|You can learn more about Nauthiz, the rune of Constraint,
|Nauthiz is a rune of challenge to the
self. We each have our own dark little
places, doors in our minds that we
have closed and not allowed the
contents of the mental room the benefit
of fresh air and sunshine. Nauthiz
shines a bright light into those rooms,
granting the opportunity to dispense
with that which binds us to our lesser
self. Through Nauthiz we learn the
realization that many times when we
shut those doors there are issues left
|untended. When Nauthiz appears in your runes
it is sure that you are going to be challenged on
an intimate level.
Nauthiz gives the same challenge of the Oracle
of Delphi: “Know Thyself.” Nauthiz cautions
you to rethink your current plan. Nauthiz
cautions you to look within yourself and to be
honest about your capabilities before you set
Element: The receptive polarity of female energy is the challenge of Nauthiz.
Be receptive to that which you need to accept, let go of, or change.
Nauthiz is aligned with the Planet Saturn who hides secrets within its many
Tarot Link: Nauthiz is linked with the Tarot card of The Devil. One of the
more prominent symbolisms of this card is that one is chained by one’s feelings
or belief. In the traditional depiction of the card there is a couple depicted as
being chained to the devil, but the chains are loose enough to be removed. The
couple remain “chained” because they do not see (or are unwilling) that they
have the ability to unchain themselves.
Color: Black is the color most normally associated with Nauthiz. We have to
enter into the blackness, into the deep well of the inner self to answer the
challenge represented by this Rune and its association with the color black.
Polarity: Feminine energy is at work here. Nauthiz is asking you to be
receptive to the knocking of the doors within your mind so that you will open
them and set yourself free.
Healing Property: Nauthiz is considered to carry healing properties for issues
relating to the arms.
Modern Letter Counterpart: Nauthiz, not surprising, is most closely associated
with the modern letter N.
Special Runic Associations: Whenever Nauthiz appears in a casting it is wise
to look at the surrounding runes in the cast for help in identifying the matter
Nauthiz addresses. Nauthiz is the fifth rune in the Cycle of Initiation.
Nauthiz is the lesson that without hurt we would not truly understand the
importance of joy. Nauthiz speaks of personal constraint. Nauthiz tells us we
cannot advance further in our cycle without accepting the pain of growth and
change to provide the foundation for future joys to grow within our lives and
|understanding of whom we truly are. Caution of over estimation of your abilities
cannot be overstated. If Nauthiz has shown up in your spread, it may be
telling you to wait until the complete lesson is learned before acting!
On the physical plane, Nauthiz reminds us to keep our word – to pay off old
debts and restore our personal harmony with the universe. If complete healing
cannot take place, at least steps in that direction are a long way on the road to
happiness. If we can’t completely pay things off, make arrangements, focus on
removing the debt from your life so you are open to receive the bounties the
Are you trying to push forward a project without doing the appropriate
background work? Are you relying too heavily upon the efforts of others and
not enough on yourself? Are you allowing the terrors of your past and of your
mind to restrain you from achieving the heights you desire? All these questions
point to how Nauthiz tells us to go within and “Know Thyself.”
Nauthiz - Constraint
Nauthiz is a member of Hagal’s Aett.
(Sometimes seen as Nauthis.)
Key Word(s): Constraint, need, necessity, pain, lessons, hardship and learning.
|yourself up for a situation to allow failure to occur. It is difficult
to accept the blessings of Nauthiz at times; but it truly is a
blessing come to light.
Nauthiz warns that restraint is the best course of action.
Charging in where angels fear to tread just might get your
feathers singed! Nauthiz cautions you to think before acting. Do
the research yourself. Don’t rely on the work of others because
you truly are not in control or mayhap even aware of the depth or
breadth of the situation at hand. Look inside yourself. Are you
|fooling yourself into a corner because you refuse to see the truth of a situation?
Are your rose colored glasses getting in the way of reality – which is so much
better when viewed with clarity and discernment.
This Rune is sometimes referred to as “the great teacher.” Nauthiz allows us
the opportunity to truly look deep within, open up all those doors in the hallways
of our minds, and let the healing light of sun, the freshness of the breezes of the
air, and the honesty to our own self allow us to open the door wide to a better