Aki Cederberg is the author of Journeys In The Kali Yuga: A Pilgrimage from Esoteric India to Pagan Europe (Inner Traditions) and the forthcoming Holy Europe, as well as a musician, filmmaker, and traveler from Helsinki, Finland.
In this interview, Cederberg discusses the meaning and practices of Yule, the pre-Christian midwinter celebration which influenced Christmas and that lives on, still today, through the Christmas tree, the “Yule log” cake, and Santa Claus (related to the ancient northern European shaman). In particular, he looks at how we can celebrate Yule today, why it should be more about “mystery” than “history,” why we should be joyful, and why, nevertheless, we should remember the deceased at this time of year.
You can learn more about Aki here. And while you’re eagerly awaiting the English language edition of Holy Europe to be released, you can pick up a copy of Journeys In The Kali Yuga from Amazon dot com, Barnes&Noble, or at other good booksellers.
You can listen to the interview on YouTube below or as a podcast on Spotify here (we’ll be adding more podcasts soon).
In the latest Phalanx podcast we speak with author and TV presenter Richard Rudgley on his latest book, The Return of Odin: The Modern Renaissance of Pagan Imagination (Inner Traditions 2018 — note: this is a revised edition of his earlier work Pagan Resurrection: A Force for Evil or the Future of Western Spirituality?).
Aki Cederberg is the author of the recently-released Journeys In The Kali Yuga. Cederberg is an author, musician, and filmmaker from Finnland who traveled to in India. Living there and studying the spiritual traditions of that country over many years, he came to contemplate the emptiness of modernity and the problems of the Kali Yuga (Iron Age) that face both India and the West.
In the book, and in this interview, he discusses India, Hindu spiritual traditions and discipleship, the West, and paganism.