THE FRYAN QUESTION (Part III)

“Exalted Frya.  When she had thus spoken the earth shook like WRALDA’S sea.  The ground of Flyland sank beneath her feet, the sky became black and green from tears, and when they looked for their mother she had already risen to her watch star; then at length thunder spoke from the clouds, and lightning wrote in the sky, ‘Watch!'”

– The Book of Adela’s Followers

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FALL OF THE FRYANS

The Oera Linda Book describes how the ancient Fryan civilization eventually decayed and disappeared due to external and internal factors; overrun by a combination of successive migrations and invasions of Asiatic peoples led by priest-kings from the Asiatic steppes and the Levant; and taken down internally by infighting and rebellion.

The desire of the later Fryans would be to forsake the institution of Folk Mothers and Matrons as guiding figures in favor of men who would be instituted as hereditary monarchs:

For a long time we have had no mother, but that comes from our being come of age.  At present it suits us best to have a king to win back our lands that we have lost through the imprudence of our mothers.”

These new kings swore to “protect” the people from the seemingly unending threat of invaders from the East as well as within Europe itself, while promising to win back lost lands and essentially make the Fryans “great again”- in exchange for absolute obedience of course…

Descendants of exiled Fryans came back into western Europe from the Punjab, the Aegean and the Middle East, brought with them corrupting “foreign morals and customs”.  The customs and values of the Fryans eventually deteriorated, as did the Fryan civilization.

The Fryans eventually gave in more and more to taking up the trade of piracy and began to take slaves, thus “The Viking Age” was born:

After that Askar (King Adel IV) had become so connected with the Jutlanders (Jutes) and the Denmarkers (Danes), they all went pirating together; but it produced no good to them.  They brought all sorts of foreign treasures home, and just for that reason the young men would learn no trades, nor work in the fields; so at last he was obliged to take slaves; but that was altogether contrary to WRALDA’S wish and to Frya’s counsel.”

The taking of slaves was absolutely forbidden by the old Fryan law given by Frya; the law that valued freedom as the greatest virtue of all.  According to the text, it was ultimately their partaking of “the peculiar institution” that led to the karmic and civilizational decline of the ancient western Europeans:

Frya has said we must not allow amongst us any but free people; but what have they done?  They imitated our enemies and instead of executing their prisoners or letting them go free, they have despised Frya’s advice and have made slaves of them.  Because they have done so, Frya could no longer protect them: they took freedom away from others and that is certainly why they lost theirs.

The Oera Linda Book ends with the defeat of the disgraced hereditary King Askar and the fall of Europe to Asiatic pagans:

While all this was going on, the Magyars went about audaciously over the lands of our neigbours. Near Egmuda, where formerly the burgh Forana had stood, they built a church larger and richer than that which Askar had built at Staveren. They said afterwards that Askar had lost a battle against the Gauls (Phoenician-led Fryan exiles), because the people did not believe that Wodin could help them, and therefore they would not pray to him. They went about stealing young children, whom they kept and brought up in the mysteries of their abominable doctrines.”

MEMORY OF THE FOLK SOUL

I believe that the processes of history, both “good” and “bad” are necessary for the evolution of the individual, the folk and humanity as a whole.  The Fryans needed to fall as an act of initiation.  And while there was much suffering and deracination as a result of this, we still have been able to keep our core virtues alive and in tact (even if somewhat dispersed)which means they can be recovered.

Despite being ancient “imports”, the tradition of Indo-European shamanism and the myths and legends of the Norse/Germanic/Slavic gods and heroes, as well as those of the Celts and the Greeks, are part of us.  They are part of our makeup and group identity regardless of how that initially came to be.

The same statement rings true for European Christianity in its various forms.  Without its ideological/philosophical groundings and cultural influence, the European peoples would not have come to be who and what they are- for better and for worse.

Both the Central Asiatic pagan traditions and the Semitic Christian traditions preserved and in the case of Christianity, reintroduced, certain elements of the European folk psyche, while attacking others.  They became carriers for is the Masculine and Feminine aspects of the collective European consciousness respectively.

Christianity emerged during the most brutal and harsh period of European pagan dominance- the time of the Roman Colosseum and the Druidic Wicker Man.  With Christianity, there was a re-injection of the virtues of compassion and charity that had been touted by the ancient Fryans- virtues that had largely been overcome by the relative harshness of the pagan warrior ethos.  This of course, was a reemergence of the Divine Feminine virtues of the European Folk Consciousness.

However, the fanaticism and other imbalances of Catholicism and later Protestantism, led to a large-scale degeneration of the true European Masculine and its warrior ethos.  Hence, it became things like the works of Homer and The Eddas that acted to preserve this element of the European Spirit that might have otherwise been completely castrated by Christianity.

But in their implementation and practice, both European paganism and European Christianity became tools of political and social control by priest classes and the rulers they influenced.  Both were ultimately imbalanced and inherently incomplete versions of the perennial European spiritual tradition of the Fryans.

The Fryan tradition was a potent and powerful synthesis of both Masculine and Feminine aspects of our folk consciousness.  These perennial virtues lie at the heart of who we are as a people, which is why they will always come out in some shape or form regardless of whatever system we adopt or have imposed upon us.  This is perhaps most powerfully and beautifully illustrated in the following passage from Frya’s Tex:

Should it happen they want advice or something else from you, you should help them.  If they come to rob you, though, then fall upon them like a raging fire.

This is who we are; and it is these perennial truths and virtues that The Oera Linda Book contains and that ultimately allows it to transcend any debate on whether or not it is “real”.

WRA-ALDA’S Blessings unto you and yours.

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THE FRYAN QUESTION (Part II)

“Mountains, bow your heads; clouds and streams weep. Yes, Skenland blushes. Slave nations trample on your cloak. O, Frya!”

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WODIN AND “THE NAZIS”

Norse/Germanic mythology was central to the NSDAP leadership in their effort to solidify a “folk culture” that the dejected and disjointed German people could unite around. One obvious example of this is the use of Runes and runic symbols throughout NSDAP German art and propaganda.

For those not familiar, the Runes were an ancient Germanic alphabet that were said to have magickal qualities and mystical origins. In Norse/Germanic myth, it was Odin/Wotan/Wodin that brought the Runes into the world (although not for the benefit of all, but rather for his own personal gain). In order to achieve this, Wotan pierced his side with a spear and hung himself from a tree (sound familiar?) for nine days and nine nights so that he might acquire the wisdom and magick of the Runes.

It is the virtue of being willing to sacrifice part of oneself to gain knowledge and wisdom, which is part of the essence of Wotan.

Wotan/Odin; god of wisdom, magick, poetry, war, and death, was a very important figure and archetype to many within the NSDAP. In his book, “The Myth of the Twentieth Century”, Alfred Rosenberg stated the following:

One form of Odin is dead, that is, the Odin who was the highest of the many gods who appeared as the embodiment of a generation still given up to natural symbolisms. But Odin as the eternal mirrored image of the primal spiritual powers of Nordic man lives today just as he did over 5,000 years ago.”

Renowned Swiss psychotherapist Carl Jung famously regarded NSDAP leader Adolf Hitler himself as a “personification” of the Wotan/Odin archetype, which in turn, was taken up by NSDAP Germany as a whole:

When, for instance, the belief in the God Wotan vanished and nobody thought of him anymore, the phenomenon originally called Wotan remained; nothing changed but its name, as National Socialism has demonstrated on a grand scale. A collective movement consists of millions of individuals, each of whom shows the symptoms of Wotanism and proves thereby that Wotan in reality never died, but has retained his original vitality and autonomy. Our consciousness only imagines that it has lost its Gods; in reality they are still there and it only needs a certain general condition in order to bring them back in full force.

Hitler was also a self-described “Wagnerian” and from the age of 12 became enthralled by the vision and philosophy that composer Richard Wagner produced in his operas (and writings) to such an extent that he would later state that “Whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner.”

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In Wagner’s four-part epic “The Ring of the Nibelung“, the composer re-imagined the Norse/Germanic mythos for a new era in what the composer called his “master artwork of the future”.  Based off the ancient Germanic Song of the Nibelungs“, the saga centers largely around the figure of Wotan, who finds himself tormented by his inability to undo the curse brought upon himself and the gods he has the duty to protect- a curse brought about by his own greed and desire for power.  This is a curse that ultimately destroys them.

Wotan/Wodin in traditional Germanic mythology was a god of poetry, battle, and the underworld who brought good fortune in battle, but is ultimately a “sinister” figure that condemns his followers to defeat and death and is accompanied by scavengers of the battlefield.  Before they were reinterpreted as Rubenesque maidens in armor in Wagnerian opera, Wotan’s Valkyries would have been much more akin to scavenging “vulture women” of the battlefield.

The characterization of Wodin as a figure that brings destruction to his people due to his own ego and folly may in fact, have its roots in historical events- events described in The Oera Linda Book.

WODIN IN THE OERA LINDA BOOK

One of the recurring themes in The Oera Linda Book was the tendency of less-advanced “slave peoples” to deify the Fryans- a practice known as “apotheosis”. In the text, the Fryans are depicted as an advanced civilization with Iron Age technology when the rest of the world is in the Bronze Age (and some peoples are even in the Stone Age), who upon coming into contact with and assisting other less-advanced peoples, are often deified (typically post-mortem) and become the gods and founders of that people’s civilization.

The Fryans were also depicted as being on average quite large in stature (there are both men and women described as being seven-feet tall!).  This stature would have caused them to be seen as giants, and may account for the legends of fair-skinned gods and giants told in ancient myths across the world.

One of these deified Fryans was a young warrior king (essentially an army general) named “Wodin”.

Wodin’s story begins with a group of people coming out of Asia into central and northern Europe. The Oera Linda Book refers to these as people from “Finda’s Race”. In the text, “Finda” is the name of the second daughter of WRA-ALDA who gave birth to the Asiatic races who seem to be particularly antagonistic towards the Fryans. The Oera Linda Book goes on to describe this particular group that came and settled into Finland and eastern Scandinavia (Skenland) a century after the sinking of Atland:

They were not wild people like many of Finda’s race; but they were like the Egiptalandar (Egyptians), they have priests like them and in their churches they also have statues.

The Priests are the only masters; they call themselves Magyarar, and their headman is known as Magi. He is high priest and king in one. The rest of the people are of no account, and under their rule. These people do not even have a name but we call them Finna because although their festivals are all melancholic and bloody, they are so formal that we are inferior to them in that respect. They are not to be envied though, because they are slaves to their priests, and much more to their creeds. They believe that evil spirits are everywhere and enter into people and animals, but of WRALDA’S Spirit they know nothing. They have stone weapons, the Magyar of copper….

When they were well settled, the Magyarar sought our friendship, they praised our language and customs, our cattle and iron weapons, which they wanted to barter for their gold and silver ornaments, and they always kept their people within their own boundaries, but that lulled our watchfulness.”

In mainline European history, it is taught that a tribe of peoples known as the “Magyar”, originated out of the Tarim Basin in northwest China, later settled in the Russian Ural Mountains and ultimately made their way into central Europe and became the primary ethnic stock of the Hungarian people. Their language and genetics were not Indo-European but of very different Finno-Urgic group. While it is typically the 9th century AD that is cited as the Magyars settling of Hungary, it is not hard to imagine that these nomadic people could have very well had contact with Europe long before.

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We also see the historical Finns of Finland emerging from this same language group, as well as the Sami peoples of Scandinavia. The Sami in particular often tend to have Asiatic features and practice Shamanism, which was commonplace throughout northeastern Europe and throughout northern Asia. Shamanism becomes very important when looking at and understanding Wodin’s origins as a deity.

The Oera Linda Book goes on to describe the events that took place eighty years after the Magyarar/Finna settled into Scandanavia:

“… they unexpectedly overran our lands like snow driven by a storm wind. Those who could not flee were killed. Frya was called upon, but the Skenlandar (Fryans who lived in Scandanavia) had neglected her advice (they had allowed races of Finda’s people to live amongst them). Then all forces joined, and three hours from Godashisburch (possibly Gothenburg in Sweden) they were withstood, but war continued.

It is here that Wodin and his cousins Tunis and Inka (a sea king and a rear-admiral respectively), were placed in command of the Fryan forces and soundly defeated the invading forces:

Frya was their war-cry, and they drove back the Finns and Magyarar as if they were children.”

However, the Magy or Magi; the leader of the invading forces had another trick up his sleeve:

When the Magy heard how his men were all being slain, he sent a delegation with a truncheon (a scepter) and crown. They said to Wodin:

‘O greatest of kings, we are guilty, but all we have done was done from necessity. You think that we took on your brothers willingly, but we were driven out by our enemies, who are still at our heels…

You are the greatest military king on earth; your people are of iron. Become our king, and we shall willingly become your slaves. What glory it would be for you if you could drive back the savages! Our trumpets would resound with it, and our praises would precede you everywhere.’”

The crafty Magi appealed to the young warrior’s pride and ego, and proceeded to manipulate him accordingly. Wodin accepted the Magi’s coronation, making him a king twice over. However, the Asiatic invaders had the sort of absolute and hereditary succession form of kingship we are accustomed to, as opposed to the electoral model with strict limitations that was instituted by the Fryans.

Wodin soundly defeated the Magi’s enemies and was given the Magi’s daughter as a wife in return. The text describes how Wodin and his ego fully came under the thrall of the Magi only to eventually disappear from history:

When Wodin returned, the Magi gave him his daughter to wife. Thereupon he was smoked with herbs, but they were magic herbs because he gradually became so audacious that he disavowed and ridiculed the spirits of Frya and WRALDA whilst bending his free head before the false monstrous statues. His reign lasted seven years, and then he disappeared. The Magi said that he was taken up by their gods and that he reigned from there over them, but our people laughed at what they said.

When Wodin had been gone for some time, disputes arose.  We wished to choose another king, but the Magi would not allow it.  He claimed it was his right given him by his idols.  Over and above this dispute there was one between the Magyarar and Finna, who would honor neither Frya nor Wodin; but the Magi did just as he pleased, because his daughter had a son by Wodin, and he would have it that his son was of high descent.

While all were squabbling and arguing, he crowned the boy as king, and set himself as guardian and counselor.”

It is told in The Oera Linda Book that it was due to Wodin’s actions in particular, that caused the Asiatic invaders gained a strong presence and influence over the people and culture of northern Europe- particularly Scandanavia:

Through Wodin’s foolishness and irresponsibility, Magy had become master of Skenland’s eastern part.”

This would eventually lead to a reshaping of western European culture as it responded to and assimilated Asiatic shamanism and the people that brought it- much as it would with Christianity a few thousand years later:

The Finn women had children.  These grew up with our Fryan children. Sometimes they played and gambolled together in the fields, or else they were together by the hearth.  There they heard with delight the wicked tales of the Finns because they were bad and new.  So they became alienated despite the efforts of their parents…

The leading men and their sturdy sons crawled to the unchaste Finnish girls; and their own daughters, led astray by this vile example, allowed themselves to be charmed by the handsome Finnish lads to the ridicule of their degenerated parents.  When the Magi got sniff of this he took the most attractive of his Finns and Magyarar and promised them golden horns to let them be taken in (employed) by our people to spread his doctrines.  His people did even more.  Children disappeared, were taken away to Uppsala, and after they had been brought up in his filthy doctrines, were sent back.

When these pretended laborers had mastered our language, they got the dukes and the elite on board and convinced them that they should become subject to the Magi- then their sons would succeed them without having to be elected.”

What we see here is the beginning of what is typically described as “pre-Christian” Norse/Germanic culture with its hereditary royalty and stories of “bad spirits, witches, sorcerers, dwarfs, and elves, as if they descended from the Finns.

One rather puzzling component of the story of Wodin in The Oera Linda Book is Wodin’s “disappearance”.  In Snorri Sturluson’s “Ynglinga Saga“, Odin/Wodin becomes demoted from his post as “king of the gods” and becomes a wandering sorcerer.  This incarnation of Odin resembles the Finnish sorcerer and demigod, Väinämöinen.

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Shamanic rites of ecstatic initiation would have been an established part of not only the Finna and Magyarar peoples (which may themselves have been “catch-all” terms used to describe multiple Eastern European/Asiatic tribes), but were also well known among the Thracian, Dacian, and Scythian peoples of the European northeastern “frontier” and the Eurasian Steppes.  These were the lands of the shaman priest kings and the birthplace of the Orphic Rites and other pagan (and according to the Fryans “monstrous”) Mystery Cults and Initiations of life, death, and rebirth.

One common theme of these priest-king initiations and the myths that surrounded them after they were dead and deified (which was customary among these peoples), was the king/savior god that was hung from a tree in a form of sacrifice.  Indeed, this tradition was a likely origin of both the story of Odin hanging himself from Yggdrasil to acquire the wisdom of the Runes, and the Crucifixion of Christ Jesus.

Being crowned king of these peoples, Wodin would have no doubt been initiated into these mysteries, and perhaps disappeared as a result of a personal spiritual exodus- or he consumed too much of whatever one of numerous hallucinogenic (and often potentially deadly) plant concoctions used for one of these rites to stimulate a sort of visionary or “near-death” experience.  In other words, he may have died, but not resurrected.

As an aside, and while this is quite speculative, perhaps the “Väinä” in Väinämöinen, which in Finnish means “stream pool”, could also be a reference to the characters “Vaina” or “Vanir” origins.

THE AESIR/VANIR WAR

Norse myth is somewhat unique among mythological canons as it has two simultaneously ruling groups of deities:  The Aesir and the Vanir.  The Aesir gods were typically understood to be “martial” gods of war, conflict and heroic adventure. These are typically seen as the “more important” gods among the warlike vikings.  The gods within the Aesir ranks include Odin, Frigga, Thor, Heimdall, Tyr, and Baldur. These are the gods of the famed Asgard.

The Vanir gods on the other hand, are typically associated with nature and fertility and reside in the lesser-known realm of “Vanaheim”. Mainstream scholars tend to believe that these Vanir gods were in fact gods of an older time before they were supplanted by the Aesir. While most of these deities remain unnamed in the mythological records, two were very important and ultimately became “citizens” of Asgard. These would be the brother/sister Vanir gods, Freyr and Freya.

Norse myth describes how the Aesir and the Vanir coexisted and seemed to “share” power. But trouble began when the Aesir became fond of the goddess Freya and her magickal abilities, which she would use on the Aesir’s behalf. However, they used her magick to the point where it became a corrupting influence on them and caused them to become less honorable and virtuous among themselves. Naturally, they blamed this internal corrupting on Freya, kidnapping her and attempting to three times burn her alive (and three times she rose again from the ashes).

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This started a great war between the Vanir and Aesir gods which lasted for quite some time, until eventually the two sides grew weary of fighting. As was traditional Norse/Germanic custom, two hostages were exchanged from each side as a form of truce. Hoenir and Mimir were taken by the Vanir, and Freya and her brother Freyr went to live amongst the Aesir.

However, like most myths, this story is rooted in historical persons and events.

In a lecture on Norse/Germanic myth and lore, renowned author, lecturer, and speaker Manly P. Hall stated the following:

The Nordic mythology probably originated in Asia, and was brought to the Scandinavian area by a Scythian prince called Sigge.  This migration which included a long trek across Europe, was accomplished sometime probably one to five centuries before the Christian era… dates are unobtainable.  After he had established himself at Uppsala, this Prince Sigge, formed a sacred college or school, and was eventually transformed by legend or lore to the figure of Odin.”

In searching various historical and genealogical records one might find record of a man known as Prince Sigge Odin Frithuwaldsson or Fridulfson.  Some records state this man was born in Aasgaard, Norway in the year 205 CE and died 45 years later in Uppsala, Sweden.  Meanwhile, other records show a “King Odin” of Scandinavia having lived a few centuries prior.  The following is an excerpt from an 1879 genealogy compiled by Albert Welles entitled “The Pedigree and History of the Washington Family“:

“Odin (first King of Scandinavia, 70 B.C.) came from Asaland or Asaheim, east of Tanais. He endeared himself to the Asiatic subjects, successful in every combat. Son of Fridulf, supreme ruler of the Scythians, in Asaland or Asaheim, Turkestand, between the Euxine and Caspian Seas in Asia He reigned at Asgard, whence he removed 70 B.C., and became the first king of Scandinavia. Died 50 B.C., and was succeeded by Sons who ruled in different parts of Scandinavia….”

The genealogies of Saxon kings were typically traced back to a man named “Woden”, much in a similar manner that Danish and Scandinavian kings traced their heritage back to “King Odin“.  The reality of this is disputed and confusing at best.  In The Oera Linda Book, we do find that the original King Wodin had a son, and thus “Wodin/Odin” may have been a name that was passed down to more than one ruler.  But there are certain characteristics, such as extreme prowess on the battlefield and a tendency to go on long journeys or “disappear”, that seem to be constants.

According to Snorri Sturluson in his translation of the Norse/Icelandic sagas, the Vanir and Aesir gods of myth were in fact based off historical groups of people. Sturluson at one point states that the Aesir were said to have originally come from a place called “Tyrkland” (Turkey; Aesir perhaps was a word for “Asian”), settled around the Black Sea and then migrated to/invaded northern and central Europe .

In “The Ynglinga Saga“, which was the story of the origins of the Swedish royal family, Sturluson describes the historical Aesir:

“The country east of the Tanaquisl in Asia was called Asaland, or Asaheim, and the chief city in that land was called Asgaard. In that city was a chief called Odin, and it was a great place for sacrifice. It was the custom there that twelve temple priests should both direct the sacrifices, and also judge the people. They were called Diar, or Drotner, and all the people served and obeyed them. Odin was a great and very far-travelled warrior, who conquered many kingdoms, and so successful was he that in every battle the victory was on his side. It was the belief of his people that victory belonged to him in every battle. It was his custom when he sent his men into battle, or on any expedition, that he first laid his hand upon their heads, and called down a blessing upon them; and then they believed their undertaking would be successful. His people also were accustomed, whenever they fell into danger by land or sea, to call upon his name; and they thought that always they got comfort and aid by it, for where he was they thought help was near.”

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Eventually the Aesir came into conflict with the Vanir people, described by Sturluson as living west of the River Don (see map>).

In The Oera Linda Book, we have Wodin/Odin as being a “Vanir” who became king of the “Aesir”, this is somewhat in contrast to the histories of Sturluson.  However, we would do well to understand the fairly dubious manner in which most of the history prior to the 1600s was written across Europe- by Vatican-commissioned monks or others associated with the Church.  And there is little doubt in my mind that there was a concerted effort by those who took control of Europe to erase the Fryan civilization from history- a concern expressed at the beginning of the text:

For the sake of our dear forefathers… never let the eye of a monk glance over these writings.  They speak sweet words but they secretly tamper with everything that relates to us Frisians.”

In his book “The Triumph of the Sea Gods: The War against the Goddess Hidden in Homer’s Tales”, author and researcher Steven Sora describes the events of Sturluson’s Aesir/Vanir war:

In general, the Vanir are decidedly the older goddess-worshiping peoples and the Aesir are the patriarchal invaders.

The Vanir were farmers and seafarers, made wealthy in trade. When a priestess of the Vanir was kidnapped and tortured by the Aesir, the two sides went to war. According to the lengthy epic poem, the status of just whose gods were most important was the true reason for battle. The Aesir, led by Odin, had a huge army but the Vanir were better prepared to resist invasion. The Aesir suffered the most defeats but both sides were exhausted by the vicious combat. A truce ended the war.”

The Oera Linda Book describes the ancient Fryans as farmers and seafarers who were an advanced and sophisticated society who possessed Iron Age technology in the Bronze Age. They could also be said to be “goddess worshipers”, who venerated the “Earth Mother” Frya, as well as “Irtha”- Mother Earth herself. However, officially, the Fryans only truly worshiped one deity- WRA-ALDA, the Divine One that created all things.

In The Oera Linda Book we also have an account of the Fryan Folk Mother (the chief high priestess) Frana being abducted by eastern Euro-Asiatic led by “the Magy”- a priest king from central Asia. The Magy has her abducted and taken aboard his ship where he proceeded to proclaim his intention of becoming “master of all the lands and people of Frya” and demanded that she proclaim this would indeed come to pass (Frana was a clairvoyant), or he would “let her suffer an agonizing death”. But Frana instead gave the following prophecy:

At the time Aldland sank, the first spoke of the Yule stood at the top. Then it went down, and our freedom with it. When two spokes, or two thousand years, shall have passed, the sons shall arise who have been bred of the fornication of the rulers and priests with the people, and shall witness against their fathers.

They shall all succumb to murder, but what they have proclaimed shall endure and become fruitful in the bosoms of bold men, like good seed which is laid in your lap. The spoke shall descend for a further thousand years, and sink deeper in darkness and in the blood shed over you by the wickedness of the rulers and priests. After that, the dawn shall begin to glow.

Seeing this, the false rulers and priests will all together strive and wrestle against freedom, but freedom, love and unity will take the people under their protection, and will rise with the Yule out of the vile pool. Justice, which at first only glimmered, shall then become a flame… All the disgraceful histories that were contrived in praise of the rulers and priests shall be offered to the flame. Thenceforth, your children shall live in peace.”

The Magy was upset by what he essentially saw as a non-answer and chastised the weakened Folk Mother. Frana then sat up and stared at him, stating, “Before seven days have passed your soul shall haunt the tombs with the night-birds ad your body shall lie at the bottom of the sea.

The Magy then had Frana thrown overboard to her presumed demise as The Oera Linda Book laments:

This was the end of the last of the Mothers. We shall never call for revenge. Time will provide that; nit a thousand times a thousand we will call with Frya, ‘Watch! Watch! Watch!’”

KURGAN PATRIARCHY

In the 1950s, Lithuanian-American archaeologist Marija Gimbutas put forth a theory known as the “Kurgan hypothesis“, which postulated that people of a “kurgan” (burial mound) culture from the Pontic-Caspian (highlighted on map below in pink) steppe were the originators of what became known as  Proto-Indo-European language.

Gimbutas believed that the expansions of the Kurgan culture were a series of military incursions where a new warrior culture imposed itself on the peaceful, matrilinear (hereditary through the female line), “matrifocal”, though egalitarian cultures of “Old Europe“, replacing it with a patriarchal warrior society, a process visible in the appearance of fortified settlements and hillforts and the graves of warrior-chieftains.  Gimbutas stated of this transformation:

“The process of Indo-Europeanization was a cultural, not a physical, transformation. It must be understood as a military victory in terms of successfully imposing a new administrative system, language, and religion upon the indigenous groups.

Later on, Gimbutas began to emphasize the authoritarian nature of this transition from the egalitarian process of the “nature/Mother Goddess to a patriarchal society and the worship of the patristic / father / sun / weather God (Zeus, Dyaus, Odin, Thor).

However, this current of thought was taken beyond an “agricultural vs. nomadic” society dialectic and used to fuel theories of feminist spirituality and feminist archaeology in the 1970s. These ultimately political movements tended to seek historical evidence of an egalitarian matriarchal society that had no hierarchy and was the embodiment of a feminist utopia.  However, Gimbutas’ opinion was that the matriarchal society would have functioned in a similar hierarchical manner as a patriarchal society, rather than the utopian vision of 2nd wave feminism, and received criticism from these movements as a result.

Gimbutas’ view of an “Old European matriarchy” was certainly closer to the reality presented in The Oera Linda Book, however it was a matriarchal society that primarily worshiped a Solar/Light deity typically referred to with masculine pronouns.  They essentially worshiped the Highest forces, which are rather non-dual, as opposed to the lower archetypes and forms that tend to come with a greater pre-packaged dualism.

The Oera Linda Book describes the ancient Fryans as farmers and seafarers who were an advanced and sophisticated society who possessed Iron Age technology in the Bronze Age. They could also be said to be “goddess worshipers”, who venerated the “Earth Mother” Frya, as well as “Irtha”- Mother Earth herself.  However, officially, the Fryans only truly worshiped one deity- WRA-ALDA, the Divine ONE through whom all things come into existence.

RAGNAROK:

In both Wagner’s Ring Saga and the Eddas, Wotan/Wodin/Odin is depicted as being tormented by the fact that he knows his fate and the fate of those he is most connected to which he is powerless to stop.  And in the case of the Wagnerian mythos, it is Wodin who ultimately is the cause of this destruction.

The figure of Wodin is important in The Oera Linda Book as he represents the point where a people through their leaders, comes to a point where a fate-altering decision must be made- and the decision made brings about their decline.

It is difficult to say what, if any difference it would have made to the people of NSDAP Germany had The Oera Linda Book been accepted by the leadership, as the governing archetype had already been established- the archetype of Wotan; the archetype that brings a moment of glory before bringing about utter destruction.

In spite of the numerous, often rather comical attempts to psychoanalyze Adolf Hitler postmortem, no one can truly know what lied in the deepest recesses of his soul.  Jung claimed that he and NSDAP Germany had embodied  the archetype of Wotan- but what does that really mean?

On one level, Wodin/Odin/Wotan can be seen as a “proto-Faustian” archetype that embodies the European spirit.  Forever searching and striving; ever restless and hungry for something beyond material subsistance.  But the Faustian nature of European man is also very “Left-Hand” oriented and can have a somewhat sinister, egoic and potentially self-destructive element to it.

In his pamphlet “The Path of Wotan“, N.S. Kindred founder Jost Turner equates Wotan/Wodin/Odin with the Indo-Aryan god Shiva– lord of destruction and transformation.  Shiva is seen as a god of “creative destruction”; where things must be burned down to their base elements and then reconstituted.  This is a similar role given to Adolf Hitler in Savitri Devi’s “The Lightning and the Sun“.

For all intents and purposes, World War II was “Ragnarok” for Germany and the German people (and for much of Europe as a whole)- a Ragnarok from which it has yet to recover.  Perhaps, like Wotan, Hitler knew that this was going to happen; maybe even that it had to happen– and that he was powerless to stop it. 

But Ragnarok was also the crucible from which forged a new beginning for the world.  The world we see today may look like one of decline and decay.  Some may look upon the defeat of NSDAP Germany and the suppression of all “like ideas” as a tragic loss for the West and for the European folk.  But in the view of history, this is all just a blink of an eye.

The true “masters of the chessboard” are capable of seeing “the long game”.  They can see victory in defeat.  The European nationalist movements of the 1920s and 1930s were the first to really challenge the assumption that the absolute dominance of globalist modernity was an unquestionable moral good, and reassert the morality of folkish consciousness and the prosperity that it can bring.

The victory of these movements and ideas, was not one of the battlefield or even in the realm of socio-political life; but as seeds that needed to germinate in darkness, be given the proper nutrients, and then blossom at a later time, reaching towards the Sun; reaching towards WRA-ALDA.

That time is now.

WRA-ALDA’S Blessings unto you.

SUGGESTED READING:

“SAVED FROM THE FLOOD” ~ Oera Linda studies

“TRACES OF OUR ANCESTORS” ~ a new English translation of the Oera Linda Book

ARYAN SCRIPTURES

SUGGESTED VIEWING:

THE FRYAN QUESTION (Part I)

“Hail to the Children of Frya!  In the end they shall see me again.  Though him only can I recognize as free who is neither a slave to another nor to his own passions.”

  • The Book of Adela’s Followers

(Editor’s note: The following is a repackaged revision of a previous article series):

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BERSERKERS AND SHAMANS

One of the most legendary figures from what is referred to as “The Viking Age” is the “berserker”- the mad warrior who runs into battle wearing only animal skins, crying out a hideous yell as he slaughters all in his path, while seeming to be impervious to pain.

Famed Icelandic poet and historian, Snorri Sturluson wrote of these berserkers in the Ynglinga Saga:

“[Odin’s] men went without their mailcoats and were mad as hounds or wolves, bit their shields…they slew men, but neither fire nor iron had effect upon them. This is called ‘going berserk’.”

In Old Norse, “berserker” meant “bear shirts”. This indicated that these warriors went into battle wearing bear hides. However there were also úlfheðnar, which meant “wolf hides”; who were warriors who wore wolf skins into battle and went into a similar mad frenzy.

The practice of wearing totem animal skins and reaching a state of ecstatic frenzy during battle and/or ritual was and is a commonality among those who practice shamanism. Often referred to as “animism” or “nature worship”, shamanism is a common practice and worldview among indigenous peoples the world over, and many share similar practices and cosmologies across cultures and large geographic distance.

The common cosmology for the shaman typically consists of a World Tree or Pole that contains various realms, which the shaman can travel to and bring back wisdom and knowledge for the benefit of the tribe (or just himself). These realms are typically divided into an “upper”, “middle” and “lower” world; although they are often subdivided further depending on the culture.

The people of the greater Slavic lands into central Asia practiced shamanism for millennia before the coming of Christianity. The ancient Slavs had a cosmology consisting of an Earth that was an island floating in a great ocean, with a World Tree running through the middle of it, connecting it to various realms of existence from the heavenly realm of the god to the underworld land of the dead.

For those familiar with Norse-Germanic mythology, this is Yggdrasil, the World Tree. However, it is not only the cosmology of the Slavs that is similar to the Norse, but many of the pagan gods as well have a great deal of similarities to one another. One of primary explanations for this is that they were both part of a greater Proto-Indo European pagan tradition

This Indo-Aryan/European shamanic paganism and its offshoots are touted by many as the “primordial” religion of the Northern Europeans before Christianity took over.

But what if that isn’t true?

While most mainstream scholars and academics claim that shamanism and pagan “nature worship” are the oldest forms of spiritual practice and ritual, researchers into mystic and occult lore and traditions like Mark Booth found a different perspective in what has been referred to as “occult history”. In his book “The Secret History of the World”, Booth states the following in regards to shamanism:

“… the beings encountered by shamans seem to be from the lower levels, rather than the more elevated planetary gods with whom the initiate priests communed.

In the view of modern esoteric teachers, then, all shamanism, whether that of the old Hunnic or Mongol hordes… represent a degeneration of a once magnificent primordial vision…

In conventional history religion’s early stages were marked by animism and totemism. This developed into the complicated cosmologies of the great ancient civilizations. In the secret history humankind’s primordial vision was complicated, sophisticated and magnificent, and only later degenerated into animism, totemism and shamanism.”

Of course, if we are directing our spiritual attention straight to the Logos; the Most High Eternal Light of Creation; even the planetary gods could be understood as “lower beings”.

There has been a great revival and interest in the “old ways” of pagan European spirituality, particularly among the various European/White identitarian and nationalist movements. They argue that Christianity, which defined European and Western culture for the better part of a millennia, is a foreign religion that was imposed upon Europe and is ultimately antithetical to the true nature of the European stock of peoples.

Gravitating towards Asatru, Odinism and the veneration of the Norse/Germanic gods (as was the case with many within the old National Socialist leadership) these “neovölkisch” pagans have the expressed aim of reviving something more “authentic” to the European folk soul.

But again, what if it isn’t?

What if the spirituality of Norse/Germanic paganism is yet another, albeit older, Asiatic import that was brought into Europe? What if the pagan mythology and the shaman/warrior cultures associated with them represent a deviation from and a degeneration of an even older European perennial tradition?

THE BATTLE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BERLIN

In the spring of 1934, a group of NSDAP (“Nazi”) leaders and intellectuals were involved in a panel discussion that became a fierce debate at the University of Berlin. The center of the argument was an obscure Dutch-Frisian text known as “The Oera Linda Book”.

The Oera Linda Book first came to the public eye nearly 70 years earlier when a Dutchman by the name of Cornelius Over de Linden handed over the manuscript that had been passed down through his family for generations, to the provincial library of Friesland (a coastal province in the northwest Netherlands) for translation. While there were certainly scholars who claimed the work to be authentic, the bulk of mainstream academia by and large dismissed it (rather out of hand) as a forgery.

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Several decades later, a Dutch völkisch philologist named Herman Wirth published a translation of The Oera Linda Book and dubbed it as the “Nordic Bible”. Wirth gave a copy of the book to his friend and associate, Heinrich Himmler, who soon became infatuated with the book to such an extent that it became known as “Himmler’s Bible”.

However, many leading figures within the NSDAP were not keen on the book, and essentially took the side of mainstream academia in declaring the text as inauthentic and a “hoax”. One of the main figures leading this charge was Alfred Rosenberg– author of the seminal work of NSDAP ideology, “The Myth of the Twentieth Century” and the man who introduced Adolf Hitler to the NSDAP.

The two opposing camps officially “squared off” during a panel discussion centered on The Oera Linda Book that took place on May 4th 1934 at the aforementioned University of Berlin. The discussion turned into a heated debate, but in the end, The Oera Linda Book was officially declared “a hoax” by the NSDAP, and “Himmler’s Bible” receded once again into obscurity.

A primary mythos utilized by the National Socialists that was promoted through art, literature and propaganda was that of an ancient Aryan pagan warrior society, taken largely from the Eddas as well as the Vedas, which are undeniably connected. The ideals and imagery associated with this somewhat romanticized history worked well with the rather patriarchal and authoritarian nature of the NSDAP regime.

However, The Oera Linda Book presented a rather different view of the ancient Aryans (or “Fryans” as they are referred to in the text), causing some researchers to postulate that the real reason for the rejection of the book by the NSDAP was largely political, rather than scholarly.

AN INCONVENIENT HISTORY

The Oera Linda Book speaks of an ancient civilization of farmers and sailors whose society once expanded across Europe into Russia and North Africa. Their homeland is a place called “Atland”, which can reasonably be correlated to “Atlantis”, and is presumed to lie beneath the waves of the northern Atlantic, save perhaps for a few remnants that survive as small islands.

Fryan society was a “theocracy” led by a “Folk Mother” and her “Matrons”– priestesses who were in charge of guiding the society and maintaining a sacred eternal fire (a predecessor of the Roman Vestal Virgins). These priestesses were in charge of maintaining the morals of the society so they could stay connected to “Frya”- the ancient semi-divine matriarch of the Fryan people (the “White” races), and was said to have given birth to her children without “aid of a man”, and ascended to her “Watch Star” before a major cataclysm reshaped the world.

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Frya was said to be the last and greatest of the three daughters of WRALDA or WR-ALDA (which would likely have been pronounced either RA-AL-DA or RA-EL-DA) – the overarching deity of the Fryans who was akin to the concept of the Greek “Logos”, the Hermetic “ALL”, “The Monad” of the Gnostics and even “The Tao” of Taoism.

WRALDA is the most ancient of ancients or the most ancient because he created all things.  WR-ALDA is all in all, for he is eternal and everlasting… All that we can see of him are the created beings who came through his life and go back again, because from WRALDA all things proceed and return to him.  From, WRALDA comes the beginning and the end.”

WRA-ELDA translated to “Ra the Elder“, and was understood to be the Prime Eternal Ordering Mind, Ground and/or Principle from which all things come; a sort of cosmic essence beyond anthropomorphism.  WRA-ALDA has correlations in both ancient Egypt and Phoenicia. “Ra” is of course the name of the primal ancient Egyptian “sun-god”, while “Al” or “El” was the name of the supreme “Most High” god of the Phoenicians– both of whom are known to have had “Aryan” influences.

Morality and virtue was of the utmost importance to the Fryans, and nothing was prized more than freedom:

Sensible Frya. The first she taught her children was self-control, the second was the love of virtue and when they were grown she taught them the value of liberty; for she said:

‘Without liberty all other virtues serve to make you slaves, your origins to eternal disgrace.’”

In the text, the Fryans refer to themselves as the “Free People”, with the name of Frya literally meaning “free”. Slavery and bondage was seen as morally abhorrent by the Fryans, who referred to their neighbors in Asia and Africa as “the slave peoples”; meaning they were enslaved and/or they enslaved others. The penalty for either of these things in Fryan society was of the highest magnitude:

Should any man rob another of his freedom, even his debtor, you must lead him away on a leash like a slave. I advise you, though, burn his body and that of his mother in an open place and bury their ashes fifty feet below ground, so that no grass shall grow on them because such grass would kill your cattle.”

A love of freedom was something that has often been linked to the Celts, but Irish historian and author Liam De Paor, questioned whether this distinctly “western” virtue was in fact Celtic in origin in the 1986 BBC documentary series “The Celts” :

There is something that gives a distinctive character to the western peoples, but I do wonder how much of it was necessarily ‘Celtic’… I think we are dealing.. with a heritage of people who were there before the Celts; of Atlantic ‘barbarians’.. whose heritage is.. along the western coast of Europe. One of the things that does seem to run into the continental Celts from this western area, mentioned by Caesar and other writers, is a passion for freedom; individual freedom and a freedom from a certain kind of order. A certain kind of order is rejected. It’s the kind of order the Romans imposed...”

Fryan society was also based on the “democratic” election of public officials. Even the kings were elected and had strict term limits:

Except for the king, all officials may be re-elected who conduct themselves correctly and in accordance to Frya’s directives… No king may remain king for longer than three years lest he becomes entrenched.”

The NSDAP government would have been quite wary of officially endorsing anything that detailed something akin to a “democracy” or spoke so much of “freedom”. The centralized authoritarianism of NSDAP was somewhat antithetical to these ideals, particularly in the forms that “freedom and democracy” had come to take in the 20th century.

Führers have no term limits.

Leaders within the German and European right as a whole saw democracy as a scourge on the world, and saw the freedom of America as something that was at this point bringing a culture of selfish materialism to the world.  But one also mustn’t forget that Germany had just come out of a type of social democratic republic with the failed Weimar Republic and saw the very real pitfalls of a “democratic experiment” in which the oligarchs take complete control of a society- and the social and economic decay that had come with it.

However, the “social democracy” of the Fryans and the decaying democracy of the modern West were and are two very different animals, arising from two distinctly different cultural entities.

While perhaps having a root in a more virtuous and self-reliant founding cultural stock; the people of the modern west (led by America) generally want little to do with virtue or self-control, and only love their “freedom” because to them, it means they can pursue whatever selfish interest they want.

Fryans however, were raised to love virtue (i.e. the virtue of being a contributing member of a folkish society) and have self-control BEFORE the value of freedom was instilled.

The Fryans understood that with freedom comes great responsibility.

But, the freedom-loving Fryans were also “socialist” of “socially democratic” to a degree and believed in fair division of labor and resources and taking care of their own:

Four things are given for your enjoyment, namely air, water, land, and fire.  WRALDA, though, is the sole possessor of them.  Therefore I advise you, you should choose upright men who will fairly divide the labor and the fruits, so that no-one shall be exempt from work or from the duty of defense.

If a man has taken a wife, he must be given a house and yard.  If there is none, it must be built for him.

The Fryans were almost militant in their belief that they should look out for one another, as evidenced in Frya’s Tex (Laws):

You have seen how quickly I provide assistance.  Do the same for your neighbor.  Do not wait until someone begs you; the afflicted would curse you, my matrons would erase your name from the book, and I would have to denounce you as a stranger.”

However, their “socialism” was not the modern bureaucratic nightmare that promotes loafing about (Fryans exiled any able-bodied person who would not pull their own weight), but was more of along the lines of the sort of distributism that can be found particularly among the Amish and Mennonite communities. Indeed, these Dutch Christian peoples may be the closest one could get to understanding what the values of the ancient Fryans would have been.

The benefits of Fryan society were only extended to Fryans.  Non-Fryans and exiles were typically not permitted to stay within Burgh (city) limits.  If employed by Fryan merchant vessels, non-Fryans would have temporary living quarters outside of the city, although they would have been taken care of as guests.  They also would have had Fryan “missionaries” visit them and teach any who were receptive, the ideas of freedom that the Fryans valued, as the Fryans looked to “make friends everywhere“.

The “folkish socialism” of the Fryans would have been somewhat on par with NSDAP policy, as would have been their commitment to conservationism, the outlaw of usury, the requirement that boys be conscripted to some form of “national service” (either militarily or as a seamen for 3 years) and their anti-miscegenation laws.

The Fryans saw race mixing as something that would endanger the purity of their civilization, which they had just barely managed to preserve after the sinking of Atland and the corresponding catastrophes and raids from the East. This decree was encoded in their most sacred set of laws handed down from Frya herself:

“Should any of them (the people of Finda or Lyda [blacks]) desire one of your daughters as a wife, and she is willing, explain to her foolishness; but if she still wants to let her follow her suitor, let her go in peace.

If your son wishes for a daughter of theirs, you must do the same as with your daughter; but neither the one nor the other may ever return, for they would introduce foreign morals and customs, and if these were accepted by you, I could no longer watch over you.

But although there was a sense of cultural superiority among the Fryans, they were also very adament on maintaining good standing in the world at large as an example of high moral behavior and general kindness towards the other races.  However, they could also fierce and warrior-like as illustrated by the following passage:

Should it happen that they (the Races of Finda and Lyda) want advice or something else from you, you should help them.  If they come to rob you, though, then fall upon them like a raging fire.

The Fryans also believed in equality- something that is inherently “of the Left“, but their equality was not one of the universalist sense we think of when we hear the word today, but rather one for their own people within the constructs of their own laws, which they saw as divine in principle:

All Frya’s children are born equal.  Therefore they must have equal rights on land and else where, that is water, and in all that WRALDA has given.

A CREDIBLE SOURCE?

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Now to many, The Oera Linda Book itself will look like a less-than-credible source due to its confusing layout and seeming lack of supporting material. However, a great deal of work has been done by the late Afrikaner amateur archaeologist and historian, Alewyn J. Raubenheimer in his extensively-sourced book, “Chronicles from Pre-Celtic Europe: Survivors of the Great Tsunami”. In the book, Raubenheimer draws from both ancient historical texts, the most recent archaeological and geological discoveries, and DNA haplogroup mapping to show that the events described in The Oera Linda Book are indeed rooted in actual history.

One of the major historical themes in Raubenheimer’s book, as well as The Oera Linda Book is the ancient Asiatic migrations and invasions of Europe. Now, many are familiar with the invasions of the Huns, the Mongols and the Arab Turks into Europe during the Christian era. But far fewer know of any Asiatic invasions occurring around 2000 B.C., as the general mainstream history for northern and central Europe that far back tends to suggest that nothing much was going on at that time, and that everything of note was happening in the Middle East.

The Oera Linda Book explains a much more eventful situation:

How the Bad times came.

The whole summer the sun hid behind the clouds, as if it did not want to see the earth. The wind rested in its place causing smoke and mist to hang like sails above the houses and marshes. The air was dreary and dull, and in the hearts of people, there were neither joy nor happiness.

In the midst of this stillness, the earth began to tremble as if she was dying. The mountains split open to spew out fire and ash, others sank into her bowels, and where there were fields, mountains and waves went so high over mountain and dale that everything was submerged. Many people were buried in the earth and many who had escaped the fire perished in the water. Not only in Finda’s Land (Asia) did the mountains spew fire but also in Twiskland (Germany). Forests were burned one after the other, and when the wind fame there our land was covered with ash. Rivers changed their course, and at their mouths, new islands were formed of sand and floating animals.

Three years earth suffered, but when it improved, the forests could be seen. Many countries were submerged, others had risen out of the sea and in Twiskland half of the forests were destroyed. Bands of Finda’s people came and settled in the empty spaces. Our dispersed people were exterminated or became their slaves. Then watchfulness was doubly impressed upon us, and time taught us that unity is our best fortress.

Mountains, bow your heads; clouds and streams, weep. Yes. Skenland blush, Slave nations trample on your cloak. O, Frya!”

This is no doubt the same great cataclysm that is correlated in myths across the world as well, and is backed up by ancient historical records as well as the geological record. This event has been meticulously studied and documented by many researchers- both alternative and mainstream. This cataclysm brought about the destruction of old homelands and a “clash of civilizations” between European and Asiatic civilization that has been one of the primary recurring themes of recorded history.

Raubenheimer uses geological, archaeological and historical evidence to place this cataclysm and the earliest writings within The Oera Linda Book at nearly 3,000 years BC.

But it is not only the cataclysm itself that finds correlation among scholars, but the antediluvian “matriarchy” centered around a “goddess” can also be found. Reference to this can be found in the book “Mysteries of the Druids” written by British historian, explorer, and philosopher W. Winwood Reade in 1861:

There is, however, a tradition that at one period both in Gaul and Britain, the women were supreme, that they ruled the councils of state, that they led armies of war. That the Druids by degrees supplanted them, and obtained the power for themselves.”

This description correlates quite well with the history laid out in The Oera Linda Book, which speaks of “The Druids” as pagan priests from the Levant that partnered with the Phoenicians (who themselves were Fryan exiles that partnered with Semitic tribes) made rich off sex-trafficking and general mercantilism, and moved into France and the Fryan penal colony of Britain to lead a revolt against the Fryans. This concept of Semitic priest-kings exerting dominance in Britain has been extensively researched by folks like Michael Tsarion who in turn, references researchers like Ignatius Donnelly, Comyns Beaumont, Conor MacDari, Anna Wilkes, Ralph Ellis, and L.A.Waddell.

However, the “supremacy” of the Fryan priestesses known as Folk Mothers, Matrons and Maidens, was not totalitarian by any means, as the women headed the religious, ethical, educational, housing/welfare and horticultural aspects of the society, while men headed up the matters of defense, general governance, and mercantile activities with relative autonomy, although the Folk Mother did tend to have the final veto.

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This history of the primordial priestess and “Germanic Aryan Feminism” was attested to by the research and writings of Herman Wirth and was vehemently opposed by Alfred Rosenberg.  Rosenberg believed patriarchy to be an indigenous European institution.  This view of Rosenberg was also lauded by Julius Evola in his book “Revolt Against the Modern World“:

Rosenberg was also right to criticize Wirth’s association concerning the Northern-Atlantic cycle, of the solar cult with the cult of the Mother, which consistently presents cthonic (of or having to do with the underworld) and lunar, rather than solar characteristics.”

However, Evola’s examples of this “cult of the Mother” are all taken from the Semitic and Mediterranean world (Babylon, Egypt, and Greece), and would have therefore taken on a much different form than what was found in Northern Europe.  There also seems to be an ignorance that the true object of worship among these ancient “Germanic Aryans” was not the matrons or even Frya, but the SOLAR deity, Ra the Elder or WRALDA.

Russian political analyst, strategist and philosopher Alexander Dugin wrote of Wirth and this ancient Germanic religion in the foreword to “Signs of the Great North: The Hyperborean Theory”:

After all, paganism was a perversion of the ancient proto-monotheism which came along with patriarchal usurpation. The Aryan ancestors never recognized the existence of separate, individualized deities. They worshipped the One World imbued with the presence of the One God whose signs of manifestation changed, unfolding in time and space, but while remaining essentially the same, the Self. Paganism arose out of the crisis of the primordial Nordic matriarchy.

Perhaps one of the more troubling aspects for NSDAP leaders like Rosenberg, may have been the strong similarities between the “monotheism” of the Fryan “religion” and that of Judaeo-Christianity. The typical stance among thinkers like Rosenberg was that Christianity was ultimately the product of Judaism, and that as such, was completely alien to European man.

However, if The Oera Linda Book was taken as true, then a much more complicated history comes down in which it would appear that much of the core principles of Judaism and later Christianity- with it’s belief in one supreme deity; it’s disdain for idol worship, superstition and low magick (witchcraft/sorcery); and belief in a form of “humanitarianism” (and in the case of Judaism, strict ethno-separatism)- was in fact, the product of the White European folk, rather than something completely alien that was imposed upon it.

And although it is well-established that Christianity as an external religion was “assimilated” into European culture through its adoption of pagan sites, holy days, and even deities as saints; this does not explain why the very non-pagan values of Christianity were so readily adopted by the European peoples- unless they were already there in some form.

Indeed, if the history presented in The Oera Linda Book is true, then the religion of the seafaring Fryans made its way into the Middle East, where it was then amalgamated with the local Semitic cultural practices and deities, then repackaged and brought back into Europe in the following centuries.

Through the seafaring Fryans and their wanderings of trade and adventure, WRA-ELDA would have journeyed through Egypt and the Levant where his name shortened to Ra among the Egyptians and El among the Phoenicians (The Oera Linda Book specifically speaks of an exiled Fryan Sea King founding the city of Tyre and what became the renowned Pheonician maritime civilization). Some scholars and researchers suggest that it was the Phoenician El that was the god of Genesis, Enoch and the New Testament, but was replaced by the lower entity YHVH or Yahweh.  YHVH being a ruling archetype/archon of the forces of physical matter, while (WRA)EL(DA) represented the higher levels of spirit.

Similarly- and probably just as controversial for much of the NSDAP leadership- this history also suggests that the Nordic/Germanic paganism often touted as a “native” European spirituality, was not. But rather it too, was an Asiatic import that was brought into Europe and was made “European” through the adoption of it by the European folk who would have infused their own values, customs, and local legends into it- just as they would do Christianity.

However, if we look at the laws and values of Fryan society, of which I have provided only a small sample, we see a blend of both the masculine warrior ethos preserved in the European pagan and mythological traditions and the compassionate humanitarianism expressed in European Christianity.

In my view, this is THE perennial European spiritual philosophy as it embodies a marriage of the Feminine and Masculine polarities of the European folk psyche.  This later would become lopsided and unbalanced in various ways as foreign “re-packagings” were brought in, polluting the original purity of Frya’s spiritual transmission.

WRALDA’S Blessings unto you.

SUGGESTED READING:

THE OERA LINDA BOOK

SURVIVORS OF THE GREAT TSUNAMI

HERMAN WIRTH: RUNES, GREAT YULE, AND THE ARCTIC HOMELAND

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GRATITUDE ACROSS GENERATIONS

“We must eternally bring thanks to WRA-ALDA that he let his spirit flow so strongly over our forefathers.”

  • The Book of Adela’s Followers
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We inherit the legacy of our ancestors in many different ways- through our hair and eye color; our looks; our intelligence; and even through much of what we’d call our spirit.

Through the blood and the information contained within our DNA, we are linked to our ancestors and their metagenetic memory.

We also inherit the legacy of our ancestors through Western civilization.  People of European ancestry have built the most prosperous and stable societies in the world.

So today, let us give thanks and have gratitude in our hearts for all of the good things we have in our life due to the virtues of our ancestors.

Let us honor them by adding to and strengthening their legacy.

And most of all let us give thanks to WRA-ALDA for the unique gifts he has infused within the minds, hearts, and wills of the European peoples.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings.

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IMMORTAL SYMBOLS

For millennia, humans have worked with the deeper mythic and archetypal structures that exist in the universal and folk consciousness. Likewise, they have utilized the associated symbols of these archetypes for the purpose of spiritual growth and development as well as for the purpose of exerting influence.

Specific symbols are often tied to a particular folk or culture, and are more effective within a particular folk soul. As a man of Teutonic-Gaelic descent, certain representations of archetypes and symbols resonate with me in a manner that is genuine and workable, while others do not. For me a Celtic Cross or a Germanic Sunwheel will resonate with me and effect me in a way that a West African Adinkra symbol will not.

Symbols are tied into our individual and collective subconscious, acting as a sort of “lock and key” mechanism. These symbols have the power to reach into our psychological depths and have the ability to influence us and direct us, even if we are unaware of it. This is why they are used in spell work as well as in modern advertising. Symbols can be used to manipulate just as effectively as they can be used to empower.

I am sure that if you look at certain mythic archetypal symbols from around the world, you too will find those that resonate with you in a deeper way than others. My advice is simply to follow that soul resonance and be open to the journey it takes you on.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’s Blessings

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ODIN & LUCY: Christmas in the North

“The dark shall soon flee from the dells of the earth

So she a wonderful word to us speaks

The day shall again, new made rise from a rosy sky

Saint Lucy, Saint Lucy”

  • The Lucia Song: verse 3 (English Translation)

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Recently, many left-leaning individuals in social media and news media had a field day mocking Melania Trump’s “creepy” White House Christmas decorations (well, really just one room).  “Melania” then responded somewhat cryptically:

Do not question my hallway of great darkness.  Christmas began as a pagan festival.  I am simply returning to its roots.  Some of us have not forgotten how to venerate the Old Gods.”

Now, regardless of the fact that it was not actually her that tweeted that, the false FLOTUS speaks truth in these words.  Indeed, what we have come to know in the West as “Christmas”, with all the characters and symbols associated with it, was a largely European pagan festival that was not all about food, comfort, cheer, and gifts; but was also about the real tenuousness of life and the closeness of death for those in northern Eurasia during the winter months.

This festival was centered around the Solstice and the “Old Gods”.  While the primary figure in the Solstice drama was the Sun, represented among the Proto-Indo-Eurpoeans as the goddess, Sól (and among the later Europeans as Christ Jesus).

However, in addition to the Sun, there were other “actors” in the period of Yule; other forces of Nature and Creation that were central to the lives of the people who embodied this rich tradition.  One of the most famous of these Old Gods happens to be one of the most famous (and in this consumerist culture, probably THE most famous) Christmas character of all- Santa Claus.

When it comes to the origins of the figure known as “Santa Claus”, a lot of people immediately gravitate toward the story of St. Nicholas of Myra.  A somewhat legendary figure, St. Nicholas was reputed to have a “legendary habit” of secret gift-giving.  Nicholas was a said to be a Greek Christian in the Byzantine Empire and during lived in the 4th Century A.D.- three to four centuries before the Muslim conquest of the region.  However, some have argued that St. Nicholas was in fact born of wealthy ethnic Black Anatolian “Muurs.

But the origins of what became Santa Claus are in truth much older than that, and originated in a much colder place.  In many parts of pre-Christian Northern and Central Europe, the Winter Solstice was known as the time when Odin or Wotan- the white-bearded ruler of Asgard, led his hunting party across the sky.  This event was known as “The Wild Hunt”, Odin rode his eight-legged (eight reindeer) steed named Sleipnir, which would leap great distances across the heavens.  During this time, children would leave their boots by the chimney filled with carrots and hay to feed Sleipnir.  In return for their charity, “Odin” would leave the children gifts by their boots.
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This night of Odin’s “Wild Hunt” has a counterpart in what is known as Lussinatta, or “The Lussi Night” in Sweden.  This is now celebrated as St. Lucy’s Day and occurs on the 13th of December every year.  However, before the Gregorian Calendar shift, it would have fallen on December 21st– the night of the Winter Solstice.

Some legends suggest that a supernatural female entity was said to ride through the air with her fearsome followers called “Lussiferda” and that it was particularly dangerous to be out on this night.  Misbehaved children had to take special care as Lussi could come down the chimney and take them away, and if certain tasks needed to prepare for Yule were not completed, Lussi would punish the household.

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The contrast between Odin who left gifts and Lussi who brought punishment has echoes of the later pair of St. Nicholas/Santa Claus and the Krampus.  Interestingly, some scholars link Krampus, as a member of the fearsome entourage of the ancient Germanic goddess Frau Perchta, who some connect with the ancient Norse goddess, Freya– one of the primary Vanir or old nature gods who some say ruled before the Aesir.

The inclusion of both the fearsome and the festive shows a deep understanding of the dualism inherent in nature that these ancient European peoples possessed- especially during this most perilous time of year.  On the one hand, we have the often harsh and brutal forces of nature during the cold winter months.  And on the other, we have the festive joy that comes from the promise of the return of the Sun.

But if we go even deeper and look at etymology and linguistics, we add another layer of sophistication.  Swedish stems from the Indo-European family of languages, if we sound out the name of Lussi and in particular, her Lussiferda, the name “Lucifer” might perhaps come to mind.  Lucifer, of course, stems from “lux ferre”, which in another Indo-European language, and that is Latin, literally means “light bringing”.

We perhaps see that these ancient Northern Europeans were pointing at how it was the oft-times terrifying darkness that carried the Light that brought life to the world.  This is true not only within Nature, but within the trials and tribulations of our own lives and our own being- the night is darkest before the dawn.  It is the darkness that brings the Light.

We see this deep understanding mirrored in in the Scandinavian Festival of St. Lucy where traditionally a procession is led by a beautiful young lady adorned with a crown or wreath of candles upon her head (although now this is being changed to be morepolitically correct”), bringing the promise of life-giving Light into the darkest night.

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PHOTO CREDIT CATHOLICCOMPANY.COM

The cold and brutal Northern European winter was a time that had the potential to bring starvation and death (and often did).  But with after the passing of the Solstice, the people knew that the days were slowly beginning to grow longer, and the life-giving Sun was growing stronger.

The Norse-Germanic festival of Yule was celebrated from right around the time of the Winter Solstice all the way through the second week in January.  This festival of feasting, drinking and sacrifice was a hallowed tradition among pre-Christian Northern European peoples to whom winter had a special significance that was not held among most others.  Yule was the tradition of a people who were close to the land and intimately tied into the cycles and processes of Nature.

The industrious elves/dwarves, the holly, the mistletoe, and the evergreens that have all become symbols of “Christmas” are all hallmarks of the culture and lore of Northern Europe.  The white of the pure, cleansing snow; the green of the evergreen tree- symbol of the magic of regenerative life; the red of the blood of the sacrifice and the folk; and the gold of the eternal undying Sun; these are the colors that are synonymous with “The Holidays”.

These wonderful things are the heritage of my people, our legacy and our contribution to the spiritual evolution of humanity.  I am not one to cry “cultural appropriation” and do not take offense to others who find truth and power in the folk archetypes of my people.

However, it should also always be understood that the myths and folk archetypes of a people, are inseparable from the history and experience of that people.  These archetypes of the Christmas season are inseparable from the unique folk consciousness and soul of the Indo-Aryan peoples- they are from us, and they are us.

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Merry Christmas, Good Yule and WRA-ALDA’s Blessings.

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CHRISTMAS AND THE CULTURE OF “WHITENESS” (Part 1)

“The dark shall soon flee from the dells of the earth

So she a wonderful word to us speaks

The day shall again, new made rise from a rosy sky

Saint Lucy, Saint Lucy”

  • The Lucia Song: verse 3 (English Translation)

 

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DREAMING OF A WHITENESS CHRISTMAS

Something that has gained increasing traction in not only academia, but also in popular culture, is the idea that people of European descent, i.e. “White people”, have no “real” culture of their own.  This idea has largely come out of “Whiteness Studies”, which is an offshoot of Neo-Marxist Critical Theory and has entrenched itself into the worldview of an increasing number of people across the Western world.  If you ask any adherent to this philosophy what “White culture” is, they might respond with words like “patriarchy”, “capitalism”, “oppression”, “privilege”, “cultural appropriation”, “racism”, “exploitation”, etc.  They might even say that White people don’t really have a culture of their own outside of Big Macs and Hollywood movies.

There is perhaps no better, more consolidated example to support this view than the modern Christmas or “Holiday” Season.  Christmas and the Holiday Season, have become synonymous with capitalism, commercialism, consumerism, materialism, and of course, racism.  The myth of the fat old white man going around the world spreading “cheer” by distributing all the latest consumer products the “white” global consumerist market has to offer- this is what Christmas or “The Holidays” are all about in modern consumer society.

Plus, add to that the annual resurgence of all the various debates around whether we say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” or what skin color Santa and Jesus should have.  One could even argue that the “origins” of Christmas, i.e. the Jesus Nativity story, is a sort of white cultural appropriation as it is a story involving Middle Eastern people in Middle Eastern lands, that is claimed by many white folk as their own.

In the following series, what I am going to lay out here is the case that what has become known as the oppressive “non-culture” of Whiteness, particularly as exemplified by the modern Holiday mythos, is in fact, something that was slowly imposed on “White people”, who in fact DO have a rich cultural tradition that still lives on DESPITE multiple attempts to twist, subvert and eradicate it over the centuries.  I also plan to show how this rich culture, which has been shared with the world in a variety of forms, is also personified by the stories and traditions surrounding what has become known as “Christmas”, and this culture lives on in us in a deep archetypal and spiritual way, and is available to us here and now.

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I have written in the past about the Solar myth that forms the spiritual significance of this time of year and the deeper mysteries and parallels of Christianity and the earlier Proto-Indo-European religions.  However, what of the Santa myth that rivals Jesus in cultural significance during this time of year?  What of this seeming archetype of modern “White” patriarchal consumerist globalization?

When it comes to the origins of the figure known as “Santa Claus”, a lot of people immediately gravitate toward the story of St. Nicholas of Myra.  A somewhat legendary figure, St. Nicholas was reputed to have a “legendary habit” of secret gift-giving.  Nicholas was a said to be a Greek Christian in the Byzantine Empire and during lived in the 4th Century A.D.- three to four centuries before the Muslim conquest of the region.  However, some have argued that St. Nicholas was in fact born of wealthy ethnic Black Anatolian “Muurs.

But the origins of what became Santa Claus are in truth much older than that, and originated in a much colder place.  In many parts of pre-Christian Northern and Central Europe, the Winter Solstice was known as the time when Odin or Wotan- the white-bearded ruler of Asgard, led his hunting party across the sky.  Known as “The Wild Hunt”, Odin rode his eight-legged (eight reindeer) steed named Sleipnir, which would leap great distances across the heavens.  During this time, children would leave their boots by the chimney filled with carrots and hay to feed Sleipnir.  In return for their charity, “Odin” would leave the children gifts by their boots.
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This night of Odin’s “Wild Hunt” has a counterpart in what is known as Lussinatta, or “The Lussi Night” in Sweden.  This is now celebrated as St. Lucy’s Day and occurs on the 13th of December every year.  However, before the Gregorian Calendar shift, it would have fallen on December 21st– the night of the Winter Solstice.  Some legends suggest that a supernatural female entity was said to ride through the air with her fearsome followers called “Lussiferda” and that it was particularly dangerous to be out on this night.  Misbehaved children had to take special care as Lussi could come down the chimney and take them away, and if certain tasks needed to prepare for Yule were not completed, Lussi would punish the household.

The contrast between Odin who left gifts and Lussi who brought punishment has echoes of the later pair of St. Nicholas/Santa Claus and the Krampus.  Interestingly, some scholars link Krampus, as a member of the fearsome entourage of the ancient Germanic goddess Frau Perchta, who some connect with the ancient Norse goddess, Freya– one of the primary Vanir or old nature gods who some say ruled before the Aesir.

The inclusion of both the fearsome and the festive shows a deep understanding of the dualism inherent in nature that these ancient European peoples possessed- especially during this most perilous time of year.  On the one hand, we have the often harsh and brutal forces of nature during the cold winter months.  And on the other, we have the festive joy that comes from the promise of the return of the Sun.

But if we go even deeper and look at etymology and linguistics, we add another layer of sophistication.  Swedish stems from the Indo-European family of languages, if we sound out the name of Lussi and in particular, her Lussiferda, the name “Lucifer” might perhaps come to mind.  Lucifer, of course, stems from “lux ferre”, which in another Indo-European language, and that is Latin, literally means “light bringing”.  We perhaps see that these ancient Northern Europeans were pointing at how it was the oft-times terrifying darkness that carried the Light that brought life to the world.  This is true not only within Nature, but within the trials and tribulations of our own lives and our own being- the night is darkest before the dawn.  It is the darkness that brings the Light.

We see this deep understanding mirrored in in the Scandinavian Festival of St. Lucy where traditionally a procession is led by a beautiful young lady adorned with a crown or wreath of candles upon her head (although now this is being changed to be morepolitically correct”), bringing the promise of life-giving Light into the darkest night.

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PHOTO CREDIT CATHOLICCOMPANY.COM

The cold and brutal Northern European winter was a time that had the potential to bring starvation and death (and often did).  But with after the passing of the Solstice, the people knew that the days were slowly beginning to grow longer, and the life-giving Sun was growing stronger.

The Norse-Germanic festival of Yule was celebrated from right around the time of the Winter Solstice all the way through the second week in January.  This festival of feasting, drinking and sacrifice was a hallowed tradition among pre-Christian Northern European peoples to whom winter had a special significance that was not held among most others.  Yule was the tradition of a people who were close to the land and intimately tied into the cycles and processes of Nature.

The industrious elves/dwarves, the holly, the mistletoe, and the evergreens that have all become symbols of “Christmas” are all hallmarks of the culture and lore of Northern Europe.  The white of the pure, cleansing snow; the green of the evergreen tree- symbol of the magic of regenerative life; the red of the blood of the sacrifice and the folk; and the gold of the eternal undying Sun; these are the colors that are synonymous with “The Holidays” and they are inseparable from the unique folk consciousness and soul of the Northern European peoples.

These ancient “white” people were a very distinct culture with rich customs and traditions.  However, they would eventually find their culture usurped and altered at the point of a sword by invaders from the south and the east, as well as traitors within their own tribe.  Of course, what I am referring to is the spread of Christianity in Europe.

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Christianity moved in slowly at first, with the rather tolerant Northern European pagans accepting and in some cases even adopting the worship of this new “god”, seeing similarities between their deities of similar attributes.  This was commonplace during the old phase of the Roman Empire, where Celtic gods and Roman gods were often mixed and matched.  However, Rome began to use its wealth and influence to spread its influence, bribing local rulers and nobility, who in turn would use their military resources to impose the new religion on their people as well as neighboring tribes.

Another reason this new empire was so successful was that it also became adept at using more subtle tactics, such as co-opting the patron deities of various European peoples and turning them into Christian “saints”.  These figures would be attributed to various good deeds or miracles that made them similar to the deity the church wished to replace.  They would then proclaim the pagan festivals and holy days that used to belong to the old deity as now being a celebration and veneration of that saint.  This is more than likely what happened with figures like Saint Nicholas and Saint Lucy in Northern Europe.

By the end of the 14th century, the entirety of Europe had been converted to Christianity, and even after the split between the Eastern and Western church in 1054 AD, Rome would still control Europe and its people from the British Isles, to Scandinavia, all the way into Hungary and parts of Romania.  Through the church, Rome controlled the people not only through political means, but through the indoctrination of the people into a dogmatic belief system, it by proxy controlled their minds.

The conflict of the incoming Semitic Saturnian religion with that of the Indo-European Solar religion, has in many respects seemed to create a sort of neurosis in the European collective consciousness.  This is could be in part because this was not really an organic spirituality of the people based on their unique relationship to Nature and Spirit, but rather something that was foisted upon them, largely against their will.  This could also be because the totality of what was happening and is continuing to happen with these archetypal forces has not been fully understood and integrated.

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ĒOSTRE: THE RETURN OF THE GODDESS

“Here, in this moment of balance, I honor and recognize the sacred mystery of existence. I am a part of a cosmic dance. A holy and blessed music fills the world. The light and the darkness shift from this moment onward. As it is on the land, so it is in my being. I follow the movement of the Mother, and She works a transformation in me. Be it new beginnings or resolution, the Equinox is a point of transition; of change. I embrace the change.”

– Teo Bishop: “The Solitary Druid Fellowship’s Equinox Devotional”
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For the people of the ancient world, especially those living in Northern Europe, the changing of the seasons was of particularly great significance. The lengthening of the days that began after the winter solstice gave the anticipation of the beginning of the end of what were at times long and perilous winters- which for some were a time of hunger and death. This is why the time when the frost melted, the trees began to bud, and the flowers began to bloom was a time of great festivity and jubilation. According to the Roman Catholic monk, Bede, it was during this time that the Germanic tribes of Europe (the Anglo-Saxons in particular) had great feasts and celebrations during Ēosturmōnaþ (April) in honor of the goddess Ēostre, also known as Ostara.

Ēostre derives from the Proto-Indo-European austrōn meaning “dawn”. This has led many scholars to conclude that Ēostre was the goddess of the dawn- a solar goddess. As I talked about at length in my articles, “Yule: Birth of the Sun God(dess)”, and “The Abrahamic Question”, much of the Indo-European spiritual traditions seemed to have been a holdover from much further in antiquity than the peoples of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, who lived around the same time. This includes the personification of the solar deity as a female. I encourage folks to read the article on Yule in particular as I get into that in some detail.

The goddess Ēostre was also understood to be a fertility goddess and is associated in particular with the season of spring, when new life seems to be “reborn” or “resurrected” out of the seeming death of winter. When the spring comes, it proves that this “death” was merely an illusion, and that life can never truly die. The seasons themselves follow the Sun and if we were to look at the cycle of the year as that of a single day, we would most certainly place spring in conjunction with the time of sunrise- the dawn after the long, cold night of winter. Hence it makes sense for the goddess of the spring to also be the goddess of the dawn.

Ēostre was yet another aspect or “personality” of the complex Goddess archetype that envelops the natural world. The people of these times lived very close to the natural world and were quite attuned to its patterns and rhythms and revered them. They had a certain deep reverence for life that seems to be lacking in much of modern culture. They revered not only archetypal gods and mythic patterns, but also animals and animal spirits. One animal particular revered and symbolic for this time was of course, the rabbit. The ancients no doubt saw this animal as a symbol of this season due to its incredible fertility. Likewise we also have the egg as a great symbol of new life, which is what Ēostre is all about.
In his 1835 book, “Deutsche Mythologie”, German author Jacob Grimm spoke of this particularly joyous time:

We Germans to this day call April ostermonat, and ôstarmânoth is found as early as Eginhart. The great Christian festival, which usually falls in April or the end of March, bears in the oldest of OHG remains the name ôstarâ … it is mostly found in the plural, because two days … were kept at Easter. This Ostarâ, like the [Anglo-Saxon] Eástre, must in heathen religion have denoted a higher being, whose worship was so firmly rooted, that the Christian teachers tolerated the name, and applied it to one of their own grandest anniversaries.

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It is no secret that Germanic paganism and the later Germanic mystical tradition played a huge role in the shaping of Christianity in Europe and later America. This is one reason it could be argued that Christianity as many know it is just as rooted in Northern Europe as it is in Rome or even the Middle East. This idea of German mystical influence is also something I delve into in the third installment of my “Origins of World War II: The German Question” series.

Grimm then goes on to describe further correlations between the goddess cult and the later Christian adaptation:

Ostara, Eástre seems therefore to have been the divinity of the radiant dawn, of upspringing light, a spectacle that brings joy and blessing, whose meaning could be easily adapted by the resurrection-day of the Christian’s God. Bonfires were lighted at Easter and according to popular belief of long standing, the moment the sun rises on Easter Sunday morning, he gives three joyful leaps, he dances for joy … Water drawn on the Easter morning is, like that at Christmas, holy and healing … here also heathen notions seems to have grafted themselves on great Christian festivals. Maidens clothed in white, who at Easter, at the season of returning spring, show themselves in clefts of the rock and on mountains, are suggestive of the ancient goddess.

However, the Goddess and her mythos is far-reaching and the story of her aspect as the bearer of new life and fertility is no exception. One of the great myths retold throughout the ancient world revolved around the descent of the fertility goddess into the Underworld and her triumphant return, bringing rejuvenated life to the world.

The Goddess has had many names. In ancient Mesopotamia she was known as Ishtar, daughter of the Moon god, San (the Moon is often associated with the Goddess and the Divine Feminine). In this version of the story, Ishtar not only desires to enter the land of the dead, but is more than a little insistent upon doing so as the ancient myth shows as she storms the gates of the Underworld:

O keeper! Open thy gate! Open thy gate! I say, that I may enter! If thou openest not thy gate, I will assault the door; I will break down the gate; I will attack the entrance; I will split open the portals.”

However, once Ishtar enters the Underworld, the Mistress of Hades inflicts all manner of suffering upon her and imprisons her in the Underworld. As Ishtar was the goddess of fertility, her absence prevented the crops from growing and life from maturing so that it was able to reproduce itself. When the gods saw that Ishtar’s absence was having such a disorganizing effect on the balance of Nature, they sent a messenger to the Underworld to demand her release.

In ancient Greece we have a similar story of the young goddess, Persephone. Persephone was the goddess of new life and new growth, who caused flowers to bloom wherever she went. She was beautiful, and was coveted by Hades, lord of the Underworld. Hades eventually made up his mind that he would have Persephone and came to the surface world in his dark chariot, kidnapped her, and made her his bride. However, like Ishtar, her absence caused the green of Earth to slowly wither and die. The gods demanded that Hades release her. Hades eventually agreed to do so, under the condition that for half of the year, she would remain with him, and the other half, she would live on the surface and continue her job of creating new life. This was understood to be the origin of the seasons.

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The time of the spring equinox; the time of new life; correlates with the modern Christian holiday of Easter by no coincidence. The story of Christ Jesus was modeled after these ancient myths and some would say that his purpose as a physical being was to physically imprint these archetypes and initiations into the brutally dense material existence that was the Kali Yuga. We may recall his descent into the Underworld, or “Hell” as mirroring that of Ishtar or Persephone. However, he was not captured, but rather went down to release humanity from the strengthening vice of Satan/Saturn- the force or pull of matter into increasing density- so that man would be able to re-ascend into finer, more etheric or “spiritual” states of existence.

The Goddess, while given somewhat of a supporting role in the canonical texts of the Bible, nevertheless plays arguably the most important central role in the crucifixion/resurrection story, with Mary the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene being present at the cross as Christ Jesus “gave up the ghost”, and Mary Magdalene being the first to see Jesus after being resurrected and transformed into his Light body. In fact, certain sects of Gnostic Christianity saw Mary Magdalene as the human incarnation of the fallen wisdom goddess Sophia, who was reunited with the human incarnation of her lover, the Christos.

There are many, many myths about the Goddess that can be read and enjoyed. However, the true purpose of a myth is not to simply entertain, but rather its purpose is to inspire us to some form of action. It is to create an urge to delve deeper into the mysteries of reality and our own lives. It is to encourage us to explore the world and fine tune our understanding and relationship to the Laws of Nature and Creation.

During these times when so many of us are confined to urban areas, it is more important than ever for us to find ways to attune ourselves to and align ourselves with nature in whatever way we can. This will enable us to develop not only a better understanding of these patterns and how they work in the exterior world, but also how they operate in the interior world of our own being.800px-British_Museum_Queen_of_the_Night

As I have spoken of before, when I was first called to really pursuing spirituality and a spiritual path on my own, it was through the practice of pagan shamanism (which I still practice to this day, albeit sporadically at times). I have found through my experience that shamanic work, particularly the practice of journeying into the archetypal realms, the subconscious and the unconscious (both collective and individual), is ruled by the Goddess.
I have seen the Goddess and experienced Her in a myriad of forms, from the old crone; to the nature goddess; to the being I know as the White Goddess- who is the warrior wisdom goddess known as Athena, complete with a snowy owl perched on her shoulder. I have even had a particularly powerful experience with Ishtar and the owl-like beings pictured alongside her. Interestingly enough, it was after the experience that I found this photograph and saw the beings I had seen in the vision looking nearly identical to what I had experienced.

So as we move into spring and the new life blooms, I urge folks to get out into nature and experience it. The great alchemist and healer Paracelsus wrote:

Nature is the Universal Teacher… It was the Book of Nature, written by the finger of God, which I studied… Nature is the universal teacher.  Whatever we cannot learn from the external appearance of nature, we can learn from her spirit. Both are one.  Everything is taught by Nature to her disciple if he asks for information in the appropriate manner.”

I am not saying to completely disregard whatever texts inspire you and hold value to your life, but know that there is more to spiritual life than words on a page. Both the Gnostic and the Shaman hold the direct experience of the spiritual world as the most sacrosanct- and it is these two avenues above all else that have personally influenced my journey. In any event. I will always encourage folks to seek and explore as many avenues of direct spiritual experience as they can handle (and then a little more).  And of course, I encourage you to get to know your Goddess in all of her myriad forms and in as many ways as you can. She is an amazing, incredible and complex being who is full of wisdom- and someone who I should really listen to more often 😉

Namaste and God Bless.

YULE: BIRTH OF THE SUN GOD(DESS)

“I saw the Sun and it seemed to me I was seeing a glorious goddess; To Her I bowed for one last time in this world of Time.”

Sólarljód – the Song of the Sun st. 41

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Over the years I have found myself time and again delving into the ancient Celtic holy days as a part of an intrinsic desire to further connect with my Scots-Gaelic (and probably Gallic) roots, which I see as part of my personal spiritual practice. Yet I am also a large part English, which is a component I had never really honored in the past. This is no doubt due to some anti-English sentiments I have felt because of the horrifically oppressive and even genocidal treatment of my Scottish and Irish folk at the hands of the English, a disdain for the seemingly degenerate monarchy that arose post-Norman conquest, and a general contempt for the British Empire. Interestingly I had ancestors that fought for the Colonists as well as an ancestor who was a major British general during the American Revolution. Personally, I feel that these ancestral “brothers’ wars” have an effect on us at a genetic and soul level, creating a source of internal division and conflict to be worked through.

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Recently though, my view of my “Englishness” has changed as I began to look further back in history at the Germanic tribes known as the Anglo-Saxons that settled the British Isles in the early part of the last millennium with a sense of wonderment and intrigue. The Celtic and Germanic (as well as Nordic) peoples can essentially be seen as different branches of what are known as “Indo-Aryan” or “Indo-European” peoples, and one can pretty easily discern from looking at me with my fair skin, long facial structure, and large blue eyes that I am quite “Teutonic” (Germanic/Indo-Aryan). These Germanic peoples had similar myths and festivals as their Celtic cousins. One of these festivals was what was known as “Yuletide”- a festival of drinking and merriment as well as connecting to the supernatural. This festival would have lasted from the Winter Solstice into the second week of January. The eighth century scholar, Bede, speaks of this as an important time for the Anglo-Saxons:

They began the year with December 25, the day we now celebrate as Christmas; and the very night to which we attach special sanctity they designated by the heathen mothers’ night — a name bestowed, I suspect, on account of the ceremonies they performed while watching this night through.

It should be noted that December 25th during that time was in accordance with the Julian calendar. In the Gregorian calendar system that is used today, this date correlates with December 20th- right around the time of the Winter Solstice. This Saxon “New Year” or what they referred to as “Modranect” or Mothers’ Night, was a celebration that was connected to the rebirth of the Mother Earth, as the Solstice brought about progressively longer days. The rituals and ceremonies conducted would have been linked to fertility and a celebration of the coming new life of spring. In fact, the traditional decoration of holly and ivy were used as representations of masculine potency and feminine protective nurturing. Freyr and his sister, Freyja, the Saxon god and goddess of fertility, would have been honored at this time.

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But there was of course, another major figure that would have been subject of praise and reverence during this time of the Solstice- that of course would be the goddess Sól herself. Referred to in Old High Germanic language as “Sunna”, this was of course the goddess of the Sun. The ancient peoples were well attuned to the vital role the Sun played in the creation and nurturing of life in the Earth, and no place would this have been more understood or celebrated than the cold lands of Northern Europe. The time of the Winter Solstice was seen as the miraculous birth or re-birth of the Sun after seemingly being taken by the increasing darkness and death that appears leading into the winter months. The climax took place on the day of the Solstice itself, which was and is the “longest night”.

The Poetic Edda (a sacred Norse-Germanic prose) known as the “Vafthrudnismál” describes the apparent death and rebirth of the Sun at the Solstice in stanza 47:

A daughter is birthed by Elf-Splendor (the Sun goddess) after she is swallowed by the wolf. She (the New Sun) shall ride as the gods are dying the old paths of her mother.

In the Norse-Germanic mythology, the Sun was a goddess who drove a golden chariot across the sky (similar to Apollo or Helios in Greek mythology) while being pursued by the wolf of darkness. The wolf would eventually devour the Sun on the day of the Solstice, only for the Sun to be miraculously reborn, hence starting the cycle anew. This “death and rebirth” of the Immortal Sun was also something that was understood to happen not only on the yearly cycle, but was also reflected in larger cycles of time, as this was part of the events that take place at Ragnarok- the end of the Age.

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In her article, “The Old Norse Yule Celebration – Myth and Ritual”, author Maria Kvilhaug describes some of the symbolism behind this:

In Norse mythology, the wolf is a creature of Hel and the Underworld, representing death as well as related issues such as desire, life-force, survival instincts, hunger and greed. Not an evil creature but a formidable one and often an opponent, unless you learn to steer it like the giantesses Hyrokkin (“Fire Spinner”), Hyndla (“She-Wolf”) and the god Odin (“The Spirit”) appear to do. In the case of the Sun, we may safely assume that the wolf who eats her represents death, and death is in Norse myths not a fixed state but a transition phase associated with dark and coldness – and winter.

Kvilhaug explains that Sól herself was understood by the Germanic peoples to be an essential element of the Cosmos:

There are a few fragmented myths and texts about her which show that she was essential to the order of cosmos, to time and to the creation of life on Earth: She came from the southern realms of heat (same as the norns and the valkyriur) threw her right hand around the “steeds of heaven” (the planets?), claimed ownership to her “halls” (the planets?) and shone her rays upon the rocks of the “hall” called Earth, which then began to sprout forth green growth.

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This notion of the Sun as a goddess is somewhat of a deviation than what many who are familiar with mythology and esoteric lore are familiar with. Typically we see the Sun most commonly represented and understood as a masculine principality, seeding the Earth with the Light that is the progenitor of life- commonly understood masculine traits and functions. From Horus, to Apollo, to Jesus, to Quetzalcoatl, the solar deities we are familiar with are all male. So how do we explain this apparent deviation?

Culturally, women were revered in Celto-Germanic society and they lived in a far more egalitarian fashion with men than did the peoples of the Mediterranean and Middle East, where much of the institutionalized “patriarchy” so maligned by feminists arose. In fact, women themselves had property rights as well as the ability to divorce her husband, which was something that was later done away with under Roman-Semitic Christianity. This reverence of the goddess figure may reflect this cultural difference between the peoples of the North and the peoples of the more Southerly lands. But I think we can go a little deeper with this as well.

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It should be understood that all beings possess both masculine and feminine traits. In the physical world, this is most obviously characterized by hormonal structures like testosterone and estrogen. While both men and women carry both of these, it is testosterone that will typically be more dominant in men, making them more “manly” than women. Obviously this is a gross over-simplification but I think you get the point. This concept is articulated in the Principle of Gender, found Hermetic text known as “The Kybalion”:

Gender is everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes

The Sun has previously stated masculine quality of “seeding” life, but it also has the feminine quality of nurturing the seed of life as well. It could also assumed that as we move further away from physical matter and towards pure spirit, things like gender become less fixed, meaning that an entity existing in a higher and lighter vibrational state can more readily shift at will from masculine predominance to feminine predominance and vice versa.

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Another interesting difference from this story and other “Sun Birth” stories, is that here we see a female Sun giving birth to another female Sun, without any sort of apparent “seeding” process. At first glance, this appears to contrast the Nativity story of the Virgin Mary giving birth to Christ Jesus, who was conceived by the seed of the Father God. Something that is often overlooked with that story though, is that it is the Holy Spirit, and not God “The Father” who technically seeds Mary with Jesus. Gnostic and other esoteric traditions have long understood the Holy Spirit to in fact be female in nature. The Nativity is a story describing how the Christ Light- the Light of the Eternal Sun- miraculously emerges out of the Womb of the Great Mother, which is the Void of Darkness from which the Light of Creation emerges. The Sun in the sky is the supreme physical manifestation of that Light.

Many scholars of Norse-Germanic mythology point to Sól as being a prominent deity from an older, “Proto-Indo-European” culture due to linguistic connections from Sanskrit, Gaulish, and Slavic peoples among others. Recent archaeology has pointed to a period of time in the ancient past where the primary deities were female. This has been noted in Egypt, the Near East and India. Some speculate this was a time that was right around the “Flood” event. It is later that we find a switch to the rise of male deities being the most prominent. As I have speculated in previous articles, (which is correlated by the work of various scholars and stories like the creation saga of the Bock Family) much of the mythology and archaic wisdom from the Celto-Germanic peoples may very well have been a holdover from a much older system of knowledge than that of the Roman and Semitic systems that eventually sought to absorb or obliterate them.

It perhaps that the understanding of Sól comes from a time when the idea of self-regeneration or even asexual reproduction like some plants may have been something that was experienced by humans. This may have been a time before “male” and “female” as we understand them to be, existed in humans. Perhaps it would have been a time when humans could create with the power of light and sound alone, without need for physical procreation, as we have come to know it. If so, that would be a most archaic form of knowledge that would harken back to the Satya Yuga or “Spiritual Age”, before the full descent into physical matter and flesh. Of course this too is somewhat speculation, but I find the notion intriguing nonetheless.

We could also be dealing with a different incarnation of the Sun altogether. I have had spiritual teachers who have stated that they understood the previous incarnation of the Sun or “Christ”, to be Isis- one of the many faces of the Goddess. Likewise, Mayan prophecy states that we are living under the “Fifth Sun”. It is perhaps that each incarnation of the Sun takes either a feminine or masculine form. All evidence points to us currently being under a masculine incarnation with the prominence of male solar figures like Christ Jesus. The Solar Goddess worshiped by the ancient Germanic peoples again, may have been a holdover from the previous age.

In any case, by the time of the Norse-Germanic myths that most are familiar with from Viking lore, Sól appears to have been separated into multiple different goddesses, most notably Freyja and Idunn– who was seen as a life-giving golden goddess:

There dwells in the valleys a knowledge hungry goddess The Seed of Yggdrasill (the Universe) sinking down the Ash (the Universe) of the lineage of Elves her name is Idunn (Stream Returns to Source) (She is) the oldest child of the Inner Ruler´s (and she is) the youngest child

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This notion of “Elfin lineage” mirrors the story of Sól in the Vafthrudnismál which states that she is “birthed by Elf-Splendor” (anyone else thinking Christmas Elves?). Maria Kvilhaug explains:

Apart from being the “seed” of the universe and one that returns (cyclically?) to the point of origin, It is the elfin lineage that gives Idunn´s “secret identity” away – if not as the Sun herself so at least as one of the goddesses who inherited the essential attributes of the older Sun goddess… elves representing souls may have been important during the time that counted down to the Winter Solstice as well as during Yule. Then we should bear in mind that the Sun goddess was not only called Sól (Sun) but also Alfrödull – which translates as “Elf Shine, “Elf Splendor” or “Elf Wheel”. Thus she is the wheel or shine or splendor of the elves, which ultimately represented souls.

An association to the Sami Sun goddess is appropriate here, since the Sami goddess Beaivi Nieida, the “Sun Maiden”, was considered the source of all souls. The souls came to Earth as rays from the Sun Maiden, and were received by the Earth goddess Matahrakka, whose three daughters distributed and protected the souls when entering the wombs of female individuals.

This notion of the “Sun Maiden” as the source of all souls, which come to Earth as rays of the Sun is mirrored in Toltec mythology as is articulated by Toltec Shaman Don Miguel Ruiz:

Light is a living being. There are billions of different vibrations of light. Light carries all the information for any kind of life on Planet Earth. Mother Earth transforms the information in the light from the Father Sun to create life. The DNA in each of our cells is a ray from the Sun condensed into matter by Mother Earth.

The information carried by the light is known as the silent knowledge. The silent knowledge is stored and passed on in DNA; therefore our bodies contain the codes.
All knowledge that exists is in the light. Light is the way stars communicate from one to the other, just as light is the way one atom communicates with another atom.

Each human has a frequency of light, which is always connected to the Sun, like a river to Earth…”

The great myths that tell the story of the cycles of the Cosmos also take place within each of us individually; “As above, so below; as below, so above”. Sól is the Soul, which encapsulates the Divine Self and resides in our Sol-ar Plexus. It is the Light and the essence of Life that makes up our DNA. We are born of the Light and when we move through the darkness, we give birth to a fuller realization of that Light within us. Yule is a time to reflect on what that means and take action necessary to ensure the alchemical birth the Sun from inside of us, extending its loving Light to our family, our friends, our folk, humanity, and all life in Earth.

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Yuletide Blessings and Merry Christmas 🙂

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LAMMAS- THE LOAF MASS

“And he took the bread, and gave thanks, and brake it and gave unto them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.’ Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup IS the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.’”

The Gospel of Luke 22:19-20

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In ancient times, the Celtic and Germanic peoples of Europe would celebrate Lammas, or “Loaf Mass” around August 1st.  This festival marked the height of summer and the time when the crops were ready for the first harvest, specifically the wheat harvest.  It was customary to bless a loaf of bread made from the wheat, and in Anglo-Saxon England, this bread may have then been employed in a magick ritual.  This ritual was later “Christianized”

This festival was known as “Lughnassadh” in even earlier times, named after the Celtic Sun god, Lugh.  In Ancient Ireland, races and games were held in his name and that of his mother, Tailtiu, which may have been funeral games in honor of Tailtiu who died of overwork clearing the plains of Ireland for agriculture. lughnasadh-deities

The primary myths surrounding this time have to do with sacrifice, either of the Goddess of the Land or the God of the Sun.  We see this in the myth of the Sacred King, who is understood to be an aspect of the Sun Deity.  This is an ancient legend wonderfully retold here by Lady Spring Wolf:

“In the green land of old, the men and women walked the fields in hunger. They would eat of those that walked in fur, fin and feather, and thanked them for their sacrifice.  But their gifts were not enough for the people to live.  They would eat of the wild fruits of the Earth, but that was not enough.  They would forage the wood and eat of the wild berries, mushrooms and gourds, but this was not enough.

As they looked for fruits and berries, as they hunted for fur, fin and feather, their homes could not be built.  The roofs leaked in rain, the rooms stood cold for lack of fire, the land could not be tilled.  For all of these gifts of food must be found, and hunted, and a home cannot be built on its own.

The Sacred King saw the men and women in their suffering.  He watched, waited, and thought upon it for a time, and his face grew grave and sad.  He spoke to the Lady, and said, ‘I must die.  The land will be fertile and the earth will bring forth a harvest and the people will live and grow.’

The Lady sobbed and fell on her knees.  She grieved for Her Lord and watched him leave for the fields beyond.  The Lord traveled to the center of the land and he fell upon his sword, and died.  The blood of his body flowed through the land and covered it in red.

The Great Mother buried the Sacred King in the Earth, returning him to her womb, and mourned his passing from the land of life.

Winter wrapped the world in ice and snow.  Covering the land with a gentile white blanket that hid the sleeping life beneath it’s frozen splendor.

The Great Mother covered the face of the sky with dark clouds, and her tears of rain poured from there in cascades and torrents.  The Tears of the Mother melted the snow and ice, and covered the ground in wetness.

Time passed and the Sun warmed the ground, and a green shoot appeared, poking its head out from the womb of the Mother.  The green shoot grew as the days grew, longer and taller, until the golden hair of the Sacred King once more waved proudly in the wind; until the Grain of the Fields stood, row upon row, as far as the eye could see; until the Bounty of the Mother, the Sacred King Himself, stood upon the world, ready to be harvested.

The great Mother looked out upon the green fields, and saw the wind caressing the face of the Sacred King.  ‘That was well done,’ she whispered upon the wind, ‘But it pains me to see you die once again.’

‘It is as it must be,’ He said, ‘And does it not show them that Death is an illusion.  It is just another change in a multiverse of change?’ he added.  ‘And through their harvest, they strive and survive.  They eat and grow.  Their houses are built, their fires burn and their bread bakes for the harvest. And all this is a good thing.’

‘You are right,’ She sighed with sadness, ‘But I just wish it could have been done in a kinder way.  The Lady still mourns your sacrifice and each year it will be so.  Her tears will fall and her heart will ache, for her love has left her side.’

‘Change is never easy, Great Mother.’  He spoke, lowly, ‘But it is as it is, nonetheless.  The fields are green, and the harvest is plentiful.  The people are well and the land will grow again’.

Thus it was, and so it is, and ever more shall be so!”

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Here we have the “self-sacrifice” of the Sun, the “Sacred King” for the benefit of the people.  Remember that Christ Jesus is referred to as a “King”, as well as the “Son of Man”.  Jesus allowed himself to be sacrificed so that humanity might be “saved”, just as the Celto-Germanic Sun God of pre-Christian days did.  This is a recurring theme that is as old as humanity itself.  This sacrifice of the Sun that is alluded to in the myth extends to the wheat, barley and corn that is harvested from the Earth.

At the “Loaf Mass”, the people harvested the wheat for making the bread that would help them survive the colder months.  They recognized the “sacrifice” of the Sun, which was slowly beginning to wane and diminish in power.  The Sun gives of Himself so that we may live.  In the 1899 book, “Aryan Sun Myths: The Origin of Religions”, author Elizabeth E. Titcomb states that “All Indo-Germanic nations have worshiped crucified saviours and overwhelming proof was obtained that the sun-myths of the ancient Aryans (Indo-Europeans) were the origin of the religion in all of the countries which were peopled by the Aryans.”

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In later centuries in England, there was born the legend of John Barleycorn- the God who sacrificed himself for the Goddess of the Land and for the harvest.  Below is an excerpt from “The Ballad of John Barleycorn”:

corn_king_by_charles_vess“There were three men come out of the west their fortunes for to try
And these three men made a solemn vow John Barleycorn should die.
They ploughed, they sowed, they harrowed him in, throw’d clods all on his head
And these three men made a solemn vow John Barleycorn was dead.
They let him lie for a very long time till the rain from heaven did fall
And little Sir John he throw’d up his head and he so amazed them all.”

Going back to the Sacred King story as retold by Lady Spring Wolf, we also see the story of a tribe of humans moving from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle to an agrarian lifestyle.  In Mesoamerica, we have the legend of Quetzalcoatl, the legendary “Sun King” of Mexico that brought the “light of knowledge”- specifically the knowledge of agriculture, to the people.

Picture2 QUETZALCOATL AAS THE MAIZE GODThe development of agriculture was imperative to the development of complex civilizations, simply due to the fact that it freed up time that would have been spent hunting and gathering.  We see this problem described in the story:

“As they looked for fruits and berries, as they hunted for fur, fin and feather, their homes could not be built.  The roofs leaked in rain, the rooms stood cold for lack of fire, the land could not be tilled.  For all of these gifts of food must be found, and hunted, and a home cannot be built on its own.”

With the coming of agricultural society, the relationship to Spirit also changed.  In hunter-gatherer societies, this relationship was primarily focused on manifesting a successful hunt.  This is illustrated (literally) in the cave paintings found in the caverns of France and Spain.  But when all time and energy was no longer going into searching for food, there was time for deeper inquiries into the nature of reality.  This allowed for man to “build” a spiritual “house” in a way that had not been possible in hunter-gatherer times.

However, the ancient Europeans knew of a deeper level of existence to the Sun that just what appears as a blazing disc in the sky.  They also knew of the Sun’s deeper relationship to mankind.  In his book, “Celtic Mysteries”, author John Sharkey talks about an interaction with the Sun God Lugh, and the warrior hero of the Ulster Myth Cycle, Cu Chulainn:

“In one episode, when the champion is badly wounded and needs a respite, the Sun God Lugh himself appears… ‘Who are you?’ Cu Chulainn asks the ghost warrior.  ‘Your father from the Outerworld am I… Lugh, son of Ethliu.  Sleep a while Cu Chulainn,’ says the radiant warrior, ‘and I will oppose all during that time.’…

In the Cu Chulainn story, the Sun God materializes to take over the functions of the warrior, who by dying for three days can remain mortal.  In this bardo state he can ascend the three mystical worlds of the Celtic afterlife: from earth-body to the physical spirit and finally into the radiant soul-light in which the Sun Himself is manifest.  When Cu Chulainn sleeps he becomes joined to his own embodied radiance, inhabiting all worlds at once…

This easy movement between the human warrior hero and his otherworldly archetype, the Sun God, is a common practice in every kind of Celtic Story.”

Lugh and Cu ChulainnIn my initiation into the Mysteries, I was taught how to see what is referred to as the “Self” in meditation.  The Self and the Soul that encapsulates it is physically located in the Solar Plexus (yes Solar as in “Sun”- there is no other meaning to the word).  Visually, it appears to me as a dark luminescence, like a black light, with a corona and a bright center that is still somewhat hard to look at directly for a lengthy period of time.  It feels like joy and laughter.  I am able to “see” it by closing my eyes and focusing my attention on that region of the body.

Father Paul Blighton referred to the Self as “a cell in the body of the Father… situated in man’s spiritual body basically, but it can be seen through the physical when the veil between the two worlds is removed, with the attainment of God-realization.”

Father Paul also stated that the “center of one’s Self is like the sun.  It is a reflection of the great Sun- the Christos… The Self is the sun of our body, of our universe.”

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The Sun sacrifices itself so that we may have life in a physical sense AND in a spiritual or “metaphysical” sense.  The Self or “Inner Sun” sacrifices part of Its Divine Essence when it incarnates part of Itself into matter.  But this incarnation is what allows for a new type of spiritual growth and development to take place.

Like the suffering people in the story of the Sacred King, we too often find ourselves too distracted with “surviving” to tend to our own houses and when this happens, we do indeed suffer.  We suffer from the pains, depressions, and sicknesses that all have their prime root cause at the separation from our true nature- the nature of the Self.  But the sacrifice of Christ Jesus- the Sacred King of this Age- has helped bridge that gap of separation and opened up a direct link to Self and a possibility of spiritual growth and development that wasn’t there before.  We just have to make time for it and nurture and develop our relationship with it.

Developing a true relationship to Self- to the Divine within, inevitably takes sacrifice.  We need “to separate the wheat from the chaff” and let go of those ways of being that no longer serve us, giving ourselves in service to the Higher Impulses of Truth, Knowledge, Compassion, etc. This is our Bread of Life.

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Namaste and God Bless.