Breathing Sincerity

This post will be a ramble of recent thoughts and reflections on certain practices of mine that have been deepening with time. To include such topics as Taoist Alchemy, Stadhagaldr, non-violence, meditation, and the power of the Breath…I apologize ahead of time for any possible incoherence along the way.

I am a practitioner of Stadhagaldr and that’s where this begins.  After having practiced this form of Rune wisdom for several years now I’ve come to realize that it is not merely a mnemonic device for learning Runes.  It has become a central part of my Pagan practice out of which everything else arises.  In my head, I see it as a form of western QiGong, that branch of eastern Taoist metaphysics that brings energy into the body through movement and stances.  SG accomplishes many of the same benefits for the practitioner, but also some unique ones;

  • Rune memorization
  • Rune activation in the outer world
  • Rune activation in the inner world
  • Focus
  • Body awareness
  • Breath awareness
  • Manipulation of self time

The True Man breathes through the heels, the common man breathes through the throat. (Tao Te Ching 61)

One of the main lessons of SG is that of breath and True Breathing.  Breathing is a way to peace and stillness, to rejuvenation and insight, to calm and active intent. In Celtic lore we have the idea of the Cauldrons of Poesy, points of inspiration and power born into every individual; The Cauldron of Warming, of Motion, and Wisdom.  These points are easily accessible and fill-able through manipulation of the breath, just as in the practice of chakra enhancement or balancing. In Taoist Alchemical texts we also see the Three Treasures of Essence, Breath, and Spirit, specifically Taoism links the activation of these three treasure in the human with the cultivation of Spirit, breath being the sole tool of development.  The Rune Row also has it’s three’s, the entirety of all it’s mystery is found in the order and chaos of three’s..The Aett system is born out of both the physical nature of the world and also the lessons of the multiverse and it’s esoteric components. Breathing becomes a way to activate the body  and it’s points of well-ness that inherently reside within.  It’s not important to realize these three points, but only to understand that breathing moves and passes through the body and invigorates the self in a progressive manner.

With this in mind, I have found that SG is most powerfully integrated into the self when the breath is not constrained.  This means that one should not be focused on deep breathing, or on rhythmic breathing patterns such as 4 seconds in, hold for 2, then out for another 4.  It means allowing the breath and body to determine the need of breathing.  SG then becomes a way for you to train yourself to be conscious of your breathing and not to hold it or force it, but instead to allow it to move through your body with cause when necessary or with unnoticed ease.

The gentle outlasts the strong.

The obscure outlasts the obvious.

The soft overcomes the hard.

The slow overcomes the fast.

Let your workings remain a mystery.

Just allow people to see the results. (Tao te Ching 36)

A lesson gained from this comes also from a previous post of mine on a dream insight I was given.  ” With no enemies, we know peace.” or simply, “No Enemies Know Peace”.  If we begin to cultivate peace within ourselves, accepting for ourselves a non-violent attitude toward our own selves, we can begin to overcome outside violence with others and our environments.  This is predicate upon understanding that violence is not only physical.  We do violence to ourselves with our own thoughts, with what we eat, with our failure to exercise and meditate.  Once one begins to focus on the breath as the beginning of peace with ourselves, we begin to make peace with the world at large.  When we hold our breath and do not allow it to flow our hearts beat faster, stress invades the body, anxiousness escalates.  Learning to release the breath by allowing it to roll untethered is the harbinger of non-violence within and without.

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Cultivating Power and Peace with Stadhagaldar

My method of SD is to practice it outside whenever possible, the connection to the land can be a vital part of developing internal power and Rune resonance.

My SG practice:
Stand with arms at your side feet hip width apart. Move your awareness into your feet and breath in and out three times with easy steady breaths.  The breath should be thought of as entering the feet and rising into the belly, the exhale then moves up into the chest and out through the top of the head. We want to become the conduit between earth and sky and the breath is how we accomplish this task.
The point here is to become settled with the breath and body, take as long as you need here, evaluate your steadiness and your bodies state of calm.
A single Rune for me has two parts to it’s activation and mingling with the body.  The In breath and the Out breath.  When we form a Rune we become the lesson prevalent in it’s physical appearance, we are literally bringing that Rune into existence, giving it a tangible appearance and feeling in the world and energizing our selves as well.
Fehu for instance, for me, begins with arms outstretched just as it usually appears. My In breath comes both from the feet and from the lower of the two arms – the In breath meets where the staff of the Rune and the lower arm meet – the Out breath leaves the body through the upper arm and the remaining staff out through the head.
Uruz In breath through the feet and the Out breath through the arms back to the earth.
Thurisaz formed by clasping hand before the chest to create the “O”.
In breath through the feet and to the upper arm, halfway down the turn.  The Out breath moves through the rest of the turn and down to the staff, then up and out through the head.  For Runes that bare links and “O” shapes, I feel and envision a magnification of energy in the space.
Ansuz In breath is much like Fehu, in through the feet and the lower of the arms.  Out breath travels the rest of the staff to the head and out through the upper arm back to the earth.
Raidho form has one foot extended before the other and hands clasped at the crown of the head, elbows bent in front of face.  In breath is through both feet.  Out breath is energized by the “O” and visualized as being kept within the torso and head.
I’m not going to go through them all, but you get the picture.  Once you begin to realize that breathing = intention, and the less you try to force it the calmer and steadier, yet more energetic you’ll be you can move on to a more fluid movement with the Runes.  Just remember not to hold the breath, ever, but to allow it to calmly move within the body as needed.
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Sky, Sea, and Stone

Here’s a bit of personal Rune wisdom.  I look for relationships among the Runes; relationships of opposites, of like themes, relationships that detail a progression from one idea to the next.  If you’re path is Indo-European oriented and not just modern Occult or Wiccan influenced you’re probably not dealing in the paradigm that utilizes the four elements as it’s base.  Instead you’ve probably come to the conclusion that 3 is the magic number, the elemental standard and the idea of 4 was not so much an Indo-European idea but certainly was in use in the ancient middle east and greatly influenced the Hermetic traditions.

The Runes hold this wisdom.  Not just in the apparent setup of the Aetts, which literally means Clan, and displays the common social structure found in many Indo-european cultures; The Aett of Fehu = Farmer (workers, laborers, land-tenders), The Aett of Hagal = Warriors, and The Aett of Tyr = Wise Rulers (Kings, Lawyers, Priests).  If one understands the Runes well enough, they begin to reveal patterns among themselves, these patterns blossom from Aett to Aett, between and among Runes that at first seem to have little in common and are not in the same Aett.

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In my previous post A Rune Meditation I discussed one such relationship between Eiwhaz and Jera.  However, other important Rune combinations are found using Runes not in pairs that may contradict each either, such as the pair relationships that begin with Eiwhaz and Jera and working outward through the Rune row, threesome combinations also divulge a deeper knowledge and display a coherence among the Runes that invalidates any inklings of randomness to the order of the Futhark.

A very important threesome in my practice is the Raidho, Eiwhaz, and Laguz threesome.  These Runes are all fourth in their particular Aetts and afford a wealth of knowledge to the Runester.  The complex revealed here in a not so occult manner is the ancient concept of Sky, Sea, and Stone or Fire, Well, and Tree or Upper, Mid, and Under Worlds.

Raidho is the wheel and holds the mysteries of not only travel and change but also the esoteric relevance of Cosmic Movement and the Order of the heavens above, represented by the Cosmic Wheel of the Sun and Stars, order out of chaos.

Eiwhaz is the axis, that which unites below and above, chaos and reason, and all polarities.  It is Yggdrassil the great holder of Worlds, that which extends from the great wells of chaotic mystery and wisdom to the heights of Asgard and the realms of Reason.

Laguz is the water of the psychic current found within mankind and Esoterically represents the Wells of original unbridled and ancient wisdom.   That which is embodied by the Underworld and the water of chaos.

Meditation upon this threesome can be an eye opening experience.  I’d recommend laying out the entire Rune row vertically to begin understanding this threesome better.  A meditation with the three can begin by taking 3 breaths to develop awareness of the Well symbolized by Laguz beneath you, 3 breaths to realize the Tree symbolized by Eiwhaz within you, and 3 breaths to become aware of the turning of Raidho above you followed by 9 breaths to link them together. Breath in bringing up the powers of Laguz (the Well)  through Eiwhaz ( the Tree) to Raidho (the Fires of cosmic light and reason).   The out breath then begins with Raidho down through Eiwhaz and to Laguz.  So awareness of the world beneath, the body, and the head and beyond becomes a powerful tool for self awareness and balance.

Portable Rune Magic(K): Sitting within Yggdrasil

Follow up post in the spirit of another : Cosmological Contrivances and Magickal Mechanisms

After having given a quick workshop on the magic(K)al work discussed in my Cosmological Contrivances and Magickal Mechanisms post, I was asked by an attendee for a possible Rune working that accomplished the same goals; that being magic(K) on the fly without any tools but Runes (and a more Pagan rather than Hermetic working).

I’d been working on something like this for some time and had yet to finalize my notes into a coherent system that could be easily worked and understood.  The difference between the Tarot and Runes is a fairly stark one.  Modern Tarot is greatly influenced by Hermeticism and correspondences developed by the Golden Dawn that reflect a judeo-christian/Kabbalistic sensibility.  Runes are a more tribal wisdom, and a more pagan/indo-european tool and esoteric paradigm.  It’s important to be aware of these differences when trying to use either in the way we want to with this practice, as they each require a different approach and outlook.

Donald Tyson puts forward in his book Portable Magic a fast and quick system of magic(K) that utilizes only Tarot as it’s tool.  Tarot is used to create the ceremonial area, to represent all the tools of the magician, and to enable complex workings to be simplified.  The crux of the system is in the Tarot representing the universe by means of the astrological symbolism found within the Major Arcana.  The Major Arcana become the Magicians circle, the Minor Arcana the things the Mage wants to bring into his life, the Aces the altar upon which the Mage works.  Another key component of Tyson’s portable magic(K) is not only the physical working of the cards and their setup, but the Magician is also asked to create a life size Astral ritual area that correlates directly with the physical working so that both are working together.

 

Portable Rune Magic(K)

The ritual area:  The circle is fundamental to Tyson’s system, but not necessarily so to the more Pagan version of his working that I wanted to recreate.  To get an idea of the circle take a look at the picture provided.  We are not trying to recreate the cosmos as Tyson does in his Ceremonial/Hermetic system but instead recreating the Multiverse and it’s many worlds as per Teutonic wisdom.  The Magician sits within his circle, but also within the mandala of Yggdrasil and among the nine worlds.  The horizontal access is represented by Niflheim in the north, Muspellheim in the south, Jotunheim in the east, and Vanaheim in the west.  Asgard, Lossalfheim, Svartalfheim, and Hel should be thought of as vertical.

Midgard is within the circle where the Mage stands.  Jera and Eiwhaz represent Midgard, Jera the turning of seasons and Eiwhaz the Axis upon which the world moves.  Othal is the Magician herself standing upon Midgard in the center of the Worlds.  The Altar is built using the Runes that embody the Aetts and their wisdom; Fehu, Hagal, and Tyr.

 

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Working Area – Yggdrasil

Example of a working

A working begins by laying out your Runes in the pattern described.  Before beginning take a few breaths to reach a calm state of mind.  Realize that you sit before a circle of stones, place the card that is meant to represent yourself upon Jera and Eiwhaz, you are now within that circle, upon Midgard.

Touch each card vocalizing or singing the Rune (exclude the Altar Runes for now), in your minds eye see it rise in light upon the stone.  Once finished pause and reflect on the power of the Rune and their presence around you.  Again touch the cards but this time name the world it represents.  See the circle becoming a living presence, it may take on the resemblance of Yggrdasil – the living tree and holder of all worlds…or each world may take the place of the stones, or the stones may remain – however you mentally or astrally see this just be sure that you realize that the worlds are here and now and you stand among them and before them.  If you are using the Rune Mandala for meditation or contemplation you can stay at this point, if you’re using this practice for magic(K)al reasons you can move on.

The Altar is utlized to realize the Magicians will.  From the remaining Runes choose one (or more for compounding or clarifying the focus) that symbolizes your need or desire, you can also create your desire from paper or draw a picture, or use your imagination.  Before placing the focus of your will (and the reason for the rite) upon the Rune altar touch each Rune of the altar and vocalize it’s name.  In your minds eye ignite the stone altar to life, the Runes alight upon or within it as you sing or say them.

Once the altar is activated your object, card, or imagining will be placed on the altar.  Your focus will be on that item alone, your will should be pushed toward the item with all the clarity you can muster.  It’s important to note that the Magician’s power is not due to the circle or the power of the worlds; the power for this is generated from the knowledge gained by standing within the Multiverse, she is not a slave to their powers but an awakened participant in the Multiverse and it’s creative and pulsing existence.  This is the power of the Runester.

Once you feel that you’ve saturated your desire with your will, cut your tie with the Altar and setp mentally back from the altar and what you’ve worked.  Sit for a moment and gather your thoughts, come back fully into the present moment and where you sit.  After a minute or two gather up the Runes in whatever way suits you.  You should shuffle or toss the Runes together in order to diffuse the energy of the working and to further distance yourself from what you’ve worked as not to drain further energy.

 

 

Power and Posture

Lately I’ve been incorporating Stadhagaldr – or Rune Yoga – into my weekly outdoor runs.  I’ve gotten into the habit of performing the 24 stances of the Elder Futhark at the park around which I run.  Taking a few minutes to pause and stand near one of the older large trees, I establish myself in the area by taking a few breaths and commence with the positions.

For a few years now Rune Yoga has been a staple of my practice, but mainly an indoor one.  Performing this practice outside has allowed me to to garner a new insight from this practice.  Articulating that new insight is difficult, but it has to do with understanding that the Runes at once are both representative of the Mysteries of Self and Soul and also of the Mysteries that concretely expose the practitioner to the wonder of Nature and Universe.

Post Modern/Modern Stadhagaldr

The practice of Rune Yoga has a rich history.  In the early years of the Germanic Runic and Occult revival magicians such as F.B Marby and S.A. Kummer were exploring the practice of stadhagaldr.  Others have proposed that Rune Yoga may have been practiced by the paleopagan Rune magicians as well…this hypothesis is one I’m not ready to agree with, but historical practice is not always the best way to legitimize a modern practice anyway.   There is some evidence that the modern habit of teaching Scandinavian children the alphabet by encouraging them to assume letter postures stems from the ancient practice of stadhagaldr…another factoid I’m not willing to give 100% credence too but interesting nonetheless.

A modern martial arts form has also been established that includes the use of Runes as its basis for technique and form.  This practice is called Stav.

“Ivar Hafskjold learned the essentials of Stav as a young man in the post war period. He later spent 14 years in Japan where he went to advance his martial skills to the highest possible level. When he returned to Europe and settled in the UK in the early 1990s he realised that if Stav were not taught outside of the family it would be lost altogether. In order to ensure the contiuity of the tradition Ivar taught a small number of students who have developed the tradition according to their own needs and talents.”

Now the importance of all these modern Rune techniques is not found in their historical truth or in an implied heritage or tradition.  The importance for me is the realization that Runes are not a stagnant wisdom/mystery and that the establishment of an  individual (unique) practice is vital to the Rune magician, seeker, or practitioner.  Remember that Odin, the primary Rune Magician did not invent the Runes, he “Won” them.  The sincere Runester therefore, in a manner that incorporates a process of intuitive practice via the Self, should consider ways to  emulate the effort of Odin’s winning  toward his or her own Runic winning and WONder.

Jan Fries in Seidways contemplates the nature of Seid – that form of Teutonic magic linked with shamanic activity and the womanly sphere of wisdom.  He postulates that Seid, translated to seeth, literally is a kind of  self-induced shaking.  In chapter 12 of Seidways he lists several effects of Seething or Shaking: To Release Strain and Tension – To Change Perception – To Get Some Rest – For Controlled Muscle Activity – To Stay Warm – To Enjoy Long Trances – To See Eidetic Visions – To Imagine and Visualize – To change the State of the Mind – To Simulate Crisis or Disillusionment; some of these are mundane in their application and others can lead to trance states and visionary experiences.  Fries also talks of friends who use light body tremors in order attune to and to properly see an environments energy or as a way to determine a places sacredness.hagal

The reason why I bring up Fries’ book is because it conforms to my understanding that embodying Runes via stadhagladr can be a powerful component in the manipulation of the physical body allowing for the union of mind, thought, understanding, memory, soul, and deep ancestral wisdom.  There is nothing inherently magic(K)al about this process, it is only a form of thoughtful physical meditation.  But as Fries discusses in his book certain postures may also force the body to tremble, and may therefore effect some kind of change in consciousness.  I have experimented with this hypothesis by using the Runes as Seething instigators but have yet to develop a series of movements or stationary forms that force a lapse in waking consciousness.

Daily Stadhagaldr

The 3 components of successful Stadhagaldr practice are Vocalization – Concentration – Movement

Vocalization of the Rune – This should be done either out loud or internally when assuming the Rune position

Concentration upon the Rune – Fixation upon the Runes meaning and its esoteric and/or exoteric meaning when assuming the Rune form.

Movement – This is obviously the assumption of the Rune forms.

I would encourage any Runester to begin a rigorous practice of exploration with stadhagaldr. Only through implementation and practice does one begin to understand how to propel oneself into the mytho-psychological paradigm associated with the mystery of the Runes.

At times I liken Stadhagaldr to the Yoga of the east, at other times I associate it with a Martial Art form, and quite often I use it in a way comparable to Qi-Gong.  I sing the runes, just hum them, or internally vocalize them; I concentrate on their physical appearance,  or in an attempt to fully embody them I visualize them within me as I form them, and I send them out into the environment to empower, bless, or manipulate an area.

This is a rich subject, one that cannot be fully addressed within a simple blog posting.   To bring this post back to it’s genesis I would say that my effort to bring stadhagaldr into an outdoor and public setting has allowed a much richer and more powerful synthesis between myself and the wider reality.  A Communion with the earth and sky and that which is between seems to make stadhagaldr even that much more focused and intentional.

A Rune Meditation: Eiwhaz/Jera:

I’m going to be writing up some of my Rune meditations.  This will be the first of many in an ongoing series.

The Rune Components

Eiwhaz

The yew is a tree with rough bark,
hard and fast in the earth, supported by its roots,
a guardian of flame and a joy upon an estate.

Eiwhaz is the Rune of the great tree, Yggdrasil, the holder of known and unknown realities, the holder of all worlds, the axis around which everything is rooted and understood.

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Jera

Summer is a joy to men, when As, the holy King of Heaven,
suffers the earth to bring forth shining fruits
for rich and poor alike.

Jera is the Rune of the harvest.  It is the Rune that underlies the system by which our earthly world is understood – it is the mystery of time and its passage, the effect of planting and reaping, the turning of the seasons, and the movement of our lives through physical existence.

The Practice

Allow yourself to achieve calm, however you do this is fine, allowing the a sense of patience and calm, and gentle time to wash around you.  Find that meditative state that is yours, without pressure, sit and be still.

Breath deep and feel the reversal of that breath – Instead of the breath originating in the head through the nose or mouth – allow the breath to dip low into your belly and feel the breath as growing first within the belly and up to the head.  Relax the solar plexus region – relax the hips – relax the groin – breath deep and slow.

Envision Eiwhaz outlined over your body.  The bottom leg that extends out enters at the base of your spine – with each breath it ignites down into you – down first into your spine then up along it’s shaft.  Travel with your breath, moving your attention into your body along the path of Eiwhaz.

Your in-breath takes you only halfway up the body, and only half way up into Eiwhaz.  Your out breath sees the patterhn through – starting in your chest and pushing out through the top of your head, but not straight out – remember that eiwhaz as another leg bending down, allow your out breath to travel all the way.

Breath in — Breath out.  do this until your presence is focused and in line, until your are the axis of your existence, the power of your world rests in your hands, for you are the axis about which your life turns, around which all your choices spin, around all that you know is possible.

Eiwhaz should be energizing the tip of your spine, igniting the base with a sexual energy.

Jera can now be contemplated as all that is literally around you, all that can be known, the room about you, your job, all that is known through the movement of time.

Spend time in this breathing….spend time understanding the relationship between the Orbit of Jera and the Axis of Eiwhaz.

Be the power of your choices and know that everything which spins around you is merely a symptom of time and now.

Take a few deep breaths to come back to yourself – voice your name a few times – feel the support of the land beneath you.

You are the Axis, you are Eiwhaz.

Rune Reading

Rune reading for me is an intuitive process.  I like to cast sticks without Runes etched into them and simply read the patterns that form within the sticks.  I use a multitude of ways with my personal readings though; from using Rune dice, to using Tarot in conjunction with Runes, and using various Futharks

For me casting sticks can work well, but I think people tend to like the look  and attention that comes with the placing of cards, or the casting of stones.

This is the guide that I have been using for more Tarot-style Rune readings.  The mat is mine and didn’t come from a book or expert…unless I have unintentionally reproduced it from a reference of which I am unaware.

Generally I’m not a fan of using Runes in a Tarot like manner, but I can live with it.  And this pattern seems to function pretty well for Querents that may not have a specific question but want a more “What’s going on in my life at this moment, and what’s around the corner” kind of reading.

The Runes you see on the mat are not a casting, but a guide for what the location relates too.  The reading answers life questions on three levels:

The Vertical – Symbolized by Raidho, Eiwhaz, Laguz – Which deals with the self through Mind, Body , and Soul.  This is the Querents current state of being.

The Horizontal – Symbolized by Fehu, Hagal, Tyr – Which deals with the terrestrial life of the individual via the first Rune of each Aett and takes into account the caste system hierarchy found in Indo-European societies; Workers,Warriors, and Rulers/Priests.  This is to be read as what is around the corner for Money/Health/and Well Being/Personal Force

The Liminal – Symbolized by Mannaz, Jera, Ansuz – Direct advice that should be heeded in order to improve oneself, to function properly, and how to better ones relationship with the given world in question.  This advice is a directive from the world of Man, the world of Nature, and the world of the gods.

As you can see there is a chronological component here as well.  The Vertical is Now – The Horizontal is Becoming – The Liminal has a more “To be Developed” quality, and requires perhaps a longer frame of reference.

Overall I would place a Time frame of 3-6 months on this reading for the Querent.

Future divination patterns and practices forthcoming.

Making a Magician

Dee and Kelly: not chaos magician

I took this idea from a post found at Runesoup a few years back.

“How would you introduce someone to magic using only books? He or she has
a month in a lake house and will read whatever you tell them in the
exact order that you tell them to. Not even any peeking at other books
on the list.”

The Rules

1.. Fiction is allowed.
2.. You have to specify what brand of magician you want to build
beforehand. (Hermeticist, chaos, etc.)
3.. You can’t tell the subject this.
4.. You must include books from at least three disciplines. (This is to
stop you just giving the Complete Golden Dawn and then declaring the
subject a GD-style magician at the end.)
5.. It’s only books. No guru teaching, no magical training. Just books.
(It’s a book game.) Presume they will do the exact same amount of
exercises out of the books that you did.
6.. The subject goes into the house without any belief in magic. They
are a smug, modern agnostic.
7.. A maximum of ten titles. Trilogies count as three books.

My Answer: This was a pretty difficult task. I used only books that I
have personally read and used, so there’s nothing second hand on the
list, this was very important to me. You’ll notice that there are no
1st level sources on my list, in other words no mythology or original
cosmological/ancestral sources…In my opinion the task wasn’t calling
for these, it merely asked how to create a magician, not a functioning
pagan or scholar, nor was it worried about how to worship or how best to
integrate a “spirituality” into a persons life, it only asked to expose
an agnostic to magic theory and how to get them practicing competently.

I’ve tracked down a few of the books online, but I would recommend
finding (then reading) magic(k) related books in the material world at
your local used book stores or from half.com, ebay, or some other
second-hand provider.
It’s important to remember that the books will be read in order…


The Magician I’m choosing to create is a Runic-Chaos Magician

Cosmic Trigger #1 by Robert Anton Wilson I’ve seen this book on many
Magicians’ lists, and it was one that popped into my mind right away,
before looking at any others. It’s a great book, the first one in the
trilogy, and really shakes up one’s psyche, and forces them to realize
or at least contemplate the possibility that the world is merely what we
want it to be – manifested from a soup of coincidence, action, and what
we feed our minds.

Way of Wyrd by Brian Bates A good fiction novel informed by historical
events. Exposes readers and future Magicians to a Saxon/Teutonic
inspired world view that isn’t just made up wishful thinking.

Futhark by Edred Thorsson A great primer on Rune magic(K), ritual, and
practice. This book has helpful ways to meditate and begin ritual
practice with the Runes that will aid the flowering Rune Magician. Also
has a bit of good historical data.

Magical Workbook by Donald Tyson Usually I wouldn’t recommend anything
by Donald Tyson, but this book has excellent techniques geared toward
the creation of an able Magician. Most are taken from other sources so
it’s not just Tyson pulling cool techniques out of the air. These
practices are very common among most magical lodges and orders and force
the Magician to think more magically and thus more powerfully throughout
his/her day to day.

Condensed Chaos by Phil Hine This will be the Magician’s first exposure
to chaos magic(k). After working with the Magical Workbook, and
possibly still doing so, a good foundation of practice and technique
will have been established.

Post Modern Magic by Patrick Dunn More good technique here. This is a
very modern look at magic(K). Classics are included like the LBRP, but
it tends to deal more with psychological magic(k) and builds upon what
Phil Hine exposed the fledgling Magician to in Condensed Chaos.

Rune Might by Edred Thorsson Good book that will expose the Magician
to the early days of the Runic Revival in Germany and other Teutonic
countries (mainly Germany). Discusses the use of Runes by various
Occult lodges in the early 1900’s, revealing their techniques.

Pop Magick (Article by Grant Morrison) Grant Morrison is a comic book
writer and a Magician. This article reflects his belief that magic(k)
is nothing to be feared, but played with and experimented with. After
the heavy information in the previous books, the Magician should take a
deep relaxing breath with this small article, and begin to understand
that magic(k) is about living and having fun.

Seidways by Jan Fries Back to the heavy stuff. All about Seid
magic(k). Any good Runic-Chaos Magician should begin delving into this
practice.

Teutonic Magic by Kveldulf Gundarsson Notice that this is the only book
that delves into mythology and how it relates to magic(k)al practice.
Mostly this list is not about gods and goddesses or the beings that
dwell in a more mythic realm. The Magician by this time is probably
wondering about what beings inhabit the realms of Yggdrasil and this
will help. Even though Futhark exposed him/her to gods and other
beings, the focus has been on magic(k) and not necessarily religious
development. This final book will give the Magician more fuel for
enlivening his practice.

*A list I found elsewhere that I would like to delve into:

Brand of Magician; A Contemporary Cunning Practitioner

1. The Way of Mystery Nema Maat
2. Re-Visioning the Earth Paul Devereux Eco- psychology
3. My Life with the Spirits Lon Milo DuQuette Golden Dawn
4. Living Magical Arts RJ Stewart North West European Mystery Tradition
5. The War of Art Steven Pressfield Psychology of creation
6. Visual Magick Jan Fries Freestyle Shamanism
7. Basic Psychic Hygiene Sophie Reicher Modern Magick
8. The Faery Teachings Orion Foxwood, Trad Witchcraft/Conjurer
9. Wyrdwalkers Raven Kalder Northan Tradition Shamanism
10. Traditional Witchcraft A Cornish Book of Ways Gemma Gary