Saturday, 23 February 2013

Gar, Woden-Parsifal`s Graal Rune

The Gar Rune, the 33rd Rune of the Anglo-Saxon[Northumbrian] Futhorc lies outside of the four aetts. When the Runes are positioned around a circle Gar is central to all the other Runes. It is the beginning and end of the Runes and serves to seal magical formulas. Gar which means `spear` in Germanic represents both the spear of Woden, Gungnir[also beginning with the letter g] and the holy lance of the sacred Aryan blood carried by Parsifal.

The Proto Germanic origin of this word is gaisaz and a cognate of this word also appears in Old Irish as gae which suggests a Celto-Germanic shared concept. The spear was a symbol of Germanic kingship and was used to dedicate the offering of the soon to be slain enemy to either Woden or Tyr as the Gods` share of the spoils of battle. On the world tree Woden dedicated Himself to Himself as the supreme offering. This concept hearkens back to the idea of an Aryan Hyperborean Kristos, the eon of the Hanged God as symbolised in the twelth trump of the Major Arcana. This is the third Graal Rune and its secrets were withheld for many centuries by the Rune Masters only to be revealed in the late 8th or early 9th centuries CE.

 In Irish mythology we learn from the Second Battle of Mag Tured that the spear was transported from the Atlantean city of Gorias and became the spear of Lug, the Celtic version of Woden. This was one of the four hallows of the divine Tuatha De Danann, the Celtic Aesir. I believe that there is a significance to the geographical location of this Rune`s unveiling, in the white island of Albion-England, a precious possession of the English folc, a special part of our previously lost Wodenic lore. Gar contains within its shape 4 cardinal directions-Niflheim in the north, Muspelheim in the south, Jotunheim in the east and Vanaheim in the west. Above we have Asgard, below this Ljossalfheim. Below we have Svartalfheim and below this Hel. Midgard occupies the central point of the Rune. It is in Midgard-in the here and now that the cosmic interplay of divine and human forces works out the Wyrd of the Norns. The Gift of Ing, the gift of genetic inheritance. The operation of Woden`s spear and Parsifal`s lance in the enclosure of Albion.


rowan duir said...

I have traced my genetics back through my fathers line and my mothers line, On my fathers side the genes show very strongly Nordic viking, gene clusters for my genes in Britain are very low, in Iceland and Shetland islands very high, the major cluster is Iceland.
On my mothers side, the genes are Danish viking, now while researching I came across the rune gar, it is a family symbol, that belonged to my ancient Ancestors of my family, very interesting.

NoĆ¾helm Blodcyning said...

You're reading way too much into this rune. First of all, you've got the shape wrong. That shape comes from a mistake made in some manuscript. If you want to see the actual shape of the rune look for it on the Ruthwell Cross.

And by the way, it's on a cross because it was invented by English Christians. There was a sound change going on in English at the time which was changing how G's worked (it's why the Dutch loanword "wagon" has a G, but the native English "wain" doesn't). These rune-men wanted to be able to distinguish the old G sound from the emerging G sound so they took the rune for G (gyfu) and modified it, giving us gar.

Wotans Krieger said...

Mr Blodcyning. Thank you for your comment. 'I' have not "got the shape wrong". It is a stylised representation of the Gar Rune. The exact shape as it appears on the Ruthwell and Bewcastle crosses appears to have two parallel Ing Runes but the image that I have used for this article is one of the very few that I could find as a representation of the Rune. There were no others that I could find. Be that as it may the exact representation of the Rune does not negate anything which I have written in the aforesaid article. With hindsight it may have been more appropriate for me to have posted the article instead on my armanen blog but be that as it may I stand by what I have written.
You refer to "English Christians". You should know that at the time of the carving (8th century CE) there was no 'England', only a patchwork of 'Anglo-Saxon' kingdoms. The Ruthwell Cross at that time was erected in the kingdom of Northumbria. You should also realise that at the beginnings of the christianisation process there existed a 'dual faith' and much of our ancient lore was subsequently hidden within the iconography of the Christian church.
I am also well aware of the sound changes that you refer to but you clearly do not have a very deep understanding of the runes if all you associate with them is the notion of alphabetical letters! If that is the case then you are reading the wrong blogs-there is nothing here for you.