Friday, February 9, 2018

Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 2: UR-Rune

By popular request, I am posting my basic Rune-Yoga lessons on here for educational use!

Rune-Yoga, or Stadhagaldr, is a unique part of the Armanen tradition, per S.A. Kummer, going back to ancient Rune-Masters as a physical and spiritual meditation exercise for both warriors and mystics, and has some parallels in other Indo-European exercise traditions. It is heavily based in Od-energy work. The text in this course is my own, though heavily inspired by the work of Guido von List, S.A. Kummer, and Karl Spiesberger. Some of it will look very familiar if you have read their books, and some things will be new, based on my own insights and experience in the practice.

Rune-Yoga has its own terminology, mostly in Old Norse and Old High German. Postures or Asanas are called Stodhr. Rune Mantras are called Galdr. The Mudras or hand positions are called HandstodhrHandstodhr can be practiced in a sitting pose, either silently or while singing the same rune's Galdr, anywhere that practicing full Stadhagaldr is not possible. There are also some more advanced Handstodhr combinations used in a live Rune-Yoga session. 

Rune #2: UR


Meanings: Primal Matter, Original cause, origin, root of all material and cosmic phenomena, nature, that which is permanent, Mother-God Principle. Contact with the dead, life after physical death, medicine, health, healing powers.

UR represents the Origins of space-time, matter, and existence – the primordial causes of causes, the very edge between chaos and the ordered world. Being the rune of roots, you can use UR for grounding and healing on all planes, as it allows you to find and clamp down on the root of any problem, especially after mastering the Runes on non-verbal levels.

UR-Rune Asana or Stadha: Bend over, reach down, arms and fingertips pointing to the ground.

UR-Rune Mantra or Galdr: u u u u u u u u u u u / Ur Ur Ur / ua ue ui uo uu / ur uruz urus uros uras

UR-Rune Mudra or Handstadha: Form a U-shape with your fingers, open end of the "U" pointing downward.


11 comments:

  1. I was wondering if you ever took interest in this book, Runen - by AD Mercer: https://www.aeonsophiapress.com/RUNEN_-_The_Wisdom_of_the_Runes_by_AD_Mercer/p1293621_15558651.aspx

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  2. Cont. I myself ordered the book - haven’t gotten it, yet. The author himself is a Jungian psychotherapist, as well as an occultist.

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    1. I did buy a copy, it's a very good read. The section on binary bind-runes for the 9 Worlds is the best and most original part; and I definitely think this book needs to become part of the "Armanen Canon" so to speak. Heck, if Peryt Shou's "Edda as Keys to the Coming Age" can make it in, Mercer is easily in. I like AD Mercer's writing style, and he makes complex ideas simple to understand.

      Fair warning though, it's a new book in almost every sense of the word. It borrows very little from List, Kummer, or Spiesberger for the rune readings portion, and doesn't go very deep into their interpretations of reincarnation, hidden Germanic symbolism, or Runic cosmology; but it's not a long book so I didn't expect that. It doesn't contradict the rune interpretations of the old Armanist authors or the Havamal rune meanings in any way, but puts more of a "horoscope" format to the meanings, that "mainstream" occultists would be more familiar with. The rituals near the end are also pretty eye-opening. There are some ritual objects mentioned, but Mercer keeps things simple with those, you're not going to be buying a ton of ritual equipment like wiccans or hermetists have to do. Just don't expect a ton of footnotes or direct references to the sources in this book. It's like an intro to Armanism and Runes, with a few novel ideas and intermediate rituals. It's not meant to replace Guido von List's books or the other classics.

      Even though "Runen" is a bit light on the Indo-European metahistory and sacred-linguistics aspect, I still like it a lot and recommend it to anyone who wants to get into Armanen runes. My first Armanen book (and indeed my first Runic book period) was of course the classic "Secret of the Runes" by Master Guido. But that was before "Runen" was published, and it gave me good background on the source material for Armanenschaft, like the Elder Edda. I also read Karl Hans Welz's free courses on Armanen rune-readings and meditations, which had a lot of info, but it was disjointed, cluttered with excess psychobabble, and has too much new age BS mixed in. Then moved on to Kummer, Spiesberger, Gorsleben, etc.

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  3. I read your blog on Indo-European books - I find that trying to look for a place to find a full catalogue of von List’s books (not simply a few that were translated) is extremely difficult. Do you have all of his works? If so - where did you get them?

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    1. I do not have all his works. I only have "The Secret of the Runes" and "The Religion of the Aryo-Germanic Folk, the Esoteric and Exoteric". I plan on buying some more once I have completed my Rune-Yoga book. The full catalogue (far as I know it) is below:

      1888 Carnuntum. Historischer Roman aus dem 4. Jahr-hundert (two volumes) Berlin
      1891 Deutsch-Mythologische Landschaftsbilder Berlin
      1892 Tauf-, Hochzeits- und Bestattungs-Gebräuche und deren Ursprung Salzburg
      1893 Litteraria sodalitas Danubiana Vienna
      1894 Jung Diether's Heimkehr. Eine Sonnwend-Geschichte aus dem Jahre 488 n. Chr. Brno
      1894 Der Wala Erweckung Vienna
      1895 Walküren-Weihe. Epische Dichtung Brno
      1895 Pipara. Die Germanin im Cäsarenpurpur (two volumes) Leipzig
      1898 Niederösterreichisches Winzerbüchlein Vienna
      1898 Der Unbesiegbare. Ein Grundzug germanischer Weltanschaaung Vienna
      1899 König Vannius. Ein deutsches Königsdrama Brno
      1900 Der Wiederaufbau von Carnuntum Vienna
      1901 Sommer-Sonnwend-Feuerzauber. Skaldisches Weihespiel Vienna
      1903 Alraunen-Mären. Kulturhistorische Novellen und Dichtungen aus germanischer Vorzeit Vienna
      1903 Das Goldstück. Ein Liebesdrama in fünf Aufzügen Vienna
      1908 Das Geheimnis der Runen Gross-Lichterfelde
      1908 Die Armanenschaft der Ario-Germanen Leipzig and Vienna
      1908 Die Rita der Ario-Germanen Leipzig and Vienna
      1909 Die Namen der Völkerstämme Germaniens und deren Deutung Leipzig and Vienna
      1909/10 Die Religion der Ario-Germanen im ihrer Esoterik und Exoterik Zurich
      1910 Der Bilderschrift der Ario-Germanen (Ario-Germanische Hieroglyphik) Leipzig and Vienna
      1911 Die Armanenschaft der Ario-Germanen. Zweiter Teil Leipzig and Vienna
      1911 Der Übergang vom Wuotanstum zum Christensum Zurich
      1913 Die Armanenschaft der Ario-Germanen. Erster Teil (second edition) Vienna
      1913 Deutsch-Mythologische Landschaftsbilder (second edition) Vienna
      1914 Die Ursprache der Ario-Germanen und ihre Mysteriensprache

      Apparently he also had more books in the works when he died. Including one regarding the obscure connection between medieval crypto-Armanen, and the Kabbalists, who were entrusted with some of their wisdom but later corrupted and twisted it for ignoble ends. This book was never published.

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    2. Correct, I see the books - but where exactly to get them was what I meant. Seems to me I’d have to go to Germany to see any orders - if they exist, of course.

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    3. You can buy most of them on Amazon from German sellers. You just need to use Google Translate and see if they ship to your location. A few of the rarer ones, I imagine, would not be available, but most of the ones that came after "Das Geheimnis" have been reprinted in Germany by Adolf Schleipfer and probably others too. You can also find some of Kummer's and Shou's original books reprinted by various small German publishers through Amazon.

      Also there's an English translation of "Der Unbesiegbare" (The Invincible) done by Stephen Flowers, who also translated "The Religion of the Aryo-Germanic Folk, the Esoteric and Exoteric" and probably a few of the other later List works on Runes and Germanic culture. So look for the Flowers translations on Amazon first.

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    4. I, myself, have the two English translations you’ve mentioned. Just a matter of going on the German version of Amazon - and a matter of will and patience to comprehend.

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    1. The Kummerian mantras are pretty much all taken form ancient Germanic inscriptions, where they were actually spelled out in runes, usually on amulets or ceremonial weapons. However ALU was actually spelled OS-LAF-UR, not "AR-LAF-UR". This is because OS (which you can also pronounce "AUSS") is the Armanen form of Ansuz, the Migration-era rune used in ALU in the ancient magick medallions. AR is a different rune altogether, from which Migration-age "Elder" rune "JERA" was derived (which was later resurrected back into "AR" in the Younger Futhark with slightly changed format).

      Ara-hari means "Solar-spirit". It is a Primal Aryan word, as 'Ara' refers to Sun, Light, Nobility, cleansing energy (i.e. as in Arman, Aryan, Arhat, etc.) Hari or Har means "god", "high-one", "all-reaching" or "divine". Har exists in Old High German (as in 'Harugari', literally 'god-leader' or priest-king), Old Norse as Har, Odin's title "the most high", as well as in Iranian languages (Har-band, the old name of Mount Alvand, and Har-Visp-tokhm, the Avestan name of Yggdrasil, "All-seed-tree" or "High-one's seed tree"). It also is found in Sanskrit (and more critically, the purer Prakrits like Pali) as "Hari" - the God-essence or holy spirit (obviously not in a Christian sense).

      So in essence both Ar and Har, from which we get Ara-Hari, are found in most if not all Aryan language families at their root. It's not limited to India or Hindu traditions, though they do mention it. Thus, Ara-hari is thousands of years more ancient than Theosophy. Theosophy simply borrowed words like "hari" often without knowing they had Germanic and Iranian equivalents too - they basically repackaged Hinduism and Buddhism for a western audience, by mixing in some Hermetic stuff.

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    2. N M, you don't need to delete your questions. They are good questions and I want people to see them. If I think your question is irrelevant or unhelpful I would tell you myself.

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