Re: [runes-divination] Ansuz/Os
- It is okay, I assumed this one would be next so started doing my research on it yesterday. I am trying to get back to normal and back on track. I am happy to know my friend is better off, and I know she would want me to move on to.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
--- On Tue, 3/12/13, opossum13@... <fausthaus13@...> wrote:
From: opossum13@... <fausthaus13@...>
Subject: [runes-divination] Ansuz/Os
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 9:59 PM
Sorry this was late, gang.
Old Norse: Oss
Transliteration: A, Ah
Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem
The mouth is the source of all language,
a pillar of wisdom and a comfort to wise men,
a blessing and a joy to every knight.
Ansuz has several different if related meanings. First, it means "god", specifically one of the Aesir. It also translates to "mouth" or (in the Icelandic rune poem) "estuary". In all of these cases, it is something through which spirit or energy flows.
Ansuz is the rune of speech, communication and divine inspiration, as Odin hung on the Ygdrassil to learn the secrets of the runes and shared them with the other Aesir and with (some) humans. It also represents the Galdr, a spoken/sung magic (the Faroese word for a sorcerer is "Galdramavor") and how naming a thing gives you power over it.
The Icelandic rune poem is (as usual) somewhat divergent from the Anglo-Saxon:
"The river mouth is the aim of most journeys
but a scabbard is the sword's."
To me, this works for Ansuz; I interpret it as the need for diplomacy over combat.
Ansuz in a runic spread generally stands for some form of communication (whether mundane or divine), intelligence, verbal or written eloquence, a symbol or revealed knowledge. Reversed it can mean stubbornly refusing to see what's in front of you, slander, deception, writer's block, and/or manipulation.
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