Alternative Names
Anglo-Friesian/Germanic: Isa
Norse (Viking): Is
Old English: Is
Other Names/Spellings: Eis, Icz, Isar, Isaz, Iss

Pronunciation
Ee-saw

English Letter Equivalent
I (short) as in SIT

Translation
Ice

Meaning
Ice, cold, freezing. Lack of change. Stagnation. Lack of emotion. Storing binding. Bridge across danger.

Characteristics
Isa means ice. Although ice can be beautiful, it is also dangerous. It can be slippery or trecherously thin, or block your progress. Isa means that you may have to delay your plans until a more favourable season. But it can take the heat out of a confrontation, or protect against magical attack. Emotionally, Isa implies a cooling of affection, or frigidity. It has a freezing, delaying, or preserving effect on other runes around it.

Personal Interpretation
A period of non-action is indicated. Do not let yourself get into a rut. Do not take anyone for granted. Be not afraid to show your feelings. Crossing water will be beneficial. Things appear to be at a standstill and this is not a time to try to force movement. Patience and wisdom are called for. This is not the time to abandon goals, but an opportunity to reaffirm them. This is a time for contemplation and preparation, not despondency or regrets. Things will change as surely as winter changes to spring and then summer.

Reverse
Isa has no reverse.

Converse
Coolness hides emotion. An impending change will not be of benefit. Smiles mask evil intentions.

Runic Number
11

Color
Black

Element
Ice (i.e. Water)

Polarity
Female

Associated gods
Verdandi

Astrological Correspondence
The Moon