Art is a gateway to that other realm
The shadow world where the Fey spirit us away
The artist is a shaman
Bringing inspiration and light into a mundane realm of grey
Feel like you don’t belong?
Many of the greatest artists have retreated to drink, drugs and even suicide
This is a great burden to bare
But do not despair
Yours is a gift from the Gods
Yours is a destiny greater than yourself
You are part of something infinite and complex
Let go of selfish desire and let the universe be your guide
The oldest story telling tradition is the oral tradition.
Much Celtic lore in the ancient days was recited via word of mouth.
Rather than being written down.
Therefore, this podcast is a great way to hear the Ancient Celtic Tales retold.
In the way they were once told before.
With the vibrant voice of a story teller.
Take a seat by the fire and enjoy.
Meat consumption has dropped by 12 % since 2007.
Americans have started eating less meat for reasons of:
health, the environment, animal welfare, cost and water scarcity.
I am not personally against eating meat, but the way in which animals are farmed and slaughtered is a hell on earth.
I am happy that more and more Americans are taking the steps to stop contributing to this cruel and disgusting process.
Protect indigenous rights.
Protect the Rain Forest
We are already aware that Global Warming, more storms, mass animal extinctions and the like are a consequence of climate change. But what about the bizarre things that no one thinks about? Check em out in this article below.
The style of this video reminds me much of Spartacus
Ensiferum, the highly visual troupe who’ve long been a market leader when it comes to stirring, armour-plated anthems, have unleashed their brand new video for In My Sword I Trust; this is the lead track from the Finnish outfit’s forthcoming fifth studio album, Unsung Heroes, set for release via SpinefarmRecords on August27th.
Recorded in Wrocklaw, Poland, and directed by RafalSzermanowicz for Grupa#13, the clip – according to Ensiferum – “Tells how ordinary town people rebel against a greedy and cruel king and the upper classes. There are swords, corpses and drinking; pretty much all you need for a great video! We are looking forward to playing this new Ensiferum anthem to our fans around the world. Folk on!”
The Finnish quintet return to UK soil in September as part of the extensive European BearersOf The Sword tour, accompanied by special…
View original post 46 more words
Metal in itself has been a way to empower those on the fringes of society. A person who’s lived their life in the shadows can make themselves heard via blazing guitars, amps tuned up to 11 and screaming vocals that make your neighbors loathe the day you were born. It’s the music that says, “If you try to push me against a wall, I’ll push you off the nearest cliff. If you ignore me, I’ll give you something you can’t ignore. My fist.”
If you want to talk about a group on the fringes of society, let’s talk about Native Americans. They are a people who used to be 60 million strong in this country, but now number only 500,000. They have been pushed out and replaced in their own home land, and given some of the worst land to eek out an existence as a token for their troubles. Today many are plagued by alcoholism and some of the worst poverty/unemployment rates in the nation.
This video tracks the life of a Native American boy: getting bullied at school, dealing with parents who don’t want him to date their daughter and seeing the Earth his ancestors lived on getting sold away to the highest bidder. Yet the boy draws strength from his struggles. His voice will be heard. He will draw power from his Native Blood and heritage.
Testament made this video on behalf of the singer Chuck Billy’s own Native American heritage, tracing back to the Pomo line of Northern California. The video itself was filmed on the Hopland Indian reservation in Hopland, California.
The goal of this blog is to embrace Earth Based Culture. Natural cultures of the Earth. Earth based spirituality and wisdom. Not only must Native Americans rise up and defend their mother Earth, but all cultures can learn from their struggle. Your heritage can be a source of history, knowledge and power. In many of the Epic Legends of old, heroes not only named themselves, but they named their fathers, and their father’s father’s, and the line of their people as far back as they could remember. They didn’t do this to be boring (although it may seem pointless to the modern reader), they did it because they shared a collective ancestral memory and destiny with their kin.
Up until the modern age, a person’s culture was something that sprung up from the Earth. Festivals revolved around the rotations of the sun and the phases of the moon. “Where is now the intricate richness of traditional costume, in which every folk could express its own nature, on its own landscape? (Ludwig Klages, Man and Earth).”
Being proud of your heritage doesn’t mean avoiding all other people who don’t conform to that heritage. Rather, it means understanding where your forefathers have been in order to know where you yourself are going. Yet the trouble in this day and age is that many people are lost. We don’t know who our ancestors were. Some people have a vague idea of what country their forefathers may have come from. But when it comes to the stories, the traditions, the folk lore of our people – we are clueless. We are like a tree without its roots, and without roots such a tree will be blown around in the breeze without direction or purpose.
Some people came to America out of desperation. Others were kidnapped or coerced. Yet the commonality that most Americans have with one another is that the rich bank of lore that connected them with their ancestors was a slate wiped clean. That deep knowledge was replaced with Pepsi jingles and the latest story on Snooki’s baby. We are a country with shallow roots and shallow values. Through the imperialistic American agenda, we have succeeded in spreading these values to most quarters of the globe. And what do we have now to show for it? The idiotic idea that we have an endless supply of resources to consume. We need this endless train of gizmos to fill the void within ourselves, because our lives have no real meaning.
Yet nature is persistent. Like weeds beginning to grow in a well manicured garden, something is happening in the subconscious mind of people around the world. Our ancestors are knocking – no pounding on the door. They are telling us to wake up from this mindless destruction before it’s too late.
People are becoming interested once again in ancient cultures. You can see this every where. From music, to movies, to the interest in Eastern and Native American spirituality, to the popularity of a show like Spartacus on television. It’s all pointing to a re-emergence of Earth based spirituality.
Eastern spirituality is popular because many of their ancestral traditions are still alive and thriving. Compare this to the West where Ancestral Traditions were burned, destroyed and oppressed in every way the Christian Church could possibly think of for hundreds of years. In terms of ethnic heritage, I am mostly a Celt. I am a mix of Irish, Scottish, French blood with a few other things thrown in like Croation and the possibility of Native American blood. Yet do I know anything about my own ancestors? Their traditions? Their fights? Their rituals? Aside from what I can read in a textbook or website about the matter, No. Yes, the information is out there, but there is a thousand year gap of distortion in the way. Compare that to India where you can go to a Hindu Guru who’s learned directly from a master, who learned from another master, who learned from a chain of masters that could date back for a thousand years.
Some people say that White People don’t have a culture and I blame Christianity and Capitalism for that fact. Much was also done to African American slaves to annihilate all traces of their ancestral memories, and replace their traditions with Christianity – a religion of subversion. Is it no small wonder that slavery worked better in religious, puritanical America than it did in other places around the world?
So what do we do now? Our roots have been cut, how do we grow them back? I think so much has happened that it is nigh impossible to revert back to whoever our ancestors may have been. And many Americans will never truly know who they were. At this point our ancestors are a silhouette in the dark.
As trees without roots, we line the canopy of the forest floor and have become rotting logs. Our only purpose being to take up space until some forest fire burns us away. It may take some large wave of destruction/global warming/man made disaster to clear away the debris of this toxic culture so a new and better society can grow out of the ashes of the wake.
But there is another option. That option is that we can rediscover our roots. Much like the Native American boy of this video who was clutching his necklace as an emblem of power. I don’t mean that we should rediscover our roots in a racist way – excluding others who don’t match our ancestral path.
Let me put it this way. All successful ecosystems are diverse. The rainforest itself is a testament to that fact, with the largest number of plant and animal species surviving together. So let us become like the rainforest and find a common ancestry in the Earth. I have a Celtic ancestry and as you can see, I post a lot of Celtic Pagan material on this blog. Yet I also learn lessons from Norse, Roman, Hindu, Buddhist and Native American cultures. If a healer has medicine to offer me, I’m not going to decline based on the color of his hand.
So what is my Native Blood? It is dirt. It is clay. It is twig. It is vine. It is an endless message sewn within the seams of time. It is the wind, the fire, the air and water of the Earth. It is the cosmic heritage that spawned my birth. I am particles, stardust, universal DNA – intertwined. I am a messenger of ancient truths communicated online. I am the seeds of Yggdrasil. The rings of a redwood tree. I am the echoes of decimation that proceeds eternity. I am the thunderbolt that bleeds electric from the darkening sky. I am the prophet that breathes great happenings are nigh. I am the voice that calls to you from the void in your sleep. I am everything because I can be nothing. I am Metalgaia, harbinger of destiny.
By now you’ve probably heard the news stories about the shooting in Wisconsin at a Sikh temple. If you haven’t heard the story, I’m sure you’ll get a thousand hits on Google if you search for it. That’s all I’m going to say about that story!
This post is not made to dwell on tragedy. THAT IS WHAT THE KILLER WANTS. Nor do I like the idea of portraying the attacked as victims. Victimizing the dead is not good for their memories. This attitude builds the strength of the killer while demoralizing those who lost their lives.
Instead, it is better to draw on the strengths of the attacked and to build up the Sikh community so they can rise past this tragedy, instead of living it again and again via the media machine. After 9/11, Sikh attacks have, unfortunately, become more frequent in America. The sad thing is that most of these attackers don’t even know a damned thing about Sikhism.
So I’m going to do what the killer would not want. Instead of crying about the sadness of the deaths. I’m going to use this tragedy to spread understanding of what Sikhism is and build tolerance. I’m going to build up the Sikh people by drawing on their strong points. And I might add that this isn’t a difficult task to do, given the vitality of their people.
Sikhism is a truly fascinating religion, with a long legacy of bravery tempered with compassion. When the British imperialized India, they often forced Sikhs from the Punjab region to fight among their ranks – because the Sikhs were renowned for their strength and courage in battle.
Yet Sikhism is not a violent religion. Far from it, it advocates compassion in all areas of life. Violence is only a last resort when all attempts at peace fail. Note, this is different from other major religions in the world, that state that one must always be peaceful no matter what – even when their adversary is stealing their last breath. I like the Sikh way better, try peace first, but if a mother fucker’s gonna kill my family – shit’s gonna get real up in here (draws swords!)
SO HERE ARE THE BASICS OF SIKHISM
History: It is a mixture of Hinduism and Islam that was formed in the Punjab region of South Asia in the 15th century
1) There is one God
2) Equality: All human beings regardless of race and gender are equal
3) Human life is precious above other forms of life
4) Defending against injustice.
Sikhs are a peace loving people and stand for Truth and Justice
Guru Gobind Singh Ji said, “It is right to use force as a last resort when all other peaceful means fail.”
DISCLAIMER: These are not my beliefs. But I believe it is important to understand the beliefs of others. True spirituality is holistic existence with others on this planet. We are like a machine with many and diverse moving parts. We must understand how each of the parts function, if we are to function together.
This is a prediction of what lies ahead for us in the next century if our leaders continue conducting “business as usual” instead of adapting the drastic changes needed to improve life on this planet. The creators of this film take a tour of the coming century by following the hypothetical life of a girl named Lucy.
The knowledge of living independently and sustaining the self is an art that was passed down from our ancestors for thousands of years. Yet in today’s society, this knowledge is almost extinct. We have become incredibly dependent on others for almost all our daily needs: food, shelter, water, safety, etc.
If some wide scale disaster were to happen (for example, half of India losing their power) most people would be as helpless as new-born babies. We see our modern-day selves as being more advanced than our ancestors. After all, we have electricity, the internet and who could forget the television for all the quality “reality” TV shows we watch (barf).
Yet unlike our ancestors, we do not know how to feed nor defend ourselves without being incredibly reliant on a system that is destroying the biological foundations of life. Somehow, our “primitive” ancestors could fulfill all their needs without causing a series of climate disasters. But in this “modern” day and age, we cannot master so simple a feat. Most of us don’t even know where our food comes from for starters. The burger is not a cow, it is an abstract form, a meat circle of sorts – and where it comes from? Who knows or fucking cares? It’s convenient and easy, right?
I see a parallel between the lives of livestock and those of your average American. Now this may sound like a stretch. You may be asking yourself, “what does the life of a cow have to do with me?” Yet you are what you eat. Most of our livestock live in cramped quarters, sedentary lives of sitting around all day – no space to even move, not even allowed to see the light of sunshine, pumped up with all kinds of hormones and kept fat, lazy and dumb so they don’t cause too much trouble for their masters.
Sound familiar? These qualities just mentioned could describe the life of your average American worker. They spend a majority of their lives inside, sitting around doing little physical activity, existing in cramped quarters, being pumped full of drugs and hormones, and getting fat, lazy and dumb from this existence.
Much like these cows, if we were set out in the wild, if some type of disaster were to occur, we would have no idea of what to do. We’d be easy prey. Let us become more than cattle. Let us once again be Human Beings, doing as much as we can for ourselves – without being dependent, let alone servile, to a corrupt and toxic system.
I’m not saying we should abandon all technology. Hell, I’m obviously using the internet to write this blog, aren’t I? But I’m saying we should use new technology to learn ancient wisdom. Today, the internet has become a great tool for re-educating people on how to live in a sustainable and healthy way with the Earth.
The first step is learning how to walk on your own. Check out the sites below and take your first step towards independence for yourself, and co-dependence on the planet instead of corporations.