Nauthiz is the half-month rune through 28 November, at which point Isa comes to the fore until 13 December. The intuitive rune is Algiz reversed. The earthly spirits of place anchoring the runes this week are Fossilized Ammonite (metallic swirly beauty), Death (plastic skull), whispers of the Hunt (stag button), dead things, World Ancestors (wee wooden spoon), in the direction of Left (Green Dwarf)), with element Timing (hourglass), in the season of Winter (button).
The slow progression through the opening winter runes of the second aett is intense, and nothing if not thorough. We begin with Hagalaz moving our awareness to abrupt change that teaches adaptation, then onto Nauthiz, which teaches us to regroup with ecofamily through ritual. The shift into Isa is usually viewed as more gentle if not romanticized stillness, though it is excruciating in its own way.
The second of the three winter runes, Nauthiz has us pause in learning perseverance, making sure we’re fit to move forward in the work ahead, in the dreaming ahead. Nauthiz is the time of fitness to dream. It is working the magick of our deepest rituals to release what would otherwise hold us back or impede our capability of dreaming.
If there’s a charm to Nauthiz it’s that we become so uncomfortable in its presence that we accept the change. We accept the need. We fulfill what it needs. We struggle until we’ve exhausted anything but right direction. I know it’s not much comfort, but there’s that.
I tire of the quest for resources on myths and expressions of land-based cosmology that aren’t filtered through the supremacy of xtianity.
I want to know the secret ecology of the well maidens.
I want to re-member the charity of Tyr’s sacrifice for animism with Fenrir’s allegiance to the wild.
I want to rest in the safety of Cailleach’s anger.
I want to meet a god who did not rape to provoke systemic change.
Hagalaz is the half-month rune through 13 November. The intuitive rune is Laguz. From right to left is Hagalaz, then Laguz. The earthly spirits of place anchoring the runes this week are Death (plastic skull), whispers of the Hunt (stag button), dead things (not pictured), World Ancestors (wee wooden spoon), and Key in the direction of Back/South (golden dwarf), with element Acid (lemon zest), in the season of Winter (tree button).
This week we’re deep into Hagalaz and quickly feeling the pressure of the second aett. The first three runes of this aett are a wintry trio of harshness, focus, and stillness–fun combo! They set us up for how we fare with the remainder of the aett, which means for how well we cope with navigating the affectivity of others. Where we got comfy with the idea of having agency in the first aett, the second one reminds us sharply that our agency isn’t separate from that of others. What we do with ours reverberates out into everyone else with impact, just as the impact of theirs ripples back to us.