The Elhaz Fellowship (Bio)
Being one associated with Vithar I am not one for words, written or spoken.
I feel that everyone has a right to their own opinion without being influenced by others. What feels right for one person may not be so for the next person.
In my opinion you can’t read a book or two and learn to become a heathen. You may know all the gods off by heart and know the ins and outs of the Eddas but so could an educated Christian.
Heathenry for me just defines what you have always been. You will never be able to change who you are in an attempt at becoming something you have read from a book.
Sure books are great for learning new techniques of trance, rituals and rune work if written in the way of an opinion or experience, but not if it is force fed and not open to one’s own interpretation. Unfortunately a lot of the books out there come into the latter category.
Use your common sense and sift your way through, growing with what you feel is right for you and discarding that which does not feel relevant.
Well that’s my opinion anyway.
Having first been exposed to Heathenism and Chaos Magic many years ago by H. A. Laguz, the DubhGhaill now practices an odd and individualistic synthesis of Eastern Mysticism, Western Occultism, Magick and Martial Arts.
Heimlich A. Laguz
Heimlich Addlebert Laguz constantly changes.
Matt Anon is a Chaos Mystic and Left-Hand Path initiate, who studies and practices Chaos Magick and Esoteric Runology within the broader developing philosophy of his own making (a work-in-progress). Since he was a child he walked through valley after valley after valley and though he found lights and shadows, he still seeks The Inmost Light. Matt is very interested in ecstatic experience, magic, religion, intense music, beauty, weirdness and travel as pilgrimage. He studies different perspectives and applications of exploring mysticism and doing sorcery and develops his own system of magic rather than following the worn-out paths of others
Right after he was born (in Amsterdam) he was rushed to a hospital, where he met the Fierce Captivated Goddess Chinnamasta, who kidnapped him to places Unknown (one of those places he dreamt of was called G.O.D. Company). There he was raised by his Holy Guardian Angel and spoon fed magic mushrooms and raw milk and hashish cakes until he could fly to astral realms. From then on he’s been exploring magick with Crowley’s ‘k’, Chaos sorcery, mysticism and Tantric philosophy, but focuses now first and foremost on the Teutonic-Germanic system of magic (Galdr, Seiðr, Soul-Lore etc.). Matt Anon seeks :ᚱᚢᚾᚨ: by walking in Óðinn’s footsteps and leaves no stone unturned in his quest for wisdom and knowledge. He looks at philosophical, metaphysical and magical worldviews not as a reality, but recognizes them “as models or maps, and no one model elevated to the truth.” (RAW). Matt has a Masters degree in Religious Studies. Anon is one of the titles of Kia, derived from A.O. Spare’s philosophy of the Zos Kia Cultus.
I started studying runes after reading Tolkien as a teenager in the early 1970s. In 1990 I was invited to lead the Rune-Gild’s South Pacific Region, and did so for 10 years. By 2000 I became disillusioned with many aspects of that organisation, as well as the endemic invention of “tradition”, and resigned along with most of the members in the region. We set up Rune-Net as an independent, non-hierarchical network for students of the runes.
In 2000, I published True Helm. Not long after, I was asked by friends & members to write a beginners book on runes (the Rune Primer), after they became frustrated at the poorly researched popular rune manuals in the bookstores. My intention was, to some extent, to bust some modern myths and introduce readers to the actual historical sources, while freeing them to approach the runes in their own way, rather than just accepting the invented systems of the various self-proclaimed Gurus.
I spent some time at ANU studying a mixed bag, Physics, Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Philosophy, & Linguistics, but now work as an Engineer in IT. Tying it all together has been the study of Logic in most of its forms; Formal propositional (Philosophy), Informal Grammatical (Linguistics), Boolean (Maths, Physics/Electronics), Set Theory (Maths), Formal Proofs (Maths), Experiment & Hypothesis testing (Physics, Psych, Statistics), Programming, Networking, Intrusion Detection (IT). These continuing studies of Logic provide a grounded platform for my more esoteric studies.
My approach to the spiritual is fairly Buddhistic, relying on experience rather than belief. My ancestry & mythology is Germanic, and I use this to structure my esoteric work. My main esoteric/philosophical influences are Crowley’s concept of Thelema, and the 15 years of martial arts/magical training with Geirr Fokstuen. All of this was brought together in True Helm.