Saturday, February 15, 2014

Thurisaz Rune

Thurisaz originated from the rune T, called thorn (defense) or thurs (giant) in the Scandinavian rune poems for th.  Thor.


Giants cause anguish to women;
misfortune makes few men cheerful.

That is the nature of things
and not always evil in intent.
Even good people sometimes cause
good people harm.


Thurisaz is a force of defense and destruction. In ancient times, as well as in some places today, bramble or thorny bushes were used to fence and protect boundaries. One form of Norse execution was to throw criminals into thorns. Thor is the God that protects sacred enclosures in much the same way that the thorny hawthorn, blackberry or rose bush does.

The message of this rune is ‘to learn you must suffer’ – meaning not only literal suffering, but also in the biblical sense of ‘allowing’ – allowing one’s destiny to unfold as it should, and allowing one’s self to experience all that life has to offer us. What may at first appear to be negative, possibly even destructive, may well turn out to contain an important lesson.

It was known as a war rune, one used to cause unmitigated fear and panic in the opponent.  But although extraordinarily destructive, it is also extremely protective.  A ring of Thuriasz runes will keep out anything harmful or destructive.

The Thurisaz rune may indicate conflict or protection; as in protection from conflict. On some levels, it represents the subconscious. The energy of conflict is neutral in, and of itself. It is important to the Norse worldview to accept the dynamics involved here. With Thurisaz in play, the strength of the individual’s will and the opposing will from the environment will be at odds.


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