Nauthiz Meaning & Interpretation – Nordic Runes

Rune Poem for Nauthiz

“Nyd byþ nearu on breostan;
weorþeþ hi þeah oft niþa bearnum
to helpe and to hæle gehwæþre,
gif hi his hlystaþ æror.”

“Trouble is oppressive to the heart;
yet often it proves a source of help and salvation
to the children of men,
to everyone who heeds it betimes.”

Rune Name – Nauthiz

Aett – Heimdall’s

Aett Position – Second

Nauthiz – Upright Meaning


Strength built through facing resistance, new solutions to old problems, independence, reliance on self, ability to overcome confusion and conflict. The endurance to survive, the determination to pull through. Taking the initiative to change one self and face what scares you.


rune nauthizThe Nauthiz rune of the Elder Futhark heralds hardship in your life, unwanted responsibility causing discontent. The frustration with obstacles that stand between you and what you need. It speaks of strength built in the face of adversity, and the endurance to persist in the face of the difficulty.

Nauthiz rules over our lives when we see a continuing difficulty in our life and take pains to change the road we follow. This is when the fire of self blazes high, and we take pains to improve ourselves.

We burn out the unwanted parts of ourselves, letting the fire transform them. Nauthiz rune can also set the way to resolve conflict and clear away confusion, clearing the path for understanding.

Nauthiz – Merkstave Meaning (Reversed)


Imprisonment, monotonous work, hard labor, distress from want and deprivation, hunger, being poor, hunger for emotional connection.


nauthiz merkstaveThe Nauthiz Merkstave comes, and with it brings omens of distress and imprisonment. We may be bound by things other than bars. Our circumstances can bind us, continuous monotonous struggle, trying to dig ourselves out of a rut.

When we find ourselves locked away from the light of human contact, no real pairing with another, our hearts not touching another.

With the Merkstave we’ll find ourselves needing to grow and break the chains of every day existence. We cannot continue as we are, for as we are we are locked to the wheel, turning only in the routes it knows to follow.

We are not driven for personal change, we only know work, and continuous work. But when that work is being done with a shovel, all we do is dig ourselves deeper into that hole.

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