Saturday, March 28, 2009

God's Wizard-Mind Calls For Question Marks

Free as the wind, God's wizard-mind calls for question marks' right to haze the apparent seeming of form's reign, which ever thralls the smallish mind. For obedience is hospitality extended to the vampire, whose priests are ever eager to drain blood for their altars, all in the name of some cooked-up holiness. If soldiers were to break rank and find true allegiance through breath's awesome mind which overcomes divisions, illusion's spell might easily dispel, and thus the fear of free thought in any regime. Every unquestioned order is a log thrown on the pyre of Auschwitz ; the machine is well-oiled by brain's dumbing-down that fails to ask questions. Then blood and foul rites disguised as religion, but if you feel the wind blow, you can hear God shaking his head even as the zombies worship. The breath breathing in God's wind-mind wizards the soul, whence madness destabilizes structures of rigidity, and free to dance, the wise step out and speak true words from woodlands. Forever this age the helmsman of the zombie-werewolf-vampire ship confuses minds by mimicking true worship, counterfeiting God with false demand for overeager tribute. Sit out upon a hillock, lonely night, befriend the winds, and ask the ancestors to tell if tales of kings are true, then listen.


Blogger Ceallaigh said...

"Obedience is hospitality extended to the vampire..."

Holy s**t that's good.

Yes, divine mind demands that we question, not only our religious assumptions, but our cultural assumptions as well. There are many kinds of obedience, and plugging in, becoming a drone, hiding your hammer, giving up, remaining silent, these are obedient as well.

Thanks for the welcome.


6:58 AM  
Anonymous Bjorn Odinsson said...

Great thoughts here, I especially love the end, where you encourage the Folk to get back to the basics and do uttiseta, sit out in the hills, mounds and graves and ask the Old Ones if their stories are true. Beautiful.

10:58 AM  
Blogger SiegfriedGoodfellow said...

Wow, I'm glad you both enjoyed this! I had fun writing it! D.H. Green's "Language and History in the Early Germanic World" (a fantastic book) has a whole section discussing how obedience was completely foreign to Germanic culture. Instead, the notion of loyalty held sway, which was a reciprocal rather than a one-way, unilateral relation. Loyalty required one contributed to a leader one's true thoughts and heart, including one's critical thinking, and most agreements had specific escape clauses to encompass other conflicting loyalties. "I shall be loyal to you, except where that might conflict with my loyalty to my kin, my homelands, etc." Green discusses how much trouble the Christian clerics had even translating the notion of obedience, let alone inculcating the concept.

I think the utiseta is an important ritual, Bjorn, and I'm invoking the ancestors here as a way for the spirit to correct official histories, which are often written by the victors. In the Celtic context, the story of how the Tain was put back together is instructive here. A convocation was called in which all fragments and variants of the Tain were brought together, but the scholars still weren't sure how to put it back together precisely, and so a representative was sent out to do the Celtic equivalent of utiseta on the grave of one of the heroes featured in the epic. When his sit-out was done, the spirit had informed him precisely how to put the puzzle pieces back together. Tuning in to ancestral resonance, listening to the spirit is what allows us to correct those fragments the historical record preserves, and to give them their proper twist and emphasis. Then the spin-doctoring that corrupt leaders perform upon history may be corrected by deep intuition guided by ancestors.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Bjorn Odinsson said...

I agree Siegfried, contextual loyalty is our virtue, not obedience, probably one of the reasons I have always questioned authority and denounced by my parents as the "rebellious one". Lol I can still hear my father rebuking my inquiry and disobedience saying, "Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft", lol well. . .damn. . .I'm caught ;-)

The last utiseta I did was out in Garden of the Gods here in Colorado Springs. It was amazing - and terrifying. Garden of the Gods was viewed with much awe by the Native tribes, and was considered a place where the medicine men would meet their guides. At one point I even glimpsed a jotun stalking back and forth on the other side of an eastern ridge. It shook me to my core, seeing that vast hulking form, darker than the night sky, outlined by the city lights, walking the periphery of the park as if guarding it from intruders. Hmm. . .I shall have to venture out again soon.

I love your blog and say heilsa to you brother. Continue in our mutual work of expanding and expounding upon the beliefs of our honored dead.

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Bjorn Odinsson said...

A link to a great Dutch feature length cartoon centering around the Saga of Thor and Utgardloki. I really enjoyed it and thought I share it with you and your readers. It is in Dutch but has English subtitles.

11:01 PM  

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