Isa translates to "ice," and connects to themes of stillness, inertia, cold or cooling, focus, the ego and will, and control.
An Anglo Saxon rune poem reads:
Ice is very cold and immeasurably slippery;
it glistens as clear as glass and most like to gems;
it is a floor wrought by the frost, fair to look upon.
|Power of the Runes deck by Voenix|
Ice is bark of rivers
and roof of the wave
and destruction of the doomed.
I particularly like the Icelandic poem, as that first bit reminds me of the ice that can cover rivers during the heart of winter. Ice gives the illusion of stasis, but under the "bark of rivers" there is so much movement taking place.
1) What other meanings do you attribute to Isa?
2) How do you utilize this rune in your practice?
3) If Isa has presented itself in your rune work or castings, how have you seen its energy manifested, or experienced its impact?