Fehu and Uruz represent the feminine and masculine energies, and Thurisaz brings the family to completion by representing the child energy.  Thurisaz has a very aggressive energy. Its basic meaning is ‘thorn’ and also is representative of Thor’s hammer. This rune is associated with the Norse god Thor. Thor fought against the giants to keep the humans of Midgard safe in the Norse mythos.

A ring of thorn creates a boundary, and Thor’s hammer can smash anything to pieces. I imagine that swinging his hammer would have created a boundary around Thor. Those in his vicinity would have head for the hills!

Thurisaz shows me that the best way to work with it was to pair it with another rune that would clarify the intent of the work.

 The word ‘thurs’ means ‘giant’ in Icelandic. Thurisaz also represents the giants, and their conflict with Thor. Giants are known for fostering chaos, thus Thor works to contain this chaos and keeping it in check requires balance. My vision around this is trying to hold something slippery. Grab to hard and it will slip away from you and get loose.  Examples for pairing this rune in workings are include a pairing with Algiz would yield protection for self and others, with Othala protection of the family and home, and with Raido a protection of a journey.


While working with Thurisaz I felt it was easier to release ideas and things that I had realized weren’t serving me, but couldn’t figure out how to let them go. I was ready to act on guidance that I had been receiving (or remembering).

Thurisaz acted as the ax, chopping away at the attachments that held fear close to me.

I won’t say I am ready to act on these things, but I can see my way through them which is a huge step! Ideas I had weren’t really right for me, but what I thought were right for me. I am able to let go of things I am not really passionate about in order to pursue the things that really bring me joy. I always had two lists, the things I wanted to do and the things I should do. Thurisaz allowed me to cut away the shoulds, leaving just the things that bring true joy to life! I can also see that when those things no longer bring me joy, I can walk away from them without worry. Because I love someone or something today it doesn’t mean I am bound to love them forever. This frees me up to take chances, to leap and try new things and not apologize for not committing to something I am not truly sure of.  I am finishing up a 5 month course of study with the elements and I began working with the Storm/Spirit element at the same time that  I began to work with Thurisaz. Storm is about transformation, and the cutting of negative energies away from me is certainly helping me to take flight.
At the end of my two weeks,  I was disappointed as I didn’t feel connected to Thurisaz, but on reflection I can see Thor was there creating the boundary in which I could remove myself and see things from a different perspective. He was beating back the Giants so that I could get a clear picture of myself and the world around me. I can use Thurisaz when I need to shut out the world and hear my own thoughts in order to follow the path of my heart.