The “Is” Rune According to Guido Von List

  is = Ice [Eis], Iron [Eisen].

A ninth I understand, when Need arises for me
to protect My Ship on the Ocean:
Then I will still the Storm on the rising Sea
and soothe the Surge of the Waves.

Through the “unquestionable/undoubting Consciousness of their own Spiritual-Power [Geistesmacht]”, the Waves are tamed/subdued [gebändigt] – “made frozen” – they freeze like Ice.

But not only the Waves (emblematic of the Will) alone, all of Life is obedient to the compelling Will. Countless examples of the Ægishjálmur or “Agis shield [Ag-is-schild]” of Wotan; or the Gorgon’s head of the Athenians, the Aegis or “Agis helm [Ag-is-helm]”; all the way down to the hunting belief & the hunter’s custom of “Making-Freeze” their prey; and even of modern Hypnosis; which are all based on the hypnotic Power of the Strong-Willed Spirit symbolized by the “Is” Rune (which is the ninth in the Runic alphabet).

Therefore: “Gain/Win [Gewinne] Power over Yourself and You will have Power over everything in the Spiritual and Physical worlds that is resisting You.”

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


The “Is, Eis, Eisen, Ich” Rune According to R.J. Gorsleben

Letter I and Number 9.

Is-Rune is ice, icicle, iron, the Self [Ich]. Everything Rigid and Solidifying; Death; the Calm in the Center (of the constantly moving world of phenomena). Also the Wave; the Will; that which eternally rotates.

Its Ur-word is Lauf meaning “Course (of affairs)” as well as Run, Function, Flow, Circulation, Motion, Orbit.

“A ninth one I sing, when danger/distress at sea forces me
To protect my ship against/from the stormy waves;
I calm the storm down, no matter how wild/billowing the sea,
And I cradle the waves to sleep.”

This is the Rune of the Self, as well as of the Personality; of Self-Control [Selbstbeherrschung]; of Determination; of Masculinity, of magical Might; of the Vertical/Perpendicular, of the World-Axis, of the extension of the Divine center to above & below, it is Movement, it is Doing/Action.

The human being is the living Is-Rune (whether he is aware of this or not). He stands vertically, under the influence of the acting energy streams and waves that go throughout the universe. Man is an antenna of nature and the cosmic effects act upon him (the beneficial as well as the unbeneficial ones), and he does what he is capable and willing to do. The cosmic rays slide [gleiten] along our spine, on their path from the heights to the depths. In this way, the initiate draws down the energies of the cosmos daily, forces which make them spiritually and physically resistant to all the rottenness that surrounds them.

The sound of the Rune is “I”. The spoken sound vibrates throughout the whole body: from the head, along the spine, down through the legs, to the centers of the feet. Lift the “I” sound (in the same way as when asking a question) and the wave-streams will rise from the heels up through the body.

The Is-Rune shows the upright human being, which corresponds to the military “at attention” command. A miracle happens then: soldiers at arms become a field filled with Is-Runes, which originates (man by man, under one command) a stone circle; each an ordered, trained world within himself which all together signify: “Gain power over yourself and you will have power over others!”

The Is-Rune also shows the obelisk, the column, the soul-axis of the world, the Irmin-column [Irminsul], the stone tablets with the law, the Arman-soul, the mast holding the “Sail” that connects us with the “wind” (the Will) of heaven.

When seen from above, this Rune is a point or hub (something like the navel of the world) around which life circles. In this function, it is the symbol of leadership and of the leader, themselves, in the center of the crowd.

When Schopenhauer characterizes the “World as Will and Imagination”, we add: Man is Wave and Rotation [Welle und Umdrehung]. The Is-Rune represents this Will in Space as a Wave. But the Wave is only an outward appearance of the Will that gave it Initiative/Impetus [Anstoß]. It is the Wave of the Will that operates within the Self, the axis between the human and the divine.

Although its value is Nine, this Rune shows us the One: the single vertical line, the ace, and the Divine Self. The Is-Rune is the magic wand that the magician carries, a symbol of the life-giving and Od-radiating Phallus (out of which the symbol of the scepter evolved). The immense energies that are in this Rune can only be fertile and alive in the hand of the man who has overcome himself.

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


The “Is” Rune According to Kummer & Other German Authors

  (I) The I– or Is-Rune is the Rune of the Self [Ich ], that is: the Inner Spirit, as well as of the Personality. The Is-rune is a positive masculine rune and the Universal-Phallus [Welten-Phallus ].

The Is-Rune expresses the generating, creating Force, the decisive Power, the active Will, the conscious Self [bewußte Ich ].

It is the rune of wise Magic, and is said to be related with the magical Force of Self-Consciousness [magischen Kraft des Selbstbewußtseins ]. It is also the Wave-Rune, the rune of the Will; it said to strengthen self-awareness and Willpower.

Since it is the rune of the Self [Ich ], it is also the rune of Self-Control & Self-Mastery [Selbstbeherrschung ]. Those who embrace this rune inwardly receive the Power to control/master [beherrschen ] themselves and others. It is also said to make one physically and spiritually more resilient.

The Is-rune hides incalculable magical Forces [unermeßliche magische Kräfte ]. It was used in ancient times by the consecrated in high mystery practices. It leads to divine magic, as well as to conscious, blessed pure procreation.

With this rune the whole cosmos, the great universe, is connected in unity. It is the eternal divine love that pervades everything; it works in all beings and always strives to bring everything back to the great Unity. “One” corresponds to the center of all being, the center of all things, to the great Union, Unity. One is the most complete of all the numbers; it represents the divine, conscious human being.

In the Runic alphabet, the Is-rune is the ninth and thereby indicates the magical Nine of completion/perfection. It is also the rune of the upright, enterprising/energetic, conscious leader and magician.

Its symbol is the World Axis, the Irmin-column or “Irminsul ”, which is also the phallus in man.

It is also an old skipper’s rune which has the power to calm the stormy sea. The ancient Vikings cut this rune into their ships. Even today, the Is-rune is used by many Nordic fishermen as a talisman.

The reverse, inverse or ‘demonic’ of the Is-rune is the Tel -rune — the negative female Part rune (the horizontal line), the temporary ego — or the negatively lying, sleeping human.

It also represents the axis of the world and of the year, the south-north of the Tree of Life, and the winter solstice. Kummer says that this rune corresponds to the Zodiacal sign of Sagittarius – Numerical value 9.


• “Gain/Win [Gewinne] Power over Yourself and You will have Power over everything in the Spiritual and Physical worlds that is resisting You.”
• “I want to be consciously connecting heaven and earth, an antenna for the rays and waves of the primordial force, which further evoke and intensify self-consciousness within me.”
• “Something in my body is blooming. Of course, it always wants to put itself in the sacred direction of the Is-Rune.”
• “Holy Is-Rune power (fertile & alive), you manifest in the hand of the one who overcomes themselves.”

Sound Formulas: “I” and “Is”; as well as “Iis”, “Isa”, “Ich”.
Full Body Rune Exercise:
1) While facing North or East, start with Marby’s or Kummer’s Is-rune position (the passive Is-rune practice), the basic military position: standing upright, legs closed, feet at right angles, hands on both sides.

2) Kummer says that, in the Is-rune position, the practitioner is tuned to specific radio-like All-waves like an antenna of nature, which are received according to the fundamental vibration of the practitioner (either good, healing and strong waves, or bad, weak, and even demonic fine-force waves).

A) With this posture, he recommends doing breathing exercises:
• Breathe in deeply through the nose counting to 7, then breathe out slowly counting to 7; Repeat 3 times.
• Then one breathes deeper, with the intention of filling the lungs completely, again counting to 7 on both the inhale and the exhale; also repeated 3 times.
• Finally, repeat the first part again.

B) He also suggests the student visualize “the image of a high God-Man, immersing themselves in this picture so much that they completely forget their body. They must wish to see the mental image ever more clearly, more vividly and more tangibly.” This exercise should take 10-20 minutes.

C) When you sing the “i” sound in this position, the sound vibrates through the whole body, it resonates from the head (from the skull over the spine) down through the legs and into the middle of the feet. If the “i” sound is raised (in the same way as when a question is posed), the wave rushes upwards, starting from under the heel, through the body. If the sender sings the “i” in different pitches, it also creates a different feeling in the body.

D) Kummer recommends spending the evening hours reading Esoteric, Occult and Religious works. And that, before going to bed, one practice the same breathing exercise and then do the following affirmation (while still in the Is-rune posture):

“My Self [Ich ] is awakening. I am a child of the All-Father, I serve Him with my higher development through which I acquire magical abilities. I am consciously walking the path toward you, All-Father and that is why I always have your protection & your blessing.

I love humanity and I am kind to the people. I will defeat all weaknesses in me as I ever create for myself a better, healthier body. I want to become wise and noble like the ancient hierophants.

I openly fight (with all my strength) all the bad, low and evil, which hinders my spiritual development. I live in harmony and send out only noble, good thoughts. Thus, through you, All-Father, I arrive at the luminous goal!”

Now the student goes to bed and sends out good thoughts and wishes. One will wake up healthy, happy and well-balanced. In the morning, after washing, one performs the morning exercises and then goes to work.

3) Speisberger suggests raising the arms (the active Is-rune practice) by putting them vertically above the head, with the palms facing each other or with palms facing forward.

The Hand Rune Exercise:
Left hand in a fist and raised up, with the index finger directed vertically upwards. Figure 9 gives the I– or Is-Rune hand-sign. Once the index finger is stretched out, one should sing the “I” sound (from a deep to a high tone) repeatedly.

In this hand sign one strongly feels the influx of cosmic energies into the tip of the index finger and the entire hand becomes warm.

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 Universal-Love [All-Liebe] and on the development of 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 “Is” Rune According to Huiracocha

Beloved Disciple: The Rune “I” or “IS”, with which we continue our studies today, is of extreme importance because it is the Rune of the SELF, that is to say, of the BEING.

The human being is a living rune, perched vertically upon the Earth like a King or Queen and Lord. In the hands of the Monarch, is the Scepter as a symbol of command and the word ‘Scepter’ comes from Skaptar which signifies Creator, Producer, etc., in the primitive Language.

Many monuments that history has considered as phallic, are only monuments of the IS Rune, but the builders of those same monuments also knew the relationship that exists between the Magician & the Phallus, and that the basis of all Magic is Sexual Magic. Kundalini, the Serpent of Fire (which has its exponent in the virile member), is what must be awakened in order to achieve the great works of the Magician.

In this Rune, the human being is the connection between the Earth and the Cosmos, between the terrestrial forces and God. All the Runes that we study are intrinsically the “I” Rune, since they all have that vertical stalk. The “I” Rune is the axis, or even better, the extension of the axis of the world where, from the center of our Globe, the forces constantly flow.

Schopenhauer placed the Will in the center of all and thus this Rune also represents Willpower, but Willpower as a Movement, that is to say, of Moving without being Moved and in this lies the great secret. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) said will “is the innermost essence, the kernel, of every particular thing and also of the whole. It appears in every blindly acting force of nature, and also in the deliberate conduct of man…”

Our mission is to prepare the disciples for White Magic, to make human beings of action, of their will, so that they may triumph in all the circumstances of Life. If the only true Human Being is the one who is a Magician, then this means to say that others are not complete, that they lack something…

What they lack is WILLPOWER, KNOWING HOW TO WILL [SABER QUERER ], in this is the Key and all the symbols thus teach it. Real Human Beings, GOD-MEN of the “IS” RUNE are required. Men who stand out, when you see them you say: “what does that man have… that is a total man (or woman)”.

The IS Rune is also the lance/spear that opens the way in order to obtain triumph, in order to achieve success, armed with all the principles that it possesses, as we are showing by explaining its different phases.

Let’s imagine the Cross. Here we also have the vertical beam traversed by the horizontal beam. If the vertical beam represents the God-Man, then the Horizontal beam, instead, symbolizes the Demon or negative principle. The Cross teaches us that we are a mixture of God and Demon. In this Rune, the horizontal beam is missing and only the God beam remains, since God is such only when we concentrate on the indicated Rune.

This Rune is the Human Magician, the Magical-Being, the Willpower-Being, the Thelema-Being, the Able or Capable Being. Nonetheless, this same God-Rune is not completely exempt from the negative part. One can think of a Personal God or an Angel (since the Deity is represented therein in all the divine concept of its purity) and then, by joining oneself with the Divine Will, we have the formation of the Superman/Superwoman, that is, the True Magician.

Already the disciple has a wealth of ideas inherent in this Rune and we finish by giving the practice. The Sign of Attention, as we know, is also a person standing on a point and in this same way the military stand “at Attention”, this is how one does the IS Rune.

We have learned that the vowels correspond to certain parts of the body and that the “I” (which is the tone of this Rune) has to resound and it has its resonance from the feet to the head.

IS, I, the Personality, converts itself into Individuality by lifting the arms up vertically in order to form a straight line with the whole body. Once in this position, one meditates on all aspects of the IS Rune (this is done mentally). Then it is a matter of attracting the cosmic forces to the Disciple by pronouncing the vowel “IIIIII………” With only this, the doors of the astral open more and more. The point is to do this Rune and to consciously personify it. This is how the human being becomes a True Magician.

In his upright position, the human being is an accumulator and an antenna of the cosmic forces (as we have learned in the Zodiacal Course). Do not forget that this antenna can attract good and bad waves in the same position. This means that you have to remain with complete Attention in order to always reject the bad ones and to learn how to only receive the good ones (for ourselves and for our fellow human beings).

This Rune’s numeric value is curious. The Nordic Kabalah says that it represents both ONE as well as NINE. We know that NINE is the number of Humanity and that ONE is the number of the Individual. This means that when the Individual and Humanity are united, and this can happen through Love, then this forms the TEN (10) which is the genuine representation of Divinity. If the number 9 is numerically a stalk placed to the right of a zero, then it is the ten figuratively. Regarding this there is a mystery upon which the Disciple must meditate.


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


The “Is” Rune in the Sunny Land of Khem (Egypt)

When they studied this Rune in the Egyptian Mysteries, they expressed that its main value consisted of its bipolarity (Masculine-Feminine) and thus, it was expressed “IS, IS”, or “ISIS” (Nature, the Prakriti, Eternal Mother Space). ISIS is the feminine part in the Mysteries and yet the IS Rune is considered to be essentially masculine. Why? Because the masculine and feminine principles can not be definitively separated, THEY ARE ONE as a single Power, the masculine virility and the eternal feminine.

Let us meditate for a moment on the S of ISIS. In the primordial language their lines were not curved, but angular and then the Rune of Victory (the SIG rune) arises. In its more primitive form, “ISIS” was expressed as “IST”. This is why so much importance was given to the pronunciation of the syllable IST in the Mysteries of Harpocrates. “HAR-PO-CRAT-IST” is a very powerful Mantram that opens the way to a great Deity or force of the Invisible.

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


The “Is” Rune According to Samael Aun Weor

One could say that, in one aspect, the IS Rune is the Phallus, within which all the power of the sexual forces is enclosed… In the profound night of all ages, in the sunny country of Khem, the IS Rune was studied within the secrecy of the Egyptian Temples. Thought was always on the bipolarity of MAN-WOMAN, MASCULINE-FEMENINE. It is clear that “ISIS” is the outcome of this thought, which is the sacred name of the ETERNAL MOTHER SPACE. In occultism, much has been said about the Prakriti, space as a MATERNAL FEMININE ENTITY, the mathematical point within which the Sun King, the Golden Child of Sexual Alchemy is always gestated.

There is no doubt whatsoever that the very root of our own Sacred Monad resides within that mysterious point. Our Particular Divine Mother, adorable and eternal, who has neither beginning nor end, is this POINT in itself.

All of the sacred powers of the MONAD (Atman-Buddhi-Manas) are found contained within our Divine Mother Kundalini. For those who are not well versed in Theosophy, we will say that all of the sacred powers of our own Spirit are found within our own PARTICULAR DIVINE MOTHER, for everyone has their own Mother within.

When we profoundly analyze the IS Rune, with mystical astonishment we discover our own BEING, the INNERMOST, the INTIMATE or INTIMUS. However, the root of our own Being is the Divine Mother, the Isis of the Egyptian Mysteries, who’s child (Horus) symbolizes our Being…

Pseudo-Esotericists and Pseudo-Occultists have spoken at length about the IMMORTAL TRIAD or TRIUNE SPIRIT of each living creature (Atman-Buddhi-Manas). However, they do not comment at all about the unfolding of Prakriti (the DIVINE MOTHER).

-Paraphrase from The Magic of the Runes [Magia de las Runas] (1969)
by Samael Aun Weor


The wonderful and glorious esoteric symbolism of the “Cow with Five Legs” is a living manifested expression of the five unfoldments of our own, very particular, Divine Mother KUNDALINI…

Let us remember the sign of the infinite, the eight lying down horizontally and equated to a five, which means, read literally, “Infinity equals five” [ ∞ = 5 ]; that is, the infinity equals the pentalpha, the Ineffable Five-Legged Cow, the star with the five points, or regular pentagonal star, that stopped MEPHISTOPHELES when he came up in response to the evocation of Doctor Faustus…

It is indispensable for the good of everybody and of each of our students to define these five aspects:

1) The un-manifested KUNDALINI.
2) Ineffable ISIS, Adonia, Tonatzin (Wisdom, Love, Power).
3) The Greek HEKATE, the Egyptian PROSERPINE, the Aztec COATLICUE (the Queen of the Infernos and Death. Terror of love and Law).
4) THE PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL MOTHER NATURE (The one that created our physical body).
5) The Instinctive Elemental Magician (The one that originated our instincts).

The “COWHERDER”, the guide of the Sacred Cow, can and must work in the Teaching of these five powers of the Sacred Cow, the Pentalpha…

-Paraphrase from Ch. 11 of The Three Mountains [Las Tres Montañas] (1972)
by Samael Aun Weor


She… as the UNMANIFESTED (the first aspect), has no symbolism among the Greeks, but in her second manifested aspect within Nature, She is the greatly adored and worshipped chaste Diana. The third aspect of the Prakriti is the blessed Goddess-Mother-Death, terror of Love and Law. She is the terrible HEKATE or PROSERPINE, Queen of the INFERNOS. Two more unfolding aspects of the Prakriti take us into the negative aspect of Nature: That which is undesirable, that in no way would be beneficial for us – the kingdom of terror and Black Magic.

It is written that all of these unfolding aspects of the Prakriti are repeated within the Microcosmos-Man. What is fundamental are the Three Superior Aspects of the Prakriti and we must learn to work with them.

The Revolution of the Consciousness would be radically impossible without the special help of our own particular ADORABLE DIVINE MOTHER. She is in herself our own BEING, the root, cause and origin of our Divine Spirit. She is Isis, whose veil no mortal has lifted. In the flame of the serpent we call upon Her.

Many people read the literature of SIVANANDA. There is no doubt that this MAN was truly a GURU-DEVA who worked intensely for this suffering humanity. This GREAT YOGI, while being in a MAHA-SAMADHI (ECSTACY), joyfully disincarnated.

Samael Aun Weor met him in the parallel universe of the Fifth Dimension. His happiness was tremendous when he witnessed that Sivananda had built his Solar Bodies in the Flaming Forge of Vulcan and he verified that this MASTER, the GREAT YOGI, had already died within himself before physically dying. Sivananda worked intensely in the GREAT WORK of the FATHER. Thus, he is a GURU-DEVA in the most complete sense of the word.

Their meeting was very special; it took place inside a precious precinct where Samael Aun Weor was teaching. Suddenly the GREAT YOGI entered and, as if wanting to recriminate him, said: “You are vulgarizing the Doctrine.” It is obvious that he was referring to the spreading of the knowledge of the MAITHUNA (SEX-YOGA) among profane people.

Samael Aun Weor answered sincerely, saying: “I am willing to answer all the questions that will be asked of me by anyone in this precinct.” However, the GURU-DEVA SIVANANDA (being an enemy of any discussion) preferred to sit in the sacred Buddhic posture, and thus submerged himself into Profound Meditation.

Samael Aun Weor felt the mind of this YOGI inside of his own innermost Self. Sivananda was diving, inquiring, exploring within his most intimate profundities. There is no doubt that Sivananda wanted to converse with the Real Being whose secret name is SAMAEL, and this he achieved.

Astonished, Samael Aun Weor could do nothing but exclaim: “Sivananda you are a true Samyasin of thought!” Filled with ecstasy, the GURU-DEVA stood up and hugged him.

Sivananda now comprehended the revolutionary statement of the Gnostic Doctrine, and exclaimed, “Now I agree with you and I will tell the whole world to read your books.”

Afterwards, he added, “I know your Mother (referring to his particular Divine Mother), I saw Her very well dressed, She wears a white mantle which reaches to Her feet.”

Let us now practice with the IS Rune and let us meditate on the Divine Mother Kundalini… The very root of our own Sacred MONAD resides within that mysterious point, the Prakriti, Eternal Mother Space. She (in herself) is our own BEING, the root, cause and origin of our Divine Spirit.

The Revolution of the Consciousness would be impossible without the special help of our own particular adorable Divine Mother (who has 5 aspects).

Practice: Standing in a straight position, let us raise our arms in order to form a straight line with the whole body, and (after praying and asking our Divine Mother for help) we must sing the Mantram ISIS, as follows: I….. sssss I….. sssss.

Prolong the sound of the two letters and divide the word in two syllables: “IS-IS”.

Afterwards, the student must lay down with their body relaxed and (filled with ecstasy) must concentrate & meditate on the Divine Mother.

-Paraphrase from The Magic of the Runes [Magia de las Runas] (1969)
by Samael Aun Weor



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