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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Uruz - the second Rune

    This month’s rune is the second rune of the first aett, called Uruz, Urur or Ur. Uruz symbolizes the aurochs, a now extinct species of wild cattle, and the shape of the rune - a squared off upside down U - is a clue to its meaning, resembling the horns of a cow. Last time we learned about Fehu, the energy of domestic cattle, and this is the other side to that spirit. The aurochs was a huge and intense animal, bigger and more fierce than the modern cow, dangerous to hunt because it would fight to defend itself. All of these things are embodied in the energy of the rune.
    In the rune poems it is equated to the courage, fearlessness, and fighting spirit of the Aurochs, as well as the destructive forces of nature which people have no control over like freezing rain. In the Icelandic rune poem it is described as:
"lamentation of the clouds
and ruin of the hay-harvest
and abomination of the shepherd."  (
The Norwegian rune poem is more cryptic:
"Dross comes from bad iron;
the reindeer often races over the frozen snow." (
And the Anglo-Saxon describes Uruz as:
"The aurochs is proud and has great horns;
it is a very savage beast and fights with its horns;
a great ranger of the moors, it is a creature of mettle."  (
 Most modern interpretations focus on it as the spirit of wild cattle, closely linked to nature and the will to survive. Through this it is connected to the primal energy of the universe which is the source of creation and manifestation. It brings physical strength and endurance, as well as an intense power, however because it represents potential and manifestation in raw form it is morally neutral and so can work for good or ill. It is not only the strength of the herd but also of the stampede, energy that is barely controlled or not controlled at all. It is the wild energy of sustenance fought for and earned as well as the ability to actively defend what is yours. Ultimately it is both passive raw potential and active manifestation.
    In divination Uruz can mean that there is intensity to a situation, or a lot of raw energy around you. It is a sign of blessings being poured out from the divine. It can be a message to seize the potential of the moment, or to harness the available energy to amplify and work your will.  It tells you that you have the inner strength to succeed, the courage to face any obstacles. When reversed it will show up in readings to warn of being out of control, or to tell you that you are being carried away in the moment but not clearly seeing the situation. In any reading it amplifies the energy of the runes around it and often indicates that events are moving quickly.
   It is ideal to use for any magic aimed at direct manifestation of a goal, so it can usually be added to any spell to turn potential into reality. Worked into a spell it will increase the energy and speed the results of your magic, as well as giving the whole thing an extra kick of intensity. When used in magic it can be drawn or traced on the body to amplify physical energy or to help with endurance.
   A good way to experiment with the energy of Uruz is to use it on yourself. When you are feeling tired or run down trace the shape of the rune on your forehead or over your heart. See if you can feel a renewed sense of strength afterwards. Write down any results in a journal.

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