Spellings: nauthiz, naudhiz, nauths, nyd, naudhr
Translations: need, necessity, compulsion, distress, constraint
Need is constricting on the chest
although to the children of men it often becomes
a help and salvation nevertheless
if they heed it in time.
~ Old English Rune Poem
The Book of Rune Secrets says:
KEY CONCEPTS: Necessity, need-fire, resistance, constraint, conflict, effort, hard work, life lessons, force of growth, consequence of past action, pain, doing what must be done, neglect
“… Nauthiz is often bleak and universally indifferent to human desire…It is the energy behind our needs, and represents the part of us which is ultimately non-negotiable…”
“… We notice immediately when deprived of our most basic needs, but others are more subtle and more easily ignored. The secret Nauthiz reveals to us is how to look at things through the lens of our needs, the essential, rather than the desirable, the latter which can lead to fantasy…”
“… Nauthiz energy flows outward from necessity… It reminds us to identify our needs and insure that they are being met. When this energy is ignored for too long it can bring about toil and suffering…”
Alternate Rune Meanings for Divination & Alchemy:
Edred Thorsson says:
Nauthiz – Resistance (leading to strength), recognition of orlog, innovation, need-fire (self reliance); or constraint of freedom, distress, toil, drudgery, laxity.
LORE: Rune of resistance, which can kindle a fire of higher will or which can constrain the self (or any process) and its development. Rune of the power of the ordeal in life.
Freya Aswynn says:
Nauthiz: Restrictive forces in the unconscious; fears; anxieties; feelings of guilt.
MAGIC: “The workings of this rune is primarily defensive. IT is used to restrict and constrain someone else in a magical attack… it is a war-fetter and can be used in a combination to stop any incoming action. It is very direct and absolutely effective.”
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