Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Amongst the ancient Teutons it was customary to greet a fellow Teuton with the term `Heil!` or `Hail!` Indeed not only the Teutons but other Aryan peoples followed a similar custom. Often a stretched arm salute accompanied the verbal greeting. `Heil` is related to the modern English word `whole` as in a `whole` person, someone who is mentally, physically and spiritually in balance. Whilst I am aware that this custom was politicised during the Third Reich it is nevertheless an ancient custom amongst our people.
The ancient Anglo-Saxons used the term `waes thu hael` which was contracted to `wassail` and also used as a drinking toast during their feasts. It survives unto this very day. Often other words were linked together with `heil` such as `Sig`[cognate with the modern German `Sieg` meaning `victory`]-`Sig heil`[Sieg heil!]. Sig is also the name of an Armanen rune with the equivalents of `Sigel` in the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, `Sowulu` or `Sowilo` in the Elder Futharc, `Sol` in the Younger Futhorc and `Sauil` or `Sugil` in the Gothic runes. The rune signifies victory, the power of the sun, the Goddess of the sun[Sol] or the "light of consciousness"[Runelore, Edred Thorsson].
Interestingly the swastika, the holiest sign of our people consists of 2 Sig runes, the Black Sun[Schwarze Sonne] consists of 12 such runes and may refer to the 12 zodiacal signs. The Aryan salute or Der Deutsche Gruss often accompanied the verbal greeting and bears a similarity with the Armanen Ka/Kaun rune posture.
The "world-tree" Yggdrasill serves in the narrower sense as the Aryan tribal tree, beside which the tribal trees of foreign races are seen as "foreign trees". The runic concept "kaun", "kunna"[maid, eg., in [the name] Adelgunde] demonstrates the feminine principle in the All in a purely sexual sense. The tribe, the race, is to be purely preserved; it may not be defiled by the roots of the foreign tree. If it were nevertheless to happen, however, such would be of little use to the "foreign trees", because its "foreign scion" would grow to become its raging foe. Therefore: "Your blood, your highest possession." [Guido von List, Das Geheimnis der Runen]
The Ka or Kaun rune has an association with fire, especially with the fire of creation and thus is conceptually linked with the Sig rune. In performing the asana for this rune the practitioner is drawing down solar energy within himself.
Regarding the Sig rune Guido von List states "Sal and sig!"-sal-vation and victory-[Heil und Sieg]. This millennia- old Aryan greeting and battle-cry is also again found in a variant form in the widespread call of inspiration: "alaf sal fena!" * This has become symbolized by the eleventh sign of the futharkh as the sig-rune[victory-rune]: "The creative spirit must conquer!"
* All solar salvation to him who is conscious of power! [able to reproduce]
Karl Maria Willigut states: "In the Al Gotos ` fire of spirit in matter demonstrates-
Through Energy the "sig-sal-sol-sun-rune",
and mastery of creation..."
Friday, 25 December 2009
It is recognised of course that Yule is an ancient pre-christian festival honoured by the ancient Teutonic peoples with cognate festivals amongst the other Aryan peoples.
This festival as with the other great festivals of the Teutons the christian church could not obiterate but hijacked and renamed `Christmas` and it is generally known by that term amongst the masses today who by and large never question the hybrid nature of the festival.
However even fewer understand the esoteric interpretation of Yule and it is the esoteric rather than the exoteric that we concern ourselves with here.
Traditionally Yule begins on the evening before the winter solstice, on Modraniht, the night of the mothers[2oth December]. Rudolf Simek in his Dictionary of Northern Mythoogy states "The Modraniht as a Germanic sacrificial festival should be associated with the Matron cult of the West Germanic peoples on the one hand and the disablot and Disting already known from medieval Scandinavian on the other hand and is chronologically to be seen as a connecting link between these Germanic forms of cult."
Simek also goes on to state that it was Odin rather than the Vanir Gods[as commonly supposed] that were venerated at Yule, drawing a link between one of Odin`s names, Jolnir and Jol[Norse term for Yule]. Yule is associated also with Odin`s Wild Hunt throughout all the Teutonic lands.
He concludes by stating "The etymology of the name of the Yule feast[ON Jol, Anglo-Saxon geohol, gehol] and the winter month;Anglo-Saxon giuli, geola, Gothic fruma jiuleis, ON ylir] has not been explained competely, but a derivation from `magic` `feast of entreaty` or similar ideas would be conceivable[Meringer].
The first day of Yule, 21st December coincides with the winter solstice when the amount of light is equal to the amount of darkness and thus represents a balance between light and darkness.
This brings to mind the divine brothers, Hodr and Baldr, the blind Hodr being a God of darkness and Baldr a God of light. Hodr slays[unwittingly according to some sources, wittingly according to others] his brother Baldr and thus precipitates Ragnarok. Prior to the death of Baldr there was harmony[according to most sources] between the two brothers. Baldr`s violent death caused a disruption in the natural and divine orders which can only be rectified by Ragnarok.
After Ragnarok both brothers are released from hel and reign with 5 other Gods, Vidar and Vali[the wons of Odin] and Magni and Modi[sons of Thor] and Hoenir over a new earth and a new cosmic order. With the reunification of these two Gods light and darkness have returned to their former state of balance and harmony.
There is a clear lesson in this for the Armanist spiritual warrior of today, that we must within ourselves achieve and maintain this inner harmony between light and darkness in order that we may function effectively and achieve our Godlike inheritance now and in the cycles of arising yet to come.