The Sky God Tiw
This is the Rune of the Spiritual Warrior. Always the battle of the
Spiritual Warrior is with the self. Funding a will through action, yet
unattached to outcomes, remaining mindful that all you can really do is
stay out of your own way and let the will of Heaven flow through you -
these are among the hallmarks of the Spiritual Warrtor.
Embodied in this Rune is the sword of discrimination that enables you
to cut away the old, the extraneous. And yet, with Teiwaz comes certain
knowledge that the universe always has the first move. Patience is the
virtue of this Rune, and it recalls the words of St. Augustine that "the
reward of patience is patience."
Here, you are asked to look within, to delve down to the foundations
of your life itself. Only in so doing can you hope to deal with the deepest
needs of your nature and to tap into your most profound resources. The
molding of character is at issue when Teiwaz appears in your spread.
Associated with this Rune are the sun, masculine energy, the active
principle. The urge toward conquest is prominent here, especially self-conquest,
which is . lifelong: pursuit and calls for awareness, single- mindedness
and the willingness to undergo your passsage with compassion and in total
In issues of relationship, devotion to a cause, an idea or a path of
conduct, the Warrior Rune counsels perseverance, although at times the
kind of perseverence required is patience.
Teiwaz is a Rune of courage and dedication. In ancient times it was
this glyph warriors painted on their shields before battle. Now, the same
symbol strenghens your resolve in the struggle of the Self with self.
Reversed: The danger is that through hasty or illtimed action, life
force leaks out or is spilled away, if an association is short-lived, do
not grieve, but Icnow that it has fulfilled its span. Matters of trust
and confidence are at issue here, and with them the authenticity of your
way of being in the world.
Reversed, Teiwaz calls for examining your motives Is it self-conquest
with which you are concerned, or are you trying to dominate another? Are
you lusting after outcomes, or are you focused on the task for its own:.
You will find the answers within yourself, not in: outside advice. When
you consult the Runes, you are consulting the Self, the action proper to
a Spiritual Warrior.