The Vril Society


Unlike the Thule Society, whose existence was well-documented and was never in doubt, the Vril Society appears to be a completely mythical organization as there is precisely little evidence that it ever existed.

The term “Vril” was coined by one Edward Bulwer-Lytton – an 19th century English novelist, poet, and playwright, politician, historian, and occultist (famous for the phrase he coined “the pen is mightier than the sword”).

In 1871, he published (at the time anonymously) the novel titled “Vril, the Power of the Coming Race” (better known as simply “The Coming Race”). Which became an instant worldwide bestseller.

The novel describes the subterranean race of humanoids that call themselves “Vril-ya” and live in the society based on the utilization of an essentially omnipotent energy called Vril which can be used for just about any purpose – from destruction to healing.

Vri-ya can master the use of this energy through training of their will by using meditation and other spiritual and physical exercises.

The powers of the Vril included the ability to heal, change, and destroy beings and things; the destructive powers in particular were powerful, allowing even a few young Vril-ya children to destroy entire cities if necessary.

The author warned that in time the Vril-ya will run out of habitable space underground and will claim the surface of the Earth, destroying mankind in the process, if necessary (hence the “coming race” in the book title).

Although the author never positioned his book as anything other than pure fiction; however, some theosophists, notably Helena Blavatsky, William Scott-Elliot, and Rudolf Steiner, believed that the book contained some occult truth (e.g. the existence of the Vril energy).

In their best-selling allegedly non-fiction 1960 book, French journalists and writers Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier claimed (without providing any supporting evidence) that that a secret Vril Society existed in Weimar Berlin and even significantly influenced the Nazi party and Adolf Hitler personally.

However, in 1996, the German historian Peter Bahn discovered an obscure esoteric society calling itself the “Reichsarbeitsgemeinschaft” (Reich Working Group). The society revealed itself in a no less obscure 1930 publication Vril. Die Kosmische Urkraft (“Vril, the Cosmic Elementary Power”).

The 60-page book written by a member of this Berlin-based group, under the pseudonym “Johannes Täufer” (“John the Baptist”). Published by the influential astrological publisher, Otto Wilhelm Barth (whom Bahn believes was “Täufer”), the book said little of the group other than that it was founded in 1925 to study the uses of Vril energy.

Also, there were unconfirmed rumors that Heinrich Himmler tasked his mysterious Ahnenerbe society with the search of the “Hammer of Gods” (“Thor’s Hammer”) which he believed to be the “energy weapon” that really existed (and was described as something very similar – if not outright identical – to Vril).

And although the true purpose of the redesign of the North Tower of Wewelsburg Castle is still unknown, there is some speculation that it was to develop some sort of the “energy portal” that could be used to get access to “cosmic energies” that could have been the used for military purposes.


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