Thurisaz – Rune Meaning

“If we must fight for peace then let us find our peace in battle.”

Thurisaz – “Thor-is-as” – Literally: “Thurses” or “Giants” – Esoteric: Strong one, Resistance

Key Concepts: Unconscious forces, sociological forces, Thor, Loki as giant, chaos, destruction by natural forces, complexities of aggression, conflicts, disputes, psychological problems,  lightning, breakthrough, aggressive male sexuality, battering down barriers, thorn of awakening, trouble, enthusiasm

Psi: enthusiasm, struggle against unconsciousness, male sexual prowess

Energy: enthusiasm, self-empowerment, chaos, active defensive force, breaker of resistance, destructive storms

Mundane: storms, tools, weapons, conflict

Reactive force, directed force, vital eroticism, regenerative catalyst, constructive conflict; or danger, defenselessness, compulsion, betrayal, dullness, disease, explosive violence, annoyance, strife

Destruction of enemies, curses binds and fetters
Awakening of the will to action
Breaking resistance of blockages in body, mind and spirit
Increased potency and prowess in romantic relationships
Understanding of the division and separation of all things
Aiming the use of psychic force
The combination of right/left brain processes for generating powerful realization

My Notes:

It’s not uncommon for the rune meaning of Thurisaz to be described as a thorn that is most sharp, a grim and evil thing to take grip on or touch. However, it is representative of Thor and his hammer, protecting Asgard from the thurses, giants who resist the expansion of consciousness throughout the multiverse. In every respect, the energies of Thurisaz are a forceful enemy of unconsciousness, ignorance and the rule of brute violence. Thurisaz represents the warrior that combines consciousness and wisdom with matters requiring force. Thor is the champion god of courageous and free human beings and the ultimate physical fighting force.

Thurisaz is also a fertility rune in the sense that it breaks down the barren and hard, rocky realms into workable soil as to bring fruitfulness to crops and wombs. The best mental state for working with the rune is enthusiasm, rather than anger or fear, as the former will much better sustain right awareness and diminish the potential danger of dealing with strong Thurisaz magic.

This early rune is representative of the use of tools and technology (so is KENAZ, to an extent), whether physical or psychological, especially as weapons of protection or active resistance against forces detrimental to the expansion of consciousness and awareness signified by DAGAZ. Human consciousness is a state of mind that evolved from pre-existing state of unconscious which continually strives to re-establish itself. Unless we promote consciousness actively in living out our lives we will succumb to entropy.

The power of Thurisaz is easily located because it is on the borderline, the frontier of consciousness. It is wise to never start a fight, but if one has started, be sure to finish it.

29 thoughts on “Thurisaz – Rune Meaning”

  1. I had a dream and saw the FEHU symbol and ALGIS in my dream so I woke up to check out so many books to see if I could explore more on the meaning of those symbol later when I totaly forgot about the dream while surfing on the internet I discovered the symbols really did have meanings. Does any one know What it means to have such dreams

  2. Hello Tyriel,
    Thank you for your quick reply,
    So the Younger Futhark runes are the ones i should be looking at.
    Many thanks again.

  3. greetings all,

    may i pick your brains,
    ive been reading norse mythology and northern traditons for a couple of years as i have fallen in love with it, i’ve found some books but not many , could you recommend some?,

    also im incorporating thors rune symbol into a tattoo so i will be thinking positively as its being done i am also getting tyrs ,odins and heritage rune symbols with aegishjalmor and vegvisor symbols and a prayer to tyr converted from english to runes, i have been reading up on alot of peoples opinions and i am finding it to be a mix bag of yes and no’s towards getting it done, the tattoo is based on norse mythology as you can probably tell, whats your opinion on this?
    many thanks in advance

    1. I recommend subscribing to the newsletter, and staying tuned for my upcoming book, of course. I will also be adding a recommended reads section in the future, once I am certain about how to best go about that.

      I am not the best source for information on heritage and prayers, however — that kind of question I think is best asked of an Asatru or Heathen or other pagan who has a stronger grasp of the traditional religious significance.

      I also want to raise the point that the Elder Futhark runes, that is the 24 runes as represented on this site, are pre-norse and show up much earlier, 200-400 CE. The Scandinavian (Norse) mythology, and the associated Younger Futhark appears around 800 CE. Does this help?

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