ARE AN ANCIENT ESOTERIC TRADITION
Contents of the Book
this book will do for you
What are the Basics?
be successful with a Runic ceremonial you need to be familiar with its
elements. Therefore you will need to gain knowledge of
addition to the above it will be useful to gain knowledge of
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know myself hanging on the wind cold tree for nine icy nights.
offered me neither bread nor wine
I began to increase, to be wise,
I know the songs like no wise one knows
The Song of Odin, the Magical Poem, the Rune Songs and the structures of Runic ceremonials, contain deep cryptic and symbolic significance. The writers of the songs and poems used such language to describe that which pertains to the realms of the physio-psychic, the metaphysical, the hyper physical, and the transcendental. They used ritual to trigger experience of things that words cannot describe easily.
Odin's Rune Song and the eighteen stanzas of the Magical Poem show clearly the initiation-oriented content of the powerful ancient tradition of the Runes. They also contain keys for the practical use of the Runes. Personal experience with Runes will give you all the evidence that you need to understand this aspect of the eighteen Sacred Futhork Runes.
In their graphic representation Runes are derived from the Hexagon with the three inscribed diameters. This shape is often referred to as "The World Crystal". In this shape the eighteen, Number of the runes, becomes apparent: eighteen surfaces of this crystal!
Singing Runes compares to singing mantras of power. Once you sing a Rune consciously, you turn on a switch that gives you access to transcendental energies, whether you want this to happen or not. Slowly the Runes will then communicate to you how to manage and how to use their energies, provided, of course, that you are ready to accept the Runes and to overcome the bondage of your self-imposed limitations and the restrictions of the world tree.
When I refer to Runes as triggers and say that they communicate with you, this describes only a partial aspect of the Runes. Whatever description of Runic power you get from such practice, this is not all that the Runes are. Runes are way beyond mappings! Therefore it is irrelevant how you view Runes, whether as energies, as spiritual beings, as gods, as mantras, or all of this. Runes will remain beyond the attempts to describe them, beyond words, beyond mappings, but open to direct connection with them on the un-speakable levels of experience.
Rune connects with Worlds of Creation and Formation. Therefore, whenever
you connect with a Rune you may expect material effects that relate to
the specific Rune with which you are working. Be aware then that the most
powerful methods are all too often also the simplest ones! In fact, many
of these powerful methods are of a simplicity that most people cannot
comprehend. Consequently they practice for years to master that which
they could have mastered in a matter of weeks, if not days! The deepest
mysteries are often also the easiest ones to penetrate, but they self-protect
against misuse and profanation.
The magical poem
T H O R N
R I T
H A G A L
N O D
S I G
T Y R
B A R
L A F
M A N
G I B O R
Obviously the nature of these eighteen stanzas is such that the student who can read between the lines will notice immediately that books could be written about the hidden, esoteric, meanings of the stanzas. To gain a thorough understanding of these 18 Rune stanzas, you need to open up to their symbolic messages plus their evocative meanings. This opening up will happen naturally as you continue practicing Runes and the more you practice the more these deep symbolic meanings will reveal themselves to you.