Fenrir

Of all of Loki’s children, it is Fenrir who until now has maintained an enigmatic and elusive position; his status as a mere monster has not befitted him with the attributes that Godhood gives Hela, or that familiarity (cross-cultural archetypes) has given lormungand. And yet Fenrir has found his followers who identify with his violent and restless character.

Esoterica gives little indication of the two-fold nature of Fenrir, so to find his second-fold attributes (as well as his first) it is the original myths and epics that must be consulted.

Child of Loki

To recap: Fenrir (with Hela and lormungand) is the child of Loki and the giantess Angrboda (“Distress Bringer”). His form is that of a wolf so monstrous that when he opened his mouth his jaws reach to both heaven and earth. The Aesir Gods realised the threat Fenrir posed to them, so at first Tyr (God of War) befriended the young pup, feeding him, but as he grew they were left with no alternative but to chain him. This the Gods attempted to do with a chain called “Laeding”, and then one called “Dromi”. Both were broken easily by Fenrir. The Dwarves were then employed to forge a silken bond which they constructed from the sound of a cat’s paw, the hairs of a maiden beard, the roots of a mountain, the dreams of a bear, the breath of a fish and the spittle of a bird.

All intangible objects, on Earth at least, and since they did not exist, the bond could not be broken by anyone or anything (other than at the appropriate time, that being Ragnarok).

The bond – “Gleipnir” – was then taken by the Gods, having persuaded Fenrir to go with them to Lyngvi, a desolate island in the middle of Lake Amsvartner (The Gulf of Black Grief). Here they asked Fenrir if he would let them bind him once more. Warily be agreed, but on condition that one of the Gods put his hand in Fenrir’s mouth to ensure he would be released if he failed his test of strength.

Only Tyr had the courage to accept the wolfs conditions, so when the Gods failed to release Fenrir, Tyr’s right hand was bitten off. Gleipnir was attached to a chain (Gelgia) which was pushed into a hole in a large rock (Gioll); Fenrir’s mouth was prised open with a sword, and there he remains until Ragnarok.

Fenrir Unleashed

At Ragnarok, Fenrir is unleashed. Breaking his chains be runs free onto the plain of Vigrid where he kills his ‘blood uncle’ Odin – “for there dies Frigg’s delight”. In turn, Fenrir is killed by Odin’s vengeful son Vidar.

Fenrir himself was not childless, for in free times he fathered the wolf children of the Hag of lronwood (the forest East of Midgard). They were Hati and Skoll who pursued the moon and the sun respectively. Hati’s attacks on the moon are seen every month as it waxes and wanes. Finally at Ragnarok they both devour their goals. Neither of them are listed amongst the dead of the Day of Doom so it may be concluded that, as polarity requires, they live on into the Regeneration of the world.

Unchangeable Fate

Fenrir represents, as does the Wolfs Hook Cross, unchangeable Fate. There is an aura of fatality around him; the Gods sense this, none more than Odin. For Odin, blessed as he is with the power of “Ofreskr” – second sight, the wisdom of Mimir’s Well (for which he had exchanged one of his eyes), the secrets of the Runes (for which he had hung for 9 days on Yggdrasil, the World Tree), and the prophecies of the Volva, was well aware of the fate of the Gods. That Balder would be slain, that his poor unwitting brother Hodur would commit the act, that the forces of Darkness would break their bonds and destroy the Gods of Victory and that he (Odin) would die at the jaws of Fenrir.

Thus the binding of Fenrir with Gleipnir is but a postponement of the inevitable; it is merely theGods – and Odin in particular – playing, and realising, their role. For although the Fate incurred by Fenrir may beunavoidable and unchangeable, it does not mean defeat or resignation. Life is about fighting, even if the odds and the outcome are against you. This is the ethos of OUR ancestors, sadly lacking in much to today’s world.

Herein lies the magick of Fenrir; for unlike his siblings, the Wolf’s magick has little minor appreciation; rather it is on a far grander scale, that of Aeonic Magick.

Aeonic Magick

Simply put, Aeonic Magick and all that it entails is the manipulation of acausal energies to either:

1. Aid the Wyrd (Destiny) of a currently existing Aeonic civilisation (for e.g.the Western Civilisation of the current Thorian Aeon).

2. Create a new Aeon and a subsequent Aeonic civilisation.

3. Distort or disrupt an existing civilisation and its Aeonic forces.

It is the latter that is of most relevance to Fenrir and our existing Western Civilisation and Aeon. According to the Correspondences of “The Elemental Quadruplet” Fenrir is associated with the season of Winter; the Western Civilisation is entering its final, Winter stage. As such, Fenrir be seen as the ‘patron’ or symbol of this stage, and is a ‘patron’ to both the events that will occur naturally as befits this stage, and the options open to the Adept in his/her endeavours to alter this Aeon, and hasten or retard its demise.

The choice is entirely upon the individual Adept; there is no set rule. Seeing this current Aeon has approximately in excess of 500 years to go, and Western Civilisation just under 400 years, there is no reason why – to speak symbolically – Fenrir can’t be chained for a little longer. His release and the death of this civilisation and Aeon are inevitable; there is no doubt that of that: one only needs a drop of

Odin’s insight to see it. But if the right steps are taken, then a pre-Ragnarok Regeneration of the Western mind, body and soul may be possible. This would provide a lasting influence on the next Aeon (and its civilisation) as the Hellenic Aeon – as a vital stage of the evolution of Western Paganism – has had on the current Western one.

Alternatively, the Adept has the option of unleashing Fenrir at this point in time in order to perhaps quicken the demise of this civilisation, ensuring an entirely new civilisation – without the influence of Western civilisation – in the next Galactic Aeon. Perhaps such an action is premature, considering the length of time left to run, however temporal unleashing can be used in order to enact the goals of a Regenerated Western Aeon. Such temporal unleashing could be:

♦ The disruption of capitalist money markets, thus removing thefinancial control of plutocracy;

♦ The promotion and support of ‘enemies’ of the West, for e.g. Islam is a potential (albeit dangerous and volatile) pawn that could be manipulated towards an advantage (the danger however lies in the ability to remain in control, to keep Fenrir on a taught leash);

♦ The support of extreme Right-wing (and Left-wing) political groups to aid disruptive attitudes and behaviour. The nature of these groups and the people they attract world ensure that they would easily self-destruct or disintegrate once their usefulness had run its course;     

♦ The rise of viable National-Socialist groups expressing noble, pure, unadulterated N-S philosophy. Such groups would lay the basis for a Regenerated (N-S) Western Civilisation.

Such ‘temporal unleashings’ aid the disintegration of existing power structures; those that can be regarded as distortions of the Western Civilisation’s original ethos, while retaining the basis from which to build upon.

However, such actions cannot be undertaken frivolously or on a whim. They require and appreciation or Wyrd, both collective and individual. All intentions, all goals, must be clearly defined and all actions and reactions should be understood by the instigators. In other words, they must be Adepts in the true meaning of the word.

By Abaaner A° Incendium

(For further information on Aeonic Magick see MSS from ONA.)


Editorial note: This article appeared in “The Flaming Sword”, No 5 (February 1995).