Back in 1953 a carving of an upturned Bronze Age axe and and downturned dagger were discovered on stone 53, one of the sarsen trilithons. This caused speculation as to whether perhaps an alien culture such as that of the Mycaenians may have built Stonehenge. We now known that this is untrue. We as Northern Europeans over recent decades have discovered and become appreciative of our own native and advanced northern European culture which owes nothing-absolutely nothing to the south. It is from the north and not the south that civilisation and culture advanced. In 1956 the total number of axes on this stone was found to total 14. The recent laser scanning of Stonehenge reported on late last year revealed a further 71 upturned axe carvings and one further downturned dagger on four of the sarsens.
The axe is of course associated with the Indo-European Thunder God and this was also acknowledged in the media. No doubt that this image added further sanctity to Stonehenge which undoubtedly was a solar temple whose stones we now know were alligned to both the summer and winter solstices. The accurate keeping of time was essential in old Europe for agricultural reasons but also the great festivals of our ancestors were linked to the time of the year. So astronomy and time keeping had both a secular and a religious purpose. Deposits of upturned axes in northern Europe are indicative of the people seeking protection from thunderstorms, the axe being both a protective device and a sign of devotion to the Thunder God. No doubt the people who carved these axes sought His protection and blessing for themselves and the monument of Stonehenge.
We know from the groundbreaking work Stonehenge: The Indo-European Heritage[alternative title : Stonehenge: And The Origins Of Western Culture] by Leon E. Stover and Bruce Kraig that phases 2 and 3 of Stonehenge were built by Indo-Europeans. The monument that we know today is an Indo-European, an Aryan monument and thus should occupy a sacred place in the hearts of Wodenists and other folkish Aryanists. The authors establish that Phase II[2600-2100 BCE] was built by the Proto-Indo-European Beaker People[an emerging `Heroic` Society and Phase III[2000-1500 BCE by the Indo-European Wessex Culture[an `Heroic` Society.] This of course predates the accepted arrival of the Celts into Britain but we need to get away from thinking that the arrival of Indo-Europeans began with the Celts. It most certainly did not.
There existed far more ancient Indo-European cultures before them. So no, the Celts did not build Stonehenge but Proto-Indo-Europeans and Indo-Europeans DID! In other words there was a Proto-Indo-European presence in Britain from the earliest times. The Proto-Indo-Europeans were of course the original Aryans. Recently I acquired an axe pendant in the shape of one of these upturned axes made from Preseli Blue Stone. The Blue Stones made up the inner[formerly the outer] circle of stonehenge. Axes were originally made from this material due to its hardness. I intend to use this talisman for esoteric operations. I reproduce below an article dated 17/2/13 taken from my Celto-Germanic Culture, Myth and History blog:
In previous articles on my blogs I have discussed the symbolism of the Axe of the Germanic/Indo-European Thunder God. What I would like to do in this article is focus on why this symbol is so inextricably linked to the Germanic and other Aryan peoples. I believe that the answer may be found in accepting that the origins of the Axe are to be found in both the material realm-the axe as a weapon and as a tool and in the spiritual-the axe as a divine symbol. As esoteric heathens we accept that what is above in Asgard is reflected here below in Midgard. The esoteric war is being fought in spiritual realms and this has been and will be reflected again in exoteric warfare here in Midgard as we approach Ragnarok. The war that appeared to have been lost in 1945 is continuing spiritually and we fight knowing that ultimately the victory will be ours despite our own personal and petty concerns. The axe has its material physical genesis amongst the Aryan peoples. Rudolf Simek in his Dictionary of Northern Mythology states:
In northern Europe a cult of axes, in which axes unsuitable for practical use played an important role, is evident and is supported by archaeological finds dating later than the Neolithic Age. In the Bronze Age numerous rock carvings, and also the little bronze figure from Grevensvaenge, indicate a widespread cult of axes which should probably be understood as a fertility cult, as the phallic figures on the rock pictures suggest. Miniature axes as amulets are also documented since the late Iron Age and then again in the Viking Age.The connection between the axe and fertility reminds me of the story in The Lay of Thrym from the Poetic or Elder Edda. Thor`s Hammer had a fertility role and was used to bless marriages. There is as I have stated a fertility link between the axe and the hammer. It was used by everyday people to bless their families, livestock and habitations. Walter Keating Kelly in his Curiosities of Indo-European Tradition and Folk-lore states:
An axe[Thor`s weapon] and a broom are laid crosswise on the inner side of the threshold over which the nurse has to step when she goes out with an infant to have it christened. This is done that the babe may be safe from all the devices of the power of evil.This custom apparently prevailed in Westfalen in Germany. He does not indicate the date but it would be safe to say this was after the forced conversion of our ancestors to xtianity. Thus the people would not have been aware of the pre-xtian significance of this custom, acting purely on instinct, another example of the workings of the Racial Unconscious or the Blood Memory. Again quoting from Kelly:
The German god`s fiery weapon was often represented as an axe, and hence it is a customary thing with witches to draw milk from the handle of an axe stuck in a doorpost.H goes on to quote a reference from Kemble:
Se thunor hit thryscedh mid thaere fyrenan aecxe.Translated into modern English: Thunor threshes with a fiery axe. Returning to Simek:
As a cult of axes is not mentioned in literary sources, it has been connected with the role of the Thor`s Hammer-Mjolnir which became a symbol of heathendom in answer to the Christian symbol of the cross. The equation of axe and hammer can be explained with the function of both cult symbols in the fertility cult. The great age of the Germanic axe-cult, the relationship with the Cretan axe-cult and the parallels to the lightening weapons of non-Germanic gods, such as Indra`s and Hercules` clubs or Sucellos the Gaul`s hammer, all suggest an Indo-Germanic origin of the various forms of the axe.Simek could also have mentioned of course the axe-wielding Slavic Perun and the Baltic Perkunas[Lithuanian] or Perkons[Latvian]. Recently archaologists have identified a further 72 carved axes on four of the stones at Stonehenge via laser scanning. Quoted from The Independent 9/10/12:
In Indo-European tradition axe-heads were often associated with storm deities – and some surviving European folklore beliefs suggest that upwards-facing axe blades were used as magical talismans to protect crops, people and property against lightning and storm damage. It’s potentially significant that every single one of the Stonehenge axe-head images have their blades pointing skywards, while the daggers point downwards. The axe-heads – the vast majority of the images – may therefore have been engraved as votive offerings to placate a storm deity and thus protect crops.The link between Stonehenge and the Indo-Europeans was already known and I refer my readers to a now out of print work titled Stonehenge and the Origins of Western Culture by Leon E. Stover and Bruce Kraig. This book has an alternate title: Stonehenge: The Indo-European Heritage. Stonehenge was built in various stages and it is clear that at the very least they were responsible for the latter phases of its construction. Brian Branston in the now classic The Lost Gods of England draws attention to the antiquity of the weapon of the Aryan Thunder God:
This weapon was old, older than Thunor. The Indo-European weather god had hurled it. It was found in Crete as the labrys or double-axe[lately to turn up so thought-provokingly on our own doorstep carved in the rocks of Stonhenge.Of course the Aryans, Indo-Europeans or Indo-Germanics-whichever term you prefer are known as the Battle-Axe People. An excellent now out of print work titled The Battle Ax People , Beginnings of Western Culture by Olivia Vlahas tells the story of the Aryans in their various appearances as Kassites, Hittites, Mitannia, Hyksos, Indo-Aryans,Persians, Minoans, Mycenaeans, Greeks, Romans, Celts, Sarmatians and Teutons. The Battle Axe of course is what links these people together and is a prime symbol of their ethnic identity. I strongly urge you all to obtain a copy of this book as it is suitable for both Adults and older children and contains a wealth of information. Juergen Spanuth in his ground-breaking out of print work Atlantis of the North discusses the axe cult in quite a bit of depth and explores the identity of another axe God-Fosite, a Frisian God worshipped on the island of Helgoland. He draws a parallel between Him and the Greek Poseidon, the founder of Atlantis who originally also wielded an axe. The axe as a religious and cultural symbol actually goes back much further than the Bronze Age, contrary to what Simek stated. Neolithic stone axes have also been recovered from graves. Our people and our Gods did not just arrive in the Bronze Age: that is not the period of our genesis. It is only the period that our recorded history begins. May I remind my readers that Mjolnir was originally a stone hammer! As Jaan Puhvel states in his Comparative Mythology:
It is thus the bolt, and it can be represented also as an [originally stone] ax....The axe, the original form of the Thunder God`s hammer goes back to Neolithic times. It has a cultural, ethnic, religious, practical and warlike significance. It cannot be divorced from who we are as Aryans. If you wear the axe consciously as a symbol of your racial and heathen identity Thunor will pour His blessings upon you.