Norse (Viking): Thurs
Old English: Thorn
Other Names/Spellings: Thuith, Thurisa, Thurisar,
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.
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.
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.
Runic Number: 3
Color: Bright Red
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
The Thorn is sorely sharp for any thane
Hurtful to hold
To every man who lies among them.