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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology



Vril is a word from a science-fiction novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton titled Vril: The Power of the Coming Race.   The book was quite popular in the late 19th Century, and for a time the word "Vril" came to be associated with "life-giving elixirs".   Indeed, the still popular English drink Bovril takes its name from a mixing of the word "Bovine" and "Vril".

Vril is also a shortened form of "Vri-Il" which in the ancient Sumerian language translates as "Like God".

In the book, Vril is a sort of power or energy possessed by an unusual and extremely powerful subterranean race.   A fair number of readers believe the book is non-fiction, and it has become associated with conspiracy theories regarding surviving Nazis who roam the globe in flying saucers, Vril-powered rods (producing wildly potent death rays), supposedly Satanicly inspired Jesuit "Spiritual Exercises", and the fabled Lost Continents of Atlantis and Lemuria, to name but a few.


The Vril Gesellschaft (Vril Society) also known as the 'Luminious Lodge' and "Bruder des Lichts", which means Brothers of the Light was said to have been founded to explore the origins of the Atlantean Aryan 'Root Race' described by Helena Blavatsky.   Some people argue that the society never existed, and that associated tales are fiction - and many of the tales associated with the Vril Society (such as Nazi "flying discs") are at best 'speculative' - however there is little doubt that the group did actually exist.

Founded as "The All German Society for Metaphysics" in 1921.   The Society was formed by a group of women, Psychic mediums led by the Thule Gesellschaft (Thule Society) medium Maria Orsitch (Orsic) of Zagreb who claimed to have received communication from Aryan aliens living in Alpha Tauri, in the Aldebaran system since 1919.

According to Orsitch, half billion years ago, the Aryans (known as the Elohim or Elder Race) began to colonize our solar system as Aldebaran's became uninhabiatble.   Marduk, existing in what is today the asteroid belt, was (according to her revelations at least) the first to be colonized, then Mars.   When they came to Earth, these Aryans were known as the Sumerians.   Vril is the shortening of "Vri-Il" which in the ancient Sumerian language translates as "Like God".

In Edward Bulwer-Lytton's The Power of the Coming Race, the subterranean people use the Vril Force to operate and govern the world (a few children armed with Vril-powered rods are said capable of exterminating a race of over 22 million threatening barbarians).   Served by robots and able to fly on vril-powered wings, the vegetarian Vril-ya are - by their own reckoning - racially and culturally superior to everyone else on Earth, above or below the ground. At one point the narrator concludes (from linguistic evidence) that the Vril-ya are "descended from the same ancestors as the great Aryan family, from which in varied streams has flowed the dominant civilization of the world."

The Vril Force or Vril Energy was said to be derived from the Black Sun, a big ball of "Prima Materia" which supposedly exists in the center of the Earth, giving light to the Vril-ya and putting out radiation in the form of Vril.   The Vril Society believed that Aryans were the actual biological ancestors of the Black Sun.

This force was known to the ancients under many names, and it has been called Chi, Ojas, Vril, Astral Light, Odic Forces and Orgone.   In a discussion of the 28th degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry - called Knight of the Sun or Prince Adept - Albert Pike said, "There is in nature one most potent force, by means whereof a single man, who could possess himself of it, and should know how to direct it, could revolutionize and change the face of the world."

This is the force that the Nazis and their inner occult circle were so desperately trying to unleash upon the world, for which the Vril Society had apparently groomed Hitler.   A manifestation of the "Great Work" promulgated by the Adepts of secret societies throughout the ages.   The Vril Society latched on to a very old Archetype already in the minds of alchemists and magicians, which was only re-interpreted, by Lytton, in light of that age of occult revival and scientific progress. The idea of mutation and transformation into a higher form of a "god-man" was envisioned, through the Vril-ya, in Buller-Lytton's The Power of the Coming Race.   Lytton, himself, was an initiate of the Rosicrucians and was well versed in the arcane-Esoteric philosophies (and of course the greatest advances in the sciences of his day).   Through his romantic works of fiction he expressed the conviction that there are beings endowed with superhuman powers.   These beings will supplant us and bring about a formidable mutation in th elect of the human race.

This is where the philosophy turns dangerous.   The moment we speak of an elect and "illumined" or "enlightened" class which is above the general populace, you inevitably encounter racism and classism - with fascism in due course.

One member of the Vril Society was Professor Karl Haushofer - a former employee of German military intelligence.   Haushofer had been a mentor to Hitler as well as to Rudolph Hess.   (Hess had been an assistant to Haushofer at the University of Munich.)   Another Vril member was the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany: Heinrich Himmler, who became head of the dreaded SS.   Himmler incorporated the Vril Society into the Nazi Occult Bureau.   Yet another mystical group was the Edelweiss Society, which preached the coming of a 'Nordic messiah'.   Herman Göring had become an active member of the Edelweiss Society in 1921 while living and working in Sweden.   Göring believed Hitler to be the Nordic messiah

The Lodge's objective was to explore the origins of the Aryan race as described by Helena Blavatsky, and to perform exercises in concentration to awaken the forces of 'Vril'.   Haushofer was a student of the Russian magician and metaphysician Gregor Ivanovich Gurdyev (George Gurdjieff).   Both Gurdjeiff and Haushofer maintained that they had contacts with secret Tibetan lodges that possessed the secret of the 'Aryan Superman'.   The Lodge included Hitler, Aalfred Rosenberg, Himmler, Göring, and Hitler's subsequent personal physician Dr. Morell.   It is also believed that Aleister Crowley and Gurdjieff sought contact with Hitler.

Hitler's unusual powers of suggestion become more understandable if one keeps in mind that he had access to the 'secret' psychological techniques of the Esoteric lodges.   Haushofer taught him the techniques of Gurdjieff which, in turn, were based on the teachings of the Sufis and the Tibetan lamas and familiarized him with the Zen teaching of the Japanese Society of the Green Dragon.

The Vril Society allegedly not only taught these above mentioned exercises in concentration designed to awaken the forces of Vril, but that their main goal was to achieve Raumflug (Spaceflight) to reach Aldebaran.   To achieve this Vril is said to have joined the Thule Gesellschaft and DHvSS (Men of the Black Stone) to fund an ambitious program involving an inter-dimensional flight machine based on Psychic revelations from the Aldebaran aliens.

In 1922, Thule and Vril allegedly constructed Germany's first flight disc, the JFM (Jenseitsflugmaschine) or "Other world Flight Machine" in Munich for channeled flight testing that lasted two years.   The project was led by W.O. Schumann of the Technical University of Munich, but the project was halted in 1924 with the machine dismantled and shipped to Messerschmitt's Augsburg facility where it was stored for future research.

Professor Schumann developed a levitation unit from the research which was called the Schumann-Munich, or SM-Levitator.

Members of the Vril Society are said to have included Adolf Hitler, Alfred Rosenberg, Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Göring and Hitler's personal physician Dr. Theodor Morell.  

It is believed by some that with Hitler in power in 1933, Thule Gesellschaft and Vril both received official state backing for continued disc development programs aimed at both spaceflight and possibly a war machine.

Nazi Flying Disc

What is sure is that a RFZ (Rund flugzeug) or "Round Aircraft" series began in 1937.   RFZ discs 1,2,3,4, and 6 were tested there (allegedly) under Vril supervision while Thule was helped by a special SS technical branch unit E-IV, which was tasked with developing alternative energies.   Thule worked on a seperate disc at a secret location in NW Germany referred to as Hauneburg from 1935 on.   As such their product was known as the H-Gerat (Hauneburg Device) but, according to some theorists, this was shortened to Haunebu in 1939 once the disc's Triebwerk (Thrustwork) engine was perfected.   Haunbu I was briefly designated as RFZ-5 when Thule moved from Hauneburg to Arado-Brandenburg.

The Thule Triebwerk was reputedly a revolutionary EMG (electro-magnetic-gravitc) engine also known as a Tachyonator 7.   It used a modified Hans Coler Magnetstromapparat (a gravitic free-energy battery) turned into a converter that was coupled to a Van De Graaf band generator and a Marconi Dynamo (spinning tank of heated mercury).   Once activated, the Triebwerk produced strong rotating electro-magnetic fields that affected gravity.   The rotating fields also turned the dynamo creating a reduction of mass at incredible rpm's.

Vril also is alleged to have developed its own Triebwerk by 1941 with the RFZ-7 which was re-designated Vril-1 Jager (Fighter).

After 1941, Hitler forbade secret societies so both Thule and Vril were documented under the SS E-IV unit.   Vril also became secretly known as "Die Kette" - "The Chain" which refers to their mental links to their circle of members.   Vril had strong contacts with Canaris of the Abwehr, the Ahnenerbe (SS Occult Bureau), and worked with the engineers at Arado.

It is believed by some that both the Thule and Vril discs were built from 1939-1945.   According to this theory, Thule produced the Haunebu I-III series of large discs while the Vril series were more concerned with resuming channeled flight.   By 1944, construction of a Vril 7 Geist (Ghost) channeled flight disc was achieved as well as a huge 139 meter long cylindrical mothership called the Andromeda-Gerat (Andromeda Device).  

A special unit named Sonderburo (Special Bureau) 13 is said to have been created by the Luftwaffe to "officially" investigate strange aerial phenomenon over the Reich but "unofficially" was created to cover-up these reports of flight discs and flying cigars.   In September 1944 a Me-262 jet pilot allegedly caught site of one of the Andromeda craft and reported it.   Sonderburo 13 immediately tried to feign ignorance of such a device.

Meanwhile, as the Allies advanced further into the Reich, Vril allegedly planned to evacuate its technology to bases outside of Europe, especially to a secret Antarctic base - Base 211, while their own personal plan was to evacuate their circle of mediums to the stars by channeled flight of the Andromeda.   They left in March 1945 and were never found again.

The reality of the "Nazi UFOs" has been highly controversial to say the least - laughable is more like it!   Though it is undisputable that the Nazi's were indeed working on many advanced rocket and jet designs by the wars end, including some "flying discs" (such as the Focke-Wulf VTOL Project and the Sack AS-6 V1), no hard historical evidence about the existence of the highly advanced technology mentioned above has been presented so far.


It should be noted that belief in "Nazi UFOs" is in no way connected with Neo-Paganism, Wicca, and/or the occult in general.   The subject has only been included here as an oddity - an aberration believed only by the most rabid "conspiracy nuts" - that is sometimes linked to the Vril Society, and less commonly, to the Thule Society, both genuinely occultic groups.


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One of the major problems with 'defining' Paganism and/or its beliefs and practices is that it is an 'organic' movement, in that it is undergoing constant change and re-evaluation from within, and as such any 'one-size-fits-all' approach to understanding Paganism will be found wanting.

Due to the very 'organic' nature of Paganism, and the many differing Paths and Traditions within it, in many cases no one definition may be universally accepted by all Pagans.   Therefore, where such cases of possible conflicting and/or contradictory meanings of certain terms occur I have endevoured to give not only the generally accepted meaning, but also any major 'variations' in belief and/or practice.

Christians who believe this difference in meaning of certain key terms, beliefs and practices to be unique to Paganism need to remember that such conflicts also arise within the Body of Christ - the Church.   Take for instance the differing practices amongst Christians concerning Baptism and the different attitudes towards women in the clergy.

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