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The Elder Futhark Runes: Meaning of Uruz

Updated: Jun 17, 2022

The second rune of the Elder Futhark runes is Uruz. It is also the second rune in Freyr's Ætt, which, generally speaking, centers on forces of creation.


To learn more about the ættir and the runes, check out our post on The Elder Futhark Ættir and Their Significance.


The Elder Futhark Rune Uruz. Also known as Ur and Urz.
Uruz Rune

Keywords: strength (aurochs), courage, power, energy, determination, organization, endurance, wisdom, health, creative force, opportunity, initiation, changes, destiny


Uruz Upright Meaning


Unlike Fehu, which represents movable wealth in the form of cattle, Uruz refers to the aurochs (a wild, untamable ox). Nevertheless, it is worth comparing and contrasting the various scholarly views on Fehu and Uruz.


Uruz represents raw power, stubborn passion, and the unbridled power to achieve whatever one sets their mind to. There is wisdom in the natural order of things.


While strength, energy, and creative force are of central significance with Uruz, you may also consider the visual of a bull in the China shop. Being too forward and unconstrained with passions can lead to destruction if one is not tactful.


In other ways, however, being led by one's animal instinct is extremely attractive. Consider how this rune would affect a love reading. ;)


Uruz is also a powerful rune of manifestation, grounding in the physical plane, and the various forms of the Self as created from the primeval consciousness.


Uruz Reversed Meaning


The reversal of Uruz can indicate a lack of motivation and willpower. It can also point to the fear of making moves because of the consideration that they could play out badly. Often, a restraint of will and passion can be just as damaging (if not more so) than going in unbridled.


Action is essential, and when one fails to act due to the excuse of fear, they are failing to live life to their True Will. In a love reading, this could be someone who is too scared to reveal their passions because they think it could lead to destruction or distancing.


Magical Uses of Uruz


Uruz assists in the shaping of circumstances through sheer will. Use Uruz magically to strengthen willpower and to increase the passions of others. Generate healing and know more about why you act the way that you do. A useful rune for shadow work.


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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