The teachings of Karl Maria Wiligut are complex and must be treated with great caution by the novice for in many ways they conflict with-or appear to conflict with the teachings of the Master Guido von List. Therefore it is adviseable that when reading Wiligut's work one first has a basic appreciation and understanding of the works of Guido von List.
Willigut claimed that List owed his ideas and concepts to him but there is no evidence for this. Indeed I am of the opinion that on the contrary Wiligut either relied upon the teachings of List or developed his own concepts in isolation from him. Adolf Schleipfer, the Grand Master of the Armanen Order (re-established by him in 1976) writing in Irminsul No 5 in 1982 (republished as Appendix D in The Secret King. The Myth and Reality of Nazi Occultism, Stephen E. Flowers and Michael Moynihan):
"Briefly summarized, it can be said of the Wiligut-tradition that one of its most important criteria is that there was-according to this tradition-a primordial Kristendom with a plan for human elevation or evolution. (This is differentiated from Christendom, which came about millenia later, by being spelled with a 'K.') The representatives of this were called the 'Irmin-faithful' while those who were against this plan of cross-breeding were called 'Wotanists.'"If List was dependent or even just familiar with Wiligut's traditions then it is strange that he makes no reference to them:
"If List was not only schooled in these matters of the Wiligut-traditions, but was also even supposed to have made them part of the results of his own research, then it seems completely incomprehensible that List nowhere even in the slightest mentions these Wiligut-traditions, especially not the 'Kristur-Plan'! Indeed, how can some sort of collaboration between List and Wiligut be conceived of, when the latter was a decided opponent of Wotanism?"
Certain Masters of the Armanist tradition and also academics such as Professor Bernhard Kummer regard Odin/Woden/Wodan/Wotan as a foreign and thus alien deity adopted by the Germanic peoples at a later date (See Midgards Untergang). This idea is also maintained by certain scholars and Germanic heathens today. I must point out that this is not my position, nor that of Woden's Folk. Wiligut's and Kummer's position on Wotan is in stark contrast with Guido von List's, the founding father of Armanism who in Herr Schleipfer's words:
"....establishes the DIVINE IMAGE OF WOTAN in his cosmological descriptions in his works: e.g., 1) Das Geheimnis der Runen, 2) in his Religion der Ario-Germanen, and 3) in his Bilderschaft der Ario-Germanen and its comprehensive and fundamental meaning in the Germanic cosmology and theogony."
It is of course possible as Herr Schleipfer admits that both Wiligut and List developed their theories and concepts from a common Germanic tradition and that both parties focused on a particular aspect of this. Whilst not commonly known those of us who are involved in folkish Wodenism do accept the concept of a Krist but not one who is in oppostion to Woden! Despite the apparent anti-Wotanist slant to Wiligut's teachings there is much in the Wiligut-tradition which we can adapt and utilise in Wodenism and I will be doing just that in forthcoming articles on this blog.
It should be noted that another Armanist Master, Ernst Lauterer (Tarnhari-Hidden Lord) was a Wotanist who made himself known to Guido von List. Tarnhari claimed to be a direct descendant of the Volsungs (as is my daughter) and of the clan of Wodan. It is claimed that Wiligut had Tarnhari as well as the runologist Friedrich Bernhard Marby consigned to a concentration camp. According to Nicholas Goodrich-Clarke in The Occult Roots of Nazism. Secret Aryan Cults and their influence on Nazi Ideology:
".....Tarnhari popularized List's ideas during the war...." (page 46)This was no doubt the motive; Tarnhari was a supporter of the Wotanist philosopy of List. In fact after the flight of renowned occultist Rudolf Hess there was a general crackdown on all forms of occultic practices and reading matter. Hess was the restraining hand and power that kept these repressive measures from occurring. Indeed Wiligut could have had some connection with Hess's capture and arrest as apparently Hess sought contact with relatives of Tarnhari living in England. Certainly the British security services were expecting him. However I repeat that this is conjecture. As occultists and folkish ones at that we must consider what would have happened to us if we were alive and living in Germany at that time! A sobering thought but we must be honest about this and not look through every aspect of the Third Reich through rose-tinted spectacles!