Revisiting Heidegger as a thinker of a revitalized Sacred Abendland

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A series of blog posts on Völkisch Alchemy

Part 1: The ‘they’

Heidegger’s work offers us so much from a revolutionary conservative point of view. Leftist and liberal academics have  ‘accused’ Heidegger of mindlessly participating with the National-Socialist regime as if he did not have a mind of his own. Some have forgiven him by calling him a naïve follower, others have seen Heidegger as a dangerous philosopher who introduced ‘Nazism’ into the ‘noble’ world of philosophy, and whose work should be avoided at all cost. Strangely, such accusations are rarely heard when other philosophers introduce Marx or openly leftist thinkers in their academic work.  Even more importantly is the fact that those academics focus on the period of the 1930’s while Heidegger’s philosophical thought became thoroughly spiritual (and firmly opposed to the industrial turn of the NS regime) after his first encounter with the German poet Hölderlin. For more info on that I invite you to read my articles which I wrote for the Black Front Press books ‘The Real and the Illusionary’ and ‘The Eye of the Storm – Part two‘.  In this series of articles I will focus on a number of key concepts of Heidegger and offer some reflections which I believe are relevant if we want to aim beyond the Kali Yuga. The first concept is ‘the They’.

For us the fact remains that Heidegger offers the West many insightful and poetic viewpoints that are most relevant in our current age of mass democracy. In his major work Sein und Zeit Heidegger introduces the term ‘the they’ (das man), by which he meant the mass, the multitude. The ‘they’, as Heidegger analyses their behavior, are to be avoided for they only wish to control your thought and actions, in order to domesticate you. Therefore we actively distance ourselves from them, and their inauthentic way of Being, for this way can be characterized with the following nouns: ‘distantiality, averageness and levelling down’ (S&Z 165). Being (or later on spelled as ‘Beyng’ by Heidegger) is always a becoming (which is different from the Neoplatonic notion of a permanent meta-physical plane) and due to this heterogeneous nature it continues to offer possibilities. The spiritual richness of this permanent Potentiality-for-Being (Heidegger) is utterly crushed by the mundane crowd, for it either desires a permanent status quo (the plebeian attitude) or it desires uncontrolled growth and variation devoid of truly Sacred principles.

One of the ‘certainties’ of our Being-in-the-World implies finitude and Death, and our Being-toward-Death is neglected by the multitude as well, because they are scared of death and they believe in some kind of immortality. Their way of Being is self-centered, and they believe that mankind is the ‘eternal’ epicenter of the World. Their life lacks higher and transcendental goals because for them  the ‘here and now’ has everything to offer. As such they level down the noble and Sacred core of life as it if were a superstition. Our vision however is an ultimately anti-secular, fanatically religious and meta-political one, as we aim for the Cosmic and the awe inspiring Sacred Origin of the West, the Greek civilization. Our actions only become meaningful in that Sacred Light. The ‘they’ however only want to cripple Being, and to reject the tremendous possibilities handed down to us by the authentic history of our Abendland. Their way of Being is either a reduction to a materialist ideology (liberalism, capitalism,…) or to an empty progressive propaganda (leftist, humanist, …). 

Another important point is our thrownness (Heidegger), and as such we are delivered to others (Being-with-Others) as Being-in-the-World (Heidegger). Through this concept Heidegger emphasizes our finitude as human beings, our localization and the epoch in which we live. Whatever progressive ideologies might proclaim, we cannot detach us from our death, the land where we dwell with others and historical period of time. We simply are not the master of our fate: we are here as Beings-in-the-World and with others, and this is how we must look upon life and we must take our responsibility. As thrown we are helpless on an individual level, yet the connection with the others through our dwelling makes us strong. This UR-connection, this Sacred origin (Ursprung, Heidegger) which defines our Völkisch communities (prior to the artificial Nation-States), makes us strong.

Such an UR-connection, a perennial Source from which Being has sprung so to speak, emanates through time and space, and presences itself in different organic forms (we refer to the civilizations as described by Spengler). If we desire an authentic existence, we must take this Sacred source into account and seek ways to reconnect with it. The inauthentic and mundane crowd however exists as ‘fallen’ (S&Z 219- 220). It means that it is absorbed in the Being-with-one-another of  the ‘world’ and has now the character of “Being-lost in the publicness”. They are only interested in human-centred affairs. Heidegger adds that “idle talk, curiosity and ambiguity” are the principle characteristics of this “desire for publicness”. ‘Idle talk’ denotes the superficiality of the multitude, ‘curiosity’ can be seen as either liberal (money opportunities) or progressive (multiculturalism, …), and ‘ambiguity’ refers to the lack of certitude and aeonic ambition.

If we are to be captured by the Potentiality-of-Being, this Prima Materia, then we will ‘encounter’ these possibilities through our communal dwelling, our Völkisch or folk community in which we are thrown.  The ‘they’ do not comprehend this, for they are either mindless and enslaved by the material ideologies or they feel the need to re-act progressively and intellectually. This way they  reject the connection with their Völkisch community and with the land they dwell in. Through the ages our Western forefathers, and further back our Indo-European forefathers have built a legacy, traditions, uses, art, literature, poetry, and in order to re-connect we must be resolute (Heidegger) to respect that past, those endavours, those gifts, instead of rejecting them out of laziness and stupidity or for the sake of pseudo-intellectual progressive ideals. The ‘they’, since modernity, have done nothing else than to obscure this Potentiality from our past, the “possibilities that have-been-there” (Heidegger), and it requires resoluteness (Heidegger) to go back them and be thankful, instead of being smug and ‘intellectual’.

This demands a recipient and acéphalic attitude and a gratitude that transcends one’s petty ego (becoming empty). As I explained before this demands a fundamental religious (religare = to connect) Way of Being through which we leave our hubris behind and through which we are able to transgress our fallen state. This fallen state characterizes ordinary Dasein which is being smothered by an inauthentic atttidue. The ‘they’ only have a narrow-minded ideology with reason as its principle guide, while authentic Dasein calls upon connection, feeling, the community, the land, …

In my next blog post I will focus on the term ‘reciprocative rejoinder’ by which Heidegger describes the required attitude, state of mind to become authentic, and I will suggest actions to be taken.  The Alchemy of Das Heilige is most fundamental in this inner process.    

Von Sanngetall, 129 yf

Literature:

  • Being and Time (1962), M. Heidegger
  • Historical Destiny and National Socialism in Heidegger’s Being and Time, Fritsche

The Return of the Wolves

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Fenrir unleashed, Von Sanngetall, 129 yf

Wir rufen deine Wölfe –  We call your Wolves

We call your Wolves

And call your spear

We call all twelve

Down from heaven to us here.

 

Above all we call you,

Now comes the Wild Hunt,

Now let the horn resound,

No lament for the dead.

 

The enemy has already fallen

Before the morning breaks.

 

The prey has no name,

The enemy has no face,

The carcass has no seed,

Righteous is the court of justice.

 

The harvest is past,

The chaff is daily sold,

The raves now demand

The portion they are due.

 

The hunt has begun:

Now, Lord, your salvation sustains us!

Friedrich Hielscher (1979)  (translation from German by Michael Moyniham)

 

Flanders visited by Naya

Recently I read a number of articles reporting the return of the wolf in Flanders. Although such news has been reported before, this time the wolf, called Naya, has actually been spotted in our most eastern province, Limburg, on the border with Holland. Naya has been seen in a natural area called Bocholt. Although this is a roaming specimen, according to specialists it will not take long before this noble species settles again in Flanders. And this is something we have to prepare for, as this remains one of the most mythical and powerful creatures of our Abendland. 

In the medieval epic Ysengrimus, written in 1148 – 1149 and probably written in my birth city Ghent, the wolf and the fox play the principle roles in this satire of human/mundane behaviour. The epic creates an inverse world which is critical of the medieval society, as deceivers are being deceived themselves, the weak are stronger than the powerful and so on. The wolf Isengrimus and the fox Reinaert are enemies. Reinaert is cunning and smart, while the wolf is depicted as brute and loudmouthed,  whose only desire is to eat. In this epic the wolf is portrayed as the monk, the greedy Magian for many monks lead a very selfish life as their orders were rich, and although the Christian creed is all about donating to the poor, the Church as an organization became focused on power and material wealth. The spiritual/chivalrous core of the Christian faith (compassion, love, defending the weak) has only been kept active by occult orders and by some genuine monasteries. Now, in Ysengrimus the picture of the wolf is thus not a pretty one, as he is seen as a representative of the Magian caste of greed and selfishness.

But this is of course not a Paganus way of looking at this beautiful and proud animal. We can state that this animal represents the Numinous, an elusive and ancient force of a once uncorrupted Mother Nature, of a primal Eorthe. As Chris Van Steenwegen, director of a Flemish nature organization called Natuurpunt, writes: on the one hand they are phenomenal and fascinating creatures for they are part of old and new stories (we recall the importance of a mytho-poetics for a new Solar Imperium), and they trigger our imagination because they are connected through the earth with the Acausal.  On the other hand they fulfill a unique role in their habitat because they are top predators as emperors of the food chain. They cannot be replaced and as they are back in Europe: they must stay here! They belong here.

Researchers have concluded that the wolf does not need a vast wilderness to settle himself, but enough food such as does and wild boars, a sheltered place to rest, a natural environment is more than enough. And this is exactly what Flanders has at this point, so if we let it happen, the wolf can return to Flanders permanently, as in Germany and France. This is only a matter of time.

Of course, in Flanders we are no longer used to living together with such wild animals because our region is densely populated with lots of concrete, and mostly ugly houses. Our historical cities are wonderful and unique, but our countryside needs some serious re-evalution (if this will ever happen?). If we want to make the comeback of the wolf a success, then we will need a plan of how to live together, how to protect the cattle, how to make sure that the wolves can wander the countryside without having to pass busy roads and so on. In Germany the plan ‘Willkommen Wolf’ has successfully prepared the Germans for their new wild neighbour.

These animals seem dangerous and wicked (the way they are always depicted cfr. Isengrimus) and tough, but they are first and foremost very shy and vulnerable when it comes to re-introducing them in such areas as Flanders. We do not have vast woods where these animals can roam freely and where they are truly in charge. It is up to us in Flanders to adapt ourselves, and to rediscover the ancient connexion with the Land, the Soil and its original inhabitants. The Western Gestell has turned everything into an object for profit, in the service of the worship of money: the land, animals, water, wind, fire, …. Leftist and naïve ecologists do not believe in this Numinous connexion with the Soil and the importance of the Heimat, and thus they actually participate in the pitiless lobby that turns air, water, soil and fire into objects of profit.

The Numinous energy which connects these vital elements is something that passes through us as well, and we have forgotten all about that. The Return of the Wolf should wake us up again. Of course, I am well aware of modern man’s addiction to moneymaking and profit, so will have to go through the Sinister period of the Kali Yuga, the ultimate fulfilment of Nihilism, before ‘we’ (or a successive species or none at all) will rise up again, but this time in balance and in pure awe with ‘its’ environment. Like a pack of Wolves we or the successive species will have to learn to adapt to Gaia’s rule and learn to become invisible, wordless so to speak. Now, we as a species are addicted to being loud, visible, noisy, omnipresent and this is our Hubris for which we shall be punished. Now, this apocalyptic note cannot stop us from taking action, and protecting the wolf in order to make sure that this roaming specimen can become a pack of wolves again! 

Friedrich Hielsher

The mighty Wolves play a central role in the beautiful poem by the Conservative Revolutionary artist and mystic Friedrich Hielscher (1902 – 1990). As stated on the sheet of the marvelous anthology Wir rufen deine Wölfe (Ahnstern – various neofolk bands such as Werkraum, Turbund Sturmwerk, …) Friedrich Hielscher was a most multifaced artist, and he was the founder of a religious system and the head of the heathen-panentheist Independent Free Church. In his mystical system the Christian God and the gods of ancient Europe were united in order to celebrate the return of the Divine.

As a Conservative Revolutionary Hielscher resisted the causal form ‘National-Socialism’, and he believed, like Heidegger, in a spiritual and cultural potential that was held by the German Volk. As mystics Heidegger and Hielscher are tributary to the poet Hölderlin. Like Hölderlin Hielscher was very much attached to the idea of the Heimat, and Hielscher believed in a secret Germany (Geheimes Deutschland). In line with the Conservative Revolution Hielscher did not agree with the crude biologist science of social Darwinism (devoid of any mysticism and Numinous core) on which the populist version of the NS ideology was founded.  Heidegger too was very much disappointed in the way National-Socialism had developed in the course of WWII. Here Heidegger saw the continuation of the Nihilism that was, and still acts, as a destructive force within the Abendland. This was a deadly force which Nietzsche had dealt with, and Jünger as well in the Gestalt of the Worker-Soldier. Heidegger at first believed that NS could overcome this Nihilism and introduce a new dawn of our Greek heritage.

Now Hielscher did not focus on a new dawn as he actually connected paganism with an essentialist ethnic Weltanschauung (which in NS was overshadowed by its emphasis on the war industry). With the poem “We call our Wolves” Hielscher sets forth his belief in the Ancient Gods of Germanic paganism and their Return (the image of the Wild Hunt). Here Hielscher invokes the Wild Hunt, led by Wotan, and it will claim many victims so the poet cries out to the Lord: “Your salvation sustains us!”.  

The poem is in a fact a prayer to be saved from a faceless enemy with a seedless carcass (the Heideggerian das Man, the mundane crowd infected by Nihilism). The Wild Hunt actually revives the ancient pagan intoxication and enthusiasm, which was killed by the Kali Yuga. As such Hielscher opposes the industrialization of the West, its consumerism, the deadly technological growth by calling forth the Ancient Germanic gods by using the image of the Wolf.

The ‘twelve Wolves’ called upon are the Ancient gods: Loki, Freya, …. And they are led by Wotan, the Archetype of frenzy and magic. Hölderlin and Heidegger returned to the ancient gods as well, to the Greek ones, but they did not believe in a possible return. The World of das Man was no longer ready and equipped to receive them and to welcome the Gods back. With Hielscher however we see some sort of a compromise: he invokes the ancient gods as the pack of twelve wolves, and through their Wild Hunt he calls upon the Lord, whose salvation sustains us. Nor Heidegger nor Hölderlin believed in the value of the Magian religion, but somehow Hielsher did and he connected the Christian Lord with the twelve main Germanic gods.

Ragnarokr: Joy before Death

Nevertheless this difference these three German mystics and their poesis of the Heimat wake up ancient forces within us. We can learn from them that the presence of the Wolves is direly needed: both in the flesh and in the spirit. The Wolf Naya embodies the flesh and spirit of our dying Abendland and its Return is most Joyful. The Nihilism of our technological and industrial era is not omnipresent, nor cannot it destroy the mytho-poetic power of what once was great. Spengler taught us everything about the rise and fall of cultures and civilizations, which has been translated into the occult system of the Order of Nine Angles. We applaud the Return of the Wolves and may the Wild Hunt be ruthless so that the coming Ragnarok will be fruitful. Agios O Fenrir! Joy before Death! 333!

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  • Various sources of inspiration:  articles, wiki, the Anthology ‘Wir Rufen deine Wölfe’, Heidegger, Myatt, …