Known by many names, the nightside of the Norse-Germanic spiritual path is a self-directed journey towards initiation into the secrets as embodied by the runes, transiting towards the harmonious silence of the void before creation was formed through the collision of fire and ice (the union of opposites to create the moving universe we as living creatures experience). In initiatory and devoted practice revering forces such as the þursar, the student seeks to initiate his or herself into the black arts of northern antiquity and meld into the eternal silence of Ginnungagap, shaking the chains of existence within the nine worlds. There are many parallels one could draw from other Left-Hand Path traditions to this one, such as the karmic cycle in the Puranic tradition. This system is designed to be an initiatory path using the rune rows and the shamanic gateways they represent, so that one may make a personal exit from this universe ruled by the poles of duality.
Myrkþursablót, or Dark Þursian Worship, is a look into the primordial gateway to learn its ethereal secrets of fire and ice in order to unchain one's spirit from the restraints of the mortal world. A journey through the untamed wilderness of darkness as one wades through treacherous tests of inner conflict, as the spirit fights to unleash itself from the prison of flesh, and ascend into the true light to obtain the secrets of the runes from the oldest beings. The keepers of all hidden wisdom, knowledge, secrets and magic. The Þurs.
The dark tradition of Norse spirituality does not place acknowledgment on the Æsir as keepers of the truth, but instead on the Þursar, the oldest beings. It is through them that the hidden secrets of the runes and the ancient wisdom is obtained. They are not to be seen as gods, but as teachers the adept wishes to commune with in order to garner knowledge for their own use. They are the sons and daughters of Aurgelmir, who was born from the infinite void before time was time.
Throughout the pages of Myrkþursablót: Nightside of The Old Norse Mythology the authors introduce us to the dark world of the Þurs, analyzing their attributes and characteristics so that the reader may benefit from a deeper understanding of these primordial forces. It is through this understanding that the reader may make proper use of the runes and sigils presented and described in this book, with the ultimate goal of reaching true illumination.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
:Þursablóð / Blood of the Old Ones:
:Eldmegin / The Scorching-Powers:
:Hrímmegin / The Frost-Powers
:Auðrunar / Secrets of the Void:
:Myrkrúnar / The Dark Runes:
:Fornþursar / The Ancient Þurs
:Úlfheðnar / Cult of the Werewolf:
:Hrafnaguð / The Raven God:
:Rúnseíðr / Rune Spells:
Niðafjöll has been actively working with the runes for a decade, focusing on Séta meditation in order to achieve a deeper understanding of the true essence behind the powers represented by the runes. Wilthijaz Yggr has been also working with the runes for well over a decade, focusing on Galdr and Utiseta meditations. Both authors have a profound knowledge in Old Norse and Germanic traditions and mythology, a knowledge that has been poured into this title, to the benefit of the reader.
This title is part of our Nox Sine Occasu series, and as such it shares its format and characteristics with the previous titles in the series. It contains several full-page illustrations created by the infamous Serpent Souls Art, as well as other photographs and diagrams, and several bindrunes and sigils drawn by Niðafjöll.
Specifications: 77 pages, 135 g. coated paper. Duodecimo size (135x190 mm.), soft cover bound in faux crushed leather with black end-papers (140 g.). Cover hot-stamped in gray with the Myrkþursablót logo. Hand-sewed spine. 300 hand-numbered copies.
The first 90 copies are presented in a black rugged folder, sigilized in silver with the Ginnfaxi and wax-sealed by hand with the Nox Sine Occasu seal. These 90 copies will also have a digital version of the book included in the price.
Per usual with our Nox Sine Occasu series, the price is 20€ for a standard copy, and 35€ for one of the limited, folded copies.
What follows is an interview with the authors:
Greetings! You are newcomers to the occult scene as authors, but you have been practitioners for a while. Could you tell us a bit about your background as a practitioners, and why you decided to start writing about your experiences?
Niðafjöll – For the past nine years, I have been heavily involved with studying and aiming to understand the vast complexities of the Nordic Mythology as well as working with the runes. Within the past six years though my focus was solely on the darker aspect of this mythology. Throughout the years I was in communication with individuals who have been in the various paths of this current, be it Dark Germanic Heathenism or Þursatrú. After I started to become more knowledgeable about the subject I was constantly researching, I took it upon myself to start collecting my thoughts in notebooks and journals. I wrote an essay some time ago on Fenrisúlfr and passed it around to friends via email but that was the extent of it. There never was any real intention to make a complete book out of the notes and ideas I came to, but after the ideas became more and more did it really start to come to fruition.
Wilthijaz Yggr - My experience lends itself to affiliation with initially as an Asatruar, but overall seeking something more in depth and to my personal call than an attempt to reconstruct a religion such as the old Germanic faith into something I personally believe it is not as I have found in my own personal practice. I have been more interested in the LHP since a young age, and the confines grew tight rather quickly. My rune practice has included Galdr and Utiseta meditation for the last decade or so, and my readings into the Dark Germanic Heathenry movement led me initially to think I had found my group, but while I agree with the nightside of rune practice, my writings in this volume will have their obvious deviations to anyone familiar with the current. Hence my desire to contribute something of my own into the think tank, so to speak.
As authors, what are your biggest influences? Which works have made your own work possible?
Niðafjöll – I don’t really know if I would consider myself an author but the biggest influence would be the actual mythology itself. Without my deep love of the Eddas themselves and the entire Viking era of history as a whole, this never would have happened. The main works that made this entire book possible would be the Poetic/Prose Eddas and the book “Uthark: Nightside of the Runes”.
Wilthijaz Yggr - Interesting question. If 'work' could be loosely defined, I think the pursuit of inner liberation through the four great pursuits in my mind (art, science, philosophy and mysticism) would be, in short, the major influence for me. It would be difficult to name any one thing, short of name-dropping a handful of works that would already create a framework for the reader to preconceive my writings in, and that is not my intent. Let the material speak for itself.
Who do you think will be interested in your book? What were your goals while writing it?
Niðafjöll – I think the main group this would will attract will be those with any concept of Dark Germanic Heathenism and/or Þursatrú. This current is very small and is not a very popular idea considering only a handful of manuscripts and a couple books have been written on this subject. But I hope that those with an appetite for Norse Mythology and the various aspects of it will find it to be an interesting introduction. The only real goal I had while writing it was to finish it. The idea to publish it didn’t come until after it was written.
Wilthijaz Yggr - Anyone interested in metaphysical writings, particularly those curious about a crash course in the more LHP spheres of the rune rows. My goals were to spread my experience, and add it as well as my thoughts on the subject as written by other authors into this ever-changing pool we know as the collective occult mind.
With several dark Germanic/Scandinavian currents existing nowadays, it can get a bit confusing; could you tell us what sets Myrkþursablót aside from said other currents?
Niðafjöll – What sets Myrkþursablót apart from other dark Norse currents is, and it is a main one, is there is absolutely zero influence or inspiration taken from anything to do with Satanic/Luciferian ideologies. The idea was to stay as true to the lore as possible while highlighting certain aspects within the stories that can be interpreted differently than before. The entire basis of Myrkþursablót was to create something that does not allow outside influence within. I do not want it to be seen as a religious concept but more of a free-thinking idea. A darker spiritual outlook on the Norse tradition that isn’t widely accepted by others. The idea that if you dig deep within the pages, you can find hidden messages that may have been overlooked.
Wilthijaz Yggr - In truth, I'm not sure what you mean by 'several'. I only know of a handful, and maybe only 1 or 2 authors who have written in depth on the subject in recent years. Again, I think with anyone familiar with the currents the material will set itself apart, in a rather controversial way among some.
What is the appeal on working with such ancient entities as the Þurs? What sets them aside from other dark, supernatural forces?
Niðafjöll – The more I started to understand the Þurs, the more I dawned on me that within the Norse Mythology the Æsir were not the wisest, strongest and end-all-be-all powers of the lore. Óðinn himself sought out the Þurs many times for knowledge, and if that isn’t a massive flag then I don’t know what is. Before I began my journey down this walk of life I of course was involved with Ásatrú. But my mind is naturally drawn to the darker side of life, it always has. Once I began reading into the Þurs and what surrounds them it set me on course to where I am today.
Wilthijaz Yggr - In my mind, the appeal is of a similar bent to a Hellenic practitioner working with the Titans. They are the primordial beings forced into order by the younger gods, and not necessarily merely adversarial forces. They aren't necessarily rabidly against the order out of a sense of rebellion, but would crush it unaware of its presence just as reeds and driftwood are cast apart by the tide. I would not decry working with other forces in the slightest, as I certainly have as well. I simply write about this because I have the most experience with it, and have something to contribute to the conversation.
You have some interesting theories regarding Óðinn; in your book you claim he is not the white god everybody believes him to be. This is probably going to prove polemic, since all other dark Germanic/Scandinavian currents portrait him in a way equivalent to the gnostic Demiurge.
Niðafjöll – This chapter is basically what spawned the entire idea of writing this book because this is a subject that is very important to me. Óðinn to me is much much more complex than he is given credit for. I don’t want to basically give away the entire chapter here, but I feel that people who are within the darker current need to give him a closer look and see him for what he really is instead of casting him aside as the “demiurge”. I am not saying that my opinion is the correct one, but I will say that I have presented some ideas that some may find interesting if they open their mind to possibility.
Wilthijaz Yggr - This goes back to my disillusion with the neo-pagan groups I found myself interested in as a youth. Attaching 'white' and 'black' in these traditions isn't so easy, and not with the same significance as a dualistic faith, especially with a deity so obviously tied to the primordial nether. If other DGH currents wish to disagree, then that is their prerogative. I cannot speak for their experiences and what light may have been shed on them. I merely speak from my experience in dealing with the forces and qualities that could be attributed to the Óðinn figure.
What comes next? Have you said everything there is to say on the subject, or is this an evolving matter?
Niðafjöll – I don’t know what comes next, because only time will tell, but I feel I may have said all I wanted to say with this book.
Wilthijaz Yggr - Like all things, and all pursuits of the LHP. Once one thing is said, there can be more. Once one thing is done, there is always somewhere else to explore. When the inspiration comes, it will be poured outward and made manifest.
Thank you for your time.
Niðafjöll – thank you for your interest in our work and for publishing our book!
Wilthijaz Yggr - Thank you, and thank you for the interest in spreading our work. We hope the readership finds it stirring and interesting.