The Weekly Rune
For the week of 3 June 2018
Othala is the half-month stave through 14 June. Mannaz reversed is the intuitive stave, and Berkana indicates Transition’s message to us. Read right to left is Othala, Mannaz reversed, then Berkana.
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The half-month rune is set by the runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks (a fortnight). The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, which brings the focus of the half-month rune into sharper focus for the present week. It suggests how we can handle these energies. The final rune (also drawn blind) provides a high overview of the current time, and speaks from different voices. I note who’s speaking each week.
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Last week we transitioned into Othala as the half-month rune. If you’re curious about its unusual placement, do listen to the last episode of What in the Wyrd for some insight. Meaning “inheritance,” this rune encompasses issues of estate, wills, legacy, and ancestry. Last week it spoke of paying attention to the details that are our greatest adult duties–clearing what fell behind us, and preparing for the duties before us. This week, the focus is a bit more refined.
A dynamic that travels with Othala is that of elderhood. It may seem obvious that when one reflects on Ancestors and legacy that elderhood would be part and parcel; however, in contemporary culture, elderhood isn’t thought of fondly. In fact, we avoid it like the plague, because we associate it with getting old and dying. Because, duh, if things go well, that’s how exactly it will all work out.
Our ideas of elderhood are so closely tied to death that we don’t see the qualities of wisdom, experience, and knowledge as valuable for living. We’d rather blaze a blue streak of rockstar awesome straight to the grave than risk a life meandering in feeling and being. It’s another form of bypass, and Othala will have nothing of it.
Mannaz reversed paves the way to best work with this aspect of Othala. Its advice is not to expect help. On the surface that’s a bummer. Heavy work done alone is a challenging burden to bear. In reality, that’s okay. We know what needs to be done. Mannaz reversed carries an inclusive association. We already have the skills or connections we need to do the elder work, we just need to take the time to buckle down and do it.
The good news is Berkana is the voice of Transition, this week. If you’re not sure what Transition means, check out last week’s note on how the tone of the third rune has changed. Transition brings the support of Berkana (Berkano), which means we get a bit of a reprieve. While we’re doing this elder work, we can at least know we’re doing it from a nurtured place, and we can just sit in the moment. We don’t have to look forward or back, or critically assess anything. What we’ve done is enough, and it’s okay to just let that be.
Inversely, Berkana also hints that we need to bring support to the great collective Transition. We may not like the change happening right now, though we can’t stop it. We can, though, bless it without expectation or projection.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.