'We make our destinies by our choice of gods.' - Virgil

The sword - which appropriately replicates the outline of the cross - has always been the principal axis around which Christianity has revolved. The Church preaches love and yet it has always been enamoured with war - the conquest of peoples often having been the precursor to their conversion.
Wodhanaz can be seen as the Antechrist (the prefix 'ante' signifies 'that which precedes') in the sense that this ancient European god is the predecessor of Christ in the spiritual consciousness of Western man. (The term 'Antichrist' of course means something quite different - ie someone who is opposed to Christ.)

Considering how many millions of people have been killed in the countless wars waged by the Church down through the centuries, one can't help wondering whether Wodhanaz, a god of war, is - and always was - the deity lying at the core of Western religious consciousness. 'Love thy neighbour' was what Jesus preached and what the Church proclaimed, but it certainly wasn't what its members ever seriously practised.

In the final analysis, Christianity is a syncretic religion fused together from elements of various others: it is set within the matrix of Judaism; it has the birth, death and rebirth aspects of the Egyptian gods Horus and Osiris; and it has appropriated the symbolic attributes of Wodhanaz - speared in his side, hanging from a cross/tree - for its crucifixion imagery.

A clue as to who Christ really stands for in Western consciousness is to examine Christian art since the Renaissance. One would naturally expect to find Christ depicted as a dark-haired, swarthy Semite, however he is more often than not depicted as a lily-white, blonde European.

The presence of Wodhanaz is in fact woven through the entire course of Western Christianity, and even some of Jesus' words could have come straight from his mouth, such as: 'You must not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.'

The Christ child.
(Fra Angelico, 15th century).

These sentiments doubtlessly struck a resonant chord in European churchgoers of centuries past, since they could have come straight from Wodhanaz, their own ancient war god. And, in the final analysis, the central symbol of Christianity - that of a man suffering on a wooden cross - was almost identical to the suffering figure of Wodhanaz who was depicted hanging from a cross-branch of Yggdrasil, the World Tree.

The spear pierced figure of Wodhanaz seen hanging from the World Tree, surrounded
by the runes.

Just as Santa Claus is supposed to come from the North Pole, so is the North Pole the place where Asgard, the heavenly home of Wodhanaz, is located. Erecting a fir tree at the winter solstice (Xmas time in the northern hemisphere) is an ancient Germanic tradition, with this tree representing Yggdrasil, the cosmic World Tree on which Wodhanaz hung in agony for nine days. As well as being pivotal to the Christian year, Wodhanaz is also central to the world's week - the middle day of which is Wednesday, this name being derived from the term 'Woden's Day'.

Modern-day Santa Claus.

'The Old Gods are not
dead - we are.'

Fiona Macleod

As if to underline this fact, Christmas - the most important religious event of the Christian calendar - is permeated with the symbolism of Wodhanaz. The Santa Claus of today developed from pagan traditions developed in Germany, with this hooded figure being a composite of Wodhanaz (who was widely depicted as a hooded man), and Thor (Wodhanaz's martial aspect) who wears red and rides in a flying chariot pulled by two goats - which of course echoes the sleigh and reindeer of Santa Claus.

Thor on his chariot drawn by goats - the precursor of Santa Claus and his
reindeer-drawn sleigh.

Considering the above, one is tempted to ask just what figure really lies at the heart of Christianity. On the face of it, it would appear to be a crucified Jewish carpenter from the Middle East. However, peel away the Biblical facade and one is faced with an overlapping trinity of ancient gods embedded in the life-cycle of Christ: Horus (the divine child), Wodhanaz (hanging suffering from a tree), and the dying god Osiris (who seeds Isis with Horus during his brief res-erection). And of course the figure of Mary, the 'Mother of God', is none other than a thinly-disguised Isis - the great Egyptian goddess who was revered throughout the Mediterranean world prior to the advent of Christianity.

Perhaps with the unfolding of the new millenium, the time has finally come to free the True Christ from the thrall of Christianity.

Christian symbolism owes a great debt to ancient Egyptian mythology. Here a Madonna and Christ-child are reflected in the figure of Isis and Horus, son of Osiris. The life cycle of Jesus - his birth, sacrificial death and resurrection - is closely allied to that of the mythological Osiris whose was killed and his body torn into pieces and thrown into the Nile. Mary is depicted in Christian art weeping over the recovered body of Christ, while it is weeping Isis' task to recover the 14 pieces of her dismembered husband from 14 different locations. It's no coincidence that in Christian belief there are 14 stations of the cross. And how many Christians realise that every time they say 'Amen', they are evoking the presence of Egypt's
highest god - Amen-Ra?

In regard to the enigmatic Biblical figure of the Antichrist, it's interesting to note that in predynastic Egypt, the falcon god Horus was known as Anti. Thus the term 'Anti Christ' points to the notion of a 'Falcon Messiah' who - come the Apocalypse - reinstates himself as the `Lord of the Sky', along with his mother Isis, the `Star of the Sea'. The god Anti was called 'The Claw' by his worshippers and in the art of ancient Egypt was depicted as a falcon-headed man riding/surfing his crescent-shaped craft across the cosmic sea.