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The Elder Futhark Runes: Meaning of Ansuz

Updated: Jun 17, 2022

Ansuz is the fourth rune of Freyr's Ætt, and it focuses on messages from others and the divine.

Freyr's Ætt generally focuses on creative and productive forces. To learn more about the ættir and the runes, check out our post on The Elder Futhark Ættir and Their Significance.

The Elder Futhark Rune Ansuz. Also known as as. Odin rune.
Ansuz Rune

Keywords: messages, communication, wisdom, tradition, contemplation, counsel, divinity, creative spark, reception, transformation, expression, knowledge, inspiration, ecstasy, divine power, mysteries, initiation

Ansuz Upright Meaning

Some assert this rune refers to a god (specifically, Odin by depicting his staff). It relates to revelation, prophetic understanding, and messages from spiritual beings.

Primarily, Ansuz is the rune of messages: be it from other people, the divine, or your personal intuition. Higher forces and positive forces protect you and show you which moves to make. The more you attune yourself to the frequencies of the different messages you receive, the more success and security you will gain in your venture.

Now is the time to keep learning or start learning about the things that interest you and that you feel spiritually called to explore. In addition to receiving messages from others, you may be finding new avenues to express yourself through your creativity or voice.

If it resonates, you may also consider seeking counsel or advice from older relatives or your ancestors for a decision or conundrum that you're been going through.

Ansuz Reversed Meaning

Ansuz reversed could be as simple as miscommunication or not listening to divine messages or even others. There may be an older person in your life that you should not be listening to. Perhaps you feel like you've lost your voice, too, or that communication is rather difficult for you at this time.

This rune in the reverse position is often related to Loki, the trickster god who we often parallel with Chaos. It could be that someone in your life is deceiving you. Or maybe you've been deceiving yourself. Make sure to trust your gut over reason when it comes to determining whether or not to heed the messages gained from interactions.

Magical Uses of Ansuz

The magical use of Anuz is that it can be used to expand your perspective of this reality. It can help you connect with higher powers and divine messages to gain wisdom.

Ansuz can also assist with communication: be it with divine entities or with other people. It can give you the wisdom to find the best avenues to express yourself and process information while banishing any fears that you have regarding life and death.

To go even deeper with your study of the runes, check out How to Read Runes by Kira the Rune Witch.

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