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The Galdr Invocation of IAO
11-12-2015, 05:41 AM
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Most of the people on this forum will have seen IAO at some point in their studies, and may be familiar with its roots as a Greek Formulae. The "Greek Tetragammaton," specifically, since the Greeks favored a Three-Fold World over a Four-Fold World as in the Abrahamic Tradition. It is most famously described by Crowley as a transmutation formulae, via his Isis, Apophis, and Osiris description of "Life," "Death," and "Rebirth." Well, with all of this knowledge in my back pocket, yet focusing mostly on Rune Magick for my "Formulae" practice, I decided one day to translate IAO into a Runic Galdr so that it can be utilized as Isa, Ansuz, and Othala (or equivalents in the other sets).

Then I had to figure out what to do with it. So, I constructed a meditation and a ritual from scratch and I started experimenting. Now I'm sharing what came out of this little project so far, so that others may benefit from it and perhaps take it further while I work more on other things for a while. Hopefully a few of our more experienced members here will be able to use these practices effectively, since it is a bit more advanced than my previous writing.


Prerequisites:


1) Meditation experience. In particular, the ability to relax the mind to a state of Center or Mental Silence, where there is a state of inner peace and the "monkey mind" is conquered. I describe how to do this effectively in Fundamental Development, and there are tons of other methods too.

2) Attunement to The Futhark Runes, particularly Isa, Ansuz, and Othala (or equivalents in the other sets) for this operation. It doesn't matter if you use Elder, Anglo-Saxon, Armanen, or whatever. All that's necessary is that you are attuned to the I, A, and O vibrations, and if you do not know what "Attunement" or "Activation" is then you need to work on your Runic Initiations a bit longer before you will enjoy the following exercises fully.

3) Ability to Vibrate a Formula mentally, energetically, and physically simultaneously. In short, a basic and complete Vibration in conventional Western occult style. If too few people understand how to perform a Complete Magical Vibration, let me know and I'll see if I can make a post on that too. It's very simple, it just takes a bit of skill to pull off. Like a roundhouse kick, practice makes perfect.

4) Basic understanding of the nature and effect of the IAO Formula. There are many symbolic explanations for IAO, but they all do the same essential thing. I'll try to offer a Runic explanation at the end of this, but prior knowledge of what IAO actually is and does will be useful, if only so that you will know if you actually want to practice these exercises or not.


The Galdr Invocation of IAO


1) Clear the mind to Mental Silence.

2) Take up your favorite meditation posture and breathe in a comfortable, but deep pattern until you are relaxed physically and you have no distractions.

3) Turn your Awareness entirely upon the I Rune, so that little else has room to exist in your mind. Inhale deeply, feeling the energy of the I Rune invoked into your entire being. Do not imagine anything. Once you have invoked the I Rune successfully, exhale slowly and vibrate the I sound for the entirety of your exhale. Feel the vibration exert itself upon your mind, your soul, and your body.

4) With the I Rune vibrated completely, turn your Awareness entirely upon the A Rune, so that little else has room to exist in your mind. Inhale deeply, feeling the A Rune invoked into your entire being. Do not imagine anything. Once you have invoked the A Rune successfully, exhale slowly and vibrate the A sound for the entirety of your exhale. Feel the vibration exert itself upon your mind, your soul, and your body.

5) With the A Rune vibrated completely, turn your Awareness entirely upon the O Rune, so that little else has room to exist in your mind. Inhale deeply, feeling the O Rune invoked into your entire being. Do not imagine anything. Once you have invoked the O Rune successfully, exhale slowly and vibrate the O sound for the entirety of your exhale. Feel the vibration exert itself upon your mind, your soul, and your body.

6) Repeat steps 3-5 up to nine times. Excessive practice is not useful, so do not push for quantity. Rather, work on making the quality of each vibration better in future sessions.

7) Once the nine repetitions are complete, sit and meditate on the feelings induced by the invocation for a while. Meditate on your spiritual nature, or just bask in the after-glow of this kind of spell work. How long is up to you. When you're finished meditating, Center your mind and Ground any excess buzz via exhale and return to other activities.

Benefits

I'm not yet sure what long term benefits are for this exercise, which is part of why I have decided to share it: feedback. I can note that upon completion of this meditation, I am usually left with strong feelings of ecstasy and similar feely-goods because it directly raises the vibrations of the users energy and consciousness - which is not as New Agey as it sounds, since vibration is a perfectly natural principle with higher and lower frequencies. So it has a very strong effect on consciousness and also tends to bring me back into a sense of equilibrium when I am "off" for some reason. I would like to hear what other effects pop up, should anyone decide to experiment with this meditation.

Notes

Do not visualize any specific tactile feelings or visual colors or movements, do not imagine anything at all. This is not a visualization exercise, and you do not need to imagine anything - imagination in fact hinders the work the spell is trying to do. Simply focus on the Rune and Vibrate the Sound. The Vibration will do all the work, so all you have to focus on is the Vibration. Not even what it means, just the Sound and its Vibration. This is why Mental Discipline is extremely important to Galdr practice. Working with vibration is extremely simple, and if your mind is active it will find a million ways to over complicate things and prevent the vibrations from doing their work. Do not imagine anything, do not think anything. Focus entirely on the sound and vibrations.


The Stadhagaldr Invocation of IAO


1) Clear the mind to Mental Silence.

2) Stand in the Stadhagaldr of Isa. Turn the mind to the Rune of Isa, observing Isa within and without. Microcosm and Macrocosm. Inhale slowly as Macrocosm enters Microcosm. Exhale slowly while vibrating Isa through the whole Being. When the breath and the vibration end, return the mind to Silence.

3) Raise the arms to the Stadhagaldr of Ansuz. Turn the mind to the Rune of Ansuz, observing Ansuz within and without. Microcosm and Macrocosm. Inhale slowly as Macrocosm enters Microcosm. Exhale slowly while vibrating Ansuz through the whole Being. When the breath and the vibration end, return the mind to Silence.

4) Raise the arms and place the palms together for the Stadhagaldr of Othala. Turn the mind to the Rune of Othala, observing Othala within and without. Microcosm and Macrocosm. Inhale slowly as Macrocosm enters Microcosm. Exhale slowly while vibrating Othala through the whole Being. When the breath and the vibration end, return the mind to Silence.

5) Keeping the hands together, bring them down to the solar plexus in a prayer position. Keep the mind in Silence. Inhale slowly, focusing only on the feelings that the previous vibrations have left you with. Exhale slowly, vibrating slowly the complete formula of IAO through the whole Being through one breath. As the breath and the vibration end, return the mind to Silence.

6) Lower the hands, returning to the Stadhagaldr of Isa. Keep the mind in Silence. Breathe casually and passively observe the effects of the complete operation. From here the entire operation may be repeated, but no more than nine times.

7) When the repetitions are done, stand in the Stadhagaldr or Isa and maintain Mental Silence. Meditate on your spiritual nature, or bask in the after-glow of the ritual, observing and taking note of how you feel or simply trance out and enjoying it. How long you meditate like this is up to you. Once you are finished, Center the mind and Ground out any excess buzz via exhale and return to other activities.

Benefits

The core benefits of this ritual are identical to the previous meditative form, though I have found that exercising the physical postures can make it easier to invoke the Runes and Vibrate them through the whole body. For those still getting the hang of this sort of work, then, this may be notable, and one may use the Stadhagaldr ritual as a preparation for the Meditation. It is easy enough to start with the easier physical ritual and move into the more meditative form as your skills advance.

Notes

As with the Meditation exercise, take note that this is not a visualization practice. The vibrations and energies involved in this are very objective, and you either have command of them or you don't. If you in fact do not, then refer to the prerequisites list and work on your training a bit more before you work with Galdr like this. Also, a notable alternative to this Stadhagaldr Ritual is to utilize the Hand Gestures, which come from the same Armanen source. Simply utilize the hand positions for the I, A and O Runes in sequence, and it will play out similarly to the Stadhagaldr. I did not feel the need to write this up as a third exercise partly because it is very close to the Stadhagaldr Ritual in structure, and also because I simply have done more work on the Stadhagaldr Ritual than the Hand Gestures. As one final note, the "within and without" instruction means that you should use the external expression of the posture to connect to the external energy of the Rune in Nature, so that you can feel and activate it internally. Your Mind, Soul, and Body should be all focused on the same thing: the Rune. For when you stand in Stadhagaldr properly, you are the Rune, and thus it is invoked.


Notes on The Runic IAO



Isa is often used as a freezing or binding energy, but the vibration of Isa is more than that. It is the vibration of Niflheim, the Womb-World from which all life spawned upon Muspelheim's giving warmth. Because of this, Isa's energy in this formulae takes on a role of "potential unrealized." It is a frozen, mostly static energy, but there is something in the ice that can be thawed out.

Ansuz is often called "Odin's Rune," or "The Rune of The Aesir," because it carries the vibration of higher spiritual authority and power. It is the vibration of Asgard, with all the gentle warmth and light and power that this entails. Because of this, Ansuz in this formulae plays the role of breaking loose Isa's potential, though not in a violent manner. Destruction, or "death" going by Crowley's interpretation of A, need not be violent and chaotic. It is simply a transition. The light and warmth of Ansuz can thus thaw out the "unrealized potential" found one's inner Isa, and not only free that energy up to flow, but also leave a distinct "spiritual" impression on that energy - to raise the potential found in Isa not only from the ice, but further up unto the Aesir.

Othala is often called the "Inheritance Rune." Whereas Fehu is a sort of wealth that is generated and created by one's own heart work, Othala is the wealth and luck and fortune of the ancestors passed down to you. Because of this, Othala carries the vibration of solidifying a work, but not in the sense of freezing and binding like Isa. Rather, it is a grounding force, a sealing force, an energy that says "although I have what I have from this source or that, I am in the here and now." This allows Othala to play the most important role in the Runic IAO. As Crowley considered the O to carry the vibration of "rebirth," so does it here, but not quite in a literal sense. Whereas Isa is the "unrealized potential," and Ansuz frees up the "unrealized potential" and raises its vibration towards The Aesir, Othala has the most important role of locking in that freed up "potential" so that "unrealized" becomes "realized," so that the potential that was freed up and raised up via Ansuz does not sink back down into the arms of Isa again.

When these are combined into the IAO formula, you thus have this effect: Isa invokes your unrealized potential and true spiritual nature, Ansuz thaws out Isa and raises up your unrealized potential closer to the surface, and Othala locks in the work done by Isa and Ansuz so that you will be closer to realizing your true potential.

Or in other words: Isa contains the inheritance, Ansuz unlocks the inheritance, and Othala receives the inheritance and makes it a permanent part of you.

Of all the Magick Formulae floating around out there, this is one of the most powerful, done via European Runes or not. There is a reason it has been around for thousands of years. There are of course many other formulae and many other experiments to be done, but this is an important part of my recent work. It is my hope that experienced readers of this take away not only a couple of practical exercises, but also an understanding of what it takes to construct a Galdr Spell either using personal formulae or other ancient spells like ALU. Dissect, study, learn, and experiment. Nothing is infallible, least of all me and my experiments, so I encourage further experimentation on the subject so that more learning can be gained and spread.

I would ask, however, that if any of you do give the exercises a go as they are, feedback would be much appreciated. They may not be infallible, but a great deal of work did go into their construction, and I am sharing this freely as a blessing to be received where it may.



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11-13-2015, 08:56 AM
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It's peice of muddy New Age. You can make with your energy everithing you want. But no need to mess up runes to this Chaos style new age energy manipulations.
IMHO: this material even worse than great protecting spell of spirit beacon you've made before.
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11-13-2015, 09:13 AM
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If you think this is New Age or Chaos, your education is lacking. This is a very old school form of practicing Incantation, and this (very old, extremely traditional) method of using the Runes never really made it into the New Age Movement or Chaos Magick. This is Galdr. And if you read Bardon's third book, this could be called a form of Kabbalah as well. Truly, I have no idea how you got anything New Age out of this.

I also have no idea what you mean about a "great protecting spell of spirit beacon." I've made a lot of things, but I don't recall anything like that.



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11-14-2015, 07:16 AM (This post was last modified: 11-14-2015 07:19 AM by Misty Mystic.)
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(11-13-2015 09:13 AM)Shinichi Wrote:  I also have no idea what you mean about a "great protecting spell of spirit beacon." I've made a lot of things, but I don't recall anything like that.
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(11-13-2015 09:13 AM)Shinichi Wrote:  If you think this is New Age or Chaos, your education is lacking. This is a very old school form of practicing Incantation, and this (very old, extremely traditional) method of using the Runes never really made it into the New Age Movement or Chaos Magick. This is Galdr. And if you read Bardon's third book, this could be called a form of Kabbalah as well. Truly, I have no idea how you got anything New Age out of this.
Lets see:
1. Franz Bardon died in 1958 so he can't be the ancient author comparing with Snorri Sturluson, as example.
2. Franz Bardon was some kind of Thelema Hermetist. The bouth Thelema and Hermetism are separate magickal doctrines from the Norse magick.
3. The Father of Thelema - Edward Alexander Crowley died in 1947 so, he cant be the ancient author to.
4. Crowley was the great prankster, so I can't advise to take in good faith everything he wrote.
5. I called this "New Age" and "Chaos" because of wicked psychedelic mix of Egiptian, Hebrew and Norse refferences. AFAIK lots's of modern Chaos practicians are using Thelema as a basis of their practices.
7.Correct me, if I wrong, you will not find any refferences to energy manipulations / egregores etc in traditional Norse sources (Eddas, sagas etc). So, each mention of energy manipulations concerning Norse runes can't be traditional.

PS: I'm living in the country with realy strong OTO organisation. They are much more powerfull than Wiccan covens community or Ásatrú Alting or even our national pagan religion Association. But I've never seen a single worthy thelemite. It's really strange since my 30 years of occult experiences.
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11-15-2015, 01:32 AM
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(11-14-2015 07:16 AM)Misty Mystic Wrote:  PS: I'm living in the country with realy strong OTO organisation. They are much more powerfull than Wiccan covens community or Ásatrú Alting or even our national pagan religion Association. But I've never seen a single worthy thelemite. It's really strange since my 30 years of occult experiences.

Can you clarify what you mean by this exactly?
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11-15-2015, 05:07 AM (This post was last modified: 11-15-2015 05:21 AM by Hagen Van Horne.)
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I like what you created here, Shin, as you obviously put a lot of thought into this, but it's definitely not a "very old, extremely traditional" method of using the runes.

Stádhagaldr (runic gymnastics or runic yoga) was developed and described in the early 20th century by people like Marby, Spiesberger, etc. and later popularised and offered to a wider audience by Edred Thorsson a.k.a. Stephen Flowers.

Galdr originally was the use of sung or chanted incantations with accompanying rituals, not the vocalising of runes. It's not even clear from the surviving lore how this was exactly performed as there exist only vague and very brief descriptions of and hints at it, and every modern attempt at galdr is a reconstruction at best, put together by modern individuals trying to "revive" the practice using the scarce information they could find, filling in the (huge) blanks according to their own ideas and influences.

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11-15-2015, 10:02 AM (This post was last modified: 11-15-2015 10:09 AM by Shinichi.)
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(11-14-2015 07:16 AM)Misty Mystic Wrote:  1. Franz Bardon died in 1958 so he can't be the ancient author comparing with Snorri Sturluson, as example.

I'm well aware of who Bardon was and is, as well as Snorri. You make the mistake of assuming that all contemporary authors are new age, which is preposterous. There are many good modern authors who write very good books. The New Age Movement is a very specific genre of belief and writing, and does not represent the whole of anything.

(11-14-2015 07:16 AM)Misty Mystic Wrote:  2. Franz Bardon was some kind of Thelema Hermetist. The bouth Thelema and Hermetism are separate magickal doctrines from the Norse magick.

Bardon was most definitely not a Thelemite. His particular school of Hermeticism is very much his own, quite different from almost everything else published in his day or since. As for the relationship between Thelema, Hermeticism and Norse Craft: all three are different approaches to the same subject. Nature is objective and has its own objective rules, its own physics and metaphysics. There are vast cultural differences between these three, but being both a Hermetic Initiate and a Norse Initiate, I can say from experience that quite a few practical things are very much the same. Truth stands on its own, regardless of how you choose to perceive it.

(11-14-2015 07:16 AM)Misty Mystic Wrote:  3. The Father of Thelema - Edward Alexander Crowley died in 1947 so, he cant be the ancient author to.

I never said he was an ancient author, nor did I say that Bardon was an ancient author. They are both contemporary authors who did a hell of a lot of work in contemporary times using classical occult principles. Bardon especially makes a lot more sense when you ignore everything after the Renaissance, all the Theosophy and GD stuff. Bardon worked strongly from Greek roots, especially in his Theory and Cosmology.

(11-14-2015 07:16 AM)Misty Mystic Wrote:  4. Crowley was the great prankster, so I can't advise to take in good faith everything he wrote.

I will not deny that Crowley had quite a few issues, but to ignore and dismiss his work entirely is ignorant. He was a highly intelligent man and a highly talented occultist, who did a lot of work. Don't fall for his public image. The truth of him runs much deeper.

(11-14-2015 07:16 AM)Misty Mystic Wrote:  5. I called this "New Age" and "Chaos" because of wicked psychedelic mix of Egiptian, Hebrew and Norse refferences. AFAIK lots's of modern Chaos practicians are using Thelema as a basis of their practices.

There is no "wicked psychedelic mix" of anything. This paper is a very straightforward synthesis of the Greek IAO and my personal training in Galdr. IAO is something that vastly predates Crowley as the Greek Tetragammaton, the Gnostics have used it for ages. And Galdr is simply the practice of Incantation.

Any reference to Kabbalah, Heka, Kotodama and other things is only because those things are also, very simply, the practice of Incantation. If you do not know what Incantation is or what its Mysteries entail, then I would recommend spending some time studying it. There are few methods of Magick more beautiful or potent than the Power of Sound and Word.

(11-14-2015 07:16 AM)Misty Mystic Wrote:  7.Correct me, if I wrong, you will not find any refferences to energy manipulations / egregores etc in traditional Norse sources (Eddas, sagas etc). So, each mention of energy manipulations concerning Norse runes can't be traditional.

In the creation myth, the gift that Odin have to Ask and Embla was ǫnd. This word means "breath," and is the Old Norse word for the Energy that other cultures call Qi, Prana, and other things. Energy Work in a particular form is an extremely basic aspect of Native European Craft, because we deal with the simple realities of Nature, and Nature is full of Energy. Besides this point, though, my IAO exercise is not strictly an energy work exercise. Galdr works upon Energy, but it is technically something else.

I don't know why you are bringing up egregores though. There are certain debatable instances in traditional Norse Craft (and their neighboring Crafts) where artificial entities are utilized, but you also have to remember that Pre-Christian Europe was largely "Animistic." Everything has Energy and Soul, and therefore there is no such thing as artificial entities. All is Nature. And, nothing in this thread has anything to do with entities, artificial or otherwise. Galdr is not Spirit Work.

(11-14-2015 07:16 AM)Misty Mystic Wrote:  PS: I'm living in the country with realy strong OTO organisation. They are much more powerfull than Wiccan covens community or Ásatrú Alting or even our national pagan religion Association. But I've never seen a single worthy thelemite. It's really strange since my 30 years of occult experiences.

I do not participate in Wicca, Asatru, or any other form of neo-pagan religion. I am an old school, animistic, shamanstic wizard, in the original meaning of the word. I have human mentors and spirit teachers, and I experiment and play around with things a lot to develop my Craft. This has nothing to do with Thelema or Chaos. Pre-Christian practitioners were almost always individualistic, with personal craft built upon personal talents. This thread is simply about me sharing some of my work in this field.

(11-15-2015 05:07 AM)Hagen Wrote:  I like what you created here, Shin, as you obviously put a lot of thought into this, but it's definitely not a "very old, extremely traditional" method of using the runes.

I only said that Galdr is the old, traditional method of the Runes, not that this particular paper is. And though I have no literature to offer you, I can suggest that you think carefully about which came first. Sound, or Stave? Also, what do you think Odin actually saw in the Well? A bunch of images, or the Web of Wyrd and the sound-vibrations that it is made of? There is a reason why they are Mysteries, Hagen. You must go deep to understand their depth.

(11-15-2015 05:07 AM)Hagen Wrote:  Stádhagaldr (runic gymnastics or runic yoga) was developed and described in the early 20th century by people like Marby, Spiesberger, etc. and later popularised and offered to a wider audience by Edred Thorsson a.k.a. Stephen Flowers.

I am well aware of what Stádhagaldr is and does, that's why I included it here. The more important and more potent exercise in my post here is the first one, but it is also the more advanced. Stádhagaldr is simpler and easier for those who lack an advanced initiation because of what Stádhagaldr is and does. It turns the whole body into a literal antenna for the sound-vibration, and thus makes it easier to experience the effects. I do not need Stádhagaldr to exercise potent Rune Magick anymore than I need the Staves, but if you've never properly tried it, you really are missing out. Just because something is contemporary, that does not mean it is useless. All of this was contemporary at one point, yet it proved useful and stuck around.

(11-15-2015 05:07 AM)Hagen Wrote:  Galdr originally was the use of sung or chanted incantations with accompanying rituals, not the vocalising of runes. It's not even clear from the surviving lore how this was exactly performed as there exist only vague and very brief descriptions of and hints at it, and every modern attempt at galdr is a reconstruction at best, put together by modern individuals trying to "revive" the practice using the scarce information they could find, filling in the (huge) blanks according to their own ideas and influences.

Galdr proper, as I learn it from working with spirits and lots of experimentation, is several layers of things. It is, indeed, the art and magick of Incantation. That is why I use it to describe what I do, since I do Incantation. That is also why I use it to describe what this thread is about, since it is Incantation.

Incantation is the magical use of Song, yes. It is also the magical use of individual letter-sounds, and individual words, and formulae of individual letter-sounds (ALU, IAO) and formulae of individual words (sentences, poems and songs ). It is the Magick of Sound and Word, and that is why I call it a "very old, extremely traditional" practice. It is, across many different cultures all over the world.



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11-16-2015, 03:03 AM (This post was last modified: 11-16-2015 03:03 AM by Hagen Van Horne.)
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(11-15-2015 10:02 AM)Shinichi Wrote:  
(11-15-2015 05:07 AM)Hagen Wrote:  I like what you created here, Shin, as you obviously put a lot of thought into this, but it's definitely not a "very old, extremely traditional" method of using the runes.

I only said that Galdr is the old, traditional method of the Runes, not that this particular paper is. And though I have no literature to offer you, I can suggest that you think carefully about which came first. Sound, or Stave? Also, what do you think Odin actually saw in the Well? A bunch of images, or the Web of Wyrd and the sound-vibrations that it is made of? There is a reason why they are Mysteries, Hagen. You must go deep to understand their depth.
But you said in your reply to Misty Mystic it was a very old, extremly traditional way of using the runes. There's a serious lack of written records, but in the ones left, galdr is always being referred to as the use of songs, not single runes.

Songs or charms like that are being referred to in Hávamál, the part called Ljóðatal, and although their use and effects are described or hinted at, the actual songs or charms aren't being given, so we don't know what they sounded like, nor the words being used.

In Hávamál's Rúnatal part there is of course mention of runes and staves, but not in relation to the songs and charms in Ljóðatal.

The poem mentions Odin saw runes, to claim to know what it implies brings us into the realm of pure speculation and UPG. And wyrd is not even an old Norse term, but an Anglo-Saxon one.

That there's mention of 18 songs or charms in Ljóðatal makes some people want to relate them to the Armanen runes, a modern construct and not a traditional one, and also UPG.

(11-15-2015 05:07 AM)Hagen Wrote:  Stádhagaldr (runic gymnastics or runic yoga) was developed and described in the early 20th century by people like Marby, Spiesberger, etc. and later popularised and offered to a wider audience by Edred Thorsson a.k.a. Stephen Flowers.

Quote:I am well aware of what Stádhagaldr is and does, that's why I included it here. The more important and more potent exercise in my post here is the first one, but it is also the more advanced. Stádhagaldr is simpler and easier for those who lack an advanced initiation because of what Stádhagaldr is and does. It turns the whole body into a literal antenna for the sound-vibration, and thus makes it easier to experience the effects. I do not need Stádhagaldr to exercise potent Rune Magick anymore than I need the Staves, but if you've never properly tried it, you really are missing out. Just because something is contemporary, that does not mean it is useless. All of this was contemporary at one point, yet it proved useful and stuck around.

It's not my cup of tea, although I haven't tried it, but I'm glad it seems to work for you.

(11-15-2015 05:07 AM)Hagen Wrote:  Galdr originally was the use of sung or chanted incantations with accompanying rituals, not the vocalising of runes. It's not even clear from the surviving lore how this was exactly performed as there exist only vague and very brief descriptions of and hints at it, and every modern attempt at galdr is a reconstruction at best, put together by modern individuals trying to "revive" the practice using the scarce information they could find, filling in the (huge) blanks according to their own ideas and influences.

Quote:Galdr proper, as I learn it from working with spirits and lots of experimentation, is several layers of things. It is, indeed, the art and magick of Incantation. That is why I use it to describe what I do, since I do Incantation. That is also why I use it to describe what this thread is about, since it is Incantation.

Incantation is the magical use of Song, yes. It is also the magical use of individual letter-sounds, and individual words, and formulae of individual letter-sounds (ALU, IAO) and formulae of individual words (sentences, poems and songs ). It is the Magick of Sound and Word, and that is why I call it a "very old, extremely traditional" practice. It is, across many different cultures all over the world.

But, galdr was never the vocalising of single runes, they were songs or charms. Of course you can use single runes for incantation, but it's just not traditional use of runes.

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11-16-2015, 03:51 AM
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Hagen, I appreciate the academic standards, but I thought I made it clear that this was not a purely academic endeavor. I am working from UPG and personal experience, both of which are extensive. I am sharing something personal to me, but constructed to be objectively effective for anyone initiated into the practice of Incantation.

And as for the old, traditional thing, I'm standing by that. It's my personal opinion based on a great deal of experience and some research into several other traditions of Incantation. You can argue about what "galdr" is in the Eddas, but with several systems of Incantation all over the world (one of the oldest being Kabbalah), it is perfectly normal and basic to vibrate individual sounds and formulae from individual sounds. I might also say that there are several perfectly traditional Rune Formulae, with some like ALU most certainly being formulae of individual staves and sounds.

I already said that I cannot offer you literature since I am working beyond the religious confines of modern "Heathenism," and that this is not an academic endeavor but rather a practical one, but if you have interest I can say much about this subject based on conversation with spirits and personal experience.



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11-16-2015, 04:26 AM
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I already said in my first reply in this thread I like what you created, Shin, my post was merely a reaction to the fact you were calling galdr a "very old, extremely traditional" method of using the runes, for which there just isn't any proof. I've got my own cherished UPG as well, and I definitely don't fit in or identify with most of the regular forms of Heathenry or Asatru, but I'll never present any of my own ideas or associations as ever having been traditional in any form of pre-Christian Germanic practice.

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