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Odin, Woden, Wotan---it would seem that the wandering god had several names, but no one but the Nazi occultists ever called him Santur. More than a year ago I posted an article on PaganSpace entitled, “The Black Sun, an Old but Very New Symbol at the Core of the Psyche”. In this article I explored one of the meanings of the Black Sun as a symbol of the god that the Nazi occultists worshiped. I would like to quote the relevant passage; I hope that I may be forgiven for its length---the material is extremely important.

“The most ancient esoteric symbol systems associated the Black Sun with the planet Saturn. Some astrologers include a Black Sun in their horoscopes that is one of the two foci of the elliptical orbit of the planet Saturn. The ordinary Sun is located at one of the foci, while the other foci, the Black Sun, is an empty point in space which, in the geocentric horoscope, transits back and forth from 16 Pisces to 19 Libra (tropical) through the fall and winter signs. Sometimes the planet Saturn was associated with God. The ancient Greeks identified the Canaanite El with the planet Saturn. El was the father of the gods, much like the Hebrew El (El Elyon, El Shaddai), who was the father of the elohim. Jewish esotericists said that YHVH was Saturn.

“Much later, in European literature, John Milton restated a common theme in his 'Paradise Lost' when he described the divine or God as 'Dark with excessive bright', and this would suggest a Black Sun. In 'The Secret Doctrine' Madam Blavatsky speaks of a Central Sun (a kind of God) at the center of our galaxy, and describes it in a way that makes us think of a black hole instead of a bright object. Many of her ideas were appropriated by volkisch-theosophical writers such as Guido von List and Peryt Shau, and ultimately by Aryan cults such as the Wotanists who came to prominence in the Third Reich. In fact, the SS symbol consisting of two runes, which to the uninitiated meant only 'Schutzstaffel', a special staff or military unit, to the initiate meant 'die Schwartze Sonne', the Black Sun. Karl Maria Wiligut, Emil Rutiger, and Werner von Bulow, who mentored or influenced Heinrich Himmler, identified the Black Sun with an extinct star that shone upon the north pole 23,000 years ago and was instrumental in the spiritual development of the Aryan race. This star, which they called 'Santur', was a second sun which, though invisible, still orbits the earth and still emits a powerful intelligence. The occultists called this star the 'Hyperborean Sun'. Further research discloses that 'Santur' is the name of the hammered dulcimer of the Persians, which is also used in India. It is similar in appearance and sound to the Hungarian Cimbalom. Austrians [if not all Germans] must have been familiar with the evocative sound of the Hungarian instrument. The name 'Santur' seems to suggest that the initiate experienced the presence of the Hyperborean Sun as music, which, as we know, can affect the mind in ways that language cannot. 

“Many of my readers must have noticed that the word 'Santur' is almost identical to the word 'Saturn' except for the transposition of one letter.” 

Here is a picture of the Black Sun mosaic on the floor of the SS General's Hall in Himmler's castle. It includes a sun-wheel, three swastikas, and twelve victory ruins.

In case my reader is overwhelmed with the complexity of this material, I shall summarize it in the following way: Santur is Saturn, for the “Hyperborean Sun” does not exist and never existed. Saturn in this context is not only a planet in the horoscope, but a universal symbol of the Sacrificial God. But Saturn as an archetype has its negative as well as its positive aspect. The question is---shall the Sacrificial God sacrifice others unto himself, or himself for others? It is Santur who, like Alberich in Der Ring des Nibelungen, renounced love to gain all power and ultimately sacrifices others to himself. I would prefer not to call the Nazi god Wotan, but unfortunately the name Wotan has historically evoked Santur’s presence. It has also evoked the presence of the Wanderer (a shaman) who hung himself upon the World Tree and sacrificed an eye to gain the knowledge of the runes for the benefit of all. “A sacrifice of myself unto myself” he tells us. Both the negative and the positive aspects of the Sacrificial God have similar symbols, for example the raven of death. To be certain that one will evoke the positive aspect it is advisable to think of the picture of Wotan that I use for this group or an image like the one below.

In case one is leery of using the name Wotan I might observe that a similar problem exists in other religions, not just the Old Norse religion. It is especially ironic that the negative Wotan is quite similar to the Yahweh of the Book of Joshua in the Bible. Before the Israelites attacked the Canaanite city of Ai they consecrated it to Yahweh---and proceeded to kill every man, woman, child, and animal in the city. In ancient Germany cities were consecrated to Wotan in the same way, with the same result. But it must be obvious that the ethically enlightened Jew of today does not worship the negative Yahweh. I have also discovered that Hinduism offers us a positive and negative Kali. To be sure that one has found the positive Kali it is advisable to study the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, the Bengali saint, and his predecessor Ramprasad. By aligning oneself with a positive teaching one may find safety.

To practice the Old Norse religion today requires courage and insight. I have encountered Santur but he ultimately withdrew, knowing that he could accomplish nothing. I recommend that everyone evoke the old Norse gods in the name of Erda, the Earth Goddess whose priestess I am. There is safety in her name.

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It's interesting because the Germans at some point thought that the earth is hollow; the "Hollow Earth Theory". Of course it's absurd geologically and scientifically, just as much strange and arcane as many ideas that came out of any so called Nazi occult movement. I found this theory to be extremely odd, considering the level of scientific achievement that was attained during the National Socialist movement.

Blavatsky's interpretation of the "Black Sun", which is now coined a phrase or metaphor for Luciferians, is interesting because Blavatsky was known to have an extreme disdain for science. Of course, science, especially astronomy and astro physics, were in a very crude stage during Blavatskys time. She as well as many like her probably compensated with psychic intuition that which could not be discerned scientifically. Her awareness of what turns out to be a black hole in the center of this and many other galaxies, which she interpreted as the black sun. The Nazis may actually have had the same interpretation.

The Black Sun may as well be a metaphor for something nihilistic or destructive, or a symbol of Darkness that pervades much of the universe. Which scientifically the "black hole" is known to be, but some times, emitting enormous amounts of electromagnetic energy back out into the cosmos.

The Black Flame also seems to follow the same theme of light that is born and returns to eternal Darkness, and symbolizes enlightenment in that sense.

The complete text of my article on the Black Sun is here: I talk about my own experience of the Black Sun but am very careful to distinguish my symbolic or archetypal awareness from scientific facts.

Before satellites with cameras or telescopes were sent into space it might have seemed plausible to some that a Hyperborean Sun existed. There was another idea that satellites disproved: that a planet exists in earth's orbit on the opposite side of the sun, so that it is never seen. It is supposed to have an evil influence upon us. It is called the Counter-Earth. It sounds like a symbol for the unconscious mind.


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