The “Thorr” Rune According to Guido Von List

  thorr, thurs, thorn = Thor* [Thorr ] (Thunder [Donnar ], Thunderbolt [Donnerkeil ], Flash or Lightning [Blitz ]), Thorn [Dorn ].

A third I know, which is good to me,
as a fetter for my enemies.
I dull the swords of my opponents;
neither weapon nor defense will help him.

The “Thorn of death” is what Wotan used to put the disobedient Valkyrie, Brünnhilde (a female warrior), into a death-like sleep (compare Sleeping Beauty).

But in contrast to this, it is also the “Thorn of Life” (the Phallus), with which death is conquered through rebirth.

This threatening sign surely dulls the opposing weapon (of the one headed to their death), as well as the force of the powers of death, through a constant renewal of life in rebirth.

Therefore: “Preserve Thy Self!”

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

* NOTE: Thor is the hammer-wielding Æsir god of thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, hallowing, fertility, the protection of mankind and of the fortress of Asgard.


The “Thorn, Thurs” Rune According to R.J. Gorsleben

Letters Th and D and Number 3.

Thorn Rune, thurs, the Hammer of Thor as a Thorn of Procreation and of Death.

Self-Assertion in the Realm of Energy and Power.

The Vault of the Heavens, which ASA-THOR (the Architect of the Worlds) rotates around its Axis.

The World of Drives, of Instincts and of Urges.

Its Ur-word is Ziel meaning “Aim” as well as Goal, Destination, Objective..

“A third one I grasp, if danger threatens,
To bind the enemies with magic
So I dull the steel of the angry opponent,
And like a stick his sword cannot cut any more.”

Thorn = will and action: Donar, Thunder. The Don-Aar (Aar is Eagle). The Ton-Aar (Ton or Tone is sound). Both Don-Aar and Ton-Aar = the sounding Sun; that which Sounds in the Divine Will. Sound is the dance of atoms, of the smallest particles, from which the universe is built.

The Thorn is the ‘Thorn of Life’, the ‘Wick of Life’ = the Phallus, the Symbol of ‘the Will to Live through Readiness to Procreate’. Yet, it also means the Death which is caused by life, the ‘Thorn of Death’, but which leads then to Rebirth: No life without death. No death without life! Each is the opposing pole of the other and one is unthinkable without the other. No awakening without sleep, no death without birth, no end without beginning. This Rune teaches that man is subject to the Law of eternal Rebirth.

With the ‘Thorn of Death’, Wodan put the Walkyrie Brünnhilde (a female warrior) into a death-like sleep and surrounded her with an eternal fire that could only be crossed by the person who is not afraid of death (and who therefore is worthy to awaken her with the ‘Thorn of Life’).

Sleeping Beauty sleeps the hibernation of infertility, until the prince, the knight, the fearless one, arrives, penetrates the hedge of thorny roses, and awakens the virgin with a kiss. Her sleep is the sleep between death and reincarnation and it is her destiny to give birth to the son of the hero, before she returns again to the long sleep of death.

The THURS-Rune is the Rune of the thorn, or the dowsing rod, also of Od-magnetic transfer, as well as the male magical thorn, the thorn of awakening, of overcoming.

The THORN-Rune is consecrated to Thor, he who rotates, the number three, the third one, the trinity of becoming, maintaining (being), and changing (turning) into a new becoming.

If    FA represents the Father, the Begetter (Generator/Producer), and    UR the Mother, the Primordial-Womb; then    THORN or DORN is the child of them both: Son of the Father, Thor, the son of Wotan.

Thor and Tyr are the sons of Wodan, and are the sons of the Thorn of the Thorn-hedge (the Thorn-hedge protects the Castle that serves as Sleeping Beauty’s resting place, keeping out those men who are unable to break through it and save her).

Through the small door (Tyr) of Birth we enter Life and through the large gate (Thor) of Death we leave it again.

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


The “Thorn/Dorn” Rune According to Kummer & Other German Authors

(D/Th) The D- or Th-Rune, Tat, Tar, Thor; thurs, thorn. Thorn is Will and Action [Wille und Tat ].

Thunder [Donner ], Donar (the thunderer), Donar = Don-Aar, the singing Sun. Thor’s Hammer.

The Thorn-of-Fate (or Thorn-of Destiny), the Thorn-of-Life [Lebensdorn ]; the phallus, the symbol of life, or procreation; but also the Thorn-of-Death which leads to Rebirth: no Life without Death, no Death without Life.

The secret of the Thorn-hedge [Dornenhag ] or Thorn-Bush [Dornbusch ]. Sleeping Beauty, who is awakened by the Thorn-of-Life.

The Thor-rune is dedicated to Thor the Third, the Three, Loyalty; Thor whose hammer strikes in the Three Lands. With the three (spirit-soul-body), I dull the stinging steel of the enemy; with Thor’s hammer I meet all threatening dangers.

The Thurs-rune is the rune of the Wishing-Rod or Divining-Rod [Wünschelrute ]; it is the rune of the Od-magnetic Transmission [Übertragung ], especially in the mutual Exchange [Austausch ] between Man and Woman; “Mutual mental and physical Re-Polarization [Umpolung ]” as a deeper meaning of Marriage [Ehe ].

The reverse, inverse or ‘demonic’ of the Thorn-rune is: black magic, mental and physical annihilation, spiritual and physical death. Animal procreation.

Kummer says that this rune is associated with the sign of Gemini. – Numerical value 3.


• “Preserve Thy Self!”
• “Realize your bodily and spiritual Ich [Self, your Inner-Being]”
• “No Life without Death, no Death without Life.”
• “Your True Self [Your Inner-Being].”
• “Thorn-Rune-Might [Thornrunenkraft ] awakens the Willpower to witness Action.”
• “Birth and Death; Death and Birth; Thorn-Rune-Might, release me from the wheel of eternal recurrence.”
• “Holy Thorn-Rune-might, give birth to me anew in spirit; give me the grace of spiritual rebirth.”
• “My Od-magnetic currents begin to circle and magically radiate where I guide them responsibly.”

Sound Formulas: “ta, te, ti, to, tu” and “da, de, di, do, du”; as well as “Door/Thor”, “Dorn/Thorn”, “Thurs”, “Thuris”, “Thyth”, and “Tat”.

Full Body Rune Exercises:
Begin in the passive Is-Rune posture, then the left arm is bent at the elbow, hand on the hip, with palm covering the hip bone. Vocalize “ta, te, ti, to, tu” and/or “da, de, di, do, du” 3 times.

The Hand Rune Exercise:
The practitioner stretches the left arm upward and takes the hand position of Figure 3. The tips of the ring finger and thumb of the left hand are closed in a triangle, the other fingers of the hand stretched upward.

Cosmic energies begin to collect in the hand, which is experienced as a prickling in the extended finger-tips, as well as in the ring finger and the tip of the thumb.

After ending the exercise, the collected energies are to be circulated throughout the entire body by an act of conscious will. The astral color vibration is bright yellow.

Concentration is focused on the reception of subtle cosmic forces, especially of the Solar forces. Higher astral laws can also be evoked by means of this hand-sign. This depends entirely on how much cosmic energy the practitioner is able to absorb and take into their body. The deeper the inner concentration is, the stronger the collection of powers will be.

-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 “Thor, Thorn or Dorn” Rune According to Huiracocha

Beloved Disciple: The third Rune that we are going to study is    THOR, also called TORN or DORN, whose variations we must refer to for a greater comprehension.

In the Dolmens of the megalithic period (Prehistoric Monuments of unhewn stones) from Valencia (Spain), we have a good opportunity to compare these same Runes with those found in the Dolmens of ALVAO (Portugal) to which Science applies an Age of about ten thousand years.

In Spain as in Portugal, the Nordic Druids taught the manipulation or management of these Magical Figures, but those who would eventually study THEOSOPHY, did not realize that we had all these things close by and transgressed by looking [for] things still more recent and of considerably less value in India.

On the other hand , we can see the surprise of the Catholic Priests when they arrived in Brazil and found in said country the same Paleo-epigraphic inscriptions on stones as those existing in Europe.

   DORN, whose meaning is THORN in modern German, has the significance of WILLPOWER in the nordic language.

Consequently, DONAR was the God of Willpower, he was the God of the Thorn.

Thousands of years before being known to our judao-roman Christianity, a God on the Cross was known in the Mysteries and the most beautiful Crucifix we know, is the one found on the rocks of [the] Columbia River Valley whose age is not possible to specify, but that is the work of many thousands of years before of our Era.

We can equally say that there was found in Sardinal, coming from the Bronze Age, many Heads with Crowns of Thorns carved in the rocks; it is necessary to bear in mind that in those same centuries, we already know historically that there existed a cult to the God of Thorns, who, well considered and examined, gives us the figure of the THORN rune.

In the Mysteries of the cult of Thorn, practices were given to develop the willpower.

ECCE HOMO, therefore, as a sacred page from our Roman Christianity, is nothing more than a synchronism of the Norse Mysteries and a reminiscence of the cult of that epoch.

We now see, why the Rose Cross chose the symbol of the Rose that has not only leaves and petals, but also thorns.

DORN (thorn) also signifies Willpower and the figure of the Ecce Homo does not have a crown just to remind us of a historical fact, but to tell us: “Man, gird your head with the Crown of sacrifice and arm yourself with a precise Willpower in order to achieve triumph.”

DORN, is also the Falus or Phallus, the Volitional principle of Magic that offers us a new Key.

It tells us that we must accumulate in the Phallus the seminal impulses in order to acquire that deep, spiritual energy, which is called Willpower.

When the master gave me these practices I fell in love with a very cute and provocative woman. I was young and impotent, and after exciting myself by caressing her, at a certain moment, I imposed my willpower and passed on to necking. At that time, I spent almost a year abstinent from all carnal contact and there I acquired that willpower which made me triumph in life.

I do not want to say: “do the same thing, disciple”. Each one must settle this for themselves.

In some Menhirs in Spain, we find figures that are armed with a Hammer.

It is the german God DONAR (Dorna), who represents the THORN of Nordic Mythology with his Mace in hand which he throws from a distance in order to produce the ray or the spark.

Without the thorn that punctures, that hurts, there is no spark, there is no burst of Light that emerges. In this is the basis of the great esoteric teaching of this Rune.


It is also the symbol of Reincarnation. If    FA has been the Father and    UR the Mother, then    THORN is the child and consequently represents the Trinity and is the emblem of the Cosmic Christ, of Cosmic Willpower.

In the many Spanish Shields, we find the THORN Rune in the way we have described it and this is a clear proof that the Nobles of Spain inherited their Heraldry from the Nordic Peoples.


As a practice for this Rune, and during fifteen days, you must place an arm on the waist or hip describing the shape of this Rune.

This exercise should be done in the morning saying “TA…..TE…..TI……TO…..TU”


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


The “Thorn” or Dorn Rune According to Samael Aun Weor

One day, Samael Aun Weor and Litelantes visitied the Temple of Chapultepec in Mexico. There people also visited who still had their Lunar Bodies. Truly, how different are the SOLAR BODIES! What was astonishing was the way in which this LUNAR Group advanced, without veneration, without respect.

However, Samael Aun Weor could clearly comprehend that such a group should be seen with sympathy, since they were selected people and with a lot of merits. Unfortunately, it was not an hour for a meeting. The Superior master of the Temple was severely grumbling at them and he even took them out of the temple by singing in a very delectable language… thus, all of these people had to withdraw.

He remained reflecting upon all of this… The LOVE of CHRIST is formidable because this Lunar group is very sincere, even though these poor little ones have yet to achieve the Second Birth. But they deserve to be helped, so the Lord takes care and cultivates them, as if they were delicate little flowers from the greenhouse. Good opportunities will be finally granted unto them in order to work in the Ninth Sphere and disgrace will be upon them if they would fail in the difficult ordeal.

The descent into the Averno, Tartarus (the Ninth Sphere) was, in ancient times, the maximum ordeal for the supreme dignity of the Hierophant. Buddha, Jesus, Dante, Hermes, Krishna, Quetzalcoatl, etc., had to descend into the abode of Pluto. Here we find the cave where Cerberus howls. With its barking, its three enormous flat-nosed heads and with serpents writhing on its neck, Cerberus fills all the defunct ones with terror. Those who died cheated by the poison of Sexual Passion dwell in those painful profundities… Here are the three furies (Desire, Mind and Ill-Will) who flog the guilty with whips which hiss like viperous tongues.

To descend into those mineral regions of the earth, into that sub-world, becomes extremely easy, but to ascend again, to return up to the light of the sun is frightfully difficult, almost impossible. When Samael Aun Weor was born in the Causal World (or better if we say the Parallel Universe of Conscious Willpower), then the sacred cloth of Veronica shone upon the altar of the temple.

Many heads crowned with thorns that are chiseled in stone are found related to the Bronze Age. A cult to the God of the Thorns existed. Such thorns present to us the symbolic figure of the    THORN Rune. In the sacred mysteries of the Thorn Cult, special practices were given in order to develop Conscious Willpower. DORN, THORN, signifies Willpower (remember, Gnostic brethren, that our Motto is THELEMA ).

The Divine Rostrum crowned with Thorns signifies THELEMA, that is to say, Conscious Willpower.

  DORN is also the PHALLUS, the volitional principle of SEXUAL MAGIC (the MAITHUNA). There is the need, by means of the PHALLUS, to intelligently accumulate the seminal energy, and when it is refrained and transmuted, then it is converted into THELEMA (Willpower). Arm yourself with a steel-like willpower, remember beloved reader that without the thorn which pierces or pricks, the spark does not jump, and the light does not emerge.

We can return from Tartarus and up to the light of the Sun, only with THELEMA (CHRIST-WILL). Samael Aun Weor tells us that, truly, the CHRIST-WILL knows how to obey the FATHER on earth as in heaven. Take heed of the ILL-WILL, it is (in itself) the strength or force of SATAN, that is to say, concentrated desire.

PRACTICE: In the military position (or the passive Is-Rune), with our feet firm and facing towards the east, we place our right arm in such a way that our hand will remain resting upon our waist or hips, thus taking the form of this Rune.

Now, you must sing the mantric syllables: TAAA…., TEEEE….., TIIIIIII…., TOOOOOO…… TUUUUU……, with the purpose of developing the CHRIST WILL in yourself. This exercise must be practiced every day at sunrise.

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


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…

We know that sexual magic is very hard and difficult for humans with a weak willpower and, therefore, we recommend our disciples to first practice the exercises of the    THOROS Rune in order to acquire the force of willpower, which will permit them to heroically control sexual magic.

Our disciples must perform this exercise by placing their hand upon their waist or hip and then vocalizing the syllables TI-TE-TO-TU-TA, prolonging the sound of each vowel.

They must then vocalize the mantra TORN as follows:

Our disciples who practice this exercise daily will acquire a powerful force of will, with which they will practice sexual magic, dominating their passionate beast.

The force of willpower is symbolized by the crown of thorns of the Nazarene Christ.

It is necessary to strike the hard flint strongly in order to make the spark of immortality jump.

The force of willpower is the tremendous force of sacrifice… it is the crown of thorns of the Master.

The willpower and movement of the Kundalini are intimately united.

The force of willpower is the THORN Rune and the force of movement (or motion) is symbolized by the OLIN sign of the Aztec-Mexicans.

-Paraphrase from Ch. 31 of Igneous Rose [Rosa Ignea] (1954)
by Samael Aun Weor



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