The one thing that separates Woden’s Folk and the Woden Folk-Religion from mainstream Odinism, Wotanism, Wodenism and Asatru is that the founding of Wodenism here in England was to prepare the way for the Coming Man or Last Avatar. The concept of an ‘avatar’ does not even seem to appear in most forms of Germanic Heathenism or Norse Heathenism. Indeed, it may be that most do not even recognise the concept within Germanic Heathenism and see its being a Hindu concept, which it is, but it is not confined to Hinduism by any means. We have shown on YouTube videos (English Resistance) how the prophecy of a Warrior-Leader appears in Iran and Babylon, to name but two areas.
Is this an alien concept to Germanic Heathenism? – No, it is not! We have clear myths telling us that Woden-Odin walks Midgard amongst men, and this can only mean that he incarnates as a man, as a leader of men. We also have a clear indication that Rig-Hama (Rig-Heimdall) incarnates as a human figure, and he brings the Laws of Caste, just like Manu of Aryan India. Rig-Hama is thus an avatar or enlightened being/divine being/god-force who walks among men, and has a specific role to play, and that is to –
1. Revive the Laws of Caste or Laws of Race (the term varna is used of ‘caste’ and this actually means ‘colour’).
2. Save the Eddas/Vedas from destruction, i.e. he revives the ancient knowledge of the Arya or Solar Race.
Now, that he is sent by the gods to create the Caste System clearly shows that this is the Social Order or Divine Order of the Gods, given to our Folk for a purpose. We can also safely say that since he creates this Divine Order then he is also responsible for protecting and upholding that system. In The Short Seeress’ Prophecy we find that Rig-Hama again incarnates prior to a flood, in order (no doubt) to revive the Caste System, and we can thus infer that this system has broken down. Indeed, since we live in an age where ‘equality’ is being forced upon us (which shows it to be unnatural) this gives the reason why he has to appear. In regard to the Ancient Wisdom that has to be saved from the Flood, has there not been an upsurge of this during the last 100 years or so, especially in regard to to the runes which we owe to the German Magicians and Mystics who started the trend? We need to question why certain non-Folkish Germanic/Norse Heathens are promoting the idea of ‘equality’ which goes against the Divine Order.
I think this piece has already shown that the concept of an ‘avatar’ is certainly to be found in Germanic Heathenism. Now we need to look at the figure of Woden-Wotan-Odin at a much deeper level to understand why, if he did appear, then even those who maintain they honour this god would probably never recognise him. I say this because I feel that this would be the case, since the figure of Odin brought down to us through mainly Xtian eyes is really far different than the original Woden, whose name gives the whole game away. Let us now look deeper at this.
What we have is a magician and battle-leader, but also the concept of a healer comes into this, and then the much-overlooked virility and fertility aspect, that is hidden simply because it can be found in the Ride of the Wild Hunt, an aspect that is usually overlooked, maybe it is too strong – and too wild and violent – for the modern world, despite the growing violence all around us. We can see in our own era how, when anything that is ‘taboo’ comes up the majority steer clear of comment, and are even afraid to think about it! Wodenism is beyond Good and Evil which is something that most cannot get to grips with.
Woden’s Folk was actually founded upon the very basis of the Ur-Woden, and that is the figure of – Robin Hood. Most will no doubt howl at this since it is a very ‘late’ concept, and one not actually equated with Woden. But this concept is certainly not ‘late’ and the basis of the name ‘Robin Hood’ is either Rhoth-Beorht Hooden (Fame-Bright Woden) or Hooden as ‘The Hooded One’. We may see this as Woden wearing his Grey Cloak with a hood, but we should also note that this was perhaps originally a short hooded cloak made of the wolf-skin, with Woden as the Ur Wolf-God. Whatever the case, and we shall go back to this idea, Robin Hood is an Archer-God who we can equate with a far more ancient god – Rudra!
Rudra is not a pre-Aryan god as some would have it, for he is the god of the vratya which were cultic warrior-brotherhoods bound by blood-oaths. One of Rudra’s by-names was Uggr which has been translated as ‘terrible’ and thus equates nicely with Iggr which also means ‘terrible’ and which is a by-name of Woden. Rudra is, like Woden (as we shall see) a god of the wilderness, of the chaotic (which brings order) and with the young war-bands known in the Germanic world as the Mannerbunde. This is exactly the role of Rudra, who (like Woden) later became a more ‘respectable’ Shiva – and even then retained the image of ‘The Destroyer’. The role of Rudra-Shiva, like Woden, is to destroy the Old Order in order to recreate a New Order – the role of the Wild Huntsman who leads the Wild Hunt.
Woden-Odin is not an ‘alien’ god introduced into the Germanic Pantheon, he is the most ancient god who, like Rudra, becomes the High God of the Folk. Woden takes the Left-Hand Path which immediately brings fear to the meek and mild, and this is truly his role, since this is the Kali Yuga or Warg-Age – the Age of Darkness. Tiw was once the God of Balance and Harmony and his rune (Tiwaz-Rune) has two ‘arms’ or ‘hands’ which show that this god has the balance. But as the Cycle of the Ages moved towards the Dark Age or Warg-Age Tiw was the one god who sacrificed his right hand – symbolised by the loss of the right hand of the Tiw-Run making the Lagu-Rune (*). The High God was thus transformed into the God of the Left-Hand Path which is the only route to enlightenment during the Dark Age.
To fully understand what I am saying it would be wise to read The One-Eyed God : Odin and the (Indo-)Germanic Mannerbunde by Kris Kershaw. This is a truly comprehensive study of the subject, using material from many German scholars working on the subject (to preserve the Vedas/Eddas). I am here going to merely touch the surface of such a vast study, but this should give an idea of the true nature of Woden-Odin as the One-Eyed God of the Mannerbunde. This figure seems to have faded in what is known as the Viking era, but could be found on the figures shown in earlier bracteates and coins, and on the famous Sutton Hoo Mask, as well as the famous Horns of Gallehus (which I have looked at on the Ar-Kan Rune-Lag blog.) But these earlier figures show a vastly different Woden-Odin as we shall discover.
- Woden is called ‘Har’ which is taken to be ‘hoary’ but which would seem more likely to have come from the same roots as the Gothic *haihs which means ‘one-eyed’ and which features in *haiha-hariR which means ‘one-eyed hero’.
- When the Vikings invaded England they were called heri or here by the English, as opposed to their own fyrd. The term heri does not refer to a great army but to the war-band since the term comes from IE Root harjanaz which means ‘raid’, ‘pillage’, ‘loot’ or ‘ravage’. This seems to infer that the typical account of the ‘rape and pillage’ of the Vikings may have had more truth than many would like to admit. We have clearer proof within the Ancient Runes (see the Ar-Kan Rune-Lag blog) that this was the case, and that the cattle-raid (early) or gold-raid (late) was the basis of these heri or war-bands, bent on the acquisition of wealth (for honour and respect and not profit or position) and the womenfolk of the unfortunate tribe that got in their way.
- One of the names of Woden is Grima which means ‘The Masked One’ and here we see the masks used in various war-dances/fertility dances and also in the procession of the Wild Hunt. The Sutton Hoo ‘helmet’ is more likely a cultic mask dedicated to Woden as the Wolf-God (it was from the Wuffinga Hoard).
- Woden is thus called Woden Herian since he is the ‘Leader of the War-Band’. More so, he is the fuhrer of the war-band since Adam Bremen tells us that Wodan ist der furor -‘Wodan is the Fuhrer’ would be just as good, for he leads the wild youthful war-bands who are first into battle, raging and seething with the Teuton Fury and actually ‘possessed’ by Woden the Fuhrer-God.
- Tacitus mentions the Harii which he seems to state are a tribe, but which are the heri and thus the young cultic-warriors, here dressed in the way of the Army of the Dead, since Woden is the Totenfuhrer or ‘Leader of the Army of the Dead’ – the Ancestors. We can now understand the true meaning of Halloween which honours Woden as Totenfuhrer and the Dead Ancestors, who at this time return amongst the living. Indeed, the young cultic-warrior brotherhoods seem to be possessed by their Ancestral Heroes!
- The name ‘Woden’ stems from the Root *wod/woda which means ‘inspired’, ‘ecstatic’, ‘mad’, ‘possessed’ – possessed of the divine madness. ‘Wodan id est furor’ – ‘Wodan, that is fury’ – this is the essence of this ancient god, the God of Fury who ‘possesses’ the cultic-warrior; he is the Great Initiator who oversees the initiation of the members of the Cultic Brotherhoods.
This is enough to show that this is a far more ancient concept of Woden, a concept that, we would think, has perhaps disappeared or changed, since we are far more ‘advanced’ and ‘enlightened’. But I would not be too sure of that, since we have in our times firm evidence of the growing Woden-Consciousness all over Europe and wherever the Indo-Europeans have wandered. Where you see these signs you will see that growing Woden-Consciousness –
- The youth marching on the streets on Torchlight Marches, bearing the Torch of Freedom in a Dark Age of Oppression.
- The black-garb worn by the ancient Germanic Mannerbunde, and also that of the vratya oath-brotherhoods under Rudra.
- The Black Banners and Black Uniforms associated with the Mannerbunde, and the Black and Red/Black-White-Red banners of the alchemical change from this ‘Lead-Age’ to the ‘Golden Age of Immortality’.
Just as in the past when Wotan grew in strength in Germany, starting as the ‘back-to-the-land’ and ‘back-to-nature’ movement based upon a more free society and a more antiquarian one, harking back to a lost mystical past to break free of the growing industrialisation, then moving into the phase of the marshal marches of the young warriors preparing to break the yoke of slavery that had taken hold of them, today that same thing is becoming a reality once more in Europe. There are signs of The Wanderer returning – how many will recognise the Coming Man when he appears – Wid-Ar the Avenger as the Incarnation of Woden upon the Earth.
No longer is he the wise ‘old man’ and ‘wily old magician’ but he is the renewed, the resurrected god – Wid-Ar – the Young Forest Warrior who will lead the Armies of Light against the Servants of Darkness and Chaos, and beside him will be the mighty Aryan Thunder-God, Thunor-Thor, who will wield the mighty Hammer of the Gods against the Jotun and the ‘enemy within’ (Loki). The mythical Einheriar will each be resurrected in human form to wage this Last Battle when the doors of Valhalla open to let them through, led by the Dragon-Slayer, Ragnar Lodbrok.
(*) Lagu is also Laukaz which means ‘leek’ and the leek was given to the young cultic-warrior on his initiation into the war-band. There has to be some form of symbolism involved here and I am going to suggest that this rune could be connected to the West Germanic *lagan which means ‘to bark’ or ‘to revile’, and to the Greek *lyk and thus *lykos which means ‘wolf’. We seem to have here the very Ur-Root of the Lagu-Rune and the most ancient meaning of this rune. We also have the Greek lyssa which means ‘wolfish-rage’) and is the same as the woda which is the root of Woden, he being the ‘Master of Wod’ (Wod-an). We find this in the Irish ferg which has the same root as warg/wearg which is a ‘wolf of the wilderness’. We seem to have here proof of the change from Tiw to Woden, and the reason being the change from the Third Age into the final Fourth Age or Age of Darkness. There is also a connection between the Lagu-Rune and the Latin lux meaning ‘light’, and it is significant to note that the term ‘hood’ used of Woden can also mean ‘light’ when used in a certain sense. Woden is God of Light and God of Darkness which is a paradox that is not easily recognised, for he is beyond good and evil.