Human beings are the only life forms in the physical world that are empowered to name things. Think of it! Nothing else can name a thing-not a dog or cat, a fish or fowl, an elk, deer or moose, a bee or a spider, a hawk, eagle or raven. Only YOU can create a name in thought, and only YOU can speak that name to individualize its unique vibratory pattern in the manifest world. Our modern world uses names to catalog, quantify, and establish ownership, but the ancients knew that every name is an "energy signature." It is an actual link between the physical world and spiritual Inner World. In this article we will tell you how you can use your power to name for daily benefit and what spiritual dimensions are revealed in your family name.
Ancient Northern lore viewed the world as an integrated part of an animate universe. In the Northern tradition nothing exists separately, but is part of a seamless universe which is perceived as a single living Cosmic Being. The physical world, which makes up only a small portion of the overall "energy" universe, is seen as alive, eternal and cyclic having continuous phases of creation and devolution.
Modern physics tells us that not only is every particle of matter in a state of constant vibration, but also that light, heat, magnetism, electricity and other forms of natural force results from a vibration. Ancient Northern lore and modern esoteric science go one step further, teaching that the distinction between the several levels of Being (i.e. between seen and unseen realms) is almost entirely due to the difference in the rate and character of vibration.
COMMON TO ALL TRADITIONS
Naming is the establishment of a distinct vibrational pattern that singularly identifies that which you name within the manifest world. It individualizes the substance of matter with vibratory patterns emanating from your vocal chords as you "speak the word." Naming is a power and dominion given to humans at creation.
In Hebrew Tradition naming was one of the attributes of the Creative Life Force bestowed upon humans in the creation story (Genesis 1:26) when God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." Thereafter in Hebrew Genesis 2:19, God brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them; and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was its name.
In Hebrew the name of every person or thing represents its character. Every name mentioned in Hebrew scriptures has an inner metaphysical meaning much like mythology has its symbolic archetypal imagery. The Hebrew Old Testament (the Talmud) places much emphasis on the importance of naming and numbering. The Biblical God always gave wise men and leaders a new name when they achieved victory.
In the Hebrew Kabbalah, an esoteric pattern of the Hebrew creation story, God is known by 10 different names (Sephiroth), each with a different energy characteristic in the seen and unseen worlds. One of God's names (the Tetragrammaton or "four letter word") is unmentionable by the profane tongue. It was so secret and holy that it could not be pronounced, except once a year, and only by the High Priest of the Temple. It was accorded great magical powers by the Hebrew Kabbalists, being regarded as a direct embodiment of the spirit of Yahweh.
In both Hebrew and Christian inner teachings there is an enduring tradition of the "secret names of God." In the Middle Ages the church sold amulets printed with "many secret names of God" to those seeking protection from evil. Most sanctioned lists render God with seventy-two different names or aspects of how the one divine energy force manifests in various avenues of human activity.
In Egyptian Tradition to know the name of a god or another entity in the Inner World, and to address him/her by that name would not only force an answer but would force the god to obey the caller in all things. A derivative of this practice is found in the system of Enochian magic created by Doctor John Dee in the 16th Century which has evolved into today's Order of the Golden Dawn and several derivative initiatory works. In birth rites, Egyptian mothers would bestow a special name-soul (ren) on the newborn child, along with a baptism of milk. Both Ra, the Egyptian Sun God and Isis, Supreme Goddess, were known by many names, each a different expression of the same deity. The Muslim Allah is known by "ninety-nine secret names."
In Babylonian cosmology the gods mothered by Tiamat did not emerge from the waters of life until they were named. Ancient India recognized only named children as fully living members of the clan; an infant who died before being named was not mourned because it was considered soul-less.
In the German fairy tale Rumplestiltskin, the dwarf spins flax into gold for a maiden to meet the demands of the prince she has married. In return he demands her yet unborn first child if she cannot guess his name. She secretly overhears him sing his name in the woods, "Ah! Lucky â€™tis that not a soul doth know that Rumplestiltskin is my name, hot hal" When she faces him with his name, the spell is broken and the dwarf disappears in a rage. Jacob Grimm, the folktale chronicler, wrote that each individuality, even in the world of languages, should be respected as sacred.
It was a practice in Viking days (and before), as reported in the Sagas, not to immediately give your real name to a stranger because it would give them a certain amount of power over you, especially if the stranger were to turn out to be a skilled practitioner of runes and other magical arts. That is one reason there are so many "kennings" (literary allusions) and by-names in the Elder writings.
Modern superstitions about naming are based on remnants of Elder traditions. For example, the name of a ship given at launching is considered permanent even in today's technological world. It is believed that any change will jinx, or bring bad luck upon the ship.
ANCIENT NORTHERN NAMING PRACTICES
In the ancient North the naming of a child was delayed for several days after the birth. Because the spiritual bond between the childâ€™s name and his or her physical essence was considered so "real," it was better not to commit a name to a child until the family was assured the child would live beyond a few days. The naming ceremony normally occurred in the ninth night of the new child's life, nine being the most significant number in Northern cosmology. There are nine realms on the world tree Yggdrasil, Odin underwent his shamanic initiation rite hanging for nine nights on Yggdrasil, nine is the power of the divine triune times three.
In the North, the naming of the child was done by the mother since it was believed she had the greatest attunement to the soul that would be forthcoming in the child. Northern tradition maintains that transmigration of the soul, or reincarnation, occurs within family or clan groupings. Therefore, the name given to the child was normally one of an honored deceased relative, or one that was intuitively "known" or dream-inspired to be the right one by the parents.
Even with modern recognition of the sacredness of pregnancy, today's child-naming retains only a glimmer of the power inherent in ancient wisdom regarding how to welcome a new soul to Earth.
WHAT'S IN YOUR NAME?
The ancient mystery schools taught students the power of words. They taught the sacredness of names and the means to employ them for various purposes. They taught the use of one's name to touch the soul and awaken its potentials. The ancients advised, "Know Thyself." One of the easiest ways to know yourself is to know the magical properties of your name.
As the vibratory patterns of your new identity "went forth" in the physical world, i.e. at the time you were named, a psycho-spiritual bonding was finalized between your personal soul history, your ancestral family streams, and you. At that moment, however unconscious your naming ceremony may have been, you were given your individualized "energy signature" and empowered as YOU!
The Elder Northern tradition defines the unique YOU as an interweaving of several constructs. Those pertinent to this discussion include the Fetch, the Kin-Fetch, the personal Norn, the ancestral Dis, and your hamingja.
These archetypal constructs, harmonized within your psyche by the powers of Self, bring into your present life experience: (1) your personally accumulated Orlog (roughly equivalent to Eastern karma), (2) your immediate family or clan Orlog, and (3) your personal Norn, or the means by which the laws of cause and effect are woven into your present life. The (4) Dis are ancestral family deities watching over the success of the clan through the generations, and the (5) hamingja is known as the storehouse of your personal "Luck."
In Northern lore, the individual is portrayed to be a blend of the talents and obligations of the past and the hopes and responsibilities of the future. The newly born person, the new YOU, is free to blaze a new path in a new life using the accumulated blessings of your past incarnations and your family ancestral stream.
Your birth name is the most important of your names. While you may have nicknames in your youth, most often they are dropped as you reach maturity and step out into the world. Of your several birth names, your family name carries the energy of your ancestral stream but your first name is the most important for it reflects the individual vibratory energy that you are expressing in this lifetime. It is the new YOU.
Working with your name to enhance its vibratory power through repetitive verbal intonations while in a relaxed state of mind is called "name magic." Through this practice you will discover archetypal energies that are associated with your name. Your name, when understood and used correctly, summons forth universal energies into your life that influence your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual states. You are not controlled by these energies, but under Cosmic Law you are influenced by them because you resonate with their personal vibratory patterns.
There are no inherently "good" or inherently "bad" birth names. However, some people feel a dislike for their given names and want to change into a more natural feeling magical name for their metaphysical work. This is permissible, but before you adopt a new esoteric name you should explore the power in your current name with which you have been resonating since birth.
At a certain level of attainment, Initiates in the mystery schools take on a magical name in recognition of their "rebirth" into a new dimension of Life. This change comes to every seeker as an initiatory advancement. When this happens, it is accompanied with conscious knowledge of the deeper changes occurring within the soul.
Your name is an intimate link to your highest potentials. Learning how to develop its powers is a subject of deep esoteric study, far more than we can cover in a brief article like this. However, it is one of the major topics of instruction in our progressive Rune Master study programs.
THE POWER TO NAME
The power TO name is directly linked to the power IN your name. If the name you were given is your persona "energy signature" in the multiverse, and if you are the only life form on this planet with the power to grant individual "energy signatures" to other manifest forms, then it follows that you have another potential to apply to your personal affairs. The ancients knew this power well and they encoded it in their secret mystery teachings.
The ancients recognized that in the hands of a skilled practitioner, naming brings the physical item named to "life" with a charge of personal megin from the operator. The practice of talismanic magic (bind runes) is based on this esoteric phenomena. The habit of carrying a "lucky rabbit's foot" or even wearing a religious symbol by the mainstream modern person is a mundane, albeit low-powered, evidence of this ancient esoteric art.
OTHER USES OF THIS POWER
In addition to naming children, objects and things, humans can use this power in other creative ways. You can name things good or bad, right or wrong, helpful or harmful as they are to you within your personal environment.
If you were truly skilled with your power to name, you could name a habit for sweets or fattening foods as BAD and the power of your naming it bad for you would carry into an immediate change in your hunger for that certain food.
You can also name your bills PAID to bring into your field of action energies which will contribute to your economic security.
Naming yourself HEALTHY has many positive and beneficial consequences.
However, lack of awareness and lack of esoteric training in the skill of naming means the average human being goes through life without using one of his or her most potent esoteric talents available for improving quality of life. The power to name is simply an extension of the same laws of vibration you are familiar with in the physical.
RUNES TO USE:
. . . . .Ansuz (#4) contains the energies inherent in the power to name.
. . . . .Berkano (#18) reveals secrets regarding the alchemy of the word.