Many of today’s so-called
pagans while claiming to reject
Christianity and all
its facets, continue to cling to
its ‘morals’ (sic). They
have, sadly, ingrained these distortions into the pagan
way of life so much so
that they have become
accepted by those without the fortitude
to investigate for themselves. The result of this has been the emphasis
on the limp-wristed ‘wiccan rede’ and in conjunction with this, the
that ancient Celtic and Norse magic was
all smiles. Nobody performed malicious magic, and
if they did they would get
their come-uppance from the Almighty Karma.
Common sense and history prove the
fallacy of this thinking. Magic is an extension
of one’s emotions. To do
away with hateful magic or any other
emotive type, would mean
disruption of polarity and therefore an imbalance
within the individual; just look at any Christian.
This ‘New Age’ illusion of
a Golden Age without malevolence
has meant that they have to brush
over or completely ignore deities and forces of a sinister nature. They chose to disregard the forces that
were given equal importance in authentic pagan beliefs.
This is the case with Norse goddess HELA, whose relevance has
been pushed aside by more mainstream ‘Norse’ practitioners.
In their books Hela is usually relegated to a few lines
explaining her as Queen of the Dead and daughter of Loki. While
this is true,
it falls short of explaining
and fundamental nature and
Hela’s existence is purely
sinister. Far from a simple ruler
of the dead, she is a force in nature. She is
the dark aspect of the Prima Mater, in contrast to the
light side of Nerthus and Frigg.
As a dark deity Hela’s nature is entropic
and this nature is a manifestation of Wyrd:
“The force behind the manifest universe is known as Wyrd…
Wyrd can never be known, understood or experienced directly.”
Hela as a manifestation of Wyrd is
the path to experience the partaking
of this force. No
one can hope to fully control
the power of Wyrd, but they
who work with it via Hela become instrumental in the
working of nature and are agents of it. By understanding the workings of
Wyrd they are able to apply this knowledge to their own lives.
To access the power of Wyrd is to reach the power
of the Prima Mater, to be
one with the earth; for dark Hela is the
very soul of
the Prima Mater. The power of Wyrd
as manifested in
Hela mirrors the more cosmic
nature of the
Uralten (ed: Waralda), and because the former implies the earth, it is in some ways more accessible.
A form of channelling
the destructive powers of Hela for
magical purposes is the magic of the Nithsong or
These were the poles up to nine feet long on which were
mounted a horse’s skull. On the shaft of the pole curses and insults were carved
in the runic script.
for destructive purposes could be triple Thurisaz runes or triple Isa runes.
These would cause a weakening of the enemy’s will, making them vulnerable to further attack.
The pole was erected with the skuII facing the abode of the magician’s enemy. The Niding
pole conducts the powers of Hel contained
within the earth, like
a flow of electricity, and
projects them through the skull
to the detriment of the enemy. Further, the Niding
pole is intended to disturb and enrage earth spirits that reside in the ground and
cause them to seek vengeance on the owner of the land, i.e. the enemy of the magician.
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Hela must reclaim the recognition she so rightly deserves. Her vital
role as a weaver of Wyrd’s web must be acknowledged, but for now those
who already know her power shall triumph, working within and without her
tangled web of Wyrd…
Editorial note:This article appeared in “The Flaming Sword”, No 1 (January 1994)