What is the Vril Society?


“Vril is the enormous energy of which we only use a minute proportion in our daily life, the nerve-centre of our potential divinity. Whoever becomes master of the vril will be the master of himself, of others round him and of the world.”

-Pauwels & Bergier, Morning of the Magicians


Vril was a fabled source of free and infinite energy as told in the 1871 novel, Vril, the Power of the Coming Race. The novel allegedly inspired a group of early 20th century German occultists to start the Vril Society.

What is Vril?

Two booklets published in 1930 Berlin focused on vril as an exotic spiritual technology and “cosmic primal force.” It could bring about a new Utopian era for humanity and rebirth of Atlantean high culture. The obscure publisher was Reichsarbeitsgemeinschaft Das Kommende Deutschland (Imperial Working Society of the Coming Germany), or RAG for short. (1)

RAG – Imperial Working Society of the Coming Germany

RAG taught its readers to meditate on the image of an apple sliced vertically in half. This represented a map of universal free energy available from Earth’s magnetic fields. This knowledge would allow them to harness vril, which they called the “all-force of the forces of nature.” They would use “ball-shaped power generators” to channel the “constant flow of free radiant energy between outer space and Earth.” (2)

The book describes Atlantean dynamo-technology superior to modern mechanistic science. It says that spiritual technology such as vril is what enabled Egyptians and Mayans to build massive pyramids. (3)

Vril: The Power of the Coming Race

But the term “vril” came from an earlier source – The 1871 novel The Coming Race. It’s about an inner-earth dwelling race of superhumans called the Vril-ya. They master vril energy for both its healing and destructive properties. The book warns that one day the Vril-ya will rise to the surface of the Earth and destroy the inferior race of Homo Sapiens. (4)

Theosophist Helena Blavatsky considered The Coming Race to be a veiled form of truth. She considered “vril” to be another name for cosmic primal energy. (5) She compared it to Kabalistic astral light and the sidereal forces of the Atlanteans. (6)

The Morning of the Magicians

The 1960 occult classic Morning of the Magicians made some of the initial claims about the Vril Society. It speaks of a pre-Nazi Berlin group called the Luminous Lodge, also known as the Vril Society. Members intermingled with the Thule Society, Theosophists, and Rosicrucians of the time. These unverifiable claims lit the imaginations of the world and by the 1990s the vril mythos was born. (7)

The Vril Maidens

One of the most popular legends is about the Vril Maidens. They were an inner circle of young female psychic mediums of the Vril Society, led by Maria Orsic. Their long hair acted as an antenna between worlds. They believed it was a nervous system extension and aided in transdimensional telepathy. (8)

In 1919 an inner group of Thule and Vril Society members held a meeting in Vienna, where they met with Maria Orsic. She presented transcripts of automatic writing sessions. The writing was in a language she didn’t understand—ancient Sumerian. It was allegedly channeled from a planet in the Aldebaran solar system. Aldebaran is the brightest star in the constellation of Taurus, 68 light years away from Earth. (9)

The vril maidens channeled blueprints for time travel machines, anti-gravity technology, and more. Over the next decade this lead to the development of the Vril and Haunebu series of anti gravity flying saucers. (10)

The legends surrounding the Vril Society, Maria Orsic, and esoteric Nazism are hard to verify. Is there any truth to these strange tales? Let us know what you think!

Works Cited

  1. Paijmans, Theo. “The Vril Seekers.” Fortean Times, July 2013, pp. 42.
  2. Ibid
  3. Täufer, Johannes, Vril – Die Kosmische Urkraft (1930)
  4. Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Vril, The Power of the Coming Race
  5. HP Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled, J.W.Bouton, 1877, pp125-126.
  6. HP Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, TPS, 1888, vol.1., p555.
  7. Jacques Bergier and Louis Pauwels, The Morning of the Magicians
  8. Norbert Jürgen Ratthofer, Das Vril Projekt
  9. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the Politics of Identity, p166
  10. Ibid

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