My friend Kari Tauring, a Völva (Old Norse for staff carrying woman) once taught me that we can receive messages by paying attention to the runes we encounter in natural phenomena, primarily in the shapes formed in the branches of trees. (

On my walk this morning I came across a scattering of tree seed pods lying upon the ground, the two pictured above lay angled toward each other, begging me to bring them together into the configuration of the rune Inguz. (if you look closely, you can see the outline on the sidewalk of where the pod on the right was originally positioned.)


Here are a couple of interpretations of this rune’s significance (it sounds like pretty good stuff):

Inguz – “Ing-guz” – Literally: “Seed” or “The god, Ing” – Esoteric: Process, space

Rune of isolation or separation in order to create a space or place where the process of transformation into higher states of being can occur. Rune of gestation and internal growth.

Psi: internal growth, personal development, the power of suggestion, the inner-child, wholeness

Energy: earth-god, stored energy, gestation process, male mysteries, subtlety, planned bursts

Mundane: male sexuality, agriculture

Divinations: Resting, gestation, internal growth, expectation, time for oneself.

The rune Inguz concerns fertility and new beginnings in general. It is also a rune of transitions and may call for us to leave the past and matters of previous situations behind us.

This powerful rune implies mental and emotional strength – the strength needed to achieve completion of a task, phase, or situation – and to move into a new cycle.

Inguz can signify many types of cycles as it represents the intuitive faculties (long associated with the moon). Lunar cycles are also associated with tides and with cycles of fertility, nature, and births and new beginnings in general.

This is one rune that is not always drawn in the same way. Rune casters and artists have their own preferences, for some the solid shape of the simple square represents strength while for others the slightly more elabourate shape serves as a reminder of the helix (cycles again !) of the structure of DNA – linking back into fertility and new birth/beginnings.

More about the name of the rune Inguz: The rune Inguz is associated with the god “Ing” who was an ancient Danish Hero.

Inguz is a positive, if sometimes challenging, rune – it always has the same positive meaning.


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