Runes From A Vanic Perspective: Ansuz
Traditionally, Ansuz is seen as the rune of Odin there is good cause for this as He is the one who brought the runes to all the races so that they might use them as best they could. But it is because the runes are so flexible, because they are the ultimate current for communication that we are where we are. And ansuz embodies the manner in which the Vanir bring to bear Their presence in this world. Ansuz is representative of both The Gods themselves as well as the ability to communicate with both the divine and those around you. It is a rune of conceptual thinking and spiritual being. Ansuz is representative of both The Gods themselves as well as the ability to communicate with both the divine and those around you. It is a rune of conceptual thinking and spiritual being.
The Vanir are very active in the world around Them and us. They are Gods of becoming, each of the Vanes in one guise or another has a way of encouraging growth, whether that growth is of plants that will be harvested, taken into us and used to transform into energy which can be used for the growth of the body... Or whether that is more of a transformative, personal growth, which allows for the individual to go from one state to another.
What it takes to foster this state may not be obviously different to those around them at first but will in time, as the individual learns better communication skills. Often, part of the transformative process that I have noticed has to do with how one learns to express themselves, and their emotions, and how one relates to the world around them... It seems to me that one goes to the Vanir for lessons in learning to express the harshest of your feelings and emotions in a manner that causes the least controversy and pain. Though they may at times be blunt, it is most often that you will find because of Their desire to bring peace and light into this world that they will attempt to show you the way to peace within yourself and how to foster it in your surroundings. For that true communications skills are needed not just the surface things that one gets taught to get by in a social setting.
One of the main ways in which personal transformation takes place upon bringing ansuz to bear is that those who have shut off their ability to communicate their own feelings to themselves will often find the floodgates opened. This can be uncomfortable, in that dealing with those things you have suppressed/repressed is not easy, but by doing so you become stronger and find yourself capable in ways you did not previously imagine. Transformation cannot come from an outside source it must come from within. This is one of the things which the Vanir like to teach us. After all the grain of wheat transforms because the pattern was there all the time. It may get encouragement from Them, but it already knew what to do.