The Heimat and her gods


Picture taken during a hike in the Pays Des Collines

“The poets tell us of the field’s growing verdant, of the valley, and of the flowing of the rivers that are wide open around prophetic mountains. This is a strange geography: a description of the Earth that we barely understand at first, assuming that we are concerned with a description at all here. Here the Earth is experienced in advance of the lucidity of a questioning knowing concerning the historical mission of a people. The Earth of the homeland here is not a mere space delimited by external borders, a realm of nature, or a locality constiuting a possible arena for this or that event to be played out here. The Earth, as this Earth of the homeland, is nurtured for the gods. Through such nurturing it first becomes homeland, yet as such it can once again fall into decline and sink to the level of a mere place of recidence, which accordingly goes hand in hand with the advent of godlessness. The coming to be of homeland does not happen through mere settlement, either, unless it is accompanied by a nurturing of the Earth for the gods, in which the Earth is held open for an encounter with the prevailing of the gods in the course of the changing seasons of the year and their festivals.” (Heidegger, Hölderlin’s Hymns, p. 95)

Heidegger’s Hölderlin’s Hymns have become a sort of ‘bible’ for me. Not in the monotheistic sense, but in the sense of a divine book. Not because of the author but because what is being presenced through the author. Through Heidegger such beautiful, poetic language and long forgotten truths unfold themselves, in order to be dis-covered (or un-covered from non-knowledge) and to be meditated upon. These lectures were given after Heidegger’s disillusion with Hitler’s industrial regime and while the authentic Völkisch nature of NS could have been a great movement with a hidden truth, the war and its industry turned the regime into just another version of capitalism. For Heidegger the dis-coverin of a genuine Inner Greatness could have meant a turn, a turn away from the Nihilism that had been plagueing the West since the advent of the enlightenment and the emphasis on calculative reason. Nietzsche called this the human will to knowledge. 

As I regard Heidegger as an important embodiment of the Conservative Revolution I can see the important, but now nearly forgotten, poetic values that were defended by the Conservative Revolution. Their true concern was not a mundane political fight for ‘power’, but a genuine concern for the Völkisch values and the peoples that represented them. In our dark times when liberalism is being celebrated, consciously or unconsciously by the masses and ‘the elite’, the historical mission may be covered once again, it is still present. Genuine communities, dedicated individuals, artists, philosophers, mystics, … are still occupied by this Mission, namely being open for the Return of the Old Gods, being aware that a Sacred encounter with the Old Gods will present itself in the future. And this despite the present turmoil, the decline of our beloved Abendland.   

Heidegger poetically talks about ‘the homeland’ and this homeland becomes the Heimat because of the nurturing of the gods. Heidegger never names those gods but we can say that these are the gods of the European myths, the European mytho-poetic, which has become lost. Heidegger talks about the nihilism of his time, the godlessness that sickens the European Geist. Whether these are the old gods of the pagan myths, or the Dark Gods of the Pan-European Sinister Orders, that does not matter. These are gods with whom the European communities are intimately and religiously connected. A connexion (David Myatt) to the very core of our Being-here, our Being-with-another as part of the European tribes.

We must be aware that the Earth is far more than just a locality or ‘a place of residence’. Being settled somewhere, one’s dwelling is far more that just ‘a place’ as there is a history that connects and strengthens local communities and tribes. Of course, in our liberal age anyone can live anywhere and we see that young people want to discover the world and travel as much as possible. I personally resent ‘travelling’ for the sake of travelling. Being-at-home is very important to me and for the Flemisch region offers so much. Only in the Provence I have been able to find the same feeling due to the authenticity of the region. Like Heidegger I do recognize that region as the place where the Greek origin of our Abendland lies.

Europe and its tribes offer so much beauty, so much authenticity that so-called multiculturalism is just a travesty, a liberal notion lacking a Truth, lacking the Light, lacking a Soul all together. The beautiful European regions from the North to the South, from the West to the East always stupify me. These are regions that should be nurtured for the Old Gods.   

Due to excessive consumerism, mass immigration, war and extreme wheather conditions in other parts of the world Europe as Sacred Heimat has been under siege for decades now. This is no surprise as it is part of this Age of Godlessness, We all have to bear the burden of the Kaii Yuga, of the coming Endzeit and thus the de-evalutaion of those authentic values we have just referred to. But we have to look beyond the Kali Yuga, we have to rise about it as Sovereign Souls, and we need to re-establish the connexion with the Heimat and das Heilige. Hölderlin wrote about the gods that have fled, but they are not gone. They are there in our ‘pagan’ hearts, and the light that shines from those beautiful and mystcial landscapes. Do not travel far, but look around you and preserve Nature, enjoy Nature in a most respectable manner. Become a warrior from within. We need to nurture our homelands again. Enjoy the seasons and the festivals. 

Tomorrow we celebrate Samhain and mythically speaking the sphere of our material existence and the Ancient spheres of the Gods are drawing closer to each other.  Rejoice!

Von Sanngetall


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