The Elder Futhark, a runic system used by ancient Germanic tribes, consists of 24 different runes with a specific sound connected to them. The Futhark was named after the first six runes: Fehu, Uruz, Thurisaz, Ansuz, Raido and Kenaz. It is believed that the runes were not used solely for writing, but also for divination, which is also what many pagans use them for nowadays. We have already looked at the first rune, Fehu, and I’ll continue with the second rune: Uruz.
Uruz sounds like ‘oer’, or primitive/primal. Something from the very beginning. We call the big bang the ‘oerknal’, the primal bang with which life became possible. During the time of the first people, these were the massive predecessors of our modern animals, such as mammoths and cave bears. Uruz as a word means auroch, or ‘oeros’ in Dutch, an ancient bovine species, quite a bit larger and stronger than the cows and bulls we are familiar with. They roamed the land at the same time as the mammoths. Aurochs were very strong creatures, able to survive the hardships of the ice age. They were also typically headstrong creatures. It’s no coincidence that bulls and Taurus are thought of as stubborn. Having horns, the aurochs would use them to fight and protect themselves. Not that it did much good against men and mankind, who hunted the auroch herds, leading to their extinction.
Looking at the enormous bovine the rune represents, one can assume some meanings when Uruz is used in divination. Strength, sometimes too much or untamed strength, is associated with the aurochs, and therefore also with Uruz. The rune also indicates good health, willpower and stamina, and a certain measure of independence, being able to make your own decisions. Upside down it might mean rage and violence. This happens when strength gets out of hand. A lack of strength might mean indecision or a bad health. As ever with divination, however, it depends on the circumstances of the question and the situation.
For my rune course, I was asked to look back at situations where I have used the power of Uruz in my life. This was quite difficult at first, but then I realized I’ve needed this strength several times. I’m Taurus, and stereotypically I’m stubborn, always have been. When going to secondary school, I didn’t know anybody, and I knew my parents didn’t feel happy about the school I chose… but I pushed through, headstrong, and had a great time in the 6 years I attended it. The final year I needed the auroch’s strength again to keep going for my graduation after my mom died. I’m still glad I could find the strength 🙂 Apart from these two situations, I’ve often been stubborn, but not always sensibly…
I think everyone needs the strength of Uruz some times. When was the last time you needed it, and did you feel enough strength at the time?
- Rune of the Day: Uruz (readingsbycaroline.wordpress.com)