Tiwaz Rune {Meaning and Divination Reading}

If you are starting out with Elder Futhark divination readings, you’re probably still getting to grips with their meanings. So if you’ve drawn the Tiwaz rune, you’re curious about what it means.

The Tiwaz rune is associated with justice and order. It is the seventeenth symbol of the Elder Futhark alphabet. The Tiwaz sign is ruled under Tyr’s aett. The Tiwaz symbol also relates to sacrifices made for the benefit of others.

That’s a brief idea of the Tiwaz symbol, but if you want to know more, keep reading. This guide will tell you everything you want to know about this rune symbol.

You’ll also learn how to use it with divination and energy work.

Let’s get started.

Tiwaz rune

What is the Tiwaz Rune?

Tiwaz is the seventeenth symbol of the Elder Futhark Runes. You pronounce it as tee-waz.

The whole elder futhark alphabet is split into three lots of eight. A Norse deity rules over each set as an aettir (family).

Tiwaz is the first symbol of the third (Tyr’s) Aett. This set of runes is ruled by Tyr, the Norse god of law, order, and justice.

Tyr’s aett represents experiences that challenge our progress from primal to the divine self.  They bring about the development of your full potential. These runes help to navigate the human condition and broader issues of society.

The Tiwaz Rune represents law and order, within society. Without rules and boundaries, we become chaotic and disrespectful to those around us.

In addition to Tiwaz, the other symbols in this Aettir include the:

What is the Meaning of the Tiwaz Rune?

Tiwaz rune meaning

In a general rune reading, Tiwaz symbolizes fighting for what is right. It is related to morality and being a role model for those around you

The translation of Tiwaz is Tyr, the Warrior god.

Tyr was a well revered Norse god who represented bravery, loyalty, and justice. He sacrificed an arm to help bind Fenrir, the great wolf of chaos.

This can relate to social, political, or legal aspects in our modern world.

Tiwaz encourages you to use your strengths to stand up for those who are much more vulnerable. Act with honor and altruism, not just for likes on social media.

The Tiwaz rune is about being full of courage and conviction to bring about change for the greater good. You know you need to put up with discomfort to achieve positive outcomes during challenging times.

This is a rune of strict discipline, principles, and tenacity. Developing a focus and determination will benefit you during personal hardships.

Tiwaz tells you to stay on the path, and victory will be yours.

Tiwaz Keywords:

  • Justice
  • Order
  • Courage
  • Discipline
  • Honor

How to read the Tiwaz Rune

Tiwaz upright

Rune divination starts with you having a question or intention in mind. Drawing the Tiwaz rune can bring answers to that which you seek guidance.

We’ve already discussed the general meaning of the Tiwaz rune. Yet, you may find this doesn’t really relate to your intention or question.

Tiwaz is not a chief rune for some intentions. On its own, it doesn’t always give the depth of answer you need.

When you’ve drawn a Tiwaz rune, it’s always better you get context from the neighboring runes. Often the order you read them will give you more details about the message of the Tiwaz.

On that note, the meanings in this guide are not set in stone. As a beginner, they may help you decipher the message’s meaning in your rune reading.

Use your own judgment and intuition to guide you through.

Can Tiwaz be reversed?

Tiwaz Reversed

Tiwaz is a rune that can be reversed. That means a mirrored, inverted, or reversed position carries a shadow meaning (merkstave).

Reading a reversed rune is subjective. Some only consider it a merkstave rune if it falls at a position 180° flipped from upright (e.g the first rune above). Any other position is considered upright.

Another option is if a rune falls at an obscure angle, it is rotated in a clockwise direction until it reaches an upright or reversed position. This is shown in the other three examples above.

When Tiwaz is reversed, it relates to a lack of courage in your convictions. The opinion of others easily sways you. You are following the crowd to please others rather than sticking by what you feel is right.

Alternatively, you may be digging in your heels purely to create conflict. Reverse Tiwaz reminds you to act with justice and balance, think critically, and create an informed opinion.

You may choose not to consider a reversed Tiwaz as a meaning. But, you could be missing an important message from the Divine.

Tiwaz For Love


A Tiwaz rune in a love intention can indicate fairness and reciprocity. It is neither good nor bad, but a reminder that you get back what you put into your relationship. There needs to be a balance for a relationship to work.

In an upright position, Tiwaz can signal passion and significant sexual energy.  This can relate to a new relationship and rekindling the romance in an existing partnership.

Tiwaz can indicate a strong commitment to one another. A marriage contract may be on the cards.


Drawing a reversed Tiwaz for a love intention is a bad omen. It relates to intense conflict and disloyalty from one side.

Reverse Tiwaz is often related to cheating or a betrayal of trust. If you have been cheating on your partner, you will get your comeuppance.

Drawing a reversed Tiwaz signals that without a sense of direction, the relationship will likely end.

Tiwaz for Family and Friends


When Tiwaz is drawn for matters of family and friends, it suggests a strong male figure in your life. This can relate to you returning a favor for the sacrifice this man has made for you in the past.

The upright Tiwaz signals that you have a strong support network. You have their back, and they have yours. When you are vulnerable, they protect you, and you do the same in return.

Tiwaz reminds you to continue to nurture this relationship; otherwise, you may lose this support.


A reversed Tiwaz can signal favoritism and an imbalance with family or friendship groups. You may put in all the work to maintain a relationship with little back. Or perhaps you’re the one not putting in the effort.

There may be a difference in options on vital subjects, which causes tensions in your relationships. Set boundaries for both sides to respect if you want to keep the peace.

Tiwaz for Health and wellbeing


Tiwaz drawn for health indicates that discipline and focus will be beneficial for you to maintain your health. This may mean sticking to your medication regime or habits such as exercise and a healthy diet.

Without discipline in your life, you’re likely to suffer the consequences of ill health. Moderation is key so you don’t go off the deep end.


Drawing a reversed Tiwaz signals that a lack of discipline has resulted in poor health. This may be overindulgence with food, alcohol, or drugs.  It may also relate to over-exercising, which has caused significant injury.

Tiwaz is related to the hands and joints and can signal issues such as broken bones, arthritis, or gout.

Tiwaz For Money and finances


In money matters, drawing the Tiwaz rune means you need to bring order and balance to your financial situation. This may be by balancing the books and creating a budget to prevent overspending.

Tiwaz can also relate to contributing to financial assistance for good causes to help out.

Financially Tiwaz is a good sign if you have any money-related legal matters. Keep fighting your corner, and the result will go in your favor.


A reversed Tiwaz can indicate that you are not accountable for your finances. You are likely overspending and refusing to take hold of your situation. Tackling this will be hard, but the alternative will throw your life into financial chaos.

Ensure that you get good legal advice before signing financial deals and a contract is in place to protect you. Even if you think the other person is trustworthy.

The reverse Tiwaz suggests that gambling in financial issues will not pay off.

Tiwaz for Career


When Tiwaz is drawn in career intention, it signals that dedication and ambition are paying off for you. You’ve remained focused and made sacrifices and are now being rewarded for your efforts.

Tiwaz is also a reminder not to give too much of yourself to your career. It’s essential to maintain a good work/life balance.


A reversed Tiwaz can indicate that someone is being taken advantage of in the workplace. This may be you not being repaid a favor, or you may be exploiting someone else’s good nature.

If you’ve made a promise to your boss or colleague, then stick by it. Your honesty and integrity may not be remembered. However, dishonesty and selfishness will make a lasting impression on your colleagues.

Tiwaz for Personal development


Tiwaz is an excellent rune to strengthen your communication and reasoning skills. It encourages you to develop confidence and assertiveness skills to speak up for what you believe in.

Exploring your critical thinking skill is also beneficial for you. You need to know how to take both sides of the story, how credible they are, and make your own opinion from each side.

This helps you form well-rounded opinions and strengthens your cause when debating with those of opposing views.


Tiwaz reversed indicates that you are passive regarding matters important to you.

Perhaps you are feeling demotivated or lacking confidence in how to speak your mind.

Reverse Tiwaz can also suggest that you are being stubborn in your thinking. You are close-minded if you stick to morally questionable views for a reaction only.

You don’t need to change your stance, but at least acknowledge that everyone won’t agree with you.

Tiwaz for Spirituality


The Tiwaz rune is excellent for learning the importance of universal energy and manifestation. The lesson here is that you will get back what you put out into the world.

This is the time for you to put good energy and thoughts out into the universe. Even if chaos surrounds you, choose to do the right thing, and the cosmos will reward you in kind.


A negative Tiwaz can often indicate that you are unwilling to accept that hard times are a part of the growth process. You feel victimized and don’t want to accept that you must take action to see positive change.

You are not listening to your intuition and feel lost and hopeless. Ignoring divine guidance can result in prolonged difficult times.

Magical uses of the Tiwaz Rune

  • Healing Magic
  • Strengthening will power
  • Summoning your inner warrior
  • Supporting decision making
  • Seeking Justice

Tiwaz Rune Associations

The Tiwaz rune connects with many other universal energies. These may suggest ways to incorporate the Tiwaz energy into your divination work.

Tiwaz corresponds with the following

CrystalsTigers eye
Half monthFebruary 27th– March 14th
Ruling planetMars

Tiwaz Rune Poems

Anglo-Saxon Tiwaz Poem

Tiw 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.

Norwegian Tiwaz Poem

Tyr is a one-handed god;

often has the smith to blow.

Icelandic Tiwaz Poem

Tyr god with one hand

and leavings of the wolf

and prince of temples.

Tiwaz Galdr (Runic Chant)

Tiwaz tiwaz tiwaz
Tu ta ti te to
Tur tar tir ter tor
Ot et it at ut

Rune Tiwaz Other Names

  • Old Germanic name: Tys, Tiwaz
  • Old Norwegian name: Tiwar
  • Anglo-Saxon name: Tir, Tiw
  • Old Celtic name: Tyr
  • Old Icelandic name: Tyr

Final thoughts

Tiwaz is a warrior rune that requires the intent to act with courage, discipline, and bravery.

It encourages you to stand up for what is right, even if that means having to sacrifice.

The consequences of Tiwaz mean that what you do will be painful, but the outcome will be worth it. The importance is the action taken; Tiwaz does not allow you to be passive.

Tiwaz provides moral guidance. The overall theme is to identify your strengths to help yourself and others. Doing so for the sake of the greater good and not just to make yourself look good.

Even in the reversed position, Tiwaz reminds you what you put into the world is what you will get back. The cosmos will balance you out somewhere along the line.

Tiwaz represents honesty, loyalty, and integrity. These qualities help you grow spiritually and become a productive member of society.

Use the Tiwaz rune to harness these energies into your life and divination work.

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