Words of Wisdom #42 & #43

“The being is, and can’t not be…the non-being is not, and can’t be”.

-Parmenides

“Nothing can be born from nothing nor end in nothing. The universal substance therefore has always existed and is imperishable”.

-Zeno

With this sentences Parmenides and Zeno affirmed that nothing is created from nothing and nothing can be destroyed into nothing. Everything in the Universe is eternal, has always been (how it could not have, if nothingness doesn’t exist?), will never cease to be (how could it, if nothingness doesn’t exist?) and has never come into being (how could have it, if nothingness doesn’t exist?).

Try to tell this to the religious fanatics of Creationism and of the Big-Bang…

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Words of Wisdom #40 & #41

“When two go together, if it is not one, it is the other that finds the best solution; but one alone, as much as he reflects, has the thought more slow, the mind more weak”.

-Diomedes to Nestor in the Iliad

“The Country goes to ruin for lack of men, not for lack of programs. This is our conviction. Therefore we must not develop new programs, but raise men, new men”.

-Corneliu Z. Codreanu

United we stand, divided we fall: we should remember it when we meet good Europeans that doesn’t have a worldview completely identical to ours. We are all, some more and some less, affected by this modern degeneration with which they “educate” us. What we can do – when it can be worth it – is try to correct each other, and become better!

Arkteia

Arkteia is the name of a little known initiation ritual for young girls that took place in Attica, at Brauron, where Artemis was worshipped: it seems that the temple structure was present at least at the times of Mycenaean Greece.

Ruins of the Temple of Artemis at Brauron:
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The initiation consisted in a rite of passage between pre-puberty/childhood and puberty/adolescence, when the young girls experience a physical development and the appearance of the first menstrual cycle, that is the ability to procreate: the necessary condition to become wives and mothers. Not casually the Arkteia’s ceremony (later called “Brauronalia”, from the name of the location of Artemis’s Temple) took place around the Spring Equinox: as Nature returned to generate after the sterility of Winter, so the young girls celebrated their ability to give birth (i.e. puberty) after the “sterility” of childhood.

Note: the arrival of the first menstruation/biological puberty varies from population to population and also from individual to individual inside the same group, even with years of differences. That’s why the young girls were between the ages of 5 and 10 (ideally around 10 and they could not exceed the 10-11 years), to have the absolute cetainty that the first menarche occured after the rite of passage, through which they reached the social puberty while the biological puberty would have manifested even after some years.

These young girls who served Artemis at Brauron were called “arktoi”, “she-bears” (from Greek “arktos”, “bear”), and Artemis herself was originally considered a she-bear, as her name suggests (from the root arkt-/*arto-, “bear”, and the PIE root *rktos/*rtko, again “bear”): indeed in the cult of Artemis at Brauron the goddess was worshipped as the “Great She-Bear” and her young priestesses originally wore bear skins along with bear masks during the rituals. Eventually the bear skins were substituted with saffron/honey-colored dresses, from which the young girls undressed (previously they took off the bear masks and skins) at the end of the Arkteia’s ceremony, act that coincided with the symbolic death of the young girls as they were during childhood, death followed by their rebirth as women.

Statuette representing an Artemis’s she-bear:
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The relation with the bear lies in the Bear Cult originated in the Stone Age and the period of lethargy/hibernation that this animal faces every year: when Spring comes then the bear returns to life after an apparent/symbolic death, and so did the arktoi. According to the sources, the arktoi of Brauron had to appease and ingratiate Artemis or they risked to incur in her rage (like the child that primordially had to bring honey in the cave of the she-bear to placate her). We know also that these young girls became (by means of sympathetic sorcery) little she-bears during the rite of passage, and they represented the virgin handmaidens that in the Greek mythology follow Artemis in the wilderness: Artemis was originally a she-bear and her handmaidens were nothing else than her cubs, i.e. the little girls who followed the she-bear in her cave to face the initiation ritual and that because of this were seen as cubs who followed her mother in the lair.

Artemis and her handmaidens:
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The role of mother and wife was sacred and honoured by our ancestors, it was of the utmost importance! Through it the eternal rebirth within the ancestry was ensured!

Words of Wisdom #37

“Why then all the Ancestries have fought, fight and will ever fight for the defense of the Land? The Land is the base of the life of the Ancestry. As a tree, the Ancestry stands with the roots impressed in the Land, from which draws life and force. As there is no tree that lives suspended in the air, so doesn’t exist an Ancestry that can live without its own Land. Without possessing its own Land an Ancestry can’t live – unless it settles on the Land of another Ancestry or in its very body, sucking all its energy”.

-Corneliu Z. Codreanu

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Some Cases of Burial Mounds (Part 2 of 3)

After being imprisoned in the cave of Polyphemus, Odysseus states that his name is “Nobody”: this or because the children that faced the initiation/rebirth ritual didn’t had a real, defined identity, didn’t had a real name and were not yet seen as true human beings, or because his previous self/identity was dead after the entry in the burial mound (Polyphemus’s cave); or for both reasons. The wine offering to the Cyclops – with the intention to soothe him, calm him down – can be compared both with the mistletoe given to the priestess inside the mound and the honey brought to the she-bear in its cave, all having a similar function.

Some of the companions of Odysseus are killed by Polyphemus while others managed to escape from the cave: those who survived are the embryos that the she-bear decided to develop and give birth to, i.e. the children who have passed the initiation. After the escape from the cave Odysseus feels the need to affirm and make known to the Cyclops his true identity and name, that is the new identity that he has obtained after the initiation ritual, reborn in one of his honourable ancestors: he is no longer “Nobody” but Odysseus son of Laertes.

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One of the various tales about the birth of Zeus tells that he was brought up by Melissa (“bee”) and Amalthea, inside a cave. Amalthea had hung the cradle of Zeus (in a way, the clothes [in this case life-force] of an infant are his cradle) up a tree (the sacrificial tree) so that it was neither in heaven, nor on earth, nor in the sea (that is among the dead, as the child inside the burial mound).

With time the sorceress/priestess took the place of the she-bear inside the cave/burial mound, however the child continued to have the task of bringing honey as a gift and this is the reason why the child who faced the initiation was seen as a bee: that’s why the sorceress/priestess inside the burial mound was also considered a bee, and it makes sense when we know that according to another tale the suckler of Zeus were sacred bees. The Homeric Hymn to Apollo describes the three prophetess that teached the art of divination to Apollo as if they were bees and the Pythia – the priestess of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi – was called “Delphic Bee”.

Maybe (I make a guess) our ancestors identified the sorceress/priestess as a bee because they no longer understood or remembered the symbolism/role of the she-bear (the child brought honey to the she-bear to feed her and be chosen, being symbolically one of her embryos: as such he also had to eat some of that honey, similarly to the embryos that are nourished by what the she-bear eats; he is like a fetus inside the womb/cave/burial mound and he must be reborn): at that point, who else could have been the recipient of that sweet gift if not adult bees? And if this was the case, maybe they saw the burial mound as a sort of symbolic beehive where the child/bee had to go with his honey?  Melissa (“bee”) nourished Zeus with honey, that is the same honey that the child who faced the initiation brought as a gift to her.

Cave of Zeus, Mount Ida (Crete):
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Part 1: Some Cases of Burial Mounds (Part 1 of 3)
Part 3: Some Cases of Burial Mounds (Part 3 of 3)

Words of Wisdom #34, #35 & #36

“With the boldness of our gesture we separated ourselves from the dominant mentality of the century; we killed in ourselves a world to build another, high until the heavens. The total domination of matter was overthrown to be replaced by the predominance of the spirit, of moral values”.

-Corneliu Z. Codreanu

“Our contemporaries put at risk their own existence, and refuse life to sacrifice themselves for the exterior things. Is it not regrettable?”.

-Zhuangzi

“Discreet answered: <<Only the inner peace brings happiness. Every superfluous harms. So is for everyone, and nothing harms as wealth>>”.

-Zhuangzi

Matter exists (maybe everything is matter) and is indispensable, nobody should put in doubt its presence, value and function. That said, if we Europeans will not embrace again our religion, our spirituality and our traditions as these are really intended to be for us and with all that this entails, only the animal instincts will remain to us, and we may find that in this respect we are much less gifted than other human species

About Sorcery, Spirits and Gods

If you have ever read “The Golden Bough” by James Frazer you surely know that our most ancient ancestors had a vision of the world permeated by sorcery. Frazer describes sorcery as based on two principles included in the same definition of “sympathetic sorcery”, since both presuppose an interaction at distance:

The similar generates the similar, the effect resembles the cause. From this law of similarity/imitation the sorcerer deduce of being able to reach the desired effect simply imitating it.

The things that have come into reciprocal contact one time will continue to influence each other, even when the physical contact has been interrupted. From this law of contact/contagion the sorcerer deduce that every action he performs on a material object will influence in the same measure the person with which the object has been once in contact, that was or wasn’t a part of his body.

Our most ancient traditions were obviously permeated by sorcery, for example: -The custom of calling the newborns with the names of dead relatives, so that the descendants would become their ancestors. -The celebrations where, through a dramatic representation, our ancestors staged the contrast between Summer and Winter, during which some actors interpreted the role of Summer and others the role of Winter, and they symbolically fought each other. The faction that represented Summer had always to win, so that in the same way Summer would come back after “defeating” Winter. -When the Sacred King reached the end of his annual function, he sometimes retired for a short period in a symbolic grave and was believed to be deadas similarly to the dead he too was in the grave. Etc.

Sorcery never leaved our minds and our thoughts: even today we still make use of it, everyday, without realizing it. Some trivial example? -Many people today (between 7 and 70 years…) think that by simply imitating others esthetically they will receive the same appreciation among their peers. -Many people today when playing football (or other sports) using the t-shirt of a player they admire, think/pretend to have abilities that they don’t really have or achieve performances that normally they would have never accomplished: this because they in a way identify themselves with the name written in the t-shirt. Etc.

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The sorcerer believed of being able to influence – through the application of these principles – even nature, i.e. the spirits. For our ancestors the spirits consisted in invisible essences/vital principles that governed nature and its cycles; not directly visible forces that manifest themselves, revealing their existence through the observation and ascertainment of their effects. The word “spirit” derives from Latin spiritus with the meaning of “breath, a breathing” perhaps from PIE *(s)peis- “to blow”. Why? I don’t know, maybe in relation to the fact that a breath is invisible and intangible but still a force that can manifest itself in the material world and alter it; in the same way the spirits were seen as the “wind/breath” causing the changes inherent to the cycles of the natural world.

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So originally our ancestors saw nature as animated by these spirits and only after some time they passed to a view of nature that saw it governed by external deities: this change of perspective is known as anthropomorphism, i.e. the attribution of an increasing number of human characteristics to the spirits of nature.

An example in this regard can be found in Ancient Rome, where the Numen (defined by Julius Evola as a “nude force, that defines itself through its ability to produce effects, to act, to manifest itself – and the sense of the real presence of such powers, of such <numina>, as something transcendental and immanent, at the same time marvelous and fearsome, constituted the substance of the original experience of the <sacred>”) was later conceived as Deus.

We’ll return later to this change of perspective.

You see, there is a slight difference through sorcery and science as this last is understood (as well as adored and revered…) today. Our ancestors perfectly knew, exactly as we do today, the immutable laws and the regular and certain succession of the natural events. Our ancestors never believed (or even wanted…why on earth they would have wanted to alter the perfectly harmonious and balanced natural cycles?) that through sorcery they could have eventually obtain e.g. Summer for all the days of a year. What they believed – wrongly – was that the course of nature was guaranteed by the spells of man, without which all the natural cycles would have been at the mercy of randomness.

A Sorcerer (but in those days they had only their minds, no books…):
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At a certain point men found out that the course of nature continued indifferently as usual even without their support/practices and then they started to simply celebrate the magnificence of nature in its multiple aspects (including man itself, which is a part of nature), addressing individually to each spirit instead of trying to support/manipulate them: to do this they necessitate to give them a name and consequently started to think of them as anthropomorphic beings, that is the gods and goddesses as we today intend them, each one obtaining as attributes the elements/beings that were associated with each spirit. It is the birth of religion and of the deities, the Sorcerer/Sorceress became a Priest/Priestess and the Sorcerer-King/Sorceress-Queen became a God-King/Goddess-Queen. As you may have understood, the customary approach to life based on sorcery didn’t fade easily or quickly and that’s why the Kings and Queens of Europe during the Neolithic ended up becoming specific deities (respectively the Sky/Sun God [the incarnation and living symbol of the principle of “immutability” and of “being”] and the Earth/Moon Goddess [the incarnation and living symbol of the principle of “mutability” and of “becoming”]) simply by imitating them, i.e. assuming their roles, functions and names, their attributes and external characteristics, etc.

Hail to the European Gods and Goddesses!