I think the main point of this book that Wyatt wanted to make was Odinism begins with your family, friends and local kindreds. Not national organizati...moreI think the main point of this book that Wyatt wanted to make was Odinism begins with your family, friends and local kindreds. Not national organizations. Odin is known as the God of many things but what many people seem to overlook is that he is also the God of Fatherhood. The other sides of Odin should not be ignored or forgotten but this is where it begins.
He also pushes the idea of small family owned businesses. The chapter that talked about moral creation of economy was very good. One contributers testimony talked about how his Father worked at a family owned printing plant where the employees were treated very well by the owner, had a Union and were like an extended family. This reminded me of my Grandmother telling me about how during the depression my great Grandfather worked at a place where when the depression hit the owner rationed out hours as best he could, kept people working and while times were tough everybody that worked there managed to get by until times got better because every person from the bottom to the top was willing to make sacrifices. Now of course the top would screw over the workers however they could for short term greed and profit. Which is exactly what happened after the owner of the business the contributer talked abouts original owner died and his kids sold the place to a corporation that immediatly demanded that the Union had to go and the workers had to take paycuts or they would close the place and move operations to Mexico. Which they ended up doing anyway.
I thought some of the family oriented chapters in this book might be some hokey Pat Boonesque detached from reality overly Mormon influenced (Wyatt was raised a Mormon) stuff but most of it is actually pretty good advice on how to be a good parent that morphs into how public schools have both dumbed down and brainwashed people. He also talks about how the main point of having a kid do chores isn't to work them to death or have them do the things that parent is too damn lazy to do themselves. The point is to spend time with them and teach them how to do things.
There are things I disagree with in this book though. Such as "drugs" (plants) don't work for Shamanism. Yes they do, or at least they can. While I agree with what he says about alcohol making stupid people even stupider and your local Kindred is not a drinking club I think he drasticly overstates things in his criticisms of alcohol. The bottom line to me on alcohol is it brings out the worst in some people, it makes some people funner to be around, and while a certain amount of partying is ok, if not healthy, some people don't know when to quit or how to act when indulging.
I would also disagree with some of his theological statements. While I agree that the Eddas and Sagas are not a so called "Heathen Bible" and should be taken with a grain of salt and there is more to Odinism than studying mythology it is bordering on idiotic to downplay them to the degree that he does by stating "I value studying Christianity more than I do the Sagas and Eddas" At this point I would imagine a lot of people ask themselves why not just join a conservative Christian church or revert to old line Mormonism then? This is made even more maddening when he applies to Loki the role of mirroring the Jewish Satan but the thing is Loki is nowhere to be found anywhere but the Eddas! Realisticly the Eddas should be taken with a grain of salt but they are still one of the best sources we have. Snorri was a pretty good guy to be preserving them. He was an enemy of the Christian power establishment and was killed by a goon squad sent by them. Imperfections and Christian influences aside we are damn lucky that the Eddas were preserved.
Criticisms aside overall this is another good effort from Wyatt. He has been around a long time and is willing to think outside the stagnant "Asatru" box so his ideas are to be respected.
This book is a mix of essays from Wyatt Kaldenberg with opinions of other Odinists on the topic being covered thrown in here and there throughout the...moreThis book is a mix of essays from Wyatt Kaldenberg with opinions of other Odinists on the topic being covered thrown in here and there throughout the book. This book is less political in nature than other Kaldenberg books and more on the theological end.
The one chapter that gets political is the "How to Deal with Monotheists" chapter which has several contributers besides Wyatt. Wyatt gives his viewpoints on the subject and also includes opinions on the subject from other Odinists/Asatru people, a few Hindus and strangely enough even a few Christians talk about Heathen relations with Monotheists. Wyatts viewpoints on the matter seems to be to in general give a pass to Jews and Christians but to demonize Muslims. I think some of his justifications are valid but some are not. The contributers thoughts on the issue ranged from in my opinion right on to parroting moronic neo-con drivel. Not surprisingly the most militant bomb the Muslims off the face of the Earth types are nowhere near Iraq, Afghanistan or where ever the latest CIAL-Queda instigated "revolution" is happening and are safely tucked away in their American cubbyholes watching Fox News or whatever. Wyatt to his credit allows many differing viewpoints. To give a quote from the book "Odinism is not some Monotheistic cult where people get punished for disagreeing. If you have 1000 Odinists, not one of them will agree on everything. We are not Muslims. Heathens have freedom of dissent."
I found the chapter the chapter "Extreme Tolerance in the Heathen Community" to be very good and of more people would read this chapter with an open mind a lot of in fighting and problems would be avoided. The gist of the chapter is he thinks odinists should agree to disagree on theological differences and not let personality conflicts go too far because he has seen these things destroy and or hurt hurt Heathen organizations in years past. Tolerating differences prevents a lot of infighting among Heathens and promotes unity among us.
The more Theological chapters were really great. "Why Odin is King of the Gods" and "Odinism and Seperate Realities" were highlights for me. Also his account of how he communicated with the spirit of Giordano Bruno was fascinating stuff.
You also get thrown in as a bonus the 24 Points of the old Heathen Folk Revival and the 24 Oaths of the HFR which is good stuff. There is also an afterward that really gets some digs in to Wiccans. I don't 100% agree with his assessment of Wiccans but is funny as hell to imagine how they will react to what he says about them.(less)
Odinism: Inside the Belly of the Beast is a look at the New World Order from an Odinists perspective. I want to do this review a little bit different...moreOdinism: Inside the Belly of the Beast is a look at the New World Order from an Odinists perspective. I want to do this review a little bit different than usual and either quote or paraphrase a few choice observations from inside the pages of this book. Most of these are not exact quotes but the meaning of what was said is not altered.
"The left blames white males for all the worlds ills in a witchhunt like manner like the Nazis blamed the Jews but leftists have a disconnect and don't see how similar their anti-white hysteria is to the Nazis anti-Jewish beliefs"
"Less than 1% of southern whites owned slaves but 360,000 whites from the north died in the civil war trying to free them. Whites are demonized because wealthy plantation owners profited from slave labor but whites are never praised for shedding blood trying to free them"
"Everybody knows about the bad things Hitler did but most are clueless about the crimes of Stalin, Lenin, Mao, Pol Pot and other Communists"
"History is not merely what the system tells you it is, but it is also what they don't tell and why they don't tell you"
"The University eggheads role in the system is to police the intellectual world. The ivory tower scholar enforces what is safe thinking and what is incorrect"
"Universalist Asatru people complain about politics in Heathendom. They are not really against politics in Heathendom. They are merely against politics they don't agree with in Heathendom"
"Universalism always leads to mass murder"
Those are just a few choice statements inside this book. The chapter on how the free enterprise system is destroying the west is really on the mark exposing what a shell game the left vs right charade is and how at the high levels both are joined at the hip. Also a very lengthy but interesting chapter on how the seemingly incompatable Ragnar Redbeard and Leo Tolstoy were both big influences on him.
Wyatt also does a great job of making the case that the God of the Bible was a Demon. Stating at one point that the Bible makes The Turner Diaries look like a handbook of universal brotherhood. Even suggests in a humorous way that people should perform demonic exorcisms on the Bible. Gives examples that are within the Bible of Yahweh ordering people to kill children, often their own and go on genocidal rampages against other tribes. He also makes some very funny comparisons to Yahweh and Hitler. Hitler after all was acting in a similar fashion to Yahweh.
I guess my only criticisms are he beats on the left a bit much for my tastes. While I don't agree with their one size fits all universalism at the barrell of a gun ideology a lot of the ideas coming from the left are good. To be honest I don't know if there is anything coming from the right anymore but total garbage. I think the left gets a few things right at least. I also don't see the Jack London version of Socialism as being bad. Even the Scandinavian version, while far from perfect and in decline, still works better than any system going now. Wyatt likes the idea of Monarchies and family dynasties because of their deeper European roots and if nothing else there is at least a chance that the King will do the right thing.
Other highlights to this book to me were there were a lot of interesting thoughts on Jack London. But overall this was a great book. Recomended not just for Odinists but also for people that like to read alternative viewpoints on politics and the New World Order.(less)
A good bulk of this is Wyatt points out the differences between Heathens who try to re-create Heathenry using texts that ironicly were mostly written...moreA good bulk of this is Wyatt points out the differences between Heathens who try to re-create Heathenry using texts that ironicly were mostly written by Christians and what he calls "Perceived Heathens" who actively seek to communicate with the Gods. He makes a great point when he states that modern Heathenry is the only religion to base its faith on the writings of non-believers. Personally I believe you should not throw the baby out with the bath water. The old texts can and probably should be used as a base but I also believe there has to be room for Odinists to use intuition and inspiration from within or from the Gods themselves. Odinism should not be approached and practiced like its a re-enactment group. Our Gods live within us. They aren't dead so don't treat them as such.
Another topic that takes up a good portion of this book is prayer to the Gods. Both how to pray to them and how not to pray to them. He uses a Christian neighbor who he overhears praying sometimes as an example of how not to pray. This guys begs Yahweh for stuff, doesn't get what he wants, then curses Yahweh. He also uses Wiccans and even some Asatru people as examples citing how one Wiccan group would invoke Goddesses like Freja and Dianna, then disrespectfully try to order them around like they were dogs and of course demand things from them like a spoiled child demanding a toy from their parents. Wyatt makes a good point that not only is this disrespectful you might just piss the Gods off by doing this! When he talks about this stuff I couldn't help but be reminded of an online exchange I had with a former new age kook who was now humping the Atheism trend and I remember this person saying they just couldn't worship any God that didn't give them things. Personally I am not as hard on the Wiccans as Wyatt but no doubt most of these people don't feel Frejas love. They just want to attempt to use her to gain petty materialistic favors. I don't think Freja is listening to them though.
But besides talking about how he thinks people should not pray there are chapters with some very nice prayers to Odin, Frigga, Thor and Heimdall that you can use as a base as well as chapters on runes with runic prayers. You also get transcripts of chats between Wyatt and other Heathens. I disgree with a few things he says, especially about Celtic belief systems being totally lost. The Celtic sources really aren't much worse or unreliable than the Germanic sources. Also I don't see Baldur as a Jesus knock off inserted into the Eddas by Christians. I see Jesus as a made up knock off of Indo-European solar dieties and Balder is obviously a Nordic version of the Indo-European solar diety as well as the death of Baldur story from the Eddas being an obvious allegory for day/night, sunrise/sunset. But the "chat" chapter makes for very interesting thought provoking reading.
Wyatt also has a habit of going off on tangents in his writings. Normally this could be a bad thing but with him you get some interesting stuff. He has been an Odinist since the 1970s so there is a lot of history of the Odinist/Asatru scene and interesting stories along those lines in these pages also. His reflections on the Odinist/Asatru prison ministries is one thing that comes to mind. He is actually the first person to start recruiting people from inside the prisons and he came to the conclusion long ago that its a total dead end, in all but a few cases has been a negative and regrets ever doing it. He gives some first hand accounts as to why he regrets it. Personally I wouldn't turn my back on someone just because they are in prison but I also don't see the logic of going out of your way to recruit from that demographic. But yet for whatever strange reason there are still Odinist/Asatru organizations that still persist in pushing the prison ministry thing.
The last chapter is his thoughts on the use of psychedelic drugs in Odinic shamanism. I have to say I probably disagree with 70% of whats in this chapter. I would agree that Timothy Leary was a creep working for the CIA. Its also undistputable that the CIA was pushing LSD. The biggest LSD seller in the world at one time was a Jew CIA spook named Ronald Starks who was later linked with the CIA false flag terrorism operation in Italy known as Operation Gladio (read Acid: A New Secret History by David Black) and The Brotherhood of Eternal Love who manufactured huge amounts of LSD was probably a CIA front and was certainly infiltrated by them. So I do agree with his conspiratorial viewpoint on the late 60s drug culture. I even have questions about Ken Kesey who had LSD experiments done on him at Stanford by the guy that was later put in charge of the CIAs MKultra mind control program. For that matter I am even highly skeptical of the story of the Swedish chemist Hoffmans alleged accidental LSD ingestion "bike ride" story for that matter. But the thing is the CIA later abandoned the LSD pushing because it had backfired on them because it also made a lot of people think outside the box and question authority even more. I don't think that it was an accident that the hippy scene in its late stages was flooded with hard drugs. The CIA of course later did nice things like smuggle Heroin from southeast Asia into America, create the crack Cocaine epidemic (read Gary Webbs Dark Alliance)and I'm convinced they are bringing Heroin in from Afghanistan in the present day.
I did find what was written about Amerindians using Datura tea in Shamanism to be very interesting. Also while I don't condemn people for using LSD I would also agree with him that its a very dangerous drug to be using. Some, if not most people that do it get a lot out of it but a lot of people who have no business taking it whether they are mentally unstable, uneducated and unprepared for what they are in for or idiots that treat it like a party drug. While (contrary to what Wyatt seems to think) LSD does not cause any actual organic brain damage there are a lot of people that did acid and never quite came back. And just for the record I am personally gainst using chemical non organic psychedelics in Odinic shamanism.
Wyatts stance on using organic psychedelics is while not totally condemning them he strongly discourages their use in Odinic shamanism. Some of his justification is that its not part of the European tradition to use Mushrooms or Marijuana in shamanism but the thing is there is actually a long history of both being used in Indo-European religion. I'd reference people to German named Christian Ratsch who has written extensively on the subject. The Greeks used Cannabis ritually and medicinally. There was a Hemp festival dedicated to Freja in Norway. Hashish traces were found in Halstatt, one of the biggest finds of the ancient Celts. There was even a 5000 year old "blue eyed shaman" found with Cannabis. Just google "oldest Marijuana stash totally busted" to read about it. Also on the Mushrooms there is a long history of the Amanita Muscaria mushroom being used in shamanism in Russia and northern Europe. For that matter don't you think that those victorian era British artists doing paintings of Faeries dancing around mushrooms may have been unwittingly tapping into something in the Jungian sense? Or even now the most common decoration people put on their Yule trees in Scandinavia are Amanita Muscaria mushroom ornaments. There have even been feasable theories put out there by various people including respected scholars like Gordon Wasson that Soma from the Vedas was either Amanita Muscaria mushrooms or Marijuana.
Two other things I don't fully fully jibe well with is while it is true that the Psilocybin mushrooms (not to be confused with the Amanita Muscaria that I have discussed) are not native to Europe I still do not think that that should mean they can't be used by our people for shamanic purposes. Thats almost like saying white people shouldn't eat bananas because they are native to central America. Also I couldn't believe when he said "alcohol is safe" when millions have died from it. I would add that no one in recorded history has ever died from Marijuana or Psilocybin mushrooms and the Amanitas are only dangerous at extremely high doses. My personal advice is if you have to use something use Marijuana which is totally safe, non toxic and the worst thing that may happen to you is you might get a little "paranoid" or weirded out. Then MAYBE later after you have experience if you are educated on them and in the right frame of mind try Psychedelic mushrooms. These things can be used but must be treated with the utmost respect. But Shamanism is a tricky thing and you have to be careful no matter what your methods of "getting there" are. You have to have a strong mind and have a clue as to what your doing or you can end up flirting with insanity. In other words tread lightly.
The last thing I want to mention thats in Pereived Heathenism and Odinic Prayer is Wyatt talks about the deeper esoteric/Odinic meaning of Jack Londons Call of the Wild (also Londons Before Adam and Londons philosophy is discussed) I have said for many years that Call of the Wild is a deep multi-layered book. It makes me happy that other Odinists can see the allegorical meaning of this great book.
But areas of disagreement aside this is a great book and most importantly, while this is not an introductory book for beginners, its the type of book that Heathens need to be reading and writing. (less)
Its not that often that I run across a book by modern practicing Odinists or Asatruers that isn't rehashing things that have already been said ad naus...moreIts not that often that I run across a book by modern practicing Odinists or Asatruers that isn't rehashing things that have already been said ad nauseum elsewhere. Just that this book delves into new territory and attempts to break outside the box in itself makes this a book worth reading.
This book deals more with the social and to a lesser extent political aspects of the world in its current state than the practice of the religion itself. A good bulk of this book is an indictment against Democracy, what a scam it is and how in the end it always leads to Tyranny from the wealthy elite due to the masses being a dumb herd that is easily manipulated. Lots of good comparisons of what your brainwashed into believing Democracy is and the reality of it. The Chapter on Americas so called founding Fathers does a good job of debunking a lot of the Mythology of the American Revolution and what the people behind its true motivations were. Also the sham of the concept that all humans are equal is talked about. I agree that the concept of all people being equal is a laughable joke but I also think everyone should be treated in a just and fair manner. I believe Wyatt himself once wrote that Odinic law is justice. The rulers should have to live up to their end of the bargain too. Actually they have even more of an obligation to do the right thing. In the days of old the Kings fought and died on the battlefield. You have to respect that even if some of them weren't just rulers. Now with democracy you have a bunch of coke bottle glasses wearing chicken necks that look like Alan Greenspan sending poor and working class people out to die in wars that work against their best interest to begin with.
Wyatts solution is what he calls an Odinic Theocracy, or Thingism. There never has and never will be a Utopia or perfect society but Thingism is probably a workable system. He does not believe it should be dogmatic or totalitarian. Being dogmatic or having the my way or the highway will only serve as an iron curtain that seperates us from our Gods. The Gods are our leaders not men. We aren't Christians that have to use Priests, Reverends or Ministers as a go between and if we had something along those lines it would only serve to seperate us further from them. In other words Wyatt is a lot more liberal than a lot of people (maybe including himself) would care to admit.
A lot of ink in Odinism in the Age of Man is also devoted to pointing out the hypocrisy of the left and their anti-Nazi obsession while at the same time they hide the oceans of blood they have on their hands via various Communist regimes in the name of enforcing their idea of equality and their Orwellian habit of labeling anything they disagree with as hate. One thing I wish he would have done is differentiate between between Communism and different types of Socialism. I am not a fan of the Globalist Fabian Socialism but I don't think all Socialism is bad. I like the pro-white working class version of Socialism promoted by Jack London (Call of the Wild is one of the most Odinic books ever written) and the Scandinavian version worked well for a long time and even though they are slowly dismantling it, it still works well compared to the rest of the world. So my point being all Socialism isn't necessarily Communism light like the moronic Tea Baggers who label putting any constraints on the big Capitalists as Socialism. And besides that isn't Tribalism, which more or less all Odinists promote, and even the family unit both forms of Socialism when you get down to it.
Wyatt also talks about the process of social engineering and how it sped up the decline of the west during his lifetime. In some ways he does idealize the so called good old days but doesn't overdo it either. He talks quite a bit about how the rich people and the oil companies screwed over the working class in the small oil town he grew up in.
There are some things I disagree with him on in this book. Wyatt to his credit includes some opposing viewpoints and debates between him and other Odinists in Age of Man though. For one on the socio-political front not that he doesn't have criticisms of both but overall I think he is way too easy on Christians and Jews. Also he sees Muslims as some sort of centralized power in league with the uber-Capitalists. I am around those people every day. Muslims are not centralizing anything. There is more internal conflict among Muslims than any other people or religion on Earth. They have differences in interpretations of Islam, differences in race, ethnicity, culture. These differences range from from ignoring and not associating with each other to out and out violence. Also even very wealthy Muslims who make it into Europe are not being allowed into the circles of power. While the white and Jewish elites seem to want to create a new lumpen proletariot in Europe via Muslim immigration the idea that these people are going to take over anything or take the reigns of power in the west is utterly laughable.
Also on the religion end of things I strongly disagree with his belief that the Vanir were only let into Asgard as thralls to the Æsir. I also strongly disagree with his views that the Gods of the Germanic pantheon should not be viewed in a Pan-Aryan way. What I mean is that many if not most of the Gods were worshipped by all the people in the Indo-European family even if they called them by other names. I have referred to myself as a Pan-Aryan Odinist for a long time. I mean seriously the one eyed spear carrying Celtic God Lugh and the God with the same attributes that the Romans said the Celts worshipped wasn't Odin? The Slavic and Baltic Perun/Perkunas or the Celtic Taranis both of whom toted Hammers, rode in the sky in chariots and were associated with thunder, lightning and Oak trees wasn't a manifestation of Thor? To me its silly to think otherwise. I believe some of the lesser Gods may have been more specific to different sections of the Indo-European family but the major ones manifested themselves to all Indo-European Heathens.
But anyway other things I really loved about this book was Wyatts explanation of Odinic conceptions of the cycles of time, life, death and rebirth. Also his concept of the movie Its a Wonderful Life as an Odinist allegory is brilliant stuff. At the end of the day this is the type of book that Odinists need to be reading and/or writing. Odinism should be treated as a living religion not a re-enactment group or an excuse to put on a Viking tunic and drink mead out of a drinking horn a few times a year. Stop treating our Gods like they are dead. They aren't. We may not have the true answer and be like dogs chasing their tail for a long time trying to figure it all out and there will be disagreements but we have to try. (less)
The purpose of this book is to show how Corporations sneakily got themselves the same legal rights as human beings, how they use and abuse this to the...moreThe purpose of this book is to show how Corporations sneakily got themselves the same legal rights as human beings, how they use and abuse this to their advantage and the biggest "first step" to straighten this out is to deny the Corporats their right to personhood.
Most people do not know that Corporations have the right to lie and make false claims and are not criminally liable because since Corporations have legal personhood it is protected by their first amendment right to free speech. They also used fourth amendment rights to privacy to block health and safety inspections at their plants. These are just a few examples of how they have used the Bill of Rights in a very wormy treacherous way.
Overall Unequal Protection is very good left wing stuff but I have criticisms. For one he buys into a lot of the false mythology of the so called founding Fathers, the American revolution and the Boston tea party. He tries to frame the American revolution in a way that portrays it as the founding Fathers were anti-Capitalists battling the evil wicked East India Company. This is utterly laughable. While they may have had some admirable qualities overall the founding Fathers were rich Capitalist pig slave owning freemason scumbags whose main concern was money grubbing and stealing Indian land so they could turn it over and sell it to the white settlers. And lest I remind you of what they did once they got in power. Ever heard of the Whiskey Rebellion or Shays Rebellion? These are good examples of what happened to anybody outside the small circle of rich elites that tried to exercise any of that so called new found freedom that the founding fathers talked about.
Also Hartmann goes on about and praises Democracy a bit much for my taste. For one America was supposed to be a Republic not a Democracy. But instead of looking at it like Plato did and acknowledging that Democracy always erodes, gets twisted and perverted into the monstrosity that it is now Hartmann still worships Democracy like its some sort of holy unquestionable system. I mean seriously at this point Democracy is nothing but a code word for exploitive Capitalism and Globalist monoculture.
Criticisms aside, like I said this very good left wing stuff that I agree with most of his observations and many of his solutions. (less)
What can I say, yet another Jack London classic. White Fang isn't my favorite Jack London story but its still a five star must read book. Like Call of...moreWhat can I say, yet another Jack London classic. White Fang isn't my favorite Jack London story but its still a five star must read book. Like Call of the Wild its a dog/adventure story based in Alaska, and its great on that level but also like a lot of Jack Londons other work there is a lot of symbology contained in the story also. (less)