Julius Evola and the UR Group – Introduction to Magic: Volume 1

I have read Introduction to Magic: Volume 1 – Rituals and Practical Techniques for the Magus by Julius Evola and his companions of the UR Group – in Italian: Gruppo di UR. The Baron needs no introduction, the UR Group, however, may be unfamiliar to some (see below).
Volume 1 of Introduction to Magic is more practically oriented that Volume 2 and 3 (which will be the subject of a coming book review), and can be read on its own.
Reading all three volumes will be quite time-consuming, especially since the material is rather heavy. Therefore it might be good to read the first volume for its practical advice and leave the second and third volumes for a later time.
Again, the essays make for some quite heavy reading, so if you are not used to this type of literature, it may be a better idea to start with a book such as Icelandic Magic (read my book review here: Icelandic Magic by Stephen E. Flowers).

Below are some insights from the first volume I thought would be interesting to share.

The UR Group

In Swedish, the word ‘ur‘ is a prefix that basically means primordial or ancient. If I were to translate The Primordial Beast into Swedish, it would be something like Urbesten. Ur + besten (besten = the beast). Except for Evola himself, the group consisted of individuals who wrote under synonyms – such as Abraxas*, Luce, and Arvo (among others). The essays were mainly written during the turbulent Interwar period. The material the group presented dealt with magic (religious practices, rituals, meditation, and metaphysics etc.). I will write more about their influence in Italian society in the next book review.

*Abraxas is a Gnostic deity. In the first volume of Introduction to Magic, the pseudonym is spelled as Abraxas (which is the standard spelling of the deity). In the second volume of Introduction to Magic, the name is spelled as Abraxa – which was the synonym chosen by Ercole Quadrelli.

Mithraic Ritual of the Great Magical Papyrus of Paris

One of the most interesting essays in the volume is about the Great Magical Papyrus of Paris. For those who have read Dauntless, the Cult of Mithras will be familiar. For an introduction to the cult, you can watch Survive the Jive’s video: The Military Cult of Mithras – Very Indo-European.
The papyrus describes and gives instructions for a magical ritual. The ritual contains both breathing techniques and bodily postures – the UR Group points out that this confirms that these matters are not limited to Hindu Yoga. The same is true for the use of ‘names of power’ which correspond to mantras of Hindu tradition.
In Dauntless, I introduce my own two favourite Pranayama techniques; Bhastrika (Bellows Breath) and Nadi Shodana (Alternate Nostril Breathing) – these are taken from India.

Come summer, I will experiment with the instructions in the papyrus. It is winter as I write this, and since one of the instructions is to ‘breathe from the solar rays, inhaling three times as deeply as you can,’ it is more reasonable when Sol Invictus returns to the fair lands of Moder Svea.

The text as it appears in the volume is translated into English from Italian (and from the original Greek into Italian). As with many ancient texts, much will inevitable become lost in translation – even so, it contains many epic passages. I am always on the lookout for such epic passages that I can memorise and meditate upon, and thereafter draw strength from.

‘Be favourable to me, O Providence and Fortune, as I write these first mysteries to be transmitted to the only Son, who will be rendered immortal, to the Initiate worthy of this Power of ours. The great Sun God Mithras ordered me to transmit these mysteries through his own Archangel. Be favourable to me, so that I alone, the Eagle, may reach the Heavens and contemplate all things.’

Propitiation Formula

‘Having said this, the solar rays will converge on you. You will become
their center. When this is fulfilled in you, you will see a young handsome God, with fiery hair, wearing a white tunic and a scarlet mantle, with a fiery crown on his head.
Greet him straightaway with the greeting of Fire’

Fourth Logos

‘The earth will shudder and a God will descend, an immense, radiant presence. He is young, with golden hair, wearing a white tunic, a golden crown, and a long robe.’

Seventh Logos

The passages above are within a context too long to elaborate on here, but I wanted to share them so you can get a feel for the text. Getting a feel is often more useful and powerful than the intellectual insight itself – this is especially true when we are talking about magic and mental techniques. The second and third passages above reminded me of the God that appears in Lucifer’s Court – you can read my review of it here: Lucifer’s Court – Book Review and Inspiring Quotes. A good esoteric book should contain passages about such Gods!

Knowledge of the Waters

In this essay by Abraxas, a primordial force is discussed. It can be introduced in the following manner:

‘The Wise spoke of it as a wonder and as a terror. They called it: Universal and Living Fire, ύλη (matter), Green Dragon, Quintessence, First Substance, Great Magical Agent. The principle of their “GREAT WORK”, since the Magistery of Creation and the Magistery with which man realizes himself according to the Royal Arts are one and the same.
This Matter of ours is neither an abstraction of profane philosophy nor a myth or a fairy tale, but a living and powerful reality, the spirit and the vitality of the Earth and of Life.’

Abraxas – Knowledge of the Waters.

Later in the essay Abraxas likens the harnessing of this power to a strong man grasping a bull by the horns to subjugate it, thus enabling him to dominate its cosmic nature in himself. This is similar to what I mention in Dauntless in regard to sexual energy – instead of wasting it on unfruitful endeavours, it can be harnessed and used for your ascent to greater heights of being.
The energy described in the quote above can be found within you – an Esoteric Master who seeks to increase his power and leverage in the world wants to find said energy and use it as fuel for his quest. This will not make much sense to most people, but since you are reading this you are not most people, and will thus have a different appreciation for this insight.

This energy is part of a greater energy, your being is part of something greater – like a branch is just a part of a tree. Abraxas notes that this is similar to the Buddhist conception of ‘sâmsaric consciousness.’

Instructions for the Awareness of Breath

Another passage by Abraxas discusses a meditation technique. I tried this technique during a meditation and found it quite useful. It is actually quite similar to something Wim Hof says: ‘with your mind, follow your breath.

The technique can be summarised as follows:
1. Lie down horizontally, completely relaxed.
2. Abandon the body.
3. Evoke the image of air: free without bonds, infinite, fleeting.
4. Slowly reawaken the breath without ‘touching’ the body – using the mind to draw breath as opposed to a movement of the muscles.
5. Envision your consciousness as the air. Instead of feeling the lungs moving the air, feel the air moving the lungs.

When I meditate, I either sit down cross-legged on a meditation pillow, or I lie down on my shaktimat (seen below).

The Problem of Immortality

An interesting essay in the volume is The Problem of Immortality. It is signed as Ea, but it is clear that it is Evola who has written it (one can tell from the style and sentiment). A particularly insightful passage is the following:

‘The idea that everybody possesses an “immortal soul,” conceived moreover as a facsimile of his living consciousness and individual earthly Self, is a true

ideological aberration, although its usefulness as opium for the masses at

times cannot be denied.’

Julius Evola (signed as Ea)

Evola goes on to say that it is not the soul that is capable of surviving death, but the mind as nous. Nous is a concept that will be elaborated on, in relation to Neoplatonism, at a later stage. Evola’s anti-egalitarian views are refreshing – and gives credibility to his teachings. This is especially true since many ‘spiritually’ oriented persons subscribe to false ideas such as the equality of humans. Anyone with a modicum of experience and reason can clearly see that humans differ greatly in their quality and value. Treating humans and animals with dignity is always a good idea though.

Conclusion

At 376 pages the volume contains many more valuable insights than shared in this review. As already mentioned, the book is quite heavy to read so I would not necessarily recommend it to anyone who is unused to reading material like this. However, if you are interested in these matters I would highly recommend it.

Lastly, if you have not already done so, I highly recommend you to listen to Podcast Episode 11. Demigod Mentality (which deals with magic and mentality).

Spirits of the Past – Legio Gloria January 2022 Release

The only reasonable course of action for Legio Gloria is to start the year in high-Thumos fashion. Before presenting the new garments, I thought to mention the following first:

European Wars

European history is full of Europeans killing other Europeans. This is no unique or revolutionary insight. I mention this to make a point.
Vlad impaled Transylvanian Saxons and Wallachian nobles. The Teutonic Order mainly fought in the Baltic area – they even occupied the sacred island of Gotland for ten years (1398-1408).

The point of presenting this type of imagery is to inspire the good aspects of these historical figures and factions. Vlad was a hero to his people and fought bravely and successfully against the Ottomans. The Knightly Orders (the Teutonic Knights in this case) embodied ideals that are needed in our age – ideals that I would like the wearer of the garment uphold.

Legio Gloria, as a clothing brand, has no religious affiliations – the only affiliation is to European civilisation. The same is true for me. Any religious imagery that appears in our clothing is as a part of the biocultural theme of that particular design.

New Releases

Below are the new releases. All of the t-shirts are proudly made in Poland. They are designed to fit an athletic physique (muscular yet normal). They are made with 93% organic cotton and 7% elastane for an optimal fit.
The cookbook is printed in Latvia (as is Dauntless).
Note: be sure to wash the organic cotton t-shirts in no more than 30 degrees Celsius. The same is true for linen and wool. If your washing machine has the option of hand wash – go with that. This is especially important when a t-shirt has a design that is water printed (meaning that the design is in the cloth as opposed to on the cloth). Too high temperatures may harm the colours.

Take care of your clothes, and they will take care of you!

Yggdrasil – T-Shirt

Yggdrasil – the World Tree in Norse mythology – is on proud display. Odin’s ravens, Hugin (thought) and Munin (memory), are also present; one is vanquishing a serpent of deceit, and the other is gazing out into the world.

Vlad Dracula – T-Shirt

Channel the spirit of Vlad Dracula – Defender of Europe – as you strive to become a force of nature. Vlad lived in brutal times and had brutal enemies – brutal measures were required to keep his people safe.

Teutonic Knight – T-Shirt

Embrace the spirit of the Knightly Orders and let it fuel your quest for excellence and chivalry. Brotherhood, dedication to higher ideals, martial prowess, and humility are all things to aspire to in the modern world. Wear this as a reminder to yourself to live in accord with higher ideals.

Dark Enlightenment Handsome T-Shirt

A handsome t-shirt for athletically built gentlemen. A plain black t-shirt with the Legio Gloria emblem embroidered. The garment is black (but looks blueish in this picture).

Old World Feast

I am very proud to present my wife’s cookbook – Old World Feast – it contains nourishing and delicious recipes to fuel athletic and cognitive performance. Traditional recipes from all over Europe. I have had the great pleasure of eating all of the recipes in the book and can vouch for their quality.

Great stuff!

All new releases are available at LegioGloria.com

Lastly, stay tuned for more garments – we have plenty in the works!

Legio Gloria Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/legiogloriaclothing/

Icelandic Magic by Stephen E. Flowers

I have read Icelandic Magic: Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires by Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D, and I can straight away recommend it for anyone interested in esoteric matters.
At around 100 pages it is a rather quick read. It is also written in an easier language than many other esoteric books, making it a good starting point. I am currently reading Introduction to Magic by Julius Evola and the UR group (which will be the subject of a coming article), and compared to those books, Icelandic Magic is much more accessible. Below are some interesting aspects of the book which I thought to highlight.

Religious Background

Iceland, like all Nordic countries, has had three different religious time-periods; Pagan, Catholic, and Protestant. As in most other countries that experienced these shifts, it was not a matter of an overnight change – rather, the transition happened gradually and many traditions survived into the later eras. Yule (Christmas) is a good example of this, although it changed and adopted Christian elements – just as it has changed even more over the last century.
One would perhaps expect rune magic to be a phenomenon restricted to the Pagan era. However, the practice continued throughout the Catholic era and long into the Protestant era (and is now alive again thanks to the work of the author). Moreover, just as Icelandic society as a whole became influenced by Christianity, so did the rune magic become influenced. Below is a quote from the book showing this:

‘In the world of magicians this meant that Christian figures could sometimes be used right next to pagan deities. And as our wondrous example in spell 46 of the Galdrabók shows, the northern sorcerer was so free magically that he could use the names of Odinn, the Saviour, and Satan in the same litany.’

Stephen E. Flowers

On a similar note, a majority of runestones in Sweden are actually from the Christian era (which is why you often see crosses on them).

Legendary Black Books

The Galdrabók is an Icelandic grimoire (a book of spells) written in the latter part of the 1500s. The book contains references to Germanic Paganism, which is interesting considering the fact that it was written in the Protestant Reformation Era (as mentioned above, much survived from previous eras). The book found its way to Denmark, and eventually came into the possession of a Swedish* philologist named Johan Gabriel Sparfwenfeldt.
*The author refers to him as Danish, but he was a Swedish diplomat (and orientalist, courtier, and, as mentioned above, philologist – a true renaissance man!).
The Galdrabók was translated into English by the Stephen E. Flowers in 1989 – which incidentally is the year of my birth. It is now in the possession of Kungliga Vetenskapsakademien (The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences). I will investigate the possibility of seeing it – if that is possible, I will make a videolog for Odysee and YouTube to show it.
Rauðskinna is another book of magic. According to legend it was compiled by Bishop Gottskálk Niklásson the Cruel (1469–1520). Rauðskinna translates as Red-Skin and is said to be a grimoire of magic dating from the Pagan period.
Gráskinna (Grey-Skin) is another grimoire, which is translated and constitutes the second part of the Icelandic Magic book.

Sator Square

The Sator square (which conceals the Paternoster formula) was found in Nordic practice. Icelandic Magic includes a reproduction of a Sator square that was found on the bottom of a silver bowl dating to the 1300s. The bowl was found on Gotland (the sacred island in the Baltic). The author notes that the Paternoster (Our Father) may actually predate Christianity. This is based on a Sator square found in Pompeii (the Roman city that was buried under volcanic ash in AD 79). This may show that the Our Father prayer was used by another sect, most likely the Mithras cult. The Mithras cult appears in Dauntless: The Wild Hunt Edition and will appear in coming articles and books as well – it is a highly interesting topic!

Regardless of the origins of the Paternoster, it was used in Icelandic rituals – and most likely came to Iceland as a part of Christian influence. To give an example, there is a concealment spell (if you want to hide something from others) that requires a reading of Paternoster.

Moreover, regarding incantations, the author points out that ‘the power of a name’ is a reoccurring phenomenon in magic texts. I elaborate on a similar topic in Podcast Episode 11. Demigod Mentality.

Practical Rune Magic

As mentioned above, the second part of the book consists of practical instructions for rune magic (taken from the Gráskinna).
The magic itself will be easier to do if you have some experience with meditation – when you draw the runes/staves/signs, you must visualise them in your mind. Some drawing practice may also be in order before doing a ritual to ensure that you can draw the sign in a fast and beautiful manner during the ritual itself.
In addition to plenty of spells (signs to draw and words to read etc.), there is also a practical guide to set up the ritual table. The recommended equipment is also listed: pens, parchment or paper, straightedge, compass, candles (not all are required for all spells).
Moreover, in Icelandic folklore, four guardian land-spirits watch over Iceland: a dragon in the east, a large bird in the north, a bull in the west, and a mountain giant in the south. These can be summoned in your mind (via an incantation and visualisation) to shield the practitioner before a ritual – epic stuff!

Conclusion

Again, I can definitely recommend the book for those interested in topics like this. I would also like to salute Stephen E. Flowers for his tremendous work in bringing these old texts back to life. When reading the book, I got got good vibes – perhaps as a result of ancient spirits blessing my quest for enlightenment!

The Agni and The Ecstasy by Steven J. Rosen

I have read The Agni and The Ecstasy by Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja Dasa). The book consists of a collection of essays discussing Hinduism – to be more precise topics related to Vaishnava and the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) – more commonly known as the Hare Krishna movement.

As I mentioned in Podcast Episode 16. Dauntless, I have begun my quest to gain as many esoteric and spiritual insights as possible. I noticed that Arktos, great procurers of this kind of material, had published this work. The book caught my eye and I am happy it did. It contains some valuable insights. If you are interested in Indian spiritual tradition, I can definitely recommend it. Below are some aspects that I thought were interesting.

God, Hinduism, Polytheism

The most interesting and illuminating essays in the book are those discussing God. It is often said that Hinduism is a polytheistic religion, but one could also argue that it is a monist religion, since God is in everything, and the many gods are but reflections of God. In my Podcast Episode 16. Dauntless, I briefly discuss the topic and refer to the Neoplatonist teaching of The One. This is a discussing beyond the scope of this article, but definitely a topic I will return to.

I decided to ask my friend John B. Morgan about the polytheist nature of Hinduism. John is the editor of the book and has edited many interesting books besides this one. I can also add that John has done a tremendous work with the books (many of Evola’s works for example) he has edited – the footnotes greatly helps the reader understand the context of older literature. It is as if John’s spirit guides you through the texts!

John: The first thing is that there really isn’t any religion of “Hinduism,” which is really a misnomer created first by the Muslims and then the British when they in turn ruled the country, since they needed to come up with a label for all these people for bureaucratic convenience.
What “Hinduism” really is, is hundreds if not thousands of different traditions and forms of practice that are only connected by virtue of the fact that they involve the same deities, and in some way trace themselves back to the four Vedas. Apart from that, however, the traditions are more characterized by diversity than similarity.
More traditional Hindus today in India tend to reject the “Hindu” label and use the term “Sanatana Dharma” to describe their religion, which roughly means “eternal duty.”
Alain Danielou is one of the best writers on Hinduism, by the way. He was a friend of Guenon’s, although not quite a Traditionalist.
Now as for your specific question, it depends on the specific sampradaya that is being described, but generally, Hindus tend to see one of the deities as the “main God” whereas the other deities are more like his assistants, and in some way derive from him. So for example Gaudiya Vaishnavas like Steven Rosen see Krishna as God, and the other deities (Shiva, Brahma, Durga, etc.) are demigods who assist him. Shaivites, for their part, see Shiva as God and the others as demigods. And so on and so forth. There is a strand of Sanatana Dharma where the adherents try to worship all the gods equally, but it’s a very small sect.

Idol Worship

The passage below is taken from the essay Of Idols and Deities: Coming to Grips with a Misunderstood Form of Worship, and explains, in my humble opinion, quite well what some people refer to as ‘idol worship‘

‘… the Lord in His archa-murti, or form made of material elements, is not material, for those elements, although separated from the Lord, are also part of the Lord’s energy, as stated in Bhagavad Gita. Because the elements are the Lord’s own energy and because there is no difference between the energy and the energetic, the Lord can appear through any element. Just as the sun can act through the sunshine and thus distribute its heat and light, so Krishna, in His inconceivable power, can appear in His original spiritual form in any material element, including stone, wood, paint, gold, silver, and jewels…’

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Hare Krishna

The main prayer of the Hare Krishna movement – the great mantra – may be familiar: ‘Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.’ This translates as ‘O Lord! O energy of the Lord! Please engage me in your divine service.’

As I have mentioned, I have meditated quite a bit as of late. Chants are a good way to enter a different state of mind. This is a topic I will return to when I have come further upon my path of enlightenment. Moreover, since we are on the topic of chants, I must say that I have always had a penchant for Gregorian Chants. I mention this to emphasise the fact that many Eastern spiritual aspects can be found – albeit in a different form – in the West. In mentioning this, we move closer to a discussion of Philosophia perennis (Perennial philosophy), which will be discussed in coming videos and Podcast episodes. Here is a meditative and harmonious version of the mantra: MAHA MANTRAS :- HARE KRISHNA HARE RAMA.

Vegetarianism

‘The (Bhagavad) Gita specifies exactly what should be offered: “If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit, or water, I will accept it.” (9.26) Other references in the Vaishnava literature confirm that fruits, vegetables, grain, nuts, and dairy products are fit for human consumption. Followers of the Gita thus refrain from meat, fish, poultry, and eggs, since these are not sanctioned by either the scriptures or the sages. A vegan diet also fits nicely with Vaishnava dietary prerequisites.’

The author, in accord with Vedic teaching, promotes a vegetarian diet. This is similar to how the Cathar Pure Ones only ate fruit. I wrote about the Cathar Pure Ones in my book review of Otto Rahn’s Crusade Against the Grail. Only eating fruit, Cathar-style, is a bit harder than just being a vegetarian. Vegetarians are still allowed to eat dairy and usually eggs (but not in this case).
In my own physical ascent, I have relied heavily on both dairy (milk, whey, cottage cheese etc.) and eggs. Purely in terms of putting on muscle-mass you can go a long way even as a vegetarian. However, for optimal health it is recommended to eat meat – meat is the true superfood (in addition to animal products such as bone-broth and liver). Moreover, foregoing eggs (another true superfood) is not a sound approach to nutrition.
My perspective on diet is the following: we are currently involved in a titanic struggle to save our very civilisation from destruction. In order for me, as an agent of European restoration, to perform as well as possible, I must optimise everything. One’s diet influences everything else. Thus, in order for me optimise my cognitive performance, I must eat meat.

Dairy, eggs, meat, and fruit = the good stuff!

Aryan Invasion Theory

The author, in the essay Deconstructing Hari: The Creation of the Universe and the Origins of Disciplic Succession, incorrectly states that the Aryan Invasion Theory is ‘seriously questionable’. In fact, the theory has been proven to be correct. For an in-depth video on the subject, I can highly recommend the following video by respected video-maker and historian Thomas Rowsell:

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Portuguese, Mughals

In the essay Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu: The Father of Modern Kirtan the author introduces Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who was a spiritual teacher active in India during the late 1400s. Kirtan is a style of chant, set to music. Here is a modern example of a Hare Krishna kirtan: Hare Krishna kirtan by Kishori Yatra at Boston Ratha Yatra 2019.

The author notes that the late 1400s was the time when European explorers came to India in search of treasure. He points out that they did indeed find much wealth: silks, spices, artwork, and magnificent jewels, but missed India’s real treasure; its spiritual teachings. To read more about this time period from a non-spiritual perspective, you can read my review of Roger Crowley’s excellent book Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire. Great as the spiritual wealth of India was, it could not compare to the prestige and fame its material wealth brought to the Europeans who came to the subcontinent.

Something else that happened during that time, namely the Mughal invasion. Babur – a descendant of Timur the Great – invaded India and established the Mughal empire in 1526. I have read the truly epic Empire of the Moghul series, which consists of six books and starts with Babur. I can highly recommend the books.

The third book in the series, Ruler of the World, follows the life of the greatest Moghul emperor, Akbar. He is renowned for his religious tolerance. In a letter to his son Humayun, Akbar writes the following:

‘Oh my son! The realm of Hindustan is full of diverse creeds. Praise be to God … that He has granted unto thee the empire of it. It is but proper that you, with heart cleansed of all religious bigotry, should dispense justice according to the tenets of each community. And in particular refrain from the sacrifice of cow, for that way lies the conquest of the hearts of the people of Hindustan; and the subjects of the realm will, through royal favour, be devoted to thee. And the temples and abodes of worship of every community under the imperial sway, you should not damage. Dispense justice so that the sovereign may be happy with the subjects and likewise the subjects with their sovereign. The progress of Islam is better by the sword of kindness, not by the sword of oppression.’

Taj Mahal was commissioned by the Moghul emperor Shah Jahan (Akbar’s grandson) to entomb his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

On a similar note, I recently watched the Indian film Jodhaa Akbar, which is about Akbar and one of his wives, Jodhaa. Related to the aforementioned Aryan Invasion Theory, the actor who plays Akbar, Hrithik Roshan, does indeed look very Indo-European. The following music scene is seen after Akbar announces the abolishment of the pilgrim tax (which Hindus had to pay).
In addition to being a great song, the choreography is spectacular. Moreover, even though this is from a film, it is not unreasonable to believe that a similar love as shown in this scene was felt by the people to their emperor during Akbar’s reign.
Many people in the modern world may have a hard time understanding the love a people can feel for a just ruler – this is hardly strange, considering the fact that the majority of leaders today (especially in the West) are degenerates. A ruler who does well for his people will, most likely, be loved by his people. Akbar is an inspiration in this regard! I talk more about the archetype of the Philosopher Prince and the Enlightened Despot in Podcast Episode 13. Archetypes.

Hip-Hop Hinduism

To end on a light-hearted note, I thought it would be fun to introduce MC Yogi, a hip-hop artist from San Fransisco who incorporates Hindu teachings in his songs. I never thought I would write about such a concept as Hip-Hop Hinduism – but here we are! The reason for mentioning this is because an interview with him is included in the book, where the author interviews MC Yogi. The music style is not my cup of tea, but it is fun to see different expressions of art. Now you too are aware of MC Yogi!

Conclusion

Again, I can recommend the book if you are interested in the spiritual treasures of India. It definitely gave me a some new insights as well as further motivation to continue on the esoteric path!

Dauntless: The Wild Hunt Edition by Marcus Follin

It is with great pleasure and joy that I announce the new and updated version of Dauntless. The first version of Dauntless, which came out in 2019, was well-received by the readers, and it is a work I am still happy with. That being said, I felt that it did not get the time and attention it deserved. Thus, before embarking upon my next literary quest, I decided to remake it into what I believe to be – excuse my lack of humility – one of the most important books of our time. I have often asked myself what I can do to aid in the struggle to save European civilisation from the death that defeatists view as certain. Aside from future aspirations, I have concluded that the best I can do at the moment is to get as many young men to read Dauntless as possible. The book’s target audience is not any particular age category per se – the teachings are valuable to older men as well.

Videos are good and important, but a book makes a deeper impact, and I believe that Dauntless will be more useful than to watch through my videos – especially since many political and philosophical ones have been removed by YouTube.

I have been an avid reader since my teenage years. However, to my great lament, no one presented me with a book such as Dauntless when I was 15 (or even 20); there are many things I wish I knew when I was younger. With Dauntless, I want to present a guide that can be applied in life.

On another note, it is common for authors to get financial backing upon writing and publishing a book. I have funded this operation myself and published it via our own Golden Sun Publishing. This means that I have not been beholden to anyone other than myself when composing my thoughts. Thus, the agenda is my own. The agenda is that the book will serve as a catalyst for the reader’s ascent into becoming a force of nature.

The previous edition had around 53 000 words; the new one has around 75 000 words. Except for the new content, I also made sure to rewrite most passages to make them clearer. My level of English has increased quite a bit since the time I wrote the first parts of Dauntless (in 2016). Therefore, there was plenty of room for improvement in that regard. The layout of the book is also changed to make certain parts clearer – especially in the training and nutrition parts.

The book contains the following chapters:

Chapter 1: A Phoenix Rising from the Ruins
Chapter 2: Creating a Demigod
Chapter 3: Martial Arts, Violence, and Health
Chapter 4: The Heroic Renaissance — Culture
Chapter 5: Religion and Faith
Chapter 6: Sexual Energy
Chapter 7: Philosophical Musings
Chapter 8: Tribe and Relationships
Chapter 9: Gender Relations
Chapter 10: Civilisation, Nationalism, and Politics
Chapter 11: Societal Musings
Chapter 12: On, to Adventure!

Dauntless is available on the following sites:
LegioGloria.com (worldwide shipping)
Jotunheimnutrition.se (for Swedish customers)
Jotunheimnutrition.de (for customers in the EU)

Yggdrasil and Perseus – Legio Gloria November Releases

As is my custom, I thought to share some thoughts regarding the latest Legio Gloria releases. I will get straight into it by presenting the Yggdrasil Enlightenment Hoodie, which has been very well-received, and understandably so; it is a great design.

Yggdrasil Enlightenment Hoodie

Yggdrasil – the World Tree in Norse mythology – is on proud display. Odin’s ravens, Hugin (thought) and Munin (memory), are also present; one is vanquishing a serpent of deceit, and the other is gazing out into the world.


The design also pays aesthetic and poetic homage to J.R.R. Tolkien, whom we all know and love. The Yggdrasil tree has a similar style to that of the White Tree of Gondor, and the runes say the following:

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king

Which is a quote from The Fellowship of the Ring.


In my humble opinion, J.R.R. Tolkien’s work can be classified as myth rather than fiction. The Lord of the Rings is, just as the myths about Perseus and other heroes from antiquity, a story that has the power to appeal to entire generations – admittedly, in the case of our generation, much thanks to Peter Jackson’s films.

It is a powerful and inspiring story – a story about friendship, loyalty, overcoming of hardships. It is a story about good versus evil, order and beauty versus chaos and degeneration.

It is not strange that the powers that be now seek to bastardise it (I am referring to Amazon’s upcoming series). It is quite similar to how they (BBC, to give an example) replace Europeans in history or how mobs tear down statues.

Male friendship (especially as shown in Lord of the Rings) is something that any regime fears. And for the dysfunctional young woman or man who has no conception of true friendship, seeing love between men must always be explained (in a joking way) as having to do with homosexuality. Presenting such an attitude (i.e. that tight-knit male friendship groups are ‘gay’) is very convenient for any regime – they would rather have men isolated and weak.

Much more can be said about Lord of the Rings and similar myths, but suffice to say it should come as no surprise that the enemies of European civilisation attack both our history and our myths.

Perseus’ Triumph Hoodie

The Perseus’ Triumph Hoodie is an updated version of the popular Perseus’ Gym and Exploration Hoodie. The new version is a bit different. The garment is in a lighter grey (making the artwork stand out clearer), and the front of the neck has more cloth – making it more comfortable and adding a bit of extra protection to the neck. The design itself is an homage to classical Europe in addition to the ideal of overcoming yourself.

The Perseus’ Victory – T-Shirt is also a favourite. It will be restocked in all sizes come spring.

Coming Garments

I am currently planning the May 2022 linen collection, which is a great joy. Linen is a truly great material, so I am genuinely happy and excited to plan it. If you have not already done so, be sure to read the following article: 5 Reasons to Wear Linen.

The next big release, except for Dauntless: The Wild Hunt Edition (which will be out in about two weeks), will be in January. That collection will feature historical designs – Teutonic, Slavic, Wallachian. It will be good! Between January and May, we will see even more good stuff coming out. Feels absolutely great. As I have mentioned before, the success of previous releases enables bigger and better things to come – this momentum is truly something glorious!

Currencies

On a last note regarding the Legio Gloria webshop, we added SEK (Swedish Kronor), USD, and GBP to make payments smoother and to save time. We also added Swish as a payment method for Swedish customers (also to make payments smoother and faster).

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Update on Dauntless. New Merino Wool Sweater. A Note on YouTube and Twitter

Dauntless: The Wild Hunt Edition will be out in a few weeks (it is currently being printed in good old Latvia). The new edition contains plenty of new content – the first edition is around 53 000 words, and the new edition is around 75 000 words. The new edition also comes with updated grammar and with a new and improved style to make it more beautiful and more comfortable to read. Truly a work of art, if I may be so bold!

A new Legio Gloria woollen garment is now available: Atlantic Merino Wool Sweater.

100% Merino Wool. Proudly made in Ireland.

I am happy to present all Legio Gloria garments, and sometimes I am extra happy to do so. This is a personal recommendation – do yourself a favour and order one.

Lir’s Merino Wool Sweater is also back in stock in all sizes.

A Note on YouTube and Twitter

I will be back on Twitter once Dauntless is released. Honestly, I do not particularly miss being on Twitter. However, it is still a platform where the metapolitical battle must be fought – thus, I must be active there.


Videos, however, are something I enjoy making. I will resume the video production when Dauntless comes out as well. I am shadowbanned on YouTube (I have been so for a good while now), but I can still reach many people there, so making videos is a worthwhile endeavour. Also, whenever I make a YouTube video, it gets automatically uploaded to Odysee (follow me there if you have not already).


Lastly, a new Podcast episode (on martial arts) will be out in a few days. If you have not already listened to Episode 12. The Greatest Glory yet, do so before listening to the next one.

Statement on China’s Gaming Regulation

Recently, Chinese authorities announced a three-hour gaming restriction per week for minors (see the announcement here).

Since I have commented on the gaming question on numerous occasions – in Dauntless* in particular – I thought to share my take on the matter here as well. On a personal note, I probably spent more than three hours of gaming per week in my teens. This did not cause any issues for me. In fact, I am supremely grateful for having been able to play games such as Age of Empires and Total War growing up. However, I also did many other things in my youth, and I was quite physically active.

That being said, gaming is a problem for many youths today, and I do believe it was, overall, a good call by China to limit the time minors are allowed to game. Had I been an Enlightened Despot (more on that in Podcast Episode 13. Archetypes), I would not necessarily have put an as strict restriction on gaming as the Chinese government. The focus must be on presenting attractive alternatives. For teenage boys, sport is the primary alternative. Team sports are fun and have similar aspects as online gaming (many online games resemble team sports).

Schools also have a responsibility to improve the health of the youth.

  • More classes outside
  • More outdoor activities
  • More athletic activities

The Libertarian Argument

Should the government decide how minors spend their free time? Yes. In limiting the amount of time spent on gaming, the minors will be forced to come up with more creative and active ways to spend their time. There is nothing morally wrong with the state limiting certain negative activities.

What is wrong, however, is when the state restricts the freedom to participate in healthy activities. A good example of this is the various Covid lock-downs we have seen since 2020.

The Enlightened Despot’s Plan

Had it been up to me, I would have approached the question in two ways. Restrictions in addition to promoting other fun activities. A reasonable restriction could be a total of seven hours per week.

For example: a group of friends will decide what to do on a Wednesday afternoon after school. They know the following:

1. That they are restricted to seven hours of gaming per week.
2. That there are many fun after-school activities to choose from.

What do they do? Most likely, they will save their gaming allowance for the weekend for longer gaming-sessions, and choose to participate in another activity instead. Even if they choose to play for an hour in the evening, they will still have extra time to do other things.

The Board Game Alternative

On a last note, board games are, in most ways, superior to computer games. The social aspect is, on a biological level, more pronounced when playing a board game in the same physical space with your friends – as opposed to playing with them online. The social interaction in a board-game setting is different to the interaction online.

Moreover, the constant strain on the eyes that comes with a marathon gaming-session will not be present when engaging in board games.

I am personally an enjoyer of Warhammer Underworlds (for two players), Britannia (for four players), and Diplomacy (for seven players).

* Note, I am currently re-writing Dauntless; the new edition will be out in November this year.

The Wild Hunt Challenge – August 2021

Step 1 – Athletic

Choose one:

  1. Start training MMA, BJJ, or any other grappling-oriented sport.
  2. Set a new personal record in chins (chin-ups).

All your friends must learn the basics of grappling well enough so that you can train in your Männerbund without the need of a club or coach. The optimal scenario is, of course, that you train at a club as well, but sometimes that is a luxury that is not available.

If you do not have access to a martial arts club, train hard outdoors instead. Chins and dips are great exercises. Thus, you should not lament the inability to train in a gym. Make the most out of the situation and set a new record in chins instead!

Here is a quote from the passage I mentioned in the video:

You have no idea how good-looking he was, both above the neck and below. A body like a statue by Phidias, a regular Apollo – he took your breath away! Strutting around here naked every day, challenging all the boys to wrestle him, celebrating his wins by quoting Homer.

Steven Saylor – A Gladiator Dies Only Once

Perhaps you should not necessarily strut around naked, but you should endeavour to perfect your physique, train wrestling, and to be able to quote Homer. Be a Cultured Thug!

Step 2 and 3 – Books and Physique Post

Read a book.

Post physique to Gab the last Friday each month. Simply post a physique picture – preferably in nature, and preferably wearing Legio Gloria clothing – tag with #FizeekFriday. For this particular Wild Hunt Challenge, the date is the 27th of August. Be sure to follow me on Gab as well: https://gab.com/TheGoldenOne

In your physique post, write a few thoughts about the book you have read. It doesn’t need to be anything long, just a few thoughts and whether you can recommend it to the other participants. If you find some epic quote, you can include that in the post as well.

Step 4 – Read My Book Reviews

There are currently seven book reviews available on this site. You can read them here: https://thegoldenone.se/category/book-reviews/

If you don’t, you are a horrible person!

Step 5 – Get on Telegram

Install Telegram directly from their page: https://telegram.org/ (I use Telegram both on my phone and computer). Installing it directly from their page instead of downloading it from the app stores will allow you to see channels that Apple and Google censor.

Invite one friend, whom you are currently communicating with on Facebook, to Telegram, and keep your ongoing conversation there instead. Facebook is out of control in terms of censorship. I got my Facebook fanpage (22 000 followers) removed (without warning or reason) a while back, and Survive the Jive also got his two fanpages removed a week ago. They even removed his and his wife’s personal accounts.

Also, follow my Telegram channel: https://t.me/thegoldenone

August Legio Gloria Releases

Behold!

I celebrate my birthday (turning 32) by announcing the latest Legio Gloria releases. It feels especially good to have the release on a special day!
As with basically all products, be they Legio Gloria or Jotunheim Nutrition, I first ask myself: what do I want? Then I work towards it. This is the result: New Releases

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White Fleur-de-lis – T-Shirt 

The Royal Fleur-de-lis – T-Shirt was a success, so I wanted to release a similar design. The reason for going with white this time is due to the dying process – this particular design works better on white. The navy of the previous design did not keep its colour as well when washed in higher temperatures. It is still one of my favourite garments, but I wanted to optimise the design, and this combination turned out really well.

Fleur-de-lis Stringer

Made from the same batch of organic cotton, the Fleur-de-lis Stringer works well both inside and outside the gym. I am wearing an XL in the pictures, but an L would serve me better (since most of the cloth of a stringer is in the lower part). Accompanying the outfit is the Belt Bag of the Ages.

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Black Questing Shorts

Handsome in a plain way. The previous version of the Handsome Shorts, although well-loved, needed an update. These are made in the same way as the Questing Handsome Shorts – Navy that were released earlier this year. 100% cotton and a bit more durable than the previous version.

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Athena’s Athletic Tanktop

The Athena’s Athletic Tanktop is an organic cotton version of Imladris Athletic Tanktop.
Spacious around the shoulders, it is supremely comfortable and allows for unrestricted movements. The difference between a tanktop and a stringer (by my definition), the amount of material over the chest – a tanktop covers more, whereas a stringer covers less. 
In regard to the name, I decided to honour the ancient city-state Athens, hence the description:

Channel the power of ancient Athenian heroes, Theseus and Themistocles, among others, to fuel your ascent to glory.

Themistocles is one of the greatest heroes of Mother Europa (I will talk more about his life in a coming Podcast episode).

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Myrmidon’s Gym Shorts

These are made in the same way as the Epona’s Gym Shorts.
Whereas the green of the Epona’s Gym Shorts made me think of Gaul, so did the black of the Myrmidon’s Gym Shorts make me think of Achilles – hence the name (the Myrmidons were the men Achilles led into battle).

All new releases are available here: LegioGloria.com