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The Elder Futhark Runes: Meaning of Nauthiz

Updated: Jun 17, 2022

Nauthiz is the tenth Elder Futhark rune. And it is the second rune of Hagal's Ætt.


Hagal's Ætt is associated broadly with forces of destruction and change. To learn more about the ættir and runes, check out our post on The Elder Futhark Ættir and Their Significance.


The Elder Futhark Rune Nauthiz. Also known as Naud, Naudirz, Not, Nautiz, and Nied. Rune of need.
Nauthiz Rune

Keywords: need, self-restraint, necessity, scarcity, resistance, absence, restriction, distress, deliverance, have patience


Nauthiz Upright Meaning


Nauthiz upright represents lack, need, and scarcity. It frequently points to sacrifice or the need to go in and take self-care. You may feel your needs are not being met by others, yourself, or the things around you.


Nauthiz indicates a time to have the patience to reassess your thought patterns for more beneficial ones. No one enjoys situations of lack and absence, but you will grow as a person from this time and come out stronger on the other side of things.



You will prosper when you assess what you need and take action to resolve that need.


In a love reading, Nauthiz could also point to you or another person being sexually desperate.


Nauthiz Reversed Meaning


Although Nauthiz is an asymmetrical rune and appears to come out as reversed, it doesn't have a reversed meaning. If you'd like, you can ascribe an amplification of one of the upright meanings to reversed Nauthiz. Or, you can read the rune the same whether it comes out right-side-up or upside-down. Use your intuition to discern what you need to do when encountering reversed Nauthiz.


Magical Uses of Nauthiz


Nauthiz is a rune of protection and can act in opposition to what it portends. If you are increasing abundance in your life, use Nauthiz to bring good things. It helps remove distress regarding your fate so that you can reform your reality to what you wish.


Nauthiz may help you recognize your needs, protect yourself, and create order in your life. It is also valuable for love magic if you are trying to obtain a lover.


To go even deeper with your study of the runes, check out How to Read Runes by Kira the Rune Witch.





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