We are very pleased to bring you a new sound offering in honor of this particularly auspicious full moon. Through these songs, we strive to bring together Pagan voices from all over the world, spreading a network of support, positivity, and spiritual action. We would like to thank Desert Rose Arts, Marble Mountain Woodworks, and Dodssang Tempel for their excellent vocal contributions. Other voices have asked to remain anonymous. This track is meant for quick practice as opposed to our longer version of the Elder Futhark. By listening to this brief galdr, one can quickly memorize the names and order of the Elder Futhark runes with ease; solidifying them internally for use at any moment of need. The Ansuz Society family tree is growing. With deep roots, we stretch towards the sky. May all sentient beings thrive under the guidance of the ancient runes.


Ingwaz is the rune of the great god Ing/Yngvi/Freyr. Like Freyr, the Ingwaz rune represents peace, growth, and prosperity of the land. In shape, it is reminiscent of a seed, that which gestates, cultivates life, and stores energy until ready to be released. Ingwaz also represents the Earth, as the Earth gestates and stores life within it, recycling and regenerating constantly. Ingwaz, like the stirring seed, represents patience, strength, internalized energy, and focus. Ingwaz is closed space for sacred creation, something that can be mimicked in a ritual setting. The diamond represents small, protected enclosures, but also, infinite potential within. In this way, one can incorporate this rune into their arsenal of protective symbols, deterring outside influence from tainting your internal and/or ritual space.

Ingwaz is a rune of harmony and protection. This closed or “fenced in” area is represented by the household, homestead, farm, and entirety of one’s community or village. In Old English, ing means “meadow”, enforcing this connection to farms, pastures, and crops. Ingwaz is the sowing and cultivating of agricultural resources, the growing and planning stages of all actions. In Germanic Paganism, the meadow and heaven are commonly linked. This gives Ingwaz a “heavenly” aspect, that being the realm of Alfheim/Álfheimr, meaning “Land of the (Light) Elves,” where Freyr is said to reside. Elves have long been associated with the dead, so this could very well represent a more “Vanic” outlook of the afterlife. It can be speculated that the valley/meadow atmosphere was mirrored in this divine power that represented the fertility of these landscapes, and further, the power of the god Freyr.

In reference to shape, Ingwaz resembles an unbroken Jera rune, the rune of harvest. In this way, we can view Ingwaz as the space where energy is cultivated and Jera as the reaping of that energy. During meditation, one can invoke the shape of Ingwaz to isolate one’s mind from distraction. Ingwaz is a reminder that we must focus our energy inward to fully develop enough “pressure” to release it; ensuring correct execution of our plans.

Hailaz / Namaste

Ending the Futhark with Dagaz

We end the Futhark with Dagaz (ᛞ) because we believe that after one realizes the true Self, represented by Othala (ᛟ), one can then “break the cycle” of saṃsāra, like the breaking of dawn on a new day. 

This process of enlightenment is represented by Dagaz.

In reality, whether you end with Othala or Dagaz, one can theoretically come to the same conclusions either way. 

These choices are not meant to be dogmatic, but philosophical. Make the decision on your own, based on research and practice. 

Hailaz / Namaste 

What is Ansuz?

Ansuz is that which gives animation to the otherwise lifeless body. Ancient man associated the breath with life, and likewise, associated it with the spirit or soul. We are given insight into this rune in the very word animation. To “animate” means to “give life or spirit,” something the god Odin is known for gifting mankind with. It is said in ‘Voluspo’ verses 17 and 18:

“17. Then from the throng, did three come forth,

From the home of the gods, the mighty and gracious;

Two without fate, on the land they found,

Ask (man) and Embla (woman), empty of might.

18. Soul they had not, sense they had not,

Heat nor motion, nor goodly hue;

Soul gave Othin, sense gave Honir,

Heat gave Lothur, and goodly hue.”

Here we see mention of Othin as the “soul giving” god; one that grants the Self, the breath, and the life within us. Odin is the force that animates life as one would consider Chi or Prana. Ansuz can be related to the wind in this way, as the wind is the same as the breath. When we reach back into antiquity, we find the proto-Indo-European word hems- meaning “to engender, beget, give birth to,” eluding to this life-giving, all-encompassing force associated with the breath. The ancient man knew he was much more than just the physical workings of his body or impulses of the mind, therefore, the idea of the breath took on the utmost sacred context, as this is something that happens within us, invisible to the eye save the movement of the chest.

In Sanskrit, we have the relative words ásu meaning “life force, breath, spirit” and ásura meaning “godlike and powerful.” This word would evolve to become related to demons or foreign tribes in later Hinduism, similar to the Thurs of Germanic tradition. The original Asura can be equated with their cognate family of gods in the Norse pantheon, the Aesir, who were essentially Sky Gods. Ansuz encompasses this family of gods and ultimately represents the chief of the pantheon, Odin/Wotan/Wodanaz. 

In Old English, the word ōs means “god,” which gives us insight as to what this word might have meant to a pre-Christian pagan. It would be fair to say this idea of god was entirely wrapped up with the concept of the breath, the mouth, and sounds that are created from within it.

Another connection we find is in the word animism, meaning “a belief that an immaterial force animates the universe,” and “a belief that spirits inhabit some or all classes of natural objects or phenomena.” Here, we are clearly looking at this belief as a fully established religious understanding, the oldest of what we have currently been able to uncover when discussing the long history of human spiritual practice. With absolute clarity, we can see this ancient system and secret was carried through time and culture into the North in the form of Odin and through this particular rune, which carries enormous weight in the entirety of the Futhark. Ansuz represents this encompassing force, which has been utilized and studied as an occult science for thousands of years in countless forms of yoga and meditation; the breath is the bellows of the forge within.

In the ‘Old Icelandic Rune Poem’ it is said:

“Oss is the old Gaut,

and Asgards prince,

and Valhalla’s leader.”

Here it is clear that this rune is connected to Odin and further to the ancient “Gaut,” Odin’s title in the Gothic tongue, the oldest recorded Germanic language.

Of course, when discussing all of this, it would be wrong to not include speech, wisdom, and poetry in our analysis of Ansuz and its’ god form of Odin. In both the “Old Norwegian Rune Rhyme” and the “Old English Rune Poem” this rune is associated specifically with the mouth. In the ‘Old Norwegian Rune Rhyme” it is said:

“Oss is the way of most journeys;

But a sheath is that for swords.”

Here I think we are seeing another allusion to Gaut, which is a title meaning “to pour or flow out of.” This may mean that most journeys were undertaken on water as opposed to on foot; as the sail goes “the way” of the wind. It can also mean that one must cultivate good speech, as “the way” here most certainly pertains to a type of heathen dharma system. One must follow the way of wisdom on most journeys. The mouth (as the pen wasn’t exactly a means for these people yet) was the tool and portrayer of wisdom, expressing the ideas, memories, and inner workings of the human being. The second line could be referring to those who hold their tongue too often or treat their mouth as a sheath, as one who stays silent may often not be viewed as the wisest or most able.  The “Old English Rune Poem” reinforces these theories:

“Os is the source of all speech,

Wisdom’s upholder, and a comfort to counselors;

For every earl, happiness and hope.”

We must remember that the Germanic tribes prior to Roman conquest were a mostly illiterate and orally maintained people and culture. All of their stories and mythologies were encased and crystallized in poetry, song, and the runic system. With this in mind, we can understand why speech and it’s use, function, and manipulation, was of the most importance if one was to attain any merit in the realms of wisdom. Ansuz, in this way, is one of the most crucial runes for us to understand and incorporate if we are to learn the true secret beneath the layers of conscious existence.

-Ansuz Society