jeudi 4 décembre 2014

THOR'S HAMMER

THOR'S HAMMER )))))))))))))) by Ron McVan
"Reign I forever! Here amid icebergs, Rule I the nations; This is my hammer...
Giants and sorcerers, Cannot withstand it!" ................Longfellow
The Hammer of Thor, or Hermetic Cross, can often be envisioned as a bolt of whirling flame, a symbol of dynamic strength, representing the fire of the universal generating force, cleaving its way through the blackness of matter. From out of this primal darkness comes thunder and lightning---two fascinating and (in their elemental power) menacing natural phenomena which can always bring to mind the mighty Hammer of Thor at work! The Thor's Hammer as a symbol can be seen as the power within both gods and mankind. As the great German philosopher Wolfgang Von Goethe stated: "Everything which liberates our spirit, without increasing our mastery of ourselves, is pernicious." Thus, by freedom Goethe also understood the dignity of the freeborn, not the nature and mode of life of the freed slave. With the loss of freedom and dignity in political, spiritual and social life, how is the preservation of one's personal and ethnic traditional values even possible?
Thunder in olden days was generally believed to be the threatening voice of the Supreme Deity, or the terrible blow of a specific thunder god, such as Zeus or the brawny, red-bearded Thor with his trademark hammer, Mjollnir, which means 'crusher' and 'grinder'. Long known as the god of thunderstorms and physical prowess, Thor's hammer remains the quintessential symbol of dynamic power attributed to Thor. Simply put, of all gods and men, Thor is the warrior supreme, thoughtful and friendly in nature, but quick to dread fury and ever at the ready to meet all challenges no matter how grave the danger. In a world of dualistic opposing forces, the challenges to be confronted can seem endless indeed.
Known as Asa-Thor or Oku-Thor (the driving Thor), his realm is Thurdvanger (the Plains of Strength), and his hall is called Bilsknir (the Hall of Lightning). It was Thor's primary task to protect Gods and men from the evil forces of chaos and destruction. Master of the thunderbolts, Thor was the lord of war and justice. In his charge lay the order and harmony of the universe, without his vigilance, all would be chaos. Thor was most especially a friend to the farmer, warriors and the common man. Thursday is still the day of the week named in his honor. Thor is the mighty son of Wotan and half brother of Baldur. His wife is the goddess Sif and his children are Modi (angry), Magni (strong), and Prudr (powerful). He wears a strength giving belt and two iron gloves which he uses to hurl his Mjolnir his trademark hammer. Each of Thor's gloves imply the duality of positive and negative polarity.
"If the Gods own power did not lie within us, how could the divine enrapture us?"
....................Zahme Xenien III
The value of all tradition, particularly the energetic core, lies in its symbolic language. The language may differ with varying traditions, but all have specific modes of communication that hold the wisdom and knowledge of our ancestors in some transferable manner. When this language is developed at a deeper level of consciousness through a willed re-application of its symbols, it can flower into what is known in esoteric circles as meditation, which is a tool used to assist in the reaching and attainment of spiritual elevation. The common interpretation of meditation is a process in which an individual acts as an interface for communication. In the deeper aspects of an esoteric tradition the language (in whatever symbolic forms, icons, mandalas, talismans, etc.) is transformed into a condensed mode of consciousness which transcends intellect, emotions and verbal communications.
It became quite common among Viking warriors to traditionally wear the Thor's hammer talisman which served as a sign of spiritual commitment, or an amulet of good fortune as well as a reaffirmation of the thunder-god himself. The hammer is also known as a symbol of masculine fertility, represented by its phallic-like symmetry. All talismans are worn as a charm or preventive against evil, mischief, disease, witchcraft and to generally bring good fortune to the wearer and attract favorable influences. The Thor's Hammer worn about the neck serves as even more than that, it represents ones commitment to his ethnic gods, ancestry and heritage and by that commitment the strength within oneself mirrored in the very might of Thor.
Thor is acknowledged as a god closely linked to the earth, making him a suitable archetype to the farming community. It is said that Thor's mother was Earth herself, so that the link between sky-god and earth-goddess is still reflected in the traditions concerning him. Throughout the ages the symbol for the Key of Life has transformed, the determinative factor being the cultural perspective from which one is viewing the Key. The hammer or double axe glyph was known as the Earth-bound Tau cross 'T'. The double axe symbol was a dominate icon in the Minoan Crete civilization, differing only in that there, in those times, it was a matriarchal symbol of the goddess.
"Thor's hammer, which split the earth and penetrated deep into it, may be compared with Kaineus' foot. Inside the earth the hammer comports itself like the treasure, for in the fullness of time it comes to the surface again, i.e., is born again from the earth." .......... C.G. Jung
The Tau cross was inscribed on the forehead of every person admitted into the Mysteries of Mithras. When a king was initiated into the ancient Aryan Egyptian Mysteries, the Tau was placed against his lips. Later, the Egyptians added a circle glyph to its top, transforming it to the Emblem of Life symbol, which became known to them as the Ankh. This became recognizable in Egyptian hieroglyphs often held in the hand by Egyptians Gods and Pharaohs. Egyptologists favored the view that the ankh secretly represents the male and female genitalia combined. This is why the circle became elongated, representing the shape of the female vulva. Later, it would become used as the sign of Venus with the circle raised. In the times of Atlantis which still paralleled the days of early Egypt the sacred metal for the ankh was orichalcum, a type of orange-gold no longer known to exist.
In Wotanist ceremony the Hammer of Thor can serve any number of ritual needs, such as opening the Sacred Circle, consecrating weddings or deaths, or raised over a newborn infant received into the community, or artfully carved on memorial stones to the dead. The sign of the hammer made with a clenched fist traced over the head, heart and shoulders, was later adapted by the Catholic Church to cross oneself. When a Wotanist makes the Sign of the Hammer, the forehead is first touched with a clenched fist of the right hand, palm facing the face and the name Wotan is pronounced. The clenched fist is then brought straight down to the chest and the name Baldur is pronounced. Moving your clenched fist now toward the left shoulder the name Frey is pronounced and finally toward the right shoulder in which the name Thor is pronounced. There is a symbolism apart from the hammer sign itself, which is traced by the movement of the fist. Wotan is the "High one" associated with intellect and wisdom, so the forehead is the natural point of contact for him. Baldur is the good and reconciling god connected with the heart. The strong right arm is the power and fire side of the body and reminds us of Thor, while the left side is linked to the intuitive, sexual pleasure-loving part of the body, clearly the domain of the god Frey. Often in Wotanist ceremony the ritual Thor's Hammer is used by an attending Gothi rather than a clenched fist, and can be held with either one or both hands.
Sometimes in Teutonic mythology, Thor hurled glowing fragments of red-hot metal at his enemies, but his favorite technique was to smash their skulls with his hammer. The association of fire with the god Thor has ancient ties with the Roman god Vulcan and the Greek Prometheus. The Celtic hammer-god Taranis was known for his ferocity and benevolence, quite similar to Thor in every way. His counterpart Sucellus, who ruled the underworld, was particularly popular among the Gauls. We find such relative similarities with the Slavic god Perun and the Greek god Hephaestus as well.
Through historical times, the hammer has been used to represent military or industrial power. The Bolsheviks were not the first to adopt the hammer and sickle. The thunder-god of the Southern Gauls was sometimes represented with a hammer and at other times with a sickle. The sickle was an important symbol and ritual tool of the ancient Druids, whose high priest roots reach back to far distant Atlantis. All life is a loss of balance and becomes an ongoing process of a struggling back into balance to that divine harmony which we constantly seek. Symbols have the ability to awaken us more profoundly and quicker than any religion or any spoken or written word.
Mjollnir had the miraculous quality of shrinking in obedience to Thor's will. When thrown, this hammer, symbol of creative power, would always return to his hand. Here we witness the indomitable power of thought over matter in the material world. The two iron gloves worn by Thor, which allowed him to catch the hammer safely, implied the duality of positive and negative polarity. In Teutonic mythology, when Thor was challenged to a duel with the giant Hrungnir, Thor flung his hammer at the giant, who was armed with a stone shield and who upon attack simultaneously threw his massive whetstone at Thor. The hammer and whetstone met in mid-air, and the hammer not only shattered the whetstone, but Hrungnir's head as well. One piece of the stone, however, lodged into Thor's forehead. Here it is clearly demonstrated that hammer breaks stone, that is, that a directed thought can penetrate matter, yet it is not always so easy, and that matter is a force to be reckoned with and not so easily overcome.
Thor was known as the giant-killer, and what made it possible to meet such challenges was that he harbored no fear whatsoever from his enemies. Even against seemingly impossible odds and force, Thor would win through sheer primal perseverance. Thor, wise in the ways of combat, understood that fear is a fabrication of the mind, and that opponents, no matter how large, are often more bluff and bluster than a danger to be feared. When facing overwhelming odds, one must resort to cunning, such as when Thor's hammer was stolen by the giant Thrym. Imagination has no limitation, and the well-directed thought can always prevail over matter. It is essential that we never forget, relinquish or disregard the sacred esoteric symbols which our knowing ancestors have preserved and nurtured from the distant Golden Ages of civilizations past. The sacred symbols do not lose power with time; they gain added intensity with time. Capable of reaching deep within our soul, they become our lifeline, our light through the isolation of the lower worlds and our guide to higher awareness. The human body without spiritual animation is a meaningless heap of chemical compounds. Without spiritual fire there is no purposeful life in man, hence and likewise, we can observe the importance of sacred symbol. Symbols, when interpreted correctly, can serve as the Keys of Life which open doors to the great arcane Mysteries. Legends reveal to us that they can be used to infuse lifeless matter with life force and to conduct souls between worlds. The T-shaped hammer symbol was, in fact, the very Key of Life symbol. Within it was represented the sacred number 7, four representing the male principle and three representing the female. In the ancient Mayan hieroglyphs the symbol 'T' represented the Sacred World Tree, and in addition, the air, the wind, the divine breath of God. Aside from the Ankh, the Egyptians transformed the Tau symbol into the Rod of Power, known as the Caduceus, the serpent entwined staff of Toth Hermes, commonly used today throughout the medical profession. For the Romans, the caduceus served as a symbol of moral equilibrium and of good conduct. The wand represents power; the two snake’s wisdom; the wings diligence.
In Wotanism the Thor's hammer amulet worn about the neck carries a highly mystical and spiritual significance----a profound and distinctive symbol of ethnic pride, steeped in the mystery of legend, born from the realm of the Gods. This is Thor's gift of good fortune, strength and prosperity to his people, for by the sacred symbols are all powers awakened and re-affirmed.
"Force rules the world still, Has ruled it, Shall rule it; Meekness is weakness,
Strength is triumphant, Over the whole earth, Still is it Thor's Day!"
...............Longfellow
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