Meaning: Ing, Yngvi
Supporting Meanings: Transformation, return, fertility, birth/death, grain god
Ancient Meanings: According to Diana Paxson, the “Ng” rune is found only in Old Germanic and Anglo-Saxon futharks, and–like tiwaz–it has a god’s name. According to the Anglo-Saxon rune poem, this god was first recognized by the East-Danes until he wnet to the east over waves where the Heardings, or perhaps the Asdings, named him. The royal dynasty of Sweden, the Ynglings, carry his name in their etymology, and Yngvi figures as an ancestor of many Old English royal families. Paxson speculates that Ing may have been a local name of the god of herd and harvest.
Modern Meanings: Thorsson notes that Ing is the seed energy needed for gestation to result in plenty and so signifies the cycle of withdrawal, transformation, and return. He notes that Ing was the consort of the earth mother who gave up his power to her to be released in the spring. Gundarsson continues in this vein calling Ing the consort to Berkano whos seed brings fertility to man and nature. It therfore unties man with earth and the nature-wisdom of the Vanir. Freya Aswnn holds Yngvi as a title of Freyr, meaning “son of,” and that “Land of Yng” may be the spiritual meaning of the word “England.” She also holds that the Anglo Saxon form pictured above looks like a DNA helix, so Yng may be considered a rune of genetic inheritance and reincarnation. Osborn and Longland interpret the Old English poem to fix Ing as a god whose passage calms the waves and releases creative powers of the universe.
My Take-Away of the Meanings: This rune is the essence of the consort god; he who provides the energy to keep the world in fruit.
Paxson’s Interpretation and Use: Ingwaz represents creative power in the masculine form, transition to a new stage in a cycle, and endings that lead to new beginnings. It’s a rune of power for brewing. Willis says it indicates completion, transition, or new beginning. Peterson feels it indicates peace and bounty in the external world; sensuality, sernity, and love. Asywn states that its seed form can be used as a magic circle or to contain other energies. As a sign of the consort god, it is a rune of positive sexuality where forces interact in equality.
Paxson’s Practice for Living Ingwaz: Through Ingwaz, we can connect to the god Yngvi, who is a role model for a male life cycle that is not focused on war. After all, the real test of a king was not whether he won battles, but whether he made the crops grow. It is this power that the male focuses and transmits, and that the female awakens so that she can receive it once more. Meditating on Ingwaz can act as a key to men’s mysteries. For a woman, meditating on this cycle can lead to a new understanding of her relationship to the masculine. We can also use Ingwaz as a focus for an ancestor altar, to honor all those who came before us and who successfully lived this creative balance.