The system devised by Guido von List, known as the Armanen Runes, is made up of 18 runes that fit the eighteen charms in the Havamal. It is also based around the Hagal-Rune and what is known as the Hag-All or All-Hag. This means simply 'six' since it is the same as hex as in hexagon. The Hagal-Rune with the points joined up makes the hexagon, and this figure is the basic form from which the 18 runes come from.
The Hagal-Rune is made up of the Life-Rune and Death-Rune, and represents the balance of opposites into the whole - i.e. hale, whole, wholesome and the force known as Heil. It is also the snowflake or 'hailstone' and it can be sounded 'hail' or 'heil'.
It should be noted that when looked at in one way this Hag-All is a cube which is a six-sided figure that represents stability. The cube, opened up, can be made into the type of cross that the Christians use. All of the Armanen Runes can be found in this simple shape, which is why it has been called The Mother Rune.
It is interesting to note that the Hagal-Rune/Hag-All Symbol is the basis of what is known as the Seed of Life and the Flower of Life, both of which come out of this rune/symbol when it is extended from itself, as can be seen below -
Seed of Life Flower of Life
The Flower of Life can be found at the Osirian Temple in Egypt, at the Golden Temple of the Sikhs in Amritsa, India, in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, in wood-carvings from Austria, and in a temple of King Herod, as well as many more places too numerous to mention. The first thing that we notice is that the central area (Sacred Centre) is the Hagal-Rune and the Hag-All. The Hag-All is also cleverly enclosed into a circle, and this allows this shape to be an extension of the Seed of Life (shown below).
I have used this symbol as taken from Runic Inscriptions in Great Britain by Paul Johnson (1999) and Helrunar By Jan Fries (1993 & 1997), but who originated this symbol as it is I do not know. The twigs have been placed in the same position as in the books, but since we have no idea what the Nine Glory-Twigs really were, nor how they would be placed if this was the way that is meant in the Old English Charm, we can only make a guess. If we move the upright staves so that they are the same distance apart as the angled staves, thus crossing these staves at the joints, then the basis of the Nine Glory-Twigs is also the Hagal-Rune/Hag-All. This forms the central point, and from this we can extend the staves further; when we use nine upright staves, nine angled one way and nine angled the other way we end up with -
- A figure with the Hag-All at the centre, and a Hag-All as the whole shape; when the staves are extended it forms a six-pointed star.
- This figure has 64 triangles which would be equilateral triangles, which itself is the basic form of this shape as in the Hag-All.
- Looking at the 'Mother Rune' thus, with the eyes slightly out of focus, we find a cube of 4 units - thus 4 x 4 x 4 = 64 units.
We can thus deduce that the Hag-All is the Seed of Life and when it is extended it becomes the Flower of Life. Thus, in regard to the Ar-Kan Rune-Lag system this is not in itself a 'new' system, but is a continuation of the Armanen Runes, but which is specifically aimed at the new English-Current rather than that of Germany as the Armanen system had been. Put another way the Ar-Kan Rune-Lag system grows out of the basic 'Mother Rune' of the Armanen, just as the Nine Glory Twigs does.
It is thus relevant to use the 18-rune Armanen System within the Ar-Kan Rune-Lag, though the 33-rune system is needed in order for the English Mysteries to be revealed, since certain key runes are not in the Armanen System that are in the English Rune-Row - e.g. the Ing-Rune and the Graal-Runes (which includes the Cweorth-Rune which is needed to cover the mysteries of the Long Man of Wilmington and the Herne Giant). It would be far better to use the Armanen System to cover the 18 Havamal Charms than to try to fit the 24 runes of the CGF into this as some have tried to do.
The LIfe-Rune/Death-Rune is the basis of MIguel Serrano's HE/SHE since it is the male-female polarity and thus a wholeness ('heil') when joined as the Hagal-Rune. But this can also be done with the Old English version of the Haegl-Rune which is made up of an upright/upwards stave and upright/downwards stave - male & female joined in one symbol. The Haegl-Rune is also a bind-rune of UR and its reflection RU - UR-RU. We can create some interesting ideas from this, but what we must not do is to mix the two systems, since this would not work - they have to be used in their own right.
Just as the sword ('Battle-Flame') passed from the 'Fatherland' (Germany) to the 'Land of the Son' (England) so has the runic mysteries; from out of the Armanen 'Mother Rune' has come the Ar-Kan Rune-Lag which is a new English Runic System.
****On a note here it would be wise to try to clarify the way this rune is sounded, since it does not have one distinct sound but at least three.
Hail - the AS hagal/hagol means 'hail' and the spelling is as the Hagal-Rune.
Heil - the AS hael/hal is pronounced 'heil', and this we can deduce from the Middle English heil into which this developed.
Heal - the now unused ae dipthong is also pronounced like Caesar, as in 'heal', so we can also deduce that the sound 'heal' can be used.
All of the rune-poems suggest that corn is the meaning of the rune, which suggests the 'seed' ('Seed of Life' as suggested earlier). It is also the Primal Egg which existed at the beginning, and which is part of the theme of Miguel Serrano's HE/SHE.
As Hail it is a change-rune, where destructive forces operate to create change, which is inherent in the rune-poems where the snowflake (Ice) is turned to movement (Water). For this aspect the sound 'hail' would be used.
As Heil this means creating a 'wholeness' or 'unity' once more - the Haeldom. This is an invocation used for this, together with the Heil Salute. This is also a salutation of the Sun and the Solar Power. This sound developed later into the word 'hale' which confuses it with 'hail'.
As Heal the rune can be used as a healing-rune, and this sound would thus be used for such a purpose.
Going back to the original Nine Glory-Twigs which is the way this has been used, here the 'Sacred Centre' can be seen as either the Hagal-Rune or the Gar-Rune, the latter thus giving us the Gift of Ing which has to be an important point. Gar is also the Spear of Woden and thus the Sacred Centre. We can use either method since both are relevant to our runic system.
The Norwegian Rune-Poem states under the Hagal-Rune that 'Krist shaped the world in ancient times' which is rather a strange statement which would appear to be referring to something else than the 'Jesus Christ' of the Christian Bible. We know that Krishna pre-dates 'Jesus' and the name is so similar as to be the same archetype. But this appears to be where the German Rune-Magicians got the idea of the Krist-Al(l) which also suggests the 'crystal' which is the Hag-All.
It is also very strange to relate how I asked a fellow Wodenic Initiate to do a meditation on a crystal for a specific purpose. He unknowingly related this to the Guido von List 'crystal' (out of which come the 18 rune-staves), but when doing so received a vision of a Germanic Ing-Rune out of which came 33 new rune-staves which are unknown as symbols, though some of the names are known. These runes have as yet not been revealed, but remain part of the ongoing work of the Ar-Kan Rune-Lag. But this also implies that these 33 runes come out of Ing (England) as a continuation of the 'Krist-Al' and of Guido von List.
I have studied these runes over the past three years and they do have some form of meaning which can be logically followed; they are made up of mainly 'direction' and of a 'centre' (Ing-Rune), but also of 'direction' not found in the other rune-rows. They also contain a rune for Baldaeg and Heimdall not found in other rows. It is also interesting to note that the Haegl-Rune has been incorporated into the Sig-Rune as Sighael, which has some kind of significance as yet not recognised.
Only through the use of this Mother-Rune can the 33-runes of the Diamond-Crystal Rune-Row be revealed. This enfolds out of the Fylfot-Swastika or the Black Sun at the central point. Rather than the hexagon this unfolds out of the octagon - the Star of Freya. It is thus based upon the Number 8 rather than the Number 6 as with the other systems. The central point can be seen as the Eight-spoked wheel rather than the Hagal-Rune. This system has mysteries as yet to be revealed to us - mysteries that will follow on from the work already done.
Guido von List's revelation came through a mystical experience whilst he was 'blinded' after a cataract operation on his eyes - his ideas are verified by the Seed of Life and Flower of Life symbols used many centuries prior to this. The Hag-All is in fact the Wheel of Wr.Alda of the Oera Linda Book (whether von List knew of this I have no idea) but with the runes in the FUTHARK order (rather than the Roman order of the 'Running Script'), and with the staves straight rather than curved (the runes have always been straight). Rather than the wheel the runes of the Armanen are within the crystal. In the Oera Linda Book the 'Running Script' is on the Roman Alphabet order, and since the Frisian Rune-Row is the 33 Rune-Row this alone casts a doubt upon this script - the Oera Linda Book should not be taken as historical fact anyway. (There may be some truths in this book, especially about the sunken lands called Atland, but much of it must be taken with a 'pinch of salt'.)