Blog Image

Seiðr, Troldom and other magick workings


Seidr Posted on 19 Aug, 2015 18:24:14

Manipulating reality with Galdrastafir’:

I have been working a lot on galdrastafirs lately (stavsigils), combining my knowledge on subliminal imagery to bypass the conscious awareness threshold, with my own esoteric practices and seiðr.

It’s been interesting work, and quite an eyeopener, to some new possibilities when manipulating reality. As some might already know, I work as a graphic designer specialized in subliminal visuals and manipulation – so I also found this research extremely useful, even at work.

This is “Einingu Aðstoð” – It’s designed to help create and strengthen momentum, mutual understanding, teamwork and unity in a clan or group:

And this is “Karlmennsku” – I’s designed to enhance someones masculinity:

After posting them on social media, a few people started asking me about how the sigils where made. At first I didn’t really want to explain it. Partly because I believe that some sigils have to stand on their own, but also since I don’t really want to openly share everything about how I work. But with “Karlmennsku” I felt it was was a pretty basic design, and that someone perhaps would fine a description useful – So here we go:

The composition in “Karlmennsku”, is based on several concepts:

The even spokes is initially based on runes, written to formulate the strength of the Karl.
The actual formulation was made in Jutish, first by constructing the formulation, and then later verifying it in a solo höfdeseiðr.

While trying to figure out how to formulate the stuff; i considered using slightly modified versions of some Norse proverbs:

Among the considered where this one:

Jut: “Å’æ kæft’ kender man æ kjøter, men æ’ mand å’æ mowl”
Dan: “På kæften kender man en køter, men en mand på hans mål”
Eng: “Know a mutt by it’s jab, but a man by his goals”)

But I ended up using this one:

Jut: “Æ karl or’æ karl, å æ uer or’æ uer”
Dan: “En karl er en karl, og et ord er et ord”
Eng: “A man is a man, and a word is a word”

The proverb was then sigilized, using A.O. Spare’s well proven technique. This was done in conjunction with my knowledge of bindrunes, while trying to keep the subliminal imagery very much in mind. The result should obviously (and subconsciously) project masculinity.

The odd spokes are made from a Mannaz lønrune’s with itself as key. This was made to enforce the intent of the even spokes.

Once I was done with the design, I went back and did a short höfdeseiðr to verify the sigil, before trying it out on myself.

Please feel free to use both the sigils, or the technique, if you find it useful.

Personally, working with these things in a concentrated manner, has really made a big difference. And once I started doing my own sigils, the rabbit-hole only got deeper, and well worth exploring.


Secret Runes

Runes Posted on 12 Jun, 2015 13:49:50

or “Lønskrift and Lønruner”
By Ræveðis, June, 2015

Note from Author: This is a quick translation to English, from an article I wrote for the Danish magazine “Skyggebladet” (Shadowpages) – It’s a members magazine for the Danish association for practitioners of witchcraft and magic: Hekse.

Lønskrift is an early ancestral form of encryption. It’s funny to think, that encryption is an almost invisible part of our digital life on the web today, but it’s far from a new invention. Opposite today, where most people hardly know that they are using encryption when they communicate, it was very much a conscious decision in the past.

The oldest forms of lønskrift that we know here in the north, is called lønruner. Many historical finds, from stone monuments, jewelry findings and simple wood and bone pieces, can be found containing inscriptions in lønruner. All the way up to the Middle Ages, there are traces of this secret form of communication. A form of communication that can only be read by the few initiates who knew the key to understanding them. This is how cryptography has worked since it first appeared, and is still the basic principle today – although quantum cryptography has begun to change this fact over the last couple of years.

The word “løn” means “secret”, and quite literally explains the use of Lønruner: to communicate secrets! So obviously the purpose of this practice has often been to hide meanings, or write secret messages, often even containing taboos. Often lønruner is even seen communicating quite mundane meanings, opposed to the poplar belief that it’s all about occult magic writings – for the most part, it’s actually not.

There are many different types of lønruner, and the largest historical collection of codes and keys can be found in the historical manuscript “In Lebor Ogaim”, also known as “the Ogham manuscript”, from the year 1390. This manuscript contains over 100 different examples of løncodes and glyphs.

“Isruner” are the most widely used form of lønskrift in the north. It can be seen on several historical finds. Isruner is often easy to recognize because they appear as vertical bars of different lengths.

(Seen below is an example of the word “LØN”)

When first gazing upon something containing lønruner, they don’t always appear to the unwary. Sometimes you really need to know what you’re looking for. This is due in particular to the fact, that many lønruner is hidden in the open. For example. Lønruner are often found hidden in drawings, a great example are thiese lønrunes hidden in drawings of fish. Here the lines on the back and abdomen of the fish, tells the coordinates of the lønrunes.

The way most lønruner are made, is from drawing them in a way that specify the particular rune’s coordinate in its æt. Often counting the æt’s backwards, as a simple cipher key. This means that Tyr’s Æt (tbemlngdo) is indicated as the first æt, Hagal’s Æt (hnijpërs) as the second Æt, and finally Fehu’s Æt (fuþarkgw) as the third.

Then, to get the coordinates, you would need first to count the æt, and then the individual rune in its æt. In this way, we can figure out that the coordinate to Uruz / Ur, by looking at the diagram below. The coordinate will be 3.2 – which then can be stated in many different ways.

Besides isruner, and the fish-runes I mentioned earlier, lønruner is also often depicted as træruner. Here the rune has a stem, with “tree branches” that indicates the rune’s coordinates. However, do not be fooled into thinking that you can real all lønruner with this technique. This is only the most basic method, and still today, there are lønruner that has not yet been decoded.

So, how can we use this system today?
In these modern times, where we use sophisticated RSA encryption, and is about to move into a new era of quantum encryption, is it even relevant? Could one not argue that lønruner and lønskrift is nothing more that a historical curiosity? Well .. I bet we all can agree, that the system does not have the great importance for leymen today. But one needs to keep in mind, that there are many occult circles, where “hidden messages in the obvious” still a frequently used thing. Lønskrift is still in active use, and there are countless examples of historic ciphers and cryptic texts used in various modern context. Even in totally unexpected places, as in som IT systems, where I personally have seen forms of lønskrift been used as STO (security through obscurity).

Lønskrift has also repeatedly seen encoded into the secret recruitment systems, for example, used extensively by the secret organization “Cicada 3301”. This group are thought to recruit the world’s most sought after hackers and cryptographers.

During their recruitment in 2012, a message written with the historic “Caesar code”, was found well hidden in the first bytes of a digital image. (Decipherment led people on yet another such clue – and the hunt was on) – This technique, with secret recruitment in the public space, by using hidden messages and messages are far from unheard of. Several occult organizations, who seek to avoid direct exposure, also use this technique, and also here has Ogham codes been seen in modern use.

But how can we use lønskrift, as modern practitioners of magick and witchcraft? This is the big question! Dealing with modern occultism, and in particular the underground culture within, the question would seem quite naive. In the proper context, lønskrift can be the difference between understanding and total ignorance. Additionally, it can be used, as always has been, as a way to communicate within a closed group. It can be used to write magick notes, making sure no one can read it with ease.

Can it be used for magick? Undoubtedly yes! Many practitioners of modern occult magick and witchcraft, often use forms of lønskrift in sigil magic. In addition, one of the most famous modern occult lønskrift systems and cipher languages, is known as “the Enochian Language” or “the Enochian Script”.

This is used largely in magical context, and also has a magical origin. The system was “invented” in the 1500s by the legendary John Dee, in collaboration with the notorious alchemist and angel-medium Edward Kelley.

They claimed to have received the language and characters from communication with angels, who spoke to them through various forms of scrying, often in a crystal balls, water dishes, mirrors mm.

Although the Enochian Language in not really in use in it’s original form anymore, and perhaps is more a occult curiosity today, the glyphs themselves are still used in all sorts of other modern occult context. It is also a widely used lønskrift used on occult cipher wheel.

Sidenote: A Enochian cipher-wheel is known to have been found between the well-known American evangelist Harold Egbert Camping’s belongings after his death. Camping was also known for his prophecy about the end of the world (rapture) in 2011

A page from the original Ogham manuscript from 1390:

The two images below are of rune wheel that I have made. The first one, seen here, is designed for common lønruner such as Isruner, forming a secret key from a single rune from each æt.

This next wheel is based on a Mexican military-cipher 1914, which was used up to the beginning of World War II.

A quick overview of the three most frequently used Futhark’s and the traditional Ogham script:

How to make a Chaos Sigil

Chaos Magick Posted on 11 Jun, 2015 23:31:19

or “Sigillise your wishes”
written by Ræveðis, June, 2015

Note from Author: This is a quick translation to English, from an article I wrote for the Danish magazine “Skyggebladet” (Shadowpages) – It’s a members magazine for the Danish association for practitioners of witchcraft and magic: Hekse.

Many people know about magic symbols, and use them in various forms in their witchcraft. But how do you actually make a magical symbol yourself, and how does it work?

There are so many theories in the field, and many different approaches to this. So I decided to take a look at one of the most personal, and in my mind, most effective modern solution. The techniques I discuss here, arise from the postmodern magical tradition, commonly known as Chaos Magick.

The method is quite simple, and very potent. Essentially it is based on the principle of implementing a conscious thought into one’s subconsciousness. Here the sigil will be able to work unhindered to achieve the goals you set. Depending on how you comprehend this system, the symbols may also be implemented directly into other people’s subconscious, or directly into what Jung describes as “the collective subconscious”. If you work your way towards magick to come in contact with the collective subconscious, you can expect to gain huge results out of very simple implementations – But here we will only be focusing on working into your own subconsciousness.

In all its simplicity, the technique can be boiled down to a few simple steps. There are several other ways to do this kind of work, but the method I describe here is the most used, and the best starting point in my opinion. If you work with rune magic, one can also use this technique to create potent binderuner.

Define your intentions:
To do this, you need to sit down and think about what your objectives are. Then express it in a sentence, one that’s not too ambiguous. For example: “Jeg vil gerne have mere success med mine kreative projekter” (“I would like to have more success with my creative projects”).

Once you have written your intentions down, read it through a few times, just to make sure that it can not be misunderstood or misinterpreted in any way.

Shorten the phrase:
Once you have formulated your intention in this way, you start on the real work to sigilise. Start by removing all the letters that repeats itself in your sentence, so only one remains. eg. the letter “e” appears several times in the sentence, so all “e”’s exept the first one is removed. You can do this by starting from either side of the sentence. I often feel that I get the best results from letting the first letter stay, and then removing the others. If anyone is familiar with regular expressions, you can use the formula:
(.) (? =. *? \ 1)

Thus the sentence: “Jeg vil gerne have mere success med mine kreative projekter” now becomes, “Jeg vil rn ha m suc d i ktv po”. It is important that you check the sentence several times, to make sure that there are no identical letters left.

There is more than one reason for this. The obvious reason is to eliminate mistakes. But the most important reason, and less obvious one, is that this allows time and opportunity for your subconscious to connect the new string with the original intention.

Once you’ve ensured that there are no recurring characters in the sentence, continue to remove all the vowels . Thus, the sentence is now: “Jg vl rn h m sc d ktv p”.

Side note: Before removing the vowels from the phrase, you may want to use words to put together a chant. For example. could take the sentence: “Jeg vil rn ha m suc d i ktv po” and in the same way as with the sigillising, try and work towards a chat. An example would be: “Ja’virn he’smiv kvo” or “Je’vi ha’su i’po”. Again, there are many approaches to this, ant this is just an example.

Sigillise the sentence:
Now things should start getting exciting. You take your remaining letters, and start drawing them on top of each other. The goal here is to reduce the intention to a simple sign. One that your subconscious mind will connect with the intention. This is the most difficult process for some people, but with a little practice it should be a breeze. The important thing is that you stop focusing on the letters as separate glyphs, and allows them to “devour” each other. After some time, and a few sheets of paper, you should reach something that feels magical, and done. Once you have this, then you have indeed made a stylized sigil, now symbolising your intention. Often I notice that I reach this stage, when I am able to reproduce the sigil without looking on previous copy.

Once there, you are ready for the next step:

Induce Gnosis:
Now, it’s time to work the sigil down into your subconscious. To do this, you have to bypass your consciousness first.

This is best done by achieving some kind of trance state, and then by focusing fully on designing your sigil in your subconscious mind, and if you feel ambitious enough, and now what you are doing; into the collective subconscious. There are various practical techniques for working with the collective subconscious, but as mentioned before, the technique I will describe here, is only focused on how to send your intentions into your own subconscious.

In Chaos Magick, the state of trance is often called Gnosis. And there’s two forms of Gnosis: Inhibited Gnosis (passive) , and excited Gnosis (active).

Inhibited Gnosis is the kind of trance that we experience by inhibiting ourselves. For example. in the form of meditation, sensory deprivation, hypnotic sleep and so on. Many use techniques where they focus on a light, a crystal ball, a psychedelic fractal, a black mirror, or the likes. The important thing is to choose the method that you are most comfortable with, and have the most experience with!

Excited Gnosis is the kind of trance gained by actively raising energy. This can for instance; be in the form of chanting, gjalder, joik, drums, dance and so on. This method is well suited for use in ritual work, and like with Inhibited gnosis, I can only recommend that you incorporate the techniques that you feel most comfortable with.

Achieve focus:
At the exact moment when you feel your gnosis state is peaking, stop and turn all your focus onto the sigil. You may stop completely whatever you where doing to obtain the gnosis state, and perhaps paint the sigil onto a piece of paper with a brush, or something like that, while you are in the focused state. The important thing is, that you don’t break concentration when doing this. You can also choose to visualize it, or if you have developed a chant; say it loud and clear for one last time.

Releasing the energy:
As soon as you feel you have achieved total focus, and worked the design into you subconscious mind, then you need to discharge quickly. It’s really important that you release the energy by interrupting your focus totally. This is best done by an act of aggression followed by immediate grounding. For example, by screaming loudly and let yourself fall on the ground. Or by tearing a piece of paper with the sigil into pieces, and burn it in a bowl or on a fire.

Now you have completed your work!

From here on, you should be able to use the sigil to motivate your subconscious. If you, for example where working towards a goal of eating less, or more healthy, you can draw the sigil on a scrap of paper, and hang it on your refrigerator. If your intention was to gain more focus at work, you can use it as desktop background on your PC, and so on. From there, your subconscious should automatically remember intention, and thereby allow the magick to work for you. If you feel the effect diminishes over time, you can also choose to meditate on sigil regularly, to keep it “fresh”

Good luck!

Side note: There are quite a few examples of people who are actively working with this kind of magick. The musician Richard David James, is known to have prepared his logo to “Aphex Twin” in this manner. And this is probably one of the better known examples of chaos sigil, that many people recognize when they see it.

Celebrities that are known to work with chaos magic:
David Lynch, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Anri du Toit & Watkin Tudor Jones (Die Antwoord), Grant Morrison, William S. Burroughs, Robert Anton Wilson, Alan McGee and Richard D. James (Aphex Twin).

« Previous