Rune stödhur was developed by Friedrich Marby, during the twenties and  thirties of the 20th century. It has no historic roots or validity  whatsoever.

This technique was further developed in the thirties to fifties by Kummer,  Gorsleben and Spießberger.
They all used the Armanen-Futhark which was created by List who based it  on the 18 rune poems of the Havamal.
During the last few years it has been expanded for the Elder Futhark by  Edred Thorsson.

The runic postures can be easily compared to practising Chi Gong. As in  Chi Gong you become a vessel for the energy of the rune when you perform  stödhur. The main difference is that in chi gong you work with universal  life-force, "chi", while you get specified energy with the runes.

And like the Asanas, the postures have additional purposes, as mentioned  by Edred Thorsson:

    • Control of the body
    • Control of thoughts
    • Control of breath
    • Control of emotions
    • Anchoring of the Rune
    • Mastering of the Will

Rune stödhur can be done anytime and anywhere, best location however is  outside in nature and during sunrise or sunset or at the runes'  corresponding hour. Also nude is better than with clothes. If nudity is  completely out, wear something comfortable and loose.

Feel free to perform a banishing ritual before doing the stödhur. This  can range from a simple breathing exercise to the lesser pentagram ritual  or the hammer ritual. The main objective here is to centre yourself, to  be completely in the here and now and to be completely conscious of what  you are doing.

When you're done with whatever preparations you have chosen, assume the  selected rune stadha and start vibrating the name of the rune. Visualise  the rune and feel its energy streaming through your body.

Once you are done with the stadha, concentrate the energy in your hara,  the point that is approximately 2 cm below your navel.

Stödhur can be done in ritual prior to charging the selected runes or as  alternative to Chi Gong.




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