Spellings: tiwaz, teiws, Tiew, tir, tyr
Translations: the god Tiw (or Tyr), justice
Tir is a token, it keeps faith well
with noble-men always on its course
over the mists of night, it never fails.
~ Old English Rune Poem
The Book of Rune Secrets says:
KEY CONCEPTS: balance, justice, rationality, sacrifice for the greater good, righteousness, sovereign order, right decision making
“… Tiwaz represents the fundamental cosmic law…The god Tyr, sacrificed his right hand to implement the balancing laws of the physical universe. The cosmos is thus maintained through the laws of physics, not the hand of a god. The story of Tyr and the Fenris wolf can be seen as a metaphor for understanding that fact…”
“… Because there are fundamental laws, the universe is essentially just. Human cultures, and individuals in them, may have different opinions of what is fair and just, but the cosmic law comes prior to human drama, indeed long before human existence… Knowledge of and alignment to the cosmic laws of Tiwaz is really an alignment to reality, no matter harsh or unfair we believe it to be…”
“… Universal laws, rules, facts and evidence are the basics of this rune, and indeed justice. Rational explanation, balanced and unbiased argument, investigation and research, respect and honor for truth — all of these are powerful keys to unlocking the secrets of (Tiwaz)…”
Alternate Rune Meanings for Divination & Alchemy:
Edred Thorsson says:
Tiwaz – Troth (faith/loyalty), justice, rationality, self-sacrifice, analysis, victory; or mental paralysis, over analysis, over-sacrifice, injustice, imbalance.
LORE: Rune of balance and justice ruled from a higher rationality. The rune of sacrifice of the individual (self) for the well-being of the whole (society).
Freya Aswynn says:
Teiwaz: Creative energies in the martial sense; where your strengths lie; where to direct your energies in taking initiatives; honor and justice; leadership and authority.
MAGIC: “The magical use of this rune is primarily to gain justice. However, one has to have right on one’s side to be able to use this rune successfully. It therefore cannot be used to pervert justice to one’s own ends. The patron of this rune is Tyr, who, unlike Odin, represents unbiased, unequivocal justice… deals with conflicts, but mainly those of an intellectual nature.”
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