Saturday, 27 October 2012

Woden, the Aarman/Arman/Urman

There is a clear connection between Woden and the eagle. In the Eddas Woden is portrayed as the Raven God but he does have the ability to transform Himself into an eagle. By contrast the ravens were Woden`s messengers and symbolised his memory[Munin] and His thought[Hugin]. He did not metamorphosise into this species of bird. By contrast the eagle, the aar is viewed as the most noble species of bird and in the tale of the capture of the mead from Suttung it is into this bird that Woden transforms Himself in order to escape with the mead back to Esegard. We also recall that the eagle[who is not named] is perched at the top of the world tree, Yggdrasil, symbolising higher and awakened consciousness, the world tree being a symbol of the spinal column. It is the awakening of the aar chacra that the aarman-arman aspires to achieve. Woden achieved this awakening with the acquisition and consumption of the sacred mead Odroerir[ON, `the one that stimulates to ecstasy`]. Some drops of this mead fell to earth during His flight which is sufficient for us to attain a similar awakened state. Woden is thus the original aarman[eagleman], the original arman[sunman/initiate] and the Urman[original man-arman-aryan]. He is the prototypical Urmensch that we His children aspire to emulate.

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