Mannaz – Rune Meaning

“We are each a savior, each a god.
It is the fear of what this means which binds us to the realm of humankind.”

Mannaz – “Man-az” – Literally: “Mankind” – Esoteric: Humankind, awareness

Rune of the Divine structure of intelligence in the human soul or psyche. Rune of the horizons of human existence and collective potential.

Psi: mind & memory (Hugin & Munin), the difference between human and all other life, development of the intellect, rational mind, perfected intelligence

Energy: psychic order of the gods reflected in humankind, projection of Self into time

Mundane: thinking, planning, analysis, the human condition, people at large (contemporary: the masses)

Divinations: Divine structure, sustainability, intelligence, awareness, social order, divine influence in life; or depression, mortality, blindness, self-delusion, collective suicide, bigotry, elitism, intellectual arrogance.


Realization of the divine structure in humankind
Increase in intelligence, memory and mental powers (passing tests)
Unlocking the third-eye hvel, the “mind’s eye”
Activating the dynamics of your own inner Christus, or Higher Self
Awareness of our roles as co-creator with the gods and nature
Mental and spiritual potential

    My Notes:

    In a spiritual sense, nobility refers to those who seek to comprehend the mysteries of Life and who strive to master these mysteries for greater awareness. Access to the Higher Self or ‘Christus’ of the soul is not restricted, as religions maintain. Even the staunchest athiest has a path to Enlightened Being, without ever having to profess belief in a god or faith. All humans can rise to this state as Perfected Human, regardless of name, race or creed. Christus is merely a Greek word which serves as a title given to any human being who evidences a state of unity with the Universal Mind, or God/Goddess. One could as easily use the word Buddha, as in Buddhism, or Illumined, as in Hermetic Philosophy.

    From its very beginnings, the Northern spiritual tradition has maintained a path by which each individual human being can become a Christus, that is a completely self-actualized person, in time (lifetimes) and with great study and personal commitment. Furthermore, in the North this archetype is imparted within humankind as a genetic link, not a contractual link, with the gods. The promise is equality with the gods as an attainable human potential, which is one of the basis of occultism and the Enlightenment (the philosophy behind science).

    Access to the collective unconscious of earth and humanity can also be gained by invoking Mannaz. Mimir’s Well is the Northern equivalent of the Sanskrit Akashic records. It contains information which provides answers to the deepest mysteries of Life, as well as being a storehouse of new knowledge waiting to be discovered. Mannaz is the rune of Mimir’s well, for Mannaz is the rune of human consciousness which ever seeks wisdom and insight to continue its evolutionary progress toward Perfected Human. See also LAGUZ for insight into the Well.

    Mannaz is the rune of human intelligence and the rational mind. This rune is a particularly beneficial one for academic studies, tests and any contests of an intellectual nature. It is well placed when the task of dealing with matters that affect a society or entire civilization, especially those rooted in the individual human mind.

    Further Reading:

    Mannaz – Rune Meaning Analysis (series)

    Other topics:

    Horizons of human potential
    Extensiveness and diversity of human existence
    The range of all human collective actions, and variations on the primal blueprint

    6 thoughts on “Mannaz – Rune Meaning”

    1. I asked whether I will be with a certain someone in my life as my partner for life and I drew this rune uprightm very pleasing to know Kay that you think of this rune as a love rune! It is very encouraging

    2. I was just thinking… the Mannaz symbol, while it looks like “kissing” Wunjo’s and Dagaz with ‘legs”, it is also Gebo, between two similar “poles”. Like Gebo connecting two like-people, or maybe like-minded people? Mannaz always feels – to me- like it is a love rune, in a romantic way. It appears that I am alone in that thought!

    3. Mannaz has to do with the self and the journey towards the Self as one with the Divine. Inevitably it must, therefore be linked with spitritual intelligence. On this earth, I think of it as always being conscious of our individual self (needs, desires, actions, outcomes) in relation to the communities in which we live, work, and otherwise interact. In order to achieve this kind of consciousness we must employ all of the various kinds of intelligence to both further our own growth and for the ‘good of the community”
      Tyrel and I think that we each have three runes of especial significance to this lifetime, but we are still having discussions about that. One day we will get it clear enough in our minds to write up and post!

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