Thursday, 23 October 2014

Wolf Brotherhood

Many of the people who have come into Woden's Folk have done so through what we call the Call of the Blood - they have been drawn in some way to us. Some have also taken on a Wodenic name associated with the Wolf, whilst most have some form of link to the Wolf as a Totem Animal. The aim of Woden's Folk (at an Inner Level) is to build the basis for a future Germanic Mannerbund in a form suited to our era, which means that we have to first regain the knowledge of how this worked, and then build for the future English Youth a Cultic Warrior Brotherhood. 

The Death's Head or Skull and Crossbones is the symbol used of this type of Warrior Brotherhood since it is based upon the Totenkult (Death-Cult) and the Ahnenkult (Ancestral Cult). The idea is that the Cultic-Warrior takes on the role of the Ancestral Warrior, and in fact actually becomes that Ancestral Warrior. 

The 'pirate' version of the Skull & Crossbones suggests a direct link with Woden as the One-Eyed Wolf-God (Hunter-God). This could be why an 'eye-patch' is worn over the right eye in this version. Madame Blavatsky, in The Secret Doctrine, suggests that this symbol derived from the ChiRo symbol, which itself seems to suggest a bind-rune of the Gyfu-Rune (Crossed Bones) and the Wyn-Rune (Skull). The Wyn-Rune seems to have certain links to the Wild Huntsman or Wild Hunter-God also known as the Wunsc-Frey ('Wish-Lord'), no doubt through his link to 'Santa Claus' (he grants 'wishes'). 

Figurines such as this suggest that this is Woden, again with the eye missing, and there are many versions of this. That Woden was known as the One-Eyed God can be gleamed from his title Har which Snorri seems to translate as 'High One' but which is rooted in the term HariR which means 'one-eyed'. 

This version of the Wolf-God is not so clear since it has been drawn from the original, which has the right eye missing, or at least damaged. There are versions with the left eye missing, but the explanation may not be that they are inter-changeable, but represent different aspects of Woden, in the above case he is seen as the One-Eyed Hunter-God who leads his Wolf-Warriors or Wolf-Brotherhood. 

Hamasson has shown that the Wolf-Rune (above) fits with the seven stars of Orion the Hunter and thus is a Rune of the Hunter-God. The rune is made up of an Eiwhaz-Rune (Eoh) with a cross-bar; the Eihwas-Rune is associated with Wuldor who we see as a winter aspect of Woden, and he is usually portrayed as wearing a wolf-skin and riding skis across the snows of the Northlands. The rune-name Eihwaz is rooted in the IE Root *aiw which means 'Vital Force' and is related to 'Eternity' - in other words this refers to a force that exists outside the Cycles of Time. 

Whereas the Herne Giant is the winter aspect (Wuldor) the Long Man of Wilmington is the summer aspect (Waendel) or spring aspect, and related to the constellation of Cygnus the Swan, rather than Orion the Hunter. What is noticeable about the hill-figure above is that the landscape is 'cut out' like an inverted triangle which is rather a 'coincidence' in that Cygnus the Swan is part of what is known as the Summer Triangle. 

This symbol is called the Wolf's Eye and obviously refers to Woden as the One-Eyed Wolf-God. It is a swastika in the form of the Germanic Ing-Rune, and thus an ideal symbol for the Sons of Ingwe. It is also a bind-rune made up of crossed Eihwaz-Runes and thus another form of the Vital Force that exists in Eternity and outside the Cycles of Time. Looked at another way it is the Wolf-Hook Rune crossed with another of the same. This is the Eye of Woden who is the Wolf-God. 

This painting by Franz von Stuck,done in 1889, titled Der Wilde Jagd (The Wild Huntsman), shows the god Wotan bearing the Spear of Wotan and leading the Souls of the Dead with his Two Wolves by his side. Interestingly, he wears a Red Cape which fits exactly with a dream I had many years ago of the Death-God who was the Grim Reaper wearing a Red Robe but carrying a Blood-Red Flag. The painting shows this aspect of the Hidden God - hidden from view at this time. It is the Wolf-God who is Woden in the form that we see him within the Woden Brotherhood. 

The Walknut or Wolf-Knot is the symbol that binds the Wolf-Warrior to the Wolf-God Woden, and should be used by those who follow the path of the Wolf-God. In itself it is symbolic of the links between the Three Worlds (3 x 3 worlds, but with the three levels - Underworld - Midgard - Asgard), symbolic of their being interlinked and not seen as separate worlds, as we tend to do today. 

It is important to first know the symbolism that we must use in order to revive the Germanic Mannerbund, and it is also important to understand that these Cultic Warriors represented the Mythical Einheriar and were the upholders of Tribal Order (at their own tribal level) and Cosmic Order (since their struggles would have been seen as a reflection of the Eternal struggle between the Gods and the Jotun). 

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