Runes – NAUTHIZ
DIVINATORY MEANINGS: Delays, restriction. Resistance leading to strength, innovation, need-fire (self-reliance). Distress, confusion, conflict, and the power of will to overcome them. Endurance, survival, determination. A time to exercise patience. Recognition of one’s fate. Major self-initiated change. Face your fears. Poverty, hardship, responsibility, discontent, obstacle, frustration
MAGICAL USES: to represent a need to be filled
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: Freyr & Gurd, the Otter’s Gold
ANALYSIS: If hagalaz is a flying ladle, then nauthiz is the empty pot. It is a gentle, nudging reminder that all is not as it should be. Life appears to be out of synch, and nothing seems to be going right. No matter how much you have, it is never enough, and there is an ever present desire for something more, something better. On the positive side, this dissatisfaction with the status quo can serve to draw one away from the relative safety of wunjo and motivate towards change.
Nauthiz represents an imbalance between one’s desires and one’s assets. How you resolve this situation will influence the of the journey, but the awareness of the imbalance itself can also be illuminating. It causes you to closely examine and perhaps reassess your values and priorities, and forces you back onto the path of your own happiness. Enjoy and ‘follow our bliss’; in other words, that we will know that we are on the right track spiritually when we are doing those things which make us the most happy and fulfilled. Nauthiz helps us to take the first step on that path by letting us know when we have strayed from it.