“The general imprecise way of observing sees everywhere in nature opposites where there are not opposites, bur
differences of degree. This bad habit has led us into wanting to comprehend and analyse the inner world, too, the
spiritual-moral world, in terms of suchopposites. An unspeakable amount of painfulness, arrogance,
harshness, estrangement, frigidity, has entered into human feelings because we
think we see opposites instead of transitions.”
The moral dogma that bas
infected Western Civilisation
since its beginningis
a Judaic DUALISM inherited
from Zoroastrianism and brought in by the
virus of Christianity.
Dualism states that there
is a battle being fought in
both the spiritual and earthly
realms (and even within every individual) between two opposites:
“good and evil”. Not only has this Dualism subverted our Culture, it has turned the individual into a split
personality: this is the result
of repressing what is considered “evil” about one’s nature by moral
and religious dogmas.
Cycles of Time
Before this Dualism was implanted, pagan societies didn’t label
natural forces with such absolute
moral attributes. There were creative and
destructive forces in
often symbolised as gods. But even
the destructive aspects had creative
purposes, and were part of a
transcendent cosmic unity.
For e.g. in what moral context
can we place Indo-Aryan
deities such as Shiva and Kali? To
the Western dualised mind
they would be considered
“evil” because of their primal
destructiveness. But to the
Hindus, retaining the ancient Aryan wisdom,
they are “beyond good and evil”.
They comprise both the creative and destructive
aspects of Nature in their various
forms and roles. Even their destructive rotes
are a vital part of a cosmic CYCLIC process
of creation-destruction-renewal: Shiva in his Cosmic Dance of Destruction clears the way
for another round of history’s endless
The Germanics and Norse,
like their Indo-Aryan kinfolk, also had this
cyclic cosmology. The destruction
brought by Ragnarok
is the prelude to
a new earth, new humanity, new heaven and
even a new pantheon of gods. The
Gods themselves cannot avoid their Fate for without the
destruction by Ragnarok there would be stagnation
The Dark forces
of Loki, Fenrir, Surt, Garm and
Catalysts for Change;
thus the Cycle continues:
This is the inexorable process that can
in both History and Nature.
The Aryan Persians before Zoroastrianism had a conception of this interplay
between Light and Dark forces which
were seen as two aspects of Zervan, Lord of Time.
The Light of Ahura Mazda and the Dark of Ahriman
were both emanations of Zervan. Zoroastrianism divided these two
opposites separated from the Time Lord.
It is from here that Judaism and ultimately Christianity
got their DUALISM, which has afflicted the West.
Some of the Gnostic
sects rejected Dualism
and restored the ancient wisdom in the deity Abraxas, who united all polarities
within himself. The psychologist Carl Jung
turned to Abraxas when considering the inter-relationship that exists
between polarities in Nature.
Jung revived the
ancient wisdom with modem scientific methods and
terms, but drawing much
from pre- and non-Christian cultures and Medieval Alchemy. He sought to unify
the polarities within
the individual to create the
whole person (called “lndividuation”)
no longer cut off from his repressed
SHADOW SELF. This “Individuation” of Jungian
psychology is also akin to
the occultist’s quest for Adeptship.
Jung was concerned
with how a neurotic Christian civilisation could bebrought
back to the completeness of
pagan times. He saw the need to allow the repressed barbarian lurking
within modern man to resurface to find a modern expression. Thus his support for National Socialist Germany
as an expression of
the repressed Shadow Self
of the Germans, symbolised as Wotan.
dualism is now so deep-seated within the Western psyche
that even those pagans who think they are outside of the
Christian context are as dualised as any
These “neo-pagans” (sic) have
made internationalists and
pacifists out of tribal war Gods! Where warrior
attributes cannot be ignored, they
have been transformed
into “the way of the peaceful
warrior” (puke!). Tyr, Thor and Odin have
been castrated. The
neo-pagans have simply made the Old
Gods reflections of
their own dualised, half-selves. They have repressed as “evil” the Dark aspects.
These neo-pagans are worse than useless; they are another aspect of the dualism that is
driving the European folk
(most) of the border-line “Odinists” have a cosmology that is essentially
Christian. They have
dualised the Aesir and Jotuns
into contending moral forces
of “good versus evil”.
Odin (or Balder)
is their Jesus,
Loki is their Satan. Ragnarok is
their Armageddon. The whole significance of lndo-European cyclic cosmology has been rendered null and void.
The pagan heritage
has been dualised … Christianised!
There are some pagans, however,
who continue to
honour the ancient
wisdom. They see the cosmos as an interplay of polarities, not as a
battlefield of moral dualities. It is
this that is the basis of EVOLUTION. Without this catalyst
mankind slips back into the nebulous mass from which he evolved. It
is such a degraded state that the religions and moralities
of decay are dragging us towards. Let our
path be starbound.
Hail Odin! Hail Loki!
By Wulf Grimwald
Editorial note: This article appears in “The Best of The Flaming Sword”, 2000, Renaissance Press