Laguz is the water rune. It is symbolic not just of physical bodies of water such as lakes, rivers and oceans – It is THE symbol for the Element of Water. This makes the corresponding Tarot Major Arcana The Hanged Man, which is about altered states of consciousness, unconditional love, surrender and changed perspectives.
Water cleanses us on both a physical and an emotional level. This is why I chose to illustrate this rune with a frog in a pond. Frogs are associated with purification, as well as being water dwellers.
Spiritually, water is used in baptismal rites which symbolise a purging of / death to the old self. It is also sprinkled as ‘holy water,’ used for many types of ritual cleansing and as a way of purifying both the mind and body during spiritual fasting.
Interestingly, there is great synchronicity for me with Laguz showing up the day after I decided to embark on another period of fasting. I’m grateful for the reminder about using the power of this rune to assist in the process. My fast is going to be a holistic purge for mind-body-spirit. It’s been nearly three years since last time, so it’s long overdue!
The Anglo-Saxon rune poem for Laguz:
The ocean seems interminable to men,
if they venture on the rolling bark
and the waves of the sea terrify them
and the stallion of the deep heed not its bridle.
Learn more about holistic rune meanings and correspondences for Laguz HERE.
Laguz Purification Rune Tarot Spread
- Spiritual purity/light levels – This is about your overall spiritual health and need for purification. It is a clue about how much divine light you are currently able to hold and channel into the world.
- How to improve psychic purity – This card is about psychic hygiene and how well you look after your emotional wellbeing/personal boundaries
- How to improve intellectual purity – This card shows how well you manage to keep your thoughts in the light
- What in my body/environment needs purging – Shows habits and influences that are potentially harmful to your physical wellbeing
- How to purge and prepare for following my soul’s calling – Shows how well aligned (or not) you are with your soul’s calling
Look for Water Element cards in this spread, as well as cards with images of water.
Laguz Purification Rune Tarot Spread – Sample Reading
- Spiritual purity/light levels – 6 of Swords. I’m in the process of moving on from a spiritually dark and turbulent time, best symbolised by the preceding 5 of Swords. This is one of the main reasons for the fast as well, so I couldn’t ask for a better fit. The waters of the 6 of Swords will transport my mind (and thereby my entire being) to more peaceful shores.
- How to improve psychic purity – Knight of Wands. Only act on the most healthy desires. This is heart-centred Leo energy. I can trust my intuition on what uplifts and supports me on the journey. Use the breath of fire. This is Air of Fire in balance with the psychic Element of Water to prevent stagnation.
- How to improve intellectual purity – Knight of Cups. Dwell only on loving thoughts. Both Knights relate to Tipheret, the heart chakra sphere/sephira on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life.
- What in my body/environment needs purging – The Fool. Breathwork will be most benefical as a detox tool, as will spending plenty of time in the fresh air.
- How to purge and prepare for following my soul’s calling – Page of Pentacles. Study that which allows you to become a conduit of God’s love on Earth. I’m combining my fast with studies of the Kabbalah.
The Element of Water is visible in the 6 of Swords and present in the Knight of Cups.