As I have already proven (IMHO, beyond the reasonable doubt), Heinrich Himmler and The Black Sun Society had the identical fundamental objective – create a neo-Teutonic Order and neo-Ordensstaat with both based not on Christianity (as the original ones), but on neo-pagan (quasi)religion. The religion that also had to be created.
Ideally, of course, The Black Sun Society should have developed this religion (it had plenty of professionals to accomplish this all-important objective) and the convinced Heinrich Himmler to adopt it for his SS.
Unfortunately for them, SS-Reichsfuhrer did not work that way (in other words, this approach was impossible – cut and dry, plain and simple, loud and clear). Hence they had to work via an intermediary – Karl Maria Wiligut.
They somehow prepared the latter, brought him to the Nordische Gesellschaft, introduced him to Himmler and convinced the latter to hire the “distinguished occultist and esotericist” to create the new (neo-pagan) religion for the SS.
Most likely, this job was accomplished by Fräulein Frieda Dorenber, possibly aided by the mysterious Richard Anders. It is also possible that Alfred Rosenberg and Rudolf Hess (both members of the Thule Society) contributed somehow to Himmler’s decision – by vouching for Wiligut. Maybe even Himmler’s mentor (of sorts) Ernst Röhm, considered by some historians to also be a member of the Thule Society.
Anyhow, Himmler hired Wiligut and the latter did for the former… a lot, actually. Wiligut can be duly credited (among other achievements) with the design of the SS-ring; creation of various rituals and design of ritual objects to be used in SS ceremonies; and a steady stream of reports on esoteric matters of theology, history and cosmology issued for the most part privately to Himmler.
These reports undoubtedly contained components for the neo-pagan religion. Which, most likely, was supposed to be a derivative of Irminism – itself a religious derivative of Ariosophy (esoteric ideological system).
Wiligut even developed his own runic system loosely based on the Armanen runes of Guido von List even though Wiligut rejected List’s runes and his overall esoteric philosophy.
Wiligut claimed to have been initiated into “runic lore” by his grandfather Karl Wiligut (although, obviously, this claim is impossible to verify). His rune row has 24 letters, like the Elder Futhark.
Like von List’s Armanen runes which are based on the Younger Futhark, many of Wiligut’s runes are identical to historical runes, with some additions (which are without precedent in runic alphabets).
Definitely the most important “deliverables” of Wiligut’s work were the vision and the blueprint for the Mittelpunkt der Welt – the “spiritual center of the world” to be located in and around the Wewelsburg Castle developed with at least covert – and most likely with overt – assistance from The Black Sun Society, the High Priests and the guardians of the castle and the descendants of its original builders).
However, Himmler and Wiligut (even with the help from the mighty Black Sun Society) failed to develop anything even remotely resembling a coherent and comprehensive religious system.
The reasons for this epic failure were manifold but the most important were three. First, development of a new religion was not the first priority for Heinrich Himmler (to put it mildly) – especially after a radically increased workload (Anschluss of Austria, occupation of Czechoslovakia and World War II on the horizon).
Second, Adolf Hitler was a sworn enemy of everything occult – and Heinrich Himmler had no desire for a “religious” conflict with his boss. And, finally, although Himmler experienced a “religious conversion” of sorts in his early twenties, he was still not deep enough into occult – and did not take it seriously enough (in particular, did not believe much in its mystical powers).
Oh, and Karl Maria Wiligut was (to put it mildly), not a perfect medium for transmitting the components of the new religion (developed by The Black Sun Society) to Heinrich Himmler.
In the end, Himmler apparently decided to abandon the whole “new religion project” – at least until after the inevitable war. In practical terms it meant that Wiligut all but lost Himmler support – and immediately became an easy prey for his numerous enemies (i.e., his competitors for Himmler’s attention and funds).
His direct competitors were (obviously) the Ahnenerbe researchers supported by influential SS leaders – including SS-Gruppenführer Karl Wolff, the chief of Himmler’s personal staff and thus Wiligut’s nominal boss.
It is not clear whether Wolff knew about Wiligut’s three-year stay in the mental institution from the very beginning or that he (as is commonly believed) learned about it from colonel’s ex-wife whom he met in November of 1938 (I believe that the former was the case).
In the end, it did not matter. In February of 1939, Wolff confronted Wiligut with this (literally) murderous evidence and essentially ordered him to retire (possibly with Himmler’s tacit approval).
Wiligut’s office was dissolved and the official date of retirement (ostensibly for reasons of poor health and old age) was set on August 28th, 1939 (just three days prior to the start of World War II as it later turned out).
Wiligut retired as SS-Brigadefuhrer – major-general (rank equivalent to brigadier-general in US Army); however, it did not help him much. He spent all war years in poor health and virtual oblivion (no surprise here given his advanced age and hardships of life in Nazi Germany in the wartime).
Elsa Baltrusch, a member of Himmler’s personal staff, was assigned to be his “housekeeper.” She remained loyal to Wiligut until his death. At first they were provided quarters in Aufkirchen, but in May 1940 they were able to move to the Werderhof in Wiligut’s fabled town of Goslar (a historic town in Lower Saxony).
Unfortunately their quarters were requisitioned by medical authorities in 1943, and they were moved to an SS guesthouse on the Wörthersee in Austria. At the end of the war Wiligut was assigned to a refugee camp by the British occupation forces.
He was given permission to return to Salzburg, but he was unhappy there with his estranged family and so obtained papers to enable him to travel to Frau Baltrusch’s family in Arolsen in northern Germany.
By this stage Wiligut was only occasionally lucid and is said to have chanted his mantras to himself continuously. No surprise here either given his lifelong mental health problems.
Upon arrival in Arolsen on Christmas day 1945, Wiligut suffered a stroke. He died a few days later at 7:00 A.M. on 3 January 1946. He was seventy-nine years old. He is buried in the cemetery in Arolsen.12 His tombstone inscription reads: Unser Leben geht dahin wie ein Geschwätz (Our life passes away like idle chatter).
However, this was not the end of this story – not by a long shot. Wiligut’s work was carried out by the SS for four more years after his forced retirement. In the Mittelpunkt der Welt – the Wewelsburg Castle.
Now the mystery deepens – big time. Karl Maria Wiligut met Himmler in September of 1933 – in Detmold (of all places) at a conference of the Nordische Gesellschaft (“Nordic Society”). Detmold is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany located about 16 miles (25 km) from Paderborn and about 50 km from Wewelsburg.
Nordische Gesellschaft was an international association which had the (stated) objective of strengthening German-Nordic cultural and political cooperation. It was founded in 1921 and headquartered in Lübeck, Germany.
After the National Socialists came to power in Germany in 1933, the Nordische Gesellschaft came under the control of Alfred Rosenberg. Rosenberg was the leading Nazi theorist and ideologue, the head of the NSDAP Office of Foreign Affairs during the entire rule of Nazi Germany… and a member of the Thule Society.
He had such a power and influence during the early years of the Nazi Party that after the failed Beer Hall Putsch, Hitler, who had been imprisoned for treason, appointed Rosenberg as the leader of the Nazi movement, a position he held until Hitler’s release. He was also the CEO of Amt Rosenberg – a murky official body for “cultural policy and surveillance” within the Nazi party.
It was natural for Heinrich Himmler to be present at this conference as by that time he was the member of the new board of the association (established by Rosenberg, of course). How Karl Maria Wiligut got there (let alone was introduced to SS-Reichsfuhrer) was a total mystery.
True, Wiligut was much respected in German völkisch circles and published his articles (on various esoteric and occult subjects) in Hagal magazine published by the Edda Society.
However, his works were not about German-Nordic cultural cooperation (let alone political) at all. He was not involved in politics since 1924 (at least) and was never involved in anything Nordic. So how on Earth did he get there?
It is commonly believed that was Wiligut’s long-standing friend Richard Anders, by that time a member of the SS, who was instrumental in introducing the retired Austrian colonel to Himmler.
There is only one problem with this belief – no one knows who the hell Richard Anders and why on Earth would Anders himself be present at that conference (let alone was allowed to approach SS-Reichsfuhrer).
It is far more likely that Wiligut was brought to the conference (and introduced to Himmler) by Fräulein Frieda Dorenber (being Nazi Party member #6 carried a lot of weight in Nazi Germany – even if the member in question was a woman).
Shortly thereafter, Wiligut… joined the SS (under the pseudonym “Karl Maria Weisthor”). This “quantum leap” is even more mysterious than the previous two combined.
Wiligut was not a high-ranking member of the Nazi Party – or a powerful official in the government, industry and the like. Hence, he was subject to the extensive background check by the SD – the intelligence department of the SS.
Wiligut never tried to conceal his three-year confinement to a mental institution (in 1937 he even included it in his official curriculum vitae). Which meant that Heinrich Himmler (and not just him) was definitely aware of Wiligut’s diagnoses… that six years later would have sent him straight to the gas chamber operated by the guys from T4 involuntary euthanasia program.
True, this program was till six years away – but the seeds have been planted long before that. In July 1933, the “Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring” was passed by the Reichstag.
The law prescribed compulsory sterilization for patients with conditions thought to be hereditary, such as schizophrenia (Wiligut’s diagnosis), epilepsy, Huntington’s chorea and “imbecility”. Six years later, patients with these diagnoses would be shipped straight to the nearest extermination center.
And still Heinrich Himmler accepted (if not inducted) Karl Maria Wiligut into the SS. And it was only the beginning. Two months later, Wiligut was officially appointed head of the Department for Pre- and Early History, within the SS Rasse- und Siedlungshauptamt (SS Main Office for Race and Settlement – RuSHA) based in Munich.
More specifically, to its Amt Schulungsamt (Education Office), of course. In addition, Himmler made Wiligut his new adviser on ancient traditions… and promptly promoted him to SS-Standartenführer (Colonel) this restoring his rank at retirement from the Austrian Army. Moreover, this department was specifically created from scratch to Karl Maria Wiligut.
This whole thing was strange as well, because Wiligut had neither education, nor work experience on pre- and early history (his outlandish theories on “Irminic Christianity” and the like definitely did not qualify as such).
In November 1934 Wiligut was promoted to the rank of Oberführer (senior colonel or lieutenant-brigadier), and in the spring of 1935 he was transferred to Berlin to serve on Himmler’s personal staff (he was even set up in his very own villa). In September 1936, Wiligut was promoted to the rank of Brigadeführer (one-star general).
All of this sounds genuinely insane (or at least inconceivable); however, Heinrich Himmler was very much sane, pragmatic and calculating individual. And there was a completely reasonable (and even natural) explanation for “all of the above”.
Himmler hired Wiligut to create a new religion for the SS.
I have already stated that by the psychiatric standards of the time, the medical reasons commitment of Karl Maria Wiligut to the mental institution were solid. It is also known (well-known, actually) that he did not change his behavior (or his ideas for that matter) one bit.
However, he was allowed to maintain contact with “like-minded individuals” (i.e., with his colleagues in Austrian esoteric, occult and nationalistic circles) outside the asylum.
An unusual decision by the administration of the institution, to put it mildly – usually the patients are barred from any communication that could reinforce their “unhealthy” beliefs.
Wiligut communicated with prominent members of Order of New Templars (Emil Rüdiger, Friedrich Teltscher, Friedrich Schiller, etc.) and with several members of the Edda Society (a mystic study group).
Members of this society developed an original and eclectic mystery religion founded in part upon the Armanism of Guido von List. One of the prominent members of Edda was one Mathilde von Kemnitz, a prolific völkisch writer who married General Erich Ludendorff in 1926.
Probably the most interesting pen pal of Karl Maria Wiligut was Dr. Friedrich Teltscher – an authority on runic magic. He viewed runes (Armanen runes, to be more precise) as conduits of “subtle energies” (i.e. divine, supernatural, spiritual energies).
And still in early 1927, the Salzburg court reversed its verdict and let Wiligut out. Only one explanation makes sense – there was someone very influential (or a highly skilled manipulator) behind this unexpected decision (to put it mildly).
More likely, the manipulator. It appears that by that time (Heinrich Himmler was already in the SS and the vision and blueprints for the “Black Order” were all but ready), The Black Sun Society was actively looking for someone that they could use as an “informal communication channel” to SS-Reichsfuhrer (when Himmler inevitably becomes one).
Why they chose Karl Maria Wiligut (of all people), we have no idea and probably will never know. Most likely, the magicians of The Black Sun Society found in Wiligut’s writings (and probably in him personally – I have no doubt that they talked to him) something that made them believe that he was a perfect man (i.e., the perfect tool) for the job.
Surprisingly, Wiligut even went back to live with his family (he left them only in 1932 – five years later). Thus he remained in Salzburg and received visitors from Germany (the Edda circle) and from Vienna (mainly ONT brothers). In the fall of 1932 he received one mysterious Fräulein Frieda Dorenberg (almost nothing is known for certain about her).
She was a member of the NSDAP even before Adolf Hitler (she carried the membership number 6 while his was 55) and was sometimes called the “conscience of the [Nazi] Party.” She was also deeply involved in esoteric matters, and was a member of the abovementioned Edda Society.
It was Frieda Dorenberg (in cooperation with other individuals), who arranged to have Wiligut smuggled into Germany with a false identity. So, with his children grown, and freedom from observation by the authorities granted, Wiligut fled Austria in 1932 and began living underground near Munich in the suburb of Bogenhausen.
There he joined an esoteric circle called the Freie Söhne der Nord- und Ostsee (Free Sons of the North and Baltic Seas) and began to conduct lectures, seminars, workshops, etc. on esoteric and occult matters.
Wiligut, now in his late sixties (he was 65 in 1932), was well received and much respected in German völkisch circles. It is likely, of course, that at least some of this respect stemmed from his long and distinguished military record and his service in combat in the “Great War.”
Now everything falls into place and begins to make sense. Fräulein Frieda Dorenber was undoubtedly one of the agents (if not members) of The Black Sun Society who infiltrated NSDAP (then still DAP) even before Adolf Hitler joined the Nazi Party.
The Edda Society (founded by one Rudolf John Gorsleben – German Ariosophist, Armanist, practitioner of the Armanen runes, journal editor and playwright) was most likely the successor to The Thule Society as the new front for The Org and for The Black Sun Society (Edda Society was founded in 1925 – the same year the Thule Society disappeared into oblivion).
She convinced Wiligut that a great future awaits him in Germany. Which turned out to be true – as in September of 1933 (roughly a year after his escape to Germany), Karl Maria Wiligut met SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler.
There is little (if any) doubt that Karl Maria Wiligut was both mystically gifted (i.e. possessed psychic, paranormal, supernatural capabilities) and was mentally unstable (in other words, had some mental health issues). And that he was born that way. Which makes perfect sense – there is no such thing as a genuine psychic without a “touch of madness”.
However, his “touch of madness” was, indeed, but a touch (otherwise he would not made it into the Army – let alone rise to the rank of full Colonel). His psychic abilities were rudimentary – otherwise he would not have even joined the Army, let alone spend four decades in the uniform with an impeccable record.
Hence, he would have definitely not become Karl Maria Wiligut as we know him today had it not been for a personal tragedy. A very personal tragedy. In 1907, his only son (a twin brother of his daughter Gertrud) died in his infancy.
Wiligut was devastated. Later he claimed that it was because his “esoteric tradition” (whatever it was) could only be handed down to his eldest son… but the reality was most likely more prosaic.
Karl Maria Wiligut was a third-generation Army officer so the real tradition was the service to his Fatherland in its armed forces. Consequently, it was a very tangible family tradition of military service (not the obscure occult tradition) that was ended by the untimely death of his son.
It is almost definite that Wiligut suffered a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and from its by-products (i.e. depression). Which got him estranged from his wife and family (no surprise here) and pushed him into the ONT and its esoteric, occult and nationalist environment (ditto).
The latter considered Masons (even of “quasi” variety) their sworn enemies so there is little doubt that very soon Wiligut had to make a fundamental (I would even say existential) choice – quit Schlaraffia society and stay with ONT… of forget about the latter.
Emotionally and spiritually ONT was far more attractive (and powerful) than Schlaraffia – and in his mental state at that time (the state of his heart, mind and soul) Wiligut needed all emotional and spiritual energies (and support) he could get.
So the choice was obvious – he quit Schlaraffia in 1909 and completely immersed itself in esoteric, nationalist and occult environment of ONT and its “spiritual brothers and sisters”.
However, this breakup was not easy for him emotionally (and thus most likely added to his psychological problems). After all, he published his Seyfrieds Runen under the pen name Lobesam (“Praise-Worthy”) – his adopted name in Schlaraffia.
We do not know (and will probably never know) what happened to Wiligut (and his occult and esoteric pursuits) between 1908 and the outbreak of the First World War; however, it would be safe to assume that the war put a (temporary) halt to his “extra-curricular activities”.
His (very much honorable) discharge from the Army undoubtedly created enormous void (vacuum even) in his heart, mind and soul – and in his whole life. Hence it is no surprise at all that immediately immersed himself (this time completely) into occult and esoteric studies.
He either contacted von Liebenfels directly or (more likely) got noticed by the latter (again). Von Liebenfels, impressed by the “occult potential” of Wiligut, tasked Theodor Czepl with renewing contact with the colonel. Czepl visited him three times and once even spent a whole seven weeks with him in Salzburg in the winter of 1920-21.
Unfortunately, by that time the mental health of the colonel had significantly (and noticeably) deteriorated. Not surprisingly – death of his only son (with no hope for replacement – apparently adoption was out of the question), horrors and pressures of the war (for about six months Wiligut commanded a convalescence camp near Lviv and thus saw highly mentally unhealthy stuff on a daily basis) and, finally, his retirement from the Army (the only world he was comfortable in) created a powerful negative synergy.
Which led to predictable results – more than a few screws got loose. In a report to Lanz, Czepl wrote of Wiligut’s belief that he was the “secret king of Germany” (!) as the heir of the Ueiskuning or “holy clan.”
Furthermore, Wiligut said that he believed the Bible had originated in Germany and through mistranslation and intentional misrepresentation it had been revised into its present form.
As a parting gift the colonel gave Czepl a poem entitled “Deutscher Gottesglaube” (German Faith in God), which was supposed to contain the “whole essence and doctrine of Irminic Christianity”.
Now that was seriously insane. Wiligut claimed (among other stuff outrageous even by lax ONT standards) that this “original Christianty” – Irminic Christianity – dated back no less 228,000 years. At that time, there were three suns, and the Earth was inhabited by giants, dwarfs and other mythical creatures.
By 12,500 BC, Irminism (a current of Ariosophy based on a Germanic deity Irmin supposedly reconstructed from various not-exactly-trustworthy sources, if you ask me) had been revealed and from that time became the religion of all Germanic peoples, until the “schismatic adherents of Wotanism” (a pagan religion that worships Wotan/Odin as the main deity) gained the upper hand.
Wiligut claimed that by 1200 BC, the Wotanists succeeded in destroying the “center of the world” at Goslar, which forced the construction of a new temple at the Externsteine, which was (in turn) appropriated by the Wotanists in 460 AD.
This (highly unfavorable, I would say) report did not deter von Liebenfels and his associates from re-establishing contact with Wiligut but apparently decided to keep the latter at arm’s length.
Which left Wiligut with the “void inside” big enough to “pursue other interests”. So he decided to get involved in politics – a fashionable subject in early 1920s. He founded, edited and published a political magazine, Der eiserne Besen (The Iron Broom – of all names) with the objective of exposing the conspiracies of the Jews, Freemasons and Roman Catholics (especially the Jesuits).
The latter was no small feat for someone baptized Catholic and raised in staunchly Catholic family of a second-generation officer in the army of a deeply and fundamentally Catholic nation.
Nothing significant came out of these endeavors so Wiligut decided to pursue commercial ventures, founding a saw-mill company in partnership with an old acquaintance from the army. It turned out that he was a no better businessman as he was a political journalist and publisher so his venture failed miserably.
Which predictably led to a collapse of his marriage which had been slowly deteriorating since the death of their infant son. Finally his wife had enough and petitioned to have her husband declared mentally incompetent and committed to a mental institution (i.e. insane asylum).
On 29 October 1924, while sitting at a Salzburg café with friends, an ambulance drove up, attendants emerged and violently took Wiligut into custody—even forcing him into a straightjacket.
Were there medically valid reasons for his confinement to a mental hospital? In a report filed over a year later, the main reasons the authorities gave for Wiligut’s continued confinement had to do with his unfamiliar cosmological and religious ideas, which included the notion that he “traces his descent back to Wotan.”
These were definitely not valid reasons (not by a long shot), although commonly speaking the guy was nuts – cut and dry, plain and simple, loud and clear. However, Wiligut’s medical records reflect (in addition to his… unusual spiritual interests even by lax Austrian standards of mid-1920s) violence at home, threats to kill his wife, grandiose projects and eccentric behavior and occult interests.
Hence his diagnosis of schizophrenia and megalomania does make sense. So he was probably (mostly) correctly declared legally incompetent by a Salzburg court and committed to a local mental asylum, where he remained until 1927.
And that’s where the real mystery begins.
We do not know (and, most likely, will never know) how, why and when Karl Maria Wiligut got involved with the occult. We know only that it (most likely) happened when Wiligut was already in his 30s and was probably the (not unusual) next step after getting involved in the Masonic (actually a quasi-Masonic) group.
In 1889 (at the age of 22), Wiligut joined Schlaraffia – a worldwide German-speaking society founded in Prague (then Austrian Empire) in 1859 with a pledge of friendship, art and humor (believe it or not).
Schlaraffia (named after the mythical medieval castle) was founded by one Franz Thomé – an Austrian theater director and actor (and, believe it or not, the son of the Russian Ambassador in Vienna, Prince Andrey Razumovsky).
Neither Herr Thomé not the Schlaraffia society were ever interested in (let alone involved with) the occult. And not only had no connections (relationships) whatsoever with nationalist-esoteric groups or ideas, but were regarded by the latter as sworn enemies (in 1935, Adolf Hitler even issued an anti-Masonic decree and Freemasons and quasi-masons were severely persecuted in the Third Reich).
Schlaraffia was a social club – cut and dry, plain and simple, loud and clear. The Schlaraffen, members of a men’s organization, meet in midwinter (1 October – 30 April in northern hemisphere) once per week in their local “Schlaraffen castle” (equipped in the style of a knight’s tavern from the Middle Ages) for gatherings which take place in the fixed ceremonial form of a knight’s play.
Just about all Schlaraffen were (and are – the society exists to this day) artists, actors, poets, musicians and other individuals of that nature. Hence Karl Maria Wiligut – with his strictly military occupation and background was some kind of a “black sheep”.
So was Adolf Eichmann – also a Schlaraffen – who was forced to give up his association due to Nazi opposition (to put it mildly) to Freemasonry. Another well-known member of the society was no other than Richard Bruno Heydrich – father of Reinhard Heydrich.
Wiligut stayed in Schlaraffia for twenty years – and even rose to the grade of Knight and office of Chancellor before resigning from the lodge in 1909. It appears that he always regarded the society as a purely social club so when he wanted more, he simply left.
The mascot’ of the society is the eagle owl which symbolizes knowledge wisdom, virtue and humor. It appears that Wiligut joined the society not only to have a good time, but also in search of knowledge and wisdom (possibly even secret knowledge and wisdom).
He did not find any – a social men’s club is a wrong place to look for them – so he had to continue his search somewhere else. Most likely, he did not join any esoteric or occult (let alone secret) organization as such membership did not exactly fit with his military service and career.
Instead, he became a self-educated occultist (at the time there were already plenty of books, magazines and other printed material widely available)… and in 1903 considered himself competent enough to write something of his own.
He wrote and published 1903 he published Seyfrieds Runen. This is an epic poem re-telling the legend of (a now virtually unknown and possibly even mythical) King Seyfried of Rabenstein. In an introduction to the poem, Wiligut provided an overview of the story and supplies his own nature-mythological interpretation.
The fact that he produced a poem (and thus could write poetry) means that he did, in fact, belong to Schlaraffia – the society of actors, artists, musicians and poets. This was also his first treatise (of sorts) on a magical subject – runes (years later, he became an expert on runes).
Five years later, in 1908, he published the so-called “Nine Commandments of Gôt” which reads like a foundation for a (surprisingly monotheistic) religion:
- Gôt is Al-unity!
- Gôt is “Spirit and Matter,” the dyad. He brings duality, and is nevertheless, unity and purity . . .
- Gôt is a triad: Spirit, Energy and Matter. Gôt-Spirit, Gôt-Ur, Gôt-Being, or Sun-Light and Waker, the dyad.
- Gôt is eternal—as Time, Space, Energy and Matter in his circulating current.
- Gôt is cause and effect. Therefore, out of Gôt flows right, might, duty and happiness.
- Gôt is eternally generating. The Matter, Energy and Light of Gôt are that which carry this along.
- Gôt—beyond the concepts of good and evil—is that which carries the seven epochs of human history.
- Rulership in the circulation of cause-and-effect carries along the highness—the secret tribunal.
- Gôt is beginning without end—the Al. He is completion in Nothingness, and, nevertheless, Al in the three-times-three realization of all things. He closes the circle at N-yule,1 at Nothingness, out of the conscious into the unconscious, so that this may again become conscious.
Now that was already some serious occult and esoteric stuff. Hence it is no surprise that Karl Maria Wiligut got the attention of “esoteric nationalists” (twentieth-century Vienna was a fertile ground for this ideology).
More specifically, he met one Theodor Czepl, a member of a brand new Ordo Novi Templi (ONT) in Vienna. It is also possible that Wiligut was introduced into the Viennese circle of “esotericists” by his cousin, Willy Thaler, who was a member of the Liebenfels circle.
Not surprisingly, Ordo Novi Templi (Order of the New Templars) had nothing to do with the Christian military-religious Order of Knights Templar. Nothing whatsoever. Neither did the Germanenorden – with the Christian military-religious Order of Teutonic Knights (the Teutonic Order).
Ordo Novi Templi was a mystical association with its headquarters at Burg Werfenstein, a castle in Upper Austria overlooking the river Danube (reminds you of the Wewelsburg Castle, doesn’t it?).
The declared aim of ONT was to “harmonize science, art and religion on a basis of racial consciousness” (something that the Nazis would attempt to do decades later). Its rituals (in a way predecessors of the SS rituals) were designed to beautify life in accordance with Aryan aesthetics, and to express the Order’s theological system which Lanz called Ario-Christianity (apparently, the objective was to “liberate” Christianity from its “Jewish heritage”).
The Order was the first to use the swastika in an “Aryan” meaning (before that, it was a pretty much universal religious symbols used even on Christian objects). It was founded in 1907 by one Jörg Lanz von Liebenfels – a very colorful character (to put it mildly).
Adolf Josef Lanz who called himself Lanz von Liebenfels was an Austrian political and racial theorist and occultist – and ex-Cistercian monk, respected Bible scholar and inventor to boot. He founded and published the Ostara magazine (allegedly fervently read by Adolf Hitler).
It appears that it were the ONT members who brought Karl Maria Wiligut into the occult big time. The fundamental question is “Why?”. Why would a military officer with an impeccable record want to go into such an area?