Inguz is the Rune of fertility, aligned with about half of the Suit of Pentacles. It is the garden from the Ten of Pentacles. It is the fruit from the Seven of Pentacles. I am hesitant to say that it is the flowers from the Queen of Pentacles because Inguz is specifically a masculine rune.
It is associated with the Vanir god Frey, one of the chief gods of the Norse pantheon. The most famous story of Frey comes to us in the poem the Skirnismal, in which Frey gives up his magic sword that fights on its own so that he can marry the beautiful giantess Gerda.
The symbolism of this story is less clear than it seems. At first blush, this appears to be a story of the young man who puts away the weapons of war for the settled life of a husband and father. But Frey is a god, not a young man. He has a prophesied destiny: at Ragnarok, he will fight the fire giant Surt. Prior to his giving up his magical sword, everyone believed he had a good chance of surviving that battle…. But he gave up his magical sword, dooming himself for love. There are some versions of the story which say he will now fight Surt’s flaming sword with a deer’s antler, yet another symbol of masculine fertility.
From this love story, you might think that Inguz is associated with The Lovers and you might be right, but I think there is a stronger association with the zoomed out version of The Lovers: The Devil. Yes, Frey loves Gerda, but I feel that the temptation of Gerda and Frey’s fated death are more in line with the meaning of the 15th Major Arcanum, The Devil.
Inguz represents masculine fertility. When read literally, it can represent a father or a new pregnancy. When read metaphorically, it can represent the growth of a project, whether that project be a garden or a new company. This is the masculine version of the Page of Cups or The Empress when you pull it in a reading.
Use In Magick
This is the Rune of the start of a pregnancy. If a couple is having trouble conceiving, then I reach for this Rune to help them do so. This Rune is distinct from ᛒ (Berkano), which is a Rune of motherhood, in two ways. The first is that ᛜ This is the Rune of the start of a pregnancy. If a couple is having trouble conceiving, then I reach for this Rune to help them do so. This Rune is distinct from ᛒ (Berkano), which is a Rune of motherhood, in two ways. The first is that ᛜ (Inguz) is a masculine Rune. The second is that Inguz is a Rune of the sexual act and fruitfulness, where Berkano is more a Rune of the next 12–24 months after the successful sexual encounter.