Thurisaz embodies the polarity of life and death and the struggle to keep them in balance. Expect conflict, hardship and obstacles, but be assured that remaining focused and in touch with your inner strengths will see you through whatever comes your way. This Rune may also represent protection from your enemies, which is never a bad thing.
Additional information about Today’s Rune, Thurisaz
þurisaz : giant
Phonetic equivalent: th (as in ‘thing’)
DIVINATORY MEANINGS: hardship, painful event, discipline, knowledge, introspection, focus
MAGICAL USES: aid in study and meditation, self-discipline, clearing out a bad situation
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: the Frost Giants, Loki
ANALYSIS: þurisaz is the first of the ‘obstacle’ runes. These obstacles are not necessarily destructive things, but are placed in our path to strengthen and teach us. After all, you can’t have a mythic hero without dragons to slay or giants to fight!
The lesson of this rune is ‘to learn you must suffer’, meaning not only literal suffering, but also in the biblical sense of ‘allowing’ – allowing one’s destiny to unfold as it should, and allowing one’s self to experience all that life offers us. What may at first appear to be a negative, destructive event may well turn out to contain an important lesson. The Giants may seem to be evil and destructive to the Aesir, but they bring about change, and eventually clear the way for a new age.
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by Jennifer Smith