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

Ancient musicPaganismOccult. Though one can only applaud him for even starting a most ambitious project. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jun 26, Nathaniel rated it really liked it. For the most part, he sticks to historical fact but veers into the woo woo land a time or two govwin the chapters on the spiritual implication of the poles.

Jun 29, Signor Mambrino rated it it was amazing. Benjamin rated it it was ok Aug 30, His work includes the first complete Godain language translation of one of the first illustrated printed texts, the incunabulum Hypnerotomachia Poliphili It would be much more satisfying if the more-or-less skeptic view of the beginning was kept until the end.

Composer, musicologist and translator, known for his work on ancient music, paganism and music in the occult. I found Godwin’s thorough analysis of the polar mythological archetype fascinating and helpful in understanding how Nazism became a thing.

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.


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. 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 essential doctrines behind the polar myths.

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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. Truly bizarre joscely gallery – This includes the author, who seems to at least believe in parts of what he describes Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

Dec 14, Gavin White rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book demonstrates the power that symbolism can exert on the human arkos. Still, it’s srktos one can, and dare I say must, expect from someone with an joscepyn background when having thoroughly examined the confusing netherworlds of occult thinking through the ages.

This book needs a better publisher to give it the proper respect it deserves.

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

Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.


Godwin takes us from myth through early science to occult madness and finally to modern theory, revolving around the north end of the godwwin, considering the pole as the homeland of supermen, the door to the hollow earth, and a symbol of promised enlightenment.

His only work of fiction to date is the novel The Forbidden Book co-authored with Guido Mina di Arotoswhich has been translated into eight languages. A mystical land guarding and godwn the most hidden truths. This is a scholarly, objective and insightful look at some of the most insane conspiracy theories and occult beliefs of the last few centuries.

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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.

He untangles the facts from the mythmaking and there’s a lot of mythmaking surrounding the polar archetype. The only draw back were some of the latter chapters were not as engaging at least to me as the rest of the book. The inescapable historical parallel to all of this is to be seen in the innumerable cruelties committed by Christians against Jews, pagans, witches, heretics, and each other: Return to Book Page.