The Runes of Odin (11. Isa)


Element : ice, water

Colour : black, white, grey-blue

Deity : Verdandi

Planet : Moon

Tree :  Alder

Plant : henbane

Galdr :

Pathwalking with the Rune :

Isa is ice. The ice is beautiful but this can mean a difficult situation. It can be very thin, one can slip and fall, the ice can block the advancement. This rune advices you to slow down your plans and wait until better circumstances arise. Isa can defend you from magical attacks. It can take away the heat from conflicts and cool down the passion. Isa has the effect of slowing down, of freezing effect towards the runes that are in its neighbourhood.

Isa represents the authority, the limitation of a particular action by the weather conditions. Isa corresponds with everything connected with authority.It is good to cope with conflicts and for magickal attraction of helpers that are your equals .

This rune also can reveal your enemies. Isa rules the forces of momentum and entropy. It symbolises Ego, Isa can ‘freeze” the situation. Development of the will and concentration. Isa stops the unwanted dynamic forces. It means power and control over other Beings.

Isa creates a static situation It grounds wayward emotions, it calms turbulent actions.

Divination : the rune shows a period of no action. Do not take everything  as granted. Do not enter in a particular track. The things are stagnant and it is not the proper moment you to act. But remember your goals and keep them, you have the chance to think on them again and to confirm them. Do not feel sorry and do not feel down. The things will change for sure as spring comes after the winter. The ice is a temporary event.

In magic : this rune is the classical spell for stagnation. Isa “ sticks, freezes, stops “ the situations and people. It slows down the rot.

Isa is drawn with the thumb from top to bottom.

“Ice is too cold and slippery, it shines like glass and is most like to gems. A floor wrought by frost fair to see.”

“The Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem”

“To the vikings, this rune was known as is; to the icelanders, Iss, which literally means “ice”. The respective letter in the common alphabet is the letter ” i ”
The shape of this rune represents an icicle: cold, hard, unyielding and capable of causing pain when grasped. By extension, ice in general is associated with the rune, especially the type of ice that makes walking difficult. It is connected with the slow-moving, inexorable glacier, too. Being notable for its hardness, Isa is also associated with the cold iron from which weapons are meade. The symbolic beasts associated with Isa are the herds of Reindeer, that roam the snowy wastes, as well as ferocious wild boars. The vegetable symbols of Isa include the alder tree and the poisonous herb henbane. The rune is also connected with the number seven


Like the infinitely slow-moving glacier, the force of the rune Isa is unstoppable. All you require when this rune is found in a reading is that rarest of virtues, patience. The appearance of Isa is most distressing when a question is asked about relationships, because this icy rune foretells a period of emotional cooling. Yet this is not necessarily a permanent state of affairs, because a thaw will eventually come and the icewill melt. In other affairs, Isa also slows events down to a crawl. Business partnerships may go through a rocky patch because expected events will not happen when they are supposed to. You may also find that any blocks to your ambitions will turn out to be disguised blessings because your aims and desires will change during the period of the delay.
Even though this rune is not the most comfortable to live with, and can be most distressing for afairs of the heart, the cool clarity of ice bestows a calmness conductive to quiet contemplations. The true gift of Isa is a respite from cluttered thinking, which will allow you to see your situation and prospects more clearly. It may even show you how to progress in the future to avoid the pitfalls and slip-ups that would otherwise occur.
If you are involved in a creative venture of any kind, it would be a good idea to take a pause from it. Even of you belive that you are wasting time, nothing could be further from truth. This interval will allow you to recharge your tallents, and when the thaw sets in you will thus be able to pursue your tasks with renewed vigour.
Traditionally, the rune Isa is associated with the number seven, so its appearance as a final rune could indicate a period of seven days. If it falls in the middle of a reading, it is said to emphasise the message of the other runes.
Isa is said to have no inverted meaning. However, if you choose to interpret, it in the reversed position, the immobility that it suggests can be taken as a message that you can go no further and must completely change your direction.

Body Part: Joints – which can slip freely like slippery ice, or freeze up.
Associated Maladies:
Osteoarthritis. Paralysis.
Blocked, stopped, stuck
Stop, block, prevent movement or action. “

Thanks to :

“And ‘the rune and this strengthens the appeal of “self”, where it is about being fully present here and now.
There are some who are not resigned to the loss and continue to live, but it is as if dead, are off, have given up living a slow death and rebirth, made of regrets, lamentations and guilt, others die soon after let your loved one, how to follow his destiny.

Isa is ice in the winter, the apparent end of everything, blocking, freezing, but in reality under the ice of winter life pulsates, the seeds sprout, Spring is prepared, ready to occupy the land of new green vegetation, ready for a new cycle.
Isa What we want to say is that basically there is no death, is part of life, it is very important and imperative, the Buddha defines “impermanence”, the transient state that characterizes every being.

Isa is also connected with the first world Niflheim, the land of fog, frost, ice and darkness, which is the lowest place and it is precisely where the kingdom of the dead.
In Norse mythology, Hel is the goddess of the underworld in fact, the daughter of Loki, the god of deception and Angrboda, a giantess, when he learned that the evil Loki, Odin had banished her daughter in the most remote corner of creation, why did the least damage as possible, we are told that when the daughter of Loki was the world for the first time the disease hit the human race.

Hel rarely goes out on the ground but when he does, brings disease and death, passes through the streets and people suddenly become ill, if they sweep the road with a rake will be survivors, but if by a broom will all die.
Some traits of the goddess have suggested to several scholars relate it to Parvati or Kali-Persephone, or again, Hecate.”

  • Divinity : Verdandi
  • Letter : I
  • Symbol : Ice
  • Element : Water as ice
  • Tree : the Alder ( Alnus glutinosa )
  • Plant : Stinking nightshade ( Hyoscyamus niger )
  • Stone : Tourmaline needle shaped
  • Color : white, black
  • Animal : The Seal and the Polar bear

Isa, literally “ice”, is stalactite shaped which because of its straight and fixed port symbolizes all which is static. This rune serves to block thanks to its static resistance all which is in movement or liquid. As the glacier moves forward inexorably thanks to its huge strength and breaks everything on its trajectory, Isa acts as an iceberg: the small visible proportion is treacherous because it hides tremendous resources which act much more in depth than what we imagine.

Isa is a natural force hating the life and fighting against it. It represents the Thurses, the enemies of the gods (the Ases).

Isa, the rune of ice, is also the one of the crystallization. The Self refocuses on itself to find itself, and become an autonomous and independent entity. This rune allows to see things under a different angle during a voluntary pause or not. Isa also symbolizes the loneliness whom each of us sometimes can feel.

Divinatory value : Difficulties to progress, period of loneliness. Egoism. Break caused by a lack of energy.

Spiritual value : Isa symbolizes the transition of the Truth’s researcher from a state to other one. It also represents the permanent conflict of the ice against the fire whose speaks the Scandinavian myth of creation.

Physiological value : Influence on the skin, the nerves and the head.

Wisdom guidance : ” Don’t be afraid of asserting what you really are and what is unique in you. To do that, you must listen to yourself in order to be structured harmoniously.”


Until we merry meet again

Blessed Be

Mistress of the Mountains



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