Meaning of Isa

Isa, or Ice, is a rune which is considered sacred to intensity, as it helps in intensifying any other that is also connected to this one.

When it’s on the right side, Isa is considered to be a rune of troubles, obstructions, and psychological hindrances. This should be taken as a serious warning signal that is trying to stop us from getting hurt.

It should be considered as a guiding light that is full of inspiration and encouragement, but at the same time, its silence, quietness, calmness, and desire to do something good for others may be of great help.

Isa, or Ice, also denotes less warmth in relationships, people being lazy, early death, and abrupt end of relations, all due to the negative bad forces that are present, and they are seriously supposed to end with the help of our actions and good thoughts.

This rune helps other runes improve our life if somehow they are also present

This rune also helps and prepares us in facing the harsh reality of life, which is not easy to accept.

Isa is capable of controlling our emotional outbursts, but it can’t change them and totally delete the bad happenings that are about to happen. It also warns people who think they know about everything.

But if it's reversed, it's not a good sign. It clearly gives us a warning signal about the stiffness in relations, which may also give birth to further unnecessary clashes, disagreements, and persuasions.

This new problem, which was rising due to the rune’s reversal, can only be resolved by behaving in a proper positive style so that the warmth in the relations can easily be felt again.

Isa is also known as Ice. It means “stillness” in general.

Key Concepts 

Concentration, Stillness, Self-respect.


Core, Center, Personality, Individuality, Self-worth, Self-esteem, Mental ability.


Silence, Quietness, Merging, Shortening.


Truth, Stiffness, Survival, Self-defense.


Focused, Determined, Strong, Self-image, Strength of mind, self-discipline, Monotony, Lifelessness, Gloomy, Recklessness, Rashness, Indulgence.


  • Increasing will power through proper focus and determination.
  • Stopping undesired strong desires for self-respect.
  • Development of strong will for confusion, less decisions.
  • Sentimental explosions.
  • Controlling one’s ego.

Isa represents icicle. Meaning, it symbolizes the frigidity and coldness of ice. If you got this stone, it means that you should be extra careful around such bodies. Also, this stone foretells suspension or freezing of plans, dreams, changes, transformation or progress. It means that if you keep delaying certain events, plans or moments from happening, you will end up hurt. And when it comes to business, delaying might result in poor or non-existent results. In general, Isa symbolizes ice. So, you’re probably feeling kind of numb recently.

It also stands for frustration or challenge. If you’re an artist, it denotes your creativity block. You feel like creativity has run out on you. However, it hasn’t. You’re convinced that you’re not creative as you used to be but you’re wrong. Something is bothering you. And it’s also stealing away your creativity, imagination, energy, and dreams. It’s blocking your aura.

However, it’s not something you can’t fight off. It’s not something that’s destined to put an end to your career. Or personal life. My personal life, I mean your romantic relationship and friendship. Your psychological block is keeping you away from the people that you love, not only from your higher self. This stone is a clear sign that you lack activity in your life.

Also, it reveals that you’re just sitting around, doing absolutely nothing while your whole world is falling apart. That’s just not who you are. You don’t give up so easily, especially not on issues like this. You’ve been through worse. And you can handle this. You need to listen to your intuition and let your heart guide your path. Don’t sabotage yourself and your life.

Fly away into the unknown. You’ve experienced some sort of pain that’s changed you. But it has made you stronger as well. It’s just that you cannot see that because of your numbness and coldness. You feel dead inside. And you and I know that it shouldn’t be that way. You’re more alive than most people these days. Or at least you were before you turned this cold.

You’ve got to give yourself a chance to live again even if it means living with the pain that you’ve been suppressing lately. Once you embrace your pain, it will start to go away, slowly. You’re afraid of being happy because it just doesn’t feel right to feel that way right now.

However, that’s going to change with time, I promise. You just got to keep it together and stay strong for you and all the people you love who count on you, your advice, kindness, and goodness. You’re a good person. You deserve happiness. It’s time you give yourself a chance to experience happiness again. You owe that to yourself. Once you do, your creativity block will go away. And your talent will reveal through your career or art like it never did before.

As I mentioned before, this stone stands for suspension or freezing of plans, events, and dreams. You’re probably putting something of great importance on hold, is what this stone is trying to say. And you shouldn’t. As long as you do this, you won’t be able to express how you truly feel or you won’t be able to develop your true potential which you know you have.

You’re an anxious person, especially when you have to deal with issues and challenges that put your career at risk. You hate suspension, stalling and avoiding professional issues. Still, you’re the one doing all the things you hate doing because you’re afraid of failure. But you shouldn’t be. Dealing with certain issues that put your career at stake will make you feel a lot better. Stalling and ignoring them won’t. So, you have to decide what you really want in life. Do you really want to keep ignoring all your issues and decline your heart’s desire? Or do you want to solve them as quickly as possible and move on to the next level? If you pick the second path, this stone foretells a major work success for you. Your career will bloom.

Otherwise, get prepared for more anxiety and frustration once the problems pile up and it will be almost impossible for you to handle them all on your own. So, what’s your decision?

When it comes to love this rune symbolizes a cold heart, as you might have guessed. You’re in love or will be in the near future is what this stone reveals. However, instead of being afraid to love again, give yourself in and find out what true love really feels like. Yep, the person who is already in your life or is about to enter your life might be the “one”. So, you better pull yourself together and let love consume your whole being. This stone is advising you to love the right person the same way that you loved the wrong people and just see what happens.

Isa stands for betrayal, ambush, deceit, illusion, treachery, plots, dissipation, dullness and ego-mania. So, you’re probably going to face some issue with family or friends. Maybe some co-workers will try to frame you for something you didn’t do. However, instead of thinking about revenge, think about getting a new job. Everything happens for a reason. And maybe this betrayal is a clear sign that you need to change your workplace. You’re not working in a healthy environment. Instead, you’re trapped in a place with a lot of negative people who’re focused on everything else except work. So, think about quitting and looking for a new job, one that you will love doing. Isa also stands for compassion. So, you need to practice some.

Remember, expressing your emotions and feeling the pain that you’ve been avoiding for so long is the only way to beat numbness before you become completely insensitive and bitter. A wise man once said: “Keeping anger inside is like drinking poison and waiting for someone else to die”. Think about it. Also, a short trip to an unknown destination cannot harm you.

By Flo Saul
Mar 13, 2013