This months rune is Thurisaz, also called Thurs or Thorn which equates in English to the sound “th”. It is the third rune of the first aett and when looking at it’s shape you will see that it resembles a thorn, which can be a good way to remember it’s meaning as well as it’s name. The energy of Thurisaz is very intense, much like last month's rune Uruz, and working with it tends to bring a similarly intense energy into our lives.
In the three rune poems Thurisaz is given a dark meaning, although we will see that modern runesters have found a positive side to it.
In the Anglo-Saxon poem it is compared to thorns in a briar parch which cut those who touch it and cruelly entangles those who stumble into it.
"The thorn is exceedingly sharp,
uncommonly severe on all who sit among them." (http://www.ragweedforge.com/rpae.html)
Norwegian: "Giant causes anguish to women;
misfortune makes few men cheerful." (http://www.ragweedforge.com/RunNRPe.html)
And the Icelandic: "Giant
and husband of a giantess" (http://www.ragweedforge.com/rpie.html)
In divination when Thurisaz appears it often represents a warning about the need for strong defenses, as well as the possibility that you have become entangled in a situation which could be harmful to you. It presages delays and complications to plans and tells to carefully assess and think through your position before proceeding. In some cases it can indicate feeling trapped or feeling overwhelmed by other more aggressive people. It is a call for strong protection and can mean a level of unexpected chaos or conflict coming your way.
In magic Thurisaz is a strong defensive rune which can be drawn in a protective circle around you <points facing out!> to ward off harm or ill intent. When drawn or carved on a sharp object, such as a knife, it can be used to draw evil beings out of a person or place, and carved <again point out> at the corner of your property it can be an effective warding. Because it is a potent energy it can be traced on the forehead to increase energy or mental clarity. When you feel threatened or as if you are under attack it can be visualized being “thrown” at the negative energy to break it up and disperse it. It is also used in cursing, being carved on the Nidstang, and referenced in the Galdrabok as a spoken curse combined with other runes.
Because it is such a strong aggressive energy it can be intense to work with so be prepared. I recommend doing the same visualization I suggested with Fehu - meditating on the rune's shape and letting images come to you from it’s energy, then recording what you see in a journal. Thurisaz is not a rune to play around with for fun, but it’s energy can be the best defense in some situations, especially when you feel helpless or overwhelmed.
Next month : Ansuz
Taking Up the Runes by Diana Paxson
Galdrabok by Stephen Flowers