Saturday, November 17, 2018

Armanen Rune-Yoga Exercises: All 18 Stadhagaldr and Handstodhr positions

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

The spiritual and physical practice of Rune-Yoga, formally known as 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 and is a self-contained system that evolved toward the western and Germanic end of Indo-European spiritual exercises, resembling Persian Zur-Khaneh training exercises more than most schools of Indian Yoga. 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  or stances ( = singular stadha). Rune Mantras are called Galdr. Hence, the compound word Stadhagaldr = Stadha + Galdr, or "stance with singing"). 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-body Stadhagaldr is not possible. There are also some more advanced Handstodhr combinations used in a live Rune-Yoga session. In Siefgried Kummer's day, only the outer "husk" forms of the Runic Stodhr and Handstodhr were publicly printed (which were later copied verbatim by Spiesberger, and later still by Welz), due to concerns about the turbulent climate of the times; here their internal "core forms" are revealed, which contain the true power of the Rune-Stodhr in the body. Since the 1970s some "New Age" authors have tried to apply Stadhagaldr to the Elder Futhark, without giving proper credit to the Armanen Masters of the early 1900s for teaching the practice - though in reality it is truly an Armanen practice.

The 18 Armanen Futharkh Runes and their Stodhr are divided into three "aetts" or "Halbdutzends" (half-dozens), of six Runes each. These groupings represent the phases of reincarnation and initiation in the Odinic-Armanen consciousness of the Edda (which has three phases - Arising, Being, and Passing-away to new Arising - corresponding to the three roots of the World Tree Yggdrasil). Hence the Halbdutzends are also known together as Yggdrasil's "Roots" of Arising, Being, and Passing Away (to new Arising).

The First Halbdutzend (Yggdrasil's Root of Arising):

Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 1: FA-Rune
Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 2: UR-Rune
Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 3: THORN-Rune
Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 4: OS-Rune
Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 5: RIT-Rune
Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 6: KA-Rune

The Second Halbdutzend (Yggdrasil's Root of Being):

Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 7: HAGAL-Rune
Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 8: NOT-Rune
Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 9: IS-Rune
Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 10: AR-Rune
Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 11: SIG-Rune
Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 12: TYR-Rune

The Third Halbdutzend (Yggdrasil's Root of Passing Away):

Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 13: BAR-Rune
Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 14: LAF-Rune
Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 15: MAN-Rune
Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 16: YR-Rune
Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 17: EH-Rune
Armanen Rune-Yoga Lesson 18: GIBOR-Rune

It is suggested to practice all 18 Rune postures each day in at least one complete cycle. Each Rune stadha should be held with the body, at least long enough to sing the Galdr of that Rune's name three times in a deep extended voice.

After one cycle of all 18 Rune Stadhagaldr, you can proceed to repeat the cycle, or the Stadhagaldr of any particular Rune or Runes that you sense you need additional practice with (or rather, practice in the area of life which that Rune primarily pertains to - FA for wealth, UR for health, THORN for strength, and so forth). Complete honesty to Self (Ichheit) is needed, to crush spiritual, emotional and psycho-somatic shortcomings with massive success and power through the Runes.

As Master Guido von List, Yogi Siegfried Kummer, and Master Rudolf Gorsleben taught, remember that the Runes are not merely symbols, but also powerful living magickal energies that can change the practitioner in sacred and wondrous ways.

Alaf Sal Fena!

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