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I is for Runes

Isa

Isa is the rune of Ice and cold. Ice, perfectly frozen with very very air bubbles can look like precious stones, so much so that people once believed that clear quartz was in fact a kind of ice that could not be melted.
Ice, the power of cold, to freeze things and lock them into a state where they are well preserved for as long as they stay frozen. That is part of the power of Isa. Whether it is to cool a situation down or you want to put someone “on ice” Isa is the rune to turn to. While heat is a very popular and widely used tool, from “hot footing” to melting wax dolls in order to soften someone’s heart, or even in the form of candle burning (which bring heat and light to the spiritual and magical work) cold can play a useful role, one that is often overlooked. As soon as methods of cooling things became available with items like iceboxes and then later freezer and refrigerators, people started using them to work cooling freezing magic.
Another useful parallel is language found in African diaspora groups of spirits that are “hot” and “cool” The cool spirits are often the main ones that people have allegiance to, like the Orishas, although they can turn hot when needed (or offended) but often the desire is to cool them down and to keep your spiritual essence cool. The practice of rogacion is about cooling the head and the spirit of the head to help bring clarity, insight and wisdom. A cool intellect often literally sees things much better then a raging hot head, something that is actually scientifically true.

Inguz
Inguz/Ing/Yngvi is name that Sweden and seems to be a later addition to the Futhorc. The Anglo-Saxon rune poem refers it to the the leader of Ynglings, but it also seems connected to Freyr, usually in the form Ingvifreyr, which suggests that while Freyr was his title, Ingvi may actually be his real name. But the truth of that is lost to time. However connection to the god Freyr remains, and this rune seems to resonate with some of the powers of Freyr, the shining brother of Freya. He is the lord of seasons, and by some he is the compared to the Horned God of Wicca, believing that the rituals of which Wicca was seeking to revive was the older rituals of Vanir, the tribe and gods who predated the arrival of the Aesir and the establishment of Asgard. So, like the Horned God, he is through to rise anew each year, only to be sacrificed again with each harvest, that his sacrifice may give renewal to the ground in gratitude for the gifts of food that it has given. The Vanir might have even been the Gaelic people who inhabited Europe for a much longer time until the arrival of the nomadic and conquering Aesir.
The magic and mystery of Inguz is the masculine birth/death/rebirth cycle expressed by seasons. It is the masculine complement to the Beorc. It’s various shapes always remind me of a seed, which one might compare to the seed of sperm, the tiny activator that starts the process of pregnancy once it reaches and fertilizes the egg, but in doing so, it is gone, as the egg begins a new process, catalyzed by the sperm to start cell division and create a new life.
To some ancient cultures that saw this present in nature as well. Noticing that areas of land struck by lightning would produce more abundant crops (as the lightning would fix the nitrogen in the soil) they equated lightning with fertilizing force of the gods. The same with rain as well, as it brings growth to plants and food crops, which without it, they would lay fallow in the ground until sufficient water is brought to help the plants to grow.
A similar metaphor can be found internally. Sometime the formative idea or concept is there, working on itself until a catalyst, the lightning flash of insight, inseminates it and it starts to grow and form itself into the new work that you are creating.

Ior
Ior is the rune of the World Serpent, that beast born of Loki and Angrboda, a giantess who gave Loki three children, one of which was the Midgard Serpent, Jormungandr. As it is one of the much later Anglo-Saxon runes, and it’s rune poem is odd, describing a river fish that lives in both land and water. To older cultures, they readily identified anything that lived in water as being a fish, whether it is actually a fish or not by today’s scientific classification. The “river fish” that they indentified may have been an otter or a beaver, or some other kind of amphibious mammal that lives in and surrounded by water.
Part of the mystery of Ior is the dual natured, or polymorphous nature of this river fish. Something that inhabits both land and water, but is not tied to both. Some have seen this as a fitting description for Jormungandr, the world serpent, as it was born on land, and lives in the sea, mainly because it is so huge that is the only place with room for it. But the coils of Jormungandr are seem to identify what is within Midgard and what is outside of it, the serpentine “hedge” of in-lying and out-lying on a cosmic scale. Being able to cross those boundaries is usually part of the tool kit of the spiritual practitioner, being able to leave the physical world behind and enter in the other worlds, but also being able to think outside the limits of place, time and culture to see things differently and recognize beneficial change but also harmful change. Working with Ior can cause you to experience that boundary, and being able to cross it, but also to affirm it, and somehow to become it. Making yourself polymorphous and no longer locked into one state of being, thinking or doing. No longer a person who is something or is not something, but simple a person.

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December 14, 2010 – Inguz

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Inguz

Inguz is the suffix –ing

Anglo-Saxon rune poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Ing was first seen by men among the East-Danes,
till, followed by his chariot,he departed eastwards over the waves.So the Heardingas named the hero

Inguz, the rune of Frey, of the catalyzing force, and of the potential that lies dormant within, is the rune for today. Todays particular expression is the catalyst, as Inguz touches upon the primal forces of creation, stirring them in activity. Of course, the intelligent embodiment of these forces, as known in the Northern Tradition, are the jotuns or giants. In Greek, they are the Titans, the powers that existed before the Olympian Gods.

What that means, for most people, today will be a day rife with challenges and difficulties. Exhaustion, feeling ill at ease, or just dealing one vortex of chaos after another, trying to put out the fires, can sum up the experience of most people. Try not to overreact though, as the mistakes and problems of today, will only come back to haunt you again later.

November 21 – 27, 2010 – Inguz

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Inguz

Inguz is the suffix –ing

Anglo-Saxon rune poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Ing was first seen by men among the East-Danes,
till, followed by his chariot,he departed eastwards over the waves.So the Heardingas named the hero
Inguz is the is the fruitful seed, ripe with potential. Recently, while contemplating Inguz, it came to me that it represents male energy, in that sense that it is activating and active, but also it’s form can also hold within it great potential, power that can be tapped, that is often not apparent by the surface. A tiny grain of pollen seems like a miniscule thing, but from it’s cycle, comes forth all manner of fruit, grain and infant plants. So it is with the sperm cell, which is tiny, but yet within it is the potential energy of new life. Inguz signifies both that male power, but also that energy, both in its potential, but also in its activating and active expression. This week is about that energy in all of its forms, and how it interacts with the runes that speak for the days ensuing

November 7 – 13, 2010 – Inguz

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Inguz

Inguz is the suffix –ing

Anglo-Saxon rune poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Ing was first seen by men among the East-Danes,
till, followed by his chariot,he departed eastwards over the waves.So the Heardingas named the hero

Inguz is the rune of potential and contained power, but also the catalyst that sets forces and events in motion. In this sense it embodies many things, such as sacrifice (the offerings that give sustenance to spiritual beings, so they can work for you, or perhaps fulfill your request) to a symbol for male aspect of nature, creation and divinity, the inseminating force that helps life to renew itself, in seeds that wait until the right moment to spring forth. With that in mind, that is the influence operating for this week. Recognize what is needed to achieve what one desires, or even to recognize what is really desired. To find the potential and power, and gather it up, and also to catalyze other forces, and supplicate the Powers that be, in asking for their assistance.

May 10, 2010 – Inguz

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Inguz

Inguz is the suffix –ing

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Ing was first seen by men among the East-Danes,
till, followed by his chariot,he departed eastwards over the waves.So the Heardingas named the hero.

Inguz indicates today that there are forces that are in a holding pattern, gestating and waiting until the right time to spring forth in fullness. While there is the possibility that it could be something beneficial, it could equally be harmful or even just unwanted. Either way, it takes something to trigger the release of these forces so they can take effect in your life. A way to look at what is going on inside, is to do a casting of three runes. The first rune signifies what is building and developing, waiting until it is triggered to come forth. The second rune signifies the event or trigger which will release the first rune into action and expression. The third rune signifies what the affect of the first rune will have, as sometimes a seemingly harmless rune might come forth and do damage, while a seemingly malefic rune might be a beneficial influence. With the information gained from that, you can be prepared and forewarned. It might help you speed the release of the contained forces, or thwart them completely, or just be prepared for them whenever they do come forth.

April 30, 2010 – Inguz

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Inguz

Inguz is the suffix –ing

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Ing was first seen by men among the East-Danes,
till, followed by his chariot,he departed eastwards over the waves.So the Heardingas named the hero
The rune that has started this month, defined this month, now ends this month. With the final burst of energy that has been held and developing pushes us forth into May. Forces are set in motion as the long winter quickens into spring.

April 4, 2010 – Inguz

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Inguz

Inguz is the suffix – ing

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Ing was first seen by men among the East-Danes,
till, followed by his chariot,he departed eastwards over the waves.So the Heardingas named the hero.

OMG! Again??? Somehow I think this rune is being quite literal today, with the Christian holy day of Easter. As Frey was a sacrificed god, who rose again, so it’s an easy symbolic connection to another figure who died and rose again.