In an age of divisive identity politics, when our perceptions of history are often skewed by one or more of these ideologies and its related “school of thought”, in a society where both feminists and traditionalists alike know there is something fundamentally wrong with the status, duties and attitudes toward women in modern society, even if they reach the wrong conclusions and seek the wrong solutions, it is more important than ever to address the role of women in European tradition.
On one extreme of the spectrum, we have right-wing Zionist Christians and crypto-Christians alike demanding that women are submissive and obedient. On the other extreme of the spectrum, we see those claiming to be “traditionalist” openly promoting feminism, “gender separatism”, safe spaces for women and placing women on a pedestal that renders them immune from criticism. We can find examples of the healthy attitude toward women in pagan societies by looking at barbarian cultures, as well as less urbanised northern European countries before Christianisation.
Among certain Germanic tribes including Suebi and Anglii the “mother Earth” goddess Nerrthus was worshipped, according to Tacitus. There is much ambiguity surrounding this deity, and it seems to provide a basis for a female cult reminiscent of the Wiccan “triple moon goddess”, but this cult was not about the deification of women specifically, but rather a cult relating to birth (and rebirth) in nature. Similar rituals and festivals existed in northern Europe and England revovling around similar natural “fertility” or rebirth cults and corn dolly rituals.
In Germania Tacitus described how women spurred on the men of wavering armies, and goes on to say that “they believe that there resides in women something holy and prophetic, and so do not disregard their advice or disregard their replies”, and refers to Veleda being honoured as a divinity, and in Histories credies her with great authority among the people in the revolt of the Civilis as she “had foretold the success for the Germani and the destruction of the legions”. He goes on to say “whilst even earlier they showed a similar reverence for Aurina (note: possibly Albruna – “the trusted friend of the elves”) and others, a reference untouched by flattery or any pretence of turning women into goddesses.”
Women were prophets, sybils, keepers of the knowledge and performed essential religious roles as well as essential roles in diplomacy and peacekeeping, as well as in taking their tribe to war, as mentioned by Tacitus in relation to Veleda. They also were not reduced to the roles of maids and servants, but managed their own household. They had their own domain in a sense. This was also true of women in the “Viking Age”, for example.
Wiccans and feminists alike, including feminists claiming to be traditionalists even, will look for proof that females were “worshipped” as goddesses by their men, that female warriors were the norm, and so on. This is fantasy, and the traditionalist pagans should be wary of those attaching themselves to their community who are promoting these ideas.
One might argue that natural processes, namely pregnancy and reincarnation, relating to the mother (and “Mother Earth” even) and feminity did have a central role in rituals relating to both seasons in nature, or nature’s own “pregnancy cycle” as well as the pregnancy and reincarnation cycle of humans. This is, however, rather different from elevating women as “triple moon goddesses” , or “female goddesses” (i.e. women worshipped for no reason other than that they are female).
In healthy, pagan cultures, women were listened to – they kept the knowledge of their culture, foklore, medicine, botany and knew about and were trusted on matters relating to warfare and diplomacy. As Tacitus said, men “do not disregard their advice or disregard their replies”, but we must bear in mind that in the societies he was referreing to, tradition and identity were universially embraced and agreed upon, everyone in the tribe had the same goals, the same interests, the same duty.
We must therefore be wary of those who distort this observation of Germanic tribal practices to silence criticism, raise women above men, or suggest that what a woman in the modern world claiming to be “traditionalist” says should be taken as objective truth, and not questioned. The reality is we are nowhere near as in agreement or as unified as we were in Tacitus’ time, not even within traditionalist pagan circles.
In these dark times, when our culture is constantly under attack, and grass roots movements constantly at risk of being infiltrated or sabotaged, we must be willing to challenge such cultists and said feminist rhetoric when it is forced into traditional pagan movements, and encouraging “gender separatism” and exclusive female safe spaces for “traditionalist pagans” who seem wholly uninterested in settling down and having children.
As for the other extreme, there are those, even after professing to be “pagan” in some cases, who insist that women are meant to be “submissive”, that they have no place whatsoever in politics, that is is their “natural role” to submit to and obey their husband. Such warped attitudes toward women that reject these central roles they once had in society – those as prophets, medical practitioners, diplomats etc., preferring instead to have little more than a maid for a wife – are the result of domestication, urbanisation and almost invariably influenced by Abrahamic concepts.
As examples of “barbarian” women – be they Celtic or Germanic – show, in these less domesticated communities there was less of a need to impose authority over women. Not only that, but they were highly respected, adored, listened to and turned to for advice as well, and relied upon to make key decisions relating to war and peace.
The Christian attitude towards women:
“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” (Genesis 3:16)
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is the subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.” (Eophesians 5:22-24)
“Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” (I Timothy 2:11-14)
“Of the woman came the beginning of sin, and through her we all die.” (Ecclesiastes 25:22)
“Woman is a temple built over a sewer.” Tertullian, the “father of Latin Christianity”
“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” (Exodus 22:18-20)
Finally some “wise words” from the Protestant reformers:
“Thus the woman, who had perversely exceeded her proper bounds, is forced back to her own position… she is cast into servitude” – John Calvin
“No gown worse becomes a woman than the desire to be wise.” – Martin Luther
Such attitudes toward women are alien to Europe, and introduced with the intention of destroying Europe, its culture, its folk traditions, its identity and its pride. To truly breathe new life back into the pagan heart of Europe, we must cherish and listen to our women again. We must all be on the same page.
Christian women (i.e. slaves):
- Are discouraged from learning
- Are not trusted
- Are not listened to
- Are considered inferior by default
- Are considered sinful by default
- Are expected to submit to and obey their husband
- Have considerably less, if any, authority in their household than the husband
- Are not trusted with other useful roles in society (that no longer cares about native traditions) but are completely reduced to the roles of baby-producers and maids.
Feminist women (i.e. fanatics):
- Demand, rather than earn, respect and adoration from those who do not share their values or goals
- Even when claiming to promote paganism or traditionalism, retreat into gender-separatist safe spaces, and show little to no interest in marrying and having children
- Reject male attempts to encourage, inspire and educate them, calling this “mansplaining”.
- Believe their views can’t be challenged by men, because they are women
- Are more concerned with pursuing a career than performing or re-learning any traditional female roles.
- Are encouraged, inspired, trusted and listened to by their men
- Embrace their natural role as a wife and mother
- Have (equal) authority in their household
- Advise, guide and assist their community in matters of politics, diplomacy, warfare, etc.
- Preserve knowlege on midwifery, herbalism, folk medicine, religious customs and traditional crafts that are essential to our culture (especially in the event of a collapse of civilisation
Reject feminist cults and separatism. Reject Abrahamic hierarchy and misogyny. Embrace real European tradition. Thanks for watching.