The “Man, Mon” Rune According to Guido Von List
man, mon = Male/Masculine [Mann], Moon [Mond] (ma = to mother [muttern], to increase [mehren]; empty or dead [leer oder tod]).
sang before the Gates of the Day
to the Gods [Aesir] for Strength [Stärkung],
to the Elves [Alben] for Might [Kraft],
to myself to clear my Senses.
The well known Folktale, the “Man in the Moon” reveals himself in the fifteenth rune as a sanctified sign of the Propagation of the human race. The Primordial-word “ma” is the Mark of feminine Procreation “Mothering”, just as the primordial word “fa” is that of the masculine. Therefore, we have here “mater” (Mother), just as there we have “fater” (Father).
While the concepts of man, maiden, mother, husband, wife, marriage, menstruation (and so on) are rooted in the primordial word ma (just like the concept Moon, with which they are all internally connected), they nevertheless symbolize individual concepts reconnected into an apparent unity. So too is the conceptual word for this unity rooted in the primordial word ma and expressed manask or menisk, that is: man.
The fifteenth rune thus encloses the exoteric and esoteric concept of the high mystery of humanity, and culminates in the admonition: “Be Man! Be Human! [Sei Mensch! ]”
-Paraphrase from The Mystery/Secret of the Runes [Das Geheimnis der Runen] (1908)
by Guido Von List
The “Ma, Man, Mon, Madr” Rune According to R.J. Gorsleben
The man, the human being and, at the same time, the Rune Tree and the Tree of Humanity (with 15 shoots, the arms as well as the branches reaching towards heaven).
This Rune has the power to condense and collect cosmic rays (which means pulling down that which is spiritual into the mother-womb of matter), so that the mystery of humanity (the immaculate conception) becomes perfect by means of inspiration.
Its Ur-word is Trieb meaning “Determination” as well as Drive, desire, urge, inclination, instinct; impel forward, propel, push; shoot, newly grown plant stem, sprout, burst forth, etc.
is singing early before the gates of the day
for strength from the Gods [Aesir] and for power from the Elves [Alben]
and wisdom, All-father, for me.”
The fifteenth rune is the sacred Rune of humanity and it introduces us to the mystery of being human. It culminates in the admonition: “Be Human!”. The sum of the digits of 15 = 1 + 5 = 6, and the six is the sexus. This leads us back to the Kun or Kaun Rune, the Rune of Sex. All procreation pulls something soul-related and spiritual down into existence, into its material form.
The Man-Rune depicts a man who reaches up to the heavens with his hands (in the ancient prayer position). He stretches his hands towards the heavenly ones in such a way that he is striving for the connection with the Divine by means of magical-mantramistic actions. Thus, there very easily comes a comparison of this position with the one who has been “crucified” on the wood of the world.
The Man-Rune shows the basic idea of the human being as embodied and spiritualized. The three-partition of the Man-Rune upwards means the trinity of spirit, soul and body. Man is also the word of leadership, man-ager, the one who gives orders, com-man-ds or man-dates.
Through hand (manus) and head (manas, meaning: reason, spirit, mind), through the soul (mens), we become human (Man). Because of the hand and the head, the human being is decisively different from animals and is able to grasp things around him.
Lifting the outstretched hands towards the heavens, the human being can collect cosmic rays. This is because of the human being’s power to condense, which means drawing that which is spiritual down into the ‘womb of the mother’ (matter), so that the mystery of humanity (referring to the immaculate conception) can be achieved by means of “in-fluence”, influx, inflow, by means of “inspiration”, “correctly illuminated by the spirit”.
This power to condense is magic. The Man-Rune is, therefore, the Rune of the magician, of magic and of the Power-to-Unite [Vereinigungskraft ]. Magic is Might [Macht ], since both words are the children of the same root word, which means “to be capable” [Können ].
What forces the human being to lift up their hands to the High Ones is an effect of their Man, of their ad-mon-ition, of their manas, of their reason, but not of their intellect (which continuously removes us further and further away from the love of God). While you practice pure love, God remains within you.
-Paraphrase from The Peak-Time of Humanity [Die Hoch-Zeit der Menschheit] (1930)
by Rudolf John Gorsleben
The “Man” Rune According to Kummer & Other German Authors
Man, the Rune of the breath, of truth, of power and the positive Male force.
The Rune of Awakening, Working, Controlling, Forgiving, and of new spiritual Acquisition (as indicated by the three emerging lines).
The mysterious words “Amen” and “Omen” are derived from the old Norse Om and the Germanic Root Man, which means the God-man, the Spirit-man.
– Numerical value 15.
• “Holy Man-Rune, Spirit-Rune, thou who art associated with the “primordial light substance”, a human being unites with God.”
• “MAN: rising symbol, crown of the tree of the world, human sign, oh thou, I joyfully open myself to the influx of manas, the spiritual force that pervades the universe.”
• “Holy Man inspire me, holy Man spiritualize me, holy Man awaken the omniscience, the Universal-Love [All-Liebe] in me.”
• “Holy Man reveal Mimir‘s secret*, awaken the primordial memory, the primordial knowledge in me.”
• “Man-Rune unleash in me the Might of Divine Magic [die Macht göttlicher Magie].”
• “Man-Rune arouse the positive power in me.”
• “Man-Rune, pour into me the forces of the spheres, the waves of the “M”; multiply my Od.”
• “Ma, the original word of abundance, is the fulfillment of my wishes.”
Sound Formulas: “Mmm”; “Mmaaann”; “Ma, Me, Mi, Mo, Mu”; “Mam, Mem, Mim, Mom, Mum”.
Full Body Rune Exercise:
1) According to Kummer: take the passive Is-Rune position, then the arms are raised obliquely sideways upward, with the palms face down. Feel the ‘inflow’ in (A) the vertex along the spine, and (B) at the same time, in the hands – arms – chest! Then unite both (A + B) the currents in the sympathetic nervous system, extrapolating the waves into the thighs – calves – feet, and then into the earth. Later also practice with the palms facing upwards.
2) Speisberger gives the following kneeling position for this Rune: Kneel with the buttocks resting on the heels, and feet stretched backwards (toes, instep and tibia form a straight line) with the toes on the floor. Upper body is upright, with the head slightly inclined backwards and eyes closed. The arms are in the Man-Rune form stretched laterally, and the hands are cupped.
The Hand Rune Exercise:
The Man-Rune hand-sign is performed with the right arm stretched upward, pointing the index finger and middle finger sideways obliquely while slightly spreading the thumb outwards. The back of the hand faces the body. See the hand position in Fig. 15.
This hand-sign is the sign of the reborn, conscious magician; it blesses and protects. It enables the practitioner to penetrate into the highest secrets of Rune-magic. After performing this hand-sign, the aroma of burned electrical wires is often perceptible. The astral color is purple-red by day, phosphorescent greenish-red by night.
Concentrate on condensing & collecting the cosmic rays; on Spiritualization [Vergeistigung ]; on uniting with the Divine; and on the Might of Divine Magic [die Macht göttlicher Magie ].
-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)
* NOTE: Mímir (Old Norse meaning “The rememberer, the wise one”) is a figure in Norse mythology who is renowned for his knowledge and wisdom. He is beheaded during the Æsir-Vanir War. Afterward, the god Odin carries around Mímir’s head and it recites secret knowledge and counsel to him.
Rosicrucian and Gnostic
The “Man” Rune According to Huiracocha
In the United States we find many streets with the name of “Main-road” or “Main-street” (principal way) and we must remember the word ‘Manas’ (soul). Let us also think of the word “Manager” (among English speakers) as well as ‘Mandate’, ‘Command’ and, above all the God ‘MANUS’ that we find always adorned with this symbol.
It is one of the most important Runes and by its very form invites us to a constant Prayer. It is the man who implores on high, who implores the Great All.
MANEMANU are also anagrams of the Mantrams AMEN and AUM, which are the ones that must constitute our prayers and must always express: “I AM OF DIVINE ORIGIN”.
Remember that greatly misunderstood and interpreted phrase “I AM AS MUCH AS YOU ARE” that does not signify establishing a comparison between two persons. That phrase is symbolic. It means, “I AS A SMALL MICROCOSMOS, AM SO MUCH LIKE YOU, IMMENSE MACROCOSMOS.”
The man who is conscious of his value, must never go as far as he is told with a lowered head in an attitude of humiliation, but must instantly possess the idea that he is REAL LIFE, flooded with ardor, with fire, with accumulated potency and potentiality. Who dominates and who is not dominated. In whom reason vibrates and this is, in him, like an overwhelming force and that, while listening, is firmly fixed to the ground, with the forehead up, and with all the full weight of his spiritual energy.
In Hebrew “OM”, as a monosyllable, is translated as ‘that which is True’, ‘that which is Vital’, ‘that which is Legitimate’, and, in that sense, we must possess the biblical phrase that is spiritually found on the Banner of the Gnostics: “I AM THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE!!! But I, I MYSELF, without complaining to anyone and without asking for anything external. Without my prayer going outside, but doing it within. Is there anything outside that is not inside me? I must demand a sign, as certain religions do, which I can demand it of myself wherein everything is real and nothing exists without symbolic nuance.”
We must ensure ourselves that: “I AM THE LIGHT, I AM GOD, since that divine spark which is God, dwells and resides within me and the purpose of my life is to liberate it, achieving it, recognizing it within myself, in order to make it objective before my eyes….”
And we must continue: “I am health, I am a hand of the Great All through which it executes its will and I, as a living antenna, must gather the divine forces of the Cosmos without twisting its course nor adulterating its Law.”
The corresponding practice is to be done in the morning facing towards the Sun, at the moment it ascends in the East, in that attitude of raised hands as expressed by the Rune and imploring it for help and support. This should always be done on the 27th of every month from 3:30 to 4:00 in GMT .
One should never implore while employing this prayer uselessly in this sense and in such attitude.
Observe also that in the Catholic Church there are faithful who pray and implore in the same form with open and pleading arms. The Christ by the great sculptor Thorwaldsen is conceived adopting the same norm.
In many Shields, that same MAN Rune, represents the Tree of Life and we also observe that in ancient documents, there is the Tree of Paradise with only three branches (similar to the Man Rune) and a serpent coiled around it, that is to say THE SERPENT, symbol of Life, coiled around the TREE of the CROSS, but it is a Cross, not as we know it in Christianity, in which the transverse beam is like an obstacle that interrupts the current, but with raised arms leaving that expedient current So that it can ascend.
If we start with the HAGAL Rune which represents the whole Cosmos, then we get two Runes (Man and Yr). One, arms raised upwards (being the MAN Rune) and the other, arms down (being the YR Rune). The first represents the God-Man, the Spiritual-Man who looks up. The second is the physical-Man, the human-Man who feels the call of the ground (or the call of the Earth). Unite both concepts, that is, God with Man and we will have the meaning of those Runes.
These two Runes are also a symbol of Man and Woman when they form that All which forms Nature. Or what is the same thing, that hermaphrodite being, Man-Woman, harmoniously united, which is the supreme key of Sexual Magic, MA, MAN, (“Mama”) mother and MAN, MANO [or HAND], father, two archaic words, original symbol of the birth of all things.
We must also UNITE, and balance, as indicated by this Rune, the KNOWING of the brain with the FEELING of the heart.
They are the two poles that, together, will make the spark of that mysterious Light that is in us go out and of which we are, as a Spanish occultist, truly producers.
The value of the Rune is 15. If we add both numerals together, it gives us 6, that is, Sex. From this word is composed the Sex which, kabalistically, is Kaun or sixth Rune. It is the Rune of the Sexual Organs or of Sex, which we already know and has a single raised arm representing sex in the material sense.
In the Man Rune, the two arms rise in order to determine that LOVE, Divine Sex, is our own transmuted substance. The disciple should not expect to be told everything, but one should look for words that begin with MAN, MANO and see how in the beginning of human language that Rune had its importance.
For the operations of Runic Magic (of which we shall speak later), all these forces which we have explained must have felt in themselves.
No operation of white Magic can be done without raising the arms, even if it is mentally, to the Great All, thinking that everything has a trunk, a base , and in doing so we indicate that everything is a TREE, the tree of Humanity, the tree of Life.
The name of this Rune, MAN, signifies Human Being, but it also means HAND (from the Latin ‘Manus’). It is one of the most important Runes and, by its very form, invites us to a constant Prayer. It is the human being who implores upwards, to the Great All. “MANE-MANU” are also anagrams of the Mantrams AMEN and AUM, which are the ones that must constitute our prayers and must always express: “I AM OF DIVINE ORIGIN”.
Let us remember that greatly misunderstood and misinterpreted phrase “I am as much as you are.” It does not signify establishing a comparison between two men: this phrase is symbolic. It means, “I, as a small Microcosmos, am so much like you, immense Macrocosmos.”
In Hebrew “OM”, as a monosyllable, is translated as ‘that which is True’, ‘that which is Vital’, ‘that which is Legitimate’, and, in that sense, we must possess the biblical phrase that is spiritually found on the Banner of the Gnostics: “I AM THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE!”.
PRACTICE: The practice is to be done in the morning facing towards the Sun (at the moment it ascends in the East) in that attitude of raised hands as expressed by the Rune and imploring it for help and support. This practice should never be employed with a passive, useless or in any similar attitude. This should always be done on the 27th of every month from 3:30 to 4:00 GMT.
Here is the corresponding prayer (which can also be done partially):
I AM THE LIGHT… since that divine spark which is God, dwells and resides within me and the purpose of my life is to liberate it, achieving it, recognizing it for myself, so as to make it objective before my eyes….
I am health, I am a hand of the Great All through which it executes its will; and I, as a living antenna, must gather the divine forces of the Cosmos without twisting its course nor adulterating its Law.”
-Paraphrase from Runic Course [Curso Rúnico] (1931-1935)
by Arnoldo Krumm-Heller (Huiracocha)
available in Gnostic-Rosicrucian Runology
The “Man” Rune According to a Student of Samael Aun Weor
Samael says that the MAN Rune “represents man” (that is, the human being) and “I saw the stars and practiced the MAN Rune…”, but he does not give a corresponding practice.
However, one of Samael’s students (from Glorian Publishing) had an internal experience where he was able to associate the Prayer to the ‘Solar Logos’ with the Man Rune.
He recommends doing this Man Rune practice on its own or immediately after doing the Laf Rune practice (specifically the walking Laf practice on the 27th of each month). We take up its corresponding posture (arms raised towards the heavens) and say the following:
Universal and Cosmic Force, mysterious energy, I conjure thee, come unto me, remedy my affliction, cure me of this evil and remove from me this suffering so that I may have harmony, peace, and health.
I ask thee in thy Sacred Name, which the Mysteries and the Gnostic Church have taught me, so that thou can make all of the mysteries of this plane and the superior planes vibrate with me, and that all of those forces unite to achieve the miracle of my healing. So Be It.”
Then one can also add the Mantram “AUM” three times or even “Om Tat Sat Om” (which can be vocalized three times in the following way: “OM Tat Sat OM Tat Sat OM Tat Sat OM”).
-Paraphrase from Runes: The Runes Laf, Yr and Man on Gnostic Teachings’ website
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