Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Vehme-Star, an Ario-Germanic Symbol



This article should be considered a supplement to my earlier one on the subject of Der Drudenfuss:
http://armanen.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/the-drudenfu-ancient-germanic-symbol.html

There is considerable physical evidence for the use of this symbol, which Walther Blachetta considers to be a German and Germanic symbol (see Das Buch der Deutschen Sinnzeichen), in the architecture of mediaeval Germany. Blachetta gives an example of one on page 107 of his book as a Hofmarke of Jacob Schumacher (shoe maker/cobbler) of Aue in Oldenburg, dating back to 1604. Many of these Hofmarken date back to the time of the Armanen and much of this symbolism was preserved by Initiates in architecture whether the buildings had a sacred or secular use. As stated in my earlier article the symbol was recognised as a protective device but like all parts of our ancient lore this symbol was demonised by the Christian church and transformed into a symbol of 'evil', the 'devil', Satan etc. This distortion has been accepted almost without question and even to the extent that modern day 'Satanists' have adopted this as their symbol but in its revered aspect, thus adding to its supposed diabolic nature and intensifying it. Likewise the Wiccans (who cannot pronounce the word Wicca (witcha) have also adopted it as a symbol of their 'craft' but in its upright version.

The Germanic heathen community has also distorted the true understanding and meaning of this symbol by following the accepted propaganda that it is associated entirely with 'Wicca' and has nothing to do with the Germanic world. Folkish heathens in particular are guilty of propagating this error by ascribing it to a Jewish origin. This is all faulty thinking and it is without any doubt that pre-modern Germans considered it to be an ancient and beneficial symbol and this was especially the case with the Armanen. For those that doubt this fact I quote the relevant passage from Guido von List's Die Religion der Ario-Germanen in ihrer Esoterik and Exoterik:

"The pentads: The holy Fem (five), the five known elements (fire, water, air, earth, ether or aether), the five recognised senses (for, in fact, there are seven), the pentagram, the five brothers, the five maidens, the five men, the five nights, the five sons, the five winters, etc." (Translated by Stephen E. Flowers, PhD as The Religion of the Aryo-Germanic Folk)
In the German original Guido von List refers to the five fingers of the hand and that these five senses are represented by the Albenkreuz (elf cross), the Thrutenfuss or Femstern (Vehme Star)

It should be noted that this translation appears to be a much edited one as there are phrases and sentences in the German original which have not been translated. By comparison the translation numbers 55 pages whilst the German original has 97 pages! This emphasises my advice to would be Armanen to learn to read German and study the original source material for themselves! I once received a request from a person who wanted me to translate a whole book for just him from German to English! When I advised him to learn to read German and then obtain and study the original materials he lost interest! Wisdom and knowledge, particularly that of an esoteric nature must be EARNED and worked for. Those who expect to receive this for nothing are unworthy to become Initiates. I do recommend that my readers buy a copy of Dr Flower's translation if they can find one. Many of his works and translations are still out of print.

Guido von List in his masterwork, Das Geheimnis der Runen refers again to the pentagram but using different terminology:

"The five-angled star, the Vehme-Star, the Truthenfuss (truh = turn, fuss = foot) is the hieroglyph of 'revolving or turning generation', of 'rebirth'- one of the most important articles of faith in the Aryan religion. In its exoteric interpretation this sign simply says: 'return', and was therefore a favorite sign used at hostels and inns, in order to convey the meaning: 'whoever is a guest here should come again." (pages 86-87, The Secret of the Runes, translated by Stephen E. Flowers, PhD.)

The underlining is mine for emphasis: "one of the most important articles of faith in the Aryan religion." Interestingly this symbol still survives in the Amish culture and the Pennsylvanian 'Dutch' Hex signs. I doubt that the Amish though appreciate the true significance of the five pointed star. When the Armanen were driven underground by the enforcers of the Christian religion sometimes their symbols and lore were covertly incorporated in the exoteric trappings of the said religion in order for them to survive.

After the forced conversion of the Germanic peoples the pentagram or Vehme Star survived as the symbol of the Vehme Gericht (secret court) who were very effective at maintaining law and order, working outside of the official judicial system. Much information about the Vehme can be found in Guido von List's Die Rita der Ario-Germanen, recently translated and published as The Rita of the Ario-Germanen by the 55 Club. Nigel Pennick also briefly discusses this subject in Chapter 1 of his Hitler's Secret Sciences which is sadly out of print. There could be a link between the Vehme Star and the tin star worn by lawmen in the Wild West and which is still in use today.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The Teutonic Concept of Time and The Threefold and Ninefold Rune Layouts



The ancient Teutons did not think in terms of linear time. This mindset was imposed upon them by the Christian church with its concept of a Beginning (Genesis) and an End (Revelation). Ultimately this thinking was encapsulated in the concept of the Christ (the Alpha and Omega). This alien and faulty thinking has had a negative effect on the psyche of the Teutonic peoples, inculcating a fear of death and divine judgement. Returning to our ancient Gods and embracing the knowledge of the Runes modern Teutonic man can escape this negativity and embrace a life of courageous action and purpose.

The Teutonic concept of time appears on the surface to be similar to the Christian one but as I have said, 'on the surface'. How did the ancient Teutons view Past, Present and Future? The concept of time as posited by the Master Guido von List can be formulated as : Arising-Becoming-Passing Away to New Arising and so time rather than being linear as in the Semitic world view, is in fact circular as in the movement of waves upon the sea. This analogy is the best way of looking at it. According to the Master Edred Thorsson this can be expressed in mythic terms: Urdhr (That which has become)-Verdhandi (That which is becoming)-Skuld ( That which ought to become). Thus the 'future' is not something which is fixed and unalterable but can be shaped by the Initiate if he or she has sufficient knowledge and will.

Most modern Rune Casters tend to favour the 3 Rune Reading and indeed this tends to be the one which I naturally gravitate to as within this simple reading we can engage meaningfully with the Nornir, those mysterious  divine ladies who give counsel even to the Gods. Who are we then to spurn their counsel?  So very simply the drawing of the first Rune represents the counsel of Urdhr, the second, Verdhandi and the third, Skuld. As Edred points out in Northern Magic. Rune Mysteries and Shamanism, the "dynamic opposition" between Urdhr ("significant [real] past action") and Verdhandi ("ever-present point of [real] existence") produces a "synthesis of which will result in predictable channels." This analysis of the first and second Runes by the Rune Caster enables informed choices to be made. The third Rune does not in itself predict what must come to be because the future is not predetermined but it is an indicator of the probable results of the interplay of the first 2 Runes. The Initiate who makes use of this knowledge can work within his or her own Wyrd to shape the future.

There is some historical evidence in support of the threefold reading of the Runes and this can be found in Tacitus' Germania:

"For omens and the casting of lots they have the highest regard. Their procedure in casting lots is always the same. They cut off a branch of a nut-bearing tree and slice it into strips; these they mark with different signs and throw them completely at random onto a white cloth. Then the priest of the state, if the consultation is a public one, or the father of the family if it is private, offers a prayer to the gods, and looking up at the sky picks up three strips, one at a time, and reads their meaning from the signs previously scored on them. If the lots forbid an enterprise, there is no deliberation that day on the matter in question; if they allow it, confirmation by the taking of auspices is required."(Germania 10,  Mattingley translation, revised by Handford)

"They attend to auspices and lots like no one else. Their practice with lots is straightforward. Cutting a branch from a fruit tree, they chop it into slips and, after marking these out with certain signs, cast them completely at random over a white cloth. Then a civic priest, if the consultation is official, or the head of the family, if private, prays to the gods and, gazing up at the heavens, draws three separate slips: these he interprets by the previously inscribed mark. If the lots are opposed, consultation on that matter is over for that day; but if they allow, the confirmation of the auspices is still required." (Germania 10.1, Rives translation) 

As an aside observation the reader should note that contrary to the assertion of Caesar (De Bello Gallico, 6th Book, paragraph 21) "They have no druids to preside over religious matters, nor do they concern themselves with sacrifices.", the Teutons did have an organised priesthood. There clearly was a Germanic priestly caste: what they were called it is irrelevant. Indeed the actual terminology in Germania; 'priest of the state/civic priest' is suggestive of this. Also the hotly debated issue of what these 'signs' were does not really matter. What is important is the method.

The simple 3 Rune layout can be developed if needs be into a more complex model. Edred in his aforementioned book discusses a 9 Rune layout where each aspect; Urdhr, Verdhandi and Skuld have 3 Runes a piece. This enables the Rune Caster to gain a more detailed interpretation from having more information at his or her disposal and the number 9 has clear mystical associations, being sacred to the Rune Lord Himself, Woden. The layout of these 9 Runes should form a Valknut. Not surprisingly he calls it the The Valknutr: A Ninefold Method. This makes the layout more Teutonic than the better known Celtic Cross method.

 

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)