“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Real Olaus Wormius: Antiquarian & Runologist

I generally don’t run around putting labels on myself but "antiquarian" is one that is accurate, applied, and proudly self-applied, in both senses of the term given below:


From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiquarian


An antiquarian or antiquary is one concerned with antiquities or things of the past. Also, and most often in modern usage, an antiquarian is a person who deals with or collects rare and ancient "antiquarian books". More narrowly, the term is often used for those who studied history with special attention to "antiques", meaning ancient objects of art or science as physical traces of the past.


So, the label applies professionally as well as reflecting personal interests.


The above wikipedia entry includes a good list of antiquarians throughout history (even if they don’t mention Dee and several others), including H.P. Lovecraft who equally deserved the term and just as enthusiastically self-applied it.


There is also a good entry for Ole Worm, aka "Olaus Wormius," known to readers of H.P. Lovecraft as one of the alleged translators of The Necronomicon. Lovecraft of course fictionalized Ole Worm’s history, but still paid him tribute by inclusion.


From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ole_Worm


Ole Worm (May 13, 1588August 31, 1655), (pronounced "Ol? Vorm") who often went by the Latinized form of his name Olaus Wormius, was a Danish physician and antiquary.


....In more recent years, the real Worm (and his various accomplishments) have been supplanted to many by a fictional character with his name. H. P. Lovecraft created the character Olaus Wormius as a translator from Greek into Latin of his notorious fictional grimoire, the Necronomicon. Lovecraft also writes him as a Dominican priest, and misplaces him in the thirteenth century.



....Worm was the son of Willum Worm who served as the mayor of Aarhus, and was made a rich man by the inheritance from his father. Ole Worm’s grandfather Johan Worm, a magistrate in Aarhus, was a Lutheran who had fled from Arnhem in Gelderland while it was under Catholic rule.


Ole Worm was something of a perpetual student: after attending the grammar school of Aarhus, he continued his education at the University of Marburg in 1605, received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Basel in 1611, and received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Copenhagen in 1617. The rest of his academic career was spent in Copenhagen, where he taught Latin, Greek, physics, and medicine. He was personal physician to King Christian IV of Denmark. Somewhat remarkable for a physician of the time, he remained in the city of Copenhagen to minister to the sick during an epidemic of the Black Death.


In medicine, Worm’s chief contributions were in embryology. The Wormian bones (small bones that fill gaps in the cranial sutures) are named after him.


Worm is also known to have been a collector of early literature in the Scandinavian languages. He also wrote a number of treatises on Rune stones and collected texts that were written in runic. Worm received letters of introduction to the bishops of Denmark and Norway from the King of Denmark due to the King’s interest and approval. In 1626 Worm published his Fasti Danici, or "Danish Chronology," containing the results of his researches into runic lore; and in 1636 Runir seu Danica literatura antiquissima, "Runes: the oldest Danish literature," a compilation of transcribed runic texts. In 1643 his Danicorum Monumentorum[1] "Danish Monuments" was published. The first written study of Rune stones, it is also one of the only surviving sources for depictions of numerous Rune stones and inscriptions from Denmark, some of which are now lost.


As a natural philosopher, Worm assembled a great collection of curiosities, which ranged from native artifacts collected from the New World, to taxidermed animals, to fossils, on which he speculated greatly. Worm compiled engravings of his collection, along with his speculations about their meaning, into a catalog of his Museum Wormianum, published after his death, in 1655. As a scientist, Worm straddled the line between modern and pre-modern. As an example, in a very modern, empirical mode, Worm determined that the unicorn did not exist and that purported unicorn horns were really simply from the narwhal. At the same time, however, he then wondered if the anti-poison properties associated with a unicorn’s horn still held true, and undertook primitive experiments in poisoning pets and then serving them ground up narwhal horn (his poisoning must have been relatively mild because he reported that they did recover).



His other empirical investigations included providing convincing evidence that lemmings were rodents and not, as some thought, spontaneously generated by the air (Worm 1655, p. 327), and also by providing the first detailed drawing of a bird of paradise proving that they did, despite much popular speculation to the opposite, indeed have feet like regular birds. Worm’s primary use of his natural history collection was for the purpose of pedagogy.


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Note the caption to the photo mid-page-left: "Worm’s illustration of the Runamo inscription, where he could read the name Lund. The "inscription" was later found to be natural formations in the rock."


Reading Runes in the landscape makes him something of a precursor to Guido von List.


Also worth taking a close look at: http://home.no.net/ekerilar/computus_runicus.htm


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