The Weekly Rune, Thurisaz
For the week of 5 August 2018
Going deeper, alone
Thurisaz is the half-month stave through 13 August. Mannaz reversed is the intuitive stave, and Ehwaz indicates Transition’s message to us. Read right to left is Thurisaz, Mannaz reversed, then Ehwaz.
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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.
Check out my What in the Wyrd podcast, which is available across all popular podcast platforms, including Google Play and iTunes. The latest episode explores how the internal rumblings created by Thurisaz relate to forces of Nature.
A few people have asked the reason that I switch between different rune sets for TWR. The short answer is: because. The more nuanced answer is I ask which sets wants to speak for each week. I don’t assume the same elements are in play according to the timing of the runes; I also don’t assume the same elements of my runes are appropriate to speak each week.
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Last week we discussed Thurisaz as half-month, an explosive force of Nature that can level or protect, depending on how we’ve fared with the runes that led up to it. In Fehu we were asked to provide for ourselves and be prepared to tend those assets. With Uruz we move straight to the Giants, the Jotnar–more specifically, the wildness within us. Thurisaz demands that we be as careful with the wild outside us, as we are that which is within us–which is a lot like whispering to the bull in the China shop to be very careful.
The firm truth–I didn’t say harsh–is that shit happens, inside and out. Ours isn’t to stress about that it may, that it can, that it will, or that it has, though to breathe through the reality and find where we can stand in our power. One of the greatest challenges of humanhood is to move past the initial shock of distress, so that we can remember our grounding and respond from skills, wisdom, and experience.
It seems easy on the surface, though Thurisaz challenges that reflex inside and out. It carries this heavy gut punch that causes us to question what we know through uncomfortable unconscious urges. While Thurisaz is a harbinger of change–big change–it’s not change we didn’t on a deep level see coming. That’s what makes it so hard for us to deal with. We knew, yet there’s a big mess in our laps, anyway.
Therein lies the reinforcement of Mannaz reversed. Some folks still freak out over reversed runes, or question their validity in readings. To get my take on them, check out Episode 9 of What in the Wyrd. Upright, or brightstave, it indicates finding a new social group, usually one that can affirm some new awareness. Framed in this cast, and reversed, it means no calvary is coming. We’re fully on our own to meet this change from Thurisaz, and moreover–we’re equipped to.
In short, itt just means have sharp coping skills. Work all resources. Be willing to step up the game for self-care and support.
This week the bigger commentary comes from Nature, through Ehwaz. Meaning “horse,” it points to a need to address things from their deeper levels, their soul depths. In short, it refers to realizing the animistic relationship with them, and making shamanic overtures to engage them. Nature doesn’t try to force outlets that didn’t work or are unavailable given the current circumstances. Nature finds a way, and Ehwaz’s wisdom to us now is to give self deeper options.
This week is marked by unconscious revelations, which we’re required to manage alone, through the unconscious. Call it in and chat with it. Ask it what it needs. State personal needs. Set a course for meeting needs together.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.