For the week of 10 May 2015
Natively situated between Hagalaz (harsh external change) and Isa (processing outcomes) in the Elder Futhark, Nauthiz forces us to confront our limitations and what we’re getting out of them.
Laguz – Water – I’m seeing an interesting pattern with Laguz. The last two times it presented as The Weekly Rune, Mercury was retrograde. This week it arrives merkstave, though it is pictured brightstave. Despite being home-free of the morass MercR brings, this connection begs us pause.
The prevailing idea here is something else must come to pass before what we’re working on at the moment can manifest. We’re in the groove. We’re flowing, we’re trundling through our paces, paying our dues, entering the home stretch. We know we’ve got this. So what’s the problem?
Anytime this symbol of flow shows up merkstave, we’re missing part of the picture. We’re so hyper-focused on a passion project that we’re not covering the bases of our heart’s needs. It can be so easy to miss this, when we’re otherwise hitting on all cylinders. After all, actively experiencing connection with All Things feels that way, yes? Why would we detour, at all?
Well, because Laguz merkstave says to. That’s its purpose. We’re still going to reach the finish line. This stave merely cautions us to take care of this other little heart thing along the way.
It feels like a distraction. In terms of focus, it likely is a distraction. However, without giving attention back to the inner compass, we can’t reach the finish line–no matter how convinced we are that we’re perfectly aligned with that outcome.
Just as the elements are rallying around us to manifest this passion project, so do they ally with us to make this pit stop. Remember, this little memo wouldn’t be announcing itself if it didn’t put us in direct contact with deep, unconscious drives to fulfill our desires. It is right.
You’re doing the right thing. Hold that thought, and do a self-check of the heart for the stamina to see it through.
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Laguz – Water – I often encounter Laguz reversed, during Mercury retrograde, as it is now. The double affirmation not to over reach is always a good one, though at this time, it’s law. Note that the image at left shows Laguz brightstave.
Laguz is a comfy Rune. Watery, feminine, and intuitive, it speaks to our primal imperative to always point home. There is a saying, ‘water always finds its level,’ meaning, no matter what storm moves through, how violently water is stirred, or where land dries to drought, water finds its still nature. It will always find its way back to its source.
Anytime this symbol of flow shows up, we can at least take heart that the elements rally around us, just as they need to However, when reversed, the emphasis becomes, finding where we are rallying against them. Are we forcing outcomes? Are we misleading ourselves in some way?
Laguz reversed prompts us to examine what is out of sync in our lives, and should prompt thoughts on how to get in the groove. It puts us in direct contact with deep, unconscious drives. This inner connection can feel discombobulating when we’re off track, and especially so if we’re not even sure what our track is, or should be
The message here is that the tide isn’t suitable. Whatever you want, put it down and step aside. However you stacked the dominoes, they’re not going to patter out into the pretty pattern. The wall you keep crashing into, the tension, it’s real. Honor it, and find a way to trust the tide to carry you through it, or get out of the water. Don’t let the current dynamic drift you further from your heart’s desire.
We often forget that we don’t have to go through with things. We don’t have to hurtle headlong toward assured disaster. We are meant to be informed counsel on our own spiritual dream teams. We are intended to stop ourselves from self-destructing.
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Laguz – Water – All is flowing as it should. This is the message of Laguz. Anytime this symbol of flow shows up, we can at least take heart that the elements around us are aligning as they need to. The question then is, are we aligning with the elements?
Anytime this Rune speaks in a spread, it’s a time to examine if we’re in sync with what’s going on in our lives, and if not, how to get in the groove. Associated with a primal feminine influence, Laguz puts us in direct contact with deep, perhaps even unconscious drives. This inner connection can feel a bit discombobulating if we’re off track, and especially so if we’re not even sure what our track is.
When Laguz comes up, it’s not the time to force outcomes. If the tide isn’t suitable, if the current isn’t going our way, this is the time to let it carry us. Funny how often those two things are related–forcing outcomes, and letting What Is carry us. In this culture of ‘create your own reality,’ we forget how much active participation just flowing requires. How many of us really know how to do that? When we do know, how many of us can or will allow it? Even when you are tapped into the right places in your life, there is an assumption that you will always effortlessly be. The active part of going with the flow isn’t in fighting the urge to do, it’s in asserting a vision of peace no matter what comes–externally, or internally.
Let Laguz lead you to the places that need attention. If you’re not sure what the flow is or should be in your life right now, close your eyes and imagine swinging in a hammock and floating on the air, or drifting in an inner tube along the surface of a calm lake–whatever sensual experience gives you lightness, support, the feeling of being so one with the elements, that you become them.
This is what being aligned with your highest needs and desires feels like, because at the end of it all, that connection is all you need.
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Laguz – Water – Growing up, my mother used to say, “Water always seeks its own level,” meaning, no matter what distance or depth, turbulence or change, water always takes up the amount of space it needs. No matter what the circumstances, water will always flow to its lowest point, then distribute itself to maintain a balanced surface. Symbolically speaking, its inherent ability to adapt is its gift to us. In that light, Laguz isn’t just about water, but flow.
Anytime this Rune comes up in a reading, there is an emphasis on honoring the natural pace of things. Sometimes it can be hard to do that, as we tend to keep ourselves artificially busy with work, entertainment, distraction, etc. Many of us aren’t in touch with our natural rhythms at all, and some of us who are may not want to go where life is leading us.
Consider the source of hesitation, the places in life where flow is held back. What feelings pool in those shadows? What fears dam awareness from breaking through? The message in Laguz is that it will come through; however, when we don’t go with the flow, a torrent will carry us away. A message that often underlies the Runes is that we can create change for ourselves, on our own terms, or the Universe will make it for us.
Take some time to stand in Nature this week, barefoot if possible, and regardless of the weather. Going with the natural flow means finding the places within that feel comfortable expressing the rhythm sensed without. That rhythm is always “right.” It may feel odd and awkward at first, particularly if it’s been a while since such intimate contact with the elements. One thing is certain–Nature knows right direction, and the element pointing it out right now is water. Connect with trust in that wisdom, and let go. Follow.
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Laguz – Water – Fascinating that Laguz visits as mere miles from me Chapel Hill is flooded with more rain to come, while across the country in Arizona, wild fires blaze out of control. In that light some greater bid for balance comes to mind, and the ever-humbling knowledge that humanity is but one tiny component of Nature.
Weather shamanism is all about balance–not controlling rain or shine, but coming into concert with Nature in a way that the atmosphere isn’t just predictable, but the inner scape healthily adapts to it. Thus, when the inner being is tamed, surrounding elements rally in support. Balance is attained. Indeed, Laguz reminds us of the fact that it is our nature to go with the flow, a feat more challenging than just ego surrender.
In order to go with the flow we must be in balance internally, as well as externally. We must be able to release and trust the elements to carry us, without controlling where we go. How many times can we reinvent ourselves along the passage to faith? How many shadows, insecurities, and fears can we confront in the narrow gap between the realization that change is needed and the acceptance of it? A whole lot more than most of us would care to admit, I’m certain.
The surrender Laguz brings isn’t in masterminding a needed outcome or reaching a coveted conclusion, but in letting go in order for it to find us. Laguz reminds us keenly that it isn’t about the destination, but the journey, that when we let go, what we need is already there.
This week consider your relationship to Nature, and honestly assess how well your inner processes surrender to those seeking to provide support around you. Stop fighting the current. Whatever the circumstances, regardless of the weather, let go of what does not serve you and let it carry you.
Laguz – Water – Interesting that I’ve written this column since June of last year, and I haven’t drawn Laguz until now. What about this timeframe and the elements available to us makes flow a more pressing concept to bring into our awareness?
The mutable, emotional element, Laguz is the realization of abundance, the indicator of All Things flowing as Nature intends. That sounds all nice and tidy, though the water element is anything but. When we think of flow, most of us envision a stream, neat current framed by boundaries, picturesque evidence that life goes on regardless of debris in the way. We forget that it can be torrential, smothering, devastating, and overwhelming when its boundaries change. However presented, though, of how the space around water is defined by it. Every stone, shell, grain of sand, blade of grass, animal, perhaps human, in its vicinity is shaped by how water moves along its path.
Take time this week to consider how your emotions are driving you, and how you can move with them. We often resist feelings that are too intense, too heavy, too wet. We create tight boundaries to keep them in check, when sometimes they just need to spill over, be messy, saturate. What we can’t feel won’t heal, and the presence of Laguz informs us that now is the time. As in the Buddhist practice of tonglen ,we can let feelings come up, breathe in their utter distress, and upon exhaling intend compassion, for self, for All.
In truth, we can breathe through and release pent up feelings anytime, though Laguz announces to us that specifically now, the flow of life around us can carry them away. The ally of water helps us do that work.
Nauthiz – Need – We keep seeing this Rune, yes? Week before last Nauthiz came up, and we saw it a few weeks before that. This repetition indicates circling around a need that is unfulfilled, that must be filled before movement is possible.
To clarify the essence of this need I drew a second Rune–Laguz – Water. Laguz is the mutable, emotional element, the realization of abundance, the indicator of All Things flowing as Nature intends.
In this reading, Laguz is reversed, which means we’re holding back from what feels right. The only motivator powerful enough to interfere with intuitive rightful action is fear. Our nature is to drift in the stream. Our only task is to stay aligned with our authenticity and continue making choices in support of that wild self. The stream carries us down the array of options.
The only reason anyone ever swims against the current is because they feel unsupported by it. Swimming against the flow is demanding, and in its own right scary. The fright of feeling that the elements are against us only compounds the original fear that led us to question right movement. It becomes a PTSD reaction that locks us in.
When we feel the Multiverse isn’t supporting us, we question our ability to meet our own needs. We doubt ourselves, which causes us to withhold our abundance.
My mother says, “Water seeks its own level.” It can’t be lost. It can’t be withheld, at least not for long. Water will always return to its source, and source is home. The same is true for our ever unfolding path of making choices. We can’t make a wrong choice. All we can do is continue making the best choice from the options we have available at any moment.
This reading encourages us to examine what has us disillusioned, and because of the relationship between Nauthiz and Laguz in this spread, this particular hindrance is known. We aren’t working against a mystery foe. We’ve done the work to cull out what the fear is. The job now is facing it, blessing it, then setting it down and walking away.
What we need is right in front of us–Nauthiz assures this. Closing the distance (inches, not miles) to claim it lies in our ability to let the flow carry us toward that fulfillment.
We are bigger than our fears. When we can face them, release them, and relax back into the stream, our needs are met. As we go through this week, let’s hold ourselves gently and keep moving.
Surrender. You really will be OK.
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