Ralph Harrison, Director of the Odinist Fellowship, has been active in the Odinist movement for the last thirty years. The Odinist Fellowship remains the only Odinist society registered as a religious charity under English (and Scottish) charity law, and is at the vanguard of the movement to restore the original, elder faith of the English people.
Ralph wishes to focus today on considering this big question: Does Odinism have the ideological potential to be restored as the national religion of this land? Is Odinism fitted to adopt the mantle, once again, of England’s national faith?
To answer that question, we need to consider the chief reasons for the veritable implosion of Christianity in England and in much of Western Europe, and whether Odinism suffers from the same defects, or is immune from them. Certainly, some of the great, living, intellectual giants of the present day – mostly, I am afraid to say, French or German, rather than English-speaking – have been arguing for decades that Paganism – by which they mean the Paganism that finds its roots in Antiquity, and not the mumbo-jumbo of the New Age movement – represents the only means of rescuing Europe from the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social morass into which it has plunged.
Heretic Universe: Daemonic Life and the ecstatic experience of the Heathen Cosmos.
In this lecture David Beth will examine important aspects fundamental to a truly Heathen experience of the Universe. The esoteric pathway of the soul may lead us back to the lost daemonic dimension of life where the dead have not died and sacred empowerments become the gifts of a divine cosmos. This talk hopes to show that being Heathen in its core can never only be a faith or a philosophy but is rather a unique, initiated experience of the character of the world where every manifested body becomes the expression of a living daemonic power.
German initiate David Beth is the Hierophant of the Fraternitas Borealis which operates largely in secrecy and La Société Voudon Gnostique . University educated in Germany and the USA, he has travelled and lived all over the world from Nigeria to Hamburg, from Los Angeles to London, fully devoted to his esoteric quest. As an occult teacher and author, David lives and works between Europe and Brasil.
As a proof that non-visionary poetry wastes everybody’s time, Gruntlers’ Theatre is hosting a celebration of English and Welsh letters. Our colleagues from the Word Distillery are joining us to find the most pagan, beautiful and truthful poem of the year. This is accompaniment of passionate music, beer, wine and barley cakes.
Announcing “The London Thing”. An international gathering of Heathens taking place on the 27th October 2012, in central London, England. Be ye Odinists, Wotanists, Asatru, Vanatru, or simply Pagan, please accept our warmest invitation to attend these discussions. Guest speakers will include Freya Aswynn, Ingvar, Annemarie Jensen and David Parry. Tickets are available through “email@example.com“(£25 pounds to cover the costs of venue, refreshments and live- streaming). This is a turning point in our history! As such, we need to share ideas, exchange experiences and meet kin, as well as valued kith, from across the globe.
Thursday, 15th of April was an important date for the British stage, since it saw the inaugural English-language performance of the famous 19th century Azerbaijani comedy “The Botanist Monsieur Jordan and the Sorcerer-Dervish Mastali Shah”. This performance began with an informal reception, MC-ed by Sanan Aliyev, co-founder of Gruntlers’ Arts Group, who translated the play into English. Starting with traditional Azerbaijani dance, there was an introductory lecture by the British poet David Parry, who said “it was an honour to present this Bard, M.F. Akhundov to British audiences”. All four dramatized acts followed. Azerbaijani music concluded this event and support was given for this cultural exchange by the European Azerbaijan Society, as well as the Azerbaijan Embassy in London. The evening finished with a book signing of the translation in the ground-floor bar, which was accompanied by scenes from the film version of the play.
Critics agreed that this historic occasion was a great success. Dr. Ali Atalar, chairman of Azerbaijani House in London said he was “impressed” by every component of this event, which was “well above his expectations”. Certainly, “Gruntlers” arts group intends to explore other Azerbaijani writers in an attempt to bridge the cultural divide between Europe and Azerbaijan. A numbered copy signed by the translator and adaptor of the first English language edition of this comedy will be lodged with the British Library, the five national copyright libraries of the United Kingdom, the Bodleian Library in Oxford and the Poetry Library of the South Bank, not to mention the Azerbaijan National Library.
One of the Azerbaijani cultural events recently organized in the UK is an evening devoted to the great poet of Azerbaijan and the East, Imadaddin Nasimi organized by “Gruntlers Art” Group with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the UK and “Azerbaijan House” cultural and friendship centre on 18 November in London. Addressing to the guests of the evening in his opening speech, the director of the “Gruntlers Art” Group, David Perry, gave talk about life and poetry of the poet, and emphasized that it was first time that the great poet of the east was presented to the British society. Next speeches delivered by the head of the board of “Azerbaijan House” cultural and friendship centre, Ali Tekin Atalar and ambassador Mr. Fakhraddin Gurbanov. Poems by the great poet were performed by the English actors and Azerbaijani students. Members of Azerbaijan and Russian community participated in the evening.
At this pagan time of year Gruntlers’ Theatre will explore power of the dead through poetry, music, film and EVP.
As part of our (now legendary) Halloween celebrations, performers will be reciting the chilling poetry that is spoken beyond dead–ends. Voices from our holy Anglo-Saxon ancestors, the magical pen and mystic skull of the Elizabethan Dr. Dee, the horrific legacy of Aleister Crowley, not to mention the delights of dark English chaos-theory, will take wing around our cubic stage, to the accompaniment of haunting black and white film images and genuinely drop-dead incredible music.
David Parry will be the Chief Necromancer amongst an extremely talented medly of enchanting poets, party animals and the ever living creatures of a wine soaked night.
Come and be scared in really Gothic and sexy ways!!!