The Sacred Grove: Natural Space and the Numinous

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Caspar David Friedrich - Monastery Graveyard in Snow (1819) Caspar David Friedrich, “Monastery Graveyard in Snow” (1819)


A pervasive interest in the association of natural space with the sacred is a noticeable tendency in the work of some important Traditionalists. Tolkien, for instance, epitomises this tendency, from specific references that root his landscape in place and time, to his elaborated Ent-lore. One thinks also of Caspar David Friedrich’s painting Monastery Graveyard in Snow (1819), with its haunting representation of a ruined, lone Gothic arch in the dead of winter, assimilated into a primeval natural landscape of mighty, ancient oaks, their haggard branches reaching to the heavens in reverence. Something is activated in the makeup of a certain kind of traditionalist by the association of natural space and the numinous, which is embodied by the sacred grove. Aesthetically, it initiates a form that encompasses, in living yet solid actuality, the complicated feeling or tone – well beyond mere emotion…

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Gwendolyn Taunton

Gwendolyn Taunton

Hi, Gwendolyn! So happy that you stopped by today. You’ve published a number of books, most recently Primordial Traditions. What can you tell us about yourself, as an author, and the books that you write?

GWENDOLYN: I’ve been writing professionally now for eight years. The majority of my writing has been non-fiction, but I sometimes diversify into poetry and fiction pieces. A great proportion of my work is on Eastern Spiritual Traditions or philosophy. At the moment I’m trying to put out 1-2 titles a year. This goal was shattered somewhat by a series of earthquakes in 2010-2011. After 2012 however, I’ve managed to get back on track with this target.


What is Primordial Traditions about and who might enjoy picking up a copy of this book?

GWENDOLYN:Primordial Traditions is my first project which began as a home- made free webzine. It quickly grew a following online and in…

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Mimir Journal of North European Traditions (Review)

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Mimir Journal of North European Traditions (Review)

By James WF Roberts

“Ere long I bare fruit, and throve full well, I grew and waxed in wisdom; word following word, I found me words, deed following deed, I wrought deeds”

– Hávamál, The Words of Odin the High One

It seems so odd to me, that while we are living in a technological age, where the greatest minds, greatest ideas, the very best of human endeavours are only at our finger tips, my generation (born after 1980 and before 2000); maybe one of the last, if not the last generation to seek out traditional wisdom. We are witnessing the death, by our own hands, of so much of the past, just to live in a safe, cold, plastic, compartmentalised, compatible, computerized world.  We see it all the time, universities ending Liberal Arts, History, Science courses, in favour of money-spinning, flavour of…

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Goatcraft – The Rape of Europa II (feat. Primordial Traditions Vol I) Promotional video for my new book Primordial Traditions. Primordial Traditions Volume I (second edition) was the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Ashton Wylie Award for Literary Excellence.The revised version of Primordial Traditions features additional content, revised text and new binding. Content includes: Sophia Perennis: The Doctrine of Ascension, The Primordial Tradition, The Age of …

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