Saturday, March 3, 2018

Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 7: HAGAL-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. Rune-Yoga postures are practiced standing up, forming the shape of the Rune to manifest its energy flow. The text in this basic course is my own, though heavily inspired by the work of Guido von List, S.A. Kummer, and Karl Spiesberger. Some of what you see here will look very familiar to you 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 Handstodhr. The Handstodhr 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.  

Previously we looked at the first Six of the 18 Armanen Runes, known together as Yggdrasil's Root of Arising. Now we arrive at the second Six Runes – which form Yggdrasil's Root of Being. Everything in Rune-Magick revolves around the three phases of reincarnation: Arising, Being, and Passing Away [to New Arising].

Rune #7: HAGAL



Meanings: That which cares for, preserves, protects; that which is motherly; wisdom, harmony, salvation, blessing, protects from hail and fire. Eternal change, caring and maintaining principle in the universe, Higher Self, God in us.

HAGAL is the Mother-Rune, from which all other Runes are derived. It is also called Hag-all, All-Hag and All-Hedge – it is the overarching Stave of Protection, against calamities and folly. Within it, the higher self is integrated with the lower. Use HAGAL for self-preservation, self-knowledge, long life, health, worldly wisdom, protection against misfortune, and safety in emergencies and disasters.

HAGAL-Rune Asana or Stadha: Stand upright, face forward, arms vertical, hands touching high above the head. Then lower arms to the upper diagonals of HAGAL; then to lower diagonals; then down to the sides; then reverse the sequence.

HAGAL-Rune Mantra or Galdr: ha ha ha ha ha ha / Hagal Hagal Hagal / Hag-all All-Hag All-Hedge / ha he hi ho hu / hag haal halga heil haug


HAGAL-Rune Mudra or Handstadha: Hands interlaced, thumbs together, indexes touch vertically, middle fingers angled up, ring fingers pressed down, but straight, against knuckles. The hands form a single HAGAL Rune together.

29 comments:

  1. I have another question to make: have you ever heard of Varg Vikernes? If so, have you read his books?

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    1. Sure. Everyone's heard of Varg. I have not read his books, though I know that he wrote one about the Irminsul.

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    2. Here’s a recent video of his:
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3jj7VfNd6Lk

      Varg has been writing ‘Paganism Explained’ series, deciphering the Norse myths and fairy tales - along with his wife, who wrote Secret of the She-Bear. He believes that pure Europeans are directly descended from Neanderthals; he believes (in this video) that the hunter-gatherer was the best, and the archetype of the original European Neanderthal.

      This is his wife, Marie Cachet’s, website - supporting the Neanderthal theory.
      https://atala.fr/

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    3. Yes I am aware of this. They do have some unique ideas with the bear-cult and so forth. Though I cannot agree with some of their conclusions, which are not really close to an Armanen point of view. While there is a lot of Neanderthal DNA in Europe, there are no more "pure Neanderthals", and hunter-gatherer lifestyle was once common everywhere, nothing uniquely European about it. Neanderthals (and their Cro-Magnon contemporaries) were hunters out of need, because glaciers covered most of Europe, there was very little fertile land exposed in most parts of the continent. After the glaciers receded, European languages and cultures were far more influenced by farmer Aryan migrations, which is where Odinism came from. Although the Aesir/Vanir mythos has some hunting substrate aspects in it, it is majority farmer-archetype, regardless of the era. This Indo-European solar farmer culture, is what really made Europe great.

      Also, what Varg and Marie are doing in daily life is rather different from hunting: planting a permaculture garden on their property (farming), explaining how to find cheap bread (cereal based diet; comes from farming), and crop diversification to prevent soil nutrient depletion and keep pests at bay (farming), and making their own compost in middens (Indo-European farming). So whatever their ideological preference for hunting may be, the reality is they embrace a farming lifestyle. They know that ethical farming practices are FAR more reliable in the long run than always having to hunt for your next meal, if you're raising a family or a tribe for that matter.

      However since this isn't really relevant to the Hagal Rune or Stadhagaldr, we'd best take this discussion offline or do it on a different post. It's becoming clear to me that also I haven't defined cultural archetypes well enough here; I probably should at some point.There is a BIG difference between merely being a farmer, and actually having a farmer/solar cultural archetype.

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    4. I understand it’s off topic. Could you give me your email, so that I could discuss things with you, if that Nature?

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    5. You may give me yours. We should understand, though, that anything you hear from me, is likely to be of ancient Immanence, and not to serve any political agenda. It may not be what you want to hear. Any attempt to use my ideas in political debates, ratatosking, etc. will not be looked upon kindly. Today's leaves will wilt and pass on, and in the greater cycles of time, naught will remember their rustling as anything distinct. Though a few men, stand against time, and shall never perish.

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    6. amaninahat@Safe-mail.net

      I’m open to many things - I’d like to hear from you.

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    7. I’m much like you, actually - a seeker, and an aspiring aristocrat of the soul. I assure you, that I care not much about politics.

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    8. One last thing - my email allows only mail that’s less than 3 MB, I believe. If that doesn’t work, then I’ll find another that’ll allow more space.

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    9. No problem, the messages should get that big anyway. Aristocrat of the Soul... a kindred spirit I see. Tutto capisco. Check your inbox.

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    10. Check your inbox - I gave you two alternate email addresses of mine. I hope that solves your problem.

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    11. What problem? Did you not get my response in your original inbox? I didn't have a problem sending to the amaninahat@Safe-mail.net

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    12. As I said, that main email only allowed 3 MB; yours had 22 MB. I sent you two different email addresses of mine, that hopefully, could allow more space.

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    13. I was told in my messenger that you were notified about it.

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    14. Try now, I sent you text without pictures. the pictures were eating up most of the MB.

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  2. One question on Rune Yoga: could you be able to modify the postures and hand gestures, and still get the same powerful effect - or is the ones that you’re uploading simply the best.

    I know one Armanen occultist, named Marc Rice (he was one that got me interested in the Armanen Futharkh). His way of doing Rune Yoga is greatly modified in certain runes.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0Vit6hpBvc0

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  3. I am uploading the most effective forms. It is true that some people doing Armanen Rune Yoga have variations of the postures. Indeed even in some early books the true form of the postures was concealed, mainly due to pressures of the time and threats from anti-Armanen groups. Eventually, Karl Spiesberger published a book where there were multiple forms of the stodhr and handstodhr for the Runes. However again some of these were concealed (for example, simply standing and putting your hand on your hip with the elbow pointing out for Thorn: that is not Rune-Yoga! there's no actual exercise involved in that). Here I am restoring the Esoteric postures without the concealing forms. So yes, these are the best.

    Marc Rice has his own ideas about Armanen Runes, I find them to be heavily eclectic and largely based on the later work of Karl Hans Welz (who was one of the people that first got me interested in the Armanen Futharkh). Later on I came to realize that Welz was repackaging the Armanen Runes along with a lot of New Age slop in order to sell courses to people that otherwise would have no interest in Runes. While there is some useful information in Welz's courses, you have to sift through a lot of non-Armanen and non-cultural ..."stuff"... to find it. To some extenet it's the same with Marc Rice. While he goes deeper into ritual work than Welz and seems more serious about building an actual system and practice, he still incorporates a lot of Reiki and also some non-Indo-European cosmologies and symbols/ideas into his work (a lot of it from "mainstream" hermetic occultism which is not really compatible with Runes or the Runic cosmology in my view). So there is a lot more modification in his way than just the rune-postures. It's a mix of Armanism and several other things, not straight Armanism. Take that for what it's worth.

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  4. Hahaha! I almost laughed out loud when I read your view on the Thorn form! My sentiments exactly. I've always used a thorn form similar to what they do in Stav. I teach martial art, yoga,combatives and physical culture for a living, and I'm in the process of creating some sequences based upon the synthesis of the indo-european and Slavic martial arts and exercises I teach. I have a sequence dedicated to Thor-Verethraghna, and your version of Thorn is the one I've settled on. Thanks again for your hard work, brother!

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    1. You are very welcome! The true yoga-form of Thorn is indeed very different and much more powerful than the concealed "husk" form. The various Indo-European martial arts styles are experiencing a rebirth and I already sense there is a vast need for them but physically and spiritually among all successor peoples of Asha and Arya. I am interested in seeing your work, please post a link to it if you have a website.
      Hail Thor! Haal VereThragna!

      I plan to turn these Stadhagaldr posts into a book, so that the true inner Stodhr of the Armanen Runes are finally standardized in print form. This way, there will be finally an end to the confusion caused by the tendency of people to take the husk forms (which were first published by Kummer as a precaution in turbulent times) too dogmatically, as the literal Stodhr that the Armanen practiced. Traditionally the true core forms were only taught in person, but by now many Armanists have learned the hard way that this actually backfired as their students were already used to practicing the published husk forms, and being as easy and non-Od-filled as the husk forms are, they unfortunately drew in too many dilettantes and not enough serious apprentices - with the greater power, concentration, balance and Od-tolerance required by the true forms being a shock to many. So a book that only presents the true core forms, that actually are Rune-Yoga, is long overdue (it will, of course, contain the standards preventive curses against ignoble people abusing these forms for their own ends).

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    2. I'm looking to start filming some of my sequences soon. I'll post up a link here when I put one up on YouTube. I'm waiting until I have some of my martial art students learn them so we can film them together for more of a visual impact.
      I've been very curious as to where you were able to learn a lot of the things you are presenting here. You have a very unique way of presenting the information and a lot of things that I haven't seen elsewhere. And as far as your book, I'll be first in line to get a copy and I'll definitely promote it in the esoteric and yogic circles I run in!

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    3. Thanks, I will make sure to watch them.

      I have made many journeys and studied under many teachers... never fully believing, always testing and questioning the logic... but without ever abandoning spirituality. When I came to the Armanen, I realized finally that spirituality can have a true anchor. True spirituality comes from a cultural Immanence, and is actually very clear on what is and is not part of that Immanence. I learned, to almost the point to intuition, to understand the world much as the early Solar cultures of Indo-European antiquity did. I have met people who risked their lives to keep the last surviving traces of such cultures alive. I have observed the archetypes of various peoples and how they influenced their actions (and to some extent evolution) both in Eurasia and on various continents. I found long-lost connections to the Aesir and Vanir even in IE cultures that are not Germanic. And many things I have found, both through my own ancestors and the archetypes and oral folklore of others, that gave me tools to understand many manifestations of Asha and Arya in various lands, and how they evolved and often fought for life itself against far larger and cruder forces. Much of it cannot be found in academic sources, a bit can (though heavily obfuscated and diluted). But most of all, this speaks to the traveler in us that dares to go and find out things that are withheld from mainstream manicured-lawn textbooks.

      I am planning a basic Rune-Magick book (to go over the essentials of Rune meanings, galdr, basic Rune-Yoga and the general Armanen cosmology, and how it relates to the other rune systems) as well as a Havamal translation to go with it. The deeper cultural Immanence and archetypes, I will mostly leave for later books.

      Any esoteric path truly worth following, is something that will ruffle the feathers of the complacent and the complacency-vested. Mine, may ruffle even the feathers of many of those who fancy themselves critics of the complacent. I can sense you understand this. And the Armanen masters definitely understood it. Alaf Sig Runa!

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  5. I know this isn't related to the post,but in your list of Aryan cultures you listed Tocharian. My only exposure to Tocharian is through my research into Bon Dzogchen and the Zhang Zhung language. Any thoughts on the use of Tocharian A or B as mantric languages?

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    1. It sounds like an interesting idea... it probably depends on what sort of mantras you are going for. Tocharian A was used in some ancient Buddhist texts, and also Tocharian languages seem to have influenced the development of Prakrit in a few places. For general yoga purposes they are definitely useable. For Stadhagaldr however... we already have a (mostly) Germanic Kala or esoteric language.

      Some of the Kala of the Armanen is more archaic than a purely Germanic linguosphere, and has elements of Ur-Aryan pronunciation that may vaguely resemble Tocharian. This would make sense, as Tocharian languages are very ancient and close to the split between eastern and western IE languages. Tocharians apparently branched off from the European IE line before Irano-Slavic peoples (Sintashta, Andronovo) did, as their languages lack "satemization". The elder parts of the Armanen Kala appear to have harder sounds than Tocharian though, so probably closer to the Sintashta/Yamna split. However if one truly practices Armanenschaft it becomes clear that even the Kala evolves, albeit much more slowly than vernacular languages, as it has been a spiritual mystery language, concealed for millennia.

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    2. It was more just a question of interest that arose from my own research into the continuity between the Indo-European people and the Eurasian people as a whole. My own mantra practice is evolving or rather turning back inward, involuting, towards a total Kala approach. I'm finding a deep resonance and a very noticeable alchemical effect in using mostly the Armananen mantras over the last few months, with a healthy dose of Avestan mantras added in. The Avestan mantras added a third counterbalancing point between the Vedic mantras I had intensely studied, and the Kala based mantras I am working with now.

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    3. Geoff - have you found any martial applications to the Armanen runes?

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    4. Very interesting, Geoff. Where did you find the Avestan Mantras you are using? Which part of the Avesta? And also where in the Vedas, for your Vedic mantras?

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    5. Cyrus, the Avestan mantras I'm using are the ones I learned thorough Stephen Flowers' work. The 3 main manthras he teaches, along with the Sirozah manthras. I have done a lot of work with the Verethragna mantra in conjunction with the Thorn rune as a way to smash obstacles. I also utilize the mantra to the fravashi in conjunction with the Man rune and a focus on connecting to my fylgja.
      A site that I really like that compares the Avestan, Vedic and old Norse words as well as other IE languages is Authentic Gatha Zoroastrianism blog.
      The Vedic mantras I still use are all from the Rig Veda. There are certain mantras to the celestial waters that I utilize to connect out to the greater multivwrse. And there are some mantras concerning enemies I utilize as astra mantras according to the teachings of Ganapati Mini.
      And PhoenixEyeFist, martial applications are something I working on now. I'm trying not to force them just to do it,and I'm letting the Runes guide me. I practice a lot of Baguazhang, so extrapolating techniques from static postures is second nature for me. The Man rune posture is very similar to Bagua uplifting heaven ding shi posture. So I have throws for it that are similar to Bagua and silat. Other postures I take the Od energy feeling and open the rune posture up to techniques. For instance, the Thorn rune posture, which as Cyrus teaches it is a nice wedge defense akin to kalaripayyat and silat techniques as well as certain combatives. I then open it up to various elbow spears which can be viewed as a thorn posture as well as chopping techniques like combative axe hands.
      If I can coerce my karate teacher friend into it, I'll film some quick apps for you and YouTube it. I'll throw the link here for you.

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