Saturday, 22 January 2011

Rune of the Week Uruz

Uruz (pronounced oo-rooz) is the U rune and comes from an early Northern Eurpoean letter script which later came to be associated with magic and divination. Its divinatory meaning is linked with the word's origin and Norse mythology. It's used to attract good health, manifestation and also during times when strength of mind, body and spirit are called for.

The Wild Ox in Norse Myth
The aurochs was the ancestor of the wild ox. The first aurochs named Audhumla played a large part in Norse creation myths. Before the earth was created, there were worlds of fire and ice. In the meeting of these two worlds sprung forth Audhumla out of the melting ice. In Gods and Myths of Northern Europe, H.R. Ellis Davidson relates one myth in which Audhumla sustained Ymir, another creature who came forth from the ice. He suckled her milk to survive and was the giant from whose left arm was formed the first man and woman.

Magical and Divinatory Uses of Uruz
Due to the association with Audhumla and creation, uruz is commonly considered a rune of growth, virility, and the ability to shape one's own reality. As the ancient auruchs helped bring forth the creators of humankind and the world, so to does uruz unearth latent potential.

When uruz is drawn in a reading, it can signal a time of manifestation. It might also indicate the health of the querant either good or ill depending on its position to other runes.

Read on
Odin's Journey for the Runes
Fehu - Rune of Wealth and Power
Tree Medicine and Magic - The Birch
The auruchs was an animal of great size and strength. Meditating on the rune symbol or carrying the rune as a talisman are ways to draw on the strength of uruz. A simple talisman can be made by drawing the symbol on paper, carving it in wood or painting it on stone while intently focusing on the talisman's purpose. On a personal level, working with uruz increases self-awareness of what strengths and weaknesses are brought to any given situation.

Related Articles
To learn more about runes and the mythology behind them, visit Fehu - Rune of Wealth and Power: Its Use in Magic, Divination and Personal Development and Odin's Journey for the Runes: The God Sacrifices Himself on the World Tree for Wisdom.


Paxson, Diana L. Taking Up the Runes: A Complete Guide to Using Runes in Spells, Rituals, Divination, and Magic. Weiser Books, 2005.

Thorsson, Edred. Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic. Weiser Books, 1984.

Read more at Suite101: Uruz - Norse Rune of Health and Manifestation

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