Monday, 22 August 2016

Some more thoughts on Blood and Soil

I'd like to explore another aspect of Blood and Soil - some ideas concerning the word Boden. Boden is the German word for soil - and it was used in Anglo-Saxon times, spelt Bodan. The root of this word is very interesting, for the Proto Indo-European word is *bhu(n)d(h) which also gives us words like bonde (Swedish and Norwegian for farmer). The farmer represents the mystical link between Blood and Soil.

Many years ago at a Woden's Folk moot a Wodenist kinsman gave a fascinating talk on using divining rods to find water underground, and he used them to trace a lay line which ran through the site of the Wayland Smithy (England). No one really knows how or why the rods work, but it was clear that they did - which was evident from simply witnessing the talk and demonstrations. The explanation given as to how they could work is that they act as an extension to the body and simply give a clearer indication to certain thoughts or feelings that have become lost in modern man. In fact the Wodenist who demonstrated the rods often went around barefoot and it was his belief that the connection his skin had with the earth made using the rods easier.

Now recently whilst reading up of the origins of the word Boden I stumbled across something which backs up this idea. Many folk will already know that the nerve endings in your feet are connected to many other parts of the body - as can be seen in the diagram below. But the root of the word Boden, or *bhu(n)d(h) gave the Irish their word Bond - which means the sole of the foot. The word also cognates with the English word bottom via the Saxon word botm. This meant the bottom or lowest part.  Thus rooted in this term we get the idea of Soil, the farmer and the sole of foot all being connected.  No doubt many farmers in our earliest history would have worked barefoot. But by doing so their bodies may have been able to detect certain 'energies' or magnetic forces within the Earth - an ability with have lost today, thanks wearing rubber soled shoes. The fact that we only use 10% of our brain may show that we have lost these skills. It is widely believed that early man instinctively knew which way was north, as the Pineal gland was more active in early man. I also believe that rural living and a closer connection to the soil can affect your perception of time. Things are often slower out in the sticks! The city has always been home to a fast paced lifestyle - fast food, the rush hour etc. This is why revolts against authority have always started in rural areas - as folk who live in the cities do not notice the changes that are occurring in front of them.