Tag: Runes

The Weekly Rune – Isa

Isa - Intentional Insights, Weekly RuneIsa – ice– The last of the winter Runes visits us this week with a message of rest. Be comfortable, because we’re not going anywhere. I generally welcome any message that says I can relax; however, there’s a little more to it than that. This stave doesn’t bring the ‘take a load off’ sort of rest. Rather, it’s an externally imposed examination of limitations.  We all have our limits, through which we cannot pass until we find the momentum to do so from our deepest reserves. Isa comes when it is time to examine those depths.

It’s perhaps more relatable to think of Isa as indicating that to get where we want to go, we first have to realize where we are. Whatever is occurring at this time must be dealt with, not just for the pragmatic benefits of doing so, but because what comes after cannot manifest until present enlightenment is found. “Enlightenment” sounds dramatic, but that’s exactly what is being called for.

It’s time to push our internal boundaries, to go beyond what we think we are capable of, what is possible to expect from the world around us. Perhaps the need is to merely sit and reflect on what needs attention, or it’s to acknowledge something long-skirting the edge of awareness. Whatever it is, we all recognize that guttural gnawing sensation, telling us that what sustains us is no longer working, that we’re hungry for what authentically feeds.

This isn’t a time to try to push forward. Likewise, trying to go back won’t yield anything useful, either. Find a way to engage the stillness. What does it need to say? How can it help us be ready for what comes next?

This is the inner spotlight. This is a staycation of the soul.  Maybe a better wish for the week is: Be uncomfortable where we are, because discomfort motivates change.

The Weekly Rune – Nauthiz

Nauthiz - Intentional Insight's Weekly Rune by S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent Arts

Nauthiz – Need –  Finally, we have a brightstave Rune! Although Nauthiz presents a ‘rock-and-hard-place’ dynamic by being the middle stave of the second ǽtt’s winter trio, it place us firmly in the middle of transformation. Where Hagalaz greets us with harsh freezing hail and change, and Isa closes with a lingering chill that demands we process and implement those changes, Nauthiz forces us to confront our limitations and what we’re getting out of them. By that I mean, how the things we say we don’t want we hold fastest to.

Related to the youngest of the Norns, Skuld, who is the keeper of what “should” be, many assume Nauthiz points to the future. However, wordsmiths among us recognize ‘should’ as a modal auxiliary, indicating that outcomes manifest based on conditions met. In other words, we can set the dominoes up any way we like, and based on our knowledge, skill, and perhaps wisdom, they should fall the way we’ve planned. Yet there are always variables we can’t foresee. The dominoes will fall the way they fall, and we have only to react in the best way that we can.

Keep this relationship between need and fate in mind this week. So often what we think we need is connected to what we think should happen, what we should get. The appearance of Nauthiz isn’t suggesting that we will or won’t meet our need, but that we be positively certain we can handle what comes.  By that I mean, as this Rune carries a red flag coloring our efforts, it also brings us the ability to find peace, regardless.

Teen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism by S. Kelley HarrellWhen we meet resistance in fulfilling our needs, do we respond compulsively just to make the tension stop? Do we buckle down and address the core issue?  Do we risk the reality of learning that our needs are really wants?  How we deal with this kind of stress is the heart of Nauthiz, as in learning to move through that stress, the need is either released or met. It is transmuted into movement to the next place we need to be.

Find the places where you stand in your own way, and open dialogue between these two aspects. What parts of you benefit from where you are? What parts are deprived from not moving forward? There’s no wrong answer, only two different perspectives on the present. How you nurture both is the solution.


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The Weekly Rune – Fehu Reversed

Fehu - Intentional Insight's Weekly Rune by S. Kelley HarrellFehu – wealth – Well, this is new. For The Weekly Rune, Fehu has been rare, and we’ve never drawn a Rune, then had the same Rune reversed the next week. Note that Fehu is pictured brightstave, at left.

Reading Fehu reversed is fairly straightforward: when upside down, our possessions fall out of our pockets. Maybe that’s figurative; perhaps it’s literal. What’s certain is the frustration of the efforts of hard work falling through our fingers, and the refinement of focus from a dangling carrot to what assets are really needed at this time.

Yeah, I don”t like it either.

Let’s look at this a little more inclusively. We’ve been going through a Grand Cross, which peaked in April. For all practical purposes, we’re gliding down the other side of that now, with a little calmer feel about things. Now what?

With Fehu reversed, we’re standing amidst some personal wreckage. We’ve had some light shed on it, though we’re likely either unamused by what we see, or we simply don’t know how to put things together in a more functional way–hence, the frustration.

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Stay attuned to transformation. Avoid the urge to just go back to the way things were. The whole reason everything went pear-shaped is because the way things were wasn’t working. This upheaval is the opportunity to find the best way to grow assets needed for support.

How can we carry our darlings differently?

How can we become more comfortable with the rhythm of letting them go, allowing them, or other treasure to return?

How can we better cope with that process?

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The Weekly Rune – Fehu Merkstave

Fehu - Intentional Insight's Weekly Rune by S. Kelley HarrellFehu – wealth – We don’t see Fehu often as The Weekly Rune. This is only the third time it’s come up, and is another in a long line of wampyjawed positions (that’s southern for merkstave).  At left, the stave is pictured brightstave.

Fehu, the first stave of the Elder Futhark, is where it all begins. Some would argue otherwise, but that’s a discussion for another venue. Literally interpreted as “cattle,” this stave is generally regarded as meaning “wealth,” that which we must tend to keep assets bountiful and healthy. The ability to tend assets calls to mind foremost that there is something to tend; thus, it affirms the responsibility required to care for movable wealth.

If we reflect on the significance of cattle to Old Icelandic culture, it was to daily life as money is to ours. Cattle was the currency that made bonds, sustenance, shelter. It was the embodiment of energy exchange.

To consider it more deeply, cattle represented Audhumla, the primal cow, who was one of the first formed beings–a predecessor of humanity. What’s significant about Audhumla, in a nutshell, is she brought herself into being, and she nurtured humanity into being.  Abundance created itself, and in doing so, created beyond itself.

Merkstave, as it is now, indicates needing to tend resources more carefully. Efforts are going to feel more strenuous, and will likely come with feelings of desperation, if not giving up entirely. Realize such shadow feelings for what they are–victim thinking–which undermines personal power. The drain we feel is real, and we need to be quite vigilant in supporting ourselves impeccably.

This isn’t a time to apply bandages and limp through. Slow down. Pay attention to the dynamic, to what is needed to nourish body, mind, and soul. No aspect of self, or selfhood can be overlooked.

That Fehu presents itself to us at this time means pay attention to the mundane plight, secure assets. Before we can venture far and beyond into spiritual platitudes, we must be well-grounded into our everyday needs, desires, and opportunities. This week, that particularly includes our life force. When we take care of our house, so to speak, from that firm foundation we have a strong opportunity to fulfill our heart’s desires.

That is a kind of banking none of us can afford not to do. Use this week to weed out what drains you or your assets, and let it go. When you feel stronger and ready, set your sights on skills, habits, and relationships that support your growth.

The Weekly Rune – Nauthiz Merkstave

Nauthiz - Intentional Insight's Weekly Rune by S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent Arts

Nauthiz – Need –  Everything happening right now points to glacially slow change. More than that, it emphasizes that pushing outcomes or just rushing our paces will lead to disaster.  We’re in the midst of a Grand Cross this month, and mid-week we reach its most pivotal point. This point urges us to know impeccably what we most want to bring into being right now.

Related to the youngest of the Norns, Skuld, who is the keeper of what “should” be, many assume Nauthiz points to the future. However, wordsmiths among us recognize ‘should’ as a modal auxiliary, indicating that outcomes manifest based on conditions met. In other words, we can set the dominoes up any way we like, and based on our knowledge, skill, and perhaps wisdom, they should fall the way we’ve planned. Yet there are always variables we can’t foresee. The dominoes will fall the way they fall, and we have only to react in the best way that we can.

Futhark_RSSx150Keep the relationship between need and fate in mind this week. So often what we think we need is connected to what we think should happen, what we should get. The appearance of Nauthiz isn’t suggesting that we will or won’t meet our need, but that we be positively certain we can handle what comes.  By that I mean, as this Rune carries the a red flag coloring our efforts, it also brings us the ability to find peace, regardless.

Despite the external chaos the stars stir this week, the impediments we encounter are purely internal. This timing is about thinking carefully, taking the time to intuit rightful action, and following through in a thorough, yet flexible, way.  How we deal with intense stress is the heart of Nauthiz, as in learning to move through that stress, the need is either released or met. It’s transmuted, entirely.

Take time to laugh this week, a lot. The ability to undergo initiation, yet not take its intensity so seriously is our best strategy for survival, our best hope for revival.

Contact Kelley for a personalized Rune Reading.

Weekly Rune – Ingwaz Merskstave

Jera - Intentional Insight's Weekly Rune by S. Kelley HarrellIngwaz (or Inguz) – People of Ing – How often do we hear, “Forget the journey, focus on the destination?” Pretty much never? Well, Ingwaz merkstave is screaming it, now.

This stave calls to mind the adage, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” While it portends the end of a cycle, it also brings a sense of survival and sacrifice to get there.

Connected to Tyr/Tuisto (Tiwaz), this Rune reminds us of Plan Bs and last-ditch efforts, both of which can only occur when initial plans have failed. By ‘initial plans’ I mean our heart’s dream, our deepest desire, perhaps even life purpose, has been given the quietus.

Most familiar to us is the story of Tyr (Old Norse god), who when none other of the Æsir would rise to the occasion of saving humanity, sacrificed his hand to the wolf Fenrir, who foretells the death of Odin at Ragnarök–an end of days.  Also considered Tuisto by some interpretations of Tacitus’ Germania (making Tuisto a Germanic ancestor of Mannus), through his sacrifice when the human race was on the brink of extinction, Tuisto created the Ingaevones people  (also the Herminones–for you Harry Potter fans–and the Istaevones).  When push came to shove and humanity was dying, he grieved his losses and made a new race.

The underlying message here is that from dire straits amazing outcomes are born. In this case, there is no thinking out-of-the-box. There is no box. Believing that there is one is the sacrifice. The rote path will not lead us to our contentment.

There will be grief. There has to be.  This is down-and-dirty, thinking-on-our-feet motivation. The catch is, actions can’t be rash. Realize that while Plan A is dying at our feet, there is another way, and the one your gut says to go with will be the right way. This ridiculously visceral affirmation is the message from Ingwaz this week.

If it’s not a hell yes, it’s a hell no.

The Weekly Rune – Kenaz Merkstave

Kenaz - Intentional Insight's Weekly Rune by S. Kelley HarrellKenaz – Torch – The Runes emerging over the last few weeks indicate a pattern of wrestling with inner loss; thus, the emergence of Kenaz as merkstave sheds deeper light on that trend–pardon the pun.  Merkstave, as it is this week, we are challenged to befriend darkness for the moment. Note that Kenaz is brightstave in the image.

A couple of core meanings are associated with this Rune.  It most often regarded as a spark of hope, or enlightenment, out of the blue. Where Hagalaz is unexpected external change, Kenaz is the internal inspiring flame. Thus, a direction toward change is made evident from the shadows.

Another layer to this Rune references a ‘boil,’ or more specifically a blemish, that which is inflamed and restrained.  Suffering secret pain, a buried hurt is a motivating fire, all its own.

Merkstave, though, subtler hues emerge. When I was about seven or eight, a teacher gave an example of holding on to too much. He presented a Mason jar half-filled with glittering pennies, and asked a participant to take as many pennies as she wanted. She reached into the jar and grabbed a handful of pennies, only her hand was so full that her fist wouldn’t fit back through the jar’s opening. Alas, no pennies for her.

When she reached in and took one-at-a-time, she truly could have as many pennies as she wanted. The point of the demonstration was,  if we’re too busy clinging for dear life to habit without exploring better-suited options, we’ll never enjoy choice, freedom, grooving with the flow. Specifically, we can ask for all the gifts of the Multiverse all day, but if our hands are too full of what we’re afraid to put down, we can never receive those gifts.

It’s a little rudimentary but this presentation perfectly represents Kenaz merkstave. In order to have what you want right now, you’re going to have to let to, period. This isn’t even about letting go of what isn’t needed, so much as just letting go–the state of openness, emptiness, and for now, alone-ness, which may or may not include loneliness.

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Don’t turn away from what Kenaz shows you this week. See it for what it is, and do what is required of you to let it go.

Bless it.
Thank it.
Love it, and let it move on to its destiny.


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Weekly Rune – Ingwaz

Jera - Intentional Insight's Weekly Rune by S. Kelley HarrellIngwaz (or Inguz) – People of Ing – It’s been a long time since Ingwaz appeared as The Weekly Rune. In fact, it’s been almost a year, to the week.

This stave calls to mind the adage, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” While it portends the end of a cycle, it also brings a sense of survival and sacrifice to get there.

We tend to look at progress as a steady jaunt to some expected outcome, marking completed items off a list along the way. Ingwaz reminds us that true progress is measured not by our ability to tick off goals or reach the finish line first, but to reach completion in a way that supports and fosters our integrity, shares our truth, and inspires others to hold to theirs. In short, Ingwaz cautions us that plans change, and it’s okay to roll with what comes. Notice Ingwaz can’t be reversed. Change can’t be avoided.

Ingwaz is what I call a ‘hinge’ Rune, in that it’s about that tiny space–or maybe nonspace–between Here—> and <—There.  It’s not so much about the events themselves, where we started, or where we end up.  It’s about how the whole process changes us inside.  It’s about finding that well of nonspace, the inner Void where we create ourselves every day, and conscientiously, intentionally beginning that creation process again.

 

The Weekly Rune – Perthro

Weekly Rune - Perthro - Intentional Insights

Perthro – chance – Many scholars regard Perthro as “luck,” though I find that our modern definition of the word doesn’t do it justice.  Usually, we think of luck as a random force that may work to our advantage, or suck the wind from our sails. An older understanding of luck falls more along the lines of a system, a force that ebbs and flows. As animistic creatures, we have the ability to be in touch with that system and to know how to read it to determine our success or failure. We can’t control The Force, so to speak, or outcomes, though we can control how in sync we are with The Force.

Reversed, as Perthro is this week, it takes on an even more personal tone. All you have right now is the moment. That’s all we ever have, really, though when Perthro is on the horizon, to live otherwise is to scatter ourselves to the wind. No looking forward to what we can’t know, no looking back at what is no longer. Be. here. now.

Note that the image at left presents the Rune brightstave.

Futhark_RSSx150This week, expect the unexpected.  The second verse is not the same as the first, and we don’t necessarily know how this tune will end.  With Perthro, we realize that we have as much control as we do not. What is before us now is the change that is always the same. The riddle we constantly mine for meaning and outcome is the truth we are never sure we know.

With this Rune comes the whisper that what determines luck isn’t the outcome of our efforts, but how we react to the outcome. When we own failure as compassionately as we hold success, perhaps that is how we create luck for later endeavors.

Go into this week focused, prepared for change, and armed with deep compassion for every present moment.

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The Weekly Rune – Laguz

Weekly Rune - Laguz, by S. Kelley Harrell, Intentional InsightsLaguz – 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.

Futhark_RSSx150Take some time this week to realize your strengths. One of the greatest ones is realizing all of your options, and making creative choices. The elements support you doing so.  Align with them.

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