Mannaz is the rune of man and greater humanity. It represents the vessel in which our spirit is carried and the critical analysis we can apply to the world around us. Mannaz is the ability to articulate and grasp esoteric knowledge, become aware of natures’ patterns, and form practical responses to those patterns. It is a rune of magical abilities, skills and superior memory; associated with knowledge, thinking, and interdependence with the forces of nature.
Mannaz signifies the unique conductivity, receptiveness and intellectual capacity within us. It also symbolizes the importance of finding control over that heavenly conductivity. Some say this means to equalize the “male” and “female” aspects of the self, but I think this control is more concentrated within that category in which we fit. Both energies (male/female) are valuable as separate entities in their own right, each having their own physical, emotional, and spiritual needs and requirements. The Mannaz rune represents those energies coming together in the creation and preservation of the divine spark.
Overlooking, renouncing, or ignoring the powers of the sexes in magic (or spirituality) is to miss the divinity held within both individually. In this respect, we should celebrate our physical incarnation and hold our biological strengths in high regard; recognizing the powers held within them both. Nature has suggested separate requirements for the sexes, and these are all necessary for the manifestation, cultivation, and propulsion of humanity. Mannaz signifies our journeys coming together equally to manifest creation and ascension. Essentially, Mannaz can be seen as two Wunjo runes (ecstasy and bliss) coming together to form one entity.
Mannaz is the rune of intellect, logic, and reason. It represents the sacred structure and occult organization of mankind; symbolizing the intelligence, awareness, and technical abilities we possess. These abilities distinguish humanity from the rest of the animal kingdom, who we are closely associated with in many ways, shapes, and forms. In the order of the Futhark, the Mannaz rune appears right after the (ᛖ) rune Ehwaz, which symbolizes animals. This close proximity (and similar shape) suggests a similar origin or purpose, but distinct separation.