“The Spiritual Warrior”
The North Star holds true plunging above the night clouds on its one straight path.
Teiwaz has three slightly different, interlocking meanings. It is the rune of justice, order and judgement through war. The easiest way to remember this is to picture Teiwaz as the symbol of the scales of justice, a column holding the heavens above the earth and an upright spear.
While order and justice are fairly straight-forward concepts, judgement through war is a little more difficult to grasp. This doesn’t refer to oppression through force, but to the Norse concept of vápnadómr or judgement through arms. This is a victory through honourable combat, especially where a moral cause is concerned. This can also be a more passive sacrificing of self to save others, as demonstrated by the Norse god Týr sacrificing his hand between the jaws of the Fenris Wolf to save his fellow gods from destruction. Týr‘s sacrifice was a noble one, and notable in a pantheon of deities not known for their sense of duty and ethical responsibility.
Týr is believed to be one of the oldest of the Norse Gods (a Bronze-age rock carving was found in Scandinavia depicting a one-handed warrior) and his position may well have originally superceded that of Odin. Týr’s rune is also one of the oldest in the fuþark, having survived virtually unchanged from the earliest Bronze-age carvings. It represents all those qualities associated with the God: strength, heroism, duty and responsibility. His rune was often seen painted on the shields of warriors in battle, for he is the protector of the warrior and the giver of victory. But it also represents a deeper mystery: that of the wounded god. The pain of Teiwaz focuses the attention and forces discipline. It is the path of the warrior.
The Spiritual Warrior
Always the battle of the Spiritual Warrior is with the self. Finding a will through action, yet unattached to outcomes; remaining mindful that, sometimes, all you can really do is stay out of your own way and let the will of the universe flow through you: these are among the hallmarks of the Spiritual Warrior.
Embodied in this rune is the sword of discrimination that enables one 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 ancient words: “patience is its own reward.”