Inguz – Rune Meaning

“Only when we know our solitude to be different from our loneliness
can we be whole enough to honor another’s place.”

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; or impotence, scattering, movement without change, frivolity, immaturity.


  • Storage and transformation of power for ritual use.
  • Stored Energy
  • Passive meditation and centering of energy and thought
  • Sudden release of energy
  • All forms of subtle, creative action

My Notes:

Represented by the very ancient god image Ing, Inguz is a rune of male fertility. The English language participle “-ing” adds to any verb the idea of acton. Do-ing, Be-ing, See-ing, etc. The addition of “ing” represents action in the actual process of activity (rather than an object). Thus, even common elements within our most common language use “ing” to infer the process of creation.

Inguz is that potential energy that must accumulate gradually in storage before being released as a single surge of energy. It represents the process of a mental ‘seed’ desire implanted by the conscious mind into the subconscious for incubation and gestation, later to emerge as a new creation in your life affairs. Inguz governs the process of seed into catalyst, and the self-sacrifice of one form to bring into being a new form, and the characteristics inherited because of this transformation.

Thus, Inguz contains within its lore the true meaning of sacrifice. Such sacrifice occurs when one form is called upon to die so that a newly evolved form may begin to grow. This is one of the cornerstone concepts in what is known as the ‘male mysteries’. To die for something, such as a cause or an ideal such as freedom, a universal theme in warrior traditions, is thus connected to the energies of Inguz.

There is great wisdom in creating an analogy between this fundamental act of nature and the mystical act of generation. The failure of a magical operation is often caused by the lack of the operator ‘letting go’ of some past form of manifestation so that a newly desired form can be born. All humans live in the past to some degree or another, but one must apply the laws of nature which call for death of the old in order to bring about transformation into new energies and new forms. This sounds simple to do on an intellectual level, but in practice it is requires masterful artistry.

Inguz signals the integration of the four selves: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It is the drive toward completion and totality and acts as the catalyst for movement toward wholeness. Where Berkano signifies the outer child, hidden within the wisdom of Inguz is the activation of one’s inner-child.

14 thoughts on “Inguz – Rune Meaning”

  1. The gerund has a latin origin-in English its origin of the word or etymology shows the function- ” To Carry Out ”
    -Apart from the basic ,regular ING meaning the gerund has a ” double nature”
    This means gerund acts as subject -eg. Jogging is good for health
    object- eg .she is tired of working
    noun- eg. The Kids are keeping quiet
    and almost a dozen of other functions-A vast changing nature is seen here

    -When the gerund is used, it can also mean that the subject stops the activity indicated by the gerund.ex. He stopped examining the patients

    Can this be interpreted as I ngwaz having a double nature or unpredictable nature-or that Ingwas signifies the intergation of of all sides(4 here)

  2. … Like others that have posted before me, I just stumbled on to this site and feel blessed to have such a resource. I pull a” rune of the day”, with hopes to obtain guidance, clarity. Today’s rune is Inguz, and so I thank you all for your comments and guidance

  3. Hi Didi, Funnily enough i do not normally read the comments but i scolled down and read yours today…I do the exact same thing as you every day…It is so much help and I think its amazing….

  4. I can really see the seed in the image of Ing or even an egg if you will. This therefore leads me naturally to understand that it is about gestation and also relates to fertility – though I believe it is more related to male fertility and Berkana is concerned with female fertility.

    I can also see the image being that of two hands cupped together – if you consider raising energy in a witchcraft ritual or using the energy to flow through your hands in Reiki, then this is quite fitting, as we use our hands a lot for such things. Hands are also cupped in a way when it comes to praying (traditionally speaking from a Christian perspective). The hands being cupped together also are a focal point either for some way of focussing or containment.

    The very image of this Rune is enclosed and suggests potential, a sense of anticipation. The four selves are evident in the four sides of the Rune. The number four being a number of stability and strength, not to mention earthly elements rather than spiritual although not excluding the spiritual as such but rather being more concentrated on the earthly elements; the traditional earth, air, fire and water, the supposed elements of creation (talking from old fashioned ideas of the way the world came about, etc).

    Yes, the image of Ingus is virtually bursting with promise. There is a birth awaiting, the birth of something new and exciting, something that requires action, not passivity for one to benefit. After all, we are not creatures who are merely carried along by fate, rather we have choices and opportunities.

  5. I found this site a month or so ago and have been loving it, thanks!

    I’ve just pulled Ingwaz today and am very curious about ‘ing’ making it’s way into the English language and also about the continual evoking of that energy in our language, and our obsession with doing rather than being.

    @Vanir very interesting contemplation,I wonder are there phonetic patterns/meanings we have lost the knowledge of?

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