Elder Futhark Rune Meanings
Heimdall's 2nd Aett
ISA GALDR (Runic Chant)
Isa isa isa
(Source: "Futhark The Handbook of Rune Mgic" by Edred Thorsson)
Old Germanic name: Icz
Old Norwegian name: Iss
Anglo-Saxon name: Is
Old Celtic name: Iss
Old Icelandic name: Iss
Rune Isa Overall Meaning: Rune of Ice. Rune of death. Isa represents a pause, a freeze on all your activities, stall of growth and all processes. On the other hand, Isa in its interpretation can symbolize a period of safety, stillness and "crystallization" of material and spiritual resources.
But it shouldn't be the reason for sadness. The Ice will melt and waters will flow again.
RUNE ISA ELDER FUTHARK GENERAL MEANING
Isa means Primal Matter, a stream of ice. This Rune has a connection to Niflheimr, from which the ice flows.
It's interesting to note that Isa is connected to Spring season, despite symbolizing the ice.
At this time, you may feel like things you do are pointless.
You may be feeling confused and unsure how to proceed in life. And this is just fine. We all have these moments and sometimes, we really need to take a step back and take a position of an observer rather that a doer.
Isa is the Rune of pause and slow expansion. The Rune asks to “crystallize”/preserve what you have, to save both on material and spiritual levels.
That said, this is not the Rune of endings. One day the ice will melt and you will break free from the stagnation moving forward with renewed energy and clear intentions.
Overall, your situation right now can be characterized as a period of slow growth and expansion that actually precedes a moment of a complete rebirth. As they say: "It is always calm before the storm."
People with fierce and active personality, inpatient and eager to get going, create and grow will find this period to be particularly difficult. If they don't see clearly defined moments of success, they will see it as an ultimate failure and as a result, may fall into depression.
But once again, I am reminding that there is no need to be upset, angry or sad. Your current situation can rather be described as a period of seed germination before you finally see that little, and yet strong, sprout above the soil.
The Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem says:
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.
Isa does not have a reversed position, so while keeping Rune meaning in mind, look at the surrounding Runes for clues if conduction a divination Rune draw or reading.
Rune Advice: Calm down, stop wasting your energy, now it is not the time for action and bold decisions. It is not the time to start anything new, as you may not see the situation clearly. Get more information first. Is it the time to work slowly on your current projects and let go of expectations for now.
RUNE ISA IN MEDITATION & RITUALS
Use Isa in meditations to achieve the following:
Isa is used to strengthen the will;
Rune Isa can be used to promote concentration;
Isa can help to awaken self-ego.
Isa is capable to put a stopper on absolutely any situation, for this reason it is widely used in ritual magic.
Naturally, it can be used for both good and not so good purposes...
Use Isa in Rituals for the following issues:
To stop something from happening, to slow down or stall the process entirely;
To develop strength, concentration and willpower;
To “freeze” the current situation where it is.
RUNE ISA AS TALISMAN OR AMULET
Overall, Isa is not the type of a talisman you'd wear on a daily basis.
There are a few instances when you may benefit from this amulet:
Health reasons: jump to health section for more details. Use it with caution.
If you want to develop a more distanced and less emotional outlook on life. If you overreact to world or personal problems and need to learn how to look at the situation more logically, then this Rune would be of great help.