Wednesday, November 3, 2010



Alternative Names
Lagu; Lagus; Logr; Lagaz.

Key Phrase
‘Still waters run deep.’

Creation; water; emotions; the Leek plant.

Viking Rune Equivalent
Flow. Water. A fertility source.

Divinatory Meaning
Emotions; spiritual counselling.

The Wellsprings of Life

Tarot Equivalent

Ace of any suit.
Ace of Swords = Creative Power
Ace of Pentacles = Promotion
Ace of Wands = Difficult beginnings

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Associated Myths and Deities
Sacred to Njord – god of the wealth of the Sea, Midgard Serpent, The Aegir (the gods and goddesses of the sea)

Manifestation Uses
To enhance psychic ability and to uncover hidden things.

Relationship Interpretation
Emotions, affections and flexibility within a partnership or relationship.

Healing Colour and Qualities
Helps with dealing with nightmares. Helps with dealing with psychic blocks. Combine with the Nauthiz rune for infections and skin diseases.

Laguz enhances psychic abilities and helps those who wear or carry it face up their fears. It stabilizes emotional disorders and helps uncover what is hidden.

Laguz Drawn Upright
Water, ebb and flow of the tides, fluidity, all that flows and changes, lake, sea, creek, river, stream, wave, waterfall, a means of travel, success in travel and acquisition – but with the possibility of loss, emotions, fears, the subconscious mind, hidden things, secrets, revelation, intuition, counselling, guidance, a fertility source, renewal, healing powers, growth, expansion, life force or energy, organic growth, imagination, intuition, mystery, dreams, fantasy, mysteries, the unknown, the bud of new growth pushing through soil, cleansing.

LAGUZ is ‘the Subconscious’.

The Laguz rune is the twenty-first of twenty-four and is the fifth of the third and final Aett

Laguz represents water in all its forms. Water is an essential ingredient to life and all living creatures rely on it to survive. Water is associated with emotions of all kinds, but predominantly with healing, peacefulness, love, compassion, intuition and forgiveness.

To the ancient Norse, water of all kinds including the ocean, lakes, streams and rivers were considered a source of wealth and fertility. The Aegir, the gods and goddesses of the sea in Norse mythology, both gave and took life and offered fertility and wealth. The sea is an unpredictable place and home of the Midgard Serpent who led many sailors to their death. Laguz, therefore, comes to represent both the lightness and healing effects of water, as well as the darker sides of the element of water. 

Laguz speaks to our primal fears of the dark, the cold, and all those terrifying things hidden deep within our subconscious minds.

Laguz represents the ebb and flow of life. As water, it seeks its own level taking the path of least resistance or at other times, sinking into the earth to rise again in a different place.

Laguz represents the Well of Wyrd (the well by which the Norn Sisters nourish Yggdrasil) as it holds all the secrets of the unconscious mind and that which is in within each of us. It also represents the collective or Universal knowledge and wisdom. 

Laguz represents psychic abilities and gives one a deeper understanding of the self. Everything that has ever been created or thought of, stems from our subconscious minds. Within each of us lie all the answers to every question. 

Lagus is a rune of the sea, of water’s ebb and flow and of the healing power of renewal. It emphasises imagination and psychic matters, as well as dreams and fantasies and the mysteries of the unknown.

Laguz makes us examine the underlying roots of our personality and behaviour and allows us to modify those aspects which are hindering our spiritual development, and our lives in general. The understanding and wisdom learnt prepares us to face our darker side and acknowledge and accept it as an integral part of ourselves. 

Laguz also prepares the person to take on the task of helping others through this self-examination process, allowing one to empathise more strongly and share their own experiences. This makes the Laguz rune the rune of the ‘spiritual counsellor’.

The message of Laguz is to embrace change as it is the only constant in life. 

Drawing Laguz in a reading encourages you to immerse yourself in the experience of living, without having to evaluate or understand. It is often a message to the inquirer or seeker that it is time for cleansing, re-evaluating, re-organising  and realigning for both body and soul.

Success is within your reach and will come to you with the use of your intuition and wisdom combined.

Laguz Drawn Reversed (Merkstave)
Confusion, poor judgement, poor decision-making, lack of creativity, fear, avoidance, madness, obsession, risk, despair, perversity, sickness, suicide.

Drawing the Laguz rune reversed tells of one who must learn to go with the flow. There is a need to initiate some sort of movement or change into many areas of your life. Things are stale and stagnant at present. It also may imply that you have made poor decisions or find yourself in a place or situation that you are not comfortable with. It is an indication that you are experiencing a period of confusion in your life. Negative emotions abound and it is up to you to sort through them to find your truth, then take steps to rectify both your behaviour and the issue at hand.

Reversed or merkstave, Laguz is an indication of a period of confusion and wrong decisions being made through lack of proper judgement. It tells of a lack of creativity, or they are fearful that they are stuck in a rut. 

Laguz reversed can presage madness, insanity, obsession and being cast into such deep despair that unspeakable thoughts may come to mind.


Joanne Walmsley
Sacred Scribes



  1. Honestly I am so sick of getting Laguz inverted every time I cast the Norns on the internet. The ladies don't lie, but geez. I am so stupid I can't fix the problem, I guess. I am so... GAAH. Even the Yi Jing said 'PErhaps the confusion is so great that no guidance may penetrate." OMG what the hell do I do? ;(

  2. Mi confianza y mi locura equivale a la tuya

  3. I would hold the rune and fully embrace the message and not take it as a personal critique. Except that we go through periods of time where we just allow the answers to come to us and not look for them (Which is tempting) your fully capable of receiving answers through your crown from your angels and guides. Now is a time of meditation.

  4. if you cannot solve something at the personality level (mind, emotions, etheric/physical brain) then be open to allowing a deeper knowing to come from your highest Self (soul) or from a higher spiritual being. Soul and these higher beings can see more clearly, allow the entry of that wisdom

  5. Thank you, i get this rune a lot because i get lost in my spiralling thoughts which leads me to stagnate. I wish i could know what to do...I try but I wonder if I'm not doing enough to take back control