Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Disclaimer

Every blog, like every book, has its target audience. And only the patently dishonest among them pretend to be all things to all people. So for as long as this blog has been around, it is only fair that it should have its own disclaimer. Some of this stuff should be obvious, but still bears repeating.

CULTURE:

1. This is primarily a blog about runes and, as the title suggests, magick. Specifically Nordic/Germanic magick, and primarily of the sort involving various uses of the runes (although other areas of Nordic magick such as Seidhr are also open to coverage). So there will not be much mention of other magickal systems here, unless they are from other Indo-European traditions and merit a valid comparison. So no hermetica, no tarot, no "ceremonial high magic" and no wicca or other syncretisms. If this offends you, then there's the door.

2. This blog covers and promotes culturally valid rune-magick. This includes modern esoteric/occult strands of Germanic Heathenry (i.e. Armanism or Armanenschaft) as they are indeed culturally grounded in a mystical Germanic and greater Indo-European Weltanschauung. While this blog is open to the occult and metaphyical side of modern runeology, and not shackled to dry dusty academia, It does NOT promote blatantly fake new-age hackjobs like Ralph Blum who market false rune meanings, steal from non-runic sources like the I-Ching and invent entirely baseless concepts like "blank runes" and yet try to pass off their books as authentic runic knowledge. If this offends you, then there's the door.

3. This blog promotes Indo-European culture. Primarily Germanic, but also Celtic, Slavic, Ossetian, Greater Iranian, Indo-Anatolian, Tocharian and others. It promotes a healthy balance of the material and spiritual, of man and nature, not a false dichotomy and forced conflict between them. It promotes a cyclical, not linear, understanding of time, and an empowering, not nihilistic, understanding of fate and will, in accordance with ancient life-affirming Indo-European principles. It does NOT promote Christianity or Jewish herder-archetype culture - there are literally millions of other blogs for that. If this offends you, then there's the door.

4. This blog promotes Indo-European metaphors and symbols, of which there are many, and most are very ancient and widespread across the planet, some being runes and many others being esoteric multi-armed solar symbols... you can guess where this is going. If ancient Indo-European symbols by themselves offend you, then there's the door.

5. This blog does not promote ethnic hate, racism, or any other sort of irrational groupthink or political agenda. It promotes religious freedom and a return of consciously Indo-European souls to runic paths by their own free choice. If this somehow offends you... you get the idea.


LORE:

1. This blog will reference the Lore of Germanic societies, but also occasionally that of other Indo-European cultures for broader comparison and clarification to fill in gaps. It is not "comparative religion" in the globalist academic sense - constant contrasting of these beliefs with those of non-Indo-European cultures is a pointless exercise in the obvious and could theoretically continue forever.

2. The approach to the Lore will be neither dogmatic nor eclectic, but openly informed. There is nothing worse than ignorance being smeared all over the Lore, whether in the guise of puritanical dogmatism, or misguided labeling of esoteric approaches to the Lore as "eclectic" or "fluff" when they are clearly not.

3. It is openly clear that the Lore itself is in many cases altered or damaged by centuries of cultural occupation from non-Indo-European creeds. Therefore it is right to be skeptical of those parts of it which appear overly fatalistic or otherwise alien to general Indo-European values, as well as to understand that it is far from a fair or even complete account of Germanic religious or magickal practices.

4. Lore from other Indo-European cultures may be consulted as necessary to fill in gaps or clarify meanings of Northern European Lore. At the same time it is not to be taken as infallible authority on the ancient practices of those cultures either, and may have faced similar problems in the history of its compilation - though obviously in different areas and contexts, which will allow for some overlap of what does survive.


OUTLAWS:

1. Ignoble or coercive behavior of any type will not be tolerated. I am not here to waste time parlaying with trolls. Malignant trolls' presences are to be erased digitally here, as Thor would do physically with his hammer.

2. Purely defamatory comments/character assassination are not tolerated. If your personal criticism is malicious or just baseless, I will delete. No excuses, no equivocation, no damns given. If it were the old days I'd just liberate your loose tongue with a swing of the axe. Hávamál or Lokasenna, which are you emulating?

3. Solipsism/Special Snowflake Syndrome. I really shouldn't have to explain this. Others have already done it far better. Don't act this way. Just don't.



An additional note:

I would like to let everyone know that I welcome and enjoy all true feedback, both positive and negative, and I will allow all honest comments no matter how harshly you judge my conclusions. However, insulting language and personal attacks against myself or any other commenters is completely unnecessary and will not be allowed. The entries of those exhibiting such behavior will be deleted. I will also delete all responses to those entries even if the response is more sane and well thought-out, because I do not believe in letting arguments with trolls and baiters continue. Let's keep it respectable, show respect to get respect, and maintain Frith and Ehrenschaft at all times.

Real Rune Magick is about how we can improve and elevate ourselves above the base instincts of hunter and hunted. Indeed, what contrasts the Runic paths as a proactive, solar Indo-European stream of wisdom (as opposed to reactive orbiter herd-ideologies that have lain shackles on so much of the planet's inhabitants) is that we believe in the improvability of man, through successive personal achievement, praxis and initiation, in a definable and measurable sense - in orthopraxy, not orthodoxy. We do not think anything is wholly good or wholly bad. We prefer, as such, to concentrate on (and to cultivate) what is essentially noble, ethical, self-sufficient and transformative, and to leave behind what is essentially ignoble, dishonest, abusive and regressive. I ask my readers to do the same: If you are leaving a public comment please keep the tone constructive and informative, and do not sink to the level of the sorts of lie-mongering people who seek to persecute us and silence the Old Ways once more.

Please note, I will not tolerate comments that insult, slander, or denigrate any individual, group, or religion, etc. While there are obviously some ideologies which are not in any way compatible with the life-affirming Runic Indo-European paths - and the contrasts are telling - there is no useful purpose in spending one's time scapegoating cabals (for the millionth time) which should have no appeal to the serious Runenmeister in the first place. The point of this blog is to unlock the wisdom of the Runes to conquer personal shortcomings - not to stagnate and blame some person or group as a lazy cop-out for said shortcomings. The powers of the Runes, let alone Asa and Arya, are not open to the cowardly whiner who merely seeks excuses instead of solutions.

Life is short. If you find yourself taking time out of your day to post negative remarks on the net, or to talk only about what others are doing wrong, I strongly recommend that you take that time to focus on improving yourself — mentally, physically, and spiritually — instead. Travel the path of Nobility and reach for the Mysteries. The quality of your life will improve, and you’ll feel more fulfilled.

Reise! Erreiche für die Runen!




8 comments:

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  2. Cyrus the Strong, heilsa! Like a true Alexander-The-Two-Horned from Macedony, you are chasing the darkness away and out of this world, the darkness of not-understanding the Holy and Sacred Runes. I've been striving towards the Runes on my own for some time now, and I've realized that not everyone can teach the Runes to just anyone, even if both may be genuine and sincere, one in his knowledge the other in his/her will to learn. It seems like the process of learning the Runes calls for an additional factor, one that falls in the province of the Runes, as it were. I am convinced they are conscious principles and beings, perhaps gods, definitely holy, and it is they, the Runes themselves, that guide the seeker if he/she is sincere. If not, they won't stir. And even when they do, they test the seeker often, for this knowledge, the Runes, is the very milk and honey of the universe, and even the gods have to admit to a limit in the knowledge of a subject whose very nature resembles the starry seas, being inexhaustible. Anyway, what I wish to say is that something stirred in me when I discovered this site. But, and I find this interesting, it still took a few times, it didn't click right away; the first time it all seemed somehow darksome and heavy, academic, whereas now I jump for joy, because I find in the articles of Real Rune Magick exactly what I need, and for this I extend my gratitude to you! I think that the Runes often favour communal learning, when kith and kin come together in order to learn. Not only that, they sometimes work for this, guiding us, and when/if they judge a seeker ripe for collective striving, which is a holier state of affairs than "solo-flying", they are happy to open the way that leads towards like-minded non-militant but able warriors. Thank you, Cyrus the Strong, for your valuable wisdom that you are sharing with us. May the gods keep you in your strength, you and yours. Wunjo!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Ljubo. It means a lot to me to know that my blog and my work with the runes, small as it still is, has been helping others in various walks of life to gain wisdom. I try to avoid too much academic, and look more at the practical things people can do everyday to benefit and improve from Rune Magick - but it's true, sometimes you have to stick your arm deep into the Lore to get not just the content but the SPIRIT of what the Asa and Arya ancestors of both north and south were doing in rituals. Yes, it does take several tries to wash off the reactive haze and grime of modernity from our eyes and re-learn to see deeper meaning as they did. The dark theme here is intentional, as Odin's journey through Yggdrasil for the Runes, shows us that sometimes you have to go through darkness to find the truly valuable sort of light.

      I agree, the best way to learn and connect with the Runes, in any of their aspects, is a group setting of like-minded seekers. Though this is not always possible, and we may often be scattered far apart, the knowledge and bold frith and compassion to form such groups is something that can be shared even across the seemingly impersonal internet. May your Od be bright and your Wyrd be strong.

      Alaf sal Fena!

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  3. Thank You, Cyrus the Strong, I have been pleasantly galvanized reading your words, and it's been a joy to realize (by the way you put your thoughts and feelings into words) that the All-Father's all-pervading frequency found a ready response in the very marrow of your mind; trying to imagine the discipline, the patience it took in order to grow roots that run so deep in rich Runic soil, is a humbling exercise indeed, thank you!
    The more I begin appreciating the character of Norse Cosmology and Cosmogony, so incredibly wise, rustic and erudite at once, capable of addressing, indeed, of intriguing, both our scientific mind and our religious heart, the more I am convinced the Eddas should have every single line of their text numbered and neatly arranged, for the readers to appreciate, the moment the book is opened, the fact that they are approaching a civilization-estabilishing (A CIVILIZATION BUILDING!) holy text, one that is at least equal, in terms of its "political" weight, to the Bible, the Koran, the Bhagavagdita and other books that are accorded a special place among the race of men. A critical, scholarly edition should be published, with an apparatus including an exhaustive commentary, a comprehensive introduction etc., in short, everything that marks other religious canons.
    On the other hand - I just registered the following thought: if the Norse myths managed to survive until now in so humble a form, perhaps it'd be wiser to refrain from dragging them into the academic spotlight? Who knows, I just wanted to say that the holy texts such as Havamal deserve the best possible form. Also, I have a feeling they could be hiding scientific data of a revolutionary nature - if read in the correct context.
    Please, forgive me, my enthusiasm, I am a beginner in the Runic sience and sometimes I feel like I am all over the place; I've read somewhere that the Runic force is often slow to develop and manifest in an individual, but when it does - its effects are unmistakeable. I can attest that I still don't understand certain things or, better said, that I lack experiences, but even at this initial stage, I feel like a new person at 46, the knowledge beeing physical as well, not just noetic.
    Another example, much of the time I used to wonder what Runic row to choose to study? This went on until I finally decided on the Armanen. Even as I did so, I realized that I must familiarize myself with all the rows, I mean all the main ones, the Younger and Elder Futharkh, the Anglo-Frisian - and the Armanen. Despite the fact that each of the four forms an ecnclosed environment, they still somehow seem to complement one another?
    I sure hope you'll continue sharing your knowledge and wisdom; allow me to repeat: I much like and often visit these dark pages with their nutritive luminosity. I like very much your design of the Armanen Runes, it is rare to find a row that's been drawn 100% correctly, often a detail or two will be off, but you managed to digitally carve them in a flawless manner, just as your writing is free of fakery.
    Sal und Sig!

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    1. Thanks for your high praise. You make some very good points about the runes.

      As for the Eddas, the situation is this: There are already some translations of the Eddas that have lines numbered. There are things like "The Asatru Edda" and "The Odinist Edda" however these are the work of one small organization and they change the ordering of the various books/tales and even sometimes mix material from multiple poems. Sometimes even new sentences are added that are not part of the original Eddas. I don't agree with this approach because it basically makes them too much like a Bible in terms of everything having a chronological order, which then is a slippery slope to literalism, trying to pin dates on everything, etc.

      The Eddas are much more spiritual than narrative in the sense that once can take the stories not just literally, "Odin fought the giants" but also as symbolic (of the seasons, of natural processes, and most of all, of the spiritual refinement of man. In that sense it's interesting that their chapters are arranged more like the Qur'an, non-chronologically, but rather in order of the most complex themes first and the simplest ones last. The Poetic Edda starts with the Voluspa and the Havamal, which are extremely esoteric and complex texts with many layers of meanings. It ends (depending on the edition) with simple sagas of ancient heroes and family feuds in Greenland. 

      I agree that there should be a more or less authoritative form of the Eddas, especially the Poetic Edda. In fact this is a project I would like to work on myself at some point. The Voluspa and the Havamal definitely need a standardized form, but seeing as how translations have varied so much, it would also need commentary. We will not "King James" the Havamal as this would lose too much of its meaning. As it already is, the Poetic Edda has likely lost much of its old nuance, though as you say, there are still gems of wisdom hidden within it, some of which may be discovered by implication alone, even after their supporting text has been lost from the Edda! So a standard Armanist commentary would also help.

      I would favor an Armanic translation of the Poetic Edda, for at the very least this would tie it in conclusively to the 18 runes of Odin which the Havamal mentions, and all aspects of ancient Aryan thought as re-assembled by List, Kummer, Lauterer and Shou. The triple-phase evolution of cycles of man and nature; the triple-faceted nature of society, spirituality, sexuality; and the triple-phase nature of the runes themselves, a primal technology every bit as essential for the nine-aspected (3x3) soul, as polyphased electric current is for the material world today. The Edda sees the Wyrd as a sea journey, and the runes are keys to its navigation. The Armanen system of List is a rediscovery of the original map.

      The runes do indeed function beyond one row. While the Armanen rune row is the most complete for esoteric meanings, the other rune rows also have value in terms of telling how the Armanen secrets were often concealed or repackaged for use by non-Armanen. For you see, the Armanen were one of the three classes of ancient Aryan societies, both in Europe and elsewhere. The Armanen were the seers and priests, the Ostivanen/Istaevons were warriors (men of Os-Tivar or Asa-Tyr), and the Ingvonen/Ingaevons were the farmers. Each had their own understanding of the runes based on lifestyle. The Ostivanen ended up using the Saxon futhorc, through wars and migrations. The farmers used the Elder Futhark as it pertains to farming. The Younger Futhark was an attempt by Viking skalds to refine the Elder back to its esoteric roots of the 18 Odinic runes of the Havamal, but they were in doubt about the identity of the last 2 runes, so left it at 16. All 4 systems are useful in giving us a rounded understanding of the runes, but yes, like you I am partial to the Armanen system, because of how much more it ties in the runes with Indo-European Lore and spiritual concepts, rather than simply material objects.

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    2. Additionally, I believe there is a place for inspired writing of a new Edda, which does not use any of the material in the Proetic or Prose Eddas, but instead serves as prequel to them and connects them to the wider body of Indo-European Lore (The Avesta, the Vedas, the Visperad, and so forth). In a sense, think of it like Tolkien's Silmarillion, filling the gaps in the origins of everyone in "Lord of the Rings". There is, I believe, a heavy need for this, because “official” academia has fragmented and confused people through its gradual takeover by herder dialectic and anti-Aryan rhetoric. As a result, most runers have no clue about the fact that the primal runic path (the Odinic, or Armanen path rediscovered by Master von List, and maintained without interruption by ancient clans such as the Lauterers) is older than merely Germanic identity. Today most runers think "this is Norse" or "this is German" but they are missing the big picture. They forget just how ancient the roots of the Eddas are. They think "Indo-European" only pertains to language, whereas it actually also pertains to culture, runic spirituality, and yes, ancestry as well. 

      The primal runic path was Pan-Indo-European. This is why the word Arman means "Ideal" in modern Persian, why the Semanen (the alternate name for the Armanen brotherhood) gave its name to the Semnani tribe and language near the Caspian sea, who still survive today, and this language is so ancient that it contains roots of both Germanic and Iranian words (as well as possibly a few proto-slavic ones). Fewer people still know of the history of Gotvand, the Goth city of the Zagros, or the fact that the Persian calendar still contains months named for Freyr (Fravar-din) and Tyr (Tir), whom the Vedas also mention as Tivastr. Thor appears there too, as Thuragna, or Vire-Thragna. Freyr too, appears as Fravarti in the Avesta, giver of lordship, as in the Edda. Odin/Wotan is Vayu-Vata, reflecting the name of Vili-Ve-Wotan, and his dual nature as both bright wind (Vayu) and dark storm (Vata). In both the Avesta and the Vedas he is described as the giver (Gibor) of the breath of life (Od, Wod, or Vaad, old Indo-Iranian term for Wind). How few people have been taught this! 

      This new Edda would be a companion book to the Poetic and Prose Eddas, NOT a replacement. It would tell the tale of their origins, and of other potential Eddas long-lost. It would tell of not just the Teutons or Goths, but all the great Fathers of the tribes of Arya. The Lost tribes of Armanen past, who took the Solar culture worldwide: The Semnones, the Hvushmandaran, the Hvargmanen, the Agartans, the Sakya, the Shennongshi, the Scythians, and more. How Mimir's well contains the root of the Aryan mysteries even in its name, and how the Odinic knowledge came to Loddfafnir, or Avazanda Dur-savar, the far-straying singer of the Runes. 

      You would learn in this new Edda, of how the Odinic knowledge was once widespread across many lands, with the many successor-races of the Aryans after the destruction of the Arctic home mentioned in the Vedas. And how it tragically died out as these successor-races found themselves overwhelmed, like the Aesir with the Jotnar, by less wise but more numerous hunters and herders, the destructive ancestors of modern humans, who learned from them only the material arts to build empires and weapons, but not the spiritual knowledge to use it responsibly. And you would see how the last survivors of these wars, took steps to ensure that although the legions of jotun-like tribes among mankind may have won, they would not be able to prevent the rebirth and reawakening of Arya from the ashes.

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  4. ODIN: "Valhalla's Queen! I pray thee say which to Vafthrudnis' hall's the way: For I with him intend to try my skill in ancient mystery." (Elder Edda, transl. by A. S. Cottle, 1797)

    All hail the swarty fish man who blew my mind, speaking healing Truth and knowledge right of the human ways!
    THANK YOU for your words, they are short essays in themselves, showing a level of attainment that is rare.
    You combine the best of "both" worlds (= all nine!), there is the academic level, for sure, but from what little I know, I sense there must be much of personal research and chanelled wisdom from the gods themselves.
    I was most blown away by what you described as the Contents of 'The New Edda.'
    I won't "insult" you by saying how much you need to materialize this New Edda, I'd much rather enjoy your wisdom, knowing that the gods indeed have their people among the Folk, people that will see to it the Wisdom thrives.
    They have not abandoned us, we abandoned them, but not altogether, which is our one blessing. What you write is so good, so well written, that it is not a matter of one book but of a whole edition, indeed, of a whole university department. I am confident the holy Runes will show you the path to thread in order to materialize this Knowledge, this beauty we speak about, the bright beacon for our Folk, one that will be sorely needed as we progress towards the nights of Fimbul winter. You are a Rune master alright, therefore you know your Path - I just hope our Folk wake up in time to realize their Aryan identity and heritage that will show them how to live a life that's not an insult to their souls. On a personal note, I am surprised mother Nature hasn't punished us more severeley so far, but lately I have begun to fear that that in itself is a form of punishment already. The politicos seem to have their strange obsessions that urge them to abuse and rape the earth and the air and the water, they think they have it all figured out. Frankly, aside from the Might of Runes I see no other Weapon strong enough to see us through what's coming, the very mental atmosphere is becoming toxic, with less and less islands of wit in the Manasic sea.
    I learn from various sources, the student text of the Church of Balder is one (Vrilology), the books of Edred Thorsson are another, but mostly I study the material brought by The 55 Club! Also, there is an English Runer that has good articles, an Odinist fella' called Wulf Ingessunu, he has good video material showing the Runic postures. (I always liked the poise and grace of Tai-chi but I couldn't bring myself to practice it, with Runes the body itself yearns to stretch out in order to per-form the Yogic dance.)
    Last but not least, now that I've discovered you I sure intend to comb all through your posts, I am sure there is much there for me. If only we were able to meet; no need to seek Academia, it would be wise and productive of every good to have our own Runic schools, just like we used to have in ages past. Within a dedicated community the monetary issues tend to resolve themselves.
    However, in our particular case, I think, the distance remains a factor, unfortunately, since I hail from Europe (Slovenia), which leaves us, even as we've already figured out, with this precious link that exists through the medium of the Internet.
    I hope you will post new materials as the Aesir and Vanir whisper.
    Again, I thank you for the superb articles you wrote by way of response, I am sure many students and readers will find them as impressive and useful as I have.
    Runes against calamity!

    "Fire is needful to him who is come in, and whose knees are frozen; food and raiment a man requires, wheo'er the fell has travelled.
    Water to him is needful who for refection comes, a towel and hospitable invitation, a good reception; if he can get it, discourse and answer." (Song of the High One; verses 3 and 4, published in "The Complete Armanen"; written and compiled by The 55 Club; USA 2017.)

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