Sunday, July 20, 2014

About Real Rune Magick

This blog/site is intended to be a springboard for all those curious in the esoteric and occult knowledge of the Rune Masters of the Norse/Scandinavian and Germanic traditions, both ancient and modern. Specifically I focus on Runes here, although a few other subjects may be covered.

To put it simply, this blog is a no-nonsense guide about runes and rune magick.

I will also give insights and tips from my own real-time journey as a rune magician.

All are welcome to contribute their input, whether you consider yourself an Odinist, Asatruar, Wotanist, Heathen, Mystic, Occultist, Runologist, Academic, or none of the above! However, it is recommended that you gain at least a baseline understanding of what the runes are, and are not. And a little background on the Norse/Germanic runelore and the 4 main systems of runes themselves is essential. If you don't have this knowledge, don't panic, it's easy to find answers here. Ignorance of the facts may be excused... once. I'll point the way, but it's up to you to have the will to take it. However, any comments intended to be rude or belligerent to any people, religion, or tradition will be deleted.

Runes are an esoteric path, indeed to even call them "a path" is not accurate as there are many paths to runic knowledge and its deeper mysteries. However because of the esoteric nature of runes (which many conventional academics ignore or dismiss due to the shackles of their modern materialist worldview) it may often be difficult for us to understand the runes the way the ancient Norse and Germanic people (Norwegians, Danes, Saxons, Teutons, Goths, Varangians, Rus, etc.) understood them. Because of this we must look to the surviving ancient texts, the Eddas and Sagas. Yet at the same time, we must not be completely bound by them - these are, without doubt, narratives that have evolved and been changed (some may say corrupted) over time. A number of passages and myths may be distorted due to Christian influence (the current forms of the Eddas were compiled in Iceland by monks in the 13th Century, well after its conversion, not to mention that of the Nordic mainland). And there may be concepts that appear distorted by Christian influence, but are actually homegrown Germanic pre-Christian ones - due to the persecution of the Church in the middle ages, it's extremely difficult to tell.

Therefore, there are bound to be as many paths into Runic knowledge and wisdom as there are rune practitioners (and we say "into it" rather than "to it", since the runic journey was never simply a means to an end as one may think in Greco-Roman-derived utilitarian cultures of the modern west, but rather a worthy experience in itself, a cyclical evolution and increase in wisdom, meant to be enjoyed for both its good and bad, its pleasures and its hard knocks, for there are lessons and runic powers at work within them all).

Because of the diversity of runic paths that existed, inevitably even in ancient times, runes are not a dogmatic way. True Runers (let alone Rune Masters) are not so much concerned with the labels of "orthodox" and "heterodox" as they are with what works. Runes are forces of evolution in human psyche, and thus while the traditions of the ancients are a very important and useful background on how to practice Rune Magick, modern rune practitioners are also open to new concepts which allow us to internalize and integrate runic wisdom more deeply in our subconscious, for the benefit of ourselves as well as those around us. We are not pedantic fundamentalists constantly stuck in a lost age, as I am sure our predecessors in Runelore were not, and would not want us to be either.

The Vikings, to use one example, were extremely adaptable, and open to new ideas and better ways of doing things in everyday life, and there's little doubt that this extended into the mystical realms as well. Thus there's little point in saying "you have no business studying that, because it doesn't date back to ancient times". Even the Sagas and Eddas were written down centuries after all of Northern Europe had become Christian and practicing the runes was largely banned - one may say that ALL of it is reconstructed. So while rune masters don't usually endorse blatantly fraudulent and un-Germanic concepts such as the "Uthark" theory, or the "blank rune" or others of Ralph Blum's ignorant inventions that he tried to pass off as "runic" practices as a catchy sales pitch for his worthless books, we generally should be open to learning both ancient and modern systems of runelore (the modern are related to the ancient after all) and using and teaching what works and enhances the journey.

That's what this blog is all about.

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