The Northern-Atlantic Cycle (RATMW 25)


Chapter 25

The Northern-Atlantic Cycle


Julius Evola now takes us on the second cycle, the one assigned the precious metal silver to it, and termed by Evola as the Northern-Atlantic cycle. The idea is that the original dwellers of the polar regions were forced to migrate from north to south and then from west to east. These series of migrations are said to have taken place over time and have eventually covered many places around the world, though not every place (Australia, for instance, would seem to me excluded from this). Julius Evola states that this primordial set of races have been identified by anthropology as the Cro-Magnon man, who is recognised as being culturally superior to its contemporary humanoids.

As conquering races advanced, they would enslave or kill off the native races, although they would end up mixing sooner or later. Independently of the mixing, the culture and tradition would naturally evolve into variations befitting place, times and people, possibly reflecting their very particular conditions and character. Since Evola identifies the northern, polar races with the divine and the light, he identifies the chthonic cults of the Earth as dark and demonic.

I understand that Evola is being expedite in his explanations, but it would seem as if he cuts categories too perfectly, which does not seem to reflect reality. Perhaps his theory is right, however, and what we detect and see today is only manifested chaos through entropy at work. It may be that initially things were really that clear, after all, humanoid population numbers had not reached a fraction of the infestation levels that plague the face of the Earth today. Be that as it may, Evola identifies two groups, one which retained the northern, polar or Uranian orientation and spirit; and a latter which became transformed by its contact with southern and demonic influences.

The famous flood, or other cataclysms recorded by culture across the globe, is the memory of the event that separates this cycle from the previous one. The myth of a primordial land either to the North or the West also remains, although the Western seat actually comes after in chronological terms. These memories become confused through long periods of time. What is interesting about these myths is that, like H.P. Blavatsky never tired of saying, they contain several levels of knowledge ranging from the historical and very concrete to metaphysical descriptions of the nature of man to descriptions of the nature of the universe and reality itself. The voyage to the ethereal and unreachable seat in the West or North then becomes an allusion to spiritual transcendence through ritual.

“The mystery of the West always marks a particular stage in the history of the spirit that is no longer the primordial one; it corresponds to a type of spirituality that cannot be considered to be primordial and therefore it is defined by the mystery of transformation. It is characterized by a dualism and by a discontinuous passage: a light is kindled, another fades away. Transcendence has cone underground. Supernature, unlike the original state, is no longer nature: it is the goal of an initiation and the object of a problematic quest.”

—Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World, Chapter 25: ‘The Northern-Atlantic Cycle’

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