Sage is a popular herb and familiar to almost everyone! Sage is known for its cleansing abilities, but some sage is endangered. Your kitchen sage can be used for the same thing and has many properties, including focus, wisdom, cognition, protection, and grief support.
The fourth rune of the first aett of the Elder Futhark. It is the breath of life itself, imbuing vitality; it is voice and breath and mouth. It is speech and song, thought and memory, reason and inspiration. All of these traits are associated with the god Odinn and this correlation is canonical with the Icelandic rune poem! Ansuz is also associated in passing with his ravens, Huginn and Muninn. Some say Ansuz looks like half a feather!