Uruz – Rune Meaning

“Mind over matter – matter over mind”

Uruz – “Oo – Ruse” – Literally: “Aurochs” – Esoteric: Endurance, Formation, Manifestation

Key Concepts: life force, physical health, courage, organic structure, manifestation, formation, healing, vigor, endurance

Psi: determination, persistence, freedom, courage, will, territoriality, independence

Energy: Vital formative force, archetypal patterning, raw primal power, survival, healing, endurance, manifestation, organic structuring

Mundane: physical health, stamina

Divinations: Strength, constancy, vitality, tenacity, pattern, luck, health, pragmatic knowledge, understanding; or weakness, obsession, misdirected force, inconstancy, sickness, ignorance, uncontrolled rage, insensitivity, brutality

Shaping and forcing fortunate circumstances creatively through will and inspiration
Self-healing and maintenance of good mental and physical health
Assertion of home ground, personal space, independence and freedom
Strength and tenacity, courage, persistence against all odds
Ability to control aggression and take responsibility
Rites of passage, especially into adulthood

My notes:

While FEHU is the symbol of a domesticated cattle, and Uruz is a symbol of the wild bovine, a reminder that cattle were once wild creatures. If Fehu represents young lovers, Uruz represents young warriors.

Though Uruz energy is also heavily invested in the hamingja, it is not suited for easy, conscious control as Fehu is. It is the rune of powerful unconscious shaping energies that need to be guided wisely as they manifest. It is an early reminder within the series that the untamed powers of creativity are not without danger – a reality quite clear in our modern technological civilization. It is the user’s skill and practiced techniques that will control the energy unleashed by this rune. It is the rune of independence, asserting oneself and one’s territory.

Life’s persistence and its endless resourcefulness in the task of survival are all implicit within the rune meaning of Uruz, thus it is a rune of manifestation, regeneration and endurance. The organic patterning energy of Uruz laces up the skin, sustains the ego and can be used to protect the psyche from trauma. Self-healing is the energy which pulls a diseased or ill form back toward its ‘primal blueprint’: the original, invisible shape intended by nature’s design.

Uruz is the rune of the inner-King and inner-Queen. We can assert our right to exist and be free in the very same primal authority that the aurochs did theirs. It is the will to live passionate and free.

Uruz is linked to the god Thor and so continues on toward THURISAZ.

26 thoughts on “Uruz – Rune Meaning”

  1. The meanings seem to be compilations of various author’s contributions; which are speculative. Seems only Thorsson says this rune is about shaping power. The poems, according to some, seem to indicate life force first and foremost.

  2. I was wondering if anyone has any information of the design of Uruz. Why sometimes the first vertical line is longer than the second, while other times the second vertical line is longer than the first. Is this just a matter of personal preference, or is there something else behind these differences. I am beginning to sell rune sets carved into bone discs and I would like to be as correct as possible in my designs. Thank you very much for any information you can give me.

  3. I’ve always felt that Ur or Uruz not only refers to the wild animal within so to speak, but to Urd, the norns, Earth Mother. The great goddess who in remote times was revered by hunter-gatherer societies worldwide. Contemporary shamans from nations all over the world stress Her importance, because She is the source of all life. Bear in mind that other Indoeuropean tribes that the Anglosaxon families revered the Goddess in het manifestation of a wild animal, like a boar, or a bear. So why not an aurochs. It is the power of Nature, which is wild and untamed, both sustaining and threatening life, as all life dies and is reborn again and again in an endless cycle.

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