/THOOR-ee-sawz/ Old Norse: Thurs – giant Old English: Thorn Gothic: Thauris – а) giant, b) gate

Thurisaz is commonly associated with Thor and his hammer Mjölnir, who's the chief defender of Asgard and Midgard, the realms of gods and humans, against giants and trolls living in Jötunheimr.

Almost all of Jötunheimr's inhabitants are aggressively disposed to humans and Ases (gods). They send foul weather like hail, snow, storms, and landslides down the world. And that's what Thor's hammer is necessary for.

Time and again, Thor goes back on his promises to the giants and rips up agreements, whereas the giants honor the treaties to the point. Whenever Ases make a treaty unthinkingly, and the payback time comes, they call for Thor.  And he smashes the giant's head merely because he's a giant (take, for example, the story about the building of a wall around Asgard). He never lets anyone or anything stand in the way of doing what he believes to be right and necessary. If the course of events doesn't coincide with his view of what is right and what is wrong, Thor violates all agreements. And although the injustice of his actions is undeniable, it's these actions that bring salvation to Asgard and Midgard. 

That is what Thurisaz is all about. Even when it promises something, the rune will break its promise if it finds that the agreement goes against the higher cause. Remember this when reading this rune.

Thurisaz cannot do with disobedience and doesn't hold back on its manifestation. It is an uncontrollable force that takes little account of anyone and abides by its inner logic. It's almost impossible to influence or overmaster it. Its goals are mostly honorable but can stand in glaring contrast to your wishes. However, if your goals are the same, Thurisaz will take all the dirty work without question.

This is the crux of Thurisaz.

Thurisaz is one of the most potent runes of protection and enforcement.

Thurisaz is always a challenge.


The rune signifies that you've entered on the path of challenges. Everything depends on you alone. The situation requires reflection. Don't attempt anything until you've made a calculated decision. Take your time to debate the matter in your mind, or else, you will create even more problems instead of solving them. Measure twice, cut once. You might think that you took a stroke of fate, but, in fact, it was a minor pinprick. Fate just wants you to pause and notice that you are on the verge of missing your chance at happiness. Just now, hastiness is your enemy both in your career and personal relations. Focus on analyzing your experience. 

Runic advice

Take it slow. Reflect and wait. It's time to postpone any activity and reconsider the situation. When you've finished both, enter the "gate". A new path is ahead of you.

If a person you know is behaving in the way described below, pay close attention to this part of the reading:

An important person in your life is at the edge of the action. They are concentrated, always on the watch out for traps and danger. They are ready to take action but don't know yet how and with whom. 

Tip: Try to become a member of this person's team, move in the same direction, and create a joint plan. Now, they are filled with power and can use it for your benefit.


The situation related to your reading is of immense complexity. You are afraid to face the truth and analyze the situation. The circumstances go ill with you, and no matter what you do, you can't change anything significantly. During this time, hasty actions will bring regret as, most likely, you will act out of weakness, deluding yourself about your motives, and creating new problems, which will be far worse than those you are trying to solve. It may even seem to you now that it'd be easier to end your life than live on. It may feel like you have no voice in any matter, but you should sort out the situation and give it a lot of thought. 

Runic advice

Quit your delusions of grandeur and stop exaggerating your role in anything that's happening around you. Even if you are a genius and have a crystal-clear understanding of the current developments, it won't help you to change the further course of events. There's no point in beating your head against a wall. Don't make hasty decisions. Think twice before doing; otherwise, you will create even more problems than you solve. Beware of evil, danger, insincerity, and betrayal. Have a close look at all that is happening and analyze everything for the future. This is the best course of events for now. 

If a person you know is behaving in the way described below, pay close attention to this part of the reading:

The person you are thinking about is at a dead end. They can't move on and think that they've hit a brick wall. They tend to give up and turn back. They want to act, but all their actions are wrong.

Tip: If you care about this person's fate, help them overcome the temporary confusion. At the very least, don't expect decisive actions from them.

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