Lanz von Liebenfels
Lanz von Liebenfels (July 19, 1874 – April 22, 1954) was a Austrian occultist, former Cistercian monk and founder of the Ariosophy movement. He was a friend of student of Guido von List. Lanz von Liebenfels helped found the “Guido-von-List-Gesellschaft” (Guido von List society) in 1905 and in 1907 he founded the “Ordo novi templi” (Order of the New Templars).
He published the magazine ‘Ostara, Briefbücherei der Blonden und Mannesrechtler’ from 1905 till 1930.
Lanz became a monk in the Cistercian order in 1893, assuming the name Georg and living in the Heiligenkreuz monastery (see right).
In 1903–4 von Liebenfels published a lengthy article under the Latin title ‘Anthropozoon Biblicum’ (“The Biblical Man-Animal”) in a journal for Biblical studies edited by Moritz Altschüler, a Jewish admirer of Guido von List.
The author undertook a comparative survey of ancient Near Eastern cultures, in which he detected evidence from iconography (see left) and literature which seemed to point to the continued survival, into early historical times, of hominid ape-men similar to the dwarfish Neanderthal men known from fossil remains in Europe, or the Pithecanthropus (now called Homo erectus) from Java.
Furthermore, Lanz systematically analysed the Old Testament in the light of his hypothesis, identifying and interpreting coded references to the ape-men which substantiated an illicit practice of interbreeding between humans and “lower” species in antiquity.
In 1905 he expanded these researches into a fundamental statement of doctrine titled ‘Theozoologie oder die Kunde von den Sodoms-Äfflingen und dem Götter-Elektron’ – (Theozoology, or the Science of the Sodomite-Apelings and the Divine Electron).
He claimed that “Aryan” peoples originated from interstellar deities (termed Theozoa) who bred by electricity, while “lower” races (Chandlas) were a result of interbreeding between humans and ape-men (or Anthropozoa).
The effects of racial crossing caused the atrophy of paranormal powers inherited from the gods, but these could be restored by the selective breeding of pure Aryan lineages.
The book relied on somewhat lurid sexual imagery, decrying the abuse of white women by ethnically inferior but sexually active men.
Thus, Lanz advocated mass castration of racially “apelike” or otherwise “inferior” males.
In the same year, Lanz commenced publication of the journal ‘Ostara’ (named after the pagan Germanic goddess of spring) to promote his vision of racial purity (see below).
That same year published an article titled “Antropozoon Bible,” in which he argues that in a group, there were two quite distinct and humanities outside of one another.
On the one hand, we find the “Children of the Gods” (Teozoa – see left), and on the other hand the “Children of Men” (Antropozoa).
The first were the Aryans, with a pure spirituality; other races came from biological evolution of animals.
So Liebenfels explained the “adamic fall” as a union of sex with each other.
At the root of this fall, the Aryan race could get into miscegenation, losing divine powers, the higher order and paranormal abilities such as telepathy or clairvoyance, among others.
The process of racial mixing made these qualities limited to a few descendants of Aryans, which recover Aryan racial purity equivalent to recover the spiritual nature of the early Aryans.
This was outlined in “Theosofy and Assyrian gods” (1907):
“They female animals very beautiful but descendants of others who had no soul or intelligence. They made monsters, evil demons. “
Liebenfels asserts that the Atlantis was divided into pure species and bestial, corresponding to the first and the first anthropoid apes anthropomorphic second:
“The fatal error of anthropoids, the fifth root of the Aryan race-homo sapiens-had repeatedly been mixed with the descendants of apes. “
In this vein the consequence of such sins, then institutionalized as satanic cults, was the creation of several mixed racess, threatening the sacred authority of the Aryans.
The men-gods’ original error was similar to that found in Genesis-6, when “the sons of God come down to earth and mate with the daughters of men.”
Liebenfel’s interest in the latest discoveries, such as X-rays, radioactivity and radio, led him to develop a “scientific theology,” in which the gods represented the highest form of life and were possessing special electrical powers located in the pineal and pituitary glands, which subsequently became stunted. This regression or reversal stemmed from the union of beasts and men with men-gods.
On December 25, 1907 he founded the Order of the New Templars (Ordo Novi Templi, or ONT) (see right), a mystical association with its headquarters at Burg Werfenstein (see left), a castle in Upper Austria overlooking the river Danube.
Its declared aim was to harmonise science, art and religion on a basis of racial consciousness. Rituals were designed to beautify life in accordance with Aryan aesthetics, and to express the Order’s theological system which Lanz called Ario-Christianity.
The Order was the first to use the swastika (in addition to the Templar Cross) in an “Aryan” meaning, displaying on its flag the device of a red swastika facing right, on a yellow-orange field (see right).
The ONT declined from the mid-1930s and was suppressed by the Gestapo in 1942.
By this time it had established seven utopian communities in Austria, Germany and Hungary.
Though suspending its activities in the Greater German Reich, the ONT survived in Hungary until around the end of World War II.
It went underground in Vienna after 1945, but was contacted in 1958 by a former Waffen-SS lieutenant, Rudolf Mund, who became Prior of the Order in 1979.
Mund also wrote biographies of Lanz and Wiligut.
One year later, in 1905, he founded the magazine ‘Ostara – Briefbücherei der Blonden und Mannesrechtler’, of which he became the sole author and editor in 1908.
This publication took a huge spread in the German countries, reaching runs over 100,000 copies.
It appeared in two series, from 1905 to 1917, eighty-nine numbers and published from 1922 to 1927, with twelve more numbers.
There are many indications that Hitler read Ostara with great interest in his youth.
This publication was mainly concerned with issues of religion and race, and Liebenfel’s articles called for revolt against the “subhuman races” and in particular against the Jews.
Salvation was offered by the revival of ancient aryan wisdom which had been spread by such ancient civilizations as Hiperbórea and Atlantis.
Ostara offered a hope of redemption by conducting a policy providing safeguards to the Aryan race from subhuman races, which would later be the ideological basis of national socialist eugenics.
In a paragraph of this magazine, Liebenfels states that “the Aryans are the masterpiece of the gods and are endowed with supernatural powers and paranormal, emanating from” centres of power “and” power bodies “that confer absolute supremacy over any other creature.“
In his theology, Lanz von Liebenfels also used astrology and defined the history of mankind as a “war between races,” whose final eschatological was clearly evident in their horoscopes.
In 1905 Lanz and some 50 other supporters of List signed a declaration endorsing the proposed Guido-von-List-Gesellschaft (Guido von List Society), which was officially founded in 1908. (Guido List – see left)
Neither organization really managed to attract a large member base, though; it is estimated that the order had around 300 members, the most prominent of which was the poet Fritz von Herzmanovsky-Orlando (see right).
For Liebenfels, the rebuilt the Order of the Temple was tantamount to creating a brotherhood worthy of actually receiving the Holy Grail.
Lanz derived the name of the publication from the reconstructed Old High German goddess name Ôstarâ (see right and below).
Ostara marks the first true day of spring.
It is the vernal equinox. It is believed that the name Ostara comes from the Germanic Goddess Oestara.
Oestara is the Goddess of Fertility.
Ostara is the time when there is a celebration of the balance of the seasons and the passage of nigh into day.
The Goddess blankets the Earth with fertility, bursting forth from her sleep, as the God stretches and grows to maturity.
He walks the greening fields and delights in the abundance of Nature.
On Ostara the hours of day and night are equal.
Light is overtaking darkness. This is a time for beginnings, of action.
As spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase.
The young Sun God, symbolised by the swastikas, now celebrates a hierogamy (sacred marriage) with the young Maiden Goddess, who conceives.
In nine months, she will again become the Great Mother.
It is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals.
The next full moon (a time of increased births) is called the Ostara and is sacred to Eostre the Saxon Lunar Goddess of fertility (from whence we get the word estrogen, whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit.
Although Ostara is a festival of fertility, however, unlike Beltaine, it is not a festival of human and animal fertility, but of the fertility of the earth.
Excerpt from ‘The Lord of the Harvest’
* See Acts, Chapter 15, verses 1 to 35.