Some pre-war rune-magicians in Germany started to develop a kind of "Runic Yoga" using the runes as body-positions. Indeed, this is something that I feel is valid in that it is my own belief that some of the runes developed from body-positions used for magico-mystical purpose, but which later became used for the same purpose but at a far more mundabe level. That is, the original religious and spiritual meanings were somewhat lost and the purpose was lost; they were then used for everyday purposes. This can be seen in the example I am going to give here.
Here we see the top of the Runic Horn, one of the Horns of Gallehus found in Denmark. First we must notice that the runes around the rim are those of the Germanic Futhark, for this work predates the later Viking times. In this section of this horn we see the figure of a horned-warrior carrying a spear and a noose; this figure may well be the Horned God but in a specific aspect as the God of the Hanged (hence the noose). In that case this figure is Woden (Herne the Hunter). The arm-positions are the shape of the Ear-Rune/Cweorth-Rune. This is an important point to note, since this arm-position can be found on various amulets and bracteates from Scandinavia and England - as well as the Wilmington Giant and The Cerne Abbas Giant.
On the other horn we find similar figures, but these are in obvious runic positions, though it is likely that the runes developed from these, rather than the other way round.
The idea of Runic Posture is to emulate the shape of the rune with the human body, as seen opposite. The stance is done as near to the shape as possible. For magical use this is done as a kind of meditation in which the rune-worker holds this position whilst visualising the rune-shape itself. As can be seen here outdoor workings are best for this, as in all workings done for magical purposes - Nature is our temple.
This is the Peorth-Rune shape, which is used here in a varied form, since its usual form is seated. This rune was originally that of the Dice-Cup for its shape, when lying down, is that of the Dice-Cup; it is also that of the seated Taefl-Player who throws the dice in this game. This can be seen clearly on the Horn of Gallehus below.
On the second Horn of Gallehus we find this runic posture on the top row, where men are playing together whilst sitting on the floor. On the fifth row from the top we find two men holding a board-game, obviously related to Taefl or the like.
The figures on the horns are all shown in various unique postures, giving a sense of this being purposeful. There are also shadowy figures and animals on both horns, which suggest that these are a link between the living and the dead (Ancestral Spirits).
There are many secrets that we have unlocked from the two Horns of Gallehus, and these will be revealed through the pages of this website. There are hints of a working knowledge of the Serpent Lines/Dragon Lines which are linked to the Hel-Ways or Dead-Ways, the Spirit-Roads that the dead take.
Runic Posture is an important part of Rune-Magic and Runic Mysticism, and the Ar-Kan Rune-Lag system has revived this as a means of getting in touch with the Runic Forces, as well as their being postures that are used in the Warrior Arts (Martial Arts). This is part of the work undertaken within Ar-Kan Rune-Lag - the building of an English Martial Arts based upon the most ancient Runic Postures and Hand-Staves.
Below are three more runic postures developed for use in the Magical Arts and the Warrior Arts; these are all suited to both, and they can be used for training and educational purpose. Runic Forms are where a set of runic postures are put together (like Karate Kate) and made into a working set - i.e. they are used for magical purposes to invoke a kind of bind-rune, or they are used for Warrior Arts postures.
In the above we see an Os-Rune (left), Peorth-Rune (middle) and Gyfu-Rune (right) done in the nearest postures that are possible for these runes. These are just examples of a few postures that are possible, and it is even possible to do all 33 English Runes without the aid of anything else (staff etc.) They can all be done by just making the postures, though a few will have to be done with alternative postures.
Runic Forms are made up of a set of runic postures in which the Rune-Worker moves through these, like a kata in the Japanese Martial Arts, though in the magical usage this is done slowly - more like the style of Tai Chi. Indeed the "chi" is the force unlocked in Tai Chi, just as the same force is unlocked through the Runes. The usage is different, and suited to the psychic make-up of the English. There is another use for this type of Runic Form, for just like in certain Eastern Martial Arts the forms are based upon historical events and heroic events, the Runic Forms incorporate historical events and heroic events in the history of this land - in the Ar-Kan Rune-Lag system this is of great importance.