By Mike Smith*
AsI gazed into the flame, I "saw" a plush land of green and wild. Out from the ground sprouted the Irminsul,stretching into the sky to the very stars themselves, and further into thesun. I began to chant the rune, Eihwaz,(the cosmic tree's vertical axis which penetrates through all three realms) andthe image of the Irminsul morphed into the rune, as it extended both into theearth and farther into the sun. Then, tomy surprise, the sky started to become dark. The sun was blackening as the darkness enveloped. Then the "Black Sun" becameviewable through the golden sun which we all know commonly. Of course, this was the same infamous patternas from the Wewelburg Castle's inlaid floor. It "shone" its dark light into the farthest reaches ofGinnungagap and into my own center. AndI began to sing Sowilo.
The"Black Sun" is made of 12 Sowilo runes. As we know, Sowilo is; "...a sign of the wheels along the pathof the yew column, Yggdrasil, by which the runester consciously evolves. Sowilo is the shield of the consciousness andprovides it with greater significance toward which to strive. One who has developed the will by the lightof the S-rune (in all of its aspects) is blessed with honor and success"(Runelore, pg 127). Sowilo has thenumberic value of 16 in the Elder Futhark and when we multiply it by 12, asmanifested in the "Black Sun" symbol, we get 192, or 1 + 9 + 2 = 12.
"TheF-rune contains the mystery of both creation and destruction and the harmoniousfunctioning of these two extremes, which leads to the dynamic evolutionaryforce. Fehu is the rune of eternalbecoming. Along with several otherrunes, this describes the holy process of birth-life-death-rebirth, orarising-being/becoming-passing-away toward new rising. More specifically, fehu is the archtypicalforce that give impetus to this eternal process." (Futhark, pg 21)
"Hagalazis the complete model containing the potential energy of neutral power in themultiverse, which is born from the dynamic, generating, evolving unity of fire(energy) and ice (antimatter)" (Futhark, pg 36).
"Uruzis the most vital of energies. It is afire blended with the waters of life, a vital fire that can remove allweakness-all the dross (such as Audhumbla's tongue!)- and transform the weakinto the strong" (Runelore, pg 116).
Andfinally, the sum of the product is equal to 12 and represents Jera:
"Jeraembodies the cyclical pattern of the universe expressed in the formulaarising-being/becoming-passing-away to new arising." And, "Jera is the reward for thehonorable, right, lawful (natural) past action. This has no real moral implications- it is the natural law. If the sowing is done correctly, according totradition, and "luck" (hamingja) is with you, then the reaping shouldbe great. It is the fruitation of effortswell spent toward a willed or instructed goal. This is true and valid for the numious as well as the phenomenologicalrealms" (Futhark, pg 42).
Alltogether, this insinuates the enlightenment, cyclical, and materialmanifestations of the True Will. All ofthis is encompassed in the rune (mystery) of the "Black Sun" which ishidden from the view from those who don't see. This is the concept that infused in my mind in a flash of inspiration.
Thorsson, Edred. Futhark: Samuel Weiser, 1984
Thorsson, Edred. Runelore: Samuel Weiser, 1987
Thorsson, Edred. At the Well of Wyrd: Samuel Weiser, 1988
Thorsson, Edred. Rune Might: Llewellyn, 1989
Thorsson, Edred. The Nine Doors of Midgard: Runa-Raven, 1997
Thorsson, Edred. Gildisbok: Runa-Raven, 1994
"I must admit the article was from many,many years ago and really was just a personal analysis utilizing the ElderFuthark as a tool for understanding; at least on a subjective level. Here it isattached. If you have any questions of any type, please don't hesitate to ask." --Mike Smith, Úlfar aff Jera Þjóð" (Jan 1, 2007)