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Ships on Fire

(photo by Peter Beste)

The Wolves funeral rite for Baldr is about beginnings and endings.

It’s about the circular nature of time, and the placing of oneself into a mythological timeframe by enacting the age-old rituals of the dying sun/son.

It’s also about time invested.

Who made the time? Who took the time? Who said, “next time?”

Although everything in the myths is cyclical, circular, and returning, there are things that come to an end, at least, for a while.

For us, this was the last Baldr’s Funeral that will be “open” to outsiders.

Those who witnessed our funeral rites this year held the special honor of being men and women at the end of an era for the Wolves, as we move into our next becoming, which will be one of inward focus, rather than outward.

It has been our honor to assist in something greater than ourselves.

For the last 15 years, we have focused on bringing back the mystery cult of the wolf- and creating new mythologies surrounding it, making it vital, powerful, and strong in this world once again.

All those now around the globe who call themselves “wolf cults” have heard that calling, and have answered it, and many who were called have stood at our fires to see the way we pour hot blood into those old channels.

They have taken our ritual fires back to theirs, and used our voice to help them find their own, and have remained allies, welcome at our land and in our homes, while others have “gone their own way,” and pretend to be self-made creations.

Now, it is time for the Wolves to close what was once open, and to generate internal growth and power once again, turning the open :JERA: rune of plenty and harvest back into the sealed container of :ING: where force and expansion is gestated in the seed. 

This is not a withdrawal from the world, or a flight to some hidden haven, but the beginning of a long and personal ritual of power for us.

To those who have have shared these moments: spilled blood with us, stood awe-struck and in ecstasy around ships on fire…sacred blood of the covenant burning within them, eyes glittering in the dark and cast toward an endless future of conviction and legend- thank you, from the bottom of our blazing hearts.

Keep that fire burning- forever.

We are just getting started.

-Paul

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Eight Righteous Practices

For those who might have missed my earlier piece “Five Ways to Move Mountains,” you can check it out HERE.

In a moment I’m going to outline eight more habits I adhere to in order to maintain productivity, staying power, and relationships.

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EIGHT RIGHTEOUS PRACTICES

What follows is another set of simple observations that I consider foundational to my lifestyle and approach to pretty much everything.

These carry across the board for me, and can be applied in any and every situation.

Show up on time. 

If you’ve agreed to be somewhere or do something at a certain agreed on time, be there, or be early. 

There’s nothing that makes someone feel more disrespected as making something a priority and having you show them with your actions that you think your time means more than theirs.

This also goes for your own scheduling- if you’ve painstakingly set a timeframe for yourself to wake up, work out, meditate, whatever it is…then adhere to it.

It takes discipline to hit the mark on this kind of stuff, and its the sort of discipline that breeds more of itself and makes it easier each time to do things correctly.

I’ve dropped countless gym partners over this one, and absolutely refuse to work with anyone who is late more than a few times, no matter how many times their “alarm didn’t go off.”

Be a self starter. 

If you need someone always holding your hand or being an overseer, you’re automatically relinquishing your chance to be given more responsibilities or more trust.

If you need to be babied, don’t be surprised when you’re treated like one.

Individuals who are able to do for themselves, and be sharp enough and pay enough attention to get things going on their own will usually be successful in all areas they apply themselves.

Perhaps the biggest disparity between those who are productive and those who are not is this ability to see what needs to be done and then just…doing it. What a concept.

Maintain a high level of energy and effort.

You’ve heard the phrase “objects which are in motion tend to stay that way?” 

This holds true for people too.

If you’re remaining active, and staying on a roll, it is easy to stay that way. It’s much simpler to keep a heavy rock rolling than it is to get it started again. Just ask Sisyphus.

I’ve seen guys with brands or businesses “take a break” or set them down for a while, and it resulting in their never returning because they were too overwhelmed. Ditto for working out and exercising- plenty of dust on that home gym set-up, there, dad-bod.

You have to maintain conscious, sustained effort in all areas that are important to you. Your fitness, your relationships, your business- everything. 

Keep a good attitude.

This one pretty much goes without saying, but attitude and approach to things, especially the negative things that happen, determines a lot.

If there’s one factor you can control in any situation in life, it’s your attitude.

Keeping a stiff upper lip and handling tough shit with a tougher mentality will take you a long way in life. When everyone else is whimpering over the hard hand they’ve gotten dealt, you’ll be too busy figuring out how best to play the cards you’ve got to join them. 

Which reminds me: Develop staying power.

There’s plenty of people out there who can generate a lot of force one time, like a hail Mary pass, or a quick explosion.

The greats are those who can create energy that doesn’t dissipate rapidly, but begins to become a self sustaining dynamo. Burnout, quitting, “getting sick of things” and so on are all products of a lack of ability to stay at it.

Those who cannot find that calm, deep resonance within themselves that allows them to continue moving forward when others are falling by the wayside will fall themselves as soon as the going gets tough.

The key to this is to know when to push yourself and when to conserve your energy, and to keep a continual forward movement at a steady pace rather than working in cycles of action/inaction.

Be open to correction or teaching.

Often times in Jiu Jitsu, I’ve heard coaches talk about how someone could’ve been great at the sport if they were just “a little more coachable.”

We all like to think we’ve got it all figured out and know everything, but the fact is, there’s always someone who knows more than we do, or who we can learn something from.

This carries over to the idea of being confrontable as well, something I’ve talked about in the past as a critical factor in maintaining groups/tribes/organizations. 

If you refuse to be confronted about potential mistakes or shortcomings, you’ll never learn, and eventually, people will stop even trying to teach you. 

Exceed expectations, always.

Whatever you promised you’d do, do more. Again, this carries over to marriages, friendships, business exchanges, workouts, everything.

Get a reputation as someone who will not only never drop the ball, but will constantly go above and beyond the call of duty every time you undertake something.

It’s good sense, and it sets a precedent for you to continually look to outdo yourself in every arena you enter, which should be one of the points of a powerful existence.

Finally, that boy scout motto comes to mind: always be prepared.

It doesn’t take much to make sure you’ve looked over the information pertinent to the meeting, checked your gear and toolbar before a motorcycle run, or ensured you had what you needed for your gym session.

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and not only will you save yourself a lot of time and frustration this way, you’ll maintain a sharpness and reliability among friends and associates as the guy or gal who is “always ready for anything.”

These are not an exhaustive list, and are in no way some kind of esoteric hidden wisdom, but I remain mildly surprised to see how many do not adhere to these fundamental practices- and find myself, at times, slipping on them.

Regardless, we all could use a reminder sometimes, and I’m no exception. 

I’m pulling for you.

XCII- PW

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No Bullshit Nutrition Guide

No Bullshit Nutrition Guide

Meal planning can seem like an intimidating task, so I’m going to break it down for you as simply as possible- calorie counts, macros, supplements, meal timing, the whole nine yards.

 

It isn’t as difficult as it seems at first, but I know there is a massive amount of information out there that can seem daunting at first, especially to those who are new to the nutrition world.

Like most things, the major difficulty is not in the information gathering but in the application, especially consistently, over long periods of time. None of the info here is going to help you out if you won’t use it to sculpt a better, more fit body and life for yourself.

 

I promise, it’s worth it.

 

Read on.

 

Calories

 

Typically people associate bodybuilding or weightlifting with massive calorie intake, but your actual calorie count will depend on your goal.

Usually someone is trying to accomplish one of two things with a nutrition plan: bulking or cutting, or, put in simpler terms, gaining size or losing it.

-Bulking, in the most basic of terms, will require a calorie intake that exceeds the amount of calories your body is burning up during training and daily activity so that your body has extra nutrients to grow.

 

Protein plays a particularly vital role in this. Your muscles will synthesize it after a workout to repair the microtears they’ve accumulated over the course of your training session and grow larger.

 

The need to maintain a caloric excess not mean that you should set out on a campaign to consume everything in sight regardless of nutritional content – eating 7,500 calories worth of cake will definitely make you larger, but that’s not the type of mass you want to cultivate.

 

The goal is to gain muscle without gaining an excess amount of fat in the process.

Conversely, when you’re cutting, you’re looking to lower your overall body fat percentage while maintaining as much muscle mass as possible.

This is a common need for fighters and competitive athletes preparing for competitions as well as those who’ve succumbed to the temptation of the “dirty bulk” described above, or those who have lived a sedentary lifestyle and become overweight.

 

This is often done by lowering carbohydrate or fat intake while keeping a high protein intake, but at day’s end, it is simply the opposite of massing.

 

You will take in less calories than what your body needs to remain at its current size, and, subsequently, will lose fat as the body burns what is onboard for the energy it isn’t getting through a fuel source.

To get started with either process, you’ll first need to calculate what’s called your “maintainence level” – that is, the daily calorie intake that you would allow you to remain at your current weight, neither gaining nor losing.

 

There are many “maintenance level” calorie calculators online, but the only way to do it correctly, for you and your individual level of intake, activity, and so on, is to log everything that goes in your mouth religiously for a week or two.

 

Many will bail out right here, but for those who actually do it, you will have a perfectly accurate representation of your maintenance level by taking an average of your total calorie count each week to determine a daily maintenance level.

 

Simply tally the total amount of calories you took in during the week and divide by 7. Doing this for two weeks should give you a very accurate maintenance calorie number, assuming that during those two weeks you follow your general eating habits that have you at your current weight.

After establishing your maintainence level, the easy way to start your weight gain or reduction is simply to add or subtract 500 calories a day from your current maintenance number. For example, if you’re currently averaging 1800 calories a day, your new target will be 2300 calories daily in order to mass up.

If you’re looking to cut and you’re not competing in anything that demands you immediately drop a significant amount of weight, I recommend dropping 50-100 calories a day for the first week, then another 50-100 and so on until reaching your target number rather than a drastic adjustment.

 

For bulking, ease in the same way instead of putting 500 extra calories on your plate on day one.

Gradual adjustments will naturally take more time, but it’s far easier to make small changes to your diet over the course of a few weeks than make radical changes overnight, and will give you a better idea where your ideal number will be.

 

I also recommend maintaining a nutrition log book religiously, especially for the first several months to a year, as you will learn a great deal about this process if you pay attention to the small incremental changes made and what happens to your body composition over time.

Macros

As important as the amount of calories you take in, is what those calories consist of.

Your three macronutrients are: protein, carbohydrates and fat – each contains a certain amount of calories per gram:

protein and carbs contain 4 calories per gram, and fat contains 9 calories per gram.

 

A proper macronutrient ratio plays a key role in developing an ideal body composition.

Someone training at a moderate to high level of intensity with weights is ideally going to take in 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight, with 15-30% of your calories coming from fat, and the rest from carbs.

Let’s say you weight 200 pounds, have a 2500 calorie a day maintenance level, and a desire to put on weight, so you set your target at 3,000 calories a day.

 

At 1.25g of protein per pound, you’ll be eating 250 grams of protein daily, which translates to 1000 calories (remember, each gram is 4 calories).

Now that you’ve got your protein level, it’s time to divide up the rest of your calories between fat and carbohydrates.

 

Start by having 20% of your calories come from fat sources, then make the rest up from carbs.

 

So, if you were our 200lb bulking example above, you’d be taking in:

Protein: 250g (1000 calories)

Fat: 66g (600 calories)

Carbs: 350g (1400 calories)

That’s a ratio of about 33% protein, 20% fat, and 47% carbohydrates. Apply this split with your own calorie count,and observe your body – if you’re gaining too much fat, lower your carb intake.

 

Another, even easier way to go about it, is to take your target calorie count, and make it up from 40% protein, 40% carbs, 20% fat- a classic bodybuilding macro split that worked pretty damn well for guys like Arnold, Franco, and Platz.

 

Supplements

After addressing dietary needs, people usually ask “what about supplements?” There’s a million of them on the market right now, most of which are trash, as the supplement industry is filled with snake oil and garbage, but focus on the three that actually work, and are trusted by some of the biggest and strongest in the world:

Protein Powder:

 

Protein shakes (there are a plethora of different kinds, so some experimentation will be necessary to see what works best for you) are a quick and easy way to increase your protein intake while keeping your overall calorie and macro count in line with your program.

 

One scoop usually contains 25-30 grams of protein.

Creatine

 

Creatine is a naturally occurring chemical compound in the muscle cells that can be taken as a supplement and has been proven to increase strength performance, while helping to encourage muscle growth.

 

Although some people have considered it unsafe, there is no evidence to support this and it is one of the most studied and tested supplements in the world.

Caffeine

 

As long as you don’t take it in excess (avoid high-caffeine pre-workout supplements in favor of black coffee), caffeine will boost your metabolism and fat loss, and generally improve your performance in the gym.

 

I advise against becoming overly reliant on any kind of “supplement,” including protein. It is always best to get your nutrition from good food sources, and I definitely think people shouldn’t have to take caffeine or another kind of stimulant just to have a good work out.

 

Used in moderation, however, they can definitely provide an edge when needed.

Meal Timing

Many people will tell you how often you should eat, what time you should eat, how much you should eat per sitting.

Ignore them. Eat when you want.

It’s all a matter of personal preference. As long as you’re hitting your daily macronutrient goals, then you’re on the right track.

It used to be a common idea that the human body was only capable of absorbing 30 grams of protein at a time, which resulted in people eating numerous small and meticulously scheduled meals throughout the day to hit their goals.

This is absolutely not proven, and you can eat any sized meal at whatever time suits your schedule.

As you adjust to your new diet, experiment with different sized meals at different times and see what works best for you – with some exceptions, as long as you’re hitting your macros, the timing doesn’t matter much.

 

“What foods should I eat?”

I could fill a book’s worth of pages discussing all of the different types of foods that you could effectively incorporate into a healthy muscle building diet, but if you’re just starting out, keep it simple.

The following are all common options among the pros, and those of us who have been at it for a good while, and most of them can be prepared in enough ways to keep you from being getting sick of them too quickly.

Dairy

Eggs, cheese, milk, greek yogurt

Meat

Turkey, chicken, bacon, ground beef (not all beef is created equal – the high fat options will tank your macros quickly, go for the lean beef unless that matches your dietary goals)

Carbs

sweet potatoes, rice, whole grain bread, pasta, fruit & vegetables.

Fish

Tuna is extremely popular for its high protein and low fat content, as well as being relatively inexpensive.

If you have the wallet for it, salmon is an equally solid choice.

Beverages

 

Black coffee (an excellent way to suppress your appetite, especially if you’re cutting), water, protein shakes.

For the most part, this is all common-sense stuff: focus on whole, quality foods, avoid fast-food garbage, takeout and sugary carbohydrate-rich sodas.

All you have to do to get your nutrition in check is:

-Find your maintenance level

 

-Set your ratio

(an easy starting point is 40% protein, 40% carbs, 20% fat)

 

-Watch your body fat, drop your carbs/calories if you’re gaining too much

 

Ultimately, the hardest part is staying consistent and starting now – The most effective meal plan in the world won’t be effective unless you’re sticking to your macros, nor will it help you if you’re perpetually waiting for “next week” or “after the holidays.”

 

Start now. Do the work. Get the results.

I’m pulling for you.

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The Custer Wolf

During the late 1800’s and into the mid 1900’s, mankind was engaged in a war on wolves. 

At first sought after for its pelt, and later targeted as a threat to farmers and ranchers, this creature has at times been nearly extinct from the North American landmass. 

During these purges over the course of nearly 100 years, hundreds of thousands of wolves were trapped, shot and poisoned. The number of wolves killed in the latter half of the 19th century is not known, but some experts have speculated that the figure could be in the millions.

By the time the federal government joined the war in 1919 to its official “cessation” in 1942, over 25,000 more wolves had been killed by the government alone.

The reason the wolf became an official enemy of the state was due largely in part to the fact that man had hunted out much of the game that wolves relied upon for their survival, and the creature turned to easier and more plentiful prey- livestock. Ranchers complained, and the government stepped in on behalf of its loyal tax payers.

As with any war, popular opinion needed to be won and maintained, so while this war was active, the US government would release actual “anti-wolf propaganda”- press releases that used colorful language and descriptions of the wolf as a bloodthirsty, nearly supernatural monster to be hated and feared, paired, of course, with stories of government funded trappers and hunters triumphing over “evil,” and scoring victories for the common man by expunging this grey devil.

One of the most common ways the wolf was killed was through the technique of poisoning a big game carcass like an elk or buffalo and leaving it as a deadly “free meal” for any scavenger passing by, be it wolf or otherwise. 

This poison killed slowly and painfully, and did not discriminate between those wolves who had killed livestock or simply happened upon it- there was no choosing of sides. There was simply the wolf, and those who had declared war against it, and its way of life. 

In some circumstances, the cleverest of wolves would become legendary outlaws, like the so-called “Custer Wolf,” who terrorized South Dakota for nearly a decade in the early 1900’s.  His uncanny ability to evade traps, poison and the hunter’s rifle created a mythology around him, until he was seen as some kind of spirit, a ghost haunting the prairie, forest, or desert.

These “outlaw” wolves would use techniques that baffled and amazed even seasoned hunters, backtracking after a kill to stalk their hunters, or even occasionally enlisting the aid of coyotes to warn them against hunters and allowing the lesser canine access to their leavings in payment. 

In the end, the government simply placed high bounties on these outlaws, or sent in hunters on the federal payroll to stay on the job until the beast was dead, and all the coyotes in its service and association were killed as well. 

From all this, we can take away a few things.

First, that we should “despise the free lunch.” What is offered to us for free often bears the taint of poison. This poison can take many forms, but manifests itself sometimes as debt, obligation or deceit- what is worth having is worth paying the price for. 

The free lunch can also represent the “easy kill,” getting sidetracked on the way to glory by what comes easily to us, instead of going after the trophy game. All too often, we see people looking for shortcuts in their training or study, but experience cannot be rushed. It must be explored, given time to internalize, and in some cases, endured. Often those things which bear an awful price are the ones most worth having. 

Secondly, that as “wolves,” we will be reviled and hated by many. 

Our existence will be seen as a threat to the common order- a dissonant signal that disrupts the usual programming. Our search for strength, authenticity and “the struggle to retain one’s humanity in an increasingly artificial world” will set us apart and our feet will tread an often lonesome path.

Take responsibility for the life you have chosen and ownership of the hardships that come along with it.

Do not complain or play the victim. 

Thirdly, that in this world, the interplay between wolves, peasants, and hunters can still be seen, albeit in a slightly more complex way. We must be like the outlaw wolves, but exercising more caution than they were capable of. 

We still feed ourselves from the spoils of what can be taken from the citizens of Empire, just as they did, but we must do so without needlessly or foolishly attracting the deadly attention of the hunter’s precise rifle. 

Our mission to remain wolves in a world that hates us is a sacred one, but a mission that the elite will accomplish with skill and cunning, manipulation and trickery- baffling the servants of the established order with strategies they are ill-equipped to defy, or have never seen us use before.

In many cases, we will use their own strategies against them, leveraging propaganda, financial power, and business strategies to strengthen our position.

We fortify ourselves by creating and maintaining networks of trustworthy individuals, and combining efforts when and where possible in order to further our interests and spread our ideologies far and wide.

By walking a line between man and wolf, utilizing the mysteries of the werewolf archetype, we are mistaken for men- and this is perhaps the greatest trick we can use.

XCII
PW

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30 Days on CBD

 

Following the article regarding my month long test training on CBD, I have written out a comprehensive FAQ section that might be of interest. It answers questions like “is it legal?” or “will I fail a drug test,” as well as outlining in plain English just what Cannabidiol is, and how it affects the body. 

Like many, I have been hearing about CBD pretty much non stop over the last couple years.
Everybody from Instagram celebrities to fitness models have touted it as a wonder drug, and since getting into copywriting last year, almost 80% of my pieces have been on companies involved in some aspect of the cannabis industry.

Although I have used marijuana before as a sedative or healthier alternative to painkillers when training or injury had me feeling especially beaten down, as an adult, I don’t really like the “high” it produces, nor the feeling of lethargy that most strains of cannabis come along with for me in a state where I can’t exactly “pick and choose.”

The idea of CBD had me curious enough to try it a few times, with varying results. At a training facility in Arcata, California doing a seminar with Wolf Brigade Gym, I had some in the form of CBD infused water that I could definitely feel. A perceptible decrease in the anxiety and stress levels, and a calm ability to focus on the task at hand, combined with a relaxed but alert body and a drop in the ache and pain level of a long weekend riding motorcycles and lifting weights. 

Other times, I would try an oil, or an edible and feel absolutely nothing.

The irregularity of results was frustrating, and I pretty much forgot about using it until my brother started sending me samples from his company’s supplier, a 99% pure isolate powder boasting a 3rd party testing system on every batch.

I decided I would use it every day (except on deliberate “test” days) of the month of January, and during that time, I would train as hard as I ever have on a schedule that would see me lifting almost every day, and doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at least 3 days a week. In this way, I would create an environment to really put the CBD to the test and see whether it was something I would add into my daily regimen, or if it was just another snake oil.

In the first week of using the isolate (which I much prefer to vaporizing, smoking, etc. since it is flavorless and tasteless and can be added to anything), the first thing I noticed was how it affected my sleep. I would take between 25-30mg in the morning or before my first training session of the day, and again about 30-45 minutes before I went to bed at night at the same dose. 

I have always had trouble sleeping, even following all the usual protocols, no smart phone, cold room, etc. Sometimes I am just too sore to sleep well, and moving around creates all those aches and pains to flare up and keep quality rest from happening. This is of course a vicious cycle, as bad sleep imbalances the hormones, creates stress and inflammation, and does nothing to mitigate these things, often meaning my trips to the gym or the mats are preceded by “talking myself into it” through the stiffness and soreness.

Several nights of decent sleep in a row. What was this dark sorcery? 

On the sixth and seventh, I didn’t take CBD, and felt the usual restlessness, especially on the second night.

The second week, a combination of better sleep and the anti-inflammatory nature of CBD had my tendinitis feeling a lot more under control, meaning I could train a little harder on the grappling end of things without grenading my weight training for the week and vice versa.

The anxiety, or stress relief elements I had heard of and felt before were much harder to quantify. I live a pretty high-action lifestyle, meaning a certain amount of stress comes with the territory, and I don’t know if anything outside a heavy dose of benzos could really derail that underlying current. I manage that better with meditation and mindset work. Besides, I was training so hard that I was feeling pretty tired and calm for the month anyways- everything happens in an ecosystem of some kind and is all connected.

During the third week, I ran out of my usual supply of isolate and picked up some edibles from a local supplier. In three days, I was back to my usual difficulty sleeping, and felt zero positive result in muscle soreness or inflammation.

After doing some research, I realized that a great deal of the CBD products available come from overseas, cheap Chinese suppliers- and that their testing requirements and so on are basically nil. After getting back to my usual supply, taken from US grown organic hemp and subjected to a high level third part test, the benefits returned.

This led me to believe that while CBD is definitely not “snake oil,” there are definitely CBD products that are. It also solved the question I had of why I would get results at certain times and then feel absolutely nothing at others- in this game, it would appear that quality is everything. 

By the end of the month, I decided to keep CBD in the daily routine, and here’s why:

It definitely seems to increase the amount and the quality of the sleep I get.

More sleep means decreased cortisol, decreased inflammation, better hormone balance, lower stress and anxiety levels, etc.

So even if it just helps me sleep, good sleep helps all these other aspects anyways.

I definitely could feel a difference in soreness and muscle ache on the 2 test days a week during which I would deliberately not take CBD, so I would say there is certainly something to that as well. 

There is a solid body of research toward the effects CBD has on inflammation, and it is currently being used by high profile medical companies to create new innovations in the heart disease field- if award winning medical professionals believe that they can use CBD to decrease inflammation enough to treat heart failure, I’d say there’s a good chance it can help me out in the gym. 

I will keep putting this product to the test and recording my experiences with it, and I hope you’ll consider giving it a shot of your own.

Operation Werewolf now carries the exact same CBD isolate that I used during this 30 day experiment, which can be purchased from our webstore starting Wednesday, 3.6.19, and comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. 

If, after trying it out, you don’t think it’s right for you, simply hit the CONTACT tab, and receive a hassle free refund on your purchase, and keep the CBD as a gift. 

Check out the FAQ below if you’re interested in just what CBD is, how it works, legality, and so on. 

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

Cannabidiol is one of several “cannabinoids,” chemical substances found in cannabis plants.

Although there are several cannabinoids, CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two that are most widely known.

THC is found in large quantities in marijuana plants – it’s the cannabinoid that’s responsible for most of the psychoactive effects that cause marijuana users to get “high.”

Cannabidiol also is found in marijuana plants but only at low levels. The primary source of CBD in nature is the hemp plant, a botanical cousin to marijuana.

How does CBD work?

Many cells in the body have what are called cannabinoid receptors, protein molecules on a cell’s surface that react when they come in contact with certain chemical substances.

Different receptors react with different substances to cause different reactions – for instance, the release of a hormone or other chemical.

The cells that react with cannabinoids comprise what’s known as the endocannabinoid system. When these receptors are activated, they exert an effect on mood, pain sensation, appetite and other biologic responses.

CBD does not interact with your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) the same way as THC. It does not produce any psychoactive effects whatsoever. It can provide major relief and medical benefits without the “high” (MUCH more on those benefits later).

Your ECS regulates and is closely tied to your immune system, your central nervous system and interacts with your body to deal with inflammation, stress, anxiety, injuries and can regulate your body’s sleep pattern.

When you see how much your ECS works to deal with these problems – you start to realize why so many people are using it for so many different reasons. Your body produces cannabinoids naturally to help your ECS perform at a high level – introducing cannabinoids from outside your body, can help when your ECS is called to do more, like when you are breaking down your muscles through strength training.

It should be noted, introducing exogenous cannabinoids does NOT shut down your body’s ability to produce them. Cannabinoids are not hormones, so unlike when you take exogenous testosterone and your body stops producing it on its own, your body will still produce cannabinoids if you are taking CBD.

 

What Are the Benefits of Taking CBD?


The various uses of CBD are myriad, and new research is coming out all the time showing its wide applications:

Reduced risk of diabetes and obesity, better cholesterol profiles and lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced risk of cancer, helps maintain brain health and increases resistance to mental trauma, protects against broken bones, protects and heals the skin, acts as an excellent and safe anti-inflammatory, reduces anxiety and stress, combats depression, aids in pain relief, and promotes healthy sleep

– this laundry list of benefits are just a few of those that have been backed by research.

Personally, I have used it mainly as an anti-inflammatory and to promote better sleep, and have found it to be invaluable as an aid in my training recovery program.


What’s the difference between CBD from hemp and CBD from marijuana?

First of all, hemp contains naturally high levels of CBD and low levels of THC while marijuana produces low levels of CBD and high levels of THC.

To get CBD isolate from marijuana, special strains must be developed and hybridized, which means the isolate is not being derived from a source that occurs in nature.

Second, CBD isolate from hemp is legal while CBD from marijuana is only legal in specific states and for the treatment of specific disorders – mostly those involving seizures.

That means that in those states where its use is legal, you must have at least one prescription to obtain it.

Third, because hemp contains much higher levels of CBD compared to marijuana, extracting it is much simpler – and much less costly. Therefore, it’s available at a much lower cost.

Finally, while CBD from hemp suffers from some image problems, thanks to its link with marijuana, its use as a supplement is still far more socially acceptable and less controversial than CBD from its cousin.

Can you get high from CBD?

No. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that makes you high; CBD does not have any psychoactive properties.

While many CBD products contain trace amounts of THC, it is not enough to make you “high.”

Is It Legal?

The FDA has made no determination or assertion that CBD products are illegal or in any way run afoul of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). As was established by the Ninth Circuit in 2004, the sale, production and distribution of CBD oils/products derived from imported raw material industrial hemp, such as those produced and sold are not in violation of the CSA.

Will I Fail a Drug Test?

The simple answer is no, however, consuming extremely high amounts of CBD (more than 1,000 to 2,000g a day) could result in a hot urine test based on the fact that hemp plants may legally contain up to .3% THC.

In short, drug tests screen for THC, not CBD- and unless you are taking Herculean amounts of CBD every day, you should be completely in the clear.

However, there are many disreputable companies out there who do not provide third party test results on each batch of their CBD- meaning you could potentially fail a drug test from one of these companies.

Our CBD comes along with third part test results to ensure that you are getting the highest quality product, with the peace of mind that comes with knowing every batch is tested to the same standard.

How Much Should I Be Taking?

This is an oft-debated topic in the industry – and it comes down to the individual.

While you can’t take “too much” CBD, there is some research that shows a point of diminishing returns.

Since good CBD products are not cheap, the last thing you want to be doing is using 150mg of CBD, when 50mg would work just as well.

Size does play a role, but each person should play around with how much they ingest daily. Start with about 40mg per day to gauge the benefits.

If you don’t see an increase in the quality of sleep, a decrease in muscle soreness, fatigue, stress, anxiety etc – try taking between 50-60mg. You will find the sweet spot over the course of your first few weeks of use.

When do I Take It?

Because improved sleep quality is one of the most immediate benefits people see from taking CBD, many new users prefer to take it at night.

However, CBD interacts with your ECS to provide you with what your body needs at any given time. If you take CBD in the morning, you will not notice drowsiness, because your body is getting active and starting the day and your ECS recognizes that you need to be alert, so it uses the exogenous cannabinoids to get you going, because that’s what you need.

When you take it before bed, you’ll notice you will have an easier time “shutting down” so to speak, because that’s what your ECS realizes you need. You truly can take CBD at any time of the day.

Why Get Your CBD From Operation Werewolf?

Our CBD isolate is made from organically grown hemp, and this therapeutic-grade isolate is 99% pure.

Completely tasteless and odorless, our pure CBD isolate is perfect for adding CBD to any of your favorite foods, drinks, or topical applications.

This isolate is separated by molecular weight under laboratory conditions, ensuring the purest possible product.

CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD available, and our isolate comes from USDA certified organic hemp. Our supplier, Pure Spectrum CBD, third-party tests all of our isolate to ensure this and results can be found on our supplier’s Test Results page.

On top of this, we throw in an unprecedented 30 day money back guarantee on our product- you can purchase from our webstore here starting on Wednesday, 3.6.19. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Fool, the Magician, and the World

The Fool starts out on his way without a care in the world.

He sees the World as an entrance into the wondrous, the wide-open. To him, it is like a mysterious and sensual woman beckoning to him from behind a thin veil, and he eagerly moves to embrace it. He is naive, credulous, and takes things at face value. 

He is not a Fool because he is stupid- he simply lacks experience, and has not wandered wide enough to attain insight or wisdom. Already, he courts danger, as he does not look where his feet are going, and a cliff lies in front of him, a yawning precipice that represents all the dangers and pitfalls of the world- its lights of illusion, its addictions, its hollow pursuits and many despairs. 

On his shoulder, he carries a pack tied to the end of a stick, his essentials thrown into a cloth and bound up to take with him on his long way. One can imagine that he has not packed or prepared well for his journey, having never undertaken anything of the sort before, and therefore not knowing what he even needs on the way without. 

He is the archetypal youth- untested, untried, and unknowing. But he is on the road, and this is act of heroism is the first step in becoming- simply daring to set out from the comforts of home, he has begun a process of ascension that most will never be intrepid enough to attempt.

The Fool, he may be, but he is no coward, and his willingness to tread the endless path marks him a son of fire, destined for greatness and glory. 

On his road, he begins to gain experience. He commits himself fully to the Great Work of experiencing all that life has to offer to him, cruelty and mercy, love and hatred, sex, fear, death, creation and the emptiness at the heart of it all. 

His walking stick becomes a symbol of his will, energy, and determination, as well as his impulse to create, and the Inner Fire- the true mark of the Magician he is becoming. He grasps the mysteries of thought and learning, elevated consciousness, and is initiated into the esoteric truths of the cosmos and reality. He goes raving mad on plants and powders, and experiences clarity from years of abstinence, and can switch from one to the other in a heartbeat. 

Along his way he attains an understanding of the various elements of life, of which the wand or staff is one: the Chalice- symbol of emotion, feeling, as well as social interactions between human beings, and the ability to predict them, dissect them and examine their meanings. He experiences love, friendship and connection, as well as heartbreak, betrayal and isolation. He knows that all are as meaningful and valuable as the other, and all just as critical to assimilate and distill. 

The Pentacle, or Coin- wealth, power, freedom, exchange and material dominion, its attainment and leverage, and how to utilize it to his benefit. He experiences luxury, comfort, and satisfaction as well as deprivation, wretched excess, decadence and abject poverty. All are known to him and he is equally at home in silk as sackcloth, and has drunk wine with kings and stolen food with beggars. 

The Sword- he wields the blade of action and courage, ambition and power like a fencer. He experiences domination and slavery, both as master and slave. Deep despair and stagnation are encountered and bested, empires are built and enemies crushed utterly. 

Through these years of applying himself to everything that comes within his aegis, he attains the title of Magician, and these elements of the World are his tools. No longer is his pack filled with trinkets and nonsense, but well honed and well known implements of his trade. 

Above his head, the eternity symbol can be seen by those with eyes to see it, the number 8, the Dagaz rune, showing his balance and reconciliation of opposites, his experience across the gamut of human experience, and his ongoing work of mastering them and finding the place that exist just there at the crossover in the center.

Around his waist is the Ouroboros, the serpent swallowing its own tail, a reminder to him that all comes full circle and completes and devours itself at once. Every idea contains its own opposition.

He points to the earth and sky, the knowledge of Hermes Thrice-Majestic displayed in this mudra: That which is above is like that which is below, and that which is below is like that which is above. Anything can be understood by knowing anything else. A cell can explain man as surely as man can explain the entire cosmos. 

As the Magician, his path will lead him yet to many diverse places, and into the darkest and most sublime realms imaginable. He will unify himself with the divine feminine, in the form of the High Priestess and the Empress, in a holy union that may take many forms and lead through various gateways. 

He will know the secrets of the rulership of the world, and the inner keys to both Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy as he plumbs the depths of belief and praxis and finds that one leads to the other, and back again, as it must be. 

Partaking in the Sabbath, achieving consonance of the mind and yoking the mighty Sphinx as he gains mastery over the often fickle inner processes, its riddles known to him plainly. Finally, achieving the little stone, he comes to Strength and Fortitude as a master of much and many. 

And yet, this is a false victory- a premature enlightenment, that leads to a renunciation of the world, and a drawing within. The Magician embraces the true nature of the Work, and becomes the Hermit, solitary, and yet still acting as a beacon to others who see him as a symbol of what they could become. 

He stands at the same cliff the Fool walked toward at his beginning, somberly, and holds the light of truth up, apart from the world and yet still desiring its salvation, but unable to exist as a part of it any longer. He is pariah by his own hand.

At some perfect, crystallized moment, the Hermit will feel the stirrings again, deep within him, and his feet will again seek the road as it calls to him, wondrous, wide-open.

To him, it is like a mysterious and sensual woman beckoning to him from behind a thin veil, and he eagerly moves to embrace it.

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Runes: Pathways to Mastery

 

This piece and others like it, ranging from essays on runic ideas, running a gang of men, and leadership, can be found in the newest book from Operation Werewolf, “The Inner Circle,” available now both on this website, and from Amazon.

I’ve discussed in the past the concept of looking at the runes as a pathway to mastery, to rulership, both of the self and the world around you.

In the first eight runes of the Elder Futhark, we can see some of the root principles needed to walk the heroic road- information needful to those individuals who would set themselves apart from the rank and file and become men of power.

In the second eight, cosmic foundations are laid- eternal truths of how the world works, and how consciousness interacts within it. Massive ideas of cosmology and cosmogony, necessary to understand by those looking to shatter the myopic worldview of linear time and other man-made limitations.

By the third, we are looking at runes of mastery. Rulership, kingdom- that which is attained by seeking the solar crown.

TIWAZ is often referred to as the rune of sacrifice and law, and while this is so, there are other, more esoteric meanings that can be derived from it. Tiwaz is also a man’s chosen destiny- the pathway and blueprint he has laid out for himself, created from his own past actions and words, and set himself on a course for.

The self-made king is better than one who simply waited for a crown. Tiwaz is the heavy weight that comes along with that crown, the knowledge that the only underlying truth in the cosmos is the one we have decreed for ourselves, a pathway that leads straight as an arrow to our highest goal. Discovering that pathway to our True North is the first part of the great work of our existence, and walking it to its end is the second. True kings of this world will walk that path without deviation or distraction.

BERKANO refers both to grasping the primordial ideas of being and becoming, but another direction is that of an individuals “forest of power.” A ruler, or a man of power, extends a great forest around himself that is made of both deed and fame, charisma, network, and area of effect.

His sphere of influence can tell a great deal about him, and those who would claim authority and rulership in this world are never seen without it, whether large or small. At the beginning of his road, a man’s forest is only a few saplings, devoid of canopy and unable of providing much.

The developed ruler has spread those woods far and wide, and other men exist within its edges, dwelling there on what resources are created by it. This contains within itself the idea of patronage, and the assistance and backing a ruler can provide for those who are in his territory. Generosity, open-handedness, and all the concepts of lordly wealth are here also.

EHWAZ, the horse. Here we see the importance of partnership, the ability to work together for mutual benefit, symbiosis, and the ability to choose the correct “pony to bet on.” It is a man’s ability to be a good judge of “horseflesh,” or his uncanny knack at seeing human behaviors and predicting outcomes.

If Berkano is influence, Ehwaz can be seen to compliment it as “reputation.” The strongest thing a man can ride into battle is a warhorse built from reputation and his word. Ehwaz encompasses agreements, business dealings and so on, and can be seen as a form of “horse trading,” where cattle will suffice for a more common man.

MANNAZ is a crucial bedrock for the ruler to understand that without his men, he is no ruler. It is also his ability to bring out the best in people, to “create men” himself, which is the mark of only the absolute best of leaders.

Mannaz is about being able to make men want to follow you, rather than simply commanding them to do so through artificial means or buying their loyalty. It encompasses interpersonal communication and close relationships, as well as maximizing potential, ownership, and tying men together into teams.

Being a ruler can be something of a lonely lifestyle as well, and this rune symbolizes that separation between a ruler and the rest of humanity- not many are called to rule, and as such, it places them in a position without the same comradery as others enjoy.

All power comes at a price.

LAGUZ is flow, fluidity, energy, the ability to “be like water.” It is also a critically important ability to see all energy as the same thing, and to see currencies of all kinds as one sort of electrical current through which a ruler is able to influence and affect the world.

Everything is a circuit board, and all those circuits are tripped and charged by current. There are many different kinds of currency: money, obviously, but also fear, respect, love, favors, debt, and so on. All of these can be seen as a ruler’s outward “flow,” and methods he can use to light up his playing board in the game of kings.

As each new area is “lit up” with a flow of some kind of current, it shows new pathways and greater areas that can be “fed.” In much the same way as his actions and influence build the “forest” around him as we mentioned in BERKANO, LAGUZ is a similar kind of concept that relies on currencies, both literal and figurative.

All kingship and rulership comes from these various kinds of currency, and a ruler without currency is no ruler at all.

INGWAZ is the enclosure around all the king has built. His castle walls are made up of shrewdness and silence, and the knowledge that there is always an inner circle, outside of which is the rest of the world. Ingwaz is both the council he holds close, and the company he keeps- a man is judged by his friends.

It is also the knowledge of when to hold and when to spend, when to plant, and when to reap. Timing is everything in the great game, and the ruler who cannot see when his cards should be played will be played himself.

INGWAZ is also the internal energy source upon which a king must draw, and feed, and draw from again. Without being able to feed himself an energy source of his own, he will lose heart, his strength will ebb, and he will “burn out” or “fade away.” The best rulers are those who do not suffer from flagging or exhaustion because they have discovered a way to keep their energy contained, not sending it out needlessly in all directions.

OTHALA is the empire a ruler has built. This can be a country or corporation, a tribe, gang, body of work, or otherwise- but it is what will survive him after he is gone, or what he will bestow on his successor.

OTHALA is what the entire game is played for, the sum total of all the various parts the king has worked on- his forest of power, his sphere of influence, his creations, his followers, all his various currencies, coming together into a coherent whole that is his kingdom.

Strong rulers leave behind a legacy. Weak ones leave behind a carcass for the crows to pick at.

DAGAZ is time, the changing of eras, the hourglass against which we are all competing to accomplish what we can with the time we have. The normal human gives little thought to time beyond a vague dread of death and dissolution, but only because he has a basic fear of no longer being.

The man of power sees time and death as his ultimate competitor, and is motivated by them, spurred onward to play as many rounds of this game as he can before the timer runs out and he must pass his turn on to another.

This need to accomplish is almost unexplainable to those who do not feel its electrifying touch at the base of their spine- every morning, every moment.

DAGAZ is drive. The eternal moving force to succeed, the will to power that every ruler is born with.

The hard truth is that most leaders are born AND made.

Some were born to serve, and others to rule- those born without the light of DAGAZ coursing through them will be content to live lives of quiet satisfaction or desperation down in the fields.

Those who were birthed under its mark know that it is a crown that shines like the sun, but evades most hands that reach for it.

It is, like all the runes, many things at once, and as such, it is also a Doorway.

It is a doorway that leads those intrepid enough to enter through it to legend.

To glory, and to lasting fame- the only kinds of immortality that exist.

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Testosterone.

TESTOSTERONE

Written for Operation Werewolf by Op. 413

The world wants you weak.

In advertisements, on talk shows, in classrooms and online, the message is the same—be a victim. You’re fine the way you are. Your problems are all someone else’s fault. Embrace weakness.

This isn’t meant as just a moral or emotional commandment but a physical one. In recent years, the media has shrilly denounced physical strength as a problem. Gyms are bastions of “toxic masculinity.” Testosterone makes you stupid and irrational. We’ll have a better, more empathetic society if we can reduce it. Working out gives you problematic political views. Masculinity, we are told, is bad for men, and the only possible solution is to deconstruct it entirely. That’s what some of the top universities in the country are offering classes in right now and that’s what so-called “men’s magazines” want their readers to believe.   

The undercurrent of all of this is that masculinity, and testosterone, the hormone that drives it, are both problems to be managed. Journalists, priests of the cult of weakness, further the campaign against masculinity by attacking men in two ways. First, we are told that men are “obsolete”; after all, “the future is female.” You don’t have a purpose anymore, in fact, we’d all be better off if you weren’t around.

Yet if you object to this, you are hit from another direction. Rebelling against this message shows that you are “insecure,” “outdated,” “weak,” or “compensating.” After all, women want “beta males,” at least that’s what the magazine covers will tell you. What, are you “afraid of strong women?” Do you only want to be around guys or something, like some kind of homo? You don’t think strength, power, and masculinity are bad? Well, that’s just because you are weak, and scared, and sexually undesirable.

Of course, if you fall for this trick and sit in the classes or read the articles the media wants you to, they’ll tell you that being weak, scared, and undesirable is good.

The truth is that there is a war on men, and it’s not just a mental war. It’s a physical war. Even mainstream publications know something strange is going on. Since the 1980’s, testosterone levels have been declining by about 1 percent per year. It’s likely been going on for even longer, with one Danish study showing men born in the 1960’s have almost 15 percent less testosterone on average than men born in the 1920’s. On average, an 65 year old man in 1987 had about 17 percent more testosterone than his counterpart in 2004. This decline in testosterone naturally affects physical strength. A 2016 study of grip strength in North Carolina found 20-34 year old men had far less grip strength than did men from 1980. “Today’s men are weaker than their dads,” as The Washington Post put it.

Sperm counts are also in a decline. Studies show a wide variety of factors are responsible. Anti-androgens, found in medicines or pesticide, are entering the water system and blocking testosterone.  BPA, found in packaging, plastics, and canned food containers, work like estrogen and block testosterone, though scientists disagree on its impact for the general population. A more recent study suggested chemicals known as PFC’s, found on non-stick frying pans, not only shrink testosterone but shrink the penis if men are exposed to them in the womb. Men exposed to endocrine disrupters in the womb even have the very shape of their bodies mutilated.

One study may disagree with another on the magnitude of exactly what is happening. You will drive yourself insane trying to avoid every kind of chemical exposure. However, with our water, food, packaging, air, soil, and everything else, men are being subjected to the largest chemical experiment in history. Our bodies are bombarded with materials changing our very makeup. It may take a century to fully understand what is happening, but we live with the results today. Even something that we are told to take for granted, like declining testosterone as we age, is not natural. Worse, even though you may read the headlines about one study or another, you sound like a crazy person if you suggest this is something men need to be concerned about.

It’s easy to fall into conspiracy theory and think this is all part of a conscious plan by shadowy elites who want to destroy men. In the West, that’s certainly what media coverage would suggest. However, the more horrifying possibility is that this isn’t happening by design but is simply an outgrowth of modern life. Consider the case of Japan. “Social Justice Warriors” and “soyboy” journalists are not exactly prominent in Japan, the country is not plagued with the kind of self-hatred seen in the West, and there is no journalist or academic class dedicated to deconstructing the country running the major institutions. Yet the problems facing men in Japan are objectively far worse than those in the West.

The hikikomori subculture of young men who embrace pornography or video games instead of sex continues to grow in the country, as the Japanese population is likely to suffer a steep decline in the next century. A relatively recent survey found that over 60 percent of men and about half of women from ages 18-34 were not a relationship, with a third under 30 never having dated. Almost half of women and more than a quarter of men in 2013 said they were uninterested in sex. Almost a third of people from 18 to 34 were virgins. A number of Japanese men (sometimes called “herbivore” or “grass eating men”) confessed to journalists they find women “scary” and fear rejection. Far better to stay in their rooms and look at pornography. Yet even porn may be too much for some Japanese men—”20 percent of men between 25 and 29 expressed little interest in sex at all.”  (It’s worth noting that a Vice article urged Japan to “nut up” and bring in migrants to replace its people rather than trying to solve the problem—yet another example of appealing to masculine stereotypes to frame weakness as strength.)

Part of this may come from a cultural explanation, though Japan isn’t facing the same kind of media “war on masculinity” that Westerners are. It’s likely some of this simply comes from biology, diet, and environment. One study found that Japanese men had higher levels of a testosterone-binding hormone, which led to less free testosterone. At the same time, the study found that Asian men that moved to the United States had testosterone levels close to Europeans, likely meaning that diet has an important influence. (Of course, those levels themselves are lower than what was taken for granted in the West a century ago). It’s certainly not the case that Japan or the Japanese are inherently “low T” or un-masculine—from the samurai to the fearsome troops of the War in the Pacific, Nippon has always had a strong warrior tradition. It’s something inherent to modern life itself, with both biological and cultural factors destroying men.

There is a subtle interplay between these physical and mental factors. The modern world has stolen purpose from men, so they are more given to depression and suicide. It’s not surprising that suicide rates have increased in recent years. Journalists tell us males are committing suicide because they aren’t feminine enough.  Yet it seems the opposite is the truth. Not only have males been robbed of purpose, they are physically under siege, as low testosterone leads to an increase in depression. So too does sitting around and growing obese. The rise in depression, the decline in testosterone, and the sedentary effects of cheap food and the modern lifestyle all reinforce each other in a murderous feedback loop. The results of it can be read in the obituaries every day. Whether the war on men is deliberate, accidental, or a bit of both doesn’t matter. The war is real and so are the casualties.

Of course, arguably, this is just the culmination of a trend that has been going on for millennia. Human beings are far weaker than they were before the development of agriculture. Yet its intensity in recent decades suggests something far deeper is at work. It’s as if men are being unmade, turned into some new kind of species or third gender. Walk down the streets of Austin, San Francisco, Portland, or Washington D.C. A universal non-culture is being created, producing legions of twisted post-men each one of which is ostensibly unique but is really interchangeable.

We even have words for it. “Soyboy,” for the noodle-armed postmodern men that denigrate masculinity while writing on their MacBooks at Starbucks. “Bugmen,” for those with an identity defined by pop culture franchises, morality determined by clickbait and phony outrage, and relationships governed by social media. “Snowflakes,” for those who physically disintegrate upon confronting ideas they disagree with and who use media sympathy to create a world like a giant university campus.

Yet there is a word that is more accurate than all of this, and which describes the kind of culture the war on masculinity is creating. It’s not an original word, it’s a common word, but it’s the one that is most precise. That word is simply consumer. Deliberately or not, we are being transformed from men into consumers.

A consumer qua consumer has no identity, ethnicity, or even a gender. He/She/It is universal, the ultimate product of universalism and non-discrimination. A consumer is defined solely by being part of a system where nothing is sacred, everything is for sale, and pleasure and convenience determine value. Words such as heroism, tradition, identity, ritual, and sacrifice have no place in a consumerist order. Nor is there a real culture, as a culture implies certain institutions and values that are beyond money and that exclude non-members.

Nor is there any need for violence or conflict—in a world of consumerism, some may have more money than others, but it is simply a matter of adopting a more “rational” policy. There are no countries or peoples, just different units of social organization that compete to create the most efficient economic policies. Even cries against inequality or calls for “revolution” are no real threat to this model—after all, resources can simply be redistributed if there is sufficient unrest. Afterward, the system will go on operating, its essential values still in place. The consumerist system is something deeper than mere politics.

Consciously or not, this model of global consumerism is what the world is moving towards. Masculinity is a threat to this system. For masculinity, at its heart, is not just about strength, conflict, or even conquest. It’s about an endless quest to satisfy one’s own sense of worth. Being told you are “equal” or just as interchangeable to other consumerist units is an insult, not a comfort. Being told that struggle is no longer necessary is spiritually poisonous.

Consumerism’s logical conclusion, a life spent hooked up to machines pumping you full of endorphins, is no real life at all for a man. Men know this inherently, that struggle, conflict, and even defeat are preferable to stagnation. As Dr. Johnson observed centuries ago, “Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a solider, or not having been at sea.” Yet today it is worse, yet the wars fought today are not for victory or glory, but simply to solidify that vision of global consumerism, to further the day when the whole world is a shopping mall. The end for which the soldiers of the West fight is not worthy of the soldiers themselves. The real war, the deeper war, is not to be found abroad but at home. It is not directed against governments or rulers but against the poisons, physical and spiritual, to be found within ourselves.

A world full of weak, submissive, unaggressive post-men enslaved to pleasure, defined by products, and contemptuous of heroism makes the system run smoothly. For that reason, those who try to build something outside this consumerist system, to promote different values, will find themselves hated by the systems’ propogandists. To be a man is to be a threat. To pursue physical strength, to try to increase one’s testosterone, and to practice a diet and lifestyle that will further those ends is to revolt against the modern world in the most literal sense.

Building a tribe, creating taboos, increasing your mental and physical power, discovering and worshipping your gods—all of these are ways of declaring your rebellion against a non-culture of global consumerism. It is to declare that you are more than a product and that your value is something more than consumerism. It is about becoming a man that your ancestors would recognize.

We may not be as physically strong as our ancestors, but we face obstacles they would not have recognized. The very food we eat and water we drink are poisoning us. Rather than being honored, those who seek glory and heroism are met with the scorn and hatred of the genderless creatures loping though the consumerist wastelands of the cities.

New cults and tribes must be forged, new rituals, and new traditions. Men who want to be men and not consumers must reconnect to eternal truths in new forms. Unlike every other generation in history, we have no institution that we can fall back upon, to tell us who we are and provide a sense of mission. We must create it for ourselves. At a time of disintegration, we must overcome the entire world simply to survive. How great then to be alive at this moment in history, and to have this opportunity!

A time is coming of gods, heroes, outlaws, and kings.

It’s a time for those of great spirit to rise above the ruins.

It’s a time for men.

 

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Barbaric Rites

The more perceptive of Operatives may have noticed a subtle shift in content of late from the various platforms that Werewolf Command broadcasts our pirate signal from.

The physicality which has always been at the roots of Operation Werewolf has been brought into a sharper focus over the past several weeks. This is not because the physical nature of our philosophy is ever more or less important, but because some have seemed to begin neglecting it in favor of a more “intellectual” or “spiritual” approach to the work.

There can be no separation from the physical nature of Operation Werewolf. 

It is critical that this is understood clearly by those who align themselves with our signal- the gates which lead into the ever deepening experience of this project of total life reform are made from iron.

For us, physicality is spirituality- there is no desert religion influence here that looks for a sloughing off of the body as something vile or evil. We recognize the interconnectedness of the physical form as not just the chariot of the inner fire, or the temple within which our animus burns, but as part of the spirit itself.

We believe that a critical shift away from the mindset of this separation of flesh and spirit and will is necessary for the individual to achieve a righteous wholeness in the now, here, in this existence. We look to attain a vital attitude of full engagement in this life, in this moment, in this strength and blood and body which also houses our minds and spirits.

We have said before and will continue to maintain that a healthy, strong body is the only acceptable vessel for a healthy and strong mind.

Physical imbalances and unhealthy practices that affect the body in a negative way also affect our mental state, as well as our thumos, or tapas, or soul-fire, or whatever you prefer to call it. Our bodies have both an outside-in and inside-out relationship, and so we do not abandon one in favor of the other.

If we put garbage and sewage into our minds, and allow them to grow slothful and lazy we will produce garbage thoughts, and weaken our will, and our bodies will follow suit.

If we put garbage and sewage into our bodies, and allow them to grow slothful and lazy, we will produce garbage actions, and weaken our will, and our minds will follow suit.

Even a man who has an active mind, or a sharp one- if he is able, why would he not direct this sharpness toward it, exerting the will, and housing his powerful mind in a vehicle that it deserves? The only rational answer is a lack of will, of drive, of energy.

This neglect is an abomination to us, and we burn it away through adherence to physical culture as a part of our life’s ritual, or our own personal religion.

Those who willfully choose to not practice the physical disciplines of life reform are heretics to Operation Werewolf, and as such can never claim to be allied with us or our mission, which is to create and maintain dangerous men and women with sharp minds, strong bodies and fiery souls- complete human beings hell-bent on personal transformation to prepare themselves for anything this life has to offer.

There is another kind of heretic that is even more damaging than this, which is the one who remains chronically the same as he was when he first began his in-road.

He has exhaustively asked for help and advice, only to not take it.

He is relentlessly needy and often negative as he makes excuses or laments his lot in life that keeps him from achieving the goals he has stated for himself- he will often do this while sounding like some kind of martyr, as this type of individual feeds on the attention and pity of those good-hearted individuals who will continually offer a hand up to someone who won’t take it. 


He makes no physical progress whatsoever, or such a small amount that there can be no doubt that he is either lazy or careless. 


If he is able bodied and makes no physical progress, though he has stated it as important, it can be inferred that he has made no progress elsewhere, as the physical form is an outward manifestation of the will, and the neglected shrine is not worshipped in, nor treated with any reverence.

Let it be made crystal clear as an azure sky on a summer’s day:



This was never about acceptance.



Operation Werewolf is not a catch-all for misfits and freaks unable to function in this temporal world, but for those looking to master it.

It is not a support group for weak people, but a pressure chamber for those willing to accept the challenge to become strong in all ways, and on all playing fields.

Because we reject a negative message or mindset, here is a challenge to those struggling:



Both our Barbaric Rites program and our Gladius e-book on macro planning and nutrition are on our website free of charge (although we gladly accept contributions, and if you find it valuable, understand that these contributions keep Operation Werewolf moving). 

They are simple enough to be applied by anyone with the will to do so, removing the excuse of lack of information or not knowing where to look. They are the same programs and nutrition planning styles run by myself and thousands of others in the network who are fit, strong, and physically capable.



I challenge you to apply them, starting today, and take control over the physical aspect of your soul. 



Treat each meal as a prayer- sacred and holy, fuel for the body in order to attain your goals, and your Great Work.



Treat each martial arts class or weight training session as a life-affirming and joyous barbaric rite, knowing that each and every one of them purifies your body, strengthens tendons, muscles, and character.

I challenge you to remain consistent with this program for 3 months time, and then to look at your life and decide if it is better or worse for having done so. 



If you can honestly say it is worse, then go on your way. 



If it is better, then adhere to it.

Learn with a deeper understanding the intricacies of strength training and fueling the body, and from there, let it inform your other processes, both mental and spiritual, and watch them weave together as one strong, viridian organism.

This is Operation Werewolf. 



BARBARIC RITES PROGRAM



GLADIUS NUTRITION E-BOOK