Philosophy of Seidr is the comprehensive exploration of the philosophical meaning and nature of spiritual, mystical, and religious practices of pre-Christian Europe. The range of those engaged in the field of philosophy of religion is broad and diverse and includes philosophers from the analytic and continental traditions of Eastern and Western thought. The Philosophy of Seidr however, draws from the Indo-European wellspring and its divergent streams in relevant fields of mysticism and language, shamanism and thew / law, sociology and psychology, and phenology and history.
Philosophy of Seidr addresses the known and unknown, the secret and revealed, the daily observances and communal ritual of esoteric and mystical practices of the Old European tribes. A notable attribute of Seidr is its association with secrecy; historically, the higher aspects of Seidr were reserved for the educated and qualified, those who learned the procession of haven and earth, the flow of flora and fauna, the wholeness of healing and hexing, and the rhythm of rune and galdr. In this way only the most skilled were allowed access to revealed knowledge. Because Seidr is an ancient mystical worldview, deeply rooted in both common place and sacred traditions, it is impossible to learn without full immersion into its study and application. To ‘live’ Seidr one must apply daily dedication coupled with weeks, months, and years – only then will its ‘Much Knowing’ be obtained.
Such knowledge can be gained through the establishment of a general and specialized knowledge concerning origin and existence, of language and thew / law, and of value and worth. In our current Information Age it is easy to assume that there exist no ‘secrets’, and that all ‘lost’ and ‘occult’ information is easily accessed via a search engine. However, the Philosophy of Seidr is not so easily had, let alone possessed, for true esoteric secrets cannot be revealed, but experienced. The Philosophy of Seidr is such a constant measure, a tradition of self-inquiry, on the validation of one’s own critical and creative thinking, of personal unbiased action when evaluating self and others, and both assisting and allowing others the same.
The subtle nuances found within sacred texts is an intimately woven Language of Symbols, many of which are never made public, due to the vicarious nature of humanity. Corrupton and war, natural and celestial catastrophe, and disease are an assault on the continueity of mystic science, ritual technology, and sacred spirituality, so that time and again, civilization found itself reduced to rubble, and having to rebuild yet again. Great learning centers were created so that the wisdom teachings would not be entirely lost, allowing the ‘Old Way’ to be transmitted through each age. The Language of Symbol, the mythic tales of gods and beasts, of numbers and herbs, of mighty weapons, great warriors, and powerful wizards all survived – just as the great Megalithic Stones – as testament to profound wisdom waiting to be revealed once more. These, and more, are the ‘great secrets’, the intuition and revelation of relevance found only within one’s True Self. Seidr is hidden deep within The Well, watched over by Three Norns, and its Might Flows through Three Roots – words which mean nothing without cultural context, without genetic memory and longing for such Mystery that one’s Higher Self – one’s ancestral psyche – demands not to be ignored.
As Wodan gave his self to his Self, and as Gullveig was hung by a spear and burnt three times, one’s own Higher Self contains the hearthstone of individual life purpose. Nor does seeking and hoarding bring treasure, but darkness, that turns one away from Self Purpose. Those who claim great knowledge without sharing, or those who hand-out ‘certificates’, are as Fafnir sitting upon a mound of gold forever obscured from Sunna’s life-giving rays.
The Philosophy of Seidr is an intimate personal journey that leads one on their path and their journey. We each must learn and understand Self – its wisdom and understanding. Any teacher who asks for financial gain, or who is not open and freely giving, is being controlled by the physical world, and so gains power from disempowering others.
Become familiar with the language of your folk, the shared customs and traditions, the tales and proverbs, the recipes and remedies, the holidays and rites, for these are one’s familial expression. Seidr Philosophy is about not succumging to universality; to do this, one must:
-Identify identity by exploring cultural philosophy, frith and faith. Become reliant on your own strength and ally with those who share your values.
-Re-remember to better re-construct that which made one’s ancestors independent. Become self-sufficient.
-Integrate the ordinary and the extra-ordinary to attain personal potential. Become the spoke that fortifies the wheel.
-Establish your hearth and strive to extend that into your everyday life. Become the flagstone of your family line.
-Know that the deepest traditions, the hidden and dark traditions, are hard-earned yet readily demonstrated and easily observed, internally and externally, through word and deed. Become the Self your self knows you are.
Seid Philosophy reveals that when one is on their ‘right path’ – on-track with their Higher Self – there is no need for control. There is no struggle when one’s individual life lessons are followed.
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Bottom: ‘Speculum Humanae Salvationis’ (Mirror of Human Salvation), German, 1430 CE