Patreon Removed My Account

Patreon just removed my account – I have supposedly not adhered to their ‘community guidelines’. I have asked them to supply evidence of when and where this happened.

I am not expecting an answer though. And, being honest, we all know what is going on here. It is always the same story. You can watch this video: Why They Hate Me, and read this article: Statement on the Legio Gloria Instagram Removal for further context.

I get censored for who I am, not for anything in particular I say.

This is a heavy blow (it directly impacts my ability to supply for my family – which tells you quite a bit about the people who work against us).

🎙The Greatest Podcast will thus no longer be available on Patreon. However, it is available on SubscribeStar (the same is true for the Physique Manufactorum).

Am I down and demoralised? Not at all, this only shows that my work has effect. In fact, I will increase the uploading frequency of the Greatest Podcast. My initial plan was to make one episode a month, but going forward it will be more often.

Adversity only strengthens my resolve.

I am extremely appreciative of everyone signing up to continue subscribing to the Podcast.

The Sword and Shield of Carl Gustaf Wrangel

The sword and shield were taken as spoils of war by Carl Gustaf Wrangel from Voivode Jan Zamoiskij following the Battle of Warsaw in 1656. The set was, according to some sources, initially a gift from the Ottoman Sultan Murad III to Stephen Báthory – King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, Prince of Transylvania.

Picture: Skokloster, Sweden, Anno Domini 2020.

Taliesin’s Map: The Comparative Guide to Celtic Mythology

I have read Taliesin’s Map: The Comparative Guide to Celtic Mythology by J. Dolan. Taliesin was a Welsh seer-poet who is said to have tasted the liquid of poetic illumination – historical details of his life are sparse, so he remains a semi-mythological individual. He does not have a prominent role in the book, but the title of the book, Taliesin’s Map, fits rather nicely nonetheless.
The book is not only about Celtic mythology; the author compares myths from various Aryan traditions (Aryan = Indo-European) – primarily Celtic, Germanic, Greek, Roman, Iranic, and Indian. Below are some insights from the book I found interesting.
Note: if some of these topics seem unclear, it is natural. Many interpreters of religious traditions disagree with each other, and for each interpretation there are several that go against it. Religious tradition can be a bit of a jungle – the best way to navigate it is to simply read as much as possible and contemplate what sounds reasonable. When I am in doubt, I consult Survive the Jive.

Comparative Mythology

Comparative mythology basically means finding common themes in myths from different cultures – this ties into Perennialism, which I have mentioned before.
I have read quite a few books and articles that make rather far-fetched comparisons and speculations regarding religious traditions and myths. An example of this is Otto Rahn’s comparison between Balder (and Apollo) and Lucifer – more on this here: Lucifer’s Court – Book Review and Inspiring Quotes. Lucifer’s Court is a quite interesting book, despite some inaccurate claims, which is why I mention it here. I will not mention certain other books that are not as interesting. I point this out to emphasise the fact that many of the comparisons in Taliesin’s Map actually make a fair bit of sense.

The Heroes of the Iliad as Indo-European Gods

In the first chapter of the book, the author makes the case that, as the title suggests, the heroes of the Iliad can be seen as Indo-European gods. He connects many themes found in the Iliad with themes found in other mythologies. I found this chapter quite interesting. Below are some of the heroes he connects to gods.

Agamemnon – Varuna (The Terrible Sovereign)
Menelaus – Mitra (The Lawful Sovereign)
Ajax – Vayu (The Lord of the Wind)
Achilles Indra (The Thunderer)
Odysseus and DiomedesThe Horse Twins (Nasatya and Dasra)
Paris – Surya (The Sun)
Hector – Kali (The Demon of the Dark Age)
Helen – Ushas (The Dawn Goddess)

The mythological aspect of the Iliad is intriguing, as is the historical aspect. I am not in a position to make a statement regarding the historicity of the the Trojan War, but it is not far-fetched to assume that the war itself happened and that many of the details surrounding it have their roots in historical facts. This was certainly the view of the German businessman and archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann (1822–1890), who mounted several expeditions in search of Troy. Below is the Mask of Agamemnon, discovered by Schliemann in 1876 at Mycenae. I will comment further upon the Iliad at a later stage.

Warrior Caste vs Priestly Caste

In the chapter The Great Lunar Cycle, under the title of Peredus as Horse Twin, the author discusses a reoccurring theme in various myths – the conflict between the warrior caste and the kingly/priestly caste. This ties into the disagreement between Evola and Guénon mentioned in this book review: Julius Evola and the UR Group – Introduction to Magic: Volume II & III.
Although the disagreement between Evola and Guénon is not strictly related to the context of the chapter in Taliesin’s Map, I thought to mention it since it is a reoccurring topic in discussions regarding religion and tradition.
This conflict appears in the Iliad between Achilles (warrior) and Agamemnon (king) and in the ancient Indian Mahabharata between Arjuna (warrior) and Yudhishthira (king). The author also mentions the legendary third king of Rome, Tullus Hostilius (warrior), who succeeded Numa Pompilius. The former viewed the latter’s pacifism as a weakening of Rome. More examples from the various Indo-European mythologies are given.

Trifunctional Hypothesis

The trifunctional hypothesis of prehistoric Proto-Indo-European society, introduced by French mythographer Georges Dumézil in 1929, postulates a tripartite ideology (in French: idéologie tripartite) reflected in the existence of three castes – kings/priests, warriors, and producers/farmers.
Although the hypothesis has some merit, it does not apply to all Aryan societies. As Evola mentioned in a response to Guénon (read more here), the kings and (later) emperors of Rome simultaneously held the title Pontifex (the highest spiritual authority). Germanic kings were also from the warrior caste.
I mention this here since it can be good to be familiar with this concept prior to reading Taliesin’s Map.

The Ambivalent Nature of the Sun and Sun Gods

‘The Sun God heroes are always depicted as morally ambivalent, yet highly noble nonetheless. This is due to the way the Indo-European peoples viewed the Sun, as often inhospitable, even abusive, potentially exceedingly destructive, a psychopomp who draws souls down to their fates and then to the land of the dead, and yet as beautiful, life giving, a symbol of intellect and sovereignty, and associated with the elitist esoteric pursuit of immortality. ’

Taliesin’s Map. Page 34.

Over the last while, I have talked quite a bit about solar worship. Worth pointing out is that the Sun can indeed be seen as both benevolent and malevolent. For someone who lives in Scandinavia, it is virtually always benevolent. Especially for the particular Scandinavian phenotype that tans well and gets lighter hair as a result of sun exposure – as I pointed out in the latest Podcast episode when talking about the blessings of solar gods. On the other hand, for a redhead living in California (to give an example), the Sun will most likely not only be seen as benevolent.

The Golden Irish God Bres

‘Then she saw that it was a man of fairest appearance. He had golden-yellow hair down to his shoulders, and a cloak with bands of gold thread about it. His shirt had embroidery of gold thread. On his breast was a brooch of gold with the lustre of a precious stone in it.’

Description of the Irish god Bres. Page 39.

As we have previously noted, any good esoteric book must contain descriptions of golden gods. The context of this passage is in regard to a comparison between an Irish and an Indian myth, where a Sun god makes love to women – in the Irish case, the woman may be a representation of Ireland.

Rome and the Sabine Women

In a the chapter The Great Lunar Cycle, under the title of The Welsh “Aesir-Vanir War”, the author notes that there are similarities between the Welsh myth of the Mabinogi (also called Mabinogion) and the historical-mythic Roman ‘Rape of the Sabine Women’. The story of the Romans and the Sabine women may be a myth, but the story closely aligns with the modus operandi of the Aryan (Indo-European) Koryos – i.e. a band of young men entering a territory, conquering land and women, thus (in some cases) creating a civilisation (in this case Rome).

This is a highly interesting topic that we will return to. To learn more about the Koryos and Bronze Age Europe, I can highly recommend the videos of Dan Davis. Available on Odysee here: Dan Davis Author.

Mithraic Mysteries

By now, we are all familiar with the Mithraic Mysteries. The author begins the chapter The Mithraic Path of Immortality and the Mithraic Mysteries with a reference to an essay by Julius Evola titled The Path of Enlightenment in the Mithraic Mysteries, I will elaborate on this essay in a coming post (or Podcast episode or video). The author notes that there are two extremes in current scholarship regarding the Mithras Cult – one which denies any links to Iranic religion, and one that views it as a direct religious import. He then correctly emphasises the fact that both Roman and Iranian mythology share common Aryan origins:

‘Could it be that the Mithraic mysteries derived their general narrative framework from the archaic Indo-European mythological narrative itself, from the clearly central and important path of the great Sovereign of Justice, the Mitraic god?’

Taliesin’s Map. Page 506.

The deity in question has different spellings: Mithras, Mithra, Mitra etc. Mithras = the Graeco-Roman god. Mitra = the Iranian god. This can be good to keep in mind to avoid confusion!

Conclusion

At 525 pages, reading the book will be a bit of a time investment. Many chapters are also quite technical and detailed – which lends credence to some of the comparisons and takes. However, for someone who is new to this sort of material, it might be overwhelming. I enjoyed reading it and found many of the chapters insightful. If you are interested in mythology, I can recommend it.


You can follow the author at Telegram here: https://t.me/solarcult (the Telegram channel is also worth following).

Folktales in the Indo-European Tradition

Folktales in the Indo-European Tradition by Imperium Press is a 757-page behemoth of a book. Part of their Western Canon Series, it covers (as the name suggests) folktales from various Indo-European traditions. The book also contains beautiful illustrations. I can definitely recommend the book, it is a nice addition to any library, and will be especially useful for parents who wish to introduce their children to our stories.

Contents

  • Proto-Indo-European
  • Proto-Western-Indo-European
  • Proto-Germanic-Italo-Celtic
  • Proto-Baltic-Slavic
  • Proto-Celtic
  • Proto-Germanic
  • Proto-Romance

Some of the tales will probably be familiar – Beauty and the Beast and Little Red Riding Hood for example. Most others will perhaps not be as familiar. This is especially true in this day and age where many Europeans are ever more disconnected from their history and culture.

Julius Evola and the UR Group – Introduction to Magic: Volume II & III

I have read Introduction to Magic: Volume II – The Path of Initiatic Wisdom and Introduction to Magic: Volume III  Realizations of the Absolute Individual by Julius Evola and his companions of the UR Group. If you have not already read my review of the first volume, you can do so here: Julius Evola and the UR Group – Introduction to Magic: Volume 1. Also, if you are curious about the term ‘magic’, I elaborate on how I use it in this video: What Do I Mean By ‘Magic’?
At over 400 pages each, these two volumes contain many more interesting insights than shared here. These are just a few that I found particularly interesting.

Attempts to Influence Mussolini

As already mentioned in the previous book review (link above), the UR Group was active during the Interwar period. In the foreword to the second volume, it is mentioned that rites were done to influence Mussolini in a Roman Pagan direction. However, due to realpolitikal reasons, Mussolini sought an alliance with the Catholic Church (as was common for many Fascist parties throughout Europe at the time).
A woman who had participated in these rites prophesised to Mussolini in 1919 that he would become Consul. Consul was the highest political position in the Roman Republic (509 to 27 BC) – two Consuls were elected per term. In 1923, when Mussolini was the head of government, the woman approached him again and gave him a lictor’s bundle of rods with an antique Etruscan ax.
One of the members of the Ur Group, Dr Arturi Reghini, who had a strong desire to influence Fascism in a Pagan direction, expressed these views in his publications. Perhaps disappointed by the lack of progress done in this regard, he shared his opinions in an aggressive manner. Mussolini (under a pseudonym) actually responded to the criticism, which means that he felt strongly about the topic (since the publication only reached a niche audience; it was not a matter of a major newspaper criticising him).


After the war, Evola responded to accusations of being a Fascist by stating that he was a superfascista (meaning that he was beyond Fascism). Evola writes more about this in his book A Traditionalist Confronts Fascism, which I have read and can recommend for those interested in the views of Evola. I also refer to Evola in Dauntless in a chapter discussing racial materialism. Moreover, I composed a few thoughts on Evola in this article: A Few Notes on Julius Evola – Metaphysics of Power.

Evola and the Theosophists

In several essays, Evola makes critical comments about various other spiritual movements. He often comes with scathing remarks about the Theosophists, whose movement was cofounded by a Russian woman whose name may be familiar to some – Madam Blavatsky. Below are two quotes that illustrate quite well Evola’s attitude towards them.

‘Seen from the outside it is a blatant absurdity that shows the mental level of today’s spiritualist currents, especially the Theosophical ones. While they pretend to be proclaiming and revaluing the teachings of the ancient Wisdom, they indulge in democratic and humanitarian views, professing the gospel of more or less universal equality.’

Julius Evola – Introduction to Magic Volume III: Aristocracy and the Initiatic Ideal

‘Keeping in mind that esoteric science is simultaneously a regal and priestly art, Éliphas Lévi asks with good reason of anyone wanting to approach it: Do you feel a kingly nature within yourself? A priestly one? Such a question is not meant to demoralise, but indicates that one must at least have clear ideas about a basic human qualification. This is especially true in our time, when the type of the adept is lumped together with the often suspect type of the “occultist,” and of creatures like mediums, spiritualists, sensitives, and diviners who do not even attain the level of a sane and normal man. A certain natural aristocratic qualification, as the mark of a human type that is not just normal but superior, is the general premise for any participation in an initiatic order, which for that reason was restricted to an elite, and always will be.’

Julius Evola – Introduction to Magic Volume III: Aristocracy and the Initiatic Ideal

Evola vs Guénon – Spiritual Authority and Temporal Powers

Perhaps the two most famous writers on Tradition are René Guénon and Julius Evola. Although Evola had great respect for Guénon, he also disagreed with some of his teachings. In an essay signed by Ea (i.e. Evola) titled ‘Spiritual Authority and Temporal Power‘, Evola takes issue with Guénon’s statement that spiritual authority is tied to ‘knowledge’ and ‘contemplation’*, and to the priestly caste – whereas temporal power is tied to ‘action’ and the warrior or regal caste. *The citation marks around those words appear in the essay.


Evola, in response to this, points out that the kings and (later) emperors of Rome simultaneously held the title Pontifex (the highest spiritual authority). And Rome, as we all know, was a society that valued martial virtues – thus, in their case the spiritual path was the path of action.
Evola also points to the Eleusinian Mysteries, which conferred a higher dignity on the king than priests or sages. Similarly, the Cult of Mithras (which I have mentioned before) was an initiatic brotherhood mainly popular with military men.
In other books, Evola discusses the conflict between the Guelphs and Ghibellines during the Middle Ages. The Guelphs supported the Pope, and the Ghibellines supported the Holy Roman Emperor. We will return to both the Eleusinian Mysteries and the Guelphs vs Ghibelline conflict in coming articles, videos, and Podcast episodes.

Evola vs Jung

In one essay, Evola expresses his views on Carl Gustav Jung. I must confess that I found the following passage hilarious:

‘And in fact Jung has not understood anything, and has been handling things with which he should never have concerned himself.’

Julius Evola – Introduction to Magic Volume III: Esotericism, the Unconscious, Psychoanalysis

More scathing criticism from the Baron! I asked my friend John Morgan, an authority on matters of Tradition, about Evola’s views on Jung, and he responded thus:

He rejected psychology as a modern, scientifically-based movement, first of all. But additionally, he rejected Jung since he attributed the gods and the myths to being archetypes of human consciousness, rather than something that exists outside of and superior to human consciousness — i.e., being real in their own right.

On a personal level, I have not read enough of Jung to make a statement.

Right-Hand and Left-Hand Path

These two concepts can be summarised as being the dichotomy between white magic (benevolent) and black magic (malicious). The concepts of Right-Hand and Left-Hand paths appear in numerous spiritual contexts. In the essay Magical Perspectives, According to Aleister Crowley, Evola actually gives credit to Crowley. He says that the Satanic aspect of Crowley’s work was mainly a front and that Crowley was an accomplished spiritual master – who was ‘extraordinarily qualified’ to follow the Left-Hand Path. This is high praise coming from Evola!

I do, of course, follow the Right-Hand Path.

Ex Oriente Lux

In this essay, Evola takes issue with the notion that the ancient spiritual traditions that so fascinate Westerners come from the East. In the same essay, he also mentions the Dorian component of Hellenic civilisation.

‘The light that shines from Hindu or Persian civilisation did not originate in the Orient, because those civilisations were created by races that came from the West and the North in a distant prehistoric epoch.’

Julius Evola – Introduction to Magic Volume II: Ex Oriente Lux

‘The light of authentically Greek civilisation, namely that which it owes to the Dorians and Achaeans, descended from the North.’

Julius Evola – Introduction to Magic Volume II: Ex Oriente Lux

Any talk of Aryans is, as you may know, controversial in this age. However, that does not mean that we should not talk about them. In fact, it is useful to highlight this fact, especially since it helps us understand why many of us (myself included) have a certain affinity for both India and Persia. For more about India, read this article: The Agni and The Ecstasy by Steven J. Rosen.
For more information about the Aryan invasion of India, watch this video: Aryan Invasion of India: Myth or Reality? For more information about the genetic composition of ancient Greece, watch this video: JIVE TALK: Ancient DNA news: Greece and Italy.

Experiences Among the Arabs

In this essay, signed by Gallus, the author describes his experiences in North Africa, where he was stationed at a government post when Libya and Tripolitania were in Italian possession. The author notes that he was always interested in the esoteric and was drawn to the Arab world for its mysteries.
This essay evokes a certain sense of nostalgia. A nostalgia for the Arab world as it used to be in Western imagination. The Arab world of One Thousand and One Nights. The Arab world of mystics and beautiful architecture.
On a personal note, I would have liked to see more of these diary-like essays. This is something I will keep in mind for coming books of my own – giving a personal touch to the topic you are analysing. Putting teachings in a context undoubtedly make them both more interesting and accessible for the reader.
Related to this, the aforementioned René Guénon actually converted to Islam. We will return to the teachings of Guénon in coming articles.

Corrosive Waters

A reoccurring topic that is discussed in several essays, in all three volumes, is that of corrosive waters. ‘Regular’ waters can be said to be the non-harmful way of reaching spiritual insights. Corrosive waters entail the use of otherwise harmful substances (various drugs including alcohol) to reach spiritual insights. The authors caution against the use of these, but mention that they can be useful in some circumstances.


This reminds me of the use of steroids when it comes to gym training. The better and safer way to put on muscle is without corrosive waters (in this case steroids), but in some cases exogenous testosterone can be useful. What must always be emphasised, however, is that steroid use before the age of 23 is strictly prohibited, as it may damage your physical development. Testosterone replacement therapy for older men may be a good way to optimal health. On a personal note, I have never taken any such substances; if I ever do, it will be when or if my natural testosterone levels decrease by a significant amount. I elaborate more on this in Dauntless.

Conclusion

As with the first volume, I can recommend these two volumes for those interested in spiritual traditions and esoteric matters.
Lastly, if you have not already done so, I recommend you listen to Podcast Episode 18. The Divine Blessing (which deals with magic and spirituality).

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 pseudonyms – 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’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!

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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)