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.
“This book promises to be a pagan classic. It took rare initiations into the wonders and horrors of sacred India for Cederberg to recognize the same gods, under different names, stirring in his Nordic homeland. His pilgrimage will inspire anyone who seeks or glimpses these ‘beacons of spirit in a soulless age.’”
- Joscelyn Godwin, author of The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 2017
BARNES AND NOBLE
A beautifully evocative account of one man’s odyssey to discover authentic and unbroken magical traditions in the East and reawaken them in the West
• Details the author’s encounters with the Naga Babas, his initiation into their tradition, and his experience at the Kumbh Mela, the largest spiritual gathering on Earth
• Shares the similarities he discovered between the teachings of the Indian tradition and the Western traditions of magic, alchemy, and pagan pantheons
• Introduces a wide cast of characters, including Goa Gil, the world-renowned guru of the Goa techno-trance scene, and Mahant Amar Bharti Ji, a “raised-arm Baba,” who for more than 40 years has held up one arm in devotion to Shiva
Beautifully detailing his spiritual pilgrimage from West to East and back again, in the age of strife known as the Kali Yuga, Aki Cederberg shares the authentic and unbroken magical traditions he experienced in India and Nepal and how his search for a spiritual homeland ultimately led him back to his native Europe.
Cederberg explains how his odyssey began as a search for spiritual roots, something missing in the spiritually disconnected life of the Western world, where the indigenous traditions were long ago severed by the spread of Christianity. Traveling to India, he encounters the ancient esoteric order of mystic, wild, naked holy men known as the Naga Babas, the living source of the Hindu traditions of magic and yoga. Immersing himself in the teachings of the tradition, he receives an initiation and partakes in the Kumbh Mela, the largest spiritual gathering on Earth. With his evocative descriptions, Cederberg shows how traveling in India can be an overwhelming, even psychedelic experience. Everything in this ancient land is multiplied and manifold: people and things, sights and sounds, joy and suffering. Yet beyond the apparent confusion and chaos, a strange, subtle order begins to reveal itself. He starts to glimpse resemblances and analogies between the teachings of the Indian tradition and the Western traditions of magic, alchemy, and pagan pantheons. He meets a wide cast of characters, from mystical hucksters in Rishikesh and the veritable army of naked, chillum-smoking mystics of Maya Devi to Goa Gil, the world-renowned guru of the Goa techno-trance scene, and Mahant Amar Bharti Ji, an urdhvabahu or “raised-arm Baba,” who for more than 40 years has held up one arm in devotion to Shiva.
After extensive traveling and immersing himself in the extraordinary world of India, Cederberg returns to his native soil of Europe. Traveling to holy places where old pagan divinities still linger in the shadows of the modern world, he dreams of forgotten gods and contemplates how they might be awakened yet again, reconnecting the West with its own pre-Christian spiritual traditions, sacred landscapes, and soul.
"In his rip-roaring English-language debut, Cederberg sets himself as neither guide nor guru, allowing readers to truly participate in his journey without worrying about what exactly they are supposed to learn."
- Publishers Weekly
“Often one has to travel far afield to the farthest edge to find out where one belongs. Aki Cederberg tells us the fascinating tale of his journey to the wild heart of mythical India, a journey that changed his life and led him back to his roots.”
- Wolf-Dieter Storl, Ph.D., author of Shiva: The Wild God of Power and Ecstasy
“Cederberg has made the outer and inner journey from one end of the geography of tradition to the other, which is only an outer reflection of the inner journey many pilgrims make from the outer world to inner experience. What is remarkable about Cederberg’s journey is that he, like Odysseus of old, found his way home again. The knowledge he gathered on his journeys gave him the tools he needed to discover the inner treasures of his own homeland. By reading this book you can gather some of this knowledge without ever going to India.”
- Stephen E. Flowers, author of Original Magic
“From the erotic passion of Shiva to the surreal bliss of the Khumb Mela, Aki Cederberg chronicles his search for meaning in modern India. But, as he discovered, ‘Pilgrimages have to come to an end. Ultimately, one must return home’--not just physically but spiritually as well. His story of how his own native European gods called to him is powerful, beautiful, irresistible. This book bears an important message for our times and delivers it in a way that captivates the reader. I recommend Journeys in the Kali Yuga without reservation.”
- Stephen McNallen, author of Asatru: A Native European Spirituality
“Aki Cederberg is an outsider in the modern, spiritually barren West. His quest for a sense of spiritual place takes him to the exotic East. There he is an outsider as well but is allowed something close to an insider’s participation in a living pagan religious tradition. Instead of satisfaction, he finds only more yearning--for the largely forgotten traditions of his own people. Cederberg’s journey--which makes for a highly colorful, absorbing tale--functions as a kind of initiation into those traditions. It is a journey home.”
- Collin Cleary, author of What is a Rune? And Other Essays
“This book is as much a classical adventure story as it is a tale of genuine spiritual progress. Cederberg’s travels in search of the roots of pagan/religious culture and how they affect us is both a personal vision quest and a wider speculation. Every plant has its roots, and Cederberg is generous to share his own roots exploration in such an eloquent way. The book is inspiring, intelligent, and a truly great read.”
- Carl Abrahamsson, publisher and author of Occulture
“Unlike the congratulatory stories told by self-proclaimed gurus or superhero yoga masters, this is the spiritual autobiography of a guy like you or me who’s just trying to figure it all out in a world that has lost its way.”
- Joshua Buckley, editor of TYR: Myth, Culture & Tradition
“Ever since the Beatles, India has had its fair share of ‘spiritual’ tourists. Aki Cederberg is not one of them. The gurus and babas he described having encountered there obviously viewed him as a sincere spiritual pilgrim. His odyssey to the East seems best summed up in the lines of a poem by T. S. Eliot in Four Quartets: ‘And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.’”
- Robert N. Taylor, musician and author of Remnants of a Season
“Aki Cederberg’s Journeys in the Kali Yuga offers a visceral, gritty, and at times humorous account of the dreamlike world of Indian Naga Babas. A story of an ongoing search for something real in a world where the deepest concerns of human spirit have become mere commodities, this is a timely book about timeless topics.”
- Matti Rautaniemi, author and yoga historian
“Written in poetical prose that is sharp, witty, and honest, the book is a valuable offering to all seekers and pilgrims on the eternal search of self.”
- Yogananda Puri, Naga Sannyasi
“Whereas most Westerners drawn to Indian spirituality have an interest in yoga or meditation, it was his passion for magic that led Aki Cederberg to the Naga Babas. With a background within European pagan magic, he is particularly capable of appreciating the esoteric dimensions of the yoga tradition--dimensions largely shunned within modern Western yoga.”
- Christian Möllenhoff, founder of Yoga & Méditation Paris
Herr Lounge Corps and Aki Cederberg are back with soothing sounds for the soul to counter the crude commotion of the modern world. This time they cover Serge Gainsbourg’s 1973 classic Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais, in Finnish language. The video pays again tribute to a European woman - Leni Riefenstahl - and features her “Diotima’s dance for the sea” from Arnold Fanck’s mystical mountain film, “Der Heilige Berg”.
Miro Snejdr & Aki Cederberg 2017.
Lyrics translated into Finnish by Aki Cedeberg.
Vocals by Cederberg, recorded by B.B. in Lille, France 2015.
Musical arrangement by Miro Snejdr 2017.
"Chansons", a mini-album featuring two songs, is available for download here:
Herr Lounge Corps and Aki Cederberg pay timely tribute to the French Maiden embodied as Brigitte Bardot in their version of the perennial 1968 classic by Serge Gainsbourg, Initials BB.
Miro Snejdr & Aki Cederberg 2017.
Lyrics translated into Finnish by Aki Cedeberg.
Vocals by Cederbarre, recorded by B.B. in Lille, France 2015.
Musical arrangement by Miro Snejdr 2017.
To download, visit: https://herrloungecorps.bandcamp.com/track/herr-lounge-corps-aki-cederberg-nimikirjaimet-bb-initials-bb
Luento: Kohti Euroopan salattua sielunmaisemaa, lauantaina 24.9.2016 KLO 16.15
Miten voimme lähestyä omia, usein katkenneita pakanallisia perinteitämme Eurooppassa? Mitä sen pyhät paikat merkitsevät? Entä mitä yhteys näihin asioihin voi antaa nykypäivän ihmiselle, ja millä tavalla munainen perinne voi ottaa muotonsa jälkimodernissa maailmassa?
Aki Cederbergin luento tulee käsittelemään pyhiä, pakanallisia paikkoja ja perinteitä Euroopassa. Se pohjautuu hänen matkoihinsa kohti niiden edustamaa salattua sielunmaisemaa, joista hän on etsinyt muinaisen tiedon virtoja. Cederbergin mukaan nämä paikat ja perinteet edustavat henkisiä linnakkeita sieluttomassa ajassamme. Esiin nousee paitsi pakanallisten perinteiden ja paikkojen rikas kirjo, myös mikä näitä mahdollisesti yhdistää. Luennolla nähdään myös Cederbergin vaimon Justine Cederbergin valokuvia monilta pyhiltä paikoilta.
Aki Cederberg on Helsinkiläinen kirjailija. Hänen ensimmäinen kirjansa ”Pyhiinvaellus: Matkalla Intiassa ja Nepalissa” (Salakirjat, 2013) on henkilökohtainen kertomus kaukokaipuusta, pyhiinvaelluksesta ja sukelluksesta esoteerisen perinteen maailmaan, jossa nousee keskeiseen osaan länsimaisen ihmisen kriisi. Toisessa kirjassaan Cederberg käntää katseensa kohti omia henkisiä juuriaan ja suuntaa pyhiinvaelluksensa Euroopan pyhille paikoille. Kirjan on määrä ilmestyä loppuvuonna 2017 Basam Books / Viisas Elämä kustantamana.
Messupaikkana toimii Kattilahalli Helsingin Suvilahdessa.
La 24.9. klo. 10.00 – 19.00
Su 25.9.klo. 10.00 – 18.00
Sisäänpääsyliput myy TIKETTI:
Messuilla saat tietoa pakanallisuudesta, sen eri muodoista, siihen liittyvistä elämäntavoista sekä tuotteista ja palveluista.
Lisätietoa Pakanallisista syysmessuista löydät osoitteesta http://sysimaa.fi/fi/pakanalliset-syysmessut
MAA is part of this 3CD tribute compilation to the late, great John Murphy, with a collaboration track called "Toive" ("Wish") from the now sold-out album MAA: Tuhkankantajat (Anima Arctica).
“All My Sins Remembered” is a tribute to Australian musician John Murphy, who died on the 11th of October 2015, and at the same time a charity project with all proceeds from the sales going to his widow.
John Murphy was an inveterate collaborator, contributing to the most high-profile bands of the industrial scene, not only because he was such a versatile musician of immense talent, but also because he was such a great collaborator. His warm-heartedness was the basis of decade-spanning relationships with prestigious musicians; his perfection and reliability in both composition and preparing performances was common knowledge; as a session drummer he would fit in organically with the bands that employed him. As a result, a large number of musicians agreed happily and instantly to become a part of this project.
With an enormous effort and the help of many friends we have put together this compilation, featuring the vast majority of the projects John Murphy was involved with – whether as a solo musician, contributor, full band member or session musician. Carefully curated and compiled, it follows the chronology of his career, starting with his high school band MANDRIX and following through all the way to his last studio recordings with LAST DOMINION LOST.
A major part of this compilation are tracks featuring John himself, a treasure of yet unreleased recordings with ASSOCIATES, SHINING VRIL, KRANG, KRANK, BROWNING MUMMERY, KNIFELADDER, SOOTERKIN FLESH, BLOOD AND IRON, WERTHAM, FORESTA DI FERRO and GERECHTIGKEITS LIGA, as well as rare collaborative tracks with LUSTMORD, NEWS, WHIRLYWIRLD, HUGO KLANG, MAA, ORCHESTRA OF SKIN AND BONE, SLUB, DUMB AND THE UGLY, VHRIL, BORDEL MILITAIRE and THE WALKING KORPSES. John Murphy’s performances can also be heard on exclusive live recordings of BLOOD AXIS, SPK, WHITEHOUSE, NAEVUS, NIKOLAS SCHRECK, MY FATHER OF SERPENTS & DISCIPLES OF NONE and MANDRIX, while newly recorded personal dedications (partially making use of John Murphy recordings) come from OF THE WAND AND THE MOON, DIE WEISSE ROSE, GENOCIDE ORGAN, ANDREW KING and DAVID E. WILLIAMS. Last but not least there are his last live and studio recordings from March & May 2015 with THE GRIMSEL PATH, ZEENA SCHRECK and his last main band LAST DOMINION LOST.
This box set is limited to 750 copies and comes in a beautiful design by The Epicurean: Lavish black cardboard folder with full colour & gold print, containing three CDs housed in cardboard sleeves and an extensive 32-page booklet with texts by The Epicurean, Andrew King, Alan Bamford and Jon Evans, allowing for detailed insight in the three distinct periods of John Murphy’s musical career, as well as publishing unreleased photographs from his friends’ archives."
THE FENRIS WOLF #8 has just been published. It features some new writings by myself and various others. Order from Trapart.
Below are the contents:
Carl Abrahamsson: Editor's Introduction, Vanessa Sinclair: Polymorphous Perversity and Pandrogeny, Charles Stansfield Jones (Frater Achad): Alchymia, Tim O'Neill: Black Lodge/White Lodge, Nina Antonia: Bosie & The Beast, Aki Cederberg: Festivals of Spring, Michael Moynihan: Friedrich Hielscher’s Vision of the Real Powers, Friedrich Hielscher: The Real Powers,Orryelle Defenestrate Bascule: Ear Horn: Shamanic Perspectives and Multi-Sensory Inversion, Zbigniew Lagosz: The Figure of the Polish Magician: Czesław Czynski (1858-1932), Gary Lachman: Rejected Knowledge: A Look At Our Other Way of Knowing, Carl Abrahamsson: Intuition as a State of Grace, Bishop T Omphalos: The Golden Thread: Soteriological Aspects of the Gnostic Catholicism in E.G.C., Kendell Geers: iMagus, Johan Nilsson: Defending Paper Gods – Aleister Crowley and the Reception of Daoism in Early 20th Century Esotericism, Gordan Djurdjevic: The Birth of the New Aeon: Magick and Mysticism of Thelema from the Perspective of Postmodern A/Theology, Tim O'Neill: The Derleth Error, Antti P Balk: Greek Mysteries, Carl Abrahamsson: The Economy of Magic, Stephen Sennitt: The Book of the Sentient Night: 23 Nails, Henrik Dahl: We Ate the Acid: A Note on Psychedelic Imagery, Jason Louv: Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger and the Psychedelic Interstellar Future we need, Carey Hodges & Chad Hensley: New Orleans Voodoo - An Oddity Unto Itself, Alexander Nym: Kabbalah references in contemporary culture, Zaheer Gulamhusein: Standing in Line, Carl Abrahamsson: As the Wolf Lies Down to Rest, Vanessa Sinclair & Ingo Lambrecht: Ritual and Psychoanalytical Spaces as Transitional, featuring Sangoma Trance States, Hagen von Tulien: Listening to the Voice of Silence - A Contemporary Perspective on the Fraternities Saturni, Erik Davis: Infectious Hoax: Robert Anton Wilson reads H.P. Lovecraft, N: II. Land, Kadmus: Neo-Chthonia, Kadmus: A Fragment of Heart - A contribution to the Mega-Golem, Stojan Nikolic: The One True Church of the Dark Age of Scientism, Miguel Marques: The Labors of Seeing – A Journey Through the Works of Peter Whitehead, Renata Wieczorek: The Conception of Number According to Aleister Crowley, Orryelle Defenestrate Bascule: Fragments of Fact, Derek Seagrief: Conscious ExIt, Kasper Opstrup: By This, That – A spin on Lea Porsager’s Spin, and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Greyhounds of the future.
Published 2016. 384 pages, 148 x 210 mm, softbound. Standard Edition of 400 copies. Please also see the Limited Edition: 77 hardbound, hand-numbered copies with dust jacket (of 100 copies in total, listed separately in the BOOKS section). Please also see "Deluxe Edition": the 23 first hardbound copies come with a print of the cover art signed by artist Andreas Kalliaridis (in the EDITIONS section)