http://www.thunderwizard.com

For those who have read my book or my website, you may already know that the Teutonic Shamanism path that I am teaching is a result of personal meditative experiences with Pre-Christian Teutonic deities. These experiences motivated me to study my ancestral spiritual heritage.

In the beginning, I was not familiar with modern Neo Heathenism when I began my research. So, I did not tailor my path to fit into neo heathen parameters... Because I did not even know they existed at all.

So, to help explain my experiences and relate them to my Teutonic heritage, I was limited to only four sources: 1) Norse Myths, 2) Roman Historians, 3) surviving pre-Christian indo-european religions (Vedic) and, 4) Interconnected Universal Principles found in my other practices with an unbroken lineage into pre-history... (And of course, the gods themselves.)

It's probably a good thing that I didn't know about modern Heathenism because the loudest voices in  neo-heathenism seemed to be the racists and exclusionists. I am aware that the vast majority of Heathens are not bigots or fundamentalists, but the extremists unfortunately are the more visible ones when one starts looking around for Teutonic spiritual practices. It is very likely that had I found the racialists before my visits from Mother Holle, I probably would have been so turned off, I might not have pursued worshiping my ancestral deities at all.

The only other European paths that I knew of at the time were Wicca, Druidism and other hermetic magical paths, none of which resonated with me or seemed very helpful to me in reconstructing a modern pre-Christian Teutonic path. When I became aware of the existence of modern Heathenism and after doing a little bit of reaching out to the existing heathen groups I could find, I quickly decided that I was not interested in getting into multitudinous religious or political debates. Nor did I enjoy having to wade through the racial nonsense. Nor did I appreciate the extremely aggressive attacks I experienced when some right wing Heathens saw what I was doing. So, I retreated into my own practices avoiding Heathens altogether and focused on my studies with the sources I already mentioned. I did this because I wanted to make sure that the conclusions I was making were based on objective sources. I also did not want to be tempted to unconsciously try and mold what I was recreating into other peoples' religious molds. And I wanted to make sure that my main motivation was to honor the gods, not get praise from others. (IME, alot of Heathens spend alot of energy making sure they don't offend other Heathens by elaborately tailoring their Universalist tendencies to fit within accepted Heathen dogma. I certainly have felt this temptation as well.)

Nevertheless, realizing that some people involved in the Heathen community might take offense at my version of Teutonic re-constructionism, I went to great lengths to make sure that I did not use any names or references that would infringe on the other existing neo-Teutonic religions. So, I never referred to myself or my path as Asatru, Heathen, Norse, Viking etc...

I must have been somewhat naive to think that people in the modern, post-christian world would allow other people the right to have their own interpretation of spiritual practices as long as they respected your turf. Yet, I have gotten word that some Asatruers are having a field day trashing me and my work on their discussion boards. (Since I'm not Asatru... Why do they even care? If I said I was Asatru, then I might understand.)

Nevertheless I've been labeled "Pagan" "New Age" etc... I've also been accused of getting rich "selling" spirituality. Ha! I wish! My website is completely free and teaches a free and complete shamanic spiritual path from a Teutonic perspective. Perhaps I should do it for the money.

Even though I've been labeled a pagan, I don't consider myself one because that seems to be the territory of Wiccans and Druids and out of respect for their religions, I have not labeled myself as such. I do consider myself a traditional polytheist and an animist. And even though I have tried to stay out of the Pagan/Asatru squabbles, it seems that some Asatruers have decided that I am just another Pagan interloper into their "original" Teutonic religion. (Even though Asatru is not by any means the "original." It was re-invented in the 1970's after 1,000 years by people with little or no understanding of other surviving indo-european traditions and therefore a very limited framework from which to interpret pre-Christian polytheist/animist indo-european mythology. IMHO)

So, since I am already being accused of being a pagan (as though that was a bad thing) I guess I might as well just simply join forces with the Pagans and call myself a "Teutonic Pagan."

So,... Hail Teutonic Paganism!!!


(I think the above blog will be the intro to my next book, but just to piss more people off, below is a video of a Vedic Mantra set to African drums sung by Teutonic shaman...)

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Comment by Maris Hellfaerie (Maire) on June 10, 2011 at 11:38pm
Thanks for the video <3, even though, as recently discussed somewhere else, I am cautious about waking anything up right now. To me you resemble Heathen, I hope you don't mind.
Comment by ThunderWizard.com on June 11, 2011 at 1:26am

Thank's Hel's Maire...

Comment by ThunderWizard.com on June 11, 2011 at 4:05am
Thanks, Sat-Sekhmet
Comment by David Carron on June 11, 2011 at 8:28am
So as opposed to addressing those issues, there on those sites, you post this here.
Comment by ThunderWizard.com on June 11, 2011 at 1:45pm

Gosh...Sorry David,

Does it bother you that I post this here? Have I inconvenienced you or offended you? You think perhaps that I should seek out more criticism from the very people who are offended by me? Or are you trying to illustrate my point even further?
Comment by Maris Hellfaerie (Maire) on June 11, 2011 at 2:03pm
I'd be interested in the disputes so far, because I perceive Thunderwizards interpretation as very organic, if not 'earthy', a term I am just learning to use instead of 'Germanic'.
Comment by David Carron on June 11, 2011 at 2:31pm
"

Gosh...Sorry David,

Does it bother you that I post this here? Have I inconvenienced you or offended you? You think perhaps that I should seek out more criticism from the very people who are offended by me? Or are you trying to illustrate my point even further?"

 

If you would like to award yourself with the status as a wounded victim, you can have it.  It's your blog, go nuts.  I was figuring you were more interested in addressing such concerns rather then complain about them. 

Comment by Maris Hellfaerie (Maire) on June 11, 2011 at 2:52pm
>.< Lykathea, I see great difference between Thunderwizard and Kaldera!!!
Comment by ThunderWizard.com on June 11, 2011 at 2:55pm

Thanks Lykathea...

I have checked out Raven's stuff. It doesn't resonate with me personally. But I appreciate his bravery and commitment to experimentation...

David, your suggestion and your comment does not make sense. I will repeat my question. "You think perhaps that I should seek out more criticism from the very people who are offended by me?" I already know how they feel. I have no need to pick a fight with them or seek further confirmation of their opinions. David, you seem like a nice guy but please refrain from commenting on my blogs unless you have something constructive to say and have thought through your questions better...

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