The “Ar” or A-Rune According to Friedrich Fischbach (1900)

Fischbach does not give an explanation for this Rune, but puts the Jer, Jar, Jahr Rune in its place (which we will study as the 19th Rune).


The “Ar” Rune According to Guido Von List (1907)

ar , Sun [Sonne ], Urfyr , Aryan [Arier ], Eagle [Adler ], and so on.

I use the Tenth, when through the Air
Haunting Horseriding-Women fly:
When I start the Magic, they will begin to ride confused
In their Shaping and in their Striving.

The “Ar ”, the “Urfyr ” (Ur-Fire, God), the “Sun”, the “Light”, destroys both the spiritual as well as the physical Darkness, Doubt, and Uncertainty.

The Aryans (the Sons-of-the-Sun [Sonnensöhne ]) founded their Rita (the Ur-Law) in the Character of the Ar , whose Hieroglyph is the “Aar ” (Eagle). This is because the Eagle sacrifices itself, to itself, by consecrating itself in the Urfyr to Immolation or Death-by-Fire [Flammentode ], in order to be reborn [wiedergeboren ]…

That is why the Eagle was called the “Fanisk ” and later “Phoenix”, and why – as a emblematic Hieroglyph – an Eagle flew up from the Funeral Pyre of a celebrated person, to indicate that the Deceased (rejuvenating themselves in Death) was preparing themselves for Rebirth, in order to strive for an even more glorious future Life, despite all the Repression by the Dark-Ones, which forcelessly collapses before the “Ar ”.

Therefore: “Respect/Heed/Watch [Achte ] the Urfyr !”

-Paraphrase from The Mystery/Secret of the Runes
[Das Geheimnis der Runen]
(1907) by Guido Von List

* NOTE: We present List’s information here for historical purposes. However, let us remember that every person on this planet from our present Root Race is considered Aryan, according to the Theosophical, Anthroposophic and Gnostic understanding (not just one group or color, etc). See our section about the historical use of the term ‘Aryan’ on the Historical Context page.


The “Ar” Rune According to Ernst Tristan Kurtzahn (1924)

Exoterically: Beauty [Schönheit ].
Esoterically: Completion/Perfection [Vollendung ].
Generally: Aryan, Aar (Eagle).

While in the feminine Ka-Rune    the Triangle formed by the Trunk and Arm Points downward (thus indicating the earthly Life with all its Imperfections and its almost constant torment arising from the Descent into Matter/Substance), here in the Ar-Rune the tip of the Triangle Points upward again.

This indicates the completed/perfected [vollendete ] Human Being (or ‘Aryan’), who will one day rise like a Phoenix from the Ashes of Matter/Material.

When this occurs, the perfected Human Being [or Solar-Human] will be able to soar like an Aar (a Royal-Eagle) up to their original eternal Home-of-Light which was left in Ur-Times… perhaps because of a longing for individuation and these conditioned experiences…

Nevertheless: the term ‘Aryan’ means nothing other than ‘Children- or Sons-of-the-Sun [Sonnensöhne ]’ and the Ar-Rune    is therefore also assigned to the Sun, which (for the Earth as well as for the other Planets) readily embodies the Ur-Fire.

The magical Authority of this Light-Rune disintegrates any Haunting [Spuk ], even by just thinking about it.

-Paraphrase from The Runes as Salvation-Signs and for Unbinding-Fate
[Die Runen als Heilszeichen und Schicksalslose]
(1924) by E. Tristan Kurtzahn


The “Ar, Or, Er, Ra” Rune According to R.J. Gorsleben (1930)

Letter A and Number 10.

Ar-Rune or Aar, Eagle, the royal bird, which broods in the heights and strives upward towards the Sun, the Aryan, the eagle and the solemn image of the sons of the Sun.

Dr. Friedrich Teltscher’s Ur-word is Wandlung meaning “Transmutation” as well as Transformation, Change, Alteration; Transubstantiation.

“A tenth one I find, when female magicians
fly high in the air
I cause it that they are confused and stop
all violence and destructive intent.”

Ar is the Sun Rune: Ar-Aar = eagle, Ar-yan, nobleman, Arr = master, H-ar = the high one, Har-istos = the highest one (as was mentioned in the Hagal Rune).

Or, Ar in many languages is still Sun and/or gold, even in Hebrew it is still: “[ ויהי אור ] Jehi-Or! = there is Light (Sun), Ar!

Ar is the Ar-Primordial-Fire of the Sun, and since all God worship since ancient times was worship of the light, of the Sun, in the name of the Arr, the Har, “Harr” in Upper Alsacian language, the “Herrn” (the Lord), this way also the Herd (kitchen stove or ‘hearth’), in dialect “Hard”, was everywhere in all languages the ara, this way above all also in Old Nordic language. The kitchen stove was the al-tar, the light creator and therefore also became the sanctuary of the giver of the creation of light, of the Gibor-altar (consider the rock of Gibraltar, which means Gibr = ‘rock’, al = ‘of the’, tar = ‘bird’).

The Ar-man, the Arman is the sun-Priest. In the shadow image of this Rune we could see the side of the Ar-Ganger, Ar-Walker striding to the right, towards the Rechts (Right/Law) of the Sun, who follows the Solar circle (arc = arch). He symbolically wanders, walks, strides his Destiny, the skillful Sal (the Skillful salvation of Man), who comes from the Father-House, and returns to God, returning again to the Father-House.

Thus every Man who returns again to his origin, coming from the Aar (from the Sun), and going to the Earth, is an Ar-man (a Sun-and-Earth-Man), a Light-Bearer, like the Sun itself, which goes from Rising, to Radiating, to Setting, in perpetual Cycles.

“Circling the globe I am following the rising Sun. Thus, my path to the Light is eternal like the Sun!” From the Sun and the Ar-men who follow its orbit (i.e., the Armanen, the Hermanen, the Irmine), the human being receives the law of the times and with this is the first and only law there is. The world is a place of eternal change and wandering of a will that works according to a plan and timing.

The Ar-Rune is the Aar, the eagle, that flies in circles, as well as the Sun above the stones of the Earth that are arranged in circles (like Stonehenge). And the priest who wanders in the circle following the Ar (yearly orbit of the Sun) is the Armane, the mirror image of the orbiting universe.

The cosmic man (who has the name of Adam Kadmon) had also received the name of Jahr-man from our ancestors, the Ir-mann, the Hir-mann, the Ar-man. Here also belongs the Hir-mon, Hiram, the builder of the world in the Masonic tradition. But from the Har-man, the “high man” evolves with the “Ar-many”, the ‘harmony’ of the world, which sounds in the music of the spheres… The Ar-man is, thus, also the one who plays the Ar-fa, the Harfe or Harp, the harp of the world.

If Aar is the Sun and light, then the turning away from the Sun means darkness and shadow. The Rune calls upon us to: “Pay attention to the Primordial-Law [Urgesetz ], the Primordial-Fire, and do not let yourself be pulled away and turned away from the Light-Teachings and the Light-Knowledge [Lichtlehre und Lichterkenntnis ], otherwise you will irreversibly go into the darkness of all spiritual and physical baseness [Nieder-tracht-ig-keit ].”

The words, sentences and images of the traditional Christian and non-Christian dogmas contain (when correctly read and interpreted) the same Ur-wisdom (in a symbolic language) which was kept away from humankind for a long time because of baseness and ignorance.

-Paraphrase from The Peak-Time of Humanity [Die Hoch-Zeit der Menschheit] (1930)
by Rudolf John Gorsleben


The “Ar” Rune Rune According to S.A. Kummer (1932-1933)

(A) The A-Rune, Ar, Aar , Eagle, Sun-Eagle [Sonnenaar ], Eagle-Man [Adlermann ], Elder, Aryan, Arman , the Son-of-the-Sun [Sonnensohn ]. Arr = Lord [Herr ], Aar-Fire, Harmann the high Man, the Sun-Man [or Solar Human Being], Harmony. – Numerical value 10.

Aar-Fire = the Ur-Fire, the Sun-of-God [Gottsonne ], Harmony = Ar-mony, Ar = Field/Farmland [Acker ], the Farmer, the One who Plows and the Caretaker/Caregiver of the divine Land & Soil. Ar , Aryan, the Lord of the Earth; Ar the the Measurement-of-Land (Acre) or Measurement-of-Earth.

The Ar-Rune signifies streaming Solar-Force, Sun-Light [strömende Sonnenkraft, Sonnenlicht ]. It is the Rune of Initiates and of Guides/Leaders who banish all Violence.

Ar = Arahari , the spiritual Sun, the Cosmos, the Son/Child. Ari, Arimann, Aryaman , the Sun-Man or Sun-Woman.

Aar, the High-Flying Eagle. The Eagle is still, today, the Heraldic-Animal of the Sons-of-the-Sun, who regain their strength through the Ur-Fire and become victorious, reborn, true Aryans [that is: Solar-Humans].

Ar is the Rune of the Light which resolves all Uncertainty and Doubt; it embodies the Ar-Ur-Fire. Ar , the Light- and Sun-Rune that banishes all Haunting and magical Violence.

The Demonic of the Ar-Rune is the Non-Ar , the Fool [Narr ]. Non-Ar-ness is Non-Truth, Folly. The Bad/Terrible [Arge ], the Dark. The creeping opponents of Light-Wisdom.

The Ar-Rune-Position has the following phonetic formulas: “a-a-a-r-a”, “a-a, e-a, i-a, o-a, u-[a]”

The Ar-Rune is also the Rune of the Healer, the Curer, the Doctor [Arztes ].

Motto: “Aryan [or Children of the Sun], attend to the Ar-Ur-Fire!”


Kummer’s Full Body Rune Exercise(s):

The following Rune-Position especially intensifies the Practitioner’s Force [Kraft ] to defeat & to banish low-sensual Influences [niedrig-sinnliche Einflüsse ] and demonic black-magical Powers.

Facing North, the Student takes the Is-Rune-Position. After the Breathing-Exercises follow Meditations which are directed against bad/ill/evil Influences [schlechte Einflüsse ].

One then stretches the right Leg sideways. Seen from the North, the following position results:    . One sings “a-a-a-a-r” and now physically represents the Ar-Rune    .

Only with several repetitions of this Exercise is the Depth of this Rune and its streaming Solar-Force [strömende Sonnenkraft ] revealed to the Practitioner.

The Ar-Fire will penetrate into the Practitioner more and more. One will grow into the true Child- or Son-of-the-Sun [Sonnensohn ], the Aryan [or Solar Human Being].

This Rune-Position also has a special Secret, and this Door will open up to the pure Practitioner.

Additionally, the Ar-Rune-Position has the following phonetic formulas: “a-a-a-r-a”, “a-a, e-a, i-a, o-a, u-[a]”


Kummer’s Hand Rune Exercise (‘Mudras’ or “Rune-Grips”):

The Rune Practitioner should take up the Is- or Ich- Rune-Position (Military “At-Attention”); this is followed by a deep Breathing-Exercise three times, with thoughts directed toward physical and spiritual purification; this must be observed with all the Rune-Grips. Figure 10 shows the Ar-Rune-Grip which is executed right-handed and with the thumb bent as far as down as possible.

Here, when singing the “A-a-a-a” sound especially electrical Subtle-Forces [besonders elektrische Feinkräfte ] are accumulated in the hand, causing the Practitioner to feel a subtle Tingling and a slight Stinging/Prickling in the thumb, the Base-of-the-Thumb, and the Middle-of-the-Hand; the outstretched Fingers begin to vibrate slightly.

Remember that each Rune-Grip must be repeated three times (for 3 Minutes each, followed by a short Pause in the Ich-Rune-Position between sets), since otherwise no satisfactory Collection of Subtle-Force [Feinkräfte ] can be reached in the Hand-Centers.

Thoughts or inner Meditations are directed towards Absorbing Ar-Fire and Solar-Force [Ar-Feuers und der Sonnenkräfte ].

This Grip has a particularly rejuvenating and strengthening effect on the Life-Force [Lebenskraft ].

When it is Circulated in the Body by conscious-willpower [willensbewußt ], a strong effect is produced on the solar plexus.

The astral color is silver-grey to light/bright grey-green.

-Paraphrase from Holy Runic-Power [Heilige Runenmacht] (1932)
& Rune Magic [Runen-Magie] (1933) by Siegfried Adolf Kummer.


Rosicrucian and Gnostic

The “Ar” or “Ara” Rune According to Huiracocha

Beloved Disciple:

In the Nordic Kabbalah, the AR Rune signifies change and its planetary correspondence is with the Moon. Yet, the “A” Rune is the principle of the Solar Force that dwells in us…

AR, in the primitive language, signifies SUN and in that same language this Rune was called ARA which is the other name by which it is known. ARA signifies ALTAR and specifically refers to an Altar Stone. Upon this Altar sacrifices are offered, it is a small stone that rests directly on the Altar itself where the Chalice is deposited.

In Archaic Languages and in ancient writing, these same prefixes AR and ARA are noticed in many words. Remember that Jesus (the Representative of the Light) spoke the ARAMAIC language. The mountain where Noah’s Ark rested was the ARARAT. AAR is the original word for Fire or, even better, the Central Fire. The ARAHARI of the Hindus is the name of the Spiritual Sun. Among the Persians and their ancestors: ARTA was Truth as well as Order, while ATAR was the Holy Fire.

The word HARMONY comes from the same ancient ARA. From the Greek ARI, we remember ARISTOTLE, and ARISTOPHANES. Let us also draw attention to the AR-GONAUTS who, according to the Greek legend, went on board the ARGO in search of the Golden Fleece which, without a doubt, gave rise to the Order of the Golden Fleece that was instituted by the Rose Cross.

It is also curious that the year in German is called Jahr, Jarr or Jar. “J” is the Being and “AR” is the Sun. Thus the SOLAR BEING is represented by the year. The ADAM-KADMON, the universal Man (in the primitive Language, the JAR-MAN) or Man of the Universal Sun HIRAN, the HIRAM of the Masons, the Builder of the Temple of Solomon…

The numeric value of AR is 10 or the symbol of the Man-God. All these indications should preoccupy the Neophyte and one should therefore think about the value of this Rune which is the primitive symbol of the LIGHT BEING within us.

The disciples should pronounce the mantram “A……….RI……….O……..” in order to prepare themselves for the ascension of the SUN with the    SIG RUNE… Since “AR” is the Sun, then “ARIO” is the Child of the Sun.

We have already learned that, in the ancient primitive language, the symbols have the forces in themselves and by learning to manage the Runes we arrive at the Source of the Light, at Initiation. So, next, we pass on to the    SIG Rune (the Rune of Victory).


-Paraphrase from Runic Course [Curso Rúnico] (1931-1935)
by Arnoldo Krumm-Heller (Huiracocha)
available in Gnostic-Rosicrucian Runology

By turning the AR Rune    180 degrees, we get the KAUN Rune    .

The KAUN Rune    is associated with the planet Venus and it’s kabalistic value is 6. KAUN is also associated with SEX & PROCREATION in the material sense. But, in synthesis, Huiracocha gives the words “Temptation” and “Sustain” for this Rune, and notes that among the Hindus KAMA (a similar word) signifies Desires and symbolizes the SEXUAL UNION.

In his synthesis of the AR Rune    , Huiracocha gives the words “Change of Fortune” and “Change”.

Thus, if we understand the AR Rune as the Fire or Central Fire, the Sun, the Solar Force, the Being of the Light, and that Christ (the Anointed One) is the ‘Man of the Sun’, the Ar-Man, and since the AR Rune is related to the Ara or Altar (the stone upon which sacrifices are made), then we can see that the turning or ‘changing’ of KAUN    into AR    is to use the Cubic Stone of Yesod in order to sacrifice our Defects, Desires (Egos or “I’s”) and to incarnate the Light within ourselves.


The “Ar” Rune According to Samael Aun Weor

The AR Rune represents God within man (Divinity within Humanity), the divine forces acting within the human being and the sacred Altar Stone (Ara) of life.

One day, while meditating, Samael Aun Weor abandoned his dense form and penetrated into ecstasy. Filled with a delectable, unutterable and indescribable spiritual voluptuousness and impelled by the mysterious force of longing, he arrived before the doors of the temple.

The door of the Sanctuary was sealed with a Great STONE which was blocking the way to the profane people. Oh heart, do not delay before the things of mystery! “Open Sesame!” was his exclamation and the STONE opened in order for him to enter.

So then, when some intruders tried to do the same, he had to grasp his flaming sword and cry with all the forces of his soul, “Get ye hence profane and profaners!”

Samael Aun Weor had penetrated into the Great Temple of this Milky Way, the Central Sanctuary of this gigantic Galaxy, the Transcended Church.

The terror of Love and Law reigns within this venerated place. Only the Sidereal Gods can prostrate before the Sacred ALTAR Stone [el ARA sagrada] of that terribly divine temple.

Joyfully, he advanced towards the place of prostrations and adorations.

In all the blessed places of the temple there were a multitude of humble and simple persons who were coming and going, and who resembled submissive and obedient peasants.

They were the Bodhisattvas of the Gods, they were MEN in the most complete sense of the word, creatures who enjoy Objective Knowledge, who are 100% Self-Conscious. Certainly, nothing that could be called ‘I’, ‘Me’, ‘Myself’, existed within these human creatures, these Men [or Solar Human Beings] were completely dead.

Samael Aun Weor did not see within them the desire of standing out, of ascending, of climbing until the top of the ladder and wanting to boast of themselves. These creatures had no interest in their existence, they only wanted absolute death, to lose themselves within their BEING, that is all.

How happy he felt while advancing through the center of the temple towards the Sacred ALTAR Stone (the ARA )! However, he confesses that he was marching arrogantly, energetically with a triumphant step…

Suddenly, one of those ‘humble peasants’ was walking, but blocking his way. For a moment he tried to keep walking ahead arrogantly, but, Oh God! An Intuitional lightning bolt fulminated him to death.

He then vividly remembered that in the remote past he had committed the same error while in the presence of this humble peasant. That past error was clearly still present within his mind. With horror, terror and fear, he remembered the dreadful instant in which he had been cast out of the temple with frightening words uttered from the SACRED ALTAR, amidst lightning and thunder.

The whole of this event of the past revived within his mind in a thousandth of a second. Then he repented, stopping his arrogant and proud march. Feeling remorseful in his heart, with modesty and submission, he prostrated himself before this peasant. He kissed the man’s feet while addressing him.

His joy was immense when that AUTHENTIC MAN blessed him. Samael Aun Weor felt as if he had been forgiven and joyfully continued towards the SACRED ALTAR.

Afterwards, he returned to his physical body. Many years past and yet he never could forget that temple sealed with the Sacred Stone.

PETER, disciple of JESUS the CHRIST, is the marvelous interpreter who is authorized to lift the STONE which seals the Sanctuary of the great Mysteries.

The original name of Peter is PATAR with its three radical consonants: P.T.R.

The ‘P’ reminds us of Pater, Fater, Vater, our Father who is in secret. The ‘T’ is the Tau, the Cross, the Divine Hermaphrodite, the sexual connection. The ‘R’ is fundamental in the Fire, it is the Egyptian RA and is also radical in the powerful Mantram INRI.

The FIRE is found latent within the STONE and the ancient people made the spark jump from within the living bosom of the hard flint. The CHALICE of the Christified mind has as its base the LIVING STONE, the Sacred ALTAR Stone (the ARA ).

The Mantram “ARIO” prepares the Gnostics for the advent of the SACRED FIRE.

PRACTICE: This Mantram must be chanted every morning, dividing it into three syllables: A… RI… O… prolonging the sound of each letter.

It is advisable to work with this practice for ten minutes daily.

-Paraphrase from Ch. 10 of The Magic of the Runes (originally published in 1969)
and from Ch. 15 of Igneous Rose (originally published in 1954)
by Samael Aun Weor



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