The “Nauth” Rune According to Guido Von List

  nauth* = need [noth], Norn, Compulsion of fate [Schicksalszwang].

An eighth I have,
surely for all most needful to use:
wherever discord grows among heroes,
since I know how to settle it quickly.

The Not (or Need) Rune blooms on the nail of the Norn ! This is not need (or distress) in the modern sense of the word, but rather the compulsion of fate — that the Norns fix according to primordial laws. With this, the organic causality of all phenomena is to be understood.

Whosoever is able to grasp the primordial cause of a phenomenon, and whosoever gains knowledge of organically lawful evolution and the phenomena arising from it, is also able to judge their consequences properly as they are beginning to ferment.

Therefore, one commands knowledge of the future and also understands how to settle all strife through the constraint of the clearly recognized way of fate. Therefore: “Use your fate, do not strive against it!”

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

* NOTE: The German word ‘nauth’ can be translated as “need, want, penury, indigence, poverty, lack of necessities; hardship, difficulty; destitution, distress, adversity, trouble, anxiety; danger, peril”


The “Not, Nit, Naut” Rune According to R.J. Gorsleben

Letter N and Number 8.

The Rune of Destiny, Cosmic Law and Need/Necessity.

Naut, Not, Norn, the decapitated Trunk of a Tree; the Norns’ Thread of Need meaning Water, Guild, Debt, Fate, Negation, and Decline.

Its Ur-word is Trennung meaning “Separation” as well as Division, Parting, Split, Distinction”.

“An Eighth one is mine,
useful to hear for all the people.
Where hate arises between man and man,
I can mediate it fast.”

Misery and death, night, nott. Nothingness, blank, loss, fate, Norn, transmutation, change from misery, that which is unavoidable: “The    NOT Rune is blooming on the nail of the Norn.”

The    NOT Rune is the cross of Misery [Not ], the Emergency Anchor [Not-Anker ] or Emergency Fishing Rod [Not-Angel ], upon which we hang between life and death. Here we do not understand Misery [Not ] in today’s meaning, but as necessity, coercion of destiny, which the Norns determine following the Ur-law that is active within every creature.

It is the Rune of sacrifice, devotion. The ‘Emergency’ Rune is the Wheel of Necessity, the Wheel of Karma and Rebirth.

N is the wave-rune of the Egyptian pictographs, you are subject to the “water words”: Naut = flood, Undine, Nek, Nix.

It symbolizes the emergence from the infinite, divine into finite, earthly. Now Ur becomes Nat-ur (Nature), the Non-Ur

In the lower planes of life hate between humans is often settled fast by means of misery and death. But misery and death are temporary in the eternal changes of life. Our misery and our necessities come from the Originality of our Actions, our Will.

Whosoever is capable of fathoming the origins of something that is happening (or of an action), can also recognize consequential events and is thereby capable of adjusting (and even preventing) them. This is how one rules the future and therefore also understands all necessity of fate as a relation of cause & effect.

Thus, NOT also brings transformation, re-birth (Natus , in Latin, means ‘being born’ and ‘destined by nature’).

Still a few more terms emphasize the meaning of negation. “    NOT breaks Iron.” Note that the IS Rune (the vertical line) is symbolically represented as the Ice or Iron Rune, which is crossed by the Balk- or death-line from the right side below to the left side above. NOT breaks the IS (the Self or Ego)!

In all languages the N means collapse, decline, negation, destruction, wetness, to go into the wet, naked, from the infinite, Divine into the finite, Earth bound, non-Divine. Therefore also Nat-ure, old Nordic = nattura, the characteristic – property, one’s properties, one’s Self that the human being acquires with birth.

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


The “Not” Rune According to Kummer & Other German Authors

(N) The N-Rune, Not (Need), naut, nit, is the Rune of Need & Death, as well as compulsion and necessity; the necessity of Fate.

It symbolizes the Ur-Law of the Norns, the Inevitable, Decline/Descent, Annihilation, Negation/Denial, Disaster/Mischief, Loss/Deficit, Transformation/Transmutation, Hardship/Necessity and Need: the balancing of divine Justice.

“Restless recognition of the eternal universe
Helps to save you from earthly Need.
Avoid useless torrents of words,
the N-rune is a holy commandment to you.”

The Rune of Destiny, of cosmic Law and of cosmic Legality or Lawfulness, as well as of Necessity.

It is the “Rune of the Norns” who spin the threads of Fate (from past to present and future).

Necessity [    Not ] creates change; it guides the transformation to higher spiritual and astral levels, as well as to rebirth. Therefore Not serves for your higher development and perfection.

The compulsion of Fate: a necessity which a self-imposed ‘trial by Need’ helps to unburden (this has been referred to as the ‘Not-examination’).

Those who deliberately make use of this rune for salvation will bring much relief and healing to their brothers and sisters, thereby reducing their own ‘Not-examination’.

   Not is negation/denial, annihilation. Only the one who has the deepest knowledge of themselves, who draws the sword of Not , who frees their inner-Self [Ich ] of Need [Not ], can then reverse their own Distress [Not ].

The    Not -rune is the reverse, inverse or ‘demonic’ of the Ehe-rune (the rune of Marriage).

Kummer says that the    Not -rune is associated with the sign of Scorpio – Numerical value 8.


• “Use your destiny, do not resist it.”
• “The    Not -Rune is the blooming of the nail of the Norn
• “Live your karma consciously; because you do not escape it.”
• “Become a true healer and you will grow beyond Danger/Adversity and Death [Not und Tod].”
• “O my Will, overturn all Danger/Adversity [Not], you are my Need/Necessity [Notwendigkeit].”

Sound Formulas: “N” and “Na, Ne, Ni, No, Nu”; as well as “Not/Nod”, “Nit”, “Nyd”, “Naut”, “Norn”.

Full Body Rune Exercise:
The student takes up the Is-Rune position and does the breathing exercise. Raise the right arm diagonally upwards, with left arm down, and fingers outstretched.

The radio-like waves of the universe penetrate now through the head and the right hand into the body, unite and flood along the spine in the sympathetic nerves and the solar plexus. One hums or sings the “n” sound.

The all-waves resound in the solar plexus and result in sudden counsel, ideas, thoughts and notions becoming apparent to the pure student. One receives the power to settle envy, hate and strife among the people, to alleviate the hardships of their brothers and sisters.

After the practice, the practitioner remains in great peace and awaits an answer. With pure, noble feeling, the high magic of the    Not Rune will open up; one’s Not-examination, one’s Karma: the practitioner’s past, present and future opens up to them.

In order to feel the Not -rune in other favorable ways, Kummer recommends the “na-ne-ni-no-nu” formula.

Speisberger gives another position: Again take the passive Is-Rune position, with the right arm raised obliquely upwards and now the left leg is raised slightly to form the oblique beams of the    Not -Rune.

The Hand Rune Exercise:
1) Using the right hand, the four fingers are flat (together) and point upwards, while the thumb at an angle (see Figure 8), a little more than with the Ka-Rune position (but with the opposite hand).

2) With arms raised above the head, one crosses the two index fingers forming the Not -Rune. With the hand signs, one often perceives a cool, lukewarm or warm feeling in the hand (similar to that of the Ur-Rune). The astral color is dark red.

The Practitioner should hum the “n-n-n” sound, or the mantrams “na-ne-ni-no-nu”, while focusing on higher development.

The    Not -Rune’s effect is more spiritual: it allows one’s own need to be recognized, helps toward changing this need, and diminishes the ordeal involved.

-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)


The “Not” Rune According Peryt Shou

Peryt Shou says that the Not -Rune is the first Rune that turns us on to the “Send-Waves” [Sendewellen ], where the spiritual impulses of our distant brothers vibrate in the Sun. By intervening on these impulses, one comes under the protection of invisible spiritual beings, a spiritual brotherhood, the Brotherhood of Hermes.

Shou says that the Hermes-Brothers answer the “Call-Waves” [Rufwellen ] of the mantram “Æpandi nam”. This is phrase comes from a section of the epic poem Havamal called the Rúnatal, stanza #139. In the previous stanza, Odin explains that he hung for 9 days on the “windy tree” before he received the Runes, a tree “of which nobody knows from what root it arises”. Then Odin tells us:

    They dealt me no bread,
nor drinking horn.
I looked beneath,
I took up the runes,
yelling I took them up,

and fell back from there.
    Við hleifi mig seldu
né við hornigi,
nýsti ég niður,
nam ég upp rúnir,
æpandi nam,

féll ég aftur þaðan.

This phrase is divided into 2 parts:
    1) ‘Æpandi’ meaning “Calling/yelling/screaming/crying” and
    2) ‘nam’ meaning “I took them [up]” or “I learned them”.

Thus, Odin ‘took up’ or ‘learned’ the runes by ‘Yelling/Calling’ them.

Shou gives the following two positions:
    a. Cross position (Arms laterally stretched out like an antenna) with the mantram “Æpandi nam”, pronounced “O-Pan-Di Nam”
    b. After speaking the formula, lower arms (palm on the hips, elbows at a natural angle).
    Repeat the formula.

According to Shou, “the awakening of the    Not -Rune excites new powers in the human mind, opening the hidden channel in the heart and the voice of the World Spirit as a great, invisible, spirit community.”

We will go into more detail regarding this rune position later, but for now, we wanted to present it because of its relation with the    Not -Rune .

-Paraphrase from The Edda as Key to the Coming Era
[Die Edda Als Schlussel Des Kommenden Weltzeitalters]
by Peryt Shou (aka Albert Christian A. Schultz)


Additional Note: Kummer gives more Breathing Exercises

In this same chapter on the Not-Rune, Kummer also gives the following practices:

“In all rune exercises the student must practice great patience, and they must not believe that if they practice a rune position once or twice that they will receive the same great inspirations, clairvoyance, etc. It all takes time. Before the necessary journey and development has occurred, one must be content with small successes. Also, know that selfish people will never recognize the full wisdom.

Through many years of practice, study and personal experience, I have worked out the rune positions in such a way that every aspiring student will succeed if they follow my rules conscientiously. I did not take the runes from the Futhark, the old sequence of the runic alphabet, but rather I put them together in such a way that the student could better follow me and get to the goal faster.

1st Exercise – An addition to the breathing exercise is that the student inhales through the right nostril, mentally counting up to 12 slowly, then push the air down in the body while counting up to 12, and visualizing how the All-force (which is contained in the air) penetrates into the solar plexus. Then the student exhales through the left nostril (while the mouth is closed), counting to 12. Next, the student alternates the exercise by inhaling through the left nostril and exhaling through the right, but with the same counting as before.

The whole exercise is to be carried out 7 times in a row and is to be combined with the other breathing exercises every morning and evening.

2nd Exercise – Every two days, the student should hold their breath (breathing through both nostrils) for 25 seconds and then slowly expel it again. For the time being one does this practice 7 times in a row. Later one tries to hold the breath for 34 seconds, and one will also have very good success with this.

The student should get used to comprehending their surroundings, objects and people at first glance down to the smallest detail, for example when one sees a car drive by. In the first glance one captures everything. When the car has passed, one has seen everything, how many people sat in it, the different clothes, hats, the faces, whether the people wore spectacles, gloves, the clothing, how the car was shaped, how it was painted, what its number was, etc. After an hour, one can recall the whole picture down to the smallest detail in the mind’s eye.

3rd Exercise – In addition, the practitioner uses the rune-breathing on isolated walks and proceeds as follows: during the rhythmic 7-second inhalation through the nose, one visualizes a certain rune such as the Is-rune. While holding the breath for 5 – 7 seconds and pushing it down into the lower lungs, one tries to take this rune deeper and deeper inside, in order to recognize its large power field. Upon exhaling, one softly vocalizes or sings (but audibly) the chosen rune for 7 seconds, in the case of the Is-rune “i-i-i-i-i-s”, with which one calmly continues in their meditation.

This runic breathing is highly recommended as it allows for quicker feeling and detecting of the rune stream in rune positions and dancing.

4th Exercise – Every three days, the student supplements the daily breathing exercise by visualizing the inhaled cosmic energy (the fine waves of the air) flowing through their internal organs, their bones, their entire body and through the eyes, ears, and through the pores, penetrating the skin and then fading away upon exhalation. With a strong will and breathing focused on a particular diseased body part or organ, one can heal the diseases.

As much as possible, the student often tries to eliminate their thoughts completely, as stated in the first rune position. Also, one will now want to see more intensively their radiation and its color effect.

5th Exercise – The exercise with the runic letters can now be adjusted a bit, for which the student takes any other objects before them, such as a pocket knife, a key-ring, a pencil, etc. One lets these objects work on them like the rune that has been formed; seeing it in mind’s eye the origin, the development, so to speak, the entire previous life of the object before them, which passes by them like a film.”

-Paraphrase from Holy Runic-Power [Heilige Runenmacht] (1932)
by Siegfried Adolf Kummer



Rosicrucian and Gnostic

The “Not” Rune According to Huiracocha

Beloved Disciple: There is a sign in Masonry called the sign of Danger or Help. It is not usual to make it known to every Apprentice, but of course the Masters know it, although (in any case) they have no idea what it means since Masonry has lost its initiatory character and they do not know the true hidden meaning of that particular sign. Masonry has materialized its whole rite and it is certain that for the Freemasons, this sign of danger or help signifies an “S.O.S.” of purely material danger and we must recognize that in the present times this is the only significance.

Already during the great war, this sign saved the life of more than one prisoner who would have been shot if he had not done it in a timely manner. But….. what do the dangers of material life mean to those who threaten our souls? It is against the latter that we must protect ourselves in the first place.

The Mason, when making the sign that we have been talking about, does it over his head and portrays a Rune, the NOT Rune of the ancients.

“NOT”, clearly signifies danger [peligro], but in the Rune itself is also the power to reject it.

From the moment the student of occultism acts upon superior planes – and this happens whenever occult practices are done – they not only call upon and bring forth positive protective forces (in a word Gods), but they also draw the attention of the negative forces, nefarious forces, demons or low astral entities that must be immediately rejected and for these purposes the NOT Rune is utilized (which becomes of an extraordinary power).

In the NOT Rune , there are the precepts of the Night, of the Nothingness, of the Norns of Karma, of Danger and of Death. United or enclosed it signifies LIFE and this is how we find it in Mexico and still as the ANKH in Egypt.

We know that Karma is the law of just equilibrium and of compensation. Reward and punishment come to us in this life in order to even out or balance the virtues or defects that we have had in past lives.

Karma is not blind, that is to say, it is not that we have to put out our cheek in order to receive the slap that we gave to another in a previous life.

Karma can also be exhausted and canceled through good deeds in general and through Magic. It will be said that this would hurt Justice itself, but this is certainly not true. One who has developed the Occult Powers, must have achieved enough virtues (and vibrations similar to those Virtues) that this, therefore, can do nothing less than produce the corresponding effect.

With the practices of the NOT Rune , Karma is canceled and we prepare ourselves for a happy future.

The ancient Nordic Mysteries, in explaining this Rune, said: “DO NOT OPPOSE YOUR KARMA, CANCEL IT” and immediately delivered this sacred weapon of cancellation. Whosoever doubts the power of this Rune, need only practice it, which will make them recognize its effects.

Karma constantly threatens us and the same intuition will be able to tell us when a suffering comes to us, which we must submit ourselves to because we have earned it. But the Magician who knows how to handle the Runes does not expect that kind of punishment to come, unless they avoid doing the NOT Rune practices.

The present Rune is also the Rune of Marriage (the EHE Rune ), since the man (who is absolutely alone) has only partial forces, as is unilaterally the same for the unmarried woman. United in marriage is how the positive and negative forces are coupled in order to form a stream of tremendous and effective power.

Celibacy is, then, the renunciation of this force as absolute sexual abstinence, but both sexes united (as when the protagonists unite themselves in a true embrace of love with the male covering all the astral centers of the woman), engenders a powerful force capable of making inconceivable miracles and we will be very careful to not allow them to be known prematurely by those who can still jeopardize a certain drawing back of the mysterious veil.

All religious sacraments are (to a certain extent) operations of Magic and marriage is the perpetuation of a Magic that can be white or black depending on the character, or purity of love, that both spouses bring. That is why, although we respect many couples who have united without appealing to the Church, we know that they can not mobilize runic forces, such as those that can be mobilized by legitimately married couples. Hence we constantly recommend to the Gnostic Priests to celebrate the ritual of Marriage with married or unmarried couples thereby connecting them to the great chain of immense strength/force.

There is, however, a small difference between the EHE (or EH) Rune and the NOT Rune of the ancients. Sometimes it crosses the pole horizontally . Other times, from left to right and still others from right to left. As we shall see later, the horizontal line is the Rune of the SELF, and this SELF (this symbol of individuality) is crossed by other lines forming a Greek Cross .

It is not difficult to deduce what is behind these NOT and EHE (or EH) Runes which are so similar, since they always make the person aware of the danger that threatens them, when something is on their path in order to disturb or disrupt them.

In the Mysteries, to study them, they applied the consonants “H” and “CH”, and especially the “N” and many words with “N” such as “knot”, “note”, “news” and even “NOSCETE” (“knowledge”) which reminds us of the value of the NOT Rune.

In the word AXIS [Spanish: “EJE”] is the value of the other form of the Rune (being the EHE or EH Rune ). The Axis around which everything turns.

The practices of this Rune lead to solar and lunar breathing filling the chest first with air that must enter through the right nostril and that we must then expel through the left nostril, while counting to 12.

Once these practices are advanced, then the initiates are advised to stop counting and in its place (where there was previously counting) we must remember an echo of the past that has been recorded in our subconscious.

The objective is to arrive at the memory of our past lives and to remember the bad actions with which we have engendered our Karma and that we now want to heal with the present practices.

The gymnastic practices consist of opening the arms and, once thus, forming a rune by opening an arm at an angle of 135 degrees and the other of only 45 degrees.

During exercise you have to say “ni….. ne…… no……. nu……. na……” making sure that the corresponding sound or vibration goes to the tips of your fingers, always thinking that the defensive and protective forces are awakening in us. Do so with the corresponding calmness and stillness and its result will work in your favor and give you the Magical power of such an interesting and mysterious rune.


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


The “Not” Rune According to Samael Aun Weor

It is urgent, and necessary to truly study the famous NOT RUNE. One day, Samael Aun Weor was sitting under the shade of a tree and saw some ants crawling on the ground. So he decided to meditate on the ant… Then, after concentrating very deeply, he came into contact with the MONAD of the ant.

The Monad of the ant seemed to be a beautiful twelve year old girl. She was dressed with a white tunic with a dark blue cape. Her eyes were of an evocative beauty, her gestures like that of a Prophetess. Her innocent smile was like that of the Mona Lisa, and with such lips that no one in heaven or on earth would dare to kiss.

So, what did this girl say? Terrible things, she spoke about her very horrifying Karma. “We the ants” said this Monad, “have been punished by the Lords of Karma, and we suffer a lot…”

Many centuries before the first root-race appeared upon the face of the earth, those non-human creatures (which today are named ants & bees) were living on this world. They had Evolved, but never in life had they entered onto the path of the Revolution of the Consciousness.

It is obvious that Evolution can never lead anyone to Intimate Self-Realization. It is normal that every Evolution is inevitably followed by an Involution. Every rising is followed by a setting, every ascension is followed by a descent.

These creatures came to renounce the idea of a superior knowledge and of the Esoteric Circle of life. Thus, they established their faith a Marxist-Leninist type of gibberish… Their way of understanding was mistaken and the result is shown to the entire world. Thus, this is what the ants & bees are: they are INVOLUTING, retarded and regressive creatures. Today, we are astonished when we contemplate a bee’s honeycomb or an ant-hive, but we only lament that they now lack intelligence and that they have become mechanical…

Let us talk about the Forgiveness of Sins. Can perhaps Karma be forgiven? We say that it can. When an inferior law is transcended by a superior law, the latter has the extraordinary power of washing away the former. Nevertheless, there are lost cases, such as those of the ants & bees…

Let us consider the two types: the incurable Karma (like that of bees & ants) and the forgivable Karma. Let us now talk of Negotiations which are possible with the NOT RUNE.

The NOT Rune in itself signifies DANGER, but, it is obvious that the power for intelligently avoiding this danger resides within the same RUNE.

Those who tread the Path of the Razor’s Edge are incessantly combated by the tenebrous ones, and so they suffer the unspeakable. Therefore, they can and must defend themselves with the NOT Rune.

We can beseech, asking Anubis and his 42 Judges of Karma for help with this NOT Rune, in order for them to consider negotiations. We must not complain because of Karma, since it is negotiable. Whosoever has capital from good deeds, can pay without the necessity of suffering.

1st PRACTICE: The practices of the NOT Rune take us to Pranayama, to the wise and intelligent combination of Solar and Lunar atoms. You must profoundly inhale the vital air, the Prana, the life, through the right nostril, and then exhale it through the left nostril while mentally counting up to 12. Then, inhale through the left nostril and then exhale through the right one, and vice versa. Continue with this exercise for 10 minutes.

Afterwards, the student must sit down or lay on their back (face up), with their body relaxed, and concentrate trying to remember their past lives.

2nd PRACTICE: If you urgently need to negotiate with Anubis, then, you must open your arms to the sides. While in this position, you must form the Rune by placing one arm at an angle of 135 degrees and the other at an angle of 45 degrees. Then, the arm which was at 45 degrees will move in order to form an angle of 135 degrees, and the other arm will move to form the angle of 45 degrees. The right and left arms must alternate in their movements.

During this exercise, you must chant the Mantrams, “NA, NE, NI, NO, NU”, while concentrating on Anubis, the Chief of Karma. In this manner, beseech him for the help needed.

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


Our disciples should learn to go in the Astral Body to the offices of the Lords of Karma.

Our disciples should learn to manage their business (the business of Karma), personally.

There are forty-two Judges of Karma.

The Lords of Karma grant credit to whosoever asks for it, but all credit has to be paid by working in the great work of the FATHER.

When our disciples want to ask for help from the Lords of Karma they paint a Star of six points on the ground, they open their arms in the shape of a scale.

And they move their arms in the shape of a Scale, up and down, keeping the Mind concentrated on ANUBIS, who is the Chief of the Lords of Karma.

Then we can mentally ask the Lords of Karma for the desired service.

While moving the arms in the shape of a Scale, we vocalize the syllables: “NI, NE, NO, NU, NA.”

In this manner we ask for help from the Lords of Karma in moments of danger or need.

However I tell thee that it is better to travel in the Astral Body to the Offices of Karma to speak personally with the Judges of the Law.

-Paraphrase from Ch.8 of Manual of Practical Magic by Samael Aun Weor,
available in Magic, Alchemy, and the Great Work



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