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Of Our Dreams
adj. 1. Of, or
pertaining to, dealing with, or knowledgeable in supernatural influences,
agencies, or phenomena. 2. Beyond the realm of human comprehension; mysterious; inscrutable.
3. Available only to the
initiate; not divulged; secret: occult
lore. (American Heritage
What exactly is the
Northern European Folkway in Vinland? That’s
open to interpretation, and sometimes is anybody’s bet.
It is, for some, the vessel of their dreams.
Some see in it as the
milieu in which to act out the decisions they’ve made already.
They’ve discovered themselves to be gay, so they leave a milieu in
which being gay is a sin – the Christianity of their family – and spend
their time fishing amongst the strophes of Lore for things that reinforce
Some see it as an extension
of their secular politics. Just
as there are those who resent the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity,
Islam) for being Abrahamic, that being the ethic of the Sons of Abraham,
whom they don’t particularly like; there are also those who are feminist
of one extreme or another who plot a course through Northern European
heathenism as a non-patriarchal social system; and those of the Left or the
Right who see AllFather either as an ethnic expression of Ronald Reagan or
of Bill Clinton.
Some just like to drink
Then, there are the
Not content with luck as it
presents itself, they seek to learn “hidden knowledge”, to visit Oz to
see if they can see what the man behind the curtain is doing.
Not content with their luck, they seek to know not only how the Game
of Life is played, but how to exploit any loopholes they might uncover. These people seek the source and strength and nature of the “supernatural
influences, agencies, or phenomena” of the first definition above, and
wish to visit and study those things “(b)eyond the realm of human
comprehension” in definition two. Humans
are curious animals, and who wouldn’t want to have an “in”?
Still, the time spent
trying to spot the puppeteer’s strings might be better spent trying to
figure out the simple in’s and out’s of daily life.
Wisdom, as I’ve often counseled, is a knowledge not of sprites,
wisps and bogeymen, but of people.
There are still more who
trade in being “the initiate”, for whom the “occult” or secret and
hidden, and therefore powerful, “lore” is the goal.
They see the Folkway as a religion, and more, as a “mystery
religion”, akin to Mithraism or Zoroastrianism.
Furthermore, they see certain aspects of it as interchangeable with
like aspects of other people’s folkways.
That, and they see no harm in picking and choosing from amongst the
components of our spiritual and cultural heritage to combine them with other
“spiritual tools and toys”.
They are the Dumbledore’s
amongst us. They seek nothing
less than the manipulation of luck.
Knowledge of the inner
workings of this clock we call Life, being able to name the gears, to shake
hands with the Gods, is one thing. Some,
however, seek to manipulate the hands and tweak the mainspring.
Today’s knowledge of the
runes, for instance, owes a debt to Guido von List, the 19th
Century magus and author of The Secrets Of The Runes.
He was, though, more than a runester.
He was an occultist. Along
with the runes, he studied the Kabbala, Rosicrucianism, Masonic ritual and
history, and delved into the seedier aspects of Pan-Germanic neo-heathenism
of his time, involving racial purity to retrieve the “psychic powers”
once held by the “Aryans”, and avid anti-semitism.
Atlantis and invention were components of some of his notions,
borrowed from Helena Blavatsky’s theosophy and given a Viennese accent. Part of what he advanced involved levels of initiation, classes of believers, and
an aristocracy of achievement amongst the spiritual elite.
Herr von List was well-regarded in his day, and is opinion amongst
our Folk today ranges from “Guido Who?” to near worship.
It is well to remember that
witches were once sewn up in sealskins and rolled down rocky hills into the
sea FOR A REASON. People
of the Saga Age understood a good bit of the mechanics of the spiritual
better than we do today, having an uninterrupted history living amongst the
ethics of the Lore we’re only today rediscovering.
If they would rather snuff someone who might be able to produce a
whammy that would give them winning lottery numbers, they must’ve had good
reason (beyond there not having been lottery in Tenth
Maybe what they understood
were the ways of luck. It is
something to consider.
The Folkway of our people,
and it’s laws as we come together to reconstitute them, are very human and
accessible things. Our
chieftains serve a very real and very practical, day-to-day ethic.
They seek to help people through the affairs of life, of marriage, of
interpersonal conduct, and to deal with disputes.
Some might posit that such dealings might benefit from a well-crafted
spell or a cosmic mickey poured generously into andover the altar, but that
is suggesting that right and judicious conduct isn’t enough.
Why is addressing occultism
apropos here? It is because too
many, over the years, have dabbled when they should’ve committed.
In a discussion of heathen life one soon encounters the law, and
attempting to manipulate luck is an attempt to circumvent the law. It is the act of a cheat, of a thief bent on picking luck’s locks, of an
Some would add to luck,
some others circumvent it, not by actions according to the rules of the
game, but by invocation, invention and recitation of arcane formulae.
The Folkway, for some, is a vessel for their dreams of secret
This may be so for some.
I wish them luck.