The Thorn Ritual


  • Runic wand (if available)

Sit quietly in the space in which the circle is to be cast. Meditate on the various aspects of the Thorn rune. Concentrate on the passive and active protective aspects of the force embodied into the Thorn Rune.

Stand Facing North.

Assume the Isa stance, hands at side and feet together. Visualize yourself as an antennae for the forces of the Multiverse. Feel the forces flowing through you from above and below. Let the energy flow through your body from the floor and the sky passing your solar plexus and energizing it.

When you feel that the energy is flowing smoothly through your body visualize the space around you as deep blue. The deep blue of the late night sky. Shimmering with energy. Scintillating as you look in to it.

Inhale evenly and deeply from you diaphragm (letting your stomach expand and contract with your breath. Do not allow your upper body to be moved by the intake of breath. Let the sides of your mid section and the back of your midsection expand and contract with your breath. Breath fully and calmly. Let the breath energize your cells. Feel the energy adding to the energy raised with the Isa meditation.

Trace the Hammer of Thor with your dominant hand using the wand or your fingers.


As you trace the Thorn, say (vibrate) the word “Thorn” (or Thuriaz if you are using the Norse name). Visualize the energy flowing from you solar plexus, through your hand/wand, tracing the rune.

Turn to the East and repeat the invocation. Then to the South then to the West. Then Above you, then below you.

Turn to the North (if not already standing in that direction) and say:
“Thorn in the North, Hallow and hold this Holy Stead.”

Do this for the other five Thorns you have invoked.

Having invoked the six points of the circle, we will be invoking a thorny circle of briar in four parts. Each "string" will be invoked as long as you can say the word “Thorn”. When your breath runs out then one should inhale and begin another string, until you have scribed four interlacing, intricate strings of ethric briar. You will be tracing these strings so as to create a ball similar to yarn. As you are tracing the strings of briar, visualize the briar as being covered with sharp, pointy, nasty looking thorns. Invest these thorns with the power to keep out unwanted influences.

Stand facing North. Inhale and as you exhale vibrate the word "Thorn" make the vibration of the name last as long as you have breath. As you are saying the word trace briar in a circle around you. Visualize the stream of briar coming out of the end of your wand/finger. Trace the briar in any way you want. Some are fond of dancing in spirals, spinning in circles, moving their hand in the way an artist would with a pencil if they were in a globe of canvas.

When your breath runs out from the first "Thorn", inhale and invoke that name again:

Drawing a string of briar around the inner surface of a globe, forming a globe of briar with your actions. Remember to see what is already there and fill in the spaces you have yet to get to. When you are out of breath again, inhale, and begin the third string of Briar. Don't forget to get the space over your head and below your feet. Make wide sweeping motions, small scribbly motions. Let your enjoyment of movement arouse more energy, feel the energy flowing through you, through your hand, and coming out in the stream of briar. When you are out of breath inhale, and invoke the Thorn one last time. Make sure to get all of those places that have not been covered. Don't worry about small spaces, just make sure that there are no large gaps in the ball of briar you have just make. Fix the holes with this last invocation.

As you finish this last invocation of Thorn, stand facing North. It is not uncommon to feel both exhilarated and exhausted by this process. Stand, with feet apart and hands spread over your head. Breath deeply. Visualize the glowing ball of briar, see it, its green tendrils intertwining, feel the vibrance of its life force, a force that you have given to it. Breath deeply, calming yourself.

While standing with your feet apart, arms upraised in a "Y" inhale, and as you exhale feel your energy flowing through the orb of briar, and see, as you energize the orb, the thorns grow. See the thorns, brownish and reddish, getting larger and closing up the small spaces that existed between the strings of briar. Feel the spaces being blocked off. See the blue of the space around you, see the orb of thorny briars. Keep the thorns growing until you feel that the orb is complete and capable of keeping out any unwanted influences. Infuse the orb of briar with the ability to repel unwanted energies and permit those energies desired.

Stand in a comfortable position. We are near the end of the ritual. The invocation of the God/desses.

Stand in the Isa position. Say: “IIIIIISsssssssss.”
Stand in the As (Anuz) position. Say: “Odhinn.”
Stand in the Beorch position. Say: “Urdh.”
Stand in the Ing position. Say: “Freyr.”
Stand in the Foeh position. Say: “Freya.”
Stand in the Thorn position. Say: “Thorr.”

Stand in the Isa position. Breath deeply. Thank the God/desses silently. Feel the Orb of Thorns surrounding you. Begin your working, secure in your circle.