Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Oak, a Sacred Aryan Tree

Throughout the Aryan world, the oak tree was considered sacred to the Thunder God. Anything that has been struck by lightning was set apart as holy unto Him and regarded as such by our ancestors. People who were struck by lightning and survived according to J.T. Sibley in her remarkable book The Divine Thunderbolt. Missile of the Gods:

"were usually believed to have gained special powers from the sky god, especially the gift of divination or an ability to communicate directly with the gods, and especially with the sky/thunder god."

No doubt such people went onto be the shamans of their tribes. Apparently those people who died after being struck by lightning were not allowed to be cremated (the natural rite of our ancestors) as this would be considered a sacrilege to the Thunder God. Instead they were probably buried.

Trees are particularly vunerable to lightning strikes, most especially the oak tree. According to the author wood from a lightning struck tree is much sought after (and indeed still is) and was used for the "construction of temples, altars, tools of worship, amulets and charms, idols of deities or spirits, in folk medicine, and so forth." It would be a good idea for my readers to seek out such wood and use it as part of their rites and for the construction of amulets of protection. As an aside I am awaiting the delivery of a special Thor's Hammer specially hand forged for me from old iron taken from a lightning struck bridge. Such an item should be considered thrice holy, being of iron (sacred to Thunor), blessed by lightning and in the form of a Hammer. I can think of little which is more sacred than that!

The oak is 60 times more likely to be struck by lightning than for instance a beech tree. As I have demonstrated before the oak in etymologically linked to the name of the Aryan Thunder God, *Perkunos or *Perkwunos, *perk being the Indo-European root for oak, from which we derive the Latin Quercus. Some scholars including the author of the aforementioned book consider the central European Hercynian Forest (which includes the Harz of northern Germany) to be derived from this root via the Proto-Celtic *erquu(n)s. No doubt this great vast forest endured many such lightning strikes and in the course of time the Teutons, Celts, Balts and Slavs came to strongly associate the oak with the supreme Sky and Thunder God. This is particularly the case with the Baltic and Slavic names of the deity which more closely resemble the original name, ie Russian and Czech Perun, Latvian Perkons, Lithuanian Perkunas, the Prussian Perkonis but also the Estonian Pikker, Old Indian Parjanja and the Germanic Fjorgyn. 

According to Miss Sibley Odin's spear Gungnir was "modeled on Tyr's spear", a conclusion that I also came to independently some time ago. Tyr was the original Sky God and His presence can be detected back into the mists of pre-history. In turn Tyr's spear was based upon the oak-shafted spear of Zeus or Jupiter, oak of course being also sacred to this latter God.

In the Baltic lands bronze idols of the Thunder God would be placed under oak trees, a custom worthy for us to emulate today, providing of course that the tree is in a secluded place, out of the way of prying eyes and hands. Donar's Oak in Hesse was felled by the xtian missionary and cultural vandal Boniface in the 8th century CE. Wood taken from the oak was then used for the construction of a church.

Oak is represented in the Northumbrian/Anglo-Saxon rune Ac. The Celtic Ogham also has a few (stave) related to the oak-Duir, etymologically linked to Druid via *dru-wid, "knower of oak-trees." (The Book of Ogham, Edred Thorsson).

Symbolically the oak has long been associated with the German people and featured on the Iron Cross. It is of course also associated with England. However the following countries also celebrate the oak as their national tree: Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Moldova, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Wales, Galicia and Bulgaria.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Sonnenwende!

Sun Heil and Happy Sonnenwende to all my readers. At this time of the year our ancestors would gather and light their Midsummer fires. Singing would continue as long as the fires were lit and children would "jump over the glimmering coals; formerly grown-up people did the same". (Teutonic Mythology, Volume 2, Jacob Grimm). Grimm goes on to tell us that a garland would be plaited "of nine sorts of flowers." Herbs were also cast into the fires.

The correct times to hold the Midsummer rite is either during the daytime on the Solstice itself or on the evening before as our ancestors reckoned in terms of nights rather than days. The night was imagined as giving birth to the day. According to the Prose Edda Nott (Night) gave birth to Dagr (Day) through her third husband Delling (Dayspring/Shining One).

"Hail to the Day! Hail to the sons of Day!
To Night and her daughter hail!
With placid eyes behold us here,
and here sitting give us victory.
Hail to the Aesir!  Hail to the Asyniur!
Hail to the bounteous earth!
Words and wisdom give to us noble twain,
and healing hands while we live!" (Sigrdrifumal, Poetic Edda)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ar-Kan-Rune-Lag. The Secret Aryan Way-a Review

I have recently completed my initial reading of Wulf Ingessunu's latest work, Ar-Kan-Rune-Lag. The Secret Aryan Way, published by Black Front Press. This is Wulf's second book, his first being Wulf: Collected Writings of an English Wodenist (Black Front Press, 2014), which unfortunately sold out before I could obtain a copy. It is hoped that both books will enter a second printing as the demand for his work seems to be outstripping supply! This does not surprise me as people in the English-speaking world are thirsting for genuine spiritual knowledge and a mysticism which is founded in the mystery of the blood.

Wulf's book is the most in-depth treatment of the runes that I have ever read and I have read quite a few over the last 25 years! It is based on genuine scholarship but mixed with Wulf's personal interpretations. I must add that Wulf discusses not only the Anglo-Saxon/Northumbrian Futhorc but also the Elder or Common Germanic Futhark. New and exciting analysis of each rune is covered and moreover there are chapters which guide the initiate into runic yoga practices and advice on exercises that can form part of the initiate's daily routine. The essays in this work can be viewed as complete in themselves but there is a connecting thread that runs through each of the twelve chapters.

Over a number of years Wulf has been developing a new system of runic mysticism and Germanic martial arts known as Ar-Kan-Rune-Lag and this book introduces both the initiate and the novice to a system which is both unique and new but built upon the foundations of our Ario-Germanic past. Whilst not an Armanist text in the strict sense of the term nevertheless this book follows in the legacy of Guido von List and the great Armanen as well as the late and great Miguel Serrano. It is also to be favourably compared to the great Rune Master, Edred Thorsson/Dr Stephen Edred Flowers who is one of the most important figures in the Germanic revival of the late 20th century.

One word of caution: do not expect to sail through this book! It demands your full concentration and is not to be compared to the new age fluffy bunny nonsense that has contaminated the literary market place. I have only made one reading of this book, taking several weeks but it will require many more readings. Therefore this work must be viewed as a serious study text and the more you study it the more you will get out of it. Chapters include: The Thirty-Three Runes, The English Runes, Rune-Gealdor, Germanic Rune-Row, Aryan Roots, The Fire-Serpent, The Graal Runes, The Mother-Rune, The Secret of ALU-ULA, Ar-Kan Rune-Lag: Code of the Arya, Basic Runic Postures and Simple Exercises.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Red Beard of the Aryan Thunder God

The Thunder Gods of the Aryan peoples are usually portrayed as sporting long and often red beards. As Jacob Grimm states in his Teutonic Mythology Volume 1:

"The German thundergod was no doubt represented, like Zeus and Jupiter, with a long beard. A Danish rhyme still calls him 'Thor med sit lange skiag' (F. Magnusen's lex. 957). But the ON. sagas everywhere define him more narrowly as red-bearded, of course in allusion to the fiery phenomenon of lightning: when the god is angry, he blows in his red beard, and thunder peals through the clouds. In the Fornm. sog. 2, 182 and 10, 329 he is a tall, handsome, red-bearded youth: Mikill vexti (in growth), ok ungligr, fridr synum (fair to see), ok raudskeggjadr; in 5, 249 madr raudskeggjadr. Men in distress invoked his red beard: Landsmenn toko that rad (adopted the plan) at heita thetta hit rauda skegg, 2, 183. When in wrath he shakes his beard: Reidr var tha, skegg nam at hrista, scor nam at dyja (wroth was he then, beard he took to bristling, hair to tossing), Saem. 70."
Grimm goes on to state:

"This red beard of the thunderer is still remembered in curses, and that among the Frisian folk, without any visible connexion with the Norse ideas: 'diis ruadhiiret donner regiir!' (let red-haired thunder see to that) is to this day an exclamation of the North Frisians. And when the Icelanders call a fox holtathorr, Thorr of the holt, it is probably in allusion to his red fur."

Walter Keating Kelly in his Curiosities of Indo-European Tradition and Folk-lore states:

"Indra's beard was golden; Agni is invoked in the Vedas as the god with the golden beard and golden teeth. Fire and the 'red gold' are associated ideas in all Indo-European languages. Thor's beard was red, and it thundered and lightened when he blew in it. His hair too was red, and that such hair and beards were much admired when he was there to set the fashion, may be inferred not only from general considerations, but more particularly from the extreme aversion which was conceived for them when Christianity came in. Rother-bart, Teufelsart, 'Redbeard, devil-steered,' is a German proverb; and the more to insult the memory of the fallen god, it was fabled that he and the vilest of men, the arch traitor Judas, had hair and beards of the same colour."

The Thunder Gods of the Balts and Slavs likewise sported red beards. It is for this very reason that beards went out of fashion in the post-conversion period and were (and to a certain extent still are) associated with heathenism. Anti-beard prejudice is still a factor today and most people who are prejudiced against beards do not consciously understand why. It is an unconscious prejudice brought about through centuries of xtian conditioning. As a mark of respect and reverence to Thunor, one of the primary deities who I feel a strong personal attachment to I wear a bead and wear it long. It is not only a statement of our Germanic heathen faith but a rejection of the superficial and anti-traditional mores of the herd. It also has the added psychological factor of invoking a certain degree of fear and respect in one's enemies. Scientific studies will of course tell you that beards are disliked (real beards that is) by women but this is of little consequence as the women of the herd are part of the prostituted and race-less and culture-less masses. They form no part of the nation of Woden.