Das Geheimnis der Runen
Das Geheimnis der Runen (English: 'The Secret of the Runes' ) is a book by Austrian mystic Guido von List, in which he presents his "Armanen Futharkh". It appeared as a periodical article in 1906, and as a standalone publication in 1908.
The book is a summary of List's Germanic mysticism as realised in the years between 1902 and 1908.
The row of 18 "Armanen runes" came to List while in an 11-month state of temporary blindness after a cataract operation on both eyes in 1902. This vision in 1902 allegedly opened what List referred to as his "inner eye", via which the "Secret of the Runes" was revealed to him. List stated that his Armanen Futharkh were encrypted in the Rúnatal of the Poetic Edda (stanzas 138 to 165 of the Hávamál), with stanzas 147 through 165, where Odin enumerates eighteen wisdoms (with 164 being an interpolation), interpreted as being the "song of the 18 runes". List and many of his followers believed his runes to represent the "primal runes" upon which all historical rune rows were based.
The book was dedicated to his good friend Friedrich Wannieck and in the introduction before his discussion of the runes there is a copy of a correspondence between Wannieck and List.
List's book is seminal to later currents of Germanic mysticism and Nazi occultism. The Armanen runes were employed for magical purposes in by authors such as Friedrich Bernhard Marby and Siegfried Adolf Kummer, and after World War II in a reformed "pansophical" system by Karl Spiesberger. More recently, Stephen Flowers, Adolf Schleipfer, Larry E. Camp and others also build on List's system.
The book was also published as a periodical article as 'Das Geheimnis der Runen' , 'Neue Metaphysische Rundschau'  13 (1906), 23-4, 75-87, 104-26.