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Varg Vikernes Has Ended Burzum for Good

“Burzum Is My Painful Past in a Reeking Bog”

“Burzum was never my choice of life. I didn’t even want to become a musician.”

 

Varg Vikernes has announced that Burzum is no more after giving away his only copy of the project’s 1992 self-titled debut album.

The disc went to a fella named Nathan B, who beat Varg in a challenge of getting from 0-100 kmh (0-60 mph) in their 4×4 vehicles.

Burzum was active between 1991 and 1999, and then again from 2009 until now. The project has 11 studio albums in its discography, the final of which came out in June 2014 under the title of “The Ways of Yore.”


God King – Rise of Xerxes

It is unlikely that the actual king Xerxes walked around in golden underwear, speaking like an androgynous robot.

But what is powerful about this brief video is that it shows the power and the majesty that God Kings in the ancient world commanded over their subjects. Today modern people laugh at the idea of a King or Pharaoh being a living God. But in the ancient world, many people really did worship their rulers as Gods. Many people truly believed that their kings were the bridge between the world of the living and the heavens beyond. These rulers commanded a fanatic awe among their subjects that is hard for us to imagine. Like a celebrity, sports star, or dictator – but so much more.

So movies like this help us understand the psychology of the God King and his followers.


The 12 Laws of Karma

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Karma is the Sanskrit word for “action” or “deed.” It refers to the principle of cause and effect, where intent and action influences the future. There is a close connection with karma and rebirth in many Eastern religions, that the actions of this life will affect someone in their following life. In Hinduism there is a very long term concept of this. For example, a blind king in the Bhagavadgita was punished for something he did 100,000 years ago, in a previous life.

Now technically there really is just one “Law of Karma.” The “12 Laws” are not an ancient law, as far as I can tell. I think the 12 laws are something newer, perhaps new age. But they aren’t a bad guideline for life. Many people who struggle through life tend to see themselves as victims, rather than agents of their own destiny. They think all the bad things that happen to them are the fault of others, and expect others to change in order for their own quality of life to improve. Now obviously, not everyone is responsible for every bad thing that happens to them. Bad things happen to good people all the time. There is that old expression, “no good deed goes unpunished.” However, accepting responsibility for your own actions and working to change yourself for the better of others is a key theme of many spiritual paths. So the video I posted above, as well as the laws I provided below are good guidelines to live by.


1. THE GREAT LAW

– Whatever we put out in the Universe is what comes back to us.

– “As you sow, so shall you reap”. This is also known as the “Law of Cause and Effect”.

– Treat others as you want to be treated and so on.

 

2. THE LAW OF CREATION

– Life doesn’t just happen by itself, we need to make it happen.

– Get in the driver’s seat of the ride that is life, don’t just be a passenger.

 

3. THE LAW OF HUMILITY

– One must accept something in order to change it.

– For instance, the first step in the AA process. Can’t stop being a drunk if you don’t accept that you are one.

 

4. THE LAW OF GROWTH

– When we change ourselves, our lives follow suit and change too.

– If you don’t like your life, try changing yourself first before changing others.

 

5. LAW OF RESPONSIBILITY

– We must take responsibility for what is in our lives.

– You are not a helpless victim of life’s events. To some degree at least, your life is what you make it.

 

6. THE LAW OF CONNECTION

– The past, present and future are all connected.

– Yesterday, today and tomorrow, time remains the same.

 

7. THE LAW OF FOCUS

– You can not think of two things at the same time. (Although I disagree – I can!)

– When you focus on spiritual values, it is harder to have lower thoughts such as greed, anger or violence.

 

8. THE LAW OF GIVING AND HOSPITALITY

– Our behavior should match our thoughts and actions.

– Put your money where your mouth is.

– Put your words in action.

– In other words, no hypocrites.

 

9. THE LAW OF HERE AND NOW

– One cannot be present if they are looking backwards.

– If you are fretting over the future, or obsessing over the past, you won’t be able to live in the moment.

 

10. THE LAW OF CHANGE

– History repeats itself until we learn the lessons that we need to change our path.

 

11. THE LAW OF PATIENCE AND REWARD

– The most valuable rewards require persistence.

– No guts, no glory.

 

12. THE LAW OF SIGNIFICANCE AND INSPIRATION

– Rewards are a direct result of the energy and effort we put into it.

– A fundamental law of computer science: junk in, junk out.

– Whatever you put into something is what you get out of it.

 


Amon Amarth”First Kill” (from Jomsviking)

Above is a (relatively) new Amon Amarth video released January 25th, 2016. ‘First Kill’ is from Amon Amarth’s new album, Jomsviking, available March 25th. Album Pre-order + North American Pre-sale Tickets available now at http://www.amonamarth.com.

The production quality of this video is excellent. I also appreciate that the vikings in this video are dressed in a way that is closer to the way historians believe the vikings dressed, rather than what is typically depicted in the media. For instance, much of the way the characters on the History Channel’s ‘Vikings’ dress is more like leather outfits from the biker bar.

I’m guessing the album itself is about the Jomsvikings, a semi-legendary order of Viking mercenaries, or brigands, in the 10th and 11th century. They were staunchly Pagan and dedicated to the worship of deities such as Odin and Thor. They reputedly would fight for any lord able to pay their substantial fees and occasionally fought alongside Christian rulers. Although they were Pagan, the institutions of the Jomsvikings in some ways anticipated those of the Christian Knightly Orders of the later Middle Ages.

In terms of song writing, Amon Amarth doesn’t disappoint. Catchy. Fun. Bad ass.

Don’t miss their 2016 tour as they pillage a town near you.


Musician Challenges Christianity in Ghana – A Call For the Old Ways

“History has it that the colonial masters came with the Bible and the gun, gave the Bible to the Africans, as they pointed their guns at their heads.” — Azizaa

“They took away our spirituality and gave us religion; they banned us from gathering under a tree by the fireside and herded us into churches.”—Wanlov

According to a 2012 Gallup International Survey about religiousity around the world, Ghana is one of the most religious countries in the world. Indeed its the kind of country with a church on every street corner (or maybe four or five). Many of these churches are places where rich pastors prey on the poor. A quick google search of pastors in Ghana will pull up a list of the richest pastors. This expresses a clear message: Christianity is a big business in Ghana (as well as elsewhere in Africa). A fundamental part of this business is poor people going to mass and giving away a substantial part of their income to rich pastors.

These churches also demand that the African people abandon their ancient spiritual practices in favor of the new religion put in place by Western, colonial forces.Yet many people in Ghana still invoke the ancient juju when nothing else works.

Music artist Azizaa and rapper/video director Wanlov the Kubolor have recently collaborated together make a music video that directly challenges Christianity, the song is called “Black Magic Woman.”

In the video a woman is being harassed by two Christian missionaries. When these missionaries run after her, they are confronted by the forces of an ancient and powerful magic.

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Azizaa Official Page

Azizaa Mystic Facebook

Wanlov Official Site

Wanlov the Kubolor Facebook


Berserkers! The Facts and The Fiction

Many of us think we know what a ‘Berserker’ is. Isn’t it a person who goes into a trance induced rage, running into battle naked, with a giant axe at the ready, slaughtering 20 men a piece?

I’m very sorry to disappoint you, but apparently that was not a thing….at least not for ‘berserkers.’ There is no evidence that berserkers ran into battle naked, in fact it is more likely that they wore bear fur or bear skin (not bare skin). From what we do know of the term, it referred to someone who was a sort of champion for a hire, someone who would fight your battles for you.

Odin himself was said to have some berserkers or ‘Úlfhéðnar’ fighting for him.

The other main fact is that berserkers, for the most part, were exclusively Norse. There are many cultural and video game references where you might have some Celtic berserker, but this is historically inaccurate.

Check out Lindy Beige’s video above as he humorously divides fact from fiction.

Also, a new book has been released which may help answer more of these questions: The Viking Experience

Berseeeeerker!

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Tribute to Christopher Lee: Epic Saruman Speech

Christopher Lee died on June 7th at the age of 93 after being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure. He is known as the master of horror, and is famous for his portrayal of Dracula and Saruman in Lord of the Rings. His career as an actor, singer and writer has spanned near 70 years. What is lesser known is he also was involved in metal music. He was involved in Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross. He was also honored with the “spirit of metal” award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods award ceremony.

RIP Christopher Lee. You truly were a living legend in modern times.