The Truth Behind the Name.
By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only,
Where an Eidolon, named Night,
On a black throne reigns upright.
I have reached these lands but newly
From an ultimate dim Thule –
From a wild weird clime, that lieth, sublime,
Out of Space – out of Time.
Edgar Alan Poe- 1844 Dream-Land
This article has been a long time coming. As STS grows in popularity, so too does the number of our detractors who will attempt to attack us. One glairing target is our organizations name, Satanic Thulian Society. The key words being “Thulian Society”. It is high time that we answer the burning questions that people keep coming up to us with.
Q: Are you Nazis?
A: Do we honestly look like Nazis? Use your brain.
Q; If you’re not Nazis, then why do you use the name of a Nazi Secret Society?
A: Have you actually studied your history? The Thule Society of Germany closed its doors almost a full decade before the Nazi party took over the government in Germany. It was founded in 1918, and dissolved in 1925. It was not a Nazi Era Secret Society, as there were also anti-Masonic laws put into place by the Nazi Party, and German government that outlawed such groups in 1935.
The actual connection to the Nazi Party is very tenuous at best. According to Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke Hans Frank and Rudolf Hess had been Thule members, but other leading Nazis had only been invited to speak at Thule meetings or they were entirely unconnected with it. There is in fact no evidence to connect Hitler with the group either. In fact, in 1920, Hitler who had recently become a prominent figure in the DAP, (The group that would eventually become the NSDAP, and Nazi Party.) made swift moves to sever ties with the Thule Society, which fell into immediate decline and closed its doors completely within five years.
The truth of the connection is in fact conspiracy theory, and confusion with the SS group Ahnenerbe, which did have occult connections, and was popular with Himmler and the SS.
Q: So why does STS have such a name? Certainly, you would garner less flack from something less controversial.
A: Satanism was founded in 1966, by Anton LaVey. He could have called his beliefs anything he wanted that would have gotten him less flack than he had. Eventually he had to put a security gate and camera in front of his home to protect himself from the closed minded Christian fanatics that would try to hurt him and his family, simply because he called his religion “Satanism”. He called his religion Satanism not for mere convenience sake, but because the word had real power to it. Like Abracadabra, this word struck awe and real fear in those who didn’t understand it.
Like LaVey before us we know that we could have elected to have any name we wanted. Some names were better than others. But nothing had the sound or mystique of calling ourselves a “Society”. And nothing sent us rattling with thoughts of further mystery and dread, than the name of that German Secret Society. Unlike most we didn’t fear it, or its tenuous connection to Himmler or other figures of the Third Reich. We dug past that and looked at what the word referenced really.
There is no argument that there is indeed a connection between the word “Thule”, and the Nazis. This is an undisputable fact. But as we have established, this connection is very minor at best. “Thule”, is far more than just a name. It has been written about and referenced by scholars and poets for thousands of years. Mostly metaphorically in the sense it is a reference to a far-off land or an unattainable goal. The poet and scholar, Virgil, coined the term “Ultima Thule” meaning “Farthermost Thule”, in reference to a legendary city called “Thule”.
This city is said to have existed far to the north where the “Sun never sets”. The place this lost city existed in was called Hyperborea. And according to legend Thule was its capitol. However, much like the legendary Atlantis, and other famous cities, it was lost to the ages, and now just exists in legends. These legends often told that the sun was supposed to rise and set only once a year in Hyperborea, which would place it above or upon the Arctic Circle, or, more generally, in the arctic polar regions.
The biggest difference here is that unlike Atlantis, we do know exactly where this city once existed! What is more is that the Germanic people of Europe all have agreed to and claimed that this city did exist. And coordinates have even been given from ancient records. According the ancient Greek and Roman literature and cartography, Thule farthest north location mentioned on their maps and is sometimes called “Tile”. Modern interpretations have included Orkney, Shetland, northern Scotland, the island of Saaremaa (Ösel) in Estonia, and the Norwegian island of Smøla.
Along with Thule, Hyperborea were one of several "terrae incognitae" ( A peer reviewed Cartographic & Geographic discovery.) to the Greeks and Romans, where Pliny, Pindar, Herodotus, as well as Virgil and Cicero, reported that people lived to the age of one thousand and enjoyed lives of complete happiness. Hecataeus of Abdera collated all the stories about the Hyperborean current in the 4th century BC and published a lengthy, now-lost treatise on them that was noted by Diodorus Siculus.
There are many legends surrounding Thule and the Hyperborean Kingdoms it once presided over. Much of it ties directly into occult mythology. We use it as a reminder of the unknown. Also seeing as we stand as the complete opposite of The Satanic Temple, “TST”, We like how “STS” make that contrast so very clear.
Q: Would you ever change the name?
A: Why would we want to? It has a strong purpose and our members like it. We don’t fear the name just because of a bit of a remote connection to a bit of bad history. If say one day the name no longer fit its purpose with us and we had a strong enough reason to change it, we might do so. But it would not be for any outside influence or cause.
The truth is that “Thule”, or more precisely the term “Ultima Thule”, represents much more in occultism than just a reference to a place. It is an expression that references the ultimate elevation of a person or Magician’s mind and mental state, or a civilizations ultimate evolution of virtuosity. It is indicative of spiritual evolution, personal perfection, and Gnosis.
Kelly Miller, addressing the Hampton Alumni Association in 1899, explained that: “Civilization may be defined as the sum total of those influences and agencies that make for knowledge and virtue. This is the goal, the ultima Thule, of all human strivings. The essential factors of civilization are knowledge, industry, culture, and virtue.”
What is the mind’s ultima Thule? What substance must be regarded as first, and therefore as the seed of the universe? What is the eternal Something, of which the temporal is but a manifestation? Matter? Spirit? Matter and Spirit? Something behind both and from which they have sprung, neither Matter nor Spirit, but their Creator? Or is there in reality neither Matter nor Spirit, but only an agnostic Cause of the phenomena erroneously assigned by us to body and mind?
The Final Science: or Spiritual Materialism (1885) by John Henry Wilbrandt Stuckenberg
There will always be snowflakes who try to assail us because of our name. They shout out at us from a place of ignorance, and are guilty of forgetting the orthodoxies of the past. They forget about their own supposed battle against bigotry, and only end up showing themselves as the one thing they themselves hate. Bigots. To these people we only have this to say.