Saturday, January 14, 2006


When the best lack all conviction and the worst are filled with passionate intensity, when the centre cannot hold, who fills the void? Who takes the place-holding position of the normal when the normal is so rotten that no one wants to be near it?

In the following two pieces, the first on the decline of mainstream Protestant church membership, and the compilation of pieces on the history of the Thule society we might begin to see that the centre, not holding a place between extremes, gives rise to extremes as the norm. For all the posturing and posing from the Left dhimmi fascists from the leadership and intelligentsia of our mainstream religious institutions, we see the numbers: people are fed up. People are increasingly disgusted by the antics of the higher-ups of the mainstream Protestant churches, and they are leaving to the point that in Canada if not elsewhere, the mainstream churches will disappear from the intellectual landscape within our life times. Given that as bad as they might be we must still weigh the import of their loss in light of what will come to hold their positions. The garbage dhimmi idiots of today's Anglican Church and the PCUSA are filth beyond the power of words to describe, but they are, or should be, the bulwarks against that which is far worse. Because they are not, I argue here on occasion that those responsible for this moral and social catastrophe should be hauled out of their Saabs and should be summarily hanged from the nearest lamposts for their crimes. Today such suggestions are intemperate, possibly even shrill; but tomorrow such calls might well be heeded by an enraged and irrationalist mob who pay no attention to the norms of civility and Rationality. Today what is rhetorical might well be seen as intellectually normal and morally imperative. The catastrophe of Left dhimmi fascism in the church establishment is the catastrophe of the coming blood-dimmed tide, as Yeats wrote. We might well face in our next few years, the Second Coming. No what we would assume as such, but the rise of the Mystery. First, some details on the decline of the Protestants.
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Membership decline in the United Church of Canada and Anglican Church of Canada:

Keith McKerracher, in a study created for the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) analyzed religious data from 1961 to 2001. During this interval, membership in the ACC dropped from 1.36 million to 642,000 -- a reduction of 53% 3 By itself, this is distressing news for the denomination. However the full picture of the decline is only evident when the rise in the total population of Canada is factored in. The population rose from 18,238,247 to 27,296,856 -- an increase of 50%. 4 Out of every 1,000 Canadians, the number of Anglicans dropped from 75 in 1961 to 23 in 2001 -- a drop of 69%.

McKerracher concluded that the ACC was losing about 13,000 members a year -- a `little over 2% yearly -- and "...is facing extinction by the middle of this century." 3

He also reported on the membership of the United Church of Canada (UCC), which is now approximately equal in size to the ACC. The UCC membership dropped from 1.04 million to 638,000 -- a reduction of 39%. Out of every 1,000 Canadians, the number of United Church members dropped from 57 in 1961 to 23 in 2001 -- a drop of 60%. The Rev. Harry Oussoren, executive minister of the UCC Support to Local Ministries, told Ecumenical News International: "Generally, not only across Canada but the entire Western world, we're aware of a trend that says that institutionalized religion is not central to peoples' lives, as is individualized religion." 3

McKerracher also reported data for the Presbyterian Church of Canada (membership loss 35%), and the Baptist Church (7%) and the Lutheran Church (4%).

http://www.religioustolerance.org/can_rel3.htm
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The anti-revolutionary reactionaries went into action during the French Revolution and they have not ceased since then to overthrow our Modernity. They have at times adopted some of our Modernist technical details such as industrialisation but as little else as have Muslims. Germany in particular has remained emotionally in the feudal era in spite of the facade of modern engineering and technical marvels. At heart, Germany is to this day a feudal state. In the 1920s it was more obviously so what it is today. Below we will see what that was. We will see not a revolutionary movement but a reactionary one, a movement in reaction to Modernity. It's greatest enemy was seen as the Communist movement, another totalitarian and feudalist movement. Both were movements toward Modernist primitivism. Both sought the return of Man to a state of nature. Here we'll focus on the fascist of the so-called Right. We might see in this the parentage of our current Left dhimmi fascism. We will see the rise of a small clique of pseudo intellectual Irrationalist anti-Modernists acting out a phantasy of the return to nature via the past as opposed to the same goal via the pseudo-futurity of Communism.

In this installement on gnostic fascism we will see the origins of our Left irrationalist pursuit of the Mystery religions, one that in the 1920s lead into the Nazis' willing arms.
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The Thule Society (German: Thule-Gesellschaft) was founded August 17, 1918, by Rudolf von Sebottendorff. Its original name was Studiengruppe für germanisches Altertum (Study Group for German Antiquity), but it soon started to disseminate anti-republican and anti-Semitic propaganda.

The Thule Society was part of the Völkisch movement in Germany around the turn of the century. Like many other groups, it sought to find an ethnic and historical identity for Germany, which had only been united since 1871.

It had members from the top echelons of the Nazi Party, including Rudolf Heß and Alfred Rosenberg. Although Adolf Hitler himself was not a member, he received support from the group, and one of its members, Dietrich Eckart, actually coached him on his public speaking skills. Hitler later dedicated Mein Kampf to Eckart.

Its press organ was the Münchener Beobachter (Munich Observer) which later became the Völkischer Beobachter (People's Observer). The Thule Society is speculated to be closely connected to the Germanenorden secret society a.ka. the "Order of Teutons" (1912)

A primary focus of Thule-Gesellschaft was a claim concerning the origins of the "Aryan race". "Thule" was a land located by Greco-Roman geographers in the furthest north. The society was named after "Ultima Thule" — (Latin: most distant Thule) mentioned by the Roman poet Virgil in his epic poem Aeneid, was the far northern segment of Thule and is generally understood to mean Scandinavia. Said by Nazi mystics to be the capital of ancient Hyperborea, they placed Ultima Thule in the extreme north near Greenland or Iceland.

The Thulists believed in the hollow earth theory. Thule had among its goals the desire to prove that the Aryan race came from a lost continent, perhaps Atlantis.

Rudolf von Sebottendorf was deeply influenced by Sufi mysticism, other Eastern philosophies, and in particular, the writings of Madame Blavatsky. He used Blavatsky's The Secret Doctrine to launch his own recreation of ancient Germanic myth, positing a coming historical moment in which he theorized that the Aryan race would be restored to prior glories by the appearance of a race of Supermen. Von Sebottendorf eventually became the prime mover behind the Thule Society, which was one of the most important precursors of the Nazi Party, although the Nazi Party itself, once it had become ascendant, obliterated the Thule Society. Sebottendorf was a Freemason in the Grand Orient of Turkey.

The Thule Society, which espoused ideas of extreme nationalism, race mysticism, virulent anti-Semitism, and the occult, was formed shortly after the end of World War I in Munich by von Sebottendorf. It attracted about 250 ardent followers in Munich and about 1500 in greater Bavaria. Thule agents infiltrated armed formations of the Communist Party in Munich and plotted to destroy the party, hatching plans to kidnap the party's leader, Kurt Eisner, and launching an attack against Munich's Communist government on April 30, 1919. The Thule Society also started its own newspaper, Müncher Beobachter, in 1918, and eventually approached the organizer Anton Drexler to develop links between the Society and various extreme right workers' organizations in Munich.

Drexler was instrumental in merging the Thule Society with a workers' party that he was involved with. The merged organization became known as the Munich Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (DAP), or in English, the German Workers Party. It was the DAP that Adolf Hitler was introduced to in 1919. By April 1, 1920, the DAP had been reconstituted as the National Socialist German Workers Party (abbreviated from German as N.S.D.A.P., referred to in slang as the "Nazi Party", and von Sebottendorf, who was accused of negligence in allegedly allowing the names of several key Thule Society members to fall into the hands of the Communists, resulting in the execution of seven members after the attack on the Munich government in April 1919, had fled Germany for Switzerland and then Turkey. He returned to Germany in January 1933, but fled again in 1934. He was an agent of the German military in Istanbul during the period 1942–1945 (while apparently also working as a double agent for the British military). Von Sebottendorf allegedly committed suicide by jumping into the Bosphorus on May 8, 1945.

Prominent members of the Thule Gesellschaft were Dietrich Eckart, Gottfried Feder, Hans Frank, Karl Harrer, Rudolf Hess, Alfred Rosenberg, and Julius Streicher. Adolf Hitler was not a member. He was more like a "visiting brother". Other members were Karl Fiehler, Michel Frank, Heinrich Jost, Wolfgang Pongratz, Wilhelm Laforce, Johann Ott, Hans Riemann and Max Seselmann. Two well-known aristocrats in the group consisted of Countess Heila von Westarp, a young woman who functioned as secretary, and Prince Gustav von Thurn und Taxis (both of these were among hostages abducted and executed by the illegal Communist government in Munich in 1919).

Thule Gesellschaft meetings were held in the still extant Munich luxury hotel Vier Jahreszeiten ("The Four Seasons").

A revived Thule Society is rumoured to have met during the time of the Wagnerfest at Bayreuth, Germany, in 1966.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thule_Society
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With the Irrationalist ground of ecology as anti-Humanism and the gnostic intelligentsia working against Modernity through the volkish movement, what would one expect but fascism? And what can we expect when our normative institutions fail so vividly? We have no moral centre, thanks ot the ugliness of our current moral authorities such as the Anglican and Presbyterian churches. Rather, we have ecology and mysticism and apathy and anti-Semitism and identity politics and entitlement. We have the irrational seeds of Germany sprouting unchecked across the West. Here's more of how the Nazis came to power.
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The Thule-Gesellschaft (Thule Society) was founded August 17, 1918, by Rudolf von Sebottendorff. He had been schooled in occultism, Islamic mysticism, alchemy, Rosicrucianism and much else, in Turkey, where he had also been initiated into Freemasonry.

Its original name was Studiengruppe für germanisches Altertum (Study Group for German Antiquity), but it soon started to disseminate anti-republican and anti-Semitic propaganda.

A movement to promote Thulian ideas among industrial workers and to offset Marxism, was formed in August 1918 - the Workers' Political Circle with Thulist Karl Harrer as chairman.

From this came the German Workers' Party in 1919.

A year later this became the NSDAP under the leadership of Adolf Hitler. It had members from the top echelons of the party, including Rudolf Hess and Alfred Rosenberg, though not Adolf Hitler. Serbottendorff stated, "Thule members were the people to whom Hitler first turned and who first allied themselves with Hitler."

The swastika flag adopted by the NSDAP was the brain-child of another Thulist, Dr Krohn.

Its press organ was the Münchener Beobachter (Munich Observer) which later became the Völkischer Beobachter (People's Observer). The Thule Society is known to be closely connected to the Germanenorden secret society.

The Germanenorden was a secret society in Germany early in the 20th century. Formed by several prominent German occultists in 1912, the order, whose symbol was a swastika, had a hierarchical fraternal structure similar to freemasonry. It taught to its initiates nationalist ideologies of Nordic race superiority, antisemitism as well as occult, almost magical philosophies. Some say that the Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei (later the Nazi Party) when under the leadership of Adolf Hitler was a political front, and indeed the organisation reflected many ideologies of the party, including the swastika symbol. The Thule Society, another secret society with similar ideologies and symbols was also closely linked to this.

With the victory of the Nazi Party, the occult tradition was carried on in the Third Reich mainly by the SS, who Reichsfuhrer, Himmler, was an avid student of the occult. An SS occult research department, the Ahnernerbe (Ancestral Heritage) was established in 1935 with SS Colonel Wolfram von Sievers at its head. Occult research took SS researchers as far afield as Tibet. Sievers had the Tantrik prayer, the Bardo Thodol, read over his body after his execution at Nuremberg.

National Socialism and the Third Reich represented a major attempt by high esoteric Adepts to re-establish a Culture based on the Laws of Nature, against the entrenched forces of anti-Life. Nothing that ambitious had been tried since the founding of the American Republic by Masonic adepts.

The Thule Society inner circle beliefs ...
Thule was a legendary island in the far north, similar to Atlantis, supposedly the center of a lost, high-level civilization. But not all secrets of that civilization had been completely wiped out. Those that remained were being guarded by ancient, highly intelligent beings (similar to the "Masters" of Theosophy or the White Brotherhood).

The truly initiated could establish contact with these beings by means of magic-mystical rituals.

The "Masters" or "Ancients" allegedly would be able to endow the initiated with supernatural strength and energy.

With the help of these energies the goal of the initiated was to create a race of Supermen of "Aryan" stock who would exterminate all "inferior" races.

On April 6, 1919, in Bavaria, left wing socialists and anarchists proclaimed the Bavarian Soviet Republic. The brains of the revolution were a group of writers who had little idea of administration. Life in Munich grew chaotic. The counter-revolutionary forces, the whites, composed of various groups of decommissioned soldiers known as "Frei Corps", equipped and financed by the mysterious Thule Society, defeated the Bavarian Soviet within a matter of weeks.

Many other decommissioned soldiers waited out the turbulence in barracks, pfc Adolph Hitler among them. After the Bavarian Republic had been defeated by the Whites, in May, Hitler's superiors put him to work in the post revolution investigating commission. His indictments injected ruthless efficiency into the kangaroo courts as he fingered hundreds of noncommissioned officers and enlisted men who had sympathized with the communist and anarchists. He was subsequently sent to attend special anticommunist training courses and seminars at the University which were financed by the Reichswehr administration and by private donors from the Thule Society.

This led to an assignment in the intelligence division of the postwar German army, to infiltrate groups that could organize the working classes while the communists were weak. On a September evening, 1919, Hitler turned up in the Sternecker Beer Hall where members and friends of the budding German Workers Party had gathered. He quietly listened to the presentation by engineer Gottfried Feder, a Thule Society member, who talked about Jewish control over lending capital. When one of the other group members called for Bavaria to break away from the rest of Germany, Hitler sprang into action. The astonished audience stood by while his highly aggressive remarks and compelling oratory swept through the room. After Hitler had finished his harangue, party chairman and founder, Anton Drexler, immediately asked him to a meeting of the party's steering committee held a few days later. He was asked to join the committee as its seventh member, responsible for advertising and propaganda.

Back in 1912, several German occultists with radical anti-Semitic inclinations decided to form a "magic" lodge, which they named the Order of Teutons. the main founders were Theodor Fritsch, a publisher of an anti-Semitic journal; Philipp Stauff, pupil of the racist Guido Von List, and Hermann Pohl, the order's chancellor. (Pohl would drop out three years later to found his own bizarre lodge, the Walvater Teutonic Order of the Holy Grail.) The Order of Teutons was organized along the lines of the Free Masons or the Rosicrucians, having differing degrees of initiation, only persons who could fully document that they were of pure "aryan" ancestry were allowed to join.

In 1915, Pohl was joined by Rudolf Blauer, who held a Turkish passport and practiced Sufi meditation. He also dabbled in astrology and was an admirer of Lanz Von Liebenfels and Guido Von List, both pathologically anti-Semitic. Blauer went by the name of Rudolf Freiherr Von Seboottendorf. He was very wealthy, although the origin of his fortune is unknown. He became the Grand Master of the Bavarian Order and he founded the Thule Society, with Pohl's approval, in 1918.

After the Bavarian communist revolution of 1918, the Thule Society became a center of the counterrevolutionary subculture. An espionage network and arms caches were organized. The Thule Club rooms became a nest of resistance to the revolution and the Munich Soviet Republic.

Journalist Karl Harrer was given the job of founding a political "worker circle". He realized that the workers would reject any program that was presented to them by a member of the conservative "privileged" class. Harrer knew that the mechanic Anton Drexler, who was working for the railroads, was a well-known anti-semite, chauvinist and proletarian. With drexler as nominal chairman, Harrer founded the German Workers Party in January 1919

The German Workers Party was only one of many associations founded and controlled by the Thule Society. The Thule was the Mother to the German Socialist Party, led by Julius Streicher, and the right-wing radical Oberland Free Corps. It published the Munich observer, which later became the National Observer. Hitler became the most prominent personality in the party. He caused Harrer to drop out, and he pushed Drexler, the nominal chairman, to the sidelines. He filled key positions with his own friends from the Thule Society and the Army. During the summer of 1920, upon his suggestion, the party was renamed the National Socialist German Worker Party (NASDAP). The new name was intended to equally attract nationalists and proletarians.

To go along with the new name his mass movement also required a flag with a powerful symbol. Among many designs under consideration, Hitler picked the one suggested by Thule member Dr. Krohn: a red cloth with a white circle in the middle containing a black swastika.

Hitler wanted to turn the German Workers Party into a mass-conscious fighting party, but Harrer and Drexler were hesitant, due in part to their woeful financial situation. The Thule Society was not yet supplying very much money and no one seemed to know how to build up a mass party. Hitler arranged two public meetings in obscure beer halls, and he drafted leaflets and posters, but there was no real breakthrough.

All of this changed dramatically at the end of the 1919 when Hitler met Dietrich Eckart. Most biographers have underestimated the influence that Eckart exerted on Hitler. He was the wealthy publisher and editor-in-chief of an anti-Semitic journal which he called In Plain German. Eckart was also a committed occultist and a master of magic. As an initiate, Eckart belonged to the inner circle of the Thule Society as well as other esoteric orders.

There can be no doubt that Eckart - who had been alerted to Hitler by other Thulists - trained Hitler in techniques of self confidence, self projection, persuasive oratory, body language and discursive sophistry. With these tools, in a short period of time he was able to move the obscure workers party from the club and beer hall atmosphere to a mass movement. The emotion charged lay speaker became an expert orator, capable of mesmerizing a vast audience.

One should not underestimate occultism's influence on Hitler. His subsequent rejection of Free Masons and esoteric movements, of Theosophy, of Anthrosophy, does not necessarily mean otherwise. Occult circles have long been known as covers for espionage and influence peddling. Hitler's spy apparatus under Canaris and Heydrich were well aware of these conduits, particularly from the direction of Britain which had within its MI5 intelligence agency a department known as the Occult Bureau. That these potential sources of trouble were purged from Nazi life should not be taken to mean that Hitler and the Nazi secret societies were not influenced by mystical and occult writers such as Madame Blavatsky, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Guido Von List, Lanz Von Liebenfels, Rudolf Steiner, George Gurdjieff, Karl Haushofer and Theodor Fritsch. Although Hitler later denounced and ridiculed many of them, he did dedicate his book Mein Kampf to his teacher Dietrich Eckart.

A frequent visitor to Landsberg Prison where Hitler was writing Mein Kampf with the help of Rudolf Hess, was General Karl Haushofer, a university professor and director of the Munich Institute of Geopolitics. Haushofer, Hitler, and Hess had long conversations together. Hess also kept records of these conversations. Hitler's demands for German "Living Space" in the east at the expense of the Slavic nations were based on the geopolitical theories of the learned professor.

Haushofer was also inclined toward the esoteric. as military attache in Japan, he had studied Zen-Buddhism. He had also gone through initiations at the hands of Tibetan Lamas. He became Hitler's second "esoteric mentor", replacing Dietrich Eckart. In Berlin, Haushofer had founded the Luminous Lodge or the Vril Society. The lodge's objective was to explore the origins of the Aryan race and to perform exercises in concentration to awaken the forces of "Vril". Haushofer was a student of the Russian magician and metaphysician Gregor Ivanovich Gurdyev (George Gurdjieff).

Both Gurdjeiff and Haushofer maintained that they had contacts with secret Tibetan Lodges that possessed the secret of the "Superman". The lodge included Hitler, Alfred Rosenberg, Himmler, Goring, and Hitler's subsequent personal physician Dr. Morell. It is also known that Aleister Crowley and Gurdjieff sought contact with Hitler....

In the latter half of the previous century, intriguing hints about Tibetan secret teachings had been carried to the west by Helena Blavatsky, who claimed initiation at the hands of the Holy Lamas themselves.

Blavatsky taught that her Hidden Masters and Secret Chiefs had their earthly residence in the Himalayan region.

As soon as the Nazi movement had sufficient funds, it began to organize a number of expeditions to Tibet and these succeeded one another practically without interruption until 1943. One of the most tangible expressions of Nazi interest in Tibet was the party`s adoption of its deepest and most mystical of symbols - the swastika.

The swastika is one of mankind's oldest symbols, and apart from the cross and the circle, probably the most widely distributed. It is shown on pottery fragments from Greece dating back to the eighth century b.c. It was used in ancient Egypt, India and China. The Navaho indians of North America have a traditional swastika pattern. Arab-Islamic sorcerers used it. In more recent times, it was incorporated in the flags of certain baltic states.

The idea for the use of the swastika by the Nazis came from a dentist named Dr. Friedrich Krohn who was a member of the secret Germanen order. Krohn produced the design for the actual form in which the Nazis came to use the symbol, that is reversed, spinning in an anti-clockwise direction. As a solar symbol, the swastika is properly thought of as spinning, and the Buddhists have always believed the symbol attracted luck.

The Sanskrit word svastika means good fortune and well being. According to Cabbalistic lore and occult theory, chaotic force can be evoked by revers- ing the symbol. And so the symbol appeared as the flag of Nazi Germany and the insignia of the Nazi party, an indication for those who had eyes to see, as to the occult nature of the Third Reich.

Wulf Schwartzwaller, The Unknown Hitler
http://www.crystalinks.com/thule.html
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The following is more of the asame, but we cannot insist enough that one pay attention to this history because we are repeating it today.
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The Thule Society (Thule Gesselschaft), the real inspiration of Nazism, was founded in August, 1919, in Munich, as an off-shot itself of the Germanen Order, under the initiative of a strange character named Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorf. Among its most important members were also Max Amann, Anton Drexler, Dietrich Eckart, Hans Frank, Rudolf Hess, Alfred Rosenberg, Gottfried Feder, and others who later became Nazi leaders. Adolf Hitler belonged to the Society as an "associate" or "visiting brother."

The emblem of the Thule Society depicts a German dagger over a sinistroverse swastika of curved legs inscribed in a circle.
The Thule Gesellschaft was a front for a whole web of secret societies which had similar racist and anti-Semitic occultist roots. ...
http://www.intelinet.org/swastika/swasti15.htm
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In most of Europe there was only insignificant resistence to the occult anti-Humanism of the Gnostic rulers. The French were what one might call passive partners in their own rape. Many of the members of Leon Blum's coalition socialist government turned to collaboration with the Nazis. They abanodononed Reason and the Enlightenment and Humanism for occultist phantasies. Below we have yet more of the same. This is our future if we do not resist the pull of the irrationalism of our time, if we continue to indulge in the phantasies of philobarbarism and nostalgia and mystic gnosis. I'm not psychic but I can see the future very clearly:
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Thule Society

From: http://www.crystalinks.com/thule.html
In late 19th and early 20th century Germany and Austria there were many flourishing esoteric orders which sought to establish a reborn Germanic identity and to reconnect the volk with its repressed archetypes.

One of the most significant of these Orders was founded in Germany in 1912 - the German Order. From this sprang the Thule Society whose driving force was Rudolf von Serbottendorff. He had been schooled in occultism, Islamic mysticism, alchemy, Rosicrucianism and much else, in Turkey, where he had also been initiated into Freemasonry.

Thule served as the recruiting and political action front of the German Order. Serbottendorff bought a failing Munich newspaper, the Beobachter which he renamed the Volkische Beobachter and it became the official newspaper of the NSDAP.

A movement to promote Thulian ideas among industrial workers and to offset Marxism, was formed in 1918 - the Workers' Political Circle - with Thulist Karl Harrer as chairman. From this came the German Workers' Party in 1919. A year later this became the NSDAP under the leadership of Adolf Hitler.

Serbottendorff himself stated: "Thule members were the people to whom Hitler first turned and who first allied themselves with Hitler."

The Thule society was active in efforts to overthrow the Barvarian Communist Government. Their propaganda effort was aided by a journalist, poet, and occult student Dietrich Eckart, who was the major intellectual influence on Hitler in the early years. The swastika flag adopted by the NSDAP was the brain-child of another Thulist, Dr Krohn.

With the victory of the Nazi Party, the occult tradition was carried on in the Third Reich mainly by the SS, who Reichsfuhrer, Himmler, was an avid student of the occult. An SS occult research department, the Ahnernerbe (Ancestral Heritage) was established in 1935 with SS Colonel Wolfram von Sievers at its head. Occult research took SS researchers as far afield as Tibet. Sievers had the Tantrik prayer, the Bardo Thodol, read over his body after his execution at Nuremberg.

National Socialism and the Third Reich represented a major attempt by high esoteric Adepts to re-establish a Culture based on the Laws of Nature, against the entrenched forces of anti-Life. Nothing that ambitious had been tried since the founding of the American Republic by Masonic adepts.

The Thule Society inner circle had the following beliefs
Thule was a legendary island in the far north, similar to Atlantis, supposedly the center of a lost, high-level civilization. But not all secrets of that civilization had been completely wiped out. Those that remained were being guarded by ancient, highly intelligent beings (similar to the "Masters" of Theosophy or the White Brotherhood).

The truly initiated could establish contact with these beings by means of magic-mystical rituals.

The "Masters" or "Ancients" allegedly would be able to endow the initiated with supernatural strength and energy.

With the help of these energies the goal of the initiated was to create a race of Supermen of "Aryan" stock who would exterminate all "inferior" races.

On April 6, 1919, in Bavaria, left wing socialists and anarchists proclaimed the Bavarian Soviet Republic. The brains of the revolution were a group of writers who had little idea of administration. Life in Munich grew chaotic. The counter-revolutionary forces, the whites, composed of various groups of decommissioned soldiers known as "Frei Corps", equipped and financed by the mysterious Thule Society, defeated the Bavarian Soviet within a matter of weeks.

Many other decommissioned soldiers waited out the turbulence in barracks, pfc Adolph Hitler among them. After the Bavarian Republic had been defeated by the Whites, in May, Hitler's superiors put him to work in the post revolution investigating commission. His indictments injected ruthless efficiency into the kangaroo courts as he fingered hundreds of noncommissioned officers and enlisted men who had sympathized with the communist and anarchists. He was subsequently sent to attend special anticommunist training courses and seminars at the University which were financed by the Reichswehr administration and by private donors from the Thule Society.

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After the Bavarian communist revolution of 1918, the Thule Society became a center of the counterrevolutionary subculture. An espionage network and arms caches were organized. The Thule Club rooms became a nest of resistance to the revolution and the Munich Soviet Republic.

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The German Workers Party was only one of many associations founded and controlled by the Thule Society. The Thule was the "mother" to the German Socialist Party, led by Julius Streicher, and the right-wing radical Oberland Free Corps.

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All of this changed dramatically at the end of the 1919 when Hitler met Dietrich Eckart.... Eckart was also a committed occultist and a master of magic. As an initiate, Eckart belonged to the inner circle of the Thule Society as well as other esoteric orders.
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From "The Unknown Hitler" by Wulf Schwartzwaller, Berkeley Books, 1990
http://www.meta-religion.com/Secret_societies/Groups/ThuleSociety/thule_society.htm
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Goya sums it up" "The sleep of Reason gives birth to monsters." We are losing our moral direction when the moral authorities such as the institutional churches of the West go insane. I, not a believer in the first place, am outraged by the moral decay of the moral authorities of our time and places. Where goeth those who are disgusted believers? Who will be the new priests and the new moral authorities?

5 comments:

truepeers said...

How do we distinguish those truly lost to Gnosticism from the rest of us who cannot always live up to the high demands of the judeo-Christian tradition and whose representations and thoughts are variously prone to gnostic tendancies, if not in any consistent sense? For example, the leading student of Freemasonry, Alexander Piatigorsky, denies the claim that Masons are Gnostics. It's not that there aren;t obviously a lot of Gnostic elements in Masonry, but ultimately P. sees Masonry as an initiation into knowledge (anthropological) of ritual and myth, rather than simply a surrender to mysticism.

truepeers said...

YOurs is amazing work btw. WHere does your detailed knowledge come from?

dag said...

I'm pretty much uninformed on the topic of Freemasons, perhaps surprising given that my family were legitimate mason throuhgout much of our known history: Stone masons who built castles and palaces and monuments that last to this day in many places in the North Atlantic, many of which I have seen and touched and felt in awe of.

I raise this issue because of it's mystical possibilities, that the tomb stones, the vaults, the ringsof stone and the houses and monuments to Human achievement have, for me and many others, a direct emmantation. Whether it's luck or a refined intuition, I can sense the location of such places from a great distance, and though I'm skeptical of most things of this sort, I do wonder about the atavistic possibiltiy that because I'm of the same stock I have a direct connection to the family builders. Maybe much of the work is simply grand and awesome, and in the back of my cluttered mind I have stored unconsciously the locations from childhood tales and rumors.

Masons were guilder, men who joined together to keep secrets of their trades from the general population of self-sufficient people who would otherwise do for themselves if they had the knowledge. If, for exaple, I know how hot a stone must be to crack it in the right place to make a certain angle, then why would I need the skills of a mason to do the work for me? If he keeps it a guild secret then I must pay him for his seemingly arcane knowledge.

And if the local warlord deigns to give my group a royal charter to form a guild, then Iihave a royal guild, but I do not have a free guild, and my masons are not free to act outside the plots and scchemes of the royalty or the Church, and hence we wouldn't be Free Masons.

If, because I'm a Walker, I belong to a guild and have my apprenticeship, have sworn not to give away or sell my secrets, I go on a journey to learn techniques of masonry in other areas, I, being a journeyman, will have to prove that I am a masonic member to those in other places. If ever I am to be a master of my trade, to have my own business, as it were, then I must travel far and wide and learn form masters all around. They must trust me, and I, rising in knowledge and skill, must deal with them as masters of guilds, and lodginging with them, I must have their trust and respect. Theerefore, I might be initiated into a guild as a beginner, getting small bits of knowledge in keeping with my skills and station, and then, over the years, I might rise to higher levels, gaining new initiation to levels that reach up to the masters. Some of my own were grand masters who made grand monuments of which I and perhaps most people on Earth today are proud. But it comes from skills honed over generations, skills and knowledge secreted from the others.

In times and places where the monopoly of knowledge and power was in the hands of an authoritiarian paramilitary hierarchy such as the Roman Catholic Church, and especially when the Church was under seige by Protestants, the idea of a secret society such as free masons of any sort, would give the impression of ill intent. A man walking from one land to another meeting others unknown to him but for secret handshakes and symbols would increase the suspicion. Coupled with a skill no others possess, the idea of possession and mystic knowledge is easy for the untrained and unskeptical mind to find a threat.

As it was for Jews, for witches, it was for masons.

Regarding orthodoxy, the problems are still not solved, form my understanding, by recitation of such things as the Nicean Creed. A gnostic can as easily lie in reciting it as can a Muslim in practicing taqiyya. There is no legitimate guard against unorthodoxy, in my opinion, other than the best personal intention; but being a lapsed Protestant, it's not valid for others.

And there is the problem of Spinoza. What is heretical? If he was heretical then, he must be heretical now; but though he was seen so in his time today he is celebrated as a genius of true and deep understanding.

I fall back time and agian though not without lapses in my own mind, on aporia, on the open-endedness of questioning. I avoid relativism by continuing the apprenticeship, by learning what I can from masters till I might someday at aleast know what they know, whether it's good or bad, and from there I might take my own council knowing that the question is still open-ended, that the answers are not for me to answer at all, but only to question.

truepeers said...

Interesting comments. Sorry I haven't had time today to give them a proper hearing. THey naturally remind me that we are imaginative beings and therein lies the trap or attraction of Gnosticism (one of whose meanings is "imagination"). We are, all of us, always prone to rebel against the creation, or at least to construct imaginative structures in which there might be some residual egoism. And I suppose we have to develop our critique of Gnositicism in such a way that we are not too pure, but recognizing that we will always live somewhat in the Gnostic shadow of our inevitable failure to entirely follow in the path of Judeo-CHristian light.

Your ambivalence about the great achievements of your forebears and their secretiveness is very much in the spirit of our age. BUt it's worth remembering that there was no free trade - trade detached from a need to recognize the social or political positions or privileges - anywhere beyond 300 years ago. And once we entered the era of the freemarket, why was it that of all the guilds the creators of Freemasonry could have used to construct their religious or ritual system, they chose the Masons? WHy not the Freefishmongers or FreeGoldsmiths? Well, there is no single answer to that, but among other things it is a sign that the craft knowledge of the working Masons was somewhat more learned - lending itself to the rituals of craft secrecy - than were other trades. Presumably, people were more accepting of guild professionalism in matters Masonic than in other trades.

Anyway, I will return to your blog later in the week. For the moment, I will just concur with your conclusion that it is respect for aporias and openendedness that should inform our struggles. Well said.

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