      Good. Cause I’m not. I mean, I don’t have any political affiliation at this point, though my political beliefs tend to fall into that hazy territory where monarchism, tribalism, anarchoprimitivism and libertarianism intersect. There’s not really a name for that, so I just call it “far-right” and move along because religion and culture are far more important to me than something that’s going to remain purely theoretical until there’s a proper community to actualize it.

      Though, to be clear, historically, the Nazis were no more socialist than the DPRK is Democratic.

      Citation needed. I actually quoted policy and legislation in my previous post; certainly you can do better than “nuh-uh.”

      But that doesn’t mean you’re not sympathetic to the alt-right, white identitarians, and modern-day fascists.

      Sympathetic? Not really. I mean, I believe they have a right to exist, to have their own spaces, to believe and act as they please but that’s about it. Mostly I think they are ridiculous, with stupid and impractical obsessions but that’s about it. Actually, let me correct that. I believe that they are a response to legitimate defects within the overculture (modernity, globalism, anti-traditionalism and -tribalism) but that that response is a fundamentally flawed one, especially when it buys into the same bullshit premises as the identitarian left.

      Your final point there may have a tiny bit more merit. My thinking has indeed been shaped by intellectuals such Julius Evola, Alain de Benoist, René Guénon, and Aleksandr Dugin but no more and no less than it has by Friedrich Nietzsche, Hannah Arendt, Robert Heinlein, Philip K. Dick, Hunter Thompson, Slavoj Žižek, Aristotle, Plato, Niccolò Machiavelli, François Rabelais, the Marquis de Sade and Dadaism.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Thank you for your detailed and thoughtful reply.

        I did not know until now that you identified as far-right but I am glad to hear you say it. It makes sense.

        I was unaware that the Black Sun pre-dated Himmler’s use of it. So I associated it purely as a Nazi symbol. I know there’s a term “Black Sun” from alchemical manuscripts but wasn’t sure how the Nazi symbol figured into that.

        The OK sign thing may have started as a joke but it’s since become a signifier for the alt-right. Like many things that started at 4chan, it’s hard to say what’s a joke and what isn’t. But actual white nationalists like Richard Spencer have come to use it as such. Proud Boys and other fashy types use it. So there’s more going on, clearly, but it’s difficult to interpret what that is when so many are deliberately trying to muddy things up.

        Regarding the Nazi/socialist issue: https://www.britannica.com/story/were-the-nazis-socialists

        Though I’m glad to see that we both can agree upon the Nazis being monstrous.

        I have a lot of criticism of modernity and globalism myself (as well as nationalism.) and have been looking into the work of Evola, de Benoist, and the RadTrads. Unfortunately, a lot of the RadTrad stuff focuses a great deal on race and ethnicity and places a strong emphasis on traditional gender roles which I have little use for. De Benoist’s “Paganism” had too little to do with the gods and did not recognize them as persons but had some interesting ideas.

        Personally, I would characterize myself as far left but not Marxist or Communist. They have their own monsters.

        Thanks again for the dialogue.

        Regrettably, the photo is old and the beard is long gone. I had to shave it to look for work a couple of years ago. I might grow it back now, though. Perhaps when it’s not quite so hot. But I appreciate the compliment. You have an awesome beard as well!

        Like

        • I did not know until now that you identified as far-right but I am glad to hear you say it. It makes sense.

          I primarily identified as apolitical through 2016 but got tired of people insisting that that was a cop-out since everything is political. While it’s not my preferred designation, it is something that people will recognize and since I discuss the subject so infrequently I figured that was sufficient. Of course what most people associate with the far-right I have no interest in, so it is not an unproblematic term.

          Part of the confusion, I think, is twofold. “Left” and “Right” originated in 19th century European politics, and have never really applied well to the situation here in the States. Even today most of the European parties on the Right – including the overtly racist ones – advocate positions we’d either consider Centrist or Left-leaning here. Likewise there are at least three axes on which placement is determined and for me the most important has to do with the size, role and involvement in our personal lives of the government. The more Left one skews the more they tend to favor such things. So, for instance, here in the States you start off Centrist with small and limited government. Democrats tend to be in favor of expansion, especially in the case of social benefits and support, environmental protection, workers’ rights, etc. while Republicans favor restricting or doing away with such things because bureaucracies tend towards corruption and abuse, and most times the private sector handles these things better, or so they maintain. Then you tend to branch out into Democratic Socialism (free college and universal healthcare for everyone, just don’t ask us how we’re gonna pay for it), actual Socialism where industries are nationalized, etc and eventually full-on Communism. On the Right you go Conservative, Libertarian, Tea Party, 3%ers, etc. until you have even the rudiments of government breaking down entirely. This is why I don’t place Fascism and Nazism on the Right – how do you go from people ranting about pasteurized milk, forced vaccinations and the tyranny of national parks to a system where literally everything is under state control? (Which brings up one of my favorite anecdotes about Evola. Mussolini greatly admired the man’s intellectual contributions to the movement but was upset because he had not officially joined the Fascist Party and Evola replied that as long as there were still parties to join true Fascism had not been attained.)

          I don’t believe that a state as large as the U.S. can really function according to the principles I favor, or by any principles other than corporatocracy and imperialist expansion; the best I can hope for while living under it is to be off the radar enough that I’m left alone to do my own thing while they go about destroying the world ostensibly in my name. I do not believe that the system can be reformed (when it’s doing precisely what it was designed for, at least since the third or fourth iteration of “America”) or that those who presently hoard power will ever willingly give it up. Since they have the backing of local and state police, prisons, the FBI and CIA, the various branches of the armed forces, etc. neither the ballot nor a revolutionary militia is likely to do one bit of good, which is why I have no involvement in contemporary politics whatsoever. The true best I can hope for is for all of this to collapse so people can start over on a smaller scale and in a more traditional manner. And that’s what I mean when I say I’m Far-Right. If my vocation was not primarily religious and artistic (with a community-building mandate) I’d completely disconnect from the internet and modern society and go be a prepper somewhere in Montana or Alaska.

          I was unaware that the Black Sun pre-dated Himmler’s use of it. So I associated it purely as a Nazi symbol. I know there’s a term “Black Sun” from alchemical manuscripts but wasn’t sure how the Nazi symbol figured into that.

          Oh yeah, the history of the symbol is really quite interesting, even its usage by esoteric groups preceding and following the Third Reich. I’ve collected a bunch of books and articles on it I intend to dive into after I wrap up some of the projects I’m currently working on. Honestly I was a little concerned when it started showing up in my spiritual practice, but properly contextualizing it has helped a great deal.

          Like many things that started at 4chan, it’s hard to say what’s a joke and what isn’t. But actual white nationalists like Richard Spencer have come to use it as such. Proud Boys and other fashy types use it. So there’s more going on, clearly, but it’s difficult to interpret what that is when so many are deliberately trying to muddy things up.

          Very true, and I think that epistemological ambiguity is what interests me so much about the whole phenomenon we’re seeing with the alt-right, antifa, memetic warfare and magic, signal-jamming and censorship. The ideas themselves are garbage, but the questions they pose and people’s responses to them are, well, literally fascinating.

          Though I’m glad to see that we both can agree upon the Nazis being monstrous.

          I have family who died fighting the Nazis, and have had partners whose family were killed by them. There is no question in my mind about their monstrosity. And considering my political leanings that would be true even without the body count.

          I have a lot of criticism of modernity and globalism myself (as well as nationalism.)

          I suspect we are in full agreement on those points.

          Unfortunately, a lot of the RadTrad stuff focuses a great deal on race and ethnicity and places a strong emphasis on traditional gender roles which I have little use for.

          That’s so obnoxious! I’ll be with them right up to that point, then they veer off into clown country and I have to scroll past, rolling my eyes, until they regain some semblance of sanity. Most aren’t worth the effort, sadly.

          De Benoist’s “Paganism” had too little to do with the gods and did not recognize them as persons but had some interesting ideas.

          That’s also my biggest complaint about him, and Guénon is way too cozy with Islam for my comfort; both are perennial philosophy advocates, which tends to induce even more eye-rolling on my part.

          Personally, I would characterize myself as far left but not Marxist or Communist. They have their own monsters.

          Amen. And for all my harping on the Left – and Marxism in particular – I actually harbor some pretty radical notions about collectivism and shared resources. I just think these things need to be voluntary and don’t work so well when you’re dealing with communities of more than a couple hundred.

          Thanks again for the dialogue.

          I’ve really enjoyed this too. Imagine that, people discussing politics online and no one’s tossing around insults or threatening to murder and rape one another. What’s the world coming to?

          Regrettably, the photo is old and the beard is long gone. I had to shave it to look for work a couple of years ago. I might grow it back now, though. Perhaps when it’s not quite so hot. But I appreciate the compliment.

          Sadly, I’ve had to cut mine over the years for work too. Bastards.

          You have an awesome beard as well!

          Sadly, mine won’t grow much beyond this point and starts looking patchy and ragged. But it’s an improvement over my father’s. Being Blackfoot, he could grow muttonchops and a goatee but couldn’t get them to connect for the life of him.

          Like


Comments are closed.