Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Great Yearning: An Armanist Ritual-A Review

I looked forwarded to reading this book but as I progressed through it my disappointment grew. Some of the criticisms which I directed at the 55 Club`s first book, The Complete Armanen have been compounded in this work. This is a shame as I genuinely wanted to rate this work more highly than I have done. Unfortunately it is a hopeless mishmash of christianity and heathenism. Christ is invoked alongside  the Germanic Gods and there are frequent references to "God" in this book along with the "Holy Ghost". It is almost as if the authors cannot relinquish their childhood christian indoctrination but at the same time try to embrace an ancestral spiritual path. It just doesn't work for me and I dare say for other Germanic heathens. The constant references to Adolf Hitler and his inclusion in Armanist rites is a mistake and plays into the hands of our enemies who are fond of capitalising on the fake Hollywood Nazi image. Whilst some of us may regard ourselves as adherents of esoteric National Socialism the American in your face rhetoric is too much for me to stomach. Spirituality, even folkish spirituality must be kept separate from politics. The only reason why I am not discarding this book is that some of the rites may be salvageable through adaptation. At least this work is largely free of typing errors although I spotted a few German to English translation mistakes.

In my opinion this book could have been more successful if it had concentrated on translating original German material into English and had left out the frequent references to Hitler and to the Ku Klux Klan. Europeans don`t appreciate such a direct political approach. 

One last note, it is a big mistake to write a book on German Armanist ritual practices and in one of the opening essays "Warg: The True Story" downplay the remembrance of the massacre of 4,500 Saxon heathen rebels in Verden, Lower Saxony by Karl the Butcher as an "audacity" and our expression of sadness at this event as to "moan or grovel". This is a disgrace and a source of offence to those of us who are descended from the clans of Lower Saxony.

It is hoped that one day a genuine handbook of Armanen rites in English may be published.


James said...

If you truly can't see anything worthwhile in Kristianity there is a simple explanation, Mr. Krieger. You are not an Arman.

Wotans Krieger said...

I see, another `wise` American (an unusual breed) who can determine what a person is or feels himself to be without knowing them! I do not pigeonhole myself. I know this is a difficult concept for you to understand.
I do not describe myself as an 'Arman':I merely write a blog dedicated to genuine Armanist and Ariosophical learning based on the GERMAN masters. It is a German not an American school(s) of thought from the early 20th century that PRE-DATES National Socialism. It is not and neither should it be dependant upon it.
Anyone who pens a book allegedly on Armanist rites(a mistake as it was a magical practice not a religious one) should at least incorporate genuine German Armanist masterial not quotations from Lincoln Rockwell and other Hollywood neo-nazis. Neither should it seek to confuse Armanism with CELTIC festivals and ROMAN CATHOLICISM. I lost track how many times 'God' (whoever He or She the authors are referring to) is invoked alongside the 'Holy Ghost' with typical American ranting thrown in. It is of course profusely littered with references to Adolf Hitler(who had nothing to do with the Armanists-he read some of their literature), Jews and the words 'kosher' and 'New Age'.
The early German writers were products of the age and society in which they lived. Most to a certain extent were contaminated with their childhood xtian fantasies which (as in the case of Americans-see my theory, the Pilgrim Fathers' Complex)proved difficult for them to relinquish.In Europe we have achieved this-we have cast off our xtian chains and are responding to the Old Gods once more, all in his or her own way.It has nothing to do with marching or wearing 1930s uniforms.
By the way whoever penned the offensive nonsense about the butcher of the 4,500 Saxon nobles ar Verden (no one said it was 6,000,000) should feel thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

James said...

It is clear that you walk the path of the magician, not that of the warrior priest. This is not necessarily an insult, just a statement of fact, as both paths are necessary. Perhaps it is untrue to state that you aren't an Arman, but you certainly don't walk the same road described in Nos. How can you say positive things about that book and then proceed to say that fighting on the front lines today is a waste of time because it is fruitless? (I don't recall your exact quote but it was something to that affect in response to someone calling spiritual warfare cowardly.) To fight and lose without ever compromising your honor is a great victory. This is one of the great messages in Nos.

I believe that it is this difference in paths that causes you to so readily victimize yourself. You spend your time condemning Kristianity because you feel wronged rather than proactively celebrating those killed as martyrs, if you feel that they were. In reality they had probably fallen off the path, but that is neither here nor there.

Your place as a scholar and magician allows you to feel superior and be pompous toward the lowly foot soldiers and uneducated Americans. I have a lesson you could learn from America. You should try to sound more like the proud Texans talking about the Alamo when you discuss wrongs against and less like the blacks complaining about slavery.

James said...

Ah, i hadn't read your response before writing my last comment.

I'm glad to see that it is simply a (significant) difference in ideology that separates us and that you are already aware of that.

Best wishes,

Wotans Krieger said...

James, your comment about being a magician rather than a warrior priest in a sense was a very astute comment and one which I concur with.
I go back to my original argument that the Armanen Rune Masters were exactly that-Rune Masters or magicians. Armanism is not a religious philosophy. Whilst the early masters were influenced to a certain extent by xtianity (particularly Peryt Shou and Willigut-who caused genuine Armanists to be sent to concentration camps and plagiarised much of List's original work) they would not have sought such a strange mix-Celtic mythology, xtianity, National Socialism and invocations of Germanic Gods. This is eclecticism gone too far.
Miguel Serrano was a great Aryan mystic but it is culturally inappropriate to refer to him as one of the Armanist Masters. That time had come and gone. He was a mystic, a visionary and a poet but whenever I view one of the videos of him dressed in a swastika armband and ranting from a soap box I lose a little respect for the man. He was outside of his field. His was spiritual warfare not street activism. He tarnished his crown by behaving in such a public fashion.
In writing any book that seeks to uplift the Aryan spirit and to give spiritual guidance it is vital that any kind of hateful language is avoided. Serrano (when he wrote) got by without it. The Armanen Masters got by without it and so should the 55 Club. Europeans require a subtle approach. Much of what we read in American books is too blunt and in your face. You simply cannot ignore the European readership who would otherwise buy these books. You must take into account that WWII devasted Europe (regardless of the side). Only the USA who suffered no land invasion became rich as the result of it in terms of money, ex British colonies and global power (much to our misfortune) so you cannot sell National Socialism to Europe-it was (unfortunately) discredited. Look at Amazon.uk-for some reason shortly after I purchased my copy of the book they pulled it from the site. I would not be surprised if that was an act of censorship. There are strict laws on hate speech in England many European countries. This is one of the reasons why subtlety is a necessity!
Alaf sal fena!