Spellings: isa, eis, is, iss
Ice is very cold and exceedingly slippery;
it glistens, clear as glass, very much like gems,
a floor made of frost, is fair to see.
~ Old English Rune Poem
The Book of Rune Secrets says:
KEY CONCEPTS: concentration, will and focus, ego-consciousness, self-identity, stillness, self-preservation
“… Isa points to the fixed perspective of the self, and includes our notions of individuality, willpower and focus…”
“… We tread on thin ice when we pretend to be something we are not…”
“… It is a rune of surface appearances. We all know there are treacherous and untold depths beneath the ice, and we are painfully aware that our ability is limited in assessing the safety of ice we wish to cross. We know that icebergs hide much more than they show above the surface of the ocean. Yet we are prone to believing in something uncritically because our senses tell us that it is so, and this is a particular danger when dealing with Isa…”
Alternate Rune Meanings for Divination & Alchemy:
Edred Thorsson says:
Isa – Concentrated self, ego-consciousness, self-control, unity of being; or ego-mania, dullness, blindness, dissipation.
LORE: Rune of constriction and coagulation. Rune of concentration of things in a static or frozen state.
Freya Aswynn says:
Isa: Blocks; stultified conditions; grievances; any-thing that the individual is not prepared to let go of; the formation of the personality; conditioning.
MAGIC: “Used to defend; but in this case acts to delay. Blocking is Isa’s main function; with it, barriers can be placed in the path of any opponent or competitor. The negative forces which may be invoked through this rune are the frost giants.”
Northern Mysteries and Magick: Runes & Feminine Powers is on Amazon.