Laguz represents the L in the runic alphabet and is the twenty-first rune of the older Futhark. Its names are Old Norse logr, Old English lagu, and its other names are laaz, lagur, lagus, laukar, laukr, and logur.

It stands for the water. Literally, the name means water or lake. Its esoteric meaning is unconscious collective memory. The gemstone associated with it is the pearl.

Laguz Rune Meaning

Travel and desires to explore uncharted waters are also associated with the Laguz rune and can signify a trip, whether physical or spiritual.

Overall, the appearance of the Laguz rune can be seen as quite negative, but depending on the other runes, it can be more positive.

The twenty-first rune of the older Futhark means "water". In contrast to fire, which has always been perceived as a very active element and associated with qualities such as the conscious use of willpower, water stands for passivity, peace and the subconscious.

There is a connection between Laguz and the rune Berkana. Both represent in their own way the Great Goddess of the North, as she was earthly represented, for example, by the Lady of the Lake in the King Arthur Saga.

In the Tarot, the Goddess is seen in the Queen of Cups. While the Eternal Feminine with Berkana shows herself rather from the maternal and also reality-connected side, she appears mystical and distant from reality from the point of view of Laguz.

She is surrounded by that coldness which is peculiar only to exalted beings who move in the realm of the divine. But perhaps it is precisely this coldness that has given rise to the individual human being.

At least from the logic of the runic doctrine. If the water changes its state and freezes, we have the rune Isa, which means "ice" and stands for the individual consciousness.

In the description of the rune Mannaz, reference was made to a formula that instructs to let the desired first become reality within, before it finally comes out.

In the macrocosm of the world or universe, the outside is the recognizable reality, while the inside corresponds to human consciousness.

In the microcosm of the human individual, the outside is the waking consciousness and the inside is the subconscious, as symbolized by Laguz.

Communication with the subconscious is the key to the fulfillment of desires. In Hermann Hesse's "Siddhartha," the main character who is searching one day discovers a way to gain control over the material.

The main character is Siddhartha, a modern Buddha. She realizes that you have to imagine a material desire like a stone. With all its heaviness. This desire or stone, because of its heaviness, sinks down a well as soon as you let go of it.

Just as this sinking down into the water inevitably happens, the desire associated with it also becomes a reality. This meditative exercise was used by Hesse's Siddhartha to achieve prosperity.

The process of letting go and sinking can be seen as communication with the hidden self. By letting go of the stone, matter is sent into the waters of the subconscious.

This is akin to relinquishing control. Then, as soon as the stone reaches the bottom, the small earth comes into contact with the great earth - enveloped by the element of water.

From the bosom of this great earth springs every single desire for prosperity and possession. If one had clung to the small piece of earth instead of separating from it and letting it sink into the waters of the rune Laguz, he would not have come into contact with all the wealth.

Inverted Laguz Rune Meaning

The reverse meaning of the Laguz rune deals with feelings of being overwhelmed - being drowned. You may realize that you are sinking either in a love relationship or in business and feel helpless to save yourself.

Deception and things are not as they appear are also found in the reversed meaning of the Laguz rune.

Laguz Rune Properties

Esoteric Properties

  • Element: Water
  • Tree: Meadow 
  • Color: Blue
  • Gemstone: Pearl

Physical Properties

  • Key concepts: the unconscious, unity of all life, biosphere, imagination, psychic power, dreams, karma, projection, collective memory, archetypal patterning, depth, flow of reality.
  • Psi: emotions, psychic powers, unconscious mental processes, love, dreaming.
  • Energy: life energy, spirit of the ocean, origins of life, collective.unconscious, the astral plane, love as oneness, evolution.
  • Trivial: Water, imagination, occultism, dreams.

Additional Properties

  • Mastery of emotions to form Wyrd
  • Guidance through difficult initiatory tests, which means initiation into life.
  • Increase of vitality and life force.
  • Communication between your conscious mind to another unconscious mind.
  • Development of "second sight" (clairvoyance) or prophetic wisdom.
  • All powers of dreaming (lucid dreams, astral projection).