Trey Capnerhurst is nationally recognized in Canada as an acclaimed activist for Paganism and environmentalism. She is a prolific writer, as well as the founder of Silver Song Collective, a legally incorporated, not-for-profit, Pagan-humanism organization in Canada. As a six-times former Green Party candidate, she is politically involved and active in media appearances and speaking engagements.
It is with Trey's gracious permission that I am re-printing this recent article of hers which deals with a growing problem not only in the Pagan community, but world-wide. I think it's a topic that's important for discussion.
Nazis: Why we can’t have nice things
by Trey Capnerhurst, 15Apr 2017
Neopaganism has always had a racism problem (I’m looking at YOU, Wiccans), but the current incursion is something new, though not unheard of in history. A new branch of the neo-Nazi “alt-right” movement has taken yet another page out of Hitler’s book and misappropriated traditional symbols and beliefs as a framework for their white supremacist agenda. Radical Christianity somehow isn’t white, patriarchal, warlike, colonizing, and genocidal enough for these monsters, and they have created a revolting and delusional appropriative version of Odinism, also known as asatru , to justify their hate-mongering world view.
Hitler knew that he needed a mythology to help link his people to an ideal. He very carefully chose the Wagnerian operas and idealized traditional Odinism, or the traditional beliefs of Scandinavian areas, to communicate the concept of a Master Race. Even before the War, those who advocated his beliefs were often identified by an idealized version of traditional dress or hair style. Though most Germans considered themselves Christian at the time, Valkyries and other mythological figures were re-interpreted and appropriated to symbolize the blond hair, blue eyed ideal Warrior cult.
These neo-Nazis have taken up that mantle and embraced the idealized concepts of a White Warrior race that destroyed everything in its path, that current western culture and Christianity create “cucks” and “homos” and that these traditional “men” were Alpha Males, which are totally refuted creations of the PUA culture. They use the symbology of Odinists and other traditional Northern European groups to identify and provide a framework for this worldview, to the horror of actual pagans everywhere. NeoNazis are attempting to re-create these idealized “values” in the modern world.
It’s particularly ironic, considering that Norse, Viking, and other peoples of that area would have no idea what Nazis are talking about. Though there were thousands of tribes, European Aboriginals were usually far more egalitarian than most modern Western culture, within their own groups. So the Nazis have to be rather selective in their interpretations. There were obviously LBGT pagans, and most cultures provided respected space for them. Though rarer, there were always People of Colour in Northern Europe, but most folks identified by *tribe* and not by something as random as skin or hair or eye colour. (The Last Kingdom depicts this beautifully.) Unfortunately for their narrative, Danes and other groups only went “a-Viking” occasionally. It’s hard to maintain group resources for this pretend “warrior” class. The rest of the time they were farmers and craftpeople, just like everyone else. Ya gotta make a living, folks…
As a fairly recent trend, this new incursion into heathenism hasn’t met with much resistance in the neo-pagan movement – largely because it’s not a legitimate spiritual offspring, and kinda in hopes that they just go away. Modern heathens and Asatru have few tools to cope, since this new version is unlike anything they have ever seen, and it doesn’t come from them. It’s more of a hostile takeover. Much like the Skinheads trying to brand themselves as Punks in the 70’s and 80’s, this new sub-group of Neo-Nazis has embraced their own version of heathenism to promote their hate-mongering agenda.
A few answers have already been suggested, but it is far less than the current threat warrants. Like the Punk answer to the Skinhead incursion, it requires decisive and extreme public action – in part to dissociate from this narrative, and to demonstrate in no uncertain terms that it will not be tolerated in our spaces. Action can include statements, such as declarations, but it also needs to be effective. Zero tolerance of all such concepts should be maintained, and concerning issues or policies must be policed and removed. Check your group for equity, and anti-oppressive stances. Any lapse in those is a ch1nk in our armor that these deplorables can take advantage of, as we have seen in many other groups already. (“The theme of intense male comradeship nourished by violence…has d... As there are many links with the alt-right, PUA, and MRA culture, the recent resurgence of misogyny in our ranks is just one such vector that these fascists have found to worm their way in.
Real warriors fight for the vulnerable. They do not prey on them. We need to root out this new threat to our spirituality and our identity from those who would corrupt our worldview into framework for something deeply destructive.
To that end, our group has embraced a more inclusive name and identity. Though we greatly debated our choice of name and symbology originally, and embraced the concept of the traditional Mother wisdom of our Northern sisters, we have always been diverse and inclusive. Our founders and Directors have been Rabbis, Oriental spiritualists, and pagan priestesses. Keeping that in mind, we have shifted to a more inclusive image and symbology. We will continue to fight with our heathen siblings to eradicate this menace, and will promote solutions to the struggle. Our group has eagerly signed on to the Canadian Pagan Declaration on Intolerance (though, really, we should come up with something better than mere “toleration”) and Declaration 127, which specifically denounces a particular group in it’s neo-Nazi world view.
So we have changed our name and image to more accurately reflect our values and our diversity. We have committed to actively make our spaces safer for marginalized and oppressed peoples and help make this a more just and equitable world, since that has always been what we are about. And though they are useful tools, it won’t just be with Thoughts and Prayers and Declarations. We will fight these Nazis. They will not dishonour us, our ancestors, or our traditions by hiding behind those in a narrative for their agenda. We will push them out of paganism.
You have our word on that.
Nephele I think you know me from my posts well enough to know
how I feel about *any* overboard nationalism , racism , or any
I do not care if it is white european based , middle eastern based ,
or any other geographical origin , or mindframe...
I will fight it wherever I find it...whether punk ass nazi boys , or
the jewish grandmother I told off for bragging about settlements
and the fence in the middle east , or gangbangers of whatever
blood , breed , or color...
However , I have known many Asatru over the years who were non racist...
Actually standing up and defending others against racism from Neo - Nazis...
So I do not feel this is an Asatru based problem...it is a problem that has
always existed , latent , and underlying across the strata of wider society ,
I often have to deal with it due to teaching Runic language and Magic...
Let alone , when some find out I am teaching the Obri / Hebrew , and
stating both were one tradition , long , long ago...I get the looks , and
hate from both sides of the coin...LOL...;)
( screw them all if they can't deal with it )
However , I do not feel she is being fair here...I would like to see *all*
her documentation of the extent of this , infiltrating Asatru , and Wicca...;)
However , I do not feel she is being fair here...
I'm not sure you're quite reading her right, Shawn. Trey talks about how these Pagan religions are being appropriated by neo-Nazis and other far-right nationalist movements. Just as the original Nazis appropriated other people's symbolism and twisted it to their own purposes. Which is one reason why many people today cringe when they see a swastika, not realizing that the Nazis stole that symbol (which had nothing to do with hate) from Eastern religions.
Actually the Nazis and the Tibetans got it from the same source...
The Runes...it is made from runes , just as the original religion of
Tibet , Bon - Po , used a rune , Payuurt , or today known as Perthro ,
for their symbol for the Vrihl...
I knew the man , who during WW2 was sent to Tibet by the U.S.
military , under Donovan's auspices , ( O.S.S. , later C.I.A. ) to take
rubbings from the oldest stone tablets they could find in the caves
in remote Tibet...he confirmed , after looking at the languages I teach
( Obri and Runic ) that that was the language he saw on the tablets...
Now , as far as that symbol , it was simply turned on it's side symbolizing
it was in motion...it actually deals with the Southern Cross in astronomy...
There is a code which contains the secrets of all world religions , and is
the root for all the magic which comes from it...
Those behind Hitler , just like those behind Trump , knew and know it...
Yet it is as well the secret of the old qabalists , and those in the Middle
East , have known it , know it today , and are using it as well to manipulate
I fully agree with getting all politics , out of magical organizations and circles ,
however that is impossible , because it is intertwined at the earliest roots...
Every world culture , every race , every civilization has , and is , using magic
and magical organizations , secretly , or openly to further their agenda , whatever
Two books I highly recommend to even begin to get a handle on what is really
going on , are :
Arktos by Josceyln Goodwin , and
Morning Of The Magicians , by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier
Most who are acting out in these racist attitudes , not just Neo - Nazis ,
but those in the Middle East on all sides of the coin , do not know these
things , unless they have been initiated...yet there are those who do ,
and manipulate things behind the scenes...
Most humans are blind to the magical wars , let alone different mindframes
and perceptions of reality , including "science" that influence our day to day
existence...mainly because of two things...one , there are those who do not
want them to know...two , because if most human beings were told , or found
out , they would bury their heads under a pillow , or in the sand or earth , or go
crazy trying to deal with the truth...
I am on another website with someone who was a "spook" for The Agency , and
was part of the deep levels of the Stargate Program...he says exactly the same
thing , about the real purposes under magic , and people not being told the truth ,
because they could not deal with it...
There is far , far , more to this than anyone who wants or chooses to live a semi
normal life , can comprehend...so , as I say...She does not understand this has
always been there...it is all around us in business , politics , magic , and has been
*here* since humans began...other places before that...but that is a part of the
whole story most *never* want to know...LOL...
By the way...did you see the most recent public news ?
Humans over 300 , 000 years old...not just one...at least four documented so far...
Homo Sapiens , yet with a different shaped brain...longer and narrower , not as round...
Oh , is that going to open another can of worms...;)
By the way...did you see the most recent public news ?
I missed that bit of news somehow! Just found an article in The Guardian:
Amazing! I'm fascinated by just about anything to do with human evolution.
I hope someone starts a separate topic on this. I really miss the days when Starr used to curate articles such as these for us.
Excellent Excellent Post Sir! "The Morning of the Magicians" fell into my hands when I was a young lad and changed my perspective on everything. Got me in a bit of trouble at church too (parents made me go).
Yes, physical wars come and go, the but the magical war, sadly has gone on for millennia.
And the old bones? Well that is just further confirmation of the fact that thinking, evolving, creatures something like us, but oh so different have been on this planet for a loooooong time.
I knew we had some deep similarities , David...
Your avenues of research are also fascinating to me...;)
I still have my original copy of the book , sitting next to
me right now...smelling old , slightly mildewy , copyright 1969...
I have been rereading it along with Wilson's Historical Illuminatus series...
Yeah...I'm old school weird...lol
The general tendency during the 20th century was for proto-Nazi, Nazi, and neo-Nazi occult groups to use the name Wotan for the deity, while non-racists groups used the name Odin. If the neo-Nazis are infiltrating Asatru, that implies that they have discovered the propagandistic potential of the name Odin. They have set their greedy eye on Scandinavia and its culture, and the chance to gain recruits among Swedish Americans, Danish Americans, and Norwegian Americans.
And to, no doubt, appropriate the sigils, techniques, magick and the power behind them to their own ends.
If I had a favorite or chosen deity among the Germanic/Scandinavian gods it would be Hel. Don't be surprised---the word as used by Christians indicates a place of punishment and intense suffering, but although Helheim has black skies the kind goddess makes every effort to create a pleasant home for the dead. She planted many apple orchards and has built comfortable homes for the souls. She is their mother. All people who die a "straw death" go to her, which means, all who die in their beds peacefully, not swinging a sword in an attempt to kill before being killed. The straw death was supposed to have been humiliating or less prestigious than the battle-field death, but I don't believe it---at least, not among us who valued peace and family life. There were always many among the nobles who disdained the straw death and wanted to die the warrior's death so that they could go to Valhalla or Asgard. There they could kill each other eternally, and if that suits them, fine.
You don't have anything; not even a life.
I am happy to serve as your target for the day.