Second Edition of ‘Runes, Bindrunes and Hahalruna: European Sorcery and Divination’ Out Now!

Pleased to announce that edition two of “Runes, Bindrunes and Hahalruna: European Sorcery and Divination” has been published and is now available worldwide via Amazon.

Personal copies have been ordered and should arrive in the next couple weeks.

This version includes a new cover, new chapter covering the Younger Futhorc runes, new bindrunes, and various additions to the previous content.

The book runs for 154 pages and is an intermediate read for those at any stage of rune work, research, and development.

If you have the first edition, leave a comment with something you were able to take away from the book. I’m interested in hearing your thoughts.

Help spread the word by sharing and feel free to leave a review, they help a lot.

Hailaz

The Rune Poems: A Reawakened Tradition (Book Review)

“The Rune Poems: A Reawakened Tradition”
By P.D Brown and Michael Moynihan.

For those looking for a new rune book, I found this to be a great addition to the shelf. It’s refreshing to see this type of collaborative effort at preserving the art of runes and poetry. Many great and diverse angles are given on each rune and futhark, delving deep into the well within each.

I think my favorite of the modern rune poems were “A Tally of Staves” by Eirik Westcoat and “Rune Poem” by David Jones. I was previously unaware of both of these people, so it was nice to hear some new perspective on the runes and their functions.

Eirik’s Raido poem stuck to me, as it describes the long road one embarks on towards finding their Self. “Ever spiraling” as he says…

“Raido is wagon, and riding as well,

on the lengthy road that leads to Self,

ever spiraling in endless cycles.

By holding to right, a healthy order

is built through turnings of bright and dark.

When wheels and axles are well aligned,

rede for the road is readily heard.

This craft of construction, careful synthesis,

manifests ice in its myriad forms.”

The poem describes how one must endure certain journeys to discover and form the Self. Through an “ordered” and controlled lifestyle, one can survive any bouts with light or dark instances of life. When we are carefully controlled and mastered, like the chariot, we will stride straight and true toward our goals. The end of the poem, in my opinion, refers to a solidifying of positive momentum or rhythm. This momentum, like ice, shows itself in many forms and shapes.

“Rune Poem” by David Jones was as satisfying as a bright beer, good smoke, or golden sunset. Absolutely amazing work and reeking with wisdom.

The Sowilo poem stood out to me, as it is an essential turning point in the journey of the poem. One completes this phase of life and moves into the next…

“Onward and upward toward the glow,

Holy light strikes the crystal of will,

This the rainbow bridge is cast for use.

Stepped out of the cycles of rebirth,

The bold of all ages now benchmates,

No longer as piece but now as player,

He stands shoulder to shoulder with gods

In the right at the grand end of time,

Where all is renewed in destruction.”

This poem shows a deep belief in reincarnation. However, it also shows the belief that one can break the cycle by reaching “Othala,” which is the Germanic version of Samsara. This implies, that through Sowilo, one now steps out of rebirth and into a new, celestial, godlike phase. Beginning with the rune Tiwaz.

If you’re on the fence because of the price, I get it. Nevertheless, you likely won’t need another rune poem book, as this covers most, if not all of what is available to us from antiquity.

Strength in Balance Bindrune

This bindrune is meant to enhance balance, inspire clarity, and reinforce stability of the mind, emotions, and spirit. A central Eihwaz rune establishes the spine/trunk; the “axis mundi” or center of the spirit. It represents the self within the spell. On either end of the Eihwaz rune, we see the opposing elemental forces of fire and water. These forces are in their spiritual or creative/emotional forms, represented by Kenaz and Laguz. These runes are chosen instead of their primordial and destructive counterpart forms, Sowilo and Isaz, as to inspire internal balance, rather than to influence external forces out of our control. This concept should be considered when working with this bindrune, as the only things we are really able to control are ourselves and our own thinking. In the center rests the Ingwaz rune, the rune of stored energy and the gestational power of growth. Ingwaz is the seed that symbolizes the beginning stages of all ideas and life; the “Sacred Enclosure” that represents a place of Order, defended at all sides against the ever imposing forces of chaos. At the bottom right protrudes an Uruz rune, added as an additional reminder of the raw, primordial energy that exists within us. May this aid in your mastery over internal balance and stillness.

Another cycle has begun.

The internal fires () have been lit. 

The torch () has been acquired. 

The dead () walk with us, 

side by side, 

ahead and behind. 

With full stomachs and full hearts. ()

Spirit becomes flame against the long night.

We will endure () all () with open arms,

as we journey towards the Throne ().

The runes ride () the Wind.

Another cycle () has begun…

Happy New Year.

Using Thurisaz as a Weapon Against Depression

Thunder storm on Summer Solstice.
Allegany, New York 2021

Depression is a hell of a drug.

Sometimes it hits you like a freight train and other times it faintly lingers around like the smell of a cigarette.

In these moments when we feel ourselves slipping off of the righteous path and into apathetic dreariness, we must acknowledge the negative patterns within our thinking and refuse to give energy to the turbulence created by them. Instead of trying to think your way out of these situations (which always inevitably allows the situation to develop into more stagnant, philosophical loathing), try and act yourself willingly and directly into a more positive mindset.

Invoke and meditate on the mighty Thurisaz () to banish all weak and self deprecating thoughts from your mind, then let this fiery power grow within you and forcefully push the mental fetters away. You can even attempt to crush them then and there.

When you feel the power of this internal Hammer/Thunder build up inside of you then you can directly propel yourself into motion and attack your days goals without any fetters weighing on your soul. By simply acting and not thinking, you will be able to to drag the mind out of the mud and get the wheels rolling again. This can be symbolized by the ancient chariot, with the horse representing the power of the Will and the rider representing the mind; which can only be as “thunderous” and powerful as the horse which drives it.

This indicates a separate function and metaphysical difference of mind and Will, but this is for another time…

In summary, don’t sit there and think. Just act. Retrospectively use moments of depression creatively and actively. Learn to enjoy the opportunity and challenge they present and transmute () these times into moments of personal growth. As you overcome depressive patterns (one step at a time) you will begin to heal and mend the negative habits that have formed over many years. As this personal awareness and positive action develops within,  you will find yourself falling less and less into the snares of internal self damnation and eventually free yourself of this detrimental force on the Will.

Good luck to everyone on their path of power, and may your Will be known upon the Earth…

Mannaz – Rune of Humanity

Mannaz is the rune of man and greater humanity. It represents the vessel in which our spirit is carried and the critical analysis we can apply to the world around us. Mannaz is the ability to articulate and grasp esoteric knowledge, become aware of natures’ patterns, and form practical responses to those patterns. It is a rune of magical abilities, skills and superior memory; associated with knowledge, thinking, and interdependence with the forces of nature.

Mannaz signifies the unique conductivity, receptiveness and intellectual capacity within us. It also symbolizes the importance of finding control over that heavenly conductivity. Some say this means to equalize the “male” and “female” aspects of the self, but I think this control is more concentrated within that category in which we fit. Both energies (male/female) are valuable as separate entities in their own right, each having their own physical, emotional, and spiritual needs and requirements. The Mannaz rune represents those energies coming together in the creation and preservation of the divine spark.

Overlooking, renouncing, or ignoring the powers of the sexes in magic (or spirituality) is to miss the divinity held within both individually. In this respect, we should celebrate our physical incarnation and hold our biological strengths in high regard; recognizing the powers held within them both. Nature has suggested separate requirements for the sexes, and these are all necessary for the manifestation, cultivation, and propulsion of humanity. Mannaz signifies our journeys coming together equally to manifest creation and ascension. Essentially, Mannaz can be seen as two Wunjo runes (ecstasy and bliss) coming together to form one entity.

Mannaz is the rune of intellect, logic, and reason. It represents the sacred structure and occult organization of mankind; symbolizing the intelligence, awareness, and technical abilities we possess. These abilities distinguish humanity from the rest of the animal kingdom, who we are closely associated with in many ways, shapes, and forms. In the order of the Futhark, the Mannaz rune appears right after the () rune Ehwaz, which symbolizes animals. This close proximity (and similar shape) suggests a similar origin or purpose, but distinct separation.

Nauthiz – Rune of Resistance

Nauthiz is the rune of need; a vague rune when approached for the first time. However, this “need” has a deep and esoteric connotation associated with it. Something that “must” be done if one wishes to gain answers in this life. Nauthiz is, above all, a force of resistance and resilience. It symbolizes obstacles within our lives and the deep inherent “need” for these obstacles in order for us to grow. This is a required force of resistance, causing one’s inner fire to be cultivated and strengthened.

Nauthiz can be applied to conflicts of the material or spiritual, symbolizing the friction and tension these conflicts bring upon us; like a beast to tame or a mountain to climb. The conquering of these obstacles provides the “need-fire” creation within us, the confidence and inspiration to withstand and conquer the trials of life. This is the unlocked power and function of Nauthiz. With this fire within us, we can keep climbing the ladder of defeated obstacles, rising higher and higher until we ride forever on the Eternal Winds of Wotan. Nauthiz symbolizes the hardships required for us to grow and reach further stages of development.

Without moments of darkness and uncertainty we would be robbed of our ability to grow and appreciate that growth. The only way to truly understand and strive for feelings of power and accomplishment is to be at odds with the possibility of failure; and perhaps even humiliation and shame. Nauthiz represents those moments in our lives when we can truly prove our worth to ourselves, and to the Gods. Nauthiz supplies us with moments to shine, as well as moments to fall.

Nauthiz is a rune of effort, or lack thereof. Nauthiz can be visualized with the saying “to light a fire under one’s ass;” something that’s meant to combat stagnation and laziness. Difficulties can crush one’s morality and inner fire, so we must be strong and keen to recognize these moments to show our strength and power of will. With persistence and consistency in action we can achieve great feats and feelings of power.

By consistently conquering obstacles, we ensure our inner fire stays strong and bright, providing us with powerful and creative energies for the future. Nauthiz is a reminder of what must be done to achieve our goals, and a reminder of the hard work that lies ahead of us in our journey toward the Throne. By constantly destroying the obstacles in front of us, we can remove any feelings of restraint and uncertainty in life, curbing all feelings of anxiety.

Nauthiz represents the development of your magical ability; meaning your ability to change and alter the circumstances in your life and surroundings. True ascension and spiritual cultivation is a warlike process on many levels, with your greatest enemy being yourself and your human condition. We battle the hindering aspects of ourselves in order to achieve victory and personal mastery; a state of ecstasy that is crystalline and unchangeable. Do not fear Nauthiz, for it is one of the greatest teachers and conduits of growth.

Fehu – Rune of Wealth

Fehu is the rune of wealth, reward, and prosperity. It represents hard work, strength, and determination, meaning “cattle” or “property” in Proto-Germanic. Cows were the primary symbol of wealth during this period, signifying a person’s riches and material resource. Fehu signifies what a person has earned with their sweat and blood, and how well they maintain it. Fehu is a sign of good luck and success in business, work, and the cultivation of land.

Fehu is a rune of peaceful, domesticated, and blissful living. It can be associated with the god Ingwaz (Frey) because it is associated with abundance, good luck, and fertility. Fehu, like Ingwaz, is a rune closely connected with the Earth and it can be used to draw energy from within it. Fehu is a rune of harmony and balance upon the Earth and its’ forces.

 Fehu is a valuable rune to visualize when concerned with pecuniary subjects. It can bring immense insight into business affairs and guide you through times of financial difficulty. Fehu can bring blessings of tangible advice, ideas, and tools for you to apply to the material world. Meditate on this rune for strength, luck, and financial success.

Fehu can also be a protective rune, as your wealth is a form of protection and security. Monetary security and abundance in resources is a key component to relaxed, blissful living; knowing all that is needed for survival can be provided easily and quickly. Fehu brings comfort and stability to an otherwise unpredictable and wild world. Fehu is calm, collected, and confident consistency.

Fehu is a rune of the physical world; a moveable and material concept based on earthly forces. It symbolizes the great prosperity, fertility, and abundance of the Earth itself. Meditate on this rune for good health, happy living, and fruitful harvests.

If you are following the Uthark method, Fehu is the last and final rune; meaning it is the final achievement of existence. If you are following the more common Futhark method, then Fehu will be the first rune you encounter, symbolizing the immediate obstacles we must overcome on our journey towards the Throne () of Enlightenment (). With both systems in mind, we can see that Fehu holds a very important place in the order of the runes; and it deserves especially close attention when approaching them in their entirety.

Perthro – Rune of Fate

Perthro represents mysteries, the unknown, and forces at work beyond our understanding. It represents innate powers that we are unconscious of, unlocked over time by the workings of fate. The secrets of our destinies lie within this rune, and it can be seen as the rune of the Norns; the rulers of the past, present, and future of man. Perthro is the key to altering this destiny if applied correctly.

Perthro represents the secrets of existence we have yet to understand; the depths of the mind and soul which we have not yet deciphered. These mysteries are things we can unlock with right action and right application of Will; tests and trials for discovering the powers within oneself. Within Perthro rests the fathoms of our being, and through practice with the runes we will see every secret illuminated, and every mystery unclouded.

Perthro, in my opinion, is related to the Laguz rune, and can show us to be patient and “go with the flow” of time. We cannot control everything and much has already been predetermined before we were born; don’t try and force unreasonable situations upon the world or yourself. Make sure your energy is used and cultivated in a critical and calculated way.

Perthro can be viewed as the “game” of life. When we are born (potentially from the womb of Perthro) we enter into a game of chance and risk, a game of probabilities. This game is played out upon the web of fate; the Web of Urd. Perthro can be used as a tool to change the courses of fate and probability, potentially altering the web in our favor.

Perthro should be meditated on when we must leave the results of a situation for chance to decide. It is associated with the forces of luck, probability, and gambling. With the aspect of gambling in mind, it is wise to consult this rune when we count on the forces of luck or fate to be in our utmost favor.

Perthro is the rune of runes, meaning the rune of secrets. It can be related to the Well of Mimir; the well that Odin sacrifices his eye into. In this well, all secrets and answers are kept and all mystery is illuminated. With Perthro, we can clearly see the things that have come to pass and the things that will potentially come to pass if the Web remains in its’ current state; that state being unaltered further by action, sorcery or other interference.