All myths regarding the NSDAP period in Germany that have been around long enough take on an aura of facthood whether they deserve it or not, this ranges from such things as Hitler being a spastic carpet biter with one testicle to more widely talked about myths where everyone pretends that hydrocyanic-acid gas can be pumped through common metal plumbing fixtures without reacting or spontaneously combusting when contacting alkaline materials like untreated concrete…. Another is misinformation over the existence of a symbol called the “black sun”.
This symbol is loved by a wide swathe of folks, from larping 1488 nerds who aren’t brave enough to use swastikas to “black sun/ esoteric Hitlerist” cultists, to fake occultists and pseudo-experts on esotericism who have no sympathy or connection with neonazism and no fetishism for the real thing as it existed during the NSDAP era.
I’m writing this piece in an attempt to counter the nonsense talked about and promoted by all of them.
The actual history:
When SS leader Heinrich Himmler came upon Wewelsburg castle to use as the headquarters of the SS he ordered a massive renovation and update process to begin. As most people know he was a fan of all things mystical, metaphysical, and legendary, going as far as hiring the charlatan Karl Maria Willigut as an adviser just because the old man could spin a good yarn about such things.
One of the fantasies Himmler was most fond of was the King Arthur myth. In an attempt to emulate part of that he built a round table where he and his highest ranking SS men could meet and talk. As in the myth of the 12 knights at the round table Himmler’s table had room for 12 men. These 12 men would be the leaders of the 12 branches of the SS. To sit underneath it he took ancient Germanic sonnenrad symbols as an example and had an updated, more aesthetic version with 12 spokes designed. 12 spokes was not the only change made, actual historical versions have an open center, or a crossed center, or the spokes all meet cleanly. Himmler’s also had a circle in the center placed there to hold a golden disk which represented an “eternal flame” which would represent his eternal knighthood of the SS. Its all nice and well inspired stuff to be fair. The man clearly had a flair for this kind of thing and that’s the reason why third reich occultism has been speculated on so heavily and beaten to death by writers, hacks, wannabes, and fake historians ever since… even including the Star Wars franchise as you will see later.
While the castle sunwheel is clearly inspired by ancient designs it is not one and shouldn’t be considered as such. There is nothing ancient about a custom design from the 1930s.
There is one more important detail which is often ignored due to its inconvenience… The Wewelsburg sonnenrad is green, not black. It never was referred to as a “black sun” by Himmler, the SS or anyone else during the third reich……………..
Understandably the Wewelsburg castle was off limits to outsiders from the moment the SS purchased it. Also understandably it was off limits to civilians after the war because of its significance to the conquering military powers who won the war.
What does this mean? Simply that absolutely nobody other than the SS men, and occupying allied officers ever saw the inside of the castle. Nobody but them knew the sonnenrad was green. The area with the sunwheel in the floor was kept closed off even as the rest of the castle was opened to the public. Nobody but them knew is existed at all, UNTIL…. Well until 1982 when there was a historical exhibit called “Wewelsburg 1933–1945: Cult and Terror Centre of the SS”
Does this give credibility to the post war cultists and neonazis who claim knowledge of the black sun and its deeper esoteric meaning? Some may argue that if they were talking about it in the early 50s before the castle was open to the public they must have known something, but why they did they get the color and name of it wrong? If they had such inside knowledge from before the end of the war why did they not know it was green? Why didn’t they know it was never called the “black sun”?
The answer for that is the US Third Infantry Division. When they came across the ruins of the castle after Himmler ordered it destroyed their photographer made quick work of saving everything he could on film. BLACK AND WHITE FILM. Film which resulted in photos where the green sunwheel looked black….. His photographs were used in some news papers and magazines.
Again I would ask: How credible is someone who uses the wrong name on a symbol? A name which wrongly describes the appearance of the symbol? A symbol which they falsely invent and attach esoteric meaning to based on its alleged color then pass it off as inside knowledge of SS occultism and the true spirit of the NSDAP?
A symbol used as a prop instead of a swastika in their “esoteric Hitlerism“ cult which began as a lie by FDR and his propaganda men before the war. Goebbels mocked and challenged FDR to produce the evidence FDR claimed to have so intensely that the American media also demanded it to be released, at which point FDR stopped talking about it.
These people clearly knew nothing, they were a combination of frauds, hucksters, and enemy agents bent on misrepresenting the memories of the SS and NSDAP for their own reasons, but what would you expect from the kind of larping frauds who associated with the paid actor and enemy agent George Lincoln Rockwell?
The REAL “Black Sun” as used in German esoteric circles before WW2:
This is a symbol few people know of, mainly because it was an actual esoteric symbol used by occult circles. While talk of it did get around it was not very widespread. There are a few books which mention it and contain images of it, and I have seen no older books on the subject of so called “nazi occultism” which contain images of the Wewelsburg castle sunwheel referred to in this context.
Now before you armchair experts and angry neos and “black sun” cultist morons get your panties in a wad and start foaming at the mouth I would like to point out that even George Lucas who wrote Star Wars knew more about the symbolism and occultism allegedly used by factions of the NSDAP than you do.
In Star Wars, a film series where the empire are “Space Nazis” and the rebels are “Space Partisans” there’s an elite faction which use “Vril Magic” (the force), and the symbol used for the “First Order” is the actual real black sun (not the green castle decoration).
There are allegedly connections to older Middle Eastern Saturnian cults which also use a “Black sun” symbol of some type, but I mainly study Germanic history or broader Western history, and am not very concerned with minor details regarding outsiders.