(TH: Thorn or a Giant.) Reactive force, true will or directed force of destruction and defense, conflict. Instinctual will, vital eroticism, regenerative catalyst. A tendency toward change. Catharsis, purging, cleansing fire. Male sexuality, fertilization. (Thorr, the Thunder god, was of Giant stock.)
Alternate Names: Thuith, Thorn, Thurs
Ancient Meaning: Protection
Keywords: Protection, destruction, defense, polarity, action, regeneration
Thurisaz embodies the polarity of life and death and the struggle to keep them in balance. Expect conflict, hardship and obstacles, but be assured that remaining focused and in touch with your inner strengths will see you through whatever comes your way. This Rune may also represent protection from your enemies, which is never a bad thing.
Thurisaz reversed often represents your inability to come to terms with repressed issues. It is a warning that if you do not purge past demons they may return to harm you. This Rune is also indicative of a time when you should not act on impulse. Thurisa reversed: Danger, defenselessness, compulsion, betrayal, dullness. Evil, malice, hatred, torment, spite, lies. A bad man or woman.
Astrological Correspondence: Libra
Tarot Correspondence: The Emperor and The Tower
Color: Bright Red
Herb: House leek
Animals: Goat, ram, dragon, hound, cat, tiger, lion, leopard, porcupine, mosquito, Tasmanian devil, wasp, bear, elephant, mongoose, rhinoceros
Protection from enemies and harm
Overcomes hostile situations
Increases your will and helps you take action
Increases your awareness of both the uniqueness and commonality of all things
Projects energy and focuses power