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The Elder Futhark Runes: Meaning of Isa

Updated: Jun 17, 2022

Isa is the eleventh rune of the Elder Futhark, and it depicts ice. It is the third rune of Hagal's Ætt.

Hagal's Ætt is associated broadly with forces of destruction and change. To learn more about the ættir and runes, check out our post on The Elder Futhark Ættir and Their Significance.

The Elder Futhark Rune Isa. Also known as Isaz, Is, Iss, and Isarz. The ice rune.
Isa Rune

Keywords: obstacles (ice), coldness, standstill, stagnation, patience, antimatter, delay, concentration, ego, introspection

Isa Upright Meaning

Representative of ice, Isa indicates stillness. When things are frozen, they are slow to move. But this slowness opens the opportunity to reflect, reassess, and develop better ways to approach the situation.

When receiving Isa while inquiring about another person, it could mean that they are emotionally cold or holding back from any action until they feel a sense of security and warmth. While Isa may indicate temporal delays, these are not necessarily bad because they give you time to think before you act and change perspective.

Isa Reversed Meaning

Isa has no reversed meaning.

Magical Uses of Isa

Isa can be used magically to keep things as they are, bring clarity to a situation, or keep unwanted energies at bay.

Isa helps you develop your willpower and concentration. Isa's magic can also control and constrain others.

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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