Elder Futhark:   Uruz

Anglo-Saxon Futhorc:   Ur

Younger Futhark:   Ur

Letter: U

Number: 2

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem:

The aurochs is proud and has great horns; it is a very savage beast and fights with its horns; a great ranger of the moors, it is a creature of mettle.

Old Icelandic Rune Poem:

Drizzle is the weeping of the clouds, and the diminisher of the rim of ice and an object for the herdsman’s hate.

Norwegian Rune Poem:

Dross comes from bad iron; the reindeer often races over the frozen snow.

The Havamal – The Sayings of the High One

I learned another, which people use who want to be doctors.

My Runic Insights:

canstockphoto11367205__1_Uruz is the rune of breaking barriers. It is the charging bull or reindeer that busts through the walls of inertia (over the frozen snow) that hold us back. Uruz is our connection to the cosmic energies of the multi-verse. It is our connection to eternity. Uruz is connected with the auroch. The auroch is an ancient bovine species that died out centuries ago. Like the great cosmic cow, Auðhumla, we must also feed on the milk, on this primal energy store in order to break through the barriers that our own Ymir, our own jotuns or thurs that are in our hearts and our minds. The milk and the meat of that cosmic cow is a healing balm that nourishes one to become aware. Uruz heals and nourishes.


When I simply look at this rune, I see two things. I see the downward pointed horns of a charging bull or auroch. I also see a young boy throwing a ball up in the sky and catching it as it comes down. The charging bull is obvious. It is strong and primal energy that charges forward. We can use this energy to push through tough times. Tough times are like the dross in iron, the giants or inertia. They are the pre-conscious forces that push us back into a state of unawareness or mindless “Okay-ness”. The dross is what is keeping us back. We must burn away the impurities. It began with Fehu and continues with Uruz. As with the previous runes, Fehu, we lit the spark of the powder keg and it exploded. It is the energetic explosion that is Uruz helping us push through to the other side.


As for the little boy and the ball, that ball is very much like our path of connection to eternity hitting the higher self and returning back down to Midgard. It is the connection to the higher self or perhaps even Asgard that brings about change in awareness. It’s about raising our awareness of soul. As we become more and more aware of the different parts of who we are, we can affect the change which will allow others to become aware as well.

Let Uruz be the charging bull that breaks down the barriers of your dross filled inertia! Let it feed you with healing energies that help with that every forward moving awareness of your soul!


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