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Reveals the occult wisdom and multidimensional layers of meaning hidden in the Nordic Rune stones Uncovering the dark side of the Nordic rune stones hidden beneath their traditional interpretation, Swedish scholar and runologist Thomas Karlsson examines the rune work of Swedish mystic and runologist Johannes Bureus (1568-1652) and professor Sigurd Agrell (1881-1937), both of whom devoted their lives to uncovering the secret uses of rune stones concealed from all but the highest initiates. Karlsson begins by examining the Uthark system of divination--the Left Hand Path of the runes--that lies hidden under the traditional Futhark system. According to the lore of Uthark, a cryptographic ruse was used to make it impossible for the uninitiated to know the true order of the runes. Exploring Agrell's decryption of the Uthark system, Karlsson reveals similarities between the numerology of ancient mystery cults and the Runic tradition. He explains the multidimensional meaning of each rune from the Uthark perspective, their relationships with the nine worlds of Norse cosmogony, and the magical powers of rune-rows and the three aettir rune groupings. Karlsson also examines the secret dimensions of the 15 "noble" runes, the Adulrunes, based on the theories of Johannes Bureus. Using his knowledge of the Cabbala and alchemy, Bureus created magical symbols with the Adulrunes as well as one symbol containing all 15 Adulrunes, which Bureus called the "Adulruna." Karlsson explains Bureus' spiritual system of initiation, the Gothic Cabbala, revealing the connections between old Norse wisdom and the Cabbala. Covering more than just rune practices, Karlsson's exploration of the dark or night side of the runes provides a comprehensive guide to Norse spirituality and the ancient spiritual mysticism of Odin.
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"Here Thomas Karlsson takes us on an inner journey to the secrets of the North. His insight brings new light to the topics of Johannes Bureus, the runic mage of the Renaissance North, and to the enigmatic Uthark, first explored by the Swedish runologist Sigurd Agrell. Karlsson's access to obscure sources makes this work a true gem." * Stephen Flowers, Ph.D., author of Icelandic Magic and Lords of the Left-Hand Path * "Thomas Karlsson's Nightside of the Runes is a curious and fascinating compendium, not just for the largely forgotten theories of the Swedish luminaries from earlier centuries that he resurrects and works with (the Uthark rune-row of the mystical scholar Sigurd Agrell and the Adulruna of the scholarly mystic Johannes Bureus) but also for what it shows of the author's own personal journey. The first part of the book reveals a youthful and at times naive magician drawing great power from forsaken research, while the second part shows Karlsson himself having blossomed into a fine researcher and seasoned scholar, yet one who is still very much a magician at heart. A careful reader will find numerous insights at both ends of this runic spectrum." * Michael Moynihan, coauthor of Lords of Chaos * "The runes, symbolic letters deriving from the primal word referring to 'secret' or 'whispering,' are the primal mysteries and forces latent in nature, to which the actual rune-stavs are mere markers. The runes take many forms, as does man's understanding and conceptualization of them, and the rune-rows themselves have historically both expanded and contracted with time. Yet, they keep speaking to those that look for them. In Nightside of the Runes, Thomas Karlsson explores the work of two pioneering Swedish runologists, Johannes Bureus and Sigurd Agrell, and sheds light on this heretofore relatively obscure area of runic knowledge, which is of interest to students of runosophy and all Odinic seekers in their ever-unfolding quest for wisdom." * Aki Cederberg, author of Journeys in the Kali Yuga * "Although, Nightside of the Runes was written for a very specific audience, this book is definitely worth a look by anyone studying the occult. The lengthy and impressive notes and bibliography sections provide everything needed for further study or inquiry. This is not by any means a light read, but I found it to be engaging and feel it would be of particular interest to any who like to peel back, layer by layer, in deepening their understanding of the motivation and historical relevance of this or any of the esoteric disciplines. Karlsson reminds us that there are many ways of interacting with all of the magickal arts and that the organic polarities of light and dark flow through every endeavour. Having the benefit of both perspectives provides a wholeness that is only achieved when we embrace each on equal footing." * Robin Fennelly, SpiralNature.com *
Thomas Karlsson, Ph.D., is founder of the esoteric order Dragon Rouge and Head of Ordo Draconias. He is senior lecturer in history, religion, and philosophy at Stockholm University, fellow researcher at Yale University, and director of the Esoteric Crossroads conferences in Capri, Italy. The author of Cabbala, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic and Amongst Mystics and Magicians in Stockholm, he lives in Tumba, Sweden.
FOREWORD The Northern Light of Original Genius by Stephen E. Flowers PART 1 Uthark: Nightside of the Runes PROLOGUE Sigurd Agrell and the Uthark by Stephen E. Flowers Introduction to Part 1 1 The Secret Wisdom of the North 2 The Uthark and the Runes 3 Runosophy 4 Man and His Souls 5 Northern Sorcery and Practical Rune Magic 6 Rune Yoga 7 Runic Divination 8 Runosophy and Cabbala 9 The Uthark and the Nightside of the Runes PART 2 The Adulruna and the Gothic Cabbala PROLOGUE Johannes Bureus, Man of the Northern Renaissance by Stephen E. Flowers Introduction to Part 2 10 Gothicism and Western Esotericism 11 The Prophets of Gothicism 12 The Adulrunes 13 Esoteric Gothicism after Bureus Notes Bibliography Index