Wulf Ingessunu, proudly sporting his SS insignia hoodie.
A follow-up to my previous post about Woden's Folk...
I have already commented on the "Hooded Man Prophecy" which this group follows. For those unaware, it is a piece of text originally written for the television series Robin of Sherwood; Wulf Ingessunu, founder of Woden's Folk, insists that it is full of mystical significance despite its origins.
I decided to leave Ingessunu a message on his blog pointing out that you can find mystical significance in just about any piece of writing, so long as you try hard enough. To demonstrate my point, I put together a "prophecy" of my own:
'In the days of the bleak times, when all is dark and the skies redden, there will be a sudden shout from the seas and a new dawn will begin, ushered in by the golden figures who have bestrode the earth for many eons.'
This was just a pile of nonsense I scrawled down in a few seconds, vaguely informed by the sword-and-sorcery games I used to play as a kid. Hilariously, however, Wulf Ingessunu has gone through the trouble of providing a mystical interpretation of the rubbish I wrote - and he seems to think that doing so proves his point, rather than mine. As he tells us...
"I will be accused of making something from nothing, but the fact remains that this 'prophecy' can be fitted into our work. Either Maggie has read more of our stuff and come up with this unconsciously or - something 'inspired' her to make such a comment, even though the 'prophecy' was meant to be ridicule."
Here is a sample of Wulf's analysis:
"Is this piece not astounding in view of the previous work done through Woden's Folk? I am going to go through this 'prophecy' piece by piece -
1. The 'bleak time' we already know about since we are living through the latter part of the Wolf-Age/Kali Yuga/Dark Age.
2. The 'skies redden' - an ancient Germanic Prophecy tells of the time when the Sword of Orion (Herne the Hunter) will shine RED. In Norse Prophecy the RED COCK crows to awaken the Giants and Monsters (Jotun) to the Ragnarok.
3. 'Shout from the seas' - in various past articles I have equated the coming of The Hooded Man - Last Avatar - with his arising from the Great Deep."
He goes on like this for a considerable amount of time. Here is his conclusion:
"'Maggie Benn's Prophecy' contains one missing idea, since it assumes that the world shall change overnight - just like that! This would fit with some 'New Age' ideas, but every ancient myth or legend tells of a great Cosmic Battle that will precede the End Time. It is this that destroys the Powers of Darkness and ushers in the new Golden Age - it does not just happen.
Is this made-up 'prophecy' what Carl Jung would call synchronicity or what Friedrich Nietzsche would call meaningful coincidence? Even the 'shout from the seas' reminds us of the Horn of Hama (Heimdall) which awakens the Gods and Men to the Final Battle. Of course, I will now be accused of interpreting this in my own unique way (which I have) but it does not negate the fact that there are some 'coincidences' in this piece that cannot easily be explained. Do our thoughts arise from nowhere, or is there a 'source' that we tap into? In my own experience on many, many occasions, such 'thoughts' seem to appear from 'nowhere' but are essential keys to some Mystery."
Of course, he could have got similar results had I used some kind of random prophecy generator. Any word can be taken as symbolic in one way or another - for example, consider how he takes my mention of the sky turning red as a reference to Orion's red sword. If I'd predicted the sky turning white or grey, Wulf could have interpreted that as signifying Fimbulwinter. Had I predicted a green sky, he could have taken that to mean that forests will re-grow after the fall of civilisation. A black sky could indicate the sun being swallowed by Fenrir during Ragnarok. A pink sky could refer to the evil gay rights lobby and the emasculation of Aryan man. And so on, and so on.
If you're reading this, Wulf, here's another mystical prophecy for you, one written in the ancient Book of Cyril:
"There shall, in that time, be rumors of things going astray, and there shall be a great confusion as to where things really are, and nobody will really know where lieth those little things with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment. At this time, a friend shall lose his friend's hammer and the young shall not know where lieth the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before, about eight o'clock."
"Lose his friend's hammer"? Clearly a reference to Thunor...