God – aged Gautr and prince of Ásgarðr and lord of Vallhalla.
Runic and Heroic Poems, Bruce Dickins, translation

A scattering of recipe cards, the front of which reads "Ansuz + Raidho = Kenaz"


Traditional meaning – mouth, Odin
Association – that which is carried or moved along, as by a river or breeze
Pronunciationahnsoo, awnsoo
GaldrAhn, Ahnsoo, Awn, Awnsoo
Element – Air
Dates – 13-29 August
Verb – to create
Animistic Qualities – speaking our truth, soothsaying
Challenge – To master the internal process of choosing how we express our agency.

Listen to What in the Wyrd Episode 110 – Creating with Ansuz

Traditional lore – Ansuz is represented differently across the runic poems. It is Os, or Odin, and it is also river mouth.

Animistic lore – Approaching Ansuz as both godden and mouth, we’re met with great power that moves things, that shapes things. At a human level this power turns the conversation to agency, and cultivating our expression of it in a way that is godden-like: that our expression of it aligns with our sacredness, which can only act in alignment with sacred order; and that our creations venture out into the world with their own agency. In this creative act we see ourselves as creators, we can see the wyrd we weave, and we internalize and send it out into the world as lore.

“Ansuz calls our attention to that sticky place between inspiration and how it’s expressed, between thoughtform and how we empower it.” Runic Book of Days

Elder Futhark runes Fehu, Ingwaz, Kenaz reversed with a white seashell on an orange background

Ansuz expresses creative energy

that transmutes into a being with its own agency.

Creating with Ansuz Introspections

  • How do you express your calling in a way that benefits your community?
  • How do you incorporate your calling into your creativity?
  • How does what you say match up with your truth?

Runic Book of Days

A Guide to Living the Annual Cycle of Rune Magick
2019 Nautilus Silver Award Winner
2019 National Indie Excellence Book Award Finalist
A step-by-step guide to working with the runes throughout the year through rituals and initiations to come into direct relationship with them.

Runic Book of Days - 2019 Nautilus Book Award Winner


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S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

I’m an animist, author, deathwalker and death doula. For the last 25+ years, through Soul Intent Arts I’ve helped others to ethically build thriving spiritual paths as fit, embodied elders, who upon death become wise, capable Ancestors. My work is Nature-based, and focuses soul tending through the Elder Futhark runes, animism, ancestral healing, and deathwork. I’m author of Runic Book of Days, and I host the podcast, What in the Wyrd. I also write The Weekly Rune as a celebration of the Elder Futhark in season. Full bio.


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We don't heal in isolation,

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~S. Kelley Harrell