Need. Not a scary word. But for some reason this rune coming up in a reading freaks people out. Maybe on the surface it has negative connotations. But think deeper. It’s not a scary rune at all.

Need is a thought of something missing that is required. Having a need spurs us on to acquire that which is missing. Action is called for. This rune can indicate that we must take action to provide the missing piece. For example in a casting near elhaz it may indicate that a connection with the gods is called for. With Ansuz inspiration is lacking. And so on. Need is an internal device which calls us to action.

It may also be a call for innovation. Coming up with new ideas and ways of looking at a problem could be the ticket. New ways of approaching and acting may fill the need indicted. Look at the shape of the stave. It looks like two sticks being rubbed together to create fire. The innovation of our ancestors to come up with this solution is sometimes called for.

Nauthiz is also need-fire. The concept of standing on your own two feet. Being able to actually do the things that you’re capable of doing. This may not necessarily be a comfortable thing. It can call upon us to go beyond our comfort zone. But being able to achieve that which we are able to is a great feeling. It brings self worth. And perhaps a greater standing in your clan.

It can also mean distress. The distress of not having our needs fulfilled. It can speak of not having what we need. For me then it simply raises the question of what do I need to do differently or in a new way to fill that need. Again look to the other runes in the reading for clues. Distress is different from catastrophe. It doesn’t mean the end. It’s simply an uncomfortable state that calls us again into action.

These are my quick thoughts on Nauthiz. Hopefully you got something out of it. If so let me know and I’ll do more posts on individual runes. Hail!

Author: vitkimusings

A fifty-something Vitki living in the suburbs of Chicago. Follower of the Nordic Path for the last fifteen years. Student of runes for the last 23 years and seidr for the last seven years. Always learning and growing!

One thought on “Nauthiz”

  1. I love this post! I am all about nauthiz. Nauthiz is the first rune I encountered that kind of spurred me on to studying the runes more. It has definitely been need-fire for me. I also see it as a device/representation of Loki. It is the fire that brings about needed change or growth. I went through a year or so of crap and tough situations, but I came out on the other side so much more knowledgeable and capable of handling such adverse situations. Awesome post!


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