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Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Esoteric Praxis of Bind-Runes

One topic that for a long time has been debated among students of the Runes is the subject of Bind-Runes. Most of us have seen them, we can identify that they are bind-runes by their appearances, and they can be arranged in a number of different ways even when using the same runes. So what are these symbols at their core, and how do they lead the Runenmeister to a higher ability and augmentation of will and manifestory power?

Here, let's explore the deeper esoteric and meta-cultural ethics behind a powerful bind-rune technique, and why it is so easy to get it wrong these days. The Runes are a very powerful language and code, indeed the base-code of the energies of creation. When constructing Bind-Runes, it is a big like making compound words, hence the component parts have to make sense together and cannot be simply random jumblings of interesting-looking symbols. There was a holy syntax here, known to all the great Rune-Masters of Yore, but all too often modern Runers forget to ask, what was it?

There is going to be a lot of background and non-linear extrapolation here, so I want you to be aware: nothing you are about to see should be taken as "dogma". It can simply be observed as cognizantly true by those who are psycho-spiritually ready to perceive it. If there is a reaction of disbelief or discomfort, keep in mind that there is no belief being pushed on you. All that follows is the fruit of experience in runic fields. There is nothing contrived or bowdlerized. Were it to appear to you any other way, it may be that the runes themselves are blocking an unprepared inquisitor, and limiting "beliefs" and conditioning still linger that need to be overcome. I, of course, cannot do this for you - every sane person is their own best judge. But understanding the complex of higher energies behind the runic symbols, the total Runengeist so to speak, and its unique relationship to the very roots of Indo-European magocosmology, is vital to constructing effective bind-runes which can actually do something other than self-deactivate, placebo-ize reality, or worse yet, backfire on the practitioner.

We're going to go deep here, so don't read this if all you want is quick facts or light entertainment.

The Purposes and Ethics of Bind-Runes

If the basic letter runes of the four major Futhark rows are the building blocks of Germanic magick, the operative formulas of it are bind-runes. The term comes from the Norse binding, meaning weaving or stitching (not all that different from the English form of the word, except that it cannot be used to also mean "binding" a person or thing in shackles against their will). Essentially they are the combination of basic latter-runes into more complex and overlapping structures, to combine and fuse the meanings and energies of these component runes.

Typically in modern times when one wants to learn about the basics of operative rune-magick, you are bombarded from all sorts of directions with speculative theories on divination. Piles of books, usually not worth the paper they are written on, are crowding the market, loaded with notions of Vikings casting runes for every little decision in life, "to see the future" as one would do with Tarot card spreads in Renaissance Mediterranean magick. However the reality is that runic divination was not very often attested in Old Norse texts, nor was it a passive "reveal your doom" practice along the lines of crystal-gazing. You would not cast the runes to "divine" the future in a long-term, abstract sense; you would go to a Volva and ask her to channel the Vaettir or perform Seidhr to see the course of great future events.

You would only cast runes in order to see the flow of your own wyrd at the current time, its past movements, and its likely results if no changes are made. In essence, while there are some variations of runic divination that may have legitimacy, the basic "3 Norns" method is the only modern one with any sort of even tenuous support in the vague surviving historical accounts. However, when accompanied with other established runic practices like Galdr and Bind-runes, it becomes evident that even rune-casting for this limited "divinatory" purpose was NOT a feeble peek into some fate written in stone, but rather an active rending-open of one's own metaphysical soul-engine, in order to adjust and redirect it into more productive and up-evolutionary directions. The Three Norns, Urdhr, Verdhandi and Skuld, would weave the cloth of your wyrd based on your actions, hence casting runes was essentially a way to know Urdhr and Verdhandi, and hint at Skuld, but would would only have positive effects if their warnings were followed and current habits were changed to alter the Skuld (future) result to something more favorable.

In other words, casting the runes was not a complete runic-divinatory cycle. It was accompanied by changes in action, and often by the use of runes themselves to affect a change in one's own metaphysical makeup, so that the character, comportment, speech and actions one produced were themselves altered towards a more effective nature to the goal at hand - in essence, to change one's Skuld destiny according to what the runes indicated was required. Bind-runes and their recitation or Galdr were critical to this functioning of completing the divinatory cycle.

Bind-runes are possibly the most active (apart from Galdr, with which they may be combined) discipline of rune-magick. Not only are you carving or painting runes, you are combining them in a way to carve your own destiny and bend it to your will. Carving into a hard, strong wood such as ash or oak would have a powerful short-term effect. For more permanent ripples into the spacetime of wyrd, such as multi-generational Hails or Curses, bind-runes were carved into stone.

The important thing to understand here is that all phases of ancient Runic practice - from initial casting to casting-informed decision-taking, to the final completion phase of Galdr and runic or Bind-runic carving or risting, were a continuum and not simply to be toyed with in isolation, if one were to expect any sort of substantive result from all the effort. Ancient rune-masters were not throwing rune-staves around just for fun, or drawing them out of a bag just for amusement or mental masturbation like modern horoscope-addicts. There was a very real and deliberate intent to change one's very nature if need be, to surpass the "limits" imposed by stagnating convention and make the improbable inevitable. This is indeed why rune-masters were respected and feared by run-of-the-mill society. Not every person in a runic society was a Runenmeister. Those who were, were truly forces to be reckoned with.

A further vital point to take away from this before getting into the nuts and bolts of Bind-runes themselves, is that always the goal was mastery through the Will. In other words the synergies of runic forces embodied by Bind-runes are intended to act upon the Deep Mind in ways that improve the very functioning of subconscious thought and facilitate in the very fibers of the soul complex, the evolution of the Will toward clearer states of being, which results in clearer achievement of the stated (and internalized) aims of said Bind-runes. The very structures of these runes and their Galdr are designed to act upon the mind in transformative ways, which in turn causes an altered flow of actions outside the body.  We are talking about a very different magus archetype here from the one used by tarot, wicca, kabbalah, and 99% of new-age mysticism. Indeed, the Praxis of Bind-rune magick, and of all authentic rune-magick, is so different that I feel a primal Indo-European yearning in my very blood that in our present age one would not even have to use it in the same paragraph.

The praxis archetype here is solar. Not lunar, but solar. Think about that for a minute. What does solar mean, mystically?

It means that the nature of Nordic magick, indeed of all primal Indo-European magick, is self-active rather than passive or coercive. It is connecting with the nature of the Sun, the focus of orbits, rather than the moon, the orbiter of an orbiter, whose tidal powers are minuscule by comparison with the Sun's vast furnace of raw power. Unlike the lunar-archetype magick of herder societies (i.e. Kabbalah, Hermetica, Eleusia, Stregheria, and by extension, Moon-Goddess Wicca) the magick of Runes and all other Aryan systems is fundamentally active rather than passive or reactive. However, additionally, it is also self-transformative (farmer archetype) rather than being other-manipulative like the magickal systems of lunar cultures, which seek power through enslavement of beasts, spirits and demons - and ultimately humans (herder archetype). The idea is this - we get far better, healthier, and more lasting results through using magick to transform ourselves rather than to yoke others to do our bidding.

We are far better served by becoming like the Sun, fusing and refining our own spiritual elements, than by becoming like the moon, dislodging what Elder Suns have forged by manipulating and tugging at the waves to erode it out of its earthly matrix. Although the lunar path is far easier, it is also far less noble and far less permanent, as it only focuses on manipulating circumstances rather than improving the person. It is chaining and encircling, greed and fear, pentacle and manacle.

Arise, refine, and blaze!

Encircle, tug, and erode

See you now the difference? Magick of the lunar form can only influence those lesser than itself, and even then only through metaphysical coercion or deception, to compel either man or spirit to do what is unnatural for them. Magick of the solar form - including all primal Indo-European magick - has no limit to its influence - yet it is only open and practicable to those who have renounced all coercive thought states and obliterated all forms of holder-slave constructs from their subconscious. Fear and greed both must be banished. The true rune-master (whom you are unlikely to find peddling blingy glass beads painted with faux-gold futhark, or pop-psychic books in youtube videos) is a being that has fought and broken the Lokian tendency of hunger for mischief and coercion that arises out of self-doubt. The true Rune-Lords, the Armanen (not the 'erulians' of new-age pseudo-scholarship) can dominate all around them because they have lost any need to force the all to unnatural ends. They have mastered the Will, which attracts to it all that it manifests.

As Guido von List said, embody the All in yourself, and you shall control the All.

And, if you want to shine like the Sun,
you must first burn like it.

Thus Bind-runes are runes woven together to compound their meanings synergistically towards this "solar" purpose of developing and strengthening the Will - not a device for "binding" other entities or subjugating their wills artificially as in degenerative "lunar" magick. Thus creating bind-runes out of two runes with radically different meanings and energies will often not produce an even mix or synergy, but radically lean the construct towards one or another. This is particularly evident in the "compact" overlapping-stave method advocated by Armanen, which results in a Bind-rune using the fewest number of lines or strokes.

Methods of Bind-Rune Construction

Now on to actual methods of creating Bind-runes.

There are a few different basic methods one can use to construct a Bind-rune out of the few basic runes one chooses to focus on, and these methods may even create different natures to the metaphysical resonances of the rune-forms themselves. There has, up to this point in any case, not been any comprehensive text listing out the relative benefits/detriments of these various alternative methods of Bind-rune construction. However it is likely that, as the same mugwort or hyssop plant growing in different regions and environments will develop in different sizes, shapes, and even leaf-morphs, the same Bind-rune rearranged in different modes will cause different spiritual and psychosomatic results to unfurl. One must also keep in mind that the Indo-European roots of runic praxis are also rooted in psychological effects; the Germanic term rune or raun, the Welsh rhin, the Slavic ryuna, and especially the Persian ravan, all have have the dual meaning of a psychic or psychosomatic state, in addition to their more cryptic meaning of a "secret" or "mystery". Thus it is not too soon to say that the configurations of bind-runes using the same runic elements can also cause differences in the perception and processing of these energies by the mind of the practitioner.

In general, simplicity is to be valued in Bind-runes. The less complexity, the less room for multiple (and conflicting) manifestations of the synergy. Indeed, some Bind-runes one sees today are so poorly constructed and so over-complicated that even the meaning becomes muddled. Similar-shaped runes overlapped over one another can result in one or more of the runes intended to be worked into a bindrune to become obscured or lost. For example overlapping the Younger Futhark runes Fa and Kaun (or their Armanen equivalents) along their vertical stave line will result in Kaun being obscured, as it adds nothing new to Fa in terms of visual features, but is actually the subtraction of one branch from it. The same goes for overlapping Kaun with Madhr.

Now you see me...

An alternative to this problem should be used, in which the runes are offset or overlapped in such a way as their unique elements are not obscured by those of more complex runes - unless, that is, the bindrune is risted or carved in such a sequence as to lay down the simpler runes before carving the more complex ones over top of them, to hide the presence of the simpler runes, perhaps to conceal a curse or a hidden message in a carved rune-spell. It is indeed possible to conceal a reversed or merkstave rune in a bind-rune. This was unlikely if one wanted a curse to be open and blatant, as in a sort of protective hex on a runestone or a burial ground. However it was far more likely if it was intended to do its damage unnoticed by the receiver, who unwittingly would think they were receiving a purely positive bind-rune-marked item as a present. Subconsciously, the order and depth of the bind-rune carving encapsulating a hidden, overlapping merkstave rune (either upside-down or horizontally tilted depending on the rune form) could affect the soul complex in ways unforseen, trapping the ethereal fylgia in a forlorn realm and leaving the corporeal lich cut off from cognizance - shortly leading to the person's clouded judgment and subsequent destruction by overlooked hazards even in Midgard, the physical earth. Indeed, the Hávamál verse attributed by List to the Ka or Kaun rune, is descriptive of a means to protect against precisely such a catastrophic practice.

A sixth I know: when some thane would harm me
in runes on a moist tree's root,
on his head alone shall light the ills
of the curse that he called upon mine. (Hávamál, verse 150).

Evidently then, this rune was useful as (among other things) a protective measure against risted curses that may be obscure or unnoticeable to the receiver of moist roots and other suspicious gifts. If one did not know the specific curse directed against them, or it was obscure or hidden, it was very difficult to enact a counter-galdr to nullify it or protect against it before the damage was done. Hence Ka is used as a preventative rune against all such curses and psychic attacks (including, perhaps, psy-ops and disinformation campaigns used to turn thinking humans into unthinking sheep - we cannot assume that there were not people exploring and using such malign techniques in ancient times too).

Also, both the exoteric and esoteric meanings of runes must be taken into consideration in the construction of bind-runes. If the combinations of esoteric meanings result in an unintended and unwanted effect, a different combination of runes should be used. Preferably, change tack before you cause any permanent damage!


Bind-rune Configurations

There are essentially three types of bind-rune styles: Linear, Radial, and Multi-Axial.

1. Linear, or single-stave bind-runes. These are made from several runes with a vertical element, with all the vertical lines merged into one long stave. This type of bind-rune is most common on weapons, tools, and commemorative runestones, implying that they were usually meant as spells of protection or remembrance of a great warrior. They tend to be runes of a strongly directed singular purpose, usually of attacking either a foe or a problem, or to honor a victory.

2. Radial, or Galdr-stave bind-runes. These are often temporary rune-spells, intended for a specific time and place, and often carved or painted onto temporary substances. Most notable are modified Galdrastafir like the Ægishjálmur and Vegvísir, but there are are others known only from Icelandic medieval grimoires or oral folk traditions, many of which were meant to be carved on food and then eaten, or painted in blood on soil, and in some cases were carved on an object which was then burned to send forth the spell. The radial arrangement is primarily for defense, as to symbolically deflect energies from various directions.

Radial bind-runes involve the rune-staves being spokes emanating from a centerpoint, as in many Galdrastafir such as the Ægishjálmur or the Vegvísir. These are often the least ambiguous in meaning due to the lack of heavy overlap of the primary staves, but are also not very compact, and have potential for unintended "merkstave" meanings depending on angle and orientation - not to mention their wheel-like shape having no clear starting-point for the sequence of intended effects. That said, radial bind-runes composed of one or two repeating runic elements can be extremely powerful, as is the case with the fylfot or the sonnenrad being technically radial bind-runes of repeating Sowilo/Sig or Eihwaz runes.

An alternate variant of the radial bind-rune is one using an actual rune as the centerpoint, and placing the other runes on its arms as stave-bindings - such as having the main vertical stem of one rune overlap with one of the branches of the centerpoint rune. The center rune shold be chosen based on being the most important in the bind-rune, as that will be the device's central focus of energy. The multi-armed "hedge-runes" of the Armanen system (and most of their equivalents in the other three runic systems) are ideal for such a construction.

3. Multi-axial bind-runes. This is the most seemingly random arrangement, with possibilities for arranging runes with multiple vertical axes, with runes all upright or with some of them being rotated and bound onto diagonal lines of other runes. This type of Bind-rune technically falls on a spectrum between two extremes of design aesthetics: Minimal and Expanded.

(3a) Minimal multi-axial bind-runes tend to overlap as many of their elements as possible, resulting in the fewest lines and the simplest design. While these Bind-runes are often very easy to draw or carve, their true meanings (as there is so much overlap between the component runes) can be hard to fathom by anyone except the carver – unless perhaps there are only two or three component runes. One very basic example is the "G-A" or "Gibu Auja" (give luck) bindrune, common in Migration Age (Elder Futhark) artifacts, which consists of a Gebo rune with the upper right arm being merged with a smaller rotated Ansuz rune. However it is possible to make this Bind-rune even more compact and simple, with one of the branches of a regular-sized Ansuz rune overlapping with the lower-right arm of the Gebo rune.

(3b) Expanded multi-axial bind-runes may have multiple overlapped vertical and diagonal elements. They may overlap just some of their lines, with some runes not being overlapped or fit into others at all, but simply superimposed on top despite not sharing many or any lines in common when in normal vertical position. Generally bind-runes, like simple letter-runes, do NOT have horizontal lines (though a few rare exceptions are found in late medieval offshoots of the Younger Futhark). The component runes in the most extreme Expanded Bind-runes don't overlap or share lines at all, but only intersect at corners or cross each other at a few points.

Generally whenever possible, it is recommended in rune-magick to make Bind-runes somewhere between these two extremes - what are known as "Traditional" Bind-runes, even if they are not multi-axial. They should be just expanded enough to give a sense of their component runes, but not so expanded as to share no main stave-lines in common. This is normally how the ancient Rune-Masters would carve them, with a simplicity of design, while at the same time balancing that with ease of legibility to fellow runers. For example, if a bind-rune contains four component runes, but one of them would never get noticed because its lines are completely overlapped by those of the other three, it is probably time to either make a less ambiguous (slightly more expanded) arrangement, or to stop adding component runes! However, insanely expanded bind-runes which have no shared lines and over-complicate the image with a huge cobweb of intersecting lines, are even worse and should be avoided completely, lest you end up with something that looks like a Hermetic or kabbalistic sigil, whose purpose is actually to "bind" (i.e. trap and enslave) demonic energies in a coercive form of magick, rather than the Runic definition of binding in the sense of weaving already active energies into one's life.

The different ways of creating bind-runes, with two common Elder Futhark rune-spells as examples.
Keep in mind, however, that "Traditional" Bind-runes were NOT traditional simply for tradition's own sake, but rather because of Immanence - the reality that specific energies flow in a specific direction regardless of the Age one lives in. Hence, the accepted practice of the ancient Rune-Masters followed this middle-way of "tradition" not because "tradition" was an end in itself, but because this form of arranging Bind-Runes best reflected the cultural values Immanent in the Folk-Soul, and in the Runes themselves. Simply put, this tradition is one that evolved functionally, and the reason the ancient Runers used it so widely is that it was the method that worked best - the one that was most in-line with the essentially noble and ascending energies at the heart of the runes.


This is in stark contrast with non-Aryan cultures, which either (a) blindly stick to (and embellish to the point of pedantic obsession) a tradition, bloating it up into a crushing slave-system which silences tongues and creates a double-standard in ethics, or (b) otherwise discard both tradition and immanence out the window and blindly go for whatever spits in the face of the last generation, regardless of whether it is qualitatively better or not. The former is embodied in things like Brahminism and orthodox Judaism, the latter in communism, dadaism and cultural marxism. Sadly, some individuals are pushing such agendas disguised beneath Asatru, Runes, and Bind-Runes.

"Believe me, Aesir are the same as the Elohim, Heathenry is about redistribution of wealth and 613 genders,
I swear I'm not a controlled zionist bankster puppet, I'm a real Nordic Heathen, please believe me!!!"

Beware of anyone attempting to force-fit the Runes into any of these false constructs. They would not desire your well-being or spiritual improvement in the slightest. Question their every word, and see them squeal in despair and call you names when they are not "simply believed" at their word.

Remember, true Runic tradition is not merely tradition; it is Immanence. this holds as true for Bind-Rune carving as for anything else in Aryan mysticism: It is only a tradition because generations of Rune-Masters discovered it to be the noblest and most effective way of manifesting Rune-power in perfect resonance with the noble Solar principle and the Runes themselves - not because of "tradition for its own sake". It isn't something made up to control people or keep them blindly busy like herder traditions, nor is there any point in casually discarding it as if it were.


While painting or carving over an already carved rune with elements of another which would cover it completely (i.e. Rit or Bar on top of Laf, or Bar on top of Rit for that matter) may technically be a valid way of building Bind-runes, it still results in only one of the two component runes being visible, the other being completely hidden by it. In these cases you would be better off rearranging them into a "Traditional" (or rather, fully Immanent) bind-rune, either vertically stacked, or with one of the runes (the one read first in the sequence) flipped to face left, with the second one in normal right-facing posture, since runes are read from left to right as in most European scripts. This arrangement is not considered “Murk-stave” because the first rune is flipped over “3-dimensionally” like a page in a book, NOT rotated 2-dimensionally to where it's upside-down or sideways as in a genuine Spiesberger Murk-stave. This is a far better alternative to fully expanded Bind-runes, never mind the type that intersect randomly without any shared axes!

Armanen runes are based on the radii of a hexagonal crystal, representing the six spatial directions - thus when overlapped minimalistically, they can often obscure one another. As with Elder Futhark, the Armanen Futharkh are best made into Bind-runes using the "middle of the road" Traditional designs, where runes share at least one major line in common, but not all of them.

One can also see this runic aesthetic of balanced simplicity in traditional Nordic architecture and furniture, although it was a common heritage of all Aryan-influenced cultures throughout history. For example in Greater Iran there is a marked contrast between the simple and elegant artifacts of Aryan kingdoms like Bactria and Achamenid Persia, and the often over-complicated, chimeric and unbalanced design of non-Aryan cultures like the oldest stratigraphic levels of the Jiroft culture (the younger levels have pottery designs and skeletons almost identical to Aryan ones). Much the same way, in Bind-runes, form is intertwined with function. Excessive ornateness is generally best avoided.

Simplicity, centrality, the Solar Ethic as Aryan superstrate. Arkaim, Russia.

In Scandinavian artifacts another telling clue is the fact that the most ornate and complicated decorations on buildings, runestones, and ships tend to come from the later periods, further disconnected from the influence of the early Aryan founders of these cultures. Where there was an Aryan spark to an Indo-European culture, on top of a more primitive non-Aryan hunter-gatherer substrate (in this case a Cro-Magnon one), the aesthetic values of both often ended up competing as some of the wisdom and Lore of the relatively few Aryan organizers and teachers was lost; inevitably, when the art of such a once near-divine culture took on an increasingly crowded, random and gnarled appearance, this often coincided with that culture's decline. 

The Urnes and Mammen artifacts of the Viking Age are a prime example of this, as are the heavily knotted (but asymmetric) decorations of Anglo-Saxon gold objects just before the fall of the Anglo-Saxon lands to Roman Christianity. While undoubtedly impressive and even occasionally enchanting in appearance, these objects of ever more complex intertwined serpents, dragons and other creatures in often asymmetric and random arrangements were signs of a reversion back to hunter-gatherer mentality, of producing the most overwrought art that the technology and resources of the day would allow, and a view of people purely as either prey or bigger predators, in the organization of society if not in actual practice. This does not mean that such complex knotted designs are in any way bad or evil in and of themselves, but rather that they are a sign of a shifting focus, producing excess complexity and difficult art in a society that was actually declining and could ill afford to focus on it.

Aryan building
non-Aryan building

Thus in the late Viking age, the Norse did not all cease the Aryan lifestyle of farming - but increasingly more of them viewed hunting and raiding, the pursuit of extravagance without labor, at the expense of others, as a more "cool" lifestyle for lack of a better word. The old solar farmer-warrior ethos of this culture became twisted into one more akin to a nomadic hunter lifestyle, as Karls and Jarls became mere traveling mercenaries for hire. When loot became more important than Heimat, it is not surprising that the mediocre, weak-willed and corrupt end up running the Heimat, and often betraying it under the noses of the now-distracted strong, to an outright herder culture like orthodox Christianity, that "light unto the gentiles" whose ideal of man is a meek sheep, a yet more pitiful state than he can fall to in any hunter creeds. Indeed, when the brave abandoned nobility, the cowardly and meek truly did come to inherit the earth - to the utter ruin of all.

By this point the basic Armanic method to Bind-rune construction should be more clear: the goal is to make the Bind-rune as simple as possible without completely obscuring any of its components. If some components are totally or mostly obscured, their energies may also be blocked or canceled out.

There is one exception to this, which is if a Bind-rune is to contain a curse or a Murk-rotated rune within a larger, more benign-looking arrangement, that so-called “fouling rune” may indeed be obscured and hidden completely by other overlapping runes, in the same way that Odin, when he needed to defeat the Jotnar who have a natural skill for trickery, often had to deceive them through very convincing shape-shifting into whatever was normal to them. This does not in any way violate Odinic or Runic ethics, since most Jotnar (and those humans who imitate their ways) essentially have no appreciation for noble truth, as their souls, through persecuting sincere spiritual exploration as “heresy”, have already forfeited any right to it.

That said, I am not going to teach any concealed curses here, since anyone may be reading this page.

Bind-Runes for the Augmentation of the Self

One of the most important uses of bind-runes is not to enact spells on other beings or on environments, but towards oneself to lead to a gain or improvement in spiritual essence and even subtly in other areas such as health and strength, and even the attraction of results towards oneself. Before all the people craving wealth and power through runes lose their heads though, I must make it clear that the goal here is permanent improvement of the self, not simple quick gratification of the self that has no net ethical improvement or change in psychology or spirit.

You will find plenty of cheesy videos and tutorials about using runes (usually mixing the "Elder" Futhark with some extremely dumbed-down "new age" meanings) to become rich overnight, or to gain immense charisma, or to make people fall in love with you.

Actually, the real power of the runes so far as improving your life, lies in their ability to change you qualitatively, not in flooding you with unearned circumstances and thus making you dependent on circumstances for your emotional health. Rather, they are for improving your very nature, if you are receptive to improvement of have the aptitude for Runes in the first place. Put another way, a pig showered in gold coins and rare gems (or, more to its taste, piles of expensive high-carb food requiring no foraging) is still a pig. Changing such material circumstances for said pig will not make it into anything else. Such is not the purpose of the runes.

Odin in the Hávamál reveals that his words, including his description of the 18 runes, are "for the weal of mankind and the woe of Jotuns". 'Weal' in this case needs to be properly understood in the modern language of our times to make as much sense to us as the poem did to the ancient Norse.

It turns out that 'weal', meaning benefit, is from the Olive Bray translation alone. It is indeed a good translation - probably the most smooth-flowing of the concise translations which are thankfully sparing with annotation. However it also uses a number of alterations in sentence structure and line order which, while sounding more profound in English, depart from the exact meaning in Old Norse. The original text of that final verse is as follows:

Nú era Háva mál 
kveðin Háva höllu í
allþörf ýta sonum
óþörf jötna sonum
heill sá er kvað
heill sá er kann
njóti sá er nam
heilir þeirs hlýddu

Which is more accurately grammatically translated as:

Now are the High-one's words
Sounded in the High-one's hall,
All-helpful to man's sons
Unhelpful to Jotuns' sons
Hail to he that spoke [them]
Hail to he that understands [them]
Benefit will he that has [learned them]
Hails to those who have listened

Thus "weal of mankind" (allþörf ýta sonum) really refers to what is all-helpful or all-needful to mankind - not necessarily what man may want to satisfy his immediate desires. What is most helpful or needful is generally long-term improvement in ethical quality as well as physical and spiritual attributes. Of course money and wealth in some measure is also needful to mankind, but if this were the only purpose of rune-magick then rune-magick would simply be superfluous to material business skills, time-management and maths, which do not require any sort of magick or spiritual abilities.

Thus augmentation is not improved circumstances but improved nature of the self. However as a by-product, improved nature of self does tend to turn opportunities into improved conditions, and produce the sort of confidence and character that attracts admiration and respect from sane, aware, and thinking people. The other kind are not worth wasting one's time on.

We saw in the article on the Vegvísir (which has now sadly had to be taken down) that one possible interpretation of the pitchfork-like ends on some of the stave endings is that of the Madhr or Man-rune, and that the triple-cross lines on the stave are likely devices implying augmentation or increase, which also fits with the Norwegian and Icelandic rune poems speaking of Madhr itself as "augmentation of man" or man as augmentation of the soil. Similarly, much of practical rune-magick itself is directed towards the augmentation of the person using it. Bind-runes are no exception, and often signify the sort of energies and ideals one wishes to manifest or align with in life.

There are a large variety of different bind-runes that can be thus constructed. One can literally use the same sort of radial format as Galdrastafir, with the triple cross-bars reinforcing an augmentation energy - but the Man-rune itself also represents "augmentation" in the sense of man being the augmentation of soil. So in the sense of non-radial "conventional" bind-runes with parallel vertical staves (whether minimal or extended), the Man-rune itself can be used to symbolize increase, augmentation, strengthening, vitality, etc. This is just as true using the Armanen system as with the "Younger" - in both, the Man-rune has pretty much the same exoteric meaning, and the exact same shape (and hence identical energy flow).

Indeed, the Man-rune is the basis for many such bind-runes, though there is no requirement to use it in constructing one. Another very powerful rune to use as a major element is Sig, or victory. This rune is for success/victory in all forms, not just in war or military matters. Since I primarily work with Armanen/Odinic runes, and since the Younger Futhark used in most Viking Bind-runes are similar, the following basic formulas are very widely applicable for many modern Runers.

Armanen Bind-runes using Sig. The center symbol "Sigrid" is a female name with Valkyrie-connotations, in addition to being a rune-spell for the augmentation and perseverance of one's best physical form. Sig-Tyr literally means Victory-God, the name by which Einherjar and some other warriors called Odin. 

There is also the use of Bind-runes in operative Armanen rune-magick for the purpose of evoking powerful Rune-mantras or Galdr, to energize oneself to take on a challenge or struggle. These mantras often involve more runes than basic spells. Typically three or four runes, symbolizing an equal number of words in the mantra, are linked in such Galdrbinden, as they are called.

There are many such mantras, but following the basic Armanen ethic of balancing simplicity with visibility, some common ones follow essentially an echelon or chevron formation:

Three mantras of extremely deep power and importance to Armanen, visualized as Bind-runes. The last one is generally near the apogee of Armanen Bind-rune complexity, as coherent rune-spells usually should not exceed three elements, exempting repeated staves. Larger, more complex spells are separated out into multiple bind-runes for their component parts, like operations in advanced maths being calculated separately before the resulting variables can be combined for the solution.

The amount of dissonant intersection in these Bind-runes is at a minimum: runes that do not share stave-lines in common, only intersect at endpoints or corners. There is no random intersecting along midlines or other awkward places.Thus the energy flow is not blocked or impeded by oblique overlays. This "neo-Traditional" arrangement, neither too overlapping or too separated-out, is the aim in Armanen Bind-rune magick. It should be as simple as possible without obscuring the meaning, and just complex enough to indicate the meaning. No more.

These Bind runes so far focus on improvement of the self, or of a small group of people engaged in a common Runic activity. Next however, there are Bind-runes for generating effects on the surrounding environment, society, or other people not involved in the Rune-risting ritual.

Bind-runes for Effects on the Surroundings

In addition to runic operations to increase the efficacy of one's own abilities, bind-runes can also be constructed to have effects on the surrounding environment. Bind-runes have been carved or painted on homes, wells, trees, posts, and border-stones marking the edge of one's property, in order to have a specific effect on the land or space adjoining these objects, as well as the people, animals and objects within it. Certain regions (at least in Scandinavian runecraft) were considered cursed or off-limits to trespassers, and ancient burial grounds of powerful families were sometimes marked with either runic formulas or actual bind-runes cursing all who were not of the family line and still dared enter the grave site.

Further south, in Germany and the Low Countries, it was common to mark homes, grave mounds, and sacred spaces with the all-important Hagal rune, whose six outer points and (seventh) central point were said to protect from seven disasters, from fire to hail. Interestingly, Hagal is the seventh rune in the Armanen and "Younger" rune systems, thus can be seen as a guard against the negative aspects of both itself (hail) and the general negative aspects of the previous six runes (wildfire, disease, injury, mistrust, lawlessness and incapability, respectively). In Germany and the Low Countries the Hagal symbol was later modified in Medieval times into the more curvaceous "Dutch Hex sign" on the eaves of roofs, partially concealing the rune behind a more floral motif to keep one step ahead of church authorities. This was actually not a "Hex" in the modern (mostly American, apparently) notion of Hex meaning "curse" (in modern German it simply means "magick" or even "stage magic" as in Hexerei). Rather the "Hex" in Old High German is actually a blessing on the house to protect it from all seven aforementioned disasters. Yet eventually even that home becomes old and rotten, and must be razed by either hail or fire so that it can be rebuilt - better that this be done in a managed way by the owner, than by the elements after too prolonged a decay.

Hag-All is also symbolic of re-growth after a necessary destruction.

These are, of course, merely a couple uses of runes for effects on an area - and the latter doesn't even begin to cross over into the real of bind-runes. Thus the realm of bind-runes for affecting one's surroundings, whether a homestead, a harbor, a field or a forest, is a truly vast one that can never be fully cataloged. However if you limit yourself to the designs that are truly "runic", that is futharkic, then the same basic stylistic elements apply as in using any of the three bind-rune styles for any other purpose. It may be more useful here to utilize the radial-style of bind-runes, since it is not merely a person or an object but a larger area that is to be affected - hence a radial bind-rune pointing out multiple directions and meridians can indeed be a powerful way to affect a magickal energy upon a surrounding region. The Hagal rune itself is a radial rune, which is probably why it was used as a protection for homes and halls, both in its runic form and as the "Dutch Hex" sign; and though it is not technically a bind-rune, it can still be separated like a bind-rune into overlapped pairings of simpler runes (such as Man and Yr), hence its status as the "Mother Rune"  or "All-rune" from which all others can be derived.

(As an aside, this unique cultural significance of the Hagal rune as the protective Mother-stave on the Continent, even up through medieval times, is central to its presence in the Armanen rune row, and is one of the strongest cultural/contextual reasons for the Armanen system being a highly valid one).

Now, onto actual bind-runes for "area effect":

Most of these are of the radial variety, meant so spread changes across a larger area. Note how many of them use the Hagal rune as the central focus, as it literally means "to hedge the All" or to encompass all things in a wider realm.

By the way, if your Bind-runes are more complicated than Odin's Nine Twigs (upper right corner),
you are probably doing something very wrong. That symbol is about as ornate as a Bind-rune can get before you start crossing over into the realm of Jotunn-magick, which exacts a far higher karmic toll than Odin found acceptable.

These Bind-runes may be ones you've never seen of heard of before. However, a few of their names, such as the ALU spell, are well-known in historical records. The Armanen simply had a more elegant way of arranging it. Also notice that even though it is very easy to arrange three-rune spells in a linear or minimal layout, they are incredibly potent accelerators of Od-force when arranged radially as a "Triskelion", which is, some believe, the basis of Odin's secret symbol (which Guido Von List mentions, in The Religion of the Aryo-Germanic Folk, was never revealed by the Armanen to the public, even in a concealed form).

This may also be inferred from the fact that nearly all extra-runic Odinic symbols, be they the Valknut, the Three Horns of Odin, or the Nine Twigs, are essentially three-part symbols in triangular arrangements. There is something extremely potent about the number three, and its multiples such as 6, 9, and 18, that make it especially relevant to the Odinic mysteries. For three is the number of phases in the Aryan understanding of life: Arising, Being, and Passing away towards new Arising. It is also the number of classes in proto-Aryan society (Farmers, Warriors, Priests). It is also the number of roots that Yggdrasil is said to have, which in a modern meta-scientific sense can also be said to refer to the three physical dimensions, with the understanding the Yggdrasil is the very web of the universe with all its colossal intergalactic filaments and voids, tributary Irminsuls, and multiple worlds orbiting multiple galactic Black Suns. Or perhaps it may be that just one of the roots encompasses the three physical dimensions, that of "Being", and the other two deal with realms beyond our comprehension, thus making nine dimensions in total. Quantum theory predicts as many as 12, 15, or possibly even the mystical 18 dimensions anticipated by both the Periodic Table and Armanist rune-magick itself. In each case, however, note that the number is a multiple of three.

The Nine Twigs of Odin's Glory in its concealed Skaldic form,
symbolizing the Nine Worlds and also the Nine Nights that Odin spent on the World Tree.

The bind-rune known as the Nine Twigs is further significant because all of the 18 runes can be directly derived from it. Indeed, if one shines a light on a perfect hexagonal quartz crystal, free from impurities or occulsions, the radii the light creates within the crystal become the Hagal rune at the center of the Nine Twigs, and the radii of light falling on the table's surface outside the crystal manifest as the outer parts of the Nine Twigs. Tellingly, this cluster of light beams also creates a total of seven Hagal runes, and Hagal itself is the 7th rune of the Armanen Futhark - something that seems unusual considering it is the Mother Rune and yet 7 is not a multiple of 3 like most significant things in Indo-European Lore. However the fact that it is repeated seven times in the Nine Twigs, which is the cumulative total of all 18 runes manifested, is indeed telling of the special cross-dimensional resonances between 3's and 7's across time and space. It is indeed the final and greatest form of "Manifesting the All" as Meister von List says of the Hagal rune.

The expanded Nine Twigs align with the 18 runes while taking the shape of the Mother Rune Hagal itself.
The Nine Twigs is easily the most potent rune-spell for mass-awakening of those with innate Nobility or Arya across a wide area towards the Odinic mysteries. However, it is also very difficult to execute over large distances due to the large number of focal points in its metaphysical web. It is ideally carved and incanted in a group setting, with either three, seven, or nine Runers reciting all the Armanen runes in tune with each other, as the component parts are carved. Again, it requires experienced practitioners to have any effect, so it can be seen as the final test of any Armanen kindred's potency. For the soul of the Arhat - all nine parts of it - this was the most beautiful and holy of songs.

Two other Armanen Bind-runes. The one on the right, "Fa-Ha-Bar" was used not only in funerals, but also rites of initiation into adulthood (Arising) and elderhood (Being) among the Armanen (the former marking one as "twice born", and the latter as "twice-matured"). This ancient Germanic initiation spell was also recited a third time at one's funeral to mark "Passing away towards New Arising", and was copied in a bastardized form (with very rough Hebrew homophones) by the Kabbalists and Freemasons as the password to their Third Degree.

Other Bind-runes in this category pertain to the healing arts, or to empowerment of a folk in battle. A few, such as Flu, were geared towards fertility rituals and sacred sexuality as a means to Asha-consciousness, as alluded to in the Volsunga Saga. A number of secret Bind-runes involving Yr and Gibor also served this purpose for the Armanen over durations of nine days and nights on the equinoxes and solstices, and there may be many more such spells that were lost due to later persecution by a puritanical church. Most, however, are geared towards the protection and improvement of a large group of people and the movement of society away from addictions and delusions and towards greater folk loyalty and greater shared understanding and practice of Asha and Arya - the improvement of man towards God-nature, and the disposal of all that is troll-nature. Hence it is not wrong to call some of these radial "area of effect" Bind-Runes as "Volk-Runes" because their purpose is to aid in the formation or at least conception of an ideal Volk, or its growth and development, in various subtle ways.

Beyond the Bind-runes:

For now we shall leave the specifics of certain Bind-runes aside, and meditate on the deeper ethic behind them; for while the minutiae of their construction are indeed a necessary basic grounding for every true aspiring Rune-Master, further care must be paid to the ancient pre-Neolithic roots of the Aryan culture which ultimately gave rise to the "Runen-Magi" and all their derived orders, the Armanen being the foremost of these.

The Folk-soul and cultural ethic of these people informed what was "runic" in practice, based on Wili-We-Wotan or Vayu-Vata's poetic wisdom at the height of the Frozen Ages and the dawn of human awakening. Gradually much of this wisdom was lost even to the wider Aryan arc going across Eurasia, however its secrets were retained by those Armanen, Vitkar, Hvushmand, and others deep in forests and mountains untouched by the perpetual revolt of hunter and herder mankind against Original Nobility. This deeper understanding of the Ur-folk wisdom, we shall explore in greater detail soon. For now, Rad mit Runen, and ponder...


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  2. Sincere thanks for all your efforts to teach us the Holy Staves! This article is full of Yggdrasil's gnarled might and Woden's wisdom.

  3. All ye Holy Kindred. ODIN sons help me please. In Tennessee

  4. Ar-Kar-Har-Gar: at first I thought this had to do with "developing defensive strategies (shield in one hand, sword in the other) of a growing Aryan unit" (klan, people), but now I am more inclined to see this as offensive action, perhaps after a defeat. (?)

    1. It's much deeper than that. Also it does not exclusively pertain to battle (though it does not exclusively pertain to peace either).

    2. Thank you. I will have to travel deeper as well, "guessing" just won't do.

    3. The quality of poise and sanity, but also, for want of a better word, "mystery-with-humour," inherent in the above bind--Runes is nothing if not downright mentally-orgasmic. I am sure they must have universal healing aplications for those intrigued enough to seek them out! My favourite in terms of mental-expansion is Vili-Ve-Fuotan, it gives the impression of being "rooted in the sky/aether." These be mighty Vektors/Viktors.

    4. All of these bind-runes are incredibly powerful and beautiful. Some heal, others accumulate power, others conceal, and others summon a foe's last hour. Fortunately these are also a self-guarding technology, but those of noble heart can unlock them.

      They are mighty indeed, to my knowledge I am the only person who has compiled and used as many radial Armanen Bind-runes in their fully balanced hex-crystalline form, though I have had mentors in the Armanen. I have used runes to overcome adversity. I have also used them to get justice, though too fervently in a few cases. In such powerful bind-spells one must be careful and sparing in their use, as at least one person who betrayed me suffered horrible consequences which I had not actually intended - but back then I was not as experienced in these things.

  5. As far as I am aware, there is no source out there as rich in runelore as this blog, the bind-runes being its absolute crown; they are a beauty in terms of their aesthetics and superior structure and they are full of runic mead and might. These are unique organisms, full of power and mirth and joy, but I guess one can reach a comparable (building) level only after years of dedicated work. The one thing that I wonder about is the manner of their activation. I read that a simple act of burning the paper with runes can constitute an activation, and I believe this, but what I am interested in is the corresponding inner state of being, i.e. what do you do spiritually as you, for instance, burn the paper? Also: how to influence the intensity of the runic working and either tone it down or else intensify its manifestation? But I guess this may be at least partly non-disclosable outside a proper runic brotherhood beholden to Odin and the gods? In which case hints...

    1. Before any offering of Runes one should build a reserve of "meginn" or "mane" in other words ritual power. In reality (which the Invgonen and Ostivanen gradually forgot), the might being accumulated before a sendoff of a rune ritual, was actually the Od force itself.

      This can be built up in many ways, however the simplest and most common involved the repeated use of Fa as a prefix to the operand-rune (sets the tone for the ritual) and then followed by the chanting and painting/carving of the bind-rune itself, after which the rune is either consecrated (with mead or blood) or burnt.

      However, Fa is an energy-accelerator and so total focus is needed so that it is not misdirected. It is rumored that improper use of Fa with other runes, was the cause behind the disastrous rune-spell of the farm boy in Egil's Saga.

      If the energy state of a space is unknown, often before any of these steps the rune-vitki cleanses the area with the rune-spell ALU, or the even more ancient mantras "Asha-Wih" and "Ar-Kar-Har-Gar". Deeper discussion of these can be done thru email. In the most ancient Armanen, preceding even the diffusion of the Indo-European cultures, rituals were concluded with "Svaha Asti Ka" as discussed in a previous blog post.

    2. That said, these rituals surrounding the rune carving or offering are for ideal situations.

      However, in some cases there may not be enough time to carve a bind-rune, so these rituals are not "written in stone". For example Egil Skallagrimsson carved what is generally believed to have been a bind-rune of protection from poisons, on a full drinking horn while he held it up, as he was surrounded by a crowd, including some people who (he knew) secretly wanted him dead. There was no time for any preparations, he chanted and carved and then drew blood and stained the runes.

      One thing is certain, mastery of basic rune-carving is required before being able to call on the Runes on such short notice. This is why Viking runemasters served a long apprenticeship. In earlier days, when the Armanen were many in number, each master would have several apprentices, and thus they would generally learn faster because of group practice.

      And such runic brotherhoods were not "beholden" to Odin. The path of the Aesir and Vanir never involves being 'beholden' to another being, only being oathed, if that. Your word is your bond, the only thing your are beholden to is your oaths, and thus your own self. Breaking your oaths to Odin or the brotherhood wrecks your karma before anyone else's. We are not slaves, but willing students. We do not "serve" Odin, we honor him and seek to become like him.

      There are indeed ways to intensify a bind-rune manifestation, and you are right that this is mostly private knowledge. I can reveal this much here: the intensity will be raised as much as your latent Od-capacity can handle. It is done through primary power-runes and power-mantras, only that instead of directing these on yourself, you direct them through yourself to the bind-rune to serve as a conduit for charged Od - or else you will be drained for a long time.

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    1. This is referring to the Nine Twigs or "Hoch-Heil" symbol. Its own specific metaphysical web, i.e. it involves the intersectiong of the energies of the Nine Realms, and if you look at the symbol, it has a LOT of intersections, more than you get with a basic Bind-Rune. Hence this symbol, from which all the Runes can be formed, is best understood as a very complex Bind-Rune, in fact probably as complex as a Bind-Rune can get and still be acceptable in an Armanic context. Manifesting the effects of the High-Heil or Nine Twigs is among the most difficult rituals of the Armanen runemaster because it combined the energies of all 18 Runes and all 9 Worlds/dimensions.

      A full, solitary and unassisted long-distance activation of the Hoch-Heil means instant access to the full powers of all the Runes, and the ability to project them far beyond one's visible horizon, even across continents and seas, at least to the maximum extent of their power in Midgard. It is rumored to even permit the transmigration of souls into oneself temporarily, giving one the strength of legendary warriors or the wisdom of near-mythical Armanen mystics... from my own journeys in search of living Armanists, I have learned that apparently even most Armanen did not master this ability on their own for the last 3,000 years, however it is unknown how common the ability was before that. IT was far more common for groups of Armanen to do the ritual together, each one focusing on a few of the Runes and realms at a time.

      The metaphysical web of the Nine Twigs does not have a relationship with any particular physical region on earth, as it is a representation of the currents of all Nine realms. However I do not doubt that there are nexes of Od-energy in certain spots which may make the ritual of the Nine Twigs (among other advanced Armanen manifesting rituals) easier for a group to accomplish. Many of the ancient megalithic structures in Europe were arranged around these spots, and they do tend to have an oddly magnetic effect on you when you go to them. Outside of Europe such places also exist.

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  7. Cyrus the Strong

    whats best way to contact you ?
    Do you have some kind email so i can ask you few questions about rune binding.

    1. Leave your email below and I will contact you. Look forward to you questions.

    2. here my email

    3. No worries, I will reach out to you all in a few days.

  8. There's so much I need to learn from you.

  9. Cyrus the Strong can you please advise me on one bind rune please.

  10. Finally, Our astral gold will be found in our own darkness. thank you for your light /|\ windweaver

  11. Thanks for sharing. Very interesting material. Out of curiosity, why the Armanen runes and not the Elder Futhark?

    1. What do you mean exactly? There's a picture of Elder Futhark Bind-Runes on this post too. The principles here apply to all 4 Futharks.

      I have info about all four futharks on this blog. Please read the archive. (It is because I have personally used the Armanen Futharkh - whereas the vast majority of those interested in the Runes have not - that I write about it extensively, as I have found it to be the most effective of the 4 futharks in my practice - but I use the other systems as well from time to time).

  12. Forgive my ignorance, but I suffer from severe anxiety and wonder if using runes would allow me to improve myself and overcome it? I've been in therapy to help, and take medications, but no modern methods have been able to do anything but mitigate the symptoms.

    1. Look at my more recent posts on Armanen Rune-Yoga (Stadhagaldr). The 18 Armanen Runes exercises have in my life been a great means to achieve successful meditation and crush anxiety.

    2. Thanks! I'll give it a shot.

  13. I can make you loose your anxiety in
    Few hours.

    Send/ me your email. Will send you audio file.

  14. Cyrus the strong, thank you for sharing the wealth of knowledge you have! I’ve only just stumbled upon your page and already learnt so much.

    I’ve been researching rune binding deeply because I’m wanting to create something meaningful to mark a significant life event. The more I read the more I realise how wrong I could get it :) Is it possible to ask your opinion on whether I’m going the right way about it please?

    My email is if you’re able to forward contact details on to me I’d love your guidance. Thank you.