The Daily Oracle: Thur December 14th

“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.”

7- Nauthiz

7-Constraint-Reversed
7 – Nauthiz-Constraint – Necessity – Pain

” The necessity of dealing with severe constraint is the lesson of Nauthiz. The positive aspects of this Rune represent the limitations we directly cause ourselves. Its negative side attracts limitations from those around us. Both can be equally difficult to handle.

The role of Nauthiz is to identify our ‘shadow’, our dark or repressed side, areas where growth has been stunted, resulting in weaknesses that we project onto others. Don’t take this world personally, this Rune is saying. Work with the shadow, examine what it is inside you that magnetizes misfortune into your life. When at last you can look upon Nauthiz with a smile, you will recognize the troubles, denials and setbacks of life as your teachers, guides and allies.

The need for restraint is unquestionable here. Drawing this Rune indicates that there will be holdups, reasons to reconsider your plans carefully. There is work to be done on your self. So take it on with good will and show perseverance.

This is a time to pay off old debts, to restore, if not harmony, at least balance. So mend, restore, redress: when fishermen can’t go to sea they repair nets. Let the constraints of this time serve you in righting your relationship to your Self. Be mindful that rectification comes before progress. And once again, consider the uses of adversity.

Reversed: As part of the Cycle of Initiation, Nauthiz is the great teacher disguised as the bringer of pain and limitation. It has been said that only at the point of greatest darkness do we become aware of the light within us by which we come to recognize the true creative power of the self. When something within us is disowned, that which is disowned wreaks havoc. A cleansing is required here; in undertaking it you fund a will and strengthen character. Begin with what is most difficult and proceed to what is easy. Or, conversely, begin with what is easy and proceed to that which is most
difficult. Either way, remember that ‘suffering’, in its original sense, merely meant-‘undergoing’. Thus you may be required to undergo the dark side of your passage, and bring it into the light. Controlling your anger, restraining your impulses, keeping your faith firm – all this is at issue here. Modesty and good temper are essential at such a time.”


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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