by Terry Melanson
The Vril Society or The Luminous Lodge
combined the political ideals of
the Order of the Illuminati with
Hindu mysticism, Theosophy and the Cabbala. It was the first German
nationalist groups to use the symbol of the swastika as an emblem
linking Eastern and Western occultism. The Vril Society presented
the idea of a subterranean matriarchal, socialist utopia ruled by
superior beings who had mastered the mysterious energy called the Vril Force.
"This secret society was founded,
literally, on Bulwer Lytton’s novel
The Coming Race (1871). The
book describes a race of men psychically far in advance of our
own. They have acquired powers over themselves and over things
that made them almost godlike. For the moment they are in
hiding. They are said to live in caves in the center of the
Earth. Soon they will emerge to reign over us."
While researching their classic book,
Morning of the Magicians, authors
Jacques Bergier and Louis Pauwels
were given the above account by one of the world’s greatest rocket
experts, Dr. Willy Ley, who fled Germany in 1933. Dr. Ley said that
the Vril Society—which formed shortly before the Nazis came to
power—believed they had secret knowledge that would enable them to
change their race and become equals of the men hidden in the bowels
of the Earth. Methods of concentration, a whole system of internal
gymnastics by which they would be transformed.
These methods of concentration were probably based on
Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises. The Jesuit techniques of concentration
and visualization are similar to many occult teachings, especially
in shamanic cults and Tibetan Buddhism. The Nazi’s revered these
Jesuit Spiritual Exercises, which they believed had been handed down
from ancient Masters of Atlantis. The occultists of the time knew
that Ignatius was a Basque — some claimed that the Basque people
were the last remnant of the Atlantean race — and the proper use of
these techniques would enable the reactivation of the Vril for the
dominance of the Teutonic race over all others.
The Vril Society believed that whoever becomes master of the Vril
will be the master of himself, of others around him and of the
world. The belief was that the world will change and the "Lords"
will emerge from the center of the Earth. Unless we have made an
alliance with them and become "Lords" ourselves, we shall find
ourselves among the slaves, on the dung-heap that will nourish the
roots of the New Cities that will arise.
In The Unknown Hitler, Wulf Schwarzwaller says:
“In Berlin, Haushofer had founded
the Luminous Lodge or the Vril Society. The Lodge’s objective
was to explore the origins of the Aryan race and to perform
exercises in concentration to awaken the forces of "Vril".
Haushofer was a student of the Russian magician and
metaphysician George Gurdjieff. Both Gurdjieff and Haushofer
maintained that they had contacts with secret Tibetan lodges
that possessed the secret of the "Superman." The Lodge included
Hitler, Aalfred, Rosenberg, Himmler,
Goring and Hitler’s
subsequent personal physician Dr. Morell. It is also known that
Aleister Crowley and Gurdjieff sought contact with Hitler.
Hitler’s unusual powers of suggestion become more understandable
if one keeps in mind that he had access to the "secret"
psychological techniques of Gurdjieff which, in turn, were based
on the teachings of the Sufis and the Tibetan lamas and
familiarized him with the Zen teaching of the Japanese Society
of the Green Dragon.”
Force and the Black Sun
The Coming Race, the subterranean people use the
Force to operate and govern the world (a few children armed with vril-powered rods are said capable of exterminating a race of over
22 million threatening barbarians). Served by robots and able to fly
on vril-powered wings, the vegetarian Vril-ya are — by their own
reckoning — racially and culturally superior to everyone else on
Earth, above or below the ground. At one point the narrator
concludes (from linguistic evidence) that the Vril-ya are "descended
from the same ancestors as the great Aryan family, from which in
varied streams has flowed the dominant civilization of the world."
The Vril Force or Vril Energy was said to be derived from the Black
Sun, a big ball of "Prima Materia" which supposedly exists in the
center of the Earth, giving light to the Vril-ya and putting out
radiation in the form of Vril. The Vril Society believed that Aryans
were the actual biological ancestors of the Black Sun.
This force was known to the ancients under many names, and it has
been called Chi, Ojas, Vril, Astral Light, Odic Forces and Orgone.
In a discussion of the 28th degree of the Ancient and Accepted
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry—called Knight of the Sun or Prince
Adept— Albert Pike said, "There is in nature one most potent force,
by means whereof a single man, who could possess himself of it, and
should know how to direct it, could revolutionize and change the
face of the world."
This is the force that the Nazis and their inner occult circle were
so desperately trying to unleash upon the world, for which the Vril
Society had apparently groomed Hitler. A manifestation of the "Great
Work" promulgated by the Adepts of secret societies throughout the
ages. The Vril Society latched on to a very old archetype already in
the minds of alchemists and magicians, which was only
re-interpreted, by Lytton, in light of that age of occult revival
and scientific progress.
The idea of mutation and transformation into a higher form of a
"god-man" was envisioned, through the Vril-ya, in Buller-Lytton’s
The Coming Race. Lytton, himself, was an initiate of the
Rosicrucians and was well versed in the arcane-esoteric philosophies
(and of course the greatest advances in the sciences of his day).
"Through his romantic works of
fiction he expressed the conviction that there are beings
endowed with superhuman powers. These beings will supplant us
and bring about a formidable mutation in the elect of the human
This is where the philosophy turns
dangerous. The moment we speak of an elect and "illumined" class
which is above the general populace, you inevitably encounter racism
and classism — with fascism in due course.
"We must beware of this
notion of a mutation," Bergier warns. "It crops up again with
Hitler, and is not extinct today."
Bergier and Pauwels were writing in 1960, but today this philosophy
is, sadly, once again in the forefront of popular culture. The
World Order, so vehemently opposed, is under the direct influence
and guidance of the New Age Movement. A hodgepodge of occult
doctrines and dangerous socialism, which hides under a cover of
"spiritual enlightenment." Theosophy is considered the main
foundation, and its founder, Mme. Blavatsky, was a great admirer of
Lytton’s. In The Occult Conspiracy, the excellent researcher,
Michael Howard, writes about the compatibility of the two
“Blavatsky had read Bulwer Lytton’s
novels and was very impressed by their occult content,
especially Zanoni and the Last Days of Pompeii. The latter was
published in 1834 and dealt with the time between early
Christianity and the Mysteries of Isis in Italy in the first
Blavatsky’s esotericism was virulently anti-Christian...The
racial ideas of Madame Blavatsky, concerning root races and the
emergence of a spiritually-developed type of human being in the
Aquarian Age, were avidly accepted by the nineteenth-century
German nationalists who mixed Theosophical occultism with
anti-Semitism and the doctrine of the racial supremacy of the
Aryan or Indo-European peoples.”
Powered Nazi UFOs?
Perhaps the most wild claims still circulating about the Vril
Society, and its offshoot The Thule Society, is the legends of a
Nazi UFO program. Presumably the Vril Society established contact
with the "Secret Chiefs" or the Vril-ya themselves, and secretly
began cooperating with certain German scientists in the late 20’s.
As early as 1936 Hitler was sending teams of "Spelunkers" into caves
and mines all over Europe searching for the Vril-ya. The Nazi’s had
also explored Antarctica extensively during the years 1937-38. In
search of the fabled hole of the South Pole they apparently had
Admiral Byrd, in discovering these entrances. It was
here that some say they made contact with the "Unknown Superman" who
lived in the fabled "Rainbow City".
"In his controversial presentation
UFO Secrets of the Third Reich,
Vladimir Terziski draws a
connection between alien beings and such German secret societies
as the Tempelhoff, the Thule, the Vril, and the
Black Sun. Terziski tells of an "alien tutor race" that secretly began
cooperating with certain German scientists in the late 1920’s in
underground bases and began to introduce their concepts of
philosophical, cultural, and technological progress."
(The Rainbow Conspiracy, p.62)
"With help from extraterrestrial
intelligences, Terziski postulates, the Nazis mastered
antigravity space flight, established space stations,
time travel, and
developed their spacecraft to warp
speeds. At the same time the aliens "spread their
Mephistophelean ideas" into the wider German population through
the Thule and Vril Societies."
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"Terziski maintains that antigravity research began in Germany
in the 1920’s with the first hybrid antigravity circular craft,
the RFZ-1, constructed by the
Vril Society. In 1942-43 a series
of antigravity machines culminated in the giant 350-foot long,
cigar-shaped Andromeda space station
(above image), which was constructed in
old zeppelin hangars near Berlin by E4, the research and
development arm of the SS."
A familiar tune by now for those
familiar with UFOlore. Many books have claimed this as well —
although none of them seem to agree on one particular scenario. Many
photographs have also turned up as would be expected. Some have been
exposed as hoaxes while others remain "unknowns". The Allies
confiscated every scrap of Nazi documents, and most are still
classified to this day. It is well known that the Germans had some
out-of-this-world research for the time. Incidentally, the Vril
Society’s existence was verified in the pilfered records and is in
the possession of the British.
If in fact the Vril-Ya do exist and the Nazis did indeed establish
contact with this superior race, then we could assume that this
antigravity propulsion worked on the principles of Vril force. On
the other hand, the Nazis, it has already been established, were
driven by occult groups, like the Vril society, whose workings
extended into the reaches of just such a force that would lead to
the discovery Vril. So whether the tale of the Vril-Ya is for real
or not is besides the point. Many have discovered this force
independently of Lytton’s work. It will continue to be suppressed.
And for exactly the reasons that
Lytton warned about in his book.