The Principles of the Thursatru Tradition
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THE ESSENCE OF THE THURSATRU TRADITION
Thursatru’s substantial definition: a practical religio-sorcerous worship of the adversarial and sinister giants referred to as thurses. Thursatru is a new-religious progeny of the Old Scandinavian religion and mythology, with a strong connection to anti-cosmic Satanism and Gnostic Left Hand Path. Thursatru’s functional definition: a spiritual endeavor, by practical sorcery and communication with the thursian powers, to release the spirit from the mundane body and spiritually transcend unto an acosmic realm beyond the cosmos and the reign of the Demiurge, referred to as Chaos. To be able to do this, the Thursatru practitioner must receive divine acosmic knowledge which will guide the spirit out of the cosmic shackles of the Demiurge. Thursatru is only in harmony with the anti-cosmic Thurs-powers: the gods (ǽsir), vanir, the giant kind called jotuns (jøtnar), etc., are all part of the cosmic pantheon and are all considered to be our enemies. Thursatru is a gnostic Left Hand Path religion. Thursatru is a belief in the acosmic otherworldly realm known as Chaos; in its powers as allies to our Will to be spiritual freed from cosmic imprisonment. And through thursian worship and sorcery we devotedly believe in spiritual transcendence unto Chaos. Thursatru is a tradition evolved upon the process of fusing together Old Norse inventions and modern innovations. We believe in eclectic and syncretic methods in our religious and sorcerous endeavors. Thursatru is a spiritual undertaking where the flesh is looked upon only as a cosmic bond which imprisons our spirit. Hence, Thursatru despises racism. * Any belief that conflicts with these principles cannot be defined as Thursatru.
* The important part within the Thursatru Tradition is to research and understand the Old lore of the Old Norse religion and mythology versus the gnostic and anti-cosmic Left Hand Path. It is as important to traditionally and continuously ritually evoke the thursian Giants to invoke their ultimate powers to become transformed, an ally, and enlightened by the black light. By doing this the Thursatru follower reaches anti-cosmic and acosmic enlightenment which will free his or hers spirit from the cosmic imprisonment. This should be a priority in life, before mundane distractions; which are all illusive cosmic tricks to drunken, blinding and imprison our spirits, Will, and freedom. You should have simple Setas (meditations) to call and learn from the Thurses themselves; use the
night and Fire to evoke Loki and Surtr, and use the night, Darkness, Snow and Ice to evoke Gullveig and Hel. Evolve your Setas by time with ritual items and traditional sacrifices. Experiment and innovate, become eclectic and syncretic in your sorcerous practice; as long as you keep to elements which correspond to the Thursian Powers. As a beginner, just follow these basic and traditional principles (we take herbs, plants and trees for examples): Herbs, plants and trees for Nifl-workings should correspond to the poisonous icy waters of Hvergelmir and the moon, e.g. Yew tree (Taxus baccata), Belladonna (Atropa belladonna), Hemlock (Conium maculatum), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), Mistletoe (Viscum album), etc. Herbs, plants, and trees for Múspell-workings should correspond to fiery essences, Sun and Mars, e.g. Juniper (Juniperus communis), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), Dragon’s Blood (Daemonorops draco), Mistletoe (Viscum album), Rue (Ruta graveolens), etc. The more understanding you gain, the more innovative you will become. Here are some suggested basic altar items which will promote and stimulate your workings: a stallr, altar, as a focal point, we recommend that you have one close for weekly devotion, and another outside in a remote area; a bowl with inscribed sorcerous runes and bind-runes for offerings and hlautblood; a blót-knife, it needs to be sharp and functional; a charcoal-carrier to burn herbs, resin and incense, a clay plate filled with sand and inscribed runes will do fine; two black candles by tradition – hand-made with corresponding herbs in the wax is ideal; various talismans and fetishes should be worked on as soon as you have the ability to construct them. All of the above needs to be cleansed and consecrated before used! Find corresponding elements and materials in the Old Norse sagas for your altar, talismans, etc., e.g. crow parts and a symbolical icy heart for Gullveig; human bones and skulls, horse and raven parts for Hel; volcanic matter and a sword for Surtr; wolf and snake parts and flames for Loki. * Grand Seasonal Blót within the Tradition Várblót, April 30 The Spring Ritual is on Walpurgis Night and is looked upon as the beginning of the Múspellworkings. The winter has ended and the summer approaches. Miðsumarblót, June 21 (20) The Summer Solstice Ritual is on Midsummer Night and is looked upon as the climax of the Múspellworkings, and should thereby have a grand ritual which includes the full Múspell-working. Haustblót, October 31 The Autumn Ritual is on Samhain Night and is looked upon as the beginning of the Nifl-workings. The summer has ended and the winter approaches. Miðsvetrarblót, December 21 (20)
The Winter Solstice Ritual is on Midwinter Night and is looked upon as the climax of the Niflworkings, and should thereby have a grand ritual which includes the full Nifl-working. * To enhance your knowledge and understanding we recommend you to scrupulously study the original Icelandic texts of the Eddas, make sure to look up the true meaning of the ON words and epithets in the sagas, because no translation out there is adequate! As relevant furthermore references we recommend Vexior’s Gullveigarbók; Hans Jonas’ classic book The Gnostic Religion for a good insight in the ideas of the Gnostics; TotBL’s writings (http://www.templeoftheblacklight.net/) for important knowledge concerning gnostic LHP and eclectic Kliffotic-based ways of satanic Chaos-gnostic praxes, theories, and studies; Clive Tolley’s book Shamanism in Norse Myth and Magic for a relevant in-depth study of Old Norse magic, etc.; Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson for a fundamental understanding of traditional witchcraft; Sigurd Agrell’s Lapptrummor och Runmagi for an introduction to the Uþark rune-system and interesting runic numerology theories in Swedish; Viktor Rydberg’s Undersökningar i Germanisk Mythologi I-II (the English translation it is called Teutonic Mythology vol. 1-3) for an important non-academic investigation of the Old Norse mythology; Jacob Grimm’s Teutonic Mythology I-IV for a classic comparative investigation of the Old Norse mythology; and there is a Scandinavian scientifically project which publishes a very important book series called Vägar till Midgård in mixed languages (Swedish, Norwegian, English, etc.), all of their books are recommended; Britt-Mari Näsström’s book Blot for an introduction to the Old Norse blót-praxes in Swedish, etc. We also recommend these websites to simplify your study: Heimskringla, big collection of ON literature: http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Main_Page (2011-07-01) An Icelandic-English Dictionary by Richard Cleasby and Gudbrand Vigfusson: http://lexicon.ff.cuni.cz/texts/oi_cleasbyvigfusson_about.html (2011-07-01) Lexicon Poeticum, a dictionary of ON poetic language: http://www.septentrionalia.net/lex/index2.php?book=e&page=-15&ext=png (2011-07-01) Fritzners Ordbok: http://www.edd.uio.no/perl/search/search.cgi?appid=86;tabid=1275&lang=NNO (2011-07-01) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic by Zoëga: http://www.ling.upenn.edu/~kurisuto/germanic/oi_zoega_about.html (2011-07-01) A Gothic Etymological Dictionary by Lehmann: http://www.scribd.com/doc/31252914/Lehmann-Gothic-Etymological-Dictionary#fullscreen:off