Spellings: thurisaz, thiuth, thorn, thurs
Translations: giant, thurs, strong one, the good one, thorn, the god Thor
Thorn is very sharp; for every thegn
who grasps it, it is harmful, and exceedingly cruel
to every man who lies upon it.
~Old English Rune Poem
The Book of Rune Secrets says:
KEY CONCEPTS: constructive conflict, technology, self-defense, innovation, struggle against unconscious forces, enthusiasm, self-empowerment, breaking down resistance, tactical thought, protection, battle
“… The Giants, also known as Thurses, represented the unconscious resistance to the arising consciousness (Asgard) in the universe. Evolutionarily speaking, this rune symbolizes our rise from our unconscious, conditioned selves into our human potential, and bespeaks of the inevitable conflicts that result within and without, as this rise occurs… “
“… The energy of Thurisaz is much like lightning, striking specific problem points as they are realized. It can send that same tingle up our spine. The realization is much like thunder, very audible. And just like nature, the lightning of change may have to happen before the thunder of realization is perceived…”
Alternate Rune Meanings for Divination & Alchemy:
Edred Thorsson says:
Thurisaz – Reactive force, directed force, vital eroticism, regenerative catalyst; or danger, defenselessness, compulsion, betrayal, dullness.
LORE: Rune of reactive and directed force — catalyst for change through resistance.
Freya Aswynn says:
Thurisaz: Conflicts and complexities of an aggressive nature; psychological problems.
MAGIC: “Conflicting energies are implied; as is the potential of the true will, although in an unrealized condition. In a negative aspect this rune is the shadow in the unconscious. The master god of this rune is also Thor, who is armed with his hammer to combat giants… the element of this rune is fire, this time in a more destructive form unless well-mastered… exceedingly dangerous to work with and may backfire. it is a war-fetter which can cause panic or fear in one’s opponent, and so is useful to combat any action.”
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