Saturday, 23 February 2013

Gar, Woden-Parsifal`s Graal Rune

The Gar Rune, the 33rd Rune of the Anglo-Saxon[Northumbrian] Futhorc lies outside of the four aetts. When the Runes are positioned around a circle Gar is central to all the other Runes. It is the beginning and end of the Runes and serves to seal magical formulas. Gar which means `spear` in Germanic represents both the spear of Woden, Gungnir[also beginning with the letter g] and the holy lance of the sacred Aryan blood carried by Parsifal. The Proto Germanic origin of this word is gaisaz and a cognate of this word also appears in Old Irish as gae which suggests a Celto-Germanic shared concept. The spear was a symbol of Germanic kingship and was used to dedicate the offering of the soon to be slain enemy to either Woden or Tyr as the Gods` share of the spoils of battle. On the world tree Woden dedicated Himself to Himself as the supreme offering. This concept hearkens back to the idea of an Aryan Hyperborean Kristos, the eon of the Hanged God as symbolised in the twelth trump of the Major Arcana. This is the third Graal Rune and its secrets were withheld for many centuries by the Rune Masters only to be revealed in the late 8th or early 9th centuries CE. In Irish mythology we learn from the Second Battle of Mag Tured that the spear was transported from the Atlantean city of Gorias and became the spear of Lug, the Celtic version of Woden. This was one of the four hallows of the divine Tuatha De Danann, the Celtic Aesir. I believe that there is a significance to the geographical location of this Rune`s unveiling, in the white island of Albion-England, a precious possession of the English folc, a special part of our previously lost Wodenic lore. Gar contains within its shape 4 cardinal directions-Niflheim in the north, Muspelheim in the south, Jotunheim in the east and Vanaheim in the west. Above we have Asgard, below this Ljossalfheim. Below we have Svartalfheim and below this Hel. Midgard occupies the central point of the Rune. It is in Midgard-in the here and now that the cosmic interplay of divine and human forces works out the Wyrd of the Norns. The Gift of Ing, the gift of genetic inheritance. The operation of Woden`s spear and Parsifal`s lance in the enclosure of Albion.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Zisa/Isa/Ista/Isis/Ischtar/Isais

Jacob Grimm in his Teutonic Mythology volume 1 refers to a German Goddess called Zisa. He found references to this Goddess going back to the 11th century CE. Unfortunately my grasp of Latin is not sufficient to translate the rather lengthy document he quotes from in his book! He also refers to a rhyme composed in about 1373 AD by a cleric, Kuechlin about the history of Augsburg which was dedicated to the Burgomeister, Peter Egen the Young. I reproduce the relevant excerpt as follows:- "Sie bawten einen tempel gross darein zu eren[in honour of] Zise der abgoettin, die sie nach heidnischen sitten[after heathen ways] anbetten zu denselben zeiten[adored in those days]. Die stat ward genennt[city got named] auch Zisaris nach der abgoettin[after the goddess], das was der pris. Der tempel als lang stund unversert[stood uninjured], bis im von alter abgieng[as from age it passed away], der berg namen von im empfieng[the hill took name], daruf gestanden was[whereon had stood] das werck, und haist noch huet[hight still to-day] der Zisenberck." Grimm says that the older spelling of Her name is Cisa and "that she was most devoutly worshipped by the Suevi" and Her great feast day which consisted of games and merrymaking was held on 28th September. Grimm speculates that Zisa/Cisa is the same divinity as Isis who is referred to in Tacitus` Germania 9.1: "Part of the Suebi sacrifice also to Isis; I have not ascertained the source from which the foreign rite originates, but the fact remains that the image itself, fashioned in the form of a light ship, proves that the cult is imported." It is more than likely that this Goddess was not foreign or imported but really another case of Tacitus ascribing a Roman name to a local Germanic deity which he does to other deities in his work. Rudolf Simek in his Dictionary of Northern Mythology suggests a link with the West Germanic Goddess Nerthus and the Frisian Nehalennia because of the association with the ship. Nigel Pennick[The Complete Illustrated Guide to Runes] identifies Zisa as the consort of the God Ziu/Tyr/Tiu/*Tiwaz. Coould there be an association between Zisa/Cisa as the rather even more obscure German Goddess Isa? The name would suggest it. Indeed when one considers the form of the Tiwaz and Isa runes there certainly does appear to be a link on various levels. Thus far I can only find a few references to Her: "[Rassmann identifies Island as derived from Isa, a goddess of the under-world, probably the same as Holda, and not as Iceland]."[Jessie L. Weston, Legends of the Wagner Drama]. Wilhelm Waegner in his Asgard and the Gods also refers to this mysterious Goddess: "Nehalennia, the protectress of ships and trade, was worshipped by the Keltic and Teutonic races in a sacred grove on the island of Walcheren; she had also altars and holy places dedicated to her at Nivelles. The worship of Isa or Eisen, who was identical with Nehalennia, was even older and more wide-spread throughout Germany. St Gertrude took her place in Christian times, and her name[Geer, ie spear, and Trude, daughter of Thor] betrays its heathen origin." Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke in The Occult Roots of Nazism. Secret Aryan Cults and Their Influence on Nazi Ideology refers to a mention of Isa in one of the works of Guido von List: "The town of Ybbs was, according to List, founded upon a shrine to the Teutonic goddess Isa;...." The work which Goodrick-Clarke refers to is Deutsch-Mythologische Landschaftsbilder. My readers will appreciate that whilst the Norse Eddas give abundant information about the principal deities of the Germanic peoples, especially in Scandinavia they are a poor resource for information about the continental Germanic or Anglo-Saxon peoples so we must use sources other than these for information about German Gods and Goddesses. Waegner refers to the antiquity of Isa. In my studies over the years I have come to realise that the older any deity is the least we know about them. A case in point is Tyr/Tiw/*Tiwaz, a God regarded as being much older than Woden and cognate with the Indo-European Sky Father *Dyeus. He is commemorated in the name of the third day of the week Tuesday in various Germanic languages. The Eddas seem to relegate Him to a role inferior to that of Woden but this was not always the case. The rune Tiwaz of course also is named after Him. So the scarcity of source material is no indication of the former importance of any deity. I have not yet obtained a copy of August Rassmann`s work but intend to do so in the near future. The above-mentioned two references to Isa identify Her as a Goddess of the underworld and She is associated with ships. We must remember that in the Germanic world there have been many discoveries of ship burials and clearly our ancestors drew a link between the ship and the underworld. Likewise Isis is associated with both water and the underworld. We also recall the descent of the Goddess Ischtar into the underworld and the more recent revelations concerning Isais[Goddess who resides in the Untersberg] and her descent into the underworld to recover the black stone[the graal]. Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick[A History of Pagan Europe] speculate that the Istaevones could have been named after the river Histar or Istar, the original name of the Danube or Donau and Ista could have been the deity of the river. We know that generally in territories formerly occupied by the Celts that the rivers were associated usually with Goddesses rather than Gods which supposes again the deity Ista and the link with Isa. Apart from Nehalennia the astute reader will notice that the Goddesses Zisa, Isa, Isais and Isis were all worshipped in the area of Bavaria and Austria which makes a link between all or most of them much more tenable on geographical as well as linguistic and mythological grounds.

The Graal Runes of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc

This article should be read in conjunction with The Four Sacred Treasures of the Tuatha De Danann posted on my Celto-Germanic Culture, Myth and History blog on 31/12/09 . In that article I discussed in great detail the nature and origin of the four hallows of the Tuatha De Danann who are the same mysterious Hyperborean beings as the Aesir-Vanir.
Tuatha De Danann:In Irish tradition, they are the Aesir of Norse legend, the divine ancestors who descended from the stars, the Hyperboreans.[Miguel Serrano, Nos, Book of the Resurrection].
Steven L. Akins in The Lebor Feasa Runda speculates that the Tuatha fled their island home, Tir nan`Og or the Avalon of the British legends to reside in Ireand[Eire-land of the Aryans] and that this could be an echo of the Atlantis myth. I direct any interested readers to Paul Dunbavin`s book Atlantis of the West for more information about the available scientific evidence to support the British-Irish geographical location for this lost early Aryan civilisation. Of the four hallows, the Sword of Nuada, the Spear of Lugh, the Stone of Destiny and the Cauldron of the Dagda, only the last three have a direct connection with the Graal myth and thus with the final three Runes of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc. To be more technically correct the 33 Rune Futhorc is a Northumbrian Futhorc, the earlier Anglo-Saxon one consisting of 31 Runes and the Anglo-Frisian 29 Runes. It is the 33 Rune Futhorc that we use in Woden`s Folk and there is a good reason for this. The last three Runes- Calc, Stan and Gar relate directly to the Graal mystery, a mystery which is Hyperborean in origin and its secrets now belong to the corpus of recovered lore of England`s Wodenist religion[See Spear of Woden, Saxon Rune Mysteries]. Calc is known in Old Norse as Kalkr and means `chalice`. Calc is not to be found in the Old English Rune Poem. Is this because Calc is a late addition as suggested by Edred Thorsson in his latest work, Alu, An Advanced Guide To Operative Runology or is it as I suspect, that this Rune was withheld from public use by our ancient Rune Masters because of the sacred nature of its mystery, only to be revealed now during the Kali Yuga? Thorsson reveals that the chalice replaced the drinking horn as these were outlawed by the Church when used in a religious context. The whole practice of the use of the mead horn in our sacred Germanic rites was co-opted as a practice into the Church`s rite of Holy Communion. There is reason to suspect therefore that Calc was not the original name of this Rune but possibly `Horn` as Thorsson suggests. If the Rune is reversed it resembles the Elhaz/Algiz/Eolhsecg Rune which depicts horns! Calc symbolises the Celtic Cauldron of the Dagda. Stan derives from the Proto-Germanic stainaz, `stone`. The stone symbolises eternity and permanence. Most of the surviving Runic inscriptions are to be found on standing stones mainly in Scandinavia and northern Germany. We know from Wolfram von Eschenbach[Parzival] that the Graal was originally a green stone that fell from the crown of Lucifer. On this stone there is curious writing, "heathen writing" which can only be a reference to the Runes. The Graal is therefore a Runic mystery and is the possession of both the Celtic and Germanic peoples. Indeed there is evidence to suggest its common Indo-European origins. I will disclose this evidence in a future article. As Thorsson says
the astounding fact is that there was originally absolutely nothing Christian about it......there was simply no Christ in it.
Stan obviously relates to the Stone of Destiny-a very real historical artifact. Gar unlike the other 32 Runes does not belong to one of the four aetts but stands separate and central for it is the Spear of Woden and esoterically the gift of Ing. Gar stems from the Proto Germanic gaisaz and this is related to the Old Irish gae, both meaning `spear`. It is the symbol of regal power and was also carried by Parsifal in the tradition of the ancient Germanic priest-kings. Gar is also the Spear of Lugh, who is mythologically cognate with Woden. All three Runes-Calc, Stan and Gar are placed together in the Futhorc and this is symbolic. As Thorsson explains in his latest work that Runes situated next to one another in dyads continue a connecting theme or link. The whole Futhorc reveals a story to those with the wisdom to interpret it. Now of course one may ask what about the sword of Nuada? I have discussed this in my earlier article and there is more that I can say about this but as it does not form a direct link to the last three Runes I will reserve an article especially for Tir as the Graal associations are indirect but they DO exist. Clearly the Anglo-Saxon English people and the land of Albion[oldest known name of Britain, meaning `white`] have an important part to play in these dark days and our destiny is revealed through the study of these mysteries.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Wotans Krieger Recommends Vernal By Johan Maesser

Vernal by Johan Maesser is published by Nuevo Milenio and is available via the Lulu website to purchase. This is a rare work indeed, an Aryosophical and Hyperborean work which takes as its subject matter the survival of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich and their escape to an underground world in the pristine white and untouched continent of the Antarctic. The Fuehrer prepares the surviving Polar Reich for the final onslaught of the zionist-American forces. Whilst a battle is waged between the Reich`s Vril-powered Haunebu saucer craft and American ships and planes an esoteric struggle is fought above between the light forces of the Schwarze Sonne and the zionist forces of death, decay and destruction. One interesting passage from Vernal is of particular merit: When questioned about the necessity for engaging and continuing to fight an apparently lost war Hitler replies: `"For religion", he answered, "For the sacrifice of the sons of the sun. The Great War was the battleground on which the warriors of the Reich sacrificed themselves so that they could be born again. They will thus reincarnate as pure Aryans when the final day comes and we retake the earth.The Einherjar, the Wotanic soldiers, the Last Battalion, Wildes Heer. The war was a sacrifice for the German warrior to transform himself through death."` In my opinion this was the most moving part of the whole work and gives inspiration and hope to the Aryan warrior of today as he struggles against the forces of darkness and atrophy in the dark age of the Kali Yuga. Please purchase this work and support the ongoing work of its worthy publishers!

Wotans Krieger Recommends:Alu,An Advanced Guide To Operative Runology

I have just completed my reading of Edred Thorsson`s latest work, Alu, An Advanced Guide To Operative Runology. Unlike any of his previous books this one focuses on an analysis of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, both individually as isolated Rune staves but also in `dryads`, pairings of the Runes which occur throughout the Futhorc. The book consists of just five chapters: Grounding in Knowledge, Lore of the Futhark, A Theory of Operative Runology, The Practice of Operative Runology and Rune Workings. Thorsson builds on his earliest work-Futhark but offers fresh insights. There are intriguing appendices on Runic Dryads, Triadic Rune-Names and Grail Mythos in Old English Runes? Practical advice is offered on creating Bind-Runes, Rune-Gazing and Spear-Casting. In addition to his very welcome focus on the use of the Anglo-Saxon Runes for the first time [which he says should be the first Futharc/Futhorc of choice when it comes to writing in modern or Old English] he also places Runic magical practice in an Indo-European context. I hope that Edred Thorsson/Dr Stephen Edred Flowers will continue to get his works published via new outlets now that Runa Raven press has ceased operations.