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THURISAZ - The Rune of Chaos, Evil and Temptation


Alternative Names
Anglo-Friesian/Germanic: Thurisaz
Norse (Viking): Thurs
Old English: Thorn
Other Names/Spellings: Thuith, Thurisa, Thurisar,
                                     Thorunisaz, Thyth

Pronunciation: Thoor-ee-sawz

English Letter Equivalent
TH compound consonant as in thin, or in weather.

Giant, monster, devil. A thorn. The god Thor, or his hammer Mjöllnir.

Magical power, the forces of chaos or of evil.. Temptation. A Warning.sapphire

Threats from persons of power or position. Resist temptations which offer reward through dishonesty or trickery. Heed the omen of dishonour or physical harm.

The energy of Thurisaz can be used for good or for chaos. It represents the forces of the human psyche, including anger and lust. The thorn is a symbolic weapon. It can pierce, stab or tear. But it can also be protective, like a thorny hedge. Thurisaz may also signify a stroke of luck, but is more often a warning that your luck is running out.

blackthorn (sloe)Personal Interpretation
You have the power within you to face anything. Fear nothing, for you have the authority to claim your destiny. Let no one deter you from your search for the truth. Spiritual authority brings power and it is up to you to use that power in an unselfish and loving way. Power can corrupt if you do not have a true and honest heart.

Evil may be overcome. An omen of good. An exhortation to proceed. The danger is slight.

The Evil will be hidden or may appear disguised as good.

houseleekRunic Number: 3

Color:  Bright Red 

Element: Fire

Polarity: Male

Associated gods: Thor

Astrological Correspondence: Mars

Tarot Talk by Leila Vey
I have seen this rune associated with the Emperor, but it is much more powerfully associated with The Devil. The Devil card is all about being in bondage to illusion, and it challenges us to face our fears. Thurisaz and the Devil card both represent forces of evil, chaos, magical power, temptation and bondage. They teach us that evil is what we make it.

We can use this rune’s energy to create evil or for protection, and the same can be said for the Devil card. Thurisaz or the Devil card challenge us to face what we do not want to face, to put fear aside and use power with integrity and honesty so as to avoid corruption.

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The Rune Poem : Verse III Thurisaz
The Thorn is sorely sharp for any thane
Hurtful to hold
Uncommonly severe
To every man who lies among them.



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