Monday 16 January 2023

The Fylfot - ALU


We find some bracteates that contain both the Fylfot-Swastika and the ALU formula, though this one shown here appears to contain the Fylfot-Swastika and the runes A-L-L rather than ALU. I'll look at this later since it is important. 

This one (above) contains the Fylfot-Swastika and ULA (ALU backwards); it also seems to have the Aesc-Rune doubled. The arms are in the shape of half of the Fylfot-Swastika. The Swastika here is shown in its Sunwise form. 

Root *alu- : used in words related to sorcery, magic, possession and intoxication or divine madness. 

Root *al- :

  • beyond,
  • to wander,
  • to grow, nourish,
  • to grind, to mill,
  • all.

I have mentioned before the link between ALU and HALU, and that the term hallucination originally meant 'wandering of the mind', from the Latin hallucinari, allucinari, alucinari. In the above root-words we find *al- meaning 'to wander', but also 'go beyond' which hints at going beyond the 'normal' consciousness. We have in WF used the term ALU-Father for ALL-Father, so the first bracteate could refer to 'All-Father'. 

The runic word ALU may well refer at one level to the Magical Force that pervades the Cosmos - the Heil-Force at one level, since HALU relates to 'hale', 'hearty', health, whole, wholeness and oneness. The Serpent is symbolic (at one level) of the Universal Life-Energy, and the Swastika as the movement and motion of this force. 

Study this symbol very closely and the runes (in a slightly different form) can be found - AEsc - Lagu - Ur. The Swastika may thus symbolise the movement and motion of this Magical Force. In this case ALU.

And in this version we find the same three runes but this time in reverse - ULA. Again, this suggests the movement and motion of this Magical Force. In the two versions of the Fylfot-Swastika we find the same ALU-ULA formula as on the Norfolk urn. In both of the above we find the ALU or ULA repeated 4 times.

So when we find another version - ALUGOD - with the Fylfot-Swastika on the same talisman this really emphasises the links between these two symbols. This could also be seen as ALL-GOD, suggesting 'All-Father'. I have mentioned before the links between ALU and ILU, and Tolkien's 'All-Father' is Iluvater - 'The One'.