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 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.