Showing posts with label Rune. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rune. Show all posts

Friday, August 24, 2018

Guido Von List Discovers ARMANEN RUNES

Guido von List in 1878 from the book Guido v. ...
Guido von List in 1878
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
ARMANEN RUNES
Rune symbols are very powerful. You can use them to enhance your life for the better. They are keys to the Creative Energies of the Universe. Guido Von List, the great German mystic and rune master, gave us a new modern-day insight into the runes.

He had a very similar experience as Odin, the All-Father of the Norse Gods head. Odin hung upside down on the Yggdrasil Tree for nine days and nine nights till he finally reached down and grasped the runes. From where?

Guido Von List has cataract surgery and as he lies in bed in a German hospital he had a similar experience.

In his semi-blind state, he also reached down and brought forth the 18 runes of the Armanen Futhork. Where did he and Odin reach down to get the runes?

Now that we are in the Age of Aquarius we have the answer. We now have the Laws of Quantum Physics. These laws simply state that there exists an infinite, intelligent ocean of thinking energy called the Quantum Ocean. Everything that ever was, is or will exist there.

There is no time there. No past, present or future. Only the "NOW!" There is no space there. Only the "HERE!" We live and move and have our being inside the "HERE-NOW!"

English: Guido von List's armanen runes arrang...
Guido von List's armanen runes arranged in a circle and given the numbers 1-18. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The runes exist in the Quantum Ocean now and have always existed there. They are the keys into the other energies within the Quantum ocean.

The Quantum Ocean, in reality, is the Mind Of God. We can commune directly with the Mind of God with our thoughts. Thoughts are things. Thoughts are keys to the Universal Energies within the Quantum Ocean.

We can also communicate with the Mind of God, the Quantum Ocean through symbols. The rune symbols are the most powerful keys known to mankind. We can use them to attract health, wealth and love into our own life.

There are many ways we can use the runes to attract the energies we want out of the Minds of God, the Quantum Ocean.

We can simply look at a rune symbol and make the mental radionics connection. We can meditate on them. We can breathe them into our aura. We can attach them to a radionics device. You can place them under an orgone generator. Or we can simply carry them with us of wearing them on our bodies.



Monday, June 25, 2018

13 Steps to RUNE POWER

Olaus Magnus shows here the rune alphabet used...
Olaus Magnus shows here the rune alphabet used in Sweden of the Geats and also of the Swedes. The author uses the designation “Alphabetum Gothicum”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are 13 steps to be understood and practiced before you can use the full effects of Rune Power.

1. Runes are universal creative energies. Each rune is a key to a creative energy. Example: Rune FA = wealth, Rune Ur = Health, Rune Thorn = protection, etc.

2. We are now in the Age of Aquarius which means we are in an entirely new S.T.E.M. (space, time, energy, matter) continuum, in the galaxy.

3. This new age has given us a new paradigm to work with. This paradigm is based on the Laws of Quantum Physics.

4. The Laws of Quantum Physics tell us that there exists an infinite ocean of thinking, intelligent energy called the Quantum Ocean where everything that ever was, is or will exist.

5. The Runes and the gods/goddesses of the North exist there and have always existed there.

6. We can contact and transfer the energies of the Quantum ocean with our thoughts, symbols, and rituals.

7. Since thoughts are things we have literally 'thought' ourselves into our present reality. To change our present place we need to change our thoughts.

8. The purpose of the 21st century, Age of Aquarius Rune Shaman, Rune Wizard and Rune Sorcerer is to go to the Quantum Ocean and bring the energies of the Runes and the gods/goddesses into the now. Bring their energies and power into the present. Do not go back and live in the past with them.

9. The matrix of the playing field that the present day Rune Shaman, Sorcerers and Wizard must use is the Mind.

10. We are all in the Age of The Mind. All creations that we see all around us, religion, churches, politics, schools, technology, monuments, books, etc were first created in some one's mind.

11. Now you as a Rune Shaman, Wizard, Sorcerer can use your mind to bring the energies of the runes and god/goddess of the North out of the Quantum Ocean and create new structures for them. Modern-day structures.

12. The tools that you will use to do this are the power of the runes. Bring this Rune Power into your aura, life, and home. Protect your home by tiling it with runes.

13. Mentally contact the helpers you need, both physical and non-physical to aid you.

We can do this together. We can revitalize the energies of the Runes and our Northern European Culture, not by going back to the past, as many of the rune and Asatru books tell us, but by bringing the power of the past into the now.



Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Rune Mysteries Show Vikings in America in 1010 AD

English: An illustration of Vikings on a boat.
An illustration of Vikings on a boat.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rune Mysteries America's Nordic Heritage

There exists an encyclopedia of Norse anti-facts, locations of Archaeological sites, Historical accounts, maps and testimonials that document the existence of vast Viking Settlements in North American Colonies prior to Columbus.

The elitist Academicians and satirizing editors of the Smithsonian Institute, as well as the bureaucrats at the National Endowment of the Humanities, have hidden them from us. The National Geographic is also guilty of false publications regarding the discovery of America.

Where ever the Vikings went, they left the Rune Mysteries. The records of Viking explorations from Iceland and Greenland penetrating far into America is clearly remarkable. The Vikings imported furs, lumber, ivory, oil, wine and fish back to the European markets.

Those Viking Colonies are clearly marked on medieval maps. Vineland, Norvera, Greenland Province, Venteland, Wineland and Suinlandia!. In the 16th Century, the land of Vinland extended from the Gulf of the St. Lawrence to Florida. It was known as Norumbega, the "Northern Settlement."

Norse artifacts extended far into the interior to Minnesota and the Dakotas.

W.R. Anderson, president of the Leif Ericson Society, and editor - in chief of "Vikingship Journal" lives in Evanston, IL. Look him up on the net, to read more about our "Forgotten History."

Anderson does not own a PHD nor is he recognized as a Historian or an Anthropologist. Just dedication to the perseverance of our Nordic-Viking heritage.

Who were the first Americans and where did they come from? Answers to this question have taken us back to 100,000 B. C.?

But we do know that Eric, The Red, Thornaldson, born in Norway was banished to Iceland. In 982. He discovered Greenland. There were no Jails in Norway or Iceland, Punishment for manslaughter was banishment.

Eric followed in the wake of his cousin, Gunnbjorn Ulfson, who found Islands west of Iceland. Eric sailed further and found a large island and called it Greenland to attract other Vikings.


One of the later Greenlanders, Bjarni Herjulfson was blown off course and saw the American continent. He reported back to Eric.

In 1003, Lief Ericson recalled Bjanni's tale of land to the west and brought his ship.

Eric did not go because of his superstitious nature. On the way to the ship, his horse stumbled throwing Eric to the ground. He viewed it as a 'Bad Omen' and stayed home. Leif sailed to what is now known as Cape Cod on September 1, 1003. The Vikings landed and discovered America.

Lief's brother arrived in 1005 and explored as far south as Florida. He stopped near Savannah GA. and wanted to establish a colony. But he was killed by Indians by the Savannah River. Where ever the Vikings went, you can find artefacts of Rune Mysteries. More to follow.


    Ellis Peterson AKA Ragnar Storyteller is a retired math professor and electronics engineer. He has been studying astrology, runes, radionics, metaphysics and alternative healing treatments for over 30 years. He is 70+, in very good health and lives in the boonies of the Pocono mountains with his wife Lory. His writings are unique and refreshing.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Learn How to Study RUNES From the Beginning


Runes For Beginners

Runes. Runes. Runes. What are they? How should you use them?

The Runes have been around since time immemorial. In recent history (the past 2000 years) they have surfaced three times in the affairs of man. The first time was about 1000 years ago when the Vikings held sway in the world. They took them on their Dragon Long Ships and left traces of them on stones and monuments throughout the world.

They rose are again in Germany at the turn 20th Century and Guido Von List and other German Mystics once more empowered them.

Now they are making another resurgence throughout the world. They have been used to write, to the divine, to encrypt graves and tombstones,  to bless ships, to empower weapons and to perform magic.

But what are they? They are symbols, keys to the Universal Creative Energies. They are energies that can be attracted and projected without any regard to distance or time. They can be used to recreate your life.

The Age of Aquarius, which we have just entered, has given us the Laws of Quantum Physics. These laws prove that the Runes are energies and can be used to better your life.

Simply stated the Laws of Quantum Physics tell us that there exists an infinite Ocean of thinking, intelligent energy called the Quantum Ocean. Spiritually it is the Mind of the Creator God. The God who created all other Gods. There is no time nor space in the Quantum Ocean only the HERE-NOW.

Everything that ever was is or will be contained within the Quantum Ocean the Runes are there and have always been there.

The Quantum Ocean responds to our thoughts and symbols. Whatever you think or whatever symbol you use connects you directly to the corresponding Energy in the Quantum Ocean.

Therefore Runes are symbols for the Creative Energies of the Universe contained in the Quantum Ocean.

To begin to meditate on each of the 18 Runes of the Armanen Futhark. In this way, you will attract the energies of the Runes into your Aura. Whatever energies you carry in your Aura attracts your life to you.

Do not be concerned at this time with Rune History, Rune Mythology, Rune Monuments, etc. Get the Rune energy inside of you. Take one Rune a day and look and meditate on it for 15 minutes. Only be concerned with one Key Word per Rune so you will know exactly what energies you are attracting into your Aura.

Now Begin. Rune FA - Wealth; Rune UR - Health; Thorn - Protection; Os - Wisdom; Rit - Intuitions; KA - Creativity; Hagal - Universe; Not - Karma; Is - Self; Ar - Honor; Sig - Victory; Tyr - Courage; Bar - Birth; Laf - Law; Man - Masculinity; Yr - Femininity; Eh - Marriage; Gibor - God. The trip of a thousand miles begins with the first step.




Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The History of English RUNES

Image from page 22 of "Contributions to Old English literature" (1901)
Photo  by Internet Archive Book Images
The history of English runes transverses several countries. The ancient characters were used in Scandinavia and Teutonic countries before they made themselves known in Anglo Saxon territories. The first users were the East Goths who probably derived the lettering from ancient Hellenic-Italic glyphs. The Goths began carving them on wood and stone around 300 A.D. The word rune comes from an early Anglo-Saxon word that means “secret” or “mystery.”

These English Runes looked like small tablets and were carved on wood, stone or gemstones. The markings themselves consisted of a few curved and straight lines. There were two types of alphabets used. One called the Futhark consisted of 24 runes and one called the Futharks contained 16 runes. In the history of the English Runes, the Futhark runes are also sometimes called the “town” runes.

The town runes were used by many cultures throughout North Europe, Iceland, England, Scotland, and Ireland. As their origins were Hellenic, Germanic and Nordic they were seen as pagan so the form of writing and divining was not considered to be very Christian. The arrival of Christianity in England did not make their use obsolete but their use was more hidden. Many ancient churches in England have rune writing on their walls or hidden in the constructions as many people were erring on the safe side when they were built.  By concealing pagan symbols in the church they were betting on both God and the old ways to protect them. Until most major religious manuscripts and histories of the kingdom were written in the language of the old English Runes.

The Runic alphabet was always distinguished by other alphabets is because each rune is like a letter that has its own meaning as well. The runes also have religious or magical significance as well. Each time anything was written with a rune it was thought to also be performing magic. By naming something in words you were, in essence, using the rune language to make it happen. The interesting thing about the runes is that they could simultaneously spell words or sentences depending on how you arrange them.

Old English Runes were also routinely used for storytelling and fortune telling. Telling a positive story with the runes was thought to trigger fortunate events in your life. You could also curse your neighbors by putting together an unfortunate story about crops being ruined.  In some systems of Runic interpretation, the runes also corresponded to Celtic or Nordic gods or goddesses.



Ordinary people for fortune telling also commonly used old English Runes. They are still used today, as they always have been to tell fortunes. Runes are shaken, scattered or pulled from a bag and the tiles inscribed with symbols are read. This is an inexpensive and traditional form of divination that can be enjoyed by everyone.





Tuesday, January 9, 2018

How to Use RUNE SECRETS For Survival

Runic Survival

These are very difficult times for the culture of Northern European peoples. The world is being painted with a large brush and only one color. Everyone is being forced to wear a size 9 1/2 shoe, whether it fits or not.

But this idea is an idea that belongs to a past age. It belongs to the Age of Pisces, The Age of herding everyone into one belief system. But it cannot last because the destiny of mankind is being guided by higher laws, not man-made politically correct laws.

We have left the Age of Pisces which has controlled the minds and lives of mankind for the past 2000 years.

We have just entered the Age of Aquarius which will last for the next 2000 years. This is the Age of the Mind, the Age of Individualism, the Age of thinking and creating one's own reality.

But we have just entered this new age. We have been in it for less than 100 years. The power and wisdom of this new age are very young, and not powerful.

The dinosaur ideas of the Age of Pisces are still very powerful and like a dying dinosaur, it takes time for it to fall dead. But it will. It is the law. Just don't let it fall on you when it comes crashing down.

As a Northern European people, we have one of the most powerful tools on the planet to use for our survival during these difficult times. They are the secret of our runes. Runes are Universal Creative Energies. Each rune represents an individual kind of energy.

It is time to get the runic energies inside of our Auras, so they will not only act as protective shields against the modern society, but they will also attract a new reality to you.

The new paradigm of this Age of Aquarius is summed up in the Laws of Quantum Physics. These Laws tell us that there is an infinite Ocean of thinking energy that responds to our thoughts and symbols.

The runes exist and have always existed in the Quantum Ocean. Time to think them out of the Quantum Ocean and into your lives. Into your Auras to be more exact. This is one of the secrets of the runes. They are energies that you can attract and use in your daily lives. Not for divination but for protection and creation.

Rune Secret: What runic energies we carry in our Auras attracts our lives to us.

To survive these dangerous times, we need to attract the energies of the Runes FA, URAZ, and THORN out of the Quantum Ocean.

Rune FA is the energy of Prosperity. By attracting FA energy out of the Quantum Ocean, and into your Aura, you will start to attract prosperity into your life.

Rune URAZ is the rune of Health. We all need more money and better health to survive these times. The URAZ rune energies will enter your Aura and then imbue energy all through your body, slowly but surely bringing you to better health.

Rune THORN is the rune of protection. We need protection from all kinds of nasty people, places, and events. We also need protection from mental and electronic dangers.

The best way to get the energies of these three runes, health, wealth and protection out of the Quantum Ocean and into your life is to meditate on them and breathe them in.

Rune Secret: Every morning for 1/2 hour sit quietly in your favorite chair. Take one of the runes at a time. Meditate on it. Start to attract the runic energy for (health, wealth and protection) out of the Quantum Ocean into your Aura and your life.

Three times.

Then get up and go about your business with the assurance of knowing that you have just started the runic energies of (health, wealth, and protection) into your life.

Repetition is God's first law. Start your lifelong repetition tomorrow. Do it and you will survive this change in the ages.

    Ragnar Storyteller (AKA Ellis Peterson is a Korean War Vet living with his wife Lory and dog Dixie in the boonies of the Pocono Mountains. He is a retired math professor and electronics engineer. He is the inventor of the simple radionics device called "The Nordic Ond Orgone Generator". He has written over 200 articles and booklets on runes, radionics, quantum physics, Viking history, orgone generators and alternative healing methods. Ragnar is 70+ but looks 50's thanks to his inventions.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

What Is RUNE MAGIC?

rune stone
Photo   by    mararie 
Magic Rune Symbols
I have been trying to share with you the importance of bringing the Runes and the gods/goddesses of the North into the 21st Century.

No longer should we run around in the woods with our axes and swords, drinking mead (unless we want to for FUN), asking the gods/goddesses to help us. If we had the power to invoke Odin, Thor or TYR into our blot or our rituals. What would we do with them?
We can't sic them on the outside world.
What we need to do is attract the Wisdom of Odin, the Strength of Thor and the Courage of Tyr...

INTO OUR OWN LIVES.... INTO OUR OWN AURAS....
Then we will be 21st Century Odin's, Thor's and Tyr's.
It is the age of doing it ourselves.
Runes and Odin and the gods/goddesses of the North belong in the 21st Century, in the Age of Aquarius, the Age of the Internet and Quantum Physics.
No longer can we pray to them to do it for us. We must ask them how to do it and give us the energies to do it with.

It is erroneous to keep the Runes shackled to the Viking Age.
All the literature we have about the magic of runes is shadowed in parables, paradoxes and enigmas.
The Laws of Quantum Physics broke through the mystery of the magic of runes symbols.
Runes were never meant for divination.
Runes were never meant to be used as an alphabet.
Runes are Universal Creative Energies. Magical rune symbols are just that. Magical symbols that connect us to the runic energy of the Quantum Ocean (Mind of God).

True Rune Symbols
The 18 Rune Futhork of Guido von List is true rune symbols.
Here are some Rune Symbol definitions that will share with you the reasons why Rune Symbols are powerful and magical.
* A Rune Symbol is a body containing a soul. (outline body of rune containing the soul of the living rune energies.)
* A Rune Symbol is matter holding a meaning. (Rune outline plus meaning of runes.)
* A Rune Symbol is a foci of force. (each rune symbol embodies several runic energies.)
* A Rune Symbol is a condenser of consciousness. (takes a piece of the consciousness of the Quantum Ocean (Mind of God) and condenses it into a runic form.)
* A Rune Symbol is a thought tank. (by meditating on the rune you can pull useful runic thoughts out of the Quantum Ocean (Mind of God).
* Magical rune symbols are energy exchanges between very different levels of worlds and the intelligent beings operating through them. (you and the world of the runes.)
It is the runic energy, runic meanings, runic associations and life-force packed into any rune symbol that makes it alive and functional for you. Odin only rediscovered the runes. They go farther back than the Viking Age.
To be a runemaster you must constantly nourish your deeper inner being with higher levels of frequencies from the runic energy levels.

Seek the Runes ---- or die!
Let's look at some definitions of Rune Magic.
* Rune Magic is bringing down higher laws into the present time.
* Rune Magic is causing action at a distance without having to use a physical object.
* Rune Magic makes use of the Law of Resonant Frequencies and Life-force.
* Rune Magic allows life-force to flow between similar and congruent bodies.
* Rune Magic is the ability to allow run energies to flow from the Quantum Ocean (Mind of God) into your body and life.
* Rune Magic will break the shackles of poverty; release the bondage of disease; end the misery of failure.
To be successful in Rune Magic you need three operating forces.

Runic Energy --- A Rune Symbol
Target --- Your Photo
Life-force --- the power of your mind.
When you sit in your chair and meditate and look at a magical rune symbol, you are creating a:

Living Runic Thought Form
Your mind has provided the power to connect the rune symbol in your hands and the runic energies in the Quantum Ocean and bring them into your body and life.
You have the three ingredients you need to perform rune magic.
Runic energies which are specific frequencies in the Quantum Ocean
This newly created Runic Thought Form will now be part of your energy field.
This Runic Thought Form will cybernetic ally seek out and achieve its goals.

Rune Uruz (Health) example:
If it is Rune Uruzenergy you attracted into your aura, this Runic Thought Form will seek out the cause of the ill health within your body. It will then attract you the people, places and events you will need to cure yourself.
Whenever you use Rune Magic to help achieve your desires, the universe decides upon the details of how to obtain it.

While this is all going on outside of you, the Rune Uruz energy inside of your aura will dissolve the energy blockages that caused your illness.
You must be open and aware of new ideas, people, thoughts, feelings and places brought to you by the Runic Thought Form.

Rune Magic allows you to develop your spiritual and psychic powers.
With your ability to attract rune energies you can now attract health, wealth and love into your life now.



Remember runes are an energy. They are Universal Creative Energies.
The runes reside in the infinite Quantum Ocean (Mind of God) where time does not exist. There is no past, present or future. Only the now!

One thousand years ago Odin the All-Father hung for 9 days and nights on the Yggdrasil Tree. He finally reached into the Quantum Ocean (Mind of God) and rediscovered the runes for us.
Christianity has constantly tried to wipe out all information on the runes.

Guido von List, a German Runemaster, in the twentieth century had a cataract operation. As he lay in his bed blinded he too reached into the Quantum Ocean (Mind of God) and once again rediscovered the runes for us. The Arman en Runes.

Rune Magic uses runes as keys to the Universal Energies of Creation. Runes were used for spiritual purposes long before anyone used them to write.
Rune Magic helps you to get in touch with worlds and energies far beyond your everyday life.
Runes are energies that preceded language.


    By Ellis Peterson
    Ellis Peterson AKA Ragnar Storyteller (earned Viking name) is 72 and a skald and rune master. He is a retired math professor and electrical engineer. He brings his scientific knowledge of Quantum Physics into his Runic Information Website. He offers a unique approach to Runes and Quantum Physics. He offers free Runic and Quantum Physics essays and articles plus a free newsletter.
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Monday, July 31, 2017

How to Use RUNES For HEALING

The subject of Rune Healing comes from a very wide field. There is a great deal of information on the Net about Rune Healing. You can find information about how the Vikings and our ancestors used Runes to heal.

But the bottom line to rune healing is energy. The New Paradigm of the Laws of Quantum Physics tell us that all is energy. You and I are energies, the runes are energies, our planet, Solar System, Galaxy and even the Universe is energy.

The Runes are keys to the Creative Energies of the Universe. They are the most powerful symbols and tools you can use to attract more health, wealth and love into your life.

Since we are energy beings we connect to all other energies in the Universe with our Auras. In fact the energies we carry in our Auras attract our physical realities. You want more health, wealth, and love? Then you must have the energy that vibrates to health, wealth and love in your Aura.

Then you must have the patience to allow these energies in you Aura to attract your new reality of health, wealth and love. It takes time.


Another powerful law of Quantum Physics is the law of Resonant Frequencies. A Rune UR symbol is a resonant frequency to the Universal healing energy. Like attracts like.

By practicing one of the following seven methods of Rune healing you can attract the healing energies of UR out of the Quantum Ocean of all energies and into your Aura.

Once the rune UR energy is in your Aura, it will start the healing process that will bring you health.

The following seven methods need a symbol of the UR Rune to be affective.. Copy the UR Rune at the end of this Article.

Rune Meditation: With the UR Rune in your lap relax, breathe deeply and meditate upon it. No thoughts just a simple runic meditation.

That is all you have to do. Your mind will make the needed connection.

Rune Breathing: With the Ur Rune in your lap, look at it and intone "I am now breathing the divine healing energy of the Rune Ur out of the Quantum Ocean and into my Aura."

Rune Yoga: Practice the Rune Ur body and hand postures.

Rune Magic: This is a wide open field for you. I have written several articles on Rune Magic. Pick and Choose the method you like.

Rune Mantras: The power of the spoken Rune Mantras is not to be overlooked. <br />
Rune Radionics: The 21st century has not only given us the Laws of Quantum Physics, but also the Internet and the new Science of Radionics. Combining Runes with Radionics powers up all your Rune exercises.

Rune Cooking: Make a batch of your favorite cookies and inscribe or make an icing symbol UR on them. Every day eat one knowing that   the laws of Resonant Frequencies will attract abd unleash the healing power of Ur into your body.


    Ellis Peterson is a Korean War Vet living with his wife Lory and dog Dixie in the boonies of the Pocono Mountains. He is a retired math professor and electronics engineer. He is the inventor of the simple radionics device called "The Nordic Ond Orgone Generator". 
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

What Can Norse Mythology Teach You About RUNES?

In my eyes, it is not possible to understand the true nature of the runes without studying the Norse mythology. A common mistake made by New Age "runemasters" is that they study the runes from divination point of use, and not from the ancient tradition. But the people of the North were using the runes in many different way, the divination practices were only part of them.

It is important, for every runemaster wannabe to remember, that if you want to master the Norse runes, you must read the Norse mythology, explore Poetic Edda and Northern sagas. What can these teach you? Many things, I might say.

This romantic representation of the norns depi...
This romantic representation of the norns depicts one of them
(Verdandi according to the runes below) with wings, contrary to folklore.
(Photo credit: 
Wikipedia)

For example, I have learned many different runic spells and rituals that have not been described in any book about runes I have ever encountered; therefore, it is my belief that their authors never really studied the mythology behind runes. A lot of interesting uses of runes in spells and high magick can be found within the Poetic Edda itself. More information can be found in classic Sagas. For example, no book about runes I have read ever mentioned that the Thurisaz rune can be used to cause mental illness.

Another interesting thing that you can find with the help of Northern mythology is the correspondence between runes and Northern gods. For example, while most book about runes agrees that Thurisaz is the rune of the god Thor, I haven't found many books that mention that Heimdall was the god of Daguz and few more other runes. Or, that Nauthiz, Isa and Hagalaz are the runes "guarded" by the Nornes - Urd, Werdandi and Skuld. This leads to interesting interpretation that the Hagalaz guarded by Urd is the rune of the past; Nauthiz guarded by Skuld is the rune of the future; and Isa, guarded by Werdandi, is the rune of the present. This can be used in many different divination and magical practices.

Exploring the Norse mythology is not only fun, but also educating for everyone who is interested in the Runes. You can find explanations of each rune, descriptions of spells and rituals, and examples of uses for each rune, scripts and bindrunes. It is important to remember that mastering the subject of the runes require not only learning the runes themselves, but also the culture from which they originate - the culture of the Vikings, and people before them. Without this, no one can become a true runemaster.



Monday, April 10, 2017

Sigrdrifumal - Ancient Spirit Quest and Guide to the ODINIC MYSTERIES

In the basic plot of the old Germanic heroic poem Sigrdrifumal, a richness of information regarding the details of the quest of the spirit to transcend the limitations of the conditioned mind can be found. Here we have a small portion of the saga of the Volsungs isolated into its own book for a reason which has been buried by history. Perhaps the ancient scalds who recorded it recognized its completeness. We can only speculate. The Codex Regius combines the two poems into one with no breaks, while other sources separate them. This is easy to understand considering the chaotic structure of Sigrdrifumal. It appears as though there a missing section may have been added from a later manuscript, and yet the end of the poem is still obscured.

English: The Norse god Odin on his horse Sleip...
The Norse god Odin on his horse Sleipnir, featured on the Tjängvide image stone in Vallhalla. It also can depict a killed warrior on his way to Vallhalla greeted by Valkyries with horn goblet in their hands. Français : Le dieu Odin représenté sur la pierre de Tjängvide.
(Photo credit: 
Wikipedia)
While riding on Hindarfjoll Sigurð sees a great light coming from the mountain. He finds a structure made of shields containing a figure lying as if dead. He approaches, removes the armour and discovers that it is none other than a Valkyrie lying within (Valkyries are Oðin's 'shield maidens' who tap the slain warriors on the whoulder and carry their spirits to Valhalla upon their deaths). This is a familiar event in Scandinavian folklore. It seems to relate to the discovery of the Fylgja (Fylgja-'to follow'. It is an attendant spiritual servitor, or guide, cognate with the "holy guardian angel' of hermetic lore).


A light shining on the mountain reminds one very much of the iconography associated with a state of illumination that transpires once the sexual energy contained in the pelvic girdle is drawn up the spine into the head. The shield-burg could be the skull or the spirit seed that contains the part of the soul that connects the individual to the divine.

In one version of Sigrdrifumal, the figure is mistaken for a man before the helmet is removed, and then recognized as a woman as her golden locks spill out onto the pillow. This androgyny may indicate that Oðinic wisdom is similar to what in the martial arts is referred to as 'soft' power as well as 'hard'. Soft power in this sense is not weak or ineffectual, but rather that it attains its power through subtle means and chi rather than through muscle strength. This coincides with Oðin having been taught Seidhcraft by Freya, for which he was sometimes accused of being effeminate. The Fylgja of a warrior was also thought to come either in the form of an animal guide, or as a human of the opposite gender which may point in the direction of Jung's concept of the 'Anima'.

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Sigurð goes on to cut open the figure's mail coat, which is as close as though it were skin. He inserts his sword and cuts from the neck downwards, then out through the sleeves. Anyone with any familiarity with the runes immediately finds this form familiar. Algiz is the rune associated with the Valkyries.

What begins to emerge from all this is the makings of a runic ritual.

As she awakens the Valkyrie asks who wakens her, then launches into the creation of a magical draught brewed in a meadhorn.

She blesses it with two stanzas of prayer to the spirits of light and darkness, the Æsir and Æsinjur (gods and goddesses) and the earth itself to give them wisdom, words, and healing hands.

The Valkyrie then tells Sigurð her history. We hear of times long ago, which may indicate a secret about the Fylgja connecting it with previous incarnations or genetic memory in the individual. If that is so, then Sigurð's fylgja being punished by sleep for disobeying Oðin may be related to his having become cursed for winning the Rhinegold from the dragon Fafnir, and thereby invoking the curse of the Rhinegold. Another reading gives the conclusion that the sleeping nature of the Fylgja may relate to Sigurð's own personal history, as psychology teaches us that the loss of the sense of divinity that children have as a matter of nature occurs due to social conditioning or trauma, which in this case manifested in the burying of his sense of personal wisdom in a wall of shields within him. This locked power becomes accessible after having destroyed the beast Fafnir and finding his power by facing this shadow. This is strangely reminiscent of Reich's 'character armour' and by cutting into the centre of the armour, we reveal the true nature of the soul as androgynous and wise.

The next several stanzas seem to deal with some various magical uses of the runes.

The first stanza begins with two lines relating to the offering of the magical draught to Sigurð. Then Sigrdrifa claims that the beer is filled with magical songs and Gamanrunar, or pleasure runes. This is interesting as it is a well known fact that beer recipes, up until the 17th century, when Germany passed the first purity laws against beer additives, included a variety of 'magical' herbs that may easily have been associated with magical songs and pleasure. That aside, the runes that might be associated with pleasure and song would be Ansuz, Wunjo, and Gebo.

The second stanza dealing with the runes lists the uses of the Sigrunar, or 'victory runes'. By their very title, the first of the Futhark to enter the mind is Sowulo, which is known in some systems as 'Sig' ('Victory'). Other runes that might fit the mold of 'victory rune' might be Algiz, Thurisaz, or Tiwaz, each of which have protective properties. This may be misleading, as protection and victory are very different things. In that case, the victory runes might be Othila, as it is Oðin's rune, the rune of completion of a long task. The feeling of being victorious might be encapsulated in Wunjo, the rune of joy. The only one we can know for certain from the text would be Tiwaz, as the last line of the stanza says to call on Tyr twice and that rune is named for Tyr. This might be instructions to place a Tiwaz rune on the sword twice, or once on each side.

The third stanza deals with Ölrunar, or "ale-runes". The text seems to suggest that these runes deal primarily with trust issues, though combining that with the fact that the persons being asked to keep one's trust are 'the wives of another' it follows that they are perhaps better known as "fling-runar". These runes are to be written on the back of one's hand or on 'horn' (either a drinking horn, or a phallus could be indicated here). Nauthiz is listed in the text as being drawn on the nails to ensure one's illicit secrets are kept secret. A moment of reflection would beg the question as to why the figurehead of a culture that believed that 'those who committed evil with other men's wives' would be chewed for eternity by serpents and wolves would be sending an emissary empowering one of his agents to do just that. It is either a mistranslation, or there is something we have missed. The stories seem to suggest that the typical attitude of the immortals towards human sexual dramas is taken in a lighthearted manner to say the least. Perhaps the many millennia of being disincarnate leads them to the conclusion that the pains and pleasures of incarnation are to be experienced in as much relish as one can muster, while there is still time. Perhaps, also, it provides the gods with some much needed entertainment. Perhaps there are a few of them up there who prefer soap operas to comedies.

The following stanza seems to also deal with ale-runes, but of a different sort. This type is more for protection against poisoning. The leek was a common charm against poison in ancient times. 'Leek' may also be a reference to the Laguz rune. It was known to be a common custom among Germanic peoples to bless the drink with a Thor's hammer sign before imbibing. This serves perhaps as proof against poison, as stated, but also perhaps as a means of dedicating the drink as an offering to Thor. As Thor is the warder of human kind, then it would make sense in both readings.

Bjargrunar are described in the next stanza. These are runes used to ease childbirth and protect the mother and child in the act of giving birth. Runes that might be suitable for birthing would be Berkana, Inguz, Perthro. They are to be 'risted' (written) on the palms and limbs of the mother. Also, the Disir are called in at this point. This makes perfect sense considering the role of the Disir as protectors of mothers and of the hearth and home. One translation refers to the Nornir (Fates) in place of the Disir. This coincides runically as Perthro is associated both with the Norns and with birthing. Inguz is here indicated due to its energetic similarity to a womb.

The next stanza deals with Brimrunar, or 'brine-runes'. These are charms relating to the safety of ships at sea, which must have been a very useful skill to know in times where boats were the primary method of distance travel. The first rune that immediately leaps to mind when dealing with the brine would be Laguz, the water rune. Considering its shape, Laguz might be considered a suitable candidate for the 'mast rune' mentioned in the text. The reference to 'laying fire' on the the oar might suggest Kano. It may also be that the runes are expected to be burned into the wood of the oars, which seems a suitable way of writing them on wood. Of course, another possible reading of the brine runes would deal with the water element on an emotional level. If this were the case, then the runes most likely to 'calm the seas' as it were might be Laguz, for its association with flow and water, Raido for bringing the errant mind back to the proper path and calming the fury, and perhaps ehwaz as it would be the rider on the horse of the emotions who wishes to get control and be the rider instead of the ridden.

Next is the Limrunar, or 'limb-runes'. These are runes dealing with healing. Leechcraft was thought to be a half-magical practice in ancient times, combining rune lore with hands-on healing and, one can assume, wound dressing. Runes that might be of use here are Uruz, which would give a definite charge of powerful health giving energy, Sowulo, who's positive energy and light would be greatly beneficial to the mental and emotional aspects of the patient, and Ansuz, which would call upon the powers of Oðin. These runes were probably written on the bark of trees to transfer the illness from the patient to the wood. In different translations the boughs to be used would either be to the east or to the west. This is confusing as it is therefore difficult to decide what the meaning would be without knowing for sure which direction.

Speech runes or "Malrunar" would be the focus of the next stanza. Here seems to be runes dealing with getting out of legal troubles. The 'thing' indicated here would be the annual meeting of the tribe where legal disputes between individuals were brought before the council. Having control over whether or not one was to be brought to trial seems to be a kind of astral 'get out of jail free' card. It seems to be a means of charging the whole thing with a field of magic that would be in one's favor. Runes that might work in this case would be Ansuz, Tiwaz, or Raidho.

The last stanza that deals with runes is about Hugrunar, or "soul-runes". They deal directly with wisdom and perceived wisdom. This is one set of runes that we have coming directly from Oðin in the form of Hroptyr ('maligned one' or 'hidden god').

He got them from the liquid that leaked from the head of Heiðdraupnir ('bright dripper') which may be Mimir's skull. It is fairly safe to assume that the source of this liquid is Mimir's well, as there are several references in the lore to drinking from his well in order to gain wisdom. The fact that the next stanza deals directly with Mim's head makes it clear that this is what we are dealing with: that the wisdom runes come from Oðin who learned them from drinking the mead of wisdom from Mimir's well.

Oðin is depicted here as holding 'Brimir's sword". Brimir may be another name for Ymir, in particular the aspect of him that comes from his blood, as 'brim' translates as 'surf' and as we know the sea was made from Ymir's blood. Why Oðin has Brimir's sword is unclear, though we do know that he killed Ymir, and would therefore have had rights to his arms.

Stanzas 15 to 17 of the poem seem to constitute a discreet unit. It seems to be a rune chant. The first line of stanza 15 tells one to write on the shield before the shining god, though in another translation it is goddess. This is perturbing, as it would very much change the meaning of the line. 'The shining As' is Heimdal, whereas the 'shining goddess' would be Sunna. The reference to the shield might point at Sunna more than Heimdal, as we know that Sunna holds the shield Svalin ('cooling') before the sun. The next line tells one to write on Arvak's ear and Alsvith's hoof, and this further supports the theory that we are talking about Sunna, as they are her horses charged with pulling the wagon upon which the sun sits. Line three continues the list of places to write the runes with a reference to Thor's cart (as Thor is Hrungnir's slayer), and Oðin's horse.

Stanzas 16 and 17 seem to be a list of uses for rune charms. They have mythological overtones, which leads one to conclude that they are archetypal images used to refer to many situations. Each phrase has several possible interpretations, which reflect the nature of the charms themselves. By extension, there may be very few situations where runes can't be applied efficaciously, for healing, warfare, or to incite poetry.

Stanza 18 seems to be a more direct indication as to how to use the runes. Carving them into an object, then scraping them into mead seems like a potent means to get the energy of the runes into the body and being of the intended. After that follows a list of beings who have power over the runes through association. It follows that those same beings would be under the influence of the runes as well. If they are identified with each other, then one is the other. To use a rune is to evoke the spirits that are associated with it. The beings listed are Æsir, Elves, and humans. The runes, when imbibed in drink make their way to these archetypal beings and the energies meld into a course of action.

Stanzas 20 and 21 describe a dialogue between Sigurð and Brynhild. Brynhild seems to give Sigurð an ultimatum of sorts. He is presented with a choice between swearing fealty to his destiny, or turning away. He chooses the path of the hero in following his Valkyrie and winning her love throughout his life.

Stanza 22 on the other hand seems to be a fragment from another poem. Its meter is different, and its content could be seen as incongruous with the previous lines. It is not hard to see why a copyist would have lumped them together at this point, as the lines constitute some sound advice and it is not inconceivable that the Valkyries would be giving Sigurð life lessons after he has sworn allegiance. These lines sound as though they would be better placed within the Loddfafnir section of Havamal. Whatever their heritage, I will comment on their import.

Stanza 22 speaks of being guiltless towards kinsmen. This means making an effort to follow one's word when dealing with those who one lives closely with. It is immediately obvious why this would be a good way of not only keeping friends, but also in maintaining a healthy self-respect which so often comes from having harmonious relationships with those one deals with on a daily basis. Wasting energy in pointless feuds on a daily basis has a negative effect on Hamingja and will quickly taint other situations in one's life. The last two lines refer to the increase in general happiness achieved through forgiveness, but it is relevant to note that in different translations there is a discrepancy between on one hand taking no vengeance at all and on the other lessening the extent to which one takes vengeance. Although it is easy to see how forgiveness can quickly lead to happiness, it also seems as though a Christian copyist may have translated the text differently than a pagan one. The Christian may turn the other cheek, and the pagan may pay back kind with kind. What actually occurs is up to the individual, however it is clear that more forgiveness means less resentment and that can only lead to less emotional self-poisoning over time.

Stanza 23 deals with oath taking. It is pleasing to have my own opinion on the matter clearly stated by such an ancient text. So often it seems easier to tell people what they want to hear in spite of one's true wishes only to disappoint them later when it was never one's intention to follow through on the oath. This only leads to disappointment in one's friends and that down the road may poison relationships. The strange thing is that if honesty where employed at the outset there may be an initial moment of conflict between wills, but in most cases that will be much less than the long term poisoning that results from the former situation. The "warg of oaths' or the 'wolf of his word' mentioned in the last line refers to the person who frequently disappoints their friends and family by not keeping their word. The text suggests that it is through this process that one comes to being shunned and mistrusted by those who would otherwise support one, leading to poverty and shame.

Stanza 24 is a warning against arguing with fools at the Thing. This is a way of protecting one's reputation against slander by choosing one's words and battles with care.



Stanza 25 tells of how one would be perceived if one keeps silent about the things that are of concern to you. This is seen as the way of cowardice in a society that values open discussion. To complain of things after one has left the situation when open conflict was called for is seen as the way of the weak and the coward. If one is wronged, speak up fearlessly and the truth will not be mistaken for the words of one's detractors. To keep silent is often seen a sign of guilt, whether that guilt exists or not. If the liars and the fools are able to speak their version of the story it will be believed unless contradicted openly.

Stanza 26 is a warning against staying with an evil minded woman. What more need be said. It is too easy to be robbed and killed in one's sleep, or entrapped emotionally. At times the unknown danger of the world at night is preferable bedding down with serpents. Becoming entangled with an evil minded person only leads to sharing in their bad luck.

Stanza 27 warns one to be focused on the task at hand, to have keen perception in the moment so that no fatal surprises will come on one when one is distracted in battle.

Stanza 28 warns against unhealthy sexual obsession. A lot of energy can be lost by being unable to let go of one's obsession.

Stanzas 29 and 30 tell of the dangers of taking the ire of a drunk seriously. It is unwise to get riled up over things said when the wine is flowing. Getting too involved in the brawls of the drunken only leads to sorrow and woe.

Stanza 31 tells that if one seeks to fight a strong enemy, it is better to have it out than to die secure in your home.

Stanza 32 warns against being false, lying, or beguiling maids and the wives of other men. These are seen as evil courses of action.

Stanza 33 tells one to bury those corpses one may stumble across in one's travels. This is not only sanitary, but respectful.

Stanza 34 deals with pre-burial rites of cleansing and prayers.

Stanza 35 warns against trusting the word of one of the family members of those you have killed. There is sure to be a smoldering resentment in such people, despite their outward appearance of civility.

Stanza 36 warns one to be constantly on guard against the evils of the world. They never rest, and so in order to conquer them, great efforts must be made towards being awake and aware.

The 27th and final stanza warns against being wrathful or treacherous towards one's friends. There are enemies enough in the world at large, and to make waves with one's allies is to shorten one's life all that much more.

As you can see, the meaning of this poem takes on new light when interpreted with an informed knowledge of the runes and their meanings. On one hand we have an apt description of the path of the spirit towards liberation, and on the other is a list of tools and ethical advice to aid the hero on that journey. Its value is incomparable when read with the right understanding. It is no wonder that it has retained so much influence over the minds of the ancestors of its originators. The mythic resonance is encoded in the forms that populate its lines. We would go so far as to say that a full understanding of the implications of this poem will lead to a spiritual awakening in the reader.


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