Runes – ANSUZ

ANSUZ

(A: The As, ancestral god, i.e. Odin.)

Pronunciation: “awn-sooze”

DIVINATORY MEANINGS: A revealing message or insight, communication. Signals, inspiration, enthusiasm, speech, true vision, power of words and naming. Blessings, the taking of advice. Good health, harmony, truth, wisdom. Authority figure, leader, mind & body balance, justice, shaman, clairvoyant

MAGICAL USES: for wise decisions, success, leadership; to help in divination and magic

ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: Odin

ANALYSIS: This rune represents the instinctive, primal energy of uruz tempered with the discipline and experience of Thurisaz.  These elements are combined in the personage of Odin, who exhibits the characteristics of both chieftain and shaman – a god of wisdom as well as war.  Odin is also a shaman, travelling between the worlds on his eight-legged horse, Sleipnir.

Ansuz is a balanced rune.  As with fehu, many people choose to remain at this point in their journey.  It represents power, both secular and magical, and this power can be quite seductive.  Odin has learned the lessons of the first three runes, thus gaining the wisdom to rule wisely, but this is really only another beginning.  He has only gained temporal power, and has only a few of the tools he will need to perfect himself spiritually.  There is a certain lack of compassion and perspective in this rune.  Odin sits high above his world, looking down and making decisions, but he doesn’t yet have the capacity to really care about or understand his people or himself.  He still needs that emotional connection to become a truly great leader. 

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