— Jordanes, Getica 5,39-41⇑
In the year 1906, The Will to Power(3), the main work of the great German classics scholar and philosopher, Friedrich Nietsche, was published completely and posthumously, a work that he had finished in 1887 but had left rather disconnected in several large notebooks for others to organize. In introducing the work, he explained that he was writing the intellectual history of the following two centuries. They would be characterized, he said, by what he called nihilism: the total denial, by the intellectual world, of any transcendent reality and, consequently, of any purpose to human existence whatsoever. This, he said, had already happened and would merely take time to be implemented. He maintained that nihilism was a result of the mutual incompatibility of the trait of truth-seeking with those of escapism and sanctimonious moralizing in Christianity, especially Protestantism.
Nietzsche was a prophet of uncommon vision. Ever since his death in 1900, modern America and the rest of Western civiliization have been moving slowly but inexorably along the deadly path of nihilism to its logical consequence: physical suicide.
It is the contention of this author that the civilization of the White man, and indeed, of the world as a whole, does not have much time left. And that this is due to the fact that when they rejected Christianity in toto, Western intellectuals threw out the baby with the bath. No one who views the underside of modern America and the darkening clouds of world problems, can deny that the future contains ominous potential for global extinction as well as golden opportunities for investment and growth. What the viewer may not realize is that there is a vast preternatural undergirding to this situation, and that it is not all just a matter of politics and socio-economics.
It is to address this fact (repeat: fact) that this paper is written.
The approach we take here is to examine the nature and operation of widely shared depth-psychological (i.e., religious) symbols. We do this by first explaining the inner nature of shamanism, the religion of the ancestors of northern Europeans; then showing how the religions (especially the Earth Mother goddesses) of classical antiquity (southern Europe and Asia Minor) fused into (i.e., were not just replaced by) Christianity; and finally by pointing out how the uncanny appearance of widespread depth-psychological symbols today is actually showing us where we are and where we are inexorably going as a civilization and as a species. To make a long story short: we stand on the brink of virtually global annihilation.⇑
A.) Religion in General
Religion is a strictly human phenomenon. While many of the beginnings of the rituals and even symbols found in the world's religions are present in the animal world, especially among our cousins, the anthropoid apes, only humans have the power of mind to see that the symbols, the rituals and the myths are a means to an end. That end is the integration of the body and soul of the human being with a universal, living reality which includes, but goes far beyond, the physical world. It is a reality which is eternal and infinitely intelligent, and paradoxically both personal and impersonal. As the Swiss founder of analytical psychology and depth psychology, Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) showed, the typical patterns (or archetypes) appearing in the world's religions, art, dreams and elsewhere arise from the physical structures and racial memories of the body. But these archetypes are not complete in themselves; rather, they are something akin to stained-glass windows of the soul: windows through which the light of something utterly different shines. Thus religion can be viewed as a kind of language with which to address the otherworldly basis of life. The mistake of the politicized, Zoroastrianism-derived religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam has been to take one or the other particular language of this type as the only true such language. Such self-justifying views have historically often driven these religions to suppress non-Zoroastrian religions, and even each other, by means of the sword.(4)
A word about symbols: we now know that in fact all parts of any living organism, from the DNA and RNA to the human central nervous system, communicate not so much through raw force or mechanical reflexes, as by means of signs and signals: what is technically called semiology or semiosis. The appearance of images and symbolic actions in dreams and in paranormal phenomena is a magnified, highly abstract and elaborate extension of this same process. Indeed, language itself is at base a system of sound signals.⇑
B.) Germanic Religion
The religion of the early Germanic peoples was unwritten and very practical — i.e., based on direct experience. It was fluid, open to new ideas and practices, and in constant development. It reached its characteristic structure, common to all Germanic peoples until overcome by Christianity (during the period 400-1000), by about 100 B.C. As with most natural, non-literate and empirical (non-rationalized) religions, it was at bottom pan-psychist." That is, it held that the entire cosmos was animated by a single Cosmic Soul or Allsoul; and that the earth was in effect a condensation of the living cosmos, and was hence possessed of a World Soul; and that all of organic and inorganic nature was endowed with (or populated by) yet further condensations of the Worldsoul. This accounts for the nature spirits which besouled not only living things but things which we today call inanimate."⇑
B. 1. The Gods
The name of the chief god was Wōōden (rhymes with broodin'"). As we shall see, Wōōden both represented and was the Worldsoul in the latter's direct control and possession of man, at the same time that this same god was the prototype of the shaman and the archetype of the self. Wōōden was sometimes equated by Latin writers with Mars (see quote from Jordanes, above), occasionally even with Jupiter, but mostly with Mercury (Wednesday [i.e., Wōōden's day] = Latin Mercurii dies), the Mediterranean god who guided the souls of the dead down to Fog-Land (Nivelham, also called Hell). Wōōden's female partner was the goddess of love, Fry (cf. friend, Friday). The god of war, of (martial and civil) law and of intellectual prowess was Tew (cf. Tuesday, i.e., Tew's day), and the god of weather and physical strength was Thunder (cf. Thursday, i.e., Thor's day). These gods are the most famous of the Eese (singular: Oose), and in olden times were important especially to the nobles of the respective Germanic nations. The Eese lived in Osyard (= Oose-Yard), the Walled Citadel (yard) of the Eese."
In Norse mythology the heights and depths of the universe are connected by the mighty, three-rooted World-Tree called Awe-drasle (literally Awe-horse," Horse of the Awesome One [i.e., of Wōōden], a symbolic word, or kenning, for the gallows on which a hanged man (originally a shaman tied to the tree) would ride to the other world). Osyard itself lies under the first of the three roots of Awe-drasle. Beneath the second root is Etenhams (the Villages or Land of the Etens [or giants]), the domain of the great frost-giants (etens). And below the third root lies Hell, where the dead sleep. Far above these three spheres, surrounding and united with the main trunk of Awe-drasle itself, is Midyard (Middle Fortress between Hell below and the supernal heights above), the world of men, a sphere encircled by the all-encompassing sea.
Other gods, called Wanes, live for the most part not in Osyard but in Wanehams (the Villages or Land of the Wanes) within the earth, air and waters of Midyard itself. These deities are divinities of the earth as life-giver. Hence, in contrast to the nobility, the people of the land — farmers, fishers and hunters — looked especially to the Wanes for fertility and prosperity.⇑
B. 2. The word soul
A fluid, either vapor or liquid (especially water), is the almost universal human symbol for the unconscious. It signifies the deep-soul of the individual and, beyond the individual, the Worldsoul and the Allsoul of which the individual is but a small, wave-like part. As many other peoples, so also the ancient Northmen identified this ethereal ocean with local, physical bodies of water. Likewise frequently encountered among many Germanic groups as among other non-literate peoples is the view that souls are recycled from the land of the living to the Worldsoul and back again. The Proto-Germanic word for lake was *saiwaz (whence also modern English sea, German der See lake [and also die See, sea]), and the soul was for them a derivative of the lake," a lake-ite," and had the form *saiwalō (the ending -alō meant stemming from), which yielded the later Old English sāwol, then Middle English sāwle, sōwle and, finally, modern English soul. Hence the word soul bears an implicit etymological (word-origin) reference to the fluid abyss whence it springs. And in ancient Germanic religion, the foremost delver into these fluid and watery depths was Wōōden.⇑
C. The Religio-Mystical Experience
Comparative religiology has shown that among historically early or non-literate peoples there have always been many individuals who were and are trained to experience a death-like relaxation of the brain's control over consciousness and a simultaneous knowing of an utterly different reality. These religious specialists were and are able to melt themselves into the Worldsoul and thereby partake of its infinite intelligence and its existence beyond time and space.
There are various ways to achieve this state, but the way used by the religious specialists of northern Siberia and Europe is called shamanism. This word is taken from the language of the Siberian Tungus peoples, who use the word shaman to designate to those who enter upon this condition of temporarily dissolved personality habitually and professionally. The word was originally used to refer to Buddhist monks, and it comes (mediated by the Indo-Germanic, Tocharian language [6th to 10th centuries] of central Asia) ultimately from the Sanskrit çramañás an ascetic, Buddhist or Jain ascetic. The term çram-añá- really means something like mortifying the flesh, and is based on the root çram- grow weary, fatigued. Shamanism itself, however, is not merely mortification of the flesh. It is a conceptual complex characterized by religious and magical thoughts and practices, although not directly integrated with any religion. It amounts to the proto-religion or initial form of what evolved into religion in all later human societies. It was first recognized and studied scientifically in circum-arctic and Central Asian areas in the nineteenth century, but various forms of the phenomenon have since been found in a great many other areas and climates. Shamans can be either male (shaman) or, most frequently, female (shamanka); they can use their powers to help either individuals (e.g., by healing them) or the community (e.g., by giving success in the hunt). Typically, they are virtually walking libraries of ethnobotany regarding their place and people, with amazing knowledge of the medical values of their environments' plants and animals. (See, in this connection, Appendix B: Herbarium of a Modern Shaman, at the end of this essay.) Both birth (that is, being the son or daughter of a shaman) and vocation (i.e., being called by a supernatural being in a vision) enable one to become a shaman. After considerable training and with the help of assistant spirits, the novice undergoes an extremely grueling initiation, dies, and then returns to life. The initiate (often with the aid of a drum or rattle) usually enters a trance during this vision quest. Next, he either undertakes a journey into the beyond (from which he, remaining in the death-trance, may also never return — a phenomenon also known in Zen Buddhism) or is possessed by spirits. As the escort of souls (technically called a psychopomp), he will often guide the souls of the newly dead to the abyssal depths where they are integrated with the Worldsoul. He or she is healer, sorcerer and soothsayer, and sometimes also a priest, mystic and poet.
The shamanic initiation, or ecstatic trance, is the defining characteristic of the shaman. By various means the central nervous system (CNS) is subjected to great stress, which permanently alters the biochemistry and neurology of the initiate. Various psychotropic drugs or plants may also be used to assist in the process. During this ordeal, the dominant beta-wave frequency of consciousness is slowed down in whole or in part to theta or even delta levels. In the Near-Death Experience (NDE), it sometimes even flat-lines to complete cessation - i.e., death itself. It is then that the egocentric nature of personhood and individuality is partly dissolved, the body's ability ot block supersensory information is weakened, and the soul begins to perceive directly the ocean of intelligence in which it swims. This perception may take the form of an otherworld journey, a communication with disembodied spirits, apocalyptic revelations, vastly (but temporarily) increased intelligence and the like. But as has been known for centuries, the brain of the perceiver filters and interprets the stimuli of whatever is perceived and presents it to consciousness in a way which is meaningful for the individual. Thus a Buddhist will interpret the experience in a Buddhist way, an Amazonian Indian will do so through the categories of his own internalized tribal traditions, etc.
The initiatory trance leaves the ego permanently weakened and thus more susceptible to parapsychological influences. Many of those who have undergone an NDE report telepathic or clarivoyant abilities which they had never had or noticed before. True shamans as well as mystics and various meditational adepts are known to go far beyond these initial conditions.
In Western civilization, the best known, though almost universally unrecognized and misunderstood, example of a shaman is Jesus. According to the synoptic gospels (Mark 1:12-13, Matthew 4:1-2, Luke 4:1-3), at the very beginning of his public career as a peripatetic philosopher, Jesus went on a vision quest in the wilderness.
By far the best interpretive work on the New Testament gospels available is produced by the Jesus Seminar, a school of internationally renowned scholars (eventually numbering around 200) called Fellows who, since 1985, have met twice yearly to discuss and debate technical essays on the subject. At the end of each session, the members vote their individual decisions point by point, using beads colored black, gray, pink and red, to indicate whether they consider the text under discussion as, respectively, completely fictional, having at least a bit of plausibility, reasonably probable, or virtually certain, when it comes to whether a given saying ascribed to Jesus was actually spoken by him or was later invented by an evangelist. As their website describes the color-coding: red (Jesus undoubtedly said this or something like it), pink (Jesus probably said something like this), gray (Jesus did not say this, but the ideas are close to his own), black (Jesus did not say this; it represents the content of a later or different tradition. Needless to say, the blind-faith religionists have attacked the Jesus Seminar with equally blind fury, but it is by far the best guide to the gospel truth that we have.
The Jesus Seminar published the results of the first (1985-1991) stage of its deliberations on what Jesus said or did not say in The Five Gospels: The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus. New Translation and Commentary by Robert W. Funk, Roy W. Hoover and The Jesus Seminar. (NY: Macmillan Publishing Company, HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.; Polebridge Press, 1993).
In a second stage of inquiry from 1991 to 1996, the Seminar investigated the various probabilities of the actions and experiences ascribed to Jesus (and a few to John the Baptist, Simon Peter and Judas). The same method of voting was used. Again they published their results. This time it was in The Acts of Jesus: The Search for the Authentic Deeds of Jesus. By Robert W. Funk and the Jesus Seminar. (NY: Harper Collins Publishers, HarperSanFrancisco; Polebridge Press, 1998.)
Luckily for the scholars, the Caucasian West is no longer in the habit of burning heretics at the stake. Fundamentalists, of course, regret this fact. And, of course, Islam would not hesitate to punish such audacious scholarship on its foundations with death even today. But for at least a short period of history and in a White environment, we have a small window of opportunity in which to search for the truth.
Of the above-mentioned gospel report of Jesus wandering in the wilderness, The Acts of Jesus (p. 43) says,
However, a vision quest is not the same as a young college student’s contemplation about his future. It is a direct effort to delve into the ground of being here and now. Clearly the narrative in the synoptics about staying in the desert for forty days and nights and speaking with the devil is fictitious and based on attempts to connect the event with Old Testament stories (Israelites wandering in the desert for forty years, the rains lasting for forty days and nights during Noah's deluge, David and Solomon's reign of forty years). But the quest itself is highly probable. Extreme asceticism was relatively popular in the ancient East both before and after Jesus, with John the Baptist and the Essenes being only two of many examples. Moreover, its was only after that initiatory experience that Jesus went around proclaiming the kingdom of God (or of heaven or in the Jesus Seminar's words, God's imperial rule). This reign was nothing less than the world in its transcendent totality as Jesus had directly and paranormally experienced it himself in prayerful trance, and continued to experience it, in his shamanic penetration to the inner depths of being. As the Jesus Seminar (The Five Gospels, pp. 137) writes:
Except for a scattering of saints, desert ascetics and mystics, thus, this mystical understanding of the universe was almost totally lost by the early Christian community, although enough of it remained to serve as the kernel of a later world relgion.
To this kernel were added other, pre-existing elements deriving from John the Baptist. All of the synoptics present him as the forerunner of Jesus. John was most definitely an ascetic, living and preaching in the barren lands around of the Jordan river. His disciples fasted as he himself did (Mark 2:18) and his entourage constituted a group contemporary with, and initially much better known than, that of Jesus. In contrast, Jesus’ followers did not fast; and at least two of them (Andrew, brother of Simon Peter, being one, according to John 1:37-42) switched to Jesus even before John's death. It is likely that considerably more of them followed the pair’s example after the Baptist’s execution.
All of the canonical gospels, the Gospel of Thomas and the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus report on John and his activity, reflecting the fact that he had been very influential before Herod Antipas beheaded him. As the Jesus Seminar puts it (The Acts of Jesus, p. 268), In the public mind, John was very likely a much ‘bigger’ presence than Jesus. There was even a rumor, almost certainly originating with John’s disciples, that he had risen from the dead. It was widespread enough that Herod himself feared it might be true when he heard about Jesus (Mark 6:16, Matthew 14:1-2, Luke 9:7-9). The Jesus Seminar explains the effect of this rumor (ibid.):
It is clear, thus, that John the Baptist was, during his lifetime, religiously more famous and important than Jesus. From this and from the fact that Jesus himself was baptized by John, it follows with great probability that originally Jesus had been a follower of John. It is only after John’s arrest that, according to Matthew 4:12, Jesus leaves the Jordan and begins to proclaim the kingdom of God which he has experienced in his ecstatic vision. In other words, Jesus stepped into the vacuum left by John's demise. In accordance with the ascetic-hyperreligious nature of John’s circle, it is extremely likely that it was the intense religious experience of Jesus’ baptism and excursion into the wilderness on a vision quest which constituted his shamanic initiation; and it was this that first reconfigured his consciousness to be able to apprehend the kingdom of God - a psychospiritual transfiguration through parapsychological ecstasy revealing God’s imperial rule.⇑
D. Germanic Mysticism and Shamanism
In the vast, river-crossed plains between the southern Baltic and Black Seas (i.e., eastern Poland, White Russia [or Belarus], western Russia and Ukraine of 2006), a number of different peoples known collectively as the Rider Peoples (whose warriors were mounted) lived from about the ninth or eighth century B.C. for the following five or six centuries. Archaeologists have found evidence of their presence as far as Central Europe: their horse harnesses and, often, various noise-making instruments (especially the rattle) obviously used for shamanistic purposes. Two of the peoples of the South Russian steppes were of Iranian stock: the Scythians and the Sarmatians. From the Sarmatians came a tribe called the Alans who later accompanied the Goths as far west as Gaul (modern France). Of the Scythians, the Greek historian Herodotus (490-423 B.C.) reports that after a funeral they would purify themselves by inhaling the vapors from hemp seeds placed on red-hot stones under felt tents. They would then yell out in ecstasy, enraptured by this vapor bath. Herodotus says he fails to understand this ritual. As we now know, however, smoking hemp (i.e., marijuana) is the classical manner of putting oneself into trance. He likewise mentions that the Scythians also had a custom of divining the future by throwing twigs into the air and reading them when they fell. A practice of the Ukrainian-steppe peoples such as this was probably one of the sources on which Wōōden's prototype drew to create the divining system of the runes, a kind of very early version of tarot cards.
The Germanic folk itself originated in the fusion of the Jutish Battle-Axe people and the Nordic Megalithic farmers in the area of northern Germany between the Elbe and Oder rivers (i.e., lands adjoining the southwestern Baltic), with a gradual expansion to the Weser and Vistula rivers in western Germany and in Poland, respectively; to the low mountains of middle Germany to the south; and towards southern Scandinavia (probably over a low land bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden in those days) to the north. It is likely that only the Jutish Battle-Axe people were Indo-Germanic (Aryan) speakers, and that they were a small minority, but superior in military and, hence, political power.
At any rate, the fusion was complete by about 2000 B.C. Then, almost two millennia later, around the third century B.C., the first Germanic groups began to move toward the Black Sea: first the Bastarns (The Mixed-Blooded Ones(5)) who arrived at the Black Sea ca. 280 B.C., then the Skirians (the Pure Ones, cf. Gothic skeirs clear [as pure water], lucid), later the Goths (= the Geats of the Anglo-Saxon epic of Beowulf; their name means the Ejaculates [of the male fertility god]) reaching the Black Sea's shore about A.D. 170, along with Herulians, Burgundians, Vandals, Gepids and Rugians. What became the Germanic numbering system was taken from the Babylonian-Assyrian duodecimal-sexagesimal system based, not on ten, but on twelve and sixty (like hours and minutes). Proto-Germanic *hundan hundred had the value 120 (and not 100). Thus it is clear that there were extensive cultural contacts between the Germanic nations migrating to the southeast and the peoples they found there. Further, because of their early arrival at the Black Sea (ca. 280 B.C.E) and their intermarriage there, the Bastarns were probably also the first disciples of the institution of Aryan shamanism, and after adapting it to Germanic tastes they passed it on to the rest of the Germanic world.(6)
The close relationship between the eastern Germanic peoples and the shamanistic peoples of the Ural-Altaic expanses is also shown by the later (eastern) Ostrogothic alignment with the Huns under (King 434-53) Attila (Gothic for Little Father, Daddykins, with the accent on the first syllable), at whose court the (western or Visi-)Gothic skalds (court poets) also found shelter and could continue their oral tradition. In spite of their feeling of cultural superiority over the Huns, not only the Visigothic skalds but also the heathen Ostrogoths needed and took temporary refuge from the religio-political advance of Imperial Mediterranean Christianity in a historically brief military union with these former eastern neighbors on the steppes. It was a cultural haven made necessary after the Visigoths had defected to Arian(7) Christianity under Bishop Wulfila (Little Wolf) and his immediate predecessors. The alliance with Attila enabled the main body of the Ostrogoths and their allies to maintain the cultural heritage of their ancestors, their poetic creativity and their oral tradition, all of which the main body of the converted Visigoths had rejected and abandoned. Thus even when, after the Huns had been stopped at the Battle of the Catalaunian Fields (A.D. 452), with the death of Attila himself a year later, the three Germanic nations of the Gepids, the Ostrogoths and the Herulians had thrown off the Hunnish yoke and driven the Huns from Europe, the intense and traumatic Germanic memories of Attila and the Huns were sung for centuries in the heroic poetry of the North. Testimony to that time of the Migration of Nations are the Old Norse Atlakviða Lay of Attila, (ð = the voiced th as in then) the Middle High German Nibelungenlied Song of the Nivelings and many other Germanic epics and songs. The remnants of the Huns, finally, were eventually absorbed by the Avars, the Volga Bulgars and the Khazars.
So it came about that, from their encounters with the steppe peoples, the early Germanic folk acquired, among other things, yet further knowledge of how to alter their states of consciousness profoundly and in such a way that they could perceive the ghostly undergirding of the universe and use this perception for mantic purposes. (Mantic means having to do with soothsaying, prophecy, etc., and in general, divining the future.)⇑
E. The Name "Wōōden"
The name which the early Germanic folk gave to this altered state of consciousness was derived ultimately from the ancient Proto-Indo-Germanic root *wāt- mantically inspired, which also appears in the Latin word vātēs soothsayer; poet. This root was accented in two different ways, depending on the appended suffixes and their meaning. Where the stress preceded the t, a Proto-Germanic form *wōþ- (þ = th as in with) developed, meaning occult soothsaying in (alliterating) poetic verses, poetic oracles, mantic poetry. Poetry in fact has its historical origins among all peoples in a consciousness more primitive than that of modern man, a brain state to which it is still possible to regress under certain circumstances. In a section, Poesy and Possession of his book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1977), Julian Jaynes (p. 370) quotes from Plato (427-347 B.C.):
...all good poets, epic as well as lyric, composed their beautiful poems not by art, but because they are inspired and possessed....there is no invention in him until he has been inspired and is out of his senses and the mind is no longer in him.
— Io, 534
This poetry-generating state of possession designated by Proto-Germanic *wōþ- mantic poetry later resulted in Old English wōþ poetry, song; voice, noise and in Old Norse óðr poetry, song; mind.
On the other hand, where the accent followed the t in the pre-Proto-Germanic form *wāt'-, Proto-Germanic *wōð- was produced. The first time we see a descendent of this latter root, it is in the Gothic word wōð- (without the ending) and means possessed (as by a demon). The word is used in the Visigothic translation (done between 350-380) of the Gospel of Mark (5:15-18), of a man possessed by a legion of unclean spirits. When exorcized by Jesus, they entered a nearby herd of swine which thereupon rushed headlong down into the lake and drowned. Here the stress is unambiguously on the invasion of a man's body and mind by the paranormal. The modern English derivative of Proto-Germanic *wōð- is wōōd (rhymes with food) and is practically obsolete. Now in all the non-Gothic Germanic languages (Old Norse, German, Dutch, etc.) in which it is attested, wōōd and its cognates mean furious, berserk, and the original reference to the paranormal has been obscured. But Wōōden meant the leader of those who are wōōd, that is, of those who are in a state of possession, who are possessed.(8)
It was because the Germanic warriors of the ferocious first millennium of our era, the epoch of the migration of nations, needed literally supernatural power to secure their futures, that the eleventh-century Adam of Bremen (in his History of the Bishops of Hamburg) said of Wōōden's name, it means ‘furor’ (id est ‘furor’). But the warrior dedicated to Wōōden was not merely a man enraged; he did indeed have preternatural power. About 1220, two centuries after Christianity had subjugated the North, Snorri Sturlusson handed down to us a faint echo of the unearthly might once possessed by the followers of Wōōden:
...his men went without mailcoats, and were frantic as dogs or wolves; they bit their shields and were as strong as bears or boars; they slew men, but neither fire nor iron could hurt them. This is known as ‘running berserk’.
-- Ynglinga Saga, 6
This provisional definition of wōōd and Wōōden will have to do for the moment. We will, however, explore its meaning in full depth later, in the section on possession.
If we can believe at least some part of the reports of Wōōden's origins as reported by Jordanes (sixth century), Saxo Grammaticus (twelfth century) and Snorri Sturlusson (thirteenth century) about Wōōden having been an actual human being, then the name Wōōden, like the names Christ (The Anointed One — a translation of the Hebrew Mashiach [Messiah]) and Buddha (The Awakened One), was in fact originally a title given to a Germanic shaman who possessed supernatural (i.e., psychological and parapsychological) powers and was acknowledged as divine after his death. Indeed, he had so many similarities to Christ that the Visigothic Christians used the shamanic word gallows (Gothic galga) to translate the word cross (Greek staurós) in the biblical description of the crucifixion of Christ. Both the Christian cross and the Germanic gallows are among other things representations of the religiologically universal world tree, itself the brain's symbolic visualization of the central nervous system (cf., e.g., also the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil, mythically the same tree, in the Garden of Eden as described in Genesis).
The ancient Norse Hávamál contains a very realistic description of the initiation rites of Wōōden on the shamanic gallows, the Awe-drasle, in a short passage (Hávamál — 138-140) which, in spite of its having been written down in the tenth century, may in content be a thousand years older than the rest of the poem:
Finally, physically overcome, Wōōden left his worldtree-body and plunged down to discover the runes, the mysterious secrets which underlie the visible world. These he took up with a shamanic trance cry and returned to his body, thereupon descending from the gallows-tree and returning to normal consciousness:
From that time on Wōōden, like many moderns who have had a Near-Death Experience, had the ability to foretell the future, and other psychic capabilities (including the casting of spells) to a degree unknown to normal mortals:
II. Brain Research
The mystery of memory lies at the core of the question of mind. Modern research has finally begun to shed some light on the actual nature of memory: it now appears that the brain or body does not store memory directly, but only as a kind of transmitting station to transform space, a realm or dimension of memory-encoding not exactly identical with visible flesh and blood.
We cannot here go into detail on the illuminating book of brain researcher Paul Pietsch, Shufflebrain (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1981); we can only quote his own statements on what he and his colleagues have discovered. He explains (p. 144)
Transform space is where the hologram's message [i.e., memory] abides. The Fourier transform is our link to transform space.
And later (pp. 159ff.):
Memory is phase codes: whether it's learned or instinctive has no bearing on its mathematical, and therefore necessary, features.
* * *
Consider something else our stripes, dots, and rings reveal about the phase code. We can't assign memory to specific structural attributes of the system. In hologramic theory, memory is without fixed size, absolute proportions, or particular architecture. Memory is stored as abstract periodicity in transform space. This abstract property is the theoretical basis for the predictions my shufflebrain experiments vindicated, and for why shuffling a salamander's brain doesn't scramble its stored mind. My instruments cannot reach into the ideal transform space where the mind is stored. Hologramic mind will not reduce directly to constituents of the brain.
Further (p. 163):
A mind, the theory asserts, is not specific molecules, particular cells, certain physiological mechanisms, or whatever may serve as its media. It is phase information — relationships displayed in time and in what we have termed perceptual space, and stored as a function of time in transform space.
In biological molecules and structures the information is distributed hologramically, so that each part of the storage medium has (or, better, can regenerate) a whole picture (as, e.g., each body cell's nucleus contains the whole code for all the proteins of the entire body in its chromosomes); and it is difficult, often impossible, to assign a given intellectual ability or memory to any clearly delimited area of the brain, especially a more youthful brain. In general, a clearer picture results from a larger amount of storage medium (and greater intelligence from larger and more highly differentiated brains). And finally, the body organs, limbs and entire bodily system would appear to be the expression of a memory complex stored in transform space by an organism's ancestors and recalled by that same organism's genes and developing structure as it grows. This is the logical conclusion to Pietsch's research-based theory.
It may be theoretically impossible for us ever to discover the precise way in which memory storage is accomplished by biological structures, but it is clear that this storage process is the true essence of biological life (and why computers will never be alive). For life is a form of matter which is able to acquire and (literally) incarnate new memories, that is, to learn. (In evolution theory, this knowledge-incorporation process is called evolutionary epistemology.) And the remarkable property of unifying all the small, identical and unclear memory-pictures into one large, exclusive and sharply clear and distinct memory-picture is much more akin to the properties of electromagnetic or gravitational fields than to particle-bound chemistry. Such a hologramic field is what we would call a soul. Also like electromagnetic and gravitational fields, it too fuses at its borders into the dominant hologramic superfield of the environment — in this case, the Worldsoul, or planetary inframind, or Virgin Mary, Mother of God — and is governed by it.⇑
III. Biology and Formative Causation
In his ground-breaking book, A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Formative Causation,(9) British biochemist and plant physiologist Rupert Sheldrake points out that mathematics is almost useless for predicting the actual forms which an as yet uncrystallized compound or complex molecule will take (pp. 70f.):
This discussion leads to the general conclusion that the existing theories of physics may well be incapable of explaining the unique structures of complex molecules and crystals; they permit a range of possible minimum-energy structures to be suggested, but there is no evidence that they can account for the fact that one rather than another of these possible structures is realized. It is therefore conceivable that some factor other than energy selects between these possibilities and thus determines the specific structure taken up by the system.
This other factor Sheldrake calls a morphogenetic field (morphic field in his later works), stating (p. 72):
Morphogenetic fields can be regarded as analogous to the known fields of physics in that they are capable of ordering physical changes, even though they themselves cannot be observed directly. Gravitational and electromagnetic fields are spatial structures which are invisible, intangible, inaudible, tasteless and odourless; they are detectable only through their respective gravitational and electromagnetic effects. In order to account for the fact that physical systems influence each other at a distance without any apparent material connection between them, these hypothetical fields are endowed with the property of traversing empty space, or even actually constituting it. In one sense, they are non-material; but in another sense they are aspects of matter because they can only be known through their effects on material systems. In effect, the scientific definition of matter has simply been widened to take them into account. Similarly, morphogenetic fields are spatial structures detectable only through their morphogenetic effects on material systems; they too can be regarded as aspects of matter if the definition of matter is widened still further to include them.
And most importantly (pp. 73f.):
A higher-level morphic unit must somehow co-ordinate the arrangement of the parts of which it is composed. It will be assumed to do so through the influence of its morphogenetic field on the morphogenetic fields of lower-level morphic units. Thus morphogenetic fields, like morphic units themselves, are essentially hierarchical in their organization.
(The highest-level morphic field of the whole global biosystem, of course, would be the Worldsoul.)
In fact, Sheldrake's morphic fields actually represent a scientific updating of the very old recognition, articulated by the thirteenth-century Christian philosopher, Saint Thomas Aquinas, that the soul is the form (Latin forma, Greek morphé) of the body. In this, Aquinas used the Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 B.C.E) as his basis, so the roots of Sheldrake's theory reach back to pre-Christian times in that most conscious of all endeavors, philosophy.
In brief, Sheldrake has exposed the nasty little secret of the rationalists, the materialists and all others who talk unthinkingly about natural law: there is no evidence whatsoever that such laws existed before the universe began. On the contrary, we now know that early in the universe, the four fundamental (gravitational, strong, weak, electromagnetic) forces themselves evolved. It is therefore most natural to recognize these forces as the habitual behavior of matter, not as some rigid, foreordained pattern which had existed from eternity just waiting for the right universe to happen. Due to massive repetition on a cosmic scale for the last fourteen or so billion years, these habits have become strongly ingrained in matter. But they are habits nonetheless.
The conclusion to the considerations of brain researcher Paul Pietsch and biochemist Rupert Sheldrake is this: the soul is in fact a memory-complex composed of both racial-familial (i.e., morphic) memories, and personal memories added by the individual in whom the morphic memories (laid down by past generations) have become incarnate. The main difference between the racial-familial memories and personal ones is that the racial memories are inherited and actually shape the organism's physical (internal and external) structure; in contrast, personal memories cannot be acquired and begin modifying the physical being until the appropriate physical means (DNA, neural connections, etc.) have already been developed to gather and store memories. These means then transmit what is learned back to the (inherited part of the) soul (or morphic field of the organism, if you will) for integration with it. The personal memories thus play a significant role in the physical growth, not so much of the individual (the gathering source), but of subsequent generations genetically linked to the same memory-branch (the heirs). Often, of course, they may be transferred in striking ways to contemporaries of the same or very similar genetic stock: witness the frequent reports of telepathy between identical twins, etc. This is why Sheldrake originally called the racial-familial memories (or transform-space fields) "morpho-(shape)-genetic (begetting).
The personal memories acquired during an individual's lifetime, influence (that is, reinforce, extend or blur(10)) his(, her or its) racial soul (morphic field). Thus any new individual emerging later with similar initial genetic structure (usually an offspring, descendant or relative, but also perhaps merely some individual sharing the same race) will start off with an augmented soul-base. This, in turn, usually leads to a comparatively augmented (but sometimes diminished or streamlined) body structure in the next cycle of incarnation. Augmentation includes reinforcement, which is the normal case in evolution, where most species change very slowly. But the constant accretion of new memories (and not merely the reinforcement or habituation of old ones) is the driving force behind the essential characteristic of human and especially European history: the (historically recent) evolution of consciousness. And this same psychosomatic augmentation, in the sense of accumulating an ever-greater number and variety of experiences and knowledge of all types, is likewise the motor of what is known as neoteny, the true essence and meaning of the northern, and particularly the northern Asiatic and European, peoples above all.
Neoteny is the process of retaining youthful characteristics (such as a larger brain-to-body ratio, the quicker learning of youth, youthful curiosity and playfulness, etc.) into maturity, as compared with previous or conservative generations. In effect, neoteny expresses a trend toward specialization in learning as learning, for the more rapid growth of the Worldsoul. And it is the outward expression of the fact that all life forms, but most especially man, constitute sense organs of the planet.
It has been noted that man is a creature specialized in non-specialization. That is, he is not particularly specialized for any one thing (such as hunting and meat-eating, swimming, tree-climbing, etc.) like the other animals. He is the most generalized creature on earth, able to do almost anything at least well enough to survive: a specialist in generalization. And the inner law whose existence this fact manifests, is the law of the awakening of the Worldsoul and, through it, of the Allsoul, the cosmic inframind, or God. Neoteny is the physical expression of this law.
It can be seen that, of all the animals, primates (mainly monkeys, apes and humans) are the most neotenous; that, of all the primates, man is the most neotenous; and that, of all the races of man, the Northern Europeans (especially the Germanic peoples) are the most neotenous. Closely competing here and often surpassing them in some aspects are the northern Asiatics. Another fact to note is that advanced neoteny manifests itself physically as racial beauty. Conversely, retarded stages are recognized as ugly. This explains why the stereotypical Negro is regarded (except by neurotic, often genetically defective, White liberals) as the ugliest of all human forms.
Further, we know from our modern mythology, science fiction, that the aliens from outer space, whom we depict with very large brains and small, babyish faces are in fact anticipations of our own descendants, the future of our own evolution. That is, unless we destroy ourselves through hybridization with the less advanced racial forms, or through war or pollution. But since the rise of the recent human races, the foremost exponent of all this evolutionary epistemology has always been, is now, and will always be the physical collective of the Northern European, the beauteous race.⇑
IV. The World Soul:
Nor is there anything special about them (the Germanic tribes of northern Germany and the Jutland peninsula) individually, other than that in common they worship Nerthus, that is, Mother Earth, and believe that she involves herself in human affairs and travels around among them.(11)
— Tacitus, Germania 40 (ca. 99), trans. by the author
In the 1970s a British cyberneticist and space scientist, Dr. James E. Lovelock, set forth the hypothesis that the total complex of biological life on earth is in fact a single living organism. For this organism he used the Greek name of the goddess Earth, Gaia. His book, Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979), expressed among many other remarkable things his conviction that man is actually a sense organ of the earth. He writes (pp. 145ff.):
Among several difficult concepts embodied in the Gaia hypothesis is that of intelligence....
What Lovelock is trying to say here, but cannot for fear of the attacks on his scientific reputation, is that Gaia has a single soul, of which all living things are the vehicle and expression. As the above quote from Tacitus shows, our ancestors (and many other peoples) were convinced that Mother Earth, whom they called Nerthus, was in fact a living, intelligent being — in short, that the earth was besouled. (This idea, whether held by non-literate peoples or by highly educated, modern Westerners, is usually dismissed as animism or panpsychism.) The usual objections to this seemingly primitive conviction are two: first, that, if we are all part of Nerthus, then it follows that she is a Christian-type god who controls everything and, hence, the present peril of world death are actually her doing and her will; and secondly, that, if we are all a part of Nerthus, then if follows that she is a Hindu- or Buddhist-type cosmic fog which has no will or direction at all, and in which all living forms are absolutely equal and undifferentiated in value.
Firstly, the soul of Nerthus (the Worldsoul) is indeed the highest-level morphic field on this planet and therefore, as Sheldrake's theory predicts, must somehow coordinate the arrangement of the parts of which it is composed. But it is a soul, not a fundamentalist-Christian or Jewish-type, politically correct dictator-god. And as we can see from the example of individual human bodies and other life forms, the soul of any entity cannot always succeed in achieving the perfect coordination of its component parts. Often certain processes with short-term positive feedback will run out of control, and the body will develop a cancer or some other malignancy. There is a certain leeway involved, a certain lag time between stimulus and response. And there are different levels of response, depending on the level of systemic hierarchy affected. Thus, although there are indeed certain psychic restraints on the individual, they are somewhat loose, especially for the more intelligent. It is important to realize that the Worldsoul is a soul and not some divine Judeo-Christian potentate of Oriental provenance.
Secondly, in every body, the parts are different and unequal. If the Hindu or Buddhist view (so much romanticized by some self-deluding Westerners) were true, evolution would never have happened. But the drive to differentiate which directs the Worldsoul is the same as that which directs the higher-level Cosmic Soul, the Allsoul or cosmic inframind, to produce the galaxies and the electron. This drive emanates from what some (anthropic-principle) physicists have called the Calculus of Propositions, which is the Ultimate Intelligence behind physical existence. This selector chooses to have the cosmos exist, and exist in the way it does exist in order that it may give rise to ever higher intelligence through biology. More simply put, the universe is a learning process. This preference for learning is what provides the direction (erratic though it may be) of evolution. And from these considerations it necessarily follows that some form of biological life should exist in every nook and cranny of the universe which can possibly support it. For life is best defined as an organization of matter that can learn. In contrast, the Indian view needs such serious modifications to make it consistent with evolution that it can in no way be said to be identical with the concept of the Worldsoul.
Evolutionary epistemology demands high differentiation and diversification in space and time, to meet the demands of local environments. Hence, in any healthy human body, the hand is not equal to the foot, nor the eye to the stomach. Only in a horror such as cancer is every cell equal to every other cell, and all are equally egotistical, and bloated. For the same reason, the envy-driven mixing of the races perforce disrupts the process of neoteny and endangers the growth of Nerthus. Simultaneously, the non-White population explosion and intensifying worldwide pollution are also endangering this growth. It should, therefore, be clear that a homogenized, non-evolving, numerically ever-expanding human race is incompatible with the principle of a besouled Mother Earth in good health.
To sum up: both neoteny and evolution to consciousness are aspects of one and the same process: the increase in the sum of memories (or, if preferred, of the morphic content in transform space) supported by a given morphic base (a given racial stock) in the Worldsoul. Racial intermarriage ruins the base (by blurring, weakening and losing the memories) and hence the physical organism which is born of it. Seen globally, Nerthus, the earth as living being, can be thought of metaphorically as a Yule-tree: each year it grows a little bit more all around. It also contains dormant branches. But it grows in height as well. And the topmost, fastest growing spire of the tree, the continuation and projection of the trunk and the hope of the whole tree's future, growing into the lofty air of ever higher consciousness, is the northern White race, which is the offspring of a very live, very powerful and very intelligent Mother Earth, who speaks, despite modern man's unwillingness to recognize them, through archetypal symbols of life and death.⇑
V. Depth Psychology
In a perceptive article titled Metagenetics appearing in a small, non-mainstream booklet, An Odinist Anthology: Selections from THE RUNESTONE (1983), Odinist Steve McNallen wrote
....There are metaphysical implications to the bond of genetic kinship.
Most modern students of Jung miss a very key fact. Jung stated explicitly that the archetypes were not culturally transmitted but were in fact inherited — that is to say, genetic. He linked them with the psychological urges of instincts and went so far as to say that "[b]ecause the brain is the principal organ of the mind, the collective unconscious depends directly upon the evolution of the brain. A more precise statement of the mind/body/spirit link, and of the religious implications of biological kinship, would be hard to find.
And Rupert Sheldrake writes (A New Science of Life, p. 27):
Jung tried to explain the inheritance of the collective unconscious by suggesting that the archetypal forms were 'present in the germplasm'. But it is very doubtful that anything with the properties of the archetypal forms could be inherited chemically in the structure of DNA, or in any other physical or chemical structure in sperm or egg cells. Indeed, the idea of the collective unconscious makes little sense in terms of current mechanistic biology, whatever its merits as a psychological theory might be.
However, there is no a priori reason why psychological theories should be confined within the framework of the mechanistic theory;
If memories are not stored physically within the brain, then certain types of memory need not necessarily be confined to individual minds; Jung's notion of an inherited collective unconscious containing archetypal forms could be interpreted as a kind of collective memory.
Now Jungian psychology is depth psychology (Tiefenpsychologie). All meaningful work in modern comparative religiology today uses depth psychology as part of its tool kit for interpreting religious phenomena. And the core of depth psychology resides in the contents of the collective memory, which is to say, in the archetypes: the morphic fields which are resonant with the structures and functions of the human body and with its biological drives and processes. These are the memories of our own evolution. (And they are incidentally also the means which modern advertising manipulates to destabilize the personality in order to compel the TV viewer to buy a given product or service.)
The main such archetypes found in the religious symbology of the shamanic north from the most ancient times are the following:
All of these archetypes (racial memories) express morphic fields which were laid down at a very early period of (pre-)human evolution. This is why their general outlines appear among all human religions. But the myths and gods of the northern cultures are the specific formulation of the recent and highly neotenous Germanic and other northern stocks; these stocks were forged by the fierce rigors of the last Ice Age, and by the wide variations of the seasons in the Eurasian north over many hundreds of centuries. The myths are in part scripts, that is, psychodramatic formulations, of the now inborn habits of our race. (Such myths are not attempts to explain the physical world scientifically.) And it is these programs and symbols, these layers upon layers of racial memories, down through which we must delve, in order to reach the primordial memories of our creation and the ultimate superordinate morphic field, the cosmic inframind.
Archetypal memories are the morphic fields of the successive stages through which we ourselves pass in the process of our growth. The German biologist Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) described this passage best with the succinct phrase ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny. That is, a human (or other) organism develops through initial stages very similar in structure to the immature (in-egg and in-womb) forms of his (or its) evolutionary ancestors, starting with the earliest and ending with the latest. The being, so to say, climbs its own family tree, and is not considered mature until it nears the top of that tree. In religion, we climb back down the spire of that same evolutionary tree to reach the base of the main trunk itself. It is only at the great submarine depths of the archetypes that we can tap the ghostly core of life and gain the mighty power to rebuild ourselves and the world. In so doing, we fulfill our destiny: the will of Weird.
In some as yet unclear but very real way, the reliving of these morphic memories through their reenactment by religious ritual and symbol or by introspective meditation, reactivates them. It allows the soul to avail itself of its inborn power of growth: to reconstitute and regenerate the body physically and the mind spiritually. This reactivation simultaneously reestablishes and restructures the individual's life pattern within the larger morphic field of his world. The exterior effects and results of this restructuring we call paranormal or (even) weird, because our modern secularized culture has arbitrarily excluded the unpredictable and uncontrollable from its definition of existence. But in fact, miraculous phenomena are simply part of the reintegration of the individual into divine life: into the Worldsoul and, beyond that, the soul of the All.⇑
Hitherto, the lack of a solid and reasonably clear theory of explanation (plus the innumerable hoaxes and deceptions practiced by fakers) has blocked the paranormal from serious consideration by most intellectuals. Many otherwise open-minded people have become convinced that nothing reported as paranormal has any truly spiritual or supernatural element to it at all. Such a view, however, is a leap to unwarranted conclusions. Just because a given phenomenon cannot be replicated in the confines of a laboratory setting does not prove that it did or does not happen. And while it is true that there has been much delusion and deliberate falsification of facts (often for money or power) regarding psychic events, this is not the whole of the matter. On occasion, occurrences are reported which do not fall into the categories of self-delusion or falsification of evidence. Given Rupert Sheldrake's interpretation of natural laws as consisting actually of strong habits rather than some Platonic, otherworldly legal system, a completely new approach is called for.⇑
Well known are spontaneous instances of telepathy, clairvoyance (or clairaudience), poltergeist phenomena, psychokinesis and the like. In particular, the extraordinary telepathic (direct mind-to-mind) communication between identical twins (due, of course, to their sharing the same morphic field, or soul, through their identical forms and DNA) has often been noted. Other extraordinary happenings, including even raisings from the dead and the inexplicable preservation of the corpses of extraordinary individuals (not all of them good) from the corruption of the grave, have been reported and been agreed upon to have happened, by otherwise trustworthy sources.⇑
B.) The Separability of the Soul
What we are concerned with here, however, is the truth or untruth of the assertion, by all shamans everywhere on earth wherever they have been found and to whatever race or culture they have belonged, that they are able to leave their bodies and travel exosomatically elsewhere in this world or in supernatural domains. In essence, we are here asking whether the soul can be (at least temporarily) independent of the body.
There are a number of different points which support the thesis that the soul can be partially or perhaps even totally independent of the body:
1. At all times and places, some form of afterlife has been believed in. Therefore the belief cannot be based on any particular form of culture, since cultures vary too widely. (This argument should hold particular force for those of the so-called liberal persuasion, who despise whatever is traditional in the culture of the White race while embracing with open arms whatever is multicultural, i.e., non-White.)
2. All peoples of all times have had reports and stories about ghosts, sometimes about the ghosts even of living people not yet dead.
3. Almost everywhere and for as far back as can be determined, religious specialists engaging in at least some of the practices characteristic of shamans, have existed. These specialists have been believed by their respective societies to be able to leave their bodies at will and to go on soul-flights to other geographical locations, to the realm of the dead, or to other otherworldly realms.
4. In recent years there have been fairly carefully done studies and records of people who claim to have had spontaneous or willed out-of-body-experiences (OOBE's). While ordinary ESP might also account for some of the information gained in such states, our lack of knowledge about the true nature of space and time might obscure the fact that an OOBE and ordinary ESP are actually one and the same thing. This would be expected if, as seems indicated, the soul really exists outside of the time and space we experience through our bodies (i.e., if space and time are mental constructs by which the mind/body grasps a much more fundamental, structured reality, much as we do when experiencing color).
5. Near-Death Experiences: similarly and also in recent years, there have been a number of carefully recorded and investigated cases of people who have seemingly died and then returned to life to tell of having left their bodies, travelled around the physical environment while in this bodiless state, and perhaps also met the dead or even those who were waiting to be reborn.
6. The phenomenon of the American religious seer, Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) and his like, throughout history. From 1901 on, Cayce was able to go into a self-induced trance and become a medical diagnostician for sick people and those with medical problems, including those he had never even seen, and of whom he needed to be given only the name and address. A large number of his trance utterances conveyed verifiable (and effective) information exceeding what could be gathered from clues available to him by any normal means. Cayce claimed that he found himself in a different (library-like) realm during these trances - that is, not in the physical environment of his body. In other words, Cayce was a sort of modern American shaman. (See Appendix B for a list of some of Cayce's herbal remedies.)
These six points argue strongly for the conclusion that the soul belongs to a mode of existence or dimension different from that normally experienced by the body, but a very real dimension nonetheless. They also concur that the soul can visit that dimension, somehow partly disengaging itself from the body's control, under certain circumstances, just as shamans say it can. In addition, some of the historically attested cases of possession suggest that sometimes a soul can be dispossessed of its body by a different soul. Many peoples have believed that human souls and other psychic entities can even invade animals (hence the shape-changing so often told of Wōōden and shamans in general, and the biblical narrative of the legion of devils passing from a possessed man into a herd of swine).⇑
VII. The Wōōdenic Investigation
We come now to the heart of ancient Germanic theology: the true meaning, expressed in modern terms, of the psychic discoveries of the spiritual geniuses among our ancient heathen ancestors. As we shall see, they discovered nothing less than the true nature and foundation of the universe.
It is important to keep in mind that the ancient Germanic mystic, the witey (Old English wītega, Old Norse vitki and Old High German wizzago), had to speak in symbols. This is because, as the famous German comparative religiologist, Rudolf Otto (1869-1937), discovered, the essence of the Holy is an awe-inspiring reality which, in comparison with the visible, physical world, is something utterly different (das Ganz Andere). It is even more different from the world of our senses than is, say, electromagnetism, which is also universal. For it is not a force but, if anything, a path of least resistance.
In a nutshell, what our ancestors knew is that:
a.) The Utterly Different is the factor behind fate (called Weird or Meted);
b.) It is Pietsch's transform space, i.e., the substance of memory and mind;
c.) It includes all the wavelengths of the dead, who are themselves but standing waves; that is, the Utterly Different is the Cosmic and World Souls (different levels of the cosmic inframind), of whom the dead are disembodied condensations; it follows that the dead are memory complexes existing outside time (as the living know it), yet still present;
d.) The dead ordinarily exist in a state resembling sleep, except that it is a vegetative, reorganizing sleep from which they can only with difficulty be roused by necromancers. (Cf. also the Bible's report of the midnight tryst of Saul and the witch of EnDor in 1 Samuel 28,8-25, in which the ghost of Samuel complains to the necromancing Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up?")
e.) The memory-complexes constituting the dead, or at least some of them, become the basis for future human lives in the world of the living. That is, there is something like reincarnation of the dead, at least in some form and to some degree. To put it allegorically, each twig of the supernatural World Tree grows further by putting forth a new leaf some time after the old one has fallen away.
A.) The Waters of Weird
Awe-drasle — the great world-tree which symbolizes (1.) the central nervous system of the individual, (2.) the gallows-tree (a yew) of the shaman seen as a horse (drasle) on which the hanged shaman rides to Hell and, (3.) in particular, Wōōden's shamanic-initiation mast or pillar — is said to have three taproots. Mythologically such a threefold division of taproots is merely a way to separate conceptually three different aspects of the same thing. (Similarly, in the Judeo-Christian myth of Genesis, there are two trees in the Center of the Garden of Eden, the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil; but they are actually both the same tree — symbolizing the morphic field of the central nervous system seen in two different ways: as the basis of life and of consciousness.)
The first root reaches into the realm of the Eese, Osyard, where Wōōden is chief. Beneath this first root in Osyard lies the Well (or Burn) of Weird (Urðarbrunnr), the wellspring of fate, where Wōōden found the runes and the Norns dwell.
The Norns are linked to the use of the runes, the ancient Germanic letters of archetypal symbology, akin to modern tarot cards. (The word rune originally meant secret, but came to have the additional meaning of secret letter or cipher.) Furthermore, while there are many norns, the three chief ones control the triad (or multiple thereof) of runes in a runecast. Their names are Weird, Worthend and Should (Old Norse Urðr, Verðandi and Skuld). They oversee the revelation of, respectively, what is past or beyond the control of the individual (Weird), the dynamics of the present (Worthend), and what outcome can be expected from the total situation (Should).(12)
As explained above, water is the universal mythic symbol of the deepsoul and the Worldsoul (and the Allsoul), so the myth is here saying that the Worldsoul (planetary inframind) is the wellspring of destiny, the ultimate decision-maker over man and history. In addition, the Norns water the Osyard root of Awe-drasle with water (and whiten it with clay) from the spring, meaning that the Worldsoul is the true source of life for the individual.⇑
B.) The Bodiless Head of Mime
The second root of the Awe-drasle extends far down into Etenhams (Jötunheimar), the empire of the frost giants. Beneath this second root is another wellspring, the Burn of Mime (Mímisbrunnr). Mythically, again, this second spring is but a different aspect of the first spring. The Well of Weird and the Well of Mime are actually the same thing. But the difference in symbology is important. Mime is a friendly giant, actually Wōōden's uncle, his mother's brother. His name (Old Norse Mímir, Mímr and Mími, and probably also Saxo's Mimingus) means remembering, introspection. But the fertility-gods, the Wanes (i.e., not Wōōden) beheaded Mime, so he is dead. Yet Wōōden still often consults the giant's severed head to gain wisdom from its lips. Then, in the Völuspá (strophe 28) it says
The seeress (or walow [völva], bearer of a wale [völr], or staff) speaking in the Völuspá (The Clairvoyant Soothsaying of the Walow) here makes it clear that Wōōden is deliberately hiding his eye in Mime's burn. (þú ...) falt ("[thou ...] hidest") is the second person indicative present of fela to hide (which is cognate with Gothic filhan hide; bury). English translations often mistranslate falt as "(you) lost or something like it. But the Old Icelandic clearly says Wōōden is hiding or burying his own eye — that is, he is doing it deliberately. He did not involuntarily have to lose it to the giant Mime. For the latter, after all, having been beheaded, was in no position to prevent Wōōden from regaining his eye.
The answer to this phantasmagoric and seemingly confusing state of affairs lies in its symbolic nature: the witeys of the ancient North were using two different metaphors to describe Wōōden's (= the archetypal shaman's) acquisition of universal intelligence. Indeed, many of those who have had near-death experiences also report having momentarily felt being all-knowing, a feeling which they lost upon return to quotidian life. As mentioned above, Edgar Cayce gave the picture of being in a vast supernatural library while in trance, and it was here that he acquired the knowledge necessary for his medical diagnoses. In ancient Germanic symbolism, the water of the Well of Mime is the life-giving water of the cosmic intelligence underlying all things: the planetary and, infinitely vaster, the cosmic inframind. Likewise, the decapitated Mime is the primordial condensation of the Wisdom of Eternity, a bodiless, oracular head dripping gore and speaking forth the knowledge of past and future, of things hidden and remote. Thus Wōōden not only sees all things by means of his hidden (but mystically still functioning) eye; he also hears all things from the consciousness-and-intelligence-symbolizing head of Mime. And both the well and the head not only belong to, but are actually (mythically) identical with, Mime, the titanic symbol of the supernatural intelligence beyond death, a mind both deathless and endless.⇑
C.) Nivelham, the Realm of Hell
The third root of Awe-drasle passes into the Abode of the Dead, called Nivelham (Nifl-heimr, literally Fog-land), a realm of cold, of darkness and of mist, and slakes its thirst in the horrifying Well of Wheryelm (Hver-gelmir, Roaring Cauldron). To rule over Nivelham, the Eese have appointed the horrible hag named Hell (Hel, from an ancient root meaning cover over, i.e., with earth in burial). Hell is the daughter of Loke (Loki), the trickster-god, and the giantess Angerbode (Angrboda). But her name is also used for the realm of Nivelham itself. This use is probably the earliest usage of the word, since it appears in the early form halja in the Visigothic of 350, meaning simply the realm covered over by earth.(13) Moreover the female shamans (or shamankas), who were more numerous and generally played a larger role in Germanic religious life than the men, were called hell-runners (halju-runnas) because of their psychic excursions to the domain of the dead, pictured as under the earth.(14)
This realm of Hell has high walls and strong gates (meaning that no one can get out) and accepts all who die of old age or illness (or, in the version influenced by Christianity, only the wicked), human or otherwise. And here the dead sleep. And yet, as the myths make plain and the sagas relate, the memories which are the dead, or at least some of them, sooner or later possess themselves of new flesh and begin new earthly lives. In the symbolism of the heathen North, the Well of Weird, the Well of Mime, and the Well of Wheryelm are all the same thing: the fluid state at the core of the realm of destiny, memory and the dead (which last must therefore be of the nature of memory and destiny [or karma]), and in which human life has its roots. Again, water is the ubiquitous symbol of the Universal Self and the unconscious, because this liquid is formless and yet both life-giving and powerfully destructive in many ways.
Thus the memory-complex constituting an individual person or other living being is two things: like a branch on a tree, it is part of the tree as a whole (i.e., the saiwalō stems from the saiwaz). And secondly, this membership allows the tree's twig to clothe itself with the leafage of a physical body in order to become an (apparently) independent individual and grow as a memory-complex. When, in death, this leafage falls away, the now enlarged branch remains and forms the basis for the renewed leafage of the next season.
It follows from this ancient Northern picture of the psychic depths that a biological (and especially the human) life form must, as previously said, be a sense organ of the Worldsoul, and thence of the Allsoul. The three roots of Awe-drasle (i.e., of the morphic field of the central nervous system) are in fact one root, which accesses Osyard and Etenhams and Nivelham all together, just as the Wells of Weird, of Mime and of Wheryelm are the same well, identical with the bodiless head of Mime. This oracular head symbolizes the infinite wisdom of the cosmic inframind, a transcendent intelligence on the far side of death. Only Wōōden, the delver in these depths beyond death, the shaman of the shadows, can win access to this intelligence. The theme of the burial of Wōōden's eye (he is accordingly always depicted as one-eyed) and that of his consultation with the slain Mime's severed head are likewise mythic restatements of one another: both signify the Wōōdenic shaman's netherworldly exploration of the soul of the global superorganism, Nerthus or the Virgin Mary or Gaia, as it relates to living humans, either as individuals or collectively. In sum, the mythological pictures are translations of the fact that Wōōden has the power to descend far beneath the tree of life, of which none knows whence the roots run, into the superordinate soul of the world. There he learns the morphic blueprint of the future and its meaning for individuals, family and folk.
So Wōōden is the shamanic link to our own primordial source, nature and destiny, the psychopomp (guide of traveling souls) who guides us down through the many layers of our ancestral memories, into the dark but lifegiving waters of the Worldsoul and the mysterious abyss of the Allsoul. He is the first and foremost goði (priest and leader).(15) And as such he is also the pioneering leader who, through his own spear-marked death on the gallows, departs from his body and descends into Hell where he gains mantic powers and then returns to life, giving an outcry and falling back out of the Awe-drasle. The heathen Germanic recitation chant (i.e., reenactment) of the Gallows' Commemoration psychodrama allows the participant to become Wōōden and thereby opens his or her soul to a paranormal infusion of the knowledge and power which surpass mortal limits and are life itself: the life of the tree as opposed to the life of the individual leaves.⇑
VIII. Conjuration of the World Soul
Finally we come to the techniques by which it is possible for one to avail oneself of the wisdom of one's heathen ancestors in a practical way. These ancient techniques still make it possible for the more sensitive souls, especially women, to perceive directly the will of the Worldsoul, to relate to it properly, to foretell the future, to achieve spiritual and physical healing, to communicate with the dead, and to know about possession.⇑
A.) Mantic Poetry (and Alliteration)
The Old Norse poets themselves called mead (i.e., honey wine) óðroerir, that is, óð- mantic poetry and -roerir stirring, churning up. This is because mead contains alcohol, which is a depressant and anesthetizes brain cells. The brain cells which are affected first and foremost are those of the most recently evolved, consciousness-supporting neocortex (the outermost layer of the brain). When this happens, the primordial deepbrain is defaulted to, and is able to express itself and its sensations from the psychic depths more freely and unrestrainedly. An earlier, less modern and less human form of mind becomes thereby exposed to view. (Note how many murders and other violent crimes occur when alcohol anesthetizes the human level of the brain.)
This was how the drinking of mead was able to facilitate mantic poetry, through which information received psychically was relayed from the deeper (i.e., superordinate), non-personal (morphic) memory levels to the more recently evolved levels of consciousness. (Another, non-alcoholic method often used today to accomplish the same end is the use of the so-called ouija board.) Such information could be drawn into the lowered consciousness of the singer-poet in resonance with the slower (alpha, theta and delta) brainwave rhythms of the deepbrain. Mantic poetry (including both chant and song) is therefore above all rhythmic, pulsed out by these deepbrain rhythms. As Julian Jaynes (The Origin of Consciousness, p. 73). notes, The function of meter in poetry is to drive the electrical activity of the brain, and most certainly to relax the normal emotional inhibitions of both chanter and listener. A similar thing occurs when the voices of schizophrenics speak in scanning rhythms or rhyme. But the information and the beauty of this poetry could even more easily surface and be vocally expressed by anesthetizing the censorship and inhibition of neocortical (fast, beta-brainwave) consciousness through the drinking of mead. Hence the Gallows' Commemoration cited above calls mead the Stirrer of Mantic Poetry.
In the last century or so before the Christian era, the word-accent in Proto-Germanic shifted from the old Indo-Germanic position, which could be anywhere in the word root (compare modern English télegraph : telégraphy), to the first syllable of the stem only. This meant the deepbrain could use only the onset of any given word-stem (not including prefixes) for the pulse carrying its message, not the end or middle syllables as before. Hence onset-rhyme, or alliteration, was invented by the Germanic unconscious and used to tie together two, three or four (rarely more) stressed words into a larger overall unit of meaning (as in the Shakespearean title Love's Labor Lost), which bore the content of the message.
Prayers, spells, magic chants and religious songs use the same channels: the neocortical consciousness packages its message to the psychic depths in the same way it receives information from them. This process still works, by the way, and is the (mostly unconscious) reason why so many prayers and chants are spoken or sung aloud. For it is by means of the brainwave rhythms driven by such rhythmical intonations that the deepest levels of man are reached. Ask the TV marketers who use musical jingles in advertising their wares, and they will affirm the effectiveness of such techniques to control the human personality. (Indeed, one could well say that most modern TV viewers have been intentionally, psychologically destabilized in large part by the musical element in TV advertising. The idea that the advertisers are merely explaining the virtues of their respective products is laughable.)⇑
Like the tarot cards introduced by Gypsies (whose Sanskrit-speaking ancestors came from the area of northwestern India/Pakistan), and the Chinese Classic Opus of Changes (I Ching), the runes are symbols of archetypal processes. Most of the physical shapes, apparently, were patterned roughly after the characters of the North Etruscan alphabet during the critical last two or three centuries B.C. But the true mantic meanings of the runes (i.e., the assignment of archetypes to them) were taken up by Wōōden from the depths he had searched during his shamanic initiation on the Worldtree-gallows.
There are three ways to explain how paranormal information might be relayed through a runecast: (1.) psychokinesis; (2.) psychic induction; and (3.) synchronicity.
1. Parapsychologically received information might influence the sequence of the runecast psychokinetically, so that the content of that information corresponds to the fixed symbolism of the runes.
2. The runes may act as a psychic inductor, themselves using invisible channels to pick up information of which the beholder can then become conscious.
3. The runecast might occur in a kind of oracular situation in which the interested party's emotional field facilitates synchronistic events (i.e., events which are symbolic restatements of one another). This can occur only when the seeker is genuinely interested in a real answer from the runes. In this case the lay of the runes gives their reader intelligence deriving from a superordinate morphic field (or archtypical memory complex in the planetary inframind).
Considering the oracular nature of the Norns, whose powers were of old invoked by the runecast, this third possibility seems the most likely explanation. For the Norns (those who whisper, viz., the answers given by the runes),(16) especially Weird, Worthend and Should, like the Moirai and Parcae (Fates) of Greece and Rome, direct and reveal the designs of the Worldsoul.
It is possible that the Norns were originally voices actually heard clairaudiently as whispers inside the head, such as are heard nowadays only by those considered mentally ill (although many quite sane people have had this experience). As mentioned above, Weird, Worthend and Should deal with the successive thirds of a runecast sequence. The content of their whispers was: for Weird, what (including the past) is beyond the control of the individual; for Worthend, the current situation; and for Should, the outcome that can be expected in the future. In other words: the whole spatio-temporal context of the issue dealt with.
It is the seriousness of the seeker which admits him or her to the Well of Weird to listen to the cosmic whispers. These reveal the titanic subterranean movements of the Worldsoul and how they affect the seeker. By means of the runes, the Norns, through their sensitiveness to these whispers, are able to relay their content to the interested seeker. With this knowledge, the seeker can then act in the most effective way for the attainment of his or her goals.⇑
Necromancy is the summoning of the dead in order to learn the future and what to do from them. The Wōōdenic model for necromancy is found in the famous ancient Norse poem of Rainrake (Old Norse ragnarök, literally Story of the Gods, but usually (mis)translated as the Twilight of the Gods). Here Wōōden consults with the severed head of his dead uncle, the eten (giant) Mime, at the latter's well in the center of Etenhams at the extremity of the second root of Awe-drasle, the world-tree. The cults of ancient Germania had valkyries (choosers of the [ones to be] slain) who, it seems, were originally human female necromancers and even angels of death, who slew the doomed and used the departure of the soul as a means to foretell the future. In his Geography (VII, 2,3), the Greek geographer and historian, Strabo of Amasya (63-20 B.C.) writes of a people which was either a Germanic tribe or a Celtic one strongly influenced by Germanic customs, the Cimbrians, that their white-robed priestesses, of advanced age, climbed a ladder and slit the throats of prisoners who had been suspended over huge cauldrons. As their blood gushed into the vessels the priestesses uttered oracles of the future. They were consulting the throat-cut heads of the dying, who were becoming one again with the eternal Memory underlying existence. This is the origin of the myth of Oðin's consulting the severed head of Mime to gain knowledge of the future.
And for more than a thousand years thereafter there were reports of Germanic women whose vocation it was to divine the future from the dead, occasionally even as angel-of-death priestesses as in Strabo's work. As late as Middle English times, about 1360, the phrase wichez & walkiries, meaning witches and necromanceresses, appears.(17) Thus, without any question, necromancy was always a part of Germanic (and some Celtic) religion.
For necromancy, however, specially gifted people have traditionally been needed, usually women (like the staff-bearing walows). Of old, necromancy was called sode (Old Norse seiðr). Even today, most of those psychics who are able to contact the dead are women. Today, some serious researchers are developing new ways for many more people, including men, to contact the dead and experience for themselves the reality of the experience.(18)⇑
Possession has been known in various forms all over the earth. And, as mentioned earlier, the title Wōōden means literally the Wōōd One, He who is wōōd" (i.e., mad, berserk, out of his/her mind). Among external characteristics manifested during the state of being wōōd are insensitivity and invulnerability to fire, superhuman physical strength, oracular speech and similar powers which far exceed normal human capabilities.
Although Germanic-Gothic wōð- was used in the Gothic Bible (ca. 350) to describe a man possessed by malevolent spirits (unhulþōns) or unclean spirits (unhrainjai ahmans), the sense of wōð- was much broader than the signification of what Eastern Mediterranean religion considered possession, which was possession strictly by a demon, i.e., a personal supernatural entity, normally evil.
Such a difference in the matter of the personal aspect extended to the word god also. In the last quarter of the twentieth century, some women, tired of hearing about God, the Father, began discovering a God, the Mother as well. However, in historical fact, the word god was originally neither masculine nor feminine but neuter.(19) This neuter gender (Gothic and Old Norse show this plainly) designated a rather abstract divine power to the pre-Christian Germanic peoples, but Bishop Wulfila (under whom the Bible was translated into Visgothic) and other Christian missionaries made it masculine like the Greek and Latin words for god (ho theós and deus), and changed it from its original impersonal meaning to a personal one with emotional overtones of the Mediterranean sky-father gods (Greek Zeus and Roman Juppiter). (The Hebrew Yahwéh was originally a territorial earth-god of the soil.) And so God came to be viewed by most non-intellectuals as an emperor-like (Lord) human male: a kind of deified, multicultural scrambled egg.
Thus guð-/god turned from being an abstract or collective divinity or a collection of divinities, to being a personal, down-to-earth, human-like Father in Heaven who somehow was simultaneously the creator of the entire universe. þata guþ the it-divinity became sa guþ the he-god through the pens of Wulfila and the other missionaries. And the meaning of the word wōōd (wōð-) suffered likewise. For the Christian missionaries had a totally different view of the gods than had the peoples of the north.
From earliest times Germanic religion understood the supernatural in a way utterly unlike the early Jewish or Christian idea of an Oriental potentate who was human-like (i.e., the familiar picture in the minds of average Jews and Christians, despite the views of their theologians). For the Germanic peoples, the highest supernatural power was completely transpersonal, as it is for most shamanic peoples. This power is usually rendered by cognates of the word Weird (Old English wyrd, Old Norse urðr, Old High German wurt — the modern High German would be [die] Würt). The term is most frequently translated (imperfectly) as fate, and even the gods were subject to it, as the narrative of Rainrake attests. The other word used for the Highest Power was some cognate of Meted (Old English and Old Saxon metod, Old Norse mjötuðr; Modern German would be [der] Messet) that which METEs or is METEd out. (The non-religious side of the word is seen in Visigothic mitad- measure[ment].)
In contrast to this highest power, which Christianity identified with its copy of the anthropomorphic Greek god, Zeus, the Proto-Germanic language had a word for a type of divine (i.e., supernatural) being vaguely comparable to a Jewish, Christian or Muslim angel, except that the Germanic personal entity was mortal, not eternal, even on the supernatural plane (another way of saying that such an entity is not infinite). This word was Proto-Germanic *ansuz, plural *ansiwiz, which became Gothic *ansus, pl. *ansjus (unattested in the Gothic Bible itself). The sixth-century historian of the Goths, Jordanes, wrote in chapter XIII of his Getica (written about 551),
"[a]nd having achieved such a great victory [over the Roman forces] throughout the region, they proceeded to call their leaders, through — so to speak — whose Weird [= Latin fortunā] they won the battle, not just men, but demi-gods, or, literally, Ansjus.(20)"
This is also one of the main reasons why the Visigoths converted to the branch of Christianity called Arianism rather than to orthodox, Catholic Christianity. For Arianism held that Christ was a subordinate god, subject and subservient to the Father — in short, that Christ was an ansus.(21) On the same level as the Eese (who were cultivated especially by the nobility) are also the Wanes (Old Norse Vanir, German Wanen). These govern fertility and growth, both those of the people and of the earth, and are hence particularly important to those outside of the nobility.
Opposed to the Germanic conception of the highest supernatural level as transpersonal, yet accessible through many gods, stands the Christian view, which is important here because of the overwhelming role, both good and bad, which Christianity has played in the development of Western civilization. Instead of the transpersonal Weird (the cosmic inframind and the growing, awakening Worldsoul), most Christians adore an iconic, idealized model of man, that is, a composite, manlike God (capital G) reflecting the social, religious and mystical ideals of the middle and lower urban classes of the later Roman Empire. Describing this view, a highly capable modern scholar, C.W. Mönnich of Amsterdam, Holland, begins his essay Christianity as follows:(22)
God is persona and can only be contacted as persona: all attempts to fathom the most essential characteristics of the Christian religious sphere lead to this conclusion. Now a persona is not the same thing as a personality. The latter word signifies especially an inner structure: behind the external phenomena of word, gesture, stature, behaviour can be discerned the inside, the hidden motivation, the invisible heart. But persona refers to the external; .... the classical use of the word persona in Christianity implies this external and juridical meaning rather than that of personality. God is intrinsically invisible, unknowable and impenetrable. Even in Christian mysticism ... God remains absolutely transcendental and inaccessible; union with Him is nothing other than an indication of a situation on the frontier of religious existence.... Within Christian religiousness, revelation is not the opening of a path which leads to the inner nature of God; it is the appearance of God's persona and hence the path of intercourse between God and mankind.
The exclusivity of God in the Christian religiousness has had its repercussion on the Christian cosmology: namely it has desacralized the world in principle.
From this it can be seen that, in Christianity, Christ was deemed the primary — indeed the only — persona of God; and, as Mönnich points out, for Christians the world is desacralized, that is, divested of its panpsychic nature; it is not besouled. In addition, the socio-political dimension inherent in Christianity was powerfully developed and manipulated by the governments and bureaucracies of the later Western Roman and Byzantine empires. It became history's most successful imperial religion before Islam, mainly because its vector, the Roman Empire, was the most complex civilization the world had ever seen. Christianity's claim that it alone was the true religion not only enabled the state to subjugate non-conforming groups, but also enabled that religion to survive even the collapse of the Western Empire, to withstand the onslaught of an incredibly bloodthirsty Islam, and to educate the peoples of northern Europe, both west and east. Not a small feat. And after Islam had communicated to the Christian monks the Sanskrit numbering system (now called Arabic numerals) of northern India, an event of world-historical import began to take shape: Christianity used the new tool to implement the Greek idea that the divine substrate of the universe was Logic.(23) And thus science was born, a cultural innovation unthinkable in any other culture.
In this belief, there can be no doubt that Christianity was superior to the shamanism of northern Europe, for it:
1. posited logical structure (the Logos) as the basis of natural reality,
2. claimed that this logical structure was of divine nature,
3. and insisted that this principle could be known, in the last analysis, not by direct observation but only by faith.
Today most philosophically oriented individuals in the west have rejected the second point, since they believe that there is no such thing as divine nature. But the first and third points are combined in the view called hypothetical realism. That is, scientists believe (though they cannot prove) that there is a reality outside their own minds, and that reality is logically structured.
But because of Christendom's desacralization of the world, the success of science, and Judeo-Christianity's regression to pre-imperial pure (i.e., Jewish) Christianity, it has collapsed as a world view for intellectuals of European racial and cultural heritage. Today it has become a strategic weapon in the drive to extinguish the White race. Its hierarchs unflaggingly harangue their TV-drugged faithful about the evils of racial self-preservation, and how nice things will be for them after they, as guilty Whites, are dead, replaced by peace-loving non-Whites. The social gospel is all that is left. The greatest of all crimes is now racist thought-crime, with Adolphus Magnus (1889-1945) as the devil incarnate.(24)
Organized (and especially mainstream Protestant) Christianity, now splintered and politicized, has thus become a parody of its former self, and, like Islam after the thirteenth century, is merely a dead hand on the throttle of evolution. Indeed, it is constitutionally incapable of dealing with the discovery of biological evolution and the genetic inequalities this discovery reveals among the human races. If one seeks any illuminating theological thought, one must look elsewhere, especially among philosophizing scientists. The future depends on how ready one is to jettison any gospel which seeks to twist the truth to the gospel-preacher's ends.
Here is where the re-examination of ancient Germanic shamanism can help. For it explains that the highest supernatural power is transpersonal rather than personal or impersonal. The gods/angels are archetypal windows through which we can communicate with that power. This means that there is more than a single path of intercourse with the cosmic inframind. Shamanism is also panpsychic: the fluid and phantasmagoric nature of the Worldsoul is reflected quite well by the Germanic diversity of gods, etens, dwarves, elves and other denizens of the fathomless deep. The difference between a god and any other power is essentially the degree of mental power: the fact that the gods are the archetypally rational forces of order against the irrational wreakers of chaos — against the entropic tendency of things to run down and decay. Non-divine supernatural entities are concerned with subordinate details or are even engaged in disruption and chaos. (This is similar to Christianity, where Satan and his forces have always been the symbol of death-dealing insanity, the uncontrolled eruptions of the subhuman unconscious.) Indeed, at a yet deeper level of analysis, it turns out that divinity is defined by the hierarchical integration of these same forces of chaos as building blocks into an overarching unity.
This unity assumes an existence of its own (a personality) which struggles unceasingly to keep each elemental power in its place so that the whole is not destroyed by the eruption of the part. Hence the god Tew gives his right arm in order to chain the fearsome Wolf. Wōōden gathers slain warriors into Walhall (Old Norse Valhalla) against the inevitable day foretold in the Rainrake. And Thunder is constantly slaying or threatening to slay the disruptive etens in Etenhams. To put it in Jewish-Christian-Islamic terms, God is the devil(s) subjugated and tamed. Psychologists would say that all of the subordinated complexes are integrated into a single superordinate complex, the personality.
All of this points to a direction to the universe. This direction is one of the buildup of the intellectual, scientific-technological-scholarly consciousness of the planet as a whole into a single, unified organism, and without racial miscegenation and its resulting biological degeneration.
Such a direction is abhorrent to the mentality of both of the self-justifying aberrations in late Western societies: the self-styled liberals and the religious fundamentalists.(25) To the liberals, any orientation toward a more intelligent form of mankind would mean not only a purpose to human life, but individual (not just governmental) responsibility: in other words, a moral (but not sexually guilt-laden) code of right and wrong, not just advantaged versus disadvantaged or dysfunctional. And that, they could never accept. To the fundamentalists, it would require the acknowledgment of biological evolution as a learning process of our planet. That would be too pagan for them (not to say too intellectually difficult to grasp). For both liberals and fundamentalists, such a direction would mean eugenics: the prevention of the birth of defective or grossly unintelligent human types. And the propaganda drums about babies being thrown into gas ovens or being spitted on Nazi bayonets, etc., etc., will always drown out any syllable of reason that might be heard by the more rational among the herd.⇑
IX. Portents of the Future
Finally we come to the point where we must examine whether our knowledge of ancient Northern shamanism and other religions can help us decipher the future. We are not talking about channeling or some other type of soothsaying or psychic ability. We are talking simply about using our knowledge of comparative religiology, depth psychology, parapsychology, history and modern science, to see whether together they can assist us in predicting what is to come on a global scale, for this planet.
We must again stress that shamanism — and for that matter, all true religions — as well as dreams and the psyche at large, speak in symbols. Thus, in order to understand the physiognomy of history, we need to view the great events of recent human evolution as symbols, and not just as accidents. In the following, some recent, widely known psychic events involving the Earth Mother will be interpreted from this shamanistic viewpoint.
As opposed to the drumbeat of the mass propaganda organs (media), and to the political rulers and the politicized churches, it is not racism which causes world-threatening war, as the antiwhite liberals, the paranoia-driven Jews and the welfare-hungry non-Whites like to scream; it is the deliberate refusal to acknowledge the transcendence of the mission of man. In other words: if the culture-bearing strata of our species do not recognize the all-pervading, cosmic will behind the visible universe - i.e., the purposiveness of evolution -, then we will doom ourselves, like immature children with grown-up weapons, to terminate the future of all higher life on this planet. A small foreshadowing of this can be seen today in American central cities, in Caribbean islands or in black Africa, as countless gangs of the least evolved race use advanced weapons to establish dominance hierarchies, greatly alleviating local population pressures in the process.
In 1917, during the First World War, a period of great emotional turmoil, three young children visionaries claimed to have seen Mary, the Catholic version of the Earth Mother, at the Cova da Iria, a location in the countryside in the diocese of Leiria, Portugal. Among other things, she referred to herself with abstract titles such as Immaculate Conception.
There is no space here to detail the individual histories of these two, long-enduring apparitions. Narratives both friendly and unfriendly describing the phenomena are abundant and may be found in Catholic religious bookstores and many other places. Of interest here are only the apparitions' symbology and portent as seen through what we have learned from Norse shamanism.
And what this shamanism has taught us, briefly, is this: the human mind, taken as a whole, can be viewed as a tiny wavelet (the personal inframind, or soul) riding on a large wave (the planetary inframind) which is the soul of the planet, or Mother Earth. This large wave, in its turn, is a wave on an infinite sea (the cosmic inframind), which in the Zoroastrianism-derived religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam is called God. And everything is of the quality of mind and memory.
As far as the wavelet, or human soul is concerned, only the tip of it constitutes the conscious part or ego (I). The majority of the wavelet makes up the unconscious, subconscious id (it), psyche or soul properly so called. Since all of this is invisible and is known only by its psychological and parapsychological effects, it is very easy for human beings to jump to the conclusion that they are psychic islands disconnected from one another and everything else.
The bottom of each wavelet, that is, the interface between the wavelet and the large, undergirding wave, is the realm of deep racial (phyletic) memories and therefore of religious archetypes and symbols.
The planetary inframind can communicate with humans most easily through this interface, that is, through the deepest levels of their unconscious, or souls. This is why supernatural apparitions of the Earth Mother (or other transcendent entities) occur most frequently to children or to those in semi-conscious or unconscious states (as in dreams), that is, to those in whom the structures of the ego are not yet mature or are weak or temporarily diffused, and in whom the fast beta-wave consciousness of the adult organism is not in full strength. More often than males, young females are the recipients of such communications, because the female brain is not as differentiated (lateralized) as the male, nor as surcharged with agitating testosterone. Females, in other words, are on average less conscious than males and more sensitive to psychic currents from the deeper levels of their own beings. This fact is so ordinary that we do not normally notice it or even (especially nowadays) acknowledge it. So females, or anyone in sleep-like states (brainwaves at alpha and slower frequencies), and occasionally those who have had certain types of brain damage (e.g., Edgar Cayce), are easier media for messages emanating from the deepest psychic levels of the earth.
Unfortunately, the anthropomorphic (manlike) images conveyed by millennia of religious art and language prevent many rational people from thinking rationally about the supernatural. They ask such humanity-oriented questions as why the Lord God (who is popularly alleged to be politically correct on racial and other themes) permits suffering, etc., etc. Such questions arise from ignorance and disinformation about the supernatural, as well as from wish-dreaming. And they also display ignorance of the fact that the evolutionary imperative of learning (i.e., acquiring new memories) is what drives suffering. Suffering is a form of awareness — awareness that life is being diminished or destroyed. (Try putting your finger in a match flame for proof of this.) The ancient Greeks, believing man learns by suffering alone, described this negative feedback as the law of being taught by suffering (pathei mathos). Thus, in order to avoid suffering, humanity must constantly learn more, and act accordingly. Or die.
These things having been said, we will now attempt to interpret the symbology of Fatima, on the premiss that there may be a paranormal origin to it. (For the official Roman Catholic, Vatican, version of the meaning of Fatima, including a revelation of all three secrets, the children claimed to have received, click here.) It seems important to do so, because, in brief, its apparitions center on the theme of war and the extinction both of the world's vanguard, Western Civilization, and of the human race as a whole.⇑
A.) The Twentieth Century
In 1917, in the midst of the First World War, normally on the 13th day of each month from May through October, an apparition of what was taken to be Christianity's Earth Mother figure, Mary, the Blessed Mother of God, appeared to three young children, Lucie Dos Santos and her two cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, in a rural district of Portugal in fields called the Cova da Iria, a title with Celtic origins. On October 13, 1917 she finally identified herself as the Lady of the Rosary (rather than as Mary, although she spoke of Jesus and appeared to Lucie privately as a member of the Holy Family, and so was clearly the Mary of Catholic dogma). She predicted horrible worldwide suffering caused by Russia as a direct consequence of human atheism and offences against God. Too many people were going to hell, she said.(26) In Sheldrakean-shamanistic terms, this is to say that human evolution is being thrown off course by White-intelligentsia-led, global nihilism. (I.e., we are blindly deforming our own morphic fields so that they are useless for the planet's future.) That fact is in turn generating paranormally driven racial extinction.
The Lady of the Rosary's last apparition was Saturday, 1917 October 13, the day of a famous (and literal) sun dance perceived by something close to half of many thousands of people present for the occasion. It was quite clearly a mass hallucination, but one which may have had a paranormal component. (We should remember Thomas Aquinas' admonition: Quicquid percipitur, ad modum percipientis percipitur [Whatever is perceived, is perceived as filtered through the nature of the perceiver].) Three weeks later, on the night of Wednesday/Thursday, November 7/8 (in our current Gregorian calendar, but Wednesday/Thursday, October 25/26 in the older Julian calendar then still used in Russia), the barbaric Communist Revolution began against the short-lived Kerensky government, the only democratic regime Russia had ever known. It was the hideous, blood-soaked Red October, in which Jews, both American and Russian, played a prominent and indispensable role. They produced hell on earth.
Then came the deadly Spanish influenza virus. In 1919, on Wednesday, April 2, the 10-year old boy, Francisco Marto, died of it, and in 1920, on Friday, February 20, it took his sister as well, the by then 10-year old girl Jacinta.
Lucie, after becoming the Carmelite nun Sister Maria Lucia, lived on, finally dying on February 13, 2005, the eve of St. Valentine's day, at the age of 97 in the Carmelite convent in Coimbra, Portugal. According to an account which Lucia wrote in 1942 during the midst of World War Two, the Lady had revealed to her that a second, even worse World War would engulf the world, a war likewise caused by human offences against God. Of course, since this claim was written after the war had already been going on for some time, such a prediction-after-the-event account must be regarded as questionable. In any case, there were strange coincidences associated with this war which will be discussed below. By 1995, the insanity of Communism had exhausted itself in Russia, and the Soviet empire had fallen apart after seven and a half decades of stupefying cruelty (not to mention Marxist Leftism's profoundly nihilistic, ecological devastation of Europe and Asia or its grotesque squandering of vast natural resources). But Lucia was still alive, a cloistered Carmelite nun praying for the world.
To understand the symbology and import of all this, it is first important to understand the process of god-blending (theocrasia), or syncretism, through which history gave us our current, Christian, version of the Earth Mother. Christianity is the final result of an age-long comparison and fusion of one religion with another which took place in ancient times. The proclamation of Mary as the God-bearer (Theotokos, Dei genetrix or Deipara) in Christianity was the culmination of this process with respect to the Great Mother goddesses. This proclamation took place in 431 at the Third Ecumenical Council of Ephesus.(27)
Ephesus, of course, had been from time immemorial a main seat of worship of the goddess Artemis, the Earth Mother. The Council of Ephesus merely Christianized an Ephesus-centered, syncretic Earth Mother cult of very long standing; for Artemis of Ephesus (Artemis Ephesia) had long before been assimilated to (among other Mother goddesses) the Iranian Earth Mother, Anahita, and was therefore also known as Artemis Anahita (literally, Artemis the Immaculate). In the Acts of the Apostles (19,23-20,1) of the Christian Bible, the apostle Paul is reported as having been harassed by silversmiths who made shrines of Artemis (identified by the Romans with Diana). The harassment was led by a certain Demetrius, whose name means literally he of Demeter. Demeter (literally, Earth Mother) was yet another Earth Goddess (or rather, another name for the same entity); her mystery rites were celebrated in Eleusis, in Greece. This process of god-blending was a pronounced characteristic of the ancient world: Artemis, Anahita, Demeter, Diana, the Egyptian Isis, Atargatis (the dea Syria or Syrian goddess), Cybele (the Magna Mater or Great Mother from Pessinus in Phrygia, Asia Minor), Ishtar (also called Ashtaroth and Astarte) of the Akkadians, Innanna of the antique Sumerians, and so forth, were all fused together in the one archetypal figure of the Christian Mother of God, the final successor to the many preceding Mothers of the Gods. (See, in particular, Erich Neumann's famous book, The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype [Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1955] for more detail on this.)
As for her male counterpart, all of the dying-and-rising gods such as Dumuzi, Tammuz, Adonis, Attis, Osiris/Sarapis, the Phrygian Dionysus and even the heroic Persian-Phrygian sun god, Mithras, were absorbed into the Christ of Christianity.
This syncretism continues. Mary has continued to appear everywhere in Christendom in the same manner that other Earth Mothers had appeared before. (Cf., e.g., how the Aztec goddess Tonantsin has become Our Lady of Guadalupe, the national patroness of Mexico, as merely one of many examples.) As before Christianity's emergence, so since then wellsprings have often arisen at the places of her appearance, and she may predict massive catastrophes (e.g., Cova da Iria/Fatima, 1917) which turn out to be true. Mary, the Mother of God, also became the Mother of the (Catholic) Church, and gradually became religiously and mystically identified with Holy Mother Church herself. For this reason, Christ can today be called the bridegroom of the Church; and hence, mystically, he is also the son-lover of the Great Mother, exactly as in the myths of all the ancient Great Mother-Divine Male-Relative incest myths.
If, now, we undertake to demythologize these archetypes of the Catholic Church, then we are led to the conclusion: the Son of God is the archetypal symbol for the logical-calculating, masculine, high consciousness, the consciousness not only of the individual but also (and especially) of the human race as a species. He is, thus, the symbol for the still-maturing planetary sense organs of which the individual human being is only a single component. And the Virgin Mother of God is the symbol for two things:
Firstly, she is the symbol for the biological foundation of mankind. All vertebrates are conceived as female; it is only testosterone supplied in the egg or womb that surcharges the developing embryo into becoming male. It is consistent with this fact that mystics, who are extremely sensitive to psychological phenomena, are widely known to assert that the soul is essentially feminine in nature.
Secondly, Mary is the planetary infrastructure that produces, or is striving to produce, this planetary consciousness. As the planetary inframind, she is the source and controller of all biological life on the globe. Of the two poles of biological evolution, the Great Mother represents its beginning and infrastructure, while her Divine Son represents its teleological end, its natural purpose.
In the light of the Virgin Mary's biography of development through ecumenical fusion, we are now able to examine the apparitions in Portugal's Cova da Iria fields somewhat more closely:
Although the three young visionaries accepted it as the traditional Blessed Virgin Mary, the apparition, while not denying this, also called herself the Lady of the Rosary and asked that a chapel be built on the site in her honor.
The Rosary, now, is a Catholic prayer form. But it is also an Islamic one. (Indeed, some writers think that the rosary was originally introduced during the Crusades from Islam which had, in its turn, copied it from Hinduism, which had also passed it on to Buddhism.) The Catholic form of the Rosary was early called the Angelic Psalter, and thought of as a highly abbreviated, simplified and Christianized version of the 150 Old Testament Psalms. Its three divisions of mysteries — joyous, sorrowful and glorious — intimately connect the praying person with humanity's psychodramatic ritual-myths, our deepest memories of our own evolution as a species: memories centering around conception and birth (joyous), death and burial (sorrowful), and the life-giving dimension beyond death (glorious). As a prayer form, it is hard to surpass in comprehensiveness. Thus the Earth Mother was asking man to recapitulate his phylogeny (as the biologist Ernst Haeckel might have said) in prayer and thus prevent his own suicide.
The Cova da Iria fields lie just outside of the village of Aljustrel, itself not very far from the town of Fatima. In the 1950s, the Fatima town leaders apparently decided to take advantage of the pilgrimage trade and successfully spread the impression that the apparitions had somehow taken place at Fatima rather than some distance away. As a result, the 1917 apparitions are now known as the appearances at Fatima, whereas the names Cova da Iria and Aljustrel are much less known.
Be that as it may, the now famous town of Fatima has an intriguing symbological history. It is a village which lies six kilometers from its district's capital, Ourem. The name Ourem is the present form of the medieval Oureana, a still-used woman's name. As a matter of actual historical fact, both Fatima and Oureana (and hence Ourem) were two different names of one and the same historical woman. This was an originally Muslim noblewoman named Fatima who, according to the ancient chronicle, had been taken captive by Portuguese Christians in a battle between Catholics and Muslims in the year 1158. (The Muslims at that time controlled great portions of Spain and Portugal.) The Count of Oureana and leader of the Christian warriors, Don Conçalo Herminguez (the Moor Eater, Traga Moiros) asked his king for Fatima's hand in marriage, which the king granted to him on the condition that she become a Christian. Fatima agreed and, in receiving the sacrament of baptism, took the Christian name of Oureana. The king gave the city of Abdega to Don Conçalo, who renamed it Oureana (now Ourem) in honor of his wife, who unfortunately died a few short years later. The inconsolable Don Conçalo left the secular world and
entered the abbey of Saint Bernhard of Alcobaça, which the king had had constructed shortly before; it lies 30 kilometers from Ourem.
Several years later the abbot of the monastery had the mortal remains of Oureana transferred to a small town six kilometers from Ourem, where he had a chapel and a small monastery built in honor of the Madonna. Since then the little village has borne the name Fatima.(28)
The name Fatima, thus, was originally taken from a Christianized Islamic woman. We have here, it seems, another echo of the strange god-blending which yields a name change while the underlying reality remains the same.
But as a mythic symbol, Fatima goes even further. For Fatima was also the name of the favorite daughter (died A.D. 632) of the prophet Muhammad, who transformed a little-known offshoot of ancient Judaism, the Ebionites, into what is now known as Islam.(29) This daughter, a thoroughly historical woman, married and bore two sons. Although her personal life history was a rather sad one, she was nevertheless the only offspring of Muhammad who had male heirs, and whose descendants survived the bloody turbulence of Islam's earliest decades. (Islam has by far the bloodiest and most turbulent history of all the major religions.) Later, an Iranic branch of Islam, the so-called Shi'a (about 10% of all Muslims), glorified this daughter of Muhammad, Fatima, much as the pre-Islamic Iranians had glorified the Earth Goddesses Armaiti and Anahita; the Shi'a venerates her in a manner very similar to the way in which the Catholic Church venerates Mary, the mother of Jesus. That is, the Shi'a has in fact elevated Fatima to the status of an ancient Great Mother goddess, high above all merely mortal women. For instance, in spite of the fact that the historical Fatima was married and bore children, the Shi'a calls her The Virgin (al-batūl) because of her standing aloof from the women of her age as to excellence, religion, rank and genealogy or because of her standing aloof from the world.(30) In other words, Fatima is the Earth Mother of Islam. Hence Our Lady of Fatima (as Catholics know her) is more than an object of strictly Catholic veneration. She is also the greatest female saint of Islam. She is the Earth herself, revealing her universality through the amazing, multiplex, linguistic and cultural restatements of her identity in disparate and even mutually inimical religions.
By the way, it should be mentioned that the Earth Mother normally manifests herself only to religious people, and to those religious people whose religions seriously include some form of Great Mother goddess. Most of Protestantism, which rarely concerns itself with the Virgin Mother, thus rarely sees any visitations of this sort. This is because the religious archetype must already have been inculcated in the receiving visionary before it can be activated by paranormal signals from the Earthsoul.
The Fatima apparition also called herself the Immaculate Conception. Now the Immaculate Conception does not mean virgin birth. Rather, it refers to the (Catholic) doctrine that Christ's mother herself, unlike any other strictly human being, was preserved from the moment of her own conception, from the stain (Latin macula) of the original sin of Adam and Eve, the proto-parents of mankind. Analyzed psychologically, however, it turns out that original sin was actually the emergence from the animal state of unreflective unconsciousness to the truly human state of consciousness — of knowledge of good and evil. Thus Immaculate Conception is a way of designating that which has never shared in human consciousness; it means the permanent undergirding of all consciousness on this planet. In other words, the Earth itself.
The Cova da Iria apparition spoke of war, war, and more war as a divine punishment.
Now the U.S. was dragged into World War I by the then president, Woodrow Wilson, and Winston Churchill, at that time the British First Lord of the Admiralty. Wilson and Churchill loaded the Lusitania, a ship partly paid for by the British navy, with war munitions destined for Britain but actually as bait for German submarines, placed some American civilians aboard so that it could be called a passenger ship, and sent it to meet a German submarine in the Celtic sea off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915. The submarine torpedoed it with a very weak torpedo, but the poorly-built coal magazines, filled mainly with coal dust toward the end of the voyage, blew up and sank the ship, with a loss of over 1200 lives, including 137 Americans. This whole mass-murder-by-proxy was covered up and blamed on those nasty Germans, who of course just wanted to kill innocent women and children. And the sinking of the Lusitania was used as Wilson's main propaganda ploy to whip up the American masses into a frenzy of indignation over the war crimes of the Germans, in order to plunge America into the war against Germany.(31) The sister ship of the Lusitania, incidentally, was called Mauritania, the ancient Roman name for Moor-land, covering the territory stretching across what are today northern Morocco and Algeria, both of which adhere to Islam.
In return for his part in this mass murder of his own countrymen, President Woodrow Wilson was later stricken with a brain hemorrhage. Thus it happened that the only Ph.D. ever to become president lived out his final years as a mental defective. Interestingly, he was struck down before a Colorado crowd he was haranguing, right in the middle of a sentence asserting that Germany would never again be allowed to start a war. Thereafter his wife strictly controlled both him and access to him for some time and thereby became the only woman ever to be a de facto president of the United States.
Now Lusitania, the name of Wilson and Churchill's death ship, also just happens to be the ancient Latin name of Portugal — a direct manifestation of the link between the medium (the ship) and the message (the Cova da Iria, Portugal=Lusitania apparition).
In Lusitania-as-Portugal, the Cova da Iria apparitions occurred for the first time on Sunday, 1917 May 13. (They also recurred on the 13th of each following month through October, excepting August, when the children were kidnapped and put through an inquisition by the county boss, Arturo d'Oliveria Santos, an anti-religious Freemason; that month, the Virgin appeared, much displeased over the kidnapping, on Sunday, the nineteenth.) Now the strange thing about the thirteenth of May on the religious calendar of Christianity, is something which had happened 1308 years before 1917. On May 13 (a Tuesday in the Julian calendar then in use) of the year A.D. 609, Pope Boniface IV converted the Roman pantheon — i.e., the ancient heathen temple consecrated to ALL (pan-) the GODS (theo-) - into a Christian church, rededicating it to the Mother of God and the Holy Martyrs. The Christian pope thereby updated all of the primordial supernatural (= nature-spirit) powers of the world, powers which the ancients had called gods (dei). (Under Constantine the Great, Christ had already moved into the place of the sun-god Mithras.(32) Both the sun-god Mithras and Christ as the Light of the world represented the same archetype: the light of consciousness and the Self.) From 609 on, May 13 was All Hallows' Day (with the preceding day being Hallows' Even or Hallowe'en), until some time in the ninth century, when it was transferred to November 1 in order to usurp the orgiastic northern European (Celtic) pagan harvest celebration. Thus the thirteenth of May is, like other elements, symbolically involved in the Christianization of the non-Christian archetypes.
The Immaculate Conception of Fatima foretold that World War I would soon come to an end (actually, it was another year and a half before it ended), but that Russia would develop and spread fearsome errors worldwide, and that another war would start unless the advanced forms of man awoke and ceased their cosmic irresponsibility. (She never mentioned Germany or the U.S. by name, incidentally.) Her last apparition was on October 13, 1917, where the sun seemingly danced in the (mass-hallucinated) sight of many witnesses among countless thousands of people, although a majority saw nothing. A week before, as mentioned above, the Communist revolution had already broken out in Russia, with the mongrel Lenin and the Jew Trotsky leading the orgy of terror and killing of vast numbers of innocent people. The Jews played an indispensable role in suffocating Russia, and the international Jewish media suppressed all mention of the Jewish fingers on the Red triggers. Thus did Communism explode upon the world. The Jews, it appears, are the scourge of God.
World War I ended with an armistice signed at eleven o'clock in the morning on November 11, 1918. That is, in the eleventh month, on the eleventh day, at the eleventh hour. This was another, triply-reinforced signal from the planet itself that White civilization had reached the eleventh hour — the brink of its own destruction. It was another warning that vast death had been just barely avoided for the time. (And indeed, the British and French had lined up long trainloads of poison gas along the truce lines, and were ready to poison all of central Europe, should hostilities resume.)
But the most advanced portion of humanity — Germany, England, America and, in the east, Japan - continued to become estranged from its planetary and biological roots. Britain, especially, a declining nation on a small island and with no Earth Mother in its national religion, blamed all of its problems on Germany instead of acknowledging that its imperial days were past and that it must now develop its intellectual capital and rethink its role on this planet. So for a second time it elected the silver-tongued, murderous, viciously anti-German Winston Churchill, this time as Prime Minister, and let him inject Britain and all of Europe into another, even more horrible war.
Due to the insane revenge-lust of the British and French at the peace talks in Versailles, Germany had been robbed of much of its land and had unjust and impossible reparations loaded onto it by the Allied dictate of 1918-19. The resultant enormous economic collapse of that country, in addition to Jewish exploitation (denied in today's politically correct history books, of course) of the national finances led to skyrocketing suicide rates among poor, hardworking people who were forced into bankruptcy. The corrupt Weimar regime, under the guise of democracy, threw away not only the economic wealth but also the cultural foundations of that land. Unemployment, Communism, national humiliation and the general oppression of the German nation by the utterly unjust Allied victors ignited a mood of desperation in the German people and brought a new force to the helm of power: the National Socialists. The Jews, who hated Germany for rejecting them, and Winston Churchill, whose hatred for Germany was stronger than anything else in his life, declared war on Germany when it sought to regain some of the land robbed from it at Versailles. Thus began the Second World War.
The U.S. was dragged into this second anti-German (and pro-Soviet) war by its physically and psychologically defective president, Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt (1882-1945),(33) who was himself lured in (once again) by Winston Churchill, now the British Prime Minister.
To return: Roosevelt could not get Americans into war as directly as Wilson had done, so he went through the back door: he exasperated Germany's allies, the Japanese, in Asia, by making threatening and humiliating demands of them, thereby backing them into a corner, and luring them into attacking Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.(34) The whole entrapment operation was engineered by Roosevelt himself. He knew (due to the so-called Magic decryption technique through which Japanese messages were decoded) down to the very hour how, when and where the attack he had provoked would take place. That attack on Pearl Harbor occurred Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. The U.S. Congress declared war on the godless Japs the next day, December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Linked with this world-historical event is the fact that the Immaculate Conception had been declared the heavenly patroness of the United States by the Roman Catholic Church in the previous century. In other words, the Earth Mother was making clear that on that day she was permanently shifting world political power away from Europe to the U.S.
In the investigation of psychic and religiological matters, symbology is all-important. This is the language the brain uses to communicate succinctly what would otherwise take a thousand words. If we consider the symbology of the name of the one man who played a greater role in the fomenting and magnification of both world wars and in the destruction of the White race than any other, Winston Churchill, its meaning becomes immediately apparent: Churchill is Church-ill, that is, the Church that is ill. By Church is meant the religiological depths of the Anglo-Saxon mind, which has nihilistically rejected the Great Mother as the matrix and infrastructure of its soul. The same goes for most of Protestantism and all of modern Judaism (although ancient, pre-Exilic Judaic religion worshipped the Ashtaroth, Earth Mothers of Palestine — cf. Jeremiah 44,15-19). It is this Sick Church, this nihilism which disregards the Great Mother, which has been responsible for the mass suicidism of White civilization in this century. Not just Mr. Church-ill alone.
Shortly before the end of WW II, the U.S., self-righteously demanding unconditional surrender, dropped the first nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the two cities which had the most Roman Catholics in them in a nation otherwise Shinto and Buddhist.(35) These adherents to this archetypally Europe-sprung religion, the alma mater of the West, were paranormally singled out for nuclear incineration in order to emphasize the fact that this was a nihilist war of Western Civilization against itself: part of the West's century-long drift into suicide. Interestingly, there was in each city a Catholic institution dedicated to the Blessed Mother and the praying of her rosary. Although very close to the hypocenters of the bombs, they — and only they — went utterly unscathed while everything else was vaporized. A coincidence inexplicable from the rationalist-materialist point of view.
As for the rest, the mass deaths of these Catholics, in the most stupefying war destruction ever perpetrated on civilians, provided the next-to-last major link in the eerie chain of preternatural events which surrounded that war. Although the then President Harry Truman claimed he had nuked the Japs to save the lives of American soldiers, it is most likely that he was lying. Other scholars note that the Japanese government had been making desperate overtures to surrender well before the A-bombing. Such scholars think that Truman's real reason was to demonstrate to the Soviet Union the unparalleled, civilian-killing, military might such weapons now gave to the U.S. (The same desire had led America and Britain to carpet-bomb the defenseless city of Dresden in February 1945, slaughtering perhaps a quarter of a million civilians, a great many of them refugees from the Russian barbarians in the east.) After such a demonstration, the Soviets would not try any military adventures, or so the president thought.(36) He did not reckon on spies such as Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (Jews, of course) handing over the bomb-making secrets to the Communists within a few years of the war's end.
Finally the Second World War was brought to a close when the Japanese government signed an unconditional surrender to the U.S. in Tokyo Bay aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, an American battleship, on August 15, 1945. (It was still Tuesday, August 14 in the western hemisphere, but Wednesday, the 15th in the actual theater of war, the other side of the International Date Line.) Now in Catholicism, August 15th has been for centuries celebrated as the feastday of the Assumption of the Mother of God body and soul into heaven. That day is one of the three main annual feasts of the Great Mother in Catholicism. The other two are December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and March 25, the feast of the Annunciation (of the Angel Gabriel to Mary that she was to become the mother of the Christ). Thus, for the U.S., World War II began and ended on two primary Catholic feastdays of the Earth Mother. The U.S. was thereby confirmed in its position as the true successor to the Roman Empire.(37)
Thus the United States, whose patroness (according to the Catholic Church) is the Immaculate Conception, became the most powerful nation on the planet by officially entering the Second World War on one of the three most important feastdays of the Christianized Earth Mother — December 8 (1941), — and by ending it on another, August 15 (1945).
Naturally the U.S., its former allies and the Jews proclaim that WW II was a good war (a crusade as mass murderer Dwight Eisenhower later called his anti-European venture). After all, the victors get to write the history books, and the vanquished are by definition wrong. No one should ever expect the Jewish media to allow any other side but theirs to have its say. But in the larger scheme of things, if WW II can be said to have had any good result whatsoever, it can only be that it took place before nuclear weapons arrived on the world military scene. Otherwise the northern hemisphere would today have almost no population at all, and certainly no nations as we think of them.
We might also note that, while current socio-political fashion dictates that everyone, especially those who declare themselves liberal, must be all-loving and all-tolerant, in fact American politicians in major war are the most vicious and hate-filled monsters the world has ever seen. Not only did they unjustly cripple Germany by taking England's side in the First World War, but in the Second, they carpet-bombed German cities, killing German civilians of all ages and both sexes by the millions. (German retaliation raids on British cities were puny by comparison, and the bombing of strictly civilian targets was started by the British to begin with.) Then, after (repeat: after) the Second World War, the Americans, together with the French, murdered up to 1.7 million (1,700,000) German prisoners of war, together with some women and children.(38) There has been much debate in recent years as to how many Jews may have been killed in the so-called Holocaust (certainly not six million!) or even whether there was any organized, purposeful Jew-killing operation at all. (The best estimate by qualified scholars today is that perhaps half a million Jews died of all causes.) But there is no doubt at all that the Anglo-American carpet-bombing and the post-war holocaust of Germans by Americans and French took place. (We omit here the above-mentioned, small issue of the American nuking of the Japanese city-targets, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.) And also after WW II, America engaged in the so-called Operation Keelhaul, in which it returned many thousands of Eastern European internees, refugees and POWs formerly held by the Germans, to Stalin and Company. These poor people, having done nothing against the Allies in any way, were simply sent to the slaughterhouse by the Home of the Brave and the Land of the Free. Yes, America shows a different side of itself when it comes to those economic competitors who are most like itself. Or just when it feels like killing.
Finally, it should also be noted that August 15, 1973 (the Assumption, again) was the official date set by the United States Congress for terminating U.S. military involvement in the extremely unpopular Viet Nam war. Unpopular, because it was harder for Americans to approve of killing enemy Vietnamese than of killing Germans, because the Vietnamese were not White. Killing is really enjoyable only when it is done to someone within the killer's own family.
As for the Catholic Church, it remained until the mid-1960s a broad-based synthesis of ancient middle-class Greek and Roman mystery religions with a thin Judaic overlay. Up to that time it had retained many highly efficacious psychological and parapsychological practices. But with the vast loss of Catholic believers (and especially of priests) since the bizarre, Judeo-Protestantizing and self-defeating Second Vatican Council, it is now for the first time thinkable that the Earth Mother will appear under some manifestation other than the Blessed Virgin Mary in the future. Nonetheless, she will still be the same being: the Great Mother, the Earth herself. Which we Asatru have always known as Nerthus.⇑
B.) The Future
In a series of public lectures at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1963, Fred Hoyle, a distinguished British astronomer and philosopher, suggested among other things that the human race was currently in the throes of an evolutionarily driven mutation to a much more intelligent species. He said,(39)
"[T]he emergence of high intelligence as a more or less going concern demands an almost discontinuous uplift. Millions of years of primitive conditions may precede the uplift, and millions may follow it, but the uplift itself must be made quickly, because of fuel exhaustion.
A whole lot of consequences follow from this simple observation. It has often been said that, if the human species fails to make a go of it here on the Earth, some other species will take over the running. In the sense of developing intelligence this is not correct. We have, or soon will have, exhausted the necessary physical prerequisites so far as this planet is concerned. With coal gone, oil gone, high-grade metallic ores gone, no species however competent can make the long climb from primitive conditions to high-level technology. This is a one-shot affair. If we fail, this planetary system fails so far as intelligence is concerned. The same will be true of other planetary systems. On each of them there will be one chance, and one chance only.
".... Our special problem today is just this: we are essentially primitive creatures struggling desperately to adjust ourselves to a way of life that is alien to almost the whole of the past history of our species. When I say this you must understand that by past history I do not mean just the last few centuries or the last few thousand years, but man's long evolution over tens and even hundreds of thousands of years. It was this long evolution that determined our basic physical and psychological characteristics, not recent history, not the period since the Romans or Greeks, for instance.
"....[T]he transition from primitive to sophisticated technology must be made swiftly — the resource problem demands that this be so. Today we are living at a unique moment, neither in the long primitive era nor in the better adjusted prosperous future. It is our century, our millennium, that must perforce take the maximum strain, for it is our fate to live during the transitional phase. ....
It seems to me more than a small measure of comfort that our situation cannot be unique. Unless, indeed, we are the only intelligent creatures in the universe, which for the reasons given in my second lecture I find it impossible to believe, a similar situation must, it seems to me, arise whenever intelligence emerges. There must be the same sudden rise from the primitive to the sophisticated, the same psychological stresses on those who happen to live in the transition phase. Unless there is no meaning to be attached to life, to intelligent life, the problems with which we are faced must be soluble, indeed they must have been solved many, many times by creatures who are ahead of us in the process. There is a high probability that a way exists through the apparently impenetrable jungle of the future. ....
It is to be emphasized that because a way exists it does not follow that the route is easy. Every mountaineer knows that while the escape from a dangerous situation may be possible it can still be desperately difficult to achieve. The process of evolution that has led to our presence here, at this moment, is not a pretty one. We exist today because of a past in which our forebears suffered untold distress and anguish. .... [W]e need only think of the shriek of the dying animal in the jungle. My point is that we are still in the jungle and that our descendants may come to say the same thing about us, that they owe their existence to our shrieks.
".... It is probably inevitable that the poor countries will outpopulate the rich countries and that all hope of stabilizing the world population will be gone. And if the world population is not stabilized, if it rises as far as it possibly can, consistent with the best technology, nothing but pain and grief will follow. The future will then indeed be based on our cries of agony. .... It used to be a common theme of move makers ... to show how the youth who insists on always having a good time goes from bad to worse, eventually ending up among criminals. I suspect the same thing for our whole species: if we insist on always following the easy path we could end up as a criminal species.
".... You will remember that I raised the question of communication with other planets. .... If in other places other species have already followed the difficult route ahead of us, then plainly it would be an enormous advantage to know exactly where the dangers lie. My suspicion is that ample information exists in what I might call a galactic library to show exactly what is going to happen to us if the world persists in following current policies. .... Acquisition of such information would lead to perhaps the most revolutionary step in human thinking.
Thus spoke Fred Hoyle in 1963, long before the advent of microcomputers. Implicit in his discussion of the fact that our species must become more intelligent is the radical policy of eugenics: of preventing the unintelligent and defective from reproducing themselves, and of promoting the reproduction of the intelligent and healthy, as mainland China, the most populous nation on earth, has (as of 1995) already begun doing. Psychologically this will be very difficult for the West, since, according to their war-justifying propaganda, it was precisely to prevent the introduction of eugenics that England and America attacked and defeated Germany in World War II. And anyway, America has a congenital preference for dysgenics,(40) as any objective observer can readily see.
The previous section dealt with the evidence of the Earth Mother's participation in human affairs in the first three quarters of the twentieth century. With that evidence, and with Hoyle's words in mind, let us consider the prospects of the next decade or so.
Today Western Civilization has become Global Civilization, and the fate of the West will be the fate of the world.(41) The foregoing pages should give even the most cynical despisers of religious beliefs cause to wonder whether something weird is not going on in all these global events.
Unbeknownst to the vast majority of the world's population, global civilization is on the verge of sudden catastrophic collapse, which will occur within the next half century, probably starting in the half-decade 2010-2015. This will occur as the world demand for oil exceeds supply. (For details on this, see the article Descent into Hell on this website.) American shortsightedness and hatred for evolution have now made this collapse certain. Only the exact year is hard to specify, due to the extreme complexity of the supply-and-demand relationships. Although the highest levels of western governments are fully aware of the situation, it is in their own interest to keep their subjects calm and unalarmed. Meanwhile, they are doing everything they can to maintain good relations with a few of the largest oil producers such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait (but not Iraq or even Iran). That Alaskan oil territories, the Gulf of Mexico and a few other small remaining oil sources will be fully exploited regardless of environmental consequences is a foregone conclusion. But all such efforts will postpone the inevitable by only a year or so at the most. In fact, it will make the overshoot and subsequent collapse all the worse. For such exploitation will cause the world to defer making the hard choices it needs to in order for a small portion of our species to survive. The all men are equal nonsense is too deeply ingrained, and the drive for self-extinction has become the primary characteristic of the Zeitgeist. Once the collapse begins and desperation rises, however, the groupsoul of the White race may rise again. And that, let us hope, will be our salvation.
A: On Human Races
Dr. J. Philippe Rushton of the Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, Canada, is the only Western academic to have investigated racial differences of the three main, black, white and yellow races. Despite the insane screaming and smears of the Jews, liberals and Negroes, he managed to publish the results of his research in the 1980s and in book form in 1994.(42) These results show clearly that the three races occupy different and very unequal positions on the path of evolution, with the modern Mongoloids (Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, etc.) being the most advanced and the Negroes being the most retarded, with Whites diffused throughout the considerable distance between the two other races. (Protomongoloids, who include such as American Indians and Eskimos, were not specifically treated by Rushton, although they seem to lie between the Negro and White means, while — again unmentioned by Rushton — a small subset of the Whites with evolutionary ancestry in the more northerly regions of Europe produce the most highly evolved creatures on the planet.)
Among Rushton's most interesting findings are those on the brain, for, despite the naysayers' denials, there is a general (i.e., nearly, but not exactly 1-to-1) correlation between brain mass and intelligence. The figures for the brain are:
Because of the brain-to-body correlation (i.e., percentage of body mass devoted to brain), and since Blacks are generally bigger than Whites while Yellows are smaller, the significance of these numbers is overstated in the case of the Blacks and understated for Yellows. Brain weight, furthermore, begins to decrease in Europeans at age 25 but in Japanese not until the mid-30s (and the latter suffer consequently much less Alzheimer's disease and senility).
Rates of maturation: phylogenetically (i.e., evolutionarily) more primitive life forms mature at a faster rate than more advanced, complex, intelligent ones. So also with humans: 51% of Black infants are born in the 39th week of pregnancy, but only 33% of Whites. In France (whence Rushton gathered figures unobtainable in Anglophone countries), White women have longer pregnancies than mulattoes from Caribbean French islands. Similarly, Blacks walk sooner (11 months of age) than Whites (12 months), who in turn walk sooner than Yellows (13 months). In coordination, muscular strength and locomotion, Black babies generally surpass White babies of similar age. Puberty, first intercourse and first pregnancy of Whites is 1½-2 years after those of Blacks, and 1½-2 years before those of Yellows. All of this is due, no doubt, to the oppression of the colored races by White males. 1980 death rates (however these are measured) were, for Chinese in the U.S., 3.5/1000 and for Whites, 5.6/1000. Corresponding numbers for Blacks, although not given, are substantially higher.
Mental stability and self-control: the primitive nature of the Black organism also reveals itself in psychosocial behavior. In 1970 in the U.S., 240 per 100,000 Blacks were confined to mental institutions, but only 162 out of 100,000 Whites; Blacks visit mental health centers and are treated for psychological disorders and abuse of drugs and alcohol at twice the rate of the general population. The one-eighth of the U.S. population that is Black is responsible for half of all arrests for assault, murder and robbery. In London, England, where they constitute about the same percentage of the population (13%), Blacks are again responsible for half the crimes. In tax fraud and violations of security or financial laws, which require more intelligence, there is underrepresentation by Blacks. By contrast, in both the U.S. and Britain, Asian immigrants have a comparatively low crime rate.
Also according to Rushton, Yellows are less sociable and more neurotic than Whites, who are themselves less sociable and more neurotic than Blacks. On the other hand, Yellows care more for their children than Whites, who, again, show more parental care than Blacks.
To Rushton's findings we may add that both the Black and Yellow races are more homogenous than Whites. Consequently their morphic fields must be stronger, since there is so much reinforcement of the same morphic mold. But while the Yellow race has a greater advantage over Whites in mental ability (to learn what has already been discovered by others in the past) and durability, it is possible that much of the inflexible, military-like group think mentality that so obviously characterizes Oriental nations and hinders indigenous innovation may be due to this fact. Hence the high-end Whites, being less rigidly fixed by their morphic fields and hence more creative, may have a great advantage over Yellows in this respect. (We see much evidence of this in the process of true, global breakthroughs in science and technology, and in major organizational creativity, breakthroughs which themselves are almost never made by Yellows, but are often marvelously refined and polished by them.) Blacks as a whole are obviously so primitive that only a primatologist or a neurotic liberal would spend much time discussing their mental life, such as it may be.
Another important element is beauty, the outward expression of neoteny (the retention of youthful characteristics into maturity). The most beautiful race is that which has the most intense degree of life in it, is the most evolutionarily advanced, and which is by the same token the most neotenous. This is obviously the Germanic stock, followed closely and overlapped by the Celts - with all due respect to all other types. Witness the models used by professional Jewish pornographers to gain the highest profits on their pulp or celluloid productions. Almost all the women are Germanic or Celtic. (True, occasionally a Negress or two is tokened into their pages and frames, but any serious percentage of negrification would kill all sales.) The serene, youthful beauty of the northern race attests to a fullness of life unsurpassed in all the rest of evolution. The Venerable Bede reported (A.D. 731) that St. Gregory the Great (ca. 540-604), before he became pope in 590, had remarked about two Angle boys from Britain being sold on the Roman slave market, when told that they were Angles, Good, for they have an angelic face, and it is becoming that such as they be co-heirs of the angels in heaven. The necessary connection between physical beauty and the transphysical source of life could not escape the deeply religious Gregory.(43)
Yet the more archaic forms of our race are still with us. Proto-Caucasoid elements, in their most undiluted form formerly found in the Ainu of Japan - now almost totally absorbed by the superior, invading Mongoloids -, currently make up a substantial component of the pug-nosed easternmost Slavs, historically first found radiating from the Pripet Marshes. The behavioral preference of these unprogressive types is Communism, the functional expression of such early forms. It is the Nordic (Varangian Rus, from *rōþs, rowers, i.e., of the Viking longboats) component of the Russians which imparts organizational power to this primitivism. (It is the Rus who set up Russia to begin with, and gave their name to it.)
In the East, the Altaic or Tungid (Northern Siberian), and the light-skinned Sinid or northern Chinese Mongoloids are the most attractive (to other Mongoloids) and neotenous of the Oriental peoples. The Tungids constitute the main racial stocks of Japan and Korea - both nations culturally productive far beyond their size - and of the Mongolias. Moreover, it was above all the alliance between the East Germanic Goths and the feared aggressors of the Mongol stock, the Huns (Chinese Hsiung-nu), which weakened the decaying western Roman Empire so greatly that it never recovered. The Huns themselves - who also practiced shamanism - were destroyed by the Goths and other Germanic peoples, aided by the East Romans. (This transpired about two decades before the Germanic leader, Odoacer (Gothic Auda-Wakrs, meaning roughly the Intelligent) deposed the last Western Roman emperor, Romulus Augustulus, and therewith ended the Roman Empire of classical antiquity.)
In contrast to racial comeliness, stereotypical Jewish physiognomy and behavior are the expressions of the hyperurban Jewish racial memory. This is the amalgam created by a hundred generations of an aggressively metastasizing hothouse subculture of paranoiac hagglers, superimposed on southern Caucasoid stock. Similarly, the true bred-in-the-bone criminal of 90 IQ is often - even at first glance - clearly recognizable as a dangerous type. And finally, it is physiologically and behaviorally obvious that the Negroid branch is the least advanced human type on earth.
In spite of these facts, the White race as a whole, which constitutes only about 15% of all homo sapiens, has embraced nihilism and refuses to play a role in evolution any longer, and so is declining rapidly in numbers. We can therefore expect enormous and savage political, economic and other disruptions to come as the colored races move in and fight over our remains.
B: Herbarium of a Modern Shaman
Edgar Cayce (1887, Hopkinsville KY - 1945, Virginia Beach, VA), although thoroughly imbued with the standard American Protestantism of his upbringing, had by nature strong shamanic talents. He would put himself into trance states and go on psychic journeys, among other things. But his most thoroughly shamanic characteristic was his ability to diagnose, and correctly prescribe effective cures for, a vast array of ailments in countless people whom he had never met and of whom he needed to be given only the name and address. Listed here are a number of his most common preventive and curative recommendations.
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