The Weekly Rune
For the week of 13 August 2017
Call it what it is, and it will be.
Ansuz is the half-month stave through 29 August. Jera is the intuitive stave, and Ingwaz indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Ansuz, Jera, then Ingwaz.
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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 planetary stave (also a blind draw) indicates the state and needs of the planet, and where noted, of Nature, well beyond the earthly sphere. If you’re curious about how I do the cast every week, catch a couple of Instagram videos I do explaining the intention behind The Weekly Rune, and what makes it different from other ways of casting.
We’ve spent the last couple of weeks allowing unconscious motivators to emerge, and where they have, doing damage control. The big newsflash that Thurisaz brings is that nothing gets to be habit, ever. When we start to get comfy with something, along comes Thor with his Mjölnir, and from that proceeds a strike of lightning that leaves us unable to proceed as we were before. On the surface such a truth seems like a morbid dance of continuous insecurity. How can we ever feel stable enough to stand in our power if everything keeps moving?
Ansuz. Called Odin’s rune, because it is traditionally associated with his breath, or his spellsong that brought order to our experience of the Multiverse. Note I didn’t say Odin created it; that was the Giants, and forces perhaps beyond even them. Ansuz represents the point that beings in the primordial soup began to want their own conditions around things. They wanted some say in how the formed experience was shaping. In the archaic creation story, this would be the point that gods and goddesses brought themselves into being, as we know them. Specifically in the Old Norse tradition, it’s the point that Odin said enough is enough, and overstepped the Giants.
Those of you who are long time readers of The Weekly Rune know that I’m in a love thing with Ansuz (words, speaking, *sigh*). However, you will also recall that I’m not a huge fan of Odin. I always found him to be cocky and annoying in the eddas, and it’s taken me a long time to understand him in context. The beginning of that context starts with Ansuz, where along the procession into being, Odin decided to be.
In this way, Ansuz is a spell, of sorts. Once we have clarity in knowing what we want and how to communicate it, we’ve opened the magick portal within us that knows how we must act and behave to continue supporting that intention. The world around us has also gained access through which to do so. That’s some seriously magickal shit!
For this fortnight, though this week in particular, take time to distill exactly what is wanted at this time. Don’t delve into the kitchen sink, though the big one or two things on the heart, now. Ask: What’s important to me? What makes this important to me? How does doing this inspire me? What do I bring to the world when I am inspired?
From these strains, cobble the words that most specifically, heartfully describe desire, form intent.
Then say them, over and over.
Jera tells us the most functional approach we can take to working with Ansuz is to be analytical. Sit down and make lists. Be honest about what’s working in life to support how we name things, and what isn’t. What is working, figure out how to do it better, more practically. What isn’t working, bless it and get rid of it. On this level, again, we’re talking about deep habits of how we’ve seen life and reciprocally named it. It’s time for a total rewrite.
Ingwz, as Nature’s memo, assures us it’s there. The clarity, the ability to bring it forward, to articulate it. In fact, as Ingwaz (Inguz) is associated with the sacred seed–the sacred purpose–it’s not just “there,” it’s animate. It’s intelligent, and capable of engaging us. Take some time this week to call in the spirit of what’s most needed to be brought to the world right now, each through our own words, our own spells, and by all means, let’s do it!
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.