Thursday, June 22, 2006

Guido von List and the Armanen Runes

The voelkisch[folkish] movement of the early 20th century owes a great debt to the ideas and research of the Aryan mystic and runologist, Guido von List[1848-1919].
Von List wrote many articles and books on the runes and Germanic pre-Christian religion, most notably `Das Geheimnis der Runen`[The Secret of the Runes], published in 1908.
Das Geheimnis der Runen is generally regarded as his most important work as it is concerned with the introduction of a `new` runic futhorc and the interpretation of the runes which von List received in visions during a period of temporary blindness in 1902.
Von List`s `Armanen Futhorc` has its origins in these visions in which von List is said to have communicated with the Teutonic Volksgeist[folk soul] and received esoteric knowledge from the dead priests of the Germanic peoples, the `Armanen`.
Although the futhorc that von List introduced in his book was previously unknown to runic scholars he claimed that it represented the original futhorc and is indeed based upon Odin`s Rune Poem.Odin/Wotan/Woden/Wuotan/Wodanaz gained the knowledge of the runes via a shamanic self-sacrifice and communicated this knowledge to those of the Aryo-Germanic race.
Whilst there are various different versions of the runic futharc or futhorc von List claimed that his Armanen futhorc represented the original 18 runes that All-Father Odin received during his shamanic visions when he hung nine days and nine nights upside down on the world tree.

"I know that I hung on a windy tree
nine long nights,
wounded with a spear, dedicated to Odin,
myself to myself,
on that tree of which no man knows
from where its roots run.

No bread did they give me nor drink from a horn,
downwards I peered;
I took up the runes, screaming I took them,
then I fell back from there."

[Havamal 138-139]

The poem goes on to explain how the runes may be used to achieve various goals via rune magic.
There are obvious echoes of the Christian crucifixion within the Havamal.However there are clear differences also. Whilst the Christ supposedly died as a sacrifice of a vengeful `god` for the `sins` of mankind Odin sacrificed `himself to himself` and did so to achieve knowledge, in particular the knowledge of the runes. Odin continually goes in search for new knowledge and there are many tales of him walking amongst men, disguised as the `Wanderer` in search of new knowledge, always ready to test his knowledge against men and dwarves alike.
Odin`s search for knowledge can be likened to the Promethean and Faustian quest of Aryan man.
Like the All-Father Himself, we too as spiritually awakened Aryans seek new knowledge and new enlightenment. It is this very sense of restlessness that spurs us on to new goals, new achievements and a thirst for new knowledge and experiences.
Guido von List, like Odin experienced the runes in a visionary state whilst in communion with the racial Collective Unconscious, what Jung called the `land of the dead`.
We will explore these Armanen runes and the significance of the Armanen in a future article.

Monday, June 19, 2006

The Sun Hero in Ancient Aryan Mythology

The myths of the Indo-European peoples are replete with the recurring motif of the Sun Hero.
Examples of such hereos are:-


In the words of the Aryanist Charles Morris in his `Aryan Sun-Myths. The Origin of Religion`[1899]-

"All Indo-Germanic nations have worshipped crucified saviours and overwhelming proof was obtained that the sun-myths of the ancient Aryans were the origin of the religion in all of the countries which were peopled by the Aryans".

One thing that many of the sun myths of the ancient Aryans and other peoples had in common was the concept of the god-man that came down from heaven to act as a mediator between the deity[ies] and man. Often the day of his birth is said to be on 25th December and frequently he is born of a virgin, suffered a sacrificial death and then on the third day would `rise again`.
It is not too difficult to recognise the parallels between the myth of the Aryan Sun Hero/god-man and the birth, life and sacrificial death of Christ.
Much of what we know about the life and `miracles` of Christ in the New Testament is a direct plagiarism from Indo-European mythology. This was an intentional process.
The early church fathers recognised that in order for their new religion to take a hold upon the non-Semitic Aryan peoples they would have to adapt their very Jewish early Christianity into a form of religion that would be likely to be more readily embraced by the Aryan peoples.
It is no accident that St Paul deliberately broke away from the more parochial, exclusive and Jewish form of Christianity espoused by St Peter and developed his own form of Christianity which stripped of its Jewish roots would be a more inclusive and universalist religion.
The early evangelists were very quick to superimpose their religion as a gloss over the religions of the indigenous Aryan peoples, knowing that the transition from paganism to Christianity would be more smoothly accomplished. However this cross-fertilisation was not purely one way.
James C. Russell in his `The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity. A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation` makes the case that Christianity`s attempt to impose itself upon medieval northern Europe resulted in a hybrid religion, a Christianity heavily influenced by paganism and a paganism influenced by Christianity.
Mr Russell states "This Germanization process is often overlooked. Studies of the interaction between Christian and Germanic religion and culture customarily focus upon the Christianization process as the active force and Germanic paganism as a passive or reactionary phenomenon. This is understandable, since there is no evidence of a major drive by non-Christian Germanic peoples comparable to that of the Emperor Julian to restore or advance pre-Christian Roman religion. Yet there did exist a subtle but pervasive Germanizing force which resulted primarily from a missionary policy of accommodation and gradualism, instead of a policy requiring preliminary doctrinal and ethical inculcation."[Page 38]
Whilst the medieval church ruthlessly imposed Christianity upon the peoples of northern Europe and tried to suppress the ancient lore of our ancestors they could not completely eradicate the beliefs of northern European man. Our lore never went away completely. Traces of it can be found within the myths, legends and folktales orally transmitted down the generations and then finally committed to parchment by Christian scribes.
A study of the beliefs and rituals of medieval Christianity can also reveal clues as to the existence of buried Aryan wisdom.
The role of the spiritual Aryan man of the 21st century is to uncover these lost truths.
Apart from the recognised scholarly methods of uncovering these we can also resort to the practice of accessing our ancestral memories through analysis of our dreams and hypnotic induction/regression.
Carl Gustav Jung posited the theory that just as there is a personal Unconscious within each of us there is also a Collective Unconscious which is the store-house of all our ancestral memories.
Nothing is ever completely forgotten:all can be recovered.
We will turn to this subject in a future article.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

The Solar Origins of the Aryan Race

There are many different ways to explore the origins of the Aryan peoples.
We can choose to do so using empirical science and the disciplines of archaeology, geology and the theories of evolution and natural selection but we can also approach the question from a spiritual and/or esoteric basis.
Too often we naively suppose that only `science` so called has any valid answers to the questions of our origins but we forget that science can only approach things from a very narrow angle and perspective and even its findings are subject to constant debate and change.There are only theories;no proven `facts`.
Baron Julius Evola,the great Aryan philosopher and mystic wrote in chapter 19 of his `Ride the Tiger`-
"The apogee of the myth of physical science coincided with that of the bourgeois era, when positivist and materialist scientism was in favour."

And again-

"None of modern science has the slightest value as knowledge;rather,it bases itself on a formal renunciation of knowledge in the true sense."

So where do we seek understanding about our origins? Where should we turn to as a starting point?
I would suggest that we turn to the great store-house of myth that has been faithfully preserved by our ancestors down the millenia.
For Germanic peoples that means the Eddas and the Sagas of the pre-christian era.
Germanic myth in common with the myths of all the other Indo-European peoples is solar in nature.
The great sun hero Siegfried/Sigurd is just such an example of a Germanic solar hero.
Wilhelm Richard Wagner[1813-1873] based most of his music dramas upon the myth of the Aryan sun hero with characters such as the afore-mentioned Siegfried, the swan knight Lohengrin,Tannhaueser and Parsifal.
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky[1831-1891], the founder of `Theosophy` in volume 1 of `The Secret Doctrine` referred to the first race of man as being celestial in origin. Mankind has in stage regressed from spirit into matter. The first two `Root Races` were aetherial in nature. By the time of the Third Lemurian Root Race man had descended into matter.
The Fifth Root Race, the Aryan race is destined to give way to a higher being of man,the sixth and seventh Root Races. The German philosopherFriedrich Nietzsche[1844-1900] referred to the coming man as the `Uebermensch`, the over man or higher man. As Aryans our destiny is to evolve from matter into spirit, to be born again as the sun hero. Siegfried/Sigurd is the prototype of this new man.
The question of how our race collectively and how we as individuals can progress to this stage will be addressed in a seperate post.

Purpose of the Blog

This blog is dedicated to the exploration and discussion of Aryan[ie Indo-European] and related myth and metahistory.
Metahistory is an alternative method of viewing the past and is linked to the founding myths of our ancestors. H.T. Hansen in his foreward to Baron Julius Evola`s `The Mystery of the Grail` quoted from the Emperor Julian the `Apostate` " That which never happened is eternally true."
Metahistory and myth allows us to explore those aspects of our past which cannot be explained or clarified by empirical science. The fact that these themes cannot be adequately explored by science makes them no less real or valid. It is in my opinion, another no less valid approach to uncovering the truths concerning the genesis of our people and our collective destiny.