The Initiate #1

The Initiate #1The Initiate is a rather pretentious title of a new “Traditionalist” magazine. The editors start to explain the variety of meanings that the term has and then follows a nice collection of articles. There is quite some Northern mythology in the issue, such as in the not too good article The Great Triad and Norse religion by Martin Häggvist. There are some political (New Right) edges here and there which may make the magazine suspicious to lefties and non-political Traditionalists alike, but I don’t have the idea that this part weighs too heavy on the project. The magazine is well printed and bound and the editors seem aligned to the Rune Gild and surrounded organisations. I haven’t read the whole issue yet, but The Initiate at first sight seems to be an interesting initiative.

Links: The Initiate, Integral Tradition Publishing

Symbel, a journal of early Germanic studies

Besides that there are interesting things to read there, Ensio Kataja’s “blog” is a good way of keeping up to date with things happening in and around the Rune Gild (Ensio is the main man behind the Finish department). Like on 20 April 2007 the new Rûna Magazine was anounced (the magazine of Ian Read, I am unfortunately still waiting for it), on 26 March you could read about the first issue of the Symbel journal of the Woodharrow Institute. Woodharrow is an initiative of Stephen Flowers of the Rune Gild and with Symbel the Woodharrow Institute aims for the young scholars not specialised in ‘Germanic matters’. However the magazine says that the journal is for members only, non-members can also order the publication. It is not cheap, $ 15,- (USA) or $ 20,- (elsewhere) for a 84 paged A5 photocopied publication, but for the money you get four long articles and some bookreviews. The magazine opens (after some introductionary words) with Stephen Wehmeyer who used recent theories on the old information on Germanic magic. Next up is a translation of the famous Magnus Olsen article On Magical Runes. A very promising text came from the hands of Glenn Magee who wrote about the ‘Germanism’ of Theologia Germania. Michael Moyhnihan shows the (young and) interested student where (s)he can follow Germanic studies. I just got the magazine, so I haven’t read much of it, but when I have, I might review it in the book reviews section. Since it is quite a wait (I placed my order in april) and because the first issue supposedly is from “fall 2006″ already, I decided to ‘announce’ it nonetheless, so that the interested reader can take action. For more information click on the cover to go to the website of Woodharrow and fill in the form.

Tyr 1 (magazine) * Johua Buckley & Michael Moynihan (editors) (2002 ultra publishing * isbn 0972029206 / issn 15389413)

I bought the second volume of this book/magazine in 2004 when I was in Seattle. I had been in doubt before doing so. The articles didn’t seem too interesting and the cd just alright. I am glad that I bought it, because the articles proved very interesting and the cd very good. Then I was in doubt whether or not to buy the first 2002 volume. When I finally decided to do so, I found out that it is no longer available and hard to get second hand, at least, in Europe. In the end I bought a second hand copy via for (I believe) $ 25,- including shipping, coming close to the new price. I already noticed that the prices can go way up. When I write this, Amazon has only one second hand copy for the price of $ 95,03!! Everyone in doubt, I can advise to get your copy, but look around to avoid paying incredible prices.

The first volume is a little bit thinner than the second one (286 pages) and has no cd. The cd in the second volume was a brilliant marketing stunt by the way, because it seems that every kid around, suddenly became a “radical traditionalist” like the editors of Tyr. There are some nice articles in Tyr 1. After a nice preface, an alright article of Stephen Edred Flowers about ‘integral culture’ follows. Collin Cleary then writes about Knowing the Gods, an article in which the writer shows himself very “Traditionalistic”. He sure has some points, but I don’t agree with him everywhere. Alain de Benoist has interviewed Georges Dumézil a long time ago and an English translation can be found in Tyr. There are articles about Northern mythology, such as Steve Pollington on Odin/Wodan, and Moynihan with a very well written article about the figure of Hagen and the Nibelungenlied. Alby Stone follows the footsteps of Dumézil, noone else than Joscelyn Godwin writes about Evola and there are less interesting articles about the Goddes Zisa, mountaineering and Herman Lönns. After an interview with Ian Read, Collin Cleary has a lengthy article about the 1960’ies TV-seriers The Prisoner. This name is smacked around my ears way too often but Cleary lit a burning desire in my to watch it! The journal closes off with (mostly lengthy) book- and musicreviews with not the most typical titles. So my conclusion can only be that this journal is surely worth a read and I advise you to be quick if you don’t have a copy of either volume. Since we now live in 2006 and the previous volumes are of 2002 and 2004, I can only hope that volume 3 will see the light of day soon.
(6/8/06 -4-)
Read quotes from Tyr here.