Where Things Happen

“If you feel safe in the area that you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth, and when you don’t feel that your feet are not quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting” — David Bowie.

From the outside, things often look impossible — the martial arts demonstration, the gallery exhibition, the author that has opened up a new world for us.

When we start out, we generally aspire to be like someone else we’ve seen. Fortune cookie wisdom tells us that we just need to be ourselves. But, in reality, to live any kind of fulfilling life, or to do anything memorable or important, we need to push beyond ourselves.  Continue reading “Where Things Happen”

Podcast: Language of the Corpse — Death and the Body in Ancient European Magic

Ancient European sorcery, magic, and folkloreIn Phalanx’s most recent podcast, we talk with author Cody Dickerson about his recently-released book, The Language of the Corpse.

Dickerson is a student of the Germanic mysteries, Indo-European religious and linguistic studies, British cunning-folk magic, and is an initiated Braucher, or Powwow practitioner. He has also studies the rural folk magic and traditions of North America, Europe and Mexico. Continue reading “Podcast: Language of the Corpse — Death and the Body in Ancient European Magic”

Going Against The Grain

“The essential thing is not to let oneself be impressed by the omnipotence and apparent triumph of the forces of the epoch” — Julius Evola.

Profound insights seem to become untrue when they are accepted by everyone. The essence gets buried under interpretations that support baser minds and motivations.

This happens at the higher levels of society — where individuals may benefit from exploiting others or forcing things on the population that they would not readily accept — and, often, at the lower levels of society, where routines based around consuming — especially entertainment — make self-reflection, self-development, and self-defence against mass consumerism appear undesirable.

In such circumstances, the dissenter is the one who grasps the essence of the insight that lies beneath its popular though twisted expression.

In contrast, mad ideas seem to become true only  once they have been repeated enough and, more importantly, have reached a point where they are routinely explained through complex theories, and have become inseparable to morality. Continue reading “Going Against The Grain”