The “Yr, Eur, Irr” Rune According to Guido Von List
yr, eur = Iris [Iris ], Bow [Bogen ], Rainbow [Regenbogen ], Yew-Wood Bow [Eigenholzbogen ], to be Wrong or to be Mistaken [Irren ], Anger/Wrath [Zorn], and so on.
to get me goodness and luck:
that changes and turns the wishes and mind
of the white swan armed beauty.
The “Yr Rune” is the inverted “Man Rune”, and just as it designates the Bow/Arc, it also presents the Waxing and Waning Moon in contrast to the Full Moon of the “Man Rune”; so first and foremost, it refers to the Changeability [Wandelbarkeit ] of the Moon; second, as the “Irr Rune” (or Error Rune), it refers to the lunar-like Changeability of the feminine Nature (or passive/receptive element), portrayed in later Verses of the “Havamäl ” in the following way:
do not trust the woman’s true words,
her heart was shaped on a spinning wheel:
the feminine heart is the home of fickleness.
The Yr– or Error Rune, which causes Confusion, whether through the Excitement of the Passions [Leidenschaften ] in Love, in play, in Drink (Intoxication), or through pretexts of Speech (Sophistry), or through whatever other Cause, may defeat the Resistance through Confusion. But the Success of a Victory gained by such means is just as illusory as the Victory itself — for it brings Anger/Wrath, wild Rage, and (in the end) Madness [Wahns ].
The Yr or Irr Rune (the Error Rune) is therefore also in Contrast with the “Os Rune”, since it tries to force the Conquest of an Adversary on False-Grounds [Scheingründen ] instead of on Solid-Grounds [Gründen ].
Therefore it teaches: “Consider the Outcome [Ende ]!”
-Paraphrase from The Mystery/Secret of the Runes [Das Geheimnis der Runen] (1908)
by Guido Von List
The “Yr, Irr, Eur, Eibe, Eybe” Rune According to R.J. Gorsleben
The Yr, Irr, Eur, Eibe, Eybe, W-ybe Rune. YR refers to Y as well as the R, and represents the inversion of the Man-Rune.
The Rune means error, confusion, reversal, negation, destruction, fall, but also woman (as an opposite to man) as well as matter, evil, etc.
It is the symbol of the removal from nature and religion, of godlessness and ‘gold rush’ (or gold abused and muddied).
Its Ur-word is Vollendung meaning “Completion” as well as finishing, bringing to an end, perfection, accomplishment, and fulfillment.
to wake her lust and desire
I banish the heart of the joyful woman
so that her desire turns towards me”
As its shape shows, the Yr Rune is the tipped over Man Rune, it is the symbol of the erring human being, and of the world that is upside down. Since all of the true man’s striving is upward-aiming, in the same way, everything for this Rune is aiming downward and pertains to the under-human, the low-aiming human. It is this Rune which creates confusion and error.
Since the Man Rune refers to the Full Moon, in the same way the Yr Rune refers to the Moon Phases (its waxing & waning). It also points towards the changeability and adjustability of the Feminine and therefore it is also the Rune of the woman.
The Man Rune stretches the arms upward, and the Woman Rune points the arms downward. As man is rooted in spirit, so the woman (as his equally valid opposite) is rooted in matter, in the “increaser” of nature, in Maria or Mary. The material world (represented by the feminine) is changing, passing, mortal; it is Maya, the “great illusion” (as the Hindus called it); the seduction, the temptation, the bewitching, the confusion, that is part of everything terrestrial-feminine and material (or Yin), in contrast to the masculine-spiritual, divine, eternal (or Yang).
This juxtaposition does not have the meaning or intent of “putting down” the woman, but rather an outpouring of the knowledge of the eternal balance between two forces, which can solve their common task only in union. Man and woman are different, but equally oriented unities, who are both perfect when united as one.
The Yr Rune also represents and (without bad side effects) that justifiable Earthly-Human side, which is inclined towards the earth, the active joy of the senses and the sensuality of human nature. But as a warning symbol of our times the Yr Rune (being the reversed of the Man Rune, of manas, of Divine reason) shows us: the turning away from God & spirit, and thus it becomes the symbol of revolution, of godlessness, of greed for gold and of erring.
The world consists of opposites, of eternal polarities, of good & evil, yes & no! If man, manas (reason), the Mannus and his “horn” of salvation (his procreation of salvation) are bent or reversed, then revolution is the necessary consequence.
Everything that happens is based on eternal change, upon the lawful cooperation of the polar opposites. This way the Man & Woman Runes creatively complement each other. In their union they are a symbol of the last judgment, the ‘horn of change’ (which is similar to the Hagal-Rune, but without the common point of intersection and therefore not yet perfect in its unity), and promises new ascension.
The Woman Rune is the sixteenth Rune. The number 16 is composed of: six and ten (6 + 10). Six, we already know (from the Man-Rune), is a hidden reference to sex, and this means sex on a personal level, on the level of the individual, of the king/queen, of the one who is capable (see the Kaun or Kings-Rune). Ten, the second number, means: completion, perfection; in other words the clan, the bloodline, from which descends the individual, the one who can. Sixteen is therefore copulation.
The three beams of the Yr Rune are the roots of the Yggdrasil World Tree, from which the seeds extract their food. Here also sit the three Norns (Urda, Werdandi and Skuld), the women of fate, who spin the fate of all of humanity according to the laws of the World Tree.
-Paraphrase from The Peak-Time of Humanity [Die Hoch-Zeit der Menschheit] (1930)
by Rudolf John Gorsleben
The “Yr, Irr, Yb, Ör, Eur, Eibe” Rune According to Kummer & Other German Authors
This Rune means misunderstanding, confusion, insanity, reversal, denial, destruction, overthrow, temptation, erroneous lust in love.
The erring human, standing on its head. The Rune of erring love, of sorrow and of lust; joy and pain, laughing and weeping.
– Numerical value 16.
• “Mastery triumphs over the Greedy Senses [Sinne Gier].”
• “Holy Runic Power, deliver me from the Ur-Demon of Feminine-Nature (of the passive/receptive element).”
• “Woman become Human! Matter become Spirit!”
• “Spiritualize yourself, sanctify yourself.”
• “Overcome the Senses’ fast-passing Intoxication; thus you will justly mature for the Gnostic Marriage [gnostischen Ehe].”
Sound Formulas: “Yyy”; “Yr”; “Ir”; “Yb”; “Eibe”.
Full Body Rune Exercise:
1) Kummer suggests a Handstand for this Rune.
2) Speisberger says to take the passive Is-Rune position, with the upper arms laterally adjacent to the body; the forearms are then angled at the elbow, pointing downward in the form of the Yr-Pitchfork.
The Hand Rune Exercise(s):
1) Kummer does not give a hand-sign for this Rune (possibly considering it to be too negative).
2) Speisberger suggests doing the Man-Rune hand-sign inverted and with the opposite arm: Left arm extended downwards, with the thumb, index and middle fingers imitating the Yr Rune-Pitchfork.
As with all the hand-signs, the exercise should be concluded with a conscious, willed circulation of power throughout the entire body. During this circulation, one may sense a warm stirring throughout. After ending the exercise one can ascertain a sulfuric-like smell (similar to burned gunpowder) on the index finger. The astral color is blue to red-violet.
This sign can also be formed with the right hand; it then produces a different body current which is to be recommended equally.
Concentrate on Mastery of the lower Sense-Pleasure [Sinnenlust ] and on Refinement of the Instinctual-Life [Trieblebens ]; on Overcoming the “great Deception of Matter”; on Fighting Lies and Malice in the Pursuit of absolute Truth; as well as on Spiritualization and Sanctification of Relationships between Man & Woman in the Sense of the Gnostic Marriage [gnostischen Ehe ].
-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)
Rosicrucian and Gnostic
The “Man” & “Yr” Runes According to Huiracocha
If we start with the HAGAL Rune (which represents the whole Cosmos), then we can extract two Runes. One with arms raised upwards (being the MAN Rune) and the other with the arms down (being the YR or IR Rune). The Man Rune represents the God-Man, the Spiritual-Man who looks up. The Yr Rune is the physical-Man, the human-Man, the terrestrial man who feels the call of the Earth.
Unite both concepts (that is, God with Man) and we will have the meaning of these Runes.
They are also a symbol of Man and Woman when they form that All (or Whole) which always forms Nature. That is, the 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 symbols 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. These 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 truly producers.
The value of the Man Rune is 15. If we add both numerals together, it gives us 6 (six), that is, Sex. From this word is composed the Six which, kabalistically, is Kaun (the sixth Rune). Kaun is the Rune of the Sexual Organs or of Sex (which we already know) and this Rune 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 that we have explained must have been felt in oneself. 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.
-Paraphrase from Runic Course [Curso Rúnico] (1931-1935)
by Arnoldo Krumm-Heller (Huiracocha)
available in Gnostic-Rosicrucian Runology
The “Man” & “Yr” Runes According to the FRA
This short recitation is the same as the one given (in the same book) for the Man Rune practice, except the arms are up for the Man Rune instead of down for the Yr Rune.
-Paraphrase from Las Enseñanzas de la Antigua Fraternidad Rosacruz
[The Teachings of the Ancient Rose-Cross Fraternity] (1987)
The “Yr” Rune According to a Student of Samael Aun Weor
Samael does not mention the Yr Rune in any of his books, but one of his students (from Glorian Publishing) explains it in a lecture on the Runes:
Since humanity ignores the mystery of the Grail & the Spear (the mysteries of sexual esotericism), when they perform the sexual act: they fornicate, thus, they become the fool.
The fool is represented by the upside down man who does not respect the Grail. This is why the Yr Rune is also represented by an upside down man: the man who falls into Fornication.
Nevertheless, we cannot state that the Yr Rune is 100% negative; better to state that it is dual. Its duality is based on how we utilize sex.
Remember that it is necessary to descend into the Ninth Sphere in order to enter into Initiation. The Yr Rune indicates the descent into such duality…
There is a prayer that we have here, in relation with the Yr Rune. Remember that the Yr Rune relates to the descent of Peter, into the Stone, into the woman, into the Earth —the Holy Spirit into Mary— in order to lift the energy of the waters up and to fortify the brain.
The graphic of this Rune displays a person with their hands towards the left and right at the level of the sexual organs: this is how you perform the Yr Rune.
Then you say to the Holy Spirit, which is in the pineal gland (the atom of the Holy Spirit) that controls the waters of sexuality:
We adore Thee, We invoke Thee! Come unto us, we are thy miserable and unstable creatures; Speak unto us from Thine inconstant and great commotions of the sea, so that we shall tremble before Thee; speak unto us also from the murmur of limpid waters, so that we shall yearn for Thy love!
Oh Immensity into which flow all the rivers of life, to be continually reborn within Thee! Oh ocean of infinite perfections! Height which deepness reflects Thine Image, deepness which thou exhale from the height; lead us unto true life through intelligence and love! Lead us to immortality through sacrifice, so that one day we may be found worthy to offer Thee water, blood, and tears, for the remission of our sins! Amen.”
You can perform the Yr Rune in that position, before the sexual act or, if you can memorize the whole prayer, then you can recite it during the sexual act. The prayer of the Yr Rune relates to the exorcism of the water. Remember that the waters of sexuality are related to your sexual glands. There you find the water with which we need to be baptized. This is the mystery of Baptism.
Remember that the Savior emerges from the waters, and the ‘Lord of the Waters’ is the Holy Spirit (the white dove). From above, the pineal gland (that dove) says, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased,” when he sees his chaste son rising from the waters of the Jordan. Because of his Chastity, he is rising from the living waters (from the Laf Rune), thanks to the Yr Rune. That is the mystery of Binah (the Holy Spirit) and Chesed (the Ruach Elohim), the Spirit of God that was hovering above the face of the waters.
Do you see the beauty of these Runes? How each one relates to each other? If the woman ( Yr ) has to work, then the man ( Man ) has to work too, and Laf (Life) is between them.
-Paraphrase from Runes: The Runes Laf, Yr and Man on Gnostic Teachings’ website
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