Nauthiz, the need-fire, is a rune with a dual nature.  In one sense it is the hard hollow of lack, it is the cold earth, the dark days, the emptiness of loss, of starvation, the dark night of the soul.  But it is also the hands that kindle the fire in that darkness and it is the spark of hope that won’t let you role over and die.  That spark is the tenacity of human nature that keeps on trying – even when you are at your lowest ebb.  The shape of the rune suggests two twigs being rubbed together; they are dry and brittle, lacking in life, but ideal for creating that spark you need.

Nauthiz connects with the trickster, the one who cheats death and finds the way out of every hopeless situation (however questionable the method).  This rune is about survival, not just of the body but of the soul.  There is a school of thought that says ‘value’ is determined by context – if you are starving the only thing of value is survival.  I am not convinced.  The child who has everything does not understand need, they cannot empathise with the suffering of others or kindle the need-fire, for they do not know what they need to become.   

The dark night of the soul brings an experience of suffering and need which is essential for an understanding of value.  In this sense Nauthiz is a liberator that frees you from valuing things because you should and teaches you what is actually essential to you. 

Drawing Nauthiz can feel like heartless laughter on the part of the universe “You are suffering” the rune says – no kidding, tell me something I didn’t know!  But experience has taught me that the Nauthiz rune has a hidden message for you:  “Somewhere inside you there is faith, the light will come.”

There is a sweet spot where desire and need overlap. Nauthiz locates a big part of its power centre in the ‘desire’ spectrum.  People with Nauthiz in their Hero Makers are often very sensual beings who experience fulfilment through physical intimacy and sensual pleasure.     You know when you meet someone and you feel that physical aching when they touch you? That’s Nauthiz.  If you watch a candle, or a naked flame for a while you will feel the seductive quality of fire.  The ‘need’ fire in this sense is enticing, thrilling, restless.  As a rune, Nauthiz often shows up during the teenage years and let us not forget that these are the years when our bodies and minds are changing.  The desiring self is sometimes feared, sometimes misunderstood and sometimes celebrated.  Embracing the power of Nauthiz is an essential component of coming in to adulthood.

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Literal meanings:  Need, distress

Rich meanings: Necessity, that which must be, desire, the dark night of the soul, a trial of self-discovery

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2 Replies to “Nauthiz”

  1. It’s a bit fitting when you discover that this is the rube you were born under. I always understood that to appreciate the good things you need to understand and feel the bad. But it also feels like a kick to the heart. That no matter what I try and do I am never going to be successful. Strange.

    1. Dear Ree
      Thank you for sharing your response to your sun rune. That’s really hard when a rune resonates with present pain. If you haven’t done so already I would really recommend that you read This is a deeper exploration of the Nauthiz rune. Some of the runes wear their harshest personas on the surface; and Nauthiz is one of them. But it has huge strength and positivity beneath it. Your truth is what you are feeling right now, it’s your path. On my own path I have found Nauthiz to be the precursor to enlightenment and greater personal power. One of my greatest heroes in life has Nauthiz as a sun rune. None of the runes, not even your sun rune, can dictate the outcomes of your life or tell you how you should feel about them.

      Hoping the fire of Nauthiz leads you to the place where your heart can be joyful again.

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