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!

Von Sanngetall, 129 yf

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

The Sphere of War

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On creating...

As you can see I had not completed my drawing of the Sphere of Mars yet. I thought I had finished it, but unconsiously I knew that something was still missing. As an artist you somehow sense that your creations have not come full circle. So, I added more colour: emphasing the most important colours of the Alchemical Opus: the Black Work (Nigredo), the White Work  (Albedo) and finally the Red Work (Rubedo). As the primary astrological and alchemical colour of Mars is red, the essence of the Sphere / Gate of Mars represents the Rubedo: the colour of our mystical Blood. I now invite to take a closer look at the drawing as I give you some more info on the various elements which I have incorporated and although this is partially a ‘rational’ exercise (drawing upon various sources of information about the Sphere of Mars – departure being of course the Sinister work of the ONA) the drawing completes itself in a most organic way as, for an ‘traditional’ artist like me, Sacred Geometry, Alchemical and Sinister Symbols, the Runes, Europa’s occult history all nourish me so to speak to create something which I hope inspires you and others: rituals, meditation, studying Alchemy, reflecting on Europa’s occult and wealthy past and its future, possible aeonic goals, the richness of Traditionalism, the importance of occult orders such as the ONA and so on.

Unlike many modern artists who feel the need to ‘accuse’, to attack current political issues, to defend certain groups of people, to make their art subservient to social(ist) goals my Art is Nihilistic in a sociological sense. I value Traditionalism, our alchemical quest (personal, as as a people, aeonic) much higher. My Art is not devoted to ‘God’ or to ‘Satan’, but to the Numinous. My path is an acephalic one so I serve no god no particular ideals, but I am inspired by the Greatness of the Past and its current translations and interpretations. At least I hope my work can ‘serve’ as an expression of the Numious. In fact it does not need any explanation at all. Silence, a few candles and staring at it is more than sufficient, but I am also a writer who likes to share the Knowledge he obtained through others and so, it must spread and be continued. We are not academics that need to score but we share our experiences and expressions most freely and without Ego.

And without further ado here are some of the insights  I gathered through drawing this Sphere.

Mars – Ares: protection and destruction

Mars is a powerful Roman god who was associated with war and agriculture. In both areas his function was not that of an instigator, but that of a guard, a god who defends and protects. So, he is not to be seen as a blind ‘evil’ god that destroys for the sake of destruction, but he was called upon in dire times for his strenght and wisdom. The astrological symbol of Mars reflects this, namely it consists of a shield and a spear. Both the spear and the shield were important weapons in combat: the spear used to attack and kill (in close combat and from a distance) and the shield as a means of protection. 

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Mars, of course, remains the embodiment of virility and masculine aggression for this is the spiritual force, the Will-to-Power, that drives this god, his people and ultimately you. This means that Mars is also capable of savagery and bestiality. There is no room for petty moralism: beyond moral good and evil. This is the kind of Evil Nietzsche and later on Bataille were referring to: a Dionysian Fire. In Greek culture Ares was identified with Mars and Ares personified a most destructive and destabilizing force. Again this should not be interpreted morally/causally because from a natural point of view sheer force cannot never be tamed. Wild animals such as predators, protect the ones close to them, but when needed they can turn into the blood thirsty and fierce creatures they ‘naturally’ are. Therefore it should not suprise you that the wolf, together with the bear, is seen as animal sacred to Mars. Therefore I have included the wolf as well, sharing its energy with you. In ‘Achemical Studies’ by Jung I also found the identification of Mars with Ares by referring to the Wolf (sacred to Ares) as being the animal of Mars.

Tyr and Thurisaz Rune

As you have noticed I added the Tiwaz or Tyr Rune in the centre of the mandala. I have therefore corrected my mistake (referring to the Sphere of Mars as Thorian), as this should be Tyr, the Norse Warrior God, god of the Sword and the Spear. His Rune,  the Tyr Rune, was also incorporated in the Armanen Runen by the mystic Karl Maria Wiligut and it stands for justice, discipline, self-sacrifice: key aspects of the (spiritual) warrior. The Rune exemplifies the sacrifice of the Ego for the well-being of the whole. As a warrior you should never strive for your personal, egocentric glory, but keep in mind that as a Dasein you are thrown into this world and your Gefallenheit should serve a higher, aeonic goal. Seek honour in every act, however small and insignificant, and you shall rise and become part of a sovereign order, one that transcends the limits of the causal.

220px-ib_299_4to_tyrTyr, the God of the Sword

The Thurisaz Rune will grant you the power, the rough energy as it fuels the Will-to-Power to attain greatness in small things. The Alchemical process of Solve et Coagula will lead you through it, over and over again: a continuous Self-overcoming (Nietzsche). Let us therefore focus on the alchemical essence of the Sphere of Tyr.

Iron and sublimatio

The Alchemical element which is attributed to Mars is Iron. Physical strenght, male energy, weaponry are its important virtues. The transmutation of metals is one of the most discussed topics with regard to the Great Work.

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As Evola points out: “alchemy cannot be reduced to chemistry merely in its infancy” thus making it redundant in the eyes of the 21th century scientist. Alchemy remains important as “a traditional science of a cosmological and initiatic character”:

But with diffusion of alchemy through the West these understandings were seperated from the others and lost their true spirit: the desire and greed for pure and simple gold, for monetary gold, became the main interest. (Evola)

It is our Sacred obligation to return to hermetic or traditional alchemy in our quest through the Spheres. Evola demands that we should apply certain principles already known to us in connection with human palingenesis:

Extract the hidden nature within; Make the hidden manifest and the manifest hidden; Remove the darkness; Uncloth it; Make this visible invisible and the invisible visible. (Evola)

So, instead of wondering if the alchemists were trying to change iron into actual gold, we must regard the initiatic knowledge behind this process: what is hidden within the element iron? Which ‘Martian’ / Tyrian qualities are hidden within our own prima materia and could be uncovered? There are the Shadow aspects of Mars such as atavistic sexuality, blind and choleric aggression and instead of denouncing, repressing these, we should sublimate (sublimatio) these qualities in order to help us grow, to help us forward on our alchemical path.

The Adept of the Sinister Tradition invokes these energies through the Dark God Shugara whose name you can find widdershin wise in the mandala. According to the Sinister Tradition Shugara must be seen as one of the most cruel and hideous intrusions on the causal plane. 

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The transmutation of iron implies therefore reaching for these sinister forces, and make them visible in our Dasein in order to attain a more Authentic way of living. This may lead to certain sinister acts: it depends upon the Warrior how these are expressed but they should always aim for a goal that transcends the mundane plane.

The Salt of the Earth

Iron connects us to the Earth, Eorthe, to which we should stay true and faithful. Eorthe represents our instinctual nature, our capacity to connect with the Numinous inherent to Nature. This also refers to the alchemical element of Salt which is atributed to Mars and which you can find in my drawing.

In the alchemical presentation there are since Paracelsus three principles: 1) the salt of wisdom (sal sapientiae), 2) sulphur en 3) mercury. The salt in its most pure form is to be found in the interior of Eorthe and it is brought there by the sea water. Salt is the principle of crystallization and it is composed out of the elements Earth and Water. Salt must be (dis)solved, liquefied in order to continue the Opus. Furthermore Salt is connected to Eorthe because of its fertilizing and generative power.  A lot more can be said about Salt (which I intend after a study of this interesting element), but the link with the active principle within Mars is clear. To become a spiritual warrior one should be ready for this demanding but most rewarding work of human palingenesis. Seek for the Salt within yourself, within the history of Europa and challenge yourself as the operator of the Great Work.

Innerer Krieg

Because of the alchemical importance of this Sphere I added the words ‘Innerer Krieg’. Travelling through this Sphere concerns the Sublimierung/Sublimation of your passions and drives (as a homo natura) in order to create a new type of man: someone who, after his Pathei-Matos and thus learning from experience, from solve et coagula, is ready to travel the Numinous Path. The Path of the Inner Warrior, the one who has defeated obstacle after obstacle and is still prepared to fall. Someone who has become humble and Silent and feels connected to his forefathers, his Heimat, Völkisch Values of simplicity and solitude in a most deafening world of decay, pollution and noise. An authentic Way of living as Heidegger has taught us: a truly being-in-the-world. 

In our daily existence we are driven by tanha, which is the central force of samsaric existence, which in Buddhism is the beginning-less cycle of repeated birth, mundane existence and dying again. Tanha is our thirst or craving for life to renew itself, its will-to-power, life’s insatiable quest for satisfaction and gratification. Tanha can therefore be seen, metaphorically, as “the general condition from which there arise all kinds of affects.” It simply expresses “the most general and basic condition of being an inhabitant of samsara – or even the cosmos itself.” (Morrison 1997: 141). Our Innere Krieg is fuelled by Tanha and its outcome, as we have seen in our presentation of the violent aspects of Mars/Ares, can be inward (regeneration as an individual; resurgence of the spiritual within) but also outward (the outcome of the Kali Yuga; the palingenesis of the Western society).

Metaphysics of War

Evola re-interpretes the notion of War as a metaphysical duty. At the centre of a traditional society Evola locates a spiritual elite from which warriors derive their ultimate reason of being, their supreme justification of their actions. According to the traditional concept the warrior does not fight as a servile caste, is not a ‘profession’ or a mercenary as in a capitalist system. The warrior caste has its own spiritual and distinct way of living, its own rituals, and the act of fighting becomes a spiritual practice. This can be compared to the cult of Eastern combat which integrates fighting techniques with the Numinous. This is the definition of metaphysical warriorship.

Myatt’s life has been a supreme example of this kind of exeatic and metaphysical living, and the West was clearly not ready to accept such a living as an exemple of a regeneration of the European man and his Volk. Georges Bataille was also drawn to this kind of living although he would not have supported the choices made by Myatt. Nevertheless the mysticism of Myatt, his Numinous Living, is a grand example of an ongoing Innerer Krieg and an ongoing influence of the sinister forces of the Sphere of Mars. Evola talks about ‘a spiritualized personality’, namely a personality realized according to its supernatural (metaphysical) destiny.

This is what we must aim for at first: dig for the Salt, dissolve it and realize your personality according to your Wyrd. Of course, far more easily said than done, but face the Great Work, accept your Destiny and start it according to your own capacities, qualities by going through the various Spheres. The Martian Sphere will prepare you for your battles. From the individual plane onwards we can grow towards something greater, far greater, namely the Imperium. But let us become humble at first and use the energy of Mars, sublimate its deadly and sinister forces to start our own personal palingenesis: like the Greek and Roman elite, the Germanic warriors, the Templars, the Christian ascetic monks, the Buddhist monks be weary of the world, despise its vanity, retreat from it when possible in asectic heroism. Evola evokes the greatness of Rome, but as the saying goes, Rome was not built in one day. That counts for your alchemical opus as well but always be determined that the new man will reach his aeonic goal.

The spiritual elite of the future Imperium starts with you. Forge that spear from your inner Iron and choose your batlles. Learn from adversity!  Pathei-Mathos. Hail Mars! Agios O Shugara!    

 Von S, 127 yf

Literature:

  • Wikipedia (Mars, Ares)
  • Alchemy and Psychology (J.H. Van Birgelen – P.E. De Vries – EK)
  • From Anima to Zeus (Maarten Timmer)
  • Metaphysics of War (J. Evola)
  • The Hermetic Tradition (J. Evola)
  • Alchemical Studies (Jung)