Also known as: Lagu, Laguz, Lagaz, Logr
Letter sound: L
Keywords: water, flow, intuition, the unconscious, psychic ability, the feminine, growth
Magical Uses: Increase intuitive and psychic abilities, healthy feminine energy, creativity, maintaining equanimity in difficult situations
Laguz is the water rune, symbolizing the element in all of its forms: rivers, streams, lakes, seas, and oceans, the rain, and even the water contained within our bodies. It is also connected to emotions, the cleansing of unwanted energy through tears, and the unpredictability of life. If you are being tossed around in the emotional waters of a situation, Laguz advises you to release your resistance and go with the flow. Adaptability is key here, as continuing to resist your circumstances will only plunge you further into disharmony. The same is true when it comes to positive circumstances—acknowledge and enjoy them with gratitude, but don’t cling to them as the source of your happiness. Let the fluidity of life guide you, rather than trying to control and direct it. As the rune of water, Laguz is also the rune of intuition and the subconscious. You may be getting a lot of intuitive hits from your inner self right now. Be sure to follow your “gut,” even if your brain is telling you differently. Laguz indicates psychic ability which can be nurtured and strengthened with practice. Stay open and receptive to the messages coming in from the spirit world and your higher self. Trust your own inner process to help you navigate any stormy seas. Laguz reversed points to a lack of flow in your life, perhaps from feeling stagnated in a current job or relationship, or simply from neglecting your intuitive and spiritual side. You may be blocking some unpleasant emotions that need to be allowed to come through in order for you to move forward. Alternatively, you may be feeling tempted to give in to unhealthy impulses or take the “easy route” regarding a situation, which will not lead to the spiritual growth you are meant to experience. Whatever the case, spending some time in or near a natural body of water can help you find clarity and courage, and is highly beneficial to your energy at this time.
Laguz is also symbolic of feminine energy and can represent the woman in the context of male-female relationships. Feminine strength and support are indicated here. Reversed in this context, Laguz can point to a woman in your life who has hidden ulterior motives or is in some way a source of trouble for you at this time. Stay in touch with your own intuition in dealings with this person. Creativity and growth are further aspects of this rune. Laguz is sometimes translated to mean “leek,” an edible and magical herb revered by the ancient Norse. Leeks grew wild in Northern Europe and were considered symbols of growth and virility. In this context, Laguz represents the life force found within all matter on Earth. If you have been hiding or ignoring a creative talent, this rune is nudging you to develop it, as it will facilitate further growth in your life. Conversely, Laguz reversed may indicate that you are experiencing a lack of creativity. You may need to shake things up a bit and get out of your normal routine in order to allow new creative energy into your life.