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“Great Junction”

Tonight is what people are calling the “Great Junction”.
It is a time when the Planets Jupiter and Saturn will align crossing paths within the view of the Earth.
As one studying religion will know, Astronomy / Astrology have been intertwined with spiritual understanding, rituals, and sciences. Whether it is a new age movement obsessed with “aliens” or ancient Solar worship of the Indo-Europeans and Sumerians, the Gods being associated with planets, stars and energy from them has been around since Proto-Religions.

Many temples from around the world were designed to align with the stars and planets, and or rising and setting of the sun.

There is one thing that the majority of spirituality has in common besides Solar and star worship and that is the belief in different Eras. Be these Eras represented by a Zodiac, a set phase or Yuga, a coming of savior, the change of climate, or various other parameters the planets and their movements have always been a meter for measuring when these Ages or Eras will change.

Given the context of the year 2020 and how it has treated many people, some feel that this phenomenon could be a bad Omen signaling the end of society, the world as we know it, and the climax of the start of an apocalyptic end times. Be this a return of an Indo-European Solar hero or an Abrahamic “messiah”.

Others see this as a sign of good change. The end of an era of turmoil, the rise of an age of enlightenment, or a small pocket of Golden age within the Yuga.

Even in the strife and flames often new life and rebirth is sprung from the ashes.

The auspiciousness of this event is that it is also taking place on Yule / Winter Solstice.

Does this signal the return of a golden age?
The return to spirituality?
Extreme advancements of technology and space travel?
The climax before a large change be it good or bad?
Or does this signal the end?
What is your thoughts or personal beliefs?

Article from NASA regarding this time.
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/the-great-conjunction-of-jupiter-and-saturn

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Official Book Recommendation List

Hammer and Vajra Official Book Recommendation List

I think a lot of people looking into Germanic Heathenry or other forms of Paganism are rather confused on good study material. Often, they get recommended a bunch of Wiccan or Super-Neo Pagan books that are good for what they are, maybe, but not for an understanding of European paganism in the context of folk religion and greater Indo-European interconnective understanding. So below I am going to provide a list of books I recommend in various aspects of Indo-European, Pagan, Vedic, and Germanic studies. This will include the basic primers of spiritual scripts as well for beginners.

These books are all recommendations for their content not for the sociopolitical context of the author or the time the author wrote, be that opinion conservative or liberal.

I am also providing Amazon Links for those who would like to purchase and support these Authors.

The post is long so please look throughout if you want to see something in particular you are personally following or interested in.

General Indo-European understanding

Comparative Mythology by Prof Jaan Puhvel

This book is the best I can recommend in understanding Indo-European connectivity between ancient religions. It might be rather scholarly and hard for some to understand but I feel it is a bit more approachable than some of Georges Dumézil’s works. Though I would say much of his works should be sought out for comparison if you can find one in English. I personally think that “Comparative Mythology” is the best jumping point for anyone wanting to understand the inner connectivity for these traditions.

Bulfinch’s Mythology

This may seem like an odd choice as it is the most mainstream, however, it is also the best collections of “myth” and historical attested legends / lore you will find in almost any book joined together.

Syncretic Indo-European Faith (Hammer & Vajra)

It has come time to recommend my own book.

“A compendium of Indo-European religion and a guide for the spiritual concepts of Vedic Heathenism. A Syncretic Indo-European Faith by Zachary Gill is an introduction to a syncretic modern faith, to include the practices, history, culture, and values that makes up this IE based Heathen path. Using both academic research and personal gnosis, Mr. Gill illustrates how the roots of Indo-European peoples and their many-branched faiths can guide the modern heathen. This book is especially for those who wish to reinvigorate their practice. He examines the IE deities in-depth, contrasting, and comparing them across branches and offering a study of how deities have changed in both appearance and function over time and culture. It is meant as a guide and companion book for those interested in discovering the standard practices found within all IE faiths, a background that all peoples of Indo-European descent share.”

Summoning the Gods by Collin Cleary.
This is probably my favorite book to understanding the divine / the Gods and Monism. It does a decent comparison of Indo-European philosophy and thought while showing the inner connectivity of divinity. It is a bit harder to find a physical copy nowadays.

Germanic / Heathenism

There is a bit of controversy regarding whose translations you should trust. While I love that the older 1800s translations from Thorpe and Bellows. Though modernly a lot of people recommend the translations of Prof. Jackson Crawford. I personally have only read a bit of his books. I will say cross comparing various translations might be the best approach.

Poetic Edda

The Poetic Edda/Elder Edda is mostly written down within the Codex Regius, a 12th -century manuscript, but is considered to be poems that had been passed via oral tradition since much earlier. The author of this is unknown, as it is thought to be various authors throughout. This Edda is the primary source and sacred text of most modern Germanic Pagan movements and religions. It is broken into various poems of which the Hávamál and the Rígsþula are contained. However, it is the Völuspá, which is considered to be pivotal in understanding the beliefs of the Early Germanic peoples as it not only tells of the creation of the cosmos but foretells the future end and rebirth of the world.

Hávamál

The Hávamál (Old Norse: sayings of the High One) is included as
part of the Codex Regius (Approx. 1270 A.D), the Icelandic Book of
Kings. While the Codex Regius is filled with various poems pertaining
to the Norse gods, it also contains a lot of euhemerist concepts. That
being said, the Hávamál is a group of poems that are spiritually
attributed to sayings from Odin himself. These poems are broken up
into different groupings of subjects that provide advice and wisdom
for daily life. To many modern heathens, these poems are considered
divine spiritual wisdom. The portion of the Hávamál that deals with
Odin’s sacrifice to his higher self on the World Tree, as well as the
usage of the Runes, stand out from the rest of the poems and are
often the focus of esoteric and metaphysical philosophies and ritual.

Sagas

There are many Viking, Germanic, Scandinavian, and other Sagas which would take a long time to list completely. One of my main recommendations for this would be those published by Penguin Publishing. I will say the Völsunga Saga and Nibelungenlied stand out as they have influenced western culture and understanding much more than people realize.

Beowulf

Beowulf is a ‘novel’ or Saga said to have originated from around
700 AD. It is written in Old English (Anglo-Saxon) and tells the Saga
of Beowulf a Germanic Hero. While the tale is written from a rather
Christian perspective, it is easy to surmise Pagan traditions and
language from it as the attempts to point out what is pagan and what
is not within the Saga works as its own reverse engineering. In many
ways, this is a sacred book to Germanic Pagans.
You might find it interesting to know that J.R.R. Tolkien did his own translation of Beowulf.
https://www.amazon.com/Beowulf-Translation-Commentary-J-R-R-Tolkien/dp/0544570308/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=beowulf&qid=1608371722&sr=8-7

The most recommended and commonly used Beowulf translation is this bilingual one.
https://www.amazon.com/Beowulf-New-Verse-Translation-Bilingual/dp/0393320979/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=beowulf&qid=1608371722&sr=8-5

Prose Edda

The Prose Edda, also called the Younger Edda, was written by
Snorri Sturluson, who was an Icelandic Historian, lawman, and
scholar who lived in the 13th century. He wrote Skaldic poems,
which gave a brief history of the world and covered the “mythologic
history” of the Norse. Most of his writings were based on the Codex
Regius and were filled to the brim with Euhemerism. While this is very
important to historians and those who want to glean what they can
from his writings, it is indeed set in the Christian context, unlike that
of the Elder or Poetic Edda for the most part.

The Northern Dawn: A History of the Reawakening of the Germanic Spirit: From the Twilight of the Gods to the Sun at Midnight

This book is great for understanding Germanic Paganism and how it was Christianized. This is a Great book in understanding the Laws and Indo-European spirit that was behind much of Germanic faith and culture before, during, and after the rise of Christianity.

The Big Book of Runes and Rune Magic: How to Interpret Runes, Rune Lore, and the Art of Runecasting by Edred Thorsson

Dream of the Rood

https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2685904098322073

Deutsche Mythologie by Jacob (Ludwig Karl) Grimm
https://www.amazon.it/Deutsche-Mythologie-Jacob-Grimm/dp/3932412249

If you want to know more about the Honorable Mr. Grimm please check out my post here.
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2880522322193582

Saxon Heathenism

Path to the Gods: Anglo-Saxon Paganism for Beginners by Swain Wodening https://www.amazon.com/Path-Gods-Anglo…/dp/147517666X

If you want a further breakdown on Saxon Heathenism please check out my post here.

https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2735699603342522

Gothic Paganism / Gothic Christianity

Books by Aelfric Avery and Edred Thorsson / Stephen Flowers

Gutiska Hunslastaths Razda by Aelfric Avery
A Gothic heathen liturgy in the Wulfilan Gothic language with a modern English interlinear translation which honours the gods and goddesses of the ancient Goths. The liturgy consists of the ritual practices of modern-day Gothic heathens which are based on what is known of the ancient Germanic heathen rites.”
https://www.lulu.com/…/paperback/product-22653103.html

The Mysteries of the Goths by Edred Thorsson.
“After providing a concise view of the history of the ancient Goths and their legacy, this text embarks on an ambitious esoteric adventure into the realm of authentic Gothic lore. These adventures encompass the particulars of the ancient Gothic religion, both its pagan roots and Arian-Christian expressions. The mysteries of the unique Gothic alphabet, a synthesis of Runic, Greek and Roman lore, are deeply explored in ways never before revealed. The great Gothic treasures and artifacts, such as the so-called Temple Treasure and the magical Gothic spears of destiny, are also systematically brought to light. This book if for all who treasure the deep Gothic heritage and legacy.”

Gaut’s Descendants: Gothic Religion and Culture in Germania by Aelfric Avery
“Gaut’s Descendants: Gothic Religion and Culture in Germania explores the religion and culture of the Goths and the Gothic influence on other Germanic tribes. Some of the topics examined include: the gods and goddesses of the Goths; the rituals and magic of the Goths; Gaut, the founding father god of the Goths, his surviving myths and his cult of sacral kingship; the various influences that contributed to the synthesis of Gothic religion and culture; the nature of Gothic Christianity and survivals of Gothic heathenry in Christian times; how the Migration Age layer of Germanic mythology differed from the more well-known Viking Age layer of Germanic mythology; how the Goths contributed to Germanic mystical and religious concepts preserved in the Eddas such as the differences between the Aesir and Vanir gods; the substantial influence of the Goths on the legend and poetry of the rest of the Germanic world, especially in Viking Age Scandinavia and Anglo-Saxon England.”

Slavic Paganism

Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of good Primary sources regarding writing on Slavic Paganism.
I would recommend a few authors but it would result in a battle among people whether the sources were legitimate or not.

I made a post on the basics of Slavic Paganism if anyone is interested. Anything further than this I would have to ask others to step in for more clarity.
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2821917288054086

Celtic Faith

Celtic Gods and Heroes by Marie-Louise Sjoestedt

If one wants to cross examine Celtic Faith as well, which is inner connected with Germanic faith (most Germanics being Celtic as much as they are Germanics and both tribes coming from the East originally). This one doesn’t focus on the Gauls as much as I would like it to.

For a fuller breakdown on Celtic understanding I would suggest my post below where provide various links.

https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2866785770233904

Greco-Roman

Hesiod’s Theogony

Much like how the aforementioned Poetic Edda, the Rig Veda, and the biblical Genesis the Theogony gives the birth of the universe, the world, and the creation of the Gods etc. It may have been heavily influenced by Sumerian, Luwian, Hittite, and other creation stories but it correlates easily with many Indo-European faiths.

Theogony at Sacred Texts
https://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/hesiod/theogony.htm

Orphic Hymns

The Orphic religious context, which some referrer to as a mystery cult, is in my opinion an important approach to esoteric thought, embracing life and death, personal ritual, and connection with the divine.

https://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/hoo/index.htm

Writings of Herodotus

Herodotus is often considered the first historian. He is considered
to have lived between 484 and 425 BC. He was a Greek philosopher
who traveled and wrote various things about the peoples he claimed
to visit. He wrote on the Scythians, which is often is considered the
earliest mentioning of them. But much of what he wrote should be
understood as having been written through the lens of Greek
dominance and showed political favor to certain groups and making
others look like barbarians, though one shouldn’t dismiss the fact that
what he wrote is valuable information regarding peoples and cultures
of the past.

Homer’s Works (Iliad and Odyssey)

It is Homer, an ancient Greek, philosopher, and author, that epics
such as the Iliad and the Odyssey are attributed to. These tales are
considered by some to be historical and to others to be fantastical
surround the history of the Greeks and the Trojan war. The quality
and interpretations of these writings vary depending on the translator
or language. The one thing that they represent, for the context of
Indo-European Paganism, is the rituals, culture, and allegories beings
depicted. For this alone, these writings are priceless.

Plato’s The Republic

While this is considered a political book as well as a book on philosophy and ethics, Plato speaks often of praising the Gods, ritual, and how one should conduct one’s life piously.

Persian / Zoroastrian

The Avesta is a collection of Zoroastrian holy texts written in the Avestan language and attributed primarily to Zarathustra himself and is thought to be between 1500 and 600 BC with Zarathustra beingapproximately from 6480 BC. The Avesta consists of the Yasna (primarily focused on ritual) with the five faiths being considered highly important and possibly the oldest and most connected to the Proto-Indo-European/Vedic faith. While the ancient texts are the basis of the Zoroastrian religion and, in a rather similar case to the Bible and Quran, said to be transmitted from God (Ahura Mazda) to Zarathustra, much of the texts have greater connections to IndoEuropean Paganism as a whole. The texts and their contexts must be viewed through the eyes of the culture at the time, and are often mistaken for Monotheism,
despite the fact that they have hymns to different Gods and Spirits (such as Mithra). These beings are called Yazata and align closely with counterparts in the Vedas as well as other Gods within IndoEuropean faiths such as the Slavic, Greek, and Germanic traditions. Reading the Avesta might give the devotee or seeker of knowledge a rather familiar feeling which they may trace to that of Christianity and Islam. However, this is due to the fact that the Persian empire (who was for the most part Zoroastrians) had a strong influence on the region, which continued from ancient times into even both the Greece and Roman Empires. Some Judeo-Christian and Islamic concepts were, for the lack of a better description, lifted completely from Zoroastrian writings and beliefs. For those who read the Avesta for a Vedic Heathen practice
or to seek deeper wisdom and understanding of Indo-European Paganism, they should pay keen attention to the rituals and magics, origin stories, Fire worship, and the reverence to Mithra. This could arguably be one of the first examples of Monism.

https://www.sacred-texts.com/zor/

For modern reading I would recommend the following.
The Good religion, Original Magic, and Mazda way by Stephen flowers.

India / Vedic

There are thousands of Indian texts. Not all of them are Vedic. The more time passes the newer texts are less and less Vedic, at least in my opinion.

With this I would recommend, at least for westerners, primarily the Rig Veda which I feel is the most important as it sets the stage for Indo-European ritual and understanding. After this I would recommend the Upanishads as they delve into a deeper understanding of interconnectivity, the nature of divinity, and what could be described as original monist thought.

Though it may be considered controversial, if case you want to know the difference between Vedic scripture and the broader Hindu scripture. Personally, I only follow Vedic scripture, which I see as more reflective of greater Indo-European faiths. Within this is included the four Vedas. The Rigveda (Praise Hymns Knowledge), the (Sacrificial knowledge), the Samaveda (Song/Hymn Knowledge), and the Atharvaveda (Magical/Ritual Knowledge). It is not that I would ignore the wisdom of the Hindu texts or think lesser of their worship. However, this is where the Vedas are adopted for more culturally relevant to what became the Hindus and less to overarching Indo-European or Proto-Indo European Paganism.

That being said the tales in the The Bhagavad Gita and the Mahābhārata are very good examples of morality, devote spirituality and how to conduct oneself honorably.

Rig Veda translated by Wendy Doniger

At Sacred Texts by Ralph T.H. Griffith, Translator

https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/rigveda/index.htm

Upanishads translated by Juan Mascaro

https://www.amazon.com/Upanishads-Penguin-Classics/dp/0140441638/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Juan+Mascaro&qid=1610041190&sr=8-2

At Sacred Texts translated by Max Müller

https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/sbe01/index.htm

In this part I will give a small list of recommended Authors that I’ll leave up to you to investigate or seek out yourself. I might elaborate on them on future posts.

Philosophy

Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, etc.

Much of this could be summarized by looking into the Western Canon. Of course this has become a political issue in the current era, however, most of these works transcended what I would call “modern” politics.

Esotericism
Julius Evola, René-Jean-Marie-Joseph Guénon, Guido Von List, Meister Eckhart, Hermes Trismegistus, various alchemist and Pagan leaning philosophy writers.

Spiritually inspired fiction
J.R.R Tolkien, C.S Lewis, H.P Love Craft, Robert Howard, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Frank Herbert.

Other works
Other works would be studies on Scythian and Tengriism as well as various Buddhist Sutra, Mantra, and Tantra. Many of those deserve their own post and book recommendations which I might do at a later date.

I hope this small foray into what I would consider proper Indo-European philosophy and religious texts helps guide you. I’m not saying that these are the only books that should be read or that there aren’t a controversy or mistakes in any of these books or works by the authors. Instead, what I am implying is that if one is seeking an understanding of “Paganism” “Heathenry” or Indo-European spirituality and they haven’t read any of the primary texts or some of these supporting authors, be the of a Christian time period or not, then they are doing their own journey a disservice.
That being said it is important to cross reference and question your understanding as well as that of others.
Strive for truth and wisdom always.
Hammer and Vajra
Written by Zachary Gill, 19 December 2020.

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Science and Religion: Playing God with Mother Earth. Also the divine elements.

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There has been a real issue with people playing God as of late. From the Chinese government messing with the Human Gnome and genetic manipulation. To certain injections I won’t speak of here that want to have a direct effect your DNA replication for a “holistic” purpose. I think one of the largest issues with modern “science” is its lack of connection to the divine. Divinity, creation, spirituality, and esotericism should not be separate from the scientific understanding, approach, or methodology. In fact I will go out on a limb and say that I promise among some deep recesses of researchers you don’t know about that a spiritual connection is there, though maybe not in a Dharmic way. The Church being anti science and what became science stripping itself from spirituality and into the realm of atheism by default is a major issue. In esoteric and mystic understanding both should go together. The elements in the periodic table are representative of deeper divisions of elements within spiritual concepts. The atoms and molecules that make up life vibrate with the different frequencies that all make up the divine and are just as intrinsic to our connection to God as to the physical sciences. That which is scientific formula and which is so called Alchemy / Magic shouldn’t be seen as mutually exclusive. Often in the universe 5 elements are primarily considered. Earth, Wind, Water, Fire, and Aether. In an esoteric concept, that I might have been influenced or inspired from Guido Von List and other Mystics, Wind (Sky), Water, and Fire are the three aspects of the Godhead. Be this Zeus / Neptune / Hades, Odin / Vili / Ve, Brahma / Shiva / Vishnu, or any other understanding. Each of them as a consort / companion queen who is an aspect of the Earth Mother / Goddess. They are connected to each other and to her via Aether making 5 elements in all or the pentagram. Through their copulation the physical extensions are given birth or dreamed into being like a tantric spell. In my opinion this is basic understanding and a lot of both spiritual practices and religious traditions as well as the in-depth sciences (be it natural, chemistry, computer, etc.) are inline with this understanding. If your science defeats God then your understanding of God is wrong. If your God defeats all science then your science is weak. The Divine give birth to science and science should lead back to the greater inner connected divine.

Hammer and Vajra!

Written by Zachary Gill 16 December 2020.

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Alphabet Soup

On this chart one can see the origins of both the Brahmi related Siddham texts which is very important to Vajrayana Buddhism and the Runic Alphabet which are important to Celto-Germanic peoples. Their relations to very important writings like Greek, Cyrillic, are vey important to understand as well.
One thing I think is missing from this chart is the influences of Cuneiform. As well as Turkic and Germanic Runes.

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In Thanks to Jacob Grimm

Jacob (Ludwig Karl) Grimm was a German philologist, jurist, and folklorist. Him and his younger brother Wilhelm were known as the Brothers Grimm.
Often when his name is mentioned people think of the Grimm’s Fairytales which include various allegorical folk lore that the brothers learned in their travels and on their studies.

Until recently most of these tales would be taught to children of grade school and younger. Though with the current distain for Western culture that seems to be pervasive today I’m sure this isn’t the case.

That aside, I feel that often people think of the Brother’s Grimm and the fairytales and overlook the actual religious and linguistic impact on Germanic and Indo-European studies that Jacob Grimm had a direct impact on.

A major discovery by Grimm is called Grimm’s Law of linguistics which shows how Indo-European languages had a phonic shift over time resulting in words of similar origins sounding different. Much of his work was used to construct a more fuller understanding of Indo-European languages in general.

“Proto-Indo-European voiceless stops change into voiceless fricatives.
Proto-Indo-European voiced stops become voiceless stops.
Proto-Indo-European voiced aspirated stops become voiced stops or fricatives (as allophones).
This chain shift (in the order 3,2,1) can be abstractly represented as:

bʰ > b > p > f
dʰ > d > t > θ
gʰ > g > k > x
gʷʰ > gʷ > kʷ > xʷ”

More over he authored the Deutsches Wörterbuch which is considered the most comprehensive dictionary of Germanic languages ever made.

More over he wrote Deutsche Mythologie which was a book on philological, historical, folkloristic, and poetic aspects of the pre-Christian Germanic religion. In this he made open comparisons of Germanic Gods such as the different names for Thor (Donar, Thunor, etc). It was one of the first comparative writings that took seriously the Germanic faith or and form of Paganism as a religious and cultural experience.

While some of his studies may have been surpassed in the modern era. We owe a lot of our understanding and current approaches to the groundwork and scholarship that he had done before us.

If is for this we should thank him and give him more praise than we do.

Thank you Jacob Grimm for your hard work.
~Will of Gaut / Hammer and Vajra

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Mithraism Basics (Sky Father)

Mithraism Basics (Sky Father)

January 01, 2019

There are many scholarly sources regarding Mithraism. Many showing that not only did it predate Christianity (though both cults reached their height at the same time) they also say it had made its way to Northern Europe before Christianity. Mithra / Mitra is an Aryan Sun God who had origins in the Vedic faith. He was a part of the Persian religion and adapted as Mithras in the Roman empire Since men and Soldiers primarily worshipped him he merged easily into Sol Invictus, the Unconquered Sun. Rome also included Jupiter/Zeus, Apollo, and Osiris to name a few under Sol Invictus. Later Christian concepts were swapped in keeping the Sol Invictus but changing him to Jesus. The Sun imagery (Halos, the Cross etc) was maintained and included in the new religion of Catholicism.

Interesting note- Mitra, in the Vedas, was often referred to as Mitra-Varuna. Varuna was associated as a King/Sky God figure similar to Dyáuṣ Pitṛ́ (Vedic Sanskrit: Dyáuṣpitṛ́, द्यौष्पितृ, literally ‘Sky Father’). He was considered to have given birth to or had granted life to Brahma (one of the primary Gods of the Hindu Trinity.). This is interesting as Zeus/Jupiter (Zeus Pater) and the current Latin word Deus all stem from the word Dyáuṣpitṛ́. So, in a sense these are all interpretations of the same Sky-father.

You at your birth are Varuna, O Agni.

When you are kindled, you are Mitra.

In you, O son of strength, all gods are centered.

You are Indra to the mortal who brings oblation.

You are Aryaman, when you are regarded as having

the mysterious names of maidens, O Self-sustainer.

— Rigveda 5.3.1-2 “

Hammer and Vajra

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Do You even Praise the Sun?

A little meditation post Halloween regarding everyone’s favorite concept the Vampyre and the Sun. Why should a vampire fear a cross?  Is it the Christ they fear?  Or is it the Sun? 
The Sun that represents life in a stark contrast to their embodiment of death. The cross is just a holy symbol adopted by Christianity (regardless of methods of crucifixion) which represents the Sun and cycles of the Sun. If a Vampyre is of the Dead, undead, living dead. Then the Sun puts them to rest or brings life to the death. A dead body is Cold, like Winter, and a live body has warmth like Spring. The Sun brings the spring which brings life. The Solar Cross represents life. Solar worship is one of the primary means of interpreting the All or Existence and life itself. Without the Sun we would not have life or existence. Throughout Indo-European (and many other) cultures, considering the Sun as sacred or as a God that give life was a staple in spirituality. Often those who were considered Enlightened were either refereed to a shining, or illuminated as they cut through the darkness with truth. Often these teachers were depicted with halos, or sun rays. I think it is time we remembered where these symbols in our cultures come from and begin destigmatizing them. They are not political. As they have been around for ages, across many cultures. One thing that could be said as a truth Is what is in common amongst the differences. The sun is one of these truths. A quote attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte goes as such. “If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.” Beginning your morning, be it working out, fighting, going to work, or studying, by praising the sun. It may be a meme now due to a video game. But was that game wrong about Indo-European culture? Bro, Do you even praise the sun? 

Hail the Sun! 
–Zach Gill
Hammer and Vajra

P.S Because it has to be said. Nothing written on this page, nor images posted are related to any political movement or racism. Unfortunately, unwise and super sensitive people on Facebook reported this post (which is from Halloween 2018) because of a Swastika (Sun symbol) photo taken by myself at Herculaneum.  

The Buddha with a “halo” or the shining representation of the pure sun
 The Solar wheel. Also known as the sun cross. A holy symbol seen among many Indo-European peoples. It represents the cycle of the seasons and the solstices as well as the Sun and often the Gods themselves.
 The Sun God Ra from Egyptian Faith. While I am not an expert on Egyptian lore, so I will not expound regarding him at this moment. Notice the obvious “Halo” representation of that sun.
 The Japanese Goddess Amaterasu (天照大神). Often considered to be the main deity of Japanese Shintoism. The personification and representation of the sun itself. In this scene she emerges from the underworld (during a plight) to bring the sun back to the world.
 The Cross doing what it does best. Representing the sun.  Christian images such as this often couple the cross with the sun. They do so inherently as it is the true meaning behind the symbol.
An Ancient Roman fylfot. Holy symbol used for the sun. Not related to the National Socialist movement, but the meaning of purity, power and holiness is relevant if corrupted by current politics on BOTH sides.
Vampyre? Weakened or killed by the sun? Makes sense that magic in the form of a cross or sun symbol would weaken it.
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On Valkyrie, Disir, and Guardian Angels.

October 24, 2018
There is very little biblically to support the concept of a personal guardian angel aside from a few verses. In the Bible the Abrahamic God usually sent an angelic being down to carry a message or perform an act, such as protecting a biblical character. This alone does not make up for the fact that many Christians, primarily those of European ancestry, have a strong belief in guardian angels. There have been many paintings of guardian angels throughout Europe since the renaissance (and possible before). While this is not biblically sound it is supported in Germanic Heathenism.
The concept is that of the Disir (plural). “A Dis (Lady) is a ghost, spirit or deity associated with fate who can be either benevolent or antagonistic towards mortals” (Wikipedia).
It can be said that Dis are ghost, ancestors who are watching over their descendants. The same concept applies to when people refer to when someone dies has “become an angel”, as you will often hear older women say. The word is also applied to the Valkyries who serve Freya and Odin, watching over mankind to only interfere when needed or to bring the chosen fallen to the Valhalla, Hell or the Hall of their patron God. Female deities are also referred to as Dis. Freya being one of the primary Goddess of the Vanir Gods is also known as Vanadis. The Norns (Goddess who are either thought to look over well at the bottom of Yggdrasil or weave the tapestry of mankind’s fate) are also referred to a Disir.Another concept is the Matres / Matronae (Mothers / Matrons) who were German, Gaul and Northern Italy in origins. They appeared in sets of three much like the Norns.
These concepts were prevalent in much of Indo-European culture, especially in the Northern / Germanic cultures. Therefore, one can easily conclude that Dis, especially Valkyrie and ancestors, were transformed into Guardian Angels by the Church when proselytizing. Much like Goddess such as Freya were turned into the Holy Lady or Mary, and other Goddess such as the Celtic Brigid were turned into Saints. The people took to these concepts strongly and continued to teach them and pass them down as they were a part of their culture.It is interestingly it is the female and motherly forms of our Ancestors, Spirits, and Goddess who watch over us. As their love for mankind and their offspring is by nature and should be cherished and respected.
A Dísablót was a sacrificial festival to honor the Dis. While the history behind this is more in-depth than I can write about at this time feel free to look up the event yourself. However, there is one way that we can go about continuing to honor the Dis. By performing blót and giving symbolic offerings. By showing our Mothers and Grandmothers, as well as our Wives and Sisters respect. And by remembering the female Goddess such as Freya / Frigga when we pray. So, when you see an image of a guardian angel gauging some Children across a perilous bridge think of the ancestral, familial and spiritual women in your lives who have cared for you.
—– Zach Gill
Hammer and Vajra!

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Hammer and Vajra!

Hammer and Vajra is an Indo-European and esoteric spiritual focused project created as a guideline for those Pagans and Heathens lost in this modern world but craving the wisdom and traditions of our ancestors. Creating a Yin Yang (陰陽) dualistic balancing act of adapting to the modern while incorporating the ancient and natural, embracing the masculine while respecting the feminine. Fighting the dark while accepting its merits.  Leading fulfilling lives that have communion with the Gods and our ancestral wisdom while existing in this silicone enslaved society.
At Hammer and Vajra we acknowledge that enlightenment isn’t for the weak. It isn’t for the weak of mind, the weak of spirit, nor the weak of body.  No enlightenment is forged without blood, meditations on spiritual esoteric concepts that will leave you dumbfounded, and a strive for life.
We are Hammer and Vajra. Men and Women tempered with the Hammer of the Gods into the Diamond like Vajra to pierce through the lies and embrace our true potential. —Zach Gill, Hammer and Vajra!

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Great King Ælfrǣd is too white, straight, and male

In regards to an American University in New York claiming a statue of the Great King Ælfrǣd is too white, straight, and male.

One does not have to be the same race as you to be a shining example of quality. Also, everyone should be allowed to take pride in their race and the great people of their ancestry.
Especially if those exemplary ancestors have helped pave the way for the culture they live in and of the people who found the country.

An interesting note, as mentioned in the video below by Survive the Jive, Ælfrǣd (Wise-elf) did claim to be a descendant from the God Woden in a Euhemeristic manner. This is interesting as it shows that, despite being a Christian, having ancestral ties and connections to the ancient Saxon Gods gave him a direct folk lineage. Of course, this would go back to Hengest and Horsa the divine twins of Germanic origins before it would go back to Woden king of the Gods.
As I have mentioned in a previous article, even Thomas Jefferson who was one of the U.S Founding fathers, proposed using Hengest and Horsa as a symbol for the Union.
It could be inferred that the goal was to put America in line with the Saxon Gods as well as the Germanic progenitors.

While the Saxon’s did fight against the Viking Pagan invasion, it can be said that the Old Saxon version of Christianity wasn’t very Christian by today concepts and was more akin to a Folkish Pagan mixture of Romanesque Christianity mixed with Heathenism.

Here are a few take away lessons from this.
One people of a victimhood mindset will find oppression and inequality everywhere.
Ironically if they were to look up to the individual being honored as a source of inspiration they would rise out of the victimhood mentality and better themselves.
Secondly, Paganisms influence on the West was never extinguished fully, and that Pagans can still look upon so-called “Christian” ancestors as examples of great western men and Indo-European leaders.

Hail the Saxon ancestors!
Hail the Gods!
Hammer and Vajra!

P.S I am not making any bold claims of professional scholarship in Saxon heathenry or in British history.
I am also not addressing the anti-masculinity and anti-family statements being made about being masculine and straight….. as that is obvious trite Marxist slogans that everyone should recognize by now.
Please view the video from Survive the Jive below for full context.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf1CazHsY3I&feature=share

The picture of Woden is from De primo Saxonum adventu dating (1099-1128).