“drugs” of the Vikings

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/dc/02/2b/dc022b302bc168cd65b274335225166a.jpg I have decided to go out on another tangent which to my knowledge, no one has fully covered yet in their studies of the Viking people. As an apprentice in the Galdragildi, I wrote a work called ‘Runaz Sterno Skiwo’, a book about the possible linkages of the constellations, and star phenomenae with the runic staves and mythological astrology, in this I dug into many rare sources of wisdom, and actually pieced together some pretty convincing stuff about a Norse/Icelandic star chart, mythology influenced by astronomy, and a Northern flavored constellation system influencing the Runes, and several stories we know. Anyone can read it for free, or donate for what they think is fair to have a pdf or physical copy. http://mimirshead.bigcartel.com/product/rune-star-map
The book I have been attentively writing and working with for the past 7 months has a working title of Drugs of the Vikings, or

Entheogenic Plants of the Vikings: A Leechbook of magical herbs and fungi, and their visionary staves for Ritual use.

It is a compendium of different plants, and fungi, classed today as shamanic substances, that would have been commonly available to the Scandinavian Vikings, or could have come into contact with them, and exploration of their proven and potential uses, the magical derivations of that, with focus on the Icelandic magical staves, and bindrunes, and exploring the allies of the plant and fungal substances. I’ll be including some personal gnosis, pictures of the staves I have witnessed during the experiments, and a heap of notes, ethnographic history, and in proper leechbook fashion, magic recipes for the use of them. It won’t be a long book, but it will have weight for the material within. Here is an excerpt to excite anyone, and I shall follow with another excerpt in a month or so. The idea is to have it ready by the end of this year. So without furhter chatter:

From the intro:
The Norsemen and Scandinavian people of Sweden and Denmark knew a fair amount of medicine, and the Volva was seen as a healer/magic seer and often used plants when the suffering and dying came to her. The Vikings would have had access to the plants and documents the English kept upon their invasion, and though my intentions is not to re-iterate all the medieval spell charms, and herbal recipies of these ages, I instead want to take an approach at developing a modern day leechbook based upon some of the more intoxicating, hallucinogenic, psychoactive, nootropic, and magical plants of the Viking age. For use by the 21st century heathen in a time when our connection to the Gods, Goddesses, the cosmology of our ancestors, and mindset of mythology have been stifled by materialism, pseudo-identity, and a sense of spiritual boredom with the world. I as a vitki, have used all the plants written and portrayed here under the right circumstances, and know from the wodened experiences of the power of these plantfetches and how much a single flower, root, seed, or bark may reveal about the natural world, the mythological one, the presence of other entities, or the language of the cosmos. Runes and songs live still in the plant world and the fungal kingdom. A serious vitki will over dedicated time be able to comprehend, observse and even harness those phenomena through a heathen mindset. Within this leechbook, I will be displaying a personal grimoire of deep set experiences, failures, symbolism, drawings, botanic info, and prosaic entries in similar style of the original leechbooks with my own magical dialect throughout.

So there you have it, if you find it interesting, tell some others who share the psychedelic mind, and maybe this one can get off the ground.

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Ogham: Celtic Tree Oracle Edred Thorsson

This tome was an intriguing book that unfortunately left me unsatisfied by the end of reading it. The Book of Ogham, is one of the few contemporary sources on the ancient Celtic language called Ogham. It is a set of symbols representing the patterns and phenomena observed in nature and everyday life by the Celtic peoples called the Druids. They are the classification of all things by the Bards. Unlike it’s similar counterpart the Runes, which are objective esoterica of that which already is, being universal and cosmic. Edred Thorsson as he writes is a rune scholar first and foremost. He does a respectable way of explaining the Oghamic history/vocabulary and giving many details of the mythic uses of the system. One interesting notion about the Ogham fews he states is their relationship to the various species of trees. It was also fascinating to observe the parallels between other Germanic languages (like the runes) in that both of them are written in sets and have a numerological value for magical intent/a ideographic meaning, and sound and sometimes color. There is an entire chapter devoted to the ties between Ogham and Runes.

For those who are fond of science and understanding various mythologies through the use of comparisons, Edred draws out a number of manuscript paraphrases, lore, and sentiments that embody the parallels of different ethnic ontologies and stories. He also has deciphering of many inscriptions, and analysis of old literature.

Sadly, I found the chapter of divination to be an offering that seemed forced and too generic for any real understanding. While on the other hand, the methods of imbibing or using the secrets of the Ogham fews themselves were far too structurally defined to be of any practicality. To me this came of as something exploited for the use of instant enlightenment rather than real wisdom. It could just be that the Druidic people had much simpler and more sensual lives, which would involve further anthropological research of course on the part of the reader, but the terms used of association with the Ogham symbols did not really represent a significant ontology to the way they perceived life, their social structure, routines and survival techniques etc. which is what I was half expecting as a standard. There was tons of contradiction in the symbology and not much in the way of how each individual stave were applied to everyday life. Therefore I personally wouldn’t use it for any deep meditation or lifestyle mold, and for now it remains purely romantic and artistic.

Green Is The New Red :Will Potter:

Animal Liberation Front (ALF)--Animal Rights Defenders or Ecoterrorists?

I had already been following the stories reports of some of the persons being subpoenaed by the US grand jury for holding anarchist beliefs through the journalism of Will Potter. This was from his website which is under the banner of the same name, Green is the New Red. This book came before the trials of Leah-Lynn Plante or Matty Pfeiffer, Matt Duran and Kteeo Olejnik. I was quite affected by their stories and was hungry to know about the current social scheme that was affecting the outsider cultures they, and I personally relate to. Thus, this book was an enlightening read for me. I don’t normally write about political issues because they are not interesting to me, and even here I don’t think I am suggesting any inherently political view, since I am an anarchist at heart. But activism is naturally showing itself in my life more and more, and just be writing this journal, I feel I am doing something to contribute to a purpose higher than just me. Green is the New Red is a movement that is under attack by politically correct corporations and governmental high order. It is about class war, and cultural division, so it unveils many fundamental questions about the society it revolves around. My interest in these subjects is quite direct, even if it be that these things are happening in another country from my own, I feel somehow involved. Specifically it is about the radical environmentalists that have been used as scapegoats and about their criminal activity throughout the last 20 years or so. The book hinges on ethics of lifestyle, and profiling of a very extreme bill passed called the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act which is seeking to eradicate the actions of anarchists, earth liberation front and animal liberation front, and redefining what is means to be a terrorist.

I am still trying to process all this information. The material is heavy but Will Potter has an immaculate way of yolking words together in ways any competent and focused person can understand. The writings are linear and follow a general timeline of events that unfolded circling around eco-groups, their protests, raids, and activism. They are oriented primarily in the Pacific Northwest, like Portland, Eugene, California and Washington. Spliced together with the onslaught of governmental retaliation, public fear, and parallels to old and modern related violent movements like the Red Scare of the communists, and ties to Afghani terror sects claimed by prosecutors. I found myself drifting over some of the commentary but excited by the extreme dedication held by some of these individuals. I felt a heedless instinctual empathy to some of their actions, but were indifferent to other less practical ones. I was also held in the grips of just how much it is a battle of polar opposites and the tendencies the US government is using to support their ideas of what is ‘right’. I tried to be unattached to all of this at first, but the intimacy of the story really sows a cocoon around your thoughts and pulls you in to decide what you believe.

The last chapter spoke to me on a perfect level. Will Potter left no stone unturned and no judgement too biased, which is really why this book is so special. As I started to be overwhelmed with new influences, he started talking about the grand scheme. I felt a duality at times but generally understood the singularities that I made as I questioned myself even more deeply. I personally hail a lot of their sentiment such as vegetarianism/veganism, anti-animal medical research, anti-logging, non-violent raids, community, protest, and love for nature and animals and saw the necessity of what they did. It is obvious that the government had not responded to passiveness before so groups like these were needed to form to create positive change.

Beyond this book, I had perused a couple of articles looking for any traces of something going on in Canada like this, and I actually found some that were very recent. The prime minister in Ottawa, has started to surveil the environmental movement and calling them ‘extremists’. This is a similar method used by a security organization to monitor supposed threats in the US and put them on a list of conspirators to terrorism. The issues going on here in Canada right now are circling around the Enbridge pipeline, fracking tar sand oil across the west through the Great Bear Rainforest. Natives, anarchist, eco-activists, and also the mass public have been involved in protests for this to happen. Some have made threats similar to ALF or ELF actions like property destruction, and that is why it is repeating for us. Indigenous heritage land is being sold and turned into agriculture or industry, and there have been civil disobedience protests by the chiefs, while less violent, they have been targeted as well by the government. This whole thing comes down on my head like a hammer and an anvil because I support the natives stance and I do feel the responsibility to support, spread, and fight for what I think it my purpose of protecting natural habitats. So how am I not connected as much to what is happening between BC and Alberta? Will Potter’s book really made me think what it is like to be a human being, in this era, and will change, or strengthen the mindset of someone else who always feels drawn to these true world issues.

Shamanism – Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy :Mircea Eliade:

This should be mandatory reading for any animist/fakir apprentice/spiritual adept with the inclination towards shamanistic esoterism, or anthropology scholar. I acquired this brilliant tome after perusing many a quaint volume, seeking for the elder mythology, about the REAL shaman. Who was this elusive figure so etched in the minds of the neo-spiritist, in me? First, they are teachers and healers, and these seems to have never changed over many generations and time epochs. I had to filter through some pretty incompetent new age interpretations though before deciding on this book. The author Mircea Eliade also wrote The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion, The Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History & Yoga: Immortality and Freedom. I had deemed myself responsible for setting aside the focus to study this work in it’s intricate details, as I had made a proper look into what Shamanism really was, it’s origins and how it evolved.

The ‘archaic techniques’, adequately make a large dose of this book. The first few chapters are devoted to the initiations the shaman, medicine man, or mystic fakir undergoes. The patterns are very uniform, existing through many of the shamanic cultures throughout other countries. I was enlightened by the way in which they were ‘elected’ and their specialized inception towards sickness or mental instability or indifference that often characterized these shamans. Also the almost exclusive position of the male shaman, and how this has been adamantly defended as part of their social structure until more recent decadence of the shaman type in modern ages. A copious amount of the ritualistic seances the shamans ensued was in the presence of the public, even when a patient was present. This shows really how they advocated strong sense of tribal community, and a motivation to teach as well as cure.

The contrived transcendent state that is so intrinsic to the shamanic experience is beautifully described here in an array of different but parallel fantastical summae. The elegant wording as given directly from some of the chiefs, natives, or shamans themselves let me mind go beyond the mundane of everyday experiential imagination, and see into these secretive windows where only the privileged and open have been. They must be read, almost as meditation, with full concentration on your own to fully intake them. The animism of the shamans is also inherit, as one reads about the elaborate dance costumes made of fur, hide, bones, sacred feathers, body paint, masks and blood. This gave me some way to connect what they must submit themselves to in the shamanic therianthropy.

What is entirely devoid in this tome, are the ‘tips’, ‘practices’, and ‘how to’ of becoming shaman, and for me this is the truth of this work. It is not about reiterating the past for our own selfish needs that anyone with some money can buy at a local ‘occult’ shop for instant enlightenment. Shamanism is not a product to get or the learn per se. It is a tradition, passed from an original divine source. The heritage value of this book far surpasses any westernized wiccan, kaballah, secular interpretations, because they all are conformist ideologies and have no competence for discussing the sacredness of Shamanism. In this great work, the truly perspicacious will find everything they want about the shaman cult. Believed heavily by those who have and are living it as coming from the once inseparable unity between the earth and the sky and contact between all living things in the universe. The origins come from a divine teacher, an eagle or an eidolon, and his training and exile to the material world of the first shaman after his arrogance of power that he could challenge the god in the sky.

I have read over the Prose Edda a couple times over and some of the sagas, the Bhagavad Gita,, hundreds of indigenous cultural texts, studied about the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Hindu mandalas and planning to read the Kalevala, and over the 5-6 years that I have attached interest to these works, I had began noticing the repetition and patterns found within each. The stories of ontological lore, creation myths, non-material gods/godesses, natural phenomena, belief systems and traditions, are all fairly replicated to some respectable degree although falling under countless different names, schemas, class and language. I always knew there was something to simple in them that suggested possible influence from many world cultures on each other in ancient times and the confluent existence of each individual theory of life to be very unique to whatever peoples embraced it at that time, and still do today. All of this, I immediately started to see unveiled in the shamanic cosmology as well! Everything right down to the sacrificial rituals, axis mundi, dreams, spirits, secret societies and roles, in some way or another were manifestations of other lost secrets, or resurfaced in new societies in all parts of the world.

The most interesting section of this read was finding out about it’s tantric influences from Lamaism. I found ruin the meat of what all this is referring to, but it seems Buddhist tradition was very integral for the advancement of what shamanism is today. You can read about why exactly this was. Throughout the over 500 pages of literary genius is the observations at how and what the myriad of different medicine cultures performed in their region. Sibera, Tibet, East Asia, China, North/South America, and India are just a mere fraction of which ones are probed.

Bioregional Atavism: RWLDNG & Human interraction instead of interferrence

I just finished reading quite a tome on the concept and practice of Rewilding, written by Dave Foreman, who is also a member of Earth First. Invented as a ideology and standpoint towards nature and the conservational biology of diverse life and landscape, “a method based on “cores, corridors, and carnivores.” The book is not only a praxis for the protection of the nature that modern folk know. It truly delves into the organic constituents of all this is natural and wild. The term wilderness in Old English means “self-willed land”, and wildeor is “self willed beast”. I consider it a tome because of the immensity of research, reflection, and scientific value it contains. Never have I been so profoundly affected by such an enlightened sharing of entelechy since I attained my copy of The Origin of the Species, or The Ancestor’s Tale. It is officially entitled Rewilding North America, and portrays in 3 main chapters the Good News, the Bad News, & Taking Action, each are subdivided into different ideas, ontological history of different time areas and the changes in nature that occurred, extinction crises, statistics of animal populations, ecological wounds, conservation efforts, and eco-friendly approaches for our evolving mankind.

Foreman is a true scholar, and doesn’t leave out the harmful disassociation that people have  acquired for our surrounding landscapes in modern times. There is a general egregorical mindstate that has been adopted by the masses that says, I don’t need to do anything about the earth, because someone else will for me. This is not the case for everyone, but at the time of when this book was written, methinks it is possibly the turning around from the natural entropy we have been experiencing, and more persons are now realizing through art, music, writings, guilds, conservation projects, etc. that there is an inherit need as sentient beings to protect the sacred. We are human animals, what I will call faunic homosapiensis and we are the nature we are affecting so strongly. With tools, companies, governments and destructive wills, our landscapes and less evolved ancestors are suffering.

The first chapter entails a huge amount of insight into how exactly our kind has damaged nature since the neolithic times. It is a misconception that the downfall of wildness only began after the spread of native Europeans. With intimate clarity, and striking resemblance to the harsh practices going on in our generation, Foreman reiterates the wounds. It can be described as depressing, yet vital for self-knowledge of the earth we live on. Ranging from hunting and trapping to habitat fragmentation to logging and industry to ecological health diffusion to introduction of non-native species to pollution. Each one is methodically analyzed and poured out in a non-sympathetic way, with all good reason. This part is really about an awakening to how much our evolution has changed negatively. All of them relating, to a distancing from our primal skills, and instead relying on new technologies, greed, corporate gain, and increasing luxury or convenience. Through these, taking advantage of our minds and using them in extremely negative ways.

The second chapter follows on the blazed trails of several conservation groups, naturalist protectors, public protests, and the exegesis of how to actually preserve with what we have available to us. A respectable amount of stories and purposes of different groups reflects the positive changes that we have induced towards returning low human interaction areas and park lands to their pure state of sustainment, or at least as close as possible. It is as if each sentence in the book would have actually taken weeks or months of research to even state with any assurance at all, yet it portrays how the modern efforts of nature lovers are forcing the depletion of resources and exploitations to a grinding stop. Much is conversed on the biological trophic pyraminds found at the heart of any ecosystem. That is, the interaction of flora and fauna in the place and how one can damage the other if you alter its natural pattern. For instance the way that wolves keep the elk at stable populations in Yellowstone, the elk in turn keep grazing at a minimum and the willow plants continue to thrive. If wolf are removed, elk increase and the plants die. This mutual connection that species have with others is linked in the ways we choose to exploit for ourselves. Because of the quick moving minds, and stasis or ignorance of most persons, still there is not enough of how seemingly harmless actions can be when continued over and over. We tend to think only in short time spans, and nature shifts over several generations of life, and great epochs.

Helpful maps are presented to show where certain land types are located, how animals correlate to them, and how they are changing by us. A term he uses, `permeable landscapes`is one of the most important factors of biocoservation efforts right now, and is basically the use of linkages in migrations routes on lands that may have less than adequate habitation conditions for carnivores or even birds, aquatic animals and insects to thrive. By creating the adaptations in the landscape, it enables species to travel, disperse their genes, and survive when their previous patch of forest, ocean, desert, or riparian area has been exhausted.

Rewilding is closely related to sustainability, because it does not only entail focus on making things better temporarily, it is about keeping the health of those changes evident and refining them. The practices of rewilding is a lifestyle choice, and can be a vector towards alternative energies even for urbanized regions. To learn from nature, and script it back into the books of our existence.
There are some really impactful documentaries I have unearthed as well that you might want to check out at your own interest. All of these revolving around Rewilding, Wilderness Survival, Animism, & Biostudies that can be found online. See: Rewilding Predators, Human Planet, Survivorman, Land Of The Lost Wolves, Man Vs. Wild & If A Tree Falls.