I want to start a series on Celtic paganism off on a simple note. The concepts of morality, philosophy and spirituality are I believe more elaborately concealed within the fragments of the lore of the Celtic people than any other European culture. Due to a Christianization, and thus perversion of the source material in question, the myths, it is at times difficult to decipher what is original, what is added and what is a mix of both. However, I felt a simple but none the less interesting place to start was with the Celtic concept of a “Salmon of Knowledge” which features in a number of Celtic myths and also the concept of the sacred hazel tree and its fruit.

I hope that you the reader will be understanding when I say that in order to grasp the content of the following article, it will be helpful to have a prior base understanding of mythology and indeed the deeper meaning behind mythology before we delve even further in this article. To summarise, European mythology and indigenous religion is all about enlightenment through rebirth and thus an achievement of eternal life through an enduring Hamingja, historical honour, which echoes down the ages and enables the possessor of honour to live on through the blood of their descendants and the soil of their people.

One notion it is important to understand about the European worldview and the way our ancestors viewed the world is that they believed that knowledge and experience could be gained through the observation of natural phenomena. In the case of a salmon, observing the seasonal movements of the fish tell us an interesting tale of life, courtship, struggle, strife, genetic perfection, death and return.

The salmon is one of the most noble fish in the animal kingdom, and has a symbolism that indeed indicates wisdom and is reflective of the European worldview on life, death and loyalty. The salmon is hatched in fresh water, normally in a calm river or stream. They then make their way up into the ocean and return to the exact same spot in which they were born to mate and then die, which is known as the salmon run and represents the cycle of rebirth that a human is also supposed to undertake, but has forgotten for reasons I have explained in other articles.

Salmon, in a manner of sorts, also have their own system of eugenics in which, just as in pre-Christian Europe, only the strongest, around 10% of spawned salmon, survive to adolescence, and even fewer to an age wherein they are mature enough to reproduce when they return from the sea. They are also one of the more homogenous (IE uniform in appearance, lacking any visible variation, speciation and impurity) of animal species. I personally find a beauty in their uniformity which may have not gone unnoticed by the Celtic people. I have included two videos which demonstrate natural selection at work in the salmon’s ecosystem, one which is initiated by their contact with predators, something we can learn from salmon ridiculously, as we have become scared of the prospect of predators and have instead of respecting them decided to remove them from our ecosystem (Wolves and megafauna being a prime example) and secondly a form of natural selection initiated by the salmon itself in the form of a male altercation over territory and mating rights, another trait lost in modern humans. Instead of the strongest or the most intelligent of males being chosen, in humans the most submissive male (IE systemically compliant) male is most commonly selected, at least by those female who have adopted male characteristics due to their own inverted sense of systemic compliance to the perversion of nature.

The noble salmon returns to its native land, at all costs.

Interestingly, salmon will always try to return to the place of their birth, sometimes along a completely different route to the one they left with, which would have been of great curiosity to our ancestors, who also made pilgrimages to the lands of their ancestors in order to recall the memories of their past lives when they were their ancestors. This is an instinct that despite over a millennia of Judeo-Christian conditioning and genocide, which has attempted to teach us that pilgrimage is not necessary and is in actuality irrational, being unnecessary for the purposes of enlightenment or “salvation”, we have never lost and still feel an urge to undergo pilgrimage. Irish American people often revisit the country of their ancestors because it “feels right” to do so, same with Australians, Kiwis and the rest of the European diaspora. Places we never been to but our ancestors have will often feel like home because they present to us a form of residual memory imprinted within the pineal gland in Asgard, the high seat of the soul, which echoes down the ages and waits to be released.

In much the same way, we now know that salmon can find their way back to the place of their birth to spawn the next generation (after one to four years of maturing at sea) due to an exceedingly good sense of smell and the detection of the “smell of home”. So, logically speaking, each generation of salmon will be born in the same place as its ancestors generation after generation after generation, a practice that mirrored that of our ancestors. Through the practice of remembering former lives, it was understood that prior gained honor and experience could be collected in order to create a cumulative spiritual power acquired over countless generations, which would give each person a greater spiritual and mental age and a sense of maturity even when one was physically still a child. This still happens today but to a smaller degree. Have you ever met a child that acted like or even at least wanted to act like an adult or older person or a younger member of the family that reminded you of an older relative, even one that had physically died?

When children are between the ages of around 3 and 10, they go through a phase of selecting role models and heroes that they will imitate; sometimes this is a family member, sometimes it is a character from a story, or, the Gods forbid, it is a degenerative sensationalist celebrity they have discovered over the Jewish-funded media. These heroes, if you will, fill the void left by pre-Christian religion in which an ancestor was chosen to be this hero. This is a practice still employed in some Slavic nations, where on a child’s “Name day” they will choose a name, usually that of an ancestor, to serve alongside their first name and to be employed during certain circumstances and ceremonies, and also to serve as a form of spiritual protection. The age at which a child has their “name day” can be anywhere between 7 and 13. Ironically, name days are probably the origin of the Jewish Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations, the age at which a Jew supposedly becomes responsible for their own actions, a phenomena I am yet to see occur.

Salmon in the Celtic mythos and in other European folklore:

In Celtic mythology, a lake at the bottom of the “Otherworld”, the land of the Fomorii (Celtic equivalent of the jötunn) that can only now be accessed by portals in nature, is encircled by 9 hazelnut trees. Within the lake are salmon who eat of the hazelnuts that fall from the 9 sacred trees. Whoever eats these salmon gain perfect knowledge and judgement.

The sanctity of the hazel tree in mythology and post-Christian folklore:

I have already written as well as referenced in depth the religious and metaphysical significance of the tree in article 11: Óðinn’s hanging and the symbolism of Yggdrasil. Briefly summarizing, I discussed that the tree can represent the various ways in which the Óð can branch out and manifest itself in the physical realm; ergo, skill branches out, families and connection branch out into “family trees” and networks, and also the tree can represent enduring power that grows over time. Certain particularly conspicuous trees would have been centerpieces to a community and were the central point around which a lot of naming ceremonies and remembrance rituals were performed, as seeing a familiar tree in this present life may have been a trigger for the recollection of experiences around it in previous lives, which is one of the reasons that trees. as well as other distinctive natural phenomena, were extremely revered along with the possessions of one’s ancestors.

It would be fitting to write an entire tome on the long and lustrous history of the hazel tree and its connection to European, and particularly Celtic identity, I will concede to simply mentioning the reasons for why it has been deemed sacred, which in summary is because of just how widely used it was in the pre Christian world and also for its health benefits and utility.

The sanctity in particular of the hazel tree, though, also comes from its high degree of utility in medicine, as a staple food, and as a building material among other things. The concept of sacred hazel trees is likely to be imbued within the history of the use of hazel wood and the fruit of the tree: the hazel nut. In British and Irish folklore, many traditional folk remedies for headaches, joint pain, adder bites and more which may be considered witchcraft incorporate either the wood of a hazel tree or involve the patient consuming hazel nuts. The hazel was one of three most revered trees to the Celts, a trinity which also included the apple tree for its beauty and the oak for its strength. These trees may have been used also as a kind of shrine known as an Irminsul around which ceremonies were conducted.

In the middle ages, witches, an early group of pagan reconstructionists who attempted to keep alive traditions which had been highly persecuted, used hazel for the purposes of water divining. In water divining, and indeed divining for other purposes, a Y shaped rod was constructed from hazel which was said to move in the direction of the substance that the individual was trying to detect; though their efficacy is very much debatable, their use is symptomatic of the vague remembrance of  centuries gone by in which hazel was used for true religious purposes. Martin Luther listed divining rods as a violation of the Jewish commandment against witchcraft. If turning water into wine, having a child as a virgin and manifesting food out of thin air isn’t classified as witchcraft, I don’t know what is.

In the medieval era, creating a crucifix out of hazel was also considered to be a way of curing the ails of an adder bite in England, which serves to indicate a vague though incorrect recollection of the true medicinal values of hazel which were known in pre-Christian times. Back when hazel was a staple food source, its consumption was renowned for producing fertility and at weddings in Britain up until a few hundred years ago an old relative would gift the bride with a basket of hazel nuts on her wedding day to bless her with the gift of many babies. The modern science supports the “magical” properties of hazelnut, as well as all nuts, in aiding in fertility. Nuts of all kinds contain essential fatty acids like Omega 3 and 6, which promote regular ovulation and healthy growth of the unborn child.

For this very reason, hazelnuts were carried in pockets, put on window ledges and also worn as jewelry as a talisman of their pro-fertility properties.

As I also previously mentioned, hazel wood is an ideal building material for ornaments (which would often times be religious in the pre-Christian age, before the silly idea that constructing images of one’s role models is evil), protective structures like fences and borders (as remember, the native soil is of spiritual value), and druidic equipment such as wands and staffs, which warrant an article all of their own. A strong mead can also be made from hazelnut and was considered to bestow divine wisdom and poetic inspiration, in much the same vain as the figurative mead Óðroerer in Norse mythology which was so highly sought after by Óðinn, the giants and the dwarves, made from the blood of the wisest of the Gods, Kvasir, who was born of the spit of all of the Gods put together.

A beautiful hazel tree grove. Nature is the true antidepressant; get off your pills, this is the only haze you need! 

The meaning behind the 9 trees:

A beautiful image by Alan Lee of the scene in
the Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the ring
where Gildor Inglorion meets the Hobbits. The
idea of a kind of “Otherworld” that exists within
forests where all manner of supernatural creatures
reside is a highly Celticizied one that eventually
found its way into the traditional British folklore
which undoubtedly inspired Tolkien’s writing more
profoundly than he was willing to admit. Tolkien
once said of Celtic mythology “I do know Celtic
 things (many in their original languages Irish and Welsh),
and feel for them a certain distaste: largely for their
fundamental unreason.  They have bright colour, but are like a
broken stained glass window reassembled without design.
They are in fact ‘mad’ as your reader says—but I don’t believe I am.”

I believe that the significance of their specifically being 9 trees either may be coincidental or a distant relative of the concept which also spawned that of the 9 realms of the world tree Yggdrasil in Norse mythology, where each realm symbolises an aspect of the conscious or unconscious Óð, or “life force, the word from which the name of the God  also originates. Below is a brief summary of the aspects of Óð which are symbolized by each of the 9 worlds:

  • Svartalfjeim, realm of the dwarves, symbolises avarice, decadence and materialism (not necessarily in a negative sense, by the way),
  • Jotunheim, realm of the giants, symbolizes primal, animalistic power and resilience.
  • Alfheim, realm of the elves, signifies purity, innocence and aesthetic beauty.
  • Asgard, realm of the Aesir family of Gods, symbolizes justice, piety and wisdom.
  • Helheim signifies mortality, sickness and death.
  • Vanaheim, realm of the Vanir Gods, signifies fertility, foresight and excellence in much the same way as Asgard, though the distinction in concept may have been more detectable before scripture was inevitably destroyed and/or forgotten.
  • Muspelheim, realm of fire and land of the fire giants, signifies the positive and productive channelling of fury, strength of construction and creative potential.
  • Nifleheim, realm of the mist, signifies brooding, virility and foresight amongst other things, though the concepts of Muspelheim, Hel and Nifleheim appear to be conflated in the extant texts and may refer to the same realm or aspect of the mind. 

The concept of the salmon of knowledge eating the fruits of the 9 trees of Óð is in some ways reminscent of Óðinn’s learning of the runes which were provided to him by various sources including the dwarves, jotunn, and elves when he “hung from the wind-rocked tree”, a concept I have written a separate article on.

All of these are aspects of the human experience and one may argue that allegorically speaking us human beings ought to, and indeed must eat from the fruits of the many facets of Brahman/the eternal in all of its forms in order to become a complete and fully ascended being.

In Summary:

I believe the mythology is instructing us to be as the salmon: homogenous, loyal and free.

But then again, this is only my personal reconstruction which is ultimately as good as anybody else’s, given that Ireland was one of the earlier parts of Europe to be Christianized and as a result was one of the first cultures to be genocided.

The combination of symbolisms, the holy salmon symbolising the capacity for rebirth and the hazelnut symbolising knowledge, experience and Druidic power, is just one example of the many nuggets left to us by the Celtic people that have existed into the modern day. It is my belief that the symbolism is at a deeper level suggesting that a necessary component of rebirth, and thus eternal life,  is the attainment of the understanding of the process, and an attainment of the fruits of knowledge that ensure that Hamingja, the honour, can reverberate through the ages and is not forgotten. The symbolism instructs us that it is necessary to revisit the places we have been in former lives in order for rebirth to be successful, just like the salmon. There is likely even more depth to the allegory than I personally can deduce, and that’s where you can come in. Branch out from the trunk of the spiritual tree that I have grown for you, and take this as a starting point to learn more and let me know in a comment if you come across any other interesting interpretations so that we can cross-pollinate each others’ tree of knowledge!

I will leave you with some parting verses from one of my favourite Gaelic songs: Óro sé do bheatha bhaile:

Sa Ghaeilge bhunaidh:

Sé do bheatha, a bhean ba léanmhar
do bé ár gcreach tú bheith i ngéibhinn
do dhúiche bhreá i seilbh meirleach
‘s tú díolta leis na Gallaibh.

Óró, sé do bheatha bhaile
óró, sé do bheatha bhaile
óró, sé do bheatha bhaile
anois ar theacht an tsamhraidh.

Tá Gráinne Mhaol ag teacht thar sáile
óglaigh armtha léi mar gharda,
Gaeil iad féin is ní Francaigh ná Spáinnigh
‘s cuirfidh siad ruaig ar Ghallaibh.

In English:

Hail, oh woman, who was so afflicted,
It was our ruin that you were in chains,
Our fine land in the possession of thieves…
While you were sold to the foreigners!

Oh-ro, welcome home
Oh-ro, welcome home
Oh-ro, welcome home
Now that summer’s coming!

Gráinne Mhaol is coming over the sea,
Armed warriors as her guard,
Only Gaels are they, not French nor Spanish…
and they will rout the foreigners!

The Wiccan: Aesir, Alcoholism, and anarchism  meet up with Vanir, vanity and a lack of virginity in this toxic mix of New Age Spiritualism and John Lennon inspired, outmoded hippie philosophy,

Many modern day “pagans” behave, quite simply, however they feel like and pretend to be spiritual. The behavior that these “pagans” engage in under the banner of our ancestors’ faith and philosophy is disgusting.

We’ve all seen them; mostly 20 somethings (and the occasional washed up 50 year old) that have given themselves cheesy fantasy names like Wolflord Flexelheim or Olgotron Moongazer, wearing a  pentacle symbol around their neck, intoxicatingly hallucinogenic clothing and usually a “Flower Power” hippy symbol of some kind. Most of them are either vegans or vegetarians too.

They are a blubbering regurgitation of the hipster culture and completely and utterly lazy to the core. They are, for the most part, morally and intellectually abject with slim to no understanding of pre Christian religion at all. Usually, the motivation of the Wiccan is to be able to feel religious with no real meaning, obligation or philosophy behind that except the desire for attention.

A typical Wiccan Untermensche

I have fortunately had little personal run in with these Wiccans, though I do know they run a social gathering once a month in a seedy bar not far from where I live. When I was initially learning about paganism, I attempted to contact this group and asked them if watching Varg Vikernes’ videos was a good foundation for learning about paganism. They did NOT respond to my message. They are not interested in what is correct, but rather what it is convenient to accept as truth, and as a result it is no surprise that the liberal movement and the Wiccan movement are closely intertwined, as opposed to the pagan and nationalist movements, which accept realities as they are and try and work with them.

The Origins of the Wicca Movement:

To provide some background, the Wiccan movement was founded circa 1954 in England as an (unsuccessful) attempt at reconstructing pagan religion. It was founded by Gerald Gardner, a self-styled scholar and freemason who claimed to have been initiated into a pagan “Coven” by a woman named “Old Dorothy”, a local Anglican lady, in the 1930s. There is no evidence whatsoever of the pagan coven Gerald Gardner claimed to have joined, and ever since Wicca has been heavily academically scrutinized, though it is unfortunately still growing. A Wiccan named Jenny Gibbons said the following:

Gerald Gardner in the 50s or 60s, the idiot behind Wicca

We Neopagans now face a crisis. As new data appeared, historians altered their theories to account for it. We have not. Therefore an enormous gap has opened between the academic and the “average” Pagan view of witchcraft. We continue to use of out-dated and poor writers, like Margaret Murray, Montague Summers, Gerald Gardner, and Jules Michelet. We avoid the somewhat dull academic texts that present solid research, preferring sensational writers who play to our emotions. For example, I have never seen a copy of Brian Levack’s The Witch Hunt in Early Modern Europe in a Pagan bookstore. Yet half the stores I visit carry Anne Llewellyn Barstow’s Witchcraze, a deeply flawed book which has been ignored or reviled by most scholarly historians.

If anyone were to criticize the philosophy of these mentally ill Wiccans, and teach them, using archaeological evidence and historical sources how our ancestors really practiced their religion, they would respond by claiming that they are simply “on a different path” and that this is no better or worse than one that a traditional pagan is on. This is an out and out lie. Claiming to be a reconstructionist movement while incorrectly reconstructing and distorting the real religion is not just as correct as diligently practicing and studying authentic paganism in line with historical sources including Snorri Sturluson’s Eddas, the Hindu Vedas and Homer’s epic poetry among many other fantastic works.

An occult ceremony within the Rosicrucian order,
one of who’s lodges Gerald Gardner attended prior to inventing Wicca.
 Rosicrucianism is a form of esoteric Christianity closely resembling
aspects of Gnosticism and contemporary satanism.

It is quite possible that Wicca was deliberately created by the free-masonic organisations to which Gardner belonged to deceive individuals and to manipulate and trivialize paganism into some kind of Harry-Potter-like school of witchcraft. It is always this strange coincidence that the people that set up these whackjob religions like Mormonism, Scientology and the Jehovah’s Witnesses are all former or current freemasons.  One of the main issues with Wicca is that it places too much of an emphasis on witchcraft when in actuality witchcraft does not play a particularly large role in real paganism. Fundamentally, the main focus of real paganism is an understanding of the forces of nature and the constituent parts of the soul, integral to the goals of self and world mastery. Wicca seems to bypass these goals entirely and focus on hedonism with “New Age” Wiccan forums full of questions such as this: “My boyfriend dumped me, are there any spells I can use to curse him?”

Now, of course I understand why pagans may take an interest in witchcraft, as it is a constituent part of the religion, but it is more of a side act which is foundationally misunderstood as something that can be continually called upon. In real paganism (not Wiccan make believe) an individual wishing to will an act into fruition ought to focus on his own Othinn, Vili and Ve (inspired knowledge, desires and power) and pay tribute to them and cultivate them rather than seek help initially. In conventional paganism, supernatural powers and metaphysical forces cannot simply be called upon to commit acts of a paranormal nature without the power and the intention of the “requester” being at their absolute maximum. Gods could not be called upon to help before an individuals own powers were absolutely spent and even then may still refuse to help. Pagan Gods, unlike the Jewish God, are not all loving or merciful to their creations and subjects. We are responsible for amending our situations as they are a result of our Othinn, Vili and Ve. Through this, we become stronger individuals or die. This is the will of the Gods and natural selection, a process that if we truly respect nature we will also respect.

This hipster idiot is not a real pagan.
 Don’t buy into the gimmick.

So, an excessive reliance on external powers (Witchcraft, Shamanism etc) is one issue with Wicca and indeed the fact that the magic is not going to do anything because “Hocus Pocus” magic isn’t a real type of magic. There are real types of magic that I will get to in another blog post. Another very significant issue with Wicca is its rejection of any absolute morality.

I will write, probably, several posts in the coming time regarding the importance for a society of having an absolute morality, but for now please put your views of whether there is or isn’t one to a side and get on the same page when it comes to the entire purpose of Paganism: Reconstructionism. The entire point of paganism is to recreate the religion and belief system practiced by our ancient ancestors. Our ancient ancestors placed certain moral values as integral to their religious structure for various reasons we will come to in other articles. They did not believe, like Wiccans do in various “Different life paths”. They did not passively allow that which they knew to be detestable to run rife without criticizing or even punishing it. It is, I believe this malleability and passivity which has allowed Wicca to grow so cancerously. Anyone from a child molester, to a homosexual, to a transvestite to a school shooter can be a Wiccan and simply be on a different “path” to another Wiccan. NO. This is degenerate and not a reconstruction of the religion our European ancestors practiced. Our ancestors would have either immolated, hung or drowned these scum and prayed to the Gods that they reincarnate more fortunately when they return (More on this in Spiritual Nationalism and the Pillage of the Mound). Paganism is not a pacifist religion, make absolutely no mistake about that.

Our ancestors didn’t like Tollund Man’s “Spiritual Path” very much. Cornelius Tacitus writes in his account Germania:

“They hang traitors and renegades in trees, cowards (yellow), combat evaders (afraid to go to war) and unnaturally immoral people they lower into filthy swamps and cover them with branches”. 

I have even read that some Wiccan groups will practice sex as a form of “Magic Ritual” and engage in public acts of indecency. This is NOT a form of paganism just in the same way that Mormonism and Islam are not forms of Christianity. Our ancestors viewed sexual behavior as a private matter between two people: a married man (biologically) and female either for the purposes of recreation or the glorification of beauty (more on the purposes and sensible types of sexual behavior in a later article, focusing on Julius Evola’s teachings). Many Wiccan groups will inappropriately view sexual abstinence as an unacceptable life choice; I suppose they have never met an Indian pagan (Hindu). All Hindus will tell you that sexual abstinence is an honorable endeavor not one to be condemned, and I would agree as long as the population of the tribe is not in a dire situation and the reasons for doing so are honorable.

Wicca: A final critique for now

The Wiccan hipster in its natural habitat: Infesting a public park
with the stench of cannabis and unwashed dreadlocks

I am definitely going to write further posts drilling into Wicca, but for now I’ll leave a third and final point to go along with the bogus witchcraft and lack of morale foundation: an emphasis on the formation of new practices. As aforementioned, an integral element of historical paganism and authentic neopagan practices is reconstructionism and the practice as according to that which came before. Of course, it is perfectly reasonable for new practices to be instituted when they fit a necessary metaphysical purpose and can help the individual to reach higher levels of Othinn, but they should be taken with extreme skepticism and with consideration oft heir necessity. Their is no such consideration taken within Wicca and Wiccans will frequently encourage each other to construct new methods of worship, new forms of witchcraft and to break the boundaries of morality in an exploration of their “spiritual path” IE take the piss and cause as much damage to themselves and everything around them as possible to learn what not to do, completely ignoring the wisdom of pagan holy texts which have been passed down to us to learn from so we don’t have to make such mistakes.

Hellenic pagans, dressing ceremonially for special occasion (ritual) only. Real pagans like this do not dress like Conan characters 365 days a year unlike Wiccans.

In many ways, its easy to see a movement like Wicca coming. In the present time and for the past few centuries at least, even millennia in some parts of Europe, pre-Christian Europeans (Vikings being the most prominent example) are portrayed as moronic drunkards, disorganized, immoral, unstructured, violent and even rapists by predominantly Jewish funded and owned television and film companies (more on that in a later article) that are all too happy to capitalize on this lie because its what the modern generation want to hear. In the next article, I will further discuss the psychology behind this and explain  why people desire validation for their immorality, and dragging their ancestors into it is a perfect way of doing so. Archaeological genetic and textual evidence is beginning to tear holes in their lies and show the true honor behind our pre Christian culture, and that our ancestors, unlike those of people in several other parts of the world (no comment on which ones) lived with integrity, respect and a sense of right and wrong. Sorry to disappoint the degenerate cowards who want to hide behind and manipulate the glory of their ancestors to justify their behavior. You, and the people that feed you lies, will not win.

Europe is awakening. We are reviving. Brexit is happening. Italy, Greece, Spain and Austria will follow soon after. The multicultural agenda is crumbling. The degenerate agenda is crumbling. No matter how many times you apply an ugly coat of paint to a beautiful car, the paint will wear away and the beautiful, gleaming surface that lies beneath will shine out the clearer.

Heil to the REAL religion of our ancestors! Long may it continue! Heil Othinn and the wisdom we possess! NEVER SURRENDER WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY YOURS!