The “Eh, Ehe” Rune According to Guido Von List
eh (é) Ehe = Marriage [Ehe ], Law [Gesetz ], Horse [Pferd ], Court (of Justice) [Gericht ], etc.
so that she will never be able to leave me.
The seventeenth, or “Eh-Rune”, plays off of the sixteenth (the Yr Rune) which warns against frivolous, transitory love affairs.
This Rune, the “Marriage [Ehe ] Rune”, confirms the concept of lasting Love on the Substantiation of Marriage as the legitimate Union of Man and Woman. This indicates a later “Ehe-Rune” meaning, in that the “Laf-Rune” is doubled in it , therefore symbolically saying: “Two united together by the Ur-Law of Life!”
Marriage [Ehe ] is the Foundation of the People and therefore “eh” is again the Term for Law, because (according to an old Legal-Formula) Marriage is the “Legal-Root” [Rauwurzei ], of the Germanic population.
Therefore: “Marriage is the Legal-Root of the Aryans!”
-Paraphrase from The Mystery/Secret of the Runes [Das Geheimnis der Runen] (1908)
by Guido Von List
The “Eh, Ehe, Ehu, Equus” Rune According to R.J. Gorsleben
The Eh, Ehe, Ehu Rune: Equus, the “saddled horse”, Unity, connectedness, a union beyond marriage that has the meaning of a lawful union between the Human and the Divine.
In its first shape , it is a reversal of the Nod or Not Rune. It seals the new ascent after the changes of the worlds.
Its Ur-word is Vereinigung meaning “Unification/Union” as well as Association, Combining, Fusion, etc.
to join two lives in love
And each one is willing,
and no virgin will lightly leave me after that.”
Ewig (Eternal) in Old German means ‘lawful’, therefore Ehe = law, the natural law. The eternal law of nature, the eternal female, the Maria, the ma-te-ria , the mother, the mater (Latin for ‘mother’). Furthermore it contains the concept of permanence (of the ehe-men or “here since ever”) in relation to Eternity [Ewigkeit ].
Thus, the Rune means Wedlock or Marriage [Ehe ] in relation to the law and to eternity.
The Wedlock-Rune (Ehe-Rune) shows us the IS Rune crossed with the ascending Bar-line or life-line, which makes it the true or “right” Rune.
Eternity [Ewigkeit ] is the Ehe-Ich-heit (Wedlock-Self-ness), which means the (spiritual) self in wedlock-ness [Ehe-heit ] or in lawfulness, that is: Eternity is Self-Lawfulness, being Lawful to (spiritual) Self [the Being] – as above so below.
The Ehe-Rune is the “Cross-of-Wedlock” [Ehe-Kreuz ], which we take upon ourselves. This is because in wedlock the “crossing” between man & woman is performed, which necessarily leads to a crucifixion in spirit and body, from which we are also able to redeem ourselves again. That is, if we have recognized the meaning of the rune…
In its other, second, shape it is the Ehu, the “Horse”, and the rune is again an image of wedlock and the law.
Wedlock and the horse are both concepts of Law & Right. The Horse [Roß ] is the symbol of the Rod, the Wheel [Rades ], the Council [Rates ], the Right/Law [Rechts ] (all related with the Rita Rune) and in the figurative sense we are reminded of the Rider (on horseback) [Reiters ], of the Knight [Ritter ], and of the Judge [Richter ].
Therefore we have Horse & Rider concealed in the Rune as a symbol of the connection in life of two creatures who join together in action.
Consider: Leader and those who are led, person who carries and the carried, man & woman: two Laf Runes joined to a unity .
Two Laf Runes are like two Life-Worlds, two Self-Waves, two Self-Wills, two souls, two columns, two “pillars of humankind”, join hands in order to unite in the voyage of life with the struggle for the knowledge of the Wedlock-Eternity-Law [Ehe-Ewigkeits-Gesetz ].
The Roman historian Tacitus writes in Chapter 18 of his Germania the following:
The wife does not bring a dowry to the husband, but he brings it to her (his chosen one). The relatives are there and they approve of the gifts, not glitter and jewelry, but cattle, a harnessed horse, a strong spear with sword and shield.
…According to their belief, this forms a tight connection, the most sacred of secrets (the horse, the ash spear, the sword, the shield), and the protective gods of the domestic hearth are caretakers of these gifts.
By custom, during the wedding ceremony, the woman is admonished to also participate in the heroic attitude and in the changing circumstances of war. The housewife comes as a comrade in danger and efforts, and she will risk and suffer the same things in war as well as in peace, and this is what is meant by the symbol of the yoke of the oxen and the harnessed horse. Should she live or die, what she received she has to leave in honor to her sons, so that they can transfer it again to the grandchildren by way of the daughters in law…”
And in Chapter 19, he says:
There is respect for such peoples where virgins only marry and where all hope ends with the vows of the spouse. This way they accept the husband, like one body and one life, because in truth they love marriage and not the man. To limit the number of children or to kill one of the later born ones is considered a crime, and good morals can produce there more than good laws elsewhere…”
In the Ehe-Rune God & human, man & woman, have become one in their union, according to the universal-law [weltgesetzlichem ]. Wedlock or marriage is the basis of the Clan’s Stalk/Trunk [Volkschaft ], therefore the concept of marriage became the concept for the law in general.
According to an ancient formula: marriage is the root of the law, the root of the maintenance of the world. Thus, marriage was sacred to our ancestors, because it was an Ur-lawful institution.
-Paraphrase from The Peak-Time of Humanity [Die Hoch-Zeit der Menschheit] (1930)
by Rudolf John Gorsleben
The “Eh, Ehe, Ehu, Eoh, Eys” Rune According to Kummer & Other German Authors
The Marriage-Rune and Eternal-Marriage. The union of God & man, of man & woman, in the One, in a universal-law Alliance [weltgesetzlichem Bunde ].
It is the rune of ideal Love, Continuous-Generation [Fortzeugung ] and pure Love-Force [reinen Liebeskraft ].
because Love is pure God-Power.
Avoid vicious acts,
the domination of Love creates Nobility.”
Marriage is intended to perfect both of the Selves [Ichs ] spiritually and physically, in order to create the body for the third, higher self (through conscious, pure procreation). The ancients associated the concept of Sanctity with marriage, because they considered its greatest value to be in the outcome, the creation…
The two Selves [Ichs ] (two lives which, through pure Love, bind themselves together in marriage) merge and, through mutual spiritual & physical re-polarization, attain a higher life.
This rune shows us the great, pure, sacred Fusion of Man & Woman, the Two into One, the Souls with the Cosmos. Neither of them will want to separate this sacred Fusion, since union (the third) has already been added: the Marriage-Connection of the Souls with the Universal-Soul, with the Cosmos, with the All-Father.
The Ehe-Rune is the great Love rune and, thereby, allows receiving and recording of high All-Love waves. It eliminates lower, instinctual passions; and leads to pure, spiritualized love experience.
It is said to be the rune of the Twin-Souls [Zwillingsseelen ] and that it can help one to find and recognize the Twin-Soul (the Soul-Sister or Soul-Brother).
It is also considered the Loyalty-Rune [Treu-Rune ], protecting against mutual infidelity & betrayal.
The reverse, inverse or ‘demonic’ of the Eh– or Ehe -rune is the Not -rune (need, necessity, compulsion, fate, misery, distress, etc).
Kummer says that this rune corresponds to the Zodiacal sign of Leo – Numerical value 17.
• “The holy Eh-Rune-Force [Eh-Runenkraft ] leads us from the Two to the soul-spiritual One.”
• “The All-Love-Force [All-Liebeskraft ] leads us (spiritually, emotionally and physically) to a superior life.”
• “The great sacred Fusion [große heilige Verschmelzung ] of the Two into the One takes place through the All-Love Power [All-Liebe Macht ].”
• “Cosmic All-Love-Force unites us.”
• “One in the cosmic Eh-Rune-Stream [kosmischen Eh-Runenstrom ], we are forever connected to each other.”
• “High spiritual All-Love-Waves [geistige All-Liebeswellen] flow into us and connect us in everlasting Love [immerwährender Liebe ].”
• “The holy Ehe-Rune gives a pure, spiritualized Love-Experience [reines, vergeistigtes Liebeserleben ] that will strengthen us.”
• “All-Love-Force, unite me with my Soul-Sister/Soul-Brother, with my true YOU [mit meinem wahren DU].”
• “I greet you, Sister/Brother of my Soul, wherever you are; you will find me.”
Sound Formulas: “E/Eh” and “Ehe”; as well as “Ehu”, “Eoh”, “Eys”, “Ehwas”.
Full Body Rune Exercise:
Take the passive Is-Rune position, then the student takes up the same position as the Not-rune, but reversed: the left arm is stretched obliquely upwards and the right downwards. Vocalize or sing “E-e-e-e-e”.
Here, the process is similar to that of the Not-rune, except that one absorbs more All-Love waves and so one learns conscious, pure, noble, spiritual love. Also, in this rune position the student gets the magical power to protect themselves and their lover from infidelity and betrayal.
The consciously invoked Ehe-rune frees the practitioner from all low-sensual impulses and passions, and drives the practitioner from the Two to the mental, emotional and spiritual One.
Pure, free or unconstrained in their love life, the student will receive high All-waves that awaken something within. These are, in turn, waves that resonate with a noble, ideal, pure, beautiful brother or sister, and awaken in them a longing, attracting them to the practitioner. The student will thus enter into a true marriage, which will bring infinite blessings.
Dear brother, dear sister: practice this rune deliberately and purely, then you will also find your twin-soul. Then, thank your All-Father and yourself. Hail!
Whoever practices this rune position with low sensual, selfish impulses, will attract demonic beings who will make their life a hell. I am giving you a warning.
The divine secret of this high rune cannot be pronounced, not even conceived. Dear brother, dear sister: seek, try and wish; “knock, then it will be opened unto you”, said a great master of the mysteries…
Alternatively, Speisberger says one can raise the left arm and right leg to form an oblique line in order to form this rune.
The Hand Rune Exercise:
1) With the left hand, the closed fingers point upwards, while the thumb is at a 45° angle with the palm of the hand (similar to the Ka-Rune grip, but the thumb is spread somewhat further outward), see Figure 16.
2) With arms raised above the head, one crosses the two index fingers forming the Ehe-Rune. The thumb and other fingers form a fist.
With this sign a subtle wreath of light may be observed about the entire hand. The astral color is yellow by day, yellow-green by night.
Concentration is focused on pure Love, spiritual, psychic fusion, and on freedom from lower drives & passions. This sign produces a pure and noble life in both thoughts and desires.
-Paraphrase from Holy Runic-Power [Heilige Runenmacht] (1932)
& Rune Magic [Runen-Magie] (1933) by Siegfried Adolf Kummer.
Possibly also from Karl Spiesberger’s Rune-Magic [Runenmagie] (1954) and/or
Friedrich Bernhard Marby’s Rune-Library [Runen-Bücherei] (1931-1935)
Additional Note: Kummer’s Advice for Further Progress
In the same chapter on the Eh– or Ehe-Rune, Kummer also says the following:
The student must overcome any inconvenience immediately; they must not send negative thoughts because these would only bring them further worries and inconvenience. One has to learn to stand above everything bodily and material.
The student attributes most of their still-disordered thoughts and desires to unfavorable effects and bad influences such as anger, grief, worry, suffering and the like. If their development has progressed sufficiently, then there is only a pure sense of harmony and happiness for them, culminating in universal knowledge and love. One will then know their Karma and consciously remove it gradually with joy. Thus, one knows what life is, what love is and feels in it the holy three.
To comprehend a lot means to forgive, and to endure much. In enduring is a great force, which the student has to constantly develop…
Before falling asleep, the student always says to themselves: “Tomorrow morning I will remember all the dreams of the night.” They write each dream into a book (with the date). One tries to interpret the dream symbolism and write the interpretation after it. In addition, the student practices influencing their dream life by concentrating on a certain high ideal while falling asleep. If there is no success in the first few weeks, one does not forget that only patience and perseverance can lead to the goal; and one intensifies their concentration in this respect.”
-Paraphrase from Holy Runic-Power [Heilige Runenmacht] (1932)
by Siegfried Adolf Kummer
Rosicrucian and Gnostic
The “Ehe” Rune and the “Not” Rune According to Huiracocha
In his letter on the Not Rune (which he says is related with Law of Karma), he also gives information about the Ehe Rune, saying that they are almost the same:
The present Rune is also the Rune of Marriage (the EHE Rune), since the man (who is absolutely alone) has only partial forces, as is unilaterally the same for the unmarried woman. United in marriage is how the positive and negative powers are coupled in order to form a stream of tremendous and effective power.
Celibacy is, then, the renunciation of this force as absolute sexual abstinence, but both sexes united (as when the protagonists unite themselves in a true embrace of love with the male covering all the astral centers of women), engenders a powerful force capable of making inconceivable miracles and we will be very careful to not allow them to be known prematurely by those who can still jeopardize a certain drawing back of the mysterious veil.
All religious sacraments are (to a certain extent) operations of Magic and marriage is the perpetuation of a Magic that can be white or black depending on the character or purity of love that both spouses bring.
That is why, although we respect many couples who have united without appealing to the Church, we know that they can not mobilize runic forces, such as those that can be mobilized by legitimately married couples. Hence we constantly recommend to the Gnostic Priests to celebrate the ritual of Marriage with married or unmarried couples, thereby connecting them to the great chain of immense strength/force.
There is, however, a small difference between the EHE Rune and the NOT Rune of the ancients.
Sometimes the line crosses the pole horizontally (Gorsleben’s “Sie Rune” ), other times from left to right (Gorsleben’s “Bar-line” ) and still others from right to left (Gorsleben’s “Balk-line” ).
That horizontal pole or line is the Rune of the SELF (the Is Rune), and this SELF (this symbol of individuality) can be crossed by another line forming a Greek Cross .
It is not difficult to deduce what is behind these NOT and EHE Runes (which are so similar), since they always make the person aware of the danger that threatens them, or when something is on their path in order to disturb or disrupt them.
In the word AXIS (Spanish: “EJE”) is the value of the EHE Rune. The Axis around which everything turns.
PRACTICE: The practice associated with this Rune is to do solar and lunar breathing (Pranayama), filling the chest first with air that must enter through the right nostril and that we must then expel through the left nostril, while counting to 12.
-Paraphrase from Runic Course [Curso Rúnico] (1931-1935)
by Arnoldo Krumm-Heller (Huiracocha)
available in Gnostic-Rosicrucian Runology
The “Ehe” or Marriage Rune According to Samael Aun Weor
The only thing that Samael says related to this Rune is in his Chapter on the Laf Rune:
-Paraphrase from The Magic of the Runes [Magia de las Runas] (1969)
by Samael Aun Weor
So he does not mention the Rune specifically, however, related with this subject of the Gnostic Marriage and Sexual Alchemy, in Chapter 8 of Esoteric Course of Kabbalah, we read:
With sexual contact, the Mercury of Secret Philosophy multiplies (the seminal liquor increases). When the Ens Seminis is not ejaculated, then it is transmuted into seminal vapors. These vapors, at the same time, convert themselves into energies and are bipolarized into positive and negative. The positive energies are solar forces and the negative are lunar forces.
These solar and lunar energies rise through the pair of sympathetic cords that are known as the two witnesses (Ida and Pingala). The medullar channel has an internal orifice that normally is found closed in common people. However the seminal vapors open up this orifice so that the Sacred Serpent can enter there within that medullar channel.
It is necessary to warn the Gnostic-Rosicrucian Brethren that they must learn how to polarize the sacred fire of the Kundalini. Some devotees eat meat and drink alcohol everyday, with the pretext of working in the Great Work, and then they bestially enjoy carnal passion (even when they do not waste the Ens Seminis, they pleasurably enjoy lust).
Therefore, the result of this is that these devotees totally polarize the fire within the chakras of their lower abdomen and then lose the happiness of enjoying the bliss of the Lotus of a Thousand Petals. Such a Lotus flower is found situated in the pineal gland, which is the crown of saints that shines over the head of the great initiates. The Lotus of a Thousand Petals converts us into Masters of Samadhi (ecstasy).
The Work in the Laboratorium-Oratorium is a true mystical ceremony that must not be profaned by animal desire or by sinful thoughts. Sex is the Sanctum Santorum of the Temple. Before entering the Sanctum of the Sanctum, purify your mind from any kind of impure thought.
…Initiatic ordeals or tests are enclosed within Arcanum Eight. Each initiation, each degree, has its ordeals. These Initiatic ordeals become more and more demanding each time, in accordance with the Initiatic degree…
In Arcanum Eight of the Tarot, a woman appears with a sword in her hand, and she is facing the Scales of Cosmic Justice. Really, only she can deliver the sword to the male Magician (and vice-versa).
Thus, a male Initiate without a woman cannot receive the sword. This reminds us that there exists the Eve-Venus (the instinctive woman), as well as the Venus-Eve (the noble woman of the home). There also exist Venus-Urania (the woman initiated into the great mysteries) and, finally, we affirm the existence of the Urania-Venus (the female Adept, the woman who is self-realized in depth).”
-Paraphrase from Esoteric Course of Kabbalah (1967)
by Samael Aun Weor
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