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Thulean Imperial Inquisitor
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005, 02:15 AM
This is an Otto Rahn collection thread. Here I will collect all good info about the very interesting person that Otto Rahn was. He was one of the best, if not the best Grail researcher of the last century. Heinrich Himmler was very impressed with his books. Otto Rahn was a member of the SS for some time and was a friend of Karl Maria Willigut.
He is of interest to anyone interested in occultism and Grail mythos.


Otto Rahn

b. February 18, 1904; Michelstadt, Germany.
d. March 13, 1939; Tyrolean Mts.

Poet, mystic, and Nazi researcher. Rahn was obsessed with two ideas--the Holy Grail and the Cathars, medieval French heretics; while in college, he had intended to write a dissertation on the hypothetical Kyot, the supposed troubador who gave Wolfram von Eschenbach the story of Parzival.

In 1929, he made a special trip to the Languedoc region of Southern France, a hotbed of Catharist activities in the thirteenth century. He began excavating at Montsegur, the last Cathar stronghold to fall to the Inquisition. Legend had it that the Cathars had a great treasure which was never found, but hidden deep in the mountainside. Rahn was convinced that this treasure was the Holy Grail, and he intended to find it.

Rahn's research resulted in a book called Kreuzzug gegen den Gral ("Crusade Against the Grail"), published in 1933. Rahn believed that the Cathars were in fact descended of druids who converted to Manichaeism, and that is why they were guardians of the grail--both as descendants of a Celtic priesthood, and pure followers of Lucifer, the angel who brought knowledge to mankind and exposed the Demiurge--all very gnostic. He then proceeded to identify Montsegur with Parzival's "Munsalvaesche" (Mountain of Salvation, Wagner's "Monsalvat"), and tied the Cathars with those other famous heretics, the Knights Templar, who were said to guard the grail in Parzival. (As for Eschenbach's heretical influences in his work, that is for another node.)

All of which brought him to the attention of occult-nut Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS. Himmler was obsessed with the occult, and had a particular interest in the grail. His castle at Wewelsburg was intended as an SS Camelot/Avalon, where the honorable deads' ashes would sit in twelve urns on stone pillars around a center, where the grail would sit. He also had a Round Table commissioned. Himmler invited Rahn to join the Ahnenerbe--the heritage buearu--as a civilian; Rahn latter joined officially in 1936, with the rank of SS-Unterscharfuhrer. In 1937, he wrote a second book--Luzifers Hofgesind ("Lucifer's Courtiers"), based upon his Catharist research, and a trip made to Iceland to study the Eddas.

However, in 1937 he fell into disgrace, possibly for disciplinary reasons, though it is not clear. He was sent on duty at an SS camp in Dachau; in 1938, he requested dismissal from the SS. According to personal papers, he was against the coming war, and spoke opennly against it; this may have been the reason for his relocation to Dachau in the first place. More likely, though, were rumors of homosexuality, which of course was verboten.

Not long afterwards, Rahn was found dead, frozen on a mountainside. It is generally thought to have been a suicide, though conspiracy theorists believe he was murdered by the SS in order to silence him about the secrets of the grail.

As a side note, there is a rumor that Rahn found the grail and brought it to Wewelsburg, where it stayed until the end of the war. Others say that no grail made it, but that a large quartz crystal was found instead. It is worth pointing out that Parzival describes the grail not as a cup, but as a stone, though in this case an emerald.

Otto Rahn has become a rallying point with certain occultists, neo-Cathars, and mystics, particularly those who follow the Holy Blood, Holy Grail/Priory of Sion hoax. None of his works have been translated into English, unfortunately, but they did have an influence on Trever Ravenscroft and his book Spear of Destiny. http://www.maryjones.us/jce/rahn.html

Thulean Imperial Inquisitor
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005, 02:26 AM
Newspaper coverage of a speech by Otto Rahn
(Westfalia Landeszeitung, January 9, 1938)


Otto Rahn Reads in Dortmund Evening Lecture at the Dietrich Eckart Haus



Otto Rahn, the young poet and researcher read and lectured Friday evening at the Dietrich Eckart Verein (club) in front of a rather large and very captivated audience. After a few introductory words by the person in charge of cultural events for the Dietrich Eckart Verein, Kurt Eggers, who greeted Rahn as a comrade and briefly outlined the Lucifer-Problem which Rahn would talk about. Next Rahn created an image of Lucifer in such emphatic and compelling language that it could not be thought out in a more moving and explicit manner. Rahn read from his newest work, "Luzifers Hofgesind" (Lucifer's Court Servants), which tells about his travels and findings in Southern France where he followed the traces of the Grail and the Albigenses (Cathars), the pure and true heretics, and from new viewpoints, he drew a prolific picture of this anti-Roman movement which also spread in Germany at that time. The lecture covered difficult material and required extreme discipline and alertness. It was a good sign for the symbioses of lecturer and audience that no word was lost and that the image of Lucifer, which Rahn celebrated with the Albigenses as the Bringer of Light, was most effective.



Two parts of the evening can clearly be differentiated: The first, where Rahn reported on the research and current status of the Grail and Lucifer-Problem - here the most powerful words and the most exciting creative power came into play - and a second, in which the lecturer based on concrete examples drew conclusions from his new points of view and teachings and arrived at a not only interesting but also largely convincing reevaluation of historical events, leading figures, and facts. The hurdle of a rationalism of the old kind - a danger which would without doubt exist for a less truthful and strong acceptance of nature and reevaluation - was avoided by Rahn very well. In true excitement, he again led back to the sources and origins of real desire for freedom and true closeness to nature.



The Albigenses have been exterminated. In Southern France, 205 leading followers of Lucifer were burnt on a giant stake (March 16, 1244) after a great crusade led by Dominican priests in the name of Christian mildness. The teachings of Lucifer, the Bringer of Light, and his followers were persecuted with fire and sword. The Albigenses are dead, but their spirit is alive and takes effect, especially in these days, in a renewed and rejuvenated excitement and passion. Christ's representative could burn people, but he was wrong when he thought he could burn with them their spirit, passion and desire. This spirit became alive again yesterday, took its effect and was visible in Otto Rahn - a descendent of the ancient Troubadours - in front of many people.



Rahn set a new limit to the spirit tied to the Romans, to the belief in a life after death, and the fear of hell; he negated Yahweh and the Jewish teachings, and professed "Luzifer's Hofgesind" in whose name Kurt Eggers closed the evening with the following greeting: "Lucifer, who has been done wrong to, greets you."



Altogether the evening was a great success, which was a promising beginning for the future work of the Dietrich Eckart Verein. The quartet of the Conservatory provided an excellent setting for the evening and furnished the artistic background for the multitude and richness of thoughts.


Dr. Wolff Heinrichsdorff

Thulean Imperial Inquisitor
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005, 02:35 AM
Otto Rahn
and the Quest for the Holy Grail


Otto Rahn (1904-1938), described as a gifted young author and historian, was one of this century's truly fascinating figures. Prior to his mysterious death, at age 35, he wrote two books about the Cathars of southern France: *Kreuzzug gegen den Gral* ("Crusade Against the Grail") and *Luzifers Hofgesinf* ("Lucifer's Court"). Legends continue to surround both his life and tragic death. While his books influenced such authors as Trevor Ravenscroft and Jean-Michel Angebert, they were never translated into English. In the 1982 best selling book *Holy Blood, Holy Grail*, Otto Rahn's name appears in a small but intriguing footnote. Otto Rahn believed that he had found the location of the Holy Grail Mountain, the Montsalvat of legend, in the Cathar mountain fortress of Montsegur in the French Pyrenees. He was, says Prof. Joscelyn Godwin, "largely responsible for the mythological complex that associated the Cathars and Montsegur with the Holy Grail and its Castle."

Norma Lorre Goodrich in her own highly acclaimed work *The Holy Grail* pays tribute to Otto Rahn's "Crusade Against the Grail" describing it as "a wonderful book, a monument to this German idealist author, who died mysteriously during a descent in the Alps."

According to his French translator, Otto Rahn believed with absolute conviction that (1) the Cathars were the last owners of the Holy Grail, and (2) the Holy Grail "perished" when they died at the hands of the "pope and the King of France" at the beginning of the thirteenth century.

The war of the Roman Catholic church against the Cathars is variously described as a war where *Roma and *Amor stood opposite each other, in which the catholic ('common') idea triumphed with flame and sword over the catharic ('pure') idea.

The medieval Cathars believed in the existence of an eternal war between the principles of Light and Darkness on whose meetings and encounters everything in the universe was based. Darkness was for them dark matter, the unperfected, the transient. They identified all clerical and secular rulers, principally the Catholic Church as the personification of the Darkness. In their mythology the sun symbolised the primordial Light from which all life emerged. Miguel Serrano coined their doctrine: *Solar Kristianity. For Otto Rahn, Montsegur was the "Lighthouse of Catharism."



Rahn's Grail Quest



Otto Rahn was born on February 18th, 1904 in Michelstadt in southern Germany. In secondary school he developed a fascination with the history of the medieval Cathars, their faith and revolt against king and pope. From 1922 to 1926 he studied jurisprudence, German philosophy and history. Rahn intended to write a dissertation on Guyot, the Provencal Troubadour on whose lost Grail poem Wolfram von Eschenbach claimed to have based his *Parzival. The medieval Germanic tale of *Parzival, revived in the 1800s by Wagnar's popular mystical operas, fired Otto Rahn's modern quest for the Holy Grail. He soon pieced together a series of clues gleaned from a study of the history of the Cathars and the poem of Wolfram von Eschenbach, a Knight Templar of the thirteenth century.

Driven by his deep interest in the Cathars and Grail legends, from 1928 to 1932 Rahn researched and travelled widely in France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.

Early in the summer of 1929 Otto Rahn made his first appearance in the Languedoc region of southern France. He quickly settled in the village of Lavelanet and over the next three months systematically explored the ruined Cathar temple-fortress on Montsegur as well as the surrounding mountain grottoes.

It was in Languedoc that the city of Carcassonne, the holy mountain of the Cathars (Montsegur) and the church of Rennes-le-Chateau were located. All of these places were steeped in Cathar lore and it was here that all legends of the Holy Grail seemed to converge.

At Montsegur, writes Nigel Pennick, "in 1244 the heretical Cathars had made their last heroic stand against a Catholic crusade which finally triumphed in their destruction. Here, tradition affirms that on the night before the final assault, three Cathars carrying the sacred relics of the faith slipped unnoticed over the wall. They carried away the magical regalia of the Merovingian King Dagobert II and a cup reputed to be the Holy Grail.

"Possession of the Grail has always been the dream of chivalric orders. The Knights of King Arthur's Round Table, the Templars, even the Teutonic Knights have sought the mystic vessel. But Otto Rahn believed that he could triumph where centuries of questing had failed. He had studied the sacred geometry of Montsegur, its sunrise orientations and its relationship with other sacred places, and had discovered secret underground passages, where he felt the treasure must be concealed" (*Hitler's Secret Sciences*).

Otto Rahn's knowledge of 'sacred geography', Nigel Pennick suggests, can be traced back to the Druids and Templars. The Cathars were also said to be familiar with this tradition.

In many meetings with the local people (he is said to have spoken the local Provencal language fluently) Otto Rahn gathered everything concerning the Cathars and the Grail.

These formed the basis of Rahn's thrilling accounts of his exploration of the caverns of Sabarthes south of Montsegur and especially the Lombrives caverns called "the Cathedral" by the local people. He described this magnificant cavern as follows:

"In time out of mind, in an epoch whose remoteness has been barely touched by modern historical science, it was used as a temple consecrated to the Iberian God Illhomber, God of the Sun. Between two monoliths one which had crumbled, the steep path leads into the giant vestibule of the cathedral of Lombrives. Between the stalagmites of white limestone, between walls of a deep brown colour and the brilliant rock crystal, the path leads down into the bowels of the mountain. A hall 260 feet in height served as a cathedral for the heretics."

Rahn tells how, "Deeply stirred I walked through the crystal halls and marble crypts. My hands put aside the bones of fallen pure ones and knights..."

An old Languedoc shepard's tale recorded by Otto Rahn and incorporated into his first book displays profound mystical symbolism:

"During the time when the walls of Montsegur were still standing, the Cathars kept the Holy Grail there. Montsegur was in danger. The armies of Lucifer had besieged it. They wanted the Grail, to restore it to their Prince's diadem from which it had fallen during the fall of his angels. Then, at the most critical moment, there came down from heaven a white dove, which, with its beak, split Tabor [Montsegur] in two. Esclarmonde, who was keeper of the Grail, threw the sacred jewel into the depths of the mountain. The mountain closed up again, and in this manner was the Grail saved. When the devils entered the fortress, they were too late. Enraged, they put to death by fire all of the Pures, not far from the rock on which the castle stands in the Field of the Stake. All of the Pures perished on the pyre except Esclarmonde de Foix. When she knew the Grail to be safe, she climbed to the summit of Mount Tabor, changed into a white dove and flew off toward the mountains of Asia."

Both "Crusade Against the Grail" and "Lucifer's Court" are full of remarkable insights and revelations of important historical links.

Deep within the grottoes of Sabarthez Rahn found chambers in which the walls were covered with symbols characteristic of the Knights Templar, side by side with emblems of the Cathars. This finding confirmed the notion, fostered by mystical historians, that the Knights Templar and the Cathars were at one time closely associated. One intriguing image which had been carved into the stone wall of a grotto was clearly a drawing of a lance. This depiction immediately suggests the bleeding lance which appears over and over again in the Arthurian legends.

The legend of the Grail, explains Miguel Serrano, "reappears forcibly Christianised in the Middle Ages. The Templars disseminated it. It is centred on the legend of the court of King Arthur (who is the King of the Grail and is also called Amfortas). It is interesting to point out that Arthur is Arthos, Bear, that is to say Arctic. By which the exact geographical position of the lost continent of the first Solar Age is pinpointed: Hyperborea, seat of the Grail. In the Middle Ages, it became a cup, when the myth was Christianised, the one from which Christ was said to have drunk at the Last Supper, or else the one in which Joseph of Arimathea received the blood of Christ as it spurted from his side as he hung on the cross."

The Cathars who guarded the Holy Grail in their castle at Montsegur, Otto Rahn believed, could be traced back to Druids who converted to Manichaeism. The Druids in Britain were forerunners of the Celtic Christian Church. He saw in the culture of the mediaeval Cathar stronghold of Languedoc strong resemblances to the Druids. Their priests akin to the Cathar Parfaits. The Cathar secret wisdom being preserved by the later Troubadours, the travelling poets and singers of the medieval courts of France.

Most Troubadours, according to Rahn, were secret Cathars. Their apparent yearning and longing songs only seldom dedicated to a special woman, their feminine symbolism referred to the Cathar community, the Sophia, the Wisdom of the Gnostics. Julius Evola explains in *Le Mystere du Graal*: "To make this doctrine inaccessible to the profane, it is hidden in an *erotic symbolism, similar to the Grail cycle where it is represented by a *heroic symbolism."

When Otto Rahn first studied Wolfram von Eschenbach's *Parzival he noticed remarkable similarities with names and places in southern France, and he suspected that *Parzival's Grail castle *Munsalvaesche (Richard Wagnar called it Montsalvat) was non-other than the Cathar solar-fortress Montsegur. In Eschenbach's work he discerned the influence of Cathar poetry. The probably incorrect assumption that the persecuted Cathars had retreated under the earth and celebrated their mysteries in subterranean churches was adopted by Otto Rahn from the researcher of Cathar enthusiast Antonin Gabal. Gabal gave Rahn the freedom of his library and private museum. In letters Rahn called him his "Trevrizent" (the uncle of Parsifal in Eschenbach's work) and developed the propositions laid out in Gabal's *Au Chemin du Saint Graal*.

The tale that Otto Rahn actually found the Grail and that it was kept until the end of World War II in the Wewelsburg, the SS castle near Paderborn, can easily be disproved. There was a Grail in Wewelsburg but it was just a huge rock crystal. Rene Nelli, an important scholar of Catharism, maintains that the Grail is not mentioned in any of the still existing Cathar texts, while Julius Evola did not think much of the Cathar Grail thesis.

Return to Germany

After 1933 Rahn lived in Berlin, devoting himself to further studies of the Grail. His quest for a secret primordial religious tradition - the Religion of Light - came to the attention of Nazi SS leader Heinrich Himmler who sought Rahn's collaboration in SS-sponsored research. After first joining the SS heritage bureau, the *Ahnenerbe*, as a civilian, his talents were soon recognised by his superiors. Pursuaded to formally join the SS in 1936, within a matter of weeks Otto Rahn was promoted to SS-Unterscharfuhrer.

By September 1935 Rahn was writing excitedly to the chief of the *Ahnenerbe about the places he visited in his hunt for Grail traditions in Germany, requesting complete confidence in the matter with the exception of Himmler.

Otto Rahn is even rumored to have founded a neo-Catharist circle within the SS. In the summer of 1936 he undertook, by order of the SS, an expedition to Iceland. Highlights of this journey formed part of some chapters in his second and final book "Lucifer's Courtiers", published in 1937. Rahn makes no mention of the SS and the ship that sailed for Iceland flew a flag with a blue swastika on white background (in sharp contrast to the official standard of the Third Reich).

We know that Otto Rahn fell into disgrace with the Nazi hierarchy in 1937 and for disciplinary reasons was assigned a tour of duty at the SS run Dachau concentration camp. In the winter of 1938/39 he wrote to the SS Reichsfuhrer requesting immediate dismissal from the SS. A few months later he was dead.

Rumours abound concerning Otto Rahn's departure from the Nazi SS. Some claim that he was a homosexual or of Jewish descent, but evidence is lacking. In a conversation Rahn claimed that he had been betrayed and that his life was in danger. In a letter to a friend he openly expressed his concern about the Third Reich:

"I have much sorrow in my country. Fourteen days ago I was in Munich. Two days later I preferred to go into my mountains. Impossible for a tolerant, liberal man like me to live in the nation that my native country has become."

Col. Howard Buechner, the author of the *Emerald Cup, says that Rahn "let it be known that he opposed the war for which Germany was obviously preparing in 1938. In place of war, he believed that Germany and then Europe, should be transformed into a community of 'Pure Ones' or Cathars. In other words, Rahn's long association with the history of the Cathars and their unjust persecution by the church and the throne of France, had led to his conversion to the Cathar faith. He was also proposing a 'New Order' in which the states of Europe, and perhaps all other nations, would adopt the Cathar beliefs in the interest of world peace."

On 13 March 1939 - almost on the anniversary of the fall of Montsegur - Otto Rahn died in the snow on the Tyrolean mountains. "In the manner of the Cathar heretics," says Nigel Pennick, "Rahn voluntarily left a world he saw disintegrating." A few years earlier Otto Rahn had written in "Crusade Against the Grail":

"Their doctrine allowed suicide but demanded that one did not put an end to his life because of disgust, fear or pain, but in a perfect dissolution from matter. This kind of Endura was allowed when it took place in a moment of mystical sight of divine beauty and kindness...It is only one step from fasting to suicide. To fast requires courage but the final act of definitive ascesis requires heroism. The consequence is not as cruel as it may look."

The story of the enigmatic life and work of Otto Rahn, symbolising as it does a Great Mystery, will always fascinate both students of the Holy Grail and seekers of the Cathar tradition. This Mystery can be discerned in the following quote from Miguel Serrano's *Nos: Book of the Resurrection*:

"When we talk about the religion of love of the troubadours, of the initiated knights of the Grail, of the true Rosicrucians, we must try to discover what lies behind their language. In those days, love did not mean the same thing as it does in our day. The word *Amor (Love) was a cipher, it was a code word. Amor spelt backwards is Roma. That is, the word indicated, in the way in which it was written, the opposite to Roma, to all that Rome represented. Also *Amor broke down into 'a' and 'mor', meaning *Without-Death. That is, to become immortal, eternal, thanks to the way of initiation of A-Mor. A way of initiation totally opposed to the way of Rome. An esoteric, solar Kristianity. The Gnostic Kristianity of Meister Eckhart. And mine. Because I have tried to teach western man to resurrect Kristos in his soul. Because Kristos is the Self for western man.

"This is why *Roma destroyed *Amor, the Cathars, the Templars, the Lords of the Grail, the *Minnesanger, everything which may have originated in the 'Hyperborean Blood Memory' and which may have had a polar, solar origin.

"The love talked and written about so much in novels, poetry and magazines, the love of one's neighbour, the universal love of the churches, love of humanity, has nothing whatsoever to do with 'loveless love' (A-Mor, Without-Death), which is a harsh discipline, as cold as ice, as cutting as a sword, and which aspires to overcome the human condition in order to reach the Kingdom of the Immortals, Ultima Thule."

This remains a fitting tribute to Otto Rahn.

http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/6824/otto.htm

Thulean Imperial Inquisitor
Sunday, August 28th, 2005, 11:51 PM
Thule, the Priory of Sion, and Otto Rahn


Oct 24, 2004
Author: John M.

Conspiracy buffs have long been interested in the Nazis for their occult connections, and in recent years the south of France has garnered interest for a quite different supposed occult conspiracy, yet the two are rarely connected.

In an interview with Peter Levenda, Dagobert’s Revenge Magazine hit on the figure of Otto Rahn, grail researcher, who, after having completed a book on the grail mysteries of south France for the Nazis mysteriously died in the Pyrenees. It was also pointed out that around the time that Otto Rahn, who was a skilled mountain climber, was in all probability killed by the Nazis, a figure by the name of Karl Maria-Wilgut, known as Weisthor, who was a mystic employed by the SS, was relieved of his duties and gradually retired from public life.

In the article, the story was left as one of the many mysterious deaths surrounding whatever lies around Rennes-la-Chateau, but the truth of the matter can indeed be reconstructed, and gives some good insight into the forces at work in these two realms.

To start with, I¹ll declare in advance that I basically believe the account of what the Priory of Sion is all about that Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince put forward in The Templar Revelation. Recapping the book, their basic contention is that John the Baptist and Jesus were both missionaries from Egypt who were trying to introduce of mystical religion into Judea, possibly building on the presence of a matriarchal past which Judaism shows traces of. Mary Magdalene functioned as a sort of Tantric partner for Jesus within the Egyptian mysteries. She escaped after Jesus’ death to the South of France where the Romans had an outpost, the area which would thereafter be known as Provence - the Province. After inculcating her belief system to the natives they carried on the tradition, going underground when Christianity came into the picture. During the Middle Ages the Knights Templar were founded to go to the holy land and bring back any shards of knowledge relating to the teachings of the Magdalene. They were successful and made contact with surviving Johannite groups as well as, in all probability, heretical Muslim mystics. The synthesis that followed formed the basis for the Priory’s belief system, which found practical expression in an initiatory system similar to Masonry and in a sense stemming from it. That’s the Priory of Sion.

Now that this large pill has been swallowed, let’s fast forward to the early part of the twentieth century. Now according to Levenda and to Nicholas Clarke-Goodrich (author of The Occult Roots of Nazism), what the Ariosophists of the time came up with was strikingly similar to what was going on in the South of France, only for them all of it was based in a Germanic past and in Northern mysteries, instead of in Egyptian and Greek mysteries. Lanz von Liebenfels believed that the original Christianity was Odinist in character, and that this Christ figure was much more life-positive, if you will, but that the true Odinist character of Christianity had been distorted by the Jews after the fact, giving rise to the semi-Germanic faith which he believed contemporary Christianity was. With Christianity reconciled to Germanic Paganism, Liebenfels had no problem in adopting the Templars as examples to be imitated by the Aryan volk and, correspondingly, formed the Order of the New Templars, which reinterpreted the grail myths in a Germanic tone. Liebenfels also believed, among other things, that the original home of the Germans was a lost isle called Ultima-Thule, and that the Germans were the products of a union between the gods and primitive man, whereas the Jews and others were purely the products of primitive man. He called this belief Theo-Zoology. About the same time as Liebenfels (who counted Hitler among his admirers) was going into all of this a man by the name of Guido von List was combining Germanic paganism with Theosophy to create a whole system of occult practices based on Theosophical interpretation of the Runes, which became the Armanen system. He gained the insight into the runes at the same time that he started having visions indicating a pre-Christian Germanic past. In this version, Germans were actually the original inhabitants of Europe, and had been ruled by a powerful theocratic government formed around the Germanic mysteries, which he termed the “Armanen brotherhood.”

Now List, through mixing Theosophy with German paganism, was able to create what can only be described as a sort of German Buddhism, with Rune Yoga, Rune mantras, and Rune mudras even (hand signs to use while meditating), along with an initiatory system via his revived Armanen brotherhood which, combining these elements, could be said to resemble a sort of esoteric Masonry.

So far the parallels are quite interesting: the Priory of Sion claims that the official account of early Christianity given by the Church is wrong, and associates itself with Johannite groups that claim that the real teaching was a Gnostic esotericism with it¹s origin in Egypt; the Ariosophists also claimed that the official account of Jesus was wrong, and that the real Jesus was more life positive, we shall say, with his real teachings rooted in a non-Judaic paganism. Both groups were involved with orders of knights, and for a similar reason it would seem: to present through the knights and the grail quest an alternative set of values and beliefs from that of Christianity. The only difference is that the Priory of Sion focuses its study on Middle Eastern, Egyptian, and indigenous Frankish paganism (as a sort of accompanying theme.)

It gets much more interesting though when the figure of Baron von Sebbetendorf, the founder of the Thule Society, is added to the mix. The Baron was the link between the small groups that von Liebenfels and List founded and the Nazi party; in fact the Nazi party was founded as the workers’ section of the Thule Society - during a concerted effort to reach out to workers from what was essentially an aristocratic affair, according to Levenda. The Baron distinguished himself by the fact that, unlike the other two, he actually had contact with living esoteric traditions and incorporated them into his system. We can actually know quite a bit about what the Baron was after, because he made it known that the teachings he had originally came from Bektashi dervishes that he encountered while serving on at a diplomatic post in Turkey.

He believed that the Islamic mysteries of the Bektashis were actually German mysteries that were somehow scrambled and dispersed. Actually, this isn’t that unlikely a possibility: the Bektashi order of dervishes were actually secret Shiite Muslims acting within an officially Sunni society. And where did Shi¹ia esotericism start? In Iran. In fact, Shi’ite Islam incorporates a substantial amount of Zoroastrian and Gnostic thought within its official beliefs, not to mention it¹s esotericism and any secret brotherhoods, although it’s all been Islamicized. And, to make a comparison, the sort of intellectual ferment that created the Bektashis, compared in terms of content with the Egyptian mysteries, although they weren’t the same thing. Bektashi beliefs and practices are actually not secret, as some careful scholars have compiled books detailing Bektashi belief and, in one case, a Bektashi Catechism, although you’d probably only find these studies in university and college libraries. A glance through the Bektashi catechism in the book I saw revealed that they believe in a graded system of worlds patterned on the spheres of the planets and that the goal was, in part, to ascend through the spheres through mystical practice, in addition to more Islamic features.

So this is what Sebbetendorf brought back with him from Turkey: a system of thought which was both mystical and rooted in Indo-European concepts, things which had been long known about in Iran since the middle of the 19th century. He then combined it with the Germanic Christianity of Liebenfels and possibly the Germanic Theosophy of List to create the Thule society and its secret inner order, the Germanen Orden. Then Hitler got involved, and the rest is history. Sebbetendorf actually returned to Germany after Hitler had won power and composed a book on the origin of the Nazi ideology, but, after the Nazis refused to give him any credit for his work, he returned to Turkey and committed suicide.

Which brings us up to Otto Rahn and Karl-Maria Wilgut. Rahn was probably a straightforward Grail researcher, but Karl-Maria Wilgut takes some explaining. Like Sebbetendorf, Wilgut was part of the second wave of Ariosophists. In his case, Wilgut relied on a combination of List’s theories of Germanic origins in Europe and Liebenfel¹s Germanic Christianity in order to construct a fantastic history of a supposed line of Secret Kings of the Germans, which had continued the Odinist Christianity in secret all through the ages.....ending with Karl Maria-Wilgut as the current Secret King. Himmler, according to Levenda, took Wilgut very seriously and in all probability thought that he had found the actual secret king of the world. Wilgut was given an SS rank and his occult ideas were incorporated into the SS¹s ceremonial jewelry and rituals. He was then set out to do research on the secret Germanic past of Europe. This only stopped when the already
gullible Abwehr people in charge of this research refused to take what he was sending them seriously.

How does this relate to Otto Rahn? Well, before going to that it’s useful to compare Wilgut’s theory of Secret Kingship with the Royal Line that the Priory of Sion is supposedly tending to and protecting. Again, you have the pattern of something which was independently thought up by Germanophiles matching the actual belief of an institution really existing in southern France, which conceives the idea, however, in radically different terms having nothing to do with Germans.

Now put into the mix Otto Rahn, a Grail researcher with financing from the Nazis, hired to find Grail-related information which confirmed Nazi occult ideas. Rahn, who is reporting to people thoroughly familiar with the Ariosophists, is down in Southern France poking around the area in which the Priory of Sion actually exists. Suddenly this expert mountaineer is found dead on an easy mountain pass, and the person claiming to be the Secret King of the Germans is quietly relieved of his duties.

Could it be that what Otto Rahn found was the actual truth of the Grail, but
that when it was found not to have anything to do with German supremacy, the Nazis killed Rahn to keep him from talking, and relieved Wiligut out of embarrassment?

My personal opinion is: yes.


http://www.dragonkeypress.com/articles/article_2004_10_24_3147.html

Thulean Imperial Inquisitor
Saturday, September 3rd, 2005, 06:07 PM
There has been made a documentary about Rahn called The Secret Glory.


The Secret Glory tells the story of Otto Rahn (1904-1939), who worked in Ahnenerbe (Ancestral Heritage Society), a Schutz-Staffel division in the Nazi Germany. Rahn was convinced he knew where to find the Holy Grail and after being nominated an SS officer, he finally had the resources to pursue it.

"What [Rahn] discovered remains as mysterious as the stories surrounding his untimely death in 1939, but with rare archival footage, old letters and photographs Stanley manages to conjure up the vision of a grand quest, which began in the 13th century and hasn't lost its alluring power until today." [Taken from the Oldenburg Film Festival website.]
Stanley had reportedly been working this subject for quite a while before starting to shoot it mainly in France and Germany around the year 1998. He talks about his research in the Sex & Guts interview (http://www.everythingisundercontrol.org/nagtloper/iviews/sng.html#glory).

The Secret Glory celebrated its unofficial world premiere when a work-in-progress cut (running at 90 minutes) was screened in Germany at the Oldenburg Filmfestival in September 2001. It was a part of their "Richard Stanley Tribute" section, along with the Afghan documentary Voice of the Moon and director's cuts of Hardware and Dust Devil. The film's editor James Whitehorn has later mentioned in his Curriculum Vitae (http://javascript%3Cb%3E%3C/b%3E:entry%28%27http://web.archive.org/web/20020702060537/http://www.gabba.co.uk/editgarden.com/jamesw.html%27%29;) [now offline, accessed through Wayback Machine] that the final cut runs at 120 minutes with the title changed to The Secret Glory of Otto Rahn. Then again, Stanley's even more up-to-date CV (http://javascript%3Cb%3E%3C/b%3E:entry%28%27http://www.pfd.co.uk/scripts/get.py/filmandtv/?ftwriterdirectors%20STANLEYR%27%29;) mentions the film as The Secret Glory of SS Obesturm Fuhrer Otto Rahn, so who knows what kind of a word monster the final, complete title will be.


http://www.secretglory.com/
http://www.everythingisundercontrol.org/nagtloper/other/glory.html
http://imdb.com/title/tt0307431/

"In the house of the Light-Bringer there is much light! More light than in the houses of God, the cathedrals and churches into which Lucifer could not find and did not want to find because of the dark windowpanes on which Jewish prophets and apostles or Roman Gods and saints are painted." Otto Rahn, Lucifer's Court.

Dr. Solar Wolff
Sunday, September 4th, 2005, 07:07 AM
English speakers who blindly cite Nicholas Clarke-Goodrich are on the same plane as German speakers who cite Norbert Juergen-Ratthofer blindly, at least in my mind, maybe worse. Whoever wrote this gem seems to omit that Karl Maria Willigut also lost his job for some mysterious reason. Some say it was the rise of the SS group called the Karoteckia but most of this has proven to be a total fabrication. Nicholas Clarke-Goodrich doesn't understand the esoteric Nazi world but he as made a fortune pretending he does. I do wonder why Otto Rahn was fired. Some say he was part Jewish but that is said of every leading 3rd Reich figure. Rahn died on an Austrian glacier which is a strange place to murder someone since all they would have had to do it put him in Buchenwald.

Willigut
Sunday, September 4th, 2005, 11:05 PM
While in Berlin, [Karl Maria] Weisthor worked with the author and historian Otto Rahn (1904-1939), who had a profound interest in medieval Grail legends and the Cathar heresy. In 1933, Rahn published a romantic historical work entitled Kreuzzug gegen den Gral (Crusade Against the Grail), which was a study of the Albigensian Crusade, a war between the Roman Catholic church and the Cathars (or Albigensians), an ascetic religious sect that flourished in southern France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The Cathars believed that the teachings of Christ had been corrupted by the Church -and, indeed, that Christ was exclusively a being of spirit who had never been incarnated in human form.

This belief arose from their conviction that all matter was the creation of an evil deity opposed to God. Thus they claimed that the dead would not be physically resurrected (since the body was made of matter and hence evil) and that procreation itself was evil, since it increased the amount of matter in the Universe and trapped souls in physicality. (13) The Cathars were eventually destroyed by Catholic armies on the orders of Pope Innocent III in the first decade of the thirteenth century.

As Levenda notes, Catharism held a particular fascination and attraction for Himmler and other leading Nazis. ‘After all, the very word “Cathar” means “pure,” and purity -particularly of the blood as the physical embodiment of spiritual “goodness” - was an issue of prime importance to the SS.’ (14) Just as the Cathars had despised the materialism of the Catholic Church, so the Nazis despised Capitalism, which they equated with the ‘excesses of the Jewish financiers that - they said - had brought the nation to ruin during the First World War and the depression that followed’. (15) The Cathar belief that the evil god who had created the material Universe was none other than Jehovah provided additional common ground with Nazi anti-Semitism. Ritual suicide was also practised by the Cathars. Known as the endura, it involved either starving oneself to death, self-poisoning or strangulation by one’s fellow Cathars. Levenda makes anotherinteresting point about the Nazi fascination with Catharism:

[T]he Cathars were fanatics, willing to die for their cause; sacrificing themselves to the Church’s onslaught they enjoyed the always-enviable aura of spiritual underdogs. There was something madly beautiful in the way they were immolated on the stakes of the Inquisition, professing their faith and their hatred of Rome until the very end.

The Nazis could identify with the Cathars: with their overall fanaticism, with their contempt for the way vital spiritual matters were commercialized (polluted) by the Establishment, and with their passion for ‘purity’. It is perhaps inevitable that the Cathars should have made a sacrament out of suicide, for they must have known that their Quest was doomed to failure from the start. They must have wished for death as a release from a corrupt and insensitive world; and it’s entirely possible that, at the root of Nazism, lay a similar death wish. Hitler was surrounded by the suicides of his mistresses and contemplated it himself on at least one occasion before he actually pulled the trigger in Berlin in 1945. Himmler and other captured Nazi leaders killed themselves rather than permit the Allies to do the honors for them. ... [L]ike the Cathars whom they admired, the Nazis saw in suicide that consolation and release from the world of Satanic matter promised by this most cynical of Cathar sacraments. (16)

The thesis of Rahn’s book was that the Cathar heresy and Grail legends constituted an ancient Gothic Gnostic religion that had been suppressed by the Catholic Church, beginning with the persecution of the Cathars and ending with the destruction of the Knights Templar a century later. From 1933, Rahn lived in Berlin and his book and his continued researches into Germanic history came to the attention of Himmler. In May 1935, Rahn joined Weisthor’s staff, joining the SS less than a year later. In April 1936, he was promoted to the rank of SS-Unterscharfuhrer (NCO).

His second book, Luzifers Hofgesinde (Lucifer’s Servants), which was an account of his research trip to Iceland for the SS, was published in 1937. This was followed by four months of military service with the SS-Death’s Head Division ‘Oberbayern’ at Dachau concentration camp, after which he was allowed to pursue his writing and research full time. In February 1939, Rahn resigned from the SS for unknown reasons, and subsequently died from exposure the following month while walking on the mountains near Kufstein.


Source: Invisible Eagle and NS OCcult History, by Alan Baker

Willigut
Sunday, September 4th, 2005, 11:19 PM
I founded this data about Otto Rahn on my CD.

OTTO RAHN: Arch SS adept or New Age messenger..?

CHRONOLOGY 1904-1939

18 Feb 1904 Otto Rahn born, Michelstadt. Parents Karl & Clara (nee Hamburger)
1910-1916 Junior school at Bigen
1916-21 Secondary school at GrieBen
1922 obtains Baccalaureat
1924 obtains Bachelor in Philology and History
1930 Rahn begins his European travels (Paris, Provence, Switzerland,
Catalonia, Italy)
1931 Rahn visits French Pyrenees. Visits "Spion" in Pyrenees with Himmler and Abetz
1932 Rahn leads a Polaires expedition in Pyrenees
13.12.33 Rahn joins the German Writers Association
1934 publishes "Kreuzzug gegen Gral" (Crusade against the Grail)
1935 appointed to personal staff of Heinrich Himmler
29.2.36 Rahn joins Allgemeine-SS, member 276 208
1936 Rahn visits Iceland with 20 men
1937 publishes "Luzifers Hofgesind. Eine Reise zu denguten Gelstern Europa" (Lucifer's Court in Europe; Rahn sent back to Languedoc (Montsegur), says he will return in 1939. Time of alleged Corbieres visit?
20.4.37 promoted to sub-lieutenant (Untersturmfuhrer)
Sep-Dec1937 military service for "disciplinary reasons" at Oberbayern
Regiment, Dachau
24.1.38 Rahn's Certificate of Racial Origin requested for his SS-dossier but never materialises
11.9.38 promoted to lieutenant (Obersturmfuhrer)
end 1938 Rahn to Buchenwald for two months tour of duty
1939 Rahn invited Wiligut and Himmler to his wedding
28.2.39 submits letter of resignation to Karl Wolff
13.3.39 Rahn disappears on Wilder Kaiser, Kufstein, Tyrol
17.3.39 Rahn's resignation from SS is granted

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The early years

According to the resume which Rahn wrote for his SS entry dossier, he was born on 18 February 1904, son of Karl (tribunal officer of Mayence) and Clara(nee Hamburger) in Michelstadt in the Hesse region.

In 1910 Rahn entered junior school, firstly at Bigen on the Rhine, and then at Gieben where, in 1922, he obtained his Reifeprufung (baccalaureat). During a one year period in his early teens Rahn meditated on the protective role of the rose-thorn. The Rose has long been a symbol of eternal life and Rahn did believe that we live many lifetimes; that the last lifetime had to have a frugal, primitive quality, returning for this final earth experience to the essence of the first men.

Rahn's mother introduced him at an early age to the Grail romances and the stories of Parzival, Siegfried etc. Rahn's birthplace at Michelstadt was near Marbourg-on-Lahn, between Rhenanie and Thuringe. This whole area was impregnated in European legend. Rahn wrote: "my ancestors were pagans and my grandparents were heretics". Michelstadt is the Odenwalt: the forests of Odin, the grand god of the North, Oddhinn Alfaddir. It is here that the hero Siegfried, immortalised by Wagner, the killer of dragons in the Nibelung Saga, would be assassinated. Michel is the Christianised pagan Siegfried, hence the derivation of the name Michelstadt, the town of Michel the dragon slayer. Rahn said: "I am therefore come from a world in the orbit of the Grail. Parzifal, Siegfried and Odhinn-Wotan were my Godfathers".

A few leagues distant Marbourg is the ancient seat of the notorious
Inquisitor, Conrad, and was a centre of repression of heresy. The odour of the butchers was no less a stench in Marbourg than in the South of France. Otto Rahn believed that a number of his ancestors had been slain by Conrad and his fellow Inquisitors. He gained his Bachelor degree in 1924, following the course of the faculty ofletters and of philology, specialising in literary history of the language and romances of meridional France. Rahn's thesis was titled "to the Research of Master Kyot of Wolfram von Eschenbach" dedicated in 1929 to the author of Parzifal, to Wagner and to the troubadours.

He continued his studies at the universities of Giessen, and Fribourg in Brisgau, before deciding on a career in writing and publishing. He pursued these studies in Berlin and Heidelberg, and, from 1928, spent several years in Switzerland (where he worked in Geneva as a language teacher and translator) and France. He aspired to become a literary critic but in 1930 the effects of the economic crisis began to make itself felt throughout Germany. To survive, Otto Rahn had to content himself with taking on all sorts of menial jobs:
cinema attendant, salesman, proof-reader, translator, film extra and screen writer for the budding talking picture industry. He was 26 years old. Like Parzifal he was inspired to seek the Grail in the source of the traditional sentiment.


RAHN AND POLAIRES

In March 1932 a controversy broke out in La Depeche, which published articles about the activities of a group of Polaires (a society linked to the Theosophical Society, particularly active in France and England), who were excavating in the caves of Ussat and Ornolac. Otto Rahn was said to be the leader of this group, and suspicions were raised because of his nationality (there being much anti-German feeling at this time arising from WW1). Antonin Gadal wrote in Rahn's defence, saying that his visit had nothing to do with the Polaires, and Rahn himself subsequently wrote to the newspaper, saying that he had never heard of the Polaires before coming to the Ariege, and that he was a simply a writer interested in the Cathars.

Another enigmatic figure involved in this debate was an engineer from Bordeaux named Arnaud, who was also engaged in excavations for "Cathar treasure", although not connected with the Polaires. According to Paul Ladame it was the writer-poet, Maurice Malgre, who encouraged Rahn, at that time researching at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, to go do his research "on the ground". However, Malgre's respect and admiration for Rahn did not last, having a dig at Rahn in "La Cle des Choses Cachees" in saying that "...his book, while written with love, carries an abundance of documentation". Malgre ended up suspecting that the young German was, in truth, a spy. Perhaps Magre was convinced that the nationalist political events of the early thirties were bound to exert an influence such that even a passionate scholar and adventurer like Rahn could not resist.

However, it may be something to do with the Polaires connection that changed Magre's opinions. There are suggestions that Rahn was a Polaires member. Magre was himself a member, a joint contributor to the preface to Accomani's (Zam Botiva) Asia Mysteriosa. Later, however, Magre was to leave this group after a fracas. Before he reached this point, though, he introduced Rahn to a number of his occitan friends, including the comtesse Pujol-Murat, with whom Rahn enjoyed a deep platonic firendship, and Arthur Caussou, an old Ariegois who told Rahn the legend of Esclarmonde (literally `light of crystal') de Foix (Repanse de Joie in Parzifal). According to this legend, on the evening of the fall of Montsegur the young woman was given custody of the Grail which had been guarded by Cathar Parfaits. The handover complete,

Esclarmonde transformed herself into a dove and flew off towards the East. Magre especially wanted to introduce Rahn to Antonin Gadal, premier historian of the Syndicate of Initiative of Ussat-Ornolac. Gadal-Rahn. Master-pupil. Father-son. The young German would speak of his mentor as "Trevrizent whom I never expected to discover". Gadal's medieval hero was Galahad, in French Galaad, and he was proud that his surname was an anagram for the Grail Knight. Perhaps Malgre was simply jealous of the younger man's charm and enthusiasm.

Bernadac attempted to trace the affiliations of the Polaires. The address given in their publications was that of the Theosophical Society in Paris. However, the archives of that society, along with the archives of many other groups, were taken by the Nazis during the Occupation. According to Joseph Mandement, the Polaires were looking for traces of Christian Rosenkreutz, who they believed had passed through the area. Some recall Italian members of the group visiting Lordat as late as 1960, and an anonomous informant told Bernadac that Rahn, too, had shown a particular interest in Lordat and had returned there several times after the war.


Rahn in France

Speaking both French and the langue d'oc he made his way to the southern French Pyrenees in 1931, after having stayed a while in Paris, in Provence, in Switzerland, in Spanish Catalonia, and in Italy. It was the meagre salary he earned in Geneva teaching German and French that sustained him on these travels.

In 1931 Rahn made an extensive exploration of the Montsegur area. He explored the grottoes of the Sabarthez area, notably Ornolac and the massive cavern of Lombrives. Here was a huge chamber called by locals "the Cathedral". There was a stalagmite called "The Tomb of Hercules" and another called the "Altar". These names were those used by Eschenbach. Rahn also discovered that the chambers within Sabarthez were covered with Templar symbols, side by side with Cathar emblems. There was also a carving of a lance, a bleeding lance. This greatly excited Hitler/Himmler. Otto Rahn also fell in with an old band of boisterous Pyrenean poets ("Les Seigneurs de Belisse") who eulogised the grandeur and myths of the Ariege, and the existence of the Pyrenean Grail.

None of the youngsters in the region were interested in the myths and legends and it was Rahn who got the discussions going on hidden treasure and their proud past. The locals called him a "seducter doubled with believer, an eternal adolescent with a superhuman passion for the Grail and the Hermetic Tradition". According to the Tarascon poet Jean-Baptiste Faure-Lacaussade, who met Rahn several times in 1931, he had a "great, but disorderly intelligence" and was sometimes too much of a dreamer to make a good student, but would pursue obsessively any subject that excited his imagination. Faure-Lacaussade also recalled that Rahn said little about his childhood and youth.

Paul Ladame states that it was Rahn's love of Wagner that led him to study the work of Wolfram von Eschenbach, which in turn drew him into study of the Minnesingers and the Troubadours. Rahn asked Ladame if he would accompany him in exploring the caves around Ornolac in 1932. This was because of Ladame's experience in potholing and climbing; Rahn did not enjoy these activities and endured them as the price to pay for his researches. Ladame learned about Rahn's aims: to discover the secret of the Grail which he believed would unify Europe.

Other contacts which Rahn and Ladame made in the area included M. Arnaud (whom Rahn mistrusted), and a man known to everybody as M. Rives but whose real name, Ladame learned later, was Arthur Caussou. Paul Bernadac, grandfather of Christian Bernadac, author of "Le Mystere Otto Rahn: Du Catharisme au Nazisme" 1978, was an enthusiastic potholer with an interest in local history. Rahn accompanied him on several excursions in 1932. Paul recalled Rahn being roughed up by Joseph Mandement, President of the Syndicat d'Initiative of Tarascon-sur-Ariege, when he caught Rahn faking Cathar engravings.

According to several people, the theories in Rahn's Crusade came directly from Gadal, who published nothing himself. Many people resented Rahn's cursory acknowledgement of Gadal and his passing off of Gadal's work as his own. Gadal believed that Catharism derived from a gnostic form of Christianity - 'Johannic' - that originated in Alexandria in the early centuries AD and was brought to Spain by Mark of Memphis around the year 300. It gradually spread across the Pyrenees to the Occitan, where it flourished. 'Bogomil' missionaries arrived in the area around year 1000, found this established gnostic religion, and the fusion of the two gave rise to Catharism.

'Johannic Christianity' was based on the teachings of St John the Evangelist, and it was believed that the Cathars possessed the original version of John's Gospel. M. Arnaud was also searching for this Gospel and was apparently financed in his search by the French Theosophical Society. Arnaud believed the Gospel to be hidden at Montsegur. When Rahn asked him how he could be so specific with his information Arnaud told him he couldn't elaborate because he was part of a society that required silence from its members on these subjects.

At this time there was a widespread belief among the Languedocian aristocracry that, unlike the peasantry, they were descended from Nordic or German blood, and saw themselves as cousins of the Germans. Rene Nelli believes that, when they read Rahn's work, the Nazis saw the potential of exploiting this belief. There is a mystery concerning Rahn's finances. During his initial stays in France it was known that he had little money, but in May 1932 he suddenly paid 15,000 francs for the first year of a 9-year lease on the Hotel-Restaurant des Marroniers in Ussat-les-Bains. Among his staff Rahn struck up a particular friendship with a black barman.

Where did he obtain the funds and why did he encumber himself with this responsibility when Gadal and the elderly occultist Comtesse Pujol-Murat provided largely for his needs in France? Arnaud d'Apremont writes of excursions into the surrounding areas where Rahn is accompanied by a number of unsavoury characters, sorties whose goal seemed incompatible with serious and scholarly archaeological research.


Rahn back in Germany and the publication of his Grail Dissertation

Rahn left France in September 1932 and returned to Germany, leaving various unpaid bills. In October a petition for bankruptcy was made by Antoine Arques, owner of the hotel-restuarant. Between this event and 1935 there is very little information relating to Rahn's life, only the biographical notices in his SS file and 17 letters he wrote to Gadal. The extracts from his journal that form the basis of Lucifer announce, on 31 March 1933, his intention to voyage to 'Ultima Thule', but the only places mentioned on this itinerary are London and Copenhagen.

It has been suggested that Rahn while in France was in the secret service of Otto Abetz who headed the Dienstelle (Office) Ribbentrop in the early 1930's, engaging in espionage to influence French politics, posing as journalist and hotelier. Again, he went hungry. Rahn wrote to Gadal saying he had had to leave his watch at a bakery to buy bread; that his shoes were full of holes. However, the tide would soon turn.

In 1934, following on from his library researches and his ground studies in the Pyrenees, Rahn completed on the day of the Summer Solstice in Heidelberg Kreuzzug gegen den Graal. It was not a best seller, selling 5000 copies in Germany and as many again in France. But it touched deeply those who came to it. Rahn saw in Parzifal that the Eschenbach's heroes and were modelled after real Middle Ages personalities: Parzifal was le vicomte de Carcassone Trencavel, one of the foremost and heroic victims of the Crusade; Respanse de Joye was Esclarmonde de Foix; the mother of Trencavel Adelaide de Toulouse made a perfect Herzeloide; the hermit Trevrizent was the Cathar Bishop Guilhabert de Castres; the King Anfortas, Raimon-Roger de Foix; and Montsegur was Montsalvage. Moreover, Montsalvage is protected by a Fountain "Salvage" in which Rahn believed he recognised the intermittent fountain of Fontestorbes, a few kilometres from the Pog, Montsegur's promontory.Also, the forest around Montsalvage is called the "Briciljan" and close by Montsegur is Priscilien Wood. Rahn firmly concluded that the Fortress Castle of Montsegur was the Temple of the Grail.

Rahn associates the Cathar Church with the Church of the Grail, with the mystical group Fideles d'Amour of Dante. He believed that the Templars after their enforced dissolution found refuge in the Pyrenean caverns. Rahn wrote of the many indications that the white tunic with octagonal red cross of the Templars was to be found with the black cassocks with yellow cross of the Cathars in the dark grottos of Sabarthez.

Rahn believed that the Grail consisted of several tablets of stone engraved with runic or even pre-runic inscription. He believed that it was either one perfect emerald with 144 facets or 144 tablets of stone engraved in emerald. This emerald would have graced the Crown of Lucifer, symbolising his third eye, and which fell to earth, precisely on the Pog of Montsegur! Kreuzzug gegen Gral"is at once an erudite essay, a mystical treatise, a reverie and a chanson d'amour.

Arnaud d'Apremont wries in the preface to Luzifers Hofgesind (1937) that this, Rahn's second book, is written in more an idealogical style, vaguely racist, anti-semitic, to all appearances national-socialist. However, more perceptive critics see Rahn in a quandary, having to toe the nationalist party line,suck up to the censor, and had been unable to write the full objective and integrated text he would have liked and that he indicated the irony of his position in the book's title. The irony suggestion seems, however, unlikely as Rahn did not see Lucifer as synonomous with Satan or the Devil; to Rahn Lucifer was the Pyrenean Abellio, the Celtic Belenos, the Nordic Balder, the Greek Apollo, all luminous gods today asleep. The Cathars called this god Lucibel. These are the light bearers, an attribute that Rahn, himself, wished to be recognised for: a Lucifer. Above all else Rahn wished with all his soul to reawaken the grand European dream.

For Rahn, the Polaire, the Light came not from the East but from the North. He travelled around the ancient and sacred places of Europe: Forest of Teutoburg, scene of Arminius' victory over the Roman legions of Varus; Externsteine, site of Irminsul, sacred symbol of the Saxons; Thingveillir, place of assembly of the ancient Icelanders, and Reykholt, birthplace of Snorri Sturlusson, the Nordic Homer and author of the Edda.

The Court of Lucifer is an expedition through the "garden of roses", Rahn's affectionate term for the Kingdom of the Asgardian Elfin, Lorin, and a realm closed to non-believers or the uninitiated. Rahn dreams of a return to Thule, the primordial centre of the European Hyperboreans. He pines for a return to the Golden Age.


Rahn in the S.S

On 13 December 1933 Otto Rahn joined the German Writers Association. In his SS dossier of candidature we read that Rahn affirms himself to be "ready to defend without reservation German literature in conformity with the spirit of National Socialism". Christian Bernadac believes that Rahn had been a member of Roehm's Brown Shirts.

Around this time Rahn had a lady friend named Bricon, a collaborative of Daladier who had come to Germany to learn all about National-Socialism. Bricon's nom de guerre for her writings for "La Republique" was Etienne. Rahn saw in the 1933 New Year with her (according to a letter he wrote to Antonin Gadal). In 1934 Rahn saw in the Winter Solstice in Italy at the Albergo Alpino Plancios, Bressanone.

On 29 February 1936, Karl Wolff, SS Divisional General, wrote to the SS recuitment office to convey Himmler's personal instruction that Rahn be admitted. He was accepted into the SS on 12 March 1936, and the following month was promoted to Untersharfuhrer, joing Himmler's staff. Otto Rahn joined the Black Order the Allgemeine-SS (as distinct from the Waffen-SS, the combattant branch), member 276 208.

Paul Ladame met up with Rahn during the Winter Olympics in February 1936. According to Ladame, Rahn received a mysterious telegram while he was staying in Paris in 1933, depressed over his difficulites in raising the finances for the French publication of Crusade. The author did not state his name but praised Kreuzzug gegen den Graal and offered Rahn 1000 DM per month to write a second publication in the same vein. At the same time a sum was telegraphed to Rahn in Paris so he could settle his affairs there and return to Berlin to an address supplied. When Rahn turned up at 7 Prinz Albrechstrasse he was taken aback to discover that the secretive telegram sender was no less than Heinrich Himmler who welcomed the writer personally! Himmler organised an office and secretary for him.

Rahn's initial pleasure at his change in fortune soon gave way to worries ashe realised the nature of the regime under which he had to work and the constant scrutiny he found himself under. In December 1936 Rahn's superior was arrested, and Ladame himself (who had tried to intervene on behalf of the arrested man's wife) found he was under surveillance. It was, in fact, Rahn that was ordered to keep watch on him, but Rahn tipped his old friend off and Ladame left Berlin, which was the last time he saw Rahn. (This doesn't seem somehow to ring true. This is important because we rely largely on Ladame for details of Rahn's life).

Opinions differ on the level of Rahn's commitment to the Nazi cause. Rene Nelli and Paul Ladame believe that his work was simply too useful as propaganda for the Nazis, and was therefore co-opted in to the SS - an offer that coudn't be refused. Christian Bernadac, however, believes that Lucifer, which as we have said carries a distinct antisemitic thread, was not written under orders as some claim, but that it was based on personal and mystical exploration of the mythology of the Grail and, moreover, based on Rahn's journal kept before, during and after his time in France. Bernadac believes that, from their context, the antisemitic passages were present in the original journal.

Bernadac cites documents written by Rahn in his SS file. A note dated 23 February 1936 is headed "My combat for the Third Reich before 1933" and states that "Before the taking of power, I had written abroad...a book (The Crusade against the Grail) and articles that today represent an inheritance of the National Socialist thought..." When Bernadac asked Faure-Lacaussade whether Rahn was antisemitic he replied that he did not recall Rahn ever talking specifically about the Jews, but that he certanly held racist attitudes towards Arabs and blacks. Isabelle Sandy, writer and poet who lived at Foix in the 1930's, told Bernadac that Rahn had 'protectors' in the area but refused point-blank to name them. She said that Rahn was an admirer of Hitler but he did not regard war, especially with France, as inevitable, and that he hoped his work would lay the foundation of a Franco-German alliance.

During his visit to France in 1932, Rahn was accompanied by an individual named Nat Wolff. This person travelled on an American passport and claimed that he was on a photographic mission for the US government. In fact, according to the police files, on different occasions Wolff used two passports (giving different birth dates), and was suspected of being a German agent, eventually being the subject of an expulsion order by the Minister of the Interior. Bernadac thinks this could have been the Nazi Karl Wolff.

Wolff was one of the original members of the SS on its formation in 1926. He was given the task of cultivating individuals and groups that were sympathetic to the Nazis, initially in Germany and later abroad. He was engaged in this work until 1933 when he was returned to Germany as Himmler's personal assistant. He became chief of Himmler's personal staff in 1936, and liaison officer between Hitler and Himmler in 1937. In 1943 he was appointed head of the SS and police in Italy.

During his time with the S.S. Rahn noticed that his telephone was tapped and that he was being spied upon. He was under orders to deliver a book to Himmler by 31 October 1937 and another by in 1939. (Rahn was said to have had a godson who was seized by the S.S.). From archive documents unearthed by current German research into Otto Rahn, we know that Rahn read and lectured at the Dietrich-Eckart Club. Dietrich Eckart was the wealthy publisher and co-editor of an antisemitic journal called In Plain German. Eckart was also a commited occultist, drug addict, master of magic, and was a member of the Thule Society.

Eckart was an enormous influence on Hitler who dedicated Mein Kampf to him. In Dr Wolff Heinrichsdorf's account of one lecture we read that Rahn told his rapt audience that although the Cathars were long dead their spirit lived, and that although the representatives of Christ (Catholics) could burn men and women they were mistaken if they thought that in doing so their devotion and yearning for the teachings of Luzifer - "The Lightbringer" -would also perish. The audience saw that this spirit became alive, real and glowing in Otto Rahn, a descendant of the old troubadours. Rahn talked about his belief in a world of pure spirit for the servants of Luzifer - as opposed to the fear of hell - the negative Jehovah and the Jewish teaching. That evening's host, Kurt Eggers, closed the lecture with the greeting "Luzifer, who suffered unjustly, I salute you".

From 23 November to 21 December 1937, Rahn served obligatory military service with the Oberbayern Regiment, SS-Totenkopf division at Dachau. It appears that it was a disciplinary measure according to a letter to the Chief of Staff of the Reichsfuhrer-SS dated 28 August 1937. This memo stated that Rahn had promised to abstain from alcohol for two years, and had promised to acquit himself in his forthcoming tour of duty at Dachau for his reproachable conduct at Arolsen and which Rahn bitterly regretted. What was this shameful thing that Rahn did to earn such approbation from the S.S. authorities?

On 29 February 1938 Karl Wolff wrote an astonishing letter to the SS Office of Racial Questions, informing them that Rahn had been unable to produce a certificate of racial origin, a certificate that this letter points out had been an absolute requirement for SS membership since 1 January 1935. Wolff's letter grants Rahn one more month to meet this rule. Even so, there is nothing in Rahn's file to indicate that such a certificate was produced before his disappearance over a year later. At the end of 1938 Rahn spent two months duty at Buchenwald.


Otto Rahn and Karl Maria Wiligut-Weisthor

One of the most enigmatic personalities of the Nazi era was Karl Maria Willigut (he changed his name to Weisthor on entering the SS), born 10 December 1866 in Vienna. Willigut claimed a royal lineage, issue of a long tradition of Germanic sages, the Uiligotis of the Asa-Uana-Sippe, a link which would have conferred on him a most particular power: ancestral clairvoyant memory. His old friend Richard Anders, member of the Order of the New Temple of Jorg von Liebenfels, became an SS officer and introduced Willigut to Himmler. And so, aged 67, in September 1933, Willigut joined the ranks of the SS, rising to Brigadefuhrer, and attached to prehistoric study as head of the department of RuSHA (Rasse und Siedlungshauptamt, principal race and population bureau of the SS).

One group of the researchers grouped around Weisthor was to form the backbone of the Ahnenerbe but Weisthor, in common with many others close to him personally, never joined the Ahnenerbe which did not regard him with any seriousness. In October 1934 Weisthor became head of Section VIII, archives, of the RuSHA. Rahn made frequent visits from his home in Grunewald and got on very quickly with the much older man. From May 1935, Rahn was commissioned by civil order to join Himmler's personal office to assist Weisthor. Between them they sought to recreate a cult founded on the ancient Germanic traditions.

However, in February, Karl Wolff, chief of Himmler's office, announced to Weisthor that he should quit his duties and he was therefore officially decommissioned of his responsibilities on 28 August 1939. Nothing in Weisthor's SS dossier indicates that he failed in his duties except that the Hitler regime was replete with petty jealousies and maybe he was a target in this respect. Weisthor's section was incorporated into the Ahnenerbe. The relationship between Rahn and Weisthor was so close that in 1939 Weisthor received an invitation to Rahn's wedding, Perhaps surprisingly, Himmler was also invited. (Rahn's fiancee was called Asta Baeschlin and was born in Holtz which may be in Switzerland. At the time of Rahn's disappearance she was around 27 years of age. Details of only one other friend of Rahn's in Germany have come up in the very brief opportunities to scan Rahn's SS files. His name was Raymond Perrier and the places associated with Perrier are Muggenbrunn (Schwarzwald), Berlin, Quedlingburg, and Freiburg/Breisgau).

Himmler regarded Rahn as a very important member of the team. Himmler personally ordered one hundred copies of Luzifers Hofgesind and had one of the deluxe editions offered to Hitler. After Rahn's death, even with his hands full with the war and despite the paper shortages, Himmler had an additional one thousand copies printed. Rahn seemed to incarnate the highest ideals of the SS in Himmler's regard, representing a savoir-faire founded in the most fundamental knowledge of the old traditions.

Working with Karl Maria Wiligut-Weisthor, Rahn received in 1936 his next assignment which was to visit Iceland. Rahn with twenty comrades visited Lake Laugarvatn. He spent the summer solstice in Reykholt, the birthplace of Snorri Sturlusson, the Nordic Homer, author of the Edda. He searched for evidence of Hyperborea.

In 1937 he was sent back to Languedoc for reasons never clarified. He stayed brief time in Montsegur and then left saying he would be back in 1939. This wasn't to be. Was this 1937 trip the time when Rahn is said to have visited the Corbieres near Rennes-le-Chateau, an expedition connected with the "forbidden merchandise" in search of which the Otto Skorzeny's Das Reich team massacred the inhabitants of Oradour-sur-Glame in 1944?


Rahn's Disappearance

Current critical opinion (certainly in France) is that it is incontestable that Rahn was a Nazi. However, there is still a lot of conjecture about Rahn's supposed Jewishness. The writer E. Mila says that Rahn's Jewish status is irrefutable. Rahn's mother was Clara Margaret Hamburger and his grandfather was Simeon Hamburger, a name form frequently used by central European Jews. His maternal grandmother, Lea Cucer, was equally Jewish. Cucer comes from Cocer, a name of profession widely used by Jews of central Europe. If he was Jewish, Rahn was far from being the only Jew in National Socialism eg Frederic Heilscher and Martin Buber; also the Ahnenerbe chief Wolfram Sievers.

Rahn began to talk freely. He opposed the coming war, believing instead that Germany and Europe should be transformed into a race of "Pure Ones" or Cathars. On February 28 1939 Rahn submitted his letter of resignation from the SS to Gruppenfuhrer Karl Wolff writing: "Unfortunately, I must ask you to intervene with the Reichsfuhrer SS (Himmler) for my immediate discharge from the SS. The reasons that have led me to this resolution, this decision, are of so grave a nature that I can only explain them to you orally".

Rahn was dismissed from the SS on 17 March 1939, four days after his death. On May 18 1939 "Volkischer Beobachter" published Rahn's obituary signed WOLFF, SS-Gruppenfuhrer: "Due to a mountain snowstorm, last March, SS-Obersturmfuhrer Otto Rahn tragically lost his life. We weep for our late comrade, an honest SS man and an excellent author of historical and scientific works."

On 17 July Rahn's father wrote to a writers' association, of which Rahn was a member, informing them that his son had died in a snowstorm at Ruffheim on 13 March 1939. In February 1939 Wiligut-Weisthor retired from the SS on grounds of age and ill-health. On 13 November 1939 a dossier de liquidation comprising Rahn's research files, was sent from Himmler's office to the chief of SS personnel.

The final sentence reads: "The decision concerning the former Brigadier General Weisthor is pending". There is apparently fragmentary evidence that Rahn tried to save his life by requesting that he live out his days in the Pyrenees. The proposition is that this was refused and he was left with the options of death by suicide or by execution. On March 13 1939 Rahn disappeared. Prior to his disappearance he told friends in Fribourg that he had been "denounced".

Some say Rahn committed suicide but why would he have taken this course? He was working on a number of projects: a book on Conrad of Marbourg (as stated in Kreuzzug gegen Gral), Promethius Unbound (sequel to Luzifers Hofgesind), According to God and to Right (a book for the French, according to Rahn's SS dossier), Laurin (a novel as per Rahn's letter to Gadal of 14.7.34) and Montsalvat and Golgotha (per letter to Weisthor 27.9.35). In addition he was preparing a grand novel "Sebastian", a 2000 page manuscript that he had been working on for several years. Rahn had told Himmler he would work at his cottage in the Black Forest. That would also improve his bronchial catarrh. (A thought: are Lorin and Sebastian the same draft work?).

The mountain on which Rahn died, the Wilder Kaiser, is somparatively low and it is rare to find life-threatening conditions there. (However, it is 40 km from Hitler's 'eagle's nest' at Berchtesgaden, and was in the defensive zone surrounding it.) There were said by many to be no traces of Rahn's body, neither at the civic facilities at Kufstein nor at Michelstadt. There is no known tomb. Others, such as Otto Vogelsang, editor of Kreuzzug gegen Gral , believe Rahn to be buried at Mayence, giving the date of death as 10 May 1939 and interrment on 20 May. Vogelsang had dined with Rahn a few days before his death and had found Rahn to be happy and confident about the future.

An Austrian author, Kadmon, relates that while walking towards the Totenkirchl, a promontory of the Wilderkaiser where, traditionally, war victims had come to commit suicide, he met an old man who told him that in 1939, while out climbing, he had come across Rahn's search party. The old man pointed to a small hill surrounded by saplings and told Kadmon that it was the place where the searchers had found the young man's body. There was no markings, nothing to indicate the scene. The man said that the group had searched for several days before finding in the falling snow a body. The back of the head and the shoulders were buried in the snow. He said there was something "sacred, the saintliness of a hermit, of a sage. The face displayed a great gentleness and softness; there was no sign of agony."

In "Luzifers Hofgesind" Rahn writes: "To open the Kingdom of Lucifer, you must equip yourself with a Dietrich (skeleton-key)...I carry with me the key". Compare Dietrich also to Sepp Dietrich, commandant of the Liebstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, of which Rahn was also said to have been a member. On 13 November 1939 a confidential note containing appendices on Otto Rahn was sent to SS Gruppenfuhrer Schmitt at the office of the Chief of Staff SS:

APPENDIX 1 said that Rahn had been receiving a Captain's pay ever since he had been a Lieutenant.

APPENDIX 4 said that Rahn had been "decorated" with the "Jultenchter", the Candlestick of the Winter Solstice, which certified the spirit of the SS and its nordic renewal. This was an exceptional measure for Rahn as the Jultenchter was exclusively reserved for couples and families.

APPENDIX 5 said that Rahn had stayed at one time in one of the fourteen houses of the Lebensborn Association, dedicated to racial purity. This was a commitment to prove that one had handed over one's life to Himmler as an "homme de la SS" (Himmler's Order).


Bernadac compares Rahn's obituary to those of 11 other SS officers who dies around the same period. In every other case the notice was signed by their family - only Rahn's is written and signed by Karl Wolff. In none of the other 11 examples is the press notice included in the officer's SS file - only in Rahn's case. In 8 of the other cases, what is included are the legal proceedings, inquest details etc - but they are not found on Rahn's file.

Why was the letter from Rahn's father in the SS file? Stranger still, the letter is signed R. Rahn - his father's name was Karl. And the letter ends "Heil Hitler", which was usually only used by Party members. Bernadac found that no notice of death had been received by the town council of Michelstadt, Rahn's place of birth. The normal procedure was to send a notice within 30 days, and this rule was strictly applied even for soldiers dying in combat. Rahn's father was a civil servant, and would have known this rule. And there is nothing on record concerning Rahn's inheritance, which would have included royalties from his books.

Bernadac and a fellow-researcher also went to Kufstein, the nearest town to the Wilder Kaiser. The mayor of the time remembered nothing of the discovery of the body, and there is nothing in the town's archives concerning the event. They were unable to find any records in any of the relevant towns concerning the death, recovery of the body or inquest.


OTTO RAHN AND RUDOLF RAHN: the links

Christian Bernadac advances the theory that Otto Rahn and Rudolph Rahn, Germany's ambassador to Italy in WW2 were, in reality one and the same person, the subject of a carefully conceived cover-up within the higher echelons of the Nazi regime. In April 1941 a German diplomat was sent to Beirut, with a pro-German Frenchman named Guerard, to handle the delivery of arms to rebels in Iraq. The diplomat, chosen because of his excellent command of French and knowledge of the country, was Rudolph Rahn. He was the advisor to Abetz, the German ambassador to France, and subsequently became Nazi Germany's last ambassador to Rome. However, in both the memoirs of Jeanne de Schoutheete (the wife of the Belgian diplomat in the Lebanon) and Henri Seyrig (director of the Institut Francais in Beirut), he appears under the name Otto Rahn.

There are some correspondences in respect of this theory that are worth looking at. On 23 February 1944 someone repaid an outstanding loan from Himmler's "black fund" to Otto Rahn in the sum of DM 5471, about £3000 in today's money. Who would think this necessary five years after the Rahn's death? Rudolph Rahn's Certificate of Aryanisation was missing from his file, a curious coincidence bearing in mind Otto Rahn's missing certificate of racial origin.

Otto Rahn and Rudolph Rahn employed the same secretary , the former in 1932, calling her Tita, the latter in 1943 in Rome. Otto Rahn at one time wrote to Gadal saying that his secretary was "indispensible". Rudolph Rahn said he was often called or liked to be called Otto in memory of his brother who died in infancy in 1904 aged 3. Rudolph was born 16 March 1900 at Ulm.

During his mission in the Middle East, Rudolph also went under the name of Robert Renouard. He explained to Mme Schoutheete that he chosen the name Raynouard (his initial choice, he told her, was Renoir) after a 19th-century Provencal writer, but that his superior officer had mistakenly spelt this as 'Renouard' on his papers. Otto Rahn was in a rush to leave the Hotel des Marronniers at Ussat, and in his hurry he left behind in his bedside cabinet a book of occitan poems translated by Raynourd.

In his memoirs Rudolph Rahn writes of his mystical "jeu d'images" phenomenon he experienced as a young child. He had the "gift" as it were. He said it was always at his shoulder, impossible to escape from. He could foretell coming events. His phantoms often took the form of numbers. He could visualise numbers and geometric lines to form pathways to locate missing objects, the numbers being footprints and the lines the direction to take to find the missing item.

These memoirs have several identical elements to Otto Rahn's own writings. For example, Otto in Lucifer writes: "Soon, my little alarm clock will ring seven times. In two hours it will be night...". In Rudolph Rahn's autobiograhy Vie Sans Repos (thought: why did Rudolph call it: Life without Rest?) writes: "The clock rings two chimes first, seven after..."

In Vie San Repos we read that after attending University (Berlin and Heidelberg - also attended by Otto), Rudolph, like Otto, lived in Geneva where he worked as a teacher and translator. Here he met an elderly spinster, who took him to Provence. Strangely, he does not name this benefactor, who Bernadac thinks is reminiscent of the Comtesse Pujol-Murat. Rudolph Rahn was Germany's ambassador to Italy in the final days of the war. Karl Wolff at this time was head of the German military in Italy. Bernadac showed photos of Rudolph Rahn to Paul Ladame, and photos of Otto Rahn to Jeanne de Schoutheete. Both said there were certain resemblances.


RAHN'S ALLEGED PRE-CONNECTION WITH THE 1944 MASSACRE OF ORADOUR-SUR-GLAME

Robin Mackness has written a book called: "Oradour: Massacre and Aftermath" published by Bloomsbury Books. Oradour-sur-Glame was a small village in the Limoges area that was visited by Otto Skorzeny's crack SS team: the Das Reich in 1944. The SS made a house-to-house search; they were apparently looking for gold but also for "forbidden merchandise", said to be documents/archives of some description.

Whether the SS found anything is not clear but they concluded their visit by massacring the village; there were apparently two survivors. An SS contingent, led by Skorzeny, then went to the Corbieres, the arid region around Rennes-le-Chateau and searched the mountains and caves. It has been suggested that Otto Rahn made a previous visit to the Corbieres in the 1930's and this visit was also connected with the "forbidden merchandise".

According to a letter recently received from France by the UK Rennes group, whose members are verifying the convenance of the letter and its author, the merchandise concerns some occult documents, apparently stolen from Hector Dagobert in the Napoleonic era by `Chef Dubien'. This member of the Dagobert family is said to be the real identity of le Comte de St Germain. Dubien was a member of the Philadelphus Society and it was he who introduced Alfred Sauniere to aristocratic circles. The inference is that Dagobert's documents and the "forbidden merchandise" are one and the same.

According to Preston Nicholls and Peter Moon, authors of the Montauk series, a remarkable event was said to have happened in Germany in 1923: a massive time travel experiment which involved the Nazis. Key members of the Thule group collaborated with Alisteir Crowley's Lodge, the Astrum Argentinium (Order of the Silver Star of Illuminati) and a hybrid project was created called the Phisummum. This project and the purpose of the secret order behind it, the Order of the Black Sun, was time travel. Elizabeth van Buren has called WW2 a War of Time. The Black sun stood for the centre of the galaxy.

In project Phisummum the Order of the Black Sun wanted to retrieve the Holy Grail from a past century and put it into the hands of the groomer of the Antichrist. Sex magic was employed and the Spear of Longinus was supposedly used as a magical power source. A small but distorted time window was created and all involved began to feel the overwhelming power building up.

Later in the year Dietrich Eckart died and his successors made a botch of things and created a time rift which rippled forward to Philadelphia 12 August 1943 and to several other points in time. Is there some kind of weird synchronicity between the Philadelphus Society and the Philadelphia experiment? Preston/Nicholls go on to say that in 1939 the most adventurous Ahnenerbe experiment was set up: the harnessing of all natural and supernatural forces from modern technology to medieval black magic; from the teachings of Pythagoras to the Faustial pentagram incantation. If true was this a decisive turning point for Rahn when he consequently sought his immediate dismissal?


THE DOORWAY/HOLE/POLAR THEME

Joscelyn Godwin writes at length in "Arktos" about the Spriritual Pole and the experience of mystical ascent to it. The mystic Persian theosophers did not situate their "Orient" towards the East but in the direction to the North, beyond the north. There is a darkness around this pole which corresponds to the shroud around one's individual spritual centre. Through self-discipline the initiate can make a Pilgrimage to this Polar Orient that is not found on maps. The Pole is also a mountain, called in Iranian lore Mount Qaf, whose ascent, like Dante's climbing of the Mountain of Purgatory, represents the individual's progress through spiritual states. The Mountain of Qaf is the Sphere of Spheres surrounding the totality of the visible cosmos; an emerald rock is the keystone of this celestial vault, the pole.

Of course, the mountain is not a physical geographical entity because it is an allegory for individual spiritual ascent. It can be symbolized, therefore, by any place on the earth but there are earthly topographies which do have a power of which men and women may avail themselves in their Quest for enlightenment. Montsegur is clearly one such place; Pic de Canigou is another.

There is abundant hollow earth literature on green lights, green children etc. Najm Kobra speaks of green as the colour of the pole. The pilgrim at first finds himself in a deep well and then he is suddenly illuminated by an extraordinary green light that at first shines at the mouth, then, in the course of the ascent, suffuses the whole of the well so that one is travelling up a luminous shaft "of green light because it has become the place to which desend the Angels and the divine Compassion".

There is an old legend that Rahn recounts in "Crusade" that is very apposite. He writes of an ancient lake "entre Montsegur et la cime du Thabor". It is a lake of dark (green) waters surrounded by sheer cliff walls. It is the Lake of the Trouts (note that TROUTS contains the word OURS=bear) or the Lake of Sins. It is situated between the mountain of Saint Bartholomew (opposite Montsegur and known locally as Thabor) and the Pic de Soularac (Saint Bartholomew's twin summet).

It is the lake where the druids threw gold, silver and precious stones in a time before Jesus. This treasure was said to be the fabled treasure of the Temple of Delphi. In 279 BCE, Brennus, the Celtic chief led two hundred thousand soldiers into Greece to raid this treasure. On the point of victory at Parnassus, a series of natural calamities: lightning storms, falling rocks, hail stones and heavy snow assailed the Brennus' troops causing mass slayings of the beseigers.

The Oracle told the townsfolk of Delphi that Apollo would not let allow them to suffer distress. However, some accounts say that the Celts were finally victorious, stole the treasure and brought it to Toulouse (Tolosa), but because of the nature of its procurement the booty was cursed. Celtic settlers in the Montsegur area began dying in numbers of an inexplicable ailment. A man healthy in the morning could be dead by nightfall. Never before had such a malady struck in the mountains. The druids divined by the flight of the birds that the people would never get well unless the treasure was diposed of and they advised the mountain folk to throw away the Delphian spoils as gifts for the subterranean divinities, mistresses of life and death. On chariots drawn on stone wheels, the mountain people brought their riches to the lake and plunged them in the fathomless depths. Then the druids traced a magical circle around the pond.

Immediately, all the fish perished and the waters, once green, became black. At this moment the people were cured of their terrible affliction. The legend says that all the gold and silver will belong to he who can break the magic circle. But, it warns, as soon as the finder touches these treasures he will succumb to the same malady as the old mountain-folk (and presumably perish).

This mysterious lake in the Pyrenees, and the lake of the Grail of Wolfram von Eschenbach: are they one and the same...? Rahn writes also that a part of the Treasure of Solomon, the "Table of Solomon", was brought to Carcassone by the Visigoths in 410. Spanish
romances say that this Table was hidden in the magical grotto of Hercules in the Pyrenees.

The gold of Tolosa has echoes of La Toison d'Or: the Golden Fleece, and of the legend of Hercules. Hercules, after having skinned the cattle of Geryon, seduced the daughter of Bebryx, Pyrene. He then abandoned her. Pyrene, fearing the wrath of her father, fled but was met by wild beasts. In desperation Pyrene called out to Hercules but he arrived too late. She was dead. His lamentations reverberate around the grottos and caverns to the echo of the name Pyrene, such is how the range got its name. The name of Pyrene will never perish because always the mountains will carry it.

In the Argonauts' epic adventures the Golden Fleece was hung upon a sacred oak, nature symbol of the Druids,a group so bound up in the history of the Pyrenees and the development of the Cathar faith and beliefs. Rahn posits that the Cathars were a scion of earlier Druidism converted to Christianity by missionary Manicheans.

As in Ireland, Druidism was able to maintain itself well into the progress of Christianity in the Pyrenees. The druid Vates were the astrologers, seers and healers; the Bardes were the poets and singers. They were guardians of dualist mysteries that we cannot fathom because they were transmitted orally from master to pupil.

TOISON D'OR = IN OT(T)O'S DO(O)R. In medieval times the Philosophers Stone was also called la Toison d'Or. Wolfram von Eschenbach had Parsifal looking for a stone, the Lapsit exillis (Lapis ex coelis), the "Desire of Paradise".

For those on the path, the joys of paradise are to be found in the stars, the grandeur of the firmament, transmuting nature's power within one's spirit-self and creating a state of grace and balance. This is the essence of alchemic endeavour. It was not gold the old alchemists wished to find but God within. The possession of the Golden Fleece hoisted the Argonauts towards the stars. Hercules prepared himself to become one with God, to take his place in the constellations between the Lyre, the Crown, between Castor and Pollux. The good ship "Argo" which had brought the precious relic across the sea was transported to the Milky Way to join its sister stars in celebrating the infinite luminescence of God in the Heavens.

The Argonauts were Hyperboreans. The inhabitants of Crotona in the sixth century BCE made out that Pythagoras was no other than Apollo reborn, arrived from Hyperborea to announce to mankind a new doctrine of hope and welcome. Later, Cicero saw that druidic doctrine, which included a belief in eternal life and the transmigration of souls, was Pythagorean in origin but a meld also of natural sciences and of Hindu and Babylonian affinities. The druids taught that the earth and all that grows and walks upon it is a creation of
the God of Death, Dispater. The immortal souls was obliged to migrate from existence to existence to eventually purify itself and reconnect with its divine essence and enter the world of pure spirit. The druids' God was Belenus or Belis. This God was Apollon-Abelio, God and the Light. Dispater was the latinised name of the Prince of Darkness, Pluto, sovereign of pale souls, of the dead, and guardian of all hidden treasures. The druids held earthly treasures to no account and it was on their order, as we have seen, hat the gold of Tolosa was thrown into the lake.

Returning to the "green" theme, Iranian philosophers refer continually to this colour: emerald rocks, giving access to emerald cities, and to the Green Island where the hidden Imam lives (compare with this with Avalon or the Island of Apples, the resting place of Arthur). All these seem to be transcripts of the same visio smaragdina (emerald vision). The cosmology of Hermes Trismegistus was written on an emerald tablet. The Taoist designation for the Pole Star is the Pivot of Jade, a green stone.

Metaphyicians teach that green is the colour of the Philosophic Bridge; that once a person has reached a point in his earth-plane completion cycle when he is going beyond religion, asking questions on why, what, where and how (Parzifal found that the Grail castle disappeared because he did not have the wit to ask the question), then the aura takes on a beautiful emerald hue. The image of the Jade Pivot fits this Bridge concept perfectly. It is green because it is the colour of nature and it is in nature that we begin to perceive an appreciation of the beauty within. This is our Grail and Otto Rahn knew this, too.

In Parzifal the Grail is a stone. The human heart is often compared to stone when it is unfeeling and perhaps it also resembles this inanimate state before it is enlivened by the passion of Quest. When a person's inner nature is at one with outer nature it is an emerald illumination, a Jade Pivot. From that moment on there is no going back; to borrow from Castenada, there is no retun to Ixtlan once the question has been asked: Who Am I? It is then that the heart, whose chakra colour is green, transmutes from simple stone i.e. simple flesh and blood, to an altogether higher quality of creation. It is that alchemical process which demarcates a major signpost along the mountain trail of the Grail Quest.


LES VEILLEURS/AFFRANCHIS

Rene Schwaller, 1887-1961, organized in 1919 his Theosophical companions in Paris into a group called L'Affranchis. This group renamed itself in July of that year as Les Veilleurs. The Affranchis/Veilleurs split themselves into two groups: the "Centre Apostolique" which was Theosophical in nature, and the Mystic Group Tala translated as the `link'. The young Rudolf Hess was a member of the Veilleurs.

Another member of this group was Oscar Vladislav de Lubicz Milozz (1877-1939). He wrote a journal for the group called "La Revue Baltique" where we read of the myth of Aryan origins on the Amber Coast of the Baltic Sea. It is not clear what connection, if any, exists between Les Veilleurs and Otto Rahn and needs further investigation.


Is there a Tibetan connection?

The Russians came across about one thousand Tibetan corpses in the eastern sector of Berlin in 1945 dressed in German army uniforms bereft of any insignia of rank. According to Pauwels and Bergier, a small trans-Himalyan colony was established in Berlin and Munich in 1926. One of its members, a Tibetan monk known as the "man with the green gloves", was said to have "possessed the keys to the kingdom of Agarthi". This monk took a keen interest in the growing Nazi movement and gained notoriety by accurately predicting how many party members would win seats in the Reichstag. Hitler consulted with him regularly.

Alongside the state religion of Lamaism was Tibet's aboriginal religion of Bon. The Bon-pas followed a primitive, animalistic creed full of dark rituals and spells. The Bon-pas priests had a reputation among the common people as magicians. They were atavistic dark occultists. The Thule group believed in an esoteric history of mankind and believed that knowledge of this was preserved in Tibetan monastary archives. The Nazis began to organise expeditions to Tibet when sufficient funds built up and these succeeded without interruption up to 1943.

A little before 1880 a young lama arrived in Lhasa. He had been born in Azochozki, on the shore of Lake Baikal in Siberia, of the Mongolian Buriat race. In Tibet he was known as Comang Lobzang, later called Khende-chega and later still Tsannyis Khan-po. Also known as Ngaku-wang-dorje and Akohwan Darjilikoff. In Russia he was known as Hambro Akvan Dorzhieff or Dorjieff. This latter name is a Russian verion of the Tibetan word for thunderbolt.

On his arrival in Tibet as a young man he entered the Drepung monastery. After years of study he became professor of metaphysics. In 1898 he was sent back to Russia. He made futher trips back and forth and returned towards the end of 1901 with a draft treaty between Tibet and Russia. The British invaded Tibet in December 1904. Dorjieff disappeared but evidence that he returned to Tibet and was visited there by Karl Haushofer in 1903, 1905, 1906, 1907 and 1908. Haushofer went on to found the Thule group, which was moulded on similar esoteric Tibetan groups, studying the Stanzas of Dzyan, the cornerstone of Blavatsky's "Secret Doctrine".

Haushofer also founded the Vril Society based on the Bulmer-Lytton's "The Coming Race" published in the late 1800's. There is a body of opinion that Haushofer initiated Hitler into the rites and secrets of the Japanese Zen Green Dragon Society. Notwithstanding Haushofer's role in its establishment, the Thule Gesellschaft had its origins in the Germanenorden conference held at Thale in the Harz Mountains, Pentecost, 1914. Out of this conference was born the Geheimbund (the "secret band"). Most of the original Thule group were Catholic, but several had Jewish origins.

The group practised a form of divination using a special Tibetan `Tarot' pack, used also to keep contact with the secret master, the King of Fear. Brennan suggests that this "King" was Gurdjieff. Both Gurdjieff and Aliester Crowley are believed to have sought contact with Hitler. By the 1920's when the Thule group was formed Dorjieff was living in France. He was then known as George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff. He died in 1949 aged 103 years. Stalin had been a fellow student of Gurdjieff's in the Seminary at Alexandropol.

From 1907-10, Haushofer lived mostly in Japan where he was initiated into the Green Dragon Buddhist society. It is possible that Rasputin was also a member of this society for its lodges fringed Russia. He gave a gift to the Tsarina of a pair of small emerald green dragons, the Order's insignia, which was discovered to have been sewn into her dress in 1918.

Alexandra, the last Tsarina, inscribed the left-hand swastika with the date 1918 on the wall of her prison quarters at Ekaterinburg where she was subsequently murdered. Her doctor, Badmaiell, was a practitioner of Tibetan medicine. The Tsarina also used the swastika as a secret sign of recognition in her correspondence. The swastika was also used by Russian monarchists who, after defeat of Germany in WW1, allied with General Ludendorff's entourage as protector to Hitler.

Dietrich Bronder published "Bevor Hitler Kam" in 1964. He wrote of the SS expedition to Tibet set up with the express purpose of establishing a radio link between the Third Reich and the lamas. The `Stanzas of Dyan' were used as the code for all messages between Berlin and Lhasa during the war. In Wilhelm Landig's "Gotzen gegen Thule", 1971, we read the fictional account of two Nazi airmen named Recke and Reimer finding sanctuary in a secret base in Arctic Canada called Point 103. Its symbol is the Black Sun. Its number is 666. Consider this with link to Crowley and the material the Montauk volumes.


A FLEETING THOUGHT

If, as I believe, Otto Rahn survived his "death", indeed lived through the war, does this place hold a clue to his fate....?


OTTO RAHN BIBLIOGRAPHY

"Le Mystere Otto Rahn" Christian Bernadac
"The Grail Legend" Emma Jung
"The Return of Arthur Conan Doyle" edited by Ivan Cooke
"The Occult and the Third Reich" Jean-Michel Angebert
"Nazis and the Occult" Dee Sklar
"Trail of the Serpent" Stoddard
"The Dawn of the Magicians" Pauwels & Bergier
"The Lost World of Agarthi" Alec McClelland
"Le Croisade Contre le Graal" Otto Rahn
"Genisis: the First Book of Revelations" David Wood
"Geneset: Target Earth" David Wood & Ian Campbell
"Hitler and the Age of Horus" Gerald Shuster
"La Cour de Lucifer" Otto Rahn
"Emerald Cup-Ark of Gold" Col. Howard Buechner
"The Order of the S.S." Frederic Reider
"Arktos: the Polar Myth" Joscelyn Godwin
"Montauk Project: Experiments in Time" Preston Nicholls & Peter Moon
"Montauk Revisited" Nicholls/Moon
"Pyramids of Montauk: Experiments in Consciousness" Nicholls/Moon
"The Occult Roots of Nazism" Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
"Die Welt" article: `the Double Rahn & the Holy Grail' 12 May 1979
"Storm Troopers of Satan" Michael Fitzgerald
"Hitler's Secret Sciences" Nigel Pennick
"The Occult Reich" H. Brennan
"The Spear of Destiny" Trevor Ravenscroft
"The Berkut" Joseph Heywood
"Jules Verne: Initie et Initiateur" Michel Lamy
excerpt from "The Magi of the North" James Webb

Ahnenerbe
Wednesday, October 26th, 2005, 08:03 PM
The Invisible Eagle: NS Occult History

ogenoct
Thursday, March 2nd, 2006, 10:46 AM
SS-MANN OTTO RAHN

by Constantin von Hoffmeister


Per Aspera Ad Astra

The Racist Left: Biological racism should be the most important part of any theory of identity. Races create cultures and traditions. Without race-specific world views there would be no tradition. Every tradition corresponds to the drive of a race soul to express and glorify itself. The foremost philosopher of National Socialism, Alfred Rosenberg (not a Jew!), realized this very well when he argued that "the character of today's world revolution lies in the awakening of the racial types." Racial war is an integral part of the natural process of selection and evolution. That some races are worth more than others is therefore obvious. Not too much value should be placed on the idea of a so-called "spiritual" race as an undiluted materialist outlook is the only outlook that accepts the reality of the present, the past and the future. A rock from Mars is worth more than a hundred books on transcending the differences in archetypes. This is not only true because there is not one ancient archetype at the root of the archetypes known today. The archetypes were always many, but only one archetype is worthy of worship.

Islam is clearly an enemy of European civilization because it cannot accept that the Enlightenment was a universal revolution that is also applicable to itself. This is why the Muslims cry because of some harmless cartoons. Muslims are simply ridiculous. Islam should be suppressed. One should have absolutely no respect for "Islamic republics" as they are a reflection of a stupid and barbaric world view. Better into a bordello than into a mosque! The Muslims want to conquer and crush what does not fit their narrow outlook on the world. As an expression of a people's collective psyche, Islam is the exact opposite of the European Enlightenment. Muslims live in the sand and in the past and will never be able to build a space shuttle and colonize space. Halal heartlessness: Muslims torture animals in the name of religious cleanliness. They let the animals slowly bleed to death so that they can feel rinsed and pure. A people's level of civilization can be ascertained by the way it treats its animals.

Only the ideas of the (imaginarily) Eurocentric French Revolution can give salvation to the Aryan race. Cheers to the Jacobins, the prophets of the pan-European mass idea! French revolutionary Louis Antoine de Saint-Just and German revolutionary Heinrich Himmler were both avatars of the same god of vengeance. While the former implemented measures to do away with the "noble" beasts of sloth, the latter organized a smooth-running camp system to concentrate (and thereby keep away from the healthy host nations) the hook-nosed parasites. Concerning the French King, Saint-Just argued that it was not possible to rule innocently. Concerning the hook-nosed parasites, Himmler argued that not being ruled at all was better than being ruled by them. Both Saint-Just and Himmler were cruel and swift in their methods, both signs that time could not be wasted and methods not restrained in their respective centuries, just as time is precious and radical methods wanted in our century. Unfortunately, time travel is not possible yet.

Dr. Josef Mengele, working at Auschwitz, trying to make gold out of excrement (brown to blue, black to blond), was called the "Angel of Death." Saint-Just, working in Paris, helping in letting sublime terror reign to establish order, was called the "Angel of Death." Both Mengele and Saint-Just were human beings of a higher type. They were overmen in a world of filth! Mengele, with his praiseworthy desire to create biological nobility where nature had failed, was (and still is) beyond the reach of moralizing jabberwocky-utterers. Saint-Just, his youthful beauty consumed with lust and anger, has been, is and will be admired as one of the men of action (never to shy away from sacrifice, blood and sadistic deeds) that the West once needed to give itself an enema. An enema is needed now but hardly any men of Saint-Just's caliber are here, ready and willing to administer it. A healthy dose of spite, rage and disgust must be fomented within the hearts of all pitch-black-clad men of honor. The goal is to reach again the heights of pleasure gained from giving enough pain, horror and remorse.

The idolized (after the fact of historical presence in the past) Red Army was the army of liberation from the yoke of superstition in the guise of religiosity. It was not the goateed devil that persecuted the followers of Christ, but Loki that led the people back into Odin's bosom through implementing measures necessary for a people used to sheepish ways. "Gulag! Gulag! Gulag!" This mantra should remind all good-natured fellows of the agenda that saved the East.

Did SS-Mann Otto Rahn find the Holy Grail? The Holy Grail is the essence of the four corners of the Abraxi's world. We venerate the Abraxi because their world is a reflection of our deep longing and desire to become one with the creator gods (multiple, wise, adamant-willed and attributed with attached arms of radioactive rays - the armor cold and dripping acid). The intricacies of the new inquisition reveal the desperate dark doctors that performed hideous cruel experiments on the filthy rabid dogs that howled at the wrong time and in the wrong place. The new inquisition puts the doctors to the test. If they sink, they will die. If they float, they will die. If they think, they will die. If they gloat, they will die.

From Colonel Kurtz' letter to the National Anarchist German Non-Workers' Party: "If I slash a cow, can I call it beef? Belly? I don't have a belly. I have a box where my intestines are put to rest."

And here they plucked it.

Taras Bulba
Friday, March 3rd, 2006, 05:08 PM
The Racist Left:

Never heard of that concept before, although I did have a recent post on my blog about Liberal racism. Basically Liberalism holds many cultures and races in utter contempt and that in the name of human rights they must be "civilized". In the 19th century they directed this attitude towards what we now call the Third World. Nowadays, they directed the same basic attitude at us Europeans.



Biological racism should be the most important part of any theory of identity. Races create cultures and traditions. Without race-specific world views there would be no tradition. Every tradition corresponds to the drive of a race soul to express and glorify itself.

I dont agree with this. And I tried to express my views on the matter at Original Dissent:

http://www.originaldissent.com/forums/showpost.php?p=136411&postcount=8

Trying to impose a biological thing like race with certain cultural and spiritual concepts and identities is absurd, as GK Chesterton explained in his article "the Heresy of Race", it's "anthropology gone mad"!

Race is built on genes, ethnicities/nations on the other hand are built on blood and kinship. The two concepts are not the same when examined closely. Concepts of blood and kinship are ancient concepts found throughout time, long before genes were even discovered. Yet to point this out to people like the TOQ is usually replied with knee-jerk remarks about how we "deny race" or bowing to cultural Marxism or whatnot.

Here's an interesting read by a neo-Confederate about the differences between Race and ethnicity(at least from a Christian perspective) to get a better idea of where Im coming from:
http://www.mindspring.com/~dennisw/articles/nations/1.htm

Namely that the racialism advocated by TOQ is grounded more in Social-Darwinism(which at most go back to the 19th century) wheras the one adovcated by the likes of me is grounded in Christian principles(which are based on more ancient principles).
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To paraphrase the last sentence of Chesterton's "the Heresy of Race"; the nationalism of TOQ is based on "the prehistoric" while my Catholic sense of it is based on "the historic". Im sorry but I refuse to support nationalism based on Social-Darwinism.

Gothmog
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 07:05 PM
There's an interesting interview at VOXNR.com (http://www.voxnr.com/cc/d_allemagne/EEuyuFkpEyzamvAeLy.shtml) with Gabriele Winckler-Dechend, former aide of Wiligut, which actually sheds some light onto this obscure subject. For instance, according to her, Otto Rahn was given a chance by Himmler to clean his and the hole SS honor by committing suicide, after receiving three reprimands for his homosexual activities, thus confirming the official story. Also according to her, Wiligut fell into disgrace because of his drinking problem.

Chlodovech
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 08:29 PM
Rahn's daughter believes he comitted suicide through catharsis, the ritual way of the cathars to rob yourself from your life. I saw her testimony in a 'The Holy Grail' documentary.

I find her story quite believable, more so than the rumor about Rahn being killed...

I found this on him being a jew or a homosexual:

Otto Rahn fell into disgrace with the Nazi hierarchy in 1937 and for disciplinary reasons was assigned a tour of duty at the SS run Dachau concentration camp. In the winter of 1938/39 he wrote to the SS Reichsfuhrer requesting immediate dismissal from the SS. Rumors abound concerning Otto Rahn's departure from the Nazi SS. Some claim that he was a homosexual or of Jewish descent, but evidence is lacking. A few months later he was dead. - Source (http://wwwhow2dieshortstories.blogspot.com/2005/12/julias-journey.htm)

Mjölnir
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 08:32 PM
Otto Rahn SS Mann and Gral's Suchbeauftragter

Off: Arfst wagner: A history of the holy Gral in 20. Century in: Nationalokkultismus part of 1 in: Flensburger of numbers 4/93


A that, which were promoted by Heinrich Himmler, the German literature and historical scientist were petrol Rahn. This was in certain respects a very multilayered personality. Its book "Crusade against the Gral" (1933) becomes also today still estimated from many. This book has, that is clearly said, only for that a fascist basic tendency, that always, if the word Gral emerges, so that directly associates fascist contents. How complicated and deeply Christian the happening is around the holy Gral, does not need to be described here. We find the name petrol Rahn also today still in many publications, also far outside of right circles. Thus we read the 1993 following biographic data concerning petrol Rahn in the work of Karl Heinz white man, "the Gral in the Pyreneeses", in the magazine material service of the Evangelist central office for world view questions in the expenditure from February: "petrol Rahn was born 1904 in the hessian Michelstadt. It studied law without right success some its esters, turned then however to the literature Lind of history.

The Katharer seems to have waked already early its special attention. Rahn left the university without conclusion and went to at the beginning of the 30's to Southern France, in order to dedicate itself to the study of the ketzerischen teachings completely there. He seems to have earned only with trouble its living costs, found contact however rapid to neo katharischen circles. A particularly close relationship developed to Magre Lind to Gadal. Its beginning for the interpretation of the Katharismus was not original in the actual sense. Rahn was the view that it had given beside the Exoterik also a Esoterik of these Albigenser, into which one by consolamentum as Initiationsakt was inaugurated, the secret knowledge had nearly been lost, had itself however in mutilated form and by a coincidence in the Parzival seal tungsten from ash brook to actually receive. This appointed itself to an authority Gyot of Provins, which was regarded in the Germanistik frequently as literary fiction. Rahn stated now that that Gyot, Guiot from Provence, had actually been before the Inquisition of fled katharischer noble and Troubadour. It passed tungsten on with the history of Parzivals Gralssuche the secret theory of the johanneischen "Minnekirche" the Katharer, because the Troubadoure was not - against your landlaeufigen judgement - singers of the terrestrial, but the goettlichen would borrow.

Rahn believed also that itself an underground connecting line of the Pythagoraeern over the chains, which sun admiration of the Teutons and the gnostische Urchristentum ' up to temp-learn and finally the Katharern pull let. The alleged contact since more jeher mysterioesen medal knight with the Ketzern was particularly important to it. Because Rahn finally came in such a way to the identification of the Montsegur with the Gralsburg Montsalvat, believed Templer with the "temp-quiet" of the Fischer king, and he to which that the katharische treasure, which was brought to the siege still in security was the Gral, a mysterious catharische Reliquie, which was passed on since in former times time by those, which knew around the true sense of the Christian teachings, and therefore against "Jehova, which fought in the final phase to Demiurgen", which is actually Luzifer.

Rahn published 1933 in Germany its interpretation of the Katharismus under the title crusade against the Gral. In France one year appeared already later a French translation. Although the crusade encountered against the Gral ' only in a part of the neokatharischen circles agreement, the influential newspaper Depeche wrote de Toulouse after the publication that it was a dishonor that a foreigner the south Frenchmen had to refer to its large tradition. To today continuous success this book is not to be attributed last also to the fact that the further life fate Rahns of a certain secret seems umwittert. Since it could exist obviously not of its Schriftstellerei, it stepped into the SS and/or into the science organization developed by Himmler, which sucked. Ancestor inheritance '. 1936 Lind 1937 it could undertake therefore forschungsreisen to Iceland and Finland. It had obviously close contacts to the okkultistisch interested men in the periphery Himmlers, forwards alone to the SS Brigadefuehrer Wiligut alias Weisthor. Rahn does not seem to have remained uninfluenced by its conceptions. Anyhow it can be stated that its second book, Luzifers Hofgesind.

A journey was intended for the good spirit of Europe, which appeared 1937, in contrast to the crusade, of anti-Semitic and anti-Christian conceptions, Luzifer was reinterpreted now to the arischen light God, which had been the actual opponent of the strange Jehova. The Katharer interpreted Rahn now as remainders of the Westgoten, which were destroyed of Rome. Although the book did not appear in the series of publications ancestor inheritance, it regarded the guidance of the SS as a kind of official representation, in which the European Ketzergeschichte was interpreted as legacy nordischer freedom of conscience and spirit; one let appropriate lectures hold Rahn, and still 1943 wanted to bring Himmler out not only a new expenditure of the crusade, but also to let Luzifers Hofgesind - in view of the war situation hardly conceivable - in an additional edition of 10.000 copies print.

That is all the more surprising, as it had already come 1938 to discord with Rahn: In March 1939 one found its body erfroren at the wild emperor in the Tiroler alps. Romantic speculations want to see therein also today still the Nachvollzug endura. Probable probably is an accident or an ordered suicide, after Himmler admits the homosexuals inclinations Rahns had become. It is a characteristic example of the fates of many looking for humans in the first half 20. Century, which places here before us. If we want to argue with the biographies of these humans, then we should us the mental connection of the connection from recently the deceased, mentioned by Rudolf Steiner, and humans inkarnierenden themselves at the beginning of the century to remind, which I quoted introductory. Petrol Rahn was certainly one of the souls described here. One should use and not even affect however the fact that Rahn catch themselves from the intentions Heinrich Himmlers, let (see being work "Luzifers Hofgesinde") ignore. The Anthroposoph Karl Rittersbacher omitted a reference to it, when it wrote a detailed pre and epilog for in the year 1974 appeared the new edition "crusade against the Gral".

Rittersbacher wrote in this epilog among other things: "Rahn -.. and sighted its knowledge in the source study at the universities in Toulouse, Paris and Freiburg examined and removed the foundations of its realizations. Beglueckend becomes it for Rahn, when he returns with the abundance of his results to Germany and finds to Freiburg the personalities of the Urbanverlages, where the first edition can appear 1933, where he experiences any promotion in nearly daily handling up to the completion of the book. He is on an early high point of his recent life. In an unusual work the first work had succeeded to it. The echo encouraged it. But in the preface to the scientific part the announced second book concerning "Konrad of Marburg, which German Inquisitor", which he wanted to draw up as addition, he cannot arrange. Was because of it? Was it because of unfavorable time conditions, particularly of the conditions at that time completely bad for a juvenile researcher spirit in Germany? Rahn does not find the connection and the organization forces for the Katharer and Templerstroemung in Central Europe.

The book is more belletristisch than scientific and only a little worked on report on a journey appearing under the title "Luzifers Hofgesinde". The scientific direction of striving finally completely replaced bark-trichloroethylene-table-journalistic activity. A third book, for which much material was present, is not no more arranged. - in letters it means: "I have much grief in my country. 14 days ago I was in Munich. Two days later I preferred it to visit my mountains. For a tolerant generous man, like I it am impossible, in a country, like it my beautiful native country became, to live... " "it has a deep longing after the Katharer and Templerlanden in Southern France. "each attendance in Ussat would have to be a pilgerfahrt... My after homesickness your Sabarthez is large I was denunziert ", says it in a discussion.

We see petrol Rahn in the years 1938 and at the beginning of 1939 in isolation and internal emergency. In 35. Lebensjahr, around the days of its birthday, where the break-through of a strong new personality consciousness takes place in the personal record of creative humans, attacks it strong depressive internal Tragik. Last discussions with the Freiburger friends have a painful character. It travels after Kufstein, lets be luggage in the hotel in Soell and moves into the mountains wild emperors in the early days of the monthly March 1939. Erfroren in cold weather and snow he is found after days sitting, with peaceful face. As day of death 13 March is determined. Burying took place in Darmstadt." Much in the life of petrol Rahn remains in the fog. Berlin document center could not hand the SS Personalakte of petrol Rahn to me out unfortunately. This could bring certainly much light into the darkness of this fate. One published recently in a book concerning the SS Ordensburg Wewelsburg a letter petrol Rahns in front 27.09.1935 at Wiligut Weisthor, the master at that time of the Wewelsburg, with the following contents: ", strict confidential! Dear Mr. Colonel, it is well-known you that I lived through the last weeks only my work and a Karthotek had put on I had them further to know given that I am encountered completely large surprises. Since it concerns realizations, which required work for many years meinerseits, I was so far you as opposite everyone only little communicative. I would like to also remain it for the time being and take only with you over my finds consultation.

I ask you however, before appearance of my book "Monsalvat and Golgatha", the realm leader SS excluded to speak with nobody about which I would like to entrust them verbally. In order to lead my work to a successful end, I see myself forced to examine some Lokalitaeten on the spot. Can you for me the possibility provide of undertaking for 10-14 days a journey in the Odenwald, the Westerwald and the sour country or - that would be me the dearest! - you would not have desire with me and evtl. To undertake upper crowd leader following man before using the bad season this journey? First I would have the ruin wild mountain with Amorbach (see Kunis: The German Gralsburg) visit. At present excavations take place. With the excavation leader I stand in exchange of letters. Then I would like to visit the light pointing cave with Wiesbaden. From there would be easy the Sporklenburg to reach (see Rehorn: Westemald, S.91: Ruin with age-old history; after the legend emperor Nero is to be born here (sporck = krana = Wachholder). From here the travel would have to go to the Drutgerestein, to the Steiniel (stone mark or Steininahal), the bright horn, your Widderstein, the great stone plants of the thorn castle (Thorburnburg), Rosphc (alleged place of birth Heinrichs of Ofterdingen), Willnsdorf (seat of the German Katharer, destroyed by Konrad of Marburg), Wainbach (of Wenun) and Asbach (Asen). (here a magnificently received gold coin with the Greek inscription by the way became in the year 1830: Lysirnachus Basileus - Lysimaclius was found field gentleman Alexanders d.Gr.). From Asbach I would like to then visit places, over which I would give only verbally information them and realm leader SS. To the wedding Mr. von Lachners I would like to drive, since I am free in it. Can you arrange that me this journey, over which I would make naturally detailed report am made possible. Or would you be ready to undertake this journey with me?

As I constituted von Lachner with gentleman, I will visit you this evening at 8 o'clock. Welfare Hitler! You Petrol Rahn." "Luzifer, which injustice happened, greets you" Petrol Rahn was end of the thirties very popular. A certification of this popularity confirms a newspaper article, whose contents form the discussion of a lecture of petrol Rahn, which this at the beginning of held January 1938 in Dortmund. Thus becomes e.g. clearly, like strong questions about the Luzifer problem, the liberty longing, which nature solidarity and its listeners moved the lecture speaker. "petrol Rahn read in Dortmund. Lecture evening in the house of kind of Dietrich hitting a corner. Petrol Rahn, the young poet and researcher, read Lind spoke Friday evening in the association of kind of Dietrich hitting a corner before an extraordinarily numerous and strongly bound audience. After einfuehrenden words culture being width unit of the association of kind of Dietrich hitting a corner, Kurt Eggers of the Rahn as comrades and the Luzifer problem welcomed, over it Rahn briefly goes, outlined, arranged Rahn with urgent and compelling language a Luzifer picture, as it cannot be thought more shaking and more largely.

Rahn read from its newest work "Luzifers Hofgesind ', read from his journeys and research in Southern France, where he on the traces of the Grals Lind of the Albigenser, which drew pure and true Ketzer at that time, and from new focuses from a fruitful picture this also anti-Roman movement spread in Germany. The lecture treated a difficult material and required largest discipline and attention. It was a good indication of the community from speaking and listeners that it did not lose a word went and Luzifers the Rahn with the Albigenser celebrated the picture as Lichtbringer, on the strongest for effect came. Two parts of the evening can be differentiated clearly: first, with that it Rahn around a research and a report on the situation of the Gral and Luzifer problem went - here the best formulations and the really most packing organization strength seemed to be appropriate for us -, and second, in that the speaking on the basis concrete examples the consequences out of his new schau and teachings pulled and to a not only interesting, but also to a large extent convincing revaluation of historical features, personalities and circumstances came. Also the cliff of a nationalism of old coinage - a danger, which would be certainly given with a less genuine and strong nature affirmation and a nature-connected reinterpretation - avoided Rahn quite well. In genuine tension it led back again and again to the sources and origins of genuine liberty longing and true nature solidarity.

The Albigenser is exterminated. 205 prominent trailers Luzifers were burned in Southern France after a large Pfaff crusade in the name of Christian mildness by Dominikanern on an enormous heap of failure. With fire and sword one pursued the teachings Luzifers, the Lichtbringers and their trailers. The Albigenser is dead, but their spirit lives and works straight in our days in renewed and tapered enthusiasm and devotion. The deputy Christi could burn humans; but it erred, if it believed, with them also the spirit, the devotion and the longing to burn. This spirit became yesterday again alive, effectively and visible before many humans in petrol Rahn, a descendant of the old Troubadours. Thus Rahn set for the Roman bound spirit, which a border answered the other world faith in the negative and the hell fear, Jahwe and professed themselves the Jewish teachings and to Luzifers Hofgesind, in whose name also Kurt Eggers closed the evening with the greeting: "Luzifer, which injustice happened, greets you". (...)"


M.,

Eisenmann
Monday, June 19th, 2006, 08:32 AM
thanks for your info. I also take a high interest in the works of the SS-Unterscharführer.. If you might have any e-books with materials related to Rahn or any other esoteric items related to the SS or doctrines somehow related, please be so kind to contact me.:)

Thulean Imperial Inquisitor
Tuesday, September 12th, 2006, 11:16 PM
"Kreuzzug gegen den Gral" (1934) by Otto Rahn has been translated and published to english for the first time now and will be released on September 26th!

I recieved news of it from the very nice webstore Amazon. As you can see below they saw I had purchased "Himmlers Crusade" (it was for a friend, sadly I don't have it myself, yet). Below is a screenshot of the mail i recieved about this. ;)


http://forums.skadi.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=73722&stc=1&d=1158096590


As you can see in the picture above the english title of the book is "Crusade Against the Grail: The Struggle between the Cathars, the Templars, and the Church of Rome". Belows is information about it quoted from Amazon.


Editorial Reviews
Book Description
The first English translation of the book that reveals the Cathar stronghold at Montségur to be the repository of the Holy Grail

• Presents the history of the Papal persecution of the Cathars that lies hidden in the medieval epic Parzival and in the poetry of the troubadours

• Provides new insights into the life and death of this gifted and controversial author

Crusade Against the Grail is the daring book that popularized the legend of the Cathars and the Holy Grail. The first edition appeared in Germany in 1933 and drew upon Rahn’s account of his explorations of the Pyrenean caves where the heretical Cathars sect sought refuge during the 13th century. Over the years the book has been translated into many languages and exerted a large influence on such authors as Trevor Ravenscroft and Jean-Michel Angebert, but it has never appeared in English until now.

Much as German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann used Homer’s Iliad to locate ancient Troy, Rahn believed that Wolfram von Eschenbach’s medieval epic Parzival held the keys to the mysteries of the Cathars and the secret location of the Holy Grail. Rahn saw Parzival not as a work of fiction, but as a historical account of the Cathars and the Knights Templar and their guardianship of the Grail, a “stone from the stars.” The Crusade that the Vatican led against the Cathars became a war pitting Roma (Rome) against Amor (love), in which the Church triumphed with flame and sword over the pure faith of the Cathars.


From the Back Cover
HISTORY / SECRET SOCIETIES

Crusade Against the Grail is the daring book that popularized the legend of the Cathars and the Holy Grail. The first edition appeared in Germany in 1933 and drew upon Rahn’s account of his explorations of the Pyrenean caves where the heretical Cathar sect sought refuge during the thirteenth century. Over the years the book has been translated into many languages and exerted a large influence on such authors as Trevor Ravenscroft and Jean-Michel Angebert, but it has never appeared in English until now.

Much as German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann used Homer’s Iliad to locate ancient Troy, Rahn believed that Wolfram von Eschenbach’s medieval epic Parzival held the keys to the mysteries of the Cathars and the secret location of the Holy Grail. Rahn saw Parzival not as a work of fiction, but as a historical account of the Cathars and the Knights Templar and their guardianship of the Grail, a “stone from the stars.” The Crusade that the Vatican led against the Cathars became a war pitting Roma (Rome) against Amor (love), in which the Church triumphed with flame and sword over the pure faith of the Cathars.
Excerpt from the book is below!


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from PART III. CRUSADE AGAINST THE GRAIL

CHRISTIANITY IN ITS ENTIRETY wanted to march against Provence and Languedoc to suppress once and for all this scandalous situation that had resisted all the Church’s efforts to remove it for nearly three generations.

On June 24, 1209, the crusaders left Lyon and followed the Rhône River downstream: 20,000 knights and more than 200,000 citizens and peasants, not counting the clergy and the merchants, headed for Occitania.

At its head rode the somber and implacable Archabbot of Cîteaux, the “chief of the Christian armies against the Albigensian heretics.” With his monk’s cowled habit swept back by the wind, this apocalyptic knight galloped toward a country that did not worship his God. Behind him, the army of archbishops, bishops, abbots, priests, and friars sang the Idies irae. Together with the princes of the Church marched secular princes with their magnificent armor of steel, silver, and gold. Then came the bandit-knights with their ramshackle armaments. Then the citizens and peasants, and behind them the dregs of all Europe: the ribautz (ruffians), the truands (crooks), and the prostitutes of the lords of all the nations.

In a speech delivered on September 1, 1883, Pope Leo XIII declared that the Albigenses had attempted to overthrow the Church by force of arms. She had been saved, continued the Holy Father, not by military force but through the prayer of the holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a rosary that was the invention of Domingo de Guzmán.

This has nothing to do with the truth. Through the chronicles of Guillermo de Tudela and Pierre de Vaux-Cernay, both enthusiastic members of the crusade, let’s accompany the soldiers of Christ in Occitania and penetrate the wildest Pyrenean vales and the darkest caves where only death reigned.

Despite its obvious religious motives, the crusade against the Albigenses was fundamentally a war between northern and southern France. The nobles of the north were burning to complete the unification of the country, a task initiated seven hundred years before by Clovis I, France’s first king. And the people of the south, both Catholics and heretics, unanimously opposed such an invasion, despite the multiple venalities of which their own nobility and cities were capable. There was no religious hatred between the Catholics and the heretics in the Midi. Heretics and Catholics (naturally, I am not referring to the clergy) lived side by side in peace. Very rarely did orthodox Occitanians give any help to the crusaders (here again, we are dealing with laymen). It would have been logical for Occitania’s Catholics to receive the crusaders as liberators from the domination or tyranny of some hated enemy belief, but this was not the case. For the Occitanians, secular tolerance had become a custom, and the love of the land was stronger than religious contradictions.

The young Raimon-Roger of the House of Trencavel, Viscount of Béziers and Carcassonne, rode to meet the crusaders. He tried to avoid disaster for his two towns, but he had to return without achieving his goal. In Béziers, his subjects surrounded him:

“Is there any hope?”

“Fight to the death! God be with you!”

And he continued galloping toward Carcassonne.

Béziers awaited the arrival of the crusaders. A dragon belching fire and destruction was coming closer in a deafening march.

An aged priest asked to enter the city. It was Reginald de Montpeyroux, the bishop who had joined the crusade.

“The crusaders are about to arrive,” said the old priest; “give us the heretics; if not, you will all perish.”

“Betray our brothers? We would rather be cast to the bottom of the sea!”

The bishop mounted his mule and left the town. The unexpected answer provoked such a seizure of anger in the Grand Prior of Cîteaux that he swore to erase with blood and fire both Catholics and heretics, and not to leave a single stone on top of another.

On the afternoon of July 25, the crusaders were in sight. Impatient for their plunder, the ribautz and truands rode toward the town on their own initiative. For the rest of the pilgrims, there was nothing else to do but follow them. The doors gave way. As the crusaders burst into the town, the inhabitants of Béziers, both orthodox and heretic, fled in terror for the relative safety of the two churches. One of the barons asked the Grand Prior of Cîteaux how they could distinguish the heretics from the Catholics; if we are permitted to believe Caesarius von Heisterbach, Arnaud responded: Caedite Eos! Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius! [Slay them all! God will know his own!]

In the houses of God, where priests adorned with ornaments celebrated the mass for the dead, all the inhabitants of the town were murdered: men, women, and children (“Twenty thousand,” wrote Arnaud de Cîteaux to the Holy Father). Nobody was left alive. Even the priests were burned alive before the altar. And the crucifix, along with the safety from the invaders that it represented, was smashed on the stone slab floor.

Nothing could save them; neither the cross, nor the altar or crucifix; and these crazed ruffians and beggars cut the throats of priests, women, and children. Not one, I believe escaped. Shall God receive their souls in Glory!
--GUILLERMO DE TUDELA

The town was sacked. While the crusaders were fully occupied with their work as executioners in the churches, robbers devoted themselves to pillaging the town. Then the town was set ablaze. The thick smoke blackened out the sun on this horrible day in July, a sun that, on the Tabor, was just about to set.

“God is with us!” exclaimed the crusaders. “Look, what a miracle! No vulture or crow is interested in this Gomorrah!”

The bells melted in their belfries, the dead burned in the flames, and the cathedral blew up like a volcano. Blood flowed, the dead burned, the town blazed, walls fell, monks sang, crusaders slaughtered, and gypsies pillaged. So died Béziers--and so began the Crusade against the Grail.
I have already bought the book myself! And you should too as it is very cheap @ Amazon; only 11$.
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And to make this post more interesting and 'juicy' I will post pictures I have gathered of Rahn.


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Thulean Imperial Inquisitor
Tuesday, October 17th, 2006, 10:06 PM
"The Secret Glory" on DVD!


Some of you might remember my post (#5 (http://forums.skadi.net/showpost.php?p=312535&postcount=5) in this thread) from September 3rd, 2005 about a documentary that had been made about our guy, Otto Rahn. Well, today my dear comrade White Iceland (http://forums.skadi.net/member.php?u=6692) informed me that the documentary is finished and has been released on DVD. This is of course good news for us 'Rahn fans'! :thumbup

The strange thing is however is that it wasn't really released by itself but it comes as a bonus disc in a release of a cult movie by the director Richard Stanley; "Dust Devil (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fimdb.com %2Ftitle%2Ftt0104155%2F)" (1992). Yes, so if you wan't to own "The Secret Glory" on DVD you have to buy "Dust Devil - The Final Cut" which is available for 20$ on Amazon.com (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amaz on.com%2FDust-Devil-Final-Dick-Stanley%2Fdp%2FB000HEWGTW%2Fsr%3D8-1%2Fqid%3D1161118342%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1 %2F104-1141538-0415946%3Fie%3DUTF8). And if you buy that package you do not only get "Dust Devil" and "The Secret Glory" but also two other movies by the same director; "Voice Of The Moon", and "The White Darkness". Kind of funny getting 4 movies when you only want to buy one :D -- well, that's just cool; White Iceland (http://forums.skadi.net/member.php?u=6692) said that at least "Dust Devil" is good and I find the others interesting.

He also pointed out to me a DVD review site that reviews the "Dust Devil - The Final Cut" release as a whole, including the documentary which we all want to see.

DISC THREE: The Secret Gloryhttp://www.dvdmaniacs.net/Captures/CapturesA-D/Dust_Devil_Subversive/menu15.jpg

The third disc in this set contains The Secret Glory, which is Richard Stanley's 2001 documentary that details SS Officer Otto Rahn's bizarre quest to find the Holy Grail. With a ninety minute running time, this feature length documentary proves to be a fascinating look into a part of the Second World War that isn't really touched on much in the history books or the standard History Channel style documentaries. It begins with Stanley's narration explaining how Lucifer was cast out of Heaven, then the origins of the Holy Grail. We get some history of the artifact that explains its significance and from there we learn about how the Nazi's came to be interested in finding the grail, specifically how Otto Rahn obsessed over it.

Otto's daughter is interviewed quite extensively here and she explains how her grandfather was a very religious man and how much of that was passed on to her father. A few other interviewees explain Rahn's growing obsession with the artifact and how it all ties into the Nazi philosophy of the time.

This is a fascinating documentary and anyone with a remote interest in either the history of the time or in the supernatural should really enjoy the way that Stanley ties all of this together. It's very well researched and quite detailed in its explanations and it thankfully treats the subject matter completely seriously. In addition it also contains some really interesting archival footage and still photographs that further serve to round out the film.

Included as the main extra feature on this disc is an optional commentary track with Richard Stanley and Norman Hill. As with the commentary for Dust Devil, this is a very active track as Stanley has just as much to say about this film as he does about the main attraction on the disc. He covers how he came to make this project and details some of the research that went into getting it written.

Subversive has also included an interview with Richard Stanley in the supplements for this disc, and he starts it off by saying that the idea for making this film probably came from watching too many Argento films at a young age. From there he explains how he came on board the project and after that he talks about different religions and how they affected the events portrayed in the documentary. He also comments that part of the appeal of this project was being able to work on a movie where the cameraman wouldn't get hurt (as he did on both The White Darkness and Voice Of The Moon!). Throughout the twenty seven minute he covers trying to track people down for interviews, and more. It's a pretty high brow talk but if you enjoyed the documentary this does a nice job of shedding some light on its origins.[SOURCE: http://www.dvdmaniacs.net/Reviews/A-D/dust_devil_subversive.html (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dvdm aniacs.net%2FReviews%2FA-D%2Fdust_devil_subversive.html) ]



One satisfied owner of this release writes the following @ Amazon.


The Secret Glory, the incredible true story of SS Officer Otto Rahn's quest to locate the Holy Grail for the Nazis. As I understand it, The Secret Glory is the best source of information about this fascinating but neglected historical figure who, if he had lived, would be in a position to sue both Dan Brown AND the authors of Holy Blood Holy Grail for intellectual property theftHaha, yeah! :thumbup

Wjatscheslaw
Saturday, March 31st, 2007, 01:03 AM
Otto Rahn (1904-1938), described as a gifted young author and historian, was one of this century's truly fascinating figures. Prior to his mysterious death, at age 35, he wrote two books about the Cathars of southern France: *Kreuzzug gegen den Gral* ("Crusade Against the Grail") and *Luzifers Hofgesinf* ("Lucifer's Court"). Legends continue to surround both his life and tragic death. While his books influenced such authors as Trevor Ravenscroft and Jean-Michel Angebert, they were never translated into English. In the 1982 best selling book *Holy Blood, Holy Grail*, Otto Rahn's name appears in a small but intriguing footnote. Otto Rahn believed that he had found the location of the Holy Grail Mountain, the Montsalvat of legend, in the Cathar mountain fortress of Montsegur in the French Pyrenees. He was, says Prof. Joscelyn Godwin, "largely responsible for the mythological complex that associated the Cathars and Montsegur with the Holy Grail and its Castle."

Norma Lorre Goodrich in her own highly acclaimed work *The Holy Grail* pays tribute to Otto Rahn's "Crusade Against the Grail" describing it as "a wonderful book, a monument to this German idealist author, who died mysteriously during a descent in the Alps."
According to his French translator, Otto Rahn believed with absolute conviction that (1) the Cathars were the last owners of the Holy Grail, and (2) the Holy Grail "perished" when they died at the hands of the "pope and the King of France" at the beginning of the thirteenth century.

The war of the Roman Catholic church against the Cathars is variously described as a war where *Roma and *Amor stood opposite each other, in which the catholic ('common') idea triumphed with flame and sword over the catharic ('pure') idea. The medieval Cathars believed in the existence of an eternal war between the principles of Light and Darkness on whose meetings and encounters everything in the universe was based. Darkness was for them dark matter, the unperfected, the transient. They identified all clerical and secular rulers, principally the Catholic Church as the personification of the Darkness. In their mythology the sun symbolised the primordial Light from which all life emerged. Miguel Serrano coined their doctrine: *Solar Kristianity. For Otto Rahn, Montsegur was the "Lighthouse of Catharism."



Rahn's Grail Quest

Otto Rahn was born on February 18th, 1904 in Michelstadt in southern Germany. In secondary school he developed a fascination with the history of the medieval Cathars, their faith and revolt against king and pope. From 1922 to 1926 he studied jurisprudence, German philosophy and history. Rahn intended to write a dissertation on Guyot, the Provencal Troubadour on whose lost Grail poem Wolfram von Eschenbach claimed to have based his *Parzival. The medieval Germanic tale of *Parzival, revived in the 1800s by Wagnar's popular mystical operas, fired Otto Rahn's modern quest for the Holy Grail. He soon pieced together a series of clues gleaned from a study of the history of the Cathars and the poem of Wolfram von Eschenbach, a Knight Templar of the thirteenth century. Driven by his deep interest in the Cathars and Grail legends, from 1928 to 1932 Rahn researched and travelled widely in France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.

Early in the summer of 1929 Otto Rahn made his first appearance in the Languedoc region of southern France. He quickly settled in the village of Lavelanet and over the next three months systematically explored the ruined Cathar temple-fortress on Montsegur as well as the surrounding mountain grottoes. It was in Languedoc that the city of Carcassonne, the holy mountain of the Cathars (Montsegur) and the church of Rennes-le-Chateau were located. All of these places were steeped in Cathar lore and it was here that all legends of the Holy Grail seemed to converge.

At Montsegur, writes Nigel Pennick, "in 1244 the heretical Cathars had made their last heroic stand against a Catholic crusade which finally triumphed in their destruction. Here, tradition affirms that on the night before the final assault, three Cathars carrying the sacred relics of the faith slipped unnoticed over the wall. They carried away the magical regalia of the Merovingian King Dagobert II and a cup reputed to be the Holy Grail.

"Possession of the Grail has always been the dream of chivalric orders. The Knights of King Arthur's Round Table, the Templars, even the Teutonic Knights have sought the mystic vessel. But Otto Rahn believed that he could triumph where centuries of questing had failed. He had studied the sacred geometry of Montsegur, its sunrise orientations and its relationship with other sacred places, and had discovered secret underground passages, where he felt the treasure must be concealed" (*Hitler's Secret Sciences*).

Otto Rahn's knowledge of 'sacred geography', Nigel Pennick suggests, can be traced back to the Druids and Templars. The Cathars were also said to be familiar with this tradition. In many meetings with the local people (he is said to have spoken the local Provencal language fluently) Otto Rahn gathered everything concerning the Cathars and the Grail. These formed the basis of Rahn's thrilling accounts of his exploration of the caverns of Sabarthes south of Montsegur and especially the Lombrives caverns called "the Cathedral" by the local people. He described this magnificant cavern as follows:

"In time out of mind, in an epoch whose remoteness has been barely touched by modern historical science, it was used as a temple consecrated to the Iberian God Illhomber, God of the Sun. Between two monoliths one which had crumbled, the steep path leads into the giant vestibule of the cathedral of Lombrives. Between the stalagmites of white limestone, between walls of a deep brown colour and the brilliant rock crystal, the path leads down into the bowels of the mountain. A hall 260 feet in height served as a cathedral for the heretics."

Rahn tells how, "Deeply stirred I walked through the crystal halls and marble crypts. My hands put aside the bones of fallen pure ones and knights..."

An old Languedoc shepard's tale recorded by Otto Rahn and incorporated into his first book displays profound mystical symbolism:
"During the time when the walls of Montsegur were still standing, the Cathars kept the Holy Grail there. Montsegur was in danger. The armies of Lucifer had besieged it. They wanted the Grail, to restore it to their Prince's diadem from which it had fallen during the fall of his angels. Then, at the most critical moment, there came down from heaven a white dove, which, with its beak, split Tabor [Montsegur] in two. Esclarmonde, who was keeper of the Grail, threw the sacred jewel into the depths of the mountain. The mountain closed up again, and in this manner was the Grail saved. When the devils entered the fortress, they were too late. Enraged, they put to death by fire all of the Pures, not far from the rock on which the castle stands in the Field of the Stake. All of the Pures perished on the pyre except Esclarmonde de Foix. When she knew the Grail to be safe, she climbed to the summit of Mount Tabor, changed into a white dove and flew off toward the mountains of Asia."

Both "Crusade Against the Grail" and "Lucifer's Court" are full of remarkable insights and revelations of important historical links.
Deep within the grottoes of Sabarthez Rahn found chambers in which the walls were covered with symbols characteristic of the Knights Templar, side by side with emblems of the Cathars. This finding confirmed the notion, fostered by mystical historians, that the Knights Templar and the Cathars were at one time closely associated. One intriguing image which had been carved into the stone wall of a grotto was clearly a drawing of a lance. This depiction immediately suggests the bleeding lance which appears over and over again in the Arthurian legends.

The legend of the Grail, explains Miguel Serrano, "reappears forcibly Christianised in the Middle Ages. The Templars disseminated it. It is centred on the legend of the court of King Arthur (who is the King of the Grail and is also called Amfortas). It is interesting to point out that Arthur is Arthos, Bear, that is to say Arctic. By which the exact geographical position of the lost continent of the first Solar Age is pinpointed: Hyperborea, seat of the Grail. In the Middle Ages, it became a cup, when the myth was Christianised, the one from which Christ was said to have drunk at the Last Supper, or else the one in which Joseph of Arimathea received the blood of Christ as it spurted from his side as he hung on the cross."

The Cathars who guarded the Holy Grail in their castle at Montsegur, Otto Rahn believed, could be traced back to Druids who converted to Manichaeism. The Druids in Britain were forerunners of the Celtic Christian Church. He saw in the culture of the mediaeval Cathar stronghold of Languedoc strong resemblances to the Druids. Their priests akin to the Cathar Parfaits. The Cathar secret wisdom being preserved by the later Troubadours, the travelling poets and singers of the medieval courts of France.

Most Troubadours, according to Rahn, were secret Cathars. Their apparent yearning and longing songs only seldom dedicated to a special woman, their feminine symbolism referred to the Cathar community, the Sophia, the Wisdom of the Gnostics. Julius Evola explains in *Le Mystere du Graal*: "To make this doctrine inaccessible to the profane, it is hidden in an *erotic symbolism, similar to the Grail cycle where it is represented by a *heroic symbolism."

When Otto Rahn first studied Wolfram von Eschenbach's *Parzival he noticed remarkable similarities with names and places in southern France, and he suspected that *Parzival's Grail castle *Munsalvaesche (Richard Wagnar called it Montsalvat) was non-other than the Cathar solar-fortress Montsegur. In Eschenbach's work he discerned the influence of Cathar poetry. The probably incorrect assumption that the persecuted Cathars had retreated under the earth and celebrated their mysteries in subterranean churches was adopted by Otto Rahn from the researcher of Cathar enthusiast Antonin Gabal. Gabal gave Rahn the freedom of his library and private museum. In letters Rahn called him his "Trevrizent" (the uncle of Parsifal in Eschenbach's work) and developed the propositions laid out in Gabal's *Au Chemin du Saint Graal*.

The tale that Otto Rahn actually found the Grail and that it was kept until the end of World War II in the Wewelsburg, the SS castle near Paderborn, can easily be disproved. There was a Grail in Wewelsburg but it was just a huge rock crystal. Rene Nelli, an important scholar of Catharism, maintains that the Grail is not mentioned in any of the still existing Cathar texts, while Julius Evola did not think much of the Cathar Grail thesis.


Return to Germany

After 1933 Rahn lived in Berlin, devoting himself to further studies of the Grail. His quest for a secret primordial religious tradition - the Religion of Light - came to the attention of Nazi SS leader Heinrich Himmler who sought Rahn's collaboration in SS-sponsored research. After first joining the SS heritage bureau, the *Ahnenerbe*, as a civilian, his talents were soon recognised by his superiors. Pursuaded to formally join the SS in 1936, within a matter of weeks Otto Rahn was promoted to SS-Unterscharfuhrer.

By September 1935 Rahn was writing excitedly to the chief of the *Ahnenerbe about the places he visited in his hunt for Grail traditions in Germany, requesting complete confidence in the matter with the exception of Himmler. Otto Rahn is even rumored to have founded a neo-Catharist circle within the SS. In the summer of 1936 he undertook, by order of the SS, an expedition to Iceland. Highlights of this journey formed part of some chapters in his second and final book "Lucifer's Courtiers", published in 1937. Rahn makes no mention of the SS and the ship that sailed for Iceland flew a flag with a blue swastika on white background (in sharp contrast to the official standard of the Third Reich).

We know that Otto Rahn fell into disgrace with the Nazi hierarchy in 1937 and for disciplinary reasons was assigned a tour of duty at the SS run Dachau concentration camp. In the winter of 1938/39 he wrote to the SS Reichsfuhrer requesting immediate dismissal from the SS. A few months later he was dead.

Rumours abound concerning Otto Rahn's departure from the Nazi SS. Some claim that he was a homosexual or of Jewish descent, but evidence is lacking. In a conversation Rahn claimed that he had been betrayed and that his life was in danger. In a letter to a friend he openly expressed his concern about the Third Reich:

"I have much sorrow in my country. Fourteen days ago I was in Munich. Two days later I preferred to go into my mountains. Impossible for a tolerant, liberal man like me to live in the nation that my native country has become."

Col. Howard Buechner, the author of the *Emerald Cup, says that Rahn "let it be known that he opposed the war for which Germany was obviously preparing in 1938. In place of war, he believed that Germany and then Europe, should be transformed into a community of 'Pure Ones' or Cathars. In other words, Rahn's long association with the history of the Cathars and their unjust persecution by the church and the throne of France, had led to his conversion to the Cathar faith. He was also proposing a 'New Order' in which the states of Europe, and perhaps all other nations, would adopt the Cathar beliefs in the interest of world peace."
On 13 March 1939 - almost on the anniversary of the fall of Montsegur - Otto Rahn died in the snow on the Tyrolean mountains. "In the manner of the Cathar heretics," says Nigel Pennick, "Rahn voluntarily left a world he saw disintegrating." A few years earlier Otto Rahn had written in "Crusade Against the Grail":

"Their doctrine allowed suicide but demanded that one did not put an end to his life because of disgust, fear or pain, but in a perfect dissolution from matter. This kind of Endura was allowed when it took place in a moment of mystical sight of divine beauty and kindness...It is only one step from fasting to suicide. To fast requires courage but the final act of definitive ascesis requires heroism. The consequence is not as cruel as it may look."

The story of the enigmatic life and work of Otto Rahn, symbolising as it does a Great Mystery, will always fascinate both students of the Holy Grail and seekers of the Cathar tradition. This Mystery can be discerned in the following quote from Miguel Serrano's *Nos: Book of the Resurrection*:

"When we talk about the religion of love of the troubadours, of the initiated knights of the Grail, of the true Rosicrucians, we must try to discover what lies behind their language. In those days, love did not mean the same thing as it does in our day. The word *Amor (Love) was a cipher, it was a code word. Amor spelt backwards is Roma. That is, the word indicated, in the way in which it was written, the opposite to Roma, to all that Rome represented. Also *Amor broke down into 'a' and 'mor', meaning *Without-Death. That is, to become immortal, eternal, thanks to the way of initiation of A-Mor. A way of initiation totally opposed to the way of Rome. An esoteric, solar Kristianity. The Gnostic Kristianity of Meister Eckhart. And mine. Because I have tried to teach western man to resurrect Kristos in his soul. Because Kristos is the Self for western man.

"This is why *Roma destroyed *Amor, the Cathars, the Templars, the Lords of the Grail, the *Minnesanger, everything which may have originated in the 'Hyperborean Blood Memory' and which may have had a polar, solar origin.

"The love talked and written about so much in novels, poetry and magazines, the love of one's neighbour, the universal love of the churches, love of humanity, has nothing whatsoever to do with 'loveless love' (A-Mor, Without-Death), which is a harsh discipline, as cold as ice, as cutting as a sword, and which aspires to overcome the human condition in order to reach the Kingdom of the Immortals, Ultima Thule."


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barrrr
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011, 01:23 PM
On-line museum & memorial of Otto Rahn. I decided to create this one to collect all about Otto in one place, translate some of topics in several languages. And, may be, to attract someone who knows more about Rahn.

I used texts from this topic too, thanks.
Now I collect info, the site is just created.

Welcome anyone who can help with gathering and translation.
barrrracuda@gmail.com

http://otto-rahn.com