Ar-Kan Rune-Lag

Ar-Kan Rune-Lag

Monday 13 October 2014

The Ing-Rune

The Ing-Rune

'Ing was first among the East Danes
Seen by men until he later eastwards
Went across the waves, the waen sped behind
Thus the Heardingas named the hero.'

Old English Rune-Poem (Translation by Steve Pollington).

This small piece from the Old English Rune-Poem may not seem to say a lot, but there are some very interesting secrets held within it. Let us now look carefully at this piece to unravel, these secrets -

  • Ing was first amongst the East Danes.
  • Ing then went eastwards over the waves.
  • The Waen sped behind.
  • The Heardingas (Haddings) gave the name Ing to this Divine hero.

In order to understand this piece we need to study the Legend of St, Cuthman which fits exactly with this piece in the rune-poem. Cuthman pushes his mother in a wagon, and the direction he takes is eastwards. Symbolically (which explains this whole mystery) Cuthman 'drives' the Waen in which dwells his 'mother'. The phrase 'The Waen sped behind' is actually 'waen after-ran' hints at this, although strictly speaking the Waen is in front and moved by Cuthman.

This I see as a piece of star-lore, and the only constellation to fit the role of Ing is that of Bootes which 'follows' the Waen (Great Bear) eastwards around the Pole Star. Bootes would seem to be the driver of the Waen symbolised by a team of Oxen.

This is a drawing of Ing pushing his mother in the wagon; the shape of the wagon is very much like that of the Great Bear (Woden's Waen). The legend tells us that he pushes his mother from Steyning (Sussex) to Chidham which is eastwards of Steyning. The name 'Steyning' directly translates as 'Stone-Ing' and although the term 'People of the Stone' has been used to translate this I see no reason not to use the direct translation, thus also linking the Stone of Ing with the Divine Hero - Ing or Ingwe.
Ing is the Divine Ancestor of the English Folk and variations of his name can be found right across the British Isles - in Scotland the name Angus is a variant of Ingus, which itself is a variant of the name Ing. The rune-poem tells us that Ing is the Divine Hero, and the meaning of the rune tells us that he is the 'Son' which has significant importance to Wodenists, since this is part of our work on the Last Avatar. England is the Land of the Son as much as Germany is the Fatherland.

The constellation of Bootes is actually shaped like the rune above, which is a variant of the Ing-Rune. This can only be seen on certain nights of the year. Ing is thus the Driver of the Waen and the Great Bear is the Chariot of Ing. In The Secret Doctrine H.P.Blavatsky mentions that the Great Bear is the Mother of Revolutions and we have other sources that mention the Great Bear as the Womb of Time. It is significant that Ing drives this area of the sky.

The translation of this section of the Old English Rune Poem has been very controversial, and various different interpretations have been given to the same text. We have to remember that the Germanic people used various means of hiding their secrets and mysteries, and one of them was word-play, giving two different meanings to one text. This could be the case here.

If the waen is the Great Bear, known as Woden's Waen, it could also just as well be the Sun-Waen, the Sun moving eastwards across the skies during the day, sinking behind the horizon in the west in the evening. Rising before the Sun is Venus - the Morning Star - which also travels eastwards across the skies, 'arising' again just as the light fails in the west. Ing could thus be seen as the Morning and Evening Star. We would seem to have confirmation of this since the 'Christ' of Revelation is said to be the 'offspring of...the Morning Star...'. In the Legend of Cuthman we find hints that Ing and 'Christ' were seen as one and the same. It should be noted that the English Initiates would have been aware that Ingwe and the Krist were one and the same Archetypal Myth.


The runic markings on this stone are Anglo-Saxon Runes, bearing the inscription 'Gyfu-Ken-Ing' with an alternative Ken-Rune with a (later) cross-marking. The reading is the Gift of Ing which is the name of the Spear of Woden (Gungnir) and on here seems to be associated with Fire (Ken-Rune). Since the Ken-Rune is also associated with the Kon(ungr) and with kingship then the Gift of Ing could also be seen as 'Kingship'.

The Ing-Rune at the start of this post is a glyph of the DNA Spiral, hence the meaning 'son of' or 'offspring of' - the genetic inheritance. This is the Rune of the Blood Memory and links directly to the Edel-Rune which is the rune of Blood & Soil, and which also contains a bind-rune Gyfu-Ing thus giving us Gift of Ing again. The idea of genetic inheritance and that of the racial-homeland are bound together.

The Old English version of the Ing-Rune can be drawn in two different ways - as we have done in an 'upright' form' or turned sideways in which it makes a glyph of the sexual act - a clear virility and fertility symbol (Ingwe-Frey is shown with an erect phallus on many carvings). But this also tells us that the Ing-Rune contains an Ur-Fusion (when turned sideways) and a Ken-Fusion (as the one at the start). That we have here a 'fire-glyph' and the Stone of Ing runes tell us that the Gift of Ing is 'fire', then we have a Divine Hero or Hero-God associated with Fire. Hamasson once pointed out that Inga spelled backwards is the Hindu god of fire - Agni.

This is said to be the Agni-Fire associated with the Fire-God of the Hindus known as Agni, from whose name we get the terms - igneus, ignition, ignite etc. Compare this photo with the one below -

This was a photo taken by a fellow WF Activist at a Folk-Moot at the Wayland Smithy; the flames that show up on the photo are very hard to explain, and certainly look like the Agni-Fire shown in the other photo. This is a close-up.

This is how the 'fire' showed on the actual photo with the White Dragon in the background, and the WF Blood-Flag shown to the left of the photo.

That Ing can be equated with Fire is seen in the term Ingle-nook which is the area around the hearth of a house-fire. If we equate Ing with Sceaf, since they are both the Divine Ancestor of the English Folk, then we have an account of Sceaf being on a shield bearing a lighted taper which links Sceaf to fire too. This can be no coincidence and I feel that Sceaf-Ing is the bringer of agriculture (Sheaf of Corn) at the end of the Golden Age, and that he is the culture-bearer figure who we can equate with the Aztec Quetzalcoatl who - interestingly - is associated with Venus.
Ingvi-Frey is one of the Waene (Vanir) Gods whose name equates with 'Venus' and so this culture-bearer and divine ancestor is associated with the Morning and Evening Star - he is thus the First and the Last or the Beginning and the End, since he rises at Dawn and sets at Dusk. Miguel Serrano sees Venus as being a male-female star who would be Frey-Freya in Norse Mythology. Venus is the 'sister-planet' of the Earth.


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