The “Ar” Rune According to Guido Von List

  ar = Sun [Sonne], Primordial-Fire [Urfyr], Aryans [Arier], Nobles [Adler], and so on.

I use the tenth, when through the air
ghostly riding women fly:
when I begin that magic,
they will fare confused in form and effort.

The Ar, the Primordial Fire, the Sun, the Light, will destroy spiritual as well as physical Darkness, Doubt, and Uncertainty.

In the sign of the Ar the Aryans – the sons of the sun – founded their law, the primordial law of the Aryans, of which the eagle (Aar) is the hieroglyph. It sacrifices itself, as it consecrates itself in a flaming death, in order to be reborn. For this reason it was called the “Phoenix”, from the older Fanisk (fan = generation, ask = arising, beginning). This word Fanisk therefore means ‘the beginning of generation through rebirth’; Fanisk later became the phoenix, and thus is the phoenix explained; compare Wotan’s rune song: “I know that I hung on a wind-cold tree”.

Therefore it is read as a symbolic Hieroglyphic when an eagle is laid on the funeral pyre of a celebrated hero in order to indicate that the dead hero rejuvenatingly prepares himself in death for rebirth in order to strive for a still more glorious future life in human form in spite of all the restrictions of the powers of darkness – all of which crumble before the Ar. Therefore: “Respect/Heed/Watch (Achte) the Primordial Fire!”

-Paraphrase from The Mystery/Secret of the Runes [Das Geheimnis der Runen] (1908)
by Guido Von List


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

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.

Its 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, the golden hair of the gold-hair-son, the Ar-yan. Even in “Hebrew” it is still: 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 According to Kummer & Other German Authors

  (A) The A– or Ar-Rune, Aar Eagle, the Eagle of the Sun, nobleman, Aryan, Arman, the Son of the Sun. Aar-fire = Primordial-Fire, the Son of God. Harmony = Ar-mony.

Arr = Lord [Herr], Har = the High One [der Hohe]; the Eagle [Adler]; Arahari, the spiritual Sun. This rune embodies the Ar-Primordial-Fire.

The Light-Rune, the Sun-Rune. The Ar-rune conveys the Sun’s Power [Sonnenkraft ], the Sun’s Prana [Sonnenprana ].

It is a symbol of the Son of the Sun [Sonnensohn ] rising from the Entanglement of Matter [Verstrickung der Materie ] and returning to his Light-Home [Lichtheimat ].

Armann = Sun-Man, Light-Bearer, the Sun-Priest [Sonnenmann, Lichtträger, der Sonnenpriester ].

It is also the rune of the Leader, the Initiate [Eingeweihten ] who banish all violence.

It is said to be the Rune of Certainty that resolves all Doubts, and that the Ur-Law [Urgesetz ] rests within it. Ar is the rune of Light that releases all Uncertainty and Doubt. Therefore non-“Ar-ness” is non-Truth, folly.

The Healing-Rune: the Rune of Salvation, of Healing, and of Perfection/Completion [die Rune des Heils, der Heilung, der Vollendung]. Thus, the Ar-Rune is also the rune of the Healer, the Physician [Arzt].

Concentrating on the Power of the Ar-Rune banishes all Evil/Haunting and leads to Healing. So it is also considered the Anti-Haunting-Rune [Die Spukschutzrune ].

Ar, the Light-Rune of the Sun that banishes all Haunting and Magical violence.

Ar, field, the farmer, the plowman and keeper of the divine land. Ar, Arier, the lord of the earth, Ar the landmass.

The reverse, inverse or ‘demonic’ of the Ar-rune is the non-Ar, the fool, the evil, the dark; and the unconscious, the low-blooded, creeping opponents of Divine wisdom.

Kummer says that this rune is associated with the sign of Capricorn. – Numerical value 10.


• “Respect/Heed/Watch the Primordial Fire [Urfeuer ].”
• “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 ].”
• “Your magical Light-Power [magischen Lichtgewalt ] makes every Phantom retreat.”
• “Arahari, Sun-Spirit [Sonnengeist ], Oh THOU!, lead me out of the Darkness to THYSELF!”
• “Ar-Rune Power [Ar-Runenkraft ]: driving-away Doubt, bestowing Certainty, conveying Confidence.”
• “AR: work your Beauty through me.”
• “Ar: Salvation, Healing, Perfection/Completion confer the Sun’s Power upon me.”

Sound Formulas: “Aar” and “a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a” , “ae, ai, ao, au”, “ea, ia, oa, ua”; as well as “Ar”, “Jar”, “Ra”, “Jera”, “Asa”.

Full Body Rune Exercise:
1) Face north and take the passive Is-Rune position. After the breathing exercises, one meditates, concentrating on rejecting bad influences. Then the right leg is stretched sideways with the arms & hands on the sides of the body.

One sings “A-a-a-a-r” and now physically represents the Ar-rune. Later, the practitioner can use other phonetic formulas as well: “a-a-a-r-a” and “a-a, e-a, i-a, o-a, u-a”. Only with much repetition of this position is the depth and the streaming solar power of this rune revealed to the practitioner.

The Ar-Fire will penetrate the practitioner more and more, and one will grow into the true Child of the Sun. Also this rune position had a special secret, and the door to this secret will open up to the pure practitioner.

2) Speisberger gives two other positions:
  a) Take the passive Is-Rune position, then the right arm is stretched downwards laterally and obliquely.
  b) Take the active Is-Rune position with arms raised vertically parallel above the head: then the right leg is stretched downwards laterally and obliquely, while the palms either face each other or are cupped upwards.

The Hand Rune Exercise:
The fingertips of the raised right hand point upwards and the thumb is at a right angle to the fingers and palm. Figure 10 shows the Ar-Rune hand-sign which is performed right-handed and with the thumb bent downwards as far as possible.

When singing or vocalizing the “A-a-a-a” sound, particularly Fine electrical Forces accumulate in the hand, causing the practitioner to feel a fine tingling and a slight stinging in the thumb, the base of the thumb, and the middle of the hand; at the same time, the outstretched fingers begin to vibrate slightly.

As with all the hand-signs, the exercise should be concluded with a circulation of the energies throughout the entire body. Drawing the power into the body produces a strong effect on the solar plexus. The astral color is silver-grey to bright grey-green.

Focus on the Absorption of Ar-Fire and Solar-Forces [Sonnenkräfte ] and the Intake of Fine electrical Forces [elektrische Feinkräfte ], as well as the rejuvenating and strengthening of the Life-Force [Lebenskraft ].

This rune position particularly intensifies the power in the practitioner to banish low-sensual influences and to defeat demonic black-magical powers.

-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 “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, “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    108 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, 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 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 The Magic of the Runes [Magia de las Runas] (1969)
and Igneous Rose [Rosa Ignea] (1954)
by Samael Aun Weor



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