Giant – torture of women and cliff-dweller and husband of a giantess.
Runic and Heroic Poems, Bruce Dickins, translation

E;der Futhark rune Uruz, with the text Force + Embodiment = Manifestation, 14-29 July #theweeklyrune


Traditional meaning – thurs, thorn
Association – Thor swinging Mjollnir
Galdrthoo, thooree
Element – contested
Dates – 29 July-13 August
Verb – to quicken
Animistic Qualities – applying momentum to life force, awareness to untamed inner elements
Challenge – To wield control with compassion

Listen to What in the Wyrd Episode 109 – Quickening with Thurisaz

Traditional lore – Thurisaz is attested as powerful non-human forces, as in Thor striking Mjollnir, rhimthursar (Jotnar), and thorn.

Animistic lore – Thurisaz represents our internal Jotun. It’s the thin primal boundary that separates layers of consciousness yet holds them together. We aren’t taught in settler culture to be so self-aware, yet without such is to engage instinct without ego, without the safety precautions of understanding taking actions in a way that is wise for us, for those around us. 

“It is our choice that most defines the forces of Thurisaz. Again, we are dealing with a deep force from within acting as catalyst for change.” Runic Book of Days

Elder Futhark runes Fehu, Ingwaz, Kenaz reversed with a white seashell on an orange background

Thurisaz is the chosen quickening

making us not just matter walking around, but fully aware of being kin to All Things.

Quickening with Thurisaz Introspections

  • How do you recognize when your unconscious is in the driver’s seat?
  • How do you respond to it?
  • How do you validate it, yet check its influence?
  • With what elements are you in most intimate relationship?
  • How do they connect with your unconscious?

Runic Book of Days

A Guide to Living the Annual Cycle of Rune Magick
2019 Nautilus Silver Award Winner
2019 National Indie Excellence Book Award Finalist
A step-by-step guide to working with the runes throughout the year through rituals and initiations to come into direct relationship with them.

Runic Book of Days - 2019 Nautilus Book Award Winner


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S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

I’m an animist, author, deathwalker and death doula. For the last 25+ years, through Soul Intent Arts I’ve helped others to ethically build thriving spiritual paths as fit, embodied elders, who upon death become wise, capable Ancestors. My work is Nature-based, and focuses soul tending through the Elder Futhark runes, animism, ancestral healing, and deathwork. I’m author of Runic Book of Days, and I host the podcast, What in the Wyrd. I also write The Weekly Rune as a celebration of the Elder Futhark in season. Full bio.


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~S. Kelley Harrell