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NAUDIZ - The Rune of Necessity


Alternative Names
Anglo-Friesian/Germanic: Naudiz
Norse (Viking): Naudr, Nauthiz
Old English: Nyd
Other Names/Spellings: Naud, Naudhr, Naudir, Naudth,
                                     Nauths, Nied, Noicz

Pronunciation: Now-dthiz

English Letter Equivalent
N as in now.

Need, extremity.

Need, want, craving. demand, deprivation, compulsion, desire.

lapis lazuliControl your emotions. Do not give in to cravings. Your health is at risk especially from dietary aberrations. Ensure your love is not misplaced. Beware extraordinary demands on your time or generosity.

Naudiz represents need, hardship, or adversity. Luckily, it includes the perseverance to endure, and reserves of inner strength. It counsels patience. However unpleasant the hardship it is a learning experience that will ultimately benefit you. Naudiz can also warn against taking a risky path. In conjunction with other runes, Naudiz tends to have a delaying influence.

rowan (mountain ash)Personal Interpretation
You are getting exactly what you need right now to make the best progress on your spiritual path. It may appear to be the very opposite of what you want, but this state is not permanent, it is merely a series of lessons that must be learnt so that you can make the transition from negative to positive.

Accept your past, keep your mind fixed on your goal, and learn from your present situation. The past is just a memory, the future just a dream, the present is where the action is, the only place you have influence.

Naudiz reversed is not obvious - be careful. A sufficiency, something unwanted, or superfluous. Have more fun with your food. Give freely of your emotions.

Your desires have hidden dangers. Demands may be misleading. Someone secretly admires you.

Runic Number: 10snakeroot

Color:  Black 

Element: Fire

Polarity: Female

Associated gods: Skuld

Astrological Correspondence: Capricorn

Tarot Talk by Leila Vey

Many experts associate Naudiz with the Devil. I can see this, but I feel the link is quite weak. No doubt the link is made because of the hardship and cravings aspects of the rune, but the Devil is more a trickster than anything else.

My choice for Naudiz, hands down, is Justice. Naudiz means necessity, and refers to the maxim that we reap what we sow. We must release our attachment to the idea that life treats us unfairly. Pain and joy, health and sickness, birth and death – these are all a part of our reality on this planet, and are all necessary.

The Justice of the universe is impartial; it is neither moral nor immoral. Our experience is a result of our own actions, our own decisions. Naudiz teaches that however difficult our path may be, it is necessary for our long-term benefit and spiritual growth.

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The Rune Poem: Verse X Naudiz
Hardship lies heavy on the heart
Yet oft to the children of men
It becomes nonetheless a help and a healing,
If they heed it in time.



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