Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Who should learn Rune Magick? Beware, and question yourself.

Many curious people are out there, who have come across runes and perhaps even heard of their magickal uses in ancient times.

Some are into astrology, or casual horoscope readers. Some are new-age or general spiritual types with an environmental bent. Others are deep into self-help, positive energy, hypnosis, NLP, and so forth. Some are Christians with an interest in old European ways. Others have other religions or no religion. And others yet are "alternative paths", pagans, wiccans, Asatru, Rodnovery, Druids, or other heathen revivalists.


Which of them should learn rune magick?


Leaving out any personal agendas, the answer should be clear - ANYONE can learn it, and theoretically anyone should be allowed to learn it, so long as they can be trusted to use it responsibly. It's a very powerful and stand-alone system, without any need to learn other types of magick to practice it. It can affect vast changes in your life.


That said, there are those who would use any system to harm or spite others unprovoked, so inevitably it follows that there are some people who should never learn rune magick.


1. Those with evil or malign intentions towards other individuals or humanity as a whole. People addicted to their own rage, desiring to take it out on anyone who crosses their path. Humanity will not benefit in any way if those learning the runes are the same ones who only seek to use them to curse and negatively influence their environment. It's true you can take that path, but the result is not pretty for anyone. Many times did the Norns weave a sad fate for an aggressor without crying upon the person - think not that the fruits of your negative karma and tainted wyrd will be any more apologetically delivered to your doorstep.


2. Those who wish to use magick to exploit or harm others for personal gain. There is no shortage of scammers and con artists out there. Aside from creating "runic" orders and societies to entrap and exploit people, they may simply be looking to rune magick as a means to step on others and steal what is not rightfully theirs. While using runes for personal success is not necessarily bad, it must be remembered that the balanced runenmeister must be looking out for the benefit of more than just himself. Pure greed will tarnish the name of runemagick just as it has tarnished most religions and spiritualities. And the karmic debt will only breed revenge.


3. Racist or hate-oriented groups and individuals. This should be an obvious reason why someone should not learn runes. Leaving aside the debates on the merits of Volkisch thinking and national revival/solidarity among commonly related peoples, the real undesirable tendencies are those of the blind bigots who end up co-opting runic symbols to promote the crudest form of racist politics and mob violence, combined ironically with unfathomable willful ignorance, even of one's own culture and history, and the most degenerate of music (we use the term loosely here). Frankly all runers who truly love their folk (however you define that) should not want to be associated with criminal blind hate of others or with common brainless street thugs, whatever the race or color. Such is not the way of Hávamál, nor is it the way of the rune sagas. And none of the Lore ever posits that one extant race of humans is collectively above another in any way - rather it distinguishes the heroic and honest from the fools, cowards and oath-breakers. Heritable noble traits of primal Arya are another matter altogether, but even then, no modern ethnicity has a monopoly on these.


4. Extreme feminists (oddly, there are quite a few of these in modern magickal circles). This attitude is especially common in certain "pagan" groups comprised mostly of angry middle-aged divorced women who by some means have come to believe that every one of their sufferings was due to a man in their life, or simply all men in general, rather than their own choices. The desire there is not for wisdom but for "revenge" on men by any means, physical or psychic, perversion of the lore included. While women per se have always had a very important and welcome role in Norse magick and ritual, this sort of insane anti-male hate was completely unknown to the ancient Norse - such bigotry completely flies in the face of Nodh, or karmic need for every man and woman to accept responsibility for their own actions and reality, and also implies blatant disrespect for the sacred Nordic concepts of Orlog and Wyrd (natural law and cause-effect flow). Prone to abuse runes to construct unprovoked malevolent curses against men or "captive women" (i.e. any normal woman who doesn't ascribe to their bigotry), this vile lot should never be taught the runelore under any circumstances once identified.


5. Coercive "cults" and groupthink societies. Beware of groups that call themselves "brotherhoods" and "holy orders" and claim to be the only ones to possess the secrets of the runes. Beware groups with contracts and excessive fees, or which claim that you need to pay a great deal of money before learning any of the "mysteries". Learning the mysteries primarily depends on the person's mind and soul state, not on the size of their wallet. And while fees and donations can go a long way toward helping make instructors more feasible and better-trained, at the end of the day it takes time and study on your part, not merely cash. How much result you get depends on how much time and practice you put in. In fact those who cough up the most at once, often end up learning the least, due to expecting a "quick fix" which always disappoints.


6. Expropriators, profiteers, and bowdlerizers of lore (i.e. Ralph Blum, pop-Theosophists, pseudo-Qabalists, many Wiccan authors, Sweat-lodgers, Bahais, pop-psychologists, pop-astrologers, various watered-down western "Reiki" and "Tao" schools, etc). Obviously people exploiting and stealing from various esoteric traditions worldwide to sell a shallow, empty book or DVD are not the sort of folks you want to go to for rune knowledge. Likewise, rune masters should not take such people as students in the first place! Everything which is fed to them disappears down a black hole, and what comes out instead is meaningless trash designed to sucker the next... well, sucker.


7. The deranged or suicidal. Inevitably, as with the racists and hate-criminals, every time one of these "useful idiots" of organized Churchdom commits a shocking violent act, it's not the actual person, or their childhood tormentors, but rather their private interests that get blamed, whether it's a video game, a certain novel, a particular music band, "goth-culture", the Occult, or even Runes. We sadly live in a scapegoat society of dilettantes posing as experts, warm fuzzy conformity, flight from accountability, and self-medication, where people always blame neutral things for inspiring an act of violence against innocents, rather than the poor judgment of the person abusing them - as if people are no longer in control of their actions. Well, in the special case of the mentally insane, this may actually be true. Which further should drive home the point that runes should not be taught to people mentally incapable of acting responsibly. Such people are incapable of fulfilling even the most basic of oaths and will sooner or later drag rune-magick (and even Germanic spirituality itself) through the mud if given the chance.


These are, of course, not by any means the only people who should not learn rune magick, this is far from an exhaustive list. However keep in mind that if you truly want to get something good out of it, you have to put something good in. And if you are willing to accept that, and take pleasure in affecting positive change in those around you, even in the most subtle and seemingly insignificant ways, beyond their notice, then you have the makings of a true runer.


Keep in mind, this does not mean being some sort of wishy-washy wiccan/hippie fluffbunny, or that you can never construct negative bindrunes or curses against those who have betrayed or harmed you - sometimes you may need to - but rather, that this should never be your primary purpose for being a student of the runes. Runers are not expected to always "turn the other cheek" or "harm ye none", as we accept the reality that conflict is an inevitable part of life - but at the same time there still is a baseline ethic a true runenmeister must follow (whether it be from the nine noble virtues or some other Germanic system) of honor, nobility, and not going out of your way to cause undue grief to others.



19 comments:

  1. How does #4 not fit into numbers 1,2, and 3?
    Titling that section "Extreme Feminists" is kind of... eh, sexist?
    There are men that feel the same way out there about women. I see where you're coming from (in a way), but you already covered the facets of this in the first three.
    People that act according to this shouldn't be labeled as feminists anyway. There is no equality in hatred. No true comfort in blame.

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    1. I see your point but ultimately it needs a bit more specific identification than just assuming it is part of section 1,2, and 3. It's not "sexist" because they are real, and they are more numerous and scream far louder than the "men that feel the same way about women" (most of whom are merely reacting to #4). Indeed there is no comfort in blame, but more importantly there's no NOBILITY in it. We champion love, harmony and cooperation between men and women, taking into account their different but complementary strengths - NOT aggravated division with ignoble and POINTLESS materialist media/lawyer/lobbyist-manufactured "battles of the sexes".

      Whatever they label themselves is none of my concern, as true "equality" (i.e. equal DUTIES balancing out equal status) was never feminism's concern anyway. My point is that runes should not be taught to anyone with an agenda that is ignoble, coercive, censoring, divisive, larcenous, and ultimately destructive to Indo-European cultural values and societies, being founded by apparatchiks of herder backgrounds openly hostile to both nature and Indo-European family values. Of course there are also many "men's movements" run by folks with exactly the same problem, some of them are outright bizarre, but in general they're openly non-spiritual and not trying to infiltrate the runic revival, so they are not too terribly relevant here.

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  4. I managed to find some (not too good) photographs online of said monument (which is from 1906, not from the 19th century as I wrote above, my mistake) but try as I may - I didn't manage to discover a Black Sun symbol as part of the Bismarck monument. In case you still want to pursue the topic, I'd be mighty grateful.

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    1. Here is a link to the picture of the Black Sun in the Bismarck monument. Yes it is from 1906.

      http://www.fotothing.com/Lars666/photo/f614f73f0573227ee9a3887ab3f28356/

      Interesting how it has a swastika superimposed in its center. The implication is that the pure Sonnenrad is an older and more basic form of the symbol than the Bismarck version, though both designs are similar to the ones in ancient Alemannic bronze brooches so this is certainly not a new symbol. But I suspect for most of its history it was kept secret, like many of the rites and practices of the Armanen. Indeed, Guido von List elaborates in a couple of places that even the straight-armed Swastika/Fylfot, as symbol of Thor's lightning, was kept secret among many tribes, or only as the Gibor rune was it revealed, incomplete. And the Trifos' full form (symbol of Odin) was not revealed to the masses at all, and only rarely carved (this may turn out to be the Valknut, the triple horns, or even the elusive 'Arhat's Knot'.) So simply because the Sonnenrad is rare in the artifact record, does not mean it didn't exist prior to the Third Reich. Even the 12-armed variety may have existed in ancient times, concealed from the public.

      The thing is, as much as political pressure groups try to censor the Sonnenrad or the Fylfot, all it does is simply hide it from public view - the spiritually curious still seek it out, and its power is not diminished... which is exactly how it was during ancient times. Our ancestors hid powerful symbols from the uninitiated because of potential for abuse. In Deutschland it was "Fyrfos", to my folk it was "Gardune-Mehr" but either way, the name itself concealed the symbol and could easily be interpreted some other way (as "fire foot" or "spinning fire") so the unworthy would ignore it. But anyone who wants to find out the truth of these symbols, can still do it. Now if we could make the process easier by reviving the Armanen society, is a better question.

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    1. Thanks for the appreciation! Vali and Nebelung are all masters, no doubt. Tenhi too, though if you want to get into Finnish neofolk I suggest Syven, I think you will be very impressed by them. I am not as familiar with the Finnish culture and language, as it's mostly not Indo-European, but it does hint that they had a lot of interaction with Germanic, Slavic, and even proto-Iranid groups, so much of their Lore and symbols will seem familiar. Ukko's hammer for example.

      'Ar Kar Har Gar', which I used in a different post, is indeed a very ancient Armanen mantra, but it is only a contraction of a much larger invocation. It is extremely powerful because it is Ur-Aryan speech in its wording and symbolism (just like the term 'Armanen' itself), so predates Germanic, Celtic, Slavic, Iranian, Indian, Tocharian, Khotanese and all other post-neolithic divisions. The meaning is revealed by meditating on the Runes and also from reading the works of List, Kummer and Spiesberger. The meaning, I will not reveal just yet but it can be discovered through seeking the rune-sounds in folklore across all this expanse of lands and peoples, which is in fact what Guido von List did. Only by this means does one begin to uncover the Ur-sprache or original speech of the Children of the Sun.

      You know Ar is the rune of the same name, but also it is a shorthand for a greater word and the principle behind the rune. Kar, you can derive from Ka and Rit, and distill their combined meaning to the same definition the word still has in eastern Aryan tongues, as kara or chara. Har, I think you already know well whom it refers to. And the meaning of Gar... is also well-known, the Saxons even had a rune for it that is very close to Gibor. Treat the entire mantra as an equation, with an input and an output, and you will get its meaning.

      Best of luck, and I look forward to seeing what you make of this puzzle!

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    2. Also I forgot to mention NEST. They are one of the deepest Finnish neofolk bands, and they have produced a HUGE amount of music. Some of their work should have used been in Lord of the Rings or the Beowulf movie, it is that good.

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