When I was able to produce Birth Rune Snapshots, I included a bit of research into what the runes of the Age of Aquarius would be. I think observation of these runes bears more attention, given the big voice context that TWR has had in this runic cycle. Aquarius is home to two runes in Pennick’s calendar. Both are very on pointe for the transition of the world stage right now. What do you think?
The runes that represent the age of Aquarius are Sowilo and Berkana. Sowilu corresponds with Uranus, which represents the day/light aspects of Aquarius, while Berkana is Jupiter, which represents the night/shadow aspects of Aquarius.
The shadow aspects of the Age of Aquarius are still very supportive in Berkana. They encourage us to honor where we may be getting too emotionally involved, to the point that such involvement distracts us from actually doing our unique work on the planet. This could mean ego involvement, such that we don’t feel we have the skills, confidence, or resources to carry out our calling. It could mean that we revere our unique gift so much that we become elitist or too precious. It could mean that the current version of the world can’t see or support our gift, and sitting with the grief involved in what that looks like psychologically, professionally, spiritually, etc. As well, that the Piscean leftovers make all of the aforementioned harder and heavier to bear is part of the shadow of Aquarius. Coming into Aquarius we don’t have cultural support for the changes that will happen. Wherever the emotional involvement lies, it’s our job to be certain it isn’t keeping us from actually doing the work. We have to be willing to confront our trauma, our shadows, our biases to make sure we remain embodied and in direct personal relationship with our calling. This is the boundary of Berkana. Care and realize personal divinity, yet not so much that doing either or both paralyzes us.
S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
I’m an animist, author, deathwalker and death doula. For the last 25+ years, through Soul Intent Arts I’ve helped others to ethically build thriving spiritual paths as fit, embodied elders, who upon death become wise, capable Ancestors. My work is Nature-based, and focuses soul tending through the Elder Futhark runes, animism, ancestral healing, and deathwork. I’m author of Runic Book of Days, and I host the podcast, What in the Wyrd. I also write The Weekly Rune as a celebration of the Elder Futhark in season. Full bio.
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