Wotanism in Today’s World

By Ron McVan

Life is an ongoing battle of internal and external force. External force we all experience on a daily basis and it makes up the realities of our physical world. If we do nothing, external force will continue on its endless, timeless cycle regardless, as Nature and Universal Laws dictate.

Internal force is the essence which motivates and manifests our being, forms our character, stimulates thought and shapes the world around us. It could be said that external force is the vehicle and internal force is the driver. Internal force is the thought and it is the thought which creates the will, makes the man, and directs the quest in each race of man.

It is only when man tries to rebel against Nature that he comes into conflict with the iron logic of Nature’s Law and the principles to which he himself owes his existence as a distinct species. A race is a phenomenon of Nature, and should it become extinct, it can never be remade. In all things only the strong survive. It is the harsh and certain reality of life. When it comes to survival as a group or individual, only the strong survive, and Might Is Always Right!

The races of man can be observed in three general categories; the creators, the maintainers and the destroyers. Throughout recorded history the Euro-Aryan race has led the way as the foremost creative designers and builders of the greatest of civilizations, art and technology in both northern and southern hemispheres. It has been the inventive genius of the Euro-Aryan that has provided the world with the myriad of necessities, luxuries and comforts, which today are most often taken for granted. The word “Aryan” is derived from the ancient Indo-European language known as Sanskrit, a forerunner of the Greek, Latin and Germanic languages. The word “Aryan” means “noble” and is used to describe White people of European lineage.

There have always been many diverse nationalities throughout the history of the Aryan race. A nationality, however, has less to do with one’s genetic origin, and more essentially to do with the particular customs, language, character and geographic location of a segment of a race. At some point in history Aryans split off into two major and genetically distinct tribes the Teutonic and Celtic, but these divisions are arbitrary, fratricidal, and a result of various historical circumstances and irrelivent to all Aryankind today. When one speaks of ‘race’ and ‘folk’, the two terms do not always share the same meaning. In one sense, the entire White race might be considered folk by blood. More precisely, the folk is primarily the culture-producing, culture bearing, social unit of the race. A vibrant and unified folk will always direct its foremost concern toward the preservation of those racial, primal elements of the blood which give that group its identity and its essence. That we share the same blood as a race does not ensure that our inherent tribal viewpoints identity and perspectives will necessarily be the same. Be that as it may, if we hope to survive as a species it is incumbent upon us to unite all our existing Euro-ethnic nationalities as a pan-Aryan folk.

A great misconception about survival is that the higher forms will triumph. Nature has demonstrated many times that this is not true. Of the mighty dinosaurs that once roamed the earth, not one exists today. The saber-toothed tiger, with all its power and strength, passed into oblivion, but the lowly cockroach survived. The ancient White Egyptians, Sumerians, Persians, Trojans, Minoans, Greeks, Spartans Romans and Vikings among scores of lesser civilizations are now extinct as a unique people and culture.

Physical power alone is no gaurantee, nor is the intellectual prowess or species. The key ingredient which ensures the survival of a race is its unified will to self-preservation and the persistent and unshakable folk consciousness that stems from a mutual indigenous belief. A cohesive belief MUST be established before an iron will and a collective consciousness of a folk can begin to develop.

Any form of religion or belief system that does not spring naturally from the soul of the race, that is not born of the blood, will ultimately destroy the vital threads which link species with Nature and kinsman to kinsman. A race without an ethnic mythos and cohesive spiritual belief, drifts aimlessly throughout history. The mightiest Aryan civilizations of the world remained strong only so long as they were united and proud as a people and culture. The moment they ignored this logic of Nature, all that greatness and glory, the very ingredients that lifts man towards the divine, crumbled into dust and nothingness. Today we still see the lingering remains of these faded empires and we sigh in wonderment at the splendor and richness of those distant times.

The Aryans for thousands of years, far into pre-history, have always had their indigenous gods. These gods were an integral part of the people and gave purpose meaning, unity and collective consciousness to the civilization. The origin of WOTAN among the Aryan people is lost in pre-history, but its popularity throughout Northern Europe started to develop around 300 B.C.E., replacing the former high patriarchal gods such as Mimir, Tyr, Poseidon, Atlas, and the like. Wotan is the Teutonic name for the high god whom the Norse called Odin and the Anglo-Saxon called Woden. Wotanism, (often called Odinism or Asatru), spread a teaching of a Nature based religion and conducted a mode of living which set for itself a final goal of bringing into being a unique and noble race and drove back the universalist Roman intruders once and for all at the Rhine under the great Teutonic leader Hermann, (Arminius).

Wotanism has always placed a high value on human freedom and individuality. Wotanism was never a missionary religion; it was rather a religion that gradually evolved among our people over countless generations. Indo-European religiousity is not slavery. Wotanism contains none of the implorings of a downtrodden slave to his vengefull and all-powerful lord on bended knee’s, but is rather the confiding fulfillment of a community comprising both gods and men living in harmony. Wotanism has always taught courage and fearlessness in battle. The gods of Asgard are always close at hand and serve as mentors that are capable of leading Aryan our men and women on to greatness. By an heroic action a Wotanist could take his life in his hands and be a master of his own soul. The great gifts of the gods exemplified to man were readiness to face the world as it was, the knowledge and self confidence that sustains men in tight places and the importunity to win that glory which alone can survive death.

Wotanism continued to flourish for many centuries in Northern Europe and became evermore popular throughout the Viking Age from 800-1100 C.E. The Viking Age was a highly significant era, as it was the last major thrust of the Aryan peoples to be politically independant and remain sovereign from the influence of the alien Semetic religion of Judeo-Christianity.

As the Viking Age reached its twilight, Wotanism seemed to slip from the stage of world history. As the intolerant Judeo-Christian conversion asserted its domination across Europe and other parts of the world. Wotanism along with most all of the Pagan religions were forced underground by point of sword. Many of the ancient holy sancturaries and Eddas were destroyed and completely erased from our heritage. Fortunately, some of the history and arcane myths were saved by circumspect scholars and further preserved within our folklore. Carl Jung, illuminated by the writings of German author Bruno Goetz, stated: “Wotan disappeared when his oaks fell, and appeared again when the Christian god proved too weak to save Christiandom from fratricidal slaughter.”

“Thinking is the function. Living is the functionary. The stream retreats to its source. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wotanism came back in force among the Germanic peoples at the end of the 19th century and became manifest during the first and second World Wars. A new but ancient mythos was developing, a mythos of the blood, and it began reviving the light, order, spirit and folkishness again within the Aryan race. The honerable Swiss psychologist and renowned founder of analytical psychology Professor Carl Gustav Jung stated that, “The power of Wotan (the principal deity of our pre-Christian forefathers) was possessing or incarnating in the entire German folk.” Professor Jung further stated in a letter to his friend, Miguel Serrano, in 1960 that “Wotan in reality never died, but has retained his original vitality and autonomy. Our consciousness only imagines that it has lost its gods; in reality, they are still there it only needs a certain general condition in order to bring them back in full force.”


Wotanism will ever remain the true spiritual heritage of Aryankind. The Wotan spirit, whether conscious or unconscious, is a part of the physical and mental make-up of every White man, woman and child, and it is as old in essence as the Aryan race itself. The Oxford Icelandic dictionary defines Odin (Wotan) thusly: “Odin’s name bears allusion to mind or thought, and breathing; it is the quickening, creating powers; it denotes the all-prevading spiritual Godhead.” Gods such as Wotan, Tyr, Thor, Baldur and the goddess Freyja, Nerthus and others, all represent and personify various aspects of Nature and a path to a higher evolution. As our spiritual archetypes, they also represent the primal laws, natural forces and the many diverse characteristics of man. The value breathed into a god or hero is what is eternal in good and evil.

Now man is ashamed of himself; he skulks and sneaks through the world, to be tolerated, to be pitied, and scarcely in a thousand years does any man dare to be wise and good, and so draw after him the tears and blessings of his kind.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

A mind which only comprehends at face value, thinks of the gods as biological entities existing in their own right, or else regards them as playful or superstitious inventions. This however, is not to say that these gods of our folk do not possess a formidable character, presence, form, reality or power that our ancestors had rightfully attributed to them. Wotan produces effects in the collective thought and life of the White race and thereby reveals his own nature. Because the behavior of a race takes on a specific character from its understanding of its gods, images and symbols, we can speak of an archetype Wotan as an autonomous psychic factor which drives and guides the will of our people as does the Divine Logos or great God Of Creation that reigns over all humankind.

Even if our race kinsman become a part of another alien culture, they are still called deep down inside by their own gods of the blood. The alien Judeo-Christian religion could only survive in the Western world as long as it retained the indigenous Aryan-pagan customs, ceremony, celebrations, ethnicity and ethics. A people are lost as a people if, in surveying their history and in testing their will-to-the-future, they cannot experience racial unity. One’s true ethnic spirituality cannot be wholly isolated, for it works not only on the body of a race, but on it’s spirit and will, which is the expression of the soul of the race. Wotan, as the eternal mirrored image of the primal spiritual powers of Aryan man, lives within us today as he did over 5000 years ago. The concept of Wotan would not exist if our soul and blood did not exist. The gods are not only a living part of us, they are embedded into our DNA and are transmitted from generation to generation. W.O.T.A.N., as an acronym can be acurately expressed as the WILL OF THE ARYAN NATION.

The practicing Wotanist today can develop individually or in a group, which is commonly referred to as a ‘kindred’. The size of a kindred can range from two members to a whole community. Each kindred event or ceremony is conducted by a Godi or Gothi, who serves as the dedicated priest of Wotan. A female priestess (Gydja) has the same functions as a Gothi. Kindreds quite often have the traditional cycle of seasonal celebrations. Once a year, kindreds of a general region will conduct an ‘Althing’, a traditional custom of our Northern Euro ancestors in which an assembly of kindreds gather together to celebrate and also square up all legal matters and differences that may have occurred over the previous year.


Wotanists believe that a spiritual and folkish revolution must take place to hault the destructive ideologies, apathy, moral and spiritual decay that has become the cancer of our modern Western materialist consumer world. Wotanism is not meant to be a retreat from our current life into our ancestral past, its concepts are timeless and apply as much today as they did to our forefathers throughout history. An oak tree is only as strong as its roots!

This Wotanist writing was created with the sincere hope that the Aryan race worldwide may come to understand the significance of our nationhood and the true spirit and importance of our ethnic ancestral being, beliefs and heritage. We are living in a time of extreme and crutial challenge. Never in all written history has the sum total of our heritage and survival as a species been so vitally threatened. Today’s White race makes up between 8% – 10% of the world population, and approximately 2% are White females of childbearing age or younger. The survival of our race hangs in the balance as never before; these grim realities will not go away by themselves. In Nature’s Law there are no favorites, the strong survive and the weak perish, might is right, fight or die, sink or swim, it’s very simple. Nature does not forgive weakness. That we have survived this long as a species is through the iron willed efforts of our forefathers who fought every step of the way and obeyed the folk-preserving Laws of Nature. Everything that we are now and can ever hope to become in the upward path of our kind can be summed up in one simple acronym, O.R.I.O.N. (Our Race Is Our Nation).

The resurgence of the old yet new Mythos of Wotanism already impels and enriches many of our Aryan folk worldwide. Through Wotanism the survival and dignity of our rich heritage is given into your hands. A Creed of Iron! Preserve it! It falls with you, it will rise with you. As long as a people live, their gods are immortal! May Wotan and the Wotanist path become the symbol of awakening in your personal quest and in a united and vibrant will of our folk.

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