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AUGUST 1971
No.1

New Values
From the Past

Just a few centuries ago, people really believed that the earth was created as described in the Bible. An Irish archbishop had even figured out the exact time --- October 23rd, 4004 B.C., at 9 a.m. sharp.
This, of course, was so much nonsense. Even most Christians now realize that their "Book of Books" can not be taken literally, although some still go to great lengths to rationalize Genesis.
Indeed, there was a time when there was no Earth, but how the immensely complex solar systems, and subsequently our own good Earth, came into being is in itself beyond Man's power to verify.
It is generally agreed that our planet has existed from four to five billion years and. that homo sapiens has lived on Earth from 400,000 to 500,000 years. Which of the existing theories one accepts does not really matter. What does matter, however, and what should concern us such more, are the problems facing Man right here and now.
It is a sad fact, which is particularly true for Western Man, that while technologically we have accomplished fantastic feats, it is for this very reason that we have become so materialistic that we have lost all sense of values which cannot be counted in dollars and cents.
The result is the moral quagmire in which we find ourselves today. The Man of the West has forgotten how to think for himself, how to take an honest stand, and how to have the courage of his convictions.
If we want to get out of the spiritual morass we are stuck in, we will have to find our bearings and map a new course.
It should be apparent to everyone that the spiritual highways on which Western man has traveled for many centuries have not kept his intellectual faculties at the same high level as his technological accomplishments. It would therefore seam logical to go back in time and try to find out where we took the wrong turn and start from there all over again.
Christianity was officially estab1ished as a creed at the Church Council in Nicaea in the year 325. It has formed the basis for the spiritual life of Western Man since then. It was, however, never adopted wholeheartedly by the nations of Northern Europe, 'where it was forced upon the peoples by the sword about the year 1000, accepted reluctantly as the official religion of those countries.
Undoubtedly there are many truths in the Bible, most of which are in

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THE ODINIST MOVEMENT is governed by THE ODINIST COUNCIL consisting at the present time of members from Canada and the United States. A steering committee of four members was elected at a meeting held June 27th, 1971.
There is no general membership and therefore no membership fee, but we expect that every person who agrees with our ideas and the scope of our undertaking will realize, that sacrifices of time, effort money will be necessary in order to further our purpose.

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NEW VALUES FROM THE PAST

common with other great religions. However, the main tenets of Christianity --- meakness, humbleness, submission --- are not in keeping with a normal human being's natural instincts and habitual conduct.
When a discrepancy exists between inborn instincts and taught behaviour, a clash cannot be avoided. Furthermore, science has now shown the Bible to contain many inconsistent statements, proving that it cannot be the word of any God, who should know the workings of the Law of Nature which he himself supposedly created. It is no wonder that the peoples of today suffer from spiritual malnutrition.
It is of no use to lament this sad state of affairs. That has been done over and over again. It is now time for action ---- some down-to-earth reassessment of values, conduct and motivation.
"This above all: To thy own self be true" is an old admonition repeated in Hamlet. The necessity for Man to be true to his inner instincts and feelings is in reality the essence of Odinism. For only when there is harmony between Head and Heart is it possible to be a "whole" person.
How can I be true to my own self? Only by answering the question: Who am I? --- I am the sum total of the Generations before me --- I am the product of the experiences, the feelings, and the characteristics of my ancestors. I can be proud of it -- or I can be sorry -- but that does not alter the fact that this is who I am.
When I have accepted the fact that I am the link between the past and the future, only then am I true to the person I am -- only then have I identity without which I am nothing.
The realization that I am the link binding generations together carries with it a responsibility which I cannot shun if I want to be true to my own self -- it is my moral obligation to build a society the standards of which are in keeping with my religious beliefs and ideological attitudes --- a society which will be the foundation for the future health and spiritual wealth of my kith and kin.

 

 

Not only average height
of body varies,
but also average height
of soul.

Yockey.


Men are tired to disgust
of money economy.
They hope for salvation from somewhere or other,
for some real thing,
of honor and chivalry,
of inward nobility,
of unselfishness and duty.

Spengler.

 

If evil thou knowest,
As evil proclaim it,
And make no friendship
With foes.

Havamal.


 

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OUR FAITH

(Condensed from an article by the late Alex Christensen published in the Dec/64-Jan/65 edition of Viking Age, an American publication)

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From close contact with the ways of Nature in land, sea, and air, our forefathers formed a true philosophic basis for all human development. The Odinist Faith teaches a simple but beautiful theme, drawn from this communion with Nature.
They saw the sun and the stars, they watched the grandeur of the night and the day, they saw the sowing and reaping, and they wondered about them. They thought about the nature of Man and of all things. They believed that there was no separation of Man from the rest of the timeless universe, and that Man was an essential part of the universe. They believed that they themselves were part of the Eternal.
They believed, however, that it was beyond the powers of Man to understand the universe. The part of the universe which is beyond a man's knowledge and power is not his concern, nor is he responsible for it. He cannot alter the course of a star.
They believed themselves to be the sons and daughters of the universe, of God, and that the attributes of God, the All-Father, were theirs, however limited and qualified those attributes might be. Man could perceive merely a part of the All-Father's being. Man had enough wisdom to realize that the part which he did know was but a small part of the All-Father.
These various powers were different for different persons. Some men had different ideas of the All-Father because they were expressions of different Powers of God.
These different -powers of God were recognized by our forefathers and called the Father-Spirit of that particular person. Through the Father-Spirit, men became part of the universe, and life on earth was merely more subject to time than life after death. After death on Earth, their spirit returned to the Father-Spirit and lived as timeless entities.
They believed that every man had his place in the universe --- his Gard in God. Man is born into certain circumstances, with certain powers and opportunities, with certain capacities and limitations, with a certain vision that will show him his Gard in God, his place in the universe.
Man's Gard in God is his road, his fulfillment; his inspiration, his responsibility. Every man has his Gard in which to serve and ever exercise his Genius, to reap his harvest to live and work. A man's Gard is his privilege --- his rights and duties are equally beautiful, because they bring 'him into fel1owship with the universe.
The old faith was joyful in the presence of the All-Father. It continually strove to be in accord with the manifestations of God, so far as man could see them. Man rejoiced in life. His simple duties were within his power to perform and, having performed them, his heritage was assured.
The old faith taught that a Man's Gard in God was holy. No man can disregard his Gard without causing hurt and destruction to himself and his kin. No man can disregard his Father-Spirit which expresses itself in Man's instincts and body without causing downfall and death.
All men are children of the powers of God. All men are of divine origin. Thus the functions of Man are matters for respect and honour. Work is holy and life-giving, as it brings the worker in close contact with Truth and the Ways of God.
Although it is beyond the power of Man to wholly understand the Great One, there are capacities, more or less conscious in all of us to feel and observe something of the powers of God.
The All-Father extends beyond the experience and understanding of Man. He is all-wise, all-comprehending, unrestricted by 'I'ime and
Space.

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FAITH
The old faith did not believe that Man, born evil as a sinner, should ask forgiveness for inborn qualities. The old faith instead taught its followers that they were a part of Nature, part of the beauty of the universe, and that Man's Father-Spirit and his Guardian spirits were about him, guarding him from any ill consequences resulting from his limitations; Man is not alone in his Gard.
It Taught its people not to fear life, but to go through it with respect. It taught its people not to fear death, but through their own efforts to pass with dignity to our great heritage.The All-Father comes with His Gods and they stretch out to help us, for wee are of the them and are their children, and they belong to us, for we are made from them and live by them.
Life meant unbreakable union with those who were born to "belong together ---- the family and the kin. The family became the cell on which society was founded and the preservation of one's kin was part of Man's holy obligation. For only through the preservation of the family could Man ensure the continuation of life on Earth generation after generation.

The Two Equinoxes

The Spring; and Fall Equinox mark the two points where the path of the sun crosses the celestial equator. When this happens day and night are of equal length.
The Fall Equinox always occurs on or about Sept. 21., - in the English speaking countries also called the "First Day of Fall".
Our ancestors looked upon Nature's special phenomena as occasions for celebrations, and the people gathered for services and a feast. Particularly in the Northern countries this festival was closely connected with the Harvest Thanksgiving, where thanks were offered for a good food supply for the winter. The Autumn Equinox ceremonies were in some areas also connected with the ancient sacrifices held in the beginning of the month of Goi, which roughly corresponds to the end of September and the beginning of October. This festival was particularly important in order to ensure that the Gods would favour the people with a mild winter.
This year the Fall Equinox should be celebrated on Sept. 18, which is the Saturday closest to the actual day. Odinists, singly or in smaller or larger groups will commemorate this special day with a simple ceremony, candle light, speeches or readings, in the company of good friends; and may we propose a toast of mead in honour of our forefathers Gods, invoking them to bestow upon us the Wisdom of ODIN and the Spirit of THOR.

OCTOBER THE 9th

Leif Erikson was the first of our forefathers to set foot on American soil. In the year 1000 he went on an expedition to explore the lands which earlier (985-936) had been sighted by another Viking, Bjarni Herjolfson.
Bjarni was on his way to Greenland when he was thrown off course in bad weather. Three times he and his crew saw land in the West; they did not want to land, but only went in so close that they could give a description of the coast.
Not until fifteen years later did Leif engage a crew of thirty-five men and set out to explore the land Bjarni had told about.
Without discrediting Columbus, -certainly recognition of this early discovery of the North American continent is in order.
In 1964 the United States acted upon this and proclaimed October the 9th of each year Leif Erikson's Day, to be observed "with appropriate ceremonies and activities".
We would suggest that it is not just a day for Americans in which to display Old Glory but that 0dinists in other countries also should observe this day in honour of one of our great ancestors.

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OCTOBER THE 9TH.

The Hon. Thomas W. Pelly (Wash. State) expressed precisely what we mean when he said in his statement at the Hearings of the 88th Congress: "Leif Erikson's Day is no mere empty tribute to the past. It is a living, dynamic challenge of the present and the future. We are what our history has made us. We can be what we have the will to make of ourselves, drawing upon the finest traditions of the past and the present".

 

Cattle die, and kinsmen die,
and so one's self must die;
One thing I know
will never die,
Is the fame
of a noble man's deeds.

Havamal.


Mightier than an army,
More powerful than money,
Is a spiritual idea
Whose time has come.


 


The Ynglinga Saga

 

The Ynglinga Saga contains the earliest memories about Odin, from whom most of the Royal families of Europe trace their descent.
After giving a description of the world as known to the people at that time, the Saga speaks of Odin, who was a great chief living in Asaland, or Asaheim (Asia), the main city of which was Asgard. Odin had great possessions in the regions we now know as Asia Minor at the time when Imperial Rome went "wide around, subduing to themselves all people".
Odin, however, seemed to have realized that the original home of his people had been in the Northern part of the world, from where they were driven during the Ice Age. Having a natural longing for the old home of his ancestors and leaving his possessions to his two brothers, Odin and a group of Asir went forth on a great odyssey, arriving first at Gardarike (European Russia) and later Saxland (North-West Germany).
Odin had many sons and, leaving them in charge of lands he conquered on the way, he finally came to Denmark where he settled on one of the islands and build a home in Odense.; He lived there for many years, but later moved to Gamla-Sigtun, which is near Upsala in Sweden.
Many things are said about Odin -- he was handsome, wise, courageous in battle, and a skillful weapon-smith. One of his most important accomplishments was the establishment in the Northern lands of the same laws which had been in force in Asaland. These dealt with such matters as taxes, defense, burials, etc.
Odin died in his bed in Upsala, but the Scandinavians believed that he had gone to the ancient Asgaard and would live there eternally.
After the death of Odin, the people began to build up a belief in him. They called upon him before all great battles. All brave warriors were dedicated to him. As time went on, the people deified Odin when they were sitting around the fire or in drinking halls, many sagas and. stories were told about his.
In time, Odin became the Hero-God of the peoples of North Europe. Men would try to mold their lives after him. They invoked Odin before undertaking any adventure and they believed that he gave victory and success to the brave and noble.
His sons, as well as some of the Asir who had accompanied him on the trek from Asaland, were also deified, and many stories were told about them, especially Thor and Balder.

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ODINIST SOCIAL POLICES by Scorpio


An Odinist society should be based on spiritual values rather than monetary or materialistic values. A man's worth, his social rank, and his opportunity to contribute meaningfully to society would not depend upon his ability to learn how to play the economic game that lead to power and fortune today. Instead a man's esteem and position would depend primarily upon the extent to which he applies his natural abilities to the service of the people and plays a socially valuable role.
Economic freeloading and exploitation would not be permitted. There would be no place for parasites who draw their sustenance from society without contributing anything in return. Those who thrive on speculation and monopoly form a special class today whose primary interest is the maintenance of the system which allows their form of parasitism to flourish in the first place. The economy of an Odinist society would be based on the long-term needs of the people and geared to the interests of the working man -- not the chronic welfare loafer or the man who lives by renting out his capital.
In an Odinist society, the people would be able to live in their homes and walk in the streets without fear. The government would not only provide public order and safety, but would also maintain eternal vigilance against both internal and ex:ternal enemies. Foreign policy would be based solely on the long-term interests of the people, not on economic or any other considerations. Organized crime and subversive elements would be quickly weeded out.
The government of an Odinist society would be led by responsible leaders -- not demagogues or political opportunists. The catastrophic system of irresponsible mis-government, incompetent leadership, and self-serving party politics which rules today - a system in which none but the hypocritical and the unscrupulous can rise to the top -- would be ended.
The people, inspired by the Odinist faith, would turn from their present path of materialism, cynicism, and egoism. The alienation and isolation of the individual which exists today would be no more. Only through a spiritual rebirth of the people can we achieve the reorientation of our values and goals, a prerequisite for building a healthy community.
An Odinist society would encourage and promote every form of genuine endeavor. The monopoly which presently controls the mass media would be broken. Youth would be taught to appreciate the beauty and order that characterize a genuine culture. A new understanding of our cultural heritage would come about, enabling the creative instincts of the people to once again find expression in a direction that would continually renew and enrich that heritage, instead of degrading and debasing it.
An imperative duty of an Odinist administration would be to protect the gifts which nature has bestowed on us and to ensure the maintenance of a clean, wholesome, and healthy environment for the people. Not only would :pollution be curbed and resources conserved, but a whole new mode of living would be brought about -- a mode with less emphasis on forcing man into a mold determined by the necessities of a congested, industrialized, neon-and-asphalt, urban rat race and greater emphasis on changing that mold to utilize the full creative potential of man.

 

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A measure of wisdom
shall each man have,
but never too much
let him know;
The fairest lives
do those men live
Whose wisdom wide
has grown

Havamal.


 

 

Economic Quagmire


In primitive societies, only two factors are needed to produce something of value: Raw materials and labour. A third factor came into the picture when man began to fashion tools to help him create goods.
From that humble beginning, the production of goods has grown into a massive complex ruling the Western world and playing havoc with the working man arid his family.
In the economic system we have to day, goods are not produced to satisfy man's needs, although it might look that way on the surface. Goods are, in reality produced for one purpose only: To make a profit.
In order to keep production profitable, particularly in view of the current sophisticated production processes and the increasing struggle for world markets, the industrialists have had to go to financial institutions in order to obtain the necessary capital needed for expansion and for even more sophisticated means of production.
The industrialists, of course, not only have to pay interests on these huge sums, but also have to conform to the wishes of these financial corporations. It is therefore not just the ordinary wage earner who is under the influence of these financiers The entire production system is under the control of those who control the currency.
To ensure the man in the street does not understand the degree to which he is being exploited, the science of economics was developed. The economists try to explain to the working man why there is over-production when prices are sky high, why farmers are paid not to grow wheat when people are starving, and so forth.
The terminology used to explain away the inexplicable is kept at such a. high level that many become too scared to question the economic policies of the day. The whole subject is made to look so difficult that most people do not even try to understand economic problems, taking for granted that because the system has existed for so many years, it has to be that way and there is nothing they can do about it.
It is of great importance that more people try to understand how the financial system operates. Only then can we ever hope to return to a sound economy, with the producer receiving his fair share of the wealth he has created.


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HAVAMAL

Havamal is a collection of proverbs and a code of conduct which has existed from the very early times. It was attributed to Odin and is known as the "Song of The High One".
From time to time, additional verses have been added so that besides Havamal proper, there are other parts telling tales about, for instance, how Odin got the mead of poetry.
The admonitions of Havamal hold true today as they did in the past. Consider, for example, the following:

The knowing guest
who goes to the feast
In silent attention sits;
With his ears he hears,
with his eyes he watches,
Thus wary are wise men all.

Less good there lies
than most believe
In ale for mortal men;
For the more he drinks
the less does man
Of his mind the mastery hold.

One of the characteristics of our early ancestors was the dignity with which they behaved. They disdained making fools of themselves, thus losing their self-respect. One who lacked knowledge kept quiet so as not to demonstrate his ignorance These are attitudes which are at present all too rare.

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HAVAMAL

The feeling of pride and self-respect show through in verses such as this:

Better a house
though a hut it be
A man is master at home;
A pair of goats
and a patched-up roof
Are better far than begging.

Our early ancestors also had a generous way of looking at life and an understanding of people and their weaknesses. This is shown in stanzas such as the one given here:


Give praise to the day
at evening,
To a woman on her pyre,
To a weapon which is tried,
To a maid at wedlock,
To ice when it is crossed,
And to ale when it is drunk.

Most of Havamal proper can be taken and directly applied to a code of conduct for Odinists today. It is well worth remembering that our early ancestors, whom we have been led to believe were uncouth barbarians, looked on life with a studied eye, with Havamal serving as the intellectual guideline for how men should behave if they wanted to be reckoned as men.


To a friend a man
a friend shall prove,
To him and the friend
of his friend;
But never a man
shall friendship make,
With one of his
foemen's friends.

 

 

The white world is governed
primarily by idiots -
if it is governed at all,
which one is entitled
to doubt.

Spengler.


 

Viking Navigation

In Scandinavia the geographical nature of the land is such that communication by water in many cases is the most. convenient, in some areas an absolute necessity. As the waters are rather rough, the boats have to be sturdy and our Norse forefathers thus became accomplished ship builders.
When the keel was introduced into ship building, the boats gained the stability they needed for longer sea travels, and our Viking ancestors were able to take to the open waters.
To sail far away from landmarks called for ways and means of knowing where one was going. Of course, even when landmarks were left behind, experienced seamen would observe the sea birds and thereby tell the general direction of land. However, for regular navigation the birds could not be depended upon.
In clear weather these seafarers found their way by use of the sun and being keen students of nature took over the years innumerable observations of the moon and stars, which made sailing by night feasible.
An Icelander -- Star-Oddi -- made notes of the light on the horizon at sunrise and sunset for a full year thus compiling long tables showing the altitudes of the sun during that period. Also known to every skipper at that time was the "half-wheel", a devise very similar to a sun-dial, showing relative angles to the sun at all times.
By using the "half-wheel" it was possible to find the four corners of the world and keep the correct latitude. Then using what was called a "sun-board" the course could be checked each day at high noon; if according to the "sun-board' the angle to the sun had become too large, the boat had drifted to the South, if the angle was smaller, they had slipped too far north.
To know how far they had traveled, the skipper had to guess the speed of his boat either from the size of the bow-wave or from the ship's heeling in relation to the

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NAVIGATION
wind. There were no other means.
Of course this way of navigating was only possible in fair weather and long distance sailing was still a pretty risky undertaking. If the clouds were too heavy, not to mention the thick fog rolling in from the North, or if a brisk storm came up, a very dangerous situation would ensue.
In the sagas however is mentioned an instrument which seems to have lessened the danger somewhat, so that even in poor visibility the Norsemen were able to find their way over the seas. The instrument is called a "sun-stone"; no such stone has ever been found and it is not known exactly how it worked. It seems to have been a primitive form of a compass, so that even in cloudy weather our hardy ancestors had a fair chance of keeping a straight course.
The ability to navigate their swift and sturdy longboats over open waters was the beginning of a period in the history of our people. which have risen to many sagas and stories about daring adventures,
bold deeds and fearless battles. To be sure, rough, fierce and violent were our Viking forefathers, but they were also brave, resolute and courageous. May we live up to their memory!

 

 

Men find, in the greatness
Of their past,
Courage and confidence
For the future.

The violation of moral Order
Must inevitably bring
Upon the transgressor,
Tragedy and destruction.

He must early go forth
whose workers are few,
Himself his work to seek;
Much remains undone
for the morning-sleeper,
For the swift is wealth
half won.

Havamal.


 

ORIGINS

When people of the Western world look back to the history of their ancestors, they often are at a loss as to where they actually from and who their early ancestor's were.
This is no wonder as our peoples for many years have been taught much more about the early Christians as portrayed in the New Testament and the history of the Jewish people as told through the Old Testament,* than they have about their own forefathers.
When we go about 6,000 years back in time we find groups of people spread over large areas of Asia and Europe, all speaking almost identical languages, and known to us as the Indo-European peoples. Indo-European not being a racial division, but a linguistic one.
Those peoples already at that time had created a flourishing civilization in Sumeria, maybe even an earlier one in Dilmun, and at that time -- about 4,000 B.C.E. (before our common era) -- had reached a general level of culture "Later Stone Age."
This linguistic unity was disrupted over a period of some two thousand years and finally split about 1500 B.C.E., when the original Indo-European father language was divided into two main sections, defined by the pronunciation of the word for "one hundred."
On the one side of the Slavonic, Baltic, Indic, Iranian and Armenian languages formed related groups, pronouncing 100 "Satem", and in the rest of the Western nations the word came to be pronounced "Kontum".
Later this last group of nations had another division which came about when the "K" under certain rules, known as Grimm's Lay (1822), was changed to "N" in the languages spoken by the Northern Europeans, dividing those peoples from their cousins, the CElts, Italians, Greek, Albanians and Tocharians.
By adopting the sound "H" as the first letter in the word for 100 the English, Dutch Germans, Frisians and Scandinavians became closely linked to one another linguistically which proved an important factor in their common origin.

 

*Editor's Note by William B. Fox; the original text of The Odinist No. 1 read "about the early Christ- [sic]* and and [sic] the history of the Jewish people as told through the Old Testament..." where "Christi-" is at the end of a line in a column, which wraps to the next line with "and and..." I have taken it upon myself to fill in for this error with my own interpretation.

 

WHY ODINISM?

(Based on an article, printed in VALKYRIE/65, printed a Rhodesian Odinist publication)

What is Odinism and why is it so significant in this day and age?
For thousands of years, from the time when the last Ice Age finally retreated and the subsiding flood-waters eventually made progress possible, our forbears on the great Eurasian plain evolved and practiced a faith which in one way or another has survived to the present day.
This belief centred on a Universal Creator, an omnipotent and all-pervading Being, whose home was said to be the heavens and whose one eye -- the Sun -- was the expression of his beneficent nature. He was originally thought of as the Father of all things, the "All-Father" and was called Tiwes or Dyaus, (Latin deus, Greek Zeus); in the West he in later years came to be known as Woden or, as the late Vikings rendered it, Odin.
Even as late as the Viking Age, Odin was said to visit the world in the guise of an old man with one eye, wearing a cloak and a broad-rimmed hat. The story about how he lost his one eye, is told in the Sagas, but the close connection between Odin and the Sun is apparent.
Odinism has never been a fanatical creed and has never sought to evangelise. It was the religion of a group of peoples, wholly concerned with the welfare and destiny of this particular group.
The displacement of Odinism in the first millennium of the Christian era by the new religion of Christianity was achieved largely by force. It's triumph over the old faith was one of the tragedies of the early Middle Ages.
We shall not here concern ourselves with Christianity's glorification of poverty, weakness and self-abnegation or the doctrine of original sin. Rather we must consider the harsh realities of this century for it is our unshakable belief that if Western man is to survive the world crisis, which is now pending, a re-birth of the old beliefs and ideals is essential.
It is fortunate for us that, although our forbears were forced into accepting Christianity, their conversion was so superficial. Had they practiced Christianity in the spirit as well as in the letter, we would not today have conquered diseases, accomplished an industrial revolution and be able to reach the moon.
However, not only did Odinist ideals survive during the dark ages of Christianity but the old spiritual beliefs and sympathies have continued down to the present day, if in a rather disjointed and sketchy form. The days of the week are still named in honor of the old gods. The Christian church, rather than fight the old loyalties chose instead to follow the easier course by adopting the great Odinist festivals as its own by giving them new interpretation, altering the rites as far as it could and renaming the most important of them "Christmas."
In many parts of Great Britain, Holland, Germany and Scandinavia the old customs and beliefs still find expression in Sunwheel ceremonies, May Night and Midsummer Night festivals (such as the Festival of Light in Sweden), and in the importance still attached to the "Christmas" tree.
The triumph of universal philosophies in recent years seemed at one
time to obliterate the Odinist Faith and Ethic, but this is far from being the case; the strength of the Odinist creed is evident. Odinists of today will surely look to their own unity and integrity and seize the initiative in the forging of destiny. The only natural force which is truly elevated to the Western interests is its own faith.
The fates have turned the wheels of history and a new era lies before us. It is up to us to realize and acknowledge the deep sources of inspiration which carried our ancestors forward in the past.

 

 

-- they vomit their bile
and call it a newspaper.

Nietzsche.


 


 

 




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