Sunday, 8 November 2015

Irminsul: Heathen Symbol of the Anglo Saxon Pagans

The Irminsul was a religious pagan pillar that towered over the landscape. The structure played an important role in the religious ceremonies of the Germanic style paganism of the Anglo Saxon people. The oldest chronicle describing an Irminsul refers to it as a tree trunk erected in the open air. The purpose of the Irminsul and the implications thereof have been the subject of considerable scholarly discourse and speculation among heathens and pagans for decades.
The phallic pillar was the symbol of the Saxon people before Christianization. This is the reason Charlemagne wanted to decimate it first – by doing such would symbolize the pulverization of the soul of the Saxons. The holy pillar overhung the big sanctuary of the Externsteine, which stands near the city of Horn (the name is vital as a result of the shape of the Irminsul – which has what give off an impression of being horns). The Externsteine remains as the beacon of the rapscallion world, the most blessed stead, surely, of the Northern Tradition yesterday and today. Additionally, it serves as a standout amongst the most essential religious and social focuses of the ancient Europe.
The Irminsul as a symbol conveys a legacy of hope, improvement, wisdom, knowledge and memory. It is a symbol to remind us of our most beloved ancestors and a history of subversion. Additionally, the Irminsul helps us to remember our condition of war against our adversaries and our battle to enhance our people and our individual selves in the face of outside forces focused on decimating, downsizing and defiling our sacred spirits and fundamental holy natures. The Irminsul as a symbol lives on in us. Different folkish Asatru gatherings have received inspiration for their names through variations of Irminsul around the world, in all Germanic countries, a resistant symbol of our defiant and extraordinary religious heritage as Germanic folk, from Angles and Saxons to Geats and Goths, children of the Aesir, and Irminsul relates that immaculate and old legacy of honorability and sacredness.

irminsul pendant
This Irminsul pendant is available at our online heathen store.
The Irminsul reminds us of the best recollections of who we are as a people and a religion.  It speaks to heathens about the advanced and old intricacies of our tribal legend and our recollections as a Germanic society. The Irminsul not just symbolically represents all of what that has been expressed here however through Wotan’s/Woden’s/Odin’s illustration of hanging himself for nine days upon Yggdrasil. The Irminsul as both an image of that mythology and of Yggdrasil actually beseeches us to an ethos indistinguishable to that of Odin or in this part Yggr. That one eyed old man who tormented himself in the void beneath Yggdrasil and achieved for us the endowment of the Runes. In Odin’s image we too must never be afraid nor reluctant to make similar or greater sacrifices and endeavors on behalf of ourselves and others.
This is the message we can draw from Irminsul. Its legacy as a great symbol of our Germanic and Norse spirituality speaks about a brighter future and a darker past. It brings a message of spiritual purity that is more important today than ever before.
Irminsul in its entirety is a creation of a pure Germanic language and people, that this name is known to us in Old Saxon demonstrates it is an integral symbolic and literal aspect of our ancestral Germanic spiritual and sacred history. The Irminsul is a symbol that we must carry upon our minds and within our hearts today and always.

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