Posts tagged “wisdom

Burzum – Lost Wisdom

Genre: Black Metal

Country of Origin: Norway

Themes: Rediscovering the ancient Pagan ways

For many people, the old school black metal is difficult to listen to because of its low production quality. However, for others, this is a big part of its appeal. After metal music became over commercialized in the 1980’s, the scene of Norwegian Black Metal that emerged in the late 80’s/early 90’s was appealing in a primordial, and natural kind of way. The music seemed a sort of dark, pagan magic re-emerging into a world that had become fake and synthetic.

Burzum evokes a gritty brutality that is quite captivating. Burzum itself means ‘darkness’ in the Black Speech, a fictional language from Lord of the Rings. The song above came from the album ‘Det som engang var.’ The album cover was visually inspired by Dungeons and Dragons. So there is obviously an interest in fantasy at work here.

Varg himself, the man behind the Burzum solo act is quite the controversial figure. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison for the murder of  Mayhem guitarist Øystein ‘Euronymous’ Aarseth and the arson of three churches. What’s interesting is that Varg stabbed Euronymous a few days after the release of the album listed above.

After Varg’s release from prison in 2009 he recorded three further black metal albums.

Varg is also a controversial figure for his racist and anti-semitic views. However, amidst a lot of his rantings about race and the Jews, he does sometimes have some pretty brilliant things to say about the return to the ancient wisdom and truth.

Here is piece of an interview with him from the movie ‘Until The Light Takes Us.’ (The background music is Bathroy’s ‘One Rode to Asa Bay’)


Wisdom and the Sun’s Light (Nietzsche)

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“Thou great star! What would be thy happiness if thou hadst not those for whom you shine!

For ten years hast thou climbed hither to my cave: you would your light and of the journey have become sick without me, mine eagle and my serpent.

But we awaited thee every morning, took from you your overflow and blessed thee for it.
See! I am weary of my wisdom, like the bee, the honey has collected too much, I need hands outstretched to take it.

I want to give away and austheilen, until the wise among the people of their folly, and the poor of their wealth are once again become happy.

For this I must get into the deep: as thou doest in the evening, when you go behind the sea and even the underworld bring light, you over-rich star!

(Quote Source: Thus Spoke Zarathustra)


Rumi Poem – The Ancient Wisdom is Within You

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The brilliance of the seas has flashed forth.

The dawn of blessing has arisen.

What IS this ancient wisdom?

The source of these living waters is in your head

And in your eyes.

~ Rumi


Human Decay and the Return to Our Primeval Origins (Philip Carr Gomm, Chief of OBOD)

(Background music: Dead Can Dance “Frontier”)

All around the world there is a revival of the Ancient Ways.

People are returning to indigenous religions and ideas.

Why is this happening?

In one of his podcasts, Philip Carr Gomm (the chief of the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids) gives his perspective.

He says that many of the main religions have reached a point of maturity.

While I don’t want to bend his words – this could mean that these mainstream religions have reached a point of death. All around the world, people are realizing that the system just isn’t working. The pre-dominant religious ideas aren’t solving man’s problems and the environmental crisis is getting worse. Culturally and spiritually humanity is experiencing a sort of metaphorical death. At a deep subconscious level – we know that something ominous is ahead like crows warning of a coming storm. That’s not what Phillip said, but that’s my point of view.

What Phillip did say is that we are like Salmon before death. Before death, salmon swim upstream to the point of their origins. Like salmon, humanity – in the face of a spiritual and environmental crisis – is swimming upstream to return to their primordial origins – to return to the ancient indigenous ways before it’s too late.

You can listen to the entire interview with Phillip here at OBOD podcasts.


Falkenbach – Hávamál

Lyrics on original YouTube link

Country: Germany

Genre: Viking/Black Metal/Folk Metal

Lyrical Themes: Epic tales, heathenism, Lore, Norse Tales

So What is Hávamál? It is “the sayings of the high one.”  It is a single poem in the Poetic Edda. For those of you who don’t know what the Poetic Edda is, it is a collection of Old Norse poems from the Viking Age. Hávamál basically gives advice for proper living, good conduct and day to day wisdom. The verses themselves are attributed to the wisdom of Odin.

CLICK HERE TO READ HAMAVAL IN ENTIRETY FOR FREE

Some Key Hávamál Quotes: 

FROM WISDOM FOR WANDERERS AND COUNSEL TO GUESTS

On courage and cowardice:

“A coward believes he will ever live
if he keep him safe from strife:
but old age leaves him not long in peace
though spears may spare his life.”

On mockery and judgement:

“The miserable man and evil minded
makes of all things mockery,
and knows not that which he best should know,
that he is not free from faults.”


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