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Monday, October 04, 2004



The lore.

Whilst checking out all possible talk about runes on the net ran into a helpful white-race site where they provided a link to an "enemy" database for some interesting infos on the origine of various nordic symbols (of course this being such an important part of their creed, heh).

This symbol is actually very interesting - Wolfsangel


Most of the information I've read about the wolfsangel says that it is not a part of any runic alphabet but is instead an old folk/peasant symbol used for either warding off wolves or co-opting their power. Some people believe that it's a bindrune of Nauthiz and Eihwaz (restriction/need and strength, respectively). Runes are always open to interpretation and if the wolfhook is a bind of the above two symbols then it can been seen as power rune meaning discipline (strength and restriction), as a prayer rune asking the gods to assist its user in conquering his weakness, or as a combative rune meant to create the need for strength in one's enemies.

Others see the wolfsangel as a bindrune of the Sieg (victory) and Isa (challenge, introspection) runes. With this combination the symbol can be read as a prayer or power rune relating to the answering of a challenge, especially a sort of Nietzschean self-overcoming. Being that Isa is often used to reinforce other runes, the wolfhook can be looked at as an especially potent victory rune. Isa, however, is one of the more complex runes and therefore makes the Sieg/Isa view of the wolfsangel especially convoluted.

Definitely look into it some more before you get a tattoo of it or any other runic symbol. There are no cut-and-dry answers when it comes to runes. This makes them both great and terrible for tattoos. You may love the self-overcoming interpretation of the symbol, but if you're superstitious then the knowledge that other meanings of the wolfsangel may not be so advantageous could very well eat at you. This trade-off, however, is part and parcel of dealing with the Aesir. No favor from our gods is without its price.
Of course it is to be understood that the "Sieg" rune is actually Sowulu - or Sol - that is Sun. And the bit about "Nietzschean self-overcoming" is priceless - as they say in the mastercard commercials, heh - but it's true.
I also just read some stuff in russian about a pagan slav god in the form of a wolf (Volkh) who was a war god of protection in combat. It was said that leading warriors would assume its shape in battle. I suppose this makes a lot of sense since in that climate the wolf was the fiercest animal - just as the tiger was the fiersest in other parts of the world.

Actually this symbol looks very similar to Eihwaz - which is the rune of double-edged protection by association with the yew tree whose poisonous nature ensured its longevity. It is also the tree of Yggdrasil, or the axis of the world that connects Life and Death - in that sense it is also the rune of initiation into the mystery of the world (today we'd say "existence").

So let us forget the Nazis for a moment - and also let's not forget that hate and violence and wolves and wars are not just some old folk story: it's one of the forces in human life, both creative and destructive. It's there.





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