According to traditional doctrines (a single Primordial Tradition), today we are living in the end times – in the era of the Iron Age, the Kali -Yuga, the Age of Ragnarok or Koschniy. At the end of the era, it is most favorable to follow the Left Hand Path. In this context, the widespread characteristics of “traditionalistic” and “traditional” attributed to one or another phenomenon are an oxymoron.
…in this Age of Kali people are mostly short-lived, slothful, most dull-witted, unlucky and tormented with diseases and other evils.
(Bhagavata Purana 1, 1:7-10)
As has often been lamented, the Celts left us no texts of their beliefs about the beginning and end of the world, nor of their beliefs on the afterlife or lack thereof. Instead, we must rely on classical sources of foreigners (read: Greeks and Romans), as well as the later records of Irish and Welsh monks, written centuries after the cultures had converted to Christianity. However, even with these limitations, some conjectures about paleo-Druidic cosmogony and eschatology can be made.
In “The Second Battle of Magh Turedh”, after the Tuatha Dé Danann defeat the Fomorians, Morrigan makes a prophecy about the end of the world:
I shall not see a world that will be dear to me
Summer without flowers
Kine will be without milk,
Women without modesty,
Men without valor,
Captures without a king…
Woods without mast,
Sea without produce…
Wrong judgments of old men,
False precedents of lawyers,
Every man a betrayer,
Every boy a reaver
Son will enter his fathers bed,
Father will enter his son’s bed,
Every one will be his brother’s brother in law….
An evil time!
The Celts, like the Germanic tribes, believed that a pillar or tree held up the sky, and that the end of the world would come with the falling of this pillar/tree. The Germanic Ragnarok [also] has a second battle of gods and titans, the burning of the World Tree, the battle between the thunder god and the underworld serpent, and the eventual new world to come out of the chaos. The idea of a cyclical nature to the cosmos is also found in Hindu myth, with the ending of the Kali Yuga or “iron age”, in which Vishnu will cease to be the preserver, Shiva will destroy the universe, followed by Brahma making a new world, beginning the next Satya Yuga (Golden Age). At the end of Kali Yuga, Kalki, the final avatar of Vishnu, will set fire to the world to purify it of evil. This is strikingly similar to the depiction of Yggdrasil being set on fire, and to Strabo’s comment that “fire and water will prevail”.
And so, we have Lugh/Esus, setting fire to the World Tree during an age of chaos. But let us also go back to the Sailor’s Pillar of Notre Dame, where we have the Gallic god Smertrios (elsewhere Smertios), the serpent-slayer. Like the Hindu god Indra, Smertrios is a god of war (he is called Mars Smertrios in one inscription), and like Indra is apparently associated with killing a serpent–for Indra, it was Vritra in the form of a dragon. Let us then compare Smertrios to the Germanic Thor. According to the Eddas, Thor will battle the serpent Jormungand at Ragnarok, killing the monster (though this will cause his own death).
We can now hypothesize that Smertrios may have had a similar role to Indra/Thor. Lugh/Esus sets fire to the World Tree while Smertrios (and his Irish and Welsh counterparts) battles a great serpent which has held back the world’s water. After the tree burns and the sky falls, the sea rises up upon the land, drowning the world. The land swallows up everything, and the world will be created anew.
There is a co-relation between the length of the Kali Yuga and the number of warriors who will fill the sacred halls of Walhalla. We are told in the Grimnismal [Elder/Poetic Edda] that Walhalla has 540 doors and 800 warriors [Eihheriar] who will issue forth out of each door to fight the armies of Surt at Ragnarok. Thus 540 x 800 = 432,000. In the ancient lore of the Indo-Aryans we are told that the length of the Kali Yuga, the shortest of the four Yugas is 432,000 years. It consists of 1,200 “years of the Gods”. “One year of the Gods” = 360 “years of men”. Thus 1,200 x 360 = 432,000. I do not believe that the co-relation between these two calculations is a mere coincidence because of the enormity of the number and neither can this be accounted for by cultural borrowing when one considers the distance in time and space between these two cultures. Therefore the only conclusion that a reasonable man may come to is that this figure, 432,000 represents an inheritance from a common source, an Aryan source, an Ur-source. Both the doctrine of the Kali Yuga and that of Ragnarok represent a final reckoning between the forces of order-the Gods and those of chaos-the demiurge. This war has been in progress for thousands of years and is fast approaching its conclusion. Aryan culture and Aryan bloodlines have been under systematic attack by the forces of Yahweh and his anti-life religion of Christianity which has weakened the Aryan peoples and caused them to enter into a state of paralysis whilst their children become disenfranchised in their own lands. This process was accelerated during and after the two World Wars, the last war fought by the Aryan avatar who for 12 Yule nights sought to turn back the Kali Yuga but failed as the forces of Yahweh arraigned against Him were too strong. The aeon of the hanging God as represented first by Woden and then the plagiarised copy of the Christ is coming to an end and a new God force will soon manifest Himself and it is this God who will one day return on a white horse to usher in the new Golden Age or Satya Yuga. We welcome Him, this Starker von Oben.