Archive for February, 2013

Tolkien’s Heathen Feminist


The Norse Mythology Blog just published a wonderful article connecting Tolkein’s Éowyn from Lord of the Rings to the traditional Shield Maidens in Germanic tribes. When Aragorn tells Éowyn she is not permitted to fight with the men, she has quite a bit to tell him about her own lineage from a house of warriors and “duty.”




Ancient Celtic Women

Ancient Norse Women

Onna-Bugeisha (Female Japanese Warriors)

Modern Day Amazons in Ukraine

Warrior Queen Boudica Documentary

Women Warriors in Folklore

A Tree Without Roots



”A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

The Real Old School Religion


As a Pagan people often say my religion is something new:

Jesus Christ is a young “whipper snapper” compared to the Gods and Goddesses I worship.

This Jesus boy of which you speak is 2,000 years old.

The Gods I worship stretch back tens of thousands of years.

Some might say to the beginning of civilization itself.

They embody principals of the natural world: Strength, Courage and Survival.

The natural world – which is billions of years old.

That’s about as traditional as it gets.

Nature's Imperium


Polaroid PDC 4350

Rome, in its day, was a highly successful and advanced empire that lasted for almost 1,000 years. Part of the success of the Roman Empire is that they were largely tolerant of the different beliefs, Gods and systems of those they conquered (not to say that slavery, war, rape, oppression and torture didn’t happen), but that the Roman Empire survived because they didn’t completely annihilate the cultures, beliefs and diversity of their subjects (with Carthage as the exception to the rule of course).

For example, even though the Romans were a polytheistic culture, when they conquered the Hebrews, they allowed the Hebrews to run their own courts and set up their own laws – as long as the Romans were paid a tribute at the end of the day.

The Romans also appropriated the Gods of the people they conquered. Epona is a Gallic Horse…

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Two Steps From Hell – Best of Epic Music III (Spartan Edition)

(From Best Of Epic Music Mixes, From Judge of King’s You Tube Channel)

“Two Steps From Hell” is a music production company that writes dynamic orchestral pieces – many of which have been in movie scores. When I listen to their music I feel like a samurai will arise from my breakfast cereal, ascend into the heavens and wage divine battle with the cosmos. This is the kind of music that can inspire one to do anything. Here are some other songs I recommend.




Baroness Relief Effort


August 2012, members of the band suffered from injuries due to a tour bus accident. Close friends of the band put together an auction to raise money to help them financially and hopefully get them on their feet and playing again. You can check out the items for auction on the facebook:

Baroness Relief Facebook Group 

Bands Selling Items 

Decibel Magazine, Earthless, Jeremy Hush (artist), Kylesa, Meshuggah, Municipal Waste, Mastodon, Napalm Death, Neurosis, Red Fang, Tankcrimes Records, Slam Magazine and Victims.

A Statement From the Official Relief Effort Facebook:

“Just to be clear. All proceeds from this auction will be given directly to the band and crew affected in as transparent way as possible. No one involved with organizing this will or wants to make any money from this event. Relapse is graciously helping out with the shipping of items and some of us are digging into our own wallets to facilitate the web presence, eBay and Paypal fees that this will incur as to make sure every cent raised from the auctions reaches the people who need it most.

Thanks for the support again, please check this page often for updates as we know not all of our posts reach everyone. And if you can continue sharing to Baroness fans – that would be amazing.”

Puuut Our Bones back together!

Bad joke! Sorry! Help these guys if you can though and get some cool stuff in the process.

Traditional Viking Ballad Live From Norway

I couldn’t find much information about this musician or the song itself. Only a You Tube video followed by a stream of bizarre comments. If any informed viewers have any more knowledge about the song though – or the musician – I would be very interested.

Man may be mortal, but a good song can last through the centuries. It’s good to hear these viking ballads are alive and well, being sung the same online as they were many a century ago on a cold winter night amid Norse folk keeping warm with good mead and company.

EDIT: According to a helpful commenter below, the first song here relates to the great Heathen Invasion of 1066 and the battle at Stanford Bridge.

The band is called Harold Foss and the following is their home page:


“Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep”…


A Warning of the Smiling Killers, the “Nice” Masters


When you imagine the stereotypical dictator, you conjure images of an angry Hitler yelling at his minions. What do you imagine when you think of the typical bad guy? A frowning terrorist who hates freedom? An ugly man in the shadows with a goatee and a weird accent?

What if I were to tell you that the worst enemies of mankind are the happy killers – the nice killers? The well groomed politicians on TV crying over a shooting while they bomb children overseas. The well wishing priests kissing children before they give their blessing to a war that will kill thousands (maybe even millions). Some of the most evil men in this world wear three piece suits or religious robes. Not saying every Politician or Religious Man is evil, but I’m telling you that the most dangerous wolves often wear sheep’s clothing.


They speak of love and tolerance,
and thrive on people’s ignorance
to make you all slaves of fear.

They feed on your anxiety,
to build their gent society,
They kept you down for a thousand years.

They nurture prejudice and hate
condemn the wars that they create
in the name of whatever god.

They gladly sacrifice your lives,
increasing power is their vice,
without regrets, they will spill your blood.

They’re feeding you lies,
with calculated smiles,
Enslavement of the human mind
As long as you kneel to their authority.
Religion is what makes you blind

They’re treating you as mindless fools,
they use you as obedient tools
It’s time to set your spirit free
This world we can not tolerate,
it’s time to seal all preachers fate,
and let them hang from Odin’s tree!

Your minds are restrained
Obedience is the chain
They’ve locked you up and thrown away the key
Your souls are for sale,
And you’re the ones who pay
But still, you’ll never be set free

They’re feeding you lies,
with calculated smiles,
Enslavement of the human mind
As long as you kneel to their authority.
Religion is what makes you blind.



These well groomed, happy faced killers have been using religion and politics for centuries to mold their people into complacent, mild and meek slaves of fear. Those who turn the other cheek will not rise up against tyranny. Some of the worst forms of oppression and holocaust have come at the hands of Christians who believe in “pacifism and peace” – more like the pacifism of the enemy while they let them rest in peace (RIP).

The Mass Media and News continue this tradition today. They try to scare you with stories about constant mass shootings (even though very few people actually died from gun related accidents last year, less than from fist related murders actually). These same people try to use Terrorism to scare you into abdicating your personal freedoms. More United States Citizens die from a lack of health insurance and environmental toxins each year than they do from Terrorism.

Embrace the strength and wisdom of your ancestors. Many Pre-Christian religions venerated strength, will-power and the bold desire to act. Never let your life be manipulated by fear. If you live in fear – you are as good as dead already.

Nile Touring the United States


Nile will be playing with local bands and apparently ticket prices will be low.

For the blasphemers here unfamiliar with the soon arriving Titans let me take you to school:

Nile is a brutal/technical death metal band from South Carolina. They write music primarily about Ancient Egyptian Mythology.

Enjoy some Metal Gaia favorites below:




Quorthon, Bathory and Pagan Metal


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RIP Quorthon

The Swedish man who fathered the Viking Metal genre would’ve celebrated his 47th birthday last Sunday had he still been alive.

Quorthon played multiple instruments, released 14 albums over 20 years, played Satanic Black metal in the 80’s and pioneered the Viking Metal genre in the 90’s.  He was the founder and songwriter of the Black Metal Band Bathory (in the 80’s and 90’s). Later he went on to create his own solo albums. This man is often credited as the founder of the viking metal genre.

Quorthon Interview on MTV

Quorthon speaks about Bathory’s transition from Satanist Lyrics to Viking Based Lyrics


Bathory’s One Music Video

“One Rode to Asa Bay”  

What is Viking Metal?


Viking metal is a Metal sub-genre characterized by its slow pace, noisy sound, use of keyboards, dark and violent imagery and lyrical themes about Vikings, Norse Mythology and Norse Paganism. The viking metal genre is also considered a fusion between Black Metal and Nordic Folk.

A New Metal Opposition to Christianity?

The Fall of Satan, The Rise of Odin


When metal music began, it represented a musical rebellion of sorts – a rebellion against authority. Songs such as Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law” and Accept’s “Balls to the Wall” are a giant middle finger to the Status Quo.

Part of this rebellion is a religious revolt. From the 60’s to the 80’s much metal was characterized by  allusions to Satanism and the Occult as a way of rebelling against Christianity: everything from Led Zeppelin’s vague allusions to Satan, to Black Metal’s much more obvious association. What better way to buck the Old Geezer in Sandals than to write verses venerating his least favorite angel? Unlike the All-Father of Boredom, Satan was down with sex, drugs and rock and roll, and thus made for exciting lyrical content.

Yet the problem is that Satan is still a part of the Christian Mythos. In fact, Satan has been the church’s wing-man for centuries. If you can’t fit the perfect Christian mold, than you are doomed to torment and suffering by the hands of the completely evil and vile Satan for an eternity.

Satan and God have been playing a game of Good Cop and Bad Cop with the Human Psyche for millennia. It’s time to stop playing this game altogether.

The significant thing about the Viking Metal genre is it represents a break from this line of thought.

In the 90’s, as black metal developed, Norse Mythology became another way of countering Christianity. This new rebellion exists outside of the Christian Mythos. It is a return to something more real, natural and enduring.

The Rise of Other Folk Metal Traditions


As Viking and Nordic Folk metal made their ascent into prominence, other folk genres came into their own as well: Celtic Folk Metal, Mongolian Folk, Russian Folk, etc.

Various people around the world began to embrace and celebrate their organic historical roots – roots that transcend Christianity and Time.

Paganism in Other Genres 


I’m not saying that Paganism didn’t influence Metal in the 70’s. Led Zeppelin certainly used Celtic symbols in their band’s iconography. Yet I’m saying that Paganism began to transcend Satanism as the main opposition to Christianity via the rise of Folk and Viking metal.

Folk and Viking Metal are still lesser known genres among Metal in general. Death Metal, Thrash and Metal Core are much bigger. Yet Pagan themes have also made their way into prominence in the Death metal Genre.

Famous examples are Nile and Ancient Egypt, Amon Amarth and Vikings, Chthonic and Taiwanese Spirituality.

(You must be careful to note that Amon Amarth is technically classified as Death Metal, not Viking Metal)

Also, when I say Pagan, I’m speaking broadly about Pre-Christian and Indigenous religions – not necessarily Wicca and Western Based Neo-Paganism.

By writing music about the Pre-Christian world, many metal bands are tapping into something powerful – more powerful than they realize. Even if some bands just think of it as a gimmick or a sales pitch, they are subconsciously spreading an awareness of ancient truths and wisdom.

Metal Gaia Bathory Song Picks







Motorhead – Orgasmatron (Religious Commentary)


A Quote on Love from Wagner


“Only the Strong know Love; only Love can fathom Beauty; only Beauty can fashion Art. The love of weaklings for each other can only manifest as the goad of lust; the love of the weak for the strong is abasement and fear; the love of the strong for the weak is pity and forbearance; but the love of the strong for the strong is Love, for it is the free surrender to one who cannot compel us.” ~ Wagner

Unleashed – Black Horizon

“I raise my hammer in honor, of those who will never come home. I swear an oath to their fathers. I will carve their names in stone.”

Origin Country: Sweden

Genre: Death Metal

Theme: Darkness, Norse Mythology, Metal

Need to go on a metal vacation? Can’t afford the 70,000 tons of metal cruise? (Or 70,000 tons of sex as some call it – hehehe). Get out your long ship, pillage some monasteries and use the loot to pay for a metal cruise next year. This song will give you an idea of what you can expect on your low cost – viking vacation. Lyrics posted below:

Towards a black horizon
Our brothers are avenged, the battle is won
The longships set sail in the night
On raging sea, with stars as guide
Thoughts of those we could not save,
The wounds i received and blows i gave
The darkness before my eyes
The Freezong wind that chills my spine

Black Horizon….
Towards a black horizon

The waves that clashes to the side
The hunger and pain i must survive
Still i can feel the smell
Of my enemies blood and hear their cries for help
A glance from an axe blade shines
As memory of those i slayed this time
Long is our voyage at sea
To Birka shores, to the land of the free

Black Horizon….
Towards a black horizon

Thor, give me the strength
Like so many times before
Thor, give me the power
To bring us home to Birka shores
I raise my hammer in honour
Of those who will never come home
I swear an oath to their fathers
I will carve their names in stone

Black Horizon….
Towards a black horizon
Black Horizon….
Towards a black horizon

More lyrics:


The Music of the Earth


Heavy Metal (and…Bunnies???) in Botswana

A video covering the heavy metal scene in Botswana. Metal enough to wear leather and boots in 90+ degree weather. If that’s not metal, I don’t know what is!

Brymir – Ragnarok

Something to Ragna -“rock” out to come the end of days. 

Country of origin: Finland, Helsinki

Genre: Pagan Folk

Themes: Norse Mythology

On “Being a Man”

Man wins Father of the Year and best beard award in single photo. 

A good man does not need to flash his machismo or muscles to feel strong.

He doesn’t need to beat up on the weak to feel empowered or to belong.

He doesn’t need to brag to show others how great he is to demand respect.

In fact, when you think about it, it is quite the opposite.

A good man isn’t a firestorm, but the rock of Gibraltar.

He isn’t the desert wind, but rather an oasis and a shelter.

He is a bastion of peace, the master of restraint,

safety in the storm and shield from the pain.

Earning respect, without asking a soul,

helping the weak while fighting the powerful.

So if a guy doesn’t boast and seems quiet and meek

He might be more of a man than you think.

Journey’s End – Icelandic Saga on Film

Coming Out in Spring 2013

A Six Part TV Series That Examines The Sagas From Archaeological and Literature Point of View.

Will be premiering in Iceland.

Trailer Found Here in Case Video Doesn’t Work .

Mountain Man and Healer Woman

An interview in Colorado about living off the grid, marijuana, guns, healing and Native American Wisdom.


(My Medicine Bag and a Bear Claw)

Last week I went to Colorado to visit some family members. In the process I got the pleasure of meeting a few family friends. These friends are currently living a natural life – off the grid. One is a mountain man who was born in the mountains of Colorado and has learned the art of tracking animals and living naturally from a young age. His wife, a woman of Native American descent, has also lived off the land for most of her life. I decided to interview both of them for Metal Gaia, so they could give me some insight on what it is to live “a natural life.”

Most modern people today (including myself) have never had to grow/hunt their own food, haul their own water or worry about bears trying to break inside the house (I’ll get to that later!)

(For reasons of anonymity they’ll go by “Mountain Man” and “Healer Woman” in this interview. They requested that I not use their names or take any pictures because they enjoy their privacy).


(Original Source)

Metal Gaia: I’m just trying to find out how to live off the land today, so let me get started and ask you, what brought you up here?

Mountain Man: I was born and raised here – up in the mountains. My house had a hole – a door in the roof – in order for you to get out in the winter time, because the snow got so deep. It could get up to 20 or 30 foot deep.

Metal Gaia: So when you were born and raised there, did you live off the grid there or is this something new that you are doing?

Mountain Man: We had power but we also had solar. The power was for when people came out and we’d put on big lights.

Metal Gaia: What about your current situation?

Mountain Man: We don’t have any electric here. The only bills we have here is our insurance and our phone bill, and it’s about $120 a month. So as long as you pay your land tax you can go tracking rabbits or anything up here. We don’t have TV channels. Our cell phones work…here or there. But we don’t have internet or nothing. A lot of kids keep telling us to get the internet, but we’re like nah. We’re here to keep away from the outside world.

Metal Gaia: Yeah, that keeps life simple.

Mountain Man: Yeah, you don’t have to worry about nothing. If a war goes on you’ll find out overhead (points to the ceiling) or from friends from the outside. It’s pretty nice.

Metal Gaia: So how do you get your food?

Mountain Man: We try growing our own food. We do our shopping once a month. We go to the big town, one hour away. An hour there and an hour back. We do our big shopping stock up, we go into town to get cigarettes – that you don’t go off of. I’m looking into growing tobacco this year.

Metal Gaia: What do you grow right now?

Mountain Man: Our friends grow squash, tomatoes… One of our friends is going to grow bananas. He has an Earth House and lives off the grid.

Metal Gaia: I’ve heard of Earth Houses. It’s like a sustainable house you can make from recycled material and trash?

Mountain Man: He’s got milk jugs, beer cans, tin cans – all the cans we had when we moved here.  Our friend would take to recycle and put in his house. It’s very nice, it’s got its own water source and everything. If he finishes it, he’ll be one of the very few people out here who have started and finished their own Earth house. Most people bail because they either go broke or get burned on the project. He’s built it all himself. He’s packed 800 and something tires by hand.  We also have marijuana growing all over in the backyard. [laughs] It’s legal. My wife has the red card and everything.

Metal Gaia: Has the recent legalization of marijuana changed much for you guys?

Mountain Man: I do security for a guy for 20 bucks an hour. It’s kinda weird. We go from marijuana being illegal, to a point where I’m guarding it so no one will steal it, because it is legal! He’s one of the biggest growers out here. He’s one of the only white kids born and raised out here. Since we’ve been here we haven’t had to pay for any. He gives us pounds literally! He provides everything the big shops have because the shops have to buy it locally. So he’s been trying to do that. There is only one good store out here. All the other stores have gone out of business because they are after the money and not the health medicinal. A lot of people up here are hurt. To people around town I say, “Hey how are you doing, here’s a joint.” We were giving them out to everybody for Christmas – candy cane wrapped joints.

Metal Gaia: That’s a great Christmas present. You got your green and red – the green is the weed.

Mountain Man: My wife – if she wasn’t on it – her medications would run us almost 800 a month. The guy that I’m growing for, he has really bad nerve damage. When we give people weed they say “hey this is really good.” Well that’s because we’re growing it in the ground, we’re growing it right. Everyone around here is growing weed hydroponics. I don’t like the hydro.

Metal Gaia: What is the bad thing about Hydro?

Mountain Man: It can mold. You gotta add chemicals to it all the time. Marijuana plant grows better on its own.

Metal Gaia: So, I’ve heard that you’ve seen wild cats out here?

Mountain Man: Oh yeah. I’ve been putting in a drive way for a gentleman around here. I went up there hiking the first time. I was just 20 feet from the top. A big rock was on top. The rock fell down. I had my 30-30 and my pistol with me. And this big cat was watching me from the cliff. And his head was about a foot and a half wide. He weighed over 500 pounds. He got pretty close and I took my shirt off. I put the shirt in the tree. He went after the tree. So I got outta there. Next day I was up there at my friend’s, about 300 yards from there, I heard a snap of the branches and I just missed the cat with my rifle by half a foot. He jumped off into the woods. Last hunting season I went up for my shirt. It was hanging in the tree. My buddy got it out of the tree and said, “I don’t think that cat likes you very much.” (The shirt looked like Swiss cheese).

Metal Gaia: So, what advice would you have for someone like me who has never lived off the land?

Mountain Man: Keep to yourself. Get your own gardens growing, get your raise beds, get your own soil. The soil around here is not good.

Up here where we’re at, everything migrates here in the winter time. There’s mountain bucks, mule deer, bob cat, antelope, bear, lynx, minx – we get cats that come out and watch us. They don’t come after us. I’ve had bears walk up on me when I’m coming out of the woods. I’ve never been attacked by any of the critters around here.

Metal Gaia: Why do you think they don’t attack you?

Mountain Man: I don’t know. I’m from the mountain. I was born and raised up here. In my old house my buddy has nine cougars as pets. He’s got a big fenced in yard. We go and play with them all the time.

Metal Gaia: So I guess living in the mountains, you’ve learned how to deal with animals.

Mountain Man: Yeah. Do you believe in crystals? I’d like to show you something. (Pulls out a crystal). You know what the clear ones look like? This one here, when I was going through Chemo and Cancer, I kept this crystal with me all my life. It was solid white when I started. If you feel the crystal you can feel the heat coming out of there. That is the poison that was in my body. That’s what my hippy mountain friends tell me.

Metal Gaia: So it started out white before your cancer, but it’s dark blue now.

Mountain Man: A lot of people trip out on it.

Metal Gaia: I was thinking about moving out and living off the land at some point in my life.

Mountain Man: The way things are getting with the guns and everything you don’t want to be around the city.

Metal Gaia: Because all the criminals will have them and the law-abiding citizens won’t?

Mountain Man: Well if they try taking them away from people it’s gonna get stupid. My friend says, “ya’ll live in the country. You don’t have anything to worry about.” What they’re going to do is outlaw certain guns and pull you over if you have one. But they’re not going to outlaw all of them at once because they’d lose half their army trying to get them away from half the people in the city.

They’ve got gangs, mafia, they’re not going to give up their guns. They know about those people, but they don’t know about the people out here (in the country). There are people out here that have semi-trailers buried in the ground and they’re stocked! And don’t think they (the police) wanna come out here. These people own their land. They know their own area. I put guns and knives in the yard so if my wife ever has a problem… The dogs also let her know that people are out here.

Metal Gaia: So if I wanna live out on the land…

Mountain Man: You can do it, it’s not hard. Keep to yourself. Get a gun.

Metal Gaia …grow a garden.

Mountain Man: If you go to meet someone, and something’s pulling you on your tail, you’re not sure about them, go by your instincts.

Metal Gaia: Do you feel that if more people lived off the land – would that solve a lot of problems in the world?

Mountain Man: My grandmother is 100 years old and she’s still alive. She’s been teaching prison ministries for years. She is very rich. She said if the government left us alone and let us do what we were doing back them we would be better off. We grew our own food, made our own clothes, everything was made here in America. Now if you find something made in America it’s worth Bucks! Because nothing is made here anymore. If more people start growing marijuana that would help the ozone because marijuana puts out a lot of oxygen. A lot of farmers are just waiting for it to become permanently legal.

Metal Gaia: So…it’s technically legal, but they’re still working out the kinks in the legal system?

Mountain Man: If you think about it. Two states went legal at the same time: Washington and Colorado. Washington said, “we want Federal help.” Colorado said “kiss my fucking ass, I’ll grow that shit on my own.” So the state runs Colorado, but if the Feds came here – they could fuck with the people who have the red card. In Washington nobody could do anything to you. But here they can.

Metal Gaia: Was there anything else you wanted to say about living off the land?

Mountain Man: Just go by your instincts.


Metal Gaia: So, Healer Woman, How long have you been living off the grid?

Healer Woman: I was born in 1959, in a little bitty town, 14 miles outside the town I grew up in. I have hoed peanuts, picked cotton, shucked corn…I was like 4-5 years old doing that then and getting paid for it. We had running water and a wood heater for heat. When my mother married my step dad, we didn’t have running water and we didn’t have inside bathrooms. We milked cows and slopped hogs. Then my mother worked for a ranch… so I’ve been doing this my whole life. I love living this way. I haul water. I heat up my water to do dishes. I do spit baths…

Metal Gaia: What are spit baths?

Healer Woman: Spit baths are when you heat the water up on a wood stove, strip your clothes down, and you take a bath. If you are going to wash your hair you go outside. But other than that, I have all the conveniences.

Metal Gaia: Because you have TV and radio?

Healer Woman: Well, we don’t have TV. We watch movies. We watch DVDs. We have a radio. We have solar and plenty of wood – a ton of wood. I own 5.9 acres.

Metal Gaia: And the bills are probably pretty small…

Healer Woman: We have two bills: Insurance on our truck and our phone…oh and groceries.

Metal Gaia: [Laughs] Yeah, no 500 dollar heating bill.

Healer Woman: yeah, I don’t have no…trash, water, sewer, electric, internet, car payment…they got all these bills. I own everything I have. It’s all been paid for in cash. I owe nothing.

Metal Gaia: So, for someone like me who has never lived off the grid, if I was to move out here and live this kind of life, what kind of advice would you have for me?

Healer Woman: Carry a gun or a knife. On you ALL the time! Don’t go around by yourself. Kind of get used to the land, the traditionals, get used to your surroundings – where you’re at – listen. A big cat could sneak up behind you and you would not know it. The wildlife is wonderful here.

Metal Gaia: What kind of animals have you seen?

Healer Woman: I saw a … elk, a bear tried to come through my front door, my Blue Healer [her dog] was half way out the window trying to get it.

Metal Gaia: Oh my God…

Healer Woman: I’ve seen Bob Cats, Cougars, Coyotes, Wolves, Badgers, Deer, Bunnies…little white cotton tails.

Metal Gaia: So…you said you are a healer yourself?

Healer Woman: Yeah, I heal.

Metal Gaia: Have you been doing that your whole life?

Healer Woman: No.

Metal Gaia: How did you get into it?

Healer Woman: I got into it through a friend of mine. I have hepatitis C. I tried medicine. It didn’t work. So I started going to Natural Remedies. I’ve been doing Natural Remedies since…well I have been doing them all my life. Let me take that back. When I was little working on the ranch my mother would go fishing a lot in the pond. My mother would take us in the woods and show us what plants we could eat, what plants we couldn’t eat, what plants would kill you, so yeah – I’ve kinda been doing it my whole life. But I really got into it right before they told me I only had 5 years to live. Their medicine wasn’t going to work and I needed something that was going to work.

Metal Gaia: Do you use any crystals like your husband?

Healer Woman: Only if they’re given. You are not supposed to take a crystal. According to Indian lore, you are not supposed to take a crystal unless it has been given to you. It’s like the blue stone and turquoise. I am Cherokee, Chocktaw and Chickasaw. And I do a lot of Indian rituals. I do the summer solstice, I do the winter solstice, I do the giving and I do a Spring solstice because that is when Earth is brand new. I do a summer solstice to talk about things that have been bothering you through the year. Then I do a winter solstice to end the Earth.

Metal Gaia: I guess that’s the cool thing about living out here. You can be in touch with the land. Do you feel that people who live off the land are more spiritually aware?

Healer Woman: Yes. You are more in touch with yourself.

Metal Gaia: Do you feel that people who live in the city and the modern world are out of touch with spirituality?

Healer Woman: They are all into themselves and the fast life and what they are going to get at McDonalds and what kind of video game they are going to buy. Then you have the druggies who go house to house causing people headaches – thieving and raping and pillaging…it’s just…it’s nice to be out of that! I do keep up with the laws and what’s going on my phone… and then to be an inch away from your next door neighbor? How the hell can I breathe?

Metal Gaia: How do you do your healing?

Healer Woman: I use oils. To do them you…the person that you are healing…after they tell you what is wrong…you pray over that person. If you tell me what’s wrong I will get the herbs that I think will help you. I don’t heal everybody. I don’t want that. I just heal certain people. People that are close to me, people that I feel need it. I’m not just going to go out there and heal everybody because I do not proclaim to be a professional healer.

Metal Gaia: My last question is, do you think things in this country would be a lot better if people lived off the land?

Healer Woman: Hell yeah. Yeah…cuz kids today have no respect, they have no honor, no morals, they don’t know what work is. They ain’t been made to work. They ain’t been took out behind the barn and got their ass tore up like I did. I thank God that my mom tore my ass up. You did not walk up to an elderly person and say “Hello Misses Whatever.” You’d got knocked into the next room with a fist, because it was disrespectful. You walked in there and said “Hello Mother” what her first or last name was. That was respect. And if you didn’t….your butt was in trouble!

Metal Gaia: Well thank you for answering my questions. 


Medicine Bag

After the interview, Healer Woman showed me the trailer she makes crafts in. One of the crafts she makes are Medicine Bags. She made one for my step-mother, myself among other members of the family. Her husband gave me one of his Bear Claws to put in my bag.

From what Healer Woman told me, a medicine bag is a representation of one’s soul. You put things inside of it that are spiritually close to you, like an Eagle’s Feather or a Bear Claw. However, these things must be found in a natural environment like the woods (they must be given by the Earth, a trusted friend, or a family member). You cannot go to the store and buy a medicine bag or items to put in your medicine bag.

You must keep the medicine bag given to you close to your heart at all times because it gives you strength, vitality and protection. If someone takes or tampers with your medicine bag, this can hurt you. This is why people must always ask you for permission to touch your medicine bag.

I also found out that quite unfortunately – many Native American people who go into Rehab or jail are not allowed to bring their medicine bags with them. (This is insanely biased since there are a fair share of Christians who can bring Rosaries or Crucifixes of the cross with them to jail or rehab). As a result, the Medicine Bags of these people are more often than not sold into pawn shops or New Age stores. People end up buying these medicine bags and bringing spiritual ruin onto themselves as well as the poor person who had to lose their medicine bag.

Everything is Given From The Earth, Nothing is Taken


Another important lesson I learned: If you use dream catchers or crystals, they should be given. You should not buy these things because you don’t know what kind of energy you will run into. Not only are items like these given, but even life is given – for a temporary amount of time anyways. When you spend time with a loved one, you are borrowing them from the planet, before they go back.

So if you lose them you shouldn’t despair too much because you never owned them – no one ever truly owns anyone or anything. That is arrogance.

Everything in life should be given to you by the planet, not taken. Even the people we enjoy being around are a gift. Part of living a natural life is appreciating what is given to you (even if you only have it for a few winters) and learning how to give back yourself.

Arkona Slavsia, Rus’ (Live)

Arkona owns the rights to my first born child.

Genre: Pagan/Folk Metal

Country of Origin: Russia

This is a very beautifully done live video. The quality of sound and video makes me feel like Arkona is playing in my living room right now (before they eat all my Cheetos and drink all my beer).

I have looked all over the internet for a translation of the Slavsia Rus’ lyrics, but can’t find anything satisfactory. If anyone would like to leave a comment and give me some insight on the meaning, that would be great.

The world Arkona itself is a reference to the last Slavic Pagan city.


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Emotion Ocean


One day a pillar of anger and fire, the next a lake of despair.

I long for the evaporation of feeling.

To be empty firmament in the air. I envy the void of space.

So infinite and static.

Emotion is an ocean. Fed by hate, guilt and panic.