The “Ur” Rune According to Guido Von List

  ur = Primordial/Original [Ur ], Eternity [Urewigkeit ], Primordial-Fire [Urfeuer ], Primordial-Light [Urlicht ], Primordial-Bull [Urstier] (Primordial-Procreation [Urzeugung]), Aurochs: a Wild Ox, Primordial-state [Urständ ], (Life after Death [Leben nach dem Tode ]).

I learned another Rune, which people use
who want to be doctors.

The basis of all manifestation is the “Ur”.

Whosoever is able to recognize the cause of an event, to them the phenomenon itself does not seem to be a difficult puzzle – be this fortunate or unfortunate – and therefore they are able to banish misfortune or increase luck, but are also able to recognize false evil and false luck as such.

Therefore: “Know yourself, then you will know all!”

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


The “Ur” Rune According to R.J. Gorsleben

Letter U and Number 2.

   Ur Rune, Ur-Bull, Wild Cattle, Ur-Arch, Urn, the World-Creation-Pool/Basin (the Pool of ‘Creative Water’).

Womb of the Mother as Source of the Life-Stream and Gateway into Existence.

Therefore the Ur-Arch-Valley (Ydallir ), in which Ullr [pronounced “ULL-er”], the Archer, lives, who was also the God of the Fountains (Urda-source). Ullr causes the karmic-roots [Ursachen] to strike back as revenge-carriers [ultor].

Its Ur-word is Erfaßtes, meaning “That which is grasped” as well as Acquired, Captured, Detected, Sensed, etc.

“Another Rune I name, that all need to have,
Who officiate as curing healers;
Know yourself, then you shall know the world,
And learn to discern between evil and its causes.”

In the Nordic secret doctrine, the    UR Rune means immortality, original light, original eternity, etc. Ur-da is the original mother, the first one for the Nordics, the original part, the original thing (or cause), the original second one after the Ur-fa, which is the original first one.

This Rune nurtures the original basis, the original cause of all things earthly and cosmic.

Whosoever has recognized the Ur-cause of all things (their UR-ground) elevates themselves from the deception/illusion of matter. The mind conceives of matter, in other words, it conceives of that which is divisible, and everything material is divisible. Ultimately we arrive at the atom, the original part, and we recognize that this ultimate thing is something divisible & composed and that everything is subjected to the law of vibrations.

Therefore ultimately everything is Ur-light and in the Ur-light is the root of all healing power by means of the energy of Od . The healing power of medical drugs is the Ur-power of their original essence in conjunction with the power of Ur-vibrations of the human-Divine combination that is composed of body, soul and spirit.

The ancients represented the unrevealed Divine Being with a circle (a circle without a point in the middle). The revealed Divinity was represented with a point in the middle of the circle, meaning the “will to act”, the Ur-ground of God.

It is no coincidence that the 6 lines of the All-Rune intersect in the center of UR-ground of the circle, surrounded by the hexagon (the material world). Just as God is in everything, the Runes that symbolize what is Divine are all touching the center of the All-Rune.

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


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

(U) The U– or Ur-Rune, Ur = Primordial, Original, Primeval, etc. The Ur-Fire, the Ur-Procreation, Ur-Birth, Ur-Spirit, Ur-Knowledge, Ur-Light, Ur-State, Ur-Matter.

Ur is the rune of the astral radiation of the original light, of magnetism. It contains the knowledge of the beneficial use of the high, Odic, astral radiation (which comes from the Ur).

It is the rune of the true healer and physician; it contains the spiritual knowledge of all cosmic and earthly phenomena. The Origin of Phenomena is the Ur , the Ur of All, the Ur of the Earth. Ur-Eternity, Ur-Time, Ur-Jump, Ur-Writing, Ur-Part, Ur-Cause, Ur-Mother, the Nordic Urda, Uranus, Ur-Arising, Ur-Being, Ur-Passing-away.

The reverse, inverse or ‘demonic’ of the Ur-rune is: dwindling primordial knowledge, delusion, impure procreation, blood burden…

Kummer says that the Ur-rune is associated with the sign of Taurus and with the wintery part of the year, including the Winter Solstice. – Numerical value 2.


• “Know yourself, then you will know all.”
• “Recognize the Ur in you – recognize Yourself – then you realize everything.”
• “Recognizing my true self, I recognize the primordial cause of my destiny.”
• “Knowing the secret of the Ur, my fate turns fortunately for the better.”
• “Incorporated with the Ur-Rune-Power, my magical influx grows.”
• “The forces of the Earth-Spirit are flowing to me. I consciously use her.”
• “Healing, refreshing, the ‘Radiant-Ur-Power’ has an effect on body, soul and spirit.”

Sound Formulas: “U”, “Ur”, “Urus”, and “Uras”

Full Body Rune Exercise:
Start in the passive Is-Rune posture, and breath deeply through the nose. Then bend forward at the waist (so that the fingertips almost touch the ground), but with the back horizontal to the ground. Arms and fingertips point towards the earth. In this Ur-rune position, rhythmic breathing follows, 3 times.

While forming this rune, vocalize or sing “U”. Mentally one visualizes that the earth’s current (the earth’s magnetism) penetrates through the feet, legs, and through the whole body, strengthening one’s life force and personal magnetism. The consumed stream then springs out through the fingertips returning back into earth.

Then return to the passive Is-rune posture and repeat the whole exercise at least 3 times.

During the practice, pay attention to the sympathetic nervous system and the solar plexus. When you are sufficiently advanced, you will grasp the law of rhythm, the vibration of our earth. You then become a blessing-bringer, a healer. Ur is the knowledge of immortality, do you recognize it?

In the Ur-rune position, the cosmic rune current can be picked up particularly well, which greatly strengthens the magnetic power in the practitioner since in this position the nerve center of the head is strongly excited and the calm, knowing practitioner can also receive information by subtly listening… Interestingly, Kummer tells us that “U” is the sound of the sunrise and the sunset.

After this exercise, the student lays down, stretched out with his back to the ground or the lawn, with the head to the north. Deep and full breathing again follows. The magnetic gaze is directed into the immense vastness. Around and below the practitioner flow the Earth-waves, above flow the All-waves. One concentrates on being carried by the Earth-waves like a piece of wood on the water, but above the All-waves pull too. One feels pulled more and more; and the body becomes lighter and lighter, until it is not felt anymore. The practitioner feels disembodied, light and free. Then one tries to stay completely without thought for one minute.

If the student falls asleep during this practice, then they should not continue on the same day. Also, this exercise is done only when one knows they are alone and unobserved. This is an important pre-exercise for later. Also, this exercise can be performed in a room with the window open or on a bed or couch if there is no opportunity to do it outdoors.

Hand Rune Exercise:
1st Position – Fingers in a U-shaped (without touching palms), and with the thumbs raised. The palm faces downwards. Your arm is bent below the height of the shoulder. Hand at eye level, at a distance of 20 cm (7-8 inches) from the face. Figure 2 shows the Ur-Rune hand-sign for the first position.

The practitioner can vocalize “U” in different pitches and volumes for three minutes, and then take a short pause; however, Kummer recommends the sound formula “U-u-r-r” for this hand position.

Each Rune sign must be repeated 3 times (for three minutes each time), otherwise no satisfactory collection of energies can be reached in the hand centers.

2nd Position – The thumb and forefinger recreate the    Ur-Rune, the remaining fingers form a surface with the forefinger; the palm faces downwards. The hand is not at eye level (the hand is not raised).

Here the practitioner will detect a certain cool, lukewarm, or even warm feeling, mostly in the finger-tips and in the center of the hand. The perception is different for every rune practitioner, as in every case of magnetism; one feels a coolness, another a warmth, because every human being is polarized differently. One is more electric, another more magnetic, and, as a result, the perception varies as well.

At the end of the exercise, the practitioner should circulate the collected energies through a conscious, willed circulation throughout the entire body, during which time advanced students can observe a pale gold-orange or gold-green oscillation of their auras. A strong charge of electro-magnetic powers can be achieved through this Rune hand-sign especially. Kummer recommends the sound formula: “U-u-r-r” for this hand position.

Vocalize the mantram(s) while focusing on the intake of primordial power, primordial knowledge, and increasing magical & magnetic 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)


Additional Note: Kummer’s Singles Transmutation Exercise

In this same chapter on the Ur-Rune, Kummer also says the following:

The student should restrict sexual intercourse to the utmost, because the excessive drain of personal magnetism hinders their development. Consider, too, that one’s polarity is reversed by the other person according to their mental quality or disharmonious properties, and then one needs more time to free themselves from these vibrations.

Also, the student, through their higher development and the refinement of their body, can easily connect with otherworldly beings who are hard to deal with and who want to mislead us into black magic. So one must control oneself. Likewise, one says to oneself daily:

“I want to consciously serve humanity. I want to become a wise magician and thus find the great, inner peace and harmony within me. I will un-erringly go along the way to All-father.”
The student must acknowledge the pineal gland, the solar plexus and the sympathetic nervous system as the receiving stations of the general cosmic vibrations. Further, all rune exercises are directed thereon to master the occult power-centers. The precondition for all exercises is inner contemplation, as well as noble thoughts and desires.

The practitioner tries to transform their procreative power into beneficial energy that transforms their brain and the occult power centers. This transformation can easily be carried out and can be done at any time of the day, preferably when the sex drive is most noticeable.

Exercise: The student concentrates with full willpower on the transformation of the procreative powers. He visualizes that the seminal fluid transforms into a gas-like, ethereal substance and he collects it in the abdomen; now the transformed potency rises up in his spinal cord, unites in the brain and the pineal gland, and there increases the mental and occult powers.

During this shifting, he performs his breathing and as he inhales, he should hold a mental image of pulling up the generative power. If the student has often performed this practice, they will really feel the rising of this transfigured power and will be able to master their sexual energy at all times.

This exercise is best performed in the passive Is-Rune position.

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


Rosicrucian and Gnostic

The “Ur” Rune According to Huiracocha

Beloved Disciple: We already know the FA Rune, the Rune of Fire, of the animating and fecundating Fire whose vital energy and activity we have tried to inundate ourselves with by doing our practices, in order to benefit our daily life.

We need the Fire of enthusiasm, the vital ardor, for everything, that is to say we need Fire and Vivacity for all things, but, behold: the Fire is LIGHT.

It is a mistake to believe that the LIGHT is a product of the Fire as some people think.

No, the Fire, what it does (in this case) is to release the Light because the LIGHT is universal, it is at the gateway of Cosmic Life, in the Soul of the Logos, animating in all the areas of the Infinite and even vibrating in the tiniest Ion.

The LIGHT not only strikes our retina, not only penetrates into our eyes, but our very eyes are of Light, they are the Light itself.

This primordial, pure and eternal Light is referred to and taught to us by the    Ur Rune through its numerical value 2 and its correspondence with the letter U of our Alphabet.

Our language has had its changes and its modifications. In the Middle Ages, for example, SIME was said, whereas today we say SAME.

For us, on many occasions when the U was used, we have come to put the O in its place.

In this way ORIGIN, ORDER, URANUS, start from the same etymological root and are reminiscent of the ancient UR which was the seventh letter of the CELTIC alphabet and corresponds to our ancient UR.

Thus, for the Celts, the original inhabitants of Spain, there are many names with UR like “URA” (Burgos), “Urabain” and “Urarte” (Alava) and “Urallaga” (Viscaya).

We also have “Uraba” in Colombia and in the Gulf of Darien. “Uracoa” in Venezuela and in all of Mexico and Brazil we find a multitude of towns that begin with UR and thus is a Letter of the Original Alphabet whose meaning in German is PRIMITIVE, PRIMORDIAL, ORIGINAL and is constantly used in that sense as a prefix.

UR EWIG-KEIT is the Eternal Eternity. UHR is the Clock (the measure of time) and RUH is repose.

The ancients presented ‘God manifested’ through a circle with a point in the Center and ‘God unmanifested’ with a single circle without a central point. The point in the circle (symbol of the manifested) signifies the volitional part or that energy which is necessary for the attainment of manifestation and which disappears in the symbol of the unmanifested.

In some shields on ancient crests one finds the figure of the UR Rune and in others both circles. Now for some it is the UR looking up and for others it is looking down. This is the duality of Good and Evil, of God and Satan, of Heaven and Earth…

When writing the    UR, one notices that it is a reversed (or upsidedown) “A” and thus we can remember the Mantram AUM that begins with the two U’s (one upside down and the other right side up), which shows us that we must look for the current from above, from the Cosmos, at the same time as that one from below.

When our Initiating Teacher made known to us the pronunciation of AUM, through which he instantaneously presented us to the Astral Master, then we comprehended in which manner to draw those two U’s (A and V), and why there was such a singular pronunciation.

The Theosophists frequently speak of AUM but never in any work do they give these indications of its Occult Key.

This is probably because they do not know it and if they did know it then they can not give it in writing, which is strictly forbidden, but it is enough to think that way in order to go up and down concluding with the Mmmmmm, in order to guess the intonation, thus, the Initator did not tell me any more and with that I got it.

The Japanese present themselves before their Sovereign, who are first upright and then inclined (or bowing down) with a pronounced genuflection.

The same thing happens in many Churches, just as it is also prescribed in some Initiatic Rituals.

This movement is also reminiscent of that primitive runic practice.

The Square and the Compass of the Masons is the same symbol of LIGHT that results from the superposition of the V upon the U.

Equal to this Masonic symbol is the Olin sign of the Ancient Mexicans and they are both clear evidence of the Nordic origin of the symbol.

Freemasonry was aware that there was a Great Secret in this sign, but lost the Key in its day, and today it is no more than a meager symbol of moral significance.

In Masonry, hands are touched (or gripped), greetings (or salutations) are executed, steps are verified and everyone is unaware of the reasons for these movements, ignoring that they are also reminiscent of the runic movements.

In the Museums of Mexico and Berlin, there exist many of these Runes that have similarity to a horseshoe filled with hieroglyphs that they try to translate and so far, very recently, some Archaeologists have started to say that these hieroglyphs are about the arches made by the Sun in the solstices and equinoxes.

Primitively the Mexicans, when looking at these stone objects in their temples, tried to imitate its figure with the movement of their body.

In those Temples where the ancient sentence appeared: “Man, know yourself…” the    Ur Rune appeared as well, as if to say to Man: “RECOGNIZE the pair as the origin of LIGHT, as Angel, as God, as the entity of divine UR-IGEN…”

If the previous Rune, FA, always carries that mandate to ENGENDER YOUR HAPPINESS IN THE PRESENT, then the UR Rune now carries the other mandate of KNOW YOURSELF and even RECOGNIZE YOURSELF…

The significance of this    Ur Rune, in the Nordic Kabbalah, is immortality, Eternity, Cause, Principle, as well as primordial LIGHT.

In extending the Cards – for we will also give the Runes as Tarot cards and each of the Disciples will learn to throw cards with the Runes when it falls head-down (or is reversed), it changes from signifying the Eternal, and instead is a symbol of the Temporal, the Ephemeral, the Passing, of that which ends and finishes soon.

For the numerical correspondence, the    Ur Rune has the number 2 and represents the Science.

Its Sign is the Zodiacal Sign of VIRGO. VIRGO signifies an Order that is peaceful and harmonious, and anyone born under its auspices is orderly, peaceful, with harmonious desires and is, therefore, the creator of interior LIGHT. Under the Sign of VIRGO, there are good writers, sincere Priests, and excellent Insurance agents. They are people who do very well with the duties of parents and of children at the same time.

The Hebrew Kabbalah gives them a circle as a symbol and since this Sign corresponds to the Planet Mercury, then it was considered by the ancients as the Demiurge, guide of the other Planets, the representation of the Omniscient, of Trimegistus or the three times wise.

Those born, under this aspect, are self-centered (in the good sense of the term) and generally do not admit philosophical opinions of other people, but instead they take them from their Internal Being through which they benefit by a great Inspiration.

The same thing happens to those people whose Kabbalistic or Runic name forms the number 2.

This confirmation is curious in one and in another aspect, given that people who are kabbalistically centered in 2, were precisely born in VIRGO and under Mercury.

That is why Astrologers should complete their astrological calculus using the Numerical Kabbalah.

PRACTICE: The student should place themselves to the North or facing the Sun and once having raised the hands as in the exercise for the FA Rune, crouch down with the legs open; and in this position, firmly think that thus the cosmic current penetrates into one’s interior and repeat in this way:

“Within me resides the LIGHT, the divine LIGHT.

The Great Omniscient Being will give me divine Wisdom
and I will turn myself into a superman (or superwoman),
drawing everyone’s attention to my upright behavior,
to my equable way of being
and to my awakened and wise answers
when others interrogate me.

I recognize the superior entity, that divine LIGHT, in myself,
who is beginning to irradiate
and who will unfailingly help
all those who approach me.

So be it.”


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


The “Ur” Rune According to Samael Aun Weor

Certainly, the Moon is the satellite of the Earth in only one sense. By searching within the Akashic records of nature, one can verify that the Moon is the mother of the Earth. In the previous Cosmic Day (or Mahamvantara), the Moon was inhabited, but now it is just a cold shadow that is dragged by the new body, the Earth, to whom all of its powers and principles of life have been passed by transfusion. The transference of all the vital powers of the Moon to the Earth left that old Selenite abode without life. Therefore, the Lunar Soul is now reincarnated in this world upon which we live. The Moon looks like a satellite, but it is a Mother who rotates around her daughter, the Earth.

The one we now call Samael Aun Weor lived, then, among the Lunar Humanity (who were called the ‘Selenites’) and knew its seven Root Races, its epochs of civilization and barbarism, its alternating cycles of Evolution and Involution. When the Selenites arrived at the Sixth Sub-Race of the Fourth Round (the same age that this Terrestrial Humanity has now reached), then he accomplished a similar mission by teaching them the Synthesis-Religion, which is contained within the INITIATIC STONE (Sex), the doctrine of JANUS, JANO (I.A.O.) or the doctrine of the JINNS. He lit the flame of GNOSIS among the Selenites, and formed a Gnostic Movement there as well.

On the ancient Moon (in those times before it became a corpse), those who accepted the Synthesis-Religion of JANO, were saved and they transformed themselves into Angels. Nevertheless, the great majority (those who were enemies of the Maithuna, those who rejected the INITIATIC STONE) converted themselves into Lucifers, terribly perverse demons which the Bible refers to. As usual, a third party is never missing… so, in that Lunar Apocalypse, a certain cold group at last became fiery, and they accepted the work in the Ninth Sphere. A new abode was granted to these people, in order for them to work with the Brute Stone until giving it a Perfect Cubic form.

At the end of that Lunar Mahamvantara (which endured an ‘age of BRAHMA’), the Self-Realized Monads were absorbed within the Absolute. After the Great Cosmic Day, the Monadic Waves of the Moon submerged themselves within the Runic UR, within the profound Womb of the Eternal MOTHER-SPACE. During such a Maha-Samadhi (Ecstasy without end), the Monadic waves penetrated very deeply, and arrived at the Father BRAHMA, the Universal Spirit of Life.

BRAHMA submerges Himself into the Absolute during the whole period of the MAHA-PRALAYA (the Great Cosmic Night). While in that tremendous Para-Nirvanic repose, the Unknown Darkness converted itself into Uncreated Light… Many latent faculties exist within the Devamatri (Aditi or Cosmic Space), inside the Runic UR, and within the Micro-Cosmic Human Machine (or better if we say Intellectual Animal) which could be developed through tremendous intimate super-efforts.

In German, Uhr means clock, time measurement or the Mahamvantara (the Cosmic Day), and Ruh is rest, the eternal repose or the Great PRALAYA (the Cosmic Night). Certainly, the Cosmic Night endures as long as the Great Day. Samael Aun Weor affirms that each one of the Self-Realized Brethren were radically absorbed within their own primordial Atom, the AIN SOPH.

Therefore, when the dawn of the new Cosmic Day is initiated, then Eternal MOTHER-SPACE expands herself from the inside towards the outside, like a lotus bud. Thus, this is how the Universe is gestated inside the Womb of the PRAKRITI (the Cosmic Mother, the Primordial Substance).

PRACTICE: Loving our DIVINE MOTHER and thinking of that great Womb where the worlds are gestated, let us pray daily as follows:

“Within my real internal Being resides the Divine Light.
RAM… IO… is the Mother of my Being, DEVI KUNDALINI.
RAM-IO, help me…
RAM-IO, rescue me,
RAM-IO, illuminate me,
Isis of mine,
Thou who hast the child Horus, my true Being, in thine arms:
I need to die in myself
so that my Essence may be lost in HIM… HIM… HIM…”

This prayer must be performed before the Sun, with arms and hands raised. The legs must be opened, and the body crouched down, thus awaiting to receive LIGHT and more LIGHT.

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


In cosmic grammar, the ‘Rune UR’ is certainly the Divine Mother-Space, the sacred womb where beasts, humans and Gods are gestated. It is unquestionable that without the esoteric power of Devi Kundalini, to work in the Flaming Forge of Vulcan (sex) would be impossible.

The Magisterium of Fire must be performed in seven days or periods. Let us remember our astrological formula: Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn.

The starry heaven of Uranus and the classic Empyrean are for those who have reached the longed for goal.

Samael Aun Weor earned the right to enter into the Lunar heaven after a previous humiliation. This is the law for all worlds.

No one can definitely enter into the heavens of Mercury, Venus, etc., without previously having esoterically worked in their corresponding planetary infernos…

-Paraphrase from Ch. 45 of Parsival Unveiled [El Parsifal Develado] (1970)
by Samael Aun Weor



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