Four Teachers: Guido von List, Karl Maria Wiligut, Savitri Devi, and Miguel Serrano

We live in a world in which the enemy controls our language.  Orwell made it explicit for us, in his explanation of Newspeak, in 1984, that without words, things can’t be said, and if they can’t be said, on some level they can’t be thought. When the words required to express our deepest convictions are absent – have been removed – we are left with a wordless yearning to express, as I find myself most of the time when I try to voice my deepest convictions.  My biggest challenge in writing this blog is that the particulars I would like to write about, in these limited essays, are based on a worldview that is the product of a lifetime of work that I don’t share with my readers, and thus in trying to give context and justification to the things I say, I find myself backing up into generality and abstraction until I stand on the edge of the universe, unable to say a thing.

Thus it may be that the best thing I can do is to stop trying to explicate a context that is in a way my own conclusion, and just supply some of the tools with which an aspirant who has grasped a small edge of the ungraspable, might attempt to chisel away some of the accrual of lies in which his worldview is trapped.  There is a movement, a school, or more like a series of (to some extent) independently occurring “occultists” and philosophers running from the end of the nineteenth century into the edges of the present day, who as a group have no name, although to me their independent gnoses are congruent and the part of a larger school.   To distill years of research into a brief article whose point is to give you a handle to grasp with which to pull the elephant out of the Abyss, let me give you four names: Guido von List, Karl Maria Wiligut, Savitri Devi and Miguel Serrano.

Guido von List can be seen either as the founder or the earliest dominant figure of what has been called the German Occult Revival, which in generally seen as running from about 1880 to about 1910.  Wiligut, the most enigmatic of the four, has been called “Himmler’s Rasputin” and was the occultist (apparently) behind the more esoteric aspects of the SS until he was separated from it by the more pragmatic branches of the German government as WW II changed its shape.  Savitri Devi has been called “Hitler’s High Priestess”, which although accurate to some degree when understood, belies her integration of the metaphysics that unite behind von List and the higher aspects of Hinduism to yield a teaching that is Aryan in a sense of the word that transcends Blavatsky’s mythical fantasies.  Don Miguel Serrano is essentially the historical founder and chief voice of what he called Esoteric Hitlerism, a term which I find unfortunate in many ways which I can try over time to explain.

It is obviously true that all of the above figures are associated in some way, as precursors, fellow travellers or subsequent “advocates” of National Socialism.  This makes it very difficult for the modern reader to take seriously anything they say, as that reader lives in a world which justifies itself primarily, even to this day, in opposition to that movement and everything that we are now told that it stood for.  I would beg you, in considering these thinkers and writers, to hold that deepest socially imbued conviction in abeyance and let them speak to you on their own, from their positions before, during and after the maelstrom that was the Twentieth Century.  That storm was a great turning of the World.  We, even those of us whose legacy arises from among the apparently defeated, are the apparent  heirs of the victors of the wars that shaped the world which arose from that century.  We live in the story that the outcomes of those wars established as “truth”.

It is my conviction that we live in a fiction.  But I urge you to move forward toward your own gnosis, if indeed you are one of the few fated to have one, based not on my conviction but on the basis of your own experience. I present four opportunities for experience, and at this time, nothing more.

Scherl: Der bekannte Wiener Schriftsteller Guido von List, Aufnahme: Conrad H.Schiffer, Hoffotograph, Wiesbaden

Guido von List was the founder of a school which he called Armanism.  He was an Austrian, as were many of the German Occult Revivalists, a fact which has led most looking at the movement as a social phenomenon of Pan-Germanism, to see it as a result of the estrangement of German Austrians from Bismarck’s German Empire.  Von List’s Armanism is widely seen to be derivative of Blavatsky’s Theosophy, and no doubt his conscious expression and elucidation of world cycles and root races owes a debt to Blavatsky’s writings.  For better or worse, Blavatsky was the first in relatively modern times to popularise and syncretise the Eastern notice of cyclical time in the West and to base a manifest system on it.  Yet von List’s work had its own gnosis based in his own experience.  I can state this based on two related incidents from his life.  The first was when as a young man of thirteen or fourteen, on a visit to the catacombs beneath St. Stephen’s Cathedral with his father in his native Vienna, he vowed to one day found a temple of Wotan.   This was in 1862.  The second came in 1902, when after expending most of his life’s energies as a dramatist, visions he had during a year of blindness following a cataract operation, brought him to expound the Armanic Futhark, a system of Runes differing from those systems standardly extracted from history.  Following his rejection by the academics of his day, the foundation of the Guido von List Society established the first widely known yet Esoteric school of the Revival.

Von List’s esotericism was based on a rejection of Christianity (which of course was already in vogue in post-Nietzchean Europe) and a ressurection of Wotanism and related Nordic teachings. about which at that time we arguably knew less, historically and factually, than we do now.   That choice of traditions within the Revival was to set up a dialogue with the advocates of a mystical, somewhat Gnostic non-Jewish Christianity which his student Jorg Lanz (von Liebenfels) came to call Ariosophy, which term is sometimes applied retroactivlely to include von List’s Armanism, which was decidedly non- and anti-Christian.  Von List taught that the deeper awareness of our true spiritual heritage, for those who share his bloodline and that of Europe, lies in contemplation and awakening to the metahuman entities that lie behind and beneath and are expressed by these Runes. The Runes themselves are mysteries, but I will have to reserve that discussion.

Von List died in 1919, after seeing his prediction of a great German/Aryan victory in WWI apparently proved inaccurate.   His legacy lives on in the teaching of those mentioned in this writing, and those not.   The essence of his teaching is expressed in The Secret of the Runes.

Karl Maria Wiligut

Karl Maria Wiligut is certainly the most obscure of these figures.  If it were not that he had been introduced to Heinrich Himmler and become a member of the S.S. and provided the core research behind the Ahnenerbe, we would probably never have heard of him, as he had no independent following.    Wiligut was an out-and-out mystic and never claimed to be anything else, and his wife had had him committed to an asylum three years before he met Himmler.  Although his writings, such as they are, and teachings are at variance with von List, like most of the other occult figures of the era, they can be seen as expressions of the same metahuman entity – the Archetype that Jung called Wotan, in its populist form (although Wiligut would have disagreed vehemently.

Wiligut wrote under various pseudonyms, including Jarl Widar, Weisthor and Lobesam.  He was Viennese, like von List, and retired as a Colonel from the Austrian Army after WWI.  He claimed to be the heir to an ancient family mystical tradition which he called Irminism, which he traced back to extremely remote pre-history, to mythological times and an ancient arcane war between Irminists and Wotanists.   Much of his writing is remnants of ancestrally-recalled teachings in no known language but containing recognizable Germanic root words; his Halgarita charms are the best-known example, although he recorded only a fraction.  The best record of his work is in The Secret King: Karl Maria Wiligut, Himmler’s Lord of the Runes, whose existence by the way, like The Secret of the Runes, we owe to Stephen Flowers a.k.a. Edred Thorsson.   I can tell you that the first time I read this work, I felt compelled for some reason to read the Halgarita Charms aloud, and that my consciousness has never been the same sense.

Wiligut’s work lives on, more than in his actual writings, in most of the mystical and Runic symbols which have been associated with National Socialism.  His runic system also differed from von List’s, and from the accepted systems.  He designed the SS Totenkopf ring, which in addition to its more generally known runic signs including the Swastika, Hagalaz and the double Sig, bears what Wiligut claims is his ancient family Runic sign.  He was also responsible, apparently for much of the design of the never-completed restoration of Wewelsburg Castle, and thus probably for the enigmatic but powerful Sonnenrad at its core.  It is worth mentioning at this point Serrano’s contention that it was not Himmler who was the real leader of the esoteric SS, and that indeed Himmler might not even have known who those real leaders were.

To Wiligut we probably owe much of the more intriguing researches of the SS and what is commonly perceived as the “Occult Roots of the Third Reich”.   Nevertheless, as National Socialism in its most material form as the government of Germany eschewed its occult roots and assumed on the surface a purely pragmatic form as the War neared, just as the occult societies were banned, Wiligut fell out of favor with the German government and was removed from all his official positions, and retired, although Himmer made sure he was cared for in his old age.  He fell into obscurity and denied shortly after the War ended and after a time in a refugee camp.


If not for Savitri Devi, I personally would probably not have had the extensive experience of these other teachers that I have had, these most recent years.  I had been a student of Hinduism in various forms for many years and it was her unification of Hinduism with the occult teachings behind Naziism (and I use that term only because she did – otherwise I avoid it as a pejorative, as it was invented by the NSDAP’s opponents as derogatory,  so using it to discuss them is about like writing a serious discussion of the Jew’s place in the modern world while referring to them all as Kikes) that led me to study all these teachings, and thus to discover the works of Bal Gangadhar Tilak and many others.    Savitri was born Maximiani Portas in France, daughter of an English mother and a Greek father.  Unlike the others here, it is difficult to point to mystical experiences in her life.  She seems rather to have been born with her convictions which took form as she gained life experiences.   She seems to have been an intuitive anti-Christian activist and animal rights advocate and vegetarian, an early, fundamental and radical Deep Ecologist without whom I would never have found Pentti Linkola.   She was an extreme worshipper of nature and I can’t help linking her in my mind to the German Lebensform movement of the turn of the last century, which gave birth to the Wandervögel who became the soldiers and soldiers’ wives of WWI, and on from there.

In her youth, Maximiani moved from Greek Nationalism to India, where she moved to discover a living Aryan culture.  Discovering her heart in National Socialism, she married an Indian publisher with similar tendencies named Mukherji, and worked with Subhas Chandra Bose with the Germans and Japanese during WWII, but did not actually go to Germany until just after the War ended, where she advocated the re-arising  of National Socialism in the ruins.  Unlike these others, it is unnecessary for English speakers to read her in translation, as she was a master of many languages and wrote eloquently in English. It was she who first proposed that Hitler was an Avatar, though not the last one, of Vishnu, and linked his incarnation with the descending cycle of the Yugas, from Hinduism.  She also originated the concept of men being In Time, Above Time, or Against Time.   Her magnum opus is The Lightning and the Sun, which incidentally introduced the world to the earliest known monotheism, that of Akhenaton; but many of her works are very engaging.  My personal favorite is probably Gold in the Furnace, about her experiences, including arrest and imprisonment, in immediate post-War Germany.

Of the figures profiled here, Savitri Devi is the least mystical and the most political, although I think the different was more a matter of expression and personality than of conviction.  Her philosophy never advocates any kind of esotericism or escapism, and it seems to me a little ironic that she is seen as the first exponent of what became known as Esoteric Hitlerism, or Esoteric National Socialism.  She is indeed the most hard-on, unflinching advocate of immediate change in the real world, that one could see, and she lived this conviction at least from her first visit to Germany until her death of old age on the underground lecture circuit in 1982.  Whether or not you share her convictions, and most of course won’t, her determination and dedication are something to be deeply admired.

Miguel Serrano

It is difficult for me to write objectively about Miguel Serrano because whenever I think I understand him, there is more just below the surface.   For years I had read about him without being able to read his actual works, which were not available in translation (he was Chilean and wrote in Spanish).  I had read Jung and Hesse: A Record of Two Friendships, which is his most popular, widely available and accessible book, which is interesting but does not speak to Serrano’s core teachings; and Nos, Book of the Resurrection, which does, but is so poetic that I was not sure I understood.  But as they say, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.  And in my case, that is certainly true of books, as as soon as I was ready for them, first The Resurrection of the Hero and then Adolph Hitler: The Ultimate Avatar appeared, followed by others.  It is most unfortunate that the overt Esoteric Hitlerism of Serrano’s teachings keeps them out of the mainstream press, for the bulk of his writing is a poetic core of metaphysics which would be known ground to the Gnostics and to fans of Tolkien’s creation myths from the Silmarillion.    All of the questions of universal import of these other teachers which lead one to grasp at the Runes, are answered in Serrano.   Of course, you might not like the answers.  But if you are sensitive to the metaphysical rot at the core of your civilization, and beyond that at the core of our very “reality”, or our false “selves”, then Serrano would be a worthy exploration for you.

Serrano was a diplomat and an explorer, but primarily an explorer of mystic truth. I would very rarely plagarize Wikipedia, but I’m going to do it here:

Miguel Serrano (10 September 1917 – 28 February 2009) was a Chilean diplomat, journalist and author of poetry, books on spiritual questing and Esoteric Hitlerism. From the 1950s up to 1970, when he was dismissed by Salvador Allende, he served as ambassador to India, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria and Austria.

Serrano’s anti-modernist neo-Gnostic philosophy claims to elucidate the extraterrestrial origin of the Hyperborean-descended Aryan race, image-bearers of the Godhead, and postulates a global conspiracy against them by an evil inferior godlet: The Demiurge, worshipped by the Jewish people, lord of planet Earth, spawner of the primitive hominid stocks, and author of all base materiality. Serrano foremostly synthesized the Hindu-Vedic and Nordic-Germanicreligious traditions, both of which he considered to be of ancient Aryan-Hyperborean provenance, in addition to particularly esoteric and racialist interpretations of Buddhism, Christianity (or “Kristianism”), Luciferianism (not to be confused with Satanism), and Gnosticism. He was especially indebted to the Jungian theory of collective racial archetypes, borrowed heavily from Julius Evola in supporting a spiritual consideration of race, as opposed to a solely biological one, and followed Savitri Devi in recognizing Adolf Hitler as an avatar (a divine incarnation) who battled against the demonic materialistic hosts of the Kali Yuga.

Kind of says it all, doesn’t it?

I’m going to leave this here for now.  That should be enough for you to chew on for a while.   But I have to to leave you with a caveat.   These teachers, save von List who died in 1919, were all either participants in National Socialism or were nostalgic about it.  That’s not why I have chosen them in preference to teachers like Jung, whom Serrano thought perceived all, but was human, all-too-human in his quest for a good material life and social acceptance and therefore either didn’t speak his deepest perceptions, or haven’t spoken, renounced them.  I chose them because they were expressions of that resurrection of consciousness which was called German by some but was actually much more than that.

On the other hand, I’m not advocating National Socialism.  As Goebbels said (to quote the devil, as it were), that was not for export.   And I want to make a clear point, that Hitler was not an occultist, no matter what you may have read in The Morning of the Magicians or The Spear of Destiny.    What I am saying is that there are metahuman forces at work in our world; there is in fact an ongoing Occult War.   The teachers profiled herein all were touched by, were part of, that entity.   German National Socialism was not religious (although there were attempts that, which are a whole other subject); they used Runes but did not worship Wotan.  The movement banned occultism.  However, it was, like these teachers, an outgrowth of the spirit and the time, on more than a sociological level.

I beg of you to at least consider the teachings of these four, whom I have selected from among many.  They may not change your mind on a single issue, and in fact the odds are that even my readers will find them for the most part to be pretty whacky.  But who can say that our world now, is not?  I will say this: You must use the harshest opposition to the beliefs you presently hold, to chisel away the accrued dirt from your soul, to see if you really have one.  And if you do, perhaps the spiritual path you find will lead you away from the well-beaten one which leads the crowds around you to certain doom.  Or perhaps you will find your way through the Black Sun to the Green Thunderbolt.  How will you know unless you try?

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  1. Reichenhaller
    August 25, 2016

    Fantastic, thank you.

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