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Friday, August 15, 2014

Woden, Loki, Lugh and Lucifer-Left-Hand Path Gods

Wodenism is a left hand path religion.  To quote from Dr Stephen Edred Flowers:

"In the ancient Germanic tradition, Odin is both the lord of light and the prince of darkness. He is the god of the elite nobles, and thus the god of royalty and rulership. He is the father of magic and the power to create and destroy. He is the god of poetry: the god of the art of effective linguistic formulations and codifications of knowledge. Both his magical power and his 'gnostic' formulas are embodied in the runes ('mysteries). Finally, he is lord of the dead, and rules over the phenomena of death, thus showing his mastery over all transformational processes. It might also be noted that the Celtic Lugh/Lleu shares almost all of these characteristics with his Germanic counterpart." (Lords of the Left-Hand Path).

Woden is clearly by His very characteristics a left-hand path God. Let us familiarise ourselves with what is intended by the term left-hand path. It is a spiritual pathway which has as its ultimate aim Self-deification. This is the opposite of the right-hand path which seeks unification with the divine and annihilation of the individual ego, to become absorbed into a greater whole. The left-hand path is thus individualistic and involves initiation and higher magic. It is this set of criteria which we should use in order to examine if a particular spiritual path is of the left or the right-hand path. The follower of the left-hand path is antimonian in nature. He does not seek praise and makes himself immune to criticism. He cares not for the opinions of the herd. He is the ultimate loner, the Lone Wolf as we would say in Wodenism. However he can and does seek when necessary the communion of like-minded souls as the magical force of a group is always stronger than the individual and there can be security within the pack. The Lone Wolf is not afraid to venture alone. Society generally sees the Lone Wolf as a threat to its cohesion and security for the Lone Wolf is an unknown factor who strikes without warning. 

The ultimate example of an antinomian character in Germanic mythology is of course Loki and I have explored His character in previous articles: In my opinion Loki is the shadow, the blood brother of Woden. Loki is as much an Aesir deity as Woden if you care to explore His ancestry, except his deity comes via His maternal rather than His paternal side. He is the perfect opposite and the perfect companion for Woden.  Some object and say that there is no evidence for any historical worship of Loki but as I have already pointed out if He is the Shadow of Woden then this is irelevant. Also as the supreme antinomian God He cares not for worship or even acceptance!

Etmologically there is no direct connection between the Celtic Lugus (Gallic)/Lugh (Irish)/Lleu (Welsh) and Woden. The Proto-Celtic root *lug may be derived from the Proto-Indo-European *leuk, meaning to shine. The comparison between Woden and Lugh is more to do with their roles in their respective pantheons. What the two Gods have in common are the following characteristics:

God of nobles.
Father of magic.
God of poetry.
Lord of the dead.
War leaders.
Have a magical spear.
Connected with ravens.
Sired heroes.
Use a single-eye magical technique.

Both Woden and Lugh have giant ancestry (Fomorian in the case of Lugh). Both Gods assumed supremacy over the other Gods from a much earlier one-handed deity: Tyr/Tiw of the Teutons and Nuada/Nudd of the Celts. Both Gods were killed by a spear although in Woden's case this was only a shamanic death not a literal one. Whilst there is, as I have stated, no direct etymological link between Woden and Lugh nevertheless there is such a link between Loki and Lugh.

"The name Loki, like that of the Latin Vulcanus, denotes the light or blaze of fire, and in such phrases as Locke dricker vand, Loki drinks water, described the phenomena of the sun drinking when its light streams in shafts from the cloud rifts to the earth or the waters beneath. The word thus carries us to the old verb liuhan, the Latin lucere, to shine, and to Logi as its earlier form, the modern German lohe, glow; but as the Greek tradition referred the name Oidipous......., to know and to swell, so a supposed connexion with the verb lukan, to shut or lock, substituted the name Loki for Logi, and modified his character accordingly." (The Mythology of the Aryan Nations, Volume II, George William Cox)

There is a further etymological connection between Loki, Lugh and Lucifer which as I have maintained before is not a semitic name but derived from the Latin lucis, the genetive of lux, meaning bringer of light. In the twisted mythology of judeo-xtianity He became associated with a separate dark entity known as Satan who is really the Jehovah of the Hebrews. Let us not forget that xiatinity made devils of most of our deities! Lucifer is NOT Satan! Here then is my simplified equation: Woden=Lugh=Loki=Lucifer. This an oversimplification but clearly there is a connection on various levels between these deities and certainly a strong etymological link between the latter three via the PIE *leuk.

Attached to this article is a picture of the Loki Stone now housed in Kirkby Stephen church in the old traditional English county of Westmorland, one of the few depictions that we have of this God.


James said...

Intriguing ideas...this Lucifer=Woden and Satan=Jehovah. You have opened up a door here and shined a light inside. Yet there is much more to say here. I also appreciate the implied duality of Woden. That too, could use more discussion. I have always sensed a incompleteness of the Christian God, being all good and no bad, yet supposedly the creator of all. Particularly in light of the decidedly violent and blood thirsty entity described in the OT. This strikes at the heart of that matter. It deserves further discussion and/ or references for continued study along these lines. I look forward to more of this from you. Good post!

SerpentSlayer said...

Fascinating article, it makes you wonder how much the Christian image of the devil was based on the allfather. His status as a horned god, who is both terrible and wise, who carries a spear (easily becomes a trident) and who is the nemesis of the Hebrew god.
They have done so much to defame the lord of sorcery, I can only imagine he incites terror into the enemies followers. At least those that understand the relevance of magic and of realms besides this one.

Our biggest advantage may lie in the fact that we are essentially a small community of sorcerers and a mass of our bravest folk against a mass of material minded and greed ridden atheists led by black hearted zealots who rely on the destruction of all symbols to counter the magical threat.
Even now the sight of the hooked cross has them shrieking in terror, especially when the symbol is upon the person or regalia of somebody of healthy mind and spirit enough to bear it.

Andre Diar said...

Wotans Krieger:

What do you think of the connection between the Armenian "Luysavor" meaning "Shining" and Lucifer?

Please continue your very important work. You are among the best masters I've read.

With brotherly love and admiration

Wotans Krieger said...

Thanks for your kind words Andre.I am not well versed in Armenian mythology but I intend to research the connection that you have raised.

Wotans Krieger said...

Wise words Serpent Slayer. This is why the knuckledraggers in the movement are fair game for our enemies but what they cannot process in their minds or counter effectively with their words is the initiated follower of Woden who understands our symbols on a deeper level and uses them in a magical way rather than a political one.They have no answer to the threat that we pose.

Wotans Krieger said...

Thanks for the comment James. There is much more to be said on this subject and the Gods (and time) willing it will be said!

Steed EOW said...

Important stuff here WK. I'm glad that you have focussed upon the 'left hand path' nature of Wodenism - it has been an influence on my own studies into the true goals and teachings of Heathen lore. You'll soon read an article I wrote on this wider topic in the printed magazine we both subscribe to and when you do I'd love to hear your thoughts. I'm still exploring and evolving these ideas of course.

Wotans Krieger said...

Thanks Steed and I look forward to seeing your article.

Lilith Satanas said...

Satan is NOT Jehovah.... Satan predates the Judeo/Christian religion by thousands of years. Satan goes way back to Sanskrit.

Wotans Krieger said...

I am talking about archetypes here, not names which as history shows are changeable and interchangeable. If you have something to add about Satan having Sanskrit credentials then please post your evidence.

Krissie Sattva said...

Satan being the "adversary" of Jehovah, the hate-filled genocidal tyrant is actually positive, to me at least. But they are not the same.

@Lilith Satanas is correct and this can be researched easily. ​In both Hebrew and Sanskrit there are many similar words which have a lot of similar meanings. However it's also known that many of the words in Sanskrit (which had positive meanings) were kept in Hebrew, but the traditional meanings were reversed.

"Satan" does derive from Sanskrit along with variations of his name and the anagram : "Satanama, Satnam, Sattan, Satyan, Satsang, Sanat, Santa, Sata."

Not only that but even his name in some other languages have sanskrit roots and the original meaning is far more respectable than what the Hebrews twisted it, along with his character to be.

Satan is linked to Sanat (anagram) Kumara, one of the most ancient Gods and the oldest progenitor (creator, founder, inventor, ancestor, forefather and parent) of mankind.

Most importantly in ancient Sumeria, which is where the Book of Genesis plagiarized from, Satan was Enki.

Enki was the creator of humanity who saved them from a deluge caused by a genocidal tyrant who wanted to kill us because he found humanity to be annoying.

Enki wanted us to be as the Gods, and represented to Kundalini Serpent, which is the life force.

"The Serpent Lord was Enki, but in parts of Chaldea he had been called Shaitan." - (Laurence Garden: Genesis Of The Grail Kings)

Also according to the original texts (from Sumeria) the same human-hating deity vowed to tarnish Enki's reputation so humanity would want to avoid him.

Then in Genesis the Serpent becomes the Devil.

You can easily look this up.