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THE RUNE REALMS
Before you begin to practice Runes, you need to establish within yourself a space within which you can work. It will also be useful to have some symbolic arrangement outside which you can use to draw and to project Rune energies. Remember that we are not concerned with whether what we describe is "true" or "false," but whether and how effectively it can be put to use, and if we can achieve with this method the results that we expect.
The arrangement outside, we call the outer Rune Realm, The workspace that we establish inside is the inner Rune Realm. It is from this latter space that we draw the Rune energies known as the realm of creation. Using the power of imagination, we can connect those three realms. At some later time, when your work with Runes has brought about greater visualizing powers, you will be able to see the Rune Realms connected by the axis of the multidimensional world tree, in such a way that the Rune Realms are equidistant from each other.
You will also become aware that the inner Rune Realm is no more completely within yourself than the outer Rune Realm is completely outside. The three Realms permeate and interpenetrate one another. With practice, the mutual contact of the three Rune Realms is continually enhanced, as are your powers of harnessing the energies of the Runes.
The Outer Rune Realm
You can best create your outer Rune Realm by using utensils. As a magician, you need to be aware that repeated use of the same utensil allows you to set up magical structures without using your own energies. In this way you free your conscious mind for whatever is most important in your action. Magical utensils are analogous to machines on the material planes. They can be regarded as machines that have effects reaching into planes beyond the material levels. Such utensils are focal points. The best utensil is of a symbolic arrangement so that it can be the focal point for any desired energy of a specific symbolism.
A very strong set of utensils symbolizes the ancient four elements, which can appear in three ways at least. They may symbolize the four elements on the material planes, the four elements on all other planes, and also the four planes on which the magician acts. We suggest therefore that you use a set of utensils that symbolize the elements. Use candles for fire, the will of the magician or the world of emanation. Use a cup with water or wine for the water element, the emotions of the magician, or the astral world. Use a dagger for the air element (active form), or incense for the passive form, the mind of the magician and the mental spheres. Use a dish of earth, a coin, or some talisman to represent the element earth, matter, the consciousness of the magician, and the material planes upon which you wish to act.
Be aware of the old wisdom that when you align all four elements, you can do anything you want to do. If is symbolic of having will, mind, emotions, and consciousness all directed at the same goal. This can be achieved with the proper direction of will power, control of thoughts focus of emotions and conscious attitude. (see the course in cosmic consciousness!)
The Rune magician is not at all like the ordinary person who thinks one thing, feels another, says something different from either and does something else altogether.
The next very important symbolism is that of protection. This is often symbolized as a circle. However, for it to be very effective, it is better to imagine a sphere, or a bubble. All three physical dimensions need protection. Inside that sphere or bubble, you are the creating Divinity of that universe.
Finally, we reach the symbolism which gives you access to the energies with which you want to practice the Rune symbolism.
You arrange the Runes in a circle, beginning with FA in the North, going counterclockwise until you have YR next to FA. Then you put EH on your left and GIBOR on your right in the center, as you face FA. So EH will be at 9 o'clock, and GIBOR at 3 o'clock. If you have planned a specific Rune practice, you had best have the Rune or Runes concerned in front of you, and out of the context of the circle. This symbolically brings you in touch with the specific Rune or Runes. You may also use a set of rituals to establish your outer Rune Realm. A ritual is part of a ceremonial. You will learn specific rituals in your practice towards mastery of the Runes. Here we just mention that there are a set of rituals, which include lighting of candles, charging of the elements, lighting of the incense, establishing of the protection, and so forth, including the purification of the practicing Rune magician.
Once the outer Rune Realm is established, you continue to establish the inner Rune Realm. You may of course, establish the inner Rune Realm by itself and project the Runes mentally. However, unless you are well advanced the effect will be mainly in the mental spheres.
For training in establishing the inner Rune Realms, you need not establish the outer Realm first. This is also true for Rune meditations. However, it is always useful to have at least one candle burning as a focal point.
For any work, where you expect effects on the astral, emotional, conscious or material planes, you are advised to set up the outer Rune Realm first. Quite often, students complain that their results were less than spectacular. In a minority of cases, failures of this kind may be due to Karmic reasons. Usually it is due to failure to establish the outer Rune Realm before starting work on the inner Realm.
The inner Rune Realm takes shape from your visualization. You build up a space within yourself, which is your working space. This is where you imagine yourself working with Runes, and knowing of the connection with the Realms of creation. You need to practice a bit and train yourself to the point where you can establish this Rune Realm spontaneously at any time.
establish your inner Rune Realm, proceed as follows:
You see yourself in the middle of this space, your Rune Realm, and you see yourself fully protected. This protection reaches out into your outer Rune Realm and connects with any protective measures you may have established there. Now see a circle of Runes around you.
These Runes can be giant Rune stones, or wooden staves arranged around you, similar to the arrangement that you would have in your outer Rune Realm. The positions of FA to YR are as before, and EH and 61BOR are in the center, to the left and right respectively.
Now see every one of the Runes around you in a glowing light, indicating that they get their charge from the Rune Realm of creation. Your outer Rune Realm will automatically be charged by this procedure, and a connection will be made with the Rune Realms of creation. At first you may not be totally aware of all this, but it happens. As you will further advance in the work, you will perceive the connection clearly. In any case, as the Rune magician of this universe, be aware that you are its absolute ruler.
Having established your inner Rune Realm, you may operate from there on a purely mental level, or, if your outer Rune Realm is also established, then you may Keep the awareness of your inner Rune Realm being present, and you can begin with Rune rituals or ceremonials.
Practice in your inner Rune Realm is necessary for good progress in Rune Magic and for your advancement as a Rune magician.
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