Monday, 26 October 2020

The Symbol of Woden

"Four rich men and four poor men had their houses symmetrically situated at the corners of two squares, one inside the other, with a pond in the centre. The rich men determined to build a wall which should exclude the poor men, who had their houses close to the water, from the use of it and at the same time permit the rich men from access as before. How was this done?"

In Little Watton Church, Essex, is a figure with the above carving, the same as which is found on Ilkley Moor in Yorkshire. The Fylfot-Swastika appears to be a symbol of Woden, since it is found in another church, St. Mary's Church, Great Cornfield, Essex on a frieze next to a carving of a figure with two ravens next to it, the figure's eyes seem to be 'awkward'. A frieze of swastikas is carved into the Essex County Council HQ in Chelmsford. 

If you look carefully at the figure I have drawn here you will see a small square within a larger square, this being made of 8 dots. The dot in the centre, making 9 dots, is the 'pond'. The nine dots make an equal-armed cross too, which must be significant.

When researching the subject this symbol is attributed to Woden or Bel (Baal), which is extremely interesting in view of the links between Germania and Ancient Babylon which we have looked at before. The word 'Bel' in Akkad, Assyria and Babylonia meant 'Lord' or 'Master' and in later times Marduk became known as just 'Bel'. We also find the name 'Bel' in Ireland, who gave his name to 'Beltane' (The Fire of Bel). The great problem we face in names in areas such as Akkad, Assyria and Babylonia is that they are invariably seen as 'Semitic' and thus given a 'Semitic' meaning. The IE Root *bhel- means 'to shine', 'to flash' or 'to burn', as well as meaning 'blazing white'. This root gives rise to the name 'Bel' and also to that of 'Balder'. The English name Bael-Daeg is even more enlightening since it would mean 'Burning Day', 'Blazing Day', or 'Shining Day'. The term 'Bel' is always said to be from the Semitic 'Baal', and this was a God of Canaan who is often portrayed as the deadly enemy of Yahweh-Jehovah; the prophets sought to exterminate the worship of Baal in Canaan. The name means 'Lord' in the Semitic Tongue. Baal has been equated with Marduk by many scholars.

We move now to the Peterborough Petroglyphs found in Canada, whom many scholars now see as bearing Norse & Celtic characters. (*) These contain the word TSIW (Tiw) with his left hand severed by the Fenris Wolf (W-N-R). There is also a figure with a large glove and a hammer above, clearly that of Thunor-Thor. Another image shows THUUNOR with a hammer and helmet, again the left hand is missing. The language is a form of Tifinig Script. There is also a Solar God S-L-N-B-L which is SOLEN - BEL, next to S-A-L-N (the Sun). There is also an interesting script - W-D-N    L-Th-A   R-N   K-W-D   GN-D which is translated as - 'Woden's servant ordered runes carved'. The SOLEN-BEL are seen to be Irish Ogham, and the names TH-NN and WDN are Anglo-Saxon rather than the Norse, though these may well be earlier names used by the Germanic Folk. 

(*) 'The Vinlanders' published by The 55 Club shows clearly how there was a Norse and Celtic presence in Vinland (USA), as well as far earlier European people who crossed the seas. 

The name BEL is here used to mean 'blazing' and Solen Bel means the 'Blazing Sun'. The figure here relates to the Sun at Yule, and thus the use of Ogham has been deemed 'Norse Ogham' since the names are Norse. Since we find that the name 'Balder' and Baeldaeg' are both rooted in 'Bel' then the overlap between what is seen as 'Celtic' and 'Germanic' goes far deeper than modern scholars would admit. 

It is not usual to see the Fylfot-Swastika as symbolic of Woden, but I have shown the links between Woden and Ingwe, and with Ingwe being linked to Agni here is a connection since Agni is linked to the Swastika. Not only that, the title 'Bel' as meaning 'Lord' or 'Master' is not unlike the title 'Frey' meaning just the same. Ingvi-Frey means 'Master of Ingwe', the term 'Ingwe' here referring to the Solar-Fire. These join the dots together - so to speak. 

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Eye of Woden


Eye of Woden

In a post long ago I have shown the above 'Eye of Odin' figure from a coin of the Iceni Tribe of East Anglia, a so-called 'Celtic Tribe' who appear to have been Woden-Worshippers well before the 'Anglo-Saxon Invasion'. In a previous blog some years ago I showed how the name 'Iceni' can be rendered as a Germanic name, so I will not go into this here. Below is another coin from the Belgic Tribe called the Suessiones; it shows Woden being swallowed by the Fenris Wolf -

The 'Eye in the Mouth' is a symbol found on coins from East Anglia, and amongst Belgic Tribes, those who may well have brought the worship of Woden as Gwydion found in South Wales. But now we shall move to sound proof that Woden was worshipped here in England long before our historians and archaeologists tell us.

Back in 1922, some one hundred years ago, a workman in Dagenham, Essex, came across a wooden idol which became known as the 'Dagenham Idol'. This wooden idol is considered to be Woden (Odin) because the left eye has been deliberately scratched and damaged, just as the eye of another wooden idol found in Broddenbjerg, Denmark (dated back to 535 - 520 BCE), is damaged in a similar way. The 'Dagenham Idol' has been carbon-dated to 2250 BCE. Yes, over four thousand years ago Woden was worshipped here in England. Why is this not common knowledge? Simply because it does not fit with the establishment's version of our history, where the English came over in 449 CE and before that was the Romans and before them the Celts. Whenever something does not fit their agenda they carefully ignore it, making no fuss whatever about such finds. This is just one example of this. 

The above coins are Iron Age, and the Saxons are mentioned as being here when Caesar arrived, going back to around 55 BCE. But here we are going back another two thousand years at which time Woden was known and worshipped by Germanic Tribes here in England. Once again, this fits with the recent find that Stonehenge was built by Frisians, a tribe akin to the Angles and Saxons, having a very similar language to Old English. The wooden idol actually dates back to just after the building of Stonehenge. 

The 'Dagenham Idol' has a hole between the legs, whereas the one found in Denmark is a Phallic Symbol. 

The dating of 2250 BCE takes us back to the late Neolithic Age or early Bronze Age, and this seems to confirm a continued worship of Woden through two world-ages. Of course, this goes back much further than that, and no doubt new evidence will arise in time to show that this is so. 

Broddenbjerg Idol

The above bracteate, found in Sweden, has one eye damaged in a similar type of way; This figure is also said to be Woden, here leading an Ulfhednar-Warrior in some form of Martial Dance. I have also mentioned the 'Trickster' like image here with the 'Solar Horns' and the 'Lunar Horns' of the helmet.

The only argument that sceptics could use against the wooden idol being that of the god Woden is the 'hole' in the centre. However, it would seem that Woden (Odin) was connected with a stone having a hole in the centre, the Odin Stone which stood in the Orkneys until it was destroyed by an irate farmer -

The hole is clearly seen here, and it is also relevant to note that even today in the area of paganism and wicca the holed stones or Hag-Stones are also called Odin Stones. It thus seems quite logical to connect this ancient wooden idol with Woden, even though it is some 4,250 years old. It obviously represents the One-Eyed God who goes way back into the mists of time. Scholars are all too quick to give the 'hole' a sexual meaning, and thus brand it 'female', trying to equate Woden with Loki. A 'hole' has many meanings, including a 'portal' or 'gateway', or even a Black Hole postulated by science. Such symbols work at many levels of meaning. In fact, going back to the first images in this post the 'Eye' is placed at the 'Mouth' - which is a 'hole'. Another point is that the eye-socket is a 'hole' and losing the eye means having a gaping eye-socket. The terms 'hole' and 'eye' may well be linked together in the same symbolism. Another point that could be raised is that the wooden idol has no beard, whereas the one in Sweden has a beard. They are nearly 2,000 years apart, fashions change, and also the Swedish figure has no beard either. 

When we use the term 'blind' we mean that one cannot see; but in ancient times, found in Indo-European Roots, they used a different term 'without eyes', using the term 'eye' as being able to see, and 'without eyes' for being blind. The word 'eye' stems from an IE Root *ok(w)- meaning 'to see'. There is an ancient figure called Og whose name still exists in certain parts of Wiltshire, and the name suggests to me the word Ygg/Igg used of Woden as 'The Terrible One'. In fact, the Old English eage ('eye) gives us the AEgishjalm (eages grim is the Old English equivalent). Thus the name Ygg probably also relates to 'eye', and thus the 'One-Eyed God'. I have also noted before the names of certain figures in Norse Saga having the prefix 'Ing-' and who are stated to be 'one-eyed'. 

The word 'hole' comes from the Old English hol which itself stems from the IE Root *kel- which gives rise to 'to hide' or 'to conceal'. The Old English word means both 'hole' and 'hollow'. We seem to have a symbolic sequence here -


The 'eye' sacrificed to the 'Well of Memory' is thus the 'Hidden Eye' - the 'Third Eye'. This is the 'eye' that sees the 'wholeness', the power of which was lost in most after the sinking of the Primal Homeland. What is a 'well' but a 'hole-in-the-earth', a 'hollow' that is filled with water. The Eye-and-Well motif is thus akin to the Eye-and-Mouth motif, but the latter gives us a further insight since the mouth is the 'Source of Sound'. Woden is a God of Speech and Poetry.

Different depictions of Woden show both a left-eye and right-eye missing, and this seems to have been the case throughout time. In the above (from the Norse) the right-eye is missing, as with the Swedish bracteate, which predates the Viking times by a few centuries. In the Dagenham Idol it is the left-eye that is missing, and this is earlier than anything else we know of. It would seem to be the case that Woden/Odin was seen as a god with one eye missing, and although this motif stood the test of time, its meaning was not certain in later eras. 

Gwydion of Welsh Mythology is a magician and healer just like Woden; they share phonetically similar names - Wydion-Woden. Wydion is associated with the Ash-Tree, and in one Welsh story he defeats Bran who is a god associated with the Alder-Tree. Bran, like Woden, is associated with the Raven, and he is also the Guardian of Britain. This is why his head was said to be buried at the White Mound in London, guarded by the Two Ravens - Hugin and Muninn. There is a boy named 'Bran' in the series Game of Thrones who is associated with a Three-Eyed Raven, the Third Eye being between the other two on the forehead. This series was based upon ancient mythology, going way, way back in time to an age when the cold and snows destroyed the First Age. This seems clear from the Sacred Number 7 used in the series. 

Scholars invariably deduce from the notion that one god defeats another that this refers to new invaders of a land that overthrow those there before them. Robert Graves, in The White Goddess, sees this in the defeat of Bran by Wydion. But do we really have to see it this way every time this motif appears? Most scholars see in the slaying of the Bull by Mithras the change from the Age of Taurus (The Bull) to the Age of Aries (The Ram). Could the motif of the 'slaying' of the Alder by the Ash be seen as being a change of world-age too, just using different symbolism? In which case this is nothing more than the natural progression of the Cycle of the Ages. There may be a bit of truth in both, but we should perhaps keep an open mind. Wydion's nephew, Llew, is the god who hangs upon an Oak Tree, and his name means 'Light'. 

De Danaan (Ireland)                             Welsh

Dana                                                    Don

Lugh                                                     Llew

Manannan                                             Manawyddan

      -                                                    Gwydion/Wydion

Wydion is a god that has been added to the Welsh Mythology and does not appear in Irish Mythology under such a name. This does suggest the name was brought into these islands by Germanic Tribes, but at a much earlier time than most scholars would have us believe. There is also a Gaulish god named Lugus who must be Lugh/Llew. But if we look a little deeper into our own Ar-Kan Runes we can find that the Tir-Rune represents Tiw with his two hands whilst the Lagu-Rune represents Woden as the magician and sorcerer who sometimes takes a darker path in order to counter the Dark Forces. Woden takes the Left-Hand Path as shown in the Lagu-Rune, which, incidentally, also has the meaning of 'Light'. 

The Lagu-Rune

The above is an Anglo-Saxon motif, obviously Woden and Two Wolves, or more likely Woden being swallowed by the Wolf. To be noted here is the eye-shaped mouth of the god Woden. 

The above motif is from Ancient India, the similarity to the Anglo-Saxon motif being rather obvious. The human figure in the centre has the feet of a bird (Raven?). This is supposedly from the 'pre-Aryan' time, although many scholars today see this civilisation as Vedic and thus an earlier Aryan Civilisation. 

Bran in Welsh Mythology has a Cauldron of Knowledge, a Spear, and he is associated with the Severed Head. These are all symbols associated with Woden, the 'Severed Head' being Mimir who he consults in order to 'foresee'. It is also interesting to note that he is also associated with the Rich Fisher and the later Fisher King, as well as 'King Arthur', all of whom I have linked to Ingwe in past posts. 

The Once & Future King

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Doctrine of the Four Ages

The Italian nobleman, Julius Evola, was one of those who proposed the 'Doctrine of the Four Ages, where the Cycle of the Ages goes downwards through four distinct stages. These Four Ages occur in many Indo-European Mythologies but for the purpose of this post I am going to use the Greek terms because they do have some interesting ideas that can be taken from the names given to them -

The Golden Age - Gold is a precious metal that does not tarnish and holds its shine well, and has always been a Symbol of Light and Life. This has also always represented the Golden Sun which is a Symbol of Creation, of Life and of Light & Fire. This was an Age of Perfection when men walked with the gods because the veils of the worlds were thin and spiritual beings could walk together, working in complete harmony. This was an age of harmony and order, an age when men lived a very long life, far longer than today. 

The Silver Age - Like gold, silver is a precious metal, and one which shines with 'White Light', but it is a metal that tarnishes, and quickly loses its shine. It is thus an apt metal to describe an age which followed the catastrophes that destroyed the Golden Age, and an age when men were plunged onto chaos and disorder, and when the Seven Sages were sent to help mankind to overcome these disasters and to build new civilisations around the world.

The Bronze Age - Bronze is a metal that shines like gold when polished, but this also tarnishes; this age appears to represent a time when the 'Golden Age' was having a renaissance but in a much lower form, but an age which was tarnishing and thus still moving downwards through the Cycle of the Ages.

The Iron Age - Finally, Iron is an metal that starts to rust as soon as it is in contact with the damp in the air; it is a metal that eventually rots away almost entirely. This is thus an apt title for an age that is decaying, dying, degenerate and on the verge of total destruction. This is an Age of Destruction.

Don Miguel Serrano added a Fifth Age - the Age of Lead - because he studied alchemy and saw the inner essence of their drive to change Lead into Gold. Rather than merely a physical chemical change from Lead to Gold, this entailed a spiritual transmutation of the Age of Lead into the Age of Gold. The Age of Lead is ruled by Saturn, but not the Saturn (Kronos) who ruled the Golden Age, but the transformed Saturn who became Shaitan (Satanic Force). We have added a parallel age - the Age of Heroes - which is the transition age between the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius.

This Doctrine of the Ages, which take place through a downwards cycle, runs parallel to another provable phenomena whereby the Aryan Caste System forms the basis of another downwards cycle -

The God-King, Divine King, Priest-King.

The Warrior-King & Aristocracy.

The Farmer-Provider (Mercantile Caste in an urban context).

The Thrall, worker or slave.

There is plenty of evidence around to show how in ancient times there were God-Kings or Divine Kings, or even the Sacral Kingship of Europe. These were the wisest of men who ruled through Divine Law, through the Truth, Light and Order. They were replaced by Warrior-Kings and Warrior-Princes who ruled more by violence and warfare, waged at a more physical level than a totally spiritual level as before. The turning-point of this cycle was the French Revolution where the Third Estate won power; even though it was the 'Mob' that physically forced the change it was the Capitalist Era that won out through this change. Ancient kingship was thus destroyed in favour of a Merchant Class and Mercantilism, something imported into Europe through the Roman Empire, since it started in the Middle-East. Before we look at the last era - the 'Age of the People' - I would like to step back and take a somewhat detached look at this, if that is possible.

The change that brought on the 'Enlightenment' opposed the Church, State and Kingship, but since we are talking of a natural downward cycle it is perhaps wise to look at this in a different light. There is no doubt that Adam Weishaupt (*) and the Illuminati have had to take the full brunt of the 'conspiracy theories', but these people must have, like us, believed in what they were doing sincerely, and were also perhaps, like we are, living a life which they saw as a mission, a mission to enforce change. They were, perhaps, doing what was needed in order to create that change at that particular time. I would suggest that this may be a factor in what they were doing, but that there may also have been forces working even deeper and more occult that used these changes to their own benefit in order to further their plans for world domination. These hidden forces or occult forces seem to be aware of the astrological forces that could create change, and are able to go along with the flow in order to create changes in a way that furthers their own Global Agenda.

(*) Adam Weishaupt's name means 'The First Man of Those Who Know', and is thus not his real name, but was used in order to further the aims of The Illuminati. 

This could in fact explain why Aleister Crowley, whose doctrines seem to run counter to those of Weishaupt, placed him amongst his 'Saints' of the 'Illuminati'. It could also go some way to seeing what is actually happening as a greater plan, one in which we are all taking part. By this I mean that what has happened is that mankind is breaking into two distinct parts, one that is sinking and one that is rising upwards towards the Gods. Friedrich Nietzsche recognised this as the emergence of the 'Superman' against the sinking 'Ultimate Man'. Again, just as this downward current, of which Weishaupt was certainly a part, was moving faster, so the new upward current started mainly with Nietzsche and his proclamation of the advent of the 'Superman'.

'The Tower' of the Tarot Pack shows a 'lightning-blast' toppling the crown which is on top of the tower; this was obviously, being a medieval pack, aimed at the current trend at the time towards destroying European Kingship. The 'tower' obviously symbolises the Established Order, which is under attack and being destroyed by the new forces arising at that time. What we have left today of the remnants of 'kingship' can be seen in the British Royal Family which has now gone along completely with the current downward movement of the masses. But what is important about the above is that it that the 'Falling Tower' or 'Falling Order' also applies to the next stage - the 'Age of the People'. 

The image of a tower, with people falling from that tower, applies equally to the 'Twin Towers' that collapsed at the first part of the new millennium. This is the exact image shown in various newspapers and media outlets - men falling from one of the towers. These 'Twin Towers' were the very foundation of Economic Capitalism, telling us that the Age of Capitalism was ending and a 'New World Order' was replacing it. Again, this we should perhaps see as a natural part of this downward cycle moving backwards through the Aryan Caste System. Since this is an 'Aryan' Caste System it would lead to us recognising that this natural cycle is known and thus being used to further the aims of world-control by those outside this system. One important thing is that, as far as I know, there were three towers that collapsed and not two, but the third has been totally ignored, which suggests that the 'Twin-Towers' is the real symbolism that these forces wish to force into the public mind. Two 'pillars' form part of the masonic world-view, and they represent a 'gateway' at one level; this symbolism is also found linked to the 'Divine Twins' who appear at the beginning of a new era. Indeed, in one version of the 'Divine Twins' their names mean 'Pillar' or 'Post' and thus they were 'Twin-Pillars'. Archetypal Myth is being used to further the ends of the Global Agenda, though moving with the agents of change

In occult circles 'The Trickster' or 'The Joker' is seen as an Agent of Change, as a force that changes the order of things. In 'The Dark Knight' film 'The Joker' is an Agent of Chaos who appears to create disruption, disorder and chaos, whilst the 'Dark Knight' is also a part of the Dark Force that recreates the order out of chaos. This is how the workings of the Masonic Motto are - 'Order out of Chaos'. The main idea behind this is to create disorder and chaos, and then offer a way to bring 'Order out of Chaos', which is quite easy to do when you have controlled and manipulated the whole thing. The 'new order' that arises, or in this case the 'New World Order', will be that which you were planning to implement all along - simple and very effective. 

But....even with the best laid plans things do not always go according to plan, for there is a factor involved that can itself change things - Chance. In fact, if we delve into the essence of 'The Joker' in the modern card pack, this card does actually represent Chance. The card can be used at any time but this is completely in the hands of the player, and whether it is effective in winning or losing the game is down solely to the player of the hand. We can see that 'The Joker' can work both ways in any given game, and can be used by both sides. The 'Joker' has the role of creating sudden change because it can be thrown in at any time, and can change the course of the game. I think this is something we should look more closely into, since it would seem that our enemies recognise and use these forces to further their aims, so we too can use these forces to further our aims. 

Going back to the French Revolution, this changed things completely in that it brought into play the 'Age of Reason' which still permeates our times, even though we have entered a new part of the cycle. This was called 'The Enlightenment' because it promoted science over religion, effectively killing "God' in the process. Its affects are all around us today. During the French Revolution and the blood-thirsty massacres done by such figures as Robespierre and other revolutionaries, there arose amongst these people the idea of a 'Goddess of Reason' which, of course, had to arise because of the 'Age of Reason' being ushered in at this time. It is interesting to note that they used the Goddess Isis as a model, thus proving how such people use an archetype that is deeply embedded in the European Psyche and twisting this into their own distorted image that suits their aims and agenda - they did this with their 'Jesus Christ'. Robespierre embodied the psychopathic drive which also featured heavily in the Russian Revolution, and in other Marxist Revolutions around the world that have been responsible for the deaths of up to 130 Million people. 

Another thing that came out of the French Revolution was the 'metre' which was a measure that replaced Ancient Measure, and was based around a measurement associated with the Earth. Ancient Measures were based upon the human body, and thus on the Cosmos of which the human body was an image of; this was thus 'Cosmic Man', who now became 'Earth Man'. Again though, this was a stage, but a part of the natural downward cycle. Another noteworthy point here is that at that time they imposed a 'Year Zero' or 'Time Zero' which effectively destroyed the past completely. This has been tried again recently, enforcing the fact that this is all part of the plan which is using a natural cycle to further their own agenda, through changing the course of this to go their own way. 

We can see the workings of 'The Tower' card of the Tarot in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings where the 'Twin Towers' of Saruman (Isengard) and Sauron (Mordor) collapse, ushering in a New Order. (This is shown particularly in the collapse of Mordor, although Isengard we do not see actually collapse.) It would be interesting to know what Tolkien had in mind for the meanings of 'Saruman' and 'Sauron' although we are told that Saruman means 'Man of Skills' and Sauron means 'The Abhorred'. Saruman betrays the Istari and takes the Dark Side, aiding Sauron in his aims for world-domination. This saga took place at the end of the Third Age. 

Mohenjo-Daro is an ancient site in Pakistan, a site that some have claimed was destroyed in an ancient cataclysm; since some tell us that there are signs of molten rock heated far beyond normal means, they tell of an ancient 'Nuclear War' that destroyed this civilisation. However, we should never impose the science of our own age upon the past without considering other possibilities. It is rather a coincidence that there are some who see this as an ancient nuclear war of destruction, especially since certain Indian scholars have dated their ancient epic saga - The Mahabharata - to around this time. This epic actually records a battle between two warring Aryan Tribes in which 'weapons of mass destruction' were used, weapon that killed hundreds of thousands of people. Nuclear war, maybe, but these could have been far different weapons that were just as destructive - we really do not know as yet. 

What is clear is that every age within the Cycle of the Ages ends in some form of great war or catastrophe. We have had two world-wars within the last one hundred years, so this must be part of this cycle. The fall of the 'Twin Towers', the Towers of Capitalism, heralded the 'Age of the People', an age in turmoil, disorder and chaos, and we see the 'Dissolution of the Races' in the destruction of the peoples of Europe. The 'Waters of Dissolution' is a phenomena that happens at the end of a Cycle of the Ages, together with a Great Cataclysm. Everything falls back into the Primal Chaos in order that a New Creation can begin, and a New Order arises from the ashes of the Old Order. 

The figures of Woden (Germanic) and Merlin (Celtic) are indeed 'Trickster' figures in their roles; so Loki the Joten is not the only figure to embody this kind of archetype. What we see in the 'Dark Knight' film is that 'The Joker' recognises Batman as having the same essence; but Batman has an entirely different role, though we may see the two as coming from the same source. There was a book that I read many, many years ago about 'Elric of Melnibone' written by Michael Moorcock. Elric, or 'The White Wolf' as was one of his nicknames, arise out of Chaos and his role was to aid the Forces of Order in creating Order out of Chaos, and this seems to be yet another archetype that explains what I have said. The name 'Elric' is perhaps 'Elf-Ruler', and he was portrayed as a kind of elf type figure. We should not forget that the Gods and Joten often intermingle, and the Joten-Women often aid the Gods. Both embody the same source. 

'The Joker', in the Dark Knight film, embodies a power that causes Chaos for the sake of doing so, not for any particular reason. This seems to be a kind of subconscious role that defies any kind of reason, a role that is necessary because it is necessary. Although the 'happy' figure of 'Santa Claus' and his 'Ho! Ho! Ho!' laugh could be a modern invention, there is also a likelihood that it is not so modern. The words 'Ho! Ho! Ho!' can be found in connection with the Germanic Wild Huntsman, and may be invocations of the Wild Hunter-God. (We have used these ourselves in some rites.) If this is so then the 'laughter' associated with 'The Joker' (and the play on the word S-Laughter) may well have arisen from this. The Wild Hunt is clearly associated with change and rides at the Yule-tide of the year, the point of change between the old year and the new year. This can also be seen before a war or crisis in society. 

There are some things that can never be explained, some mysteries that are beyond reason and recognition; I have mentioned before how at the time of my Shamanic Initiation in 1997 this figure of 'The Trickster' or 'The Joker', and the 'Laughter' aspect of this figure, played a great role in this as the 'Great Initiator'. Maybe we are seeing another aspect of this in the 'Initiation Rite' which lies behind what is happening around the world today? Perhaps, and just perhaps because we cannot be sure, this is the 'Cosmic Joker' that actually rules over this period - the Archetypal Trickster. I know that some see Loki as a 'shadow' of Woden, but from what I know his role does not in any way aid the gods, nor elves, nor man, and at the very end he turns totally against the Gods and Men, and leads the Dark Forces against the Gods - much like Saruman perhaps. The term 'trickster' can also be associated wit the 'Spider' and the 'Great Liar'. I see Woden as a different kind of 'Trickster-God' who works in different ways; certainly Loki aided the Gods on occasions, but much of his work actually undoes the work of the Gods. 

Perhaps these archetypes go beyond the confines of our Racial Gods, although maybe our Gods are also facets of these Cosmic Archetypes, and themselves embody certain characteristics of these Cosmic Archetypes. A good deal of our problems today is not just down to outer circumstances but to the 'Enemy Within' which comprises the 'White Traitors' who betray and often hate their own people, and thus themselves too. This is why it is difficult sometimes to pinpoint a certain enemy, since it is often our own people who do their work for them - and they know and use them to their advantage. This is where I see one of the roles of Loki, since he turns one section against the other, dividing them and turning them against themselves. He was the cause of the first war in the worlds, then the war between the Elven-Folk, the cutting off the the Golden Hair of Sif (which, having further information suggests that this cut of the intuitive mind of women, as well as the corn aspect), and finally the death of the Sun-God, Baeldaeg. 

The Age of Lead is ruled over by Saturn-Kronos although there are certain mysteries here too. The Greek Kronos was said to have been overthrown by Zeus and then chained in a cave somewhere in the North; at least this is one version. There is another claim that Zeus finally gave Kronos the task of welcoming the Heroes into the Underworld, and he was to be in charge of these Heroes. This is the 'Race of Heroes' that Zeus created at the end of the 'Bronze Age', created from the Ash-Tree. This puts another light on the matter, since Saturn-Kronos was the 'God of the Golden Age'. This is where we get the alchemical transformation of Lead (Shaitan) into Gold (Saturn). 

Joe Sevnson informed me that there is a Great Conjunction of Jupiter (Kingship) and Saturn in Aquarius on December 21st 2020 - on the Winter Sunstead. This will obviously have a great affect upon the Earth and all life upon the Earth. The planets do in some way affect us all, as the ancients knew well. We know the affects of the Moon not only on water, but also on the subconscious mind of man. The Sun is responsible for growth and for all life to exist, we know this too. Astronomy is a science, but many astronomers reject the idea that the planets exert an influence, even though we know the Sun and Moon have an influence, so why not the other planets? Perhaps 'chance' can sometimes be invoked for help in coming changes. Perhaps.