Presented here are the Armanen Runes as they are embraced by Irminists. The Armanen Runes are the revelation of Guido von List in the early 1900s. List was one who had a life-long interest in things mystical. While his eyes were bandaged; recovering from cataract surgerey, these Runes miraculously came to him in a vision ("Secret of the Runes" pgs 10 and 41). While they KIND OF look like Runes they are definitely different than any other Runic system. Just as there are those who totally embrace them there are those who find the Armanic Runes a sham.
I present them here as "The Sacred Eighteen" to make a point. The point is that there are many Runic systems: Elder, Younger, Anglo-Saxon, Frisian, usw. They all parallel a language and/or the progression of a language and can equate to as many as 33 Runes. Yet, lore only speaks of 18. How do we reconcile the differences? What we immediately know of Runes is that they were historically indeed used in writing. There are even Rune poems that speak to and justify specific systems (i.e. Anglo-Saxon Rune poems).
Are the Armanen Runes as developed by List legitimate? I'm thinking yes. What I CAN say is that they at least coincide numerically with the 18 Rune charms/spells as spoken by the All Father and there is further consideration for their validity.
I have struggled with any valid way for me to use this Rune set. Lately, I have discovered a way for them to make sense for me. While the Elder Futhark represent the historical, tangible, physical nature of humankind, the Armanen Runes, with their esoterical nature, represent one’s inner, unseen, spiritual aspects. This has been a real AH-HA moment!
I have also separated the Eighteen Armanen Runes into three Halbdutzend, what I call the three roots of the Irminsul: 1st Halbdutzend (1st half-dozen), Irminsul's Root of Creation 2nd Halbdutzend (2nd half-dozen), Irminsul's Root of Destruction 3rd Halbdutzend (3rd half-dozen), Irminsul's Root of Re-creation
1st Halbdutzend (half-dozen), Irminsul's Root of Creation Fa
Fa: Original fire, creative father principle, guidance, Father-God principle. Primal Fire, the power of spirit and change as well as the power of creativity, guidance, divine masculine principle, success, wealth, fire that acts creatively in love, will that spares manifestation down to the material levels, changes, new beginnings.
Ur: That which is permanent, medical help, healing powers, Original cause, origin, root of all material and cosmic phenomena, contact with the transcendent, contact with the dead, life after physical death, Mother-God, Creative Mother Principle, a physician’s rune and represents resurrection, eternity, and continuity, root of all material and cosmic phenomena, root of eternity.
Thorn: Will to act, power to become, Return, new emergence from what's apparently old and dried-up, formative power of the seed, the thunderbolt, targeting goals, activity and the phallus, Return, formative power of the seed, mental telepathy, projection of the will, fierce protection, psychic attack & defense, penetrating time & space, Rune of opposing polarities and of joining opposites.
Os: Odinic energies, leadership, kingship, speech, talk, discussion, idea of that which is given/evolving, the spiritual power that is gained through speech, it is the breath of the world, its voice. It also signifies the strength that a person needs to rise up in power, freedom from the bondage of the material world.
Rit: Right, order, the judge, advice, salvation, money, original law, that which flows away, religious feeling, ritual action/primal laws, orderliness in the world, the ritual, primal law, things that are done correctly, spiritual feeling, ritual action, journey, Divine law, All justice, Rune of the cosmic rhythm of the worlds. Rune of movement, rotation, wheels.
Kun: Female principle in the universe, as executive power of balancing justice, art, capability, artist, genius, being favored, procreation, the child, force, that which is established, World Tree, power, generation, ability and artfulness, executive power of balancing justice, sensuality, higher consciousness.
2nd Halbdutzend, Irminsul's Root of Destruction Hagal
Hagal: The Mother of all Runes, that which cares and maintains, protects, and preserves; that which is motherly; wisdom, harmony, salvation, blessing, protects from hail and fire, eternal change, caring and maintaining principle in the universe, Higher Self, Divine within, Rune of enclosure but contains a potential for growth, builder/architect of the worlds.
Nod: Necessity of fate, decision of the Norns, Wyrd/Orlog paid-for, cause-effect relations, capability to restructure Wyrd/Orlog, That which can not be averted, separation, stress, karmic debt, karmic need, but with outlook for change of karma, banishing ill fortune by means of accepting karma and karmic law, Skuld, Divine justice that balances.
Is: Ego, das Ich, Positivity, activity, will, self-domination, influence, personal power, magical power, power to banish evil, unity in the universe, duration, action in the cosmos, activity, will, self-domination, influence, personal power, self-discipline, unity in the universe, duration, magical powers, action in the cosmos, elimination of that which is unnecessary.
Ar: Leadership, all that which is beautiful and Sun-like, change to good, virtues, honor, glory, rewarding work, completion, light, Divine spirit, power contained in light that washes away darkness, wisdom, beauty, virtue, trust, honor, fame. Rune of the initiate. Symbolism of the Solar child that returns home from darkness. Rune of the explorer.
Sig: Victory, success, gain, successful fight, achieved goal, school, salvation by light, inspiration, soul, power of the sun, inspiration, soul, life force, wholeness, reliable success, healing, good luck, spiritual completion, the path of the soul. Rune of the spiritual ray, of inspiration, wisdom, illumination.
Tyr: Rebirth of the Sun god, creation, excitation, power, success, wisdom, duties fulfilled, art of concealment and hiding, rebirth into the light - life of the soul, the power to make situations turn completely around, wisdom, spiritual understanding, the power of generation, warrior strength, justice, balance, personal sacrifice, resurrection/reincarnation/born again.
3rd Halbdutzend, Irminsul's Root of Re-Creation Bar
Bar: Birth: birth of the future life that is preordained for us, becoming, being projected, help in birth, son, bread, song, fountain, mountains, meaning of life on this planet/in this world, the power of becoming, reconstruction, Rune of continuous transformation, death and rebirth metamorphosis, return to the Mothers.
Laf: Orlog, Life, experience, test, temptations by life-circumstances, water, sea, good management, test of life, school of the lives, relations, defeat and the laws of nature, life and primal law, psychic & spiritual awareness, cosmic flow, seeds of thought, the etheric part of the body, initiation that experiences life on earth as a continuous process of initiation, The Cosmic Ocean?
Man: Man, human/humanity, increase, masculinity, health, plenty, magic, spirit, truth, God-Man, male principle in cosmos, birth, health, increase, maleness and man, divine man, male principle in cosmos, magik power, thaumaturgy, true self, the resurrected god, the upper part of the world tree Yggdrasil. Rune of spiritual powers, of directing Mana powers.
Yr: Woman, God-woman, femininity, desire, sensual love, passion, perfection, Mother, chaos from which creation emerges, female principle in the cosmos, the night, death and instinct, anger, falsehood, error and the oppositions found in humankind, mystical union, night, moon, roots of Ygg from which all life springs.
Eh: Marriage, duality, bound by primal law, love, trust and marriage. Soul-mates, wedding, partnership, permanent bond, binding decision, hope, duration, horse, permanence and marriage as a law, unity of ego and you, sister souls, soul-love, God-Man-Woman, ideal love, twin souls, two made one, success, increase.
Gibor: Gift/giver, gift of life, fulfillment, sacred marriage, being ONE with the sister soul, protection against evil forces, seeing of the Divine,, being/seeing the Divine, the cosmic consciousness and the divine principle, The All, death-life cycle, protection against evil forces, union of the gods and the World, the Creator and the Created, the deepest mysteries of the universe.
Are the Armanen Runes THE Sacred Eighteen? I will never say definitively anything when it comes to the Runes, but I am leaning toward a "yes" on this one. Personally, I have only begun working with the Armanen Runes. I have coupled the use of the Elder Futhark Runes as a means to gain insight into the physical man, and use the Armanen Runes as a means to gain insight into the Spirit Man. As Odin's Rune Song is completely esoteric, and the Armanic Runes are completely esoteric in nature, in that way they do compliment each other. It's probably BECAUSE of their esoteric nature that I have never before worked with them. There are, however, some who ABSOLUTELY adhere to them. It pretty much comes down to whatever works for you. This coupled effort is working for me!
2/27/2016 As per my personal journal entries, I have been using the combination of Elder and Arman Rune system since Jan 25th 2012. I AM FIRMLY convinced they work well together. The Elder Runes look into the physical, and the Armanen Runes look into the Spiritual. This has been a PHENOMENAL experience, and I look forward to their continued use together.
They say, "never say never". I have come to realize, YES, the Armanen Runes, as revealed to Guido von List, ARE INDEED the Sacred 18!