There are three men whose visions and work I hold in total reverence. The work of these three has been effective as revelation and has kindled the inner flame upon which I forge myself.
The first is Dr. Stephen E. Flowers (otherwise, Edred Thorsson). Flowers’ work upon Runology, Odin, and left-hand path mysticism has inspire every aspect of my studies. The results of these studies have impacted my life. After an initial and unexplained attraction towards the Runes, it was the work of Flowers which led me ever towards the left-hand path and away from standard Heathenism. To see Odin, one needs to be upon the same path, otherwise one is only seeing a mere shadow.
Friedrich Nietzsche is however, the great inspiration. The works of Nietzsche cemented so much of my own thought patterns. The strength of character that Nietzsche embodied in the face of critical and popular ignorance of his efforts gives an idea to the value of his work that he continued to write despite the lack of audience. Nietzsche, as he suspected, was a man ahead of his time. Nietzsche is essential reading for those upon the left-hand path. The realisation of this alignment of thought further affirmed my own path. Nietzsche wrote instinctively with regards to the potential of man, the importance and value of the will, and the vitality of the individual and independence from the masses.
Carl Gustav Jung is second only to Nietzsche in terms of my valuation of great intellects. I am inclined to agree with Christopher Hyatt, whom deemed Jung the great magus of the 20th Century. Indeed, Jung’s interpretation of alchemy and various other occult arts into the application of psychology are invaluable. Sigmund Freud would have never grasped the truth of alchemical texts, he instead found only sexual symbolism in them. Jung’s development of these into the idea of the collective unconscious and the development of the self through combination of the ego centre with such are inherent requirements in the pursuit of self-deification. Even Jung’s analysis of Nietzsche’s Zarathustra is a tour-de-force in the analysis of a great mind by an equal. Jung’s assessment that Nietzsche’s final madness was the result of his inflation by the archetypal old-wise man, in the form of Zarathustra, suggests perhaps a cautionary tale for those who experiment with invocation. In the presence of an archetypal god, only the strong survive without destruction of the self.
If I found myself in possession of the phone-booth time machine from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, tasked with collection of three great persons for attendance to a dinner party or collegiate seminar, then it is the trio of Flowers, Nietzsche, and Jung whom I would collect. Such would produce an incredible collective discussion of the work of self-deification.
Ah, now how does quantum theory allow me to manifest such a reality…