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All Natural Spirit was inspired by Nature, the concepts surrounding Symbolism and the desire for Spirituality. The aim of my blog and my store is the cultivation and expression of the Soul through DIY stress management ideas and tools derived from Meditation, Metaphysics and Magick.

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Thus a word or an image is symbolic when it implies something more than its obvious and immediate meaning. It has a wider “unconscious” aspect that is never precisely defined or fully explained. Nor can one hope to define or explain it. As the mind explores the symbol, it is led to ideas that lie...

Thus a word or an image is symbolic when it implies something more than its obvious and immediate meaning. It has a wider “unconscious” aspect that is never precisely defined or fully explained. Nor can one hope to define or explain it. As the mind explores the symbol, it is led to ideas that lie beyond the grasp of reason.

C. G. Jung, (1964)
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Critical Review of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc: An Historically Accurate Universal Rune Set

23 September 2019, 09h50: Spring Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere Today is the spring equinox – where we experience the same number of daylight hours and night time hours in both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. This spring equinox edition follows on both my Evolution of the Runic Alphabets and Critical Review of the Elder...

23 September 2019, 09h50:

Spring Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere

Today is the spring equinox – where we experience the same number of daylight hours and night time hours in both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres.

This spring equinox edition follows on both my Evolution of the Runic Alphabets and Critical Review of the Elder Futhark: An Historically Accurate Universal Rune Set. Spring is aligned with the element of earth from which new life sprouts and that which has already established continues to expand and grow. We notice that older established plants provide shelter and shade for new life, including animals and other plants. We also observe that older animals teach their young how to survive and where the best places for food and shelter are. In this context we see the expansion of the Elder Futhark into the related Anglo-Saxon Futhorc. Thus, for this spring equinox I will discuss the sister system of the Elder Futhark runic alphabet, the Anglo-Saxon (or Anglo Frisian) Futhorc.


The runic alphabets have become a prominent feature on my blog and my designs, mostly due to my fascination with this ancient writing script and how it can be utilized to gain wisdoms from the depth of our own souls.

I have written an critical review of the Elder Futhark as well as discussing the flow of the runic languages from both an historic and linguistic perspective. During my extensive research into the subject I have read countless literary works in an attempt to determine both the original form of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc as well as creating a standardized and universal set of runes. I have listed the most informative references I discovered during my research (Ref 1-10). My research has subsequently been converted into an Anglo-Saxon Futhorc Mini Oracle deck available for purchase from my MPC online store.

Here, I would like to focus on my research process for the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc and how I came to choose the letter, rune script and meanings for each based on the most prominent and trustworthy information from hard-to-find expert runologist and runology sources. I will group the discussions around the potential origin of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, the basic alphabet structure and the sorting of conflicting rune meanings as well as the diversity of runic symbols.

Anglo-Saxon Runes

  • Second Oldest Runic Alphabet (400-1100 AD)
  • Derived from the Older Elder Futhark
  • Writing System for the Anglo-Saxon dialects (Anglo-Frisian, Old Saxon, Old Frisian and Old English)
  • A set of 33 letters
  • Anglo-Saxon or Anglo-Frisian Poem (8-9th century) as reference point for the letters and their potential meanings.
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The Anglo-Saxon futhorc (abecedarium anguliscum) as presented in Codex Sangallensis 878 (9th century). From Wikipedia

Anglo-Saxon Futhorc Origin and Expansion

The sister language and/or linguistic influence of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc is the Elder Futhark, which is a Proto Germanic/Norse runic alphabet. The Elder Futhark (400 – 800 AD) existed prior to the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc and both co-existed for some time (300 years). During this time; new languages arose between the tribes, such as Anglo-Frisian, Old Saxon, Old Frisian and Old English.

Indo European Languages and the Runic Alphabets, Elder Futhark, Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, Younger Futhark, Lineage
Indo-European languages of the tribes and the development of the runic alphabets. Possible Elder Futhark lineage (linguistic evolution) in green, Younger Futhark lineage in red and Anglo-Saxon Futhorc lineage in Blue.

Due to changes in linguistic pronunciation and writing from Old Norse to Old English the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc almost seems to shift the Elder Futhark alphabetical order as well as introducing several new alphabet letters. This includes the switching, mixing and trading of original Elder Futhark letters, known as a linguistic chain shift. Compare the two tables below, where Table 1 is the Elder Futhark and Table 2 is the Anglo Saxon Futhorc. Notice not only the change in the writing symbols, but also the change in pronunciation, especially considering the vowels.

For example:

  • Letter 3; Ansuz become Os: a → o
  • Letter 13; Ihwaz becomes Eoh: æ → eo
  • Letter 23; Othila becomes Edel: o → eo
Elder Futhark Rune Symbols Names Transliterations and Meanings Table
Elder Futhark Rune Symbols Names Transliterations and Meanings Table
Anglo Saxon Futhorc Rune Symbols Names Transliterations and Meanings Table
Anglo Saxon Futhorc Rune Symbols Names Transliterations Table

Furthermore, you observe the Christian and Roman missionaries interact with the Germanic tribes during this time. These religious scholars were prompted to attempt to align the Roman and Anglo-Saxon alphabets, because of the language/alphabet barrier between the Latin speaking and Anglo-Saxon speaking people. This heavily influenced the ‘language evolution’ of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, a process is known as the Anglo-Saxon Christianization. During this dynamic expansion of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc you see it increase from the 24 Elder Futhark letters to 26, later 28/29 and finally 33 letters. Thus, one finds a multitude of different Anglo-Saxon variants as well as somewhat familiar looking letters to our own alphabet within this Futhorc.

Anglo-Saxon Futhorc Alphabet Structure

The final set of Anglo-Saxon Fuhorc runes is made up of 33 letters. Similar to the Elder Futhark, its namesake is also derived from the sound values of its first 6 letters, i.e., “F U TH O R C”. Due to the vowel changes pointed out previously, the “F U TH A R K” became “F U TH O R C”.

The Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem or Old English Rune Poem plays a pivotal role in the structure, lettering and meaning of the Anglo-Saxon runes. It provides meaning to each rune through stanzas, a grouped set of lines within a poem, which may or may not rhyme. However, there is much scholarly debate as to the translation of the poem and stanzas only exist for the first 29 of the 33 letters.

The first edition of the Rune Poem was contained in a historical manuscript, the Linguarum veterum septentrionalium thesaurus grammatico-criticus et archæologicus by George Hickes during 1703. The original manuscript (MS Cotton Otho B. X) perished in the Cottonian library fire of 1731, thus George Hickes’ edition became the only copy of the Rune Poem.

Old English Anglo Saxon Rune Poem Hickes Wikipedia
Anglo-Saxon or Old English Rune Poem

Similarities of the Thesaurus to the MS Cotton Domitian A. IX sparked scholarly debate as to whether the Rune Poem was even recorded in the original perished manuscript. Investigation into the inconsistencies between the old manuscripts revealed additional oddities, due to hand-copying, translation efforts and comparisons of the Elder Futhark with the reduced Younger Futhark (9th century, Scandinavian origin, 16 runes) and expanded Futhorc (5th century, Anglo-Saxon or Anglo-Frisian origin, 33 runes). Therefore, it is postulated that both copying error and translation errors could have crept into the (re)documented versions of the Rune Poem. As such the both the translations and interpretation of the Rune Poem is very subjective and should be used with consideration.

Further difficulties of establishing a universal rune set for the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc is caused by the up to 39 variants of the 33 runes. However, the Domitian A. IX and the Galba A. I manuscripts have the closest runic similarities to the poem and to one another. Up to 28 runes from the Domitian A. IX version occur in more than 70% of other Anglo-Saxon rune material and 27 of these appear in the poem. Therefore, by comparing several different Anglo-Saxon variants and tracking the linguistic changes as described by runologists and linguists to find most common elements, you would have the following alphabet:

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Here the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc has variants of all 24 Elder Futhark letters, an additional 5 vowels (Ac, Æsc, Yr, Ior and Ear) and 4 new letters (Cweord, Calc, Stan and Gar).

Anglo-Saxon Futhorc Alphabet Meanings

The meaning of each letter is connected to animals, plants and events related to the people and livelihoods of that time. As mentioned before, many inconsistencies arise from the meaning of each of these letters, which are generally derived from the Old English Rune Poem which is of Anglo-Saxon origin (Ref 6), but it only provides meanings for the first 29 runes. The exact meaning of the runes are subjective depending on which English translation of the poem you refer to. Therefore, each letter may have different meanings – because language is not static and one word can have multiple sometimes unrelated meanings, which you use for your metaphysical practise is up to you.

Anglo-Saxon Futhorc Conclusion

After working through the runic literature I have created the following table below, it represents the most common Anglo-Saxon writing and name, the English transliteration as well as a comparison with the original Elder Futhark associated with of the letters.

Anglo Saxon Futhorc Rune Symbols Names Transliterations and Meanings Table
PDF Version to go along with the Deck

I have not added the meanings to the table as they are even more variable that the alphabet structure including some entirely missing meanings. I have full meanings for each of the 24 Elder Futhark representatives in a separate post. I believe it is best for anyone interested in learning this system to acquire a translated version of the Rune Poem, which resonates with you and to interpret its exact meaning for yourself. You can use the ‘traditional’ interpretations as a rough guide (such as those in Ref 4 below are a good starting point), but you will find that some of your own interpretations start to deviate from the widely used norm. I would also recommend that you learn all the meanings and allow the surrounding runes from your rune cast to distinguish which meaning would be more appropriate for the given reading. After all, reading oracles from runes requires a bit of creativity and intuitive interpretation from your side.

The table above can be used in conjunction with my Anglo-Saxon Mini Oracle Deck, which is representative of the most accurate and universal Anglo-Saxon alphabet and can be purchased from Make Playing Cards!

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“Oh how wonderfully exciting. I have just processed the order now. The kids are learning all about Norse Mythology at the moment and are so excited to have their own set of cards to learn the symbols and at that size… perfect.

Thanks so much for being so accommodating and for making such pretty cards.” – Elder Futhark Mini Deck

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The next runic alphabet I will be discussing during the Summer Solstice is the Younger Futhark. It will include a very detailed discussion of the the 3 different Younger Futhark styles, provide the key differences between the Younger Futhark and the Elder Futhark as well as another table for the Younger Futhark similar to the one provided for the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc in this post!

Top 10 Most Informative References

  1. Page, R., I. (1987) Reading The Past: Runes. University of California Press.
  2. McKinnell, J., Simek R. and Düwel K. (2004) Runes, Magic and Religion: a Sourcebook. Wien: Fassbaender
  3. Page, R. I. (2005) Runes, The British Museum Press, ISBN 0-7141-8065-3.
  4. Oswald, B. (2008) Discovering Runes. Chartwell Books Inc.
  5. Robertson, J. S. (2012) How the Germanic Futhark Came from the Roman Alphabet Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies 2: 7-25.
  6. Van Renterghem, A. (2014) The Anglo-Saxon runic poem: a critical reassessment. Masters Dissertation, University of Glasgow.
  7. Daniels, B. (2015) Runes: Notes on Orthography and Pronunciation, as well as Some Thoughts on Using Runes to Write Modern English. http://www.yokoiscool.com
  8. Schulte, M. (2015) Runology and historical sociolinguistics: On runic writing and its social history in the first millennium. Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics. 1(1): 87-110
  9. Bong, J.C. (1996) Runes : Genealogy and Grammatology. Runes G&G til web 190303
  10. Antonsen, E. H. (2002) Runes and Germanic Linguistics. New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

My Other Oracle Deck: The Celestial Rune Sigils – The Metaphysician’s Toolbox

Read more about this deck: An Elder Futhark Bindrune Oracle

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Critical Review of the Elder Futhark: An Historically Accurate Universal Rune Set

21 June 2019, 17h54: Winter Solstice for the Southern Hemisphere Today is the winter solstice – that time of year where the hours of darkness outweigh the hour of light in the Southern Hemisphere, the exact opposite is true for our Northern counterparts. The activity of life slows down in preparation for rest and restoration...

21 June 2019, 17h54:

Winter Solstice for the Southern Hemisphere

Today is the winter solstice – that time of year where the hours of darkness outweigh the hour of light in the Southern Hemisphere, the exact opposite is true for our Northern counterparts. The activity of life slows down in preparation for rest and restoration during the colder months.

This winter solstice edition is going to follow on my Evolution of the Runic Alphabets. Winter is aligned with water, an element versatile and variable, which can be found in all physical states. We experience water in it gaseous state, such as steam and mist, its liquid form in rivers and lakes as well as solidly frozen in ice and snow. Here we witness water’s capacity for change and to an extent its adaptability, each season it shifts with the requirements of life and forges itself anew. During winter, water takes on a more solid state, cold and seemingly unmoving, still and silent. Winter aligns with silent strength, a state that represents nature’s ancient way of quiet contemplation. Here we heed the wisdom of our ancestors and take time to not only understand our environment, but also ourselves. Thus, for this winter solstice I will discuss the most ancient of runic alphabets, that of the Elder Futhark.


The runic alphabets have become a prominent feature on my blog and my designs, mostly due to my fascination with this ancient writing script and how it can be utilized to gain wisdoms from the depth of our own souls.

I have written an initial summary post of the Elder Futhark as well as discussing the flow of the runic languages from both an historic and linguistic perspective. During my extensive research into the subject I have read countless literary works in an attempt to determine both the original form of the Elder Futhark as well as creating a standardized and universal set of runes. I have listed the most informative references I discovered during my research (Ref 1-10). My research has subsequently been converted into an Elder Futhark Mini Oracle deck available for purchase from my MPC online store.

Here, I would like to focus on my research process for the Elder Futhark and how I came to choose the letter, rune script and meanings for each based on the most prominent and trustworthy information from hard-to-find expert runologist and runology sources. I will group the discussions around the potential origin of the Elder Futhark, its division and use, the basic alphabet structure and the sorting of conflicting rune meanings.

Elder Futhark Runes

  • Oldest Runic Alphabet (150-800 AD)
  • Writing System for the Germanic tribes and Northwest Germanic dialects
  • A set of 24 letters
  • Full alphabet first discovered on the Kylver Stone, Gotland, 400 AD
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Elder Futhark Origin

The parent language or linguistic origin of the Elder Futhark is highly debated and could have arisen from Latin, Greek or Etruscan (Ref 7). There is also indication that the Elder Futhark is derived from the Semitic-Arabic writings dating from the Bronze Age and early Iron Age in the Near East (Ref 9). This Semitic origin places the Elder Futhark in the time frame of 2000-1000 BC, which indicates that it may even be older than the Greek alphabet (750 BC)! The evidence the author provides for this becomes highly technical from a linguistic, writing and pronunciation aspect, but it simply stems from the the fact that both the Elder Futhark and Greek language share traits of the previous ancestral language rather than the Elder Futhark only sharing similarities to the ‘later’ Greek language, which would have been the case should it have arisen from the Greek language instead of the more ancestral one.

Indo European Languages map 500 BC 500 AD, Runes
Indo European Languages and the Runic Alphabets, Elder Futhark, Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, Younger Futhark, Lineage
Indo-European languages of the tribes and the development of the runic alphabets. Possible Elder Futhark lineage (linguistic evolution) in green, Younger Futhark lineage in red and Anglo-Saxon Futhorc lineage in Blue.

Elder Futhark Alphabet Division and Use

The Elder Futhark is divided into 3 Aetts or ‘families’, representing a set of 8 runes in each (Ref 7). There is vague epigraphic (the study of inscriptions as writing) reference from 2 bracteates, specifically the Grumpan and Vadstena bracteates, for this division. Modern metaphysicians specialising in rune research claim that this division represents three gods from Norse mythology, namely Freyja (the warrior goddess), Heimdallr (the god of visions) and Tyr (the god of victory). However, the Elder Futhark is Proto-Norse or Proto-Germanic, a very ancient language from which Old Norse arose as well as several other languages, such as Anglo-Frisian and Old Saxon, which you can read more about in the Evolution of the Runic Alphabets. Thus, the Elder Futhark’s Proto-Germanic very much pre-dates the Old Norse gods. Some Old Norse references exist that discuss the god Tiwaz, the Proto-Germanic version of Tyr. Thus, this ‘modern reason’ for the division of the Elder Futhark into Aetts is poorly supported, due to the lack of Proto-Germanic scriptures existing today. This does not mean that you cannot use the Old Norse divisions for your metaphysical practises; it simply indicates lack of historic evidence. Although, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, yet it remains somewhat doubtful that the Old Norse gods are the reason. This stems from the debate surrounding the original use of the Elder Futhark, which was for writing and not divination. The use of the Elder Futhark as a divinatory tool only came later after the Elder Futhark fell out of use for writing and when the Roman alphabet became more prominent. This created a certain ‘mystical allure’ surrounding the ancient runic alphabets and it became more popular to use as a magical tool. Thus, the reason for the Elder Futhark families remains largely unknown.


The Vadstena bracteate (500 AD) is a gold C-bracteate or gold sheet found in the earth at Vadstena, Sweden in 1774. The bracteate is famous for containing a full listing of the Elder Futhark Runic alphabet. The runes in the futhark are divided by dots into three groups of eight runes which are commonly called an ætt.
The bracteate was stolen in 1938 from the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities and has not yet been found.

Elder Futhark Alphabet Structure

The Elder Futhark is made up of 24 letters, it is the oldest of the runic alphabets and its namesake is also derived from the sound values of its first 6 letters as written on the Kylver stone, i.e., “F U TH A R K”. There are approximately 250 inscriptions of the Elder Futhark distributed between Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Frisia and England (Ref 7). By comparing all these to find most common elements, you would have the following alphabet:

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Generally the rune shape, letters and even pronunciation are well defined and consistent (Ref 1-9). Note that ‘th’ is translated from the sound Þ, ǽ roughly comes from ï , whereas the z letter is pronounced as a palatal r in Scandinavian/Icelandic (written as Ɍ) and ‘ng’ comes from ŋ (Ref 10).

Elder Futhark Alphabet Meanings

The meaning of each letter is connected to animals, plants and events related to the people and livelihoods of that time. Unlike the basic structure, many inconsistencies arise from the meaning of each of these letters, which are generally derived from the Old English Rune Poem which is of Anglo-Saxon origin (Ref 6). This represents a retro-fitting of Old English onto Proto-Germanic (skipping over Old Norse between the languages as they developed, which you can read more about in the Evolution of the Runic Alphabets). Thus, the meaning of the Elder Futhark is somewhat obscure and depending on which runologist or Proto-Germanic interpretation you refer to, the letters may have different meanings – because language is not static and one word can have multiple sometimes unrelated meanings. I have searched for all the common alphabet meanings and their variants, which you use for your metaphysical practise is up to you.

Old English Anglo Saxon Rune Poem Hickes Wikipedia
Old English or Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem

Elder Futhark Conclusion

After working through the runic literature I have created the following table below, it represents the most common Proto-Germanic writing and name, the English transliteration and meanings associated with these.

Elder Futhark Rune Symbols Names Transliterations and Meanings Table
PDF Version to go along with the Deck

I would recommend that you learn all the meanings and allow the surrounding runes from your rune cast to distinguish which meaning would be more appropriate for the given reading. After all reading oracles from runes requires a bit of creativity and intuitive interpretation from your side.

The table above can be used in conjunction with my Elder Futhark Mini Oracle Deck, which is representative of the most accurate and universal Elder Futhark alphabet and can be purchased from Make Playing Cards!

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“Oh how wonderfully exciting. I have just processed the order now. The kids are learning all about Norse Mythology at the moment and are so excited to have their own set of cards to learn the symbols and at that size… perfect.

Thanks so much for being so accommodating and for making such pretty cards.”

Customer Feedback

The next runic alphabet I will be discussing during the Spring Equinox is the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc. It will include a very detailed discussion of the all the different Anglo-Saxon Futhorc variants, provide the key differences between the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc and the Elder Futhark as well as another table for the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc similar to the one provided for the Elder Futhark in this post!

Top 10 Most Informative References

  1. Page, R., I. (1987) Reading The Past: Runes. University of California Press.
  2. McKinnell, J., Simek R. and Düwel K. (2004) Runes, Magic and Religion: a Sourcebook. Wien: Fassbaender
  3. Page, R. I. (2005) Runes, The British Museum Press, ISBN 0-7141-8065-3.
  4. Oswald, B. (2008) Discovering Runes. Chartwell Books Inc.
  5. Robertson, J. S. (2012) How the Germanic Futhark Came from the Roman Alphabet Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies 2: 7-25.
  6. Van Renterghem, A. (2014) The Anglo-Saxon runic poem: a critical reassessment. Masters Dissertation, University of Glasgow.
  7. Daniels, B. (2015) Runes: Notes on Orthography and Pronunciation, as well as Some Thoughts on Using Runes to Write Modern English. http://www.yokoiscool.com
  8. Schulte, M. (2015) Runology and historical sociolinguistics: On runic writing and its social history in the first millennium. Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics. 1(1): 87-110
  9. Bong, J.C. (1996) Runes : Genealogy and Grammatology. Runes G&G til web 190303
  10. Antonsen, E. H. (2002) Runes and Germanic Linguistics. New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

My Other Oracle Deck: The Celestial Rune Sigils – The Metaphysician’s Toolbox

Read more about this deck: An Elder Futhark Bindrune Oracle

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Super Opinion Science Hydra: The gap between Science and Spirituality

20 March 2019, 23:58: Autumn Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere Today is the autumn equinox – it is the day of the year where we observe an equal amount of day and night for both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. In the south we are moving away from the heat and bustle of summer, whereas...

20 March 2019, 23:58:

Autumn Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere

Today is the autumn equinox – it is the day of the year where we observe an equal amount of day and night for both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. In the south we are moving away from the heat and bustle of summer, whereas our northern counterparts are seeing an increase in light and activity.


The autumn equinox is aligned with the element of Air. In everyday speech, breath forms an important part of our way of communication and it is connected to the seat of the mind as well as that of our soul. We notice that our perspectives of life colour our actions and our opinions. It also influences how we choose to voice our ideas. We can use these powers of persuasion to inspire (the light aspect) or to diminish (the shadow aspect). This leads me to the main theme of today’s article…


I do find this very amusing, so the next time someone says ‘You won’t understand’…

In today’s society where we are in constant and instant communication with one another through the miracle of modern technology and social media platforms, where we deal with the likes of the Super Opinion. This is a symptom of the Hydra syndrome, where one believes that your own opinion is the ultimate say in the matter, you disregard and ridicule the opinion of those who should disagree. A clear behavioural characteristic of the Hydra syndrome is the multiplication of its threats, insults and general condescending comments towards other logical, reasoned and/or open-minded suggestions. It is distinct from the Troll syndrome, which is the relentless and open personal attack without provocation. The Hydra and Troll syndromes aren’t mutually exclusive and can exist concurrently, however the Hydra aims to oppress, whereas the Troll aims to harm.

These analogies illustrate the pervasive culture of communication that we have embraced on social media. It is spreading and contaminating the way we speak to colleagues and even with friends and family during gatherings . I will specifically address some of the bias and judgmental attitudes of the scientific community with regards to spiritual practices, but as my analogy illustrates the problem remains rampant and ubiquitous.

“Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”

Albert Einstein

Being a ‘scientist’ does not give me (or other scientists) the right to stand in judgement of the spiritual community and to do so with disregard to scientific method, sound research and objectivity. It degrades scientific merit to a point of unreasonable self-righteousness and nonsensical opinion. Very often I come across popular science articles that indulged in such distasteful degradation of the opinion/beliefs of others. These topics include, crystal healing, Feng shui, meditation, acupuncture and a variety of other alternate healing practices. Generally when I notice alternate healing topic from science platforms I want to find an insightful and well balanced piece about the history of the topic, how it has changed due to the changes in our lifestyles and perspectives. Yes, it may be linked to certain ideas of metaphysical concepts of magical phenomenon, but we must keep in mind that science has yet to find a way to substantiate such claims, but for now everybody can and should enjoy a little magic once in a while away from hard-core materialistic and reductionist measurements that grips science so that we all develop open-minded and well-rounded knowledge of other people and their beliefs… Instead I find non-informative heavily biased articles about how ‘sciency’ stuff have been stolen for click-bait by the New Age community or they are full out ridicule pieces that proceed to insult said community with names such as ‘quacks’. Then queue several comments from the rest of the scientific community with more derogatory comments and mockery.

Now if the authors of these scientific articles ‘truly know’ that these forms of healing are ineffective, then prove it, where is your research and results? And don’t do lazy science-abuse by setting up experiments which you already designed to fail. Please provide the proper science, instead of writing your own version of click-bait. It is arrogant and reflects poorly on the rest of the scientific community who tries to cultivate understanding between different perspectives and different ways of living.

Quote, Albert Einstein, Silence, Mind, Meditation, Mindfulness, Gift
Remind you of meditation much?

This type of behaviour has also become the general tone we have in our society lately, the one of the Super Opinion. When writing articles, especially critique or rebuttals, I always seek to maintain a well researched and unbiased approach – I present to you the facts, include some personal observations (which are clearly disclosed as such) and try to get you to make up your own mind instead of leading you to a prejudiced conclusion. The aim of articles or comments or whatever form of communication you choose, is to discuss not to oppress or to harm and I think somewhere along the line we have forgotten this, especially on social media.

Even Dr Albert Einstein with his degree in physics (as hard-core materialistic and reductionist science field as can be) did not judge, mock or disregard other people or other scientists within the fields of what were/is regarded as pseudoscience, i.e., Paraspychology (even psychology for a time). I assume that he extended this same amount of courtesy to those with differing opinions and beliefs as well. For instance, I did a bit of research a while back on Orgone energy and Orgonite Pyramids and how these work.

Orgonite, Orgone, Pyramids, Google, Images, Screenshot
A collection of orgonite pyramids from Google Images

Personally, I don’t use them as I think it has some design-flaws. Moreover I find Dr Reich (its inventor) to be a really creepy guy with all kinds of unsavoury ideas, so I don’t want to associate with derivatives of his inventions. However, orgonite pyramids do bring comfort to many and in discussion with these people I find that we generally agree that science still has many gaps of its own to fill. Anyways, back to Einstein. Dr Reich who proposed the concept of orgone energy even wrote to Einstein and asked him to evaluate his orgone box or accumulator. Instead of laughing him off, Einstein agreed to test his invention (Ref 1 & 2). I would really like to get hold of Einstein’s notes and correspondence letters, but from what I could gather Einstein tested the accumulator quite vigorously and wrote back (in a polite way, gasp!) that he could not find substantiating evidence to Reich’s hypotheses (however the conclusion of Einstein’s experiments are still highly debated and some have re-tested the orgone box in the last decade (Ref 3)).

Einstein’s story illustrates his objectivity and open-mindedness in his willingness to test Reich’s theories as well as providing him with the results. Furthermore he did not insult or degrade Reich’s standing the the scientific community after his evaluation of the box, he mostly kept to his own business after that. Einstein himself even seemed to be curious of the metaphysical realm and you would find many of his popular quotes and sayings hinting at this.

Quote Albert Einstein Mystery Mysterious Science Art

This brings me to the concept of Kindness when we communicate and even evaluate one another. We can agree to disagree without throwing ourselves into a spiral of insults and derogatory comments. You can even have your judgement and opinions about others or what they do, but there is no need for you to voice them, especially if they don’t add value to the discussion. If someone does something you don’t like, yet they do not harm anyone, you have no business telling them otherwise. Do not oppress others simply because they have a different outlook or opinion to yours. Because when you do, you strip their freedom, deny their choices and dull their creative expression. How many groundbreaking inventions have been thrown away due to the unwillingness of others to listen and how many people are prevented from bringing change to the world because of the mockery by peers? Rather let’s opt to give each other some space (with or without judgement) and try to go back to the principle of ‘Live and let live’. It takes very little from us to be kind and kindness is a very simple thing. It has no field of expertise, it knows no culture, ethnic background or belief system. It belongs to no-one and to everyone. It is a small thing that can drive great accomplishment with the minimal investment, all we need to do is just be willing to listen even when we don’t understand.


References

  1. Orgone. Wikipedia
  2. The Reich-Einstein Experiment. Encyclopedianomadica
  3. DeMeo, James. (2009). EXPERIMENTAL CONFIRMATION OF THE REICH ORGONE ACCUMULATOR THERMAL ANOMALY. Subtle Energies. Vol.20. 17-32.

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