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The Elder Futhark Runes: Meaning of Mannaz

Updated: Jun 17, 2022

Mannaz is the twentieth rune of the Elder Futhark and the fourth rune of Tyr's Ætt.

Tyr's Ætt is associated broadly with spiritual forces and how they relate to the experience of humanity. To learn more about the ættir and runes, check out our post on The Elder Futhark Ættir and Their Significance.

The Elder Futhark Rune Mannaz. Also known as Madr, Madir, and Mann.
Mannaz Rune

Keywords: humankind, assistance, family, the divinity in humanity, intelligence, androgyne, initiate, correspondence

Mannaz Upright Meaning

Mannaz upright is the general rune of humanity, empathy, and intellectual understanding. It represents friendship, companionship, and camaraderie.

You may recognize Mannaz as two Wunjo runes facing each other. As Wunjo is thought to represent a clan flag, the reversal and the attributed meanings of Mannaz seem to reference the Law of Correspondance: As Above, So Below; As Within, So Without. The actions of the microcosm apply to the macrocosm, whether these are internal, amongst your loved ones, or for the greater good in general. The most important way to improve existence is to work on empowering yourself; no one can pour from an empty cup.

It may also highlight the importance of allowing the assistance of other people. Are you taking on too much by yourself? It's okay to ask others for help. We are a community for a reason.

Mannaz Reversed Meaning

Mannaz reversed can indicate a misunderstanding between people or within yourself; you might be missing an important piece of the puzzle.

It may also point to isolation. You might be feeling like an outcast and need to make an assessment of the situation and recollect yourself internally. Meditation can assist you in discovering the best way to proceed.

When Mannaz is reversed, it may also indicate that you need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and take the initiative in your life. Stop giving your power away to others. Now is the time for you to act autonomously.

Magical Properties of Mannaz

Mannaz is a wonderful rune to use for promoting academic success by increasing your mental capacities. If your intelligence is being tested, Mannaz can help you retain and intuitively produce the necessary information for success.

Mannaz also helps with legal issues and with obtaining the assistance of 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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