Gnostic Runology

The purpose of this course is for us to study our two primary authors: Huiracocha (Arnoldo Krumm-Heller) and Samael Aun Weor‘s information on the practice of the Runes.

However, it is quite clear that, since Huiracocha spoke German, he read other Germanic Rune authors such as: Siegfried Adolf Kummer, Ernst Tristan Kurtzahn, and Peryt Shou (Albert Christian Georg Schultz). And these German authors certainly read other German Rune authors like: Rudolf John Gorsleben, Friedrich Bernhard Marby, Guido von List and Friedrich Fischbach.

By studying these German authors, we can follow the thread of development of the Runes and their esoteric attributes as it passed from Europe into the Americas. This will properly prepare us to read our two primary authors and to see what they are referring to in regards to the “traditional” understanding of the Runes, as well as what new information they are presenting which gives us a deeper grasp of the Runes.


Huiracocha, the Runes and Hermetic Masonry Further Explained

Many people wonder how the Runes are related to Alchemy and Masonry, but a deep analysis of these fields will show their connection.

Huiracocha (Arnoldo Krumm-Heller) says the following regarding the relationship of Masonry with the Runes:

“We have been guided by our instincts too much, forgetting that we have intuition as a prominent divine factor, which can guide us, but intuition does not work for us if we do not do magical exercises; we should study the movements before we do the exercises and this has always been the privilege of the initiatic societies.

Then, these exercises and everything that we do, like the steps and movements, in the different masonic degrees, are not only psychotechnical practices, but they are also practices that can take us to a superior state of consciousness from the commonly known state of consciousness…”

-From Ch.6 ‘The Rose-Cross Secrets of Occult Masonry’ in The Gnostic and Esoteric Mysteries
of Freemasonry, Lucifer and the Great Work

No modern mason suspects that their signs of recognition are nothing more than the descriptions of Runes and that the primitive masons took these signs from the Druids. In the Druid Lodges these explanations are given…”

-From Lesson 13 ‘The SIG Rune’ in Gnostic Rosicrucian Runology


Samael Aun Weor, Huiracocha, Mantras and the Runes

In a Lecture which has been dated to the early 1960s, Samael Aun Weor says the following:

“…so do not forget the mantram, brethren; a formidable mantram with which you can awaken your great Powers; the important thing is that you practice. There are many mantrams related with different Powers.

One must learn to speak in the VERB OF GOLD of the first instant; the mantrams are syllables of a great UNIVERSAL COSMIC GRAMMAR. The Most Pure Dawning of the Divine Language is sacred.

In ancient times, there was only one language (I am referring to those times of the First and Second Races; then only one language was spoken). Even at the beginning of Lemuria: a Divine, Ineffable Language was spoken; that language had power over fire, air, water, and earth. This is the Language of Light!

For example, if I want to say in the Language of Light: “I, Samael Aun Weor, am here fulfilling a mission, or I am here fulfilling my duty”, then I would say: “I, SAMAEL AUN WEOR, MASLEIM URIM SEIDUAD”, that is to say, “I am here fulfilling a mission with sacrifice”. Do you understand?

In such a way that it is a complete Grammar, a whole Language and it has a precious writing.

The NORDIC RUNES, for example, belong to that primitive Cosmic Grammar.

Dr. Krumm-Heller said that “the Nordic Runes were older than the Hebraic letters” and he even affirms that “the Hebraic letters are only a caricature of the Nordic Runes”.

In any case, the Nordic Runes belong to the Cosmic Grammar, to the GREAT UNIVERSAL VERB OF LIFE.

May God grant that soon we will be able to give humanity a book on Runes! I wrote one, I have not been able to print it yet. The day will come when we will print it.

The Nordic Runes are very important. Dr. Krumm-Heller wrote about the Runes; his course on Runic Magic is marvelous, there is no denying it, brethren…

-Paraphrase from the Lecture #193 “Practical Nature of the Message of Aquarius”
[‘Naturaleza Práctica del Mensaje de Acuario’]
translated from El Quinto Evangelio by Samael Aun Weor,
also called “Matter, Energy, Mantras”, “Astral and Jinn Practices”
and “The Practical Sense of Universal Gnosticism”

Then, in December 1968, Samael Aun Weor published a book on the Runes entitled “Christmas Message 1968-1969: The Magic of the Runes” [Mensaje de Navidad 1968-1969: Magia de las Runas ]. In this book, he gave practices for many of the Runes, as well as other relevant information for understanding the profound esoteric meaning of them.

The first edition of the book had no pictures with body postures within the text itself. The postures appeared on the cover, which had this drawing (right) said to have been made by the author himself.

This drawing also appears on the back cover of the 3rd edition of an earlier publication by the same author: “Igneous Rose” (first published in 1954).

Not all the postures given on the cover are explained in the text, but by studying the Germanic Rune authors (mentioned above) we should be able to fill in the gaps.


Study Plan, Rune Alphabet and Source Materials

This ‘Gnostic Runology’ course can be divided into three sections:

      1) Preparation: Gnostic Anthropological, Mythological and Esoteric information related to the Nordic Tradition, Culture Influences, and Historical Perspective which will help give us an understanding of the popularity of Runic Studies in the early 1900s (begins here)

      2) Preliminary Information for our Study: Introductory information specific to the following section which include Germanic Runic theories from the early 1900s (begins here)

      3) In-depth Study: Historical Esoteric and Gnostic-Rosicrucian Analysis of each of the individual Runes (begins here)

There are different Rune Alphabets or Rune ‘Families’, such as the Germanic (or ‘Elder Futhark’), Scandinavian (or ‘Younger Futhark’), Anglo-Saxon, Nordic, Danish, etc., that have some Runes which they share in common and others which are unique. For our Study, we will be using a Gnostic-Rosicrucian ‘Family’ of 22 Runes based on the system Huiracocha taught through his Fraternitas Rosicruciana Antiqua (F.R.A.) institution:

For our In-depth Study, we will be referring to the following sources:

  • Friedrich Fischbach’s
    1900 – Origin of Gutenberg’s Letters * [Ursprung der Buchstaben Gutenbergs]  
  • Guido von List’s
    1907 – The Mystery/Secret of the Runes * [Das Geheimnis der Runen]
    sometimes translated as simply “The Secret of the Runes”
    1910 – The Pictographic-Script of the Aryo-Germans: Aryo-Germanic Hieroglyphics [Die Bilderschrift der Ario-Germanen : Ario-Germanische Hieroglyphik]
    1914 – The Primordial-Language of the Aryo-Germans and their Mystery-Language [Die Ursprache der Ario-Germanen und ihre Mysteriensprache]
  • Ernst Tristan Kurtzahn’s
    1924 – The Runes as Salvation-Signs and for Unbinding-Fate * [Die Runen als Heilszeichen und Schicksalslose]
    sometimes also translated as “The Runes as Holy Signs and Lots of Fate”
  • Rudolf John Gorsleben’s
    1930 – The Peak-Time of Humanity * [Hoch-Zeit der Menschheit]
    sometimes also translated as “The Zenith of Humanity” or “The Zenith of Mankind” or “The High-Tide of Mankind”
  • Siegfried Adolf Kummer’s
    1932 – Holy Runic-Power * [Heilige Runenmacht]
    sometimes also translated as “Holy Rune-Might”
    1933 – Rune-Magic * [Runen-Magie]
  • Arnoldo Krumm-Heller (Huiracocha)’s
    1931-1935 – Runic Course * [Curso Rúnico]  
  • Samael Aun Weor’s
    1954 – Manual of Practical Magic * [Manual de Magia Práctica]
    1954 – Igneous Rose * [Rosa Ígnea]
    1959 – Christic Willpower [Voluntad Cristo]
    1968 – Christmas Message 1968-1969: The Magic of the Runes * [Mensaje de Navidad 1968-1969: Magia de las Runas]   sometimes also translated as “The Gnostic Magic of the Runes”
    1969 – Esoteric Course of Kabbalah [Curso Esotérico de Kábala]
    1974 – The Secret Doctrine of Anahuac [La Doctrina Secreta de Anahuac]
    1977 – The Mayan Mysteries [Misterios Mayas]
    1978 – Tarot and Kabbalah [Tarot y Kábala]
  • Instructor(s) from “Glorian” (formerly “Gnostic Teachings”)’s website
    Online Runes Course *   (Offsite) 

A * indicates primary source/text(s)



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