Gnosis, Glory, and The Greater Man and Woman

When we speak of the warrior of ancient culture, we are speaking, paradoxically, of the artist and the thinker. Egill Skallagrímsson, a Viking Age warrior known for his brutality, was also a poet — and the first to compose in Old Norse using end rhyme (rather than rhyming at the beginning of sentences). Likewise, as I’ve mentioned before, celebrated samurai Miyamoto Musashi was also a painter and a calligrapher.

Classical civilizations have found great depths in man — in spirituality, ritual, theology, in brotherhoods, in training for battle, in family, the arts, ethics, and so on — and outside of man — sacred sites where a god or saint had lived; in the classical and ancient belief that the world was Created by God; or created from the slaughtered body of a giant; in the Tao; in natural law as proof of God’s existence, and so on. Continue reading “Gnosis, Glory, and The Greater Man and Woman”

Daily Meditation: The Spirit of the Age

Daily meditations for the higher man.

“It is said that what is called ‘the spirit of an age’ is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world’s coming to an end. For this reason, although one would like to change today’s world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation” — Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure.

The “spirit of the age” has been a significant point of discussion for the current election season in the United States. On the one hand, Donald Trump with his rhetoric of Making America Great Again, promises a return to a Golden Age of prosperity, abundance and a fertile middle class.

On the other hand, the Bernie Sanders campaign seeks to Immanentize the Eschaton by bringing out revolution, heralding an end of the old world and the summoning the beginning of a brave new one — which, in the end, is a return to a mythic collectivist Utopia.

It is a mark of Higher Spirituality to move carefully through this mine field of a fanatical zeitgeist. We must be the eye at the center of the storm, carefully observing the motion of the tempest while remaining impassive in our gaze, ultimately directing it beyond the chaos to the sunrise on the horizon. In order to make the best of current generation, we must make the best of ourselves. Continue reading “Daily Meditation: The Spirit of the Age”

Podcast: Runen: The Wisdom of the Runes With A.D. Mercer



In Phalanx’s first podcast, Angel Millar talks with A.D. Mercer, author of Runen: The Wisdom of the Runes, about the ancient European symbols and, more especially, the later and far more controversial “Armanen runes,” as well as about aspects of their history, mythology, their relation to the world tree Yggdrasil, and Jungian psychology. Besides the podcast, below we’ve also included extracts from Mercer’s latest book.  Continue reading “Podcast: Runen: The Wisdom of the Runes With A.D. Mercer”