'In the Days of the Lion, spawned of the Evil Brood,
The Hooded Man shall come to the forest.
There he will meet with Herne the Hunter
- Lord of the Trees -
To be his Son and do his bidding.
The Power of Light and the Power of Darkness
Shall be strong within him.
And the guilty shall tremble!'
The Hooded Man Prophecy - October 31st 1993, Horam, Sussex.
There are still things coming to light with this prophecy; there is, in fact, something that has come to light which is extremely important to our struggle for freedom. This prophecy may not be 'ancient' in the strict sense of the word, but it was given to me in an altered form that makes it valid due to the numerology that proves it to be valid. It is made up of 58 Words, and the changed section - The Power of Light and the Power of Darkness is strong within him' - has 58 Letters. The Number 58, when using English Gematria, gives us the word 'Robin' - thus 'Robin Hood' who is 'The Hooded Man'.
The clue to the meaning of this prophecy lies in the phrase that has been altered; the balance of the powers of light and darkness occur either at dawn or dusk. In this case, with the knowledge of the Sword of Hengest, this refers here to the Dawn Time of the New Age. This is the key to this since this is the time we are in now. The Hooded Man is not the Last Avatar; he will appear later when the 'Day' dawns on this Age of Aquarius. Woden's Folk was set up to prepare the way for his coming, which we are doing through our work at an exoteric and esoteric level.
We have to consider the role of the English in all this, since in the Robin of Sherwood series the sword carried by The Hooded Man is Albion, which holds within its blade the 'Powers of Light and Darkness in balance'. Albion, as we know, is the old name of England; in ancient times there were Teutonic Folk here akin to the English, and thus the Germanic name for this land in these ancient times. England and the English is the 'vehicle' for this current, the force that embodies the power of the Forefathers, and that recalls the ancient power of the Elves, to whom the English are close kin.
That this current is embodied around the figure of Robin Hood is no coincidence: he is the most famous English Folk-Hero of them all, and over and over again his legend has been made into TV Series or Films - some good, and some embodying the usual modern distortions that insult our Forefathers. But even then the legend itself shines through because the name itself is the same, and the memory of this Folk-Hero lives on within the Folk-Soul of the English Folk. it echoes through the Blood Memory awakening through the Call of the Blood.
There is no real evidence that anyone by the name of 'Robin Hood' existed, and as with many legends the name could be tagged on to various different English Folk-Heroes. But, it is the name that counts, and that itself is a Teutonic name meaning - 'Light-Darkness'. The name itself embodies the same meaning as both the prophecy and the sword Albion.
Herne the Hunter is often linked to Cernnunos through the name; the latter is a 'Celtic' rendering whereas Herne is Teutonic name whicb could mean the same - 'The Horned One' - or may be rooted in Herian which is a name of Woden. Certainly, Herne is related to the Stag, but he is also linked to the 'Hanged Man', and to the Oak-Tree. His name is found not only linked to Windsor, but to 'Herne's Cave' in Kent, and even perhaps 'Herne Bay' in Kent. 'King Herla' is always stated to be a 'Briton' and yet the name is Teutonic and stems from Herian again - Woden Herian. Where we have the 'Cerne Abbas Giant' this may well have been through Celtic Priests who occupied this area - the Saxons called the hill-figure by the name Heil. Again, this could be a corruption of Herian, Herla, Herne. Christian priests in the same area of Dorset told of a Saxon Cult that worshipped a Stag and a Snake.
Like Robin Hood the Herne Giant is a 'hunter' and the figure shows Orion the Hunter whose legend is very near to that of Robin Hood. That is not to say this is 'Greek' but an English Legend that holds the same basic Archetypal Myth. It is Herne the Hunter who is 'Lord of the Trees' (The Forest-God) and 'Lord of the Animals'. The club that this hill-figure holds is associated with the most ancient Mannerbunde Cults.
The 'Phallus of Orion' was known to the Egyptians and the Greeks, but also to the Saxons who called this Frigg's Distaff which is a rather clever play-on-words.
In the third row down on the 'Horns of Gallehus' we see two figures having wolf's heads or dog's heads; the one on the left holds a club (Woden) and the one on the left an axe (Thunor). The fact that Robin Hood dwells in the forest links him to the Teutonic Mannerbunde who also lived in the wild forests as the 'Dogs of the Outside'. This is where the term Heathen comes from, meaning outside the bounds of civilisation, outside the 'enclosures' where the tribe lives - 'of the heath'. That the Legend of Robin Hood stems from a Teutonic source is clear by the name 'Robin Hood' but also by the name 'Will Scarlet' who was originally 'Scathlock'. Yes, this could be claimed a 'Celtic' name since it is such, but it does not refer to any Celtic figure - it is Loki who was the blood-brother to Woden and with the gods in their adventures - even if he was the 'Enemy Within'. The name 'Scathlock' means 'Shadow-Loki' which does get to the essence of this figure.
That the 'Robin of Sherwood' series tried to demonise Odinism is clear from the way that the enemies of Robin Hood were the 'Sons of Fenris' who were the 'Wolves of Odin' - which is totally wrong. They were the offspring of Loki, not Odin. Also that the 'Seven Swords of Wayland' could summon the 'Devil' or 'Lucifer' - which itself is wrong since 'Lucifer' is the Morning Star - Venus. There is much distortion here but even with this, as I said before, the truth shines through because it reaches the Blood Memory where the Truth shines clearly. One of the tricks used today seems to be to pitch the 'Celts' against the 'Teutons' through a 'divide and conquer' agenda - Wicca-Celtic Paganism against Odinism-Wodenism. This tactic can only work at a physical level, the Call of the Blood cannot distorted.
The one thing was was right is the link between The Hooded Man and the Tarot Card called The Fool. The Hooded Man is indeed the 'Pure Fool' at one level, but in this case not the 'Parsifal' that achieves the final victory and plunges the Spear into the Graal - this is the Last Avatar. Even this Tarot Card has the White Rose of Albion on its symbolism. There are the Graal figures of Gawain and that of Parsifal - they have separate roles.
But, there may well be a case to see the Last Avatar as The Hooded Man too, since there are three figures here, as there are three figures in the Archetypal Myth of HelgiH -
1. Ailric of Loxley.
2. Robin of Sherwood.
3. Robert (same name) of Sherwood.
This, of course, has been written into this modern Archetypal Myth; in no way do I imply that the writer of the Robin of Sherwood series ever intended this to become reality, this is obviously working at a very deep level of the subconscious. But this does coincide with the HelgiH Mysteries in every detail since there are three distinct currents in both of these myths. These are the workings of Wyrd, where certain things are thrown into the Web of Wyrd and act out reality in this world. These do not work at a conscious level, they work at an unconscious level - and they will be acted out in history. There are certain things that link the two together -
1. Much, the miller's son, and in the Seven Swords of Wayland the action in the mill. In the Lay of Helgi Hundingsbane Helgi hides in a mill in order to escape his enemies. Robin does not actually play 'The Fool' whose role is that of Much in the TV Series - we still have the same symbolism.
2. Both Robin Hood and HelgiH have to acquire a Sword that they use in their battles.
3. Robin Hood is the 'Pure Fool' and Helgi Hundingsbane plays the part of 'The Fool' when he dresses as a woman in the mill.
4. The link between Robin Hood and Wayland; the Sword Albion is forged at Wayland's Smithy.
5. Finally, Robin Hood refuses the role as the 'Once and Future King'; this is an important point because it underlines the Archetypal Myth that is involved here. The 'Once and Future King' is the Last Avatar whose role is different than that of the current phase. That this is based around 'King Arthur' and the Celtic 'Camelot' matters little, the 'Once and Future King' is also Barbarossa, Aragorn, and other archetypal figures. 'King Arthur' as 'King of the English', maybe, and he too wields a famous Sword.
Can you see the deception in this depiction of King Arthur's 'Round Table'? The Red Rose dominant over the White Rose? That this was placed at Winchester, the capital of the Belgae and the English, is itself significant. The White Rose is now breaking free of its chains again - and the White Dragon rises once more in the Soul of the English Folk.
The archetypal theme runs through such figures as The Hooded Man since we find in the last manifestation (Jason Connery) he is reluctant to take up this role. We find exactly the same thing with Aragorn of Lord of the Rings, and now with Redbad in the Rise of the Vikings. These Folk-Heroes do not just step forward and take up their destiny, for destiny forces them to do so. They do not wish to be heroes, they are forced by Wyrd (Fate) to take up this role.
The Long Man of Wilmington is in the East which is where the Sun rises at the Dawn-Time. This figure is the 'April Fool' and thus connected to The Hooded Man - nearby is 'Hunter's Burgh' connected to Herne the Hunter. Above the figure is 'Windover Hill' and the Long Barrow; the name 'Windover' could be a corruption of 'Waendal' since both names can mean 'wind' as in 'to turn', 'to twist' or 'to coil' (not as in wind - weather). It is no coincidence that the other side of the Cuckmere Valley is the Hindover White Horse and another Long Barrow - this became corrupted to 'High and Over Hill'.
The Sacred Tree of the Helmed Waendal is the Yew-Tree that is found in the nearby churchyard. This is, some say, around 1,600 years old which takes it back to Saxon times in the South Saxon Mark.
The early Christian Church knew how powerful our Heathen Ancient Sites were, and thus built their churches on such sites; the local church was built around this ancient Yew-Tree. The name 'Wilmington' has been seen to mean 'Ton of the Wilmings', a Saxon Clan. However, such names are invariably rendered in this like, and nothing is sure about this name. This could be the people of a 'Wilma' but that is not for certain. The hundred next to this was Waendelmestreow - 'Tree of the Helmeted Waendal'. This obviously refers to this Yew-Tree, unless there was another old tree in the area. Of course, there is a possibility that the name 'Wilmington' is associated with the name Waendal; there is a town in the East Midlands called 'Wellingborough' whose name derives from 'Waendal' but the likeness is not seen in the modern name. We have 'Welling' and 'Wilming' which are not too unalike to be seen as corruptions of the same name - Waendal. There is also an area called 'Willingdon' near to Wilmington, which is even nearer to 'Welling', and thus here we may have yet another connection to Waendal. If this is so then the whole area was once connected to the figure of the World-Turner and God of Cyclic Time. The name 'Wilmings' could be the 'Sons of Waendal'. Maybe.
Waendal is 'Orwandil', or 'Earendel', a name that can mean 'Arrow-Waendal'; Orwandil comes into the Myth of Hamlet which is another link to The Hooded Man. There could also be a link to AEgil the Archer who is the Ur-Archetype of Robin Hood. AEgil is the brother of Wayland the Smith; and Rudyard Kipling links an area around Burwash in East Sussex (where he lived) to Wayland. There is a place called 'Pook's Hill' named after 'Puck' who appears in Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling. Puck tells of how the Nature-Spirits have all left, bar himself.
Kipling tells how an Puck saw an image of Weland (his spelling) on Beacon Hill, originally Brunanburgh. Kipling tells of a place called 'Weland's Ford' which became 'Willingford Bridge' (which still exists today). Here, once more, we have the name 'Willing', as in 'Willingdon' and 'Wellingborough'. The book by Kipling is rather strange in that he paints Weland in a very bad light; when he becomes 'Wayland the Smith', it is said, he cannot be released from his bondage until someone favours him in a good light. AEgil has similarities to Orwandil, and he is the brother of Wayland the Smith. There does seem to be some ancient connection here. This connection could be that of the Elven-Folk and the Waene-Folk who appear to be linked together. Wayland is often described as an Elven-Smith, and Orwandil is linked to Ivalde of the Elven-Kin, the father of Idunn, also of the same Elven-Kin. Many of the Teutonic Wars between kin and kin were fought in line with Archetypal Myth like the wars between the Elves - like against like, usually stirred by Loki. Rydberg sees Wayland as the smith who forged the Sword of Victory used against the Gods; maybe it is time that these conflicts are reconciled once and for all, and that our attention turns to the real enemy of our Folk - Loki the Joten as the 'Enemy Within' and the Dark Joten whom he will lead against the Gods ate Ragnarok.
Folkish Wodenism sees the Seven Swords of Wayland as the Seven Tribes of Ingus, forged together as the English Folk-Nation by the Seventh Sword of Wayland - Albion. Since 'Albion' can mean 'Land of the Elves' or the 'White Island'/'Shining Island' then there is a definite link to the Elven-Folk. The ancient bond between Man and the Elves was broken, but this ancient bond can be created once more through the Hand of the Elves and the Blood of Man. A place called Burlough Castle in East Sussex which is not a castle, nor are there any castle remains, but it is said to be the 'Home of the Fairies of Sussex'. By the term 'Fairies' is meant 'Elves' and not the Victorian distortions. Burlough Castle is an ancient mound.
The Hooded Man Prophecy was given to me in a dream of October 31st 1993 in Horam, East Sussex. October 31st is 'Halloween' - 'All-Hallows Eve' - which is when the Veil of the Worlds is at its thinnest. This is now 26 years ago and Woden's Folk was founded five years after this - continuing the Odinist tradition of using Wayland's Smithy as one of the most powerful Ancient Sacred Sites. The site is guarded by a Saxon Warrior bearing a Spear and a Shield; this ancient warrior revealed the Mystery of ALU some years ago - he still guards the site against the forces that seek to distort its power, and seek to control the site for the forces of Darkness and Matter. This Magical Force - ALU - is the key to the protection of the Smithy.
Herne the Hunter is the Spirit of the Forest, the most ancient force that pervades the trees and everything living within the forest. In the ancient forests the Teutonic Bunds gathered, groups such as Robin Hood and his Warriors; there they were under the protection of Herne the Hunter - Woden. Woden is 'Wood-An' - Master of the Woods. He is also Wod-An - 'Master of the Wod. This is the 'Teuton Fury' that breaks out of the Teutonic Warrior - like Cu Chulainn in the Ulster Cycle.