Lascaux cave art

Lascaux cave art

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Eye of Woden

I have for many years pondered on the meaning of the sacrifice of Woden's eye and whilst I am familiar with the usual explanations I believe that it is necessary to scratch beneath the surface. I believe that there are many explanations, some more esoteric than others. In the last few months this fascination for Woden's hidden eye has developed into almost an obsession for me which will not go away. This started a few months ago when I experienced a most unusual dream of a dead person presenting me with a carved wooden mask of Woden. This is something which I have discussed before: Woden's Mask

Over the last few weeks the USA and the adjacent Caribbean islands have experienced devastating hurricanes. Of course it is not unusual for that part of the world to experience such extreme weather at this time of the year but what does appear to be unusual is the intensity and frequency of these 'events'. In time past when man was more 'superstitious' or more in tune with other realms of being (depending upon your perspective) these storms would have been interpreted as the Gods' displeasure regarding the actions of man. Even in Christian times this thinking continued except that instead of the Gods being angry it was the Christian 'god'. Only modern man in his conceit dismisses any supernatural explanation.

As we rush headlong to the Ragnarok (Korangar) that was long ago predicted by the Norse sages (and experienced by my late mother in a strange dream) we can expect to see more of such intense climatic events. Likewise we can expect to see more developments in the political sphere. We are approaching now the end and this should be obvious for anyone who has eyes to see. This thoroughly rotten and oppressive New World Order is facing utter and total collapse and we must be prepared for the power vacuum which will ensue and take steps to prepare ourselves. Not only must we ensure our survival as individuals but as a folk and as a race. However we must not view this as a matter of just survival but one of OPPORTUNITIES for as I have said the power vacuum which will be present after the collapse of western states will allow us to finally break free and recreate our world and recreate our ancient Germanic and Aryan societies which will be built again with our Blut und Boden.

This will be a time of sacrifice-another meaning attached to Woden's Eye. It will be a time for the Einheriar to be released from their training grounds of Walhalla and fight the eternal foe. In my view there never has been a satisfactory interpretation of the term Einherjar. Usually this is understood to mean either 'lone' or 'once' warrior. Neither explanation make any sense, certainly not from a mythological perspective. I personally take the view that these warriors, these servants of Woden are ONE-EYED HARRIERS. In other words warriors who engage in persistent attacks, often in small bands against selected targets. They are 'one-eyed' in the sense that they serve the One-Eyed Woden. All Woden's servants seek to emulate Him in their actions and it is surprising how often they bear His marks upon their bodies. Blindness, particularly in one eye is a mark of His favour upon those who are chosen by Him. This is another interpretation of Walhalla-the halls of the CHOSEN.

As I view the satellite images of these recent hurricanes I see in their centre the Eye of Woden. He is the God of the storm and although this is not quite evident from the Old Norse writings that image of Woden has survived in continental Germanic and English folklore. The Germanic view of Woden is far more archaic than the Norse Odin as I have shown before in previous articles: Towards a More Archaic Understanding of Woden and Woden and Vata-Vayu-a Comparison

As Woden is beginning to awaken his people He will also do His work in the elements as we approach the time of Walhalla-Allahlaw. He is speaking to us today as we approach the final Yule of the Age.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Barbarossa, Son of the 'One-Eyed'

With the christianisation of Northern Europe our ancient deities were generally demonised, most especially *Thunaraz and *Wodanaz, more than likely due to their popularity and pre-eminence amongst our peoples. However our deities are deeply engrained in the Blood Memory of our folk and cannot be extinguished but have a way of re-emerging as Jung in his famous 1936 essay Wotan articulated so well. Hitler was by no means the first historical personality to be equated with Wotan.

Many of my readers will be familiar with the legend of the great German Emperor Friedrich I (1122-1190), better known by his nickname (most Kings and prominent nobles had one!) Barbarossa (red beard). Barbarossa is said to be 'sleeping' with his knights and squires in a cave in the Kyffhäuser mountain range in the modern German states of Sachsen-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt) and Thüringen (Thuringia). Barbarossa was officially the Holy Roman Emperor as well as King of Germany, King of Italy and King of Burgundy. He was a member of the Hohenstaufen dynasty of German Kings (1138-1254). The dynasty takes its name from the high 'Staufen' or hill of a conical shape situated in the Swabian Riesgau. So interestingly we have this association with mountains or hills early on in the history of the Hohenstaufen dynasty. Our Gods, especially *Wodanaz and *Thunaraz have long been associated with mountains or hills as do the Baltic, Slavic and Finno-Ugric equivalents to *Thunaraz.

Barbarossa and the German princes were noted for their waging of war against the Slavs and the extension of the boundaries of Germany to the east. Not surprisingly Germany gave the name of Barbarossa to their invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941! There are various Odinic associations with Barbarossa. Firstly we have the myth of him resting in the Kyffhäuser. Mountains as I have said are closely associated with our Gods. Although in reality Barbarossa died whilst crossing the river Saleph in Armenia during the Third Crusade and his body interred in the Church of St Peter in Antioch never the less his subjects refused to believe that this great Emperor could possibly be dead and hence the legend arose of him resting in the Kyffhäuser. There are parallels between this legend and similar ones regarding Charlemagne, Heinrich the Fowler and the totally mythical 'King Arthur'. The legend relates how Barbarossa's beard has encircled a table at which he sits, twice. Periodically he will send out one of his squires to check if the "ravens are still circling the mountain". When the ravens have ceased flying or when his beard has encircled the table three times then Barbarossa will awaken finally from his sleep and arise as Germany's saviour in her time of greatest need (as with the King Arthur legend and Britain). The raven as most people will know is the creature which is most closely associated with *Wodanaz

"That Frederick and all the rest of the caverned princes and warriors are no other than Woden and his wild host, is clear from many details of the legends concerning them. People who visit the Emperor in the Kyffhäuser receive just such presents as are given by the wild huntsman,-horses' legs or heads that afterwards turn into gold; and there is a lady in the Kyffhäuser, who is variously called the Princess, the Kaiser's housekeeper, Mademoiselle or Jungfer, and sometimes even Frau Holle (Holda), who is beyond all doubt Woden's wife Fria." ( Curiosities of Indo-European Tradition and Folk-lore by Walter Keating Kelly, 1863)
Another less obvious Odinic association is the fact that Barbarossa was one of the many Kings and Emperors who possessed the Holy Lance by which the side of the supposed 'Christ' was pierced. The lance is closely associated with both the legend of the pure knight Parzival who became the subject of Wagner's final music drama, Parsifal. A much more ancient and heathen association is with Gungnir, the spear of Odin. Germanic Kings and chieftains carried a spear as a symbol of the authority which they derived from *Wodanaz. (See Edred Thorsson's The Mysteries of the Goths) As the legend goes the moment that Barbarossa allowed the lance to slip from his grasp whilst crossing the river he fell from his horse and drowned.

Whist carrying out some research in the last few days I uncovered another Odinic association with Barbarossa and one which hit me like a thunderbolt from *Thunaraz! The father of Barbarossa, Friedrich II, Duke of Swabia (abt  1090-1147) was nicknamed............"the One-Eyed"! During a battle Friedrich II lost an eye and this has been said to have barred him from becoming the German King and instead this office went to his younger brother, Conrad III (1093-1152). Barbarossa inherited the Kingdom from his uncle Conrad. So we have Barbarossa, an avatar of Wotan named as the son of the 'One-Eyed'. As many of my readers will know our High Lord Woden often puts His mark on his most deserving of initiates in the form of either temporary or permanent blindness.

Friday, September 01, 2017

American Odinism and the Dangers of Monotheism

One aspect of Germanic mythology which has always fascinated me is the nature of the relationship between two of our most important deities-*Wodanaz and *Thunaraz. I use here the Proto-Germanic terms out of convenience to embrace the various names that they are now known by today's Germanic nations.

There are various terms which Germanic heathens use to label their religion-Odinism, Wodenism, Wotanism, Asatru, Vanatru, heathenism, paganism etc and often the label which is used has a tendency to define the nature of our beliefs and acts as a comparison towards other branches of the ancient northern religion.

One issue that I have with the terms Odinism, Wodenism, Wotanism is the way in which it gives an almost exclusive primacy to one single deity when the truth and the facts are far more complicated than this. I was prompted to pen this article after reading the profile of notable Odinist Wyatt Kaldenburg on 'Twitter'. This is how Mr Kaldenburg defines Odinism:

"I am an American Odinist. Odinism is the belief in Odin as the supreme God who rules over the other Gods and Goddesses of the Germanic peoples."
I am a little troubled by this definition as it suggests almost (but not quite) a form of heathen monotheism and monotheism is a way of looking at spirituality and religion which I utterly reject. I do not and never have obtained the impression from the many years that I have studied the history of Germanic heathenism  that "Odin" (is) "the supreme God who rules over the other Gods and Goddesses of the Germanic peoples." This almost equates Germanic heathenism with classical Greek and Roman paganism where one powerful deity-Zeus/Jupiter is said to rule over all other deities almost as if the other Gods and Goddesses were mere appendages or perhaps hypostases of the one 'chief' deity. It almost has the feel of the semitic Jehovah/Allah, a supposedly 'supreme' being who rules over an angelic hierarchy.

This causes me to ask the question are we who live in this post-Christian age somehow remodelling our ancient religion upon a semitic paradigm, albeit unconsciously? Are we still victims of an ingrained and centuries long pattern of viewing religion, that we are merely substituting one supreme deity-in this case Odin for another 'supreme' deity-Jehovah/Allah?

My study of the Eddas does not lead me to the conclusion that *Wodanaz should be viewed in the way that many (American) Odinists view Him, as a Germanic subsititute for the Christian 'god'. The tendency to view Him in this way does appear to be a particularly American one and I cannot but help compare this development with what I have many years ago termed the Pilgrim Fathers' Complex

Although the USA is technically a secular nation where state and religion are separate (unlike the United Kingdom) it is still a deeply religious one and this is mainly due to the strongly held Christian convictions of many of the country's founders. Even in 'white nationalist' circles many who are supposedly racialist and even vehemently racist (I apply a qualitative difference to these two apparently similar terms) still cling to their childhood semitic fairytales, failing to see the obvious contradiction and dichotomy in worshiping a jewish anti-god. Many attempt to reconcile this mental aberration by following the religion of Christian Identity creating even more mental and spiritual confusion. Many view Christ as non-Jewish, even Aryan and the Aryan peoples as the 'Hebrews'. Christian Identity is a modern American version of 19th century British Israelism.

*Wodanaz is of course a primary deity as is clear not only from the Eddas and traces of His cult in the place names of England and Germanic Europe but He should not be viewed as those who view Zeus sitting upon Mount Olympus treating mortals as pieces in a chess game! The reality of *Wodanaz is very very different. He is a God of mystery, of the hidden, the arcane, the unknown. He is a seeker of knowledge and wisdom and delights in many things whether it be poetry, communing with the dead or welcoming heroes into Walhalla but He is not imperious in the sense of Zeus or Jupiter. Indeed He does not even correlate to these classical deities. The nearest counterpart is of course *Thunaraz who originally was the leading deity in the North until the mysterious appearance of the later cult of *Wodanaz.

In some ways these two Germanic Gods are quite similar. They are both deities related to the elements, storm deities if you will but they also have clear differences. *Thunaraz is a God of tremendous power, electrical power as He demonstrates in the flash of lightning and the thunder bolt. He is both a defensive deity and a God of war as is *Wodanaz of course and *Tiwaz. He is a God who cares for His followers and one in which I invoke several times a day. *Wodanaz of course inspires us to uncover that which is hidden, that we seek wisdom and become like him-that we emulate Him. However we must be careful if we ask anything of this deity as He has (in my experience) a tendency to play games and tricks upon us but this is always in order to teach us an important lesson about ourselves.

*Wodanaz seems to be a latecomer to the North and His cult appears to have originated with the Saxons or at least they popularised His cult and brought it further north where *Thunaraz still had primacy. Indeed *Thunaraz retained the loyalty of His followers even following the Christianisation of Scandinavia as many of the sagas indicate.

The Hárbarðsljóð in the Poetic or Elder Edda reveals an apparent conflict or tension between *Wodanaz and * Thunaraz. This tension reveals itself in a contest of 'flyting' or a verbal contest between the two and I believe this to be a poetic reminder of the apparent competition and rivalry between the older and more established cult of *Thunaraz and the more recent one of *Wodanaz.

Rather than view our religion as a heathen form of monotheism as American Odinism has a tendency to do we must learn about the qualities and characteristics of all of our Germanic Gods and it may be that we as individuals are drawn to one or two specific deities and there is nothing of course wrong with this but we must not attempt to build a monotheistic structure out of a clearly polytheistic worldview.