Saturday, 27 November 2010
Taken from the website of Woden`s Folk
The New God form
The new religion of Wodenism is named after the All-Father, Woden, yet in reality the god that we see as being the archetype of the New Age is Widar. The name Widar is usually rendered Forest Warrior which is the title of this article. Widar is seen as a Woodland God, but the warrior bit is usually glossed over – maybe too fierce for certain “humanitarian” pagans!
When using the title we will write it as Wid-Ar which is a breakdown of the title into its two sections of meaning –
Wid – forest, woodland: this is the Old English wudu and is the basis of the name Widukind which could be rendered Forest Kind or Woodland Kind.
Ar – this is a very interesting title since the term “warrior” does not fully cover it. The Root AR is the root of the term Aryan but even this does not render a full meaning. The term Aryan has the same root as certain other words which will give a clue as to the true meaning –
The Root AR is related to all of the terms used for the Germanic Männerbünd and the concept of the Wild Warrior of the Wilderness. This is a very interesting concept in view of the roots of Wodenism.
Wid-Ar is the son of Woden and the brother of Wali. It is Wid-Ar who slays the Fenris Wolf at Ragnarok and becomes the High God of the New Order. Widar was the son of Woden and Grid and he represents the imperishable forces of Nature.
Widar followed Woden to the Fountain of Wyrd where the three Sisters of Wyrd uttered the following prophecy –
“One day done.”
To this the Goddess of Fate added – “With joy once more won.” The Goddess explains that even though Woden will fall in the Last Battle Wid-Ar would be his avenger, and he would live to rule over a regenerated world after having conquered his enemies.
Woden falls at Ragnarok, slain by the Fenris Wolf. But it is Widar who avenges him by placing his foot with its Iron Shoe (some say leather) in the gaping jaws and wrenching them apart. This act could only be done to release the Spirit of Woden – for Woden reappears in the New Order as Widar.
At one level the Fenris Wolf represents rampant technology which has overwhelmed our Folk and wrenched them away from their true Gods. We live in the Wolf-Age which is an age of decay, degeneration and destructive powers.
Today Wid-Ar is the Silent God for he sits silent on his throne in Landwidi, awaiting his time at Ragnarok. When his time comes he will be Wid-Ar the Avenger – avenger of Woden and God of Regeneration and Renewal.
The Hooded Man Prophecy is all about the coming of Wid-Ar, for is not the figure of Robin Hood the Forest Warrior? In the Root AR we may also see the name of Herne whose name could well derive from this root. Robin Hood is the Forest Warrior and his father is Woden-Herne – the One-Eyed Hunter-God.
Wid-Ar has certain things in common with the Egyptian god Horus –
Horus is an Avenging God.
Horus is also known as the Silent God.
The name Heru (the Egyptian for Horus) is very much like our here/heri/herian etc.
Horus, like Wid-Ar is the avenger of the death of his father.
Added to these we have a Germanic God named Saxnot revered by the East Saxons; an alternative name for this god was Cheru or Heru – the Sword-God. It is to be noted that Wid-Ar wielded a sword.
The symbol for Horus is a Falcon or Hawk; it is also to be noted that in some legends Horus has only one eye. It is also significant that the symbol for Horus is an eye – the Eye of Horus. It is perhaps significant that Gawain is also associated with the Hawk, and that Parsifal has the role of restorer and the renewal of Nature. Parsifal seems to be a later version of Gawain.
One legend has it that the Sons of Ivalde (Wade) had united their efforts in forging the Sword of Cheru. This is the most famous sword wielded by Ætla the Hun. It is thus not really strange to recall the name Cheru or Heru as being that of the original name for Horus.
The Greek version of Horus rides on a Ram, and this is the symbol of Hama. The alternative name for Wid-Ar is Ing, for this is the Age of Ing or the Age of the Crowned and Avenging Son of the Sun. That this infers a return to an age of wildness and barbarism is clear from this god being the Woodland Warrior, and the archetype being related to the figure of Robin Hood, an outlaw, and a “Wolf’s Head”.
The fundamental difference between Wodenism and that of Asatru, Odinism, and Wotanism is that the former is based upon the rejection of the Hanged God in all his forms, including that of Odin. In our own Wodenic Lore – connected to the new Age of Ing – we recognize a new and virile archetype or god-form, that of Wid-Ar the Avenging Son. Wid-Ar is Woden, who has descended from the Tree of Woe, “swallowed” by the Wolf’s Jaws, and is reborn as Wid-Ar whose archetype is a Crowned God, wielding a Flaming Sword, and wiping away all that is rotten and degenerate upon the Earth.