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Elder Futhark Rune Meanings
Freya's 1st Aett
thurisaz elder futhark rune meaning



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(Galdr source: “A Handbook of Rune Magic” by Edred Thorsson)



Thurisaz Old Germanic name: Thyth, Thurisaz

Thurisaz Old Norwegian name: Thurse

Thurisaz Anglo-Saxon name: Thorn

Thurisaz Old Celtic name: Thiuth

Thurisaz Old Icelandic name: þurs

thurisaz elder futhark rune meaning

Rune Thurisaz is a personification of the mighty God Thor, the hammer wielding God of strength, protection and lightning. This is why Thurisaz is the symbol of power, both destructive and protective. It is the very powerful Runic symbol that is widely used in magick. It is the third Rune of the first Aett and it helps to destroy the obstacles that stand on a way of your growth and development. 

thurisaz elder futhark rune meaning



Thurisaz is an old name of Thor, it symbolizes the forces of lightning and thunder represented with Mjollnir, the hammer of Thor. It is an extremely powerful Rune that should be used with a great deal of caution and only by one who is knowledgeable on how to control and channel Energy properly. Nevertheless, we will learn about it and you are free to get familiar with it through meditation and conscious use.


Why is Thurisaz so powerful and dangerous? Because it is a Rune of Cosmic Energy of Destruction and Defense (in its active form). What it means is that the Rune can be used for protection but can result in sending back the Energy with a force of a thunder, throwing back your offender. And this is something to consider and think about.


This Rune will help to break free from limitations, to clear the path and put an order where there was Chaos. A great metaphor is clearing your yard from rubbish and weeds, preparing lean space for planting new life. Thurisaz will help you to achieve this clear start but there might be a price to pay.


For example, you want to earn more money, you think that your life became stagnant. You use a combination of Thurisaz with other Runes or on its own to help you break free from this stagnation but what ends up happening? You lose a job. Because in order for you to move forward in the right direction you had to leave behind what is holding you back.


The Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem Says:

Thorns are severely sharp. To any thane

seizing it is an evil, measurelessly cruel

to every man who comes to rest upon it.


Thurisaz represents the powerful rays of energy that are paving the road for the Light in the middle of the Chaos. While Thurisaz is destructive in its nature, it destroys the Chaos that is an enemy to the Cosmic Order. Thurisaz protects the Cosmos from going back to Chaos. This is what gives the Rune those destructive qualities that are aimed to break up the old patterns and habits, for you to replace them with something better and right for you.

Reversed Thurisaz Rune Meaning:


Reversed Thurisaz describes a time when you need to think before you act. If upright Thurisaz represents the time when you are ready to take action AND it is the perfect time for it, the reversed Rune warns you that you did not take into an account some important steps or aspects. Therefore, there is a great chance that you will make mistakes that can be very costly.


From this we can understand that reversed Thurisaz asks you not to rush into anything. “It is better to be safe than sorry.” Ever heard of this expression? It is important to be cautious, review your steps and ANALYZE absolutely everything that is going on. The Rune does not however call for inaction, like Isa Rune, on the contrary, you WILL NEED TO ACT at some point, just know what you are doing and why.


Rune Advice: No need to rush into the unknown. Wait it out, it is the time for reflection. But if the bubble has already burst, don’t try to stop things. Let them unroll and leave it with the Gods. The situation is now out of your hands. When the storm is over, you will see it as a transformation.

rune thurisaz in meditation and rituals



Thurisaz acts as a gate between the “Above” and “Below”. This is a very interesting Rune to use for meditation because despite its destructive qualities, the Rune calls you to work on your spiritual enlighten and growth.


The Rune also points on increasing process of your spiritual development. However, it also reminds to find time and reasons to pause and reflect. It asks that you learn to be calm, patient and have personal sense of composure.


Rune Thurisaz predicts the beginning of transformation and powerful shifts. It's important to trust Gods and the Universe and let go of personal blocks that are still holding you back.


Use Thurisaz as a part of a Bindrune or on its own for the following:


  • New ideas and beginnings

  • To attract love in love magic and rituals

  • To attract luck, obtain protection or control over the situation

  • To achieve victory over your rivals or competitors



Norse Viking Stainess Steel Rune Thurisaz Amulet Pendant for Women & Men

Thurisaz can be used as a protection amulet to wear or use in ritual magic but it’s important to understand that Thurisaz represents an active form of protection.

Wear jewelry with Thurisaz if you are going through a transformational period. The Rune will help for you to concentrate, be attentive and patient. It will clear your mind of unnecessary trash that is holding you back.

rune thurisaz health



Upright Thurisaz predicts a positive outcome to health questions.

It also almost always will point on the time, where you are faced with a CHOICE.


You will either agree for a surgery or no. You will quit smoking or no. You will choose a healthy diet or no. It is important to consider all pros and cons and make the right decision.

But also look at the Runes around for guidance. There is a difference between Thurisaz + Wunjo combination and Thurisaz + Hagal


Now, reversed Thurisaz for health is a completely different matter. Reversed Thurisaz can often point on UNEXPECTED and SUDDEN health issues that may be difficult to avoid.


For example, reversed Thurisaz + Raidho can mean a car accident. So, knowing you got this combination, the Rune will again remind of the importance of patience. Drive slowly, check the mirrors and make all the necessary stops. The Universe gave you a warning and it is now up to you to take it into a consideration or dismiss it and wait for a trouble to come.

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You have probably noticed by now that despite its swift energy, Thurisaz is also the Rune of slowing down and reflecting.


In love and relationship questions, Thurisaz calls you to analyze you past mistakes and move on, leaving the past behind, where it belongs.


Overall, it is not at all a negative Rune for relationship and predicts luck and success. It also advises you to take a closer look at your current situation and make a decision to move on to the next level, whatever it may be for you at this time.


If Thurisaz describes a person, it talks about strong willpower, someone you can trust and rely on. In general, often the Rune speaks of helping and supporting each other in a relationship.


If you are planning to go exclusive with your partner, to move in together or get married, make sure you are not acting out of haste, simply because you are feeling this at the moment.


Thurisaz + Gebo combination means that the development of your relationship will take a positive turn towards the better future together.


Thurisaz + Hagalaz combination points on relationship issues where you will be having a hard time to find a common ground with your partner. It’s almost like everything and anything you say will be met with resistance.


Reversed Thurisaz in Love & Relationship Questions:


Reversed Thurisaz says that you are repeating the same mistakes and patterns over and over again. You are not learning your lessons. You may also be bringing your past baggage in the new relationships.


Don’t be that person that compares current partner with the previous one, at times out loud. It is time for you to go inside and review your behaviour.


Reversed Thurisaz + Nauthiz combination are convincing you to wait and not make rushed and reckless moves.

rune thurisaz in career and money



The Rune asks you to take a step back and think things through. It calls against acting out of haste because you risk to lose about everything you’ve been working on so hard. Reflect on your past actions and mistakes and make sure you are not repeating them.


Often Thurisaz predicts complete changes and new beginnings that depend on the behavior and actions of the asker. It can also point on a mentor or someone who really supports you and will help you succeed.


Thurisaz + Ingwaz means that your problem will be solved unexpectedly.


Thurisaz + Mannaz there are those who will help you to reach your goals and succeed; you need to start acting now, don’t be afraid to reach out for help!


If Thurisaz is reversed, it calls you to take a moment to think about your current situation. There is a high chance that you avoid seeing things for what they are and are feeding yourself with hopes and illusions, even though the Universe is giving you signs!

rune thurisaz in norse and viking style tattoos



Rune Thurisaz is a very poor choice for a Runic Tattoo. Consider its powerful DESTRUCTIVE force.


The Rune can be worn as a talisman while you are working on specific problems or shifts but it is NOT a good choice to have it permanently on your body as you WILL attract problems. 

Often Thurisaz is placed on a body to symbolize or create specific life changes, even of a destructive nature for a person to go through in order to clear a path for something bigger and better. This can even be done to change one's fate. The Rune can be used for good if you can control its power.

Read more: Viking Rune Tattoos: All You Need Know Before Getting One. Norse Runes & Icelandic Staves in Tattoos

Elder Futhark Rune stones



Thurisaz is a very forceful Rune that demands that you give it all to the situation it describes. It calls for reflection and seeking of answers. You NEED to make a decision when this Rune comes up and you need to really think things through.


If Thurisaz is surrounded by positive Runes, you will receive the support of the Gods and Universe, it’s almost like you end up at the right place at the right time. Still the Rune calls for patience and weighing things up before making a move.


When surrounded by the negative Runes, Thurisaz will test you hard; it is a shift that won’t be easy and will make you work really hard but if you want to get to the “end” and break the cycle of misfortunes and patterns, you will need to make a step forward.


The Rune can sometimes point on travelling or moving. Often this is a transformational journey, such as retreat, when your old ways and believes are being shattered and you are coming back a completely different person. You may even struggle going through this shift because it is just so powerful.

Reversed Thurisaz in Divination describes a time when the events and luck are not working in your favour. “The Gate” represented by this Rune remains shut for you at this time.


It is understandable that the situation you are in right now is very complicated. You might be under external influence or feel like you are losing control over the situation. But understand that what you are doing is avoiding to open your eyes and see the naked truth for what it is.


Avoid acting out of haste, drawing conclusions too quickly, breaking up with your partners or quitting a job. The decisions you make under reversed Thurisaz Rune will bring a sequence of unfortunate and detrimental events.

Thurisaz as the Rune of the Day: Thurisaz predicts a good day, when success can be reached. The outcome will depend solely on your actions and decisions made!


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