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Mannaz Meaning & Interpretation – Nordic Runes

Rune Poem for Mannaz

“Man byþ on myrgþe his magan leof:
sceal þeah anra gehwylc oðrum swican,
forðum drihten wyle dome sine
þæt earme flæsc eorþan betæcan.”

“The joyous man is dear to his kinsmen;
yet every man is doomed to fail his fellow,
since the Lord by his decree
will commit the vile carrion to the earth.”

Rune Name – Mannaz

Aett – Tyr’s

Aett Position – Fourth

Mannaz – Upright Meaning


You are a part of this society both in mind and self, individuals, universe, family, loved ones, friends, colleagues, clear thinking, modern, devoted, flexible, adaptable


mannazMannaz rune of the Elder Futhark represents ourselves, and our relationship to those who are close to us. It speaks of a devotion and kindness to be found in our kinsman, and a flexibility in the relationships you currently have in your life.

Mannaz speaks to us of being broad-minded, that we shall accept the lives of others and how they live, it reminds us that in order to live in a greatly bodied world, we must learn to live in tolerance of others and their ways.

When Mannaz speaks, it speaks us to martial our ego together that we may know our own mind. We shall need both in check in order to take our place in the world and do so effectively.

This rune, more than any other, charges us to stand back and consider the community in which we find ourselves, and to make sure we make those steps that are best for it’s survival, rather than merely our own.

Mannaz – Merkstave Meaning (Reversed)


Rigid, resistant to change, selfish, self-centered, cruel, rude, harsh, traitor, reckless, chaos, confusion


mannaz merkstaveThe Mannaz Merkstave guides us to our inner selves, makes us face the mirror of our own inner selfishness. If the Merkstave has arrived in a rune reading, it is time for you to face yourself, to realize that you have not properly taken your place as part of your community.

Your unwillingness to make appropriate changes has resulted in you not being welcome, you not being accepted, and has perhaps brought harm upon your community by extension.

So take heed of the Merkstave, keep loyal and stand by those who you count as family and community. Give appropriate compassion to those who are a part of it, and know that generosity benefits the giver as much as the receiver.

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