Sunday, 27 July 2014

Runic Meditational Beads

As mentioned in an earlier article the use of Runic prayer beads as meditational aids may help us to deepen our daily walk with the Gods. There are a number of such products on the market but I decided to assemble my own from materials purchased from English and North American sources. A nice set of 24 Elder Futhark wooden Rune staves measuring 2x1.5 cm was purchased from an American craftswoman on Etsy. The staves were fortunately pre-drilled. 4-5mm black wooden beads were bought very cheaply on Ebay UK. I threaded these together with 1.5 mm thick leather thread and attached a  bronze Thunor's Hammer measuring 4x3cm which I had purchased many years ago from a metal smith at a Viking crafts fair.

The Rune staves are each separated by 1 black bead. At each end of the Futhark there are 9 small beads which symbolise first of all the 9 nights that Woden hung from the world tree in order to recover the wisdom of the Runes and also the 9 worlds of  the Germanic cosmos. As a finishing touch I tied the Hammer with 9 knots to symbolise our being bound to Woden as His Einheriar.

Its utility began when my daughter looked at the prayer beads and started to discuss the shapes and meanings of the individual Runes with me so it proved to be an excellent teaching aid-a use that I had not thought of prior to making it.

In addition to its use as a meditational and teaching aid it may also be suspended around the neck as it is approximately 24 inches long so it does not need a clasp. This is an important thing to consider.

Friday, 25 July 2014

The Östergötland Hammer

There is an interesting article published on the Volkisch Runology blog about the The Östergötland Hammer on

Rune Binder and myself appear to share an interest in this particular hammer. Like Rune Binder I feel that this  form of the Hammer has a special and sacral quality because not only is it an historical rather than a contemporary version but it connects us also to the great Runic and folkish revival of 1930s Germany. This was one of the versions produced by that great German silversmith Otto Gahr.

Those who felt a particular affinity with the Gods of their ancient Germanic ancestors would choose to wear the Hammer rather than the xtian cross, although the cross itself was not originally a xtian symbol but an ancient Aryan and Germanic solar symbol which we revere today as Woden's Eye.

SS and Wehrmacht soldiers no doubt felt a source of comfort, protection and vitalising energy by wearing the Hammer amulet into battle, tucked beneath their tunics of course. The fact that Otto Gahr produced a number of different styles of Hammer is an indication to me that there was a demand for this product. This is further evidence for the revival of Germanic religion in the Third Reich under the protective hand of Heinrich Himmler who himself wore a Hammer amulet under his clothing, although there is some dispute as to which version of the Hammer he wore. From time to time I have seen some copies of Gahr Hammers for sale on the Internet but they tend to sell very quickly.

Rune Binder makes the very valid point that we should try and avoid imported Hammers from Asia. I agree with him. However it is not always possible to ascertain where and by whom a Hammer has been made. The only sure way to know that a Hammer has been made in Europe or by European craftsmen or manufacturers is to visit the websites of sellers who clearly manufacture their own. However in these days of international trade even though I always use English, German, European and American traders we cannot know for sure. I have a large collection of Hammers of all styles, sizes and material. They are a mix of traditional and contemporary or modern styles using traditional motifs.

If you are unsure of the origins of your Hammer rather than cast it away I suggest that you perform a rite of sanctification using a sprinkling of salt and running water with a suitable invocation to Thunor to bless it and make it His own. Even better if you can expose the amulet to rain water that has been blessed by thunder.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Some Notes on Widar the Avenger

Jarl Widar (Karl Maria Wiligut) writing in Hagal issue 12 in 1935 points out that the 12 zodiacal signs are in fact "original Aryan Runes":

"Because they are the original script of  Aryan humanity and at the same time have to be the original script of the Atlantean culture.
"In Atlantean times, then, these original Aryan Runes had a deep meaning by virtue of their logical ordering in the zodiacal signs, which was apparently lost as soon as their meaning was changed in an astrologically illogical way as a result of the variation brought on by by the procession of the equinoxes."

Significantly Wiligut ascribes the sign of Aries to Wid-Ar, the zodiacal symbol being a composite of the Isa and Raitho Rune staves.  Werner von Bülow, the editor of Hagal states:

"The name Wid-ar appears here for Aries [Widder], there for Sagittarius, which here bears the name Widi (Wili).

Widder as my readers may know is German for ram. Adolf Hitler, the Wotan avatar and thus spiritual father of the Widar avatar who is to come, Der Starke von Oben was born under the sign of Aries on the 20th April, which marks the beginning of the zodiacal month for that sign. 

"In Eddic mythology Odin is avenged on the Fenris wolf by Widar, who ushers in the Wood-Age (Landvidhi; vidhi means meadow [Weide], wood) in that unsown fields bear fruit. Wili is named alongside We as Odhin's brother. According to the 'Vafthrudhnismal,' Widar and Wali (who avenges Baldur on Hodur) rule over the sanctuary once Surtur's flames have gone out. He is also called Ali and is said to be the son of Odhin and Rind.
"The names indicate an inner relationship between Wali-Wili-Widi-Widar. Common to them all is the W as a sign of turning [Wending] and the sign of the ego: I. Since A expresses unity, L life, D generation, and R rhythm, ....."

Bülow associates Wali with "Life's changing the ego towards unity. Wal is the freedom to choose [Wahlfreiheit] and at the same time the realm of the dead (Walhalla), the seat of the Einherjar."

He associates Wili as "Life's changing from one ego to another through the will of light." Widi is "Generational change from one ego to another through knowledge of the tree of life, ie., of the organic nature of all changes." Of Widar he comments "The turning of the ego towards generating the rhythm of unity. His sign is the eagle [Aar], which hunts for fish among the rocky crags. He soars above solidity (rocks) and the rarified, fluid element of life (fish). He therefore also rules over the processes of growth. Unsown fields bear fruit for him."

 Bülow states "in the Wood-Age only Widar can reconstruct the Golden Age because he (Widar's shoe!) will restore pure custom."

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Think about the End!

This is an image of one of my Hammer amulets. The reader will notice the Calc Rune, the 31st stave of the Northumbrian Futhorc and one of the Graal Runes. It is also the Yr Rune of the Armanen Futharc and the Younger Futhark. In the latter two traditions the Rune is connected with the yew tree, a symbol of death to the Germanic tribes and thus became known as the Todesrune. However this is a superficial understanding as after death or passing away there is new birth so this is really a Rune of transformation.

The Ogham few that relates to the yew tree is idad, the 20th and last few which I think is significant. The Anglo-Saxon rune Eoh and the Common Germanic Eihwaz  also symbolise the yew and appear one third and one half of the way through the Futhorc/Futhark. However in the Younger Futhark Yr appears at the very end and this gives a kind of finality to the meaning of the rune which is not present in any of the three rune poems although interestingly the Abecedarium Nordmannicum does say "Yr al behabet (Yew holds all) which I interpret to mean death.

This meaning is supported by the corresponding Yr rune of the Armanen Futhork. Guido von List calls this the "error-rune" (Irr-rune). He summarises for this rune: "Think about the end!"-very worthy advice! (See The Secret of the Runes)

The yew tree may be found in most ancient English church yards as these were usually built upon sites that were considered sacred to our ancestors. The yew was undoubtedly a sacred tree and the Celts for instance forbade their damage or destruction:

"Assemblies were held under these venerated trees, and it was tabu to damage them in any way." (Pagan Britain, 1967, Anne Ross)

Calc represents the mead horn and thus is the container for the sacred divine fluid. The mead symbolises both divine inspiration but in a magical sense also the divine essence of the Gods. When we partake of the mead, sanctified by the Hammer of Thunor we share in the essence of the Gods. The xtian church stole this concept from Germanic heathendom and they call it communion or mass. Calc also represents the downward plunge of the Arya from the world of life-giving spirit into dense matter which is subject to decay and death. However in turn Calc reminds us of our eventual return to our former and truer eternal state.