ARE AN ANCIENT ESOTERIC TRADITION
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Thus, to combine Runes means to combine ideas, and to act creatively upon the universe.
Any one of these descriptions, and there are many others, show but one aspect of Runes. We cannot define exactly what Runes are, because definitions are verbal. Language describes things on the various material levels "after they are created" Definitions describe what we perceive in the world of forms. Runes belong to the levels of creation, which are deeper than the worlds of forms, and which are not accessible by the language of logics or by any verbal mappings. The only thing that language can do for people who want to explore the realms of Runes is to provide them with triggers that connect with Runes.
Another way of exploring and using the realms of creation is with the help of a symbolism. Each of the symbols of Runes has a symbolic meaning and an evocative meaning. The symbolic meaning is found in the outline of the Runic symbols. This gives a basic idea of a specific part of the Realms of Creation. The evocative function of the Runic symbols can lead to direct experience of the specific Realm of the Rune.
Added to the system of Runic symbols are various other "triggers" that give access to the energies of Creation. One such system is given in the Song of Odin, and by the Magical Poem, which in each of its 18 stanzas describes some of the effects that can be produced when the specific Rune is brought to act on the material planes, again in symbolic language.
You can find a more intricate system of access to the various Runes in the 18 Rune Songs. These songs, one for each of the 18 Sacred Futhork Runes, were handed down mouth-to-ear from Rune master to student throughout the centuries. They contain a significant initiatory value. In other words, these songs help the student to develop his or her skills of Runic practice effectively and in a relatively short time. Needless to say, these powerful tools for harnessing cosmic energies are accessible only to persons who are committed to the path of becoming a Rune master. To avert possible misuse, the songs have never been published.
We must always be aware that whatever we say Runes are, this describes but an aspect of Runes: generally Just one of the many effects that Runes can have on the material plane. No matter how many statements we make about Runes we can never encompass them completely. Even if we were satisfied with merely describing their effects, the task would be never ending, no matter how accurate or numerous our descriptions.
are not accessible to logistic mind games. The student and practitioner
of Rune Magic finds this out very quickly. Similarly, Runes escape the
many games of esoteric speculation, often under the guise of "channeling"
which are popular nowadays. Runes cannot be explained satisfactorily within
the framework of any of the existing esoteric or metaphysical systems.
They come from deeper levels of human experience. However, although Runes
cannot be defined by languages or metaphysical mappings, they can be experienced
on levels that are not accessible to logical and verbal description. Once
there is a link of experience connecting you to the Realms of Runes, you
may experience thought forms that can be expressed in words. You will
know that these words arc not the Runes, but they will help you to gain
access to the Runes whenever you desire to do so. Words of this kind will
be your tool to dynamize your specific wishes and intentions with Runic
energies. You may experience Runes more directly on levels where thoughts
begin to take shape. Runes belong
In the pages that follow, you will be given many methods of access to the Runic Realms, and to the individual realms of specific Runes. These methods include descriptions of Runic effects, systematic stanzas, Rune mantras, hand positions of Runes, special meditations, and so on. In every case you will need to be aware that. you are being given triggers of access to Runic energies. The Rune itself cannot be described, yet it can be experienced. Using the methods that follow, you can develop your understanding of Runes step by step at the same time as you develop your skill in harnessing Runic energies. You will gain access to the Realms of the Runes, and you will learn to interact with Runes on non-verbal levels, on pro-logical levels of creation.
The meaning of the word "Rune" can give the student a valuable clue. "Runa, in the old Germanic language means "murmur." When Bishop Wulfila translated the Latin (Vulgate) version of the Bible into the Germanic vernacular he used the word "runa" to translate "mystery" in "the mysteries of the Kingdom." Putting these ideas together we get the concept of a mysterious murmur; a murmur that does not have the form of logical words. Think of it as a hunch that cannot yet be expressed in words, yet carries sound: the sacred sound of creation. Runa, or murmur, invokes in us the idea of a creative act, expressed by an indefinable sound, set in action by a voice which comes from the depths of creation; which penetrates everything; invisible sound that links us to the ETERNAL NOW.
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