There has been a lot of noise lately about the use of runes in the Norwegian Olympic team sweater. The objection is that two runes are displayed on the sweater, Tiwaz and Elhaz, the runes for Tyr/victory and elk/protection, had been used by the Nazi’s for certain specific groups and programs (leadership school for Tiwaz, and birth/death announcements for Elhaz).
The Norwegian Olympic team is drawing upon its cultural heritage to call for a “Attacking Viking” on the podium, calling upon their team to be motivated in a similar way to Canada’s own “Own the Podium” program. This is drawing on what is to them, their own heritage as a positive motivational force. Some wish to point to the fact that the Nazi’s used runes for bad things, and some Neo Nazi groups have latched on to various runes for their own mis-use, but in no way have any of the runes ever been known commonly and only as symbols of hate groups. There is a legitimate use of these for the Scandinavians as cultural symbols. Yes, some racists will continue to try to steal the glory and worth of the symbol for their own perverted uses, but it is clear they are trying to pervert something they don’t own. The runes are a part of our heritage.
The Swastika is different. We lost that one.
The Swastika was used by Neolithic Indo-Europeans, Vedic Hindu and their offshoot Buddhist cultures in antiquity as a symbol of sun/luck/good fortune. It was not a major cultic symbol during the timespan our surviving lore was collected and had very limited use in the rediscovery of the faith itself in the last century.
The Persians, Hindu, Buddhists continue to use some form of the swastika even today, but then again, they did not experience the horrors that this symbol came to represent in WWII, so in their cultures, it maintains a small, clean, almost forgotten niche; whereas it has burned into the hindbrains of the sons and daughters of Europe and North America. It had been forgotten by Europe, by the turn of the last century, and it was exhumed in a most terrible way, and for a most terrible purpose.
It was however identified by the forefathers of racial identity politics in Germany. The groups that began the movement that would culminate in the rise of the Nazi party associated the Swastika from their very beginning as a symbol of their political/racial identity, a symbol of the pure German Folk-soul. This was a symbol to them of the very doctrine of racial purity that would be the drive behind the greatest crimes of the Nazi party.
Adolf Hitler adopted the Swastika for himself and the Nazi party from its inception. He made it the symbol of his vision, and for the first time, it became synonymous with a single political ideology, a single philosophy. This was not the worship of Sunna, the life giving sun. This was not as a symbol of life and luck, prosperity and fortune; no this was a very clear and defined thing. The Swastika was the symbol for the vision of a pure German Race, united under fascist rule, with a racial destiny of conquest and rulership of all lesser races.
In Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler wrote:
“I myself, meanwhile, after innumerable attempts, had laid down a final form; a flag with a red background, a white disk, and a black swastika in the middle. After long trials I also found a definite proportion between the size of the flag and the size of the white disk, as well as the shape and thickness of the swastika.”
The Swastika went from being something a handful of obscure scholars could argue about, to being a household name, a symbol whose ownership, provenance, and purpose was known by all, both those who supported it, and those who opposed it. Never has any symbol been more clearly defined for eternity by the deeds of a single generation.
Those deeds would be soaked in the blood of tens of millions of innocents, by the blood of innocent Germans first and foremost, but the blood letting would spill across all of Europe, Afrika and half the seas of the world.
In the generations since the Nazi’s were defeated, the swastika has been taken up again and again, not only in Europe, but on our own shores. This has not been done by Heathen groups quietly practicing their faith, and the honouring of the sun goddess, but loudly in the streets by White Supremacist groups espousing the racial hatred and violence that marked the rise of the SA/SS Nazi street thugs in 1930’s Germany.
It is clear that the Swastika is most commonly invoked not by those who wish to worship the light and life giving sun, but those who wish to worship hatred and the blood soaked racial purity visions of histories most blood soaked madman.
There are groups out there who like to talk about “reclaiming” the swastika, about “taking back” their cultural heritage. These groups often have cute little version similar to the Swastika enough to evoke its spirit, but far enough away to allow plausible deniability. These groups also generally use the same folk-soul language and racial destiny language that you can read about in Hitler’s Mein Kampf, the stirring speeches written by Goebbels, and the propaganda films of Leni Riefenstahl.
Those who are taking up the Swastika now are very much carrying on the vision of the Nazi party, and those working to “reclaim it” are either innocent dupes, or far more commonly, very cold calculating propaganda masters, with an overarching vision of transforming the identity of European descendant peoples through the conscious reshaping of national/cultural symbols and faith. This is the vision that gave us the success and the crimes of the Nazi rise in Germany, and we saw in the breakup of Yugoslavia that its modern adherents look to the same methods to achieve the same results.
We cannot, must not, and by all the gods shall not, remain silent and see such things happen on our shores. The Swastika is tainted for all time. It will never be clean again, it has been successfully coopted by the dogma’s of hatred, by the blackest desires of humanity for power-through-fear, and will forever serve as a loadstone for evil.
I will support the continued battle to take back the runes from those who would miss-use them, for they are ours and I will not permit their loss to racist scum. In the same breath, I will sadly say that the Swastika is lost to us forever. It is now and for all times a symbol of evil. The first and only time it rose to burn into the consciousness of whole nations, and the whole world it was as a symbol of knowing and deliberate evil. This has changed its meaning for all succeeding generations. The Swastika is about hate.
Stop serving the ends of racist scum by attempting to cover their pathetic attempts to dress up their evil as anything related to our culture, or our faith, by letting them spur you on towards “rehabilitating” the swastika. The only purpose this would serve in this, or any foreseeable generation, is empowering the rise of this known evil another time.