Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Nine Glory Twigs

This refers to a pattern of nine overlapping twigs - which forms the pattern below. The poem called the 'Nine Herbs Charm' describes Woden using the Nine Glory Twigs- 


A snake came crawling, it bit a man.
Then Woden took nine glory-twigs,
Smote the serpent so that it flew into nine parts.
There apple brought this pass against poison,
That she nevermore would enter her house.




From this pattern it is possible to visualise every rune stave shape. You will notice that at the very centre there is a Hagal rune, hence why within  Armanen circles the Hagal rune is such an important rune (and is called the 'Mother Rune' - a subject for another article).

There is a seemingly common theme amongst some wiccan and non-volkish groups to confuse this pattern with a certain non-Germanic formula - namely the Etz haChayim or the Kabbalistic (Jewish) Tree of Life. I guess that the reference to the 'Tree of Life' may confuse some, as this is a kenning for the Algiz rune, though there is no doubt in my mind that there is also a deliberate attempt to 'dissolve' the meanings of our Germanic runerows and dilute rune practises in an attempt to disrupt our vital work. You only have to look any book by Ralph Blum to see this. Blum is 'credited' with the invention of the so called 'blank rune' - which in reality was nothing more than a spare rune used to fill a 5 x 5 tray of runes (24 runes plus the blank) which accompanied some of his books. Blum is him self jewish, as many of you will be aware.

 

(left) The Jewish Etz haChayim
(right) An attempt to equate our Gods with jewish magic