LAGUZ or LAGAZ: water|
DIVINATORY MEANINGS: emotions, fears, unconscious mind, things hidden, revelation,
MAGICAL USES: enhancing psychic abilities, confronting fears, stabilising
mental or emotional disorders, uncovering hidden things.
ANALYSIS: When most people think of
water, they generally think of its more pleasant associations; peacefulness, love, compassion, intuition,
and the emotions in general. However, we must remember that, to the Norse, water most often meant the
sea, and the sea was a terrifying, unpredictable place, home of the Midgard serpent and the grave of
many sailors. Laguz, then, should be thought of in terms of the lighter and the darker sides of the
element of water. It speaks to our primal fears of the dark, the cold, and all those terrifying things
hidden deep within our subconscious minds.
Like eihwaz, which forced the journeyed to confront
his or her mortality, laguz makes us examine the underlying roots of our behaviour, and allows us to
modify those aspects, which are hindering our spiritual development. The understanding and wisdom gained
through eihwaz and the runes, which followed, have prepared the journeyed to face this darker side (represented
by laguz) and accept it as an integral part of their selves. Laguz also prepares the person to take
on the task of helping others through this self-examination process, allowing them to empathise more
strongly and share their own experiences, making it (among other things) the rune of the spiritual counsellor.