Hela and Malicious Magic

Many of today’s so-called pagans while claiming to reject Christianity and all its facets, continue to cling to its ‘morals’ (sic). They have, sadly, ingrained these distortions into the pagan way of life so much so that they have become accepted by those without the fortitude to investigate for themselves. The result of this has been the emphasis on the limp-wristed ‘wiccan rede’ and in conjunction with this, the naive belief that ancient Celtic and Norse magic was all smiles. Nobody performed malicious magic, and if they did they would get their come-uppance from the Almighty Karma.

Common sense and history prove the fallacy of this thinking. Magic is an extension of one’s emotions. To do away with hateful magic or any other emotive type, would mean disruption of polarity and therefore an imbalance within the individual; just look at any Christian.

This ‘New Age’ illusion of a Golden Age without malevolence has meant that they have to brush over or completely ignore deities and forces of a sinister nature. They chose to disregard the forces that were given equal importance in authentic pagan beliefs. This is the case with Norse goddess HELA, whose relevance has been pushed aside by more mainstream ‘Norse’ practitioners. In their books Hela is usually relegated to a few lines explaining her as Queen of the Dead and daughter of Loki. While this is true, it falls short of explaining Hela’s full and fundamental nature and role.

Hela’s existence is purely sinister. Far from a simple ruler of the dead, she is a force in nature. She is the dark aspect of the Prima Mater, in contrast to the light side of Nerthus and Frigg. As a dark deity Hela’s nature is entropic and this nature is a manifestation of Wyrd:

“The force behind the manifest universe is known as WyrdWyrd can never be known, understood or experienced directly.”

Hela as a manifestation of Wyrd is the path to experience the partaking of this force. No one can hope to fully control the power of Wyrd, but they who work with it via Hela become instrumental in the working of nature and are agents of it. By understanding the workings of Wyrd they are able to apply this knowledge to their own lives.

To access the power of Wyrd is to reach the power of the Prima Mater, to be one with the earth; for dark Hela is the very soul of the Prima Mater. The power of Wyrd as manifested in Hela mirrors the more cosmic nature of the Uralten (ed: Waralda), and because the former implies the earth, it is in some ways more accessible.

A form of channelling the destructive powers of Hela for magical purposes is the magic of the Nithsong or Niding poles. These were the poles up to nine feet long on which were mounted a horse’s skull. On the shaft of the pole curses and insults were carved in the runic script. Runes used for destructive purposes could be triple Thurisaz runes or triple Isa runes. These would cause a weakening of the enemy’s will, making them vulnerable to further attack.

The pole was erected with the skuII facing the abode of the magician’s enemy. The Niding pole conducts the powers of Hel contained within the earth, like a flow of electricity, and projects them through the skull to the detriment of the enemy. Further, the Niding pole is intended to disturb and enrage earth spirits that reside in the ground and cause them to seek vengeance on the owner of the land, i.e. the enemy of the magician.

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Hela must reclaim the recognition she so rightly deserves. Her vital role as a weaver of Wyrd’s web must be acknowledged, but for now those who already know her power shall triumph, working within and without her tangled web of Wyrd…

By Abaaner A° Incendium

Editorial note: This article appeared in “The Flaming Sword”, No 1 (January 1994)