I have always found great strength and inspiration in Tyr as I seek mental health and recovery from self-destructive behaviors. I’m sure I’ll write more on this over time, but do feel free to ask if you’ve got questions. I enjoy discussing it. :)
Tiw is a sign that spells confidence to the prince;
It holds true over the mists of night and never fails.
Finding Tiwaz is auspicious, and indicates victory. After the battle or contest begins and has progressed to the point where one side has the momentum, Tiwaz assures victory. When It appears two consecutive times? Insights gratefully appreciated.
When Tiwaz appears does it indicate to trust the momentum? Or does it indicate to keep pressing forward? Is It a Rune of Action or of Faith?
Victory Runes you shall know Write Them on the hilt of your sword Some on the grip; Some on the guard And call out twice the name of Tyr.
Tiw is a sign to the nobles, spelling faith in the outcome, It holds true through the darkest night.
Tiwaz is a sign to the faithful, doubt will deny victory as assuredly as loss, Be thankful for victory in advance for it assuredly comes as day follows night through the night make be long.
Hadn’t seen the Tyr posting in a while, but needed to post it as original paeans aren’t my strong suit, so kudos to the person who created it.
The first quote is from Sigdrifa, I started to adapt it substituting the word ‘pen’ for 'sword,’ but it is allegory so remains. The second is Anglo-Saxon rune poem though I adapted the second line, 'nobles’ I was going to replace with those free from doubt, but that led to the third stanza, my update borrowing heavily from the New Thought writers.
A (very) brief look at the runes of the Elder Futhark
These are my basic interpretations for each of the runes of the Elder Futhark. While these explanations may reveal the basic meanings of these symbols, at least according to my own research and experience, they only scratch the surface of the layers of wisdom that can be found in the runes. For deeper study, there are many wonderful books out there that expand on them. I would personally recommend Diana Paxson’s Taking Up the Runes as a great starting point.
As a personal aside, I would consider myself a fairly conservative interpreter of the runes. I feel that the best basis for them can be found in reliable sources, such as existing lore and the rune poems. As such, I attempt to adhere closely to these sources when it comes to explaining the meaning of each symbol.
Fehu: Fehu means cattle and
signifies wealth, but it is a wealth that is best used when moving through the
community generously. The rune cautions against hoarding wealth and cites the
discord that can result.
Uruz: Uruz stands for
aurochs, which was a species of horned cattle common to the ancient world. As
such, it is a rune of primal strength and determination. The rune can also mean
Thurisaz: Thurisaz represents the giants of the
Norse tales and is a rune of chaos and unrest. It could also be interpreted as
a rune of Thor, which would turn the symbol into one of protection against
those same chaotic forces.
Ansuz: Ansuz is the rune of Odin, which makes it a
rune of wisdom. In the Anglo-Saxon rune poem the symbol also represents the
mouth, lending an additional meaning of wisdom through communication and
Raido means ride and is a rune of travel. While the journey may be swift and
joyful, the rune poem warns of the toll the journey will take on the horse.
This suggests that one must take care of those who help us along the way.
Kenaz is the torch that illuminates the way through darkness to a warm hearth
and good company. However, as the fire burns for warmth, it can also cause pain
and may indicate illness.
Gebo signifies the rune of gifts and generosity. The rune also represents the
cycle of reciprocity and the right-relationship that results when maintained.
Wunjo denotes the rune of joy. It is a bliss that can spring from prosperity,
overcoming anxiety and sadness.
Hagalaz represents hail, making it a rune of destruction and painful
transition. All is not for naught however, for the ice seed will melt, giving
water and growth to the hardier crops that survived.
Naudhiz means need, and is a rune of constraint, oppression, and hard work that
goes unrewarded. This is a challenging symbol, but the rune also indicates that
lessons could be learned from the experience.
Isa stands for ice, fair to look upon but dangerous to traverse. This is a rune
whose message is one of caution in situations where a particular decision seems
desirable, but could be perilous. On the other hand, Isa can suggest stability
Jera is the rune for year and the harvest. It is manifestation of the rewards
for hard work, with prosperity and abundance that sustains the individual or
Eihwaz is the symbol for the yew tree and can mean strength that is drawn from
the line of ancestors. Eihwaz is also interpreted as the rune of Yggdrasil,
which implies connection to the cosmos.
Perthro is the dice-cup, the vessel from which the lots are cast, and the rune
of chance. Perthro can represent uncertainty in everything from light-hearted
gaming to the vagaries of fate.
Elhaz is the rune of the elk and the sedge. The shape of the rune resembles
that of the antlers of the elk and the thorn of the sedge, making this a symbol
Sowilo represents the sun, making it a rune of illumination, victory, and
power. The rune can also mean guidance, as one can always depend on the course
of the sun to lead them to the end of their journey.
Tiwaz is Tyr’s rune and is a symbol of justice and truth, potentially at the
cost of self-sacrifice. Tiwaz also has an aspect of guidance in that
right-action will always set you on the correct path.
Berkano is the rune for the birch tree, indicating feminine strength and
resourcefulness. From this meaning, it can be a rune for nurturing, healing,
Ehwaz means horse and expresses the relationship between the horse and the
rider. It is a rune of partnership, with attention given to those who help us
along our journey. Naturally, the symbol can also represent movement and
Mannaz is the symbol for “man” or “human,” and emphasizes
the interconnected nature of human relationships. Mannaz can show the spectrum
of these relationships, from comfort in good company to the more negative
aspects of the human condition.
Laguz is the rune for lake, making this a symbol for water. As such, this is a
rune of potential and change, perhaps with the suggestion for flexibility
through various situations. It can also mean the unconscious mind and the
hidden wealth that lies beneath the surface.
Ingwaz is Freyr’s rune and takes on the domains of the Vanic god as a symbol of
fertility, productivity, and abundance. The rune can also symbolize masculine
strength and the transforming cycles of life.
Dagaz means day and is the rune of new beginnings. With the day also brings
hope, and is a welcome rune when life has been difficult. Dagaz can also signify
the present moment and a call to “seize the day.”
Othala: Othala is the rune of
the home and encompasses everything that entails, from the physical homestead
to familial relationships of blood and heart. Othala also symbolizes the
connection to the ancestors, from genetic inheritance to physical property
passed on through the family line.
Here’s a bind rune for our service men and women who are deployed abroad or elsewhere.
It consists of:
Tiwaz (Tyr) (2x) This is the rune of right action. It is the rune that represents our service men and women making the right & just decisions on the battlefields they’re on. It is the rune closest to the god, Tyr. Tyr was a great warrior who was always first on the front lines.
Elhaz (Eel-Sedge) (2x)- This rune of protection that will hedge out all the negative forces that beset our soldiers. It is the rune that will keep the enemies on the perimeter and at bay from harming our soldiers.
Gebo (Gift/Sacrifice): This is the rune of sacrifice. It is the sacrifice of time, energy, and perhaps, even their lives to protect their fellow soldiers, their country, and ultimately us. It is an equal exchange of their service for our protection and the protection of the citizens of the countries they are deployed to.
Othala (Ancestoral Property/ Heritage)- This is the rune of the ancestors. It is the rune of home. We want our soldiers to come home to us after their deployments. We hope their ancestors are watching over them, guiding them, and ultimately protecting them. It is the rune that represents where all fallen soldiers will go when they make the ultimate sacrifice. As Odin had prepared a home for them in Valhalla.
**CAUTION- Bind Runes are a subjective topic. No two bind runes are drawn the same. Remember, you should connect with each of the runes on an intuitive level before you use bind runes in your magical practices**
I tried to make it look like something you could make into a sown patch or something they could wear when they’re deployed. It looks innocuous but holds the secret well for only the soldiers or their wives to know. ;)
This is an experiment to try to familiarize with the [Elder Futhark] runes. All I’ve done is briefly meditated on each rune and interpreted how I perceive them as personified figures. My understanding of each is subject to change, but it was an interesting and helpful exercise.
positive:Possessions won or earned, earned income, luck. Abundance, financial strength in the present or near future. Sign of hope and plenty, success and happiness. Social success. Energy
negative: Loss of personal property, esteem, or something that you put in effort to keep. It indicates some sort of failure. Greed, burnout, atrophy, discord. Cowardice, stupidity, dullness, poverty, slavery, bondage.
positive: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
Tiwaz: courage, compassion, bravery/fearless. new challenges but perseverance.
negative: naivete, shyness, cowardice, need for concentration.
Berkano: birth/growth (both physical and mental), new beginnings.
reversed: lack of growth, decline or loss. a bad time for new ventures.
Mannaz: the self / humanity / inner self / your ego
balancing mind and body and spirit. balancing ego. self actualization and self awareness (similar to the hermit major arcana card — note that for reversed)
creativity/going with the flow/positive outcome if you tap into your subconscious (deep like the ocean).
reversed: struggling against the current. the tide may take you away from the shore you know but to new horizons.
Ingwaz: internal growth, personal development
Inguz is that potential energy that must accumulate gradually in storage before being released as a single surge of energy. It represents the process of a mental ‘seed’ desire implanted by the conscious mind into the subconscious for incubation and gestation, later to emerge as a new creation in your life affairs.Thus, Inguz contains within its lore the true meaning of sacrifice. Such sacrifice occurs when one form is called upon to die so that a newly evolved form may begin to grow.
Dagaz: day or dawn
awakening, awareness, change, illumination, bold new beginning
reversed: A completion, ending, limit,
Othala: homeland, ancestral power
connotations of family and ancestry.
Generally can be a warning to be more forward thinking, not to overall romanticize or focus on the past.
Meaning: The rune Tiwaz is taken from the letter T in both the Roman and Greek alphabets. Tiwaz or Tyr is one of two runes in the Elder Futhark that is named after a deity and the root word teiwa is known to have the meaning “bright” or “shining.” Words that were often used to describe the gods in the Greek and Roman periods. The rune Tiwaz and its meaning Tyr is a rune that symbolizes not only the Nordic God himself but also his domain. That of the victorious victim and enjoying justice.
Symbolism: The rune of Tiwaz as stated above is the rune of Tyr a god in the Norse pantheon who’s rule was that of justice. However Tyr’s form of justice is not the same justice that we hand out to those who wrong us in the modern era. For Tyr justice is earned, and it is earned though the fires of war and combat. When drawing Tyr and using it to invoke justice to someone who has wronged you, you best be sure that you are right in the matter. Justice, especially the justice of Tyr is not coddling or easy it is a righteous flame that will burn all those wrong in its path, even if you are the one invoking him. Tiwaz also symbolizes the virtue of self- discipline. The rune is very useful when you are going through a time of conflict and need a guiding light to see you through the chaos.
Personally: Now it may be best not saying how many times this rune has come up for me but when I face a problem legally, or a problem in which I have been wronged in anyway I often will draw and invoke Tiwaz. All runes are fairly blunt, without care of your personal feelings and morals but I find Tiwaz to be even more so. If you want a job done, and a job done effectively and efficiently use Tiwaz. Just make sure you have all your I’s dotted and T’s crossed because other wise you will be caught in the cross fire.