AKI CEDERBERG

Aki Cederberg on Helsinkiläinen kirjailija, muusikko ja elokuvantekijä. Cederbergin suvussa on merimiehiä, pappeja ja lääkäreitä, mistä ehkä juontuu hänen vaellusviettinsä ja monet hänen mielenkiinnon kohteistaan, joiden jäljillä hän on matkustanut laajasti. Cederberg on kirjoittanut kirjan Pyhiinvaellus: Matkalla Intiassa ja Nepalissa (Salakirjat 2013) ja hänen kirjoituksiaan on julkaistu mm. The Fenris Wolf kirja-antologioissa, sekä muissa julkaisuissa ja lehdissä. Hän on ollut osana yhtyeitä joiden kanssa hän on julkaissut levyjä, järjestänyt näyttelyitä ja esiintynyt eri maissa. Hänen osana Halo Manash yhtyettä tekemänsä elokuva Taiwaskivi on julkaistu DVD-kokoelmalla "Back to Human Nature" Njuta Films toimesta. Cederberg on myös osa Radio Wyrd podcastia. Cederbergillä on kulttuurialan tutkinto ja hän työskentelee kirjoittamisen ja elokuvatuotannon parissa. Hän asuu Helsingissä ja harrastaa nyrkkeilyä. 

Tämä sivusto kokoaa yhteen Cederbergin kirjoitukset, matkat sekä meneillään olevat työt.

Aki Cederberg is a writer, musician and filmmaker from Helsinki, Finland. Coming from a hereditary line of seamen, priests and doctors, his disposition and many of his interests and passions can perhaps be derived from these ancestral streaks. Relating to his engagement with various esoteric traditions and realms of knowledge and culture of which he has sought first-hand experience, as well as his interest in sites of mythological or historical significance both ancient and modern, he has travelled extensively. Cederberg has written a book published in finnish language titled Pyhiinvaellus ("Pilgrimage", Salakirjat 2013), as well as contributed to The Fenris Wolf book anthologies and several other publications. He has been part of several musical groups, with whom he has released albums and films, as well as conducted exhibitions and tours both in his homeland and abroad. The film Taiwaskivi, made as part of Halo Manash, was released on the DVD-collection ”Back to Human Nature!” (Njuta Films). Cederberg is also a part of the Radio Wyrd  podcast. He has a Bachelor of Culture and Arts (directing and scriptwriting) and currently works in writing and film production. He lives in Helsinki, and enjoys boxing.

This website functions as a resource on his writings, travels and current works.

 

Perttu Häkkinen (1979–2018) - Musician, author, journalist

My hermetic friend
 

 Photo: Constantine Morte.

Photo: Constantine Morte.

"Contemplate the fire, contemplate the clouds, and when omens appear and voices begin to sound to your soul, abandon yourself to them without wondering beforehand whether it seems convenient or good to do so. Our god is named Abraxas, and he is both the god and the devil at the same time. You will find in him both the world of light and of shadows. Abraxas is not opposed to any of your thoughts nor to any of your dreams, but he will abandon you if you become normal and unapproachable. He will look for another vessel in which to cook his thoughts.”


- Hermann Hesse


Perttu Häkkinen was a significant force in Finnish culture: a well-known electronic musician, non-fiction author and journalist with his own weekly radio-show, which delved into murky, marginal  and esoteric subjects. His sudden, accidental death will leave a permanent mark in the landscape of the Finnish collective soul. Perttu Häkkinen had a wife and two children. Because several in-depth eulogies have already been written about him that focus on his significance on a wider, cultural level, I will in turn write about Perttu as a friend – such as I knew him. 

Perttu and I connected over our common interest in esoteric subjects, such a the mysteries of the Grail, the mythos of Montsegur in Southern France, the Gnostic diety Abraxas, and many other such topics. We also bonded over our appreciation for at times dionysian revelries and drinking. And so it was the we experienced perhaps our greatest moments together when these two passions converged: we could have an enlightening dialogue about, for instance, the nature of the Gnostic Demiurge or the philosophy of Julius Evola, all the while sitting in a dive bar and carousing the night away. The next day these moments of radiant clarity would be inevitably crystallised in my mind, although the evening would have otherwise descended into chaos. Those moments were convergences of the higher and the lower, the immanent and transcendent – as was the story of  Perttu’s life as a whole.

If my memory serves me correct, the first time I went to meet Perttu at his house, the  co-author of his book Valonkantajat (“The Lightbearers”), Vesa Iitti, was also present. Our nightly bacchanalia soon took a swirling descent into quite chthonic, atavistic spheres, which involved runic stance and chant, as well as wrestling in the backyard. In the heat of the activities, I forgot my flask and suit-jacket at Perttu’s place. Soon after our evening, I received a message from him: “Ave! Have you missed your jacket and flask? Both are here, although the latter was emptied of its contents during a moment of weakness.”

The next time I visited him, to mark the occasion, he had prepared a sandwich-cake which he decorated with the algiz-rune using cherry tomatoes – knowing that it was a central talisman in my life.

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I was a guest on Perttu’s radio-show twice, once to discuss runes, and another time to talk about pilgrimage, about which I had written a book. I also interviewed Perttu on a few occasions. He was a guest on our podcast, Radio Wyrd. We also had a public dialogue organised by Suomalainen Kirjakauppa to promote Perttu’s book, during which we conversed about Aleister Crowley and the Faustian soul. At the end of the talk, I recited Crowley’s classic Hymn to Pan into the microphone: it was a normal afternoon in the bookshop, and some elderly ladies browsing cookbooks were no doubt startled hearing the obscene text - Perttu instead just chuckled contentedly. 

The same Hymn to Pan was read at the funeral of Aleister Crowley, without doubt one of the most famous (and infamous) occultists of our time, founder of the religious-magical system Thelema. The hymn was also often heard recited by Jack Parsons, a Thelemite occultist and rocket engineer during rocket launch tests. A few days after Perttu died, there was a memorial gathering held at his site of death. I thought it fitting to recite the Hymn to Pan in his honor one last time. Before the large crowd of people, I raised my voice for the invocatory poem, after which I poured a libation of whisky on the ground.

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Once, out of the blue, I received a phone-call from Perttu from Cefalu, Italy. “Hey, tell me how to find that Abbey of Thelema.” The above-mentioned Crowley had in his time founded an abbey in Cefalu, known among its residents as “the Whore’s Cell”. Perttu finally managed to find the ruined abbey, and wrote an insightful column about it. One of our last conversations happened to also be about Crowley, especially about his diaries from Cefalu, The Magical Record of the Beast 666, which Perttu was fond of quoting. In the diaries, Crowley, then at the mid-point of his life, pondered about where his magical path had really led him. I felt that Perttu could relate to that pondering on some level. 

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Perttu and Vesa were giving a presentation on the subject of their book Valonkantajat at the new age fair Hengen ja Tiedon Messut, and somehow Perttu had managed to convince me to give a talk there also, even though he knew how I felt about such fairs. Moments before I started my lecture, he rushed on stage and poured my cup full of brandy. Then he sat down in the front row, smiled and sipped from his bottle while I gave my polemic speech, which was anything but “feel good”. 

One of my fondest memories of Perttu is the time we were at his house with Jykä Varpio, poet and cocktail-alchemist of Radio Wyrd. We were examining the “bleeding stones” Perttu had found in the Pyrenees of Southern France, which have been connected with the Grail. According to a popular theory, the Holy Grail is not a cup, but a stone which fell from Lucifer’s crown when he was cast down from heaven. These stones did in fact bleed a kind of blood-like substance when spit upon and rubbed. Perhaps Perttu had indeed found the Grail.

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There was also another moment connected to the Grail that I remember. Via Perttu, I got to meet Richard Stanley, director of the documentary film The Secret Glory, which was about Otto Rahn and his search for the grail. Perttu had just interviewed Stanley after a screening of his film in Helsinki, and we chatted about Otto Rahn, Montsegur and Julius Evola. As I had just been immersed in writing my forthcoming book, which includes a section on Rahn, I found this little moment edifying and inspiring.

I felt that Perttu really knew me on some profound level. Once, as I had returned from a more than two-month long pilgrimage of Europe, where I had travelled from one sacred site to the next, we sat in his study drinking and conversing. I pointed at a portrait of Elias Lönnrot hanging on his wall, which he had received from a relative, and expressed how much I appreciated the picture: “It is inspiring that Lönnrot went around on foot, collecting oral folk poetry and spells, and that he managed with his great work to shed some light on the fleeting holiness of his people”, I said. “That is what you are doing as well”, said Perttu. 

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Once at the end of a shared jaunt, I somehow ended up safekeeping some paintings for Perttu which he had just bought. The oilpaintings were portraits depicting the children of the now deceased and infamous devil worshipper and nazi Pekka Siitoin. The pictures haunted my hallway for a few weeks, until I finally got to return them to Perttu - much to the dismay of his wife.

Something telling about about Perttu’s endless curiosity and objectivity is revealed in the fact that he explored magick not just in theory, but also in practice. Perttu would not, for instance, deny the possibility that he might have mistakenly summoned up some sort of malicious spirit with his workings, which was now locking random doors and in other ways disturbing the life of his house. From meditation, on the other hand, Perttu told me that he had found a new kind of inner serenity.

At times Perttu moved, in addition to liminal spaces, also in quite murky waters, dealing in his writings and programs with genuinely disturbing subjects, so much so that I sometimes wondered how he kept from loosing his head. But Perttu was a genuinely Faustian soul, and was ready to go to great lengths for knowledge, no matter what the cost. It has also been said that laughter is the best form of banishing ritual, and Perttu was truly one of the funniest people I have ever met. His quirky and iconoclastic sense of humour, along with his eternal playfulness, shone a light into the dark territories which he sometimes dealt in, and he made me laugh like few others. 

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Perttu did not long to simply be around like-minded people. He was genuinely able to appreciate differing opinions and worldviews, and had friends from many disparate, even probably mutually hostile cirlces. He especially valued individuals with bold and original views, even if he did not agree with them. In contrast, he hated mob-mentality and so-called “call-out culture”, the targets of which genuine dissidents often are, such as he himself a few times.

Perttu was a manifestation of the Hermes archetype. He wore a pendant depicting Thot, the Egyptian god of wisdom, magic, science and writing, who the ancient Greeks connected with Hermes and the Romas equally with Mercury. Mercury-Hermes is also the escort of the dead to Hades. As these divine figures, Perttu traveled between our world and the underworld, brining messages and knowledge from the heights and the depths, transforming them to become a part of mainstream culture via alchemical means. For this reason I put out libations of spirit drinks on our household altars, along with a suitable card from Crowley’s Thot-Tarot deck, depicting the Magician, Mercury.

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On the night Perttu died, we at my family’s old ancestral villa on the sandy beach by a ritual fire, gazing up at the stars in the hopes of seeing a shooting star from the Perseiden meteor shower. The next morning, autumn was in the air. We planted a tree, an oak, and I was reminded of an old Latvian pagan prayer: “The gods look favourably on those who plant trees along roads, on farms, holy sites, at crossroads and by houses. If you marry, plant a wedding-tree. If a child is born, plant a tree. If someone close to you dies, plant a tree for the vėlės (soul of the departed).”

Then we received the news of Perttu’s death. Sorrow washed over me like a violent torrent. We gathered at the now faded ritual fire, drank and wept. I once received a bottle of Kirschwasser from Perttu, which I did not really enjoy that much. But now we finished that very bottle and lifted libations for Perttu. A storm rose from the sea, thunder rumbled in the distance. The tree we planted would henceforth be Perttu’s soultree.

Every time I met Perttu, I felt that our conversations were cut short for one reason or another – time was always the enemy. When I met Perttu the last time, he was visiting us with his family. It was a beautiful, warm early summer day. I grilled suitably esoterically themed burgers, inspired by the Blue Dragon restaurant in Rennes-le-Chateau. As our children played in the garden, we sat for moment in my study. We talked of possible future travels together – Perttu had long wanted to visit the temple of Hecate – and I gifted him with a pendant depicting the Gnostic deity Abraxas. As Perttu drove off from outside our house with his family, I was standing on the street waiving goodbye to them with my daughter. For some reason, we stayed there standing for a longer while, watching their car recede slowly into the distance, and finally disappear behind the horizon. 

When Perttu was a guest on our Radio Wyrd podcast, he shed some light on his view of Lucifer. He saw something profoundly human in the myth of the beautiful and proud angel who was cast out of heaven. When I heard about Perttu’s death, I could not but be reminded of his destiny as distinctly Luciferian, exactly in the way that he himself had envisioned it. 

According to the Gnostic tradition, we are living in a fallen, imperfect world. We can certainly see Perttu’s untimely and tragic death as one evidence supporting this view. The world is irrevocably poorer without his shining star.

Although Perttu was in many ways a mercurial figure, I would like to believe that I also knew him on some fundamentally human level. He was a good father, and it was heartwarming to witness the sincere love and joy with which he treated his children and wife. For me he was a beloved friend, for whom I wish a good journey. 

I shall end this incomplete tribute with an ancient heretic greeting we often used with each other: 

”Luzifer der Unrecht geschah, Grüsst dich!”
(”Lucifer, who was wronged, I salute you!”)

Porvoo 19.8.2018 e.v.

Aki Cederberg

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ULTRACULTURE with Jason Louv

I was recently on Jason Louv's Ultraculture podcast and the episode is now up and can be listened to and downloaded here: https://ultraculture.org/blog/2018/06/08/aki-cederberg/
or by clicking the image below:

Almost a decade ago, Louv published a book titled the ULTRACULTURE JOURNAL, the contents of which had some overlap to the experiences I had in India, and themes partially similar to those of my book JOURNEYS IN THE KALI YUGA. For instance, in his book there is a long article dealing with Mahendranath, and a story told in the book is similar to one I heard first-hand in India, which I retell in my own book (quoted below):

"One of the great Naths was a Westerner, Shri Gurudev Mahendranath (1911–1991), who originally got the advice to delve into the Indian esoteric tradition from Aleister Crowley himself. Rampuri once told me a story of his meeting with Mahendranath, or Dadaji as he was called by the locals. They had sat at his dhuni, and Dadaji had offered to give Rampuri his maha mantra, his great mantra, and Rampuri had of course accepted. Dadaji had come closer and solemnly whispered the mantra in Rampuri’s ear: “Fuck ’em all.”

The podcast opens with a new ALLERSEELEN track, Der Nordische Ring des Wissenden, with vocals by me, from the upcoming album Chairete Daimones (to be available via Aorta mailorder).

RED ICE TV

New interview at Red Ice TV: 

Coming Home to Northern Pagan Traditions After Exploring Eastern Mysticism - Aki Cederberg

"Aki Cederberg is a writer, traveler, musician, and filmmaker who gives talks and lectures on esoteric subjects. He has written for several publications including The Fenris Wolf book series. He is the author of Journeys in the Kali Yuga: A Pilgrimage from Esoteric India to Pagan Europe. Aki is a member of several Finnish musical groups and is a contributor to the Radio Wyrd podcast. He lives in Helsinki, Finland.

Aki joins us for a wide-ranging esoteric discussion about the northern European spiritual tradition and his revelatory journeys throughout India. Aki recounts that he reconnected with his own northern European tribal roots in Finland by observing the religious and spiritual practices of Hinduism. Aki likens his wanderings to the journey of the shaman, Odin, and other archetypal seekers of knowledge. Henrik and Aki emphasize the need for a revisiting of our own native European traditions and customs to rediscover our own latent spirituality. Aki describes Journeys in the Kali Yuga as a book about the spiritual crisis of Western man as well as a literal and metaphysical homecoming. In the members’ part, we focus on the Norse tradition and the folk beliefs of Northern Europe. Henrik and Aki address the unique demonization of northern European paganism that has served to sever our roots. We discuss the recent vilification of the Norwegian ski team for their use of ancient runes; and the pessimistic reduction of pagan beliefs by the contemporary Left. "

WHITLEY STRIEBER'S DREAMLAND & OCCULT OF PERSONALITY

I had an in-depth conversation recently with Greg Kaminsky and Rudolf from the OCCULT OF PERSONALITY podcast. You can listen to the first hour for free on their website, on iTunes, or via the YouTube link below; for the second hour, you should consider joining the membership section at https://chamberofreflection.com

Description: 

"Aki Cederberg, author of Journeys in the Kali Yuga: A Pilgrimage from Esoteric India to Pagan Europe, published by Inner Traditions, is our guest in podcast episode 188.

I enjoyed Journeys in the Kali Yuga tremendously. In addition to feeling as though I was accompanying the author on his travels and gaining insights along the way, his razor-like commentary on the differences between modern society and esoteric spiritual tradition are both startling and welcome. Many of the conclusions Aki draws from his experiences echo my own and reinforce to me the importance of authentic tradition and veneration of lineages that produce realized beings. Additionally, the way in which Cederberg is using the wisdom he’s gained to delve deeper into his own pagan tradition is inspiring. A movement from modernism to a futurism informed by authentic traditional ways is a welcome shift from New Age spirituality. 

In the Chamber of Reflection, Aki Cederberg, Rudolf, and I continue the interview. Aki describes the spiritual desolation of modern secular society and his hopes to inspire those looking to reawaken ancestral spiritual legacy. He also stresses that pilgrimage is not complete without homecoming. Join us for that inspired conversation!"

I also had a good conversation with Whitley Stireber on his show DREAMLAND. Again, the first part is free, but for the second part you need to sign up for membership. Description:

"Come on a journey of discovery with a true pilgrim who crossed India and Nepal in search of his own soul and meaning, then returned to Europe where he found powerful connections between the gods of India and the gods of Northern Europe.

Aki Cederberg is a pilgrim in the deepest sense of that word, willing to give up everything for his quest, and to go wherever it takes him, even when that means facing death.

In this powerful edition of Dreamland, Aki takes us on his journey with him, describing what he found in ritual and in connection to hidden masters of the sacred.

Only on Dreamland will you hear a story like this, moderated by a host as knowledgeable as Whitley Strieber. "

AEON BYTE GNOSTIC RADIO & STIRRING THE CAULDRON

I had a great conversation with Miguel Conner on his Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio, which resulted in an episode titled Gnosis of the East, Ragnarök and the Kali Yuga. You can listen to it via the link below, or on iTunes, or the website of the radio show. This is a partial show; to listen to the second half of the interview, you should become a member at thegodabovegod.com

Below is the presentation of the show:

"We gain deep esoteric secrets from one man’s journey to discover authentic and unbroken magical traditions in the East. In a beautifully evocative account, we find ancient Gnosis through his eyes, from forbidden sexual rites to Dionysian religious festivals, from entering the black womb of the goddess Kali to experiencing the Abraxas-like countenance of Shiva himself. Even more, this odyssey brought new awakenings in the West and a return to pagan roots — with an ultimate encounter with forgotten Scandinavian gods ushering Ragnarok (which eerily relates to the dusk of the Kali Yuga). In the end, all these revelations point to how the Gnostic attitude on the cosmos is close to right, as well as the inner nature of all gods."

I also was a guest of Marla Brooks show Stirring the Cauldron. You listen to it on Youtube via the link below. Here is the description of the show: 

"It is believed that human civilization degenerates spiritually during the Kali Yuga, which is referred to as the Dark Age because in it people are as far away as possible from God. And in his new book, Journeys in the Kali Yuga, Aki Cederberg traveled extensively to places like Nepal, the Himalayas and throughout India immersed himself in a wide variety of Indian culture and practice. The odyssey was both amazingly difficult and spiritually enlightening, and the book is not one that the reader can easily put down. After all his journeys far and wide, the circle has closed and Aki's dreams and travels lead his restless spirit back to his ancestral home where he can take the authentic and unbroken magical traditions from the East and reawaken them in the West."

PHALANX INTERVIEW

Angel Millar of Phalanx (phalx.com) recently did an interview with me on the subject of my new book JOURNEYS IN THE KALI YUGA. The podcast-interview has now been released - follow link here or see link below. I encourage everyone to not just listen to the interview, but also explore the Phalanx website, which is full of interesting content.

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.
H.H.
Olen ollut ja olen edelleen etsijä, mutta olen lakannut kysymästä tähdiltä ja kirjoilta; olen alkanut kuunnella opetusta, jota vereni minulle kuiskii.