Every genuine mystic knows that rituals are very powerful tools for connecting to the sources of Divine Energies and spiritual power (and subsequently using this power for one’s political and other goals). Heinrich Himmler (1) was a mystic – most likely, since early childhood; and (2) wanted to connect to sources of energy and power other than the Christian ones (i.e., the pagan ones).
Hence it is not surprising at all that he replaced Christian rituals of baptism, marriage, funeral, etc. with the neo-pagan ones and instituted the new holidays – SS-centric celebrations of the summer and winter solstices.
In addition, each year on November 9th (the anniversary of the pathetic 1923 Beer Hall Putsch), the SS men duty-bound for the military units were sworn in at exactly 10:00 pm in front of Hitler. There by torchlight they swore “obedience unto death” – a very impressive ritual, if you ask me.
Symbols (more precisely, magical symbols) can also become very powerful tools for connecting the sources of Divine Energies and spiritual power and subsequently using this power for one’s political and other goals.
Heinrich Himmler was no stranger to the power of symbols; consequently it is no surprise either that he used these extensively in his SS. The most well-known symbols were, obviously, runes – very potent (to put it mildly) magical symbols. If one uses them properly, of course.
The runic insignia of the Schutzstaffel (known in German as the SS-Runen) were used from the 1920s to 1945 on Schutzstaffel flags, uniforms and other items as symbols of various aspects of Nazi ideology and Germanic mysticism.
The SS-runes represented virtues seen by Heinrich Himmler as desirable in SS members, and were based on völkisch mystic Guido von List’s Armanen runes, which he, in turn, loosely based on the historical runic alphabets (Younger Futhark and the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc).
From the 18-rune system of Armanen runes developed (allegedly divinely received) by Guido von List Heinrich Himmler selected nine (i.e. half) to be used in his SS. The official SS insignia was comprised of two Siegrune (doppelte Siegrune). Each of these runes initially (i.e. in the Younger Futhark) represented the Sun but in the Armanen system had a different meaning. Victory.
Other Armanen runes used by the SS were Elf (a symbol for zeal/enthusiasm); Ger (communal spirit); Hagal (unshakeable faith in Nazi ideology); Leben (Life); Odal (kinship, family and unity in blood) – it was used by RuSHA – SS Race and Settlement Main office responsible for maintaining the racial purity of the SS; Opfer (self-sacrifice for Germany and its Führer); Tod (Death) – not surprisingly, the inverted Leben (Life) and Tyr (military leadership) – the latter was a symbol of a God by the same name of combat, victory and heroic glory in Norse mythology.
In addition to runes, the SS used two other magical symbols – Wolfsangel (a symbol of liberty and independence) and Heilszeichen (which symbolized prosperity, good fortune and success).
Wolfsangel was an initial symbol of the Nazi Party prior to the adoption of a far more spiritually powerful swastika (the former was adopted only in the 15th century AD as an emblem of a peasant revolt in the 15th century against the oppression of the German princes and their mercenaries).
Another magical symbol was used only in one place – on the floor of the Obergruppenführersaal in the North Tower of the Wewelsburg Castle. It was Die Schwarze Sonne – the Black Sun (although the actual sign in Wewelsburg is greenish).
However, this sign received its name only after the end of the Second World War; its actual name and meaning are still unknown (in fact, very little is known about what Himmler did – and intended to do – in Wewelsburg Castle).
The most well-known (and probably the least spiritually and emotionally powerful) SS symbols was the Totenkopf – the (in)famous and much dreaded Death Head. Traditionally, it symbolized the defiance of death but in the SS it meant the willingness to both kill and give (sacrifice) one’s life for Germany, German people, Der Führer and one’s comrades.
In addition to the abovementioned symbols, the SS utilized a number of emotionally and spiritually powerful objects – the (in)famous black uniforms, daggers, ceremonial swords, banners and, of course, the SS-Ehrenring (“SS Honor Ring”), unofficially called Totenkopfring (“Death’s Head Ring”).
Himmler considered the latter to be the most important one by far; consequently, these rings were never to be sold, and were to be returned to him upon the death of the owner (it is rumored that the rings of the dead SS members were supposed to be stored in Wewelsburg Castle for eternity).
Unlike Adolf Hitler who could not care less about magic or magical objects, Heinrich Himmler believed in the spiritual power of famous holy objects – such as the Holy Grail, for example.
Beginning in 1933, a German writer, medievalist and occultist Otto Rahn published a series of books tying the Grail, Templars, and Cathars to German nationalist mythology of the XX century.
According to Rahn, the Grail was a symbol of a pure Germanic religion repressed by Christianity. Rahn’s books caught the attention of Heinrich Himmler who even (for a time) financed Rahn’s search for the Grail (which predictably led nowhere).
It also appears that Heinrich Himmler was very interested (to put it mildly) in another holy object – the Holy Lance. Also known as the Lance of Longinus (named after Saint Longinus), the Spear of Destiny, or the Holy Spear. According to the Christian legend, it is the lance (spear) that pierced the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross during his crucifixion.
In the 13th century AD, the Holy Lance (more precisely, the object believed to be the Holy Lance) became a part of Reichskleinodien – regalia of the Holy Roman Emperor.
In 1800, the regalia (and thus the Holy Lance) were moved to Vienna to protect them from the advancing French revolutionary army. After the Anschluss of Austria to the Nazi Reich in 1938 the imperial regalia were returned on instruction by Adolf Hitler to Nuremberg, where they were exhibited in the Katharinenkirche.
In the Second World War they were stored for protection from air raids in the Historischer Kunstbunker (Nuremberg Castle. In 1945 the imperial regalia were found there by US soldiers and were brought back in 1946 to the Hofburg in Vienna.
Himmler’s interest in the Spear of Destiny stemmed from the claim (contained in one of the legends of the Holy Lance) that it gives its owner the power to conquer the whole world.
Consequently, it is no surprise that on Himmler’s orders the SS officers hid the Holy Lance and some other holy objects in the separate place, possibly hoping that one day the Spear of Destiny will enable them to return to power in Germany and Europe.
After a series of interrogations and false rumors, Nuremberg city councilor Stadtrat Fries confessed that he, fellow-councilman Stadtrat Schmeiszner, and one SS official had hidden the holy objects on March 31, 1945, and agreed to bring the American investigators to the site.
On August 7, the latter escorted Fries and Schmeiszner to the entrance of the Panier Platz Bunker, where they located the treasures hidden behind a wall of masonry in a small room off of a subterranean corridor, roughly eighty feet below ground.
The Holy Lance were first brought back to Nuremberg castle to be reunited with the rest of the Reichskleinodien, and then transferred with the entire collection to Austrian officials the following January.
Other mystical/magical endeavors of SS Reichsfuhrer were ultimately equally unsuccessful. For a very simple reason – although he did have psychic, supernatural, paranormal capabilities, they were not sufficiently powerful to make a difference… because he never took them (and thus pursued them) seriously enough.
And the magic requires to be taken seriously… or not pursued at all. In other words, you either make a full commitment to using the magical power of places, objects, facilities, objects, rituals, symbols, etc.
True, his magical activities did help Himmler to make his SS a powerful political, economic, paramilitary and military force – but they did not provide him with sufficient support to acquire the absolute power in the Third Reich.
Ditto for his attempts to establish a new, neo-pagan religion were not successful. In reality, the “neo-pagan customs” Himmler introduced into the SS “remained primarily a paper exercise” never really taking root.
Two reasons contributed to Himmler’s “Ersatz-religion” never catching on: First, Himmler was in a constant search for religious certainty, leaving his doctrine vague and unclear (as I have already stated, he was no Prophet Muhammad – or Buddha or Mani for that matter).
Second, his boss Adolf Hitler (who was never fond of magic, the occult or paganism) personally intervened into Himmler’s spiritual endeavor, telling the latter to “cut out his cultic nonsense”.