Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Wisdom for the Wolf-Age: Part 2
Lords of the Left-Hand Path - a conversation with Stephen E. Flowers
This interview mainly focuses on the "left-hand"/dark side of his endeavors. Dr. Flowers has looked at many so-called "controversial" subjects. I'm mainly interested in the folk-spiritual part of his work. In other words, there are going to be some individuals who may have one foot in say the Odinic camp, while dabbling in other areas. Therefore, unless someone is really doing something directly contrary to the larger "movement," then disagreements are best avoided. At least that's my philosophy.
Again, I had no idea that Dr. Flowers was owner of Rûna-Raven Press, which has been covered here. Apparently there was some issue that caused the company to close. I'm guessing that he named it after a symbol called the "Rûna," a left-hand occult symbol of which I can't really interpret it's meaning. He does discuss the Rûna in this interview. I would like to see those books become available again.
This interview, from 2012, was upon the release of his book 'Lords of the Left Hand Path'. A couple of interesting observations by Dr. Flowers struck me. One was that he believed that the Italian Renaissance was a rebirth of Paganism and Hermeticism. Another was that he said that a true understanding of these subjects--I'm guessing general "occultism"--is not to be found in the New Age or metaphysical book stores, but in the local academic libraries. I take that as meaning the university level libraries.
Left-hand path and right-hand path (Wikipedia)
The terms Left-Hand Path and Right-Hand Path refer to a dichotomy between two opposing approaches found in Western esotericism, which itself covers various groups involved in the occult and ceremonial magic. In some definitions, the Left-Hand Path is equated with malicious Black magic and the Right-Hand Path with benevolent White magic. Other occultists have criticised this definition, believing that the Left-Right dichotomy refers merely to different kinds of working, and does not necessarily connote good or bad magical actions.
In more recent definitions, which base themselves on the terms' origins among Indian Tantra, the Right-Hand Path, or RHP, is seen as a definition for those magical groups which follow specific ethical codes and adopt social convention, while the Left-Hand Path adopts the opposite attitude, espousing the breaking of taboo and the abandoning of set morality. Some contemporary occultists have stressed that both paths can be followed by a magical practitioner, as essentially they have the same goals.
In the interview, Dr. Flowers described the right-hand path as being of the feminine, the goddess, and I'm guessing represented by the Moon. He described the right-hand path as being of the masculine, the male god, represented by the Sun. That right-hand description fits well with the artifacts found at Arkaim, or basically the roots of Teutonic spirituality. His description of the left-hand path fits into what we know about proto-European spirituality, back to Hekate, and maybe back to the very ancient ruins now being unearthed in Turkey and Bulgaria.
The following is another podcast interview from 2009: 'KHPR: Dr. Stephen Flowers on Runa'. I found this interview to be difficult to understand, but he goes into detail about "Runa." It appears to me that many of the left-hand path, or "Satanism" really, seem to give what at least sound like contradictory statements of what they believe.. beyond what may be merely different camps within it. Maybe that would be something to look at at some point, but I think I'll just let it rest for now.