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A Correspondence Course - Lesson I
By Karl Hans Welz - Grand Rune Master - The Great, Time-less Brotherhood of Rune Masters
Since ancient times Rune readings have played an important role in Northern European cultures. In his book "germania" Tacitus, a Roman historian who lives some 2000 years ago, describes the casting of Runes as it was practiced by the Teutonic peoples.
The oldest known runic inscription dates from approximately the same time. It is on an Alaman or Suebic helmet. On it a name is inscribed, probably of the owner of the helmet:
The inscription on this helmet reads from the right to the left: HARIGASTI(Z)TEIWA (WULF)IL(A).
Both, the Alamans and the Suebes were German tribes. The helmet was found in the last century near Graz, Austria. It was dated to the years 6-9 c.e. (common era).
The Germanic runes are essentially different from the ancient Greek and Roman alphabets. Runes have not been used on an everyday basis to write down trivial things. They served religious-cultic purposes and magic. Their magical power has been fully mastered only by a few Rune Masters. The Germanic peoples did not have a script for everyday usage.
Knowledge of the Runes was reserved to a few people. It is also very likely that these sacred symbols were not a spontaneous invention by one person alone. They seemed to have evolved slowly and through many different alphabets.
The origins of the Runes is somewhat shrouded in mystery. The oldest Runic alphabets have been found in the Alpine region South of the main ridge.
We know that the Greek alphabet was derived from the Phoenician one. The alphabets that were used in the Italian peninsula have evolved from the Greek alphabet. Among these alphabets was the Etruscan alphabet. The Etruscan empire flourished in today's Tuscany, North of Rome.
During a Keltic invasion at about 400 b.c.e. many Etruscans fled North into the Alpine region where the Illyrians had taken a foothold. Both, the Etruscans and Illyrians were kin to today's Albanians.
Soon the Illyrian tribes developed their own alphabets from the Etruscan alphabet. They used it for magical purposes. From the Illyrians the Runic alphabets spread to the Germanic tribes. Caesar wrote that the Suebic people, whose duke, Ariovist, he defeated, used the Runes for divination. From the Alpine regions the Runes spread into Northern Europe and Scandinavia. The Vikings of Scandinavia were the last people who had Runes incorporated in their religious system.
In the German realm, the Catholic church destroyed much of the Runic tradition and wisdom. From that point on the Runic tradition had to be transmitted in secrecy.
With the invasion of Christianity in Scandinavia, the practice of Runic wisdom suffered setbacks similar to those in the German realm. However, some of the high ranking members of the church became Rune Masters themselves. consequently the Runes could survive and with them some of the ancient mythology.
I want to mention here that a great deal of the Norse (Viking) mythology goes back to real historical events that actually happened in the Alaman, Frank, and Suebi realms of Southern Germany.
In the past years Runes have been increasingly used as tools for divination, readings, and advice. Of course people who cast Runes are no longer doing this to find out the will of the gods. Some neo-odinist circles may be an exception to that.
Runes are an excellent tool to find advice, to help in spiritual evaluation, and to help in personal growth. They help you know the trends of your future. Knowing these trends will help you in your decision making processes. Then, once you decided for a course of action that is based on a Rune reading, you can use Runes again to find out the outcome of your decision.
Of course, you can significantly increase your powers of ESP, including rune readings, when using a Welz Chi Generator for that purpose. Check out the site http://www.hscti.com or write for a catalogue to: HSCTI, P.O. Box 666 033, Marietta, GA 30066 or call (770) 425 0391.
Knowing trends of the future is worth a fortune! Many successful people reached their positions because they gained insight in future trends and acted accordingly.
Managing trends of the future is still better than just knowing them! The Runes can be a significant help to manage your trends, especially when you boost them with a Welz Chi Generator!
This is so, because the use of Runes goes much beyond giving readings. Runes are a system of creative energies. You can use these energies to find out about trends and you can use them to make trends or manage trends. This way, Runes help you to have influence on your future. You may use Runes to change negative trends, even to eliminate them. Conversely you can use Runes to enhance positive trends of destiny.
You find these techniques in the Basic Rune Course. this is a course of eighteen lessons that culminates in your initiation to being a Rune Master. If you want to decisively influence your destiny, you should get this course now!
The present course has the purpose to give you a comprehensive introduction into Rune readings. The methods that I am going to show you in the following lessons are based on the most powerful Runic symbolism of our days: The symbolism of the Eighteen Sacred Futhork Runes.
The following lessons will provide you
with a no nonsense approach that will allow you to practice Rune readings
within a relatively short time. The instructions are easy to follow
by anyone who is willing to invest some time into Runic practice. Repeated
practice will rapidly develop your skills as a Rune reader. You may
gain certification as a Rune reader if you enroll in the Basic Rune
Course and advance to the eighteenth lesson.
More About Runes
Runes are an ancient system of psychic practice that was last incorporated in the religious systems of the European North. This system was based on a set of sacred symbols that were referred to as Runes.
In the old Germanic languages the word "runa" referred to a special kind of murmur. It was the murmuring of nature. Nature gives humans "murmured" messages in a language that is not words. Nature tells something on the creative levels of experience. The shaman, priest, or visionary knows what nature tells him or her, but again, cannot translate it exactly into words of everyday usage. This murmuring is more like the conveying of creative ideas. Neither action nor feelings of this murmuring can be defined in words of language. Language is too well-defined for such communication.
In his translation of the Bible into Gothic language, the bishop Wulfila used the Gothic word "runa" whenever he translated the word "mystery." The use of this mysterious word alone caused a tremendous impact of this translation upon the Gothic people who understand "runa" on a much deeper level than the original texts of the Bible were conveying!
The Runes have always been perceived as sacred symbols rather than as an alphabet. In fact, several sounds of the ancient Viking language are not even represented in the Runic alphabet. This fact by itself rendered the writing of language in Runic symbols to being a rather clumsy affair.
Runes represent energies from the realms of creation. Because of this characteristic, Runes are well suited for the making of very powerful talismans as well as for other powerful magical practices.
Being creative energies, Runes are extremely flexible. The best approach is by means of "natural murmur of the creative experience!" Practice with the 18 Sacred Futhork Runes will teach you how to do that. We cannot describe it!
The Sacred Futhork is the most powerful Runic system in use. This is so because this runic system connects with the basic creative structures of the universe. These structures are the building blocks of the universe, so to say. On a material level these building blocks are the chemical elements. The system of the chemical elements is founded on the number 18, the number of the Sacred Futhork! The 18 also connects with the natural zodiac and with the structure of the world crystal. The creative force of the enneagram comes to its peak in the connection with the 2 x 9 Runes!
Each of the eighteen Sacred Futhork runes represents a set of creative energies with which you can get in contact and draw from. In the first and second lessons of this course you will learn key words for each Rune that serve you to get in contact with their powers!
For your success as a Rune reader it is imperative that you know well how to connect with the creative energies of each Rune. You need to know how to draw and project Runic energies. With a bit of practice you will learn to establish your Rune realms. Establishing your rune realms is an essential practice for successful Runic work, including readings!
Much of what I have laid out here may seem difficult at first. However, the purpose of this course is to make the learning for you as easy as possible. If you follow the instructions given in this course and do a minimal amount of practical work, you are likely to give good Rune readings in a couple of weeks. If you acquire some of the additional material that is designed to simplify your learning, then you can reach your goal in a considerably shorter period of time.
Each Rune is represented by a graphical symbol. The Eighteen Sacred Futhork Runes are, in their outline, or graphic representation, derived from the Hexagon with the three inscribed diameters. This figure is often referred to as THE WORLD CRYSTAL. The eighteen, number of the Runes, becomes apparent!
Every Rune connects with worlds of creation
and formation. The Rune Poem is part of this ancient tradition. It appears
in the Edda, an Icelandic collection of songs and mythology. This poem
has one stanza for each Rune. In each of these stanzas, there are hidden
meanings of the Rune. Some persons dwell on the outer appearance of
the stanzas, and miss their inner meaning. For instance, some people
show a delight in expressing their disgust concerning the "male chauvinist"
content of some stanzas, all the while they miss a deeper understanding
of the interplay between Light energies and Life energies that is symbolized
in those stanzas. Their narrow minds prevented them from penetrating
To achieve a maximum understanding of the 18 Rune Stanza, you need to open up to their symbolic contents, plus their evocative meanings. Repeat reading this poem several times, and begin to perceive the deeper meanings the stanzas "rune" (murmur) to you in a language that is not words. Slowly proceed from stanza to stanza.
CORRELATIONS OF RUNES