Stav Runes (Mann)

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Meaning: Mankind, Humanity, the Moon
Symbolises: Physical love, Witches, Humanity, death and the female cycle.
Mythology: Freya – Twin sister to Frey, counterpoint to Odin.
Fylgja: Hare, Cat, Lynx, Sow, Hawk/Falcon.
Class: Karl
Tree: Hawthorn
Plant: Lily-of-the-Valley
Day: Monday
Old Norwegian Rune Rhyme:
Mankind is the increase of dust; Mighty is the talon span of the Hawk.

This rune is primarily associated with sensual love. This is indicated by the first line of the rune rhyme. Sexuality is the force which creates human being from the dust of unformed matter. The second line suggests that this is a universal force affecting all human beings.

If this rune occurs in connection with sensual relationships then it suggests that the force represented by Freya either is, or will be, very much present. In connection with other areas of life it suggests that there will be sensual rewards in terms of money, status, and possessions. There will probably be little benefit in terms of rewards on other levels.

The story of the Necklace of the Brisings when Freya agreed to spend four consecutive nights with the four dwarfs who had made an amber necklace set in gold of great beauty and value and would accept no other price for it. Freya was quite content with the deal but it didn’t exactly improve her standing with the other Aesir.

Mann represents the force of desire that can lead to the stable joys of family life as represented by Bjork, or wealth represented by Fe, her twin brother’s rune, or Laug, her fathers rune. But this is the same force that can drive us to reckless acquisition which leads to the kind of envy and mischief that Loki made when he couldn’t wait to tell Odin about Freya’s deal with the dwarfs.

It was also the desire of various giants to take Freya away and make her their own that brought about some of the most dangerous situations for the Aesir. Mann suggests the power of desire leading to reward, but not without the very real risk of arousing jealously in others and possibly even violence.