The “Bar, Beork, Bïork” Rune According to Guido Von List
bar, beork, bïork = Birth [Geburt ], Singing/Chanting [Gesang ], Stretcher/Bier [Bahre ], etc.
of a noble, in the water of life (pre-christian Baptism);
when he goes into Battle, he cannot fall,
no sword may strike him to the ground.
In the Bar rune, the Spiritual-Life in the All, the eternal Life, in which Human-Life between Birth and Death means but one Day; it stands in contrast to this day in the life in human form, which goes from “bar” (Birth) through “bar” (Life as a Song) to “bar” (Stretcher/Bier, and thus Death), and which is consecrated & celebrated through the “Water of Life” in the Baptism.
This (Day)-Life is bound by being Born and Dying, and even if Destiny has not at once appointed a ‘death sword’ for the child — he is still exposed to this and many other dangers. For in spite of the determination and dispensation of destiny, Accidents [Zufall ] are governed by the free will of men, and the Consecration/Blessing [Weihesegen ] should be effective against such Chance-Accidents [Zufallsfügung ].
Chance? Actually there is no such thing as chance, since all events without exception are in the great web of fate (as “warp and woof” * ) all well ordered. Even for clairvoyants, however, what concerns woof (the cross-weave) is only visible with difficulty. The recognizable straight warp (of the effects of earlier causes) are always in turn other causes that trigger coming effects (which again form causes that trigger effects, in an unending genetic series) being visible and calculable to seers and initiates.
The oldest Nordic mystics already recognized this, and therefore portrayed the rulers of fate (the three Norns) as weavers of fate. The Norns, out of the warp and woof, weave the raiment of time, that is, fate. Yet, this fate is based on the free will of men.
Although the Germanic peoples did not recognize any “blind Faith”, they did believe in a kind of Predestination (in the greater sense), but they intuitively saw that many restrictions (Accidents!) stood in the way of the completion of predestination in order to strengthen the power needed to fulfill them.
Without these Accidents, for example, every pine tree would have to be strictly symmetrical in all its parts; each one would have to be the same as the next, while in fact no two can be found that are exactly alike, and so it would have to be the same in human life; all without any difference, instead uniform and equal.
For this reason the newborn should be consecrated with the “Water of Life” against impending accidents. The church, also, in a clear reference to the “Water of Life”, is supposed to use as baptismal water so called ‘living water’, that is: spring or flowing water, and rejects standing water from ponds or lakes.
Therefore: “Thy Life is in God’s Hands/Touch [Hand ]; trust God [ihm ] in Thyself!”
-Paraphrase from The Mystery/Secret of the Runes [Das Geheimnis der Runen] (1908)
by Guido Von List
* NOTE: “Warp and Woof” means the threads in a woven fabric, therefore symbolizing the ‘fabric’ of a thing. The warp (threads running lengthwise) and woof (threads running crosswise) create the texture of a fabric. By extension, this statement can refer to the fundamental structure of any process, system, or concept/thing.
The “Bar, Birk, Björk, Bor” Rune According to R.J. Gorsleben
The Bar Rune, the Mountain that conceals and protects the Birth, the Child, but which also gave birth to it.
Pregnancy, birth, load, life task, occupation/profession.
Its Ur-word is Lenkung meaning “Fecundity” as well as Impregnation, Fertilization, Implanting, etc.
with holy water [so that]
when he faces the foes he cannot die
and no sword will fell him into the soil.”
Bar means birth, life, Pair [Paar ], Both [Beide ], to Give Birth [Gebären ], reach [ragen ], as well as barduit = folk song. To be Born – the fountain as female symbol, the eternal spring of humans, but also Stretcher/Bier [Bahre ] and ‘bar’ (as in “bar none”; here ‘bar’ means nothing left, empty). This also reminds us of “Bar-run”, a run to the end!
But primarily, Bar means life, both that which gives birth and that which itself is born. The BAR Rune symbolizes everything that has to do with life: being born, living and dying, as well as all hopes and wishes, fear and joy, which are connected with it. The loaf of “bread” is a symbol of man everywhere, and a symbol of birth: hundreds of shapes of bread and of types of bread show such connections. Bread, symbolically, is also “the body of the Lord”. Bread is composed of bar-od = spirit of life; to fry, to brood are ideas kin to it.
If we look at the tipped-over BAR rune (the pair- or pairing-up-Rune), then we recognize two mountains elevated in the Tel– or Teil-Rune ^ , which is the female the “Sie” Rune — (the horizontal line). Therefore we see the double symmetrical breaking out, but also: that which is protected, hidden, stored. The Berg (mountain) and the Bärmutter (uterus in old German).
We are immediately reminded of the partition of cells, of the origin of mountains, of Protection [Bergen] (and, thus, the mountains which protect and conceal [verbergen ] something). We are reminded of the pairing-up [paarung ], the evolving of the Two from the motherly One. Thus, the BAR Rune is the symbolic representation of budding, no matter if we have in mind the budding of leaves or blossoms or the budding of the embryo in the mother’s womb.
When seen from the side, the BAR Rune shows the image of the pregnant mother; it points to the position of the unborn child in the mother’s womb… The child in the womb is also something that is protected in a ‘mountain’ [berg ], in a ‘Hideout’ [Berge ], until it is “born”. For this Ur-image the ancients had the BAR-Rune in their Ur-script language and sometimes the BAR-Rune is referred to as the Mother-Rune.
In essence, the word root BAR means: that which is of the earth, that which has become flesh, that which is the animal nature in humanity, that animal-human nature. With birth, the human being enters the struggle for its existence, and therefore we are not surprised that this Rune is attributed to the war god Mars.
If we omit one of the two mountains (or Tel– or Teil-Rune ^ ) of the BAR Rune , then a new Rune emerges: the Son-Rune with the name of Pard .
The Pard Rune is obviously similar to the THORN Rune (both being from the same Runic origin); it is the Rune of the Son, who hangs on the cross of the world. Here we may remind you once more of the “son of man”, the “Christ”, who is called in Aramaic language “Bar-hvarn” (similar to Bar-man).
The reader may recognize the narrow and thousand-fold connections which evolved from the Ur-fountain of the Divine and of the esoteric correspondences that can elevate us to creators. Our forefathers still had a clear imagination, a knowledge and capability of this secret. Therefore they were capable of using the Ur-script of language following the revelations of the spiritual powers in procreation, and which can still become truth for every seeker. In the beginning was the Word!
Consequently the BAR Rune is also the Rune of the Bard, the singer, who teaches folks song [Barduit ] to the people and who sings to them. Song and language are processes of procreations on a spiritual level. It is the power of speech, the root of all things. The larynx as seat of language, of the voice, has been recognized anatomically as an organ of procreation, as a procreative Ur-organ, for a long time now and it has amazing connections to all sexual processes of evolution.
-Paraphrase from The Peak-Time of Humanity [Die Hoch-Zeit der Menschheit] (1930)
by Rudolf John Gorsleben
The “Bar” Rune According to Kummer & Other German Authors
Bourn = spring, fountain of health; but also the stretcher/bier (representing illness, injury & death), being imprisoned, leaking away.
Bas, the breast, the Mother’s womb. The Rune of birth and procreation, concealment, being hidden, burrowing.
Bar-bar-bar, that is: the thrice reborn. The Bar -Rune lays bare to us the idea of Birth originating in primordial Birth.
– Numerical value 13.
• “Bar-Bar-Bar: In the Trinity, give birth to me!”
• “Holy-Bar-Rune: Dissolve the bonds that are entangling me, and enclose me in your protective power.”
• “The Bar-Rune’s Consecration-Blessing [Weihesegen ] defies Chance/fate/destiny [Zufall ], decreasing the evil-willed Powers [übelwollender Gewalten ].”
• “Safe in the Bar-Rune, I enjoy the Fruit of my Wishes [Wünsche Frucht ].”
• “A new Life begins with the Bar-Rune’s birthing Might [gebärende Macht ].”
Sound Formulas: “Bar” and “Ba-be-bi-bo-bu”; as well as “bar-bor-birk-biork-bjork”, “Beork”, “Berche”, “Brikal”, “Berkane”, “Born”.
Full Body Rune Exercise: Stand upright in the passive Is-Rune posture. The left arm is bent at the elbow, with left palm on the hip. The left leg is bent at the knee, with the left foot at a right angle with the right ankle (sideways). Elbows and knees form the two corners of the Bar rune. Can also be practiced on the right.
The Hand Rune Exercise:
The Bar-Rune sign is produced with the arms raised above the head, as Figure 13 shows.
Here the practitioner, if they are well centered, will observe the intake of power into the hands, as well as into the body. This may be experienced like a light fluttering feeling, as if the higher Spirit and higher magical abilities were being born or engendered by the energies from this Rune-sign. Often, after weeks of daily practice, the feeling appears more strongly perceptible. Persistence leads to the goal. The astral color is bright blue by day, bright violet by night.
Concentrate on the development of higher magical & mystical abilities & powers; internalization; and rebirth in the spirit.
As a sign of salvation for the Edda, it promises a solution to imprisonment; it frees one’s spiritual awakening from inhibiting bonds, and resolves all entanglements; this Rune leads to inner freedom and external independence.
-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 “Bar” Rune According to Huiracocha
This also brings to our memory BARA or the primitive measurement equivalent to a ton. We have already said that “AR” is the name of the Sun and by placing a “B” in front of “AR”, we bring that Sun to the Earth.
AR-BAR-MAN is the primitive name of Abraham. Baron (BAR-ON) is son or child of the Earth, of the native land.
This Rune’s shape is like an M sitting obliquely on a vertical beam and also encloses in itself (in the same way) the SIG or Victory Rune. On the other side is seen a certain resemblance to the symbol of AQUARIUS and this symbol in Mayan or in Egyptian. This was copied by Plongeon from the Monuments of the Yucatan and by Bunsen from the Pyramids of Egypt.
These symbols are something like two mountains that we find among the Mexicans in the rituals of the afterlife when the soul has to necessarily pass between these two mountains, remembering the pair in the famous picture of Duero entitled: “Between God and the Devil.”
This Rune is similar in structure to our letter B.
While TYR (which is high, elevated) is the Macrocosmos; BAR, on the other hand, is the Microcosm.
The PAR-PARIS Rune from Latin, means that it is even or equal or coupled with the TYR. Hence also comes the etymology of parting and parturition (giving birth), that is, making pairs, halves or doublets.
Christ, in ARAMAIC, is consequently BAR-HAM, that is, Child or Son of Man, Child or Son of Earth and of Heaven.
The students of Oriental Theosophy will remember the MANAS or Superior Spirit. BAR-MANAS is, without a doubt, Son or Child of the Superior Spirit of the Earth.
The most curious thing is that, in the primitive language or tongue, the word BAR is used also for ‘to be born’ as well as ‘to subsist’ and ‘to die’. It was, therefore, as we have already mentioned, the Past, Present and Future, the three enigmas of time.
The trinity in the solar mysteries is called TRI-BAR. In this consists also the initiatic teaching that death signifies for the Initiate a new birth or rebirth. When Jesus said, “LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME,” he meant these newly born or reborn persons.
BAR ends with the dark significance of death.
History must be greatly corrected and when we are no longer slaves of Romanism, it will be done. The greeks and romans called foreigners “BAR-BAR-OS” and for this reason, over time, it was believed that only in the greeks and romans existed true culture and civilization. For them the Nordics were ‘Barbarians’ who worshiped the Sun when the greeks and romans had forgotten this rite and had lost the key, confusing their symbols and their Gods with the facts and the laws themselves.
The Runes have their corresponding zodiacal sign and thus TIR corresponds to Pisces and BAR to Aries. This teaches us that after a year dies, then a new one is born, which is like the snake that bites its tail, as a symbol of eternity. That union is another reason for always giving these runes united in practice.
BAR numerically is worth 13. This number is believed by many as a figure of bad luck, but among us, we believe it is good.
BAR is the Earth, but as the Holy Land influenced, united with the TYR, with the Zodiac, with the Sun and their respective forces. We can not conceive of our Earth without the Sun. When the Sun is destroyed, then the Earth will, no doubt, die of cold, and this is because the Earth and the Sun are as inseparable as TYR and BAR.
For this reason the exercises should be done taking a position that is facing the Sun, with hands raised, as already described above and saying as Mantram or sacred word “T i i i i r r r r B a a a r r r r” with this we join the higher forces of Heaven with all those that are directly related to our physical conditions.
-Paraphrase from Runic Course [Curso Rúnico] (1931-1935)
by Arnoldo Krumm-Heller (Huiracocha)
available in Gnostic-Rosicrucian Runology
The “Bar” Rune According to Samael Aun Weor
When we study COSMIC GRAMMAR, then we can verify for ourselves that an intimate relationship exists between the RUNES TYR or TIR and BAR. TIR esoterically corresponds to the zodiacal sign of Pisces, and BAR blazes & shines in the brilliant constellation of Aries. This reminds us of the existing occult relationship between WATER & FIRE, between Death & Life.
If we place the letter B before the sacred syllable AR, then we indicate the necessity of attracting the Sun to the Earth. To Incarnate the CHRIST within oneself is what is vital, cardinal and fundamental in order to convert oneself into the SON OF MAN. This is the only way in which to have the right of entering into the order of MELCHIZEDEK. It is good for the Children of the Earth to know that the SOLAR RACE dwells within the JINN lands of the One Thousand and One Nights. Truly, it is URGENT, INDISPENSABLE and NECESSARY to convert ourselves into KINGS & QUEENS and PRIESTS & PRIESTESSES of nature in accordance with the Order of MELCHIZEDEK. This is the only way to be saved.
It is beneficial to explain to people that the VEIL OF ISIS, the ADAMIC SEXUAL Veil, can only be lifted up by the intimate CHRIST. The SON OF MAN is born from the fire and the water. This is the SYNTHESIS-RELIGION, the doctrine of JANO with its three radicals: I.A.O. But the CHILDREN OF THE EARTH abhor this Doctrine, since their motto is: “LET US EAT AND DRINK, SINCE TOMORROW WE WILL DIE.”
Three types of churches exist:
2) Second, the Failing Church, represented by those who abhor the INITIATIC STONE.
3) Third, the Militant Church, represented by the others, such as Mary Magdalene, Paul of Tarsus, Kundry, and Amphortas, who are still in rebellion against the seductive Luciferian fire.
The Triumphant CHURCH is certainly the church of the brethren who have already remounted upon the rough path of salvation (“Per Aspera ad Astra” as the Latin Motto says, meaning “Through Difficulties to the Stars”) and are the true Children of God in the most beautiful mystical sense. The Children of God and the Son of Man are synonyms in CHRISTIC Esotericism. They are the knights of the HOLY GRAIL.
PRACTICE: You must intelligently combine the exercises of the Rune BAR with the exercises of the Rune TYR or TIR. Place the arms high above the head, descending them while the hands are cupped as shells, and while singing the mantras TIR, BAR, as follows:
Objective of this practice:
1. To wisely mix the Magical forces of the two Runes within our own interior universe.
2. To awaken the CONSCIOUSNESS.
3. To intimately accumulate Christic atoms of high voltage.
-Paraphrase from The Magic of the Runes [Magia de las Runas] (1969)
by Samael Aun Weor
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