Pax Deorum

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Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus

“Knowledge of the gods,” says Iamblichus, “is virtue and wisdom and perfect happiness, and makes us like to the gods,”

Kingdoms and empires with any fire, relevance, or life, require the cultivation of piety and sacrosanct ritual in order to gain Olympian energy, to connect with a positive current from the hidden world. To direct that energy into the material. The protection and guidance of those unseen fonts of energy, and tidal forces which shape epochs, require observance and sacrifice which are upheld under draconian penalty. The impious state, the lazy culture, loses its spiritual protection from destructive forces, and it deserves to. Piety before the ritual, and unquestioned devotion to the state cult and its hierarchy of divine and semi-divine mythical/moral leaders, is not a disposable, trifling, or quaint ritualistic afterthought. It is the heart and soul of that state and its ambition within the world. Materialism is not the ruling ideology, it is a low but necessary rung in the ladder of command – that which clerically manages supply chains and banal currents of commerce to suit the higher orders. It is not the higher orders.

Energy should never be spent on secular entertainments or hedonism without ritual. There should not exist ‘mindless entertainment’ – sacred stories and texts should always be an influence, There should be no talk of economics and politics beyond the absolutely necessary, and the purely economic animal, or he who discards virtue for material gain of any sort (what we in our decline now consider ‘pragmatism’) should be thought of as lowly, and incomplete.

But how to ensure the crop of ones culture, the youth, are raised in piety and ritual of ancestral significance, one which is which is worthy of Olympian favour? The sacred role as a teacher, as with any major influence within the state cult, must have sacred significance, under penalty of law and the wrath of ancestors. Important cultural institutions require a protective knightly order, with the power to keep order, by corporeal or cruel means, as necessary. The flowering of youthful potential should not be hamstrung by ideological subversion, the spoiled youth themselves should have no power to influence the institution, which is designed to protect and educate them, not indulge their immaturity. Cowardice and tolerance leads to wickedness.

There is no ‘greatness’ with political matriarchy, with leadership by ‘business interest’, there is no ‘tolerant society’, only competing powers. And true power lies in the unity of ritual based around reverence for hidden, influencing undercurrents. Powers which do not by necessity know pity. And knowledge of this power-as-entity is realization of its balances in every interaction, in every scenario, of your entire life.

“So man, as Aristotle observes, is born for two purposes: thought and action.” – Cicero

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