This morning, I reached into my bag of Runes and asked which Rune I should write about today. Tiwaz came out and I smiled, because I feel a strong affiliation with this Rune and the god it represents - Týr. I put the Rune back in the bag and asked the Runes what they would like us to know about the Warrior Rune. Here are the three key aspects.
Týr made to make sure that Fenrir the wolf was bound. He gave his right hand to make sure the gods and goddesses of Ásgard were safe from the beast. For him, the gift was his bravery, for those he protected, it was safety. Within this, we must not necessarily think of a warrior as
a traditional soldier or our battles as traditional battles. This is giving on many levels. We can all stand up for injustices, lend a hand to others, but we must also fight our own battles as we try to give something personal to others, something, perhaps less altruistic, but a gift nonetheless.
Number three: Dagaz. The Rune of day and clarity is a good action for Tiwaz, because we need a moment of clarity to give us direction. We are warriors. Warriors stand up, speak out, and lend a hand. Warriors are fair and just. However, warriors must also be prepared to fight personal battles, stand up for themselves and pursue their goals. This may be where the warrior within us is most needed. For many people I know, it is far easier to stand up for someone else, to promote someone else's efforts, than it is to stand up for yourself, promote your own achievements. Part of what we, as warriors, must realize is that our inner warrior is for our use too. To endure the hills, twists, turns, and obstacles on our path, we need to act like warriors, to be strong, and march forward for ourselves even when the road we're on is anything but smooth.
Tiwaz is the warrior within us all. It is powerful when we stand up for others. It must also be so when we are standing up for ourselves. We can give unlimited gifts to others, from food, clothing, and housing, to books, art, and music. However, what we must accept is that it is okay to give ourselves some gifts too.