Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Rune Yoga and the Younger Futhark

For many years I have been practising Rune Yoga or Rune Gymnastics, the term used by the early 20th century German Rune Magicians. I have mainly focused on the Elder Futhark, the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc and the Armanen Futhork. However in recent weeks I have been experimenting with the Younger Futhark, combining sometimes with my Tai Chi routines. By practising the shapes and sounds of the Runes it helps to crystallise their form, name, meaning, sound and qualities in our minds. It also helps us to more easily remember their sequence. Also the Younger Futhark is relevant to me at the moment because I am studying Old Norse.

In my case I am finding the Younger Futhark very useful as it is the shortest of the Rune rows and thus one can progress through the whole row much more quickly than say using the Anglo-Saxon, or to give it is proper name, the Northumbrian Futhork. I started  on day 1 practising the Fe Rune, day 2 the Fe and Ur Runes, day 3 the Fe, Ur and Thurs Runes, etc. By day 16 one has worked through all 16 Runes, adding a new one each day, always in their correct sequence as they appear in the Futhark. It is important to that you do not rush these activities.

It is important that one establishes a proper method of breath control. The method that I have used for years now is to inhale to the mental count of five, then I hold my breath to the count of three, exhale to the count of seven and whilst doing this I intone the name of the Rune on the out breath, concluding with the holding of my breath for the count of three. It is important that you choose a system which suits you and then stick to it. Applying my 5-3-7-3 system should take approximately 43 minutes to complete the full 16 Rune Futhark. By contrast the Northumbrian Futhorc would take approximately 89 minutes, the Elder Futhark 65 minutes and the Armanen Futhork 49 minutes. It is important that you devote sufficient time to this activity and not rush it. The skill of Rune Yoga involves not allowing oneself to be distracted by external or internal stimuli and to focus on the task at hand, keeping track of your breathing cycle and how many cycles of the Rune that you have gone through. It is very easy to lose your concentration. The wearing of ear plugs may help.

Rune Yoga has as I have said before, has five elements:

. Regular breathing, inhaling through the nose, exhaling on the outbreath whilst chanting the Rune name or associated mantra.

. Forming the shape of the Rune stave with your body.

. Chanting the Rune name or mantra.

. Visualisation of the Rune stave. This is best achieved with one's eyes closed or in the darkness.

. Concentrating on the meaning or the essence of the Rune.

Once these individual techniques have been mastered, both as single elements and together then the practitioner will have mastered the basics of Rune magic. The benefits to the Rune magician are manifold. One will achieve a greater degree of physical fitness as some of the Rune stave shapes are quite demanding, most especially Ur, Sol, Bjarkan, Madhr and Yr. In addition to physical fitness the practitioner's health should gradually improve through both the exercise and the harnessing of the cosmic and telluric powers. The German Rune magicians knew that the human body can operate effectively as an antennae to attract and manipulate the forces present in the cosmos and in the earth. If anyone should doubt that these forces exist one should take up dowsing with a pendulum and see for yourself the reality of what I say.

I have found that the practice of Rune Yoga is more effective in the early morning. It helps to revitalise you after a night's sleep. Of course this is not always possible for many people who work. However in my case because I am retired I now have the time at the beginning of the day to do this. Rune magic itself, apart from Rune Yoga is better performed in my opinion, during the night time. When performing these exercises it is advisable that you do not consume any food or drink as this will hamper your ability to successfully breath and chant the Rune name or mantra. After completing the routine one should rest and have a cup of tea or coffee. But any kind of stimulants must be avoided prior to the exercise.

An alternative is to practise just one Rune a day, perhaps by blindly selecting a Rune stave from a bag, setting it aside and allowing the Nornir to select the Rune for the day for you: their judgement is always best. One could spend the rest of the day dedicating one's thoughts to the Rune shape and meaning etc. In this way one can work through the entire Futhark in 16 days but it is not as time consuming as the routine I am following.

It is my considered opinion that the forms of the Runes used in both the Younger Futhark and the Armanen Futhork are more conducive to Rune Yoga, having much simpler forms. Books which are appropriate to the Younger Futhark are Northern Magic. Rune Mysteries and Shamanism by Edred Thorsson, Stav. The Fighting System of Northern Europe by G.D. Butcher, Daily Stav by David Stone and Long Branches. Runes of the Younger Futhark by Ann Groa Sheffield, the latter book and Edred's are two of the very finest I have read on this Rune row and I unhesitatingly recommend them to all of my readers.

The usual explanation for the shortening of the Futhark from 24 to 16 Runes is linguistic but if anything it made the use of the Runes as an alphabetical writing system even more difficult as Edred Thorsson points out in his Northern Magic:

"This system shows the overridingly magical nature of the runes in that, from a purely linguistic standpoint, it made the system more obscure."
It is clear to me that List certainly based his 18 Rune row on these Runes, adding a further two, Eh and Gibor, the latter being a modern construction.

Younger Futhark Rune staves are harder to buy than the Elder Futhark but one can find cheaply priced wooden sets on Etsy and Ebay. Etsy is a very useful site if you are looking for anything unusual and handmade. Of course those with the necessary skills and time can make their own Rune sets. It is often better this way as the Rune magician can infuse his or her own Megin into the staves at the very beginning when creating them. They then become THE creation and vehicle of power to the magician.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Friedrich Bernard Marby-a Translation of "Aufrassungs-Plätze. Am Tor zum Runen-Garten. Der „Thing-Platz“ und was er ist."

What follows now is my initial translation of an essay by Rune Magician and founder (or rediscoverer) Friedrich Bernard Marby (1882-1966) of the spiritual discipline of Runengymnastik or Rune Yoga as it is known in the English-speaking world. We owe a debt of gratitude to both Marby and Siegfried Adolf Kummer (1899-1977?) both of whom were harshly treated during the Third Reich. Most of my readers will be aware that the völkisch awakening which occured during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in German-speaking lands was in part responsible for the rise of National Socialism but it is unfortunate that many völkisch thinkers, writers and workers in the esoteric realms fell foul of the new regime which sadly provided an opportunity for personal scores to be settled and for innocent people such as Marby and Kummer to be falsely accused and subsequently to be incarerated on dubious grounds. In Marby's case he was imprisoned from 1936-1945. What we do know is that Karl Maria Willigut (Weisthor) wrote a letter to Heinrich Himmler denouncing Marby in 1934:

"Both Kummer and Marby were censured by Wiligut in his capacity as Himmler's counsellor on magical and religious subjects for bringing the holy Aryan heritage into disrepute and ridicule and this criticism may have led to Marby's harsh treatment in the Third Reich." (The Occult Roots of Nazism. Secret Aryan Cults and their Influence on Nazi Ideology, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, 1985)

The evidence for the aforementioned accusation by Dr Goodrick-Clarke is to be found in the Bundesarchiv, Koblenz in a letter from Weisthor to Himmler, dated 2/5/34, (Nachlass 19, Himmler). If anyone can provide me with a digital copy of this letter I would be grateful but otherwise I have no reason whatsoever to doubt Dr Goodrick-Clarke's word on this. It is believed that the reason for this friction and hostility by Weisthor has its origins in Weisthor's 'Irmininic Kristianity' which he set in opposition to the Wotanism of Marby who put into practice and applied the teachings of the original Master, Guido von List. Weisthor was the favoured (and protected) occultist of the National Socialist Reich and made some interesting contributions but his teachings are extremely far fetched and it is a matter of historical record that he did have his own 'demons' to combat with and he too fell out of favour eventually with Himmler. One must understand that any open association between the regime and völkisch occultism would have caused problems with the largely christianised masses and so many occultists were either imprisoned or silenced. The flight of Rudolf Hess in 1941 made this situation even worse.

The following translation of Aufrassungs-Plätze. Am Tor zum Runen-Garten. Der „Thing-Platz“ und was er ist is important because it illustrates Marby's view of the ancient Thingsteads or to use the Listian term Halgadome and how they were used originally for esoteric purposes. Indeed this vindicates the work of Odinists and Wodenists today in England who are seeking to identify and reclaim our ancient sacred sites. Woden's Folk is at the forefront of this activity.

My readers must bear in mind that Armanist writings are difficult to translate. First of all the Gothic script is used which does not facilitate easy reading but secondly many of the Listian terms are not merely archaic in language terms but represent words and phrases which are not recognised and do not exist in German or German-English dictionaries. An example of this is Aufrassung which I have translated as 'racial improvement' for want of a better term but is nonetheless clumsy. Much of the sentence construction is also stilted and repetitive. Thus the translator has to walk a tightrope of providing a meaningful translation that is as faithful as possible to the original source but not enslaved by it!

Here is the translation:

"Every animal prefers an environment, open grounds that guarantee it nourishment, reproduction and development. The question of security arises,  where man proves himself to be a deadly enemy of the species.

"The special relationships and conditions of a landscape favour the life, reproduction and development of certain species of animals. The next step is the conscious suitable change of a landscape by a species of animal living there. Thus termites among other things change the landscape of their living sphere, and likewise the beaver, in order to achieve the most favourable result for the continued existence, reproduction and development of the species.

"Humanity has always strived for the same thing. However the ultimate goal changed. Today the payment of  interest has robbed the folk of the value of their investments, the payment of interest of loans forced on people provided the motive which has much more disfigured the landscape, the residential and living areas formed by humanity.

"The highest goal: The development of the racial consciousness of the folk, in approximately the last 6,000 years fell into oblivion or became aware of the world leadership of the animal-men who they fought against in the living areas of the Germanic race. So called religions and so called economic teachings were forced upon the peoples which made them obligated to pay tax. Racial peoples never remain willing to pay tax for ever. Therefore the former ultimate goal of humanity: racialness, is supposed to disappear before the eyes of the peoples.

"At one time the Teutons shaped the face of the earth, the landscape which they came to in order that with their racially preserving rune exercises they would guarantee the highest success for racial improvement.

"As the southern, racially hostile and tax friendly 'religions' spread more and more and the longer they ruled, the new masters began the deliberate ruining and devaluing of the Germanic landscape and this destruction of the racial landscape was automatically further continued.

"Nevertheless however they did not entirely succeed with the complete destruction of the race-rearing effects of the European landscape. Millions of the former Rune Age purposely situated landscape forms survive to this day almost unchanged, at least in their essential features. It requires no great effort to acquire again the racial improvement of the folk with the guaranteed form of the racial landscape, of the great Teutonic Runegarden.

"Mind you that requires beforehand that one gives room to the simplest view and conclusively lay aside all of the dictated ideas, paths and works of the southern viewpoint.

"Especially many 'Christian', many 'humanist', and many 'idealist' thinking 'academic' circles who as an example praisingly acknowledge and preach the sacrifice of Jesus of Nazareth for humanity or celebrate the sacrifice of blood and life for the national idea, have to sacrifice their power and their class advantages, where it concerns the racial improvement of the folk.

"If they don't want that, then Christianity, humanism, idealism and  'Führertum' is not geunine, but hypocrisy and false leadership (Verführertum-my edit). So long as the privileges of money, of 'education', of 'class', of 'denomination' or of fundamental attitude are allowed and able to still play a role with misleading phrases and brutal force, the world will not experience racial improvement.

"Either we all want racial improvement, or we will all decline.

"In the age in which today's 'culture' was still unknown, in the age in which honesty, openness and capability still had validity, the folk as a whole had the same education and racial improvement techniques, organised by the folk, educated in racial improvement and racial awareness and therein preserved.

"For this pupose life was the only school and the landscape of the garden of racial improvement, of the Rune-Garden.

"We speak here of the Thingsteads for the first time.

"In Germany there are hundreds of thousands of Thingsteads for a great number of these Thingsteads have themselves survived among the folk with the name 'Thingstead'. Opinions about the purpose and significance of the Thingsteads have with time become cloudy or have become devalued or falsified from the times of the southern thinkers.

"Today one hears again of an arrangement of  Thingsteads.

"From many ages the Thingstead is referred to as a place of assembly. The Thingstead was once also that. From many ages the Thingstead was referred to as a court and place of execution. There were also some Thingsteads in the age when knowledge of the runes decayed. From many ages the Thingstead was referred to as a folk sport place. Thingsteads were also used for this purpose in a certain age but in a different sense. From many ages the Thingstead is described as a former cult place. That this is what these places once were, it is only to be asked, what one understands as a 'cult'. The Teutons of the racial age knew no cult of gods. From different ages the self-same Thingstead was described as the place at which the Teutons sacrificed people to their gods. However the Teutons have never sacrificed people at religious or other festivities.

"Some think the Thingstead was the place at which the home army assembled before they went on campaign in the 'eternal Sping', which at one time every year a portion of the youth moved into the Teutons' areas of colonisation. The departure point of these campaigns was certainly also the Thingstead in certain courses of time.

"We know that in certain epochs of time the Thingstead was also a place of assembly, a court and place of execution, a folk sport place, a festival ground or a place of worship.

"We know further that assemblies were arranged there and acquired the name 'Thing'. However with the word 'Thing' the reasons for the many types of assemblies in the different epochs of time, which number thousands of years are not recorded.

"It would be easier to accept that because  a place has the word 'Thing' an older, more important, holier use is indicated, which one can find support for in the location and form of the place and the word 'Thingstead' remains attached to places, even when no-one knew anymore what the word 'Thing' had actually once meant.

"Now one would think that 'academically educated' philologists would reveal the purpose and meaning of the Thingsteads through the explanation of the word 'Thing'. However one hears nothing valid from the academic camp about the meaning of the word 'Thingstead' and about the original purpose of the Thingstead.

"First question: Why do these people not know how to explain the word 'Thingstead'?

"Answer: Because they know nothing about racial gymnastics, nothing of rune gymnastics and because they don't know, that at one time whereever the Teutons lived, steads for racial improvement gymnastics, steads for rune gymnastics, thus rune exercise steads were set up and that every clan occupied at least one such rune exercise stead, on which they would with the rune exercises and rune dances and rune positions have sung the runes.

"Second question: Then the 'Thingstead' is actually called the 'Singstead'!

"Answer: Yes indeed! And that is linguistically clear. Every person knows that the word 'Thingstead' is written with 'th' and that the 'th' in England today is still pronounced as 'ß' (with the tip of the tongue).

"'Thingstead' is correctly pronounced as 'Singstead'. In borderline cases the pronunciation is always more important than the spelling. (However with different spelling one can detect many dialects and distinguish different peoples). 

"Third question: What would have been sung at the 'Thingsteads'?

"Answer: The Thingsteads were (and also in those that remain) rune exercise grounds, which as a result of their construction and arrangement the highest effect of the rune exercises could be achieved. With the racial gymnastic exercises, with the rune exercises the corresponding runes would be sung.

"Fourth question: Would these exercises be done by one person or by more people?

"Answer: The exercises were often done unobserved by one person as applied racial improvement exercises. They were however also joined by others. However: In order to teach the racial improvement exercises to the folk, these exercises of racial gymnastics were shown openly to the entire folk. Thus the Thingsteads were also places of performance, places for teaching.

"The dance play (ballet) as the entire artistic field, that today is included in the theatre is a survival of this training in racial gymnastics, which at one time was developed at the Thingstead or in its environs.

"The Olympic games, the contests which today we see in some arenas, the 'Singers' War on the Wartburg' and all of the many customs and local peculiarities refer back to the former institution of the Thing-Games-Stead, of the Thingsteads as a place of training of the folk, as those important steads, at which at one time the racial improvement of the folk and the race law proceeded from.
The racial improvement and the race law which came from that is the result of the racial gymnastics that developed out of the effects of the rune exercises, which here, in consciously and effectively arranged grounds, were most effective and the desired goal achieved.

"Everything authentic and meaningful in culture, tradition and custom originates in the cultural inheritance of the rune exervise steads. The southern world view and materialist thinking later falsified what came out from these rune exercise steads. One point with reference to that:

"In order to imprint in the memory of the folk those effects which were achieved through certain rune exercises, the performers temporarily wore special masks, in order that the essence and the effect of a particular wave or a particular value of the dynamic forces be produced. At these performances rune words would always then be repeatedly spoken, sung, called out, rune words that corresponded to certain rune stances and rune movements.

"Later in the age of decline due to error and stupidity, the formerly used masks were declared to be 'God', the rune word, which had always belonged to the folk, became the 'name of God' and out of the speaking of this word became the 'invocation of God'.

"Meaningful runic exercise technology became 'ceremony' and later used for the misdirection of religious efforts.

"Fifth question: These Thingsteads or Singsteads were thus originally rune exercise steads! How did it come about, that they became places of judegement?

"Answer: A small number of Thingsteads, or Singsteads (which was indeed the same, as we now know) is indeed also today even recognised as a Thingstead. Almost all of the old church buildings stand on these old Singsteads and also today singing is still done there, although not rune songs. However, unknowingly priests still perform rune exercises, which are today called 'ritualistic ceremonies'. Therefore an (even though unsuitable for rearing of the race) echo is still there. Because the folk did not want to leave their Thingsteads, many of these steads became church grounds, places of judgement, places for amusement, graveyards, theatres, shooting contest grounds, sport places etc.

"If still today in the churches, which stand on the old Thingsteads, there is preaching, agitation and activities against the racial improvement of the folk, so is that not only a dishonouring of the folk, that were so misled, but also a dishonouring of the earth, which once radiated effective well-being to the race, which is the highest religious order.

"Not until the Thingsteads are again genuine Singsteads and places for racial improvement, places at which exercises for racial gymnastics are not only shown but also practised by the folk, will the Thingsteads again be true Thingsteads, hundreds of thousands of places again, at which the folk will become a race!

"The folk will, the time is not far off, again use the runes, will again racially improve themselves, will collectively use the runes in order to seal the turning of all things and conditions, will again use runes under the open sky, all together on the holy earth of their ancestors, but the Thingsteads will again be renewed, the places for the racial improvement in the rune garden of the race."

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Runenhäuser by Philipp Stauff

The 55 Club have done a splendid job with their translation of this rare Armanist work. I know from personal experience that translating esoteric Armanist literature is not an easy task as much of the language is obscure and the concepts are not easy to grasp. The book is fully illustrated and comes with a short and helpful biography of Herr Phillipp Stauff. The Table of Contents include The German Timber-Frame Construction, The Runic Question, The Gable Triangle and Roof's End, Miscellaneous Figures, The Decorative Development, The Tau-Sign, and Other Wide Symbolism.

The translation and publication of this work in my opinion represents a mile stone, for the study of runic signs in timber framed buildings has not been given a great deal of coverage in the English speaking world apart from the writings of English esoteric researcher Nigel Pennick.

It is hoped that the 55 Club will continue in their mission for many years, bringing Armanist and Ariosophical literature to the English speaking world. May Arman guide them and lighten their path!

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Saturday, 7 May 2016

The Futhark-Order out of Chaos: the synthesis between the 'Left' and 'Right' Brains

Frequently we see arguments being made by academics that the origin of the runic Futharks lies in alien alphabetic systems such the Etruscan, Old Italic or Greek. However there is no doubting that the runes are intimately related to the culture of the Germanic peoples and have a distinctive look which makes them readily identifiable like no other writing system. Now it is certainly true that some of the rune staves do closely resemble the letters of the Roman alphabet but the more honest of scholars at least admit that there is great uncertainty. Indeed I would call this uncertainty a mystery which is at the heart of the meaning of the Old Saxon word runa.

R.I. Page in his Runes (1987) has this to say:

"Where and when runes were invented we do not know. The obvious similarities with the Roman alphabet brought early scholars to the belief that the script appeared first among Germanic peoples within or close to the Roman Empire, with the implication that runes were an adaptation of the more prestigious alphabet for barbarian purposes. Early finds of rune-inscribed objects in eastern Europe, at Pietroassa in Rumania, Dahmsdorf in central Germany and Kowel in Russia, suggested that runes may have been invented in that general area, perhaps by Goths on the Danube frontier or beside the Vistula. To support an eastern European origin, theorists have pointed to the similarity of occasional runes to letters of one or other of the Greek alphabets, as b to beta, s to sigma." 

Mr Page however concedes that there are alternative theories that place the origin of the runes more directly in the Germanic cultural area:

"In the 1920s yet another hypothesis was put forward, based on the resemblance between the early futhark and the characters used in inscriptions in the Alpine valleys of southern Switzerland and northern Italy. The invention of runes is then ascribed to Romanised Germani from that area. More recently the influential Danish scholar, Erik Moltke, argued patriotically that runes were the creation of one of the Germanic tribes of Denmark, perhaps of southern Jutland where Scandinavia was nearest to Rome. It is certainly a fact that many of the earliest inscriptions known come from this general area, and continued discovery of early runic texts in various regions of Denmark make this the most attractive theory so far published. For all that, the matter still remains unproven." 

Clearly there is no concensus in the academic world to account for the origins of the Futhark and whatever explanation they may tender it is without doubt a system which has been derived by and derived for the Germanic peoples for the various Rune Poems make clear that within the Futhark there is a clear outline of a cosmology which is unique to the Germanic peoples.

Our mythological texts, most clearly in the Eddas give a spriritual and divine explanation for the origin of the runes:

"I know that I hung on a windy tree
           nine long nights,
           wounded with a spear, dedicated to Odin,

           myself to myself,

           on that tree of which no man knows

           from where its roots run.

          "No bread did they give me nor a drink from a horn,

           downwards I peered;

           I took up the runes, screaming I took them,

           then I fell back from there." (Havamal 138-139, Larrington translation)

The Elder Edda thus makes it clear that the runes were discovered by Odin. It does not however state that they were invented by Him and this is an important distinction that my readers must bear in mind. Whilst Odin did not invent the runes I have come to the conclusion that He gave them order! He and He alone created the Futhark, the order in which they fall. I came to this conclusion following my reading of Jan Fries' Helrunar. A Manual of Rune Magick (1993) over 10 years ago. Fries is not a folkish author but his book is worthy of reading for it contains much useful information. There are numerous illustrations of pre-runic symbols from caves in Norway. These Bronze Age carvings are known as Hällristningar and are quite clearly the inspiration for the later runes of the various rune rows. There are literally hundreds of these pre-runic symbols and their study is worthy of merit, something which has been neglected for a very long time. Is it not time that this was rectified?

Somewhere in antiquity there appears to have been a synthesis between Germanic pre-runic symbols and possibly European alphabetical letters and this synthesis has as its product the Futhark. Most students of the runes will be familar with the Common Germanic/Elder Futhark, the Anglo-Saxon, Frisian and Northumbrian Futhorcs, the Younger Futhark and the Armanen Futhork but few will realise that there are many more rune rows than these. The standardised Younger Futhark which we are familiar with today has regional variations such as the Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Orkney and the Gothenburg Futharks. Furthermore there is a late mediaeval Latin Futhark, twig runes and dot runes. Outside of the known rune rows we also have the Mediaeval or Healing Runes referred to in Nigel Pennick's The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Runes (1999). I believe that there is a case for including these 9 runes with the Northumbrian Futhorc as a 5th aett. This is a project of mine which I will continue with in a few months time once I have retired and have more time to devote to this.

One of the main reasons why we have so many different rune rows is due to dialect changes amongst the various Germanic peoples once the rune staves became used as alphabetical symbols although their original useage was magical. The original rune hoard however is to be found in the Hällristningar. Odin as Lord of the Runes, the great High Lord of magic through a shamanic experience caused the synthesis of some of these pre-runic symbols with alphabetical symbols to form the Futhark and so structured the Futhark that it presents a complete cosmological picture of the Germanic peoples. In this moment of inspiration Odin caused a connection to occur in the left and right hemispheres of the human mind, represented by His ravens Hugin and Munin. Hugin representing analytical thought or the 'left brain' and Munin representing the subjective mind, the Unconscious or the 'right brain'. The fusion of the two parts of the mind caused the Futhark to come into being, order came from chaos. Indeed in Odin Himself we have the unique synthesis of order and chaos, light and darkness which makes Him a deity which is representative of the Germanic mind and soul.

Nigel Pennick sums up this divine act of Odin perfectly in these words:

"The symbolism of the tormented flash of realization which enabled Odin to release the full potential of the runes for the benefit of humans describes a rare moment in history where the two sides of the brain were linked by a unified response to a single sign." (Secret Games of the Gods)

Awakening and inspiration is surely the synthesis of rational thought and memory:

"In listening to the speech of the ravens one is eventually inspired to know (vita) reality in its most absolute sense. This is direct knowledge of the Runes (mysteries) themselves with no intervening models or conceptions. This kind of knowledge (vissa or mannvit) is ultimately facilitated by the spiritual faculty of wode (ON odr: 'inspiration'). It is the effect of wode on hidge and myne that ignites the pure form of awareness which characterizes the absolute activity of vita (inspired knowledge). (Gildisbok, Edred Thorsson, 1994)

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Wotans Krieger Recommends: Icelandic Magic. Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires by Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D

I have recently completed my initial reading of Dr Stephen Edred Flowers' (Edred Thorsson) Icelandic Magic. Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires (2016) and I can whole heartedly recommend this latest work by the Master to my readers. Books on Icelandic magic are extremely difficult to come across. This latest work by Dr Flowers should be read if possible in conjunction with his earler The Galdrabok. An Icelandic Book of Magic (2005) which gives important supplemental information but in itself is not a guide (unlike the latest book) on the practice of Icelandic magic. Slightly before the publication of this book Christopher Alan Smith published Icelandic Magic: Aims, Tools and Techniques of the Icelandic Sorcerers which I have ordered but not yet received. I hope to also give a review of this book in due time.

The practice of magic using galdrastafir should in my opinion be regarded as an addition to the arsenal of the rune magician and like the runes is part of our greater Germanic magical tradition. I certainly will be making use of the practices outlined in this very helpful and practical work. Magic involving galdrastafir in my opinion is a very solitary form of magic and is a system which is very flexible and open to individual adaptation by the magician. This is what makes the system so appealing for me. The author encourages us to view this book as a living rather than a static work and to construct our own grimoires using this work as a foundation. To this end there is a helpful section at the end of the book that allows the practitioner to record their personal workings and to truly make this a living and individual work.

I am also relieved that Dr Flowers has not abandoned his research into the Germanic tradition despite his publication of The Good Religion. The Occidental Temple of the Wise Lord (2014) under the pen name of Darban-I-Den and his foundation of the Occidental Temple of the Wise Lord. Dr Flowers over the years has carried out research into many forms of Indo-European spiritual and magical systems and his branching out into Zoroastrianism should in my opinion be viewed in this light.

The constituent parts of the book are as follows:


Notes to the Reader on Abbreviations, Orthography, and Foreign Words

Foreward: Magic Manuals and Sorcerous Staves by Michael Moynihan


Introduction: A Magical Text

                    Part One


1 Historical Context

2 History of Magic in Iceland
The Pre-Christian Age
Catholic Period
Protestant Period

3 Icelandic Books of Magic
Legendary Black Books
The Galdrabok
Other Collections of Magic
The Two Traditions in the North 

4 The Gods of Magic: Aesir, Demons, and Christ
The Pagan Gods and Godesses
Christian Demons 

5 Runes and Magical Signs 

6 The Theory and Practice of Galdor-Sign Magic

7 The Legends and Lore of Iceland's Magicians
Saemundur the Wise
Gottskalk the Cruel
Eirikur of Vogsosar

8 Preparation and Inner Work 

9 Ritual and Grammar of Signs
Basic Ritual Format
Guide to Special Instructions
Inner Nature of Galdor
Aims of Galdor
Interpretation and Construction of Signs

Part Two


1. To Awaken Yourself to a Sense of Mystery and Wonder
2. For Insight into Things beyond the Earthly Realm
3. To Link Yourself with the Power and Knowledge of Your Soul
4. To Know the Unknown
5. Discovering the Unknown
6. Concealment
7. For Gaining Inspiration
8. Wayfinder
9. Thief-Detective
10. Sitting-Out Stave

1. Winning Struggles of All Kinds
2. Victory
3. To Win a Debate
4. Herzlustafir (Strenghening Staves)

1. Return to Sender
2. Protection from Embarassment
3. A Washing Verse: To Wash Away Ill Will and Negativity
4. Sorcery Prevention 
5. Against Foreboding When You Go into the Darkness
6. Against All Witchery

1. To Calm Anger
2. To Gain the Favor of Powerful Persons
3. To Cause Fear in an Enemy
4. Against the Ill Will of Powerful Persons
5. To Calm the Anger of an Enemy
6. To Hve Success in a Meeting
7. Dunfaxi (=Dawn Mane)-To Win aLaw Case
8. The Silencer

1. Deal-Closer
2. To Have Success in Business
3. Another Kaupaloki

1. Luck in Love
2. To Enchant a Woman and Win Her Love
3. To Win the Love of a Person

1. The Luck Knot
2. Lukkustafir (=Luck Staves)
3. To Get Your Wish
4. Release
5. To Get Things to Turn Out as You Wish
6. Good Luck
7. To Acquire the Object You Crave
8. To Get Back What Was Stolen

1. Lucid Dreaming-Dream Stave I
2. Dream Sendings-Dream Stave II
3. Against Headache and Insomnia

APPENDIX A Runes and Magical Letters

APPENDIX B Names of Odinn

APPENDIX C Magical Letters and Rune Kennings

APPENDIX D The "Our Father" Prayer in Latin



Your Personal Magical Workings