Ar-Kan Rune-Lag

Ar-Kan Rune-Lag

Monday 3 August 2015


The symbol known as Odroerir is that of three horns intertwined to form a left-handed Trifos (Three-Armed Swastika). The symbol is very much akin to the Walknut which is made up of three interlaced triangles, for the above can be seen as three interlaced circles when the horns are extended. The 'spin' (on our version, drawn by Siegmund) is anti-clockwise or anti-sunwise ('widdershins' *) and thus goes against the flow of time which moves towards decay and death. This is important when we consider the runes that we have placed on the horns.

(* 'widdershins' stems from 'widder' which is a Germanic term which actually means 'to return' and this is thus symbolic of the return to the origins or the Ur-Time.)

Ansuz - Laguz - Uruz : ALU : these runes move backwards or downwards back to the source (Ur-Source) or origins (Ur). ALU is thus the magical force that seeks to return to the source. The formula also tells us that we start at Ansuz (Odroerir) which is 'The Light of the Gods' and move through Lagu (Son) which is the Blood Memory and then down to Ur (Bodn) which is the Earth - this formula draws the Spirit of Light down to the Earth. 

The 'Dancing Warrior' shows Woden leading a Warrior-Dance of the Ulfhednar Warriors. Here we see Woden with Twin Spears, but the important point to note is the symbolism of the horns -

1. The Solar Horns which are made up of Twin Serpents ending in the beaks of birds - symbolic of the Priest.

2. The Lunar Horns or Hero's Light which are the twin horns pointing downwards and representing the Warrior. 

Combined in this symbolism is the aim of the Aryan Warrior - the ability to fuse the Solar and Lunar Powers in the individual. The Sun lights the day with its powerful rays, and the darkness of night is lit by the reflection of the Sun onto the Moon. The Sun's rays are reflected into the Inner Consciousness - into the Darkness of Night - through the Lunar Horns. 

The Gateway to Thule -

  • The 'ego' is combined with the Self (Selbst).
  • The individuality of the rational consciousness is moved closer to the Sea of Unconsciousness without its ceasing to be conscious.
  • The Light penetrates into the Darkness of the Unconscious, moving from the Golden Sun of Daylight and the rational consciousness into the Black Sun of Individuation.
  • The Centre that appears there is the Self which is a circle whose circumference is everywhere and whose centre is nowhere.
  • The Wafeln (Light of the Rational Consciousness) sails beneath the surface of the Sea of the Unconscious with its lights full on. 

The term Odroerir can be rendered 'Wod-Roarer' and refers to the Woda-Force which is that of 'Divine Madness' or 'Divine Intoxication', linking this force to that of the ALU-Force. At the top of the Aryan Tree is the Eagle whilst at the base of the Aryan Tree is the Serpent. The link between the two, and the pathway between the two is the squirrel Ratatosk which means -

Rata = rapture, ecstasy, or orgasm.

Tosk = tusk, probably meaning 'double'.

This symbolism is also connected to the ecstatic trance, to orgasm and thus to the Tantric Rite as shown in the Myth of Knit Mountain. The term 'tusk' which may symbolise 'double' hints at the upward-downward movement of ALU-ULA and the squirrel running up and down the Aryan Tree (Spinal Column). 

The basic concept of the Kundalini (Kan-Force) is to move the Shakti-Force (Base of the Spine - Coiled Serpent) up the Spinal Column to unite with the Shiva-Force (The Eagle or Winged Coiled Serpent). The Sun and the Moon are united in the Sacred Wedding. In Folkish Wodenism Freya (Coiled Serpent) is united with Woden (Eagle-Winged Coiled Serpent). 

The colours of the Horn Triskelion are -

Black - Uruz - Wyrd

Red - Laguz - Werdandi

White - Ansuz - Sculd

The secret of the ALU-ULA and the Three Horns or Three Cauldrons is to chant the rune-names whilst meditating upon the Power-Centres, and to experiment on the tones used for ALU and ULA, remembering that scale is always used in musical work - Do-Re-Me-So-Fa-La-Ti-Do - which is a seven-scale returning to the original source. Likewise with the ALU-ULA chant where the sound varies for each power-centre.

Uruz - Earth

Lagu - Blood

Ansuz - Spirit-Inspiration

(Note: the term 'in-spir-ation' contains the essence of 'spirit' so it is valid to equate this centre with 'spirit'.)

Just as Ratatosk 'scurries' up-and-down Iggdrasil the movement should be up-and-down' the Spinal Column or Mount Me-Ru/Mount Su-Me-Ru. I have here used the alternative name Su-Me-Ru (Sumeru) because of its root-meanings -

SU - To generate, to produce/to agitate, to drive, to move swiftly.

ME - To measure.

RU - 'rune', secret, to roar, to whisper.

'Mount Me-Ru' (in our Folkish Wodenic Lore) thus means 'Measurement of Runes' and 'Mount Su-Me-Ru' means 'Generate the Measurement of Runes', through the movement of this energy between the 'cauldrons' or Power-Centres using the Spinal Column (or rather its unseen counterpart). The idea of 'moving swiftly' comes through the symbolism of Rata-Tosk which is the power of ecstasy and rapture produced by the movement of energy. There is a subtle play-on-words here because the Aryan Root *su- is the root of 'sow' which is a pig, and the 'tusks' are that of the Boar.

Odroerir is based upon the Od-Force also known as the Odic-Force or the Odil-Force which is also associated with the Odal-Rune or Edel-Rune. Again, this force has different variants -

Adel - Edel - Idal - Odal - Udal

The first and the third letters can be interchanged, but the root-form is always DL though this can also be rendered TL or in the Old English THL. As the rune-stave itself shows this is the 'Gift of Ing' since the stave is made up of a bind-rune of Gyfu and Ing. The 'Gift of Ing' is associated with fire, and thus the Fire-Serpent. In Indo-European usage our 'fire' refers to the element of fire, but the term igni refers to the force or power behind this, and thus Inga (as a reflection of Agni) refers to fire as a force or energy.

The 'Racial Homeland' idea in the name 'At-al-land', the Aryan Root *at-al meaning 'race, also appears in the root-word THL which suggests 'Thule' and the Place of Origins. This is why the Odal-Daeg runes are placed as they are, and are interchangeable in the rune-row, i.e. Odal-Daeg or Daeg-Odal. The Odal Rune is the Rune of Thule and the Origins, and Daeg is the Rune of the New Dawn and of the New Cycle of Ages. Odal suggests the rising of Thule-Ataland which has been recorded in various ancient legends. 

In the Old English version of the Daeg-Rune we have Twin Staves (Gateway) with the Gyfu-Rune within, thus the 'gift' being the 'Gateway to Thule'. This is also shown in the Long Man of Wilmington which has Twin Staves and faces towards the North and to Thule. This is another 'Gateway to Thule'. Thule (as Hyperborea) is associated with the Swan, and the Swan is associated with the 'Third Eye Centre' which here we have symbolised by the Ansuz-Rune. This is why the Ear-Rune is associated with 'earth' and the Cweorth-Rune with 'fire' (transformation) and the Long Man with Cygnus the Swan. The Swan represents transformation since it starts off as a duckling and is transformed into a White Swan. This is symbolic of the evolutionary transformation into the Superman.

Using the Ansuz-Rune (Ancestral Rune) or the AEsc-Rune is fitting since this is the 'First Man', and ancient legends see mankind with the Third Eye opened and the Pineal Gland functioning, which does not apply today where this organ has atrophied. The Aryan Root *as- means 'to breathe', 'exist', 'live', 'to be' and represents Being whilst the Base-Centre - Ur - is linked to Wyrd/Urd which is a word meaning 'to become', thus representing Becoming. The 'First Man' represents the Aryan Archetype.

The Triskelion symbol suggests turning and thus becoming ('wyrd' means 'to twist', 'to turn' and 'to become'), and in the way we have used it this refers to returning to the source - turning against the flow of time. The 'fusion' of opposites (Sun & Moon) is the union of Shakti & Shiva (Freya and Woden) which takes place at the upper centre (HE/SHE) and going beyond this stage means crossing the abyss (through the Black Hole-Black Sun) where this union becomes a separation and the 'I' is transformed into the Absolute I. 

The three horns also represent the Three Worlds - Asgard-Midgard-Hela - which (as the symbol hints at) are linked together and not separated. These are really the three levels, each containing three worlds, making the Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology. We could see each of these 'Horn-Centres' as having three centres within each, making the Nine Wheels (Chakras) of the Miguel Serrano system - thus 3 x 3 x 3 which makes 27, a number which comes within the sequence -

27 - 54 - 108 - 216 - 432

The number 432 is linked to 432,000 which is the number of years in the Kali Yuga and the number of Einheriar that leave Valhalla to fight the final conflict. The Number 27 is linked to kingship (Kon) and to fire, and thus to the idea of the Awakened Ones. Woden's Warriors go to Valhalla in order to be resurrected again and again, age after age, to continue the Holy War against the Dark Joten - the Forces of Darkness and Chaos. They are the Bodhisattvas or Enlightened Beings who are resurrected at will when they are needed, but who exist outside the Cycles of Time. 

Odroerir is the Mead of Inspiration given to us by the Gods, but it is also the container of this Holy Mead. When we raise the Mead-Horn this is not a mere 'toast' but should be a Magical Gesture where the Mead is 'charged' by the power of the gesture made when hallowing the Mead-Horn (the Holy Fylfot in our case) whence this power is then taken into the Folk-Ring as the Holy Mead is drunk by those present. This applies to our Wodenic Rites and to the Symbel. This is where the ALU-ULA Formula links to the Ancestral Power and to the Wyrd of the Group. 

The Formula ALU-ULA is simply a reflection of the two terms and thus a form of movement between two worlds or dimensions. There is also a numerical secret within this formula directly connected to what we have already said -

Ansuz = 4 (4th rune)

Laguz = 21 (21st rune)

Uruz = 2 (2nd rune)

The number for ALU and ULA is thus 27, with the whole formula adding to 54, and from this we get -

54 x 2 = 108

108 x 2 = 216

216 x 2 = 432

The number 432 is symbolic of 432,000 which is the number of years in the Kali Yuga, and the number of Einheriar Warriors that leave Valhalla led by Woden and Ragnar Lodbrok. The Number 27 is also 3 x 3 x 3 and associated with Kingship and with Fire (Kon - Kan). This is an Ancestral Rune Formula as we stated long ago but is also connected to the Three Horns or Three Cauldrons and to the Walknut ('Wolf-Knot') which is the symbol of the binding of the Woden Initiate to Woden - the Ancestral God.

In the Chakra system animal symbols are used for certain chakras, and we could perhaps do this for the Three Cauldrons -

Base Centre - Hara - Earth Centre = The Black Bull (Aurochs) = Ur

Sun Centre - Solar Plexus/Heart Centre = The Red Stag = Lagu

Head Centre - Third Eye Centre = The White Swan = Ansuz

This is just a thought and will need meditating upon carefully, but it gives an idea based upon logic. The Base Centre could also be the Serpent and the Head Centre the Eagle since these are symbols linked to Yggdrasil. Yggdrasil, which breaks down into three distinct parts -

Ygg = Woden 'The Terrible One', Ug = Rudra 'The Terrible One'.

Dra = to twist. to turn, to wind i.e the dra-gon or winged coiled serpent.

Sil = the Sun.

Yggdrasil - the Sun-Dragon of Ygg. Which equates with the Irminsul which also breaks into three distinct parts -

Ir = Ar.

Man = Man.

Sul = the Sun.

Irminsul is the Sun-Man Ar and the fusion of opposites that creates the Haeldom, and is the High God of the Saxon Nation - Irmin-Arman. On the Sutton Hoo Helmet the Serpent moves across the top of the head meeting the Eagle-Swan-Dragon at the Third Eye - this is a cultic mask dedicated to 'The Masked One' - Woden - and to the Warrior Initiation by the god Woden.

The Life-Rune (Eolhs- Man) and the Death-Rune (Calc-Yr) together make the Hagal-Rune and also the Wending-Horn which is the 'turning-horn' since the root *wend means 'to turn'. The Triskelion is also a 'turning-horn' as seen by the symbol of the three horns turning widdershins against the flow of time and backwards to the source and origins. The Haegl-Rune that we use in the Ar-Kan Rune-Lag also contains the male-female union as seen in the rune-stave itself, and it also contains twin Ur-Runes reflected one above the other.

All around England (and Britain for that matter) have been found Golden Torcs from the Iron Age 'Celts', which we have shown to be in great part a Germanic Folk kindred to the Saxon English. The word 'torc' means 'to twist' or 'to turn' and the symbol is made up of twisted gold wires which make the form of a 'rope'. This itself should be significant for the 'torc' worn around the neck can only be a symbol of the hangman's rope and thus of Woden as the God of the Hanged. By whatever name he was known at this time this is the same god - Woden or Wydion. The Walknut or 'Wolf's Knot' forms a slip-knot when made up with a piece of cord, and is also that of the God of the Hanged. The aethelings who wore this Sacred Gold Torc were obviously dedicated to the god Woden.

Woden is the Great Initiator and this is why the upper centre is linked to Ansuz-AEsc which is the Rune of Woden. The symbolism of the Ash-Tree is also significant since this tree reproduces itself through seeds contained in 'keys' which have 'wings' and the 'wings' are symbolic of the Eagle-Winged Serpent. The Ash-Tree can grown tall and mighty and is a noble tree representing the First Man or Divine Ancestor of the Folk. As I stated above the neck-centre is where the Golden Torc was worn by the aethlingas, but we should also note that the head-centre is where the Golden Crown was worn, which is a material symbol of the hvareno or halo - the 'Glory of Light' representing the Kon or Kingship - the Sacral King. Both centres are contained within the area that the Ansuz-AEsc Rune symbolises.

There are also three Gifts of the Gods which we can connect to what we are doing here -

Od - Gift of Hoenir the Stork-God - the Divine Inspiration or Divine Madness.

Ond - Gift of Woden - the Vital Breath & Spirit.

Litr Goda - the Divine Spark, Light of the Gods.

One thing that has long puzzled me is the main 'Roman Roads' (*) of Britain, the A1 and the A5, which both run out of the capital, London, one going into Scotland, the other going into Wales (thus linking the Three Nations), which are seen to reflect the Milky Way in these islands. We have WAN (Watling Street - A5) and WIL (Ermine Street - A1) but where do we find WAY (representing Weoh of the trinity Woden-Will-Weoh)? Logically this must run southwards below London and end somewhere along the South Coast of England.

The A5 Watling Street runs from London to Anglesey (Angle's Island) ending at Holyhead ('Holy Head'). The A1 Ermine Street runs from London to Edinburgh ('Edwin's Burgh' - a Saxon King). These roads are named after Wate/Wade, father of Wayland the Smith, and Irmin/Ermin the High God of the Saxon Nation (Arya). The area of the Milky Way where the junction of WAN & WIL connects to WAY (Milky Way) is around the Galactic Centre where there is a 'bulge' and this is seen to be around the area of Cygnus the Swan. This is the 'Dark Rift' or 'Womb of the Mother'. It is the area around which is the 'Greater Wolf's Jaws and thus the area where Woden is 'swallowed' by the Fenris Wolf.

This information is taken from Otto Reuter who rediscovered the Saxon Sky-Lore, and in his work the bottom end of the Milky Way is pinpointed by Lokabrenna which is usually translated 'Loki's Brand'. This is the star we call Sirius and which was called Samr in Iceland and which is below the constellation of Orion the Hunter.

In a very interesting work called 'The Sacred Triangle of Pagan Iceland' by Einar Palsson he dwells on the Pythagorean Triangle 3:4:5 and its use in Heathen Iceland and then Christian Iceland, and the knowledge hidden in such texts as Njal's Saga. In this he equates Sirius with the South Star (Samr) and to the 90 degree angle of the 3:4:5 triangle, the North Star with the 36 degree angle, and Capricorn with the 54 degree angle. He also goes deeply into the Number 216 which is 6 x 6 x 6 and its being an important number in Heathen Lore. Capricorn he associates with the Womb of Creation, Yuletide, and to the Number 27 (half of the 54 degree angle). I have shown how Capricorn was once seen as a Gateway to the Gods (a 'stargate' in modern terms). We have also seen how the Child of Light is the 'Divine Spark' kindled in the 'Cave of the Mother' at the Yuletide, and in this same work we find that in Heathen Iceland this was connected to the Phoenix or Fire-Eagle which is symbolic of resurrection and renewal.

The twenty-seventh rune in the Ar-Kan Rune-Lag system (Ar-Kan Runes) is that of the Yr-Rune which is the 'Yew-Bow' and associated with the Yew-Tree, and I have (in another post) mentioned the link between Waendal, the Long Man and the Yew-Tree. This rune is also a glyph of the Y-shape of the Ur-Glyphic Irminsul, i.e. the Milky Way - and thus the 'Royal Roads of Albion' - enclosed in the Ur-Rune (Primal Rune). This is also YMIR - the 'Primal Sounding One' whose name can also mean 'hermaphrodite', i.e. HE/SHE as the Union of Opposites.

In this same book is mention of Egypt's early title of To-Mera which means the Land of the mr where the word mr refers to the pyramids, but more precisely the 3:4:5 Triangle that forms the meridian triangle of a pyramid - i.e. the triangle formed by a line from the central point to the tip, the line at the bottom that forms half the base, and the line from the tip to the side. This is interesting in view of our use of the term Me-Ru for the Sacred Mountain of the North, and its link to the spinal column and the Three Cauldrons. 

The Mead of Inspiration was made of Kvasir's Blood which was fermented by spittle, a known agent of fermentation. This was the blood of a god, and this god was a God of Knowledge, so Odroerir must inspire knowledge and thus wisdom. The Holy Blood was mixed with the Holy Mead to make the Mead of Inspiration which must thus contain the Blood-Memory of the Gods. It is interesting to note that Woden had to undergo a Tantric Rite in order to regain the Sacred Mead from the Giants, when he slept with Gunnlod for three nights in Knit Mountain. It is also to be noted that the Sacred Mead was kept in a mountain - symbolic of the Sacred Mountain. He entered at the base of the mountain by shape-shifting into a Serpent and left at the top of the mountain by shape-shifting into an Eagle.

The Serpent in many ancient cultures was a phallic symbol which fits with the nature of this Aryan Myth. It is also interesting to note that the point in the forehead where the Third Eye is said to be has 'wings' - the two eyebrows above each of our eyes. Certainly we have clear information that Woden had only one eye, and there are many depictions of him less an eye; however, this could be symbolism and the original meaning could have been that he sacrificed the Third Eye which seems to have been the cause of the evolution of the ego and the 'I' which gives mankind self-consciousness and self-awareness, as well as the ability to think logically.

Perhaps it is time that Aryan Man regained the use of the Third Eye and now that he is self-aware and self-conscious he will be a god-like being once more, but aware of this godliness. Man is the highest being on the planet due to his higher consciousness and higher intelligence - or at least that is how it should be. As such he has a duty and a responsibility for all other life on the Earth and to aid the evolution of others - that it is how it was at one time, a long time ago, when the Giant Race of God-Men walked the Earth and helped other peoples, bringing them culture and civilisation. Unlike the 'Master Race' that seeks total domination of all life, and thus (in the process) destroys everything around it, Aryan Man was given the gifts to help and aid others and to bring harmony and fellowship to the world.

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