The Daily Oracle: Monday December 11th

“The aurochs is proud and has great horns; it is a very savage beast and fights with its horns;a great ranger of the moors, it is a creature of mettle.”

5- Uruz-Reversed

5-Strength-Reversed
5 – Uruz-Strength – Manhood, Womanhood – A Wild Ox

“The Rune of terminations and new beginnings, drawing Uruz indicates that the life you have been living has outgrown its form. That form must die so that life energy can be released in a new birth, a new form. This is a Rune of passage and, as such, part of the Cycle of Initiation. Growth and change, however, may involve a descent into darkness as part of the cycle of perpetual renewal. As in nature, the progression consists of five parts: death, decay, fertilization, gestation, rebirth. Events occurring now may well prompt you to undergo a death within yourself. Since self-change is never coerced – we are always free to resist – remain mindful that the new form, the new life, is always greater than the old.

Prepare, then, for opportunity disguised as loss. This could involve the loss of something or even someone with whom you have an intense emotional bond, and through whom you are living a part of your life, a part that must now be retrieved so you can live it out for yourself. In some way, that bond is being severed, a relationship radically changed, a way of life coming to an end. Seek among the ashes and discover a new perspective and new strength. 

The original symbol for Uruz was the aurochs, a wild ox. When the wild ox was domesticated – a nearly impossible task – it could transport heavy loads. Learn to adapt yourself to the demands of such a creative time. Firm principles attach to this Rune, and at the same time humility is called for, since in order to rule you must learn how to serve. Uruz lets you know that your soul and the universe support the new growth.

Reversed: Without ears to hear and eyes to see, you may fail to take advantage of the moment. The result could well be an opportunity missed or the weakening of your position. It may seem that your own strength is being used against you. For some, Uruz Reversed will serve to alert, offering clues in the form of minor failures and disappointments. For others, those more deeply unaware, it may provide a hard jolt. Reversed, this Rune calls for serious thought about the quality of your relationship to your self. But take heart. Consider the constant cycling of death and rebirth, the endless going and return. Everything we experience has a beginning, a middle, an end, and is followed by a new beginning. Therefore do not draw back from the passage into darkness. When in deep water, become a diver. “


This month, The Daily Oracle will be devoted to the Viking Runes. I am not a scholar of this divination method, and as with my cycle with The I Ching, I will be using a combination of my own astrological observance, together with text from another authority. For my reference I will be using a book that I have had for very many years, “The Book of Runes” by Ralph Blum, which is still in print…. but also available on the web as a free PDF. As with The Tarot, I will be invoking my own choice of deity to watch over me as I seek guidance on behalf of all who find this oracle.  The Runes that I am using are ones that I have had for about 12 years, and which replaced my original handmade set, which were inadvertently left behind on one of my many migrations. These particular Runes are made of carnelian, and were purchased in a small bead shop on Catherine Hill in the Wiltshire town of Frome. If you wish to read about how the Runes were discovered, there is a good site HERE that is a wealth of information on all things Norse.


My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives on the Head Shot Fadebeautiful Beara Peninsula in the South West of Ireland. I can often be found at home, deep in arcane research, or practicing some new form of divination whilst burning the dinner! My children probably wish that I was “normal” but may well remember my eccentricities fondly when they come to face the challenges of their own paths. My long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice, in offering guidance, empowerment and healing, helping others to lead a more authentic and magical life. You can read more about me here.

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