Tiwaz – Rune Meaning

“What is higher than the self is the Self become Higher.”

Tiwaz – “Tea-waz” – Literally: “The god, Tyr” – Esoteric: Justice, Sacrifice

Rune of the balance and justice ruled from a higher rationality. The rune of sacrifice of the individual (self) for well-being of the whole (society).

Psi: spiritual warrior, honour, righteousness

Energy: sovereign order, sacrifice, right decision making

Mundane: the rule of law, fairness, peace keeping

Divinations: faith, loyalty, justice, rationality, self-sacrifice, analysis, victory, honesty, even-handedness; or mental paralysis, over analysis, over-sacrifice, injustice, imbalance, defeat, tyranny.

Obtaining just victory and success in battle, litigation or legal matters
Building spiritual will and development of sound judgement
Develops the power of positive self-sacrifice
Develops the “force of faith” in magic and religion

My Notes:

Tiwaz is a warrior rune named after the god Tyr who is the Northern god of law and justice. Tyr is related to the north star in the Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem, around which the fixed stars in the night sky appear to rotate. Ancient seamen used Polaris as their main navigational aid in their long journeys, and the symbol as an arrow pointing upward is perhaps made in reference to this. This symbolizes the positive ordering of the cosmos and humankind through law and justice and our moral compass. Chaos comes to order through the attributes of awakened consciousness and the guiding principles concerned with carrying out such an awakening.

Tyr is a one-handed god with a long history, and his hand was sacrificed to trick the wolf, Fenris, into being chained. Tiwaz is just victory according to the law of accumulated right past action. To rule justly, one is asked to make many self-sacrifices, and Tiwaz can develop the power of positive self-sacrifice and temper over-sacrifice. The belief that courage and a right cause carries the day is governed by Tiwaz. It is the common justice of the people rather than the use of law by tyrants (a word that uses Tyr as a root)

Tiwaz will bring about a correct balancing of the scales so that you are assured a fair hearing and fair decision. Do not be thrown off balance by the chaos of your environment. Like the North star, you must remain true and calm, assert your case with confidence and let the energies of your orlog assisted by the force of Tiwaz bring about a right solution.

Should you need reassurances that there is value in building up positive patterns in advance of emergency, this is the time you will see its greatest manifestation. You have earned the right to a fair and just decision. Tiwaz will be used to bring fair distribution of the earned energies from your ancestral stream.

Tiwaz can be used to bring about a missionary zeal for a righteous cause. The most powerful insight we can draw from Tiwaz is that we must target our energies in the single most correct place, just as the arrow or spear symbolized by the rune must. Call upon Tiwaz for justice.

15 thoughts on “Tiwaz – Rune Meaning”

  1. I was meditating about a matter of the heart with Freya in my mind and I was given a vision of Tiwaz. The reason I was meditating/praying is because I had recently broken up with a girl but she refuses to give up on me but a week later a guy who had been waiting four years to have a chance with her took his chance they are now together and things are going fine but she still doesn’t want to give up on me. Most girls would simply walk away at this point but she stayed. When I read that this rune stands for self sacrifice does that mean I must give up completely on her for the greater good or just step farther back in case they don’t work out? The vision occurred a few nights ago and I’ve been thinking on it since. I’ve made the decision to stay close but is that the right decision for the meaning of this rune vision? I don’t have a mentor in the middle of the Bible-belt to ask in person, I would very much appreciate any help that can be given.

    Thank You

  2. The only possible explanation I find is that you confuse the word “tyrant” with the words “imperor”, “king” and “monarch”. You shouldn’t. Their meaning is different.

  3. Well, this is a genuine tyrant speech.

    Just to point out that the word’s “t” in the end is an english addition, greek word after loan from lydians was “tyrannos”, thus “anti”could not be used as an explanation of “being against justice”. Unfortunately original meaning is not known.

    The meaning of the word in greek society has negative meaning since then. There is one of the Seven Sages of Greece, called Pittacus of Mytilene, that wanted to bring peace and prosperity to his homeland but was called “tyrant” by his oligarchy opponents. Neither he nor his people ever accepted it. After Athens defeat by Sparta in Peloponesian War, 30 tyrants were installed in Athens and they were overthrown by Thrasybulus after 8 months.

    You can’t just tell that “tyrant” is not a word with negative meaning. Actually you could, but keep it for yourself. You are on your own. If you have any objection, you could just refer to any tyrant that you believe did good to his people. If you find any.

  4. I need to point out that many a tyrant in this world has led people to greater understanding of there true needs. If a million people are smarter than one than why do we deify and celebrate the great personalities? Just saying that you use the wprd tyrant in such a negative position and maybe it is if you are the individual not getting his way. But I would ask you to meditate further on your notes rather than simply use this word to uphold your understanding of the negative aspects of this rune, Think of it in regards to Hallgaz and then maybe write me your thoughts

    1. Hi, Stephan (Tyrant Missingyew), thanks for coming out,

      Tyrant, etymologically, seems to derives from the word for the god ‘Tyr’, a god of justice and sacrifice-for-the-greater-good, and the ‘ant’ is like an ‘anti’, signifying the negation of justice and selflessness.

      In the exact sense, a tyrant is an individual who arrogates to himself the royal authority without having a right to it. This is how the Greeks understood the word ‘tyrant’: they applied it indifferently to good and bad princes whose authority was not legitimate.

      I believe you give credit where it is not due: a tyrant does not ‘lead’ people to greater understanding. People lead themselves.

      “We” do not deify and celebrate great personalities. Speak for yourself, by all means, but please do not assume generalities like “we” when it comes to people’s attitudes about persons who wield power.

      In terms of my simple use of the word tyranny, I believe I will stick to the common and accepted definition and etymological origins of the word — though you are free to keep your perspective, whatever you mean by it.

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