WOTAN (Allfather of our folk)))))) by Ron McVan
"Rare are the men who have been able to penetrate the secret of the beginning, but all those who have done so have, by spiritual duty, left a witness to the existence of this science, describing through enigmas or allegories---but especially through theological considerations---the process of work and the phases of becoming, without ever revealing the essential secret." .............R.A.Schwaller de Lubicz
Of all the numerous pagan Euro-tribal gods, none was considered more formidable a figure of opposition to all foes and enemies of Northern Europe than Wotan, and in time, none was more thoroughly repressed by both Church and State. Even the pre-Christian pagan Romans with Zeus and all the gods of Mt. Olympus were put to task against the power of Wotan and the gods of Asgard. As we peer deeper into the inner workings of the Wotan character, we find many hidden facets that clearly suggest why such fears still remain in today's world among those who follow alien creeds and seek to systematically dismantle the ancestral roots of Northern Europe. The Norse gods to this very day still reign steadfast and foremost among all other Euro-pantheons. At this point in history all challengers and would-be patriarchal high gods have went their course of power and faded into the dust-bin of history. As mighty as all those former pagan gods had once been in their day, such as, Ra, Horus, Isis, Osiris, Apollo, Poseidon, Zeus, Bel, Cernnunos and the like, they all eventually gave way to the test of time. Wotan alone has not only survived but continues to gain in power and influence. The spirit of Wotan permeates and prevails, grows and is quite often capable of surging like a storm through the blood, thought and will of his people when challenged, and he will ever remain an eternal constant no matter how strongly the world attempts to dismiss his all encompassing essence.
Since the dawn of written history, the ancient Aryans of Europe followed a vigorous, natural, tribalistic, industrious and creative lifestyle that was dominated in an ethnic belief system characterized by a pantheon of archetypal gods. It was a lifestyle and spiritual practice which formed a tight weave of folk consciousness and unity among its people and further served to define their culture, identity and civilizations. Through the many ethnic god archetypes that made up the numerous tribal pantheons, the Aryans found the needed vision, unity, strength and spirituality to meet the harsh realities of the times and all challenges for the future. Around each pantheon of gods, a mythology was created, adding even greater identity and ethnic cohesiveness. This in itself vitalized and unified a nationhood and thereby strengthened the heroic legends, mythology and collective consciousness of the pagan tribes of which it was a part.
Though many pantheons have descended from the oldest traditions they all echoed the same basic grand cosmology but in the end only one would be destined to survive the test of time. This is not to say that those former ancient pantheons were not real, effective, and powerful in their day, far from it! All of those pantheons were very much alive and influential, but over the course of time, their powers eventually diminished.
During the early days with the great catastrophic destruction of Atlantis and unexpected mini ice ages in Northern Europe, the Euro-tribes found themselves forced to separate and migrate to more southerly hemispheres and thus the ethnic gods soon took on new names and identities as the people drew further and further away from their origins and customs to re-establish themselves anew. Through this evolutionary stage of the divine pantheons a synthesis began to develop between the gods and man in the form of one patriarchal deity which best represented the European tribes as a whole. Originally this highly symbolic and most powerful god was known and revered as Poseidon, also, at another time, Mimir was the reigning high god of the Teutons before the emergence of Wotan as was also the god Tyr. Tyr was identical with the Saxon god Saxnot (from sax, a sword), and with Er, Heru, or Cheru, the chief divinity of the Cheruski, who also considered him god of the sun, and deemed his shining sword blade an emblem of its rays.
The actual origin of Wotan is still disputed to this day. Some scholars insist that Wotan was an ancient Euro tribal warrior king while others have drawn the conclusion that Wotan and Hermes are one and the same entity. Zeus was an equal contemporary of Wotan in his day but ultimately like so many others was reduced to the pages of mythology and folklore. We still celebrate Wotan as a day of the week Wednesday, (originally Wotansday) and he is still lightheartedly celebrated as Santa Claus and Puck and Herne the Hunter and the Greenman. The faces of Wotan are many and surface everywhere over the long course of our history.
If we look to the declining days of the once high, pagan empire of ancient Rome, we begin to see a developing power play taking place in the combined contrivance of Church and State. It was, in fact, the alien and hither Semitic Christian belief system that brought about the need for these divine tribal divinities of Rome's former pagan nationhood to step back from the center stage. The Roman governing powers at that time simply could no longer control the people of their empire if they could not manipulate them spiritually under the iron heel of a single dominant authoritarian religion. Even the use of 'democracy' which the ancient Greeks had concocted was not strong enough to shake the folkish and robust nationalism that the indigenous gods instilled among the populace. This definitive change took place at the Council of Nicea in (325 C.E.) To this very day one will find many pagan traditions existing within Christianity for without that vital link to our pagan ethnic roots, Christianity would never have survived.
The Euro-tribe soul was largely sacrificed with the emergence of Christianity but certain essentials simply could not be forfeited. Major attempts were made in the declining and decadent days of the Roman Empire to further penetrate and abolish the indigenous gods of Northern Europe with the new Roman Church and State approved Christian cult. This was not a simple task however. The Aryans of Northern Europe be they Celtic or Teutonic held fast to their cherished sovereignty. In Wotanism the Teuton’s found the prevailing strength necessary to match swords with any enemy against their homelands. Romans and Christians alike came to know the power, wrath and fury of Wotan through the course of history.
A revitalized resurgence of Wotan would resurface again in the period known as the Viking Age. Wotanism, from its earliest concept developed naturally from the soul of the Aryan tribes as a Nature-based pagan religion. Within Wotanism we see ourselves mirrored in our indigenous god archetype’s which reflects back to us who we truly are and ever strive to be as a people. Through all of Wotanism which includes the entire pantheon of Norse male and female gods, there are to be found no limitations in the pursuit of knowledge and spiritual understandings. It encourages wholesome family values, strong heroic ethics, and the highest regard for Nature and her laws.
Wotan has been known to manifest as an actual visual apparition in times of great crisis throughout the course of history, sometimes witnessed by whole entire armies, as in the great Battle of Bravalla where the apparition of Wotan was seen by thousands, hovering within the clouds above the battlefield.
Many Wotanists today, however, not unlike many Christians, insist that a god is a biological physical entity walking around in the flesh like all other humans of the world. To those people one might ask the obvious question as to where does this biological Wotan live, and what is his address as surely many would like to visit with him for a horn of mead and some knowledgeable and inspirational conversation! The gods are immortal and are not composed of finite mortal flesh or they would not be gods. As three dimensional beings, it is almost inconceivable to us to even comprehend the non-corporal fourth dimension which would require us to see an object on all sides at once. Likewise, the lower two dimensional creatures cannot fully comprehend a three dimensional world as we know it through our own eyes and perception and they view the world as one would see flat cardboard cut-outs. One dimensional creature’s are completely unaware that the world around them exists at all. Divinity of course exists in even far higher dimensions than the fourth dimension. The gods, as we surely have witnessed by now, can influence our three dimensional mortal world and can communicate to mankind to do their bidding when necessary. Such spiritual avatars or physical leaders inspired and moved by the gods have the power to change the very course of world history.
The consciousness that Wotan does in fact evoke is not only a relative, mutable and a real condition within the individual psyche, it is a constantly shifting divine phenomenon. As the living archetypal image of the Euro tribes, with distinct identity and self expression, Wotan likewise represents a palladium of primal will and collective determination against forces of oppression and despair, as is possible only of a patriarchal god fully alive and thriving within the minds and spirit of his people.
The dictionary tells us that an 'archetype' is an original model or type after which other similar things are patterned; a prototype... The gods in a sense become mankind writ large. If we take this further, we understand that it also deals with unknown forces that shape our lives, the built-in patterns of a people, expresses its individual and collective consciousness. As such, the Wotan archetype opens the pre-existent channels through which the genetic life-force of a race flows. Wotan further serves as a touchstone against that which all incoming ideas are tried and tested.
The world as a collective consciousness and the world of the collective unconsciousness intersect at that point where a people identify with their respective ethnic archetype, whether directly or via projection. To a greater or lesser degree all Aryans today retain an element of "Wotan Consciousness". There is no determining Scale or meter for measuring the intensity of this phenomenon. For some it may remain dormant for a time, but as sure as the gods and genetic memory are stamped within every cell of our body, the heroic legends and ethnic mythos of our folk also remain alive within our very D.N.A. Those who in their lifetime have undergone a direct encounter or quickening with the Wotan consciousness are powerfully affected by it. And frequently their lives and sense of identity are transformed as a direct result.
Today we are living in what the ancient Greeks referred to as the "Kairos", (the right time for a metamorphosis of the gods), that is, the fundamental principles and symbols, a calling of the blood! This peculiarity of our time, which is not always our conscious choosing, is the expression of the unconscious self within us, which is constantly ever changing. As long as the European tribes live, our gods shall remain immortal. Our ethnic gods need us as much as we need them, for without us, they too would not exist.
The Wotan Spirit continues to serve as our protectorate and our strength against the hostile forces of the modern world. The realm of divinity is miraculous to human thinking which is why in Wotanism one will find connection to virtually all of the ancient mysteries. A religion completely purged of mysticism would be a religion at its last gasp----a cold and empty formalism adapted only to a congregation of pedants and prigs.
We live in a miraculous universe of order and chaos and tremendous unseen powers! With our gods as our guides we play out our fate, hopes and dreams in this all too brief life here in Midgard (Earth). Swift is our passage back to the non corporal realms; but if we can... with valiant significance and integrity; leave something of greatness behind, Then our life will have proved itself worthy of the passing. Then we will have honored our folk and our gods! Then we will have truly lived and prepared for our rightful entry into Valhalla!
"All that we experience and know is actually mental in nature. What we refer to as the physical--- that which third-dimensional science measures and exploits---is inseparable from what we think about it. In fact, the world is ultimately only what we feel and know as sensory experience, and sensory experience itself is ultimately determined by and inseparable from mental states and attitudes. The fact that a machine runs is due to its being the activation of a particular set of mental attitudes and projections." ................Jose Arguelles
"Give me words forged in fire, that I may speak through the soul of my people! Temper their body and heart, and set loose the torrent storm of my will! Powers of eons generate within me, snapping the rusted chains of alien creeds!
Hear now the eight-legged stride, of my steed across the heavens! I am the image of my kind writ large! My being spans the breath of all thought and matter! Through the light of my solar eye, from an age undreamed of, you have known me. Moon and stars I gather in my cloak, for you to gaze upon! My spear pierces the farthest corners of life's mystery!
Like a ship I guide you, and though you may wander, do not abandon me! I am the source of all that you are and ever can be! I have given you knowledge, spirit, and an ounce of divinity, defile not your image, lest your soul be cast to the nether worlds!
Above your cities and cooling rock of mountains, the keen eyes of my ravens, bear watchful measure to your life and deeds!
From Asgard I gaze down upon you! Through many guises I walk among you! You are the multitude of my spirit, which I in turn give back to you! Do not turn from the challenges, that I have laid before you! Burst the illusion of all doubt and limitation! Shatter the darkness of disillusion and despair! Sound the clarion of a new and triumphant age!
The eye of Wotan works within you! LET MY STRONG ONES RISE! Like the mighty sacred oaks, unleash the powers that I alone have given you, mirrored in Nature, mirrored in time, mirrored in the mountains, ocean and sky! Let the heroic life rhythm of the divine and mighty gods stir your noble blood! Clutch the flaming sword of your divinity! Set up a light in the darkness! The might of legends still flows within your veins! LET MY STRONG ONES RISE! .........Ron McVan