Traditional meaning: man
Meanings when upright:
Meanings when inverted:
Mannaz can be useful for:
Anglo-Saxon rune poem:
Man byþ on myrgþe his magan leof:
sceal þeah anra gehwylc oðrum swican,
forðum drihten wyle dome sine
þæt earme flæsc eorþan betæcan.
The joyous man is dear to his kinsmen;
yet every man is doomed to fail his fellow,
since the Lord by his decree will commit the vile carrion to the earth.
Norwegian rune poem:
Maðr er moldar auki;
mikil er græip á hauki.
Man is an augmentation of the dust;
great is the claw of the hawk.
A modern poem:
enhances our freedom.
It seems like a paradox, but it's true.
Think about it: if you come down with the flu
or a cold or some other illness,
while you suffer in bed, who will protect you?
Me, because I am here.
I will care for you, ensure
you have what you need.
If I while hunting or gathering food
an awful injury suffer,
who will carry me home?
Who will tend to my wounds?
You, with your strong arms
and our connection sans Veil,
location always known.
let us fill the gaps in each other,
let us our blind spots cover.
The strength to do together what neither can alone:
to carve out a world and maintain a home.