Welcome to the Great, Time-less Brotherhood of Rune Masters! This letter is the first of eighteen letters of Rune instruction that you will receive during your first phase of Rune practice. As a student of Runes you are going to embark on a fascinating journey that will lead you into the realms of the creative energies of the universe: the Eighteen Sacred Futhork Runes.
Practicing the exercises of this course you will learn how to master the Runes. The Eighteen Sacred Futhork Runes are a symbolism that represents the creative energies of the universe. As such the Runes are the keys that give you access to your inner creative powers.
In each lesson of this exciting course, you will find new methods that help you to harness the infinite powers of the Runes, new tools for your advancement, and new ways to help others. Soon you will realize that your advancement is relatively easy, provided that you invest the necessary time into your practice. How easy to learn any magical practice is, you can find that out when you study the course "Magick of the Future".
Each of the eighteen lessons of the Basic Rune Course introduces you into one of the Eighteen Sacred Futhork Runes. You will work with these Runes in their natural order, beginning with the Rune FA in the first lesson and ending with GIBOR in the last lesson. With each of the letters of instruction you can also receive one of the eighteen Rune Songs. These Rune Songs and letters of instruction are only available for student members of the Great, Time-less Brotherhood of Rune Masters. Therefore it is imperative that you keep these materials of instruction confidential.
I expect that you practice the exercises of every letter of instructions and then send your teacher a progress report. One of our Rune Masters will assist you in your studies and practice. You may ask him or her any question that may arise during your studies. This Rune Master will also monitor your progress and see that your work with the Eighteen Sacred Futhork Runes will be of optimal benefit for you.
When you receive the sixth letter of instructions, of the Rune KA, you will be ready for initiation to be a Knight of Runes. This initiation gives you the right to be a full member of the KOR. With the last letter of instructions, you will be ready for initiation to be a Rune Master.
You may self-initiate or you may receive your initiation in a group setting. Many students who have no ties to any local group self-initiate first. Then, later, they will go through the same initiation with a group.
Initiations and Empowerments
You may self initiate to the ranks of Knight or Rune Master or you may decide to experience a group initiation. The instructions for these initiations are in the letters of the Runes KA (#6) and GIBOR (#18). An initiation however is more thorough if you receive it together with a Runic empowerment. This empowerment is a ceremony of direct and personal transfer of Runic wisdom that pertains to the degree of initiation.
Such empowerment connects you with the lineage of Rune Masters. You will receive a special instruction before your empowerment.
We will give you the places, dates, and times, of empowerments upon request.
Rune-Lessons-FAAbout your Studies and Membership
Before you begin to practice, it is necessary that you know a few important things about the course.
In the letters of instruction you will find directions of how frequently you should practice and what practice you should do. You need to understand these instructions as suggested guidelines. It is always good for you to proceed at your own speed. It will also be useful that you consult with your Rune Master after you had your first experiences. If there is a need, you can receive additional guidelines that your teacher will adjust to your special needs and talents. Do not hesitate to ask for guidance in your studies!
Membership in the Order of the Great, Time-less Brotherhood of Rune Masters opens up new dimensions of "chivalry" in its true meaning. This means responsibility toward other living beings, love, support, and true tolerance. In return, members receive additional creative means to enhance the power of their Runic practices. For this reason, only members of the Order are entitled to receive the Rune Songs.
The Songs of the Runes -- such as the Song of Fa that a member receives with your first letter of instructions -- are powerful means of helping you on your path toward mastery of Runes. These songs seem to be more explanatory than Odin's Rune Song or the verses of the Magical Poem. In fact, they do contain a deep symbolic language that gradually opens you up to the many levels of the creative realms. This will be evident as you continue to practice with these songs. Therefore it is very important that you practice the murmuring of the Rune Songs on a regular basis. This practice will introduce you to new dimensions -- or meanings -- of the specific realm of the Rune of the Song. This practice will also open you up to an expanded view about the universe in general and of the creative realms of Runic energies in particular.
Practice of the Rune Songs will give you awareness of the function and power of symbolisms in general. More importantly, this practice will smoothly introduce you to the function and power of the symbolism of the Eighteen Sacred Futhork Runes.
Murmuring or singing these Songs on a regular basis will enhance your skills in Runic practice as well as this practice will expand your insights into areas that will not be immediately evident at a first reading of these Songs. Regular practice of the Songs is a powerful help for you to advance swiftly and safely to full mastery of the Runes. Many students have reported that murmuring of the Rune songs on a regular basis has developed and sharpened their psychic perception considerably.
Most students experience rapid progress. This is so, above all, at the beginning of Runic practice when the student opens up to the powerful energies of the realms of creation. This rapid opening up is a great thing, because it helps you get immediate evidence of the power of this ancient system of initiation. If this happens, you may be encouraged to such a degree that you expect outright miracles every time you practice. Many students need to realize that it takes much practice and a lot of tuning into the Runic energies to become a master. This is true especially in the beginning of your studies. Although initial progress is swift, there is no such thing as "instant runes" in the fashion of promises to lure you into a cute and cozy New Age weekend seminar. Runes are more than such surface knowledge! Therefore, even after an initial jump-start, you need to be aware that you acquire skills and mastery only after the appropriate time of study, persistence, and practice. Psychic training and runes are no exception.
As a beginner, you may be truly excited when progress is initially swift. This is good so. Then all of a sudden everything may seem to come to stagnation and even to a complete standstill. This is not a sign of alarm at all! You need to know that progress and advancement happen at more subtle levels at times of seeming stagnation. These subtle levels are not always obvious to the beginner. With all this excitement at the beginning, never forget that it will take at least six lessons to familiarize yourself with Runes to a degree that allows you to properly use their creative energies. Even remarkable results right at the beginning are no contradiction to this truth. Never overestimate your powers after you have a few extraordinary initial experiences. Be assured that you will have such experiences in the first part of your studies and practice. Conversely, when you feel at times that there is no progress at all, be confident that you need periods of creative rest when the process of advancement happens subtly at your non conscious levels. During these times, the parts of your mind that are non conscious will recollect all that you have learned and they help you to fully assimilate the essence of your practice and experiences of Runes.
About Symbols and Symbolisms in the Rune Songs and Rune Poems
"The ancient peoples used the vehicle of mythology to describe that which belongs to the realms of the psyche, the religious, and the spiritual." (Piobb, Formulaire de Haute Magie)
1. Odin's Rune Song
I know myself hanging on the wind cold tree for nine icy nights.
Wounded by the spear, consecrated to Wodan
I consecrated to myself.
I was hanging on the mighty tree which conceals man
Where man grew out of its roots.
They offered me neither bread nor wine
So I bent down in search.
I recognized the Runes; wailingly I grasped them.
Until I sank down from the tree.
Now I began to increase, to be wise,
To grow and to feel well.
From the word, word grew after word
And deed shaped to deeds with deeds.
Now I know the songs like no wise one knows
And none of the children of men.
And should these songs, o human child, be unlearnables to you for sheer endless time;
Grasp them as you get hold of them, use them as you hear of them.
Hail you if you retain them!
The Song of Odin, the Magical Poem, the Rune Songs and the structures of Runic ceremonials, contain deep cryptic and symbolic significance. The writers of the songs and poems used such language to describe that which pertains to the realms of the physio-psychic, the metaphysical, the hyper physical, and the transcendental. They used ritual to trigger experience of things that words cannot describe easily.
Odin's Rune Song and the eighteen stanzas of the Magical Poem (see lesson 3) show clearly the initiatic content of the powerful ancient tradition of the Runes.
The more you advance in your opening up to the Runes and consequently to metaphysical truth, the more you will gain an understanding of these songs and the more you will benefit from the deep symbolic truths and evocative meanings that are contained in the Runic documents such as Odin's Rune Song and the Magical Poem. Opening yourself up this way you will naturally be ever more capable of harnessing the creative powers of the Runes.
The hidden and esoteric language of the Rune Songs, the Magical Poem, etc., will remain a secret to persons who did not receive an initiation in the knowledge of the Runes or who self-initiated. For the initiated they are an open book. The initiated can read from this book whenever they wish to do so. However, even the non initiated person will benefit from these Runic documents. He/she will benefit on more subtle levels. The language in the Runic documents is to remain a secret to persons who prefer to read surface knowledge but decide not to practice. A typical reaction of some of such well-meaning beginners is the accusation of "sexism" in the Runic documents. These folks are still unaware of the symbols that initiates use to describe the interplay of light energy with life energy. Enough said here!
Runic knowledge is powerful knowledge that self protects. The symbolic language of the Runic documents keeps the careless, the unwary, and the non initiated from meddling with the powerful Runic energies and from dabbling with powers that they may not be capable of handling properly. Therefore the cryptic language in Runic documents is structured and presented in a way to provide you step by step with an understanding of Runic energies and with the tools to use these powers of creation properly. A good example of self-protection of this powerful knowledge and of the power of "hiding in symbols" is the fact that folks of the less savory kind that practice Runes are totally convinced of the "truth" of an inferior system, i.e., the so-called "Elder Futhark."
You may best compare the symbolic language of the Runic documents to the symbolic language of the scientist. It is well-known that not everybody can understand scientific language such as chemical formulas and mathematical equations. Only the person who is "initiated" in a science is capable of understanding its language. Therefore only the person who is initiated in the science is capable of handling potentially dangerous things such as chemical compounds, physical energies, biological organisms, nuclear energies, and the like. One has to learn chemistry and its "esoteric" language (esoteric for the non initiated) to be allowed to work with chemical compounds. The chemical formulas are a secret language to a person who has never learned anything about this science. The trained chemist on the other hand finds a treasure chest of information in a book that is filled with chemical formulas.
Enough was said here. Now the decision to open up to new energies of the creative realms lies with you. This opening up takes time and insight. Give it a chance and soon the mysterious Rune Songs will be an open book for you from which you can gather ever more valuable insights about yourself and the universe. These songs are more flexible than many works of natural science. This is so for the following reason: it does not matter at what point of your spiritual evolution you are. You will always find new information in these Runic documents.
Besides a good working knowledge of Runic energies, this course will provide you with something still more exciting: You will acquire the necessary tools for a very important task: to advance to an understanding of the deepest mysteries of the universe in your never ending quest of Oneness with the Divine, or with Yourself.
Access Keywords, Meanings, and Correlations of the Runes FA
The Rune FA
Fa is the Rune of original fire. It is a Rune that symbolizes the cosmos and the universe. FA symbolizes fire that acts creatively. It is will that sparks manifestation down to the material levels. FA is one of the Runes that rules the Salamanders, spirits of the fire element. It symbolizes change from within the creative levels and spiritual creation. FA represents the Phoenix that rises from its ashes. It is a Rune of fate, of mobility, and of wealth.
Uses of FA: You can use Fa to attract and absorb Solar and Lunar energy as well as the energies of the planets and fixed stars. Practice this absorption of energy with the body posture of FA.
FA also strengthens the personal magnetism. On the etheric planes it symbolizes the electric fluid. Practice of FA strengthens the spiritual powers. It is useful at the beginning of any healing.
Fa is one of the Runes that you use to transfer energies. It is helpful in your practice to unfold the original fire.
Time of the Year: December 22 through January 12.
Runic Zodiac of 18: 0 degrees Capricorn to 20 degrees Capricorn.Note: The correlation with the degrees in the zodiac is an affinity not an exact superimposition. This means that the astrological zodiac may have its beginning anywhere in the Runic zodiac. The Runic zodiac has 18 Runic months of 20 degrees each.
Mantra: fffffffff (visualize fire or a bright red and flaming Fa symbol).
Note: Put the emphasis on the f-sound! some people make the mistake to chant faaaaaaaaaa, with hardly and "f" at the beginning. Chant: ffffffffffffaaa (much more "f" than "a"!)
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