How to use ANSUZ

How to use ANSUZ

ANSUZ, the fourth Rune in the Elder Futhark series, is the Rune of the Aesir, the Gods of Norse Mythology. ANSUZ indicates good counsel, good advice, conscious orderliness, relationship with the Divine, and can be rendered into Sacred Spaces.

Two Rune symbols, OSS and ANSUZ. OSS evolved in the Anglo-Saxon Futhark and will be discussed later in this "How To" series of blogs describing the Rune symbols.
How to use ANSUZ in Divination

Since ANSUZ means the many things listed above–relationship with the Divine, good counsel, good advice, conscious order, and Sacred Spaces–its interpretation relies on the surrounding Runes. When upright, ANSUZ is always beneficial. In the event that ANSUZ is not interpreted spiritually, it means legal counsel, lawful contracts, or good use of logic and reason.

Consequently when reversed, ANSUZ warns of potential legal problems. Seek legal counsel, double check the fine print of contracts, and take the time to discern potential problems before you sign.

How to use ANSUZ in manifestation

ANSUZ, the Rune of the numinous, awakens Sacred Spaces. Meditation upon this Rune symbol draws you into spiritual connection. Accordingly, when I feel disconnection from Spirit, I chant ANSUZ three, six, or nine times sequentially until I fall into connection with the numinous powers.

Call upon the Four Directions to open Sacred Space

Without reservation, calling upon the Four Directions opens Sacred Space. In the Norse Mythology, four dwarves–Nordri (North), Austri (East), Sudri (South), and Vestri (West)–occupy these positions. For that reason, you might choose to use these names unless you have a preferred ritual that you already follow.

Smudging with Sage or Mugwort purifies the space. Firstly, map out the Four Directions in your ritual space. Secondly, light the herbs in an Abalone shell or metal bowl. Thirdly, use a feather or smudging wand to move the smoke around the room. All in all, I begin in the East as the direction of the rising Sun, then continue clockwise to the South, West, and North. At each direction I invite in the person for that direction, and in-between chant ANSUZ three times.

Equally important, I have learned to dismiss the Spirits I have called upon for the day’s work; I have found myself crowded by Spirits when I did not. This I do by laughing to bring in Joy. I thank Them for Their time and help and invite Them to return to their own place.

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The first Rune of the Elder Futhark cycle is FEHU. FEHU identifies as pure potentiality. I consider this the power of the Life Force Energy that underlies materiality as we experience it. It is not “God.”

Comparatively, the Rune ANSUZ identifies the Beings we know as Gods separately from the power of pure potential. The Gods are Beings skilled in working with the power of pure potential. They are not identified as that potential.

The clue is found in the language. The Norse Gods are collectively called “Aesir.” The singular for a male God is “Asa” and “Asynje” if female. The wording suggests that the Northmen did not attribute the underlying Life Force Energy of the Cosmos to any Being named God.

The Gods are Beings who are skilled at working with the powers of Life Force Energy. They are Beings of Ordered Consciousness.

Conversely, other Beings called “Jotun” (Giants) are elemental forces who work with pure potential in a chaotic way. They are not always friendly to the Gods. The Rune associated with the Giants is the third Rune THURISAZ.

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