Thursday, 13 April 2017

The Mysteries of the Rad Rune

The Rad Rune has very complex meanings at various different levels; it is a rune which I shall consider here. Firstly the shape is that of an upright stave which represents the World Pillar and a reverse Sieg-Rune which represents the blood of the sacrificial animal which runs down the pillar.

'For me a shrine of stones he made,
And now to glass the rock has grown,
Oft with the blood of the beasts was it red,
In the goddesses ever did Otter trust.'

This text comes from the Eddas and refers to what is known as the 'Reddening of the Post'. The blood of the Sacrificial Ox reddened the World Pillar, anointing the pillar in order to restore world order. This, of course, would apply to an era in which everything dissolved back into the Primal Chaos. The Primal Root *rud would thus mean 'to redden', or 'to blood' (in this specific sense). In the above text it is to the goddesses that this sacrifice is made, this seems explicit from the wording. What is meant by 'now to glass the rock has grown' I am not sure as yet but it must have some importance; it seems that this change in the rock was due to the regular blood sacrifice. It does not say that a bull was used, the wording being 'beast'; there is a phrase about a 'Sacrificial Lamb' but this hardly fits the term 'beast'.

(Looking back at this part I had the thought that the idea of the rock changing to glass (if this is the real translation of the Old Norse) would be symbolic of a transformation. Not only a transformation but one in which a dense material (rock) is changed into a transparent material (glass). This suggests a change in the state of things.)

In the Old English Dream of the Rood we find a somewhat similar theme but this time in the form of what at first glance seems to refer to 'Jesus' but which appears in a totally different form than that of the 'Jesus Christ' of the bible. The first link with this is the term 'Rood' which is important in that this is a unit of measurement - square measurement. However, this is just part of the meaning associated with this rune since the Rod is also a unit of measurement, but in this case linear measurement. We should here ponder the connection between the rod as symbolic of 'to measure' and the rod (the sceptre) as symbolic of authority, especially in view of the various meanings from the IE Root *reg- which refer to one who rules and means 'to move in a straight line'. The Rad Rune embodies this idea of ruling in both the sense of linear time and of ruling over an area of land measured by the rood. The link between Blood and Soil is quite obvious here.

The 'Measuring Rod' was symbolic of the power to rule because it represented a 'ruler'; in one legend Robin Hood carried a 'Mete Yard' which is a 'measuring rod' symbolising his right to bring justice, law and right order. Interestingly, the word rid means 'to free' so here we have a direct link between freedom and the Warrior-Hero who fights for the freedom of his Folk. Robin Hood, of course, is an Archetypal Folk-Hero.

The figure here is that of a 'hero' who hangs upon a living tree, and it is made clear that no only does the Divine Hero suffer and bleed, but also the Divine Tree suffers and bleeds. The inference here is that the Divine Hero-God suffers as the Cosmos suffers - the Divine Tree obviously being Iggdrasil. The image of the Divine Hero on the Tree can be found on the symbol of the rune-stave, an upright pillar and the figure hanging upon it. Looked at as being from the side-angle this is very much like any 'crucifix' symbol.

The rune is also the Rit Rune which represents the Rita or 'Cosmic Order'; this is clear when we consider the above rune-meanings which show the means needed to restore world order or cosmic order. It must be remembered that the Rood is also the 'Gallows Tree' - the Tree of Woden. The Rita is far more complex than this simple meaning - 'Cosmic Order' - implies, for it has various levels of meaning which must be tackled on its own right.

The Rad Rune also refers to a 'journey' of some sort, implied within certain words that stem from this rune-root -

rad (OE) - street, path, road.

ridan (OE) - to ride.

rado (OHG) - swift.

girado (OHG) - suddenly.

reid (O.Ice.) - wagon.

reida (O.Ice.) - equipment, motion.

All of these stem from the IE Root *ret(h) which means 'to roll' or 'to run'. We can see in this a link to the idea of the 'straight road' that I have touched on before. This suggests that this rune concerns the 'quest' or 'journey' undertaken by the Hero-Knight ('ritter' or 'ridder') - the Knight Errant. This is not merely a physical journey but a journey taken between two worlds or realms, from one dimension into another dimension. The word 'knight' stems from Old English and means 'youth' so this perhaps hints at the Cultic Initiation done through the Mannerbund. The 'wagon' refers not only to the Sun-Wagon but also to Thor's Wagon, the Chariot of Thunor. This perhaps refers also to Thunor's travel between the worlds. The rune refers also to the journey of life and of becoming.

Turned sideways the rune-stave hints at the sexual act between man and woman. This is also hinted at through the 'slang' term 'to ride' which we find in the Old English ridan meaning 'to ride'.

Another meaning refers to right counsel or right advice, inherent in the following -

rad (O.Ice) - counsel, plan, advice.

rada (O.Ice) - to give advice.

rat/raht (OHG) - counsel, decision.

raedan (O.E.) - to govern, rule.

raed (O.E) - help advice.

We can see in the Old English raedan how being a ruler was specifically linked to being able to give good counsel, and thus being a knowledgeable and wise man or woman. This is inherent in the root-words given here, all of which stem from the Rune-Root RAD. The root *rod also refers to justice and to punishment for wrong-doing. In this we specifically refer to Aryan Justice which is when the crime must be atoned for by making it right with the person to whom the crime was committed, and not to raise 'funds' for the State through a 'fine' imposed for the crime. In Aryan Law the one committing the offence has to make it right with the person it is committed upon; this is done not only for the purpose of making it right with the victim but also to help the offender to become a better part of the tribal group. In our corrupt and rotten society the victim is rarely compensated for a crime since the state takes the 'fine' which is thus nothing more than another form of taxation. This is why there are so many rules and 'offences' today, which aid in funding this rotten state.

There is another meaning to this rune, that of the 'wheel' referring to the 'Wheel of the Year'. This is in fact the path of the Sun through the Solar Year, this being found in the rune-stave using the Sieg-Rune along a straight line (when the rune is turned sideways). The Sun's path is clockwise through the signs of the zodiac - Aquarius-Pisces-Aries etc. This concept is also linked to ritual which creates right order and upholds the Rita. There is no coincidence in the word RIT being a reflection of TIR since Tiw is the God of Justice and Right Order. This is also the role of Thunor in a sense, and we find the very same thing using his name THOR and its reflection ROTH, the latter meaning 'red'. Thor is indeed sometimes spelt TOR which is very much like TIR.

The rune has, like all runes, a negative side and this is found in the Root *rot and *rat which both have very negative meanings -

Rot - this, of course, refers to decay and disintegration; it refers to a state that leads to destruction and to death. It also refers to anything that is disintegrating, such as our rotten society and the people becoming rotten. There is also another important side to this which can be found in the old idea that a rotten apple will very soon cause more apples to become rotten when they are left together. Indeed, this is a very important idea since it tells us that within our rotten society today, all will eventually become rotten and die if they do not isolate themselves from the 'rotten apples'. This was the profound wisdom put forth by Friedrich Nietzsche when he taught of the 'hermit' and how the aspiring 'Superman' must break free of the masses and become the 'Lone Wolf' (my phrase but it describes his ideas).

Rat - This is the parasitical animal that lives off human waste today and which lives around human beings as a parasite. It is also the animal that brings plague and disease through its living conditions in the sewers and waste outlets. But the true meaning of its name tells us more than this, far more in fact. The word 'rat' stems from a root meaning - 'to leave the falling house'. Here we have the very essence of the 'beast' in that in our society it feeds off the healthy nation and causes it to 'rot' and to decay, eventually causing the total destruction of a nation. Once it has achieved this aim it them leaves its 'host' and moves on to another 'host' where the process starts all over again. The term 'rat' has been used to refer to secret mischief and to the working of secret destruction - it is an underground animal and thus works in the filth and darkness to achieve its aims. Some years ago I read a small children's book which put forth the idea that the 'rat' should not be treated as an 'outsider' but should be brought into the community and integrated - this is the blatant propaganda thrust upon our children, not unlike the mischief propagated by J.K Rowland in 'Harry Potter', and many other works of propaganda aimed at distorting the minds of our young.

In regard to the ideas I have just gone into we see clearly how works that are right and just, noble and uplifting, works like J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings take off by themselves naturally without the need to force people into seeing them. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter was given a helping hand through promoting the attacks upon it by the Christian Church. This is a very old trick used to promote films - you create a situation where the film is heavily criticised and the masses rush to look at it to see what all the fuss is about. This was done in the case of Harry Potter but Lord of the Rings took off due to its own appeal and also the appeal to the unconscious of our people. As with all things in life, what is right and natural does not need enforcing upon people; our 'multi-cultural society' has been forced upon us solely because it is unnatural! The likes of the work Harry Potter are just a part of the propaganda used for this purpose.

There is yet another meaning to this rune and this concerns the idea of race and roots. The OHG reiza means 'race' through its meanings of 'a line, stroke, mark' and 'lineage' (using the word 'line' here). We get the link to roots through the Latin radix and, as Hamasson pointed out in one of his works, this leads to the term 'radical' used of so-called 'extremists'. Here we see a very clever trick used to make 'radicals' - people who stick to their 'roots' - into 'extremists' or in some cases 'terrorists' (which is their recent trick). This hides the real 'terrorists' who are those in control of our nations and who create terror, mayhem and wars continually in order to control the masses. These people are the 'extremists' since they use extreme measures in order to frighten and thus make people easily controllable. The Rad Rune is highly important here since it concerns our struggle for our own roots and race.

There is also a link to the squirrel Ratatosk which is, of course, a symbol of the animal the runs up and down the trunks of trees, in this particular case he runs up and down the World Tree Iggdrasil. This symbol is very clever since it shows an upwards and downwards movement of energy along the 'spine' of the tree, linked to the Kundalini-Energy along the spine of man. The word should be broken into Rata- and -Tosk the latter meaning 'tusk'. We must now look at the Root *rata which is also connected to the Root *rati which is the name of the auger used by Woden when he enters Knit Mountain -

Rati - 'the beginning of the rasa', 'divine intoxication'.

Rasa - 'rapture', 'intense emotions', 'intoxication', 'orgasm'.

Here we can see clearly the underlying meanings behind these words, for they refer to the 'intense emotions' caused by the movement of the Fire-Serpent which causes the spine to heat up through certain forms of meditation and spiritual exercise. The symbolism of Woden (The Serpent - Male) penetrating into a hole in the Mountain (Female) refers to a Tantric Sex-Rite used to (re-)gain the Mead of Inspiration. Obviously the symbolism includes the awakening of the Three Cauldrons (Energy Centres) placed alongside the human spinal column in a parallel form. Although the gods acquire the knowledge of these energy-forces, some of the Divine Mead falls to Earth for the use of Man. The process of the upward-downward movement shows in the figure of Rata-tosk and in the ALU-ULA Formula. We should consider here why this heat is generated, and what this heat really is. This is the Inner Fire or Inga-Fire produced by meditation or spiritual exercise - it is the Spiritual Fire.

One further point here is the obvious use of the word 'tusk' for an animal that has no such thing. This hints at a hidden meaning for this term, and the animal associated with the 'tusk' in Northern Lore is the Boar. This is a most ferocious animal whose weapon is the 'tusk' which is another symbol of being able to 'break through' or 'to penetrate'. The Golden Boar is the symbol of both Ingwe and of Freya, and was a protective symbol used on the helmets of some Germanic Tribes, including the Saxons. Placed upon the head-gear, which obviously protected the head, but esoterically protected the soul, this must have been a deliberate use and one well known to the Germanic Folk. In a sense we find that the meaning of 'Ratatosk' has been altered deliberately since the squirrel is not a predator (hunter) but is the prey (hunted) of stronger animals. By using the term 'tusk' the symbolism has been made stronger and altered to suit another aim. The links to Ingwe and Freya cannot be a coincidence, since in the rising of the Fire-Serpent we see the image of the goddess-force (Freya) arising along the spinal column to reach the god-force (Ingwe) in the area of the crown-chakra. Thus, the boar-symbol can be seen at the base and also at the crown. (We need to recall here how the Sutton Hoo Mask uses the symbol of the Irminsul as the nose and eyebrows (ond-way) which is a dragon/swan/eagle, and the ends of the wings have the boar of Ingwe-Freya.)

The connection between this rune and with knowledge and wisdom (right counsel) is underlined by the English word 'riddle'. A 'riddle' is used to tease the mind and to make someone think about the meaning hidden within something that uses metaphor and symbolism - the 'riddle' thus works upon the right-brain rather than the left-brain. This is why riddles are not in widespread use today, because the powers-that-be do not wish that we use the right-brain thinking, rather we use the wholly logical left-brain.

One last point, and this concerns the link between this rune and the idea of waves or vibrations. We have the words 'radiate', 'radiation', 'radio', all of which suggest the movement of energy measured through vibration or 'wavelength'. The sounding of this rune would need to be like the sounding of the 'r' in Old English and in other Germanic Tongues - a 'rolled' form of 'r'. In some cases this seems to be related to the way that words such as 'Hrothgar' or 'Hrolf' are sounded, the 'h' emphasising the real way to pronounce the words. This is a clue to the sound of the rune.

The movement of energy or 'vibration' through the Earth-Currents is thus a part of the meaning of the rune; these are the 'Straight Tracks' or 'Holy Lines' or 'Ley-Lines' which move in a straight line.

''The mysterious earth currents which thrill the clay of our bodies'.

Rudyard Kipling.

Despite the use of the biblical idea 'clay' Kipling knew well of the Earth Currents or Earth Energy which seems to have been related to the figure Elan (Helen) known in these islands in ancient times. According to certain dowsers the 'water-lines' and 'aquastats' are related to the Number 7 or a multiple of 7, whilst the 'track-lines' are related to the number 3 1/2 or a multiple of 3 1/2. The 'blind spring' is a centre on which primary lines meet, and from which the emerge. These lines appear to take the same form as shown upon the White Stone of Ing which suggest that they are connected to the 'Gift of Ing'. The 'X' thus marks the spot where the energies converge and meet, such as in the 'crossroads' which was always held as a sacred spot, usually dedicated to Woden. This criss-crossing of energy-lines can also be found in the usual form of the rising of Kundalini through the twin-channels around the column.

The difference between the flow of the 'track', the 'water-line' and the 'aquastat' seems to be in the length of the lines between each cross-over point but the image for each is just the same. The 'blind spring' appears to be like the 'energy-centres' of the body, but which are the 'energy-centres' of the Earth as a Living Being. Wells are usually sunk upon blind springs which suggests that these serve as sources of energy.

The Rad Rune represents the road of transformation, evolution, and the movement of energy that is needed to evolve. That energy must be used to move from the darkness into the light, to increase the vibrations from the dark centres upwards to the light centres - from the base upwards towards the crown - and beyond. The 'rod' is the 'Rod of Brahma' which is the spiritual counterpart to the human spinal column, the spiritual trunk of the tree along which moves the energy -currents (Ratatosk).

The link between this rune and the World Tree, Iggdrasil, is obvious from what has been said. Using our runic knowledge we find this in the symbolism of the World Tree found in the Hagal-Rune. Here we have the branches (Eolhs-Rune/Man-Rune) and the roots (Calc-Rune/Yr-Rune) which together form the whole/heil (Hagal-Rune). The symbolism of the Ash-Tree for man - the Noble Man - is very clever since we need to expand upwards (Life-Rune) whilst also looking towards our roots (Death-Rune) and our past in order to do so. This image cannot be found in a lump of clay which is entirely earthbound (no doubt an obvious image to use to hold mankind in thraldom to matter).

The straight road can be seen in the upright stave (Is), whilst the achievement gained from taking this road can be seen in the final victory (Sieg). It can be no coincidence that this image also contains the movement of the Serpent (Sieg-Rune) along the column which is the movement of the Fire-Serpent along Mount (Su-) Me-Ru. In this World Mountain we find the idea once more of measurement and of the 'Straight Track'. The Rad Rune is thus used as a means of taking this spiritual path, and of achieving the end-result of the 'quest'. It contains also the meaning of the forces that seek to halt this spiritual evolutionary drive. We have to understand both the drive towards higher evolution, and thus higher consciousness and that which seeks to halt this drive through locking mankind into the material world; the means to achieve this drive is to achieve a higher rate of vibration moving upwards to the Realms of Light.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Seed of Life

This post is short and sweet; I will leave it to my readers to see the similarity between the symbols on the left and the stages of growth on the right. All that needs to be said is that the basic symbol of the 'seed' and of 'growth' is the Hagal-Rune which forms the central core of the seven-circle symbol at the bottom.

My point in showing this is also simple, for it proves beyond doubt that the ancients knew and used the runes as the Secrets of Nature and not merely as an alphabet for writing with. They were indeed Magical Symbols because they worked with the Laws of Nature and harmonised with Nature at all levels. Knowing the Secrets of Nature meant being able to use them in a magical way; this is the basis of magic.

This also puts to rest the idea that the Hagal-Rune is solely a rune of destructive power, for the idea of growth is the opposite to that of destruction. Yes, it can be destructive but it is also a rune of health, healing and of balance. As a rune of new life and of growth it can of course be used at other levels where growth is needed.

Hael & Sieg!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Yggdrasil and the Runes



In a previous post I looked at the 'Seed of Life' and the 'Flower of Life' as being part of a kind of 'matrix' which forms the basis of all life-forms. The very basic core of both of these symbols is the Hagal-Rune or the Hag-All. As the hexagon this is the Crystal of Life which some German Rune Magicians called the Krist-All. Within the symbolism of the 'Flower of Life' are the Nine Glory-Twigs which form the 'Mother-Rune' of the Ar-Kan Rune-Row. (*)

I am now going to look at the figure of the Nine Glory-Twigs in the form which has the hexagon at the centre, the Hag-All/All-Hag. This, I must add, is just one of two ways of showing the Nine Glory-Twigs. Both ways have the Hagal-Rune at the centre and both have the Gar-Rune as the central rune also, but what I am going to show here relates to the 'Form of Life' patterns shown above. (**)

You can see in the above photo that I have used isometric paper for ease of drawing the runes; this paper is used for drawing three dimensional figures (3-D). The basic pattern of the paper is the hexagon or cube (cube in three dimensions). (I got the idea of the isometric paper from a YouTube video and the basic pattern fits what I am doing here.) (***)

In the above I have drawn the first three AEttir of the Ar-Kan rune-row, the last nine runes being on the figure below -

Together with the nine extra runes are three variants of the Wolf-Hook Rune, the Sig-Tiw Rune, an alternative Ing-Rune and Ken-Rune, and the Fylfot-Swastika shown as a three-dimensional symbol. These are what I could think of at the time but there are certainly more symbols to be found from the basic figure.

The 'Seed of Life' certainly grows into the 'Flower of Life' and from this stage comes the 'Fruit of Life', and thus back to the 'Seed of Life' which creates new life. Thus we have the basic unit of Guido von List's work - Birth-Life-Death-to-Rebirth.

I found the above symbol online, and when looked at carefully it shows one of the prime symbols of Freemasonry, the 'Ing-Rune' and the 'G' in the centre. Of course, we need to understand that symbols are not inherently 'evil' in any way, and it has always been the case that they have been stolen by the forces of the Counter-Initiation and used for their own purposes. In this case it is my belief that the basic unit of this - the Cube of Saturn - has been adopted because this is the 'Pattern of Life' (Universal Pattern) which the three main religions - Judaism, Islam and Christianity - use for the purpose of spreading the darkness throughout the universe. All three of these slave-religions use the Black Cube for their symbolism, even the Christian Cross is the cube opened out! (Which shows that the true Christian Symbol was the original Fish of Pisces, but the Cube-Cross replaced this at a later time.) (****)

The 'G' in the above, when squared off to suit the pattern, makes a spiral form of a '6', the number which is related to Saturn. The 'Ing-Rune' is the DNA-Code and also symbolic of the 'chain of life' since it has the meaning 'offspring of' or 'son of'. In a sense, in the way it is drawn here which is slightly altered from the one we use, it can be seen a Twin-Fishes, the Sign of Pisces. The main point here is that all of this symbolism is used to spread the darkness throughout the universe; scientists know that Dark Matter exists but they do not as yet know what it is. Since it makes up some 80% of the universe in a time of the Dark Age maybe there is some link with what has been said here.

In the above I have used an alternative to the 'Flower of Life' in that in our own Northern Tradition we could use the Tree of Life which is Yggdrasil. The name 'Ygg-Dra-Sil' fits well with the 'Nine Glory-Twigs' since it too is based upon the Mystical Number Three -

Ygg - Ygg-Woden

Dra - 'three', 'to turn', 'to coil'.

Sil - Column/Sun-Column.

If we see this 'Tree of Life' as Yggdrasil then the central column has three 'points' of intersection which are the three main worlds (3 + 3 + 3) of Asgard-Midgard-Hel. Interestingly, using half-lines there are nine points which thus give us the Nine Worlds and the Nine Chakras (moving beyond the seven).

Since the 'Seed of Life' is the 'Mother-Rune' of the Armanen Rune-row then this was the right rune-row to be used at the time when the 'Seed of Life' or 'Seed of a New Order' was sown through the awakening of the German Nation in the late nineteenth and twentieth century. This 'Seed of Life' would actually be 'sown' through the phenomena known as the 'Ride of the Wild Hunt' which takes place at the Yuletide of the Year - in this case 1933 - 1945 (the twelve years representing the Twelve Nights of Yule). The Wild Hunt is the force of destruction-to-recreation and as such through the destruction wrought in World War II the 'Seeds of Creation' were sown. This symbolism can be found in the image of Woden riding Sleipnir at the Yuletide of the year when his horse's hooves leave behind them the 'seeds' sown for the new year to come. That 'seed' is now beginning to grow into the Great Tree, the force that will bring into being the New Order.

This, in fact, puts paid to the criticism of the Armanen Rune-System because it is not 'historical'; Guido von List embodied the Archetype of Wotan when he recovered the Ancient Runes after a cataract operation which left him blind for some months. The Armanen Rune-row was the one that fitted the era when the 'Seed of Life' was sown. (*****) Today we have entered the era when the 'seed' has begun to spring into new growth, and thus the 33 Ar-Kan Runes formed from the 'Tree of Life' are valid to the work we have been undertaking. We can see that it is necessary for us to adopt the larger rune-system in that it contains the Ing-Rune which is the 'Rune of the Son', and the Rune of the Ingas.  

If we look at what I have been saying about the 'Tree of Life' then the runes are in fact a form of 'Tree Alphabet' but not in the sense that the runes are merely a form of writing as some would have us believe. The runes, as can be seen here, have three distinct levels of meaning -

  • At a Cosmic Level they are the Secrets of the Cosmos.
  • At the next level they are the Secrets of Nature.
  • At the next level they form the Mysteries of Man.

At all three levels the World Tree - Yggdrasil - forms the basis of the wholeness of each. The 'Seed of Life' grows into the 'Tree of Life' from which the 'Fruit of Life' ('Seed of Life' again) forms with the maturity of the Tree. Birth-Life-Death-to-Rebirth again. We can see then that the runes have to be read on all levels of being as if they were the same; each level has the same essence if not quite the same form.

The Walknut can also be drawn using an Isometric Grid, as was shown on the video on YouTube. Although the cube forms the basic pattern, this itself is formed from six triangles, so the triangle is in fact the very basic form of the 'Pattern of Life'. Whereas the cube is formed of six triangles the Walknut is formed of ten triangles (three times three with one at the central point). The Number 10 itself suggests the start of a new sequence. As I have shown in one of our magazines, when you use a piece of cordage laid out in the form of the Walknut it forms a 'slip-knot' which is the simple form of the 'hangman's knot'. It is the Knot of Woden.

Adding these ideas together we have the World Ash-Tree (Yggdrasil) on which hangs the god Ygg (Woden); in the same symbolism we have the 'Hangman's Noose' which is symbolic of Woden. It is usual to see the World Tree as an Ash-Tree but some feel that it is really a Yew-Tree, due to the Eddas calling it the 'Needle-Ash'. But here we may be 'barking up the wrong tree' (sorry, could not resist that one) for may not the term 'Needle Ash' be used for the Mountain Ash whose leaves are somewhat more pointed than the Ash, but whose alternative name is the Rowan-Tree ('Rune-Tree'). Woden rediscovered the runes whilst he hung in a self-sacrifice upon the 'Rune-Tree'. What he had to do was to recognise the patterns of the runes within the tree itself. (******)

If we look carefully at the Fylfot-Swastika form used in the diagram it seems to us as a three-dimensional form, as if we were looking downwards onto the symbol. But it also shows something else, for looked at from this angle the pattern is made up of squares/cubes which has to relate to the board-games known as Chess and Taefl. It has been suggested that the outcome of the Taefl-Board or Knefatafl is decided by R-a-hw-h-a-n.

Woden was said to have 'peered down' in order to see the rune-staves; looking at the Ger-Rune, the Gar-Rune and the Fylfot-Swastika these appear to be the ones that show up at a three-dimensional level when we 'look down' upon them at a certain angle. Both of these contain the Germanic Ing-Rune which looks like a square when viewed in this way. Put another way the 'lozenge' becomes the 'square' at a 3-D level.

The 18 runes of the Armanen Rune System can all be taken from the Hagal-Rune or 'Mother-Rune' as shown above. I have drawn the Thorn-Rune as it would be taken from the hexagon-shape, though it is usually drawn as in the CGF. It could also be drawn as just a 'thorn', a triangle.
Finally, the Nine Glory-Twigs form can be used as a meditation in itself; this is done by concentrating on the form and drawing the runes out of the Pattern of Wyrd. Wyrd is the whole, the runes are formed from the whole. Wyrd is formed from the interconnecting 'threads' which in this case run upright and diagonally making up the pattern as it is.

(*) I will call this the 'Ar-Kan Rune-Row' rather than the 'Anglo-Frisian Rune-Row' because ours does use some alternative runes; this has been done to fit with our own unique Wodenic Lore.

(**) This form is the way that some have drawn the pattern; Hamasson used this form in a painting he gave to me.

(***) See the videos by Asaheim Wulfguard on YouTube; he has nothing to do with Woden's Folk and works on his own initiative.

(****) Saturn has a hexagon at its North Pole and an Eye at the South Pole. This is significant in view of the use by the Dark Forces who control the three major religions - Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

(*****) Guido von List actually prophesied that a new force would arise around 1932, only a year out from 1933.

(******) One of the most effective Runic Meditations is the 'Tree Meditation' where the runes are found in the patterns of the branches of trees. Runes can be found everywhere in life, but this is most potent in that we can see the runes appear around us in the woods and forests.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

More of Haegl

The Haegl-Rune is shown above; simply it is twin upright staves and two angled cross-pieces. But if we look more closely at the symbol it is actually made up of two Ur-Runes, one upright and the other upturned - UR-RU. But it is also made up of a downward-stroke Ken-Rune and an upward-stroke Ken-Rune in reverse. This is interesting in that it would suggest a male-female binding. This parallels the use of the Hagal-Rune by Miguel Serrano who sees this as the Union of HE/SHE, but using the Man-Rune and Yr-Rune from the Armanen Rune-Row.

The twin Ur-Runes obviously relate to origins, and the twin Ken-Runes to fire; there is an Ur-Fusion and a Ken-Fusion making up the Haegl-Rune of the English Rune-Row. The concept of the Ur-Fire is suggested for this rune-stave, and yet it is a rune of frozen ice (hail). The Norwegian Rune-Poem tells us that 'hail is the coldest of corns', meaning that it is frozen ice. The Icelandic Rune-Poem has much the same - 'hail is cold corn and driving sleet'. Yet the Old English Rune-Poem starts with the same idea - 'hail is whitest of corn, from heaven's height it whirls' - but then adds a very important point - 'winds blow it, it becomes water after'. This last sentence suggests that there is another element within the meaning of the rune-stave - heat and fire. This is actually suggested in the Icelandic Rune-Poem in the phrase 'sickness of snakes', for snakes are cold-blooded animals.

The rune-stave actually contains a sort of 'Creation Myth' since it has all the elements of the Norse Creation Myth -

Ice - Fire - Drizzle

There is a rendering of the Ur-Rune which has within the stave 'droplets' that suggest 'drizzle'. Indeed, the Icelandic Rune-Poem has for the Ur-Rune the meaning of 'drizzle'. Drizzle, in this case, is symbolic of the heating of ice which turns into water and then into water-vapour - all of which happen through the application of heat at different levels.

The primal building-block of creation can be found in the concept of Niflheim which contains the 'mist' (drizzle) which forms from the conflict of Ice and Fire. This is found in the modern scientific term nebula which stems from the same IE Root *nebh- meaning 'mist' or 'cloud'. The meaning given in the Icelandic Rune-Poem is thus related to the nebula which is a gaseous mist from which new stars are formed. This is thus the building-block of creation. It is interesting to note that the Welsh version of the Wild Hunter-God is Gwyn ap Nydd meaning 'Gwyn (White), Son of the Mist'.

If we use the Common Germanic Futhark version of the Hagal-Rune (as shown above) we still get the Ur-Ru symbolism, and we still get the twin-Ken-Runes too, so there is no real difference between these two versions. The main point, I believe, is that the rune shows a symbolism of turning the static state into a state of flow and movement - Ice (static) turns into Water (flowing). The third force needed to make this happen is Fire (heat) which must be inherent in the rune-meaning in order to create the wholeness of the rune.

It is the Rune of Wholeness (Heil/Hael) since it contains the balance of opposites within the same symbol - the balance of Ice and Fire. But it also contains the very basis of life, through the Hagal-Rune (Snowflake) being the core of the Seed of Life and the Flower of Life. The rune is thus the basic building-block of life itself, and of creation (which occurs at every moment and is not just a point in the past when everything was 'created').

The Hagal-Rune is also the central point of the Nine Glory-Twigs and is thus the basic building-block of the Mother Rune (as well as the Gar-Rune). The central column contains the following runes which are symmetrical -

  • Hagal-Rune
  • Gar-Rune
  • Ing-Rune (not actually containing the upright stave)
  • Ior-Rune
  • Tir-Rune

Thus we have the Primal Crystal of Life (Hagal), the Sacred Centre and Axis-Column (Gar-Rune), the DNA Spiral (Ing-Rune), the Serpent - Life-Force (Ior-Rune), and the Sky-Father (Tir-Rune). There is here a strange kind of 'pattern' evolving -

Hagal - the 'crystal' or 'pattern' of life-forms; the pattern of creation. The Union of the Male and Female - Union of Opposites.

Gar - the Sacred Centre and World Pillar; the spinal column or Mount Su-Me-Ru, up which the Fire-Serpent rises.

Ing - the 'double-helix' or Twin Coiling Serpents which move upwards along the spinal column (Pillar/World Mountain).

Ior - the Serpent, in this case related to the Fire-Serpent. Ior-mun is a variant of the English Eor-men which is related to 'Irmin', which can refer to a pillar or post, but can also mean 'to set into motion'. The Sacred Column is the Irminsul and the Spinal Column of Man.

Tir - the rune-stave suggests upward motion or movement upwards along a column. Tiwaz means 'The Shining One' so we have the suggestion of 'enlightenment' or 'awakening' here.

The 'Union of Opposites' occurs at the Crown Chakra and is Miguel Serrano's 'HE/SHE'. This, of course, is not the final stage in our work, for this involved going beyond to the Black Sun and the Green Ray, and the creation of the Absolute 'I'. This stage, of course, could be seen in the Is-Rune which I omitted (deliberate mistake I assure you) from the runes above.

There is also another hidden 'pattern' within the Nine Glory-Twigs since we have three distinct and similar runes on the central column - Hagal-Ior-Ing. All of these contain the Gifu-Rune or 'Gift-Rune'. Ing, of course, is the 'odd one out' here since it does not have the central column; this further suggests the movement (of the Fire-Serpent) within the 'channels' (Ida and Pingala) at each side of the spinal column.

There is also the Ger-Rune which symbolises the yearly cycle or a full cycle, as well as the 'harvest' obtained through the rewards of what is sown previously. The Hagal-Rune is also the 'seed' (Seed of Life) which gives new life and new birth - creation. Science, or at least the more advanced form of science, now knows that the 'seed' is far more than it seems, for it contains a blueprint of the final form of the life. This may look like a tiny 'speck' but in reality it contains the end-result of the life-form, as it is when fully formed. The Germanic Ing-Rune forms part of the Ger-Rune and is the 'seed' of new life; it is the 'blueprint' for the fully-formed life-form.

We can certainly say that the Haegl-Rune contains Hail and Heil as a Rune of Balance, the balance of opposites in one symbol. As the Rune of Wholeness it is the 'Seed of Life' which contains the blueprint for the fully-grown form; it is 'whole' from the very start of the process of life and growth. This, I think, is how the 'aura' is viewed, as the true form from which the physical body is formed. In regard to the Heil or 'wholeness' we may see this as the (re-)creation of the Astral Body or Body of Light. Again, advanced science has postulated that Light affects the DNA Spiral.

What I have shown here is that the secret of the Nine Glory-Twigs lies not only in that it is the 'Primal Matrix' of the rune-staves, but that the positions of the staves within the whole are important too. The crystal is the basic form of life, and the Haegl-Rune (in its Hagal form) is the Crystal or Krist-All.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Rahwhan & Alu-Ula

This post was sparked by a quick reading of an article by Osred in Odin's Lore - The Magick and Symbolism of the Runes (*) which features the mystery of a runic formula etched onto a roe-deer bone found at Caistor-by-Norwich, dated around 425 - 475 CE. I am not going to go into the history of this, which can be found in the article itself, but look at another angle, that of its featuring in a fictional book by Nikolai Tolstoy 'The Coming of the King'.

In this work the runes are Rad-AEsc-Eoh-Haegl-AEsc-Nyd; Tolstoy interprets these as R - ae - hw - ae - n. Raehwhaen. The 'ae' is a single letter represented by the AEsc-Rune. The first point made is that, read from right to left, this reads as naeh (near) hwaer (where) which does not get us far really, at least it does not give clues to the interpretation. Tolstoy goes on to say that Rahwhan is the basis of the strife of the world, meaning perhaps the conflict of opposites, and this same force governs the Taefl game, which features in this section. This struggle ends in 'death' which he sees related to the Nyd-Rune at the end.

Rahwhan influences the conflict of opposites, and perhaps directs it in some way. He goes on to give the following meanings to the runes -

Rad - The Driver of the Wagon. By Iring's Path drives the Chariot of the Bear, Woden's Waen. This is the 'Chariot of the King of Men' that leads the host of the slain towards Valhalla. This chariot wends eastwards to the 'place of death'.

Os - Os is Woden who hangs upon the World Tree (here the Eoh-Rune).

Eoh - The 'windswept tree', Yggdrasil, the World Yew-Tree.

Haegl - 'hail' representing 'elf-shot' and the 'arrow-storm' of battle.

Nyd - That which binds man's wyrd,  death, the ending of all.

However, using his version of the runes in the book the second and fifth rune is not Os but AEsc, though the meaning may still be more or less the same. But Tolstoy uses the AEsc-Rune to start with and then changes to the Os-Rune. This may seem to be an error if it were not a fact that the runic formula could be from the Common Germanic Futhark rather than the Anglo-Frisian Futhork, especially since the Haegl-Rune has a single cross-stroke as opposed to the usual twin cross-stroke of the Anglo-Frisian row.

This is where the mystery comes in since by all accounts at this time in history the Old English Rune Poem runes should have been used, not the Common Germanic Futhark - according, that is, to some historians. I would like to point out that the Horns of Gallehus come from an area of Denmark once inhabited by the Angles - the English - and the runes are of the CGF with rune-postures from the Anglo-Frisian, i.e. both runes feature. Some have claimed that the use of the CGF here, at this early time, suggests that some form of runic alphabet was used at an earlier period here in England. The problem lies, once again, in the 'Anglo-Saxon invasions' theory which makes for later dates, so this type of evidence has to be dismissed because it does not fit in. (**)

We thus have the formula - R - a - hw - h - a -n with these being - Raidho, Ansuz, Aihwas, Hagal, Ansuz, and Nauthiz. The Taefl-board represents the conflict of opposites, Rahwhan being the force that directs that conflict. I would like to look at more meanings of these runes -

Raidho - The Chariot of Ingwe; Ingwe being the force that moves the Chariot, Woden's Waen (Great Bear). Ingwe is here Bootes, the 'Driver of the Chariot'. This happens at the Wheel of the Cosmos, at the area where the northern stars revolve around the Pole Star. This is also the rune of 'right order' of the Rita, that which governs the movement of all things, the rhythm of the cosmos and of nature. This rhythm is governed by the sacrifice, and the supreme sacrifice of Woden upon the Ancient Yew-Tree. Here he is Waendal who is the world-turner, the turner of the world-mill, he who spins the Fire-Whisk, whirling the cosmos into creation. The 'long mile-path' is the Road to Valhalla, the Road of the Dead, the Hel-Waeg. This rune leads the dead hero to the Road to Valhalla along the Milky Way or Iring's Way. This rune is also that of the 'rat' the animal that 'leaves the falling house' after it has left a trail of destruction; it then moves to another host and continues the process again.

Ansuz - Rune of Woden, the Ancestral God, the God of the Dead, the Lord of Valhalla, Leader of the Einheriar - Woden Herian. Woden's rune is placed alongside the two central runes - Aiwhaz and Hagal. Ralph Blum uses this rune as a 'Rune of Loki' which I have always seen as a distortion, yet the rune (as all runes) must have its equal and opposite meaning, and Loki is indeed on the opposite pole to Woden. Maybe there is some reason to see the negative side of Ansuz as Loki the Trickster.

Aihwaz - The Yew Tree, Yggdrasil in this case, the World Tree upon which Woden hang in order to recover the Ancient Runes. This rune is also that of aiw which is the Life-Force, the rune-root giving us our word 'eternity'. This is outside the bounds of time and space, a force that permeates all things and animates all things. This rune is the rune of Eternal Life, of Immortality, and of regeneration, since certain yews regenerate themselves from within as they die off. The Immortals are the Warrior-Heroes who go to Valhalla after their death on earth. But this is also a Rune of Death since the yew-tree is deadly poisonous when eaten.

Hagal - This is not just a rune of destruction, of 'arrow-shot' or 'elf-shot' but a rune of wholeness, of healing, of health. Both equal and opposite meanings apply, as they do for all of the runes. This is a rune of health, but also a rune bringing death and destruction.

Ansuz - as above.

Nauthiz - Rune of Need; this is not just death since it infers 'necessity', that when things go bad it forces change upon us, forces us to get over the problems. It is also the Rune of Friction, the friction of the conflict of opposites, the friction created by the Eternal War of the Goten and the Joten. It is the Sword of Need, wrenched from the Barnstock Oak by Sigmund the Wolsunga, placed there by Woden. The tale of King Arthur pulling the Sword from the Stone is one of the right to kingship, whereas the tale of Sigmund the Wolsunga is different, it is the right of kinship as much as kingship, the right to bear the sword placed there by the High God - Sacral Kingship. This sword passes through the Wolsunga Royal House, it is not the property of a single king, it is the property of the Kinfolk of the Wolsungas, passed down from Sigmund to his son Sigurd, who reforges it when it is broken by Woden. What was given by Woden is taken in death by Woden. The rune is also of 'Friction-Fire' which is kindled when the need is greatest, it is the Flame of Life.

We do not seem to be much nearer to solving the mystery; I have covered this topic many years ago in the first runic work we put out between ourselves in Woden's Folk. The mystery was no nearer solving then, and though I cannot find a copy of this work now I do recall looking into the concept of 'raw' in regard to Rahwhan. We need to turn elsewhere first, and in the runic article Osred recalls this to be linked to regin and ragna in the Norse Lore - the former meaning 'divinely established magical power' and the latter 'invoke magic upon'. If the link is right then this is a Magical Formula to do with death (this and the sheep's bones were found in a burial urn).

It is interesting to note the link to ragna and thus to Ragna-rok, this being the 'invoking of magical power'. When I went through the mystical experience and Wodenic Initiation back in 1997 one of the things that I learned was that this experience was based upon the 'conflict of opposites', like Ragnarok, which ended in their being transcended creating another reality, another way of being, in human terms another Race of Man.

Regin comes from an IE Root *reg- meaning 'to move in a straight line', or 'to direct in a straight line'. 'to lead or to rule'. This gives us the OE riht meaning 'right, 'just', 'straight', and thus our modern word 'right'. Of course, the first rune - Raidho - covers this very meaning. From this root we get terms associated with kingship, ruler-ship, and leadership -

  • realm,
  • regent,
  • regime,
  • regimen,
  • regiment,
  • region,
  • regal,
  • reign,
  • real.

There are also other words stemming from the same idea -

Latin regire meaning 'to lead straight', 'to guide', and 'to rule'.

OHG rih meaning 'king', 'ruler', from which we get the title Rig-Hama.

*reg- tribal king,

Germanic riks meaning 'king',

OE rice - 'realm',
ON riki - 'realm',
OHG richi - 'reich', 'realm',
OE rice - 'strong', 'powerful',
Sanskrit raja/rajan - king.

All of these varied meanings suggest ruler-ship and kingship; the term 'ruler' can also refer to a means of measurement. We can also get certain other words that bring us further to the meaning -

  • reger - 'the movers',
  • erreger - 'the initiators',
  • regiereden - 'the ruling ones',
  • an-regended - 'the inciting ones',
  • rege - 'the active one'.
We have also the German word recke which means 'hero'.

I have mentioned before about the idea of the Straight Road by which other realms of being can be seen; this was the theme used by Tolkien when he declared that the Gods had made the Earth round, and that only the few could see the 'sunken lands' by taking the Straight Path as opposed to the curved path of the world today. I also hinted that perhaps the idea of the 'Flat Earth' was a misunderstanding (in one sense) because it does not refer to the physical earth and to the physical realms but to a different state of consciousness in which the worlds are different. In other words it refers to different dimensions of being.

Perhaps, just perhaps, the idea of 'moving in a straight line' referred to the higher beings (such as kings, shamans, aethlingas etc.) who were able to attain higher states of consciousness, thus seeing into other worlds of being. As 'wise men' they were fit to rule the peoples, the tribe, but this (of course) came to an end as we plunged deeper into the Warg-Age or Kali Yuga.

Thus regin or ragna refer to the magical force that moves in a straight line, the force that influences or even directs the conflict of opposites; it is the power hidden within the Ancient Runes. These ideas must be all linked to the meanings of the Raidho-Rune. We shall now move on to look at the thought I had earlier concerning 'raw'.

German rauh - 'raw',

German rauch - 'rough',

The idea here is something that is rough, raw, primal, and we might consider these to refer to some form of Primal Force or Power. I am here reminded of the very ancient Vedic God, Rudra, who is linked to these same ideas. We can thus link Woden to them too.

The 'straight line' could also represent the World Pillar or Cosmic Pillar, the Sacred Centre. There is also a Latin regula which means - 'a straight piece of wood', 'a rod'. Again, these terms also come from the Raidho-Rune which seems to form the basis of this formula. There is also another IE Root *regw -es which means 'darkness' and from this stems the Greek Erebos which is a place of darkness under the earth. Scientists do not, as yet, know what role Dark Matter or Dark Energy plays in the universe but they do theorise that it makes up most of what we call 'space'.

We can see the conflict of opposites as being the conflict of 'Ice and Fire' represented by the Isa-rune and Ken-rune, and thus it is Rahwhan that directs or influences the interplay of these opposing forces. Ginnungagap is the Primal Void, made up of Niflheim and Muspelheim, the forces of Ice and Fire. It is the conflict of these two forces that causes what we term 'creation', which is not something that happens at some fixed time in the past, but is a continuous process caused by this conflict of Ice and Fire. Ginnungagap is the magically-charged void and we can thus assume that this 'magical force' is Rahwhan which is what influences the other forces.

An interesting point to note is that the Ancient Runes were always drawn as straight lines and never as curves, the curves only coming into being when writing became part of the Germanic world. Runes were carved on wood, so straight lines would perhaps be easier, but the real reason seems to be that they were always meant to be straight lines, taking the straight path, representing the power of regin/ragna.

I am going to suggest that Rahwhan may have been a magical formula which was meant to guide the Woden-born to Valhalla, as suggested earlier in the article. The concept of Valhalla needs to be covered in more detail, which I shall try to do now.

Some  modern scientists, those who concern themselves with consciousness and with such things as 'out-of-body-experience', and 'after-death-experiences' have suggested that what we think on the point of death, and thus what we have thought for some time before death, is how we experience death itself. This seems to make some real sense. In the case of Valhalla we can only see how the Vikings saw it, and that is a place where they went after death, fought and died each day, were resurrected to feast with the Gods, and then fought and died again - over and over - until Ragnarok when they would be resurrected to fight the Last Battle.

Looked at this way it was essential that the brave warriors of this time, and no doubt throughout the history of the Germanic Folk, actually believed wholeheartedly in the concept of Valhalla, an afterlife in which they would be prepared for their next incarnation on Earth. This said, the Warrior-Hero who died in the struggle would be well prepared for his next incarnation; this would go some way in explaining how certain figures in history, heroic figures, have a strong sense of self-destiny, a sense that they have a heroic destiny ahead of them, indeed, a sense that they were born to undertake a higher destiny. This is in fact the driving-force behind their whole life. They live an Archetypal Myth because that is what they are, that is what they were in previous incarnations, and that is what they will be for eternity.

The process thus means that there has to be a belief in an afterlife, a belief in the idea that they will be reborn or 'resurrected' again and again in order to fight the Eternal Struggle. This also explains the concept of Ragna-rok which is not only the end product of this conflict of opposites, but the manifestation of this 'magical force' that causes this conflict of opposites, and which aids the process of the transcendence of these opposites to (re-)create a new cosmos and a new order. It may be that the Rahwhan Formula was the magical force that helped to 'send' the dead to Valhalla, to send the dead along the Straight Path that leads to Valhalla. It must be remembered that the Dead-Ways or Hel-Ways were invariably placed in a straight line upon the earth, the roads being almost always in a straight line.

If I am near the mark here there is a need for more research in this direction, since this is an important concept that must be incorporated into the teachings of Folkish Wodenism. We have seen here in England, and in many other European Nations as well as the rest of the White Nations, how in our time there is a growing youth-movement springing up, manifesting the Will of Woden shown by the dress and methods used in their work. This suggests the resurrection of the Einheriar into the youth in our times.

The idea of Valhalla was replaced by the idea of a 'Heaven' and a 'Hell', so that those who went to heaven stayed there are would not come back. This idea is alien to our Folk, and dangerous too if how we think before death affects us after death. The concept of Valhalla must be instilled into our Folk once again in order to further this cosmic struggle.

The ALU-ULA Magical Power -

Another runic formula that has been found on funeral urns, and thus connected to death, is the ALU or ALU-ULA runic formula. I have covered this in detail before so I will merely state a few points of relevance to this post. The runic formula embodies another magical force rooted in the IE Root *alu- or alw- which has the following meanings, and the following words that stem from this root -

IE Root *al-  to grow, to nourish,
                     to wander,
                     to grind, to mill,

alua (Greek) - 'I am beside myself',

aluot (Latin) - 'To wander aimlessly',

alwanza (Hittite) - 'bewitched',

IE Root *alw- 'To put under a magical spell'.

I see no reason why the word alu/alw cannot stem from most of these roots, even though this is not the usual way it is seen. What is implied is a magical force very much like Rahwhan, and indeed a magical force connected to death and no doubt resurrection. I have recounted the incident at Wayland's Smithy where a 'New Age' woman told me about a vision she had, a vision of a tall, fair warrior. This suggests something connected to the Ancestral Spirits, and here it seems one of these appeared at the Smithy. The words he spoke to her were -


Yes, the formula was repeated three times and this is part of the numerology of this runic galdor. I connected this to the Ancestral Spirits since this was obviously a Saxon Warrior from the past, a warrior who passed into and out of our world to give a message. Meeting the woman at that time, and at that place, was what Carl Jung called a synchronicity, but even more important was the message which I took as a personal message because the woman did not understand the term 'ALU' at all, so I took it upon myself to interpret the message. Below is a section from The Emerald Tablets of Hermes the Atlantean, which if anything should be regarded as an initiated work and not as a written record from such ancient times. I have placed certain sections in bold print so as to make these parts stand out; it is these parts that I shall comment upon.

Hear ye, O man, and list to my voice.
List to the wisdom that gives thee of Death.
When at the end of thy work appointed,
thou may desire to pass from this life,
pass to the plane where the Suns of the Morning
live and have being as Children of Light.

Pass without pain and pass without sorrow
into the plane where is eternal Light.

First lie at rest with thine head to the eastward.
Fold thou thy hands at the Source of thy life (solar plexus).

Place thou thy consciousness in the life seat.
Whirl it and divide to north and to south.

Send thou the one out toward the northward.
Send thou the other out to the south. 

Relax thou their hold upon thy being.
Forth from thy form will thy silver spark fly,
upward and onward to the Sun of the morning,
blending with Light, at one with its source.

There it shall flame till desire shall be created.
Then shall return to a place in a form.

Know ye, O men, that thus pass the great Souls,
changing at will from life unto life. 

Thus ever passes the Avatar,
willing his Death as he wills his own life.

List ye, O man, drink of my wisdom.
Learn ye the secret that is Master of Time.
Learn ye how those ye call Masters are
able to remember the lives of the past.

Great is the secret yet easy to master,
giving to thee the mastery of time.
When upon thee death fast approaches,
fear not but know ye are master of Death.

Relax thy body, resist not with tension. 

Place in thy heart the flame of thy Soul.
Swiftly then sweep it to the seat of the triangle.

Hold for a moment, then move to the goal.
This, thy goal, is the place between thine eyebrows, 

the place where the memory of life must hold sway.
Hold thou thy flame here in thy brain-seat
until the fingers of Death grasp thy Soul. 

Then as thou pass through the state of transition,
surely the memories of life shall pass, too.

Then shalt the past be as one with the present.
Then shall the memory of all be retained.
Free shalt thou be from all retrogression.
The things of the past shall live in today.

The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean.

The passage talks about death and the means to gain access to the 'plane' where dwell the Suns of the Morning, those who are the Children of Light. It is clearly stated that it is the Avatar spoken of here, the higher beings or Warriors of Light, who will their death as he 'wills his own life'. This is the same as the Tibetan Buddhist idea of the Boddhisattva who incarnates at will in order to aid mankind.

What is then stated is the means to recall the 'lives of the past'; this is another way of saying that the methods here will enable the Einheriar (Fallen Hero) to awaken the Blood Memory when he resurrects again in the next life. The above tells us how this is to be done at the point of death - this is a method linked to our own ALU-ULA Runic Formula.

The consciousness is placed at the Heart Centre where resides the Lagu-Rune; this consciousness should be the Flame of the Soul, in other words the Initiate should visualise the Sacred Flame of his/her Being at this point, around the heart/solar plexus.

The consciousness is quickly moved downwards to the 'seat of the triangle', i.e. the Hara-Centre two fingers below the belly-button. Then the energy is moved upwards to the Mind's Eye Centre (Third Eye) which is 'between thine eyebrows' and which is where the 'memory of life must hold sway'. The visualisation of the Flame of the Soul (Divine Spark or Litr Goda) at this point should be held until death. This act retains the Blood Memory into the future incarnations.

The part which is not fully clear here, which is important to investigate further, is the movement of the 'Flame' to the 'seat of the triangle', since it is not clear which centre this is. I have placed it at the lower centre because this is an Inverted Triangle, as we have seen it in our own ideas. In doing this we invoke another formula - LUA. This uses all three centres in the formula, which seems to be logical.

This is the Way of the Solar Warrior, the Divine Hero who wills his own death and his own rebirth in a new form, a rebirth into the Eternal Struggle, as outlined by the master - Don Miguel Serrano. The place of these 'Sons of the Morning' ('Morning Star'?) is of course Valhalla! The 'source of thy life' is said to be the Solar Plexus Centre, which is used in the daily exercise designed to pave the way for death. The 'soul' is described as a 'silver spark', this is the Flame of Life or Divine Spark within the Solar Hero - this is the 'Flame of the 'Gods', the 'Gift of the Gods'.

When Hama incarnated at the end of the Golden Age, incarnated as Sheaf-Ing, he came from the Gods after being given a drink from the Three Wells or Three Cauldrons, and thus he incarnated, forgetting who he was in order to move freely amongst men. Rig-Hama is equipped with strength, endurance and wisdom through a draft of the -

jardar magn

svalkaldr saer

sonar dreyri

These are most probably the same as -

urdar magn

svalkaldr saer

sonar dreyri

These are the 'Earth's Strength', the strength of the Well of Wyrd, the 'cool-cold sea' is from the Well of Hvergelmir, and from Son or Mimir's Well - the Well of Memory. This is significant to the arguments above since the Well of Memory lies at the Heart Centre/Solar-Plexus Centre. It is from this centre that the 'Blood Memory' is raised to the Mind's Eye Centre in order to retain this memory into the next incarnation.

It is interesting to note that the words 'ALU' as spoken by the Saxon Warrior at Wayland's Smithy are the runes used to bring the power downwards from the Mind's Eye to Bodn at the Hara-Centre/Root Centre. This itself suggests the movement of the spirit of the warrior from the 'Otherworld' into the Realm of Midgard, the energy moving downwards to the Earth Centre (Midgard). Since the Well of Memory/Blood Memory dwells at the Heart Centre it fits in well to see this as the starting-point as in the Tablets of Hermes, from where it moves downwards to the Hara-Centre, then swiftly upwards to the Mind's Eye Centre - Odroerir.

To sum up, we have a formula which links to our own ideas on the Three Cauldrons, a formula that can be used at the point of death to ensure that the Blood Memory is retained into the next incarnation. This is based upon a Formula LUA derived from the ALU-ULA Formula of the Three Cauldrons or Three Energy-Centres of the body. We have also the Runic Formula RAhwHAN which is a magical force that is behind and directs the Eternal Conflict of Ice and Fire - the Eternal Conflict of Opposites. The first guides the Warrior-Hero on the Road to Valhalla, and the second seems to have a similar role in this process. It might now be appropriate to look again at these runes -

Rad - the Road to Valhalla, the 'long mile-paths' on which the dead journey through Iring's Way (the Milky Way) to reach Valhalla. This is both the 'road', the 'journey' and the Warrior-Hero who makes that journey. This rune represents the 'Journey of the Dead' along the 'Dead-Ways' or 'Straight Tracks' that can be found across the country. It also represents the 'Journey of the Dead' across the waters in the Viking Ship-Burial, where the 'Fire' is kindled, transforming the individual, and returning the Fire to the Water.

Ansuz - Woden as the Ancestral God and Lord of Valhalla; this is the Ancestral Force because the IE Root *ansu- means 'spirit' - these are the Spirits of the Dead Warrior-Heroes. This represents here, as the second rune, the Spirit of the Warrior-Hero who undertakes the journey to Valhalla.

Aihwaz - This rune represents the Yew-Tree, the Tree of Eternal Life and of Resurrection and Regeneration; it is also the Tree of Death. The stave represents the World Tree and in particular the upward-downward movement from the centre to Asgard and Hel. The stave is made up of twin Lagu-Runes which is interesting in that the Lagu-Rune is central to the Three Energy-Centres in Wodenic Lore. The IE Root *aiw- means 'Life-Force', 'Vital Force', 'Vital Energy' and 'Eternity'. Here we see the secret of Valhalla - the Road to the Immortals, to Immortality.

Ansuz - This rune represents the Warrior-Hero who undertakes the journey to Valhalla along the Dead-Way, along the Straight Road which leads to Valhalla. Guided by the Ancestral God, Woden. The 'Straight Road' in a way suggests the Spinal Column through which the energy or 'Life-Force' moves. This 'Life-Force' leaves the body as the 'Silver Spark'.

Nauthiz - This represents 'Death' but it also represents the need to overcome 'Death', to go beyond to Eternal Life in the Halls of Light - Valhalla. This tells us that the 'death' of the 'memory' can be overcome through spiritual exercises at death, but more importantly through the knowledge that the spirit of the Warrior-Hero will pass at death to the Halls of Valhalla. This is also the Need-Fire which is kindled as the 'Cremation-Fire' which is the Fire of Transformation, the fire that transforms the earthly warrior-hero into the Divine Warrior-Hero who then dwells in Valhalla awaiting rebirth in order to continue the Eternal Struggle. (***)

This is why the great Warrior-Heroes were buried with their earthly belongings, because it was believed that they would need them in the next world; they would need them because they retained their essence into the next world, and into the next life. They had recreated their Body of Light (Astral Body) and were thus able to move on to the Otherworld Realms in their own body, and not be absorbed into the 'All' or the 'One'. They remained as individuals, creating the Absolute I  that Miguel Serrano speaks of.

It is not our place to intellectualise, or to argue as to the meaning of 'Valhalla'; we have to believe in Valhalla, to believe that it exists and is the place where we shall go after death. To feast and drink with the Gods and the Warrior-Heroes we knew and struggled with in our lives. This is the core of our religion, the core of Folkish Wodenism. Valhalla is not a point of debate, of scholarly research into what it is, where it is, and why it is. Valhalla is the place we go after a glorious life in the struggle between the Goten and the Joten - it is the training-ground for our next incarnation  on Earth. Believe! - And it will be so! We have willed this life, and we shall will our death! And we shall will the life to come in the same heroic struggle.

Lo, there do I see my Father,
Lo, there do I see my Mother,
Lo, there do I see my Sisters and my Brothers,
Lo, there do I see the line of my people,
Back to the beginning.
Lo, they do call to me, they bid me take my place in the Halls of Valhalla,
Where the brave may live forever!

Hail the Glorious Dead!
Hail the Victorious Dead!

Victory or Valhalla!

(*) 'Odin's Lore - The Magick and Symbolism of the Runes edited by Troy Southgate (ISBN: 978-0-9955677-4-0) available from Black Front Press and no doubt on Amazon. The article is 'An Unsolved Runic Mystery' by Osred.

(**) There is also another theory that the 33-rune row was earlier and, like the Younger Futhark, some runes were dropped out at a later date, leaving 24 runes in this case. We have no evidence of this, though that does not negate the idea since there may be evidence somewhere out there which has also been 'dismissed' because it does not fit in. This is another subject though.

(***) In the article Osred points out that there is an Old English word nidgedal defined in the Bosworth-Toller Dictionary as 'An inevitable parting, the parting of body and soul'. The 'exit' for the soul to leave the body would be the 'hole' at the top of the head, the hole that exists when we are born (to allow the soul to enter). When I use the term 'soul' it is not in the Christian sense of the term but in the sense engendered by the IE Root *sowil- which means 'swift-moving' and also the Sun. The 'Suns of the Morning' would be the sense used.