For the week of 4 June 2017
Meaning in family.
Othala is the half-month stave through 14 June. Laguz is the intuitive stave, and Dagaz indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Othala, Laguz, then Dagaz.
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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.
As I noted last week, we’ve approached the spoke of the wheel (of the year) that diverges from the traditional Elder Futhark ordering. The commonly accepted order is Ingwaz -> Dagaz – > Othala. However, with the runic calendar, the order becomes Ingwaz -> Othala -> Dagaz. There are several good arguments in general, for re-ordering the Futhark. Specifically regarding the runic calendar that I follow, the determination to follow this widely accepted alt-order was based on ancient observations of solar cycles that posited Summer Solstice as the end and beginning of a “year.”
Othala continues the closing of the year, we have an opportunity to deal with one of its most challenging aspects: family. Of course Othala is about more than family; all things related are included. Traditionally accepted as meaning “inheritable property,” it points to that which is handed down, metaphorically and literally. For many, it’s a death harbinger, as it encourages us to have our affairs in order. For others, it urges us to clarify Útgarðr from Innangarðr, or what’s wild and unknown from what’s safe and established. And of course who knows that better than the Ancestors. They are the ones who established that safe boundary for our tribe, and are to whom we appeal regarding matters of boundaries and legacy.
However we take it, legacy is the emphasis. Now is the time that we reflect on what we’re doing here, and the impact it’s leaving. This reflection starts with healing the Ancestors, if this hasn’t been done. It may be a fairly smooth process, or it may be more complicated to bring healing through the family lines–let’s talk about it. Having done so, actively engage the Ancestors who show up. Confirm with them that we are showing up, and learn what reciprocity is necessary for the family’s purpose to be carried out at this time. Has it changed? Does it matter? Get direction on how to walk in such a way that honors who came before, the ass-kicking work we’re doing now, and what we leave for those who walk after us. It’s a big order. It’s supposed to be.
Keep in mind that Othala comes at this time to wrap up any remaining ties of the year. It occurs just before Summer Solstice, which is a holy day of swift initiation. Do the familial work to have the ancestral lines in as good of shape as possible, in preparation for Solstice.
Laguz encourages us to let it flow, in terms of coping with our last days with Othala, this year. Instincts are on. We’re connected. We’re open, allowing. Keep ears open and eyes peeled for any and all assistance. It’s there, and for this time, we can trust it is what it says it is.
Luckily, Dagaz enters as Nature’s voice to us, which I can’t help but also see as a harbinger of what’s to come in a week, when Dagaz becomes the half-month stave. Meaning “day,” I think of it as the “Heart Accounting” foil to Jera’s “Hearth Accounting.” Dagaz challenges us to be clear in what brings meaning to our lives, specifically through the course of a day. If it does, do it more. If it doesn’t, face the difficult choices around whether it’s worth keeping. That’s the short and skinny of it, and Nature is nothing if not economical. The memo in preparation for Summer Solstice is to cull what isn’t needed, and learn to bolster what is.
Go strongly into this week. Clarify where family and ancestral lines are factors in the present, and where they should be. It’s highly likely that Dagaz’s “meaning” still points back to family, and that in doing so, we find resources we didn’t know we had.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.