For the week of 26 August 2018
The boundaries of storytelling
Ansuz is the half-month stave through 29 August, at which point Raidho moves to the fore (16:30 UTC). Algiz is the intuitive stave, and Wunjo indicates Creation’s message to us. Read right to left is Ansuz above, Raidho below, Algiz, then Wunjo.
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We start this week with Ansuz, though mid-week shift into Raidho, which is why four runes are featured, rather than three. Last week‘s cast shed light onto speaking our truth, and the complicated process that leads up to it. I also mentioned there being a formula driving that process, that when we have words to describe feelings and internal processes more accurately, our ability to express them is clearer. When we express them more clearly, our unconscious engages to take action based on them. It’s a pretty easy formula, yet we fumble it all the time.
Not to be a downer, but the formula continues into a more complex equation, as we move into Raidho.
What does it mean?
Raidho means “travel,” though it’s interpreted as movement, literal and figurative. It points to a state of having a plan to create movement, and go from there. The movement may be to very detailed spec, it may be fully freestyle and organic. It may be based on coordinates, or best guess.
When we think about all these aspects of travel, it seems very complicated. We’ve moved far beyond merely telling our story, into full-on drama, comedy, plot. In fact, that’s exactly what’s happening. In Raidho we encounter components that affect our narrative (Ansuz), which challenges us in how we tell our story.
So What’s the Formula?
In that light, it’s not about the journey or the destination. It’s both, and neither. It’s that we didn’t stay the same, and can fully center on the perspective we gained from that change. Again, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Spoiler alert: what’s coming up n a few weeks with Kenaz
My sacred formula of manifestation in the first aett is set up by Ansuz. Its truth-speaking influence brings the power to help us focus what we really mean, so that when we say it to the world we know it’s spot-on. As we part ways with Ansuz this week and move into Raidho, we have to start thinking of how we put all of this together.
Soothsaying + Storytelling = Meaning
Ansuz + Raidho = Kenaz
Raidho begins the point that we have to consider how we tell our story. We’ve taken precious time to decide what the elements of the story should be called (Ansuz), now we must determine how we put them together into a narrative (Raidho).
Algiz as the intuitive stave affirms our boundaries on this current leg of the trip. Depending on the timeframe we’re looking at, Algiz is interpreted as a sedge grass or an elk. Both evoke Nature aspects, which is entirely the point. This rune is about what I call home spirits, or spirits of place, such that we realize we are a spirit of our place and must connect with our home network.
Wunjo from the voice of Reason insists that we are in great alignment with our intentions, right now. Meaning “joy,” it suggests a point that our intentions and actions (Ansuz-y) are aligned with whatever greater flow is currently in play, and we can enjoy benefit from it. Indeed, it’s logical to go with the flow, to follow the path of least resistance. And for the week, that just happens to be one of harmony.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.