Ragnarök and the Fate of the West in the New Age

The lamentable state of our civilization is part of a natural process that must be undergone. The world has only recently passed into the Age of Aquarius, known to the Ancient Greeks as the ‘Lead Age’. The current cycle is known in the Norse Eddas as Ragnarök (‘doom of the gods’), which coincides with the dreaded Fimbulwinter and the battle between the gods and the Jötnar. Naturally, if the inheritors of a civilization feel that ‘God is dead’, then this has already happened. However, the war rages on after the deaths of Wotan, Thor, Tyr and Heimdall. In time, their jötunn slayers are avenged by Wotan’s son, Widar and Thor’s sons Magni and Modi (‘great’ and ‘brave’). Widar becomes a reincarnation of Wotan when he kills Fenrir, and has been identified with Kalki ‘the Avenger’ from Hindu mythology (an incarnation of Vishnu). This is followed by a time of renewal, in which Balder and Nanna return at the beginning of spring (Imbolc).

The stories of Balder’s Death and Ragnarök as described in the Eddas refer to the yearly cycle, and each event in the story is marked by the seasonal festivals. However, they also refer to cycles in human consciousness and the rise and fall of civilizations. We are destined to repeat history because it is part of Natural Law to experience life, death and rebirth, and so our societies reflect this. This is also directly tied to the fate of the Aryan race and the civilizations that they create, attempt to sustain and eventually neglect. As the creators of civilization, we feel most capable when engaged in the process of generation, reflected in inventiveness, imagination and exploration. The reason for this is that, since the Aryans ultimately descend from the Silver Age Atlanteans and before that, the Hyperboreans of the Golden Age (who lived at the North Pole at a time before it froze), we are naturally engaged in rajasic (productive, passionate, generative) behaviour in our homeland of Europe. Survival in a cool and temperate climate means having to store food over winter (resulting in the trait of long-term thinking) and to eat meat and fats to endure the cold. The type of society resulting from this lifestyle is that of hardiness, honour and wit, where the tribal bond and the connection to the land are still held sacred because of the need to work together to survive in a cold climate.

This differs from the sattvic (goodness, peace, equilibrium) effect that occurs when the Aryans migrate to warm and dry climates. There, the tendency is more to build and sustain a civilization and to invite other races to become part of it. The less severe the winters of a land, the less need there is to store food and eat animal flesh to survive. This is one of the reasons why the Aryan religions of India (Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism) are more prone to vegetarianism and pacifism to a greater or lesser degree. The ancient civilizations of Anatolia, Sumer, Egypt and the Indus Valley were all founded by Aryans and went on to become states. The natural inequalities between the races meant that hierarchy became necessary in order to differentiate ranks and roles, and so this is how the caste system of India originated. East of the Indus River, Aryan culture was preserved to the present day, where it survives in the form of the three aforementioned religions. However, in Central Asia, the Middle East and Egypt, some of the Aryans became corrupted by engaging in black magic and began to worship demons that they encountered when they ventured into the desert as ascetics, or if they were engaged too much in acquiring material power.

This represents the danger of adopting extreme lifestyles in foreign lands, and eventually Aryans became disconnected from their heritage and began to mix with the local peoples. Though such societies may be based on spiritual piety and moral goodness, they also begin to grow stagnant once they remain in a fixed form for too long. The elaborate law codes, taxes and censuses needed to run a state eventually become a burden on the people because the society becomes managed by bureaucracy. Typically, states that emerge from kingdoms into oligarchy and later democracy begin to expand and build empires based primarily on either military expansion or trade (though they always have both). The function of the society becomes focused on sustaining the civilization itself and not the people that created it. The subsequent confusion resulting from the formation of a multicultural society causes it to fracture and break into competing factions, each asserting their own interests. This is when a civilization goes into decline and experiences increasing inequality based not on worth, but on wealth.

Thus the slow slip into Fimbulwinter begins. After Balder is killed and the Jötnar (demons) grow in strength, the Aryans then engage in tamasic (darkness, ignorance, perversion) behaviour and abandon their ancient beliefs altogether, completely forgetting their gods or adopting those of the people they originally conquered. This happened in the Roman Empire with the adoption of Judeo-Christianity, and later on in the British Empire with the proliferation of Zionism and Marxism. The Aryan folk lose faith in the society that they have created because they no longer feel inspired to create. The barrenness of urban life and cosmopolitanism drives many to despair as they lose touch with their spirituality. The promises of equality and fairness begin to be used against the Aryans and their empires are squabbled over by foreign warlords, leaving the civilization in ruin. However, as long as the ethereal blood inherited from the Golden Age runs through our spiritual veins, we may be reborn and live to create again. After each age comes the cleansing of the world, and this age will be no different. Widarr (‘wise noble’ or ‘the silent one’) is destined to avenge the death of Wotan and destroy Fenrir, the demon of greed.

As we are currently moving into a new age, we can expect that conditions will emerge in which Balder can return and we will move into a new spring. The Völuspá (‘prophecy of the seeress’) promises that “fields unsowed [will] bear ripened fruit” and that “all ills grow better”, which probably means that we will find new ways to produce food and heal our spiritual diseases. However, this will also be accompanied by tumultuous change, the onset of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the resulting overthrow of the ‘New World Order’, an attempt to draw in all nations into one and to destroy the equilibrium of our planet. Widar is the ‘Silent Avenger’, working from behind the shadows of falsehood and lies that blind us in the West today. Our folk will awaken and we will restore our dignity and pride. We simply have to understand that we must survive in order to continue the process of human civilization, otherwise the whole world would fall into chaos. This does not mean that our race is more necessary than any other, but that we will a unique role as dreamers and visionaries, explorers and conquerors.

The creative spark which we inherit from the gods has been passed down to us in order to act as mediators between them and mankind. As individualism pervades society and each person feels whittled down to their singular ego, we then feel cut off from our purpose and consider events in the world only from the level of threat to ourselves. Thus, the survival instinct is lost and many simply give up from loss of hope. This is inevitable given the dreadful conditions under which most of us live, where our souls are crushed under the corporate monotony of daily life. Though materialism is still promoted because of its success in keeping us distracted, it is increasingly becoming less satisfying and many of us are searching for something more. That something is that divine impulse which drives us towards success, honour and victory. It may be in our nature to be melancholic, but it is not in our nature to lose. With courage, wisdom and strength, we will win and we may live to see what will inspire us in the new age.

Wulf Willelmson

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