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The Serpent of Paganism

Hello friends, how are you? I’m Arith Härger and today I’m going to talk about the serpent of paganism, the true pagan temple, the manifestation of the life force that animates all things in our world, that our ancestors were well aware of, and praised such a life force wherever it could be found I hope you enjoy this video Our ancestors were well aware that the world is pulsing with life, and such life was fed by something greater than ourselves A life force residing all over the cosmos, and extending its life-giving power and animating all things Our Scandinavian ancestors called this life force ond, the breath The Greeks called it Aether, the primordial deity, quite possibly the first notion of divinity the Greeks started to venerate; it was the breath of the world Not the air we breathe, but the air surrounding our world, the energy which is the very breath of the divine, the energy residing in that breath It is a web of electromagnetic energy in which we live in and it gives life and power to all living things that it comes in contact with Aether is what the Inuit call Silla, the breath of the world, the wind itself, the primary component of everything that exists, it is the breath of life coming from the deity of the same name, that gives life to every creature on earth, thus every living creature contains this energy It is the thinnest aspect of air that animates the body Silla is the spirit of the air, of the world, of the winds The Polynesians call it Mana, it is power It resides in all things It is a sacred spiritual quality coming from supernatural forces, without which there would be no life Every living thing possesses mana The Scandinavians called it ond, the breath, the wind The very thing that Odin, as a god of the air and the weather gave to Ask and Embla, the physical existence of what would become humans Without this breath, without ond, the body would not live and everything would simply have physical existence, just objects, just the husk But Odin gave ond to objects, to matter, and so he gave them life, gave them the very essence of life, the spirit that animates the body; or the spirit that animates the matter This ond is the very power residing in song It is the divine spark that exists in all of us, and through our breath, through song and the manifestation of our voice, we unleash this ond that is capable of creating more life and manifesting power We manifest this divine spark when we unleash this breath The ond, Silla, Aether, Mana, is what gives life to anything It is a flowing energy, slithering its way into our world and running within everything, creating a web of life that empowers the world and all the creatures living in it And this life-force creates what the ancient Scandinavians called Megin, the essence of a living entity Each one of us has this Megin, this essence which was created by the ond, the breath of life, and it gives us strength, energy, might and power, which is called Megin Ond is the spirit that animates matter, what we would call soul, consciousness And when the spirit resides in matter, that matter becomes a living entity and that living entity will produce megin which is power, which is all the life-forces that create the very energy of a living entity, which was first animated by the ond, by the life-giving breath of the cosmos This life-force resides in everything and flows within the world itself And where this life-force could be found, our ancestors made their temples and consecrated to the divine powers This life-force is the divine spark in our world, which sometimes manifests itself on a particular piece of land, a mountain, a grove, a tree, a waterfall, a specific area where this power was concentrated and our ancestors made their temples or sacred grounds on that area This lifeforce was the first manifestation of divine powers our ancestors venerated This breat of life, the breath of the cosmos itself, was their first deity These areas that contain natural power are the earthly veins, the webs of ond and megin that flow throughout the cosmos This life-force is the living entity of the cosmos which creates life with its breath, with its flowing power, and it creates worlds And such a force resides in the very core of our planet, and that burning core that contains the very essence of life, which is the megin of the earth itself, is the generator of this force and unleashes it upon all living things, creating a web of life And this life-force that slithers within and without, our ancestors called it a serpent, because it’s energy that spreads and slithers through the earth, all around, forming a web – the serpent biting its own tail, which is the symbol of the eternity of the life cycle of all things; the continues network of energy that feeds the world This life-force is the serpent or the dragon But the figure of the dragon in its primordial understandings was nothing more than a winged serpent, which is the personification of this life-force throughout the cosmos, outside the earthly realms Our ancestors tried to explain what they perceived as divine manifestations, by comparing such manifestations with things they knew of this world that resembled such manifestations Our ancestors were far more sensitive to the natural world than we are nowadays, and they sensed this energy of the earth that flows like invisible rivers – a web of energy They compared it with the serpent, which is also an underground creature that quickly moves on an undulating manner just like the energy emanating from the burning core of our planet Coming from its very depths, from the underground, just like the serpent The serpent, or the dragon, was seen as the embodiment of this energy, transmitting this life force to the earth Most myths of creation start with a cosmic serpent The serpent and the egg which I will develop on another video, but I’m certain you are quite familiar with it The Egg being our very world from which life hatches, and the serpent envelops the egg, protecting it, which is the symbol of the life force around the world The World Serpent, the Cosmic Serpent – a symbol of protection, the force, the energy, the essence of life For a millennia the serpent was seen as the symbol of power, knowledge, primordial wisdom, protection The serpent was the symbol of the living earth and its invisible energy that affects everything The serpent that bits its own tail which symbolizes the eternity in the spiritual plane, and the earth in the physical plane The serpent is the life-force of the earth, the so called ley lines, which our ancestors sensed and made use of them, and have built their places of cult in the areas where this life-force had a stronger manifestation; the places where this life-force came through, erupting from the ground like a serpent, and spreading its energy With the arrival of Christianity and such monotheisms, started a war between the old serpent deity and the new god Our ancestors venerated the serpent, the life-force of the earth, the energy of the cosmos, the divine spark that flows through the cosmos and manifests itself in all living things The old faith, the cult of the serpent, the true symbol of paganism was attacked, and by attacking this ancestral force, the spirit of the earth and nature itself was also attacked When we see Christian figures, heroes, martyrs, even when we see old pagan gods fighting the serpent, killing the serpent or in some manner dominating the serpent, make no mistake because even in pagan motifs that is a Christian representation The tales of dragon slayers, of serpent slayers, are Christian motifs of the fight against the spirit of paganism, the spirit of the earth itself Christianity conquering paganism, killing the serpent, stepping on the serpent, crushing it The pagans would never create such motifs So a true Nordic pagan would never praise the figure of Thor fighting and killed the great world serpent Jormungandr Make no mistake, that is a Christian motif, to help the pagans interiorizing that the very symbol of their faith was even conquered by one of the gods they loved dearly, and that the serpent of protection, wisdom, of life itself, was a bad symbol and even their old gods despised that symbol and such a symbol should be forgotten The very spirit of paganism should be forgotten Do not praise the symbols of the old gods fighting the serpent, or killing the serpent or dragon, because that is a contradiction That is an assault to the very spirit of paganism The Cross of Christianity is the sword that kills the serpent of paganism The cross is the sword that penetrates the earth itself, and the decapitation of the serpent or the dragon, is the death of paganism and the earth itself Because pagans cared about the world they lived in, but their most sacred symbol died and there was an abandonment of the old ways; an abandonment of the love and respect we had for all living things, for nature and the earth itself, and slowly we turned our backs to the natural world and we let it die The temples – the churches of the new faith – were built on top of the old cult-places, where the energy of the earth was stronger The churches were built on top of the entrances from which the serpent came through and spread its power, giving beneficial energy to all living creatures But the energy is still there, it is not dead yet, and we know it, we feel it The serpent of paganism still lives, and no matter how many times they turn the old gods against the spirit of paganism, and no matter how many times they try to close the holes in the ground with churches, the serpent will always find a way out The ley lines, the energy lines, or even the dragonlines, and the points in which such energy is stronger which are called force-fields, are the places where magic is stronger and pagans still understand such magic, such energy It’s still present in our lives As sensitive beings, we feel it, we can almost see it And for those not sensitive enough, yet, you can always follow the old cult-places, which aren’t placed at random but are all built in accordance with the dragonlines, the energy lines, the web of life if you want to call it The primordial serpent of life The old cult places were meant to contain this life-force, this energy of the earth, and manifest it so it would influence all those who visited these places The old cult places are meant to provoke a reaction on these ley-lines, this great serpent of energy, and pull it out to provoke a reaction in ourselves, for our own benefit So I do suggest that one of these days you sit on one of the old cult-places of your choosing, be there, relax, and listen, and you will see it creates very powerful results Look for the old graves, the dolmens, the burial mounds in the configuration of a ship, seek out the menhirs or standing stones, stone-rings, labyrinths, the ruins of the ancient temples, and you will understand what words can hardly describe But such cult-places were also built to mark the places where the energy is stronger, or rather, where the life-force of the earth can be felt more profoundly Just markers so generations would not forget these places of power, lest we lose our sensitivity Which is exactly what happened With the coming of the new religions which forcibly created a strong detachment from the natural world, we lost our sensitivity But in all truth, we do not need temples Pagans do not need any construction to venerate the embodiments of the divine, and the spark of divinity The true pagan temple is everywhere, wherever we feel this energy more active Our gods, ancestors, spirits of the land, are always with us and we transport them wherever we go to find such spots where the serpent of paganism comes out and gift us with its primordial wisdom All right, my dear friends. I hope you have enjoyed this video and what you see behind me It’s a menhir, obviously – a standing stone It’s the tallest in all the Iberian Peninsula and on the top three of the tallest standing stones in all of Europe Almost eight meters tall quite a beauty Thank you so much for watching. See you on the next video and as always tack för idag!
(Thank you for today!)

Otis Rodgers



  1. Wolf Mauler Posted on October 16, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Our lifetime is the duration of a breath; we receive önd and animation is breathed into us. As our life comes to its end, Woden inhales and receives our essence back. (Over and over again) As for the serpent, is there a spiritual or political significance in Christian rulers, killing Pagans with them? I mean such as Ælla's pit of ladders or Olaf Trygvasson's execution of Raud the Strong.

  2. Psymon1988Stark Posted on October 16, 2019 at 9:27 am

    We're can I find some literature about the serpentcult? I find it very interessting, that parts of the ragnarok mythos are wrong

  3. Wolf Mauler Posted on October 16, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Pit of "Adders" I meant lol…A pit of ladders would be easily escaped, yes? 😂

  4. Dmitry Dorofeev Posted on October 16, 2019 at 9:29 am

    In Russian silla means force of some kind

  5. New Message Posted on October 16, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Hm. Now my pet snake is looking at me with a "See? You should feed me now… Don't want me to smite you, do you?" kind of look.

  6. Kaleth Posted on October 16, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Possibly one of the best videos I ever watched. So much wisdom packed inside. The serpent will never die!

  7. Andy Tuesday Posted on October 16, 2019 at 9:55 am


  8. Logan Gun Posted on October 16, 2019 at 9:57 am

    I see our ancestors seers saw my magnificent manhood and wished to make a statue in my honor

    Jokes aside, fantastic work as always. You’re my go to guy when it comes to the Norse history/mythology

  9. Medi IB Posted on October 16, 2019 at 10:00 am

    The life force never die it just change and recycle thanks to saturn like a snake changing his skin , could you please talk about different types of energy in the future (feminine,masculine,the 5 elements…) as we know the principle of vibration nothing rest everything vibrate and change and thank you for your hard work

  10. Grey Kester Posted on October 16, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Great video! Something I've been thinking of lately 13:37…..the spiral symbol, anyone else notice how game of thrones depicts this symbol in a negative light with the white walkers?

  11. Grey Kester Posted on October 16, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Interesting stone, was there some forms of phallic worship back then among the people's that would have placed that there?

  12. dsskater539 sckupty Posted on October 16, 2019 at 10:17 am

    cannot cast that here not enough mana

  13. Brian Hensley Posted on October 16, 2019 at 10:41 am

    You are the serpent walking through time and space.

  14. Lucifer Apollo Posted on October 16, 2019 at 10:42 am

    In the newest Godzilla film, there are many references to spiritual concepts. Many tend to be more Christian, but there are others. One of the Japanese characters, as they review depictions of dragons in ancient art and architecture, says

    "the slaying of dragons is a Western concept. But in ancient times and even today in the East, dragons are venerated and are even seen as figures of redemption." … Something along these lines.

    But in this films, it is a dragon who defeats a dragon. So a form of primordial power and wisdom (Godzilla) must defeat a being of his scale who looks to destroy instead of create and protect (Ghidora).

    So I believe we are meant to see a balance. Our gods and heroes in the myths are just like us, and are not above learning lessons and having imperfections. They fight each other, they trick each other, some kill each other. And so the serpent of Knowledge, the Reptile Brain within us all, must be kept in check and not be allowed to manifest in a fierce form and constrict us. TôR is that balance, as he is Electro Magnetic force, the force that keeps things distinct and in their place. From the space between each atom, to the space we need as people both from others and within ourselves (The 3 selves, the 9 Minds).

    So I believe our ancient pre Christian ancestors would have still told the tales of great Serpents and primordial beasts being battled and defeated by Man and great Gods and heroes, but alike to animals we hunt, we envision it as a part of ourselves and to become part of ourselves. An Eternal Combat that creates conflict and spiritual and mental evolution.

  15. colin Paterson Posted on October 16, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Arith please check your email as I have sent a message to you, please let me know if it is received or not when the time comes.

  16. joseph chappell Posted on October 16, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Interesting video! Especially when you think about Ragnarok and the resurgence of paganism.

  17. Scarlet Strawberry Posted on October 16, 2019 at 10:53 am

    I would love it if you could make a video about things that you consider innacurate from the myth of Ragnarok that's told most of the time. Awesome video as always 💕

  18. Joel W Posted on October 16, 2019 at 11:36 am

    It's not trite and of superficial meaning dude, not a interpretation based on all manner of wrong assumptions , not a knee jerk juvenile analysis dude,.. IT'S not a symbol of the fight against paganism , it's the Actually a symbol of their unity with it.

  19. Bob Charlie Posted on October 16, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Very good video, great topic. Thanks for showing us the standing stone.

  20. Shamaniax Posted on October 16, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Every time I use Psilocybin mushroom (literally hundreds of times) I see a web of iridescent tendrils. I recognize it as being alive, as the consciousness shift progresses these tendrils wrap around and through me. I sometimes see them as serpents prodding or striking at me until my being vibrates until I do not know where my being stops and these tendrils begin. I realize I am connected in this web of consciousness that permeates everything. I have never heard anything that so completely describes this experience until this seeing this video. I believe it is exactly what I experience and have experienced on hundreds of occasions, it happens every single time without fail, eventually I see it with my eyes open and in 3d space absolutely everywhere, amazing. Thank you Arith, I now have a word for it and a traditional reference.

  21. Imbas Forosnai Posted on October 16, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you for speaking on the contradiction of christian motifs.

  22. Aen Elle Posted on October 16, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Don't you think that the mythologem of slaying the serpent is more related towards the nature of paradigm shifts? (a particular dragon representing a certain paradigm, which then has to be killed for a new paradigm to install itself) Cause, you know, once you dig christianity deep enough, you'll realize that it's very serpenty in nature too.

  23. BaltimoresBerzerker Posted on October 16, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Oh yeah! You're in Portugal aren't ya buddy!? Can't wait to hear about your work there! Good luck!

  24. Regis Posted on October 16, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    I remember as a child I had a very strong and strange feeling looking at this hill in the landscape near my grandfather's cabin in the woods. Turns out it was a "grave hill", as we call it, a 3000 year old burial mound and temple. Maybe I felt that life force. Nowadays I don't really have that feeling anymore, except sometimes when I'm really enjoying myself resting in nature. Maybe children are more sensitive, maybe I became too disconnected with nature when my parents moved to the city, maybe it was all just a coincidence, I don't know.

    Thank you for the information about serpents, until now I always thought the slaying of a dragon was a motif referencing some kind of shamanic ordeal to manhood or something along those lines.

  25. Ray Dawn Posted on October 16, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    You say the motif of heroes & gods defeating serpent in paganism is a Christian doing, yet we see the same concept repeated in other Indo-European traditions. Like when god Krishna subdues the poisonous serpent Kaliya and Hercules slaying the serpentine monster Hydra in his twelve labours. There are others, but writing it off as monotheism 's attack on paganism is a bit too simplistic in my opinion.

  26. BaltimoresBerzerker Posted on October 16, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Web of corruption thick with deceit the language of destruction the slaughter of the meek
    Under a serpent sun we shall all live as one
    No rest for the wicked the children of God the final retribution the final curtain torn within us the flames of the end survival of the fittest the hunt for the sacred game
    Under a serpent sun we shall all live as one
    Children of chaos born of holocaust seed inherit the addiction Angels of genocide breed within us the flames of the end survival of the fittest the hunt for the sacred game
    Under a serpent sun

    Stuck in my head the whole video, had to share. I could imagine this song applying to the mother earth goddess worshipers when the indo Europeans took over. Again applying when the foreign abrahamic worshiper took over the sky worshipers.

  27. reverant tangent Posted on October 16, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    So we don't know the purpose of the menir da meada?

  28. URIEL ANGEL OF MAGICK AND WISDOM Posted on October 16, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Spot on Awesomeness!! This is so packed full of knowledge of Golden Nuggets my Brother!! Thank You!! Im going too share the f*ck out this Awesome Video!!



  29. Jake Furnish Posted on October 16, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Excellent video Arith. I’m curious what your take is on the pre-Christian indo-European dragon slaying myths. Do you think these were misrepresented by the translators to fit the Christian model?

  30. Rhiannon Carlson Posted on October 16, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Isogonic lines? https://maps.ngdc.noaa.gov/viewers/historical_declination/

  31. Jeremy Belcher Posted on October 16, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you 👍

  32. Arith Härger Posted on October 16, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Please read: Do not try to link the Serpent Cult to Indo-Europeans and to other pagan cultures influenced by Indo-Europeans whose myths show a clear defame of the ancient religious symbol of the Primordial Serpent. Never forget that the written sources of pagan myths did not come to us by pagan hands but by Christian hands. The Serpent Cult is pre-Indo-European and it does not belong in religious conceptions of male-dominated societies and war-like societies whose concepts of the divine revolve around sky gods. The Serpent Cult is pre-Indo-European and it belongs to the animistic understandings of the living-spirit of the world directly entwined with the supernatural.

  33. Jeremy Gripp Posted on October 16, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I just found you a week or so ago and I e been slowly cutting my way through your vast video library. Just want to thank you , I've been looking for this knowledge.

  34. Chris Griffin Posted on October 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    So is the story of ragnarok a Christian made story?

  35. Juanca Ortega Posted on October 16, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Hello Arith, i discovered recently your channel and im so fascinated with your videos. But im From Spain and is dificult for me tu understand some of them. Why do you have some videos with subtitles in Spanish and no in others? Can your out the subtitles in all of them?

    Thank you! 😀

  36. Lanny Overholt Posted on October 16, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Your best video yet

  37. Mike H Posted on October 16, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    adds insight into why i connect more with jormungandr as oppose to thor. great work my friend!

  38. Clayton Masterson Posted on October 16, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    I am not sure that this is so much a christian motiff as one of civilization against that of more "nature" based belief systems and cultures. For example, you can see these motiffs in Greek myths (and is present in their poetry and plays) where the older religions gave more power to both women and the serpent. The prime example being that of Apollo defeating Python and taking over the oracle center of Delphi. I think this might have more to do with "patriarchal" systems of belief, which came with large city states, empires, etc, versus that of more tribal, female dominated societies. But I also absolutely agree that this theme was picked up by Chrisitans and was applied to new religions they encountered. Great video.

  39. MegaGangsta4life Posted on October 16, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    You're so wise. Like a real life Professor Snape 😂😂

  40. Passion Flower Posted on October 16, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    I like this discussion. It casts light on all those things we lost to christianity. Perhaps nothing is truly lost, as nature will prevail. I couldn't help but think about the serpent power " kundalini" in eastern thought along with the chakra system. In some of that wisdom the serpent power rises to a higher spiritual level, not just coiled in the base/ root chakra of physical needs.
    Part of the Christian struggle with the serpent seems an attempt to make things black and white, and demonize the chaotic forces.
    Conquering the serpent ..becomes conquering a primitive , base nature=the devil.
    There is an underlying arrogance that weaves in…it seems they ( abrahamic religions)discarded pagan wisdom as base nature, and drew lines between good and evil..they compartmentalized what god created, they tried to control nature..
    But nature will always be indifferent to petty concerns and serve a greater mystery we only perceive pieces of…seems the message is in its cycles….we will go on and on…

  41. Erik1970Viking Posted on October 16, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    interesting! Do you really think that 11:36 the old Story of Thor fighting Jormungandr was influenced and promoted by christians??  But it is in the Edda…  And what about Odin fighting the fenris wolf? – you say that onlybecause Jormungandr is a Symbol that christians consider evil, they created this Motiv of Thor agains Jormungandr??      😮  Thanks, Erik PS: your Videos are great!!

  42. Badgerrr Lattin Posted on October 16, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Was completely unaware of this christian influence in the conflict of Thor & the World Serpent. I really learned something today. Thanks, Arith!

  43. Cathy Johannes Posted on October 16, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    The cross can be the symbol for earth 🌍 too… the circle ⭕️ with a cross inside to represent the 4 gates… the 4 Cardinal signs .. ♋️ ♑️ ♎️ ♈️
    The ecliptic of the 🌞 on
    The 2 equinox’s and the shortest and longest days of the year:
    I think it’s as far back as ancient Egypt
    But it’s a symmetric cross…

    Great video!

  44. Kore Baier Posted on October 16, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Excellent video. I've always wondered about this slaying serpent/dragon motif that I see in so many cultures but had a hard time understanding why people venerated the images that are clearly Christian based. Speaking of serpents, I love that tattoo on your arm of the snake.