I will be writing a bit on the 24 Runes of the Elder Futhark set. I am starting with Ansuz, the 4th Rune in sequence, as this Rune belongs to Odin himself. (Overview of the Runes post here.)
Keywords for Ansuz are – Odin himself, power of sound, mantra, intelligence, consciousness, communication, inspiration, energy of breath, pran, ancestors and past lives, evolution, inner self.
If you pull out this Rune, you are required to get active. You have lazed around for too long now and divine inspiration, ie Odin himself, is around to pull you out of your stupor. The entire universe and every situation around you is composed of patterns of energy. With Ansuz, you are required to recognise and use these energy patterns to consciously to change yourself. You will be made to flow with the universal Order animating everything.
Some sort of an integration is always indicated when Ansuz comes up. You will be made aware of the issues you need to work on. Ansuz will remove fear from your life. Everyone is afraid. Fear of falling ill, of speaking up, of losing someone, of uncertainty, of death, of pain, of loneliness, of not knowing etc. Ansuz will give you the understanding and the power to remove fear from your life. Freedom from the things which were weighing you down.
The Rune Ansuz means that you are required to listen and also speak. Words are power and you realise this. Mental skills, logic, reasoning and most importantly the ability to listen to your inner self is available in times governed by Ansuz. Creativity and intuition is enhanced. You intentionally change yourself or your surroundings as per your new perceptions. You are growing and evolving. You also understand that you can influence others with your words.
Ansuz is blessings. The auspicious merits of your past lives are active now, helping you. New things, interactions, experiences, people, opportunities, timely help, advice and luck will come your way. You will be filled with enthusiasm, energy, happiness and wisdom too. A chance song, an overheard word, a dialogue from a movie, these are random messages which trigger things in your mind and in your life. There will be unexpected communications. You will receive gifts, things which you will use.
Try to make the most of these gifts, build yourself up, gain power and knowledge. Be ready, soon you will be required to help others. It is vitally important that you first help yourself in this period linked to Ansuz. You will deeply heal from hurts caused by others misguiding/ cheating you. This can be recovery in health issues, emotional issues or improvement in finances, business or relationships. In life, the Ansuz energy can manifest as a new partner, a new business, a new baby, a promotion, new job, new ideas, new activities, new perspectives, etc leading to a form of self-realisation. Ansuz in a favourable context is a wish-fulfilling energy. Give yourself time, contemplate, introspect and assimilate, Ansuz will do the rest.
Ansuz can come up when you are genuinely stuck in communicating with someone whom you think matters to you. If this person is really to remain in your life, Ansuz will help resolve things. Else Odin will firmly remove the deadwood from your life so that you can make the most of the new things which are coming to you. There will be clarity in your life.
Ansuz will do one more typical thing. It will remove those people from your life who are misguiding you. Or remove you from such situations where you are a victim of deceit. You are able to understand that you are being cheated and you decisively withdraw from the person/ situation. There may be a brief period of pain. But Ansuz will ensure that you move on to a more comfortable situation soon. Ignore the ones who do not want to listen to you, instead focus on the new people who are waiting to learn from you. Ansuz, ie Odin, the highest intelligence, is with you. Trust yourself.
You can actively use the power of the Ansuz Rune in situations where you want inspiration, energy and guidance. If you are feeling particularly dull, or want more information about something, try this. Draw the Ansuz Rune on a piece of paper, look at it for a bit, think of Odin or your favourite deity, request help. Now keep this paper in your pocket and go for a long walk. You will find something in your route which will energise you. This is the easiest and simplest way of triggering the Ansuz energies in your life. After you are done dispose the paper under a tree where no one will step on it.
I do not consider that the Runes can be reversed but they can lie in opposition. This depends on the question being asked. Eg if you ask questions like, What is causing my problems? or What is holding me back? and you get Ansuz as the answer, then you have to analyse the negative meanings of Ansuz. Ansuz in opposition indicates that things are not what they seem. Ansuz in opposition is failure in communication, misunderstandings, cheating, deceit, delusion. You are unaware of all the facts of the situation you are in. Someone is not being frank with you, misleading you, keeping vital secrets from you. You might be offered something, but are unable to accept or use it. You may be misguided by someone you trust. Someone in a position of power over you is giving you wrong advice. Someone is intentionally causing you harm. You are interacting with unpleasant energies, so best be alert. Ansuz here is telling you that not everyone is kind, genuine and helpful. People do mask their evil natures and one cannot be too trusting when dealing with others. Ansuz in opposition indicates that you need to find out more information before going ahead.
Runes are best used for delving deep into the personal psychology, though they can as easily be used as a tool for divination. If you want to change something using the power of the Runes, the easiest way is to use a chi-ball. Create a chi-ball, put the desired Rune with your intention inside it and release this energy in the time/ space you want to influence. Runes are raw magic, so use them with due respect and care.
(I am being driven to write on the Runes. Personally I am not very inclined to write on the Runes as they are pure magic. But it is something I am required to do, so will finish it as succinctly as possible.)