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An Esoteric Commentary on the Volsung Saga, Part III

Siegmund the Walsung, Arthur Rackham, 1910.

1,890 words

Part I here, Part II here

Chapter Three: The Marriage of Siggeir to Signy, Volsung’s Daughter

In our last installment, we met Volsung (“stallion phallus”), who becomes a great King and sires eleven children: the twin brother and sister Sigmund and Signy, and nine brothers (who go unnamed). Volsung builds a “magnificent hall” around an immense apple tree whose branches weave about the beams of the roof. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 221
Fróði Midjord & the Upcoming Scandza Forum

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An Esoteric Commentary on the Volsung Saga, Part II

Arthur Rackham, Siegfried’s Death (1924), from his illustrations for Wagner’s Ring

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Part I here, Part III here

Chapter Two: Concerning Rerir and His Son Volsung

In the previous chapter, we saw that Sigi, the son of Odin, is the first step in the god’s master plan: the creation of a new race of super-warriors, who will come to be known as the clan of the Volsungs. In order to become a truly great warrior, Sigi must transgress man’s laws and remove himself from society – entering the wilderness where he will live as his own master and create a world of his own. Read more …

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An Esoteric Commentary on the Volsung Saga, Part I

A carving depicting Sigurd sucking the dragon’s blood off his thumb, from a stave church in Setesdal, Norway.

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Part II here

The purpose of this essay is to offer an account of the hidden meaning of the Volsung Saga (Völsunga saga). In drawing out this meaning, I will approach the saga from a Traditionalist standpoint, broadly speaking; i.e., from the standpoint of Guénon and Evola. I will touch on some details concerning the relation of the saga to other sources, but I do not aim to provide anything like the sort of account a historian or philologist might give. Read more …

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Pagan Pound

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The following is the text of a talk given in London on May 27, 2018 at The Poet at War, an event convened by Vortex Londinium.

“We want an European religion. Christianity is verminous with semitic infections. What we really believe is the pre-Christian element which Christianity has not stamped out . . .”[1] Read more …

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Videos of the Day
Greg Johnson on YouTube

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Check out three recent Greg Johnson appearances on YouTube:

With Carolyn Emerick on why cultivating civil disagreement is essential to a metapolitical movement

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Now in Audio Version
Identity & Christianity:
A Response to the Sun Society

Rembrandt, Sacrifice of Isaac, 1635

3,027 words / 20:40

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My recent essay on “Identity and the Problem with Christianity” garnered a fair bit of criticism from Christian members or allies of Identitarianism. This was something I expected, as the thesis—that authentic Christianity is incompatible with any other form of identity—is neither conciliatory nor is it a consciously accepted precept of Christian theology. Read more …

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Stravinsky

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Igor Stravinsky is justly regarded as one of the giants of twentieth-century music. His influence upon contemporary music has been enormous; composers influenced by him include Carl Orff, John Tavener, Aaron Copland, Edgard Varèse, Frank Zappa, and others. He is best known for his three ballets: The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring, Read more …

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Folk & Horror

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Editor’s Note:

The following essay is a chapter from Timo Hännikäinen’s new book Medusan kasvot. Kirjoituksia kauhusta (The Face of Medusa: Writings on Horror).

The term “folk horror” usually refers to those British horror movies of the late 1960s and early 1970s influenced by folklore and often set in rural areas in past centuries. Read more …

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The Struggle for Life in the Prose Edda

Friedrich Wilhelm Heine, The Ash Yggdrasil, 1886

1,480 words

Snorri Sturluson
Translated by Jesse L. Byock
The Prose Edda 
London: Penguin, 2005

There is always an air of mystery surrounding the most ancient religious texts. The great bulk were gradually developed through oral traditions, passed down, and then evolved from generation to generation. We typically know little or nothing about their authors, whether the Brahmins who composed the Upanishads or the Greeks’ notoriously elusive “Homer.” Read more …

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Religious Piety in Sparta & Rome

Augustus as Pontifex Maximus

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As (post-)Christian moderns, we are twice handicapped in trying to understand the religions of the ancient pagan states such as Sparta and Rome. Where we tend to think of religious belief as universalistic, other-worldly, monolatrous, and dogmatic, ancient paganism was particularistic, world-embracing, polytheistic (almost ecumenical), and non-dogmatic (but ritualistic).  Read more …

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A Mythology for the New Right

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As the New Right begins to penetrate mainstream culture, some of the old challenges will fade away (the label “Nazi” is losing the last vestiges of its seriousness, even to hardline leftists). Part of overcoming some of these old struggles in acquiring relevance, however, is confronting new challenges that come with relevance. Read more …

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Men of Janus

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We are living in an age of dissolution. Every institution of government and society is in a state of seemingly terminal decline. At the individual level the notions of honor, personal responsibility, and self-sacrifice have largely vanished from public life. The cause of this malaise is not material inequality, but the collapse of faith. Read more …

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On the Necessity of Christianity:
A Response to Vox Day

Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury, Galileo before the Holy Office

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It’s not often we find Vox Day making a mistake. In his recent post entitled “Mailvox: The Necessity of Christianity,” I believe Vox makes not one but two when he says that the ancient Greeks did not develop science, and that “any efforts to make America and Europe great are doomed unless they are centered around Christianity.” Read more …

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Video of the Day 
An Amateur History of Halloween

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God-Emperor Trump & Lord Kek
Toward an Alt-Right Religion

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We in the Alt Right tend to regard our internal religious debates as pointless and divisive; Atheist or Anglican or Asatru, we feel, target each other for denunciation or proselytization only to the detriment of our cause. Thus we often adopt a playful cynicism when dealing with the subject of religion so as to avoid intragroup strife and hurt feels. Read more …

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Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals

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Editor’s Note:

This is the transcript by V. S. of Richard Spencer’s Vanguard Podcast interview of Jonathan Bowden about Nietzche’s On the Genealogy of Morals. You can listen to the podcast here

Richard Spencer: Hello, everyone! Welcome again to Vanguard and welcome as well, Jonathan Bowden! Read more …

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Paganismo indio:
la última expresión viva de la belleza aria

Dev Diwali 3872,591 words

Otra palabra para el Hinduismo, tal vez incluso más expresiva, podría ser la de “paganismo hindú”.

Los misioneros cristianos llaman “paganos” a todos aquellos que no son ni cristianos, ni musulmanes, ni judíos; es decir, todos aquellos cuya tradición religiosa nada tiene que ver con la Biblia ni la tradición judía. Aceptamos el término porque es apropiado; remarca algún tipo de similitud entre todas las religiones de credo del pasado y las del presente.  Read more …

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La quadrité

5,838 words

English original here

1. Introduction

Ceci est le premier de deux essais traitant de la cosmologie germanique. Read more …

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Greg Johnson Interviews Paul Waggener

8,010 words / 45:13

WaggenerEditor’s Note:

The following text is the transcription by V.S. of Greg Johnson’s interview with Paul Waggener. To listen in a player, click here. To download the mp3, right-click here and choose “save link as” or “save target as.” To subscribe to our podcasts, click here.

Greg Johnson: I’m Greg Johnson. Welcome to Counter-Currents Radio. My guest today is Paul Waggener. Read more …

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Tapiola:
Sibelius et le Dieu des Bois

Jean Sibelius, 1865–1957

Jean Sibelius, 1865–1957

1,437 words

English original here

Tapiola est la dernière œuvre majeure composée par Jean Sibelius. Elle fut  commandée par le chef d’orchestre de New York, Walter Damrosch, au début de 1926, et fut jouée pour la première fois le lendemain de Noël de la même année. Damrosch avait demandé un poème symphonique, le choix du sujet étant laissé au compositeur. Pour trouver l’inspiration, Sibelius se tourna, comme il le fit si souvent,  vers le Kalevala, le recueil de folklore finnois qui transparaît si souvent dans son œuvre.  Read more …

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It’s Not Always Good to be King:
The Folk Horror of Philip Loraine’s Day of the Arrow

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Day of the Arrow (1964)
By “Philip Loraine” [Robin Estridge]
UK: Collins, 1964; US: Morrow, 1964
US reissue: Valancourt, 2015

Eye of the Devil (1966); aka 13
Directed by J. Lee Thompson and others
Screenplay by Robin Estridge
Starring David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Donald Pleasance, David Hemmings, Edward Mulhare, and “introducing” Sharon Tate.  Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast 143
Greg Johnson Interviews Paul Waggener

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Greg Johnson interviews Paul Waggener, musician, artist, author, founding member of the folkish pagan group Wolves of Vinland, and head of Operation Werewolf.

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Thoughts on the European New Right, Part 1

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Part 1 of 4

Overview

The European New Right (ENR), born in 1968 in France, is the only school of thought that offers a comprehensive philosophical alternative to both the Left and the mainstream Right; not a political alternative or a cohesive popular movement, but a body of thought, an interpretative framework with distinctive concepts, major texts and authors pointing to a solid intellectual alternative to the establishment. Read more …

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Christmas Special 
Christmas & the Winter Solstice

Sol Invictus crowned with a diadem of sun rays

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Translation and commentary by Cologero Salvo

In “Roma e il natale solare nella tradizione nordico-aria” (La Difesa della razza, 1940), Evola writes:

Very few suspect that the holidays [i.e., Catholic holy days] of today, in the century of skyscrapers, radio, great movements of the masses, are celebrated and continue . . . a remote tradition, Read more …

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Wotan as Archetype:
The Carl Jung Essay

Franz von Stuck, "The Wild Hunt"

Franz von Stuck, The Wild Hunt, 1899

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In the denazification atmosphere following World War II Carl Jung, founder of analytical psychology, found himself accused of having ‘Nazi’ sympathies. While Jung was a man of the ‘Right’[1] his essay explaining Hitlerism as an evocation of Wotan as a repressed archetype of the German collective unconscious put him on the long suspect list of intellectuals who were accused of being apologists for National Socialism.[2] He was fortunate to have been in a neutral nation in the aftermath of World War II.

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Raciale burgerreligie

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Vertaald door Otharus; English original here

Voor dit betoog definieer ik religie als het gemeenschappelijk in ere houden van het heilige. Het heilige hoeft niet te verwijzen naar een God, goden of andere opperwezens, immanent of transcendent. Read more …

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Rassische Zivilreligion

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Übersetzt von Zippelmütz, English original here

Für meinen Zweck werde ich Religion als gemeinschaftliche Praxis zur Ehrung des Heiligen definieren. Mit dem Heiligen meine ich nicht notwendig einen Gott oder Götter oder irgendwelche übernatürlichen Wesen, ob immanent oder transzendent. Read more …

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Rassiline tsiviilreligioon

civilreligion1,149 words

English original here

Siinkohal defineerin ma religiooni kui pühaduse austamise ühiskondlikku praktikat. Pühaduse all ei mõtle ma tingimata Jumalat, jumalaid või teisi üleloomulikke olendeid, olgu immanentseid või transtsendentseid. Read more …

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Debata o chrześcijaństwie

God_the_Geometer4,200 words

English original here

Przedstawiamy tłumaczenie pierwszej części debaty dotyczącej związków między chrześcijaństwem a tożsamością europejską, która miała miejsce 18 kwietnia 2015 roku w Sztokholmie. Stanowisko tradycjonalizmu katolickiego zajmuje tu szwedzki publicysta Jonas De Geer, zaś jego adwersarzem jest amerykański przedstawiciel białego nacjonalizmu Greg Johnson.  Read more …

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