The German rune-magician and cult-magus, Guido von List, had a mystical experience when blinded after a cataract operation on his eyes, during which he was given the 18-Rune Armanen System which he developed, and which became the basis of the works of various other rune-magicians working in Germany between the wars. This system was a unique system developed around his unique runic system and also around a three-fold system that included the tripartite system used by all Indo-European peoples. It is this that we need to look at here.
Cornelius Tacitus (who we shall see more of later) mentioned in Germania that there were three distinct sections of the Germanic Folk – the Ingaevones, the Herminones, and the Istaevons – who were all descended from Mannus, the son of the earth-born god, Tuisto. This forms the basis of the three-fold system of List’s Armanen. He uses the names Ingaevons, Irminons, and Istaevons, obviously replacing the name ‘Hermin’ with ‘Irmin’. He also uses the terms Ingvo, Irmin, and Istvo for short, which we shall use below.
1) The perpetuator, maintainer.
2) The young wanderer.
3) The one who judges/decides in court.
1) The generator, who generates in death, the returning one, the one to be reborn.
2) The continually existing one.
3) The one who goes into darkness & submersion.
The endings of these three levels – ‘-ons’ – means –
1) The ancestors, primal origin,
2) To wander,
3) To change, transformation, rotation.
The tribal name Ingaevons thus means –
1) The ones who come forth out of the ancestral origin.
2) The wandering young descendants, wanderers, Wandals (Vandals).
3) The alteration through the judgement of Fate.
The tribal name Irminones means –
1) The ones who came forth out of the ancestral origins of the Solar Man,
2) The wandering governors, Solar Judges, the Semanes,
3) Conclusion of opinion by a turn of Fate.
The tribal name Istaevons means –
1) The ones reborn out of the realm of the ancestors,
2) The ones constantly wandering,
3) The ones who pass away through a consequence of Fate.
The importance of this three-fold division of caste within the Germanic Folk is vitally important to this argument. This will come to light when I outline the next section about the English Folk. It is important to understand who the English (Angles) were and their role in Germania.
Cornelius Tacitus, the Roman historian, tells us that the ‘Reudigni, Aviones, Anglii, Varini, Eudoses, Suarines and Nuitones’ were safe behind ramparts of rivers and woods, and they ‘share a common worship of Mother Earth’. In this respect the ‘goddess’ rides in a chariot among her people, and an inviolate grove on an island is where her worship takes place. We should note that the Anglii (Angles) are amongst these tribes.
We also have the piece from the Old English Charm for Bewitched Land which is not quite as this title says, since it is a charm to hallow the land and generate good harvest. Our interest lies here in that it is an English Charm and that within it are the words ‘Erce, Erce, Erce, Mother of Earth’ which seems to be an invocation of the Mother Earth, or the Mother of Earth.
When we consider that the English are the Ingaevons we can see that Guido von List was right in that they were the farmer-provider/perpetuator of the Folk caste. This is further underlined when we consider that Ing/Ingwe is the Ingvi-Frey of the Norsemen and he is the Solar-Phallic God who rules over human fertility and virility as well as that of the earth. He is the God of the Ingaevons, and Nerthus is the goddess mentioned by Tacitus as worshipped by the Anglii. Nerthus is the female version of Njord who is the father of Frey and Freya. Ing or Ingwe is the English version of Frey (‘Lord’). This is the important point here – the English are of the Ingvaeons, the caste of the farmer-provider.
It is a fact that the farmer-provider/perpetuator of the race caste was the backbone of the Teutonic Folk because this caste was where the others all stemmed from. This is the basis for the Blood and Soil mythos which is so important to the Germanic Peoples. The landsman and his ilk were the backbone of the Folk, and this is why our enemies seek to break us from the mystical link between the Folk and the Land.
We turn now to the Irminones who are obviously descendants of Irmin who we now know to be the God of the Arya. We can see how these were the Solar Man who were the priest-kings – the aethlinga caste. These were the Ir-min or Ar-Man – the Solar Man/Sun-Man. They were the Sa-mans (as opposed to the Sha-man who was the ‘shadow-man’), the Priests of Woden-Wotan. They were the intellectual caste of spiritual leaders and priest-magicians – the ‘teaching caste’. Guido von List maintained that the Armanen had existed throughout the Dark Ages as a secret brotherhood and secret priesthood over the Germanic Folk.
It is thus significant, and highly important, to note that the Saxons were the ones who upheld the Irminsul and the worship of Irmin or Seaxnot who was the Sword-God. Thus, the Saxons were the AEthlinga-Caste of the English Folk, they were the ruling elite of the English, and even though at a later time the two became mixed up, and no doubt interbred between the castes, but the original role of the Saxons was that of the Priest-King and the Aethlinga-Caste.
The Saxons were thus the worshippers of the Sky-Gods (AEsir-Gods) who became the overlords of the worshippers of the Earth-Gods (Goddess) after they came back from the east as the horsemen who worshipped the Sword-God (Saxnot). The Saxons were thus the Sakae-Sani who were the Aryan Scythians and as the Arya (Ar-Man) they were the ruling caste and the Priesthood of Woden.
The fusion of the Angles and the Saxons seems to mimic the First War in the World between the Wanir and the AEsir, and their fusion under the title of the AEsir-Gods. This would also explain the Beaker Folk who were said to have come to these islands around 2700 BCE. This was a new type of Warrior Society that overcame the more agricultural society that existed then.
The Holy Mountain of the Arya is Mount Elbruz in the Caucasus Mountains, and we can perhaps guess that the invading Arya from the east had been that section of the race that had been singled out at the Sun-Oracle in order to develop the ego in mankind as the next stage of human evolution. These Aryan Folk were singled out as the new ruling elite of the Folk – the leaders, priests, poets and intelligentsia. We are in fact told that the English did not often use horses in battle, and yet in the burial mound at Sutton Hoo we find the remains of a horse buried with the other human burials. This suggests (to me) that the Wulfingas (Wuffingas) were the Aryan elite over the Angles in East Anglia, borne out by their being the Aethlinga Caste as history tells us. The finds of a magical-wand bearing the wolf’s head suggests that they were priest-king-magicians, as does the Sutton Hoo Mask which suggests the Cult of Woden.
If we look at the English legend of Sheaf then we find this theory backed up, since Sheaf arrived on the island of Scandi with a Sheaf of Corn which is liked to agriculture. In the Beowulf Saga we find him as Scyld Scefing (‘Shield, Son of Sheaf’) which tells us far more than it would seem at first glance, for Shield is the protective garb of the warrior, and it is the Warrior-Caste (Aethlinga) that comes out of the Ingaevons (represented by Sheaf) – exactly how Guido von List has it in Secret of the Runes. It is the Scyldings who represent the new ruling Elite of Woden, as has been established by some scholars.
These people were represented by the Eorlingas or Rohirrim of ‘Lord of the Rings’ who were the horse-riders of the ‘Mark’ or ‘Markmen’. I believe the term Rohirrim comes from a source in India and thus perhaps linked to the Arya of India (known as Aryania originally). These people were portrayed as they were in the film from the book, as tall, fair and horsemen of excellence.
The invasions of these islands may also be explained by these being a new incursion of the Arya rather than a wholesale invasion of the English. Hengest is said to be a Jute, but other sources have him as a Saxon, and he was the Divine Leader of the tribes who came here to war against the Jotun and who came to unite the English as a Folk-Nation. If we are to believe Ryan West in his book Hengest & Horsa – The Rise of the Saxons then the symbol of the English was the White Dragon and the symbol of the Saxons was the Red Fylfot on White background. If my memory serves me right the book also says that the Saxons and English recognised themselves as the same kindred when the Saxons invaded and set up for battle. It would seem clear from this that the Red Fylfot on White Background is the symbol of the Arya Elite as is the Irminsul which is the Pillar of the Sky-Gods.
The above theory gives rise to the change in role of Woden’s Folk and the incorporation of the Irmin-Cult into the Woden Folk-Religion. We need to make clear the difference between Angle and Saxon, and that the Saxon Nation is the Elect of Woden who are the Armanen Initiates spoken of by Guido von List – the Priesthood of Woden. We have to make it clear that this Irmin-Cult is a Wodenic Cult and that we do not follow the ideas of a clash between the Irminists and Wotanists, as is often portrayed of Karl Maria Wiligut by writers of the subject – Wiligut used the Armanen Runes and also the name Wotan within his work.
If we see Irmin as originally the figure of Tiw – the Sky-Father – then when Tiw (Tir-Rune) lost his right-hand (becoming the Lagu-Rune) he becomes Woden as the God of the Left-Hand Path. In Tantra the Path of the Warrior is the Left-Hand Path and this is why Woden became the God of the Left-Hand Path. In the Warg-Age (Dark Age) the only true way for the warrior is that of the Left hand Path.
The symbols of the Irmin-Cult are the Sword (Seax) and the Irminsul as well as the Fylfot-Swastika. These are the symbols of the Inner Cult of the Woden Folk-Religion. The Ar-man (‘Sun-Man’) was the heir to the ancient Solar Race spoken of in the Ramayana and other Aryan Holy Texts. This is the Inner Order of the Woden Folk-Religion and will have the work of teaching, education and instruction – as its work progresses.