Lucifer's Court: A Heretic's Journey in
Search of the Light Bringers (Paperback)
by Otto Rahn
Rahn’s personal diary from his travels as occult investigator for the Third Reich
• First English translation of the author’s journeys in search of a Nordic equivalent to Mt. Sinai
• Explains why Lucifer the Light Bringer, god of the heretics, is a positive figure
Otto Rahn’s lifelong search for the Grail brought him to the attention of the SS leader Himmler, who shared his esoteric interests. Induced by Himmler to become the chief investigator of the occult for the Nazis, Rahn traveled throughout Europe--from Spain to Iceland--in the mid 1930s pursuing leads to the Grail and other mysteries. Lucifer’s Court is the travel diary he kept while searching for “the ghosts of the pagans and heretics who were [his] ancestors.” It was during this time that Rahn grasped the positive role Lucifer plays in these forbidden religions as the bearer of true illumination, similar to Apollo and other sun gods in pagan worship.
This journey was also one of self-discovery for Rahn. He found such a faithful echo of his own innermost beliefs in the lives of the heretics of the past that he eventually called himself a Cathar and nurtured ambitions of restoring that faith, which had been cruelly destroyed in the fires of the Inquisition. His journeys on assignment for the Reich--including researching an alleged entrance to Hollow Earth in Iceland and searching for the true mission of Lucifer in the caves of southern France that served as refuge for the Cathars during the Inquisition--also led to his disenchantment with his employers and his mysterious death in the mountains after his break with the Nazis.
OTTO RAHN was born in Michelstadt, Germany, in 1904. After earning his degree in philology in 1924, he traveled extensively to the caves and castles of southern France, researching his belief that the Cathars were the last custodians of the Grail. Recruited by Himmler into the SS as a civilian archaeologist and historian, Rahn quickly grew disillusioned with the direction his country was taking and resigned in 1939. He died, an alleged suicide, on March 13, 1939, in the snows of the Tyrolean Mountains. Lucifer’s Court was translated into English by Christopher Jones, who also translated Otto Rahn’s Crusade Against the Grail, published in 2006.
Not in my wildest
dreams would I have thought that I'd read--let alone review--a book written by
a member of the Nazi SS, even written while the author was on the SS pay roll.
But here we are.
There are two lines of thought that would advise against reading this book: either its contents promote anti-Semitism and/or publication of the book encourages the growing momentum of neo-Nazi historic revisionism. The latter is probably more insidious than the first in the sense that with each new generation Nazi crimes fade from collective memory, further into the past. For example, I posted an Amazon review that commented on Robert Eisenmen's The New Testament Code (highly recommended.) Eisenmen details the anti-Semitism contained in the New Testament. One person commented: "Anti-Semitism...isn't that something associated with the Nazis way back in World War II?" The reader was implying that anti-Semitism was something that only existed in the 1940's & confined to Germany!
Modern education has a lot to answer for...
I understand that the works of Richard Wagner are banned in Israel because of that influential composer's anti-Semitism (he was Hitler's favorite composer.) I wouldn't go that far, but then I'm not Jewish (and I really like RW's music.) However, if there was even the faintest whiff of anti-Semitism in LUCIFERS COURT, I would not have finished reading the book (I probably would have torn it into pieces)--let alone review it.
But I did.
There IS a virulent hatred expressed in this book--and it is aimed almost exclusively at the Roman Catholic Church. I am not a "Defender of The Faith" in any way--but the high degree of anti-Catholicism reminded me of the great author Dostoevski's anti-Catholicism (and anti-Semitism as well.) Such extreme hatred interjected into otherwise fictional or educational writing amounts to de facto propaganda (and being a self-styled Pagan, Leftist propagandist I should know) & opens itself up to polemical criticism.
Author Rahn equates himself and his ancestors with the heretics who were persecuted by the Roman Church in that institutions' zeal to achieve universal religious conformity.
Rahn also equates heretics such as himself (a baptized Catholic) and the Cathars, for example, with the Luciferian tradition, the "Light Bearers." The SS saw themselves in this role and their insignia represented two lightening bolts of Thor. In terms of the Occult, the Luciferian tradition represents the middle path between Satanism and Yahweh--in other words, Lucifer is seen as a sort of Pagan-Christ.
LUCIFER'S COURT is written in the format of a travel journal as the author investigates various "leads" in his quest for the Grail. Incidentally, it is not the Grail of Christian fable or contemporary lore--in fact, the main intent of LUCIFER'S COURT is to uncover the "real" Grail. In this journey the author reveals a store house of Pagan Germanic/Scandinavian/Norse tradition. In fact, as the book progresses, the allusions & metaphors become almost overwhelming & one must wonder how much is historically correct or the author's fantasy. This is a problem with metaphysical writing in general--one can so easily loose one's way in the endless trails of symbolism & metaphor.
Rahn is a talented writer.
At times LUCIFER's COURT reminds me of
the film The Ninth Gate with Johnny Depp. In the book there are images of
mystic ruins, strange castles & misty landscapes. There is even a
mysterious & benevolent Countess who is well versed in the occult &
ancient lore. Rahn reveals himself to be a sensitive, creative individual. It
is almost inconceivable to imagine him hobnobbing with Himmler & the SS.
There are some people who think Rahn may have been murdered due to his sexual orientation, or objections to the brutal reality of the SS and the entire Nazi regime. After reading this book, I am convinced that he did, in fact, commit suicide. His passionate idealism could only collapse in on itself when finally forced to face the tyranny he was supporting. I think this was true of many people who were initially enthusiastic over Hitler.
Along these same lines, another facet of this book I found instructive was its revelation of the neo-Pagan/Occult/Astrology milieu that characterized the period of the early Nazi movement. Previously I had written off the neo-Pagan, rather tacky trappings of Nazism to be the "inspiration" of a few nuts like Himmler--now I understand that many people actually believed in such things, particularly the Aryan Root Race nonsense.
Madame Blavatsky too has a lot to answer for too…
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