Spellings: mannaz, manna, mann, madhr
Translations: human, man, human being
Man is in his mirth dear to his kinsmen;
although each shall depart from the other;
for the gods want to commit, by their decree,
that frail flesh to the earth.
~ Old English Rune Poem
The Book of Rune Secrets says:
KEY CONCEPTS: humankind, intelligence, mind and memory, thought, imagination, human evolution, divine structure in human civilization, analysis, planning, collaboration, self in service of community, the human condition
“… Mannaz is the rune of the human intellect, its consequences, and the cosmic laws by which both are governed. This rune points to the realm of thought, its processes and the human behaviors that arise as a result…”
“… When we thoroughly understand our own human nature, we begin to understand the collective human condition…”
“… Mannaz represents the tendency of humans to organize into larger structures, and for society to increase in complexity while the individuals within it form progressively diverse roles for themselves and relationships with one another…”
Alternate Rune Meanings for Divination & Alchemy:
Edred Thorsson says:
Mannaz – Divine structure, intelligence, awareness, social order, divine influence in life; or depression, mortality, blindness, self-delusion.
LORE: Rune of the divine structure of intelligence in the human soul or psyche. Rune of awareness, and the awareness of the horizons of human existence.
Freya Aswynn says:
Mannaz: People at large; attitude toward others; other people’s attitudes toward you; legal matters; friends and enemies; intellect.
MAGIC: “One of the runes specifically dealing with the powers of the mind and intellect. This includes verbal communication, academic examinations, legal disputes and the art of arguing one’s case, all of which come under the influence of Mannaz…”
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