Glories of the West: LUCIA – The night of light | Jonna Jinton

Sankta Lucia – the Feast of St. Lucia (“Lucy”), whose name means “Light” – is an ancient tradition in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries (although the Christian figure of St. Lucia originated in Sicily, interestingly enough). Her feast-day falls on the 13th of December, which in the Old (Julian) Calendar, would have been the Winter Solstice.

Although she is a Christian saint, with a Christian story, “Sankta Lucia” can also be translated “Holy Light,” and the folksy, homey rituals surrounding St. Lucia’s Day – in which the girl or young woman chosen to portray St. Lucia for that year, wearing a crown of candles, brings gifts of steaming-hot coffee and sweet rolls to her family (or village), while her attendants sing traditional songs – is a beautiful and moving enactment of the rebirth of light in the midst of the darkest time of the year.

This video was created by the incomparable Jonna Jinton, who writes,

“Lucia is a tradition in Sweden where we bring light to the darkness. Since many years back I have always gone out in the middle of the Lucia night to light up hundreds of candles in the forest, with the intention to spread light into the world.

“Maybe you have seen my earlier lucia-films here on my YouTube. But this year was special. Just as the other lucia-nights I prepared to get out and light up my candles. But this night, the forest surprised me.

“This film is for all the world. For all of you wonderful people out there ♥ I hope to be able to spread some light into your hearts. Thank you for taking the time to watch it.”

Do yourself a favour, and watch this in full-screen… and allow yourself to get lost in it. Magical!

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Review: Gränsfors Bruk Forest Axes

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Gränsfors Forest Axes are made to be used in the forest for everything from felling large trees to limbing small logs.

Source: Gränsfors Bruk of Sweden – Forest Axes

While I’m reviewing products with a Nordic origin and/or ethos, I thought I would mention what I consider to be the gold standard in axes, Gränsfors Bruk. Of themselves they say,

Throughout history, the axe has helped us source wood for our fires, build our houses and protect ourselves against enemies, and that’s just scratching the surface. For much of human history, the axe has meant the difference between life and death.

“Here at Gränsfors Bruk, we feel a keen responsibility to ensure that knowledge of axes and axe making is preserved for future generations. We strive to make the best possible axes, based on three different perspectives:

“Making a good product based on the perspectives above is our way of showing responsibility towards everyone who buys and uses our products, towards our environment and towards our staff.” Continue reading “Review: Gränsfors Bruk Forest Axes”

Sweden’s “Civil War”: National Police Chief pleads, “Help us, help us!” | Geller Report

Source: Sweden CIVIL WAR: National Police Chief, “HELP US, HELP US!” – Geller Report

“The government does not seem to understand that it has lost control. There is a point where you can no longer stop a situation’s development. I do not know if Sweden has reached this point when it comes to [the consequences of] immigration, but I fear we are drawing close. If we right here and now take a clear and powerful action – including stopping immigration and the political promotion of multiculturalism – we might with some difficulty be able to save Sweden.”

– Johan Patrik Engellau, research expert on destabilized countries

I am appalled at what is going on in Sweden, but I am not sure they need outside help as much as they need to re-embrace their Viking spirit and heritage. Mr. Engellau may be right that this is the end for the “decent and egalitarian Sweden we have known up to now,” but that may not be a bad thing. There is such a thing as being too decent and egalitarian, and Sweden is reaping the bitter fruit of that fact, currently!

I have some (albeit not much) Swedish blood, too, so I have some skin in this game. These are among my ancestors, and they are the descendants of those who became the Kievan Rus, founding both Russia and Ukraine, and who formed the core of the Varangian Guard. How would those ancestors like what is happening now – and what would they suggest that today’s Swedes do about it? I don’t know, but I can imagine!

Sweden may indeed need some external assistance to regain control in the short-term. But if they do not wake up and re-Viking-ize themselves, and soon, I’m not sure any amount of outside assistance will do much good, long-term. Sweden needs to become Sweden once again! But that could be said about much of Europe, currently.

5 Steps To Raising A Viking Child

Here are five steps to help you raise your own little Viking, Scandinavian-style, through outdoor play.

Source: 5 Steps To Raising A Viking Child

Sweden has gotten a bit of a bad rap (not entirely without justification) recently, in some quarters, for bringing a butt-load (*) of misery on itself by its misguided and excessively lenient immigration policies. Or perhaps one should say, by adopting, rather than resisting, ones foisted on it by the EU, and doing so with rather more enthusiasm than was wise…

(* … a medieval reference to a large wine-cask, not a derriere)

But there are some things that Sweden has done, and is continuing to do, very well, and this is one of them! As this article points out,

“In Sweden, 80% of children between the ages of one to five years, attend Swedish daycare which promotes play, napping and eating meals outdoors. There are also some preschools that have no physical building as all of their learning occurs outdoors—in nature’s classroom…

“Outdoor play offers not only physical benefits like increased balance, endurance, and hand-eye coordination but has also shown to improve cognitive and social/emotional development. When outdoors, children are more likely to invent games and understand why rules are necessary — something that does not happen when playing a pre-programmed game on a tablet or the computer.”

Follow the link to discover the “five steps to help you raise your own little Viking through outdoor play“!

Sweden will ‘never go back’ to mass immigration, PM says | Daily Mail Online

The Prime Minister of Sweden has vowed his country will ‘never go back’ to recent levels of mass immigration after it emerged the terrorist who killed four people in a truck attack was a failed asylum seeker.

Source: Sweden will ‘never go back’ to mass immigration, PM says | Daily Mail Online

The Stockholm truck-ramming terrorist was a failed asylum seeker? Okay, everyone who’s surprised, raise your hands! *looking around* No one? That’s what I thought.

On the one hand, I’m encouraged to read report of the PM’s remarks. I hope that late is better than never, and I know that some people require a two-by-four across the forehead before they wake up to threats that are right in their face. Yet, I’m afraid this smacks a bit of locking the proverbial barn door after the horse has already been stolen.

Said the Prime Minister:

‘Sweden will never go back to the [mass migration] we had in autumn 2015, never,’ Mr Löfven said yesterday.

‘Everyone who has been denied a permit should return home.

‘This makes me feel enormously frustrated. If you have been denied a visa you are supposed to leave the country.’

“Should”…? “Frustrated”…? “Supposed to”…? Why doesn’t he just say, “C’mon, guys, play fair!”

Far be it from me to tell someone else, let alone another country, what they should do, but I hope Sweden is able to get in touch with its ancestral roots, however belatedly! This is what Sweden needs today, in my opinion – updated with respect to technology, naturally:

(There are plenty of Swedes who feel the same, I know! To them, deepest respect. This is not directed at you, but at the political and media elites, and those who have been brainwashed by them. Sverige evigt!)

Three More Jihadis Arrested in Stockholm Deadly Truck Attack – Geller Report

Police arrest three more suspects in the Stockholm truck attack after “special forces” conducted a raid a property about twelve miles from the atrocity which killed four.

Source: Three More Jihadis Arrested in Stockholm Deadly Truck Attack – Geller Report

“Swedish police on Saturday identified the suspected truck driver who killed four people in Stockholm as a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan is a largely Muslim country ‘an authoritarian state with limited civil rights.’

“The driver was ‘known’ to intelligence services but was deemed a ‘marginal character.’ This sounds strikingly similar to the description of the Westminster car jihadi was was also ‘known’ to intelligence services but was on the ‘periphery.’

“How much jihad gets you inside the margins and/or the periphery…?”

A very good question, that! No one is a terrorist until they actually commit terrorism – and by that time, unfortunately, it’s too late.

If they are involved with jihad, or known jihadists, and they are not citizens… deport. Simple as that. If they are citizens, keep a damned close eye on them! (If they are naturalized citizens and actually commit acts of jihad, strip them of their citizenship, then deport them.) Better yet, don’t allow so many members of the community from which they spring into the country, in the first place.

“This is the third terror attack in Europe in two weeks, coming on the heels of assaults in London and Saint Petersburg. These attacks are a stunning indictment of the failed policy of the pro-sharia, pro-immigration Euro-elites.”

Indeed.

Europe, wake up!


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Lucia Morning | Jonna Jinton

Source: Lucia Morning | Jonna Jinton

A beautiful meditation on the meaning and significance of Luciamorgon (the morning of St. Lucia’s Day) in the life of this Swedish photographer, artist, and blogger. The picture above is a still from the stunning video that accompanies it. The Google machine translation of the page is imperfect, of course, but it’s good enough to get the gist of this lovely post!