One of the three runes associated with Thor, the rune Uruz is the rune of healing energy, patience and endurance. But Uruz is not a safe rune for magickal work. One must be sure to understand its inner depths before invoking it. Used inappropriately it can cause imbalance and even reversal of meaning resulting in overthrow or weakening of the subject.
Magickally, Uruz is one of the mainstays of the talisman, bindrune, amulet, magic formula and runic spell. It represents raw power. It can help maintain position, bolster the puny or infirm, strengthen a weak will or failing muscle, and stabilize a chaotic situation or state-of-mind. Uruz is invoked in magick to throw off unwanted control, to snap restraining bonds and break down barriers.
It promotes self-reliance, confidence, courage and bravery. It may be used to restore hope, to improve sexual desire and performance in men, to promote will-power, and to increase learning capacity. In combination it can be used to fortify the sense of other runes to produce healing effects, to overcoming weaknesses, to boost confidence, and to promote continued good health and energy.
Uruz is useful for using primal power to release creativity and create sudden change. It can be used to release or tame power. In all cases there is a certain danger to the action, since it will be the runecaster's personal skill and power which will control that which is unleashed. In conjunction with other runes, Uruz is useful in the evocation of various natural powers. it helps in areas of risk and beginning an adventure, even that of starting a business or any other area in which you are putting something at risk.
This is the rune of changes. Uruz is the shaping power that brings about manifestation. Use it to give sluggish circumstances a little prod. A rune of vitality and strength, it is useful in healing magick, especially when the patient is weak and needs some extra strength. To draw new situations into your life. To initiate new circumstances purely by a force of will. Healing and maintenance of good physical health.
The Old English Rune Poem refers to its original meaning, the aurochs, now extinct ancestor of domestic European cattle. This beast, which became extinct in Poland in 1627, was six feet high at the shoulder (adult bulls), quite fierce, and possessed of enormous horns which made really nifty drinking horns. Owning one was seen as a token of both bravery and skill. When human went up against aurochs BGP (Before Gun Powder) human very often lost! It is a wonder our ancestors were able to tame cattle at all considering the nature of the genetic raw material they were obliged to start with! Uruz is no meek little Jersey cow or hornless, stubby-legged Aberdeen Angus bull!
The basic meaning of Uruz is things that, like the aurochs, are wild, free, and independent. This is raw power. It can help you hold your ground, and can help the weak-willed grow a backbone. It is useful in works of stabilizing and strengthening.
Strength, independence, wildness, stability (things hard to move or bend to your will), raw materials, unrefined things, freedom, individuality, boldness, battering (think of being tossed on the horns of a huge wild bull), resistence, and wilderness all fall under Uruz.
Modern manifestations include bulldozers and wrecking balls! Uruz resists control by others. It can break bonds or barriers (which are part of the rune Nauthiz). In proper balance, Uruz can give self-reliance. Unbalanced, it can cause you to attack all in your way, with predictably disastrous consequences. If you attack all in your path, soon everyone will be ganging up to stop you!
Uruz is also things outside of your control. In this sense, it is an opposite of Fehu, which are things which you control (and use to make a living). It can be a random factor, or an obstacle which must be totally overcome, rather than made to serve your purposes.
This rune is used as a healer and strengthener. For charms and talismans use Uruz for its healing powers.It can be a source of courage, boldness, and self-esteem. Uruz, a rune of personal strength, can manifest as a forceful personality. Approach it with caution. For difficult or delicate workings, one should first develop an inner grasp and appreciation of the rune. Book knowledge isn't enough.
This is not a particularly "easy" or "safe" rune. Combined with other runes (a thing to be approached carefully and after much study) it amplifies the energy of both itself and the other rune! Combined with an aggressive, destructive rune, the results can be particularly dangerous. Again, care is called for. For example, Uruz with Ingwaz can enhance the "desirable side of male sexuality", while Uruz with Thurisaz brings out the predatory, obsessive side of it! Record your work with the runes. Grow in understanding of this potentially very useful and potentially havoc-wreaking rune!
Strong convictions, wills and personalities are all manifestations of Uruz. Seek its influences in your own life and surroundings as a preparation for your own runework. Uruz can be a powerful ally or a wreaker of havoc. How the rune's power is manifested depends on you, the runeworker! The runes were won by Odin at great price, and generously shared, first with Freya, then with the other Gods and Goddesses, Elves, Dwarves and humans. Exercise due caution, but do not fear to move ahead. The trail to the Runes has been well blazed!
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