Since the fragments that have been assembled or reassembled into the Halgerita charms by Stephen Flowers and Michael Moynihan are fairly brief (about ten pages), I had at first thought it would be easy just to note the darker or Thursic elements that I had observed on my most recent rereading, but it turns out to be a bit more involved. First, although I’ve written fairly often, if not in any great depth, on Wiligut, and spoken of him in my interviews (all of which are on this website in the pages or posts), I haven’t said much about the Halgarita Charms, and I can’t assume that the reader will be at all familiar with them (to the extent anyone can be). Second, anything I write on the topic has to be extremely dependent on and derivative from, Flowers’ and Moynihan’s work The Secret King, which has the only text of the Charms I know of. To do this presentation at all, I have to quote extensively from that work, since I certainly can’t assume that the reader will have a copy at hand. Before I go further, I want to recommend that any reader interested in these topics or Wiligut in general (or indeed, the whole area of “Nazi occultism”) get a copy of this book. I happen to be working from the Kindle version of the Second Edition. To avoid what might be seen as over-quoting or plagiarism, I have omitted portions of the text in which I can’t find anything specifically relevant; although I would advise the reader to read the whole work, preferably aloud, to get an impression of the essence of this text that I can’t pin down to specific words or phrases.
Because Wiligut was expressly not a Wotanist. Indeed, the mythological pre-history of WIligut is an ancient occult and literal battle between the Irminists and the Wotanists; he sees the Irminists as monotheists I think, devoted to Got, as opposed to the polytheistic Wotanists, who are themselves depicted in Wiligut as sort of an adversary. He claims ancestry as royalty of the Irminists. I think my earliest disappointment with Wiligut was when I came to perceive a parallel with the proponent of things like Aryan Christianity, who want to proclaim that the Aryans were the true Christians and the Jewish version is derivative of that. Frankly, I find the proponents of Aryan Christianity to be people who honestly can’t cleanse themselves of their childhood and cultural Christian conditioning, yet are anti-Semitic. More and more of these days, I think you can’t begin to recover from the Disease without ridding yourself of as much Semitic, Jewish conditioning as possible, including the Jewish and Christian versions of Satan.
So, for Wiligut, occult prehistory was Irminists as good guys from whom he claimed descent, as opposed to bad guy Wotanists. Yet, his writings, including the Halgarita Charms, include many references from Norse and Germanic folklore and what the Asatruaar have adopted as scripture. Flowers and Moynihan have pulled some out, and I have noticed some that they didn’t note. So my notes on these fragments of the text are again partly derivative of their notes, and partly not. Again I refer you to the original text.
I’m not quite sure why these Charms, allegedly fragments of ancient family knowledge taught to Wiligut by his father, are called Halgarita, although the term is used once in the text, with variant spelling (below). Please bear in mind that they are Charms. The very first time I read through the F&M book, somewhere around 2009 probably, I was inspired to read them aloud, alone at night. It felt them to be very powerful and I became aware for at least one of the first times of the powers, what I have come to call metahumans or maybe Daemons, hovering around this work. Perhaps I felt them, suppressed, again at Wewelsburg, this year.
My thesis, I should note before the analysis, is not that the Irminists were Thursic, nor that the Wotanists were unconsciously Thursic in some sense. To do this would be to turn Wiligut’s own system on its head in very Gnostic or anti-cosmic fashion, and it would be way too convenient and over-simplifying. I do think, however, that there is both a kind of dualism here, and a kind of implicit polytheism, less conscious, in which Thursic and Aesic forces, entities and powers are invoked in tandem, in a syncretism reminiscent of the Icelandic grimoires. Hopefully I’ll come back to that. But now finally some notes on the text.
6. KALAOS OF THE CHALDEANS
Just some introductory notes on this one. “Albrune” has to refer to the Albruna, which for Wiligut was the highest order within what he says was the ancient German Maidenschaft, or girls’ or women’s organizations or schools. There are some implications of a “goddess” element that reminds us more of Gullveig or Hecate than anything in Christianism, even more than in the surviving Freya or disir honoring in Asatru; although we have to bear in mind that the goddess aspects of Germanic religion were the some of the most fiendishly attacked by the Christian onslaught in the First Millenium and thereafter, and are likely to be vastly underrepresented in modern Asatru and in sources like Snorri and the Poetic Edda.
Remember that these Charms, as F & M point out, are written partly in various forms of German including Old High (think Old English as opposed to modern), and some language which is either ancestral or original to Wiligut. “Utgai” smacks of Utgard, home of giants – think Utgard-Loki.
13. BOSO CARVED RUNES
Just an irresistible flippant footnote here. I’m rereading the Illuminatus trilogy. Bozo wrote the runes? Another ancient god of Chaos? Like Bugs Bunny? Very Discordian. Loki as the trickster, again? OK I’ll stop now.
23. THIAZZI CHARM
Thiazzi being the giant described by Ekortu as one of the “most evil of the giants”, a recurrent character in Thursakyngi. In the Skáldskaparmál Thiassi (in his eagle form) basically kidnaps Loki who accuses him of eating too much of the gods’ food and becomes the inspiration (via ransom) behind Loki’s theft of the apples of Idunn. He is also the father of Skadi, who winds up married to Njord. For Ekortu all this is part of the infiltration of the Aesir by the Thursic giants, in preparation for instigating Ragnarok (“immanentizing the Eschaton”).
41. FIRE CHARM
Fenrüs fuiro frause sunai
Trii fyrai sana ans
zwo tri fyrzena
Niull fana niull ans
Fenrüs being of course the Fenris wolf, child of Loki and Aurboda, Thursatru icon. Lots of words that sound like “fire” in various languages.
47. BOSO’S DESCENDANTS
Boso fraete Runa Ata, Runatal tat’rOdhinns Boso, Mata Maya fraete Mani, Flodaifraetetithar Grodo.
Couldn’t resist the other reference to Bozo. But note also Maya (from the Hindu – illusion or manifestation, depending on your point of view) and Mani, the moon.
54. CREATION OF LIGHT
ok hele sprukh ta ara sun
Lukhaukh un aukh bem Asasun
sao fuyr ter Salang lauff sayn baan
sayn lewen umb ten Sun Ara an
sao funkt daromb tar sayn korun
Gothara stat up ten nayen Sun
ti zwiehet wart-te Hele-fraw
nun lekth gullimborsti up te saw—
ter zwiespalt stat ti
Ays Hele waikt Gothar te Sun
F&M comment on a possible reference to Thor in “Asasun”, and a clearer reference to a boar as the boar of Freyr from “gullimborsti” as “golden bristle’. What I pick up here is obviously a lot of solar references which in conjunction with the title “Creation of Light” reminds me of the Thursic and generally anti-cosmic or gnostic concept of the solar, i.e. manifest or created cosmos, universe, as something created by Odin, Vili and Ve out of the murdered corpse of Ymir – a construct within the pre-existing Chaos.
Taito runaiasa tait
Gibor stanarwendai ur
Gibor runaigodai tait
Nothing particularly Thursic here, but I wanted to follow F&M and point out the the references to the “sundwendstan” which they identify with the alter in the Externsteine – in the Teutoburgerwald. Also that Gibor, von List’s gibor Rune, is for him a partially formed or hidden Swastika – another sun sign. And remember here, or note, that when I talk about the Sun with regard to these Charms, I think what I’m noticing is the Yellow Sun, not the Black – the sun of the created world of the Aesir.
66. KYMBRIC CHARM
Kymbra montihailloh sun Kymbra talaihailloh urdh.
Urdh being one of the Norns, the Ur- or primoridial one. Existing before the cosmos, or the World Tree, the Nine Worlds.
68. WAY TO THE MOTHERS
Maya faeki kloig, Kat ar sunur fraeg,
Kat ar Mani Sunur, Mani kat ar pertisur
More goddess, Maya and Mani.
142. MERSEBURG CHARM
Phal ende Wodan
vuoren zi holza
da wart demo Balders
volen sin vuos birenkit
thu biguolen sinthgunt
sunna era suistir
thu biguolen Frua
volla era suistir
thu biguolen Wodan
so he wola conda
sose lidvrenk ben zi bena
bluot zi bluoda
lid zi geliden
sose gelimida sin
Among other things here, there’s something hiding in the beginning of this one about the death of Baldur and those mysterious words Odin whispered into his ear.
O MANI PATME SUM
O mani patme sum
Alfatur og helium
Again, as F&M note, the Sanskrit/Tibetan Buddhist mantra, a bit Latinized, to me… and a strange second line about Odin in his “Allfather” (to me, Helllenized or Christianized) form, “and”(Norwegian) Helium – hopefully referring to the sun and not the gas? Something slightly dark absurdist in there somewhere, too.
418. WOTANISM CHARM
Wotara tot gotari war,
Gothari shyn gotara sun
Uilgothos sprunk giboraltar
Uilgothis sun gotseben brun.
Something about Wotanists vs. gods? And the Uiligothos (ancient Wiligut lineage), and as F&M note the “giboraltar” so associated by von list with Gibraltar. And is this a charm against Wotanists?
718. FRANCO-CELTIC CHARM
Sunai suni sunawendt
Suni sunai lokestan
Ghibi hribar gordifan
This one is actually kind of rich. Something about the turning of the sun, the only actual use of the world “Halgaryta” / “Halgarita” in these charms, I think.. and is Lokestan the land of Loki? The Asasun is the yellow sun of the Aesir, explicitly htis time.
1012. GOTHIC-KYMBRIAN RUNE-BLESSING
asta kembra kymbraie
taraisk thursai gotai
A direct reference to the Thurses, and then to the gods – or to Thurs-gods? I’m leaving out all these references to ancient tribes.
1319. BALDUR CHARM
Baldur Baltar Belial
Salur (n) Uiligot sunas Baal
Ok, in this one we have Baldur, Wiligot, and two explicit demons, demonstrably not of German origin, plus a reference to a “fyrsal” which is von List’s Rune “Sal” implying holiness, plus fire! Which has strong Thursic implicatons of Musspellheim.
Baal was of course the god of the Canaanites. Belial the demon whose name supposedly means “lacking worth”
1818. CRUCIFIED SERPENT
gekruiste slang, gekruiste hant
Gothari ger, Gothara lant.
I can’t think of anything much more Satanic than the image of a crucified serpent, associated with Satan in the Garden of Eden, see Loki chained, Prometheus bound? The snake nailed to the cross. To the Irminsul?
6119. KING FRODE’S MARRIAGE-LAW
Kunig Frode salaf al fena
Fridleif sun ai jotunlant
Pruk tuo Frauja Fenja Menja
Gull ajd bluet Walkyrja stant
Grotto lued ai Frodi fluekh
Grotto lued ai Frodi spruekh
F&M state that “alaf sal fena” (formulated differently here) means “All hail to the one conscious of generation”. Generating what? Gods or Thurses? Cosmos or Chaos? Fenja and Menja are giantesses from “The Lay of Grotti” who grind gold for King Frodi. Probably Jotuns, here, but Ekortu and Thursatru make a distinction between Jotuns and Thurses that is often blurred in the Eddas and the term “Jotun” tends to be used for all giants. Flowers disagrees strongly with this whole conceptualization and says the only Thurses were basically formless sources and agent of Chaos, not entities. But then who are Bergelmir and Thrudgelmir?
Jotunlant being Jotun Land, I guess, since we also have the two Jotuns. Also, obviously, Valkyries.
21 HERALDIC CHARM OF THE WISE-KING
Treve Korune, treve Pergh
treve Asa, treve Zwergh
treve Jötun, treve Mar
Aes treve Weis Kunig trev Lew, rout Ar.
I wonder if “Treve” is related to three? Although that’s a Christian number. We have Asa, Zwergh (dwarves, Zwerge im deutsch), and of course Jotuns. Mar, Mars or sea? Something about a Wise King who is almost a White King, and Ar, the Rune von List is his Armanen system associates with the Sun and with Aryans. Also with gold, I woudl think. Does it link to gold, gull, in the verse above,or does gull there mean Gullveig?
Draugs godiu obi
Adlar obi Dreaugs
Bafomatli sun Lew ans
Sun luecht Bafomatli dvo
And we end with an explicit reference to Baphomet! The “false” god whom the Templars were accused of worshipping, his image currently associated with the devil by modern Satanists. Draugs – draughr, the dead who dwelt in the burial mounds? And dvo = two.
Obviously, this writing is an exercise in examination, questioning and conjecture, not conclusions. My conclusion is certainly not that Karl Maria Wiligut was the godfather of Thursatru; in fact he was no sort of Nordic mythicist at all. He was anti-Wotanist as well as anti-Christian, at least on the surface. He claimed descent from a long line of Traditionalists in the most arcane sense whose origins go back beyond frankly ridiculous spans of time, in terms of the physical planet earth and its geological history.
What I do want to demonstrate is that there are elements in Wiligust’s system, which is for me his independent gnosis, in the same sense as von List’s was his own, which indicate the influence of Thursic or possibly dark Wotanist, as well as Semitic or non-Semitic Middle Eastern entities who appear Satanic or anti-cosmic. I am not arguing that Irminism is any form of Satanism – Wligut/Weisthor would have argued the exactly opposite, that it was the Wotanists who were the devils.
I do think that Wiligut’s gnostic vision, to the extent is was not the madness of which he was accused (and he is usually described as quite sane, coherent and personable, charismatic even), includes the Shadow of the hidden darkness below the created worlds. One can see, in these enigmatic Charms, the influence of a poweful Dark Lord, a Chaotic Enemy in the form of his Guardian Angel, trying to break through the message of Sun and Light which Wiligut seems to feel oblligated to consciously espouse.
More and more these days, it seems to me that such a chaotic, cleansing and destructive entity, the Sword of Sort, Kalki on his White Horse, may be what we really need – to wipe the slate clean and began again after the fall of the Last Battalion. It may be that Karl Maria Wiligut was to some extent aware, his more than conscious message inscribed to us in the rings he designed, in the objects of power that the Disease has not yet been able to destroy at Wewelsburg.