Monday, 29 June 2015

The Swastika as a symbol for Movement

Recently I spoke to some kinsmen regarding my thoughts upon the Is rune. This is the Ice rune, the rune of stillness. The rune is often described as one of having negative attributes.  It is certainly a rune which would cause somebody to feel lonely if invoked the wrong way - Is - Isolation! The rune absorbs energy - just like its physical representation Ice, so once enough energy is absorbed by the rune, the Is rune transforms to becomes the Ken rune - the rune of Fire and movement (energy). This energy can itself be further invoked until such a time that the energy of the rune becomes a rotational force - in this case the Ken rune rotates to become the Swastika which is a symbol of movement and energy - a symbol of the Sun and the Spirit, of the Fire and the Folk!

Is, the rune of stillness and ice becomes Ken 

The swastika represents the Ken rune in a rotation.

What goes around comes around!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

the Life Rune - the Man Rune

Today we greet the sun as she is at her strongest - for today is the Sonnenwende - the longest day of the year, but also the start of the return to darkness. When we greet the sun we do so in the Life rune stance - which is the Man rune in the Armanen rune row. As heathens we say 'Yes to Life' and we thank the sun for her warmth and light, without either there would be no life on Earth. Our bodies absorb her healing rays and we use her energy. This life-force  and our own bodies are represented in the Leben-Man rune. For the word 'life' itself comes from the German Leben, which in turn comes from the word Leib which means 'the body'. This is why we stand in the Life-Man rune position when we greet the sun and when we give thanks to the gods and goddesses. 

Heil Sunna!

Happy Sunwend - Frohe Sonnenwende!

best wishes to all our friends from NSVR!


The Solstice Fire

All across Europe, many of those who have returned to the faith of our forebears will be celebrating the solstice with bonfires. Even the christians continued this tradition with fires they made sacred to saint John, whose sacred day is the solstice. 

One fire-ritual is jumping over the solstice fire. The flames burn away bad luck and grant fertility. As far south as Greece this custom survives (though on a much later date in the month due to the Orthodox calendar being changed) - however this custom is strongest in the northern European countries, especially the Baltic states, where paganism survived and was practised for much longer than the rest of Europe which had become christian.

 "Where experience herefore have shown, that after the old heathen use, on John's day in every year, in the country, as well in towns as villages, money and wood have been gathered by young folk, and there upon the so-called sonnenwendt or zimmet fire kindled, and thereat winebibbing, dancing about the said fire, leaping over the same, with burning of sundry herbs and flowers, and setting of brands from the said fire in the fields, and in many other ways all manner of superstitious work carried on — Therefore the Hon. Council of Nürnberg town neither can nor ought to forbear to do away with all such unbecoming superstition, paganism, and peril of fire on this coming day of St. John."

Grimm, Jacob (1883). Teutonic Mythology, Volume 2.

The 'Zimmet' fire corresponds to the English word 'Summit', meaning when the sun is as its highest.

For National Socialists the solstice would had been a sacred day - along with Hitler's birthday and the winter solstice, the summer solstice was declared a national holiday.

Members of the HJ jump the solstice fire!

Friday, 19 June 2015

"The old beliefs will be brought back to honour again.
The whole secret knowledge of nature, of the divine, the demonic.
We will wash off the Christian veneer and bring out a religion peculiar to our race."

Sunday, 14 June 2015

some excellent Nordic-Celtic-Slavic jewellery is currently being produced in Eastern Europe -

some fine examples and links below!

Hymn to Dawn

She has shone brightly like a young woman, 
Stirring all creatures to life. 
Now it is time to kindle the sacred Fire: 
Dawn has made light and chased away the darkness.
Turned toward this far-spreading world 
With white robes about her, 
She has risen and shone in brightness. 
She has beamed forth lovely with golden colours, 
Mother of the kine, guide of the days she brings.

Our Lady of Light brings the Eye of the Gods, 
As she leads her white, beautiful steed. 
Dawn shines apparent, bestowing on all men 
Her store of marvellous treasure.

Come with your bounty; drive away foes. 
Grant us secure and lush pastures. 
Disperse those who hate us. 
Pour bounty, opulent lady, on the singer.

Beam forth your light to guide and sustain us. 
Prolong, O Dawn, O Goddess, our days. 
Give to us food, grant to us joy, 
Chariots and cattle and horses.

Lady nobly born, daughter of heaven, 
Worshipped by all the illustrious, 
Grant us your blessings, riches and wealth. 
Now and forever protect us!

Rig Veda 7.77

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Many of the runes have an association with a specific tree, and there is certainly a connection between the Sowilo rune and the Willow tree (or more fitting is the trees alternative though now rarely used name – Sallow). Recently I have been looking into the overlap between the Sieg-Sowilo rune and the Hail-Haegl rune – and there is more evidence within the etymology of the word willow /sallow to continue with this idea.

Sal and Hal – Salvation and Health. From the root Sal we get Salt (a product of the sun [evaporation]) Salute (to greet the sun) and Salvation, from Hal we get to Hale (to breath) Hael (to Hail or Heil) and Health. Sal, from the Proto Indo European sal(i)k gives us the trees Latin name ‘Salix’. If we look at Celtic words for willow we see the name rooted in hal, as in the Welsh  ‘helygen’ and the Breton ‘halegen’ – Holy or Healing Tree. The Irish word for willow is Sail, which we can compare with the Sieg rune ‘Sigel’ meaning to Sail (on the sea). It is from the Salix acid in the bark of this tree that we get aspirin – a word that itself has its roots in spir, again meaning to breath (respire). 

The Old English word for Willow is ‘welig’ – from the root *wel which means to twist or turn. From this root we get words like withy, widder, wicker etc. In Old Norse this word is Vidir – maybe the tree is sacred to Vidar? If we look at the rune shape the Sowilo rune can be seen as a ‘twist’ – like that of the long twisting leaves of this tree.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

The Ing rune - the Blood rune

Ing is the name that the Anglo-Saxons used for the god Frey. He is the divine ancestor of the English. His legend is preserved in the tale of Sceaf, who as a baby was found in a boat along with a shield and sheaf of wheat (hence his name). 

Sceaf - Ing

Our blood is sacred, as it carries the life force within our bodies that keeps us living. As a family, tribe or race we are blood-bound and our kindreds and hearths are blood-communities. By invoking this rune we invoke the bonds that unite us. 

The rune is closely related in its shape to the Ethel-Odal rune which itself represents the sacred soil and our heritage (Erbe). The Ing rune is the same but with a crown (stylised Ken rune) on top which symbolises the sacredness of blood. As a result this rune can be seen as the DNA helix pattern which defines who we are.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Ansuz- the rune of the Ancestors

Ansuz is a rune you can use the invoke the memory of our Germanic Ancestors. This is connected to the  German word Ahnen or ancestor - hence Ahnenerbe, which is a compound word from Ahnen and Erbe meaning Ancestral Heritage. The root of these words is the Indo-European word *ansu which means 'spirit' and refers to the Ancestors and the Ancestral God - Woden. This rune is an important reminder that the spirit of our ancestors - heroes and martyrs are always with us. Their memories  and deeds form part of the collective racial soul and this is the reason behind the National Socialist practise of calling 'Present' when the names of departed kinsman are hailed. 

Friday, 5 June 2015

This windmill ornament was produced by the Von Dutch company - the swastika which here represent the sails were an early symbol used by the dutch company.

Many folk are perhaps unaware of the overlap in symbolism between the mill and the swastika. The swastika is a symbol of Thor/Thunor and is used to represent his hammer. The mill represents the World Mill - which itself is a cosmic Swastika, as we will see in this post.

The 'Mill' itself refers to the grinding stone used to make flour - a windmill is simple a wind powered millstone, as opposed to a smaller hand turned one. The root of the word Mill is from the Proto Indo-European *mel which basically meant 'to grind' - thus the grinding of wheat and cereals into flour. Thors hammer Miollnir takes its name from this same root word - we still use the word 'mallet' which means the same.

The windmill with its rotating sails represents movement and the measure of time - hence the windmill is associated with the Three Norns - who bought to us the laws of Cause and effect (ie time), as well as the movements of the Sun and Moon across the sky. The sun Sol and moon Mani are the children of Mundilfari and he himself is the god of the Cosmic Millstone which is the northern night sky which rotates around the Pole star. As Ursa Major rotates around the Pole star this forms the Cosmic Swastika which is a symbol of both of Thor/Thunor and Mundilfari.