Monday, 24 September 2012

The Irminsul and the Task of the Ar-man

The Irminsul or Yggdrasil of Germanic mythology represents the world tree of the northern world. Its trunk provides a pathway and access to the nine worlds which are not only places but states of being. This concept is an extremely ancient one and has its origins in the pre-Germanic Aryan era. A similar tradition existed amongst the Vedic Aryans. The presence of the two systems is surely evidence of their origin in a common Aryan source before the division of the Aryan peoples took place.

For several years now as an Associate of the Rune Gild I have been engaging in runic exercises and meditations which have the purpose of releasing the Kundalini serpent power. This exercise is to be found under the sections covering the Yew Working in Edred Thorssons Nine Doors of Midgard. It does take several years to work through the nine doors and I am now most of the way through the bulk of the curriculum.

I would like to focus on just two aspects of the Yggdrasil today and that is the presence of the eagle who is perched at the top of the world tree and the serpent or dragon[the terms are interchangeable] who sits at the bottom. The dragon/serpent Nidhoggr[ON-`the one striking full of hatred`] is at enmity with the eagle who is unnamed. The agent of this discord is a squirrel called Ratatoskr[ON-`drill-tooth`] who runs up and down the trunk of the tree conveying messages between the two parties. This on the surface may seem to be a negative and malicious act. However it is a necessary one for Ratatoskr is the means by which the two polar opposites interact and this interaction causes a dynamic flow of energy up and down the tree trunk which should be likened to the spinal column.

The dragon/serpent represents the sleeping Kundalini serpent power which lies dormant at the base of the column. It is aroused via the dynamic action of Ratatoskr and this creates energy in the form of friction[via the Nauthiz rune]. This energy may be directed by the initiate into the various wheels/chakras[energy centres] situated along the column. These wheels should be looked upon as being worlds or states of being/consciousness which may be experienced and activated. The ultimate aim of course is to activate the highest energy centre above the crown of the head, termed the Black Hole chakra by Miguel Serrano.

As a practitioner of the northern tradition I believe in the concept of a nine not a seven wheel system which accords with the tradition of the nine worlds in Germanic cosmology. Through the regular practice of runic kundalini we achieve a personal awakening but this is something that is gradual and needs to be worked at on an almost day to day basis. This practice is not something that should be openly offered to the profane but reserved for the Sun Initiates which includes the Priests of Wodan.

The Ar rune of the Armanen Futhork signifies several things-the primal fire[`Urfyr`], the sun, light, god, and the rune stave represents as a hieroglyph the Aar[eagle][See Das Geheimnis der Runen/The Secret of the Runes-Guido von List].[ One of Wodan`s many by-names is Arnhofdi, meaning `the one with the eagle`s head`[ON]. It is of course the eagle-the Aar which sits at the top of the world tree. It is the function of the Ar-man[the Sun Initiate, Aryan] to achieve this state of supreme awakened consciousness and individuation. There is a close linguistic association between the aar[eagle] and the ar[sun] in Armanism, hence the term Ar-man[Sun Initiate], the Arya or Aryan. This of course is the truer and deeper interpretation of the term.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

The Sacred Spears of the Germanic Priest-Kings

During the latter half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century a number of sacred spears belonging to the pre-christian Germanic tribes were located in modern day Germany, Sweden and Poland, being the Kovel spear, the Dahmsdorf spear, the Rozwadow spear and the Moos spear.
What these spears have in common is their construction-Iron with silver inlay and their runic inscriptions.
The one from Dahmsdorf has the inscription Ansuz-Jera-Nauthiz-Ansuz-Raitho. The inscription reading from right to left says ranja, ie the "runner". Edred Thorsson in his The Mysteries of the Goths speculates that this has the meaning of "the one which causes[them] to flee". The owner of the spear may have been a Burgundian, originally an East Germanic tribe.
It dates from around 250CE and it also contains solar and lunar symbols and was discovered in 1865 during the construction of a train station at Dahmsdorf-Muecheberg.
This and the other spears were never used in combat and clearly were of ceremonial purpose. Either these spears belonged to tribal priests or were symbolic totems of regal power belonging to chieftains.
The spear was the original and favoured weapon of the Germanic peoples and every Germanic freeman, every warrior possessed one as a mark of his status. In the case of chieftains and priests these were obviously more elaborate as these spears clearly have a mystical purpose.
We are of course reminded of Gungnir, the spear of Wotan/Wodan/Woden/Odin which likewise was according to Sigdrifumal 17 insricribed with 17 runes on its tip. It would of course be tempting to speculate what they are. It is of course possible that this may be a version of the normally 16 runes Younger Futhark.
It contains a Triskelion and a Swastika, both of which are solar symbols. These spears also contain tamgas which are Sarmatian or Scythian tribal symbols and thus show a connection with the steppe dwelling Iranian tribes who lived close to the East Germanic peoples.
The Germanic peoples considered themselves to be the offspring of their Gods and nobles in particular often reckoned their descent from Wodan. Therefore it is natural for a Germanic chieftain or king to possess a sacred spear as a symbol of the Wodan given regal power.
Later in the post-conversion times and the arising of the Parsifal myth the sacred spear or lance features as the symbolic weapon of the Grail king.
We know that the Holy Lance or spear of Longinus which allegedly currently resides in the Hofburg Museum in Wien has been dated to no earlier than the 7th century CE and therefore is not contemporary with the times of the so-called Christ.
No doubt this spear falls into a similar category as the four runic spears referred to in this article.
My readers may wish to also study my article from 12/5/12 on Die Armanschaft Der Ario-Germanen blog-Gungnir, Symbol of All-Father Woden and its Significance and also from 5/10/08 on my Celto-Germanic blog: Gungnir, the Spear of Odin.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Profession/Initiation and its Importance

Initiation or profession as it is often called is an important step to take for those who have returned to their ancient spiritual path of Wodenism/Wotanism/Odinism.
It marks a break with the personal past as in effect Christian baptism does but unlike Christian baptism it signifies a return to one`s natural ethnic spiritual path. So in other words it signifies a return to the past, not the personal past but the collective, ancestral ethnic past, a return to the pre-christian gods of our forefathers.
Initiation is an act of will, an act of personal and often external recognition. In my case I swore an oath of profession in the presence of witnesses in the Order to which I belong after a period of apprenticeship but I appreciate that not everyone is a member of such an organisation and may live in geographical or indeed imposed or self-imposed isolation. In such circumstances it is acceptable to undertake a form of self-initiation.
The difference between the two forms is that profession as part of an organisation confers certain rights, privileges and responsibilities, not only to the Gods but fellow sworn members. Oaths of allegiance to ones spiritual kinsmen and masters are sworn in addition to allegiance to the Gods.
Initiation acts as an internal trigger or switch in the psyche and a spiritual turning point. It also gives the initiate an opportunity to forswear any previous Christian or other baptismal promises.
In the time of the forced outward conversion of the Teutonic peoples to Christianity the following oath or variants of it were sworn:

"end ec forsacho allum diaboles uuercum and uuordum, Thunaer ende UUoden ende Saxnote ende allum them unholdum the hira genotas sint.
[`I renounce all deeds and words of the devil, Thor, Wodan and Saxnot and all fiends which are their companions`.]"
[Dictionary of Northern Mythology, Rudolf Simek]

It is important therefore that when swearing oaths of allegiance and profession that a statement is included whereby the initiate renounces the Christian god and his works. When a few years ago I professed a family member I constructed a rite which included such a renouncing of the Christian god and his `son`.
For those who are not a member of an Odinist organisation and/or do not wish to join one then self initiation is perfectly valid. You will know the right time to undertake this.
A suitably worded rite of self initiation may be found in the recently published work Vor Forn Sidr by Dr Casper Odinson Crowell.
Of course in a deeper sense initiation is an internal and ongoing process and is always entirely self-initiated. So perhaps it would be clearer to differentiate the outward rite from the inward process by calling it profession. However the two terms are interchangeable.