Saturday, 17 November 2012
Monday, 15 October 2012
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Monday, 8 October 2012
The evidence for the worship of our Anglo-Saxon Gods is to be found all over the English countryside and in English towns, villages and hamlets. Woden, Thunor, Tiw and Frige are to be found as elements in place-names and managed to survive the christianisation of our people. They exist today as a constant reminder of our natural Gods just as we are reminded about them in the days of the week. Woden features in more place names than any other God and indeed this should not surprise us as He is the All-Father, our most high God. Below are examples of such place names, many of them gleaned from the pages of A Dictionary of English Place-Names by A.D. Mills. I have only included examples which are known to be reliable. Woden[also known as Grim] Wednesbury, Wednesfield, Wednesham, Wanborough, Wansdyke, Woden`s Barrow, Woden Hill, Woden`s Way, Woden`s Den Woodway, Wornshill, Woodnesborough, Grimsdyke, Grimes Graves, Grimsbury, Grimley, Grimspound, Grimscote, Grimsthorpe, Grinstead. Thunor Thundersley, Thursley. Tiw Tysoe, Tuesley, Dewsbury. Frige Frobury, Froyle, Fretherne, Fride. In addition to God names some place-names indicate heathen sites of worship without specifying a particular God`s name. Hearg[Harrow], Wig and Weoh[Wye] are Anglo-Saxon terms for `heathen shrine or temple`. Harrow Harrow, Harrow Weald, Harrowden, Great and Little Harrowden. Wye Wye, Weedon, Weedon Bec, Weedon Lois, Weeford, Wysall and Wyfordby. There are many place names preceded by Freo, Frea and Ing but I am not yet convinced that these are necessarily references to place names named after Anglo-Saxon Gods. I will need to conduct further research. However I would be very surprised if these Gods were not also honoured in our place-names. I have specifically focused on Anglo-Saxon not Scandinavian examples and therefore have not searched for Scandinavian examples although I am surprised how few there are in comparison to Anglo-Saxon ones.
Sunday, 7 October 2012
Friday, 5 October 2012
Of course we know from the slightly later writings of Tacitus, notably in his Germania that the Germans not only had priests but these priests offered public sacrifices. I very much doubt that in the space of less than 150 years that their customs changed so radically. The Teutons certainly did not have `druids` for this is specific to the Celtic peoples but we know from the Roman historian Tacitus that they did have priests and a pantheon of Gods. Even this is brought into doubt by Caesar: "The only things which they count as gods are things they can see and which clearly benefit them, for example, the Sun, Vulcan, and the Moon. They have not even heard rumours of any others."[Sixth Book, paragraph 21]. `Vulcan` is taken to mean the element or deity of fire.
Whilst it is clear that the Teutons did honour these three things as representative of Gods it is inconceiveable that by the time of Tacitus in the following century that they suddenly had a developed pantheon of Gods and Goddesses and not one at the time of Caesar. Tacitus either did not know the correct Teutonic names of our Gods and Godesses or chose to give them Latin names as he wrote for a Roman readership. "As for gods, Mercury is the one they worship most, and on certain days they think it right to propitiate him even with human victims. Hercules and Mars they appease with lawful animals. Part of the Suebi sacrifice also to Isis; I have not ascertained the source from which this 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. In other matters, they judge it not in accord with the greatness of the gods to confine them with walls or to liken them in appearance to any human countenance. They consecrate woods and groves, and the mystery that they see only in their awe they call by the names of gods." "[Tacitus` Germania 9.1 and 9.2]
It is assumed by scholars that Mercury, Hercules and Mars are names that Tacitus gave to represent our Woden, Thunor and Tiw. Isis may very well be the Goddess Nehalennia[a Dutch deity] or Nerthus. I also speculate that this could in fact be the very mysterious and obscure Goddess, Isa. "Then come the Reudigni, the Aviones, the Anglii, the Varini, the Eudoses, the Suarines, and the Nuitones, defended by rivers or woods. There is nothing noteworthy about them individually, except that collectively they worship Nerthus, or Mother Earth, and believe that she takes part in human affairs and rides among the peoples." [Germania 40.2] Tacitus also refers to the deities Tuisto and Mannus[Germania 2.2].
Thus it is clear that the Teutons did in fact have a developed pantheon of Gods who they ascribed proper names and personalities to. We also know this to be the case from later writings by christian priests and from the Icelandic sagas and there is every reason to believe that there was a continuous and unbroken tradition over the centuries which knew only a geographic variation with local cults of deities. Germania 9 makes it clear that the Teutons did offer both animal and human sacrifices. Furthermore if sacrifices were offered to the Gods then it reasonable to assume that there was a recognised priesthood to carry out this function. In Germania 40.3 Tacitus refers to such a priesthood: "On an island in the Ocean is a holy grove, and in it a consecrated wagon covered with hangings; to one priest alone is it permitted so much as to touch it. He perceives when the goddess is present in her innermost recess, and with great reverence escorts her as she is drawn along by heifers." It is clear from Tacitus description and carefully chosen words that Nerthus, the Goddess he is referring to had more than one priest-"to one priest alone...." and thus this constitutes a priestly order. Adam of Bremen referred to the great temple at Uppsala and its priesthood: "Assigned to all their gods they have priests to present the sacrifices of the people." Bede of course refers to the Anglo-Saxon priest Coifu in his History of the English Church and People.
The Teutonic priesthood unlike the Celtic druidic orders was not a national priesthood but one which was restricted to the tribe and thus there will be differences between them, especially as certain deities were only recognised by specific tribes, such as Nerthus and Nehalennia. The Teutonic priests had charge of the sacred groves[the precursors of the later temples], the administration of justice, public sacrifices, the casting of lots, interpretation of omens and the safeguarding of the law. In the far north the function of priest and chieftain or king was most likely combined into a single office. A typical example is that of the Icelandic gothi. No doubt they carried this tradition with them from their native Norway.
We have no reason to suppose that there were no priestesses.The female equivalent of the gothi, the gythia is attested to in the Icelandic sagas. The temple was more than likely a development from the sacred grove. "It has been observed that among the Indo-Europeans the most ancient temples that were dedicated to the gods were sacred groves. In his survey of European folklore, Jacob Grimm observed that among the ancient Germans the oldest temples were groves. This was the case in all the lands where the Indo-Europeans held sway as the grove was the original place where the sacred was revered."[The Druids, G. Alexander] The temple at Uppsala was surrounded by a grove. Tacitus in Germania 39 refers to the sacred grove of the Suebi and in Germania the sacred grove of Nerthus.
In smaller organisational units such as the clan or or family the head of the clan or the family performed the duties associated with the priest. "In the smaller organisations of society then, priestly duties seem to have been performed by the temporal chief. It is only the great organisation, the tribe or state, which possesses a class with exclusively priestly functions."[The Ancient Teutonic Priesthood, H. Munro Chadwick] A Teutonic priesthood is in the process of being formed today. If any readers wish to explore this further see the relevant links section on this blog!
Tuesday, 2 October 2012
Even during the days when I still clung to the desert `god` religion I was always disgusted by the actions of the nithing Coifu, who Bede in his A History of the English Church and People describes as a `Chief Priest`[Chapter 13]. We are not told if he was a priest of Woden but we have no reason to assume he wasn`t. Coifu accepted christianity without any apparent show of resistance although we only have the word of a cleric for this-Bede. Likewise these words attributed to Coifu may very well be the words of Bede which he put into Coifu`s mouth: "I have long realized that there is nothing in our way of worship; for the more deligently I sought after truth in our religion, the less I found." [As an aside that is what I eventually concluded about christianity!] Coifu then went on to suggest to King Edwin that the temple and altars be "desecrated and burned." Coifu also volunteered to be the first to carry out this heinous act. He asked Edwin for "arms and a stallion". Bede tells us that it was hitherto "unlawful for the Chief Priest to carry arms or to ride anything but a mare-and, thus equipped, he set out to destroy the idols. Girded with a sword and with a spear in his hand, he mounted the king`s stallion and rode up to the idols..... "as soon as he reached the temple, he cast into it the spear he carried and thus profaned it." I am not aware of any success or indeed any attempt in carrying out excavations to discover the remnants of the temple but Bede writes that "The site where these idols once stood is still shown, not far east of York, beyond the river Derwent, and is known today as Goodmanham." Goodmanham is an old village situated about 20 miles to the east of York in the East Riding of Yorkshire in the ancient kingdom of Deira in Northumbria. It is said that the old church of All Hallows stands on or near the site of the heathen temple. I would dearly love to see it demolished for a proper archaeological excavation to take place. It would not surprise me if that was the site as we know that it was church policy for heathen temples either to be taken over by the church or be destroyed to be replaced by a christian church building. Most old Anglican[formerly Roman Catholic] churches occupy sacred heathen ground. At least we know that the Anglo-Saxons used temples and idols as part of their worship and had a priesthood. These are things which are often denied by self-appointed `experts` on the subject!
Monday, 1 October 2012
Sunday, 30 September 2012
Friday, 28 September 2012
Saturday, 15 September 2012
There are several interpretations of the etymology of the name German but one of the most if not THE most interesting is the following.
We know that the most ancient weapon of the pre-christian Germanic peoples was the spear. This was the weapon of choice and probably one of the easiest and cheapest to manufacture. It was the outward symbol of the Germanic Freeman who had come to maturity and acknowledgement within the clan through the slaying of a wild beast. It is a symbol of Germanic manhood and strength.
It is also the THE symbol of the Germanic God Wodan. His spear, Gungnir was inscribed with 17 runes on the spear head. It was a symbol of His power and lordship. Like the axe it one of the great symbols of our Folk.
The 33rd rune of the Anglo-Northumbrian Futhorc[incorrectly termed the Anglo-Saxon] is Gar. It represents the spear of Wodan. It is not or should not be regarded as the final rune of the fourth Aett but more correctly as the central rune around which all the others radiate for it is His rune and He is the centre of all things for He is the All-Father Wodan.
It has been interpreted by Wodens Folk as the "gift of Ing", Ing being the ancestral God of the English or Inglish Folk. The rune consists of a combination of Gebo or Gyfu and Ingwaz or Ing. However the Elder Futharc version of Gebo is more stylistically represented in Gar than the Anglo-Northumbrian version.
Gar is the beginning and end of a magical working and has the power to seal the magician`s intent.
The name German may thus have its etymology in the term ger-manni-people of the spear. Gar or Ger is Proto Germanic for `spear`. When confronting the Roman legions this may be an appelation that the Romans used to distinguish the Germanic peoples from their Celtic neighbours. The term as I have said does have other connotations which I intend to explore in further articles.
My recent article The Sacred Spears of the Germanic Priest-Kings posted on my Die Armanenschaft der Ariogermanen blog explores the use of the spear by the Germanic priest-kings.
Sunday, 9 September 2012
During the latter half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century a number of sacred spears belonging to the pre-christian Germanic tribes were located in modern day Germany, Sweden and Poland, being the Kovel spear, the Dahmsdorf spear, the Rozwadow spear and the Moos spear.
What these spears have in common is their construction-Iron with silver inlay and their runic inscriptions.
The one from Dahmsdorf has the inscription Ansuz-Jera-Nauthiz-Ansuz-Raitho. The inscription reading from right to left says ranja, ie the "runner". Edred Thorsson in his The Mysteries of the Goths speculates that this has the meaning of "the one which causes[them] to flee". The owner of the spear may have been a Burgundian, originally an East Germanic tribe.
It dates from around 250CE and it also contains solar and lunar symbols and was discovered in 1865 during the construction of a train station at Dahmsdorf-Muecheberg.
This and the other spears were never used in combat and clearly were of ceremonial purpose. Either these spears belonged to tribal priests or were symbolic totems of regal power belonging to chieftains.
The spear was the original and favoured weapon of the Germanic peoples and every Germanic freeman, every warrior possessed one as a mark of his status. In the case of chieftains and priests these were obviously more elaborate as these spears clearly have a mystical purpose.
We are of course reminded of Gungnir, the spear of Wotan/Wodan/Woden/Odin which likewise was according to Sigdrifumal 17 insricribed with 17 runes on its tip. It would of course be tempting to speculate what they are. It is of course possible that this may be a version of the normally 16 runes Younger Futhark.
It contains a Triskelion and a Swastika, both of which are solar symbols. These spears also contain tamgas which are Sarmatian or Scythian tribal symbols and thus show a connection with the steppe dwelling Iranian tribes who lived close to the East Germanic peoples.
The Germanic peoples considered themselves to be the offspring of their Gods and nobles in particular often reckoned their descent from Wodan. Therefore it is natural for a Germanic chieftain or king to possess a sacred spear as a symbol of the Wodan given regal power.
Later in the post-conversion times and the arising of the Parsifal myth the sacred spear or lance features as the symbolic weapon of the Grail king.
We know that the Holy Lance or spear of Longinus which allegedly currently resides in the Hofburg Museum in Wien has been dated to no earlier than the 7th century CE and therefore is not contemporary with the times of the so-called Christ.
No doubt this spear falls into a similar category as the four runic spears referred to in this article.
My readers may wish to also study my article from 12/5/12 on Die Armanschaft Der Ario-Germanen blog-Gungnir, Symbol of All-Father Woden and its Significance and also from 5/10/08 on my Celto-Germanic blog: Gungnir, the Spear of Odin.
Saturday, 25 August 2012
In my researches into Germanic mythology I occasionally find references to a rather obscure Germanic Goddess called Isa. Isa as we know is the name of the 11th rune of the Elder Futhark, also known as Is in the Anglo-Saxon Futhork, Iss in the Scandinavian Futharks and Is in the Armanen Futhork.
There is a theory that this Goddess lends her name to Iceland or Island.
"Rassmann identifies Island as derived from Isa, a goddess of the under-world, probably the same as Holda, and not as Iceland."[Legends of the Wagner Drama by Jessie L. Weston]
As a female personal name it is Teutonic and of ancient origin, signifying aristocratic, strong willed, a ruler. The element of strength is brought out in the hard, icey and cold nature of the Isa rune.
It is generally considered that due to the Celtic location and time frame of the Tristan and Isolde legend that Isolde was an Irish Celtic princess. However this is a mistake albeit an understandable one.
During the 9th century CE it was a Viking and not an Irish king that held court in Dublin and we should not forget the significant Scandinavian and thus Germanic heritage of Ireland from the 9th and 10th centuries.
German scholars according to Jessie L. Watson derive Isolde`s name from Iswalt or Iswalda[Eis-walterin=ruler of the ice]. The earliest form of the Isolde name is Isalde[Wolfram von Eschenbach]. Legends always represent her as fair haired-`die lichte` as opposed to the rival dark-haired Isolde. She concludes that the Germanic forms of the name have more in common than the Kymric Essylt.
It is also interesting to consider that in the German Nibelungenlied Brunhild is represented as the queen of Iceland and her very nature is hard, icey and strong-willed. She dwellt in her fortress Isenstein[`Ice rock`]and was a beautiful woman of formidable strength and fortitude.
Could it be that the two distinct legendary figures of Isolde and Brunhild originally derive from a common Germanic source?
Sunday, 12 August 2012
For a long time I have recognised the special relationship between the Germanic, Baltic and Slavic Thunder Gods, not only in their functions, characteristics and physical attributes but also in the shared etymological origins of His name.
The reconstructed name of the Proto-Indo-European Thunder God is *Perkunos. From this name we derive the name of the Baltic Thunder God Perkonis amongst the Prussians[Prussian is an extinct Baltic language], Perkons from the Latvian and Perkunas from the Lithuanian. All these aforementioned languages are Baltic which is now recognised as the oldest Indo-European language group. I suggest that scholars should direct their efforts in exploring the language, folklore and mythology of the Balts for in so doing we will learn more about our shared Aryan past.
Amongst the Slavic peoples He is named Perun[Czech]and Pyerun[Russian]and Perunu[Old Russian].
There is a possible cognate with the Indic Parjanya, an alternative name for the Hindu God Indra[who is also called Indara amongst the Iranians].
There would not appear to be a direct association with the Germanic Thor/Thunar/Donar but we should recollect that an alternative name for Jord[Thor`s mother] is Fjorgyn which Jaan Puhvel[Comparative Mythology] states is a cognate.
The Celtic Taranis is cognate with the Germanic Thunar and thus indirectly liked to *Perkunos.
All this is suggestive of a very close shared mythological link between the Balts, Slavs and Teutons and a more tenuous link with the Celts. No doubt this is because the Teutons remained as one people with the Balts and Slavs long after the dispersal of the Celts and the link between the Balts and Slavs is much longer still.
These Thunder Gods all carry an axe or a hammer. The Baltic and Slavic Thunder Gods are generally seen with an axe which my readers will know from earlier articles is a much older weapon than the hammer and Thor`s hammer developed from this.
Also the first axes were made of stone and this is reflected in the etymology of hammer which originally meant `stone`.
The antiquity of the northern European Thunder God is also reflected in the Baltic and Slavic names which are derived from PIE *peru which means `stone`.
Amongst our ancestors an association between the Thunder God and the stone axe was made in the concept of thunder falling to earth in the form of a stone axe.
Another thing that these Thunder Gods have in common is their physical and material characteristics-red bearded/red haired, hot-tempered and rambling across the heavens in a chariot pulled by a goat or goats.
The Thunder God amongst the Balts and Slavs is regarded very much as their supreme deity. I believe that at one stage this was also the case amongst the Teutons but as we know in some parts of the Germanic world Thor was still recognised as occupying this position, such as in the north Germanic language area. The cult of Odin/Woden/Wotan appears to have developed in the south Germanic language area and spread northwards.
Amongst the Greek and Roman pantheons the Thunder God[Zeus/Jupiter] still reigned as supreme which is an indication of His great antiquity and importance.
Within the Germanic heathen community we need to give proper recognition to the Thunder God and not shy away from exploring the myths, folk tales and folklore of related northern Aryan peoples and indeed other non-Indo-European speaking peoples such as the Finns for it would appear that Finnish mythology has much in common with Germanic mythology.
The Finnish Thunder God is Ukko, whose sacred trees are the oak and the rowan and His weapon is an axe or a hammer, sometimes a stick or a sword. It is believed that He has Indo-European origins. Iron age specimens of axe and hammer pendants have been found in Finland. His name may have developed from Perkele which seems suspiciously related to *Perkunos.
Sources: Comparative Mythology by Jaan Puhvel.
The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World by J.P. Mallory and D.Q. Adams.
European Myth and Legend by Mike Dixon-Kennedy.
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Academics are beginning to unearth evidence from the disciplines of linguistics,genetics,archaeology and history for the much deeper antiquity of the presence of the Germanic peoples in the British Isles. Two books in particular are of especial interest and relevance to this subject, namely Stephen Oppenheimer`s The Origins of the British and Graeme Davis` The Early English Settlement of Orkney and Shetland.
Another work which is indirectly of assistance in the much wider issue of the deeper antiquity of the Indo-European presence in Europe is Colin Renfrew`s Archaeology and Language: The Puzzle of Indo-European Origins.
Dr Oppenheimer`s work unfortunately has been misunderstood and misinterpreted on many discussion forums where people assume[often those who have not taken the time to read his book] that his general theory is that the British Isles "were populated almost entirely by Iberians and Basques". This is a false understanding. It is clear that if they had taken the trouble to read his book-IN ITS ENTIRETY they would see that his main argument and theory is that the English population of Britain has a much deeper antiquity than the arbitary date of 449CE referred to in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles.
Oppenheimer uses first the science of genetics to establish that Britain was populated in two directions: one from the modern region of the Basque country in southern France and northern Spain where northern Europeans had retreated before the last great Ice Age and then returned to northern Europe and one from North West Europe. This does not make any of the populations of Britain Basque or Iberian[these ethnicities did not even exist at the time!]just because some of the Basques or Iberians have a similar DNA haplotype to some northern Europeans. This faulty interpretation of genetics and history unfortunately leads many lesser minds to infect others with similar error.
After establishing the genetic basis for the migration into the British Isles he then explains his argument from various sources that Old English[which we commonly refer to as "Anglo-Saxon"]is a much more ancient language than it is traditionally thought to be. Indeed he goes so far to postulate that Old English which he feels has more Norse influence than Low German should be considered as a seperate branch of Germanic, midway between North and West Germanic. The utter lack of Latin and Celtic loan words and the apparent division into distinct regional dialects of Old English so soon by the mid 6th century CE points to the presence of a much more long standing Germanic language in England which created a hybrid with the Anglo-Saxon invasions which he feels did not significantly change the gene pool of England because he argues that Germanic people had already colonised England at some point between the Neolithic and Bronze Ages and that there has been a steady colonisation from that point up to the 5th century CE and onwards with the Danish invasions.
Oppenheimer also demolishes the theory that Celtic languages were introduced into Britain as late as the Iron Age, again arguing for a much deeper presence of Indo-European languages. He also establishes the likely Germanic roots of the Belgae who he believes were also part of the long Germanic migration into Britain.
His theories should be of considerable utility to all who are involved in the reawakening of the Germanic English peoples and their struggle to regain their soil from the invader.
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Whilst the title of this blog suggests an emphasis on comparative Germanic and Celtic mythologies from time to time it is my intention to explore other closely related northern European mythologies,in particular the Baltic and Slavic.
Whilst the Gaelic tongue is undoubtedly an ancient Indo-European language as Latin, Greek and Sanskrit are the Baltic languages are probably the most archaic and the study of these languages can get us closer to our Indo-European roots.
Baltic is divided into West Baltic[Old Prussian-now extinct] and Eastern Baltic[Lithuanian and Latvian].
In addition to the antiquity of Baltic which in itself can reveal the likely form of our Ur-Sprache and the lifestyle of our ancient Aryan ancesters the very fact that the Balts did not start to convert to christianity until the 15th century CE-over 400 years after the Icelanders and approximately 800-900 years after the Anglo-Saxons there is a rich storehouse of pre-christian Aryan and moreover northern European folklore and mythology which can help to throw light upon the beliefs or our Germanic and Celtic ancestors and even further back to Proto-Indo-European times.
By analysing the remnants of Celtic, Germanic, Baltic and Slavic myths we can throw light upon the individual mythologies and project back in time a reconstructed Proto-Indo-European belief system.
The Balts unlike their Celtic, Germanic and Slavic neighbours resided in a living space that was relatively free of other indigenous peoples and remain untouched by the centuries of alien invasions by Mongolian and Hunnish hordes.
It is amongst the Baltic peoples that we can expect to find a more archaic, pure and untouched mythology, language and blood inheritance.
Over the coming months it is my intention to explore and discuss some of the details of the Baltic mythological system and how it can help us to reconstruct our pre-christian ancient Aryan one.
Baltic mythology is largely to be found in the pre-christian Dainas or hymns which are comparable in many ways to the Sanskrit Vedas.
"The German philosopher J.G. Herder[200 years ago] and the French linguist M. Jonval[80 years ago] described the Latvian Dainas as an archaic inheritance from the very beginnings of the Indo-European[I.E.] language community."[The Origin of The Baltic and Vedic Languages by Janis Radvils Paliepa]
Saturday, 24 March 2012
The wolf as an animal that has an ancient and close connection to the pre-christian Germanic peoples and should be viewed along with the boar, the bear and the raven as a totemic animal for our people. Woden as my readers will be aware is the master of two wolves, Geri and Freki.
Many of us who are active in the Wodenic revival not only associate ourselves with this animal but adopt its characteristics, albeit perhaps unconsciously which all the more affirms our ancient afinity for this creature. Some of us even go on to adopt its name as our own personal name because of our close identification.
Germanic man`s affinity with the wolf, especially the lone wolf goes back to the concept of the Werwolf and an example of this may be found in the legend of Sigurd and his son Sinfjotli who was conceived by his sister Signy in order to exact revenge upon the enemies of the Volsunga, his blood being of the purest kind and a linear descendant of Woden Himself.
The characteristics of the Lone Wolf in particular should be of especial interest to us and are worthy of emulation.
A laudable definition of the Lone Wolf may be found on Wikipedia:
A lone wolf is a wolf that lives independently rather than with others as a member of a pack. The term is also used in reference to people who exhibit characteristics of introversion or a strong preference for independence.
In the animal kingdom, lone wolves are typically older wolves driven from the pack, perhaps by an alpha male, or young adults in search of new territory. Rather than openly challenge the dominance of the pack leaders, many young wolves between the ages of 1 and 4 years leave their family to search for a pack of their own. Some wolves will simply remain lone wolves; as such, these lone wolves may be stronger, more aggressive and far more dangerous than the average wolf that is a member of a pack. However, lone wolves have difficulty hunting, as wolves' favorite prey, large ungulates, are nearly impossible for a single wolf to bring down alone. Instead, lone wolves will generally hunt smaller animals and scavenge carrion. Occasionally, a lone wolf will encounter another lone wolf of the opposite sex, and the two may start a new pack.
When used to describe a person, this term is applied to individuals who prefer solitude, or who work alone. In literature, the term is used to establish a character as aloof and emotionally unable or unwilling to directly interact with other characters in the story. A stereotypical lone wolf will be dark or serious in personality; he is often taciturn, and will distinguish himself through his reserved nature.
Lone wolf of the group
A paradoxical additional term used to describe someone who spends enough time with a group to be considered a member but not enough time to be very close to the other members. Such people tend to not take part in the group activities or "get-togethers". It is also rarely applied to someone who is shy and tends to refer to someone who simply spends most of their time alone.
When applied to military or security groups, it refers to someone who frequently acts on their own accord, insists on working alone, refuses to work with most of if not all members of the group and/or goes against the plans of missions/operations and attempts to complete said task alone.
Sunday, 19 February 2012
Although out of print I was fortunate enough to get a second hand hardback copy of this work in near pristine condition.
What makes this work different from others is that Mr Owen is not afraid to cover the racial genesis of the Germanic peoples, the result of the fusing together of the Corded Ware, single grave battle axe wielding Indo-Europeans and the aboriginal Northern Megalithic culture which is reflected in the myth of the war and reconciliation of the Aesir and Vanir Gods of northern mythology.
His work extends far back into the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic period and forward into the Bronze Age and the pre-Roman and Roman Iron Age.
Mr Owen uses the tools of archaeology, linguistics, history, mythology and anthropology in an intriguing way, the latter field rarely used these days when discussing the Germanic peoples. As the work in the scheme of things is fairly recent it is even more surprising that it is free from the post war anti-Germanic bias which is found in many other `scholarly` works.
I recommend this work to all those who are interested in the pre-history of the Germanic peoples, Germanic mythology and racial anthropology. It offers a thorough grounding in the basics which is sadly lacking in more recent works.
Sunday, 29 January 2012
Since the forced conversion of the Germanic peoples it has gradually become the fashion and the norm for parents to give their babies non-Germanic and often non-Aryan names, particularly biblical names, whether they be traditionally jewish or christian in nature. This trend in recent years has got far worse with the numbers of Nordic children being given names such as Isaac, Jacob and Joshua increasing.
Taken from www.babycentre.uk
I have highlighted in bold text those names which are Jewish, Arabic or New Testament in origin. A significant number of the rest are Germanic or even German in origin.
As Wodenists we know that the granting of a name to a child imparts a certain wyrd to that child that influences his character and his luck. Therefore we choose names that are Germanic, that is pre-christian and often these names incorporate the names of our Gods and Godesses.
Vilhelm Groenbech in his The Culture of the Teutons Volume 2 under Chapter 3 Name and Inheritance has this to say on the matter:
"At the point where the new-born child is adopted by the clan he is brought into contact with the power that resides in the possessions of the race. When the father gives the little one a name, and thus determines his fate by speaking a soul into him....." [My emphasis].
It is still the tradition within families for children to be named after their parents, grandparents or other ancestors and this custom goes back to ancient times. It was believed that by doing so one is assisting the rebirth of ones ancestors or kin. This is a good custom and should be encouraged but if the said names are not Germanic in character then it is far better to depart with this custom and instead to use pre-christian Germanic ones. I also encourage adults who bear such forenames or even surnames to relinquish them and choose ones that are more in character with one`s ethnicity and beliefs. This is something which I have done and consequently I have founded a new `dynasty`.
By continuing to impart foreign, ie non-Germanic names, especially non-Aryan names to our children we are granting a foreign and utterly alien character and wyrd to our children. Part of our awakening as an Aryo-Germanic people must be the recognition that Germanic children should be bear Germanic names.
Saturday, 21 January 2012
This morning I had a very interesting and what I feel to be a significant dream about the future of Wodenism in England.
My dream commenced with me viewing an online video of a Woden`s Folk event on my computer at work surrounded by other people who took an interest in what I was viewing.
The video overwhelmingly featured children dressed in red and white costumes and wearing horned helmets.
The scene of the dream then switched to me attending a very large meeting of folkish Wodenists who had gathered from all over England to celebrate England Day or as it is more commonly known-St. George`s Day. There were hundreds of people-all white and all English who came to gather in what was a carnival type of atmosphere. It was a sunny and happy day. I remember saying to a bystander, an old man with a beard "how proud people are of being English".
Coaches of people were arriving but most of these people were old people and I remarked to someone that "these people were probably not Woden`s Folk" but nevertheless were gathering to celebrate this special day.
Significantly there were old people and children who were predominant in this dream. This large number of old people are representative of our ancestors, the children being our descendants, signifying an unbroken genetic link between the past and the future. Our ancient Wodenic religion was being revived and was growing in popularity. The red and white costumes signify the colours of the English Cross flag and the White Dragon flag. The children`s horned helmets represent our Germanic heritage. The coaches signify a communal experience and means of getting to our ultimate destination and achieving our shared goal.
I believe this dream to be prophetic and I cannot help but draw a link between this and the coming referendum on Scottish independance. Freed of Scotland England and the ethnic English people will once again regain their Germanic English identity and proudly reassert this again in the world.
England`s premier Wodenist organisation, Woden`s Folk may be found on http://www.wodensfolk.org.uk/
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
One frequently hears non-folkish heathens making silly statements to the effect that our ancestors welcomed foreigners and did not discriminate against other races and indeed had no concept of race.
Let me address the first two opinions first. Our pre-christian Aryo-Germanic ancestors had a loyalty to their family, their clan, their tribe and their ethnic group[and by extension race]. In those times different Germanic peoples were able to communicate with each other with little difficulty. Any one who has studied Old English and Icelandic which is closely related to Old Norse will agree with me on that point. They recognised a kinship of blood, language and common religion.
Our ancestors fiercely defended the territories that they occupied from foreign invaders-unlike their feminised descendants today who bend over backwards to admit the most racially diverse peoples to invade their lands, squander their resources and impregnate their women. How different modern effeminate and metrosexual man is compared to his heroic forefathers. Even their foremothers had more balls than they.
Ancient man, not just Germanic man recognised racial differences and this subject is explored in great detail in Race in Ancient Egypt & The Old Testament by A.H. Sayce and R. Peterson. A study of ancient Egyptian art settles that question once and for all.
I would like to draw your attention to a very interesting segment from The Volsunga Saga, translated by William Morris, the first English translation from 1907:
`Then spake Volsung the king, "All people and nations shall tell of the word I spake, yet being unborn, wherein I vowed a vow that I would flee in fear from neither fire nor the sword; even so have I done hitherto, and shall I depart therefrom now I am old? Yea withal never shall the maidens mock these my sons at the games, and cry out at them that they fear death; once alone must all men need die, and from that season shall none escape; so my rede it is that we flee nowhither, but do the work of our hands in as manly wise as we may; a hundred fights have I fought and whiles I had more, and whiles I had less, and yet ever had I the victory, nor shall it ever be heard tell of me that I fled away or prayed for peace."`
These brave words were spoken by Volsung, great grandson of Woden to his daughter Signy, the mother of Sinfjotli by her brother Sigmund. Volsung and his sons lived and died by these words of heroism at the hands of their enemy Siggeir, king of Gothland and the husband of Signy.
By contrast today`s Germanic man is certainly not an heroic type. This may in part be due to the loss of the best blood of our race in two needless world wars for the cause of zionism. Another important factor is that Aryo-Germanic man has been systematically made to feel guilt for his race, a guilt first initiated by Judeo-Christianity and then further intensified by the holohaux by the Jews. Even today Germanic Englishmen will willingly enter the service of the zionist regime that runs this country but shirks from defending his land from the aliens who are breaking in here and are already here, raping and looting at will whyilst Aryo-Germanic man looks on emasculated, afraid to call a spade a spade and afraid of his own shadow.
Isreal is more important to him than the survival of his own folk, land and race.
One by one Sigmund`s nine brothers were killed by a she-wolf, reckoned by some to be the troll-wife of King Siggeir. Sigmund survives and for years whilst living underground and living by his wits his sister Signy presents her two sons to him to act as a help-mate but they prove to have inherited their father Siggeir`s bad, ignoble and cowardly blood. Recognising that personal qualities and human characteristics are transmitted by the blood or what we would now call DNA Signy changed outward form and mates with her brother producing a fine and heroic child and his name was Sinfjotli and he proves to be 100% Volsung, which of course he was, being more Volsung than either of his fine parents.
This demonstrates that our ancient Germanic Woden honouring ancestors acknowledged the power of genetic transmission and the importance of blood purity. This is a lesson for modern day Aryo-Germanic man. I hope that it is a lesson that it is not too late for him to yet learn!