Saturday, 16 August 2014

Why the Wolfsangel?

Why do we use the Wolfsangel as our emblem? For me, there are two different aspects of the Wolfsangel. Firstly, there is the runic element - most notably the Eihwaz rune - though depending on the 'style' of Wolfsangel it could be the Sigel rune, Opfer rune, or even the Gibor rune.

The two styles of Wolfsangel I tend to use the most are the upright version with a horizontal division or a Sigel rune style hook with an upright division. The latter example is interesting as there is a runic forumla contained within the Wolfsangel - Sigel and Is - or Fire and Ice, the union of opposites. But it is the former style that I most often use for the purpose of runic magic - as it contains the Eihwaz rune - which is the rune of the Yew tree and the Bow - both important symbols for the gods Widar and Wuldor - two gods of 'resistance' which is why the Wolfsangel is so often seen as a symbol for Resistance. Indeed the German 'Widerstand' (resistance) shares the same etymological root as Widar. 

The second element of the Wolfsangel is the historical one. This relates to the concept of the 'Wolfs Head', or outlaws. The term 'Wolfs Head' comes from the fact that sheriffs across Britain, and Europe, would offer rewards for the head of a wolf, thus encouraging the hunting of these animals - who in the eyes of the christian masses really symbolised our heathen past. Whilst the christians would tend their flocks, and pray to their shepherd god - us Wolves would roam the forest - as free folk.

One of the methods used to kill the wolfs was the Wolfsangel. This is really the German term - the English is Wolf Hook, and this really was a hook - baited with meat and hung from a tree. Hanging from a tree and left on the end of a long chain, the hook would not necessarily 'hook' the wolf like hooking a fish, but would rip the wolfs jaw (perhaps in the same way Widar rips the jaws of the Fenris wolf?) and the wolf would bleed to death. 

The hook and chain were suspended from a tree using the Wofsanker. This was an 'anchor' shaped devise designed to sit over two or more branches. The Wolfsanker, like the Wolf Hook, have become heraldic symbols.
The coat of arms for the city of Fellbach contains three 'wolfsankers'

Another weapon the christians would use is the Wolfsgruben - the Wolf Pit. As the name suggests it was a pit fall trap, lined with spikes and was triggered by the weight of the wolf walking over the top. In England, the common pub name 'Wool Pit' and 'Wool pack' derive from this form of hunting. The term 'wool' was once 'wolf', and this form of wolf hunting was practised by shepherds, thus the term evolved. For me, it is just another sign of the hypocrisy of the christians,who hide their violent past. Wool pack and Wool pit conjure up nothing more than the idea of shepherds tending their flocks. The truth is that they hunted the wolf into extinction from Britain. And this is the most important reason as to why we use the Wolf Hook ourselves - because as Heathens, and as National Socialist - we too are hunted by the same forces, who wear this false mask, who pretend to be the do-gooders, but in reality behind the mask they are the evil brood.

This is why the folk-heroes of our race, like Robin Hood, Hereward the Wake, Widukind etc were always demonised, made out to be 'put-laws' and 'wolfs heads' - there was a price on their heads. Because they were hunted, the same way our enemies hunted the wolf. To use the Wolf Hook as our emblem is to make this comparison of shared history and struggle with the wolf.