Uruz is the male counterpart to Fehu, the mighty bull. Specifically it relates to the Auroch, a primordial bull that was huge and forceful. This rune is masculine to Fehu’s feminine quality.  It represents health, strength, and force. With great strength and force comes great responsibility, however. Too much Uruz is as uncontrollable as a raging bull. There is no stopping the energy once it starts, it must wind down on its own.

Recently, during a ceremony held to build power for Standing Rock, I had a journey where I became the Bison. During this journey I was one of large herd and I could feel the strength in my legs, the breath moving in an out of my lungs, and the cold air through my hair. During this run, we circled the protesters by running around the camp building a cone of power to protect,  heal, and energize the camp. We were an impenetrable wall. A few days after this ceremony, the DAPL project was put on hold for an indeterminate amount of time.

Uruz is my healing container, creating space for healing and sending the power I needed to heal.

In doing some research on Bison, I learned that they form their herd by placing the youth in the center, the elders outside of them, the mothers outside of them and finally the strong males on the outside with their horns out ready to protect the rest. This resonated with my vision in that the male bison were outside, protecting those that are not as strong.  


Two weeks with Uruz started like a bull! I found myself in a conflict where I had to remain strong. The easy route was to give in to the “bullying” and do whatever I could to resolve the conflict quickly, even though I felt the other party were being spiteful. It was difficult for me because I was upset that they were unhappy and I felt responsible in some way.  Uruz made sure I held strong. It was a lesson in business, and a great experience for dealing with discomfort. Uruz himself was showing up in my life in other ways. I was at a workshop where we were making our own Oracle cards and was struck by a magazine photo of bison running the plains. I went to see a movie – The Revenant – and again was struck by a scene in the movie where a herd of Bison was running the through the wild, one of them being taken down by a pack of wolves. I also took my mom to dinner, and noticed our restaurant choice – Longhorn Steakhouse – was very fitting for Uruz.

Uruz is about strength, which is NOT comfortable.

Becoming strong requires one to step out of the comfort zone. It’s obvious to me know, but I must admit before living with Uruz for 2 weeks I did not make this connection. Uruz is more physical than Fehu. It is the health and strength gained in Midgard and more masculine. I began to see my desire to be stronger and have fortitude. I have always been interested in being a Wilderness Guide but it was never practical. Uruz showed me it wasn’t “practical” because I was telling myself that it wasn’t practical. For sure I need to increase my physical strength in order to be in the wilderness for longer periods of time. I also want to invest in training to ensure I thrive in the outdoors. I have lined up some activities for this purpose and will have at least two outdoor adventures this year. I spent the last two weeks planning for trips I can take. I am looking at going to Utah in September and Iceland in December. These trips are week long and guided. I love to travel, and have been to Europe alone but stayed in Hostels, but never had the fortitude to spend a week outdoors in a tent. A night or two is fine, but hiking in and spending the night outdoors was too risky. To many variables, to much responsibility, too much on the line if problems arise.  If all goes well with my travel this year and I still feel the energy around this I am feeling now then I will get my Wilderness Guide certification and begin guiding trips in 2017!
Once I realized that this was something I really wanted to explore I became aware of places in my body where I felt weakness, stress and pain. It will take work and discipline to get into shape. These could easily be excuses not to go forward, and I am struggling to overcome them. But the more I think about walking this path, the more excited I get. I feel the energy of this moving me forward, like the stampeding bison of The Great Plains.