Rune Might

The Secret Practicis of the German Rune Magicians

Edred Thorsson

206 Pages, ISBN 978 1 62055 725 9     
Published by Llewellyn Publications 1989     
Third revised and expanded edition by Inner Traditions, 2018     

Exploring the history of esoteric runology and the work of the trailblazers of modern rune magic, including Guido von List, Friedrich Bernard Marby, and Rudolf John Gorsleben, author Edred Thorsson details the secret practices and runic systems of the German rune magicians, including techniques for using in unprecedented ways to draw power into your life.

Thorsson explores all four of the traditional runic systems: the Older Futhark (24 runes), the Anglo-Frisian Futhorc (29-33 runes), the Younger Futhark (16 runes), and the Armanic Futhork (18 pseudo-runes) developed by Guido von List. The author explains the similarities and differences between them as well as how they are all facets of the same underlying runic reality. He examines the early history and possible origins of runic symbols and systems, the renaissance of runic magic from 1919 to 1935, the effects of the Third Reich and Nazis on the runic revival, as well as the reemergence of German runology after World War II.

Thorsson details powerful runework techniques and exercises, including rune yoga and dance, runic hand gestures (mudras), rune singing (mantras), rune yodeling, runic healing, runic tantra and sex magic, group rites with runes, and two powerful methods of engaging transpersonal powers: the Ritual of the Ninth Night and the Ritual of the Grail Cup.

(The text above comes from the back of the book)     

The names Edred Thorsson and Darban-i-Den are pseudonyms of Stephen E. Flowers.
While Edred Thorsson was a significant influence on Heathenry in the 90s and turn of the century, nowadays he is strongly associated with The Asatru Folk Assembly.
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Book review
In this book, Edred Thorsson presents a strange mix of runic philosophy with Hindu elements such as yoga, mudras, mantras and trantra. According to Thorsson, Rune Yoga was developed in the early 20th century by Marby, among others, and further developed by Kummer. Because children in Swedish schools learn the alphabet by acting it out (page 58), Runic yoga could go back to ... (the Viking era? realy?) in short, a vague new age book in which different religions are mixed together, complete with a fantasy runic system from the Nazi era. How strange do you want it? I bought this book for my research into the history of rune yoga, if you are interested in runes you should not buy this book.


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