Yule Update

Happy Yule.

 

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The photos for this blog were taken from a hike on Signal Point Trail on Signal Mountain, Tennessee. You can follow my journeys into nature on Instagram – @danielholtt

 

Odin said somethin akin to “Words makes for more words. Deeds makes for more deeds.”

I believe that stating openly our plans immediately ruins them! Secrecy is key. Many times time will be the ultimate test of our convictions. There is a bit of fear in me to openly let many people know what I have scheming, and strangely enough the less time I think of doing things and go with the force of Will, it easily manifests in many ways.

With that, there are so many things I have the desire to unleash through this vehicle called StormandStress.blog…

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Here are some things that I CAN talk about openly at this moment in time.

Seems as though my writings are only occult themed. I’m no expert. I don’t profess to have some experience that puts me in the “know.” But I feel excited by the state of Knowing, and if I can inspire other people to become ecstatic with this knowledge that is good enough for me. But this website needs to also be generally updated.

I have been in the process of developing new creative outlets since this summer. These things take time, but the end results that I feel are really exciting and sincerely realize my expression will be shown soon.

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You can also follow my hiking adventures through Instagram – @Danielholtt

 

One of those projects has taken a year to complete and finally I have finished! That project is VEMYRLEKAM – solo raw black metal. VEMYRLEKAM is a magical project and thus, I have written lots of lyrics and poems in the process. Those are two creative outlets that have completely rejuvenated me after quite some time in a stagnant frozen tundra.. There will be more news on this project soon but let it be known this will be a major aspect of my life from this point forward.

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I have also been immensely enjoying using pen and paper – and imitating the stippling / cross hatching technique (that you see of many Gustav Dore prints) to make strange sketches. There will be more news on these projects in the future, nothing I can say too openly about.  For now, its just about developing, challenging and not simply just imitating the typical imagery in the surrealist or grotesque realm.

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Another project I have been developing has the focus of using a wood burning tool and creating artworks on pieces of wood. My first use of the wood burning tool was ritually crafting a set of Runes. From there I began to use the wood burning tool to actually craft images of nature and Odin. I first was inspired to learn wood burning because my father sells wood burn art pieces. For me, the next step required in the process is framing and designing easily useable hangers / hooks so that they can be used as decoration.

Below is the last piece I’ve completed. There is more work to be done and technique to improve on. For now, my major focus will be writing and recording more VEMYRLEKAM material.

 

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You can follow my developments on Instagram at @danielholtt

 

 

 

Autumn

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With the turning of the season to fall, I feel my creativity hightens. The soul – like a tree with roots underground and branches reaching into lofty heavens – sheds the unnecessary spirits of the year like leaves. The mind turns to gratitude to the ALL for the harvested rewards that were earned through actions through the year.

The unnecessary is buried in the mounds, rewards of actions are harvested – and in the back of my mind – I drift into the heavy meanings this time of year must have held for them. They that toiled, struggled, yearned to live, love and grow as a people and a lineage for centuries – my ancestors. And my ancestors believed that the passage that the Sun made through this time – this season – lifted the veil between the beyond and the living. Gratitude, love and offerings were given to the spirits of deceased family. Blessings were given to the holy powers that represented special aspects of the ALL.

For me, autumn is the time of melancholy, the time is drifting into coldness. There is a return to solitude and inspiration. There is a drifting into synchronization with time and the season.

There are occult symbols of the power that is to be acquired through the adherence of our souls path to the rhythm of the sun’s path through the seasons. The Chariot Tarot card is one.

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The Chariot in the THOTH deck is depicted as an armored soldier sitting in a meditative position on a Chariot without a horse. He is simply at the helm with the four Kerubim – representing the four seasons. He sits at peace with the direction that the Will of the All takes him – and this means that there are different spirits to the seasons. The time of fall and winter is a time of introspection, solitude, and beginning to contemplate the desired accomplishments of the next year.

But also, as our soul is like a tree, and our useless characteristics fall to the ground and die.

It seems that I have made personal choices this year that have been rapid, and moved me forward quickly. One of them was to move back to my home – a place I had to leave because of personal reasons – but now I find myself back in.

I know that this was the right choice, because a strange turn of events left my wife and I enough money to comfortably move. During this time there has been so much reflection on the past. What led me to this point of returning and why I decided to move away. I only wish to follow this force of intuition that I finally am in harmony with.

Many personal changes have occurred in my world – I have lost many things with the turning of time that are no longer important to me or necessary for my growth. Things that I once held personally important have all been discarded in order to learn how to remain 100% true to myself in the future.