March 1, 2010 – Tiewaz


Teiwaz is the letter T

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from

Tiewaz is a guiding star; well does it keep faith with princes;
it is ever on its course over the mists of night and never fails

In the stanza, Tiewaz is considered the Pole star or North Star. It’s other names Tiw or Tyr connect to a God with the same name, who was a god of war (not blood thirsty savagery, but tactics, strategy, diplomacy and planning) judgment, and law. He has a very famous story that is easily found with a google search.

Teiwaz is a rune of wisdom and judgment. In the context of a reading Tiewaz indicates that wisdom, judgment and clarity are present or needed (depending upon the context and placement). Generally abrupt actions will be avoided, and so some mistakes will be averted as things are examined, contemplated and decided upon.

It often seems to me that Judgments is a value that is looked down upon in this day and age, and it is something I don’t understand why. The phrase that springs to me is “Don’t Judge me, dude.” I have come to understand that judgment is a good thing. Judgment is the skill that keeps us from doing things that are detrimental to us. It helps us to avoid people, situations and events that would cause un-necessary stress, discomfort and displeasure. It doesn’t mean that you should look down on people, but rather that you know the people you want to hang out with, and the people you don’t want to spend time with. Judgment helps you to perceive the right direction in life for you, instead of the right direction other people think you should go in. It helps to perceive those you mislead, falsify and manipulate you and others to get what they want, and leave you behind. For all these benefits, I just don’t understand why judgment is so looked down upon.

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