Uruz – Rune of Strength

Uruz is the rune of the Aurochs; a strong, wild and ox-like creature that is now extinct. This rune, like the animal, represents strength, endurance and vitality; and it was necessary for young men to venture out and vanquish one of these animals on their own if they hoped to join the warrior class. Uruz should be applied when you need that extra boost of wild energy; that flare of frenzied strength to push through the perimeters of your limits and obstacles. Uruz represents fortitude and the ability to work long, hard hours; giving sweat and blood to the Earth.

Uruz teaches us to be sturdy, head strong, and not to waver in the face of threats. It encourages us to make ourselves strong in all ways; to become untamed forces of self actualization and creation. Uruz should be applied to the body, mind and spirit; for if one of these elements is weak, they all shall suffer. Let Uruz be a beacon of strength and solidarity for you to meditate on, acting as an anchor for your soul in rough and unsure times.

Uruz is a rune of superior vitality and stone like endurance. You can never be broken if you have unlocked the powers of Uruz within; and it will always act as a force of resilience against weakness and illness. Use this rune to acquire deeper levels of strength and power in all aspects of life, for it will guide you to a place of confidence and quell any insecure feelings that hinder your growth. Uruz should be used to invoke divine strength, rage and vigor; a useful ingredient to any spell of confidence and solidarity. Meditate on this rune often for iron-like qualities.

Uruz is a rune steeped in chaos, for it still holds the wild and raw energies of creation. The Aurochs, Cow, and Bull are all very important symbols to the Indo-European consciousness; symbolizing the initial nourishing elements and building blocks of creation. From most angles of Indo-European spirituality we encounter a primeval creature similar to the Aurochs; this being usually symbolizing the first organic creation of existence, or the source being who is slain and brings about the creation of the world as we know it. Whether you follow Germanic, Celtic,  or Vedic sources, you can trace these myths back to an original bovine-like creature who is associated with (or responsible for) the construction and cultivation of the world. Uruz represents this key component of creation.

The Draugadrottin Bindrune and a Brief Introduction to Vampyric Odinism

The Draugadrottin bindrune is used to venerate Odin’s form as “Lord of the Undead,” or as I see it, “Lord of the Twice Born.” This is a shamanic form of Odin; one that walks between the veil of worlds. Draugadrottin is a master of death, but also a conductor of new and improved life. Therefor, by taking the form of Draugadrottin, we can achieve and conjure visions of death for our spiritual benefit and development; while also traveling to other realms without needing a physical death of the body. This form (or energy) of Odin is less emphasized by the aspects of fury and “madness,” as is the case with the Wōdaz or Wōdanaz archetype, but more-so steeped in meditation, sacrifice, and the traveling between the different realms of existence.

However, Draugadrottin keeps strong the Wodenic archetype of the Wanderer. This old, wise, and powerful wizard -like incarnation stays consistent in this form; although holding a more Necromantic and dreary ambience. He brings us the secrets of death in order to bring us into a second, more enlightened existence. I like to imagine Draugadrottin clad in bones, reeking of death, and quite ethereal in appearance. This archetype is a physical manifestation of death, and it brings the associated secrets to the thirsty living; allowing us passage between worlds. Draugadrottin is a force of resurrection and restored life-force, a rejuvenation of the Shamanic spirit.  

This face of Odin is Vampyric in spirit; surviving off the energies of humans, creatures, and the forces of nature it encounters. Draugadrottin feeds and absorbs powers from all directions of the wind; from everything that surrounds it. The stronger a person or creatures life force is, the more Draugadrottin will try and absorb it; incorporating it into its’ power and ability. This absorption will aid the shaman in his journey, and all powers he absorbs will replace weaker ones within himself; cultivating the soul and quality of the one who has “Willed to Power.”

My personal vision of Draugadrottin is as shown; sitting upon his throne accompanied by his two ravens. On his hat (the classic witches or wizards hat) is an exaggerated death rune. This rune consists of a central Mannaz rune with inverted Algiz and Ansuz runes as its’ legs; symbolizing the death of the self, the blood, and the spirit. He holds a skull adorned by the Draugadrottin bindrune, which he uses to transport between worlds and drink wisdom from.

His vampyric elements are highly exaggerated to show his darker extreme; a distant shadow of his Asgardian or Apollonian form. In this Draugadrottin form, he is uninterested in order and the affairs of justice; only with the ethereal existence of the wandering “death celebrant.” Like the Aghori of India, the devotee of Draugadrottin will worship death in order to celebrate life; and gain its’ secrets.  In this form, the “darker” areas of spirituality are mirrored and revered in higher regard than the “lighter” areas. Adversity hails as high as honor, and comfort is frowned upon. The wanderer must never become stagnant in his quest for knowledge.

This type of Odinic devotion is difficult (and almost impractical) to procure year round; unless your lifestyle and goals allow such a thing. However, a year or two of this type of devotion is very beneficial; if practiced zealously and vigorously. Even if you cannot dedicate a years energy (or lifetime) to this form it can be beneficial to add into your spiritual cycle; or to use strictly for circumstantial magical purposes. The fall and winter are good times to emulate this Draugadrottin force, and to attempt to walk between the worlds of existence.

Draugadrottin can be deceptive at times, which makes this form a difficult one to venerate for long periods of time. However, if skilled enough, you can manage this uncertain and unpredictable treachery; using it to your advantage and enjoyment. Use the chaotic impulses for art, music, and creation; instead of lashing out at the world around you in destructive or ignorant ways. If we allow the chaotic “madness” of Odin to consume us, it becomes very difficult and dangerous to overcome and recover from; if one ever does…