Monday, 25 May 2015

The Helm of Awe

The Aegishjalmar (Helms of Awe or Terror) are powerful symbols that can be used by the rune magician as a  form of operative magic in the objective universe. The symbol can take many different forms and indeed there is nothing to prevent the rune magician from adapting his own forms. One of the best books about this subject is actually a translation of the original Icelandic Galdrabok (The Galdrabok. An Icelandic Book of Magic) by Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D. Further information is provided by Dr Flowers in his Northern Magic. Rune Mysteries and Shamanism (Edred Thorsson).

The interesting thing about Galdrastafr is that they have been adapted in Iceland to be written in pen and ink and subsequently they have become stylised and more rounded in form. The Aegishjalmar and the Sveventhorn (Sleep Thorn) are the two most well known of these signs. According to Dr Flowers:

"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. According to Nigel Pennick in his The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Runes:

"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."

Aegishjamar may consist of just a 4 armed simple cross or an 8 armed one, some of which may contain 8 Elhaz runes and 24 cross arms, representing the 24 runes of the Elder Futhark. The most basic form is 4 armed with each arm ending in an Elhaz runes or 'angled terminals' as Edred Thorsson would describe them. The basic 4 armed version can be used in order to win a girl's love (according to The Galdrabok). It may be traced with spittle in the palm of your right hand prior to meeting the girl. As an alternative to using the 'angled terminals' one resembling an upturned capital E may be employed if preferred.

What is important to bear in mind that:

"it is a symbol of the outpouring of serpent power from the forehead of the magician." (Northern Magic)

This is surely what is inferred when Wagner refers to the serpent look in the eyes of the twins Siegmund and Sieglinde in Die Walkuere Act One Scene One. This is a sign of Waelsing or Volsung blood. The Volsungs were of course directly decended from Odin. Sigurðr ormr í auga (Sigurd snake- in-the-eye) was a son of Ragnar Lodbrok and Aslaug, the daughter of Sigurd and Brynhildr, making him of Volsung blood.

The Helm of Awe has the ability to paralyse one's enemy with fear just as serpents have the ability to paralyse their prey. This power as Edred says pours out from the forehead and after much practice the skilled magician can project this into the objective universe through visualisation, a key skill in any form of higher magic. Using an 8 armed Helm power travels from the centre of the Helm along each of the 4 longer arms and activated by the terminals. Where an 8 armed Helm is used the 4 smaller arms contain square rather than angled terminals which prevent the power returning to the core and thus endangering the magician.

In addition to inducing fear in one's enemy the Helm of Awe may be used to induce a sense of calm and dissipation of anger in the opponent. The Galdrabok suggests tracing the sign on one's forehead with the index finger of the left hand and saying: "It is the helm of awe which I bear between my eyes. Let the anger melt, let the strife stop. May every man rejoice in me as Mary rejoiced in her blessed son when she found him on the victory rock." One must remember that at the time of the writing of these magical books in the 16th century Iceland was xtianised. Nevertheless these manuscripts contain many references to the Germanic Gods.

Walter Blachetta features the Helm of Awe in his Das Buch der Deutschen Sinnzeichen but calls it Das vierarmige Gabelkreuz or the four-armed forked cross. He makes the claim that :

"Ein Zeichen, das zu den ältesten Formen des Kreuzes gehört und schon auf Spinnwirteln aus Troja, der alten Siedlung indogermanischer Wanderungszeit, zu finden ist.-Das vierarmige Gabelkreuz ist das-Zeichen des Willens zur schöpferische Arbeit-."
My translation:

"A symbol, that belongs to the oldest form of the cross and are to be found on spinning whorls from Troy, the oldest settlement of the Indo-Germanic migration age.-The four-armed forked cross is the symbol of the will to creative work-."
I have yet to properly investigate Blachetta's claim but I thought that this would be of interest to my readers and may indicate that this sign is not only an Icelandic magical stave but may in fact be traced back to Proto-Indo-European times.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

The Triple Horns of Odin

Analgous to the Valknut and the Trefos are the Triple Horns of Odin. Like the other two symbols it conveys the number three. Both the Valknut and the Triple Horns are closely associated with Odin and appear on Scandinavian picture stones. In particular the Triple Horns appear on the Danish Snoldelv stone. Whilst the Valknut is clearly associated with the Einheriar the Triple Horns are connected to Odin's ecstatic and magical powers and the mead of inspiration. Indeed one can extend this thinking further and argue that it represents the Wod, the magical ecstatic force and inspiration of the High Lord Himself.

Ron McVan writing in his Creed of Iron calls this symbol the Horn Triskelion and that it "is the sign of Thule or 'the Wotanically inspired one.' The three interlocking drinking horns show the three cauldrons in which the mead Wodstirrer is kept. Like the trefots, the horn triskelion represents the number 3,..."

All three symbols, the Valknut, Trefot and Triple Horns represent the Ario-Germanic concept of Arising-Becoming-Passing Away to New Arising. They also represent the Germanic concept of an upper world of the Gods, a middle world-Midgard and an underworld of the dead and other cthonic powers. In my opinion it also symbolises the tripartite Aryan caste system which is represented in the Elder Futhark, Younger Futhark and Armanen Futhork. The Triple Horns closely resemble the Head of Gereon, a much more obscure symbol. However Guido von List refers to it in his Das Geheimnis der Runen:

"The personal names "Gereon" and "Geretrut"[Gertrud] are rooted in the primal word "ge", meaning rebirth, and the hieroglyph of this, the "Head of Gereon", appears as an equilateral triangle made of three human profiles. But this Gereon is, in turn, the god incarnate in the All as the All-,World-, or Human-spirit. And for this reason the meaning of the "ge-rune" is closest to that of the "fyrfos". The difference between the two interpretations lies in the fact that the idea of the "ge" or "gibor"-rune seeks esoterically to approach the comprehension of the idea of the divine from below upward-in a certain sense from the level of humanity outward-while the explanation of the fyrfos seeks knowledge of God esoterically in the innermost level of man himself-and finds it. Thus it is known, as the spirit of humanity, to be unified with God from the standpoint of the "bifidic-biune dyad", and it will attain certain knowledge from inside out, as well as toward the inside from the outside. Here again the exoteric and the esoteric are clearly distinguished, and the fyrfos is recognised as an esoteric secret sign of high holiness which is represented exoterically by the "ge-rune". So, while the exoteric doctrine teaches that "man emerged from God and will return to God", the esoteric doctrine knows the "invisible cohesion of man and divinity as the `bifidic-biune dyad` "-and so it can be consciously said: "Man-be One with God!"(The Secret of the Runes, translated by Dr Stephen Edred Flowers)

So we have a link with the Armanen Gibor rune which resembles a mutilated Fyrfos. Gibor in turn is associated with the names Gereon and Gertud. According to Wilhelm Waegner in Asgard and the Gods the name Gertud is associated with the German Goddess Isa and also with Thrud, the daughter of Thor:

"Nehalennia, the protectress of ships and trade, was worshipped by the Keltic and Teutonic races in a sacred grove on the island of Walcheren; she had also altars and holy places dedicated to her at Nivelles. The worship of Isa or Eisen, who was identical with Nehalennia, was even older and more wide-spread throughout Germany. St. Gertrude took her place in Christian times, and her name[Geer, ie spear, and Trude, daughter of Thor] betrays its heathen origin."

The Triple Horn represents three draughts of magical mead from the cauldron of inspiration obtained by Odin from the mountain Hnitbjörg. It is thus a fitting symbol which should be embraced by all those who walk the path of the Lord of the Wod.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Ar Rune and the Aryan Cyclical Nature of Time

This article should be read in conjunction with .

The Ar rune of the Younger Futhark and the Jera/Ger rune of the Elder and Anglo-Saxon Futhark/Futhorc have the meaning of 'year' in the sense of time being cyclical, not linear which is an alien concept to the Aryan peoples. These terms stem from the PIE *Yer which conveys this meaning and this in part supports my contention that the Aryans and their descendant peoples such as the Teutons thought of time in this way.

Ann Groa Sheffield in her Long Branches. Runes of the Younger Futhark comments that the term has the extended meaning of a "good year, abundant harvest". Our Germanic ancestors who were far more rooted to the soil had a much more intimate connection with the seasons than the majority of us have today. They had a living experience of the cyclical nature of time and this is the essence of the 'year' as we should interpret it. Every year which we experience here in Midgard consists of the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter which in a way reminds us of the four ages of gold, silver, bronze and iron which are found in the surviving mythologies of the Indo-European peoples. These ages continue to come around again and again.

Edred Thorsson in his Northern Magic. Rune Mysteries and Shamanism remarks that Ar "is the rune of the eternal return according to the cycles of nature and also those in the metaphysical realm." The Aryan in the sense of the spiritually awakened twice-born continues to incarnate within his racial, tribal and clannic blood-lines until he has reached the level of the Einheriar where he or she no longer needs to incarnate by necessity which is represented by the rune Nauthiz/Nyd/Naudhr/Not, the graphic opposite to the Younger Futhark and Armanen Futhark Ar rune. At this point he or she incarnates at will at a time and place of his or her choosing.

The Aryan is intimately connected with farming and the plough is the product of his ingenuity. Jan Fries in his Helrunar. A Manual of Rune Magick states that the OHG garo and OE gearn stem from the PIE *garwa-z, meaning 'complete, ripe, ready'. The similarity with Garman/German is striking. The conventional interpretation genuine from the Latin germanus, meaning 'genuine' or 'spear man' (Gar-man) but the German being a deendant of the Aryan is also the farmer and cultivator. This is brought out in the fact that one of the meanings of Ar is the 'plough'. The development of agriculture is also bound up with the creation of cities-civilisation. Indeed the Younger Futhark and Armanen Futhark version of the Ar rune as opposed to the Jera/Ger rune is a glyph of the plough.

Monday, 11 May 2015

An Esoteric Interpretation of Das Blitzbündel

As mentioned on Runebinder recently discussed on the appearance of an ancient symbol on modern runic jewellery. This symbol is considered by some scholars to be a Tamga, a clannic symbol of authority which can be traced back to the Aryan Sarmatian and Iranian tribes. It features on a number of ancient Germanic spears discovered in Germany, Denmark and eastern Europe, namely the Dahmsdorf and Vimose (Denmark) spearheads. The above image is of the Dahmsdorf spear.

J.T. Sibley in her The Divine Thunderbolt. Missile of the Gods (2009) considers this symbol to be a form of Keraunoi which are thunderbolt symbols found amongst various Indo-European cultures. The presence of this symbol in connection with swastikas and runes on Germanic spears strengthens this interpretation further. My own view is that this symbol is both a Keraunos and a Tamga.

I recently encountered this enigmatic symbol in Walther Blachetta's Das Buch der Deutschen Sinnzeichen, a 1940s book republished in 2010 and defined as a Blitzbündel :

"Das Blitzbündel des Müncheberger Speerblattes ist das Zeichen-der siegreichen Kraft des Kämpfers über Leben und Tod hinaus-. Auch das Speerblatt von Kowel zeigt dieses Zeichen, das in der Spatenforschung den Namen 'Blitzbündel' bekommen hat. Der Sinninhalt des Blitzzeichens-der Sig-Rune (Klärung, Lösung, Befreiung, Leben, aber auch Teilung, Auflösung, Zersprennung und Tod)-zeigt schon enge Verwandtschaft auf. Und zum Widdergehörn (zwischen Tod und Geburt strebt die Kraft der Zeugung), zur Wiege (der das Leben behütende und vor dem Tod bewahrende Mutterschoss), zur Stütze (Schöpferische Kraft) und zum Doppelpfeil (Geburt und Tod sind eins) bestehen ebenfalls recht enge Beziehungen."

My translation:

"The lightningsheaf of the Munich spearblade is the sign-of the victorious strength of the warrior over life and death. Also the spearblade of Kowel shows this sign, which in archaeological research has received the name 'lightningsheaf'. The symbolical meaning of the lightning sign-of the Sig rune (purification, resolution, liberation, life, however also division, dissolution, dispersal and death)-demonstrates a really close relationship. And for the ram's horns (between death and birth strives the force of generation), the cradle (of the life protecting and from death preserving womb), for support (creative strength) and the double arrow (birth and death are one) there exists likewise really close connections."

This is Blachetta's esoteric interpretation of this sign which as a thunder sign (and thus sacred to Donar) has a clear protecting purpose. The Blitzbündel also represents a pair of Perthro runes. Perthro visually resmbles the womb and symbolises not only birth but rebirth (Geburt und Tod sind eins). It is thus clearly a symbol which represents the returning Einheriar whose mission cannot be accomplished in a mere single earthly lifetime.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

New Book by Wulf Ingessunu: Ar-Kan Rune-Lag: The Aryan Secret Way

The latest book by Wulf Ingessunu, Ar-Kan Rune-Lag: The Aryan Secret Way has now been published by Troy Southgate of Black Front Press and is currently available on Amazon. My readers are advised to snap up a copy straight away as his previous book sold out within a day or two!

Wulf as many of you know is the founder of the Woden's Folk Religion here in England and the national Folk Warder of Woden's Folk. (See relevant links at the side of this blog).  His researches into runology, particularly involving the much ignored Anglo-Saxon or more accurately, the Northumbrian Futhorc are at the cutting edge of runic research.