Thursday, 30 October 2014

Otto Rahn's Thoughts on the Rose Garden

I recently discussed the Armanen concept of the Rose Garden as representing the nursery of our race. The red rose is symbolical of our Ario-Germanic race, the red symbolising its vital and sacred blood. I also pointed out the analogy to the red beard of Donar who is the germinating power of our race. The red rose on a white background is an ancient heraldic symbol of Deutschland, the white representing the realm in which the Armanen initiates ruled. There are many mediaeval German legends that are connected with the central legend of Das Nibelungenlied including the southern German legend of the dwarf King Laurin and his Rose Garden.

Significantly Otto Rahn in his Lucifer's Court (1937) refers to this legend with reference to the God Donar:

"The buck and rose were sacred to the god Donar-Thor. I must ask, is Thor the brother of King Laurin, who spanned his Tyrolean rose garden with a silk thread to stop all unworthy intruders? If Thor is Laurin's brother, who was at home in those German lands, which gave a life that lasted a thousand years, did he travel a clear road to a fiery mountain? According to Wolfram von Eschenbach, Laurin said to King Dietrich von Bern: 'You still have fifty years to live, and you would also like to be a strong hero. Nevertheless death will overcome you. Yet know that my brother at home in German lands is able to give a thousand-year life. You need only choose a mountain that is ablaze inside. Then you will be akin to eathly gods!"

Rahn has more to say in his book about this connection:

"I know of three rose gardens. The second was near Worms, somewhere near the remains of the monastery of Laurisham-Lorsch, near where we find a memorial for the victims of the world war. Siegfried is also said to rest there, if this godlike warrior was a man of flesh and blood. In fact, the designation rose garden was commonly used in earlier times for a cemetry. As I only recently became aware, such a rose garden and cuttings from a rose hedge were 'essential to a ritual consecrated to the thunder god Donar-Thor for the cremation of the dead by firethorn.' In this way, the bodies of our dead pagan ancestors were turned to ash in a blazing fire of rose thorn, and Donar-Thor was the rose garden's divine lord."

The rose garden was guarded by "twelve heroes of the Rhine, one of whom was Siegfried" (Rahn).  Kriemhild, the wife of Siegfried had invited the great hero Dietrich von Bern (Theoderic the Great) with twelve other warriors to compete with Siegfried, the winner receiving a rose and a kiss from her. The winner of this conflict was not Siegfried but Dietrich. 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Stan and Ur and their Association with Megaliths

The Stan rune, the 32nd of the Northumbrian Futhorc is one of the graal runes:

"It seems that the 'magical formula' calc-stan-gar actually represents an esoteric understanding of the Grail mythos which was well-developed in the Germanic world. Although Wolfram refers to southern sources from Moorish Spain, no hard evidence for this understanding has actually come from there. So we are left with Wolfram's lengthy discourses in Parzival as well as other discussions in medieval German works, e.g., the Wartburgkrieg of Heinrich von Ofterdingen, in which the Grail is also identified with a stone that fell from Lucifer's crown, and the Old English runic tradition, as sources for the chalice-stone-spear complex." (ALU. An Advanced Guide to Operative Runology, 2012, Edred Thorsson.)

He places the origin of the calc-stan-gar (horn/chalice-stone-spear) complex among the Alans, a North Iranian people who were stationed in Northumbria in Roman times. Herodotus explains that the Sythians who the Alans were closely related to had an origin myth that concerned three golden objects that fell from the sky, a plow and yoke, a battle-ax and a cup. These three objects represent the three Dumezelian functions of fertility, war and priestcraft, the three Aryan castes. Dr Flowers (Edred Thorsson) comments that the stone (Stan) represents earth (fertility), the spear (Gar) represents war and the chalice (Calc) priestcraft.

In Irish mythology in the Second Battle of Mag Tured the Tuatha De Danann (the Aesir of Germanic mythology) bring with them to Ireland the four sacred objects of the Stone of Fal-symbolised by the Stan rune, the Spear of Lug (the Celtic equivalent to Woden)-symbolised by the Gar rune, the sword of Nuada (the Celtic equivalent to Tiw)-symbolised by the Tiwaz rune and the Dagda's cauldron-symbolised by the Calc rune.

According to Nigel Pennick in his Wyrdstaves of the North. Runic Lore and Legend of Old Northumbria (2010):

"Stan represents the Bones of the Earth, the ground beneath our feet. It can signify a blockage, such as a rock lying across a path, or a stone at the entrance to a cave. Additionally, Stan represents a megalith standing at a place of power in the landscape, a wyrdstone bearing natural runes which we can read, or a stone or playing piece in a board game."

I believe that Mr Pennick is correct. The more that I meditate upon Stan the more I visualise a megalith and in particular I visualise the White Horse Stone or Inga Stone which is near Aylesford in Kent for it has the general shape of Stan, very much like an ancient altar stone. This stone is said to be a memorial to the fallen chieftain Horsa.

Another rune which resembles in shape a megalith, indeed a dolmen is the Uruz/Ur rune, the second rune. Not only does this rune visually remind us of a dolmen but its very meaning-strength is surely indicative of these heavy stones. A secondary meaning is to be found in the name of the rune itself-Ur, the Germanic for ancient, primaeval. Megaliths portray both these qualities-strength and antiquity.