Monday, 11 May 2015

An Esoteric Interpretation of Das Blitzbündel

As mentioned on Runebinder recently discussed on the appearance of an ancient symbol on modern runic jewellery. This symbol is considered by some scholars to be a Tamga, a clannic symbol of authority which can be traced back to the Aryan Sarmatian and Iranian tribes. It features on a number of ancient Germanic spears discovered in Germany, Denmark and eastern Europe, namely the Dahmsdorf and Vimose (Denmark) spearheads. The above image is of the Dahmsdorf spear.

J.T. Sibley in her The Divine Thunderbolt. Missile of the Gods (2009) considers this symbol to be a form of Keraunoi which are thunderbolt symbols found amongst various Indo-European cultures. The presence of this symbol in connection with swastikas and runes on Germanic spears strengthens this interpretation further. My own view is that this symbol is both a Keraunos and a Tamga.

I recently encountered this enigmatic symbol in Walther Blachetta's Das Buch der Deutschen Sinnzeichen, a 1940s book republished in 2010 and defined as a Blitzbündel :

"Das Blitzbündel des Müncheberger Speerblattes ist das Zeichen-der siegreichen Kraft des Kämpfers über Leben und Tod hinaus-. Auch das Speerblatt von Kowel zeigt dieses Zeichen, das in der Spatenforschung den Namen 'Blitzbündel' bekommen hat. Der Sinninhalt des Blitzzeichens-der Sig-Rune (Klärung, Lösung, Befreiung, Leben, aber auch Teilung, Auflösung, Zersprennung und Tod)-zeigt schon enge Verwandtschaft auf. Und zum Widdergehörn (zwischen Tod und Geburt strebt die Kraft der Zeugung), zur Wiege (der das Leben behütende und vor dem Tod bewahrende Mutterschoss), zur Stütze (Schöpferische Kraft) und zum Doppelpfeil (Geburt und Tod sind eins) bestehen ebenfalls recht enge Beziehungen."

My translation:

"The lightningsheaf of the Munich spearblade is the sign-of the victorious strength of the warrior over life and death. Also the spearblade of Kowel shows this sign, which in archaeological research has received the name 'lightningsheaf'. The symbolical meaning of the lightning sign-of the Sig rune (purification, resolution, liberation, life, however also division, dissolution, dispersal and death)-demonstrates a really close relationship. And for the ram's horns (between death and birth strives the force of generation), the cradle (of the life protecting and from death preserving womb), for support (creative strength) and the double arrow (birth and death are one) there exists likewise really close connections."

This is Blachetta's esoteric interpretation of this sign which as a thunder sign (and thus sacred to Donar) has a clear protecting purpose. The Blitzbündel also represents a pair of Perthro runes. Perthro visually resmbles the womb and symbolises not only birth but rebirth (Geburt und Tod sind eins). It is thus clearly a symbol which represents the returning Einheriar whose mission cannot be accomplished in a mere single earthly lifetime.

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