Spellings: ansuz, ansus, os, ass
Translations: a runic god-name; divine ancestor; a god; mouth; an estuary
Ansuz is the chieftain of all speech,
the mainstay of wisdom and comfort to the wise,
for every noble warrior, hope and happiness.
~Old English Rune Poem
The Book of Rune Secrets says:
KEY CONCEPTS: order, breath, gods, evolution, communication, reason, inspiration, poetry, music, intellect, logos
“… Ansuz refers to a god as an animating principle associated with inspiration and communication… Ansuz does not simply mean ‘a god’, it marks our tendency to create the appearance of gods.”
“… Becoming conscious of the energy that Ansuz adds to the human situation is a concrete step in allowing us to transcend the culture we were born into and the symbols that limit us. Instead of being continually persuaded and influenced by the ideas of others, we take back our original genius and create our own personal cultural center, which spreads outward into the world…” (ie. we become god-like)
Alternate Rune Meanings for Divination & Alchemy:
Edred Thorsson says:
Ansuz – Divine inspiration, word-power, synthesis, transformation, intellect; or misunderstanding, delusion, manipulation by others, boredom.
LORE: Rune of ancestral sovereign power of the mind consciousness, inspiration, enthusiasm, and the power of the use of symbols for transformation of consciousness. Rune of Woden.
Freya Aswynn says:
Ansuz: Communications and transmissions; points things back to sources in the past.
MAGIC: “The divine source in the self, part of the Odin consciousness. The power behind this rune is of an intellectual kind. This rune can be used to gain knowledge of Odin, the gods, our own ancestors and our ancestral heritage, giving the ability to go back to sources and discover our roots.. In Northern European mysticism we consider ourselves to be descendants of the gods. The practical magical significance of this rune is of breath and correct breathing.”
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