måndag 19 februari 2024

Creating a face

Good morning, adept of magical realism. Today's lesson is about creating a face.




1.

Let me begin by quoting Halévy's Nietzsche biography.

It is about an event in 1886. Nietzsche was then at the height of his creativity. The Zarathustra book had been published some years before. He was in high spirits. He was, in short, approaching supermanhood.

Halévy paints the scene thus. Nietzsche's comrade Paul Lanzky was meeting Nietzsche in Ruta, near Genoa:

Paul Lanzky rejoined Friedrich Nietzsche at Ruta. Not having seen him for eighteen months, he was struck by the change which he observed in him. The body was weighed down, the features altered.


In other words, Nietzsche is becoing superhuman.

And it shows in the face. The face is a sign of the ultimate opus, the alchemical work, the statement of being “more than what you are”.

And a similar instance can be seen in the life of Carlos Castaneda.

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Castaneda's doctine per se is rather pertinent for a superman primer. It is about memento mori. About raising yourself with selfless action. And about going to knowledge as you go to war – wide awake, with fear, with apprehension, and with absolute determination.

Castaneda, as a disciple, embraces all this. Then, in the exam as a nagualist shaman, he has to jump off a precipice and, via the so called “assemblage point” on the astral body, assemble a new world, so as not to be crushed to pulp at the bottom of the gorge. – This is an elaborate shamanic test and it has to be done with firm guidance by a guru – or two, actually, as it was in this case. Conversely, to simply jump off a cliff and expect “magic” to ensue is said to have led one reader of Castaneda’s books into certain death. He jumped from a bridge and of course couldn’t assemble a new world, since he had no shamanic guru around to coach him (the source for this tragic episode is Wallace 2003).

However, Castaneda, for one, managed to jump of his cliff and not land at the bottom of the vale – no, in mid-flight he assembled a new world – several, in fact, in succession – before he ended up in his Los Angeles apartment.

Castaneda has told of the “jumping off a cliff” and what followed in several books – like Tales of Power and The Second Ring of Power. The below version is based on The Active Side of Infinity (1999).

After the event he was, of course, a little surprised to be alive. But he gathered himself, got out of bed, went to the bathroom. And sat in the bathtub for a long time, water from the shower besprinkling him while he was “recalled to life,” so to speak.

And “the face”? What has this got to do with “creating a face”?

I’ll come to that.



2.

Having recovered body and soul Castaneda finally went out for a bite. He went to the usual diner nearby and had a meal. Then a drifter he recognized from before entered the restaurant. And after a while he went to Castaneda’s table. But when he saw Castaneda he screamed and ran away.

In Castaneda’s own words, this is the story:

When he [= the hobo] entered the restaurant, he sat at his usual place, and then he looked at me. Our eyes met. The next thing I knew, he had let out a formidable scream that chilled me, and everyone present, to the bone. ... The man jumped off his stool and ran out of the restaurant, tuning back to stare at me while, with his hands, he made agitated gestures over his head.

[Castaneda 1999, p. 271-272]


Castaneda runs after the man, overtakes him in the street, asking him what made him scream. But the man just covers his eyes and screams again. So Castaneda leaves him and returns to the diner – and the waitress asks him what happened and Castaneda says he just went to see a friend. A friend, really? she says but he means it, musing that this guy was someone who had “seen through the veneer that covers you and knows where you really come from” [p. 272]

The hobo had seen something in Castaneda. Probably his altered features. The features of a superman.

For, magic practices aside, the exact “way to do it” – if you have jumped off a precipice and survived, ending up some hundred miles from where you started – then you are superman.



3.

We shall say a little more about the magical way to supermanhood.

We don’t teach magic per se. No ceremonies or such. But it has got to be said that the magician approaches the superman role.

For instance, they say that among Etruscan magicians there were some called “fulguriators”. They let themselves be struck by lightning (Lat. fulgur) and thus became changed into something more than ordinarily human. The event of course was preceded by “Hyperborean initiation”. You had to have will-thought united in your being, and be prepared to die, before letting lightning struck you. But with the right mindset, and right condition, you could let the thunderbolt hit you and then end up as a supreme being. As a shamanic superman.

And as for the mere possibility of surviving a lightning strike, it is said to be about 90%.

Thus, the fulguriator practice is a probable usage.



4.

You needn’t jump off a cliff or be struck by lightning to raise yourself. You can test your strength in other ways.

You can go to war. You can go hiking in some strenuous way. You can fast, live on a limited diet for a while. You can meditate, focus your mind on the Absolute.

There are many ways of skinning a cat. There are, beyond the basic initiation, many ways to supermanhood. All of them might, in the end, lead to a change in your appearance – a different face, a face exuding both “innocence and experience”. Your face will change, have an appearance like it is made of metal – not iron, in this case, but bronze, the bronze of a statue, come alive by the different shades and highlights given by the shifting sunlight during the day.



Literature
Castaneda, Carlos. The Active Side of Infinity. New York: Simon & Shuster, 1999
Halévy, Daniel. The Life of Friedrich Nietzsche. London: T. Fischer Unwin, 1911
Wallace, Amy. Sorcerer’s Apprentice: My Life With Carlos Castaneda. New York: North Atlantic Books, 2003



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torsdag 15 februari 2024

Mina engelska böcker på Bokus

Mina engelska böcker finns på Bokus.com.




Jag har en del böcker utgivna av Manticore Press. Ett australiskt förlag, internationellt verksamt. Och med engelskspråkig utgivning, inget annat.

Jag är sedan 2014 utgiven av Manticore. Det är närmare bestämt åtta böcker. Och alla finns till salu i Sverige, på Bokus.com.

Priserna är högst rimliga. Vad sägs till exempel om SF Seen from the Right, på 378 sidor, för 299:-?

Alla mina åtta böcker på Bokus finner du här.



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onsdag 7 februari 2024

Vintage pod: The Hero's Journey

A pod episode still online after six years, that's rather unique. I am talking about this one.




In March 2018 I was interviewed by Henrik Palmgren of Red Ice Radio. Here it is. The first hour is free, the second hour needs membership of Red Ice.

In the interview we talked about my then latest novel, Burning Magnesium. Then the discussion segued into a look at another book of mine, Actionism. For, they do have things in common, the war novel and my personal philosophy. Like action as being, movement as a state, memento mori, and all that.

This was my second interview at Red Ice. In 2017 we talked about my essay on sf. It, too, is still online.

So I'd say, check them both out for a closer look at my preachment.



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fredag 26 januari 2024

How to embrace MMM = the Memento Mori Mindset

Towards an understanding of death... that's the subject of this post. It's NOT about becoming a necrophile. No. It's about being a living, exuberant person having an integral respect for death.




My philosophy of life is partly about acknowledging death.

I discussed it in this post.

It is the "Memento Mori Mindset" = MMM.

The philosophical basis of MMM is the gist of that post.

Even more so: MMM is one of the key factors of my philosophy of life, Actionism.

Actionism is about having willpower-and-vision in your life. But before you go on to create wonders in that way you must meet "the Dweller on the Threshold"... equal to "death, the fear of death". You must come to terms with death.

It is all very simple. But the simple is difficult. As Clausewitz said.



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måndag 22 januari 2024

Good Reads, January 2024

Howdy.




Hereby some reading tips.

The common denominator is "Absolute Svensson"... books that are symbolising the world of me.

And here they are:

. Jung, Psychology and Alchemy. -- Elegantly readable survey over alchemy and its spiritual meanings. A little reductionist but not overly so.

. Guénon, The King of the World. -- The swastika is a polar symbol, and Hyperborea is the fatherland for us all. Melchizedek, the Gral, Agartha and Shambhala. All this, and Three Wise Men, in a succinct study, under 100 pages.

. Brandes, Friedrich Nietzsche. -- Also a succinct survey, this time over FN by the Dane Georg Brandes. Brandes was a little superficial and unspiritual, but you must give him that he was the first to see the grandeur of Nietzsche. Contains heartbreaking correspondence between GB and FN, FN both seeing some recognition of his opus and also, at the end, going mad.

. The Mahabharata, translated by John D. Smith. First published in 2009 it comprises all of the epic, in about 800 pages. This means that half the text is summary text. But to get all of this epic into one volume you have to make sacrifices. This is a decent compromise.



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söndag 14 januari 2024

Pronunciation of Sanskrit: some remarks

Sanskrit was spoken in Agartha and Hyperborea. And this whole legacy is coming back. Therefore everyone should know Sanskrit.




Sanskrit is the way of the future. Many greats have had some knowledge of it: Guénon, Evola...

And as for the pronunciation of Sanskrit, hereby some remarks.

For instance, in the Sanskrit grammar I had as a student, it was stated that the stress should never be on the last syllable of a word. And a Western person speaking Sanskrit should remember this. But the Indians themselves speak with a rather monotonous accent, all syllables having approximately the same stress (this may remind you of the pronunciation of Chinese and Japanese).

Indian pronunciation of Sanskrit differs somewhat from Western school pronunciation. Of course by birthright the Indian way is of some importance, but to imitate it to the letter is not something that a European Indologist needs to do. School pronunciation, and with a Latin accent, is considered alright. However, to additionally listen to Sanskrit texts like the Bhagavad-Gītā chanted on Youtube, by a Hindu, gets a fair image of how it should sound.

Sanskrit has no difficult sounds as I see it. No “ach-laut,” no phonetic absurdities. Sure, “vocalic r” (ṛ) may be a bit difficult, but it sounds something like “ri”. Then we have the retroflexes, like ṭ, ḍ, ṇ. They are, to me, “typically Indian”. See for instance the Peter Sellers sketch “birdie-nam-nam” in the film The Party from 1968. Retroflex pronunciation: this means that the tongue should be bent back (= retro-flex) towards the palate.

As for the pronounciation of consonants in general, they are rather similar to English tongue. K, g, t, and d – no problems there. And the Sanskrit “j” sound is for instance pronounced like the “j” in English judge. And ñ sounds like “ny” in “canyon”. Further, I find the following advice by John D. Smith in his Mahābhārata translation are spot on, giving us some useful guidance:
[N]ote that c is always pronounced like the ch of English chip. The letter h is used in combination with many consonants to indicate aspiration; this [along with retroflex pronounciation, LS] is another feature that few Westerners can master (the Sanskrit consonant gh is not like the sequence found in English hog-house), and they should probably ignore the h in kh, gh, ch, jh, ṭh, ḍh, th, dh, ph and bh. Thus th and ph are not pronounced as in English thin and phone, but are similar to t and p.

[Smith p. ix-x]
Regarding sibilants we have this: “[Ṣ] should be pronounced like the sh of ship, not the s of sip. An acute accent on an s (ś) represents a second, slightly different (non-retroflex) sh-sound.” [ibid p. ix]

As for the three wovels coming in a long and short variety, they are a, ā, i, ī, u, and ū. According to Whitney they are, respectively, to be pronounced as in the English words far, farther, pin, pique, pull, and rule. The long vowels e and o are pronounced as in they and go. The diphthongs ai and au are pronounced as in aisle and how.

The anusvāra (ṃ) is a nasal, sounding like the “n” in French bon. Sounds like “nj”.

Finally, the visarga (ḥ), is an aspirate sound, a “breathing” sound. Given as “aḥ” it should be pronounced “aha”. Given as “iḥ” it should sound like “ihi”. Paramahamsa, for his part, says that this attention given to visarga pronunciation is important. For in it lies God. The thing of it is, a visarga in a metric verse does formally destroy the meter, it kind of interposes an extra syllable. But, those who know how to chant can cram in that little extra “pseudo-syllable”. It has to be there. For it is divine.

There you have it. Now you have the fundamentals of Sanskrit pronunciation. Now you're on your way to archeofuturist excellence.



Sources
Smith, John D. The Mahābhārata. An Abridged Translation. London: Penguin Classics, 2009
Whitney, William Dwight. Sanskrit Grammar (orig. 1879). Delhi: Motilal Banarsidas, 1989



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torsdag 11 januari 2024

Evola and Leone

Howdy.




Julius Evola was the Sergio Leone of 20th century thought.

Like his compatriot in the film industry Evola brought gravitas, dignitas, and contemptus to a public who knew very little about this.

I'd say: in the post-1945 order of things you were regaled with chattering heroes, babbling clowns, incessant music and laughter in all genres of art and thought.

But the Italians in question, Evola and Leone, by their very nature, by their very presence, brought a different mood to bear. The mood of empty plazas, funeral music, “long-lasting gazes, and long-lasting silence”.

The quote is from Evola’s Pagan Imperialism. And it is the perfect band between him and Leone.

Evola wanted an alternative to the modern world of chaotic cacophony and flickering impressions. And Leone lets the silence speak in many of his scenes. His films have a special focus on silent faces, on long-lasting gazes.



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söndag 24 december 2023

Jul, jul, strålande jul...

God morgon i vinterottan....




Min vän Ildefonsa Impala sa häromdagen:

"Det lackar mot jul. Och det gör mig lack. Fetlack."

"Varför då?" sa jag.

"Stressen," sa hon. "Fridens högtid inverterad till stress med köphets och socialt tvång."

Då sa jag att jag kunde förstå det till viss del. Men det fanns ju så mycket annat. Som medeltidsaktig mat av marinerat och saltat slag, filmer på tv med förnumstiga, pisshumanistiska budskap, och ateistiska artister sjungande kristna julsånger.

"Ahh, du har rätt!" sa Ildefonsa. "Det är något visst med julen ändå. Som att se Jill Johnson i tajta läderpants stå och torrjucka i altaret till Johannes kyrka, sjungade "Away in a Manger". Gå runt på stan i ett lätt koma och ta in stämningen av pynt och dekor i närmast "hinduisk" anda -- allt ska pyntas, änglar och tomteväsen i varje vrå. Och som sagt maten, den sönderkryddade, överarbetade maten, fet och oätlig, från kött och fisk till bakverk. Så nu ska jag sluta klaga och gå i koma fram till Tjugondedag knut. Ett månadslångt koma, nästan."

"Man kan inte kämpa mot julstämningen," sa jag förnumstigt.

Med andra ord: GOD JUL...!



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onsdag 13 december 2023

Books by me... and where they can be bought

My books can be bought on the net. Hereby a rather comprehensive overview.




My books are timeless. Still topical, and still in print.

Would you believe it...

For the keen customer, hereby some links. It will be to posts on this blog, having, in turn, in them links to Amazon, Adlibris, Bokus, etc.

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My latest essay is Astral War -- Your Soul Is the Battlefield. It is about propaganda war and its timeless, archaic aspects. Five stars on Amazon. Link.

My latest novel is Stellar Storm. It is about a future space empire, the Mirotanian Empire, and its lethal struggle against the Saurian race. Link.

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My most popular book in English might be this one: Ernst Jünger -- A Portrait. A Popular bio of Germany's greatest author since Goethe, this books briefly takes you through his life and then summarizes the mainstay of his literary production, like the early war books, the conceptual essays from the 30s, the WWII diary, the novels, etc. We get a look at the many roles of Jünger: entomologist, conservative, esotericist, soldier. -- "A must-read for fans of Jünger" (Amazon review). Link.

Another book by me having a distinct fan-following is Actionism -- How to Become a Responsible Man. This is about summing up your will, merging it with thought, and living by "Action as Being," "Movement as a State," and the "Memento Mori Mindset". -- "A wonderful read! It opens many doors." (Amazon review). Link.

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Some other essays by me, all available on the net:

Science Fiction Seen From the Right. "[W]ith a title like Science Fiction from the Right, one can consider this an automatic purchase for anyone on the “Alt Right.”" (James O'Meara on Counter-Currents). Link.

Rigorism -- The Influence of Willpower Upon History.

Borderline -- A Traditionalist Outlook for Modern Man. "Svensson writes with a smooth ease..." (Heathen Harvest)

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Finally, two novels:

Burning Magnesium. "For the reader wishing for a war novel that deviates from the moralizing, pacifist pattern, Jünger’s Storm of Steel has long been the obvious alternative. With his work, Burning Magnesium, Lennart Svensson has given us yet another alternative." (C-O Andersson on Motpol) Link.

Redeeming Lucifer. "This is a classic, exciting adventure story for all ages of the battle between Light and Dark, told with unique imagination and acute historical detail."(Amazon review). Link.

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There you go. A fine bunch of books, eh...? Buy them now.



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tisdag 5 december 2023

Åter i tryck!

Amazon.se är köpstället för några av mina svenska böcker... nu nyheter om detta.




Min svenska historia, Ett rike utan like, var tidigare i höst borta ett tag från Amazon. Men nu är den tillbaka.

Detsamma gäller min sf-roman Stellar Storm, den som är på engelska. Den var borta ett tag från Amazon. Men nu är även den tillbaka.

Glada nyheter för bokläsaren och -köparen, med andra ord.



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onsdag 29 november 2023

Book news: Polyhymnia (ed. Taunton 2023)

To unite sacrality with beauty isn't so easy... but a new anthology aims at doing just this.




In antiquity there were nine Muses, goddesses of the fine arts. The Muse of sacred poetry and eloquence was called Polyhymnia. And she has given her name to a new anthology: Polyhymnia -- A Collectanea of Verse.

The tome is edited and designed by Australian author Gwendolyn Taunton. The page count is 116 and the format is five by eight inches. You can buy it here.

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The foreword presents the muses in general and Polyhymnia in particular. Then it discusses the sacred as such, for example juxtapositioning it to "the profane". The two can coexist and invigorate each other.

The sacred kind of needs the profane and vice versa.

Now over to the poetry, to the element of beauty also mentioned in the foreword. Again, Polyhymnia was the Muse for hymns and eloquence. And to praise something in a memorable way you need style, flair, a certain musical mood. And, to make a long story short, books seriousy treating the sacred, especially in relation to beauty, is rather uncommon today. So the ambition of this book can't be overpraised.

This book can be seen as aestheticism in motion, an art lover's creed anchored in the "vertical" dimension. Anchored in the astral world, the ideas, pleroma, nirvana, heaven.

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The sacred... looking at the book's content, what does the poems proper say about it?

I personally have three poems in this book. They are, Infinite Opulence, Spera in Deo, and Byzantium Aquarium. They all kind of relate to sacrality and "the astral".

And the rest? Not all of them have that connection to the verical dimension intimated above. Both the sacred and the profane are acknowleged. Overall, I'd say there is a "mindful" element present. Converesely, there is nothing of "surfing on the net, taking drugs, worrying about current war x" -- none of that...! Here is aimed at something more substantial. More timeless. Not necessarily giving us "divine hymns" all the time. But that indefinable area of "something else, something beyond the Beyond" is generally trod and explored in this volume.

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The other poets except for me in this anthology are: Katya Ganeshi, Stephen Nyandoro, David William Parry, Dani Ringrose, Aubrey Savage, Cody Sexton, Gwendolyn Taunton, Hilary Thiele, G. R. Tomaini, and Azsacra Zarathustra.

The design of the book is excellent. Except for the pertinent cover we have quaint title pages and other details giving you value for money.

As a contributor I can't judge this book wholly impartially -- but -- the book has a unique aura and the reader appreciating new, mindful stuff, with an aesthetic edge, should consider buying this one.

Buy the book on Amazon.com.



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lördag 25 november 2023

Mina böcker i svensk nätbokhandel: köpguide

In Swedish. -- Det finns diverse böcker av mig att köpa på nätet. Härmed ett urval inför julhandeln.




Mina böcker är tidlösa. Och därför ständigt aktuella.

Så é de ju...!

Så för att köpa mina böcker, härmed några länkar. Det blir ett urval ur min produktion; detta är typ de populäraste böckerna. Men för en titt på hela min produktion, gå till denna bibliografiska översikt.

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Det gällde alltså länkar till köpställen för mina populäraste böcker.

Kanske är böckerna slut på vissa ställen. Så är det när man är populär.

Ett rike utan like: länkar till alla köpställen finns i detta inlägg.

Den heliga flamman: länkar till alla köpställen finns i detta inlägg.

Ernst Jünger -- en biografi: länkar här.

Trotylstorm i öster: länkar här.

Alla mina svenska titlar på Amazon.se.

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Det var mina svenska titlar. Så några engelska:

Astral War: länkar här.

Actionism: länkar här.

Ernst Jünger -- A Portrait: köp den t.ex på denna nätbokhandel.

Rigorism: länkar här.

Science Fiction Seen From the Right: länkar till köpställen här.

Alla mina Manticore-böcker på Bokus.



Vad blir då nästa bok av mig? Det vet jag inte. Förlagsmässigt har jag just nu inga nyheter att komma med. OK, alldeles nyss kom ju romanen Stellar Storm på Logik. Där har ni något att bita i, om ni vill ha något nyskrivet av mig.

I övrigt vet jag inte vad som kommer härnäst. Men rent kreativt har jag inga problem just nu. Att liksom "ur intet" få fram ny böcker är inte svårt för mig -- inte nu. Vad gäller själva skrivandet och skapandet så går det ganska lätt. Om Gud vill och skorna håller så kommer det nog något nytt framöver. Så stay tuned...



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