The sixth Rune of the Third Ætt of the Elder Futhark
(for more information on the Third Ætt per se, go to

This is an installment in a series covering each and every Rune of the Elder Futhark. In this series, instead of giving the esoteric meaning of the Rune by citing the Rune poems written in Old Icelandic, Old Norwegian and Anglo-Saxon (a.k.a. Old English), or any modern commentary, the etymology of the Rune name is presented.

3:6 INGWAZ              
                                     I      I
                                 I              I
                              I                     I
                                  I              I
                                     I        I

Pronunciation: “ing-wahz” with stress on first syllable “ing.” 

Writing: The INGWAZ stave stands for phoneme /ŋ/ with allophonic variations [ŋ] ~ [ŋg]. Phoneme /ŋ/ is a velar nasal, and in English orthography is represented by the digraph <ng>. This phoneme in English has the same allophonic variation. [ŋ] is found in the word sing, [ŋg] in the word singer. To perceive this difference, notice how when you begin the second syllable of singer a [g] (as in “get”) creeps in: “sing-grrr” or “sing-guh” (depending upon whether your English is rhotic or non-rhotic, respectively).

Etymology: INGWAZ is the name of a God. He may or may not have been the same god as Freyr (the Lord of the “Lord and Lady” twin-pair: Freyr and Freyja). In any case, he is of the same archetype.
The Lord and Lady twin-pair represent the bottom rung of the Dumezilian tripartite system, that of the Providers. The Lord and Lady as archetypes are to be found brought to life, as it were, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, in the form of the characters Celeborn and Galadriel, who rule over the Elvin forest-realm of Lothlórien. I believe in Wicca the “Lord and Lady” play a huge rôle.

This Dumezilian “bottom rung” (pardon the expression) represents the Vanir and their ways - which would prove to be a sort of Wiccan way, I would think, if one did the research into it. 

Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson
Gods of the Ancient Northmen by Georges Dumezil
*and possibly (I cannot say for sure because I have yet to read it): Witchdom of the True by Edred Thorsson for details on Wicca and the ways of the Vanir being the same.

...Now, NOTICE the entire semantic domain covered by INGWAZ through time. Let this be the MYSTICAL MEANING of INGWAZ. Study it and ABSORB it.

AUTHOR: Francis Tokarski