Joscelyn Godwin. · Rating details · ratings · 16 reviews. A scholarly treatment of catastrophes, ancient myths and Nazi Occult beliefs. Explored are the. Arktos by Joscelyn Godwin, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Arktos: The Polar Myth in Science, Symbolism and Nazi Survival. Joscelyn Godwin. London: Thames and Hudson. p, soft cover.

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What can I say. KelmscottOxfordshire, England. Composer, musicologist godwln translator, known for his work on ancient music, paganism and music in the occult. 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. This book demonstrates the power that symbolism can exert on the human mind. I declare the earth is hollow and habitable within!

Lists with This Book. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

All this goes to show that any religious tradition can do more harm than good, unless it is tempered by the simple humanity and compassion that come more readily to women than to men. The author deals with all the subjects in an academic and relative neutral style – even if it deals with ridiculous UFO-theories. This is a scholarly, objective and insightful look at some of the most insane conspiracy theories and occult beliefs of the last few centuries.

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.

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There is also more of josce,yn 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. He untangles the facts from the mythmaking and there’s a lot of mythmaking surrounding the polar archetype.


Benjamin rated it it was ok Aug 30, Joscelyn Godwin born 16 January at KelmscottOxfordshire, England is a composer, musicologistand translator, known for his work on ancient musicpaganism, and music in the occult.

During his tenure in the music department at Colgate University, he often taught semester-long courses delving into the life and work of a single composer. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

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. Dec 14, Kate rated it really liked it.

Arktos: The Polar Myth in Science, Symbolism & Nazi Survival by Joscelyn Godwin

Vasilis rated it really liked it Apr 10, A very dry book on a very interesting subject, frustratingly enough. Though the book the occult roots of nazism should come first. Godwin is not a believer but he does have a thing against strict evidence-based science. Jul 05, Andrew rated it really liked it Shelves: A scholarly gem of occult history on par with Goodrick-Clarke’s book on occult Nazism. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Joscelyn Godwin brings a scholarly point-of-view to areas often left for conspiracy theorists to feast upon. Read the full review and my theories about Donald Trump’s collusion with subterranean Hitler here. Refresh and try again.

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Even when dealing with the most obscurantist and fantastical ideas out there e. Godein 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 sup The second of Godwin’s books I’ve read — not as wonderful as Upstate Cauldron but still full of erudite goodness.


A mystical land guarding and protecting the most hidden truths. Jun 18, Bood rated it liked it.

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. Paperbackpages. Apr 13, Tim Pendry rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Published August 1st by Adventures Unlimited Press first published Pragya Chauhan rated josceltn really liked it May 29, 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 josceln and theosophical speculation of a world now lost.

Progressing onward, the book looks at modern polar legends: Though one can only applaud him for even starting a most ambitious project. This book needs a better publisher to give it the proper respect it deserves.

Arktos: The Polar Myth in Science, Symbolism & Nazi Survival

Return to Book Page. Nice intro to weird fringe ideas, their roots and the eccentric people arkhos them. Aug 30, Frederik Vandelannoote rated it really liked it Shelves: A yodwin of criticism is that Godwin, perhaps confronted with the vast number of authors and theories he needed godwij 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.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This notion of subjective immersion leading to 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.