Let’s learn the Elder Futhark runes with a bit of help from the Tarot!
The third letter in the Elder Futhark rune alphabet is Thurisaz. Thurisaz is the hammer of destruction to apathy and a strong defence against the forces of chaos. It contains the force of male sexuality and aggression. It is full of contradictions because while it is a rune of adversity, it is also a rune of focused will and a strong barrier against the destructive forces of the unconscious mind.
Etymologically, the Thurisaz rune is related to both the word ‘thursar’ (frost giants) and ‘thorn.’ In Norse mythology, the rune is associated with Thor’s hammer which he uses to defend the Aesir against the frost giants and other destructive forces.
Thurisaz asks us to look at if we are able to channel anger in healthy ways or not. If not, it is a warning against taking any form of actions as the results are likely to be catastrophic. Rage and apathy are both associated with this rune, as are a strong libido and impotence.
A Hindu deity that might be a good fit with the energy of this rune is Lord Ganesh who helps us push through barriers that are blocking and restricting us. This rune doesn’t shy away from the fact that life does get bloody difficult at times. It’s the ultimate ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going’ rune.
You can read about the Thurisaz rune, its reversed meaning and correspondences more in-depth HERE.
The Anglo-Saxon rune poem for Thurisaz:
The thorn is exceedingly sharp,
an evil thing for any thegn to touch,
uncommonly severe on all who sit among them.
Below, I have created a Tarot spread for understanding the meaning of Thurisaz as well as to help you harness the power of this rune.
Thurisaz Bane of Obstacles Tarot Spread
1. What obstacle/difficulty I am called to overcome now for the Highest Good
2. Resistance within myself to overcome this obstacle
3. Opposing forces in the world around me
4. How to focus my energy in order to be victorious
5. What temptation to avoid as I strike full force
I would love to see what cards you get for the Thurisaz Bane of Obstacles Tarot spread so please feel free to share in the comments below. I’m happy to help with any card you get stuck on as long as you provide the positional meaning and your own interpretation – as far as you got.