Arktos: The Polar Myth in Science, Symbolism and Nazi Survival. Joscelyn Godwin. London: Thames and Hudson. p, soft cover. Arktos: the polar myth in science, symbolism, and Nazi survival / Joscelyn Godwin. Mythology, Indo-European. Polar regions > Miscellanea. Physical. ARKTOS: THE POLAR MYTH IN SCIENCE, SYMBOLISM, AND NAZI SURVIVAL.
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A scholarly treatment of catastrophes, ancient myths and Nazi Occult beliefs.
Explored are the many tales of an ancient race said to have lived in the Arctic regions, such as Thule and Hyperborea. Progressing onward, the book looks at modern polar legends: Paperbackpages. Published August 1st by Adventures Unlimited Press first published Miguel SerranoJulius Evola. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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To ask other readers questions myfh Arktosplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 23, Pieter-Jan Beyul rated it really liked it Shelves: Godwin is one of the first and up until now only scholar who has brought together the disparate myths, historic accounts, esoteric explorations and scientific theories concerning the polar archetype. Even when dealing with the most obscurantist and fantastical ideas out there e.
This notion of subjective immersion leading myyth actual knowledge is something Godwin only touches upon slightly but tentatively, as the main focuss of the book is an overview of the polar archetype and its significance in the occult.
The magnetism of the pole has next to a real physical dimension, also a metaphysical one, as axial, the zenith and even homeland of a progenitor civilization with its arcane knowledge. A mystical land guarding and protecting the most hidden truths. Godwin, in the vein of Grantian historiography, also offers an interesting look into the most hidden occult traditions whose spiritual pole is not lunar or solar, but stellar with Polaris Arktos as the axis mundi. Thus adding to the idea, as postulated by Kenneth Grant, that the original spirituality and perhaps that of the lost antediluvian civilization was ‘Typhonian’, thus left handed and cosmic in its perspective.
A point of criticism is that Godwin, perhaps confronted with the vast number of authors and theories he needed to cover, confuses the reader with referencing to chapters still far ahead in the book and in so doing leaves much needed nuances at the beginning unmentioned until far later. Though one can only applaud him for even starting a most ambitious project. The last few chapters, covering the more scientific takes on polar shifts and the like, seem as if they have been jogged mhth the rest to give at least some voice to the more rationalist and objectively empirical demarcations on the subject.
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From this alone one can tell that Godwin’s primary interest is in the study of the history of the occult and its theory and practise. Still, it’s what one can, and dare I say must, expect from someone with an academic background when having thoroughly examined the confusing netherworlds of occult thinking through the ages.
For the student of the occult, and anyone interested in a good overview of a topic all too arltos unfairly ignored in esotericism, this is definitely a must read. Jun 18, Bood rated it liked it. This is a good place to start reading about weird nazi occult matters. Though the book the occult roots of nazism should come first. Jun myht, Signor Mambrino rated it it was amazing. This is a scholarly, objective and insightful look at some of the most insane conspiracy theories and occult beliefs of the last few centuries.
Read the full review and my theories about Donald Trump’s collusion with subterranean Hitler here. Jan 08, Bill Wallace rated oolar really liked it. The second of Godwin’s books I’ve read — not as wonderful as Upstate Cauldron but still full yhe erudite goodness. Have the Earth’s poles shifted?
Some scientists think so and priests and occultists have believed in polar shift for millennia, even back when the only pole they knew was the one the sky turns around.
Godwin takes us from myth through early science to occult madness and finally to modern theory, revolving around the afktos end of the earth, considering the pole as the homeland of sup The second of Godwin’s books I’ve read — not as wonderful as Upstate Cauldron but still full of erudite goodness. Godwin takes us from myth through early science to occult madness and finally to modern theory, revolving around the north end of the earth, considering the pole as the homeland of supermen, the door to the hollow earth, and a symbol of promised enlightenment.
For the agktos part, he sticks to historical fact but veers into the woo woo land a time or two in the chapters on the spiritual implication of the poles. There is also more of an emphasis than I expected in the early chapters on Nazi ideology of northern heritage and Aryanism but the emphasis is fitting and certainly doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the book. Apr 13, Tim Pendry rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Although published by Adventures Unlimited which tends not to be, shall we say, conventional in its authors who cover conspiracy, lost worlds, free energy and what-have-youArktos is a serious and interesting account of polar mythology in popular culture, in the history of science and in esoteric lore.
Joscelyn Goodwin provides an intelligent and often wry overview that remains well within scholarly standards. It is a valuable addition to that shelf in the library that is dominated by the wor Although published by Adventures Unlimited which tends not to be, shall we say, conventional in its authors who mygh conspiracy, lost worlds, free energy and what-have-youArktos is a serious and interesting account of popar mythology in popular culture, in the history of science and in esoteric lore.
It is a valuable addition to that shelf in the library that is dominated by the work of Goodrick Clark and it is a useful guide to the fringe science and theosophical speculation of a world now lost.
Given its hysterical conclusion in the exploits of educationally challenged SS officers and demented neo-Nazi diplomats, it is a world that we hope will never return. Hyperborea, Agartha, Thule, Shambhala, the Hollow Earth – these are names to conjure with in pulp science fiction, which is where they belong and should remain.
Arktos: The Polar Myth in Science, Symbolism & Nazi Survival
Joscelyn Godwin brings a scholarly point-of-view to areas often left for conspiracy theorists to feast upon. I found Godwin’s thorough analysis of the polar mythological archetype fascinating and helpful in understanding how Nazism became a thing. Don’t expect to breeze through arktis material. Nov 07, D. What can I say. He untangles the facts from the mythmaking and there’s a lot of mythmaking surrounding the polar archetype.
A scholarly gem of occult history on par with Goodrick-Clarke’s book on occult Nazism. Aug 30, Frederik Vandelannoote rated it really liked it Shelves: Well researched book which gives a complete overview of the diverse theories concerning the poles in metaphysics, equinoxal precession, science and several superstitions.
The author deals atktos all the subjects in an academic and relative neutral style – even if it deals with ridiculous UFO-theories.
This book needs a better publisher to give it the proper respect it deserves. Jul 05, Andrew rated it really liked it Shelves: I declare the earth is hollow and habitable within! Nice intro to weird fringe ideas, their roots and the eccentric people behind them. Truly bizarre character gallery – This includes the author, who seems to at least believe in parts of what he describes Nov 21, Pablo Flores rated it liked it.
A sweeping tour arktoa many “polar” occult ideas, legends and pseudoscientific hypotheses and ramblings, from venerable Hindu sages to esoteric-minded Nazis, all of aktos very curious for raktos layman, if rather difficult to disentangle at times. Godwin is not a believer but he teh have a t A sweeping tour of many “polar” occult ideas, legends and pseudoscientific hypotheses and ramblings, from venerable Hindu sages to esoteric-minded Nazis, all of it very curious for the layman, if rather difficult to disentangle at times.
arkts Godwin is not a believer but he qrktos have a thing against strict evidence-based science. It would be much more satisfying if the more-or-less skeptic view of the beginning was kept until the end.
All in all, however, I recommend this as a starting point for deeper examination of the various topics. Jun 26, Nathaniel rated it really liked it. A very interesting read, lots of references to Zoroastrian mysticism and the archetypes of a filed that requires more scholarly research. The only draw back were mytj of the latter chapters were not as engaging at least to me as the rest of the book.
The author points out something that I’ve noticed, we as a species have a major obsession with the north pole and not the A very interesting read, lots of references to Zoroastrian arktod and the archetypes of a filed that requires more scholarly research.
The author points out something that I’ve noticed, we as a species have a major obsession with the north pole and not the south pole. Dec 14, Kate rated it really liked it.
Godwin’s style is very good, but you must have a thorough understanding of archetypal cultural myths in Northern Europe and the ancient Near East to grasp all subtleties in the context. For the advanced reader, this really peaks the interest and produces amazing fuel for an actively-inquiring imagination: If you are used to the many layers of allegory in Blavatsky’s writings, you will most certainly find something familiar here: Dec 14, Gavin White rated it it was amazing Shelves: Far out material treated in an eminently sane manner.
This book demonstrates the power that symbolism can exert on the human mind. At face value many of the ideas explored in this book – the hollow earth, secret UFO bases in the Antartic, the survival of Hitler – are decidedly on the lunatic fringe, however the author manages to steer a sane course through this strange world of ideas and piece by piece lays bare the polqr doctrines behind the polar myths.
Jul 14, Wickstrom rated it really liked it. A very dry book on tne very interesting subject, frustratingly enough. Still a must-read for those who are interested in the subject matter due to the meticulous research and the extensive references.
Sep 25, Luke rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jason rated it it was amazing May 06, Angi Killough rated it really liked it Jul 02, Christian rated it polxr was amazing Aug 28, Franz rated it it was ok May 08, TR rated it liked it Oct 08, Benjamin rated it it was ok Teh 30, Gyrus rated it really liked it Feb 13, Ls Mrt rated it liked it Sep 17, Nutmidas rated arktis really liked it Sep 22,