Saturday, April 30, 2016

Archetypes as the Key to the Resurrection of the Aryan Caste System

I have written many articles over the years on the Aryan and Germanic caste systems both on this blog and my Celto-Germanic Culture, Myth and History blog, covering many different aspects of this fascinating issue. However my readers should not assume that this is just a mere curiosity of mine and nothing more. One day we will need to rebuild our societies as we emerge from the depths of the Kali Yuga and it is vital that we take the opportunity to construct our societies on ancient pre-xtian mythical and historical models. The Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism have reduced the world to a global battlefield and an overpopulated one at that where the earth's natural resources are consumed as if they were just another 'product'. They are literally destroying our earth who is mother to us all. This should not surprise us when we consider that these religions are man-centred and not life-centred:

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." (Genesis 1:26, King James Authorised Version)

This materialistic thinking is behind the rape of Mother Earth and Her natural resources. The practitioners of the semitic religions have a certain mindset which views the fauna and flora of the earth as just products for their consumption and this has led to the monstrosity of the large scale industrialisation of the last 200 years-the so-called Industrial Revolution with the rise of the Mercantile Class (the modern Middle Classes). Hand in hand with the Industrial Revlution was the creation of the British Empire which in true biblical fashion sought dominion over the earth to subdue indigenous peoples and exploit their resources. However this was not unique to the British Empire. We have the even more revolting example of the 16th century Conquistadors of the Spanish and Portuguese Empires and their rape of the riches of the Americas and extermination of indigenous peoples. Their revolting materialism was accompanied by the religious zeal and bigotry of the Roman Catholic Church. Slavery was a byproduct of this inhuman system and the consequences of this are felt even today. Imperialism is an evil system of governance and contrary to a genuine Aryan mindset which is spiritual in nature. Aryan heathens view themselves as part of the natural world and have a natural desire to conserve and not exploit it. By contrast the man or woman who has a semitic religious mindset sees him or herself as somehow separate from nature and the centre of the universe, superior to all other life forms, their lives alone being sacred. In other words they are man-centred and not life-centred.

The issue of life-centred and man-centred religions is explored in some depth in Savitri Devi's remarkable Impeachment of Man (1959):

" We can thus state, with fairly great safety, that there are today two main ways of looking upon our relations with nonhuman living beings: the Hindu way (of which the Buddhist and the Jain outlooks are merely particular expressions) and the other, the man-centered way, of which the Christian, the Islamic, the nineteenth-century “humanitarian,” the twentieth-century “socialistic,” and the Chinese way of all times (if we take Chinese thought apart from Taoism in its purest aspect) are various forms." (Chapter 1, Man-centred Creeds)

Savitri was a remarkable woman and an example of the female Aryan intellect at its very best. I wholeheartedly recommend all her books to my readers but Impeachment of Man is timeless. The issues which she discusses in this work are as relevant today as they were back in the 1940s when she penned this work. Furthermore it is a book that can be used as a gateway to her other works by those who may not initially share our folkish Weltanschauung.

The Aryan caste system recognised that all members of society had an important role and that role was determined by the caste in which he or she was born into. Unlike the modern class system which sees people divided into Upper , Upper-Middle, Middle, Lower-Middle or Working Class the caste system did not have the same value-loaded hierarchical connotations. It was spiritual in nature, rooted in the 3 divine functions of the Gods whilst the modern class system is rooted entirely in economics and capitalism. One can say that whilst the caste system is life-centred the class system is man-centred. German National Socialism nearly succeeded in destroying the class system, breaking down the artificial barriers which separated one Aryan German from another, substituting this system for one of caste which is based upon the natural concept of race as opposed to the unnatural concept of economics. The SS of course consisted of the very best physical , mental and spiritual types drawn from all classes of Aryan German society. They were gradually evolving into a warrior-priestly caste. The disaster of 1945 forestalled our return to the caste system. However with the impending breakdown of 'western' society and the death of xtianity in the 'west' we see another opportunity to resurrect the caste system via Aryan heathenism which in England is represented by both Odinism and Wodenism.

In a recent article by our Folk Warder and founder of English Wodenism, Wulf Ingessunu (Tribe of Woden from the magazine Sword of Wayland, Summer Evennight Edition 2016) Wulf discusses the Germanic caste system and archetypes:

"So with a new form of Heathen Tribalism-which is what we must develop into-there has to be some form of hierarchical order. In the Woden Folk-Community this would apply to the individual groups who have leaders and leading activists. What we now need to consider is how such a structure would start to develop. This is where we need to look at the concept of the archetype."

He goes on to discuss the various archetypes and how they each relate to an individual caste. Woden as Priest/King/Magician is the archetype of the caste of Kon, Thunor as Warrior/Noble is the archetype of the caste of the Earl whilst Frey as Farmer/Provider/Craftsman is the archetype of the Ceorl. The archetype which we are drawn to will indicate where our natural abilities and interests lie. Wulf for instance, and not surprisingly is drawn to the archetype of Woden and this is demonstrated in Wulf's role as the spiritual leader of our folk and founder of our religious Order. I find myself drawn to both the Woden and Thunor archetypes. It is not surprising that we should be drawn to more than one archetype as we are not monotheists. In my case my decades long interest in spiritual practices and philosophies draw me to Woden but the inner combatative spirit also causes me to think in terms of spiritual warfare and thus I am also drawn to Thunor. I believe that Wulf's theory of archetypes and castes is a key to the problem of how we restructure post Kali-Yuga Aryan society into a new and vibrant caste system.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Fairytales Dating Back to Aryan Times

Academics have come to the conclusion that Germanic fairytales date back thousands of years to Indo-European (Aryan) times, making Grimm's Fairytales even older than Eddic and Saga literature. Folklore and fairytales are indeed a worthy treasure to be mined by Aryanists in our search for ancestral knowledge and wisdom.

"Tehrani said: “We find it pretty remarkable these stories have survived without being written. They have been told since before even English, French and Italian existed. They were probably told in an extinct Indo-European language.”

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Four Hyperborean Hallows and Playing Card Suits

The modern deck of playing cards that we know today is intimately connected with the Tarot. There is much speculation as to whether playing cards developed from the Tarot or the other way around. They are certainly closely connected and at the very least have a common origin and that origin is an Indo-European one. The cards reflect Indo-European cosmic and spiritual themes and certainly the imagery of the older Tarot decks is indicative of this. (See Origins of the Tarot: Cosmic Evolution and the Priciples of Immortality, Dai Leon)

The Minor Arcana of 56 cards is divided into the 4 suits of wands, pentacles, cups and swords. Playing cards are 52 in number and also have 4 suits divided into clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades. Modern playing cards have 3 court cards: King, Queen and Jack. The alternative name for the Jack is Knave. The Tarot has all of these and a Knight as well. The Knave or Jack which would have ranked as a Squire, an attendant or an apprentice to a Knight who aspired to become one. Usually Squires were drawn from the lesser nobility and the rank still exists today in England. In fact the term of address Esquire as in John Smith, Esq has its origins in this rank and was traditionally used to denote men of higher social status, usually property owners. One still sees this as a courtesy title on envelopes and letters but I suppose that most younger people will not be familar with this.

Thus decks of playing cards have a direct association with the Minor Arcana which does cause us to speculate on the even more mysterious Major Arcana but this is a topic which I will reserve for another day. Everyone will be aware that the Tarot is used for purposes of divination but it is less commonly known that playing cards can also be used for this purpose too just as the Minor Arcana may be used as a playing deck. In the 1950s my mother (much to the displeasure of my father) would use standard playing cards for divination. She came from a family in the Harz mountains, the women in particular having certain psychic abilities. The Harz mountains was a well known centre of Germanic heathenism and what they would later term as 'witchcraft'.

Modern playing cards feature either 1 or 2 Jokers which may correspond to the Fool of the Major Arcana. Before the standardisation of the modern deck of playing cards different European countries had variations of the suits:

France: Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs and Spades.

Germany: Hearts, Bells, Acorns and Leaves.

German Switzerland: Roses, Bells, Acorns and Shields.

Italy and Spain: Cups, Coins, Clubs and Swords.

Minor Arcana: Cups, Pentacles/Coins/Rings/Discs, Wands/Clubs/Battons/Stavs and Swords.

One can see that there is considerable overlap between these various national suits and the Minor Arcana. There is clearly something significant about this recurring symbolism and in my opinion it is rooted in the 4 Hallows of the Tuatha De Danann:

Hearts/Roses/Cups = the Cauldron of the Dagda.

Diamonds/Bells/Coins/Pentacles = Lia Fail (Stone of Destiny).

Clubs/Acorns/Wands/Battons/Stavs =Spear of Lugh.

Spades/Leaves/Shields/Swords = Sword of Nuada.

My readers can see clearly the Tarot links with the Cauldron, Spear and Sword but the link between the Stone and Diamonds/Pentacles is not so clear but Arthur Edward Waite, the renowned scholar of the Tarot made this observation:

"The Wand is alternately a sceptre in the Tarot descriptions, but its proper alternative in the symbolism is a spear or lance, the misnamed Diamond in the modern suit being obviously the head of the weapon. In respect of the Pentacle that which is depicted under this name answers to a Dish, having usually the outline of a four-leaved shamrock." (The Holy Grail. History, Legend and Symbolism)

So there appears to be some overlap between the symbolism of suit of Clubs and the suit of Diamonds in respect of the Spear. Likewise an overlap exists between Hearts/Cups and Diamonds/Pentacles with the Cauldron. In the Parzival romance literature we find a close thematic relationship between the Spear and the Cup/Stone and likewise between the Cup and Stone. These symbols are inextricably linked to one another. In Arthurian literature of course we have an association between the Sword and the Stone. We also need to take into account that often in the Graal literature the Stone is substituted for a Dish and this distortion is evident in the Tarot. I am however reminded by something I have read in the rather remakable book Stonehenge of the Kings by Patrick Crampton:

"Tuatha De Danann had four talismans: the Great Fal-the stone penis of Ireland at Tara, which shrieked under the king of Ireland; the spear of Lug against which no victory could be won; the sword of King Nuada, which no one escaped when it was drawn from its scabbard; and the cauldron of the Dagda from which no one went away unsatisfied."

Of course Mr Crampton seems to take the view that the Stone of Tara is the Lia Fail which is conjecture. It would not be wise to consider that the 4 Hallows of Irish myth are necessarily physical objects. However when we consider the stone as being phallic in shape then this could be compared with the suit of Diamonds.