The “Ka, Kaun, Kan” Rune According to Guido Von List
ka = chew [kaun ], kan, kuna , pine [kien ], keel/boat [kiel ], kon, daring/bold [kühn ], none [kein ] (nothing [nichts ]), and so on.
with a strange Tree Root;
The hurt with which the Man threatened me
does not hurt me, but Ruins him.
The Yggdrasill “World-Tree” [Weltbaum ] means, in the narrower sense, the aryan Folk-Lineage/Trunk [Volksstamm ], beside which the Folk-Lineage/Trunk of foreign races [fremdrassigen ] are seen as savage/wild Trees [wilde Bäume ].
The Runic-Term “kaun ”, “kunna ” (Maid) demonstrates the feminine Principle [weibliche Prinzip ] in the All, in the purely sexual Sense [Verstande ].
The Lineage/Trunk, the Race, is to be purely preserved, it must not be defiled by the “savage/wild Tree Roots” (Phallus). But if it did happen, it would be of little use to the “savage/wild Tree”, because its “savage/wild Rice-Plant” would grow to become its own raging Enemy [wütendstem Feinde ]. Therefore: “Your Blood [Blut ], your highest Possession/Good [Gut ].”
-Paraphrase from The Mystery/Secret of the Runes [Das Geheimnis der Runen] (1908)
by Guido Von List
* NOTE: We have presented our position on race in our Precursors to Modern Runology page. Unfortunately, Guido Von List wants to incorporate a particularly racial element into his interpretation of this Rune’s meaning. We present it for historical purposes and to show three of his specific Runic associations:  the feminine Principle,  the Phallus as the ‘Root of a Tree’, and  the Blood as something precious.
The esoteric significance of Blood is something that we should understand: within it are the principles necessary for our health, strength and development. It symbolizes the synthesis of what we are internally, and is also related with our personal Karma.
The idea that the contamination or defiling is by ‘savage/wild’ elements (lacking order) should be interpreted, instead, as Egoic contamination of ourselves (our internal lineage or connection to the Divine), then we understand how the growth of the Ego within ourselves becomes our own ‘raging Enemy’.
The “Kun” Rune According to R.J. Gorsleben
Kun or Kaun Rune: Gender, Kein-Torch means Burning and Heat/Rut/Lust, but also the Caduceus (Latin: cunna), the Royal-Will [Königswillen ] which (with Skill and Daring) creates Forms, shapes Peoples, and refines the wise Order of the Reproductive-Instinct of the Genders.
Its Ur-word is Bestehendes meaning “that which is Existing” as well as Existent, Having Being, Alive, Sustain, Bear, Stand, Endure, Pass, Get Through, etc.
Hurts me with the tree’s fresh root,
I am not hurt, but the offender is devoured
By the ruin with which he threatened me.”
The family of words kaun, kan, kin, kühn, kuna, keim, kiel, gon, gen are expressions of procreation, as is the image of the Rune with the branch, the angle (which comes to a head or point), clearly shows us.
The Rune is composed of the IS-Rune or rune of the Self (the vertical line) with the BAR-line or Life line (the ascending line). But BAR is also the child, and so the Rune also means life and the son, who descends from our Self (as does the branch from the tree trunk). Birth is always a branching, an angle, a bend in the straight line of procreation.
Be aware of the sprout in the Rune image, the Kühn-, Kien-, the Light torch, the procreator of light, the Light-pole or phallus.
The Rune is also an image of the torch, which, by generating fire, brings light, and which announces [kun-det ] light. In the announcement [Ver-kün-digung ] the angel always has the stiff stem of a lily in its hand and the Kala, the lily, is the world tree, the family tree, but also a phallic symbol. The announcement tells Mary of the arrival of the child [Ver-kin-dung ] humanly, and the announcement of Divinity, spiritually.
From the Kun-Rune the number 6 is also derived, as is shown by the letter G, because G and K were originally the same letter: G = 6, six (Latin: sex ) and G = Gender (Latin: sexus ). Turning the number 6 over, we get the phallus no doubt… The K sound stands for that which originated, or descended, from the inside, the capability in the material world and knowledge in the mental & spiritual realms.
It is the King’s Rune, the Rune of the capable, or the one who ‘can’ and who has resources in all respects, through material and procreation. Konr is the aristocratic offspring in the Rigsmal of the Edda, who acquires the royal and capable arts (which were, above all, the knowledge concerning the Kon- or Kun- Rune). From the Ur-word Konr (meaning: the one who can, the king) comes also the Hebrew Kohen or Cohen meaning ‘Priest’. Let us not forget Genghis Khan, as well.
The Kun, Kon or Gon- Rune appears as the letter “Gamma” Γ in the Greek alphabet. It is also the Rune of the guru or kuru (who is master of magic), the Cher-ubs (heavenly creatures who guard the Garden of Eden), the Kyr -ios (Greek: ‘Lord’ or ‘Master’), the Küren (German: ‘Elect’), Kern (German: ‘Core’, ‘Seed’ and ‘Essence’); Kyrr = master. Kirren means ‘to make a person obedient by means of loosening and orders’, it means ‘to rule’. Kyr -ie Eleison is Greek, meaning “Lord, have Mercy” or “Lord, redeem us!”. Here the Lord is called, the Kyrr , the Kuru , who is the chosen Lord and Master.
In the shape of this Rune, we see the shape of the one who is capable (the magician, the king, who owns magic & power), in the ancient position of prayer (when calling the Lord, the Sun), but as seen from the side, and when seen from the front, we see the shape of the MAN Rune. He sings the Song or Canticle because he “can” do so. The Cantus (Latin: ‘Singing’ or ‘Chant’) has word- and sound- magical effects upon the listener (consider the word ‘Incantation’). It is the capability, the kaun, kun, chon, the “chant” of the singer, who enchants those who listen through the light of their voice or lux canalis (Latin: ‘pipes of light’).
-Paraphrase from The Peak-Time of Humanity [Die Hoch-Zeit der Menschheit] (1930)
by Rudolf John Gorsleben
The “Ka, Kaun” Rune According to Kummer & Others
Ka is the rune of pure, conscious, generation and Reproduction. It is the rune of Abstammungs (Genealogy, Heritage, Lineage or Parentage) and therefore: Inheritance. As well as of Zeugungs (Generative/Generating, Producing, Begetting, Breeding) and Geschlechts (Gender, Sex).
Its Sound, “k”, indicates spiritual and physical skill/ability in: Healing/Cures [Kuren ], Art [Kunst ], Expertise [Könner ], as a Specialist [Könnerin ]; and also refers to: King & Queen [Kon & Kona ], Kano, the Arkona as a feminine Symbol; the Knowing One [Norne Kala ], the Knowledge-Tradition secret.
The Ka-rune is also the rune of the royal art, magic, astrology and of runic knowledge. It is the rune of the Guru, the Master, the Magician, the Secret-Knowledge-Scientist [Geheimwissenschaftlers ] and of the higher/superior Mysteries [höheren Mysterien ].
The reverse, inverse or ‘demonic’ of the Kaun-rune is Ko or Kohn: sunken wisdom, law & order, selfishness, mismanagement, abomination and greed.
Kummer says that the Kaun-rune is associated with the sign of Virgo; however he also considered this to be the Rune of Summer Solstice. – Numerical value 6.
Two Ka-Runes together have the following associations:
2. Two Experts, two who are Secretly-Trained, combine/connect in order to Work together.
• “I can – I will – to become a Rune-Expert [Runenkundiger ].”
• “I can do whatever I wish [Ich kann, was ich will ].”
• “High ability (Expertise) is given to me by the Ka-Rune Force [Ka-Rune Kraft ].”
• “Cosmic Knowledge, cosmic Wisdom proclaims itself to me through the Ka-Rune Power [Ka-Rune Macht ].”
• “The Ka-Rune-Mystery [Ka-Runenmysterium ] reveals itself to me through the Power of the KA.”
• “Man & Woman, Kon & Kunna, the mystical Secret [mystische Geheimnis ] of the “Six” in the “Ability/Power [Können ]”, in the Ecstasy of material and spiritual Witnessing [Zeugens ].”
Sound Formulas: “K” and “ka, ke, ki, ko, ku”; as well as “Kien”, “Kun”, “Kaun”, “Kon”, “Kona”, “Kuna”, “Konr” [consider also: Captain, Key, King (or Kyr/Kir, Kohen), Queen and Kuru or Küren].
Full Body Rune Exercise:
Facing any direction, the practitioner again takes the Is-Rune position, raises both arms diagonally forward (with the open palms facing forward), so that when seen from the side one appears in the shape of the K-rune.
The student breathes full & deep, the Ka All-Waves now penetrate into their palms, flooding the arms, and then the whole body.
The student turns, in this position, to the East and sings in a deep chest-tone the “K” or “Ka” sound.
Then the student turns to the North in slow rotation again, changing several times between North and East, while noting the All-waves, which are now pulsing in the body.
After this practice, you say with all your strength:
The Ka-rune can also be experienced very well using the phonetic formula: “ka-ke-ki-ko-ku”.
If one performs this exercise in the sunlight or moonlight, one will feel the K-waves even more strongly, and even perceive a loosening and resounding in the umbilical region. The practitioner should eventually experience an inexpressibly beautiful, high All-Connectedness.
Spiritual doors which open up deeper insights of life (on this side and beyond) are revealed to the pure, aspiring brother or sister. But this does not cover the K-rune in all its depth… Brothers and sisters, search with a pure, conscious will, then you too will find it.
Kummer ends his description of the practice by saying “Those who practice a rune with selfish thoughts and evil desires will have a hard time making amends for it. I am giving a warning.”
Speisberger gives the following description of the Rune position: Face North and take up the passive Is-Rune position. Then the arms are raised obliquely upward in parallel, with the palms facing down. Later turn to the east. Also practice with the palms facing upwards, and/or use one arm instead of two.
For the “Binding” Rune position, Speisberger explains: the two practitioners face each other in the Ka-Rune position: with either the fingertips of the Worship-Partners [Kultpartner ] touching, or with their palms against each other.
The Hand Rune Exercise:
With the left hand, the closed fingers of the palm point upwards, while the thumb is at a 45° angle with the palm of the hand. The practitioner vocalizes or sings “Ka” and can also use “ka-ke-ki-ko-ku”.
When solemnly practiced, this hand-sign brings about a feeling of becoming physically Freer and Lighter. Afterwards, Kummer detected a sulfur-like smell on the left fingertips. Kummer says the color vibration is white to ivory.
The practitioner vocalizes the mantrams, while focusing on Spiritual & Physical Balance, on Higher Ability (Expertise) and on Spiritual Creativity (Procreation).
-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)
Masonic “Vault of Steel” from a French document,
where the Masons are making the Ka Rune with their arms (and swords).
This is, apparently, also used in the Masonic Wedding Ceremony
when the Bride & Groom enter…
Additional Note: Kummer’s Comments for the Practitioner
In this same chapter on the Ka or Kaun Runes, Kummer also says the following:
Later, with regular, conscious, daily repetition: the Is-rune mystery will also be revealed to the practitioner. I can not tell the student, I can only be a guide. But after a lot of effort the practitioner will succeed, walking the steep path of the initiate and learning to keep quiet…
It is always better if the student practices the rune positions outdoors (whenever possible) because rooms are often permeated by ‘radio waves’, which are not good for the student in their early stage of development and are absorbed by them unconsciously. Also, consider that the walls, the ceiling, and the floor of the room are heavily drenched with the influence of the moods, occurrences and thought powers of former occupants. Was one of the previous owners of the apartment suffering, melancholic, hateful, or predisposed to strong passion (perversity), or had someone who had committed suicide, etc., lived in it? If, as luck would have it, on a day of practice the star positions for demonic influences prevail, then the student can be greatly weakened and damaged afterwards.
That is why one practices outside or with the windows open. In the wintertime one airs out the room well before the exercises, then closes the window and draws the magic circle around themselves. To do so, the practitioner proceeds with the index finger extended, drawing a circle around themselves on the floor, while speaking sharply and thinking:
All my spirit, soul and body serve the forces in a good sense, all cosmic, divine, All-waves are not a hindrance since I vibrate in harmony with them and I have made a protective wall of them, and also the force-waves which have been produced vibrate in me.”
Dear brother or sister: if you find rune secrets, then show yourself worthy. Even today, you are often in rune positions in everyday life, and even if you do not know anything about the effects of these rune powers, you are still influenced by them. Therefore, observe and listen within yourself, and new, higher knowledge will come to you.
Be a spiritual warrior and listen to the voice within (this is related with your blood).
Always have thoughts of confidence and believe firmly in the success of your good pursuit. Should a failure happen to you, earnestly seek the reason within yourself and you will find it.
Also, the student should notice that their hair is an antenna that receives the finest radio-waves of the Universe and then guides them through their body. That is why one wears the hair long (if one’s hair is finer, higher, finer waves are received). For one’s continuing spiritual development is also refined in the hair. One does not anoint the head by wetting it with Pomade or Brillantine, etc., which only isolates and prevents the influx of All-waves.
People who were not supposed to have self-awareness & self-confidence and had to serve Mamon had their hair shorn, in ancient and modem times. I am thinking of slaves and nuns. The monks and Roman priests had the tonsure cut.”
-Paraphrase from Holy Runic-Power [Heilige Runenmacht] (1932)
Rosicrucian and Gnostic
The “Kaun” Rune According to Huiracocha
But we should not neglect, therefore, our rhythm or the feminine part in us and for that we are directed to the practices of the K Rune. This Rune is called KAUN in the Nordic Mysteries and although the RITA Rune is under the influence of Jupiter (the Personality), KAUN is subject to Venus, its numerical value being 6 and the stones that correspond to it are Chrysotile and Agate.
In the Mysteries, they say that it is the RUNE OF THE SUMMER SOLSTICE and that we must shelter under it, on June 24th, the day of the Roses. Hence we had to do this writing on the expressed day separating ourselves for a few moments from the ceremonies that we did in the Temple.
A high Initiate has told us that the K Rune is the sword of the Magician, and it was very difficult for us to understand how this was signified in regards to the woman. Sword and Woman appear to be in rare contrast to each other, for us…
KAUN, in our ritual are the forces of Nut (pronounced “Noot” or “Newt”), the feminine principle or ETERNAL FEMININE as the great Poet and Philosopher Goethe calls her.
The number of this rune, Six (sechs in German), has the same etymology as the word Sex…
KAUN gives us the basis for the German word Können (power/ability) and of the word CAN in English (capable) and this comes to reveal to us some more of the mystery of the Rune.
It, in its strange structure, is composed of the I or IS Rune and of an arm, like in a beaker, providing the sword for the Magician.
Let’s consider the following: The Nordics called the Master or Guide by the word KURU which crept into India with the same meaning of Guide and Master. But, behold, the Nordic peoples were not guided by male Magicians, but only by intermediary Priestesses or sorts of psychics , by whose mouth only the Divinity spoke…
This explains this double meaning of the KAUN Rune, Sword and Woman at the same time.
However, the Woman, the wife, can only serve as a guide to the man with whom she is harmoniously united and this usually happens when in marriage… On the other hand, we have male and female Glands, rhythms of one and another character with the exercises of this Rune we will develop the latter.
Ka, Kan, Kon, Con, is an Egyptian Deity whose significance is: the ASTRAL BODY. It is necessary to take into account that the ASTRAL is the intermediary between the divine and eternal spirit (in all its extension) that invades us, and the material body that we possess. With these explanations, those who look and see with discerning eyes, will have noticed that we have unveiled, as much as possible, the veil of this Mystery. KAMA, among the Indians, in addition to signifying the Desires, also symbolizes the SEXUAL UNION…
The Goddess FREYA, had the K Rune as a shield and FREYA signifies ‘Easter Redemption’. She is the “Ostara” of the Germans.
The Shield of the Arcona (‘Ar-Kona’ or ‘Ar-Kaun’), is a Woman or, rather, an Eagle with the head of Woman. AR signifies “SUN”. So the SUN-WOMAN is, therefore, the feminine principle of the solar forces, which is what we must learn to handle…
Sexual Magic is difficult when there is not a trained willpower. That is why the preceding Rune goes, then, only with the subjective forces of the willpower, this is how we can verify the experiences of High Sexual Magic.
Rhythm-Law in everything is necessary before we begin and go deeper into these Mysteries, because the more we touch them, the greater they have to appear to our eyes. And here is our lamentation. An infinite desire to give everything we know, following, without obstacles, to strike with the hammer.
May everyone realize or learn what we do because it is an unheard of suffering not being able to speak and to have to teach, even more so, when our own Being constantly urges us to give everything white and clean, pure and without blemish.
But it is necessary to prepare, to predispose the listener or the student, to make them recognize and comprehend, that to open their senses and to be like the petals of a Rose which is open to the Sun, waiting to bind all the honey and to exhale all the perfumes.
In the end, K is the Rune of Procreation and shows us that, in order to produce the Rose Cross, one must know that it is a sacred act in which we must provide a body or vehicle to a Higher Being and not to whomever.
If the Rose Cross disciples who inherit their sacred and hidden knowledge from parents to children did not do this, then they would be lacking in their primordial duties.
Consequently, one must take oneself to this act with knowledge of what it is and calculating the constellations so that they facilitate a birth with all the probabilities of spiritual success…
The disciples should meditate on this, in order to do the exercises we must concentrate the mind on the purity of the blood and complete the previous exercises. All this will be a step forward in the path of Initiation.
NOTE: In the Lesson on the Man Rune, Huiracocha gives the follow related explanation:
-Paraphrase from Runic Course [Curso Rúnico] (1931-1935)
by Arnoldo Krumm-Heller (Huiracocha)
available in Gnostic-Rosicrucian Runology
The “Kaum” Rune According to Samael Aun Weor
Javhe was a Priest and Warrior among the people of Lemuria. Everybody loved, adored and venerated him. The Hierophants of the Purple Race granted to him the high honor of using armor, crest, helmet, shield and sword of pure gold. This warrior-Priest was shining like a flame of gold under the thick jungle of the sun. Upon his symbolic shield, VULCAN had engraved many prophesies and terrible warnings.
Woe! Woe! Woe! This man committed the error of betraying the Mysteries of VULCAN. The Lucifers of that epoch (who were floating in the atmosphere of the ancient continent of Mu) taught him Black Tantrism (the Maithuna with the ejaculation of the Ens Seminis ). What is most grave in this matter is that this man (who was so loved and venerated by all the world) allowed himself to be convinced and began to practice this type of pernicious Sexual Magic with certain women.
Therefore, it is clear that the igneous serpent of our magical powers descended through his medullar canal and developed the abominable Kundartiguador Organ in Javhe’s Astral Body. This is how this Angel fell and, through all the ages, converted himself into a terribly perverse demon.
Javhe is that demon who tempted Jesus the Christ after having fasted in the wilderness, this Demon tempted him and said: “If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread”. Jesus answered: “It is written, that Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God”.
The sacred Scriptures say that Javhe then took Jesus (the GREAT KABIR) up into a high mountain and tempted him by saying: “ITABABO all these kingdoms of the world will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” Then, the great Master Jesus answered: “Get thee hence SATAN: for it is written, Thou shall worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.”
Finally, it is written that Javhe brought Jesus to Jerusalem and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him: “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence for it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands’ they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.” “And JESUS answering said unto him, it is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” and when Javhe had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
In the Superior Worlds, Javhe’s former Priestess Wife is an ineffable Angel. Useless were the efforts of this man to convince his spouse because she never accepted Black Tantrism of the tenebrous. Therefore, she preferred divorce rather than entering the black path. If we want to learn all the mysteries of the KAUM Rune, then we must talk about White Tantrism.
In those times of ancient Egypt, the one we call Samael Aun Weor entered into the Egyptian Mysteries as a neophyte (in spite of being a Bodhisattva). He had to pass through rigorous studies and esoteric disciplines, and when he arrived at the ninth door, he was taught the great mysteries of sex. Then his Guru communicated the “unutterable secret of the Great Arcanum” to him.
Afterwards, the Guru brought a vestal dressed with a yellow tunic who was filled with an extraordinary beauty and he performed the work with her, in accordance with the instructions of his Master. In that epoch, there were sacred women inside the Temples, special Vestals. The celibate male Initiates were working with these Vestals.
In this day and age such women inside of the Lumisials would not be beneficial… They would be scandalous. Therefore, in this day and age, the Maithuna (Sex Yoga) must only be practiced between husband & wife, within legitimately constituted marriages.
In the ancient EGYPT of the PHARAOHS, those who were violating their oaths and were divulging the GREAT ARCANUM were condemned to the death penalty. Their heads were cut off, their hearts were torn out, their bodies were cremated, and finally their ashes were thrown to the four winds.
The mysterious K RUNE represents the Priestess-Wife and also the Flaming Sword with complete exactitude. The KAUM RUNE with its kabbalistic six, vibrates with maximum intensity within the sphere of Venus, the planet of love. Men and women of the world, you must know that in order to put into activity that annular serpentine fire is only possible with the MAITHUNA. We urgently need to learn how to wisely manipulate the eternal feminine principle of the solar forces. We must remember the Eagle with a woman’s head, the Sun-Lady, the diamantine foundation of the GREAT WORK of the FATHER.
First of all, we must transmute the lead into gold, and later, we need to build diamonds of the best quality. Decidedly, the RITA RUNE influences the masculine endocrine glands, but the KAUM RUNE exercises its influence upon the feminine glands.
Whosoever truly wants the in-depth SELF-REALIZATION must transmute the sexual HYDROGEN SI-12 by means of SEX-YOGA, in order to build the Solar Bodies (the Wedding Garment of the soul) with it. It becomes absolutely impossible to incarnate the Real Being, if we have not previously built the bodies of gold in the FORGE OF THE CYCLOPS.
To walk with firmness upon the PATH OF THE RAZOR’S EDGE is urgent. The hour of following the path of the PERFECT MATRIMONY has arrived. Remember that our motto is THELEMA (willpower). The mysteries of the KAUM RUNE gloriously shine in the bottom of the ARK awaiting the instant for them to be realized.
-Paraphrase from The Magic of the Runes [Magia de las Runas] (1969)
by Samael Aun Weor
What is important is to learn how to control the feminine principle of the solar forces. The feminine solar forces are symbolized by an eagle with a woman’s head.
Sexual magic is the path…
We must self-realize the CHRIST within ourselves in order to speak the creative verb; however, this is possible only by learning how to control the feminine principle of the sun…
-Paraphrase from Ch. 31 of Igneous Rose [Rosa Ignea] (1952)
by Samael Aun Weor
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