Saturday, December 21, 2013

Five Examples of Famous Wotan Initiates

In the 19th and 20th centuries 5 rather different Germans were touched by the spirit of Wotan and in effect became Wotan initiates; Wilhelm Richard Wagner[1813-1883], Friedrich Nietzsche[1844-1900], Guido von List[1848-1919], Carl Gustav Jung[1875-1961] and Adolf Hitler[1889-1945]. It should be noted that in the case of Jung he was a Swiss-German and in Hitler an Austrian-German but Germans nonetheless for it is blood that matters, not state boundaries and passports!

All five in some way changed history within their respective fields; music, philosophy, religion, psychology and politics. They were pioneers in their fields, each of them embarked upon their own individual quest. In certain ways the paths of some of them crossed, either literally or metaphysically. In the case of Wagner and Nietzsche they were of course friends. Hitler, an avid devotee of Wagner was a close family friend of the Wagners. Houston Stewart Chamberlain[1855-1927], Wagner`s English son in law  and author of the groundbreaking 2 volume Die Grundlagen des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts [1899] [ The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century,1911] regarded Hitler as Germany`s coming saviour. It is is he who thus provides the link between Wagner and Hitler. Hitler became close friends with Wagner`s daughter in law, Winifred Wagner, born in Hastings, England[1897-1980]. The philosopher of the Third Reich, Alfred Rosenberg[1893-1946], author of  Der Mythus des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts[1930] [The Myth of the Twentieth Century] was greatly influenced by Chamberlain`s work as was Hitler and Kaiser Wilhem. He appears to have been of mixed European heritage, being Latvian and Estonian on his father`s side and German and French on his mother`s. He is generally known as a `Baltic German`. He suffered martyrdom by the zionists at Nuernberg for thought crime.

Although Nietzsche did not refer to Wotan in his works, preferring instead to make use of classical mythology nonetheless he did experience Wotan and this consequently affected his subsequent work and ideas. In either 1863 or 1864 Nietzsche composed the following poem :

" To the Unknown God

I shall and will know thee, Unknown One,
Who searchest out the depths of my soul,
And blowest through my life like a storm,
Ungraspable, and yet my kinsman!
I shall and will know thee, and serve thee."

 Twenty years later he wrote:

"The Mistral Song

Mistral wind, chaser of clouds,
Killer of gloom, sweeper of the skies,
Raging storm-wind, how I love thee!
Are we both not the first-fruits
Of the same womb, forever predestined
To the same fate?"
 And from Thus Spake Zarathustra we have:

 "Ariadne`s Lament

Stretched out, shuddering,
Like a half-dead thing whose feet are warmed,
Shaken by unknown fevers,
Shivering with piercing icy frost arrows,
Hunted by thee, O thought,
Unutterable! Veiled! horrible one!
Thou huntsman behind the clouds.
Struck down by thy lightning bolt,
Thou mocking eye that stares at me from the dark!
Thus I lie,
Writhing, twisting, tormented
With all eternal tortures,
By thee, cruel huntsman,
Thou unknown-God!

Jung of course wrote several essays both before and after the war on the subject of National Socialism being an experience of the God Wotan, the most well known essay being from 1936, Wotan. Jung was the founder of Analytical Psychology, the Aryan alternative to the very Jewish Sigmund Freud`s[birth name Sigismund Schlomo Freud] Psychoanalysis. It should be noted that Jungian Analytical Psychology provided a spiritual explanation for the workings of the mind. In effect it should be called Soul Lore, to borrow a phrase from Edred Thorsson, whilst Psychoanalysis is obsessed with sexual explanations for the most innocent of things. This shows the difference between the Aryan and the Jewish mind, the one being a spiritual driven being, the other purely material and materialistic. Christianity and Islam are both of course the daughters of Judaism and this is reflected in the material nature of both religions and their fanatical desire to obliterate all opposition to their desired hegemony. Capitalism and Bolshevism are the illegitimate daughters of Judaism. All of these isms have had a disastrous effect upon the Aryan peoples and it is global capitalism which is the driving force now for mass wide-scale immigration in order to provide a cheap labour force of work slaves that will travel hundreds and thousands of miles for a cleaning job. Part of the task that we face is to awaken people to the dangers of capitalism. Jung also gave a scientific explanation for the Blood Memory which he called the Racial Collective Unconscious.

Jung also experienced Wotan in a dream regarding his mother`s coming death. 

"The night before her death I had a frightening dream. I was in a dense, gloomy forest: fantastic, gigantic boulders lay about among huge jungle-like trees. It was a heroic, primeval landscape. Suddenly I heard a piercing whistle that seemed to resound through the whole universe. My knees shook. Then there were crashings in the underbrush, and a gigantic wolfhound with a fearful, gaping maw burst forth. At the sight of it, the blood froze in my veins. It tore past me, and I suddenly knew: the Wild Huntsman had commanded it to carry away a human soul. I awoke in deadly terror, and the next morning I received news of my mother`s passing.
"Seldom has a dream so shaken me, for upon superficial consideration it seemed to say that the devil had fetched her. But to be accurate the dream said that it was the Wild Huntsman, the `Gruenhuetl`, or Wearer of the Green Hat, who hunted with his wolves that night-it was the season of  Foehn storms in January. It was Wotan, the god of my Alemannic forefathers, who had gathered my mother to her ancestors-negatively to the `wild horde`, but positively to the `saelig Luet`, the blessed folk. It was the Christian missionaries who made Wotan into a devil. In himself he is an important god-a Mercury or Hermes, as the Romans correctly realised, a nature spirit who returned to life again in the Merlin of the Grail legend and became, as the spiritus Mercurialis, the sought after aracanum of the alchemists. Thus the dream says that the soul of my mother was taken into that greater territory of the self which lies beyond the segment of Christian morality, taken into that wholeness of nature and spirit in which conflicts and contradictions are resolved."[Memories, Dreams and Reflections, 1963]

In 1915 Hitler composed a poem devoted to Wotan whilst serving as a brave front-line soldier in WWI :

Sometimes, in the bitter nights I go to Oak Wotan.
Surrounded by silent glare,
To forge an alliance with the powers at night.
The runic letters that makes the moon with his magic spell
and all those who during the day are full of impudence,
They become small before the magic formula!
They cast steel spears, but instead of hitting the target,
Solidify into stalagmites.
Thus, the false are separated from the real.
I came to a nest of swords and then give my formula
Blessings and prosperity for the good and the fair.

The production of Der Ring des Nibelungen by Wagner fed into the emerging German rediscovery of the ancient past and Germanic Gods, who never died but simply faded into the background. Wotan features in the first three of Der Ring cycle music dramas. Wagner explores the psyche of Wotan in a way that nobody before or since has ever done.

Guido von List should be regarded as the father of Armanism and at an early age he oathed himself to Wotan to rebuild His religion. History tells us that he has succeeded!

"It was in the year 1862 - I was then in my fourteenth year of life - when I, after much asking, received permission from my father to accompany him and his party who were planning to visit the catacombs [under St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna] which were at that time still in their original condition. We climbed down, and everything I saw and felt excited me with a kind of power that today I am no longer able to experience. Then we came - it was, if I remember correctly, in the third or fourth level - to a ruined altar. The guide said that we were now situated beneath the old post office (today the Wohlzeile House No. 8). At that point my excitement was raised to fever pitch, and before this altar I proclaimed out loud this ceremonial vow: "Whenever I get big, I will build a Temple to Wotan!" I was, of course, laughed at, as a few members of the party said that a child did not belong in such a place… I knew nothing more about Wuotan than that which I had read about him in Vollmer's Woterbuch der Mythologie."[Deutsch-Mythologische Landschaftsbilder, 1891, Guido von List]

One thing that unites three of these men is that they became blind. Guido von List and Adolf Hitler experienced an episode of temporary blindness which resulted in internal illumination whilst Nietzsche became blind at the end of his life. This is a sign of being a Wotan initiate. It usually is an indication of possession of the initiate by Wotan which in turn leads to a deepening of the spiritual quest and clearer spiritual in-sight.


SerpentSlayer said...

Considering that of the five named, only one (as far as I am aware) professed to be a Wotanist. Would you also consider J.R.R Tolkein to be a Wotan initiate, considering his literary talent, fascination with Germanic myth and suffusion of the Wotan archetype into his works (Gandalf!)?
I know he swore himself to another god, but I feel it is likely that deep down he was sworn to the allfather, and deeply possessed by him.

Wotans Krieger said...

Yes, one could consider him to be an initiate. My article was really concerned with German rather than English examples of men who were at certain times possessed by the spirit of Wotan. That is not to infer that they were all conscious of the matter. Certainly Guido von List was a conscious and fully awakended initiate. Hitler was indeed more than an initiate:He was THE Wotan avatar of the modern age. He did not publicly admit to this but He knew it to be so. Hie early poetry and liking for a certain painting is evidence of this, apart from His actions of course.