The Weekly Rune

For the week of 29 January 2017

The big reveal.


Algiz is the half-month stave through 13 February. Sowilo (Sowilu) is the intuitive stave, and Kenaz reversed indicates the Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Algiz, then Sowilo, followed by Kenaz reversed.

The half-month rune is set by the runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks. 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 planetary stave (also a blind draw) indicates the state and needs of the planet.

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Photo by David Goehring, "Heart Line," Intentional Insights, Soul Intent Arts, Kelley harrellWe’ve moved through the progression of Eihwaz and Perthro, which means we’ve grown from  realizing the culmination of [our] actions to realizing the exact point that we have to step back and just let things fall where they will. It’s been challenging, though not grueling.  The natural progression to Algiz brings the proper fortification needed to hold that space.

Algiz looks much like a splayed hand, which ties well into its meaning of “protection.” Indeed, it is about boundaries and knowing the home territory so well that we become it. Historically, this rune translates to elk, or an elk-sedge (razor-sharp grass). Significant about these is both presents a territorial stance. Defensive? Perhaps, though most certainly protective.

The Runic Calendar - February - by S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent ArtsSowilo fosters that ability wonderfully. It translates to “sun,” though harkens to a time that the sun wasn’t just a star, but an entity. In fact, it reflected a perception that Nature was divine. In fact, it was divinity, itself. So when we look at the sun, we have the opportunity to remember what is Divine in our lives, in ourselves. Regarding Sowilo, I love the saying, “The divinity behind the sun shines on us so that we may shine on others.” Bringing this element to Algiz doesn’t have to disrupt its protectiveness. In fact, it can bring compassion and wider awareness to otherwise pigeonholed rough edges.

Kenaz reversed suggests that at some point there has been a tiny spark of light in an otherwise pitch black surrounding that didn’t seem feasible or possible. Self-doubt shadowed that flicker until it’s dire that it be known. The good thing is this rune shows up when the crisis has somewhat passed, and we’re sitting in the remaining ashes. What we’re left with are choices to be made in how to dispose of the ashes, and an openness in how to go forward.

And of course, we can’t force habit.

This week there’s a lot to learn about what it means to stand firm and understanding what’s stood upon in that process. Chances are what’s revealed this week is the ability to do that well.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.