The Heimat and her gods

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Picture taken during a hike in the Pays Des Collines

“The poets tells 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 languages and long forgotten truths unfold themselves, there for us to be discovered and to be meditated upon. These lectures were given after Heidegger’s disillusion with Hitler’s industrial regime. While NS could have been a great movement with a hidden truth, the war, the war industry turned the regime into just another version of capitalism.

The Conservative Revolution had other more poetic values, and their concern was truly das Volk, the people. I myself focus on the regional variant, the tribes so to speak, which was once a major focus of the Order of the Jarls of Baelder.

Heidegger poetically talks about the homeland and the homeland, the Heimat, becomes the Heimat because of the nurturing of the gods. These are the gods of the European myths, the European mytho-poetic, which has become lost. Heidegger talks about godlessness… Whether these are the gods of the pagan myths, or the Dark Gods of the Pan-European Sinister Orders, that does not matter. These are gods that are connected, connexion as Myatt wrote, to our Dasein, to the very core of our Being-here, our Being-with-another as part of the European tribes.

The Earth is far more than just a locality or ‘a place of residence’. Now, anyone can live anywhere. Mass-immigration and so on. War and wheather conditions of course stimulate this, but that does not mean we have to accept this age of godlessness, this Kaii Yuga. We have to look beyond and we have 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 festival. Rejoice!

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The Worker’s shoes

a-pair-of-shoes-hero1‘The shoes’ by Vincent van Gogh

One of the paintings Heidegger wrote about is Van Gogh’s painting of a pair of shoes. In itself nothing particular, nothing sinister, nothing revealing, but the gnostic essence which is laid bare by Heidegger reveals a hidden side of this ‘simple’ painting. To Heidegger art reveals what a being ‘really’ or ‘in essence’ is stands for.

Heidegger regards these shoes as a tool, but one that seems unused, abandoned in an indefinite space. Heidegger notices that the shoes do not carry any traces of earth: “Just a couple of peasant’s shoes. And still.”

Through this painting Heidegger describes the essence of truth as an “unconcealedness”, something that has been dis-covered so to speak. The etymology of the English word ‘discover’ shows this most beautifully: a ‘cover’ has been taken away. The truth brings to light what was originally hidden, covered, veiled. To loose the truth means that everything will be hidden once again.

Heidegger used the painting of the shoes to talk about truth, about a particular event of revealing. Heidegger describes most poetically that from within the “dark opening” of the used shoe the “effort of labor” stares at us. The shoe as a tool is not something that should be cast away, as it has helped the laborer, the worker, the farmer during his hard and honest work on the field. Heidegger describes how “the wet and saturated earth sticks to the leather”. In this shoe “resounds the silent call of the earth” and how the earth has given us the grain. “The shoe (therefore) belongs to the earth and it is protected in the world of the farmer.”

The connexion with the Earth/Eorthe is a very important and most symbolic one. The Conservative Revolution, to which Heidegger belonged, was well aware of the gnostic and sacred importance of the Earth as a major force that is the exact opposite to the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. These events have ‘centralized’ man’s position (in disadvantage of the Sacred) and his dependence on technology. One could say: the ultimate phase of the Kali Yuga in which man is alienated from the mystical origins of the Earth and started to disrespect the earth and its raw materials by turning these into mere instruments of profit. Today, only real craftsmen respect the genuine truth within raw materials such as the earth, wood, water, leather and so on. From within those raw materials the work of art presences itself and the craftsman, like Jünger’s worker-soldier, merely channels these hidden forces.  

A true craftsman presenced these shoes. They do not have a particular shape, they are dark and, as Heidegger notices, “the darkness shines from within them”. Their connexion with the Earth is therefore an acausal one: an acéphalic (beyond human and limited reason) resonance from das Heilige (Hölderlin), the abysmal Sacred (Bataille). The shoes are human tools but these ‘worker’ shoes form a connexion to a deeper and more traditional world. The same applies to the combat shoes of soldiers, the sandals of monks and so on. Such men transform and presence acausal forces, and their labor, their work, their struggle brings the Truth to light.

This cthonic resonance of the shoes brings us to the Greek pantheon of Dark Gods (Dionysos, Demeter,…) who reside in the Sphere of the Hidden, the Acausal, but which can be invoked by adepts, initiates of a Traditional Weltanschauung. A Weltanschauung which criticizes the modern world and its lack of the Sacred. Sinister traditions like the ONA’s, David Myatt’s Weltanschauung, the Conservative Revolution, the Traditionalists, Radical Paganism, the New Right all share this criticism, and their ‘acéphalic mission’ to bring forward the eternal essence of the Truth.

Their initiates do not simply see a used pair of shoes, but they all can hear its call which descends from the Greeks and rises up to the present Völkisch communities and those to come. I invite you to look at these shoes differently as well!

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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, …