The Secret of The Fool - Wulf
There are two aspects of The Fool, one of them being a kind of Joker figure, the other being the Harlequin (see earlier article). If you look at the above Tarot Card of The Fool you will see – as Hamasson pointed out to me – that he holds in his left hand the White Rose. In this particular pack this is also true of the card Death, and the card Judgement uses the English Cross Flag.
The secret of The Fool is that he dies and is resurrected in the guise of his Son.This is the secret of Hamlet whose father is slain by his brother, Hamlet’s uncle. Hamlet plays the role of The Fool in order to avoid his uncle knowing his plans, for his plan is to await the right time to avenge the death of his father.
The Fool is The Hooded Man and when Woden is slain, due to the intrigues of his blood-brother, Loki, it is his son, Wid-Ar, who avenges his death. This same theme underlies many ancient mythologies including Egypt and Persia. That the Avenging Son will be born into the Land of the Son i.e. England (Ing-Land) seems to be a logical conclusion. This is why it is so important to create a new Folk-Religion around the archetype of the Crowned and Avenging Son, rather than the Hanged God which is an outworn archetype fit for the passing age.
The Fool, as the Harlequin (Herla-King), leads the Wild Hunt, the Army of the Dead. The first aspect of this archetype rides the Twelve Nights of Yule (in our era 1933-1945), an era of total destruction ruled over by the Dark Twin (who rules the period of longest darkness). The resurrection takes place in the spring when the Light and Darkness are in balance; this era of the New Dawn is ruled over by the Twin who holds within himself the balance of Light & Darkness – The Hooded Man.
The winter aspect is linked to Orion the Hunter and the Summer aspect to Cygnus the Swan. The Herne Giant (Cerne Giant) represents Orion, and the Long Man, Cygnus. The Long Man is the April Fool aspect and here represents the Resurrection of The Fool.
In the coat-of-arms of the Wandel Family; there is a shield with The Fool or The Harlequin bearing a club. The club is the symbol of the Männerbünde-God, and is also found on the Herne Giant. We have traced (as yet) no links between Wændel and the Herne Giant, but we have traced links (as stated in previous articles) between Wændel and the Long Man of Wilmington. The original hundred in which this stood was called by the Old English name Wandelmestrei which seems to translate as something like ‘Tree of the Helmetted Wændel’. Whether the tree referred to here is the 1600-year old Yew Tree in the local churchyard is not certain. Whatever the case, the Long Man would thus look something like the helmeted figure in the Finglesham Buckle and the Swedish die; the latter depicts the One-Eyed Hunter-God, Woden. Wændel is thus an aspect of Woden.
On the top of the Long Man of Wilmington is Wendover Hill with clear links to the name Wændel. On this is a phallus-shaped long barrow, made up of a long-barrow and round-barrow at the end. To the east of this figure is Hunter’s Burgh, a clear link to the One-Eyed Hunter-God. To the west is the White Horse at Hindover Hill, a clear association with the steed of the Hunter-God.
The link between Woden and the constellation of Orion the Hunter is obvious when we consider that Woden is Herne the Hunter (Wild Huntsman), and that the two dogs (Canis Major and Canis Minor) are on the “heels” of Orion the Hunter. But there is also another constellation that was once associated with wolves or dogs – Boötes.
In a drawing we see Boötes holding a spear and a scythe, with his two dogs (Canes Venatici). I have shown before how Boötes is connected to Ing – the Son of Man(nus). In some drawings of this constellation he is shown holding a shepherd’s crook, a clear Judaeo-Christian interpretation of the “Son of Man” (Jesus). Here we see that he holds a spear – the Spear of Destiny! Slightly to the right, and above the head, is the constellation of Corona Borealis – the Crown. Here we have the Crowned and Avenging Son – Wid-Ar! The scythe reminds me of the Grim Reaper who is Woden in his role as the God of Destruction-to-Recreation, i.e. the Leader of the Wild Hunt.
The Tarot Card named The Fool is numbered 0, and is thus both the beginning and the end, the first and the last. This is because this archetype incarnates at the end of a world-age (as the Twin of Darkness), and is resurrected at the beginning of a new world-age (as the Twin of Darkness and Light in balance).
It is interesting to note how the “Christian” bible contains certain primal truths which are hidden from the prying eyes of the masses. Take the case of the father of Jesus, who wears a coat of many colours, i.e. the garb of the Harlequin! Again, Jesus is referred to as the beginning and the end, the first and the last. He is also said to be the offspring of…the bright and morning star. The Morning Star could refer to Venus, and this appears in the morning, as the Morning Star, and in the evening as the Evening Star. At both times it partakes of both Light and Darkness as it is the last to disappear at the dawn, and the first to appear in the light of dusk.
The “Son of Man” is described as “having on his head a Golden Crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle”, a clear reference to the constellation of Boötes, and thus to Ing. It is easy to see why the English accepted the “Son of Man” as their own, for this “son” was their original god anyway. Later distortions, of course, distorted the Folk-Soul of the English.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are easy to figure –
The first rides a White Horse, is Crowned, and carries a Bow, and ‘went forth conquering and to conquer’.
The second rides a Red Horse and carried a Sword; he was to ‘take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another’.
The third rides a Black Horse And carries a pair of balances in his hand, just like the Saxon God, Irmin.
The last horse is a Pale Horse which represents Death, and power was given to him ‘to kill with Sword, and with hunger, and with death, and the beasts of the earth’.
The first three horses – White/Red/Black have the colours of Eternal Germania, and the colours usually associated with the Wyrd Sisters (Norns). The whole thing describes the Ride of the Wild Hunt, that which alone will awaken the English Folk to their True Destiny.
The figure with the Twin-Spears, shown on this Swedish artifact, has the right eye missing, an obvious reference to Woden as the One-Eyed Hunter-God. Notice the Solar Horns ending in the birds-heads, and the Lunar-Horns which look much like the Jester’s Hat worn by The Fool. This is most likely where the idea of the Jester’s hat actually came from.
In order to understand the role of The Fool we need to see clearly the archetype underlying the figure of The Joker. This archetype is an Agent of Chaos whose role is one of total and utter destruction, for the sake of destruction. This has no “evil” connotations since it is a necessary role in the cyclic process of birth-lie-death-to rebirth. The total destruction of the Old Order is necessary in order to recreate a New Order. The New Order arises from the ashes of the destruction of the Old Order. This is symbolized by The Phoenix which arises from the ashes of its own destruction.
As I have just stated, The Joker is an Agent of Chaos, for order does not impose itself upon the Primal Chaos, order arises from Chaos itself! This has to be understood before we can understand the archetype of The Fool. This figure has to be outside the norm, and not the figure that one would expect, for were he to be what we would all expect he would soon be killed off by those who uphold the Old Order. If he arose as a mighty warrior-figure then he would be slain before he could rally the Forces of Light against the Forces of Darkness that rule over the Established Order.
The name Wændel, as applied to The Fool, is not restricted to the Long Man of Wilmington, for it can be found in various places here in England, as well as throughout Europe. Both Wellingborough and Windsor are derived from roots that contain this name, as well as many other place-names in England. It is also possible that both the Wends and the Vandals derive their names from this Teutonic God.
In Richard Wagner’s opera Parsifal we find that this spear-wielding hero plays the role of the Divine Fool. He wantonly slays a swan, after which he develops into manhood to become the hero he was born to be. In Wagner’s opera we see how the Spear (Male Symbolism) is plunged into the Graal (Female Symbolism) which is the key to the regeneration of the Race, and the renewal of Nature. A similar hero is the Swan-Knight – Lohengrin – whose vessel is the Swan-Ship, and who is the hero who must not reveal his identity. When he does he has to return to the source from whence he came – the Sacred Centre. The Swan-Knight is most likely based upon the ancient Divine Ancestor of the English – Scef-Ing.
The underlying myth of The Fool can be found from an analysis of the various myths based upon this theme –
- The father is slain by his brother, half-brother, or blood-brother.
- The son is born of The Widow in the form of the rebirth of the father; his role is that of the Avenging Son.
- The Son acts the part of The Fool in order to avoid the uncle – his father’s slayer – discovering his true aim, to avenge his father.
- The Son fulfils his aim of slaying his uncle, and thus avenges the death of his father.
Only those whose consciousness can go beyond the Judaeo-Christian concept of good and evil, and can truly understand the Creative and Destructive nature of the High God, Woden, will fully understand the archetype of the god Woden, and the Divine Mission of the English Nation. The Global Empire, ruled over by the Forces of Darkness and Matter, will never end until it is totally destroyed by the forces of a new barbarianism that will sweep it away, as the old Roman Empire was swept away. This is the role of The Joker or The Fool who arises at the dawning of the New Age – the Age of Ing – and who will usher in a new Golden Age.