As with all runes the Calc-Rune has many different meanings at many different levels. This has been called the Death-Rune and this is the meaning that I am going to look at here. The shape is that of a 'bow and arrow', the weapon that can bring death. But in our modern age this rune represents the nuclear warhead, the 'weapon of mass destruction' that will be wielded by the Force of Destruction at the end of the Cosmic Cycle. Thus the rune is the Rune of Kalki Avatar, obvious from the rune-name 'calc'.
Kalki here wields a bow and arrow, though the usual weapon is the Flaming Sword. Kalki is an incarnation of Vishnu, but in his last incarnation he is more akin to Rudra-Shiva - the Destroyer of Worlds. In this respect we are reminded of Surt, who also wields a 'Flaming Sword', and is the 'Destroyer of Worlds'. Shiva dances the 'Dance of Destruction', shown in the Cweorth-Rune, the stance he is usually shown in.
What we have to understand is that the end of a Cosmic Cycle means the destruction of everything, the Nine Worlds are engulfed by the Flames of Destruction. Everything has to go through the cleansing Fires of Surt - the Black One. It is this destructive force that is used to cleanse all evil and to bring justice and honour back to a fallen world.
It is important to note that the Calc-Rune appears within the Anglo-Frisian Rune-row and the Younger Futhark, but does not appear in the Elder Futhark. Only in the English Runes does it appear with the title 'calc'; in the Younger Futhark (and Armanen) it is the Yr-Rune or 'Rune of Error'. Even then the English version of the Yr-Rune is shown as a bow and arrow, and related to the Yew-Bow and Yew Tree, the tree of death (graveyards) but also of immortality.
I have equated HelgiH with Kalki Avatar because of the letter-changes which are feasible in the two different languages - Germanic and Sanskrit. HelgiH appears three times, is reborn from Helgi Hjorvarthson, to Helgi Hundingsbane, to Helgi Haddinga. These three incarnations also entail the Folk-Hero having his 'Valkyrie', the last being Kara, a name associated with 'time' (Kari). The 'Lay of Kara' is lost to us, or maybe never actually written, so we know little of the last incarnation of HelgiH. What we do know of Helgi Hundingsbane is that his appearance heralds bloodshed and slaughter, food for the ravens and the wolves.
'The trumpets blared and each side joined battle with utmost violence. You might well have imagined that the heavens were suddenly rushing down at the earth, woods and fields subsiding, that the whole of creation was in turmoil and had returned to ancient chaos, all things human and divine convulsed by a raging tempest and everything tumbling simultaneously into destruction.....'
Account of the Battle of Bravellir by Saxo; quoted from the 'Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok' (translated by Ben Waggoner).
This Norse account runs parallel to the account of the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. In doing this Saxo has resorted to Archetypal Myth and given an account of Ragnarok at the same time. The same type of epic heroic battle occurs in the Greek Iliad, and all these are Aryan Mythology. Some are recorded as past epic battles, others as future epic battles; they re-occur throughout the Cycle of the Ages.
There are also some interesting roots which link to the names Kalki and Helgi -
Aryan Root *kal- / Germanic Root *hal-
Aryan Root *kar/kal / Germanic Root *har
Aryan Root *kar / Germanic Root *har
HelgiH is The Hidden One and we have here links to destruction by fire; there can be no doubt that his Archetypal Myth fits with that of Kalki Avatar of the Hindus. His myth tells us that he appears at the end of a cycle, and that his appearance heralds war, bloodshed, and destruction - the wolves and ravens rejoice because of the feast to come.
The power of destruction is also the role of Thunor; the Hammer of the Gods is Mjolnir which means 'the miller' or 'the crusher'. This applies also to the Swastilka which is the force that destroys the Evil Forces through its movement, its power of action. We should not forget the role of Thunor in the process of the destruction and cleansing of the Old Order.
The Calc-Rune is the Bow of Shiva, and as I said earlier today symbolises the nuclear warhead, it is the glyph of a 'rocket' that launches the weapon of mass destruction. As in the case of the Mahabharata we find that the power of the god Krishna (The Black One) is held in the concept of detachment, of being able to do that which is necessary, that which is ordained by a Higher Power, without pity or compassion. Arjuna is told that his enemies are already dead, this has been ordained by Krishna himself. His destiny is to destroy his enemies, even though they be his kinfolk.
Another rune connected with Kalki is the Hagal-Rune; it is significant that Helgi Hundingsbane is fostered by 'Hagal'. This rune contains both the 'Life-Rune' and 'Death-Rune', the balance of opposites contained within the whole (heil). I have shown before how Edred Thorsson sees the Hagal-Rune as being the projection from above or beyond of a hard and dangerous substance which is also the 'Seed of Becoming', new creation and transformation, sometimes through crisis. This is the transformation within the framework of cosmos, and the re-unification of opposites in a productive way. This sums up the Hagal Rune - Rune of Helgi/Kalki - which contains the 'reunification of opposites' within the same symbol. The meaning 'hail' given to this rune tells us that it is a Rune of Destruction, but it is also a Rune of Destruction-to-Recreation.
Interestingly, this rune is the basis of the 'Seed of Life' and the 'Tree of Life'; it is also seen as being the 'Star of David' when the points are joined as two triangles - the fusion of opposites. This is associated with the 'Cube of Saturn' and thus the Dark Power of this planet will be used against those who have used it against our Folk. The Gods are a blend of Gods and Joten, so they have the power to turn the Dark Side against their enemies - the Joten. This is the power that will be wielded by Kalki Avatar!