Monday, April 30, 2012

Guido von List: Part 14

I wanted to make an entirely separate von List entry to plug one publishing concern which seems to be working to translate his works, other than 'Secret of the Runes', into English. Of course, they have other similar endeavors as well.

Quality Literature With A Mission

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Rûna-Raven strives to provide a knowledgeable reading public with the best material and most reliable service in a variety of “cutting edge” fields — with a concentration in the areas of Germanic lore and magic as well as left-hand path studies. Rûna-Raven's mission is to publish deeper level works in the Germanic tradition that larger and more commercial houses will not print.

A beautiful edition of the 1898 "Germanic catechism" by the man who would become the leader of an esoteric Germanic revival just a few years later. This edition is a virtual replica of the original with all the art-nouveau style art-work redrawn closely following the original by Timothy Weinmeister. The text is an outline of a moral teaching with which few could disagree. Translation is by Edred Thorsson.

As a follow-up to the classic and seminal work The Secret of the Runes, Rûna-Raven presents a translation of another of Guido von List's important volumes: Die Religion der Ario-Germenen in ihrer Esoterik und Exoterik, first published in 1910. This text, next to that of The Secret of the Runes, provides an in-depth look at the ideological world of the turn of the century Viennese master. Perhaps no other text so precisely sums up List's religious world-view. In these pages he describes an esoteric, theosophical, cosmology in terms of Germanic mythology and addresses questions of astrology and the purpose and destiny of the human soul. Those who have made a study of the esoteric world of early 20th century Germany and Austria will welcome this little book which sheds more light on the topic. The text is preceded by an introduction by Dr. Stephen E. Flowers (translator and editor of The Secret of the Runes) in which he addresses the issues of List's use of folk-etymology, theosophical influence on List's ideas, and most importantly issues statements on research into the topic of occultism in the Third Reich and the general misuse of the theory of “Nazi occultism.”

There are also some easily searchable items where von List is partly featured, but is not the author of the whole work. I came across the name of this press service when I saw it on the page for 'The Religion of the Aryo-Germanic Folk', and searched it as an afterthought. It's just like anything else; if you like something, you vote for it with your pocketbook.


5-7-12 ADDITION: I wanted to add here, regarding the issue of translating Guido von List's books into English, that I suggest his book 'Carnuntum' for translation. It was first published in 1888, so it would be a long time coming!

Excerpt from page 14 of 'The Secret of the Runes' (in Stephen E. Flowers biographical section on List):

Carnuntum, his first novel, was set in the time of the Germanic invasions across the Roman limes in the late fourth century C.E. Historically, Carnuntum was overrunin 374 C.E. by the Quadi, a Germanic tribe. It is an explicit feature of List's historical vision that modern Austria south and west of the Danube was an Urheimat, a primeval homeland, of the Germanic peoples, and that with such ancient invasions the Germans were merely reclaiming territories lost to the Roman forces of occupation.

Description from Wikipedia's Carnuntum page:

Carnuntum was a Roman army camp on the Danube in the Noricum province and after the 1st century the capital of the Upper Pannonia province. Its remains are situated in Lower Austria halfway between Vienna and Bratislava on the "Archaeological Park Carnuntum", extending over the area of 10 km2 near today's villages Petronell-Carnuntum and Bad Deutsch-Altenburg.

It should be noted that this region, unknown to archeology in List's time, had been a Celtic land. Although we will never know, it would be interesting to ponder what List would have made of that. In any case, this novel's English translation is long overdue I think.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Hymn of the Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom

Although presented as "the hymn of the Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom" by the uploader, it seems to really be the hymn of the Austian Empire ("The Habsburgs") of which it was non-voluntarily part of. I believe that our people, on a cultural level, "own" the two regional flags. The double-headed eagle symbol has some roots in Lombardy, and the other flag has the crests of both Lombardy and Venetia, with the Austian flag in the middle. There's one version without the Austrian flag.

As far as the hymn, part of me fancies it as almost like what the Bonnie Blue flag hymn was to the South. However, what would be a stretch. Intrinsically, it's a great hymn. It's very spirited, and neither too gaudy, nor too bland. It could be a symbol of the Germanic influence (Langobards, Goths, Cimbrians, Austrians) of the northeast; as opposed to the French Piedmont or Roman Tuscany. "Transalpine vs. Cisalpine" struggles have been part of our history going back to ancient times. I think at this point it transcends a historically simplistic "Germanophile" or "Germanophobe" outlook.

One strange factoid relating to the period of Habsburg rule, was that during the Kingdom of the Lombards many centuries earlier, the region of Lombardy, the Tri-Veneto area, and the Trentino was called "Austria." The country that the English-speaking world now calls Austria, is really named Österreich.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Old World Witchcraft with Raven Grimassi (audio stream interview)

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This is a 2-hour interview, from November 30, 2011, by the Blog Talk Radio podcast Pagan Perspectives. Raven Grimassi is an author and a long-time leading figure in Stregheria, which is a spiritual tradition of basically Tuscan origin. We can go into all of that in detail later. If you have any problem with the above audio, here is the direct link.

Pagan Perspectives description: Join us for a 2 hour interview with author Raven Grimassi, we will be talking to him about his New book Old World Witchcraft Ancient ways for Modern Days. This will be a show you wont want to miss


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Caffè Como: "Russian Hill's new hotspot"

I believe that this is probably standard Italian cuisine, but since it bears the name of the Lombardian province of Como--and it's in San Francisco--it deserves a mention on that alone. They're even on facebook.

From the San Francisco Chronicle ad:

Caffè Como's Eatery

Caffè Como's staff and fare are top notch. Recently remodled, the space is immaculate and cozy, prefect for a casual meal or an intimate conversation.

Come in and experience Russian Hill's new hotspot, Caffè Como.

Breakfast M-F 7-10AM
Dinner M-Sun 5-10PM
Brunch Sat-Sun 7-3PM

2550 Van Ness Ave (@ Filbert Street)
(415) 529-2615


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Osteria Stellina: "Point Reyes Italian" food

This month, the San Francisco Chronicle released it's annual 'Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants'. Included on the list, for the third year in a row, was Osteria Stellina in Point Reyes Station, Marin County; which is described as "Point Reyes Italian" under it's cuisine (in the hard copy version). As you may know, perhaps from earlier entries here, that many of the towns founders and founding families were of Cisalpine or Ticinese origin. Of course, they continue to be a part of West Marin County, especially its dairy farming industry. That name is so cool; reminds me of "Ostara."

Osteria Stellina

11285 Hwy. 1 ( at B Street)
Point Reyes Station
Tel. (415) 663-9988      
Map |
Christian Caiazzo gathers most of his ingredients from Marin County and calls his creations Point Reyes Italian. Even though the restaurant is still in the 415 area code, Point Reyes Station feels as if it could be on the Irish coast, and the downtown could easily be the set for a spaghetti Western. The food, while homey, is sophisticated; his Beans and Greens alone is well worth a special trip. The interior of this corner storefront is modest, but the care that goes into the restaurant is evident in the fresh flower arrangements and pristine produce displayed around the dining room.

Specialties: Oyster pizza; Tomales Bay mussels with house-made sausage; Beans and Greens; beef stew; braised goat with creamy herbed polenta; grilled cheese at lunch; any dessert.


Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily; dinner 5-9 p.m. nightly.


  • Italian



  • Beer and wine
  • Credit Cards: Accepted
  • Parking: Easy
  • Lunch
  • Seating (57)
  • Reservations: Accepted

Chronicle Rating


Chronicle Review History

Date Status Details
04/03/2011 Revisited Top 100 Restaurants 2011  -- Michael Bauer
04/04/2010 Revisited Top 100 Restaurants 2010  -- Michael Bauer
05/10/2009 Reviewed Osteria Stellina bursting with local goodness


Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Moon (History Channel documentary)

The Universe - The moon - History Channel (45 min)

[From YouTube user waldopulanco]


There's no way to overstate the importance of the moon to the earth; not to mention our ancestors, their way of life, and their spirituality.

From the documentary:

For 15,000 years at least, man revered the moon as a source of light, as a navigational guide, as a reference in agricultural pursuits; and most of all, as a convenient time-keeper.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

An Asatru Temple Unearthed in Norway. And Then...... Destroyed?

[Although in the spirit of the subject, the above is not the actual place]

[Borrowed from the 'Asatru Update' blog of the Asatru Folk Assembly]

March 31, 2012

As a man of Asatru, the faith of ancient Scandinavia and the Germanic lands, I was intrigued by a story in the news...

The site was old; dating from the fifth century. A circle of stones, 15 meters across and each stone standing a meter high, provided a central focal point. Leading up to the circle was a processional road that had not felt a human foot for a thousand years. To one side there had been a wooden structure supported by strong wooden pillars resting on firm stone footings,but the wood had disappeared long ago. The whole array had been carefully, lovingly buried in peat, preserved from plow and weather, deliberately hidden from those who would harm it, awaiting the day it would be safe to once again acknowledge the old Gods. Surely, those who covered it must have thought, the Christian madness will someday pass and our descendants will be glad that we have saved this for them...

When an intact pre-Christian temple was unearthed in Norway, archeologists were overwhelmed. Comments like "Unique!" and "Unprecedented!" splashed across Internet news pages.

But now, it has been demolished - bulldozed to make way for a housing development.

Could the pagans of old, as they tenderly buried the holiest place they knew, have imagined a world where gold was more important than Gods? Where their own descendants would raze their temple so that the profane houses of thralls would forever crush that which they loved? When the steel blade of the bulldozer bit into the sacred earth, the present spat on the past. The clear intentions of the ancestors were ruthlessly betrayed...for money.

What would I have done, had I been magically transported to the site at that crucial moment? Had I been the bulldozer driver, would I have refused, and lost my job? Yes, I think so. Had I been a bystander, would I have risked prison, injury, even death to stop the machine? I hope so. I am only a man, no hero. But sometimes, being a man is enough - if he is doing the right thing. As the poet wrote,

"And how can man die better than facing fearful odds
For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his gods?"

Money has carried the day. The site was presumably private property,being developed by a corporation, for profit. I have no objection to profit. But who owns the past? Who owns the ancestors? Who owns the Gods? Is there a "right" to bulldoze an ancient holy site in Norway or, as has been done, to level an ancient stone circle in Ireland...for profit? The most important things cannot be owned by anyone: I do not "own" my family name. I merely borrow it to pass on, with added honor, to my sons. I do not "own" the genetic and cultural inheritance left me by my forefathers and foremothers; this too I have only borrowed from my ancestors. They are not mine to destroy.

One of the old rune poems says that "Gold causes strife among kinsmen. The wolf grows up in the woods." Anyone who has sat in a lawyer's office to attended the reading of a will has seen this; kin battle to get money, and hate each other for the rest of their lives. And the wolf...he is none other than Fenris, the wolf restrained only by the bonds of love and kinship that we forge with each other, from generation to generation and across the centuries. When he is loosed, Ragnarok - the great battle at the end of this cycle of time - ensues.

In Norway, the wolf is loose. The gift of one's ancestors, passed on for a thousand years, thrown away for a pile or kroner. Not that all Norwegians would have plowed the temple of their forefathers, and not that America is any better. We, too, have sold - given away! - our inheritance. Materialism, narcissism, alienation and superficiality permeate our popular culture. Our laws, based on ancient codes, are corrupted by the judges. Every man's and woman's thoughts are the property of the emerging surveillance state. Truly, this is the time foreseen by the seeress: "Wind-age, Wolf Age, ere the world falls..."

The temple so lovingly preserved by Norwegians a thousand years ago emerged in this time and place for a reason. This is the time of Awakening - awakening, that is, if the Gods of honor and valor can win against the gods of gold and whoredom...if men and women will remember the ancestors...if blood runs true.

Across the Northlands the ravens stir in the trees. Great chieftains await the call, heroes strive to be reborn. But we, their descendants - no matter where on Earth we now live - must call them if they are to awaken.

I call them! I call on Odin and Frigga, Thor and Sif, Frey and Freya! I call on the ancestors all-holy, and the heroes who sleep in the mounds! Let us remember that we are the sons and daughters of warriors and poets, mystics and seers, adventurers and explorers! Even now, the old Gods stir. Organizations dedicated to the indigenous faith of the Northlands - called Asatru, or Odinism, or "Our Faith" or by many other names - exist in many countries. Like the emergence of a forgotten Norwegian hof in 2012, they are here because a wind of awakening blows through the World Tree. is time.

We will chain the wolf.

Update - The stones from the site have been removed and stored, though the place itself has been "developed," as they say. To follow the situation, go to the Facebook page "Bevar veet pa Ranheim." There is a web site at . We must support this effort in any way we can. I will post more information as I get it.

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly


Steve's New Podcast at Asatru Rising!

April 12, 2012

I've taken the Asatru Update blog post of a couple of weeks ago - the one about the destruction of the Norwegian temple - and made it into a podcast. You can find it at Some folks like my speaking better than my writing, so you get to hear my voice again!


Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly


I just wanted to add a couple of links here. 'Archaeologists unearth 'unparalleled' pre-Christian temple in Norway' (from This article goes into much greater detail regarding this news item, as well as an artist recreation of what the site may have looked like in it's day. This link was actually posted by YouTube user Fugitive2 on his video 'Pagan Temple Discovered in Norway!' I'm not going to link him now due to a couple of obscenities he used, but I may link a few of his other pagan-related videos later. He did bring up the point that many Christians claim that there isn't any real "evidence of paganism," I assume in Europe, and this now destroyed spiritual site is one such place. It was buried a millennium ago in fear that Christian zealots would destroy it.... and eventually someone did destroy it. I honestly have to wonder if this was done purposefully. Also, 'Unique pagan temple unearthed in Norway' (from The Archaeology News Network).