Guido Von List
Guido Von List
Guido Karl Anton List
was born in Vienna
to Karl Anton List, a prosperous middle class leather goods dealer,
and Maria List (née Killian). His father was a prosperous dealer in
leather goods. He grew up in the Leopoldstadt
Like the majority of his fellow Austrians at that time, his family
and he was christened as an infant in St Peter's Church in Vienna.
a visit to the catacombs beneath the Cathedral of
made a deep impression, and List regarded the catacombs as a pagan
shrine. As an adult he claimed he had then sworn to build a temple
when he grew up.
On June 24,
he was camping with four friends near the ruins of Carnuntum.
As the 1500th anniversary of the Germanic tribes defeat over this
Roman garrison in 375,
the evening carried a lot of weight for List. Carnuntum became
the title of List's first full-length novel, published in two volumes
Guido Karl Anton List (October 5, 1848 - May 17, 1919)
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success, it was followed by two more books set in tribal Germany;
Jung Diether's Heimkehr (Young Diether's Homecoming, 1894)
and Pipara (1895).
These books led to List being celebrated by the pan-German
Around the turn of the century, he continued with several plays.
he began using the noble title von on occasion, before finally
settling on it permanently in 1907. As this was only permitted for
members of the aristocracy, he was put before an official enquiry.
Here he produced spurious evidence supporting his tenuous claim, which
was accepted by the officials heading the inquiry. However, there is
no extant evidence demonstrating independently verifiable proof of
direct lineal descent from a noble family for the Lists.
The ruin of the Heidentor (Pagan
gate) in Carnuntum
During the final
stages of World War I
the naval blockade of the Central Powers
created food shortages in Vienna.
This caused poor health in the now seventy year old von List. In the
spring of 1919
he set off to recuperate in Brandenburg,
but his health deteriorated quickly and he died of pneumonia
on May 17th within a few months after the end of WW1 whilst on a visit
to his followers in Berlin. He was cremated in Leipzig
buried in Vienna Central Cemetery, Zentralfriedhof,
on the 8th of October 1919
in the gravesite KNLH 413 - Vienna's largest
and most famous cemetery (including the graves of Beethoven,
in Vienna's 11th district of Simmering. Philipp Stauff wrote an
obituary which appeared in the Münchener Beobachter.
der Runen was
originally first published in 1908 and the Guido von
list society was founded chiefly by the Wannieck family.
of the runes is a unique work by
the German Ariosophist and Volkish rune magician Guido (von) List.
Guido von List was an important figure among occultists and Pan
Germanic nationalists who borrowed from the Theosophy of Madame H. P.
Blavatsky as well as ancient Aryan (Teutonic and Indian) legend to
create a unique system of rune magic. From his childhood days, Guido
List was prone to mystical fantasy, and at a young age visited the
catacombs under the Saint Stephen's Cathedral in his native Vienna and
declared that he would build a Temple to Wotan there. Taking his
inspiration from early Germanic religion (Wotanism, or Wuotanism)
including references from Tacitus and the Eddas, neoromanticism, and
later incorporating elements from Theosophy, Guido List developed a
system of Armanenism which was supposedly the earliest belief system
of the Germanic (Aryan) tribes.
Völkisch" is a
German adjective derived from the noun "Volk". The closest translation
of the noun would be "people", making the adjectival version "popular"
as in "of the people", but the German encompasses far more.
indicates a desire for the native and traditional local habits and
customs. The "Völkisch
Movement" worked actively to instill Germanic traits and aggressively
eliminate all foreign, contaminating influences. It started in the
1870's and reached a high point following the First World War. Hitler
built on many of the themes and subsumed all Völkisch groups into the
Nazi party in 1933.
latter day book translated in 1987 by Stephen
Flowers aka Edred Thorsson, Guido List explains the
role of the runes in uncovering early Germanic belief. An important
substructure underlying von List's conceptions is his baptism into
Roman Catholicism, which he believes serves as a cover for more
ancient pagan beliefs which have been subsumed by Christianity. List
shows the importance of the runes and the unique meaning of each of
the runic elements. Subsequently he shows how the runes were
incorporated into such systems as heraldry, freemasonry, folk
tradition and belief, and even into baked goods and pastries, as well
as holidays. List notes that early Germanic (Aryan) society consisted
of individuals who served as farmers with three principal classes
(castes), that of the peasantry, the military, and the nobility/intellegentsia
(Guido von List Society), circa 1905, reveals that List had a
following of some very prestigious people and shows that the man, his
ideology and his influence had widespread and significant support,
including eminent public figures in Austria and Germany. It is little
wonder that List decided to include the self imposed aristocrat title
of VON to his namesake in order to gain acceptance in such high
circles. Amongst the 50 signatories which endorsed the foundation of
the List Society were:
Friedrich Wanniek, the president of
the "Verein Deutsches Haus at Brno and chairman of the "Prague Iron
Company" and the "First Brno Engineering Company" - major producers of
capital goods in the Habsburg empire)
Friedrich son Oskar Wanniek
3) Jörg Lanz von
4) Karl Lueger
5) Ludwig von Bernuth
(health organisation chairman)
6) Ferdinand Khull
(Committee member of the German Language Club)
Adolf Harpf (editor of
Hermann Pfister-Schwaighusen (lecturer
in linguistics at
Wilhelm von Pickl-Scharfenstein
Amand Freiherr von Schweiger-Lerchenfeld
(editor of the popular magazine "Stein der
Weisen" and a distinguished army officer)
Aurelius Polzer (newspaper editor at
Ernst Wachler (author and founder of
an open-air Germanic theatre in the
Wilhelm Rohmeder (educator at Munich)
Arthur Schulz (editor of a Berlin
periodical for educational reform)
Friedrich Wiegerhaus (chairman of the
Elberfeld branch of the powerful "Deutschnationaler
(German Nationalist Commercial Employee's Association)
Franz Winterstein (committee member of
the "German Social Party" DSP at
Hugo Goring (Occultist and editor of
theosophical literature at
Harald Arjuna Gravell van Jostenoode
(theosophical author at
Max Seling (esoteric pamphleteer and
popular philosopher in
Paul Zillmann (editor of the
Metaphysische Rundschau and master of
an occult lodge in Berlin.)
List defines an occult doctrine in which
he outlines what Flowers translates as the "biune-bifidic-dyad", the
"triune-trifidic-triad", and the "multifidic multiune-multiplicity".
List shows how each of these relates to God and the need for man to
conform his will (his ego) to that of God. List also presents a system
of reincarnation in which Aryan individuals fallen in battle are taken
up into Walhalla. In fact, List himself was to write another important
novel named _Carnuntum_ dealing with the Germans under the Roman
empire as well as encounter an individual named Tarnhari who was a
supposed reincarnation of an Aryan chieftain. List incorporated racial
notions of Aryan supremacy into his writings and of course was
politically aligned with Pan German nationalists who wanted to see
Austria united with the other Germanies. List's ideas were used to
found a Masonic society, which later was to embrace National
Socialism. Subsequently, many indidividuals associated with National
Socialism and the NSDAP were to examine List's ideas and writings and
find them interesting in furthering their own political agendas.
Guido’s self created row of 18 so-called "Armanen Runes"
then became what we know today as the "Armanen Futharkh". His followers
claim that a secret vision came to List during an 11 month state of
temporary blindness after a cataract operation on both eyes in 1902.
This miraculous vision in 1902 allegedly opened what List referred to
as his "inner eye", via which he claimed the "Secret of the Runes" was
revealed to him. List claimed that his Armanen Futharkh were encrypted
in the Hávamál Poetic Edda, specifically in stanzas 147 through 165
reported as being the 'song' of the 18 runes. It must be pointed out
that Guido's claim has no historical basis?
However it is
not too hard to see where he borrowed the idea from as the mythic lay, Runatals-thattr-Odhins" of Wuotan's Runic Wisdom knows
of 18 rune charms:
147. The songs I know that king's wives know not,
Nor men that are sons of men;
The first is called help, and help it can bring thee
In sorrow and pain and sickness.
148. A second I know, that men shall need
Who leechcraft long to use;
149. A third I know, if great is my need
Of fetters to hold my foe;
Blunt do I make mine enemy's blade,
Nor bites his sword or staff.
150. A fourth I know, if men shall fasten
Bonds on my bended legs;
So great is the charm that forth I may go,
The fetters spring from my feet,
Broken the bonds from my hands.
152. A fifth I know, if I see from afar
An arrow fly 'gainst the folk;
It flies not so swift that I stop it not,
If ever my eyes behold it.
152. A sixth I know, if harm one seeks
With a sapling's roots to send me;
The hero himself who wreaks his hate
Shall taste the ill ere I.
153. A seventh I know, if I see in flames
The hall o'er my comrades' heads;
It burns not so wide that I will not quench it,
I know that song to sing.
154. An eighth I know, that is to all
Of greatest good to learn;
When hatred grows among heroes' sons,
I soon can set it right.
155. A ninth I know, if need there comes
To shelter my ship on the flood;
The wind I calm upon the waves,
sea I put to sleep.
156. A tenth I know, what time I see
House-riders flying on high;
So can I work that wildly they go,
Showing their true shapes,
Hence to their own homes.
157. An eleventh I know, if needs I must lead
To the fight my long-loved friends;
I sing in the shields, and in strength they go
Whole to the field of fight,
Whole from the field of fight,
And whole they come thence home.
158. A twelfth I know, if high on a tree
I see a hanged man swing;
159. A thirteenth I know, if a thane full young
With water I sprinkle well;
He shall not fall, though he fares mid the host,
Nor sink beneath the swords.
160. A fourteenth I know, if fain I would name
To men the mighty gods;
All know I well of the gods and elves,
Few be the fools know this.
161. A fifteenth I know, that before the doors
Of Delling sang Thjothrörir the dwarf;
Might he sang for the gods, and glory for elves,
And wisdom for Hroptatyr wise.
162. A sixteenth I know, if I seek delight
To win from a maiden wise;
The mind I turn of the white-armed maid,
And thus change all her thoughts
163. A seventeenth I know, so that seldom shall go
A maiden young from me;
164. Long these songs thou shalt, Loddfafnir,
Seek in vain to sing;
Yet good it were if thou mightest get them,
Well, if thou wouldst them learn,
Help, if thou hadst them.
165. An eighteenth I know, that ne'er will I tell
To maiden or wife of man,--
The best is what none but one's self doth know,
So comes the end of the songs,--
Save only to her in whose arms I lie,
Or who else my sister is.
der Ario- Germanen or The
Armanism of the Aryro Germanic People
GvLB nos. 2a-2b,1908 & 1911
The original is a two volume set
written in German by Guido
von List and outlines the principles of Armanism taking in its social
history as well as organisation. There is also a cosmological doctrine
in this work. The second volume goes more in depth into the racial
ideologies and nationalism prevalent in the early 19th century.
The Religion of
the Aryo-Germanic Folk
Author: Guido Von List
Stephen E. Flowers
As a follow-up to the
classic and seminal work The Secret of the Runes, Rûna-Raven presents
a translation of another of Guido von List’s important volumes: Die
Religion der Ario-Germenen in ihrer Esoterik und Exoterik, first
published in 1910. This text, next to that of The Secret of the Runes
provides an in-depth look at the ideological world of the turn of the
century Viennese master. Perhaps no other text so precisely sums up
List’s religious world-view. In these pages he describes an esoteric,
theosophical, cosmology in terms of Germanic mythology and addresses
questions of astrology and the purpose and destiny of the human soul.
Those who have made a study of the esoteric world of early 20th
century Germany and Austria will welcome this little book which sheds
more light on the topic. The text is preceded by an introduction by
Dr. Stephen E. Flowers (translator and editor of The Secret of the
Runes) in which he addresses the issues of List’s use of
folk-etymology, theosophical influence on List’s ideas, and most
importantly issues statements on research into the topic of occultism
in the Third Reich and the general misuse of the theory of “Nazi
Die Ursprache der Ario-Germanen und ihre Mysteriensprache or The Primal Language of the Aryro Germanic
People and their Mystery Language GvLB
no. 6 1914
This is an
encyclopaedia style presentation of Guido Von List's entire linguistic
theories based on kala or alraune (a sort of mother rune).
This is a sort of folk etymology to the level of an arcane science and
can draw on comparisons with Kabalalistic numerology.
book was published several years ago in England, but has begun finding
its way into the book trade here. As it represents a substantial
research effort, one naturally wonders about the author's
inclinations. Little biographical information is furnished, but the
acknowledgments do contain a couple of names of interest. The first
one thanked is Ellic Howe, a leading personality within the United
Grand Lodge of England, reputedly the world's predominant Masonic
organization. Howe writes frequently in Ars Quatuor Coronatorum,
the controlled circulation research journal of the lodge, whose enmity
to National Socialism is glaring.
The Occult Roots of Nazism: Secret Aryan
Cults and Their Influence on Nazi Ideology : The Ariosophists of
Austria and Germany, 1890-1935 (Paperback) by
See book review at:
Flowers, et al
Publish Date: July 12, 2001
There is much speculation about the “occult roots” of National
Socialism, yet little concrete documentation has ever been uncovered.
Of the materials that do exist, almost nothing has been translated
into English--until now. This book, ten years in the making, contains
the collected occult writings of Karl Maria Wiligut, the runic
initiate and shadowy “Secret King” of Germany. His works were
originally published in the rare ariosophical journals Hag All All Hag
and Hagal. Heinrich Himmler --the leader of the SS and possibly the
most powerful figure in the Third Reich-- commissioned Wiligut to
write private reports on Runes, secret Germanic traditions, and
prehistory. It was through this position of influence that Wiligut
came to be known after his death as “Himmler’s Rasputin.”
Adeptly translated by Stephen E. Flowers
and edited by Michael Moynihan, these writings allow a glimpse into
the strange magical world that enchanted high-ranking officials of
Nazi Germany. For anyone fascinated about the role occultism played in
the Third Reich, here is the evidence. Never before have source
documents of this nature been made available to the English-speaking
world! The Secret King contains: A full-length biographical
introduction about Wiligut’s turbulent life and exploring his magical
worldview -- Translations of all Wiligut’s major writings -- Wiligut’s
mysterious invocations, the “Halgarita-Sayings” -- Translations of
private documents Wiligut submitted directly to the Reichsführer-SS,
Heinrich Himmler -- Essays on Wiligut’s cosmology and traditions by
other ariosophists of the past and present -- Himmler’s own report of
an SS name-giving ritual, attended by the inner circle of SS leaders
and presided over by Wiligut -- An exclusive interview with Gabriele
Winckler-Dechend, Wiligut’s closest colleague from his period of
service in the SS.
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