The more we are promised that things will improve, the more they seem to worsen. The more we are promised a fair and just society, the more we witness censorship and brutality silencing freedom; we are but simple barbarians, but are told we must dance the part of docile bots. The holy symbols of the Aesir, the Runes and the solar symbols which often accompanied them in esoteric ritual, are slowly being censored, and retconned by people who do not believe in religious freedom as "hate symbols".
*Norway's government pressured its Norwegian Olympic athletes and their tailoring firm to dump their traditional Rune-decorated Norwegian clothing, allegedly after a faceless, unaccountable, and manufactured social media "outrage" in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
*Sweden's government secretly forced its archaeologists to destroy thousands of ancient Viking-age Swedish artifacts for years "to discourage looting" and because it was "too expensive" to store and preserve them - instead of donating them to foreign museums - until archaeologists Johan Runer and Lena Homquist blew the whistle in 2017.
*Norway's government forced construction workers to destroy a priceless ancient Heathen temple site in Ranheim dating back to 400 CE, to make way for "housing" in 2011.
*Sweden's government (specifically the triple-portfolio minister for Home Affairs, Justice, and Migration/Asylum Policy, Morgan Johansson) proposed the idea of expanding previous legislation to target its own native Runes as illegal "racist and other symbols", thus making them subject to a criminal ban, in 2019 - but the subsequent investigation (fortunately) failed to find any legal need for the draconian measure - against the ever-expanding will of Johansson.
*And all over mainstream social media, the Continental Germanic Sonnenrad or "Black Sun" is being censored and posting images of it (as well as of the Othala or Odal Rune) is punishable by account suspension or termination, as of 2016.
*Meanwhile, Youtube celebrities such as Arith Härger are making misleading and unsourced claims about such symbols, that they are "not pagan" and were "invented in the 20th century" by unpopular political movements (as if the Armanen clans never existed, as if ancient symbols never evolved in form) - which can only be music to the ears of those trying to censor Indo-European culture and erase/deconstruct history.
And the "hate symbols" allegation couldn't be further from the truth. Most of us had no political motive whatsoever when seeking out the Runes, and certainly no negative or "hateful" motivation in doing so. We were drawn to an ancient spiritual path and stream of sacred symbols that worked for us, simply because the "one size fits all" mainstream religions were not speaking to our souls. Instead we found Runes and related Heathen symbols that speak potently through Immanence and even blood-memory, to Indo-European souls (though they are not the only symbols to do so, nor did they emerge in a vacuum). Most of what you have been told about Armanen Runes, the Sonnenrad, the Fylfot, and certain other symbols like the Odal Rune, is simply false. But dare you tell the truth about them? Dare you risk infamy, against the reactive herd stampedes of the modern world?
These are strange times. What you may be about to read below will doubtless anger some people, but the easily scared and offended probably shouldn't be getting into any sort of serious magickal symbols, Runic or not, in the first place. Those who seek understanding, will examine their previously held beliefs carefully: who implanted those previous beliefs about Runes into our heads? Who crafted the message of unquestioning fear and loathing associated with them in the media today? Who benefits from re-defining them as "hate symbols", when prior to the 1970s and the ensuing wave of identity politics paranoia, they simply were never seen as such? Only better information can arrest the decline. May the brave proceed.
Lest you doubt this nightmare could ever become reality...
You simply can’t win with postmodernist PC fundamentalists.
Let us now get to know a few of the sacred symbols which are being lied about in the media and by various dishonest bloggers and social media influencers. Let us seek the facts, and not the unsubstantiated hype of B-movies and poorly sourced mass-media "consumentaries". This is not an attempt to glorify or demonize any nation-state or period in history, or preach any political ideology or dogma; in keeping with previous policies, this blog is and will remain non-political - and if history has taught us anything, it is that politics will fail and even betray you when culture and ethics are the things truly in short supply in Mittegard. What follows, is simply the facts, stripped of all hype, however unpleasant the unfamiliar may find them. Each lie will be laid bare, and the truth will follow. You will even see exposed, the reasons why certain political or paramilitary factions used Germanic Runes as insignia (even when done inaccurately), and why none of this usage historically had a "hateful" interpretation behind it, regardless of what you think of National Socialism or any other modern political ideology as a whole. And no symbols shall be censored whatsoever; we need to know what is what, warts and all, and covering up any form of the items in question wouldn't do anyone any favors.
So let's finally expose the truth about these symbols that paranoid PC textbooks and Youtubers have been covering up for the past seven decades... and debunk the lies which have assailed Heathen ears unchallenged for far too long. May collective guilt end, and wise enlightenment start anew.
1. The Armanen Runes.
The Lie: "Armanen Runes were invented in the 20th century by "Nazis" to justify aggression and race wars."
The Truth: Armanen Runes were not "invented" by any one man - they were only revealed to the public by Meister Guido von List in 1907 at the latest - a full 12 years before even the formation of the National Socialist party happened, and 7 years before the First World War.
Meister Guido himself learned the Armanen tradition from hereditary clans of masters such as Clan Lauterer, who initiated him into Armanenschaft (source: Aus den Traditonen der Laf-Tyr-Ar-Sippe der 'Lauterer'), and claimed both ancient Odinic origins to the 18 Armanen Runes (corresponding with the 18 Rune-verses in the Hávamál, no less!) and a centuries-long heritage as a crypto-Heathen order in the shadow of church persecution. In addition, most of the Armanen Runes are identical to many of the Runes in the Elder, Younger and Anglo-Saxon systems. Nothing in the Armanen Runes suggests any sort of political party affiliation, and the beliefs of the Armanen and other Heathen revivalists were actually dismissed and denounced by Hitler in Mein Kampf. The angle pursued by Meister von List and the Armanen in improving Germanic society was cultural, not political; Armanenschaft itself was non-political and never endorsed any political party or candidate. (Sources: Das Geheimnis der Runen, pp. 60-69; Die Unbesiegbare, more or less the entire book; RUNEN: The Wisdom of the Runes, preface).
The Runes used by the Waffen-SS, which are sometimes intentionally confused with Armanen Runes by dishonest mercenary writers and youtube celebrities, were actually taken from Karl Maria Wiligut's personal 24-Rune "Teut-onic" Rune row, which copied Runes from the Elder and Younger Futharks, along with the Medieval Runes of Healing, a few Greek letters, and Stone-age glyphs. Any similarity of some of Wiligut's runes to the Armanen Runes is purely coincidental, as the quasi-Christian Wiligut personally despised the Armanen tradition and even attempted to exterminate its practitioners (Anthonijsz, 2004; Camp, 2009), and any such coincidence is due to nothing more than the Elder and Younger Futharks having Runes that resemble Armanen Runes (in case you haven't guessed, all of the 4 major Futharks are closely related and share many of the same Runes in common). Ironically, Hitler actually condemned Heathen revivalists multiple times in Mein Kampf (pp. 204-206), and more than half of Wiligut's Runes were copied from symbols that have no Armanen equivalent whatsoever.
2. The Sonnenrad or Schwarz Sonne (Black Sun).
The Lie: "The Sonnenrad, or at least its popular 12-spoked version, is a hateful 20th century invention of "Nazis" in Wewelsburg Castle with no basis in historical pagan symbols". (Some well-known "pop-pagan" celebrities like Arith Härger like to parrot this clever piece of disinformation in their self-made videos; Härger, who claims to be an archaeologist, should really know better).
The Truth: there are MANY historical forms of the Sonnenrad, including some that had 12 spokes, and some that even contain a fylfot (swastika) at the center. These are known from Germanic (mainly Alemannic) bronze brooches from the late Bronze age or early Iron age, well before Christianity reached the Alemanni or other Germanic tribes - hence they were indeed ancient "pagan" or Heathen symbols. Not only that, but the Sonnenrad also has equivalent solar symbols in other Indo-European cultures such as the Slavic Kolovrat and Svetoch, and the Armenian Arevakach.
|Sonnenrad or Sunwheel Zierscheiben (brooches) from the Alemanni (a northern German tribe); early Iron age.|
|Arevakach - an Armenian Sunwheel.|
|Kolovrat - a Slavic Sunwheel|
|The Sonnenrad in Wewelsburg Castle's north tower|
Long story short, we simply do not know if the Sonnenrad mosaic at Wewelsburg dates to the Third Reich. It may be newer, it may be older. Perhaps the Himmler-era floor of the north tower was destroyed in Himmler's own 1945 demolition and the current floor mosaic is a modern construct; perhaps not. Perhaps the floor and the mosaic date back to even before Himmler began his renovation, and somehow survived the demolition in 1945; perhaps not. There simply isn't enough evidence to be sure either way. Indeed, images of the Wewelsburg mosaic were only first published in a book in 1991, under the pseudonym “Russell McCloud” in the political thriller “Die Schwarze Sonne von Tashi Lhunpo” printed by Arun Verlag; no photographs of the mosaic exist from before 1990!
Likewise, no actual evidence has turned up for the popular rumor that Himmler specifically wanted to turn Wewelsburg into an "Arthurian" or "holy grail" pilgrimage site (though SS-Ahnenerbe archaeologist Otto Rahn probably did get funding from Himmler to investigate the possibility of a grail being hidden in southern France near the former Cathar fortress of Montségur).
Nobody has ever proven beyond reasonable doubt that the Third Reich officially used the Sonnenrad for anything (it was never depicted on their flags or insignia, and the supposedly SS-designed sterling silver signet rings depicting it are un-stamped, un-marked, and often of dubious authenticity). What we do know, however, is that its design is very similar to ancient Germanic Sun-wheels, and that other 12-spoked versions were used by the traditional Armanen and Irminen (Wotanist) Heathen societies which were already publicly active in Germany decades before the existence of the Third Reich. Some Heathen mystics speculate that if Himmler or his spiritual advisor Wiligut did design the Wewelsburg mosaic, then they likely ripped off the design from the versions used by the Armanen Masters, and then modified it. Alternatively, it is possible that the postwar trustees of the castle were Armanists or Wotanists and installed the current Sonnenrad mosaic as part of the postwar rebuild, to replace whatever Himmler had put there, with the symbol of the Heathen faith the SS had persecuted.
|No way to tell if this is from the 1930s, or a modern fake.|
Interestingly, almost immediately after Himmler acquired his lease on Wewelsburg in 1934, he began ordering the arrest and torture of the leading Armanen Rune-magicians of the day (upon their denunciation as "heretics" by Wiligut), including Siegfried Kummer and Ernst Lauterer, as well as Rune-Masters of other Heathen schools such as the Frisian Vitki Friedrich Marby. The kangaroo charges that Wiligut leveled against them, according to Armanist researcher Günter Kirchhoff, ran the gamut from "bringing our holy Aryan heritage into disrepute" (ironic, since Wiligut himself rejected the old Aryan Gods and promoted monotheist ideas derived from Christian and Masonic beliefs), all the way to "spying for the British" (allegedly only because Lauterer allegedly had a few Scottish relatives; Meister Guido von List himself, who died in 1919, apparently had some Irish blood on his mother's side).
The real reason for the persecution was probably Wiligut's bitter jealousy toward the ancient spiritual lineage and tradition of the Armanen Masters, which he had harbored since the early 1920s, and his refusal to allow the existence of any rival Rune schools in Germany, now that he had Himmler's ear. Having had far less success in propagating his own far more eclectic (and likely stolen) beliefs on Runes in the 1920s, Wiligut now marked those Rune Masters more legitimate and respected than himself for death. Kummer and Lauterer both died in SS camps without trial. Marby survived the war, but all his books and decades of research notes were destroyed, and he died in 1966 without finishing his rewrite of his lost works on his ancestral Frisian Rune-magick system. Kirchhoff's testimony about these events, reprinted in the esoteric journal Irminsul, was corroborated as accurate by other German mystics, such as Adolf Schleipfer and Manfred Lenz (Flowers and Moynihan, 2007).
In addition, the claim by Härger and others that the Wewelsburg mosaic was based on 12 repeated Armanen Sig Runes is also spurious; the Wewelsburg "Black Sun" contains curved lines in all 12 spokes, while no version of the Sig Rune (Armanen or otherwise) has ever contained curved lines. In addition, the spokes are actually bent the wrong way to be Sig Runes! And as mentioned earlier, Wiligut was no fan of the Armanen Masters, and his version of the Sig Rune was quite different from theirs.
In any case, none of this Wewelsburg hubbub has any effect on the ancient origins of other Sonnenrad variants, such as the Alemannic brooches or the small-centered Armanenshaft or Irminenschaft versions (which Härger refuses to discuss, confusing Heathen Alemanni with Christian Merovingians and hiding the facts about the pagan origins of the "Black Sun"). The Sonnenrad is a pagan symbol with deep initiatory and self-transformative meanings, not a "hate symbol". It has never meant anything hateful to Indo-European cultures, and to imply otherwise is to slander our cultures of Solar spirituality as meaningless. No sane and honest person would call it a "hate symbol", any more than you could call a Kaiser-eagle a "hate symbol" or the Persian Lion-and-Sun emblem a "hate symbol".
The Black Sun reminds us that we are bound by the laws of Nature and we should show respect for it by living according to the principles of Natural Law so that we too can find our true inner strength and Cognizancy from the Natural Order. It is most certainly not a hate symbol. Only hateful people would claim that it is a hateful symbol; look how they rage! It is not the visible yellow sun, but a deeper Sun that we can't see - the one that gives us the spiritual light, the invisible light of the Wisdom-God, Wili-Wé-Wotan (Vairîm-Vayu-Vata), the light of the Immanence of holy Aša and Arya ancestors - it's a primordial symbol which represents infinite circle of life and death, the nexus of the flow of the Od or life-force (which other cultures know as Prana or Chi) through these polar states, through both earthly and cosmological seasons and cycles, and it also represents the persisting consciousness of Wotan as Allfather, as the incarnated creative energy of Order in the Cosmos.
3. The Fylfot (Swastika).
The Lie: "The Swastika is not Germanic or Heathen, and it is now "tainted" by war crimes so you shouldn't use it anyway".
The Truth: The Swastika was indeed used by ancient Germanic Heathens, among many other Indo-European peoples; it was called the Fylfot or Fyrfos (alternately translated as "four-foot" or "fire-foot") in Germanic languages, long before the NSDAP used the modern term Hakenkreuz (hooked cross) to refer to it. Interestingly, the theory of the Third Reich version (which hooks clockwise and stands tilted on one corner) being "evil" or "dark" is purely a modern speculation, both in Europe and in post-colonial India. The truth is that both clockwise and counterclockwise swastikas were common in various Indo-European civilizations, and though to esoteric priesthoods (such as the Armanen, the Magi, and the Hvushmandan) the two forms had different meanings, neither one was seen as "evil" or "demonic".
|Clockwise and tilted Fylfot on the Snoldelev Rune-Stone -|
- over a THOUSAND years older than the Third Reich.
The Fylfot or Swastika is present on the ancient Snoldelev Runestone in a clockwise form, standing on one corner; it is present in the same configuration in old Saxon brooches and enameled sculptures, in gold bracteates from Denmark, and many other finds that predate the arrival of Christianity. It has been associated with both Odin and Thor, in the latter case as a "thunder cross" formed by the spinning of Thor's hammer in one direction. It is a sacred symbol of the Aesir or Asuras, and not the property of any political party. The oldest example is on a bird figurine from Mezine, Ukraine, made of mammoth ivory (~13,000 BCE). The second-oldest Swastika (several of them, actually) is usually considered to be from a golden necklace found in Iran (~4000 BCE) where it was known as Garduna-Thuragna (the Cyclone of Thor). Many other early artifacts of this widespread symbol are known, from the swastika seals of the Indus Valley Suryavanshi culture, to the Roman Gammadion, to the angular Slavic Gromovik, to the Tetraskelion found on Greek coins. These were all considered sacred symbols of creation and spiritual evolution, none of their contexts carrying any "hateful" meaning.
|Iranian necklace. (~4000 BCE)|
|Mezine bird figure (~13,000 BCE)|
|Saxon brooch (5th-6th Century CE).|
|Danish bracteate (gold foil pendant, 5th-6th Century CE)|
|Indus Valley culture Swastika seals (~2700 BCE)|
|Roman Gammadion brooch. Silvered Bronze (4th Century CE).|
Furthermore, no symbol is ever objectively "tainted", regardless of what it may have been used for. Unless you personally have suffered physical pain, starvation, or the loss of a loved one at the hands of someone bearing such a symbol as their standard (in which case emotion is deeply involved), there is no reason to view it with a meaning other than its culturally intended one. A symbol is a symbol, plain and simple; different meanings in different contexts. The Mongolians continue to venerate the Totem of the Nine Tails - the battle standard of Genghis Khan, who has gone down in history as the very Emperor of rape and genocide. Around three-fourths of the population of Greater Iran alone was snuffed out (some 15 million civilian deaths) at the hands of Genghis Khan and his army, either through direct murder, man-made famines, or biological warfare... to say nothing of the devastation the Mongols wreaked on eastern Europe, or the Three Kingdoms of 13th century China. Arguably the best of my people were exterminated by Genghis Khan, and the ghastly Stalin-magnitude body counts that hit Indo-European peoples in general on account of the Mongol invasions, are all too often brushed under the rug today for the sake of political correctness. But you don't see me trying to ban the use of the Nine Tails worldwide simply because it's a part of the Mongolian shamanism that Genghis Khan believed in, or claiming that nobody has the right to wear its image or use it in religious ceremonies. Nor is anyone telling western Yurt enthusiasts to stop the recent fad of buying and building Yurts as they are "tainted" by a bloody history of Mongol genocides in many countries, both east and west.
Closer to current times, the British Empire's elder statesmen in India - particularly Lord Lytton and Winston Churchill - have been implicated in the forced starvation and death of some 11 million Indians during the rule of the British Raj (around 3 million in 1943 alone); Both the Raj and its predecessor, the British East India company, were complicit in exacerbating the Bengal Famines of 1770, 1866, 1877, and 1943, allegedly to reave India's population in the name of 'Social Darwinism'. Yet the British flag (Union Jack), an amalgam of Christian saints' crosses that represented the Empire in India during all these famines, has never been banned or labeled as "tainted", not even in India itself. While on one hand it could be argued that a Christian-derived wartime victors' flag is simply unassailable in the global public discourse today, any honest person must admit that collective censorship or banning of any national flag makes very little sense in the first place, considering the millions of people in the British Commonwealth with vastly differing views and characters, that said flag represents. Censoring an ancient solar symbol without national boundaries makes even less sense.
|Be like the Sun: Create food, not famines!|
The supreme irony here is that for thousands of years, the victors writing the history have "appropriated" and re-purposed the symbols of the enemies they conquered, and never considered them as hateful, even if the losses were high on both sides. Mongols copied the Chinese 'Yin-Yang' symbol into their later Soyombo national emblem. Arabs copied Sassanid Persian coinage, mathematics, and architecture. Hittites copied Mesopotamian cuneiform. Early Siberian Turkic tribes copied the style of Scythian "Runes" to create Orkhon script, as well as their animal imagery. Brahmins copied (and re-defined) the Swastika everywhere after utterly destroying its native Suryavanshi (Indus Valley Aryan) culture. The Han Chinese copied it from the defeated Chu Chinese, who had retained it from their distant Aryan Shennongshi ancestors. And Romans copied it from the Greeks (along with pretty much everything else they had). Even images of Mao and Che have perversely become "chic" t-shirt fashion in capitalist republics. So the Hakenkreuz or Swastika of the Third Reich is technically Allied war booty. It could have been re-purposed, along with all other symbols of defeated nations.
Could it be because Indo-European symbols, and solar ones in particular, pose a challenge to their elite lieges' cultural hegemony? Do global power-brokers notice the mystical effects of such symbols to stir Indo-European souls to action, which the docile programmed masses can not notice? Is it perhaps not hate they truly fear, but Indo-European solidarity and an end to the bloody (and immensely profitable) divisions sown by the sons of Abraham the shepherd between the "eastern" and "western" children of the Sun? An answer finally, after centuries of silence, of "no more"?
Calling the Fylfot a "hate symbol" (or worse yet, being stupid enough to try to turn it into one) is either a sign of mental retardation, cowardice, or an intentional persecuting agenda. For Indo-European pagans, Germanic or otherwise, it has always meant creative energy and the remaking and ennobling of the soul; the will to evolve and persevere unconquered through any difficulty, or even a thousand of them. If it offends someone without Indo-European Immanence and ancestral memory, then they have no innate link to its true meaning, and the "offense" they take is their problem, their weakness, which could stem from either their social programming or any number of historic genetic occlusions or tribal myopiae.
It is strange then that so much bigotry is today directed against Indo-European pagan symbols alone.
4. The Hagal Rune.
The Lie: "It's an evil racist SS rune, so don't use it!"
The Truth: The Hagal, Hagall, or Hag-All Rune is simply a primitive single-stave form of Hagalaz, or the hail Rune. It has additional esoteric meanings contrary to a hailstorm, such as heilung (healing) and protection (hael) from hail, fire, and other calamities. It also represents, on a far higher metaphysical level, the 3-dimensional superstructure of the World Tree, Yggdrasil itself - with the three roots mentioned in the Eddas, and three branches as well. For Armanen, at least, there are a whole host of further mystic meanings and resonances connected to this level of understanding.
Hagal is found in both the Younger and Armanen Rune rows, which means... it existed long before the SS or the Third Reich, and therefore could NOT have been invented by them. Nor is there any evidence that they interpreted the Rune itself in a hateful way against any ethnic group. It was merely copied by Wiligut from the Younger Futhark, for he used its Norse Younger Futhark spelling, Hagall.
Some people try to make the case that since the Hagal-Rune was eventually also copied by the Waffen-SS 6th Mountain Division Nord, it should be "abandoned" and not used by modern Runers or Heathens; to this I can only say that you might as well ban ambulances too, since nearly all of them in the USA are decorated with a Hagal-shaped motif (the "Star of Life"), as vehicles of rescue and healing, which is precisely in line with this Rune's common meaning in the Armanen system. And of course, using that sort of paranoid and spineless "logic", Red Cross ambulances would also have to be banned, since crosses have been associated with so many murders and forced conversions worldwide. * As a side note for all the WWII history buffs out there - Nord was actually one of the more ethnically diverse of the pre-Stalingrad Waffen-SS divisions, inclusive of large numbers of Magyars, Finns, and other non-Indo-European ethnic groups.
|The "Star of Life" healing symbol used on most USA ambulances.|
The traditional Hagal Rune is simply a sacred Heathen symbol of holiness, health and protection from disasters. Its occult meanings pertain generally to "hedging" or shielding from calamities. It has no political or racialist meaning whatsoever to traditional Heathens.
5. The Odal (Othala) Rune - with or without tails.
The Lie: "It's an evil racist SS rune (or the version with "tails" or "wings" is anyway), so don't use it!"
The Truth: Both versions of the Odal Rune, with and without "tails", are much, MUCH older than the SS or the Third Reich. The standard version without "tails" is from the Elder Futhark. The version with "tails" is from the Medieval Runes of Healing, a set of non-divinatory Runes from southern Germany used in folk-magick spells by crypto-pagan village healers in the Middle Ages. It was known as the Eppel Rune (derived from Odal or Aethel, meaning "inheritance", "noble") and the Erda Rune (after the goddess of the Earth, Erde or Jord). This Rune was believed to help reintegrate human actions (garma, karr) into the physical world, represented by the goddess Erde.
|The Medieval German Runes of Healing - on the bottom right is Erda, or "Odal with tails".|
The "Odal with tails" symbol has also been found in ancient artifacts outside Germany, such as a 5th-century carved stone inscription in Bulgaria showing possible Goth or Rugii influence, and a similar symbol is present with upcurved "curl tails" on a church in Georgia that was once a pagan temple. It has also appeared with extensive "tails" on some Slavic Lunula pendants and replicas from Kievan Rus. Like the Hagal Rune, the Odal Rune with "tails" or "wings" was merely copied by Wiligut and the SS from these older sources.
Interestingly, the version of Odal used by the Waffen-SS 7th Mountain Division Prinz Eugen, has very long "tails" but very short "legs", so it is easy to tell apart from the medieval version of "Odal with tails". Richard Walther Darré, Reich Minister of Agriculture, published a German farming-related magazine named Odal, and therein associated the Rune with environmental conservation, a return to the land, and ancestral roots. Neither Darré nor the SS claimed this Rune to mean anything negative about a specific race.
|Traditional Medieval version|
The traditional Odal Rune (both with and without "tails") is simply a sacred Heathen symbol of estate and inheritance, usually of physical land or property - hence its alternate name of Erda in southern German contexts as a medieval healing Rune. Neither form is a "hate symbol". Its occult meanings pertain to honoring the ancestors and the Odinic gifts. It has no political meaning whatsoever to traditional Heathens.
6. The Sig Rune.
The Lie: "It's an evil racist SS rune invented in the 20th century to mock the Sowilo Rune, so don't use it!"
The Truth: The real Sig Rune was not "invented" and it has never been used to "mock" anything. The Sig Rune IS the Sowilo Rune - they are one and the same; it's just a different name for the same symbol. It exists in all four major Futharks, so therefore has very ancient origins.
The Rune for the "S" sound in Germanic languages has always been essentially the same, whatever its name. And the name Sig is actually more attested than "Sowilo". The modern reconstructed names of the Elder Futhark may call it "Sowilo", but this is only due to academics' speculative attempts to reconstruct the long-dead Proto-Germanic language. Its attested names are "Sól" (Younger Futhark), "Sigel" (Anglo-Saxon Futhorc), and "Sig" (Armanen Futharkh). The latter two are clearly related.
Note how the pronunciation seems to neatly change as you go from north to south in Germanic lands, from the Scandinavian Sól, to the Saxon (North German) Sigel, to the South German and Austrian Sig. This Rune meant at least two things to all of these cultures: (1) the Sun and its life-sustaining rays, particularly at its zenith in the sky, and (2) victory over foes and obstacles, hence, the unconquerable Sun which melts away the fog and frost (a warrior motif very ancient to all Indo-European cultures, such as the Roman Sol Invictus). Hence, the ancient German greeting "Sal und Sig" (Solar-health and Victory!) relating to this Rune (Das Geheimnis, p. 14).
Interestingly, the "SS Lightning bolts" which are sometimes mistaken for the Sig Rune, were originally much thicker, more slanted, and hardly had any center line. Later versions had a nearly horizontal center line - which does not appear in any traditional versions of the Sig Rune, including the ancestral Armanen version as published by Guido von List and Rudolf Gorsleben (Hoch-Zeit Der Menschheit, pp. 447-450). Horizontal lines were generally unheard-of in Runes, at least before the influence of Christianity. The "SS lightning bolts" were actually derived from the earlier SA stormtrooper logo, which simply took the Latin-German letter "S" and made it more angular to look like a lightning bolt icon. Only later did Wiligut note the logo's superficial similarity to historical Sig-Runes and use them in his SS officer ring designs.
The evolution of the SA lightning bolt into the SS ones can be traced back even further, to medieval shields and coats of arms for ancient German cities.
|Schoenthal municipal coat of arms (bolts with an arrow at the tip)|
|Töging am Inn municipal coat of arms (again, the bolts have arrows)|
|SA logo, with the same sharp tilt on the center bar as the aforementioned heraldic lightning bolts|
(note the arrow at the end of the "S")
|Original SS lightning bolts logo|
(same sharp tilt on the center bar as the SA symbol, but much thicker upper and
lower diagonals and thinner center bar, and this time no arrow at the end)
|Later "classic" version of the SS lightning bolts with full-thickness horizontal center bars|
Are these really Sig Runes? Hard to tell. It looks more like they were originally derived simply from heraldic lightning bolts or a stylized Latin "letter S" in the SA and early SS forms, and only given a more even-thickness center bar in the later SS version to look more like a rune - but this version still doesn't match the slimmer and more vertical form of the Armanen Sig Rune, let alone the Sigel from the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc or Sól from the Younger Futhark, or even the "Sowilo" Rune of the Elder Futhark. Heathen Runes (those from Futharks without any Christian influence) are far slimmer and do not have horizontal lines, which were traditionally avoided by all skilled Rune-carvers - but almost every version of the SS lightning bolts has them. So it's impossible to be sure whether the SS lightning bolts were derived from Runes at all.
We do know one thing however; that this basic lightning bolt symbol is far older than the SS and still continues to be used long after its demise, and for non-political purposes - in everything from the logo of the band KISS, to the unofficial emblem of the Scout Snipers of the US Marine Corps.
|Wait, is that a Raidho Rune and an Ehwaz Rune underneath double Sig Runes???|
Oh wait, it's just regular Latin-based English letters for "ARMY" written in angular lines to look edgy.
|While they form just a tiny part of the Marine Corps, the Scout Snipers have used the Lightning Bolts |
for decades as a symbol of strength and toughness; a non-political sign of striking like thunder.
But still, regardless of the meanings they take on now, none of these bold, slanted symbols are true Sig Runes. True Sig Runes do not have horizontal lines and are much slimmer, as Runes in general were always traditionally carved - not printed or cast - symbols. The very act of carving them, combined with Galdr, was a form of sacred ritual. Extremely thick symbols made by die-casting, sandblasting, or water-jet, simply lack the living human and magickal potential of the sharp, slender hand-carved lines of traditional Germanic Rune-rows - whether Gothic, Nordic, Anglo-Saxon, or Armanen.
The traditional Sig Rune is simply a sacred Heathen symbol of the Sun's power. Its occult meanings pertain generally to the Sun, health, and success against all odds. It has no political or racialist meaning whatsoever to traditional Heathens.
7. The Tyr Rune.
The Lie: "It's an evil racist SS and SA brownshirt hate symbol, so don't use it!"
The Truth: The Tyr Rune is actually one of the holiest ancient Runes. It is the only Rune directly named for a god, and perfectly represents his attributes. Tyr is a god of battle, justice, and self-sacrifice; honor and loyalty, true to the end. The "true north" of Heathen Ethics, is symbolized by the upward-pointing arrow shape of this Rune - as is the symbolic, esoteric content of the Rune, which relates to turning seemingly impossible situations around. The Tyr Rune, sometimes known as Tiw or Tiwaz, is found in all four major Futharks, and most of the lesser Medieval Rune-rows as well. In the Eddas, Tyr sacrifices his hand so that the other Gods may chain up the giant wolf Fenrir, son of Loki, who threatens the destruction of their realm. The Gods are indeed in an impossible situation with the wolf, outmatched in strength and unable to bind the wolf without resorting to deception, and Fenrir knows this, refusing to test their final chain without someone pledging their hand as "security" lest it be a trap. Tyr willingly makes the sacrifice, the loss of his hand allowing the Gods to chain Fenrir, hold off Ragnarok for a time, and avoid all being eaten. The Tyr-Rune is thus a Germanic symbol of the warrior struggling to victory against a seemingly hopeless situation.
|The Tyr Rune was traditionally a Rune of sacrifice.|
The only reason the SA (Stürmabteilung) in the early days of National Socialism even bothered to use this Rune on some of their officer insignia, was this association with salvaging impossible situations, because in the early 1920s they were literally in one - with Bavarian police hunting them for treason and Soviet-paid agitators prowling the streets for blood, their Führer in prison, and many of their local leaders having fled; in desperation they turned to this ancestral Germanic Heathen symbol of long-odds victory for protection, despite Hitler having openly denounced Heathenry in Mein Kampf. German patriots of all stripes invoked the Tyr-Rune for protection, not just National Socialists or the SA. Likewise, the 32nd Waffen-SS Grenadier division "30 Januar" (the only SS division to ever use the Tyr-Rune) was formed in 1945 as a desperate last-ditch measure to protect Berlin from the Soviets; hence their use of this Rune as a visual morale boost in a fight against impossible odds - no more, no less. The Rune itself was treated as more of a good luck charm by these units than anything else - it was a only ever worn as a little embroidered patch around 2 inches long, or inscribed on a ring; they never broadcasted it in propaganda, and never interpreted it to connote "hate" of any sort (they had newspapers for that).
|SA Leadership School patch|
|Waffen-SS Grenadier division '30 Januar'.|
The traditional Tyr Rune is simply a sacred Heathen symbol of sacrifice, victory, and reversal of fortunes. Its occult meanings pertain generally to victory in battle, noble sacrifice, and the nature of the god Tyr himself. It has no political or racialist meaning whatsoever to traditional Heathens (and indeed, it didn't even have one for the SA or SS in those two rare instances where they did use it).
8. The Man and Yr Runes (a.k.a. "Life" and "Death" Runes).
The Lie: "more evil Nazi symbols, used by the SS, run away, blah blah."
The Truth: The Man (or Madhr) and Yr Runes are found in the Viking-age Younger Futhark of Scandinavia, as well as the Armanen Futharkh of Continental Europe. Their meanings usually depend on the local context.
For the Vikings (at least judging by the later Norwegian and Icelandic Rune poems), Man or Madhr literally refers to man, and organic growth ("augmentation of the earth") whereas Yr can refer to either the Yew tree, the Yew-bow, or more ominously, to flawed weapons and downfall.
For the Armanen, Man refers to man as well, and also to organic growth of his abilities, both material and magickal; whereas Yr, though loosely associated with the Yew tree, also pertains to woman, female mysteries, passion, seduction, and on the negative level, confusion and error - all these being Edda-attested attributes of Freyja, the goddess typically associated with Yew trees and Yr.
The SS (probably at Wiligut's cue) actually invented their own modern meanings for this pair of Runes, which were not related to the Armanen meanings at all, and only very loosely connected to the attested Younger Futhark meanings from the medieval Rune Poems. They referred to the Man-Rune as the Leben (life) Rune, and to Yr as the Toten (death) Rune, and used them to mark the birth and death dates of their slain members on grave markers. This usage has long since transcended the SS, however, and is actually quite common now with civilian graves in Germany, having no political connotations at all. It's become as much a part of everyday life as Hugo Boss, Volkswagen, and Bayer aspirin... and the "Star of Life" ambulance symbol for that matter.
Though unrelated to the traditional meanings of these Runes, this convenient use of Man and Yr as "life" and "death" Runes, didn't actually symbolize anything hateful towards any group. The similar looking Algiz Rune from the Elder Futhark is sometimes said to be the real origin of the SS Leben Rune (rather than Man), as Algiz symbolizes protection, at least in its Anglo-Saxon form of Eolh.
The traditional Man and Yr Runes are simply sacred Heathen symbol of man and woman (or Yew-tree). They are extremely ancient, and the Algiz Rune shares the same form. Their occult meanings pertain generally to the . It has no political or racialist meaning whatsoever to traditional Heathens.
9. The Wolfsangel (Wolf's Hook).
The Lie: "another evil Nazi rune used to justify hate."
The Truth: The Wolfsangel was not even a Rune in the first place - at least not a Futhark symbol, which is the traditional definition of a "rune". However, it does resemble a number of Runes like Eihwaz, and it is integrated into the later Medieval Runes of Healing. It is actually a symbol derived from an ancient wolf-trap device that was placed in trees to kill wolves and keep them away from humans. A large crescent-shaped or bow-shaped anchor secured it to a fork in a tree, and the Z-shaped double hook dangled from this on a chain. Larger versions of the Wolfsangel did away with the chain and anchor, and simply had a crossbar in the middle of the Z-shaped hook to help it sit directly between the lower-forking branches of a tree without slipping. The hook itself had chunks of raw meat skewered on both ends. A wolf would smell the meat and jump up to bite it, and if it succeeded, it would be pierced and possibly killed by the sharp hook, as its full weight would be suspended on the hook lodged in the roof of its mouth.
The Wolfsangel is actually very common as a heraldic symbol in Germany to this day, among city coats of arms. It is not a "hate" symbol and never was. While a couple of Waffen-SS units like the "Das Reich" division had insignia symbols roughly based on a Wolfsangel, they still differ markedly in shape from the original metal object, and even the SS is not known to have associated them with any hateful meanings. At most, they may have had a defensive or counter-insurgency meaning based on the original wolf-hook's use as a medieval town's defense against wolf attacks.
The only country that officially continued to push a belief in the existence of a large Wehrwolf network years after the war was the Soviet Union, mainly as an excuse to arrest thousands of German boys and send them to their deaths in NKVD prison camps (Fruth, 2010); their parents were never notified of the whereabouts of their sons, spreading the dread of possible arrest at any time among the terrified east German populace. The boys were typically as young as age 15, and were accused by NKVD chief Lavrenty Beria of all being "Wehrwolves" without trial; Beria reported to Stalin that 359 "Wehrwolf cells" has been arrested and liquidated (Weber, 2000.) Conservatively it is estimated that around 10,000 boys were detained by the Soviets on suspicion of being "Wehrwolves", and at least half of them never returned home.
Today, rumors are still rife over the internet that Wehrwolf was a far bigger phenomenon than it ever turned out to be - and it's been associated with the Wolfsangel symbol time and again - but just like the exaggerated rumors of its size and effectiveness, no proof has ever turned up for the guerrillas ever using or displaying this symbol on any item.
|One of several modern concepts for the alleged Wehrwolf pennant circulating on internet conspiracy forums.|
The truth is that Wehrwolf was never able to become a formal military unit, and never had any official insignia.
There are no actual historical insignia for the Wehrwolf group, assuming that a single unified organization by that name truly existed at all. A number of speculative logos and "unit flags" have been invented for it by modern day alternative history buffs, nearly all of which feature a Wolfsangel. But none of them are anything more than modern speculation; no authentic Wehrwolf flags or insignia from 1945 have ever turned up.
In fact, the Wolfsangel, in both its horizontal and vertical forms, has a long and storied history as a German heraldic symbol from early medieval times. Far from being a National Socialist-invented symbol, it's actually a very common visual element in many German municipal or city coats of arms from the Middle Ages up to this very day:
|Just a few of the German cities to use a Wolfsangel in their civic Coat of Arms ever since medieval times.|
There are many Germanic Runes and other symbols which are known to date back to pre-Christian (that is, Old Heathen) times, which modern Heathens use today. Many of these symbols have been falsely slandered and censored based on reckless anti-Heathen bigotry masquerading as political sensitivity - selectively pinpointed to favor Abrahamic ends. Exacerbating the problem are modern "useful idiots" who buy into the deceptive B-movie propaganda narrative, wearing Runic clothing while committing crimes for 15 minutes of media fame, buying us more humiliation and more censorship. None of them have demonstrated any real knowledge of the Runes.
These symbols were usually not the same ones used by the Third Reich, let alone its modern imitators - but rather, came from an otherworldly fount of Cognizancy, a holy script of the Aesir which was tried and tested true for centuries in magick, and had already become legend by the time of the Viking skalds.
Critically, the Armanen Runes are in the same situation as the Elder, Younger, and Anglo-Saxon ones - NONE of them are the boldface, blocky, mass-produced "runes" used by the Waffen-SS, nor is there any evidence connecting the Sonnenrad to any verified SS insignia or unit flags.
The rumors alleging that the Armanen were somehow connected to the SS are pure disinformation, as the SS (at the behest of Wiligut, who was made a General in the organization by Himmler himself) ended up censuring Armanism and torturing and killing several Armanen masters at Dachau and other concentration camps (including S.A. Kummer and Ernst "Tarnhari" Lauterer).
The Sonnenrad mosaic in the floor of Wewelsburg castle is of unknown age, and there is no documentation of its existence before the 1990s - there is no evidence that Himmler or Wiligut installed it, and it is also substantially different from the version used by the Armanen whom Himmler persecuted (though it may have been "inspired" by it).
The Fylfot, as a primal sign of creation and rebirth for Odin/Wotan/Vayu-Vata, symbolizes everything that is noble, improving, and hopeful in creation, and everything that makes life worthwhile or possible. Its arms point in different directions, but always turning whatever comes at it into a harmonious arising rotation. It says in times of sorrow, "Life must go on", and in times of joy, "Life is worth living". The same idea is expressed in the Sanskrit (and ultimately, Old Aryan Prakrit) word Swastika, which literally means "well-being" or "well-offered and done" (Svaha-asti-ka).
The Fylfot or Swastika does indeed have an ancient presence in Germanic cultures, with no end of Bronze Age and Iron Age artifacts showing its esoteric use as a solar symbol, and probably also a symbol of Odin and Thor - this historically was not taken as a sign of "racial supremacy" but rather of shared ancestry and cultural archetype, one that extends ultimately to all Indo-European peoples. It was not invented by the Third Reich, nor did they themselves interpret it in a negative way. Modern celebrity authors and film-makers might claim that they did - but there simply is no evidence to prove it. There is no instruction in any official Third Reich publication that the Fylfot or Runes should be taken to mean "hate Jews, hate Gypsies, hate all those who fall foul of the Führer". Quite the contrary; what little we do know for sure about official National Socialist and SS training manuals, indicates they probably saw Runes (and esoteric symbols in general) as tools to be used to augment one's power - an unhealthy attitude to be sure, but not something that reads any racialist commandments into the Runes. Their racial policies actually came from very human and decidedly non-magickal sources; namely, Alfred Rosenberg (The Myth of the Twentieth Century) and Hermann Göring (the Nürnberg Laws). The emotional race rhetoric on the other hand was mostly supplied by tabloids like Der Stürmer - in which you would hard-pressed to find any depictions of Runes. Based on the written evidence, the Swastika was viewed within the Reich as primarily a symbol of creation and victory over banality (Mein Kampf, pp. 496-497) - not some coded sign for hate or anger.
The same was more or less true of all the Runic symbols that were copied by the SS - there is no evidence that any of them were ever viewed as a source of hateful feelings by the SS themselves. Whoever claims the contrary, not only lacks proof, but also has opened the door to censorship and persecution of Runes, Sun-wheels, and other sacred symbols of pagan religions; when you can fool people, step by step, into believing that a symbol is "tainted", that there was no history before 1933, that thousands of years of culture and heritage do not matter - then this makes it possible to ban all symbols from a particular culture, rewrite its beliefs against its will and without its consent, and criminalize religious freedom - and then you have become the Inquisition.
Equipped with this knowledge, you should now be better able to explain the sacred meanings of these symbols to those who do not know better. Unfortunately, today all sorts and shades of Indo-European people are steeped in ignorance of our origins, heritage, and holy symbols, including the Swastika, Fylfot, Fyrfos, Gammadion, Gromovik, Garduna, or Tetraskelion, by whatever name it is called. Fewer still know the truth about the Sonnenrad, or related symbols in other Indo-European branches, like the Kolovrat or the Arevakach, let alone the rich array of symbols incorporated into medieval Rune rows, like the Wolfsangel. We should not blame them, but educate them about their their rightful inheritance. While I have refuted some popular falsehoods sternly here, I must emphasize that this daunting task can only be achieved if we act with tact, discretion and wise words. The Fylfot and Sonnenrad, like the Runes, assume a secretive and self-protecting nature, helpful to noble, wisdom-seeking individuals, confounding to the ignorant masses.
However, if a person has not suffered any personal loss or tragedy arising from a situation that somehow involved one of these symbols, and shows signs of seeing through the deceptive identity politics of the modern world, there is always a possibility that they could come around to our understanding, if approached wisely and presented with the facts in a friendly and respectful manner; that Runes, the Fylfot, the Sonnenrad, and other such symbols are the inheritance of a long-persecuted noble culture and religion; that every person has the right to choose their faith and practice their ancestral traditions unmolested by party politics or unaccountable bullies or vigilantes; and that if you have even partial Indo-European ancestry and blood-memory, then part of the Immanence of the Aesir/Asuras, the Runes (Ravanan) and the sacred Sun-wheels, is also yours.
Armanist and Esoteric:
A.D. Mercer. RUNEN: The Wisdom of the Runes. Aeon Sophia Press, 2016
Guido von List. Der Unbesiegbare. Ein Grundzug germanischer Weltanschaaung. Vienna, 1989.
Larry E Camp. A Handbook of Armanen Runes. Sandusky, OH: Heidentor Hall, 2009
Rudolf J. Gorsleben. Hoch-Zeit der Menschheit. Das Welt-Gesetz der Drei oder Entstehen-Sein-Vergehen in Ursprache - Urschrift - Urglaube. Aus den Runen Geschopft. Leipzig: Koehler & Amelang, 1930.
Steve Anthonijsz. Which Rune Row is Best (For Esoteric Uses)? [Revised]. 2004.
Dobbins, James, McGinn, John G., et al. America's Role in Nation-Building, from Germany to Iraq. RAND Corporation, 2003.
Fruth, Pia. Die Lüge vom Werwolf Warum Tausende Jugendliche in Sowjetischen Lagern landeten. Südwestrundfunk Zweites Wissen - Manuskriptdienst, 2010. (transcript of radio interview with survivors and witnesses of the false-flag "anti-Wehrwolf" NKVD operations).
Kershaw, Ian. The End: Hitler's Germany 1944-45. Allen Lane, 2011.
Weber, Petra. Justiz und Diktatur: Justizverwaltung und politische Strafjustiz in Thüringen 1945–1961. Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag. 2000.
Young, Karl. Third Reich Pilgrim, 2nd Ed. Hermitage Helm Corpus, 2017.
Primary NS Sources: (yes, you'll need to jump into the primary sources to know what these people were really about).
Bormann, Martin (Ed.) Hitler's Table Talk. Fully indexed. Translated by Ostara Publications (2nd Ed.), 2016
Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf. Eher Verlag, 1925. Translated by Michael Ford. 2010.
Göring, Hermann Wilhelm. The Nürnberg Laws.
Kotz, Alfred. Führen und Folgen (the SS Leadership Guide).
Rosenberg, Alfred. The Myth of the Twentieth Century
Streicher, Julius (Ed.) Der Stürmer.