Indo-European Norse Self-improvement

The Parallels between Zarathustra /Mithraism and Odin (Wotan) under the guise of the Übermensch

Some say to be a man is to be strong, brave, and fearless, have an undaunted resolve, and a decisive stance on all thing. While this may be a good example to strive for even these attributes pale in comparison to the Übermensch. While the Übermensch may be a term coined and heralded by Friedrich Nietzsche, it is in concept something far beyond him. From his writings, it is obvious, at least to me, that he recognized this. Without delving into an exposition of the definition or deeper meaning behind the term Übermensch I will, in my own words, summarize the term thusly: “An Übermensch is the true man. A man that thrives to overcome himself and mankind itself.” Always striving to be better. Always striving to be stronger. Be smarter. Seek Wisdom and Knowledge, both of contemporary sciences, as well as the metaphysical and that of the arcane occult. Seek within oneself and that beyond oneself. Test and challenge oneself. People say “be the best you can be”. This is an inadequate statement as you will never be the best. There will always be someone better. Even if you were to become the “best” in a certain area you should still view yourself as inadequate of the man you could be. The “best” isn’t good enough. Strive to be the Übermensch, the hammer sending blows of never-ending pressure to harden you to be the perfect Vajra (Diamond) of constant impurity in need of improvement. The divine within your blood. Revere the Gods but seek to be like them in the same way as they have put forth the example, be it good or bad, so that we may learn.

The Übermensch isn’t one of selfishness and solidarity. Zarathustra (from Nietzsche) came down from his Mountain where he was one with the God (The Sun, Sol Invictus, the Trinity). He came down to bring his message to the people. However, mankind, satisfied with its comfort, stagnation, and degeneracy rejected him. They are focused on being the Last Man. Always consuming what they are fed, and doing what they are told. Sheep. So Zarathustra changes his goal and preaches to those who are willing and able. Who “follow me because they want to follow themselves – and who want to go where I want to go” (Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra). Where he wants to go is upwards towards the divine, towards ever growing greatness. The hope there would be that these men would not only take up the mantle but would possibly continue the work. And hopefully, reach the rest of mankind, or create a new future as the Last man dies off in its own stagnation.
In the same way, Odin chooses the slain for Valhalla. Yes, it is known that Freya has the first pick, but in many ways, Odin and Frey work together as one, much like the duality of male and female within a Godhead. Therefore only those who are the best, who choose glory and to overcome themselves and the obstacles before they are chosen. While it is commonly said these are those slain in battle, the concept that they are those who have lived like Odin, constantly seeking wisdom, strength, knowledge, and methods to maintain the balance (keeping Ragnarok at bay) has been floating around. As Odin sought such self-improvements, sacrificing himself to himself, constantly seeking to gain more wisdom Though Odin warns us about seeking the amount of Wisdom that he has obtained.
A measure of wisdom | each man shall have,
But never too much let him know;
For the wise man’s heart | is seldom happy,
If wisdom too great he has won.

This is why the path of Odin isn’t for everyone. Only those who are ready and willing should join him. If quick happiness and contentment are what one seeks, then being the Last Man is what they should strive for.

On Mithraism
The actual Zarathustra is, of course, the prophet from the Indo-Iranian religion Zoroastrianism founded during and possibly before the Persian Empire. While I am not a monotheist by any means. There are connections that Zarathustra has with other Indo-European faiths. In particularly Mithraism. The depiction of Zarathustra used by Nietzsche and attributed to him by many artworks is often now considered to be that of Mithras as he is accompanied by the eagle and the snake. It is interesting to note that Mithraism was a widespread cult in the Roman Empire that had made its way nearly throughout Europe. This cult was a male-centered cult, with initiates who were made up primarily of soldiers. The ideals of constant self-improvement are something that should be familiar to one who faces life and death often. It is said that the image of Mithras slaying the bull is that of the turning of time as it is often accompanied by the 12 zodiacs and the zodiac of that era was that of Taurus the bull (this has parallels in other faiths). However, the slaying of the bull is also considered to be the creation of the universe. As the bull in Indo-European faiths is often associated with the cosmic bull such as is represented by the Germanic Auðumbla which the Great progenitor Ymir feeds from before he is slain by the trinity of Odin, Villi, and Ve to create the world. In Zoroastrianism, the term “geush urva” means “the spirit of the cow” and is interpreted as the soul of the earth. Though Ahura Mazda tells Zarathustra to protect the cow. Slaying the cow is more of a metaphoric concept of the creation of the world. Life ends in death and from death comes life. This is to denote the cycle. The Rig Veda also mentions the sacredness of the Cattle. As the middle east was undoubtedly influenced by that of Persian and Indo-European religions the God Ba’al (Worshiped in Canaanite and Babylonian regions), whose is the title for Lord (Who is closely related to Yahweh in many ways and was worshiped on and off by the Hebrews), and the great Kujata (who holds up the world) in Arabic mythology are represented as Cattle.
Note Zoroastrianism is a monotheist, but I choose to see it more in a Monist way. Ahura Mazda is the Zoroastrian God. Ahura is an Avestan word for Lord. The word is related to the Sanskrit word Asura. Also related is the Old Norse word áss is known in popularly in the plural as Aesir (the Gods).
In other words, the idea of the cosmic beginning and creating life from death with a focus constant self-improvement is what the Gods mean for our lives.

Mithras is related to Mitra (Vedic) and Mithra (Avestan). The Vedic deity is known as the eye of or light of the morning sun. In Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Zarathustra refers to the Sun (God) as “thou tranquil eye”. The word Maitreya related to the stem word Mitra. Maitreya is the Buddha who is to come and bring enlightenment to a new era. The concept of the sun returning to bring a new dawn is not only one based on observation of daily life, but one to inspire man. Not for escapism as Christian and modern “western” Buddhism holds dear. This savior isn’t to come and take away all of your strife and problems. Instead, he is the divine within you that you should strive to be. The coming or returning savior is one that is within you. The Übermensch. This is what it means to be like the Gods. This is what God(‘s) have planned for us.
The Vedic Mitra is the deity of Truth and Order. Order is brought from Chaos. Life from Death. The world from slaying the bull. Our future from the strides and ultimate sacrifices of our progenitors. The sun rises, and the sun sets. The seasons pass. Maintaining the balance.
All of these mentioned deities were inspired by the Solar religions of the Indo-Europeans. Sol Invictus was deemed by the Roman emperor to be the embodiment of these Gods and the official cult of the Roman Empire. The Unconquered Sun. Worshiped by soldiers. Mithras was worshipped in a Mystery cult in order for this to be understood among those ready to follow. Much like those who worship Odin must understand the challenges ahead of them as his path is a to seek the answers to mysteries.
In order to understand these mysteries, conquer the Last Man within, we must Slay the Bull and use its divine resources to create a new in ourselves.

I advocate a return to Mithraism in cult form. For men to strive to be better men. Stronger men. Wiser men. Well educated men. Men who challenge each other as they challenge themselves. In hopes for a better world, they put themselves through trails and challenge the world around them. Who look to Sol Invictus was the path to glory. Who embrace the Gods, (Aesir, Vanir, Devas, Asura, Ahura, Greco-Roman Deities etc) as those Gods of European men, of the Ancient Indo-European /Aryanian peoples. Of the original Danube and Mesopotamian peoples. Are all within us. They are many. And they are One. We are many but we are individuals. Let us challenge ourselves as men to become the Übermensch.

May you always be improving yourself and inspiring those around you.
Hammer and Vajra!
— Zach Gill

Illustration of Odin is by Lorenz Frølich 1895
Illustration of Zarathustra: Photo is extracted from “Persia by a Persian: being personal experiences, manners, customs, habits, religious and social life in Persia”. Author: Isaac Adams. Published by: E. Stock, 1906. – NY Public Library

Political Self-improvement

In regards to asking questions

When you ask questions you are labeled either as a moron or as the enemy, depending on who you talk.

You question history?
Then you are a conspiracy theorist.
You question science?
Then you are quack or a cultist.

You question certain things that are considered taboo today?
You are a racist, bigot, homophobe, anti-Semite.
You question things that are traditionally taboo?
You are a rebel, degenerate, outlaw.
You question the accepted religion?
You are either a sinner, a heretic or an outcast.
You actually believe in religion and faith as is traditional and not aligned with the agenda being pushed on you?
You are a fundamentalist or a radical.

I’m pretty tired of labels

Always question anything that threatens you and yours no matter who you are.
Always question what doesn’t flow with the natural laws.
Always question what makes you weaker and doesn’t lead towards greatness or enlightenment
The Sword of Wisdom will cut through ignorance.
The truth will always shine through like the sun regardless of the question being asked.
Hammer and Vajra!

Photo: Acala at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Singapore.
Source of Photo: Wikipedia
Picture of Forseti: Forseti Seated in Judgment (1881) by Carl Emil Doepler


Being Correct and Making Mistakes

When I write I don’t get everything correct. But I try to always come from a place of wisdom and approachability. I personally try not to sling insults. It doesn’t help our folk. Especially those willing to learn. If I have wisdom or knowledge that can help folk learn or wisdom I can learn from, I am more than eager to set aside differences, arguments, or my own ego to do so. I feel that is what Odin did in his search for Wisdom. Sacrificing oneself on Yggdrasil or offering one’s eye, seeking the wisdom of a Volva or others is an act of humility and nobility…it is the example we should strive for.
No one is beyond reproach.
Everyone has something they can learn.
Wisdom speaks for itself and is represented by actions.
Hammer and Vajra.

Indo-European Self-improvement

My personal opinion of death and the afterlife.

I received a request for elaboration on my personal take on Death, afterlife, and reincarnation.
I decided to expand this to include life cycles, karma, and divinity as a whole.
This isn’t an academic take but a personal one. It may not be 100% factually correct and should serve more as Hammer and Vajra’s take on these subjects.
So in most spiritualties, especially the Indo-European / Indo-Iranian and European (Aryan) ones the concept of eternal death or punishment isn’t present for the most part. In these traditions, life is viewed as cyclic. Eras or Eons (called Yuga’s in the Vedic) change in a cycle. In the same way, the belief in reincarnation was present. The wheel, which is very important in all of these traditions, turns. The turning of the wheel represents everything from the changing of ages (Yugas, Zodiac constellations etc) to the solstices within the year, to death and rebirth. If you look at the tree of life in the Germanic tradition, Levels of the afterlife in the Greco-Roman, or the cycle of an afterlife in the Vedic / Indian / Buddhist traditions there are different levels of rebirth depending on one’s Karma /Deeds / Life that was led. This doesn’t mean like it has been corrupted with new age hippie movements. There isn’t good karma or bad karma, there is just karma. Karma is like a weight. Depending on your deeds, or the deeds of your ancestors / past lives (your ancestral blood runs through your DNA and guides you) you will have more or less Karma. This isn’t to be confused with the concept of Original sin which isn’t the same thing. However, in the same way, spirituality, conduct, and enlightenment can help tailor your Karma allowing for a rebirth in certain realms. Everything should be seen as impermanent. Meaning even rebirth in another realm will result in death and rebirth again. It is a cycle. A cycle that even the Gods are bound to. Most traditions have the concept of a gatekeeper and a guide / Psychopomp. These aspects are the judgment of your karma. All beings will traverse to hell and spend time there depending on their Karma. Helheim (which is the Germanic term) isn’t a bad place in itself. While some traditions have it containing an aspect punishment, it usually was considered just the holding place for the dead. The punishment is almost always a self-inflicted one based off of one’s own Karma. Basically your own hell. Not something divinely implemented. Gods themselves are subject to this same cycle. This is why spiritually the Gods can guide you towards enlightenment, but ultimately you are your own savior. It is your journey.

I see the other side as a trans-migratory experience. A lot of scientific studies have been conducted to show that there is a concept of consciousness or spirit that is present within the mind and that vacates upon death. While the Soul itself is comprised of parts (See Plato’s theories as well as some of the Germanic-based theories from Edred Thorsson) the spirit as we normally consider it does depart. These realms are the various destinations. Metaphysically speaking they aren’t physical planes, but ones a different level or frequencies if you will within the same existence. This concept is touched upon a bit in the Monist tradition as well as Platonism, and most Indian / Vedic sources. Existence itself is one. The One could be considered “God” / “Logos”. This doesn’t mean monotheism as modernly interpreted. But that existence itself is One. In this One there are various aspects of its self-experience or evolution. Think of it like cells and organs within a body. This goes all the way down to the atomic level and all the way back up to a cosmic one with the Gods. The Gods are aspects of this One/divinity itself. Humans are also aspects. You contain divinity within you as a part of the one as do I. However, you and I are obviously different people. In this same way, the Gods are aspects, as are spirits in different realms or afterlife. Each resides on a higher or lower plane. Some are closer to the one and some are further away. The Governing father/sky God, (Dyēus Phter) who is usually seen as a trinity, would be considered much closer to the One or Divine than we are. In such he would guide the evolution and conduct of the One’s experiential will.

In conclusion, mankind should conduct itself with a focus on improvement. The concept of Nietzsche’s Übermensch comes to mind. The Gods and our ancestors are our examples of how to or how not to live. We are in this together and may help each other. The Gods and our folk will guide us, but in the end, it is our journey.
Conduct your life accordingly.
Don’t look for shortcuts.
Hammer and Vajra!
— Zach Gill


On Being “Nice”

If I don’t come off as “nice” to you, here is why.
Middle English (in the sense ‘stupid’): from Old French, from Latin nescius ‘ignorant’, from nescire ‘not know’. Other early senses included ‘coy, reserved’, giving rise to ‘fastidious, scrupulous’: this led both to the sense ‘fine, subtle’ (regarded by some as the ‘correct’ sense), and to the main current senses.

Men don’t need to be nice in order to be honorable, noble, and wholesome.
However, Men need to be strong in order to have the courage and tenacity to be honorable, foster a noble spirit, and enforce wholesomeness as it right for their folk.
I would rather have the virtue of strength than the weakness of being a “nice” guy.
— Zach Gill
Hammer and Vajra!

Indo-European Political Self-improvement

The Conquerors” / “Les Conquerants”

The Wild hunt is upon us. The great one-eyed rider seeks those who have fallen or gone wayward to be taken up with the legion of glorious hosts for preparation against the era’s end. Be assured that the riders have a mission in mind and will succeed. Revere the hunt, and its purpose. Join it not, unless you are fully prepared, though that may not be your choice ultimately if you are called.

Train. Improve.
Make yourself useful. Sacrifices have to be made to achieve greatness. Including self-sacrifice.
Ride with the hunt in spirit until you are the one it has taken. Wage a Wild Hunt on yourself and in your life. Hunt weakness and complacency.
Seek Greatness for you and yours in under the banner of your people, in the name of your Gods!
Hammer and Vajra!
— Zach Gill

About the picture.

The Conquerors” / “Les Conquerants”
In 1892 Pierre Fritel astonished the world of art with his picture of “The Conquerors,” exhibited at the Paris Salon. In this work the daring genius of the artist has brought together in one impressive scene the war-heroes of all ages. “Les Conquerants” was one of the most talked about pictures of the Salon of 1892, an immense canvas, occupying the place held in 1891 by Rochegrosse’s “Morte de Babylon.” As inspired prophets have revealed to the imagination the future changes of nations in one vast vision, here the painter, rising above the limitations of his art, forces not merely upon the bodily eye, but upon the aroused mind the almost superhuman grandeur of those leaders who have from age to age changed the destinies of the world.
Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, whose limits are obscured in darkness, advance, hollow-eyed and remorseful, the conquerors of all ages, marching in close ranks between a double row of corpses, stripped and rigid, lying packed close together with their feet toward the procession. In the center of the van rides Julius Caesar, whom Shakespeare has pronounced “the foremost man of all this world.” On his right are the Egyptian called by the Greeks Sesostris, now known to be Rameses II., Attila, “the Scourge of God,” Hannibal the Carthaginian, and Tamerlane the Tartar. On his left march Napoleon, the last world-conqueror, Alexander of Macedon, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, that “head of gold” in the great image seen in his vision as interpreted by the prophet Daniel, and Charlemagne, who restored the fallen Roman Empire.
Each apparition appears clad in the habiliments supposed to have been most generally worn in life. But despite the glittering accouterments of rank, the flush of victory, the pride of conquest, and the conscious air of authority are absent. Sad, remorseful, hollowed of cheek and sunken of eye, the terrible procession issues from the depths of the darkness only to reentcr the night again in one endless, unbroken line.
Straight onward, mounted on horseback or riding in chariots, march these mighty men of the past at the head of armies whose lines of spears stretch back into the dim distance. On either side lie prostrate the naked bodies of those who have yielded their lives that these men might exercise power. The Conquerors, their hosts and their victims, all belong to the world of the dead. Yet their power and glory are made fearful realities. Their influence and work are felt to pervade the world, to reach even to us, the living spectators. They are presented as dead, yet living and sending forth a mighty effect upon ages yet to come. The mighty sacrifices by which the glory of the world is achieved are here realized as never before.
But these were not the true conquerors of the world. Fritel should paint another picture representing a long white-robed procession, not bedecked with martial trappings, of those who have tried to lessen the sorrows of the world, no passing between aisles of the dead, but through tumultuous throngs of the glad living, singing paeans of praise and joy; and among these stately aristocrats would be found Jenner, who gave us vaccination; Morton and Simpson, from whom came ether and chloroform ; Pasteur and Lister, who made modern surgery possible with antisepsis; Koch, to whom we owe tuberculin and antitoxin; and Koeller, who bestowed upon us cocain, which revolutionized minor surgery.
Pike, J. (2011, November 7). “The Conquerors” / “Les Conquerants”. Retrieved from

Indo-European Political Self-improvement

On Universalism versus Tribalism

The only universalism is the worship of the sun. All Indo-European religions are connected, but honoring your individual cultural interpretation is what is important for the tribe / folk / people. Connection is amazing and collaboration is wonderful. As is friendship and alliances. However, oneness and forced conformity is against true diversity. Sure, there is strength in numbers. However, when those amongst the numbers have lost their roots and their identity being told they are all the same, instead of true noble strength and individual strife for enlightenment, you have a slave mindset and a rat race not unlike those in the NHIM experiment. Society boils down to degeneration and ignoble strides for daily comfort and selfishness. When your people are the world it is too much of a burden to be empathetic. Instead self-centered hedonism takes place. When your people are the community around you or those who are of your culture it is much more conducive to having empathy and care for the improvement of others. That is not to say there isn’t a place for self-focused endeavors. The self should be focused on improving.

Much like the concept of self-sacrifice such as Odin’s sacrifices for wisdom, or Heracles’ 12 feats or the Buddha’s actions towards enlightenment. When you improve yourself, you will become more of a shining beacon and example for others in your community to look to in order to improve themselves. Then your enlightenment and actions will improve your tribe and community directly. This is one of the primary understandings and lens of which tribe and folk should be viewed. This is why the Hammer and Vajra’s goal is to create an awareness of the joint ideals and common origins of Indo Europeans paganism for enlightenment and awareness, but not as a universal religion. All cultures have their own community faiths and folk and a responsibility to them. Globalism that pushes individualism actually hurts the individual. And when the individual is weakened so is the community.

Praise the sun!
Hail the Gods!
Nourish the Divine within.
Study, Pray, Meditate, Lift, and Fight!
Guide your children and people to greatness.
Hammer and Vajra!
–Zach Gill

Photos taken on location at Royal Palace of Caserta.

Post Post script because I have to. The swastika in the picture has nothing to do with Nazi Germany and everything to do with the Sun and Enlightenment.

Text and Photos by Zachary Gill

Norse Self-improvement

ADL and “Hate speech”

In regards to the ADL and others trying to label our cultural symbols as “hate” or “racist”.
The Chinese, Japanese often use Chinese and Sanskrit characters for religious purposes, (as of course do Hindus) but they have been used by empires that were as bad or worse than the third Reich…does that mean they shouldn’t be able to use those symbols? The cross led crusades and force “convert or die” campaigns on Pagans…does that make the cross a symbol of hatred? No! Nor does anything like this make Indo European symbols or Runes inherently “racist”. These symbols are of Germanic and Indo European heritage and are deeply spiritual in nature and a direct tie to our ancestors. That doesn’t change no matter who or what political agenda uses or abuse them.

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Syncretic Path forward

So I have this deep gut feeling, I might be wrong, that with the Vedas, the Eddas, and whatever the Rodnovery / Romuva, the key to the real original religion for the Indo-European and upper Indian can be found. This is what I have a distinct calling for. I feel that many people during the early 20th century up till now are seeking something like this. They erroneously go to India and seek money grabbing Gurus and Hindus when they themselves only has watered down versions of the original. Hammer and Vajra seeks to discover this truth and present it as clearly and unadulterated as possible. There are many takes on faith, especially in this age of over population, media filled distractions, cultural decay, and digital sages all calling for violence or payments. I will say plainly there are forms of faith, cosmogical, and pseudo scientific mindsets that have been presented as the “truth” for a long time without any benefit. Adherence to these ideas might have United people in the past, as even lies must be build on the truth. But these philosophies have hurt us as much as they have advanced us. The truth there before us, within our ancestral blood, within our forefathers, within our children, and ever present in the Cosmos. It has just been buried to keep the Cog (us) turning in the system oiled with digital, political, and sexual distractions and chemicals. It is time for the awakening before the decay results in the end of and Era. If we are to survive we will need to have an enlightenment. Hammer and Vajra will be there to help bring this enlightenment about. —Zachary Gill


Online “Trolls”

A good way to fight online trolls is to stay cool and level headed and not to troll back. Maturely continuing on without sinking to their level or getting angry. Trolling, when you think about it, has been around for thousands of years. Hel half of the debates or Flyting were just that, trolling. While it is often that they trolled back and forth for fun, it was all just a way to find a weakness within your opponent. Sure, it isn’t in person and physical, but winning in such a way was okay within the tribe as it didn’t lead to death (most of the time). If someone is not within your tribe you don’t have to take anything from them, but you also don’t get to expect them to pull their punches. In that matter like Odin says, “speak useful words or be silent.” State your case. If they are within tribe then debate or argue as having everyone in tribe on a similar page or mindset is the goal. if they are outsiders then take the higher ground and ignore them, you owe them nothing, especially not the exposing of your weak points.