Here's some reddit guy's thoughts on philosophical Heathenry
>Am having drinks, so bear with me. There isn't much of a thesis but it's basically that the ontology in BT is very similar to Norse cosmology. To put it crudely, in BT, Heidegger writes that Dasein (us) feel anxiety because we know that we are going to die some day. This anxiety drives us to want to live our lives in a way such that we can die happy with ourselves and our accomplishments (which is hard because we have limited possibilities due to time). When we perceive the world, we perceive it as it is in the present moment, which has been caused by everything that has happened in the past. Things in the present are "in motion", so we Dasein find ourselves "thrown" into the future as every moment passes into the next moment. We have the option to "project" ourselves in different directions by making choices that expand our horizons and give us new options to live our lives well. If we can accept that our fate is to eventually die, and can use that resignation to have better control over our lives, we can project ourselves into the life that we want to live, and we can say that we are living authentically.
>This is strikingly similar to the cosmology of the Urd's Well and the Tree, in which the Well and the orlog represent the past, that which has already happened and has been "laid down" as law and which produces the present moment, which is represented by the tree. The things that happen in the present pass into the past, like dew from the tree running into the Well, and nurtures the world (the tree) into the the following present moment, and this process continues forever. We have the ability to affect the world by acting in ways that change it, and those people who affect the world in drastic ways (which help a lot of people out) are considered "great men" or "heroes", giving us mortals something to strive for in life, willing ourselves to a better world (or at least one where we have influence!). The metaphor applies to individual lives as well, except there is an end point (death), and every action we take drives our lives towards fate.
>Sorry for the mess, I've had a lot to drink. It's not a very compelling "thesis" because it's really just a comparison and explanation of both, but my major hope for this paper is to get some philosophy students interested in Norse mythology (and thus willing to write more papers) as well as to share Heidegger with heathens, because I love Heidegger. There's probably something to be said about comparing the "authentic" with the "heroic", which I recognize as clearly different, but for an undergraduate journal I think I'm better off being concise and just sticking to BT vs The Well.
I can see a path toward establishing some European Heathen Contemporary Philosophy in this manner, much in the way James Maffie has done for Aztec Philosophy.
I think Process Philosophy is a great place to start in on a contemporary system, because most interpretation of existing stuff, even complex stuff like Vedism or Zoroastrianism, are very much colored by Neoplatonism, Plato and Aristotle, and we need to recognize this.
I do think though, that Vedanta of any kind, even more purely Aryan like Madhvacharya's Dvaita, is pozzed by Dravidian and Nastika influence.
The funny part is that we the multi-ethnic europeans (I'm Dutch, German, Scots, Irish, English and French. So I'm just as interested in Celtic as Germanic stuff) need to recognize that Appeal To Antiquity is a losing battle.
While conservative thought is prescriptive and traditional, we need to establish a contemporary application.
This may require a universalist view of Indo-European aka Aryan systems, where we admit Thor, Shakra, and Zeus are the same on a philosophical level, and just go with "Lightning" and assign it a philosophical value based on the comparison and interpretation of the myths of Shakra, Thor, Zeus &c.
This however, if not intelligently and consciously handled, if it's left to organic and decentralized emergence, we'll end up with White People Santeria.
And I'd rather kill myself