- Basic Powers: To increase communicative skills, pass exams and gain wisdom.
- Pronunciation: “awn-sooze”
This is a rune of luck, good fortune, good fortune, immortality, divine impulse of human beings, and the invocation of divine power or help. Compare this to the rune thorn, which calls upon the chaotic or evil powers of the universe. Os is also good for writing poetry or prose or for success in public speaking.
In Odin’s list of eighteen runes, the fourteenth tells the names of the gods and elves one by one.
Ansuz is the rune of communications. It rules over song, poetry, examinations, interviews and magickal incantations. It is good to use wherever communication is the issue. Convincing and magnetic speech. To gain wisdom. Confidence and luck with exams. Increase of active magickal energies.
Increase of both active and passive magical powers and clairvoyant abilities,etc. Convincing and magnetic speech, and the power of suggestion and hypnosis. Acquisition of creative wisdom, inspiration, ecstasy, and divine communication.
ansuz ansuz ansuz
aw aw aw aw aw aw aw aw aw
aw aw aw aw aw aw s s s s s s
aw aw aw aw aw aw
aw aw aw aw aw aw aw aw aw
It can be used in conjunction with the symbol, or chanted while visualizing the symbol. The symbol can be etched into a candle while intoning the chant, and then, as the candle burns, the spell is released and sent.
The Statement of Intent:
The worlds came into being thru
the crashing sounds of fire and ice.
Sound and the maker sounds
the divine word is spoken.
Wisdom and tradition
give comfort to the folk
in times of great changes.
This is a modern version of the “Rune Poem” that defines this particular rune. It can be used in combination with the chant, and while creating a talisman or spell that uses the power of this rune.
Rune Yoga, or Runic postures are used to anchor the energy of the Rune in your physical body. More about them can be found here: Runic Postures.
Assume the recommended runic posture and sing the name of the rune in a non-exhaustive way that you can feel your body vibrating – in magic literature it is called vibrating. It could be that you can hear overtones clearer as usual during vibrating. Take this as a good sign. You are visualizing the rune with your inner eye, as its form is being represented by your body and the energies are flowing through your body.
Stand up. Extend both arms parallel, pointing slightly down, with the left arm lower than the right. Look north or east.
Before practicing a rune it is recommended to know everything on the powers of the rune you want to practice. The flow of energy is different for each rune, a field of research for your sensitivity.
The hand positions, or mudras are effective only after you have anchored the runes in your own aura and body. They can be made silent and unobtrusive.
- Nature Spirits: Subterranean faeries
- Herbs: Grains of Paradise, Verbena, Betony, Borage, Cinquefoil, Blessed Thistle
- Colors: Gray, Sea-Green
- Flowers: Blooming Cacti, Chrysanthemum
- Scents: Cedar, Cherry Blossoms, Hyacinth, Narcissus, Peppermint, Lemon
- Stones: Topaz, Hyacinth, Lapis Lazuli
- Trees: Alder, Cypress
- Animals: Unicorn, Scorpion, Crocodile, Jackal
- Birds: Owl, Goose, Sparrow
- Deities: Kali, Black Isis, Nicnevin, Hecate, Bast, Osiris, Sarasvati, Lakshmi, Skadi, Mawu
Take root, prepare. Transformation. Strengthen communication with the God or Goddess who seems closest to you.
Picture a traditional Witch’s cottage and the chances are that you will imagine cobwebs. Now this could be because the folklore image of the Witch is as a poor old woman, possibly no longer able to clean her home.
But I like to think it may have something to do with the uses of cobwebs, for not only are they brilliant works of art and nature’s highly efficient fly traps, they have been used in healing and in healing magic.
Even when I was a child it was common to be told to place a clean (i.e. not dusty) cobweb over a cut or bleeding wound to help stop the bleeding, and if the wound is not too deep it will work.
It used to be said that, for every cobweb you see on walking, you will receive a kiss that day. But if you find one across your door, it indicates that your love is with another.
Cobwebs in the kitchen are said to indicate a house without kisses. If you can collect a cobweb with dew on it, without breaking it, place it on a dish of water to attract love into your life.
Cobwebs are frequently used in spells to promote communication, perhaps after a disagreement. Name two objects after the “warring” parties and wrap them in a cobweb. Place in the light of the Sun for seven days.
Note that it is unlucky to kill a spider or to disturb it on its web, but it is permitted to remove old, or unoccupied, webs.
From: The Real Witches Year
The language of flowers, sometimes called florigraphy, was a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken. This language was most commonly communicated through Tussie-Mussies, an art which has a following today.
The nuances of the language are now mostly forgotten, but red roses still imply passionate, romantic love and pink roses a lesser affection; white roses suggest virtue and chastity and yellow roses still stand for friendship or devotion. Also commonly known meanings are sunflowers, which can indicate either haughtiness or respect – they were the favorite flower of St. Julie Billiart for this reason. Gerbera (daisy) means innocence or purity. The iris, being named for the messenger of the gods in Greek mythology, still represents the sending of a message. A pansy signifies thought, a daffodil regard, and a strand of ivy fidelity.
You might also enjoy the Dictionary of the Language of Flowers, a list organized by the flower meanings rather than the flower names. If you are interested in combinations of flowers, you might want to read this post on Combining Flowers for Specific Intentions.
These language correspondences can be used when creating a spell, planting a magickal garden, to set an intention, or to send a message. You may notice some of the flowers (and plants) have meanings that seem incongruent or inconsistent. This is because language tends to change over time. Also, you may find that magickal correspondences to some of these flowers are in direct conflict – that is because the meanings were not derived from magickal sources. When in doubt, go with the meaning that resonates with your personal experience, and be clear with your intention. Pictures may be substituted for the actual flower or plant.
Here’s the list:
- Acacia – Secret love
- Acanthus – Art
- Aconite – Misanthropy
- Acorn – Nordic Symbol of Life and immortality
- African Marigold – Vulgar minds.
- Agrimony – Thankfulness
- Allspice – Compassion
- Aloe – Grief
- Almond (Common) – Stupidity. Indiscretion.
- Almond (Flowering) Hope – Promise, Hope,
- Almond (Tree) – Giddiness; heedlessness Stupidity, thoughtlessness
- Alyssum (Sweet) – Worth beyond beauty.
- Amaranth (Globe) – Immortal love
- Amaryllis – Pride; Pastoral Poetry
- Ambrosia – Your Love is Reciprocated
- Anemone – Forsaken, sickness, unfading love
- Apple Blossom – Preference, Fame speaks him great and good.
- Apple (Thorn) – Deceitful charms.
- Apricot Flower – Doubt, distrust
- Arborvitae – Everlasting friendship
- Arbutus – You’re the only one I love
- Arum – Ardor
- Asparagus – Fascination
- Aspen Tree – Sighing, Lamentation
- Asphodel – My regrets follow you to the grave
- Aster – Symbol of love, daintiness, talisman of love
- Aster (China) – Fidelity, variety, I will think of you
- Autumn Leaves – Melancholy
- Azalea – Take Care, temperance, fragile, passion, Chinese symbols of womanhood