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Wende 4

Wende 4The fourth issue of the Wende magazine has about 60 pages and 13 articles, poems, etc. After an introduction follows a nice article about the form that souls appear in in Northern mythology and folklore. Next up in an interview with the Flemish Perchten/Krampus group “Hnikar” (Werkgroep Hagal that publishes “Wende” also has a similar group by now). The next article is not very pagan, it uses the book/film “Fight Club” to speak about some ideas of Julius Evola, but also other thinkers are mentioned. A tradition of “Wende” is an “etnobotanical” article, this time about the Pine Tree, so you will learn about the tree, but also its uses, place in myths and stories and so on. Two pages of Hagal founder Pyck speak about rebellious youth and a varriety of texts follow about ancient habbits, history, mythology, etc. For those who can read Dutch, a cheap but nice read.
For more information get in contact with Werkgroep Hagal.

Sunwheel 16

A while ago I got an email asking if the “Kith of Yggdrasil” could republish my “Asatru and Hinduism” article in their periodical. I had a look at their website (then still I think), saw nothing I object to, so I said that I had no problems with that as long as I could have a copy of the issue. Well after the autumnal equinox I now get the summer solstice edition of “the quarterly journal of the Kith of Yggdrasil”, which from now on will be published annually it seems. The Kith calls itself “Odinic”, but however “Odinism” often seems to be a quite politically oriented form of paganism, I see no politics in the Kith. Apparently the Kith is mostly centered around London.
The journal is a pack of 20 stapled A4 photocopied pages and opens with an article about “Gender in Odinism” in which the writer (Mike Robertson) feels obliged to apologise every other line for not having the egalitarian ideas of modern society. His thoughts on the differences between the sexes are for the larger part also mine. My own article fills page 8-12 and two more articles follow: “What Northern Tradition?” by Ed Richardson who writes a bit about different current under the name “paganism”; and “The Moral Imperative” again by Robertson of which the title says enough.
I don’t know if this publication is available to anyone, but if you are interested to learn more about the Kith and/or inquire about this journal, I suppose you could visit their website and contact them.

Traditie 2008/3

The newest issue of Traditie magazine has reached me even before the autumnal equinox! The contents are as follows:
Herman Vanhove is “singing in the rain”; as always a very humorous article, this time about hospitality. Next up is a look in the life and house of chairman Stefaan Van den Eynde and his girlfriend Heidi Lemmens. After that an article quite like this one of myself is published, followed by a very interesting article “Do you, know how to offer?” by Alwin Goethals. A short poetic interlude brings us two articles about the meaning of faery tales, the first by the recently departed founder of our movement Koenraad Logghe and the next of “Mummelaar Vandenhangzak” (obviously a pseudonym).
As always Traditie makes a nice read in Dutch. If you are interested, contact Stefaan.

Wende 3

Wende 3‘The other Flemish Asatru group’ publishes its third magazine, a year after the first. An A5 magazine of modest thickness with an article about bird-like men in ancient drawing and carvings, an interview with “radical ecologist” (or “radical green right”) Guy de Maertelaere, the juniper tree, Sutton Hoo and the game of Hnefatafl. A nice read for a nice price, but of course in Dutch. Get in contact with Werkgroep Hagal for more information.

Traditie 2008/2

Traditie 14/2Fortunately I didn’t have to wait for this summer solstice issue of the Traditie magazine as I had for the last one. This is the second issue with the ‘new style’: different writers, less scholarly and with more focus on the present and ‘living Asatru’. Herman Vanhove still opens the magazine as he has done for years and he speaks a little about his Chinese friend who has passed away… 2500 years ago: Confucius. As always a humerous article about daily life. Next up is an interview with Vanhove and his family. This marks the start of inviews with “sibbes”, an old-fashioned term which means roughly something like “household” or in a larger context “family”. The Vanhove sibbe is questioned about their pagan past, their raising children, heathendom in daily life, etc. Next up is founder Koenraad Logghe who uses the allegory of an old car to explain why Traditie keeps away from politics, a subject that has brought many problems with outsiders in the past. “W. Heydens” wrote an article about “the holy book of the pagans”. Alwin Goethals wrote something about “Sacred War, traditonal grounds and elements of struggle”, a lengthy article that gives the current state of the man’s lifelong investigation (both literary as practical) of Western martial arts. After a poem “Elcmar Bölverkr” says that we don’t become pagan, but we are pagan and then “Mummelaar Vandenhangzak” presents a ‘light version’ of the lengthy series of articles of Jurgen Vandenbotermet that could be found in the ‘old style’ issues of the magazine. Benny Vangelder wrote a text about goddesses and the last text is a story about a man’s obsession with fire.
As always the magazine is written in Dutch, it is well-printed and available only from Werkgroep Traditie vzw. For information or a sample copy go to the website and click “tijdschrift”.

New Imperium #4

When I heard that a new American publisher called “Integral Tradition Publishing” has got a magazine called “The Initiate” I went to their website and noticed that they also sell a magazine of Troy Southgate. However I took Southgate for a “third way” thinker (‘extreme middle’ or however to describe it), the magazine “New Imperium” is subtitled “metaphysical journal of New Right”. The magazine is a simple black and white photocopied on A3 paper, folder and stapled publication with a modest number of pages and it contains an article (about “Beachy Head”), an interview with the “revolutionary conservative” Jonathan Bowden, a film, a few books and some music reviews (mostly Cold Spring releases). Nothing groundbreaking, but not a boring read. Funny that Southgate preferred a magazine over a website for his writing efforts, but on the other hand, he is active on the internet as well.

Heidens Jaarboek 2007

The Dutch pagan community “Nederlands Heidendom” (“Dutch Heathendom”) publishes its fifth “heathen yearbook”. Where “Nederlands Heidendom” has been mostly a virtual group of mostly youngsters on an internet message board, things change slowly. There have been sporadic walks for quite some time, but since a few years there are also annual festivities. The people behind the website and the messageboard started putting longer articles together and making them available in book-form. The 2007 yearbook is 90 pages and filled with four articles. The cover and the backcover contain drawings of “Dauwvoeter” (“dewfeeter”) who also explains these drawings in the beginning of the book. Next up is an article about pagan midsummer festivals by “Boppo Grimmsma”. The word “heiden” (“heathen”) is written about by “Axnot” and “Boppo”. I prefer that English term myself in this context, because however Dutch does have the word “paganisme” (“paganism”), there is no word for “pagan” (which would be something like “pagaan”); besides, “heathen” (“from the heathers”) is a very literal English version of the Dutch “heiden”. In any case, “Axnot” opens with some taste quotes from temporal, mostly reformed publications and their idea about “heathens”. Passing positive explanations of the term in the Renaissance the reader travels further to the times of the witch-hunts and the dawning of WWII. Towards the end “Axnot” explains why we could/should still use the term “heiden”.
A continuing project is the translation of the book Die Geistliche Welt Der Germanen (‘the spritual world of the Germans’) by Jan de Vries. This time we get chapter 2 (last year it was 3 and 7), so 2, 3 and 7 have yet to follow before we have the entire work. The last article is the shortest one Olaf speaks about “the deeper roots of the phenomenon dwarf”.
All in all a nice read I guess (I have only paged through the publication), so if you can read Dutch and you are interested in this booklet, visit and get yourself a copy.

Wende 2

Wende 2There was a time that some people were thinking about starting a West-Flemish branch of Werkgroep Traditie. Eventually the larger part of that group went their own path and formed Werkgroep Hagal. Hagal has been around for some years and decided to start a publication that is made available twice a year. Here we have the second issue. The magazine is again an A5 photocopied and stapled publication, but in comparison to the 36 pages of the first issue, considerably thicker: 64 pages. This is mostly due to the opening article De Ingveonen in (West-)Vlaanderen by H. Krekelbergh and A. Demoor that covers about two-thirds of the magazine. The article is about the Ingveonic language, but to come to their point, the writers give a historical, archeological and literary overview of this Germanic people to conclude with linguistics. These two writers also make the start of another difference with the first issue of Wende: while this first issue was almost entirely filled with writings of Wolf Pyck, in the second issue there is a variety of writers. Let us see what more you get for the few euros that this publication costs.
P. van Coillie has interviewed Jozef Breakmans who spent 15 years of his life trying to purify the Icelandic language. As founder of “Háfrónska” (‘high Icelandic’) he is left disillusionated and dropped his life’s work. Next up is Wolf Pyck with an article in which he seems to try to put ‘his’ group under the flag of “Odalism”. I don’t remember having heard of that term before, but it of course comes from the “Odal” rune that refers to heritage. “Odalism” is a nice term for our way of thinking, since it means as much as being proud of ones own heritage, so the term can be used by similar groups who have their focus on their own territorial history and religion. Searching a bit through the internet -though- the term seems to appear mostly in connection with rather radical or (almost) political groups with some kind of ‘Blut und Boden’ philosophy. The term is given a ‘new’ interpretation which has nothing but my consent and however Hagal has a bit more of a ‘political’ edge than Traditie, I can find myself in their ideas. If it is smart to incorporate a term that already seems spoiled, is another thing though (especially with that advertisement below it…).
In any case, after a song, follows an article about the birch tree. K. Hoornaert writes about the ‘history’ of the tree, the usuage of the leaves, sap, bark, wood, etc. A wonderfull “etnobotanical” twist that I hadn’t seen in similar publications. A nice idea!
J.O. Plasmans writes about the winter solstice, N. Krekelbergh about ancestors, burial mounds and “alven” (and that in my region!), S. Vanhaverbeke reviews the book The lost civilisation of Homo Supersapiens of Jos Rogiers, who suggests that Darwin’s evolution is not linear, but elliptical, so in earlier times there was a superior species. E. v. Dombrowski closes the publication with a poem called Wij moeten bereid zijn (‘We have to be willing’) and so we come to the end of Wende issue 2.
If you are interested in getting a copy of this magazine in Dutch, go to the website of Werkgroep Hagal and click on “vormingsblad Wende” on the top of the right sidebar for more information.

Traditie 2007/4

Traditie 2007/4Here we have the winter solstice issue of the publication of Werkgroep Traditie vzw. of Flanders. As always the magazine opens with a nice article of Herman Vanhove, this time about work and duty. Benny Vangelder follows with a short text in which the spiritual path is explained by birds in a tree. Chairman Stefaan van den Eynde presents the second and last part of his lengthy article about the role of the female in Celtic society under the great title “Of swollen neck-arteries, grinding teeth and snowwhite arms”. I myself wrote a text which hopefully explains a bit about the Dumezilian tripartite theory that is used heavily by ‘prominent characters’ in our movement, so that ‘the average member’ will understand the idea. After a poem by Urd, this issue is closed with the final part of Jurgen Vandebotermet’s about myth, folklore and symbology in the landscape around Halle in Belgium.
If all goes as planned, from the coming issue (spring equinox), there will be much more material of Traditie members and less lengthy articles of the editors in the publication with which the editorial staff hopes to appeal to a larger group of readers.
To receive a (specimen) copy of this publication (which is in Dutch), contact traditie [at] scarlet . be.

Rûna 21

I didn’t even remember that I ordered the new issue, but it fell into my mailbox today, so that was a nice surprise. As you have read before, Rûna is a publication of Ian Read and there is a big involvement of the Rune Gild. #21 Is another nice read. It opens with a man who met Odin, Collin Cleary continues with a philosophical approach to the runes, Alice Karsdóttir writes how she became a pagan affiliated with the Rune Gild, David Jones has written a strange short fiction story about Nazi Disneyland, then continues the conversation with Stephen Flowers (founder of the Rune Gild), A history of song is the next article, next up a text about the use of pagan names in Iceland, an article about the pagan and not christian background of (American) law and then follow reviews, including a DVD of Benjamin Bagby singing Beowulf in the original language. I just heard about his (?) Youtube videos, but the man has a few internet sites of his own.
Another nice issue of this pagan magazine.
UK citizens best contact the publisher at read[at]
Contental Europeans can send an email to runamagazin[at]
USA citizens can contact Rûna Raven Press