Exploring Tarot and Runes: 2 – Uruz

Uruz [pronounced oo-rooz] can be a slightly confusing rune as all three related rune poems from the Anglo-Saxon, Norwegian and Icelandic traditions define it differently. The most widely accepted interpretation however is of the rune meaning Aurochs (a very large species of wild ox, now extinct).

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A dangerous creature to hunt, in ancient Germanic tribes it was a common rite of passage for young men to slay one of these wild beasts and bring home the horns as trophies. At its heart then, Uruz represents a challenge to be met and a test of endurance and will.

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