Runes – URUZ


(U: Auroch, a wild ox.)

Pronunciation: “ooo-rooze”

DIVINATORY MEANINGS: Physical strength and speed, untamed potential. A time of great energy and health. Freedom, energy, action, courage, strength, tenacity, understanding, wisdom. Sudden or unexpected changes (usually for the better). Sexual desire, masculine potency. The shaping of power and pattern, formulation of the self.passion, vitality, instinct, wildness, sexuality, fertility, the unconscious, primitive mind, irrationality, shamanic experience, rite of passage

MAGICAL USES: to strengthen the will, increase sexual potency and energy; for hunting

ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: Ullr, Loki, Odin (as shaman)

ANALYSIS: The aurochs was a species of wild ox, similar to a bison, that was once found all over Europe, but which became extinct sometime in the 17th. century.  They were said to be slightly smaller than elephants, and had horns as long as six feet, which believed were highly prized by the Germanii as drinking horns.  Paintings of aurochs have been found in Neolithic caves, and it believed that the aurochs hunt had some significance as a rite of passage for a boy entering manhood.   The aurochs is the epitome of the wild animal, as opposed to the domesticated cattle represented by fehu.

Uruz is the rune of the God of the sacred hunt and his shaman/priest.  Following the kind of mundane, day to day survival represented by fehu, it is the first recognition by mankind of the divine in nature, and his first attempt to control it through the use of sympathetic magic.  It also represents an awareness of death and our own mortality, which may well be the only thing which truly distinguishes us from other animals.   The energy of this rune is raw, powerful, and distinctly masculine, in the sense that it is first pure, elemental fire.  The boy who has killed the aurochs has just entered manhood, and has therefore been initiated into the first level of the mysteries – the awareness that the source of life is death.


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