The Weekly Rune

For the week of 5 February 2017

Solo joy.


Algiz is the half-month stave through 13 February. Mannaz reversed is the intuitive stave, and Wunjo indicates the planet’s message to us. Read right to left is Algiz, then Mannaz reversed, followed by Wunjo.

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 harrellOver the last week, Algiz shown us what protection is needed to be who we are in the world. It looks much like a splayed hand, from which we can easily infer “talk to the…,” though in its cultural context is perhaps a bit more complex than that.

It isn’t protective in an us vs them way, but in a we are them sort of way. In the art of war, we don’t learn how to cope with enemies by focusing only on where we are different from them, but also on where we are the same. That balance of exchange and surrender is very on pointe with the Old Norse culture, which was known for hostage-taking. Throughout the eddas are accounts of intermingling of the Æsir with the Vanir, the Æsir with the Jötnar.

The Runic Calendar - February - by S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent ArtsMannaz reversed implies not to expect company in that endeavor. Upright it indicates that new awareness is needed on a matter, new social interaction, new mindfulness. Reversed, expect to go it alone. Whatever insight can come will either be self-derived, or just not come at this time. The challenge in this configuration is not to let it get too mental.

Wunjo leaves things on a ridiculously positive note. It’s one of the two runes that everyone wants too come up in their casts. This stave represents the sweet spot of all cylinders hitting as they should, all systems aligned. However, what it really is and its challenge are one and the same: joy. How often do we allow ourselves to feel joy? To express it? To share it? The ability to recognize, feel, and be joy are very distinct things, and many of us struggle with one or all parts.

So, even though there’s some work to be done creating the space of ourselves as Algiz, and Mannaz reversed points to do that largely alone, Wunjo brings the opportunity to feel really great in that process.

See it for what it is, and be it.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.