Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Sig heil, the Aryan Greeting

Amongst the ancient Teutons it was customary to greet a fellow Teuton with the term `Heil!` or `Hail!` Indeed not only the Teutons but other Aryan peoples followed a similar custom. Often a stretched arm salute accompanied the verbal greeting.
`Heil` is related to the modern English word `whole` as in a `whole` person, someone who is mentally, physically and spiritually in balance. Whilst I am aware that this custom was politicised during the Third Reich it is nevertheless an ancient custom amongst our people.
The ancient Anglo-Saxons used the term `waes thu hael` which was contracted to `wassail` and also used as a drinking toast during their feasts. It survives unto this very day.
Often other words were linked together with `heil` such as `Sig`[cognate with the modern German `Sieg` meaning `victory`]-`Sig heil`[Sieg heil!]. Sig is also the name of an Armanen rune with the equivalents of `Sigel` in the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, `Sowulu` or `Sowilo` in the Elder Futharc, `Sol` in the Younger Futhorc and `Sauil` or `Sugil` in the Gothic runes.
The rune signifies victory, the power of the sun, the Goddess of the sun[Sol] or the "light of consciousness"[Runelore, Edred Thorsson].
Interestingly the swastika, the holiest sign of our people consists of 2 Sig runes, the Black Sun[Schwarze Sonne] consists of 12 such runes and may refer to the 12 zodiacal signs.
The Aryan salute or Der Deutsche Gruss often accompanied the verbal greeting and bears a similarity with the Armanen Ka/Kaun rune posture.
The "world-tree" Yggdrasill serves in the narrower sense as the Aryan tribal tree, beside which the tribal trees of foreign races are seen as "foreign trees". The runic concept "kaun", "kunna"[maid, eg., in [the name] Adelgunde] demonstrates the feminine principle in the All in a purely sexual sense. The tribe, the race, is to be purely preserved; it may not be defiled by the roots of the foreign tree. If it were nevertheless to happen, however, such would be of little use to the "foreign trees", because its "foreign scion" would grow to become its raging foe. Therefore: "Your blood, your highest possession." [Guido von List, Das Geheimnis der Runen]
The Ka or Kaun rune has an association with fire, especially with the fire of creation and thus is conceptually linked with the Sig rune.
In performing the asana for this rune the practitioner is drawing down solar energy within himself.
Regarding the Sig rune Guido von List states "Sal and sig!"-sal-vation and victory-[Heil und Sieg]. This millennia- old Aryan greeting and battle-cry is also again found in a variant form in the widespread call of inspiration: "alaf sal fena!" * This has become symbolized by the eleventh sign of the futharkh as the sig-rune[victory-rune]: "The creative spirit must conquer!"

* All solar salvation to him who is conscious of power! [able to reproduce]

Karl Maria Willigut states: "In the Al Gotos ` fire of spirit in matter demonstrates-
Through Energy the "sig-sal-sol-sun-rune",
and mastery of creation..."

Friday, 25 December 2009

The Esoteric Meaning of Yule

It is recognised of course that Yule is an ancient pre-christian festival honoured by the ancient Teutonic peoples with cognate festivals amongst the other Aryan peoples.
This festival as with the other great festivals of the Teutons the christian church could not obiterate but hijacked and renamed `Christmas` and it is generally known by that term amongst the masses today who by and large never question the hybrid nature of the festival.
However even fewer understand the esoteric interpretation of Yule and it is the esoteric rather than the exoteric that we concern ourselves with here.
Traditionally Yule begins on the evening before the winter solstice, on Modraniht, the night of the mothers[2oth December]. Rudolf Simek in his Dictionary of Northern Mythoogy states "The Modraniht as a Germanic sacrificial festival should be associated with the Matron cult of the West Germanic peoples on the one hand and the disablot and Disting already known from medieval Scandinavian on the other hand and is chronologically to be seen as a connecting link between these Germanic forms of cult."
Simek also goes on to state that it was Odin rather than the Vanir Gods[as commonly supposed] that were venerated at Yule, drawing a link between one of Odin`s names, Jolnir and Jol[Norse term for Yule]. Yule is associated also with Odin`s Wild Hunt throughout all the Teutonic lands.
He concludes by stating "The etymology of the name of the Yule feast[ON Jol, Anglo-Saxon geohol, gehol] and the winter month;Anglo-Saxon giuli, geola, Gothic fruma jiuleis, ON ylir] has not been explained competely, but a derivation from `magic` `feast of entreaty` or similar ideas would be conceivable[Meringer].
The first day of Yule, 21st December coincides with the winter solstice when the amount of light is equal to the amount of darkness and thus represents a balance between light and darkness.
This brings to mind the divine brothers, Hodr and Baldr, the blind Hodr being a God of darkness and Baldr a God of light. Hodr slays[unwittingly according to some sources, wittingly according to others] his brother Baldr and thus precipitates Ragnarok. Prior to the death of Baldr there was harmony[according to most sources] between the two brothers. Baldr`s violent death caused a disruption in the natural and divine orders which can only be rectified by Ragnarok.
After Ragnarok both brothers are released from hel and reign with 5 other Gods, Vidar and Vali[the wons of Odin] and Magni and Modi[sons of Thor] and Hoenir over a new earth and a new cosmic order. With the reunification of these two Gods light and darkness have returned to their former state of balance and harmony.
There is a clear lesson in this for the Armanist spiritual warrior of today, that we must within ourselves achieve and maintain this inner harmony between light and darkness in order that we may function effectively and achieve our Godlike inheritance now and in the cycles of arising yet to come.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

The Helm of Awe[Aegishjalmur]

One of the most powerful magical signs in the arsenal of the Rune Master is the Aegishjalmur. This sign is also known as the Helm of Awe or Terror. Potentially it can be devised as a very complex sign but basically it is either a four or eight fold equal armed cross with branches at its terminal points.
The Helm of Awe grants its wearer power both of a psychic and of a physical nature over his or her enemies.
According to Dr Stephen Flowers[Edred Thorsson] in The Galdrabok An Icelandic Book of Magic "The aegishjalmur is mentioned in the material concerning Sigurdr Fafnisbani. When Sigurdr slays the great etin-worm, or serpent, named Fafnir in order to win the treasure hoard of the Niflungs[Nibelungen], on of the "objects" of power that he gets is the aegishjalmur. This object is not a "helmet" in the usual sense, but rather a general covering that surrounds the wearer with an overawing power to terrify and subdue his enemies. The power is concentrated between the eyes and is often associated with the supposed power of serpents to paralyse their prey. This is apparently an ancient Indo-European concept, as shown in the etymology of the Greek-the one with the evil eye."
The sign can also be used to attract a mate. According to spell 8 of The Galdrabok after fasting make the sign of awe from spittle in the palm of your right hand when you greet the girl that you have chosen.
In Richard Wagner`s Die Walkure Act One Scene One Hunding notices that both his wife Sieglinde and her future lover Siegmund[twins and parents of Siegfried] have the serpent look in their eyes, a sign of Waelsung or Volsung blood.

"Wie gleicht er dem Weibe!
Der gleissende Wurm
glaentzt auch ihm aus dem Auge."

In the Volsunga Saga Sigurd`s [Siegfried] appearance is described in detail and it has this to say about his eyes: "His eyes flashed so piercingly that few dared look beneath his brow."
[Translation by Jesse L. Byock]

Nigel Pennick in his The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Runes informs us that the Helm of Awe is made up of 8 Elhaz runes combined with 24 cross arms that represent the runes of the Elder Futharc.
He states "In ancient Iceland, Helm of Awe amulets were made of lead, the metal ruled by the awesome power of the thunder-god, Thor. When a warrior preparing for combat used the insigil, he pressed a small lead Helm of Awe between his eyes. According to custom this is where the insigil should be worn, in the place where its power is greatest. The warrior then made the affirmation "I bear the Helm of Awe between my brows." Visualising the insigil and feeling its power, he went fearlessly into battle."
Could this be the secret or one of the secrets of the famous Berserker rage?

Monday, 27 July 2009

Wurd the Measurer[All-Raune] and the Sacred 18


By Dietrich, Grandmaster-KOR

Thanks to GRM for his scholarly works and fruitful personal discussions over the past year. They have been very helpful in my personal Rune-Armanist Weltanschauung - even if that was far from his intent! Also thanks to Heidrun and to Waldemar - who both encouraged me to put this to paper, even if only in a short article such as this. And of course, thanks to Karl for his translation of Gorsleben - the springboard for many things to come!

All too often in our daily lives, we make things a bit more complicated than they need to be. This is especially true in our religio-magical lives... However, the way that I believe will be perceived as controversial to some, perhaps a bit sacrilegious to others, but it is how I feel fits in best with my personal Weltanschauung and my own definition of Rune-Armanism. That doesn't mean that I am right and others are wrong, for this is merely my opinion - but it's my hope that others who share my point of view will want to explore it further.

We all know that the Germanic folk believed in the Gods and Goddesses of antiquity - Wodan, Thor, Freyja etc. But the Gods and Goddesses hardly completed the ancestors complex picture of things... Complimenting the Gods and Goddesses were two very important concepts known in Old Saxon as "Wurd" and "Metod" - "Fate" and "Time (the Measurer)". United with their Gods and Goddesses, this made up their exoteric religion. However, the Gods and Goddesses were subject to "Wurd" and "Metod" - something proven in the Edda with their demise at Ragnarok.

After Ragnarok, what then is left? "Wurd" and "Metod"... Something that always was and always will be. Something that was there before the Gods and Goddesses of the Germanics, and will be there long after...

In essence, "Wurd" and "Metod" (or "Wurd the Measurer", as I have come to call the concept), is far older than the exoteric Gods and Goddesses of Germania - hence it is the primal (Ur) religion of the Germanic people. It exists in every fiber of their being and will continue to do so, regardless of what religion the pan-Germanic folk delve into, be it Christianity or the re-discovery of the Germanic Folk religion of Wodanism, or the primal religion of the Aryan being that of the Vedas... Wurd the Measurer still reigns supreme. A look at the Germanic veneer on Christianity today confirms the fact that one cannot kill the deep set concept ingrained in the Germanic soul.

Is it a God-concept? Indeed, I think so. How can it not be? Wurd the Measurer controls the cosmic universe - not in the way of an omnipotent "God on a Throne" - but just as the concept suggests in a esoteric way... What is "wurded" (fated) to happen is "measured" to happen in time...

Being a God-concept, for simplicity's sake, what can it be called? Some may say "God" or "All-Fator". Some may say "Arahari" or "Arman". And some may say simply "Wurd The Measurer". Myself, I'd offer the term "All-Raune", the "Murmuring Origin of All that Is" - a Kahlic term that has many other Armanen-Runic connotations, some of which we'll briefly touch on in the next paragraph...

What is the Cosmic Symbol of Wurd the Measurer? I feel it is the World-Crystal, the All-Raune, the Hexagon with the three inscribed diameters, or the Hagall Rune. In this root-design, or Ur-form, you can easily find every Rune. Going back to the previous paragraph and the use of the name "All-Raune", the great Armanen Master, Rudolf John Gorsleben understood the Kahla (Kala) - as the modern-German word "Alraune" is the same as the English word "mandrake" - a plant whose root resembles a human - representative of the Ur-Germanic Human Pair, when thought of as a Man and Yr Rune within the All-Raune! From the middle-point of the All-Raune, rotates ("measures") the Cosmic Axis. This Cosmic Axis is essentially the Is-Rune, acting as a transmitter, sending the signals from the All-Raune, which we receive, as human beings, when we do our Sacred Rune-work, standing in the positions of the Sacred 18 Runes, murmuring their timeless songs and feeling their Ur-vibrations enter our bodies from the Cosmic Is-Axis, direct from the All-Raune.

Illustrating this concept:

Wurd the Measurer is purely a Pan-Indo-European concept with its root deep into the Aryan Vedas. Can it be controlled or changed? Work with your Runes! We all know the answer to that! The important thing to remember here is that just as the Runes are Ur-Primal, so is Wurd the Measurer. They both sprang from the same Cosmic Germanic Root.

But what of the Sacred 18 Runes? Aren't they Wodan's Runes? Indeed, read the Havamal and the 18 Stanzas corroborate this. Who would discount that? But Wodan gained knowledge that existed already - from Mimir's well. It is Ur-Knowledge, those Stanzas. So saying they are "Wodan's" (as I have said many times myself) is really not accurate... In fact, it is wrong. They have been around since the beginning of Time. Wodan taught them to the advanced Castes - think here of the ancient Aryans in India who "received" the Mantras of the Rgveda for a parallel - both were learned by those worthy and capable of understanding them... They sprang from the depths of time - and the concept of Wurd the Measurer (All-Raune) comes up...

So where does this leave us? Frankly, it leaves much room for esoteric exploration as well as exoteric exploration. For many exotericists who felt chained to "having to believe" a certain way, perhaps this will free them up a bit to explore a more simplistic (and indeed more "Ur-Primal") religious Weltanschauung. To the esotericist, the sky is the limit. I can assure you, dear reader, it will be a topic for discussion within the Knights of Runes.

To close this brief article, I simply want to share with you the words of Gorsleben, from "Hoch-Zeit der Menschheit" (as translated by Karl Hans Welz and published by the Knights of Runes), in speaking of the concept of the All-Raune:

With the introduction of Runic knowledge the generation of our days can achieve the control of secret powers within the life of their soul and reach the Spring-Root, which is the Whole of the Runes, the All-Raune, which opens all spiritual treasures to us, if we are Children of the Sunday, Children of the Sun, Children (“Kinder”) of the Ar (Eagle, Sun), announcers (“Künder”) of the Ar, people knowledgeable (“Könner” in modern German) of the Ar, Ar-koner, persons knowledgeable in the Ar-Kana (Arkana = arcane wisdom) or if we strive to become all of the above. The Runes have their own lives, they are true magical signs, from which we can draw the Spirit to Advise and the Courage to Action.


Monday, 20 April 2009

The Man Against Time

"At the end of time, our Volk Leader will return for the Wild Hunt[Wildes Heer], with His Final Battalion, astride a White Horse, Sleipnir, his eight-legged steed. He will be the Last Avatar, also known as Wotan and Vishnu-Kalki. This time He will come to conquer and to judge."

[Miguel Serrano, 20/4/00], Temple of Wotan]

"For, invisible in the blue sky above the little frontier town, the stars formed on that spring afternoon in 1889 a definite pattern marking the return to earth of He Who Comes Back; of the divine man against time, Who again and again, and every time more heroically, stands alone against the ever-accelerated current of universal decay, and prepares, in hard, bloody struggle, the dawning of the following time cycle, even if He be, for some years or decades, apparently bound to fail. "

[Savitri Devi, The Lightning and the Sun]

"For the salvation of those who are good, for the destruction of evil in men, for the fulfilment of the kingdom of righteousness, I come to this world in the ages that pass."

[Bhagavad Gita 4:8]