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    What Symbol is This? - Sunwheel Cross/Wreath?

    What symbol is this? - Sunwheel cross/wreath?


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    Sorry, I cant open the picture to view it. Can you add it as an attachment? From the small one it looks like a sunwheel.

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    Their was a post on this on Odinist forum about 5 years ago and I am sure I read that it was some pagan symbology in the UK.


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    Springfest in Questenberg (engl.)?



    I have found this old thread from 2007: http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...ient=firefox-a - it is supposed to be the "Queste" in Thuringia, which was supposed to be an old Germanic sun-symbol?

    I will copy and paste the below info here, it is not my words, any of the below:



    Now i have found more on it!

    I have also found this image which says:

    "Frohen Erntedank" and "Erntedank am Questenbaum"



    The Harvest / Spring Questenfest takes place in Questenberg (a small village) and the Queste is located on the Harz (a mountain range in northern Germany) that straddles the border between the states of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. I think it is as sacred as the White Horse Stone, Stonehenge, Externsteine · Teutoburg Forest, Trollkyrka and Yrvasnth.



    Also:

    Zitat:

    # Questenbaum: this symbol was made of twigs and oak leafs though it is also believed that there was a graphical version of it, according to some sources it represented war, order, and organized society, though a more plausible explanation is that it was originally a fertility symbol that was used during the Spring celebrations; it was probably an alternative version of the Maytree or Maypole, which was raised during this celebrations, the custom of raising a Questenbaum is still practiced in some rural areas of Germany where it is also raised during the Spring celebrations.
    This symbol may also have been related to the Suncross.
    Located here
    You can watch videos of the Questenbaum: http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...&search=Search

    Is it like the English Maypole?

    Other articles:

    http://www.pfingstseiten.de/brauchtu...fest/home.html
    http://www.karstwanderweg.de/kws018.htm
    http://www.harzlife.de/event/queste.html
    http://www.harz-saale.de/Impressione...estenfest.html



    Now, I am SORRY for the below, it is all I can find.

    I know this has been abused by the Nazi - everything Nazi rubbish! - forget this - I do not care for Nazis! I only want to learn about the real ancient meaning. I say this because the only article I can find on the Queste, Questenfest or Questenbaum is this one by the NPD! But, I do not know what this all means:

    Das Questenfest - http://npd-goettingen.de/Weltanschau...estenfest.html











    Its in my opinion a sunwheel on top of yggdrassil

    i agree pretty much with bodvos. first the wheel ist a symbol for the sunwheel, the light and the warmth. in german mythology a female aspect. sunna, "die sonne" is female in german.

    a pole of oak is a male aspect for strength and male energy.

    both together stand for a union of male and female energy. just as the maypole to me it looks like a fertility symbol. first of may and the time of harvest are both classical times for fertility rites. but different from first of may, harvest ist darker not only connectet with light and love, but also with death.

    in wicca i would associate it with lughnasad. especially the first poem (ein heiliger ort) hints in this direction.

    greetings melian

    http://www.davbs.de/mtb/1998/3/Ostharz.html

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    An erect pole and a ring at a fertility feast. It does not get very much more graphic than that. You find the same symbolism in Swedish maypoles.


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    Irminsul/Yggdrasil

    What you have here is an ancient pagan symbol. In the Saxon scheme of things, "Irminsul" and in the Norse, "Yggdrasil". The circle stuck on top symbolizes the great "Sun Wheel or disc". Since I'm descended from Saxon and Jute tribes I'll use "Irminsul". From the old Anglo-Saxon, Irminsul roughly translates into the Great Pillar or Arising Pillar. This is symbolic of the World tree or the Tree of Life which pulled and held the Universe together. In Saxon/Jutish mythology, this universe was composed of the Heavens, the Earth, and through it's roots the underground. This World Tree was envisioned on the Earthly plain as either the Yew tree or the Linden. It is from this tree that Wotan/Odin sacrificed himself. In the Seigfried mythology, the leaf of this tree is what gave him his mortality and was the cause of his ultimate downfall.

    During the period of the Anglosaxon conversion to Christianity under St. Augustine, this symbol also plays a significant part. In about 650 AD, this symbol was used in a vitally important literary conversion effort known as the "Dream of the Rood".
    Where instead of Wotan being sacrificed on it, Christ was supplanted, and the "Rood" or Irminsul continues as the observer and tool by which the Christ was crucified granting salvation and deliverance. This symbol also plays an important part in early European History. Where by, Charlemagne the Frank, subdues the Saxon Tribes and consolidates the Holy Roman Empire. In the course of which, the defeated Saxons are forced to convert to Christianity and their most important religious symbol, the Irminsul, is cut down to the ground, representing the Frankish and Christian domination and submission of the Saxons both politically and religiously to the New Universal Order.

    This symbol, the Irminsul and the solar wheel has once again been raised, in 1996, at the German town of Harbarsen-Irminsuel in lower Saxony and at other locations.

    Hope this helps...

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    A Heathen Symbol

    Yggdrasil, the world tree, as well as the sunwheel, the crossed four quadrants, and the ice rune -I would speculate, are manifest within this symbol.
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