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    C.G. Jung: The German National Socialist Movement as Wotanism

    Compiled by the late, Jost Turner

    Professor Carl Gustav Jung, the renowned founder of analytical psychology, named the National Socialist movement Wotanism. In 1936, Professor Jung wrote an essay on this subject entitled Wotan (Wotan is the principle deity of the pre-Christian Germanic tribes). Copies of this essay are available today in libraries throughout the country, and it is very revealing to those who understand the true nature of National Socialism and the true nature of Wotan.

    Professor Jung describes National Socialist Germany as a Folk possessed and motivated by a psychic force, which had been dormant within them from tribal times: "...a God has taken possession of the Germans and their house is filled with a `mighty rushing wind'... Perhaps we may sum up this general phenomenon as Ergriffenheit - a state of being seized or possessed. The term postulates not only an Ergriffener (one who is seized) but also an Ergreifer (one who seizes). Wotan is an Ergreifer of men, and, unless one wishes to deify Hitler - which has indeed actually happened - he (Wotan) is really the only explanation... A mind that is childish thinks of the Gods as metaphysical entities existing in their own right, or else regards them as playful or superstitious inventions... the Gods are without doubt personifications of psychic forces..."

    Professor Jung also notes that this power of Wotan was channeled to the German Folk by Adolf Hitler: "The impressive thing about the German phenomenon is that one man, who is obviously `possessed' has infected a whole nation to such an extent that everything is set in motion and has started rolling..."

    Professor Jung clearly saw that National Socialist Germany was a modern-day revival of (pre-Christian) Aryan tribalism. However, the true nature of this tribalism was kept hidden from him by the black hood of censorship. In his native Switzerland, Professor Jung was, of course, well sheltered from any truth about National Socialism. His only information came from an alien-controlled press, which ranted and raved with the usual falsehoods, exaggerations, and half-truths about National Socialist Germany. Hence, Professor Jung's information on National Socialism was really quite the opposite of its true nature.

    Moreover, Professor Jung's essay indicates that his understanding of the allegories of Wotan was very limited, and so he was not at all aware of the true nature of Wotan. He uses a literal interpretation of what we understand to be allegory: "Wotan is a restless wanderer who creates unrest and stirs up strife, now here, now there, and works magic... He is the God of storm and frenzy, the unleasher of passions and the lust of battle; moreover he is a superlative magician and artist in illusion who is versed in all secrets of an occult nature."

    A literal interpretation of the above does tend to correspond to the misinformation about National Socialist Germany spewed forth by the alien-controlled press. A literal interpretation of Wotan is just as opposite to the true nature of Wotan as the Jewish media myths are to the true nature of National Socialism. However, the true natures of both Wotan and National Socialism are just as easily correlated with each other as are their opposites!

    National Socialist Germany was indeed a modern-day revival of Aryan tribalism, which sought to create a true Folk-community for the expressed purpose of bringing forth a more highly-evolved species of mankind. Like all true Folk-communities, National Socialist Germany was based on idealism, willingly placing the welfare of the Folk above all personal interests. The National Socialist values of idealism, selflessness, self-discipline, and aspirations to raise the evolutionary level of mankind are a far cry from the images dramatized by the alien-controlled information media.

    A correct interpretation of the allegories reveals Wotan as a personification of mankind's rise to the highest evolutionary level: Godhood. Hence, it would certainly be fair to use the term Wotanism as a name for activities to raise the evolutionary level of mankind. Since the ultimate goal of National Socialism is to bring forth a more highly-evolved species of mankind, we must agree with Professor Jung, even though he was largely misinformed, that National Socialism can certainly be called Wotanism.

    A Channel for Wotan

    We have pointed out that Adolf Hitler was a Kon, a highly-evolved individual who had long since transcended the narrow confines of self-interest, thereby functioning primarily from a deep inner awareness. He was highly-evolved enough to serve as a channel for the powerful psychic force, inherent in all Aryans, which Professor Jung rightfully called Wotan.

    Adolf Hitler pointed out in Mein Kampf that the only real mark of a higher species of mankind is idealism, and it was idealism, the very first phase of all higher evolution, which he brought forth from the German Folk. Although hardly understanding what was motivating them, the German Folk were inspired to create the social and economic miracles of National Socialist Germany. This was primarily the result of this power of Wotan, channeled through one highly-evolved individual, and this power was steadily raising the evolutionary level of all the Folk!

    Wotanism Today

    The German Folk of the 1930s were uniquely suited to receive the power of Wotan from a single channel. Their state of material destitution afforded them little obstruction to the elevation of their evolutionary levels. Today, in this alien-controlled world of selfishness and materialism, this would be more difficult. But while it would be more difficult, great change can be effected by the power of Wotan. To change this degenerate, alien-controlled world will require more than one powerful channel. It will require many channels, many highly evolved individuals in all areas and in all walks of life, elevating all those around them to true idealism and back into harmony with the eternal laws of Nature. Jews and their familiars have infiltrated our government, schools, courts and media in order to destroy us by debauching our blood, our values, and our idealism. But we can defeat them by being channels of Wotan, affecting all, bringing their efforts to nothing, and ultimately bringing about that golden age of which Adolf Hitler dreamed.

    Adolf Hitler was an awesome example of a highly-evolved individual. All of us can become just as highly-evolved, and even more so, by dedicated, disciplined self-effort. When your evolutionary level rises, you will know it! You will become a channel for a great and joyful force of energy which flows through you day and night. Like Adolf Hitler and many other lesser known individuals, you will become a force for change and regeneration in this degenerate world. This is our spiritual destiny. This is Wotanism.

    Professor Jung studied not only the mysteries of the unconscious, but as well, the potential of higher evolution by self-effort (perhaps Professor Jung, of Germanic blood himself, was also affected by Wotanism). He not only studied this, but he put his discoveries to practice. In reply to those who complained that he did little to right the wrongs of the world, he pointed out that he had long since realized that to change the world he must first change himself! Professor Jung shared many of his discoveries with two other individuals who had also spent considerable time investigating the potential of higher evolution by self-effort.: the renowned author, Hermann Hesse, and the leader of the Chilean National Socialists, Miguel Serrano.

    The following are interesting and revealing excerpts from a letter written by Professor Jung to Miguel Serrano on September 14, 1960:

    "...As we have largely lost our Gods and the actual condition of our religion does not offer an efficacious answer to the world situation in general and to the "religion" of communism in particular, we are very much in the same predicament as the pre- National Socialist Germany of the Twenties, i.e., we are apt to undergo the risk of a further, but this time worldwide, Wotanistic experiment."

    "...When, for instance, the belief in the God Wotan vanished and nobody thought of him anymore, the phenomenon originally called Wotan remained; nothing changed but his name, as National Socialism has demonstrated on a grand scale. A collective movement consists of millions of individuals, each of whom shows the symptoms of Wotanism and proves thereby that Wotan in reality never died, but has retained his original vitality and autonomy. Our consciousness only imagines that it has lost its Gods; in reality they are still there and it only needs a certain general condition in order to bring them back in full force."

    National Socialism is indeed Wotanism, an Aryan spiritual movement which seeks to raise the level of the Folk, and thereby the world, by raising the level of the individual. As Aryans, the noble of mankind, this is our destiny and our duty!

    "Despite their crankiness, the Wotan-worshippers seem to have judged things more correctly than the worshippers of reason. Apparently everyone had forgotten that Wotan is a Germanic datum of first importance, the truest expression and unsurpassed personification of a fundamental quality that is particularly characteristic of the Germans (Aryans)."

    Professor Carl Jung, Wotan, 1936
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    Jung pointed out in the same essay that Nietzsche's versions of Dionysos and Zarathustra were REALLY versions of Wotan.

    Also, among the Anglo-Saxons, Wotan was Woden [hence 'Wednes-day', Woden's-day]; most of the kings of England traced their lineage back to Woden [even the present Queen of England can do this].

    I have always been interested in Snorri Sturluson's assertion in the Edda that Odin [Scandinavian version of Wotan] was an actual Aryan chieftain who was deified for his great achievements by his Folk.

    Whatever we call it, this is the Aryan religion of creative Rage.
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    “My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow my self to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice… And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows . For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.”
    –Adolf Hitler, 12 April 1922

    "The National Government ... regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life"
    --Adolf Hitler, Proclamation to the German Nation at Berlin, February 1, 1933

    "The struggle we face is, at its core, a struggle between Marx and Christ"
    --Joseph Goebbels


    Certainly there was a Wotanist faction of the NS regime, but to say it was the main theme of that regime and ideology would be ridiculas. Goebbels had contempt for Rosenberg's and Himmler's attempts at reviving paganism and instead advocated for Christianity(in an anti-Clerical form). Goering also was in favor of Christianity. Striecher was pro-Christian.

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    I think the fake `Hitler's last/political testament' has added a lot of confusion regarding Hitler's religious faith.

    I know heathenfronters who quote it claiming it proves Hitler was anti-Christian.

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    I think Jung's point was this;

    No matter what National Socialists CALLED the spiritual aspect of their movement [as we know, some were 'German Christians', some were Heathens, some were Nietzscheans etc.,], they were ALL IN EFFECT following the ancient pre-Christian religion of Wotan.

    Even those who said they were followers of an Aryan Jesus, or a pagan Dionysos; even those who were devoted to the Fuhrer alone; essentially, they were all 'Wotanists'.

    Now, we can argue that that is anachronistic. We have no real knowledge of what an 'organised' Wotanism would have been like; but then Jung is speaking of an organisation, but of that mythic archetype which is to be seen throughout the Aryan culture, and which manifested itself amongst the followers of Wotan/Woden/Odin.

    We know that Wotanists DID convert to Christianity; but Jung is saying that only the names changed. Those Europeans remained Wotanists in SPIRIT.
    Look at the Crusaders as an early example, and the NSDAP as a more recent one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moody Lawless
    I think Jung's point was this;

    No matter what National Socialists CALLED the spiritual aspect of their movement [as we know, some were 'German Christians', some were Heathens, some were Nietzscheans etc.,], they were ALL IN EFFECT following the ancient pre-Christian religion of Wotan.

    Even those who said they were followers of an Aryan Jesus, or a pagan Dionysos; even those who were devoted to the Fuhrer alone; essentially, they were all 'Wotanists'.
    That's not what some NS leaders would say.


    "Naturally there are always people at work who represent a type of provacateur, who have come to use because they imagine National Socialism to be something other than it is, who have all kinds of fantastic and confused plans, who misunderatand National Socialist racial thought and overstate their declaration to blood and soil, who in their romantic dreams are surronded by Wotan and Thorburn and the like. Such exaggerations can harm our movement, since they make the movement look ridiculas."
    --Herman Goering "Positive Christianity", November 3, 1935

    "We have not fought to build a paganistic temple, but to unite the German volk for all eternity. We do not build temples against the Christian church, we do not want Valhalla as a substitute for a Christian heaven."
    --Bernhard Rust, Prussian Minister of Education and culture; July 1, 1934

    "We are no theologians, no representives of the teaching profession in this sense, put forth no theology. But we claim one thing for ourselves: that we place the great fundelmental idea of Christianity in the center of out ideology- the hero and sufferer Christ himself stands in the center."
    --Hans Schemn, Head of the NS Teacher's League, 1931


    Then Goebbels in one speech given in December 1935 mocked any notion that National Socialism had anything to do with Germanic paganism. He denounced such a notion as foolish and without any basis in fact.


    "We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity...in fact oue movement is Christian."
    --Adolf Hitler, October 27, 1928


    Now, we can argue that that is anachronistic. We have no real knowledge of what an 'organised' Wotanism would have been like; but then Jung is speaking of an organisation, but of that mythic archetype which is to be seen throughout the Aryan culture, and which manifested itself amongst the followers of Wotan/Woden/Odin.

    We know that Wotanists DID convert to Christianity; but Jung is saying that only the names changed. Those Europeans remained Wotanists in SPIRIT.
    Look at the Crusaders as an early example, and the NSDAP as a more recent one.
    I don't know, another NS would disagree with this.


    "In Christ, the embodiment of all manliness, we find all we need. And if we occasionally speak of Baldur, our words always contain some joy, some satisfaction, that our pagan anecestors were already so Christian so as to have indications of Christ in this ideal figure."
    --Dietrich Eckart "Bolshevism from Moses to Lenin: a conversation between Hitler and myself" 1924

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    I have acknowledged this already, Pushkin.
    Jung's essay [Wotan, 1936], is written as an objective look, from a psychologist's perspective, at the phenomenon of National-Socialism at that time, with its use of the Swastika [a pagan symbol], its torch-lit parades and its nigh-on heretical worship of a living figure in the Fuhrer.

    Now, I don't doubt that there was a powerful Christian component to N-S, just as I would argue that paganism survived in Christianity.
    However, Jung's argument that Wotanism is the basic religion of GERMANS is a sound one; especially when we acknowledge that the worship of Wotan, Thorburn etc., predates Christianity in Europe.
    Such deep spiritual rivers are never completely dried up, and at certain moments in history they become full again.

    So I believe that Jung was right to point to the Wotanist nature of the Third Reich; and let's be honest, it is no coincidence that Wotanism has always had a following amongst fascists etc.,

    This is not to deny the Christian aspects of fascism/national socialism - a strong argument can be had there, and you have made various quotes to that effect. But then, important figures such as Bormann and Darre favoured a purely pagan version of N-S.

    Generally, I think it a feature of N-S that it is able to encompass strains of Christianity and Paganism within its ideology.

    I also think that Jung's essay is an important document, and one that was genuinely prescient.

    Do you accept that aspects of paganism survived into Christianity in Europe?

    Do you accept that there are some problematical Jewish aspects of Christianity?
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    Post C.G. Jung: The German NS Movement

    No, No, No. National Socialism was not about a Wotan revival. Hitler, while in Vienna, was initiated into the Armanenschaft, but he never acknowledged or utilized any religious connection. On the contrary, he imprisoned Friedrich Bernhard Marby as well as the leading guru of Wotanism, Karl Maria Willigut, and that was after making him an SS officer. Hitler used Armanenschaft training to gain personal power. In this he succeeded, given his WW1 record and the ease by which he ascended to control the Nazi Party. Hitler's words had power. This cannot be learned by itself. It comes through Power and this Power came through his study with the Armanenschaft. This Power is sometimes called "Will". Hitler surrounded himself with people who had an occult connection such as Dietrich Eckhardt, and had distant connections to the Thule and Virl organizations. But these were not Wotanist people or organizations.

    Hitler rejected Wotanism in favor of Nazism. Nazism seems to be a mystery to most people but it should not be a mystery to anyone at this forum. Nazism, National Socialism, is simply a biologic concept. When employing NS, one selects for a specific gene pool. For Hitler, it was the Aryan gene pool. Any decision made would be based on its positive or negative effect on the target gene pool. Culture is just an extra-biological extension which is used in place of evolution. Therefore, Hitler selected for and promoted Germanic culture, the culture of his people and what he thought was Aryan Culture. In promoting Aryan Culture, Hitler believed he was promoting the Aryan gene pool. The concept of "Blood and Soil" is a great example. So are the concepts of Geopolitics founded by Karl Haushofer which led to the invasion of Russia.

    Esoteric National Socialists did believe in religious-scientific concept called the Black Sun, to which I also subscribe, but that is another story.

    The NS leadership of Germany did have one real big Runic quirk. It involves the letter "H". The basis of our letter H is a runic character which has a meaning, among other things, of "Protector of Germany". For instance: "Heinreich" means Heim Reich or Home Rule. Someone named Heinreich is a protector of the home. "Henry" the English form, means the same thing. The rune has taken on this protective meaning. Note the number of leading Nazis whose first or/and last name began with 'H". Adolf Hitler, Heinreich Himmler, Hans Hoerbiger, Reinhardt Heydrich, Rudolf Hess, Karl Haushofer to name a few. One wonders if even hardened military types like Hasso von Mannteufel ( what a great name for a General) got their jobs partly due to Runic affiliation.

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    Carl Gustav Jung on Wotan

    'What is curious is that an ancient god of storm and frenzy, the long
    quiescent Wotan, should awake, like an extinct volcano, to new
    activity, in a civilised country that had long outgrown the Middle
    Ages. We have seen him come to life in the German youth movement, and
    right at the beginning, the blood of several sheep was shed in honour
    of his resurrection.

    'Armed with rucksack and lute, blond youths and girls were to be seen
    restlessly wandering on every road from the North Cape to Sicily,
    faithful votaries of the roving god. Later, towards the end of the
    Weimar Republic, the wandering role was taken over by thousands of
    unemployed. By 1933 they wandered no longer, but marched in their
    hundreds of thousands. The Hitler movement literally brought the whole
    of Germany to its feet, from five-year-olds to veterans, and produced
    the spectacle of a nation migrating from one place to another. Wotan
    the Wanderer was on the move.

    'Wotan is a restless wanderer who creates unrest and stirs up strife
    and works magic. He was soon changed by Christianity into the devil,
    and only lived on in fading local traditions as a ghostly hunter who
    was seen with his retinue (the Wild Hunt) flickering like a will o'
    the wisp through the stormy night.


    'The German youths who celebrated the solstice with sheep sacrifices
    were not the first to hear a rustling in the primeval forest of the
    unconscious. They were anticipated by Nietzsche, Schuler, Stefan
    George, and Ludwig Klages. The literary tradition of Germany has a
    classical stamp that cannot easily be got rid of; every interpretation
    of intoxication and exuberance is apt to be taken back to classical
    models, to Dionysus.

    'No doubt it sounds better to academic ears to interpret these things
    as Dionysus, but Wotan might be a more correct interpretation. He is
    the god of storm and frenzy, the unleasher of passions and the lust of
    battle; moreover he is a superlative magician and artist in illusion
    who is versed in all secrets of the occult.
    'We are convinced that the modern world is a reasonable place, basing
    our opinion on economic, political, and psychological factors. I
    venture the heretical suggestion that the unfathomable depths of
    Wotan's character explain more of National Socialism (Nazism) than all
    three reasonable factors put together. There is no doubt that each of
    these factors explains an important aspect of what is going on in
    Germany, but Wotan explains yet more.

    'Perhaps we may sum up this general phenomenon as 'Ergriffenheit' - a
    state of being seized or possessed. The term postulates not only an
    'Ergriffener' (one who is seized) but also an Ergreifer (one who
    seizes). Wotan is an 'Ergreifer' of men, and, unless one wishes to
    deify Hitler - which indeed has actually happened - Wotan is really
    the only explanation. It is true that Wotan shares this possession
    quality with his cousin Dionysus, but Dionysus seems to have exercised
    his influence mainly on women. The maenads were a species of female
    storm-trooper, and according to mythical reports were dangerous
    enough. Wotan confined himself to the Beserkers, who found their
    vocation as the blackshirts of mythical kings.

    'It seems to me that Wotan hits the mark as an hypothesis. Apparently
    he really was only asleep in the Kyffhauser mountain until the ravens
    called him and announced the break of day. He is a fundamental
    attribute of the German psyche, an irrational psychic factor which
    acts on the high pressure of civilisation like a cyclone and blows it
    away. The Wotan-worshippers seem to have judged things more correctly
    than the worshippers of reason. Apparently everyone had forgotten that
    Wotan is a Germanic factor of first importance, the truest expression
    and unsurpassed personification of a fundamental quality that is
    particularly characteristic of the Germans.

    'The emphasis on the Germanic race, the Germanic heritage, blood and
    soil, the ride of the Valkyries, Jesus as a blond and blue-eyed hero -
    all this is the indispensable scenery for the drama that is taking
    place and at bottom they all mean the same thing: a god has taken
    possession of the Germans and their house is filled with a 'mighty
    rushing wind'.

    'It was not in Wotan's nature to linger on and show signs of old age.
    He simply disappeared when the times turned against him, and remained
    invisible for more than a thousand years, working anonymously and
    indirectly. Archetypes are like river-beds which dry up when the water
    deserts them, but which it can find again at any time. An archetype is
    like an old watercourse along which the water of life has flowed for
    centuries, digging a deep channel for itself. The longer it has flowed
    in this channel the more likely it is that sooner or later the water
    will return to its old bed.

    'We are driven to conclude that Wotan must, in time, reveal not only
    the restless, violent, stormy side of his character, but also his
    ecstatic and mantic qualities. National Socialism will not be the last
    word. Things must be concealed in the background which we cannot
    imagine at present, but we may expect them to appear in the course of
    the future.'


    Jung had much more than just an academic interest in Wodhanaz, in fact
    he came to believe that this god is the true deity of the Germanic
    peoples of Europe. Of particular interest in this regard was a dream
    Jung had the night his mother died. In his autobiography, 'Memories,
    dreams, reflections', Jung writes:

    'The night before her death I had a frightening dream. I was in a
    dense, gloomy forest; fantastic, gigantic boulders lay about among
    huge jungle-like trees. It was a heroic, primeval landscape. Suddenly
    I heard a piercing whistle that seemed to resound through the whole
    universe. My knees shook. Then there were crashings in the
    undergrowth, and a gigantic wolfhound with a fearful, gaping maw burst
    forth. At the sight of it, the blood froze in my veins. It tore past
    me, and I suddenly knew: the Wild Huntsman had commanded it to carry
    away a human soul. I awoke in deadly terror, and the next morning I
    received the news of my mother's passing.


    'Seldom has a dream so shaken me, for upon superficial consideration
    it seemed to say that the devil had fetched her. But to be accurate
    the dream said that it was the Wild Huntsman, the 'Grunhutl', or
    Wearer of the Green Hat, who hunted with his wolves that night. It was
    Wotan, the god of my Alemannic forefathers, who had gathered my mother
    to her ancestors.
    'It was the Christian missionaries who made Wotan into a devil. In
    himself he is an important god - a Mercury or Hermes, as the Romans
    correctly realised, a nature spirit who returned to life again in the
    Grail legend. Thus the dream says that the soul of my mother was taken
    into that greater territory of the self which lies beyond the segment
    of Christian morality, taken into that wholeness of nature and spirit
    in which conflicts and contradictions are resolved.

    'I went home immediately, and while I rode in the night train I had a
    feeling of great grief, but in my heart of hearts I could not be
    mournful, and this for a strange reason: during the entire journey I
    continually heard dance music, laughter, and jollity, as though a
    wedding were being celebrated.


    'This paradox can be explained if we suppose that at one moment death
    was being represented from the point of view of the ego, and at the
    next from that of the psyche (soul). In the first
    case it appeared as a catastrophe; that is how it so often strikes us,
    as if wicked and pitiless powers had put an end to a human
    life....from another point of view, however, death appears as a joyful
    event. In the light of eternity, it is a wedding, a 'mysterium
    coniunctionis'. The soul attains, as it were, its missing half, it
    achieves wholeness.'


    Source
    Lík börn leika best.

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