Tiwaz Rune Meaning





The sky god.

Germanic Gothic Old English Old Norse
tiwaz teiws tir Týr
the god Týr the god Týr the god Týr (OE Tiw), glory the god Týr

Justice, World order, Victory (according to law), Self-sacrifice, Spiritual discipline.


  • Obtaining just victory and success.
  • Building spiritual will.
  • Develops the power of positive self-sacrifice.
  • Develops the “force of faith” in magic and religion.

The T-rune embodies the force ruled by the god Ása-Týr. Týr is the Norse god of law and justice, who governs proceedings at the thing (the Germanic general assembly). The Týr force is one of passive regulation. In northern mythology, it is this god who comes closest to a transcendental quality. These characteristics are exemplified by the major Týr myth in which the god sacrifices his hand (“active abilities”) between the jaws of the Fenris wolf in order to save his fellow Æsir from destruction. Thus tiwaz is the rune of self-sacrifice and of kings and great leaders of the people.

The word tiwaz, týr in Old Norse, is the exact cognate to Sanskrit Dayus, Greek Zeus, and Latin Jupiter. A threefold mystery is contained in tiwaz: (1) justice, (2) war, and (3) world-column. Certain aspects of all three concepts are intimately related in the runic cosmology. Tiwaz is principally the force of divine order in the multiverse, and especially among mankind. But Tyr is also important as a “war god.” This is because of the special judicial and spiritual qualities that were imparted to conflict by the ancient Northmen. An Old Norse word sums up this aspect quite well: vápnadómr (“judgment by arms: war). Combat was seen as a struggle between numinous forces in conjunction with physical ones. Both of these are considered to be extensions of the same ultimate source. The man, or army, with the most numinous power (which is developed by right and honorable past action) will be favored by ørlog to win the struggle. Týr rules over the administration of this form of justice, so he is invoked for victory and is, therefore, an important war god. The aspect of the world-column expressed by the T-rune is that of the separator of heaven and earth. This separation creates a phenomenological quality, and is, therefore, necessary to multiversal manifestation as we know it. This column maintains world order and protects humanity and the gods from the destruction that would come should the heavens (energy) and earth (matter) collapse into one another.

Tiwaz is represented by the Irminsul of the Saxons. This world-column is the axis mundi and has its heavenly termination in the pole star.

The T-rune is the mystery of spiritual discipline and faith according to divine law. It is the religious instinct in the individual and society. Tiwaz facilitates social integration and regulation according to the spiritual code of the Æsir.


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