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Meaning of the rune Thurisaz or Thorn

 
 

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Meaning of the Rune Thurisaz or Thorn

  • Divinity : Thor (God of thunder)
  • Letter : "Th" as in thin
  • Symbol : The Mjöllnir, The thorn
  • Element : Fire
  • Tree : Hawthorn, trees possessing needles or thorns
  • Plant : Thor's beard (Sempervivum tectorum)
  • Stone : Sapphire
  • Color : Bright red
  • Animal : Scorpio, the aggressive animals

Thurisaz is the third rune of the Elder Futhark, and pronounces "Thoor-ee-sawz". Thurisaz is a protective rune. Its shape of thorn symbolizes the power of the resistance, and the massive resistance of the giants of the Earth, Thurse or Moldthur.

This rune channels the defensive powers and can possibly be at the origin of sudden upheavals.
It is the creative male energy in action.

Thurisaz can modify the course of things on the condition of being advisedly used. This rune represents the defense or the attack according to the use which we make, it is at first a rune of protection, defense against what aggresse us. Thurisaz also helps to fight our bad habits and obliges to confront the own fears which we have and to overcome them. Thurisaz is like Mjöllnir, the hammer of Thor, which makes the ground tremble or the thorn in which we prick ourselves when we are no more careful enough.


Thurisaz's trees are the hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), the blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) and the wild mulberry tree (Rubus fruticisa).

Divinatory value : decision to make, news come far, new awakening.

Spiritual value : Thurisaz represents thorns or the trials of life which must be surmounted even though they can seem insuperable, especially when they are plentiful. The one who is incapable to surmount this trials of life will be unfit to reach the goal of each researcher of Truth : spiritual knowledge and Illumination.

Physiological value : Acts on genital organs, the bladder, hips, veins.

Wisdom guidance : " Never back down in front of the obstacles ! You will get ahead to the way of the Awakening that by effort! ! Face the adversity by mobilizing all your power of fight. The trials of life will be useless to you if you don't learn lessons !"