- it's one of the oldest and most widespread religious symbols known to man and it occupies a unique position today as the most emotionally-charged and powerful cypher of our time. Despite the fact that the Nazi era came to an end more than 50 years ago, the swastika's ability to repel, attract, frighten and fascinate continues unabated.

What is it about this simple, elegant image that enables it to exert a power that goes beyond any rational explanation? Because we live in an age in which logic and rationality are the ruling ideological cornerstones, the notion that the swastika has some innate almost occult ability to connect us with another deeper realm of consciousness is seldom entertained.

In the first half of the 20th century, Adolf Hitler - using this symbol - was able to raise up and unleash the indwelling Teutonic tribal spirit of the German people. His choice of the swastika was probably the single most important decision he ever made, for without the numinous power of this ancient symbol, the German nation could probably never have achieved the extraordinary level of cohesiveness and purpose which caused it to shake the 20th century to its foundations.

It's a powerful testimony to the swastika's innate power that in Germany today it remains illegal to display or sell this image in any form. It is as if the authorities there are the first to acknowledge the uncanny power of this symbol.

The swastika can be seen as the axis around which the whole Nazi movement revolved. The mystical pagan associations of the swastika are evident in this SS altar which was used for weddings and child-naming ceremonies.
The swastika is, in essence, an ancient tribal symbol. It is central to the religious lives of peoples as diverse as present-day Hindus and Hopi indians, as well as ancient peoples such as the Aryans, the Celts, and the Cretans. And the reason why the swastika exerts such a grip over the Western mind is that it resonates with something deep down in the depths of the European psyche, namely the indwelling tribal spirit of our ancient Germanic forefathers which expresses itself in the archetype of the god Wodhanaz (Wotan/Odin).

This website concerns itself not only with the swastika and its deep connection to this god of war, magic and mystic illumination, but also with the sacramental means by which modern European man can reconnect himself with this 'once-and-future' deity (see Sacred Sacrament).

The image of the swastika was a popular motif in ancient Celtic art. This brass, enamelled motif depicts a shaman figure seated in the lotus position in a meditational trance.

A float drawing a radiant image of the swastika in Munich. The swastika was closely associated with the revival of pagan mythology in Germany in the 19th and 20th centuries.
'Gods that are dead are simply those that no longer speak to the science or moral order of the day....every god that is dead can be conjured again to life.'

Joseph Campbell - 'The Way of the Animal Powers'

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