Drawing Isa used to make me uncomfortable because it signals a time, even if brief, when movement is inhibited or outright halted. Sometimes it’s very difficult for me to sit still, especially when my interest is piqued and my creativity is sparked. The benefit of not taking action has been a difficult concept for me to learn, though I’ve begun to see its usefulness in certain situations.
This is the visual that comes to mind when I draw the Isa rune:
It’s deep winter. A small Northern village near the ocean is blanketed in feet of snow, and the bay it sits on is frozen over. A large mound of snow is revealed as a house upon closer inspection, the front door nearly blocked from view and the chimney billowing smoke. As I open the door and step inside, I’m greeted by warmth and the smell of baking bread. In front of the blazing hearth sits a man with three small children. He whittles a piece of wood as he tells a story to his eager audience. The Lady of the house is standing nearby, kneading dough as she listens. All are content and peaceful – they’ve accepted winter’s fate and wait patiently for the thaw.
This is the beauty of Isa. When we learn to identify the times when action/forward movement aren’t practical or possible, we can remain peaceful by submitting and “waiting for the thaw.”