The Weekly Rune – Berkana

For the week of 19 March 2017

Embrace respite at all costs.


Berkana (Berkano) is the half-month stave through March 30. Laguz reversed is the intuitive stave, and Hagalaz indicates the planet’s message to us. Read right to left is Berkana, Laguz reversed, then Hagalaz.

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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The Runic Calendar - March - by S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent ArtsLast week, Berkana introduced us to a time of rest. Its overwhelming message is that to truly embody the changes brought by preceding Tiwaz, we have to slow down, take the downtime to heal the rough edges, and breathe through the teaching we were left with.

Tiwaz demonstrates a certain emergency on all ends of the dynamic. Some treasured thing isn’t working out as desired, so we had to change course mid-stream. That alone challenges sensitivities. Grieving the loss of the heart’s desire is another gut punch that we managed. Opening to the potential of what will work and moving on to initiate that was yet another gear shift and radical update of the ego.

One would think that reprieve after all those hurdles would be readily embraced. Most of us, however struggle with stillness–even the healing kind. Our consciousness is wired for Go! It doesn’t know digest, as you’re ready, or give me a second. Couple that with our culture imperative to rarely slow down and we have a well-honed tendency to dart from epiphany to epiphany without taking the time to recover from them.

Enlightenment junkies, I call them. I know, because I was one for a long time. Tripping through ecstasy makes it easy to chase the buzz of higher awareness. It’s addictive, and it happens without even realizing. Who doesn’t want to know self and the multiverse better? What’s so wrong with that? Isn’t that what the New Age has taught us to do?

Stringing those trips together long enough creates a seamless path of avoidance of real life, and real life demands that we be able to ground that ecstasy into some tactile, sustaining life skill. If I’m totally honest, ecstasy demands it, too. Either end of the extreme is useless, except for where they meet in the middle. The middle is us. We are the point of action. Action can’t happen if we’re dazed by the stars. And taking the wisdom of the stars into our every chop-wood-carry-water action doesn’t in any way diminish their brightness.

By embodying the wisdom of our enlightenment through everything we do, we come into direct relationship with the whole experience, even more. We embody it, at which point we have processed it all. We complete the initiation.

Last week we had favorable supporting runes in the cast to support that completion of initiation, to even make it gentle. This week, favorable is in the eye of the beholder.

While we may be fixed on creating that outcome for ourselves, elements around us, not so much. Laguz reversed indicates being out of sync with the natural flow of things. The textbook teaching of it is to assume the natural flow is right, and the way we’re going about things is taking us out of that. Maybe. Consider the possibility.

However, I posit that through this Tiwaz-Berkana transition, we are changing the flow, and our surroundings aren’t crazy about it. In fact, often when we experience the greatest enlightenment of our lives, life around us resists it. The caution we’re being given through Laguz reversed is to make sure. Double check that the soul, body, mind, and feelings are aligned for the change that’s come. With that secured, see if there are places where gentle introduction can be made to help life around you get on board. Maybe a ritual is in store–clearing living space, releasing old aspects of self, welcoming some new component of self, bringing all of the aforementioned into  balance, simply announcing, “This is who I am now. How can we work together!” to the Home Spirits. With that inquiry satisfied, ask the Home Spirits, guides, Land Elders, or Ancestors how you can forge new alliances, what they need, and/or how to go forward together.

Put effort into synergy this week. It won’t just be there, no matter how proud of we are of our personal upgrade. Also, realize what’s not worth the effort. What can’t get on board may have to go. It’s truly a judgement call, and that’s okay.

Hagalaz as the planet’s message to us offers support that making such cuts is okay. Nature does what it has to do, and so should we. In fact, being the external catalyst to create change in our own life is okay. Don’t go out of the way to make it hard on others, yet do what must be done to stay true to the trajectory of change and seating it into habit and intention.

Hagalaz is about radical change that reveals new life, or clear potential for it. It’s generally considered a wake-up call from external cataclysmic forces. That history is something to keep in mind. However, realize that we don’t have to wait for such intrusive catalyst for change. We can be that force, and in defense of what we’re creating in our lives right now, this week we may have to call on it.

Defend solitude, period.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.