URUZ: aurochs (wild ox)|
DIVINATORY MEANINGS: Passion, Vitality, Instinct, Wildness, Sexuality,
Fertility, and the Unconscious, Primitive Mind, Irrationality, Shamanic Experience, Rite of Passage.
MAGICAL USES: To Strengthen the Will, Increase Sexual Potency and Energy.
ANALYSIS: The aurochs
was a species of wild ox, similar to a bison, that was once found all over Europe. They were said to
be slightly smaller than elephants, and had horns as long as six feet, which believed were highly prized
by the Germanii as drinking horns. It is believed that the aurochs hunt had some significance as a rite
of passage for a boy entering manhood. The aurochs is the epitome of the wild animal, as opposed to
the domesticated cattle represented by Fehu.
Uruz is the rune of the God of the sacred hunt and
his shaman/priest. Following the kind of mundane, day to day survival represented by Fehu, it is the
first recognition by mankind of the divine in nature, and his first attempt to control it through the
use of sympathetic magic. It also represents an awareness of death and our own mortality, which may
well be the only thing, which truly distinguishes us from other animals. The energy of this rune is
raw, powerful, and distinctly masculine, in the sense that it is first pure, elemental fire. The boy
who has killed the aurochs has just entered manhood, and has therefore been initiated into the first
level of the mysteries - the awareness that the source of life is death.