Monday, July 26, 2021

Isaz Meaning & Interpretation – Nordic Runes

Rune Poem for Isaz

“Is byþ ofereald,
ungemetum slidor,
glisnaþ glæshluttur
gimmum gelicust,
flor forste geworuht,
fæger ansyne.”

“Ice is very cold and
immeasurably slippery;
it glistens as clear as glass and
most like to gems;
it is a floor wrought by the frost,
fair to look upon..”

Rune Name – Isaz, Isa

Aett – Heimdall’s

Aett Position – Third

Isaz – Upright Meaning


Frustration, Problems, Challenges, Mental Blocks, Time That Doesn’t Move But Seems to Stand Still. A Long Wait To Achieve Clarity.


isa runeThe Isaz or Isa rune, rune of Ice, first of all elements. The Rime held things in suspension until the primeval cow cleared it, and the cosmic fire freed Midgard from its grasp. So the Isaz rune of the Elder Futhark speaks of things held in suspension, things not moving, growing, or developing.

The power of the Isa rune can hold things frozen, unable to be more than it is, it can also form a chrysalis, such as the snow and ice over the winter field.

In spring, the ground will bring forth seeds that have been held in suspension until the time is right by Ice. Sometimes this time is important, it serves as a time of restoration and recovery, and allows us to determine what things may need to be discarded when the ice thaws.

Isa – Merkstave Meaning (Reversed)


Blind Faith, Tediousness, Indulgence, Illusions, Treason, Disloyalty, Infidelity, Trap, Secrets, Bad Luck


isa merkstaveThe Mersktave Isaz rune warns us to watch against treachery, to protect ourself from things that may lie hidden beneath the ice. It can serve to indicate that our kinship with another, or our relationship, is starting to cool off.

This can be the marker of a relationship on its way to dying in runes reading. Or it may merely be part of an ongoing cycle, like fall turns to winter.

The Merkstave Isa rune can also indicate a disagreement with friends, those who were once quite close to us are now a source of conflict and argument.

It warns us that nothing positive can come to pass during this time, and that we are in a time of stagnation, where no growth can occur.

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