For the week of 19 August 2018
Soothsaying from the depths.
Ansuz is the half-month stave through 29 August. Isa is the intuitive stave, and Fehu indicates Creation’s message to us. Read right to left is Ansuz, Isa, then Fehu.
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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 final rune (also drawn blind) provides a high overview of the current time, and speaks from different voices. I note who’s speaking each week.
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Last week‘s cast shed light onto Ansuz’s ability to uncover the truth, and the complicated process that preps our ability to speak it. This week the tone shifts more toward a truth that’s deeply personal.
Often referred to as the breath of Odin, Ansuz sets us up for an experience of awe, through culling the internal process of naming things. On the surface it seems very straightforward–and it is. Basically, work through the emotional components of understanding what’s needed or desired, frame it in words or concepts, then share them. Express them. It’s a very easy formula, in theory. Though for most of us, we struggle to get past the first step in the process…
What to do?
My suggestion for the challenge this week’s cast poses is trace back the divine heritage that Ansuz reminds us of–that sacred breath that flows through us. Go back to the source of it, however that’s imagined. If it’s Odin or some other deity, some other guide or Nature force, trace it. Find a divine thread in self, and track it back to who gave it thus, and if possible who gave it to that being, and so backward as far as possible. Do the due diligence of collecting resources and partners along the course of personal divinity. Invite them into everyday life. Create a space, a wee altar, in their (its) honor. Ask them to what degree they can participate in life ongoing, as guides. Learn what their needs are, and how to meet them.
Uruz as the supporting rune underscores this exploration, invitation, and unity. Focused on making space in our lives for our wild, this runes not only rubs against the friction of ‘create your reality’ logic, it head butts it. If an aspect of self is more unexpressed, more in touch with divine wild, or less concerned with following the rules–I don’t know what one it would be. And yes, the scenarios I described above around wounding and being off-center can still apply to our unconscious. Just because it’s closer to Nature and wild doesn’t make it automatically well-guided. There may be need for work, there. That need can only be addressed if we make ourselves aware of it. it can only be healed, so that it becomes a fit way of actual living, if we meet it head-on and engage it.
I think ultimately, that is the message we have this week from Nature. Laguz, water, is about flow. It’s about the fact that all rivers point to the ocean–home. We all have an inner compass. Our ability to access it then actually read it with accuracy isn’t a guarantee. Those of us who can, make the attempt to sort out what home is, this week. It’s not the same for everyone. Home may be a literal place. It may be a feeling or memory. It may be a person or people. However home shows up, really get to the root of what about it is grounding and and what positive things it triggers within.
Work the models that bring the sense of home into deep familiarity. Then, from them, invite in that divine lineage of life force. With their help, begin healing that’s needed. From the direction that momentum creates, begin soothsaying from the depths.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.