The necessity of dealing with severe Constraint ls 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 are equally difficult to handle.
The role of Nauthiz is to identify our shadow, our dark and repressed
side, places 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: inside you 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
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 the 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
When something within us is disowned, that which is disowned wreaks
havoc. A cleansing is re- quired 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
what is most difficult. Either way, remember that "suffering,"
in its original sense, merely meant "undergoing." Thus you are
re- quired to undergo the dark side of your passage, and bring it in to
the Light. Controlling your anger, restrain- ing your impulses, keeping
your faith firm - all this is at issue here. Modesty and good temper are
essential at such a time.