For the week of 12 August 2018

Speak your truth, at all cost.

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 Thurisaz ushered in discomfort and urgency in the form of unconscious rumblings. It’s a logical progression, starting with how we support our being through Fehu, how we honor our wild with Uruz, then that blatant demand that we do so with Thurisaz. That progression has been largely defined by the power of the Giants (Jötnar). This week changes all of that.

Ansuz marks our first step away from the forces of Nature since beginning the first aett. The rune for “mouth,” it more figuratively represents breath, or the force that animates and gives us the creative power of the gods. For that reason, Ansuz is associated with Odin, the head honcho in the Old Norse pantheon. Therein lies deep significance for ourselves. We’ve progressively learned that we weather as well as embody the forces of Nature. We begin learning through Ansuz about our godliness.

Naming things is a great power that we take for granted. On the surface, it conveys a bit ableist that everyone can speak. The emphasis of Ansuz, though, isn’t on speaking so much as the process of brewing up what to say before the mouth opens. We hope, right? We hope people think before they speak. We hope that we, ourselves, do. It’s the ideal, creative, co-creative way to engage. We actually put thought and energy into unraveling what we want, the ideas we deeply mean to convey, then we select what words can best define them, only then do we actually get to the business of saying them aloud–or conveying them however we best do. It doesn’t have to be speech. 

This week is going to feel like that, not because no one cares or no one’s listening. On the contrary, Ansuz in its native half-month time is the opportune moment to studiously hash out anything that needs to be said, identify the life force that needs to be expressed, and give it precise words (or symbols, in some cases). The complication this week comes from Isa, as the best way to get the most out of Ansuz, Isa, meaning “ice,” is about being frozen, locked in place. Most people confront that and feel restricted. It can be that, though it can also be a time of drawing energy in, of resting. As an introvert, that sounds fabulous to me.

Fehu, from the voice of Creation, affirms this whole dynamic. Yes, do the internal work that Ansuz demands in understanding exactly the concepts seeking expression. Yes, do the due diligence of matching them with words (or symbols) that represent how they need to go out into the world. This process is no less than creation. It is wyrdweaving. The outcome of such devoted, mindful expression is.

Can we say what it is? No. Well, sort of. That’s the whole point of wyrdweaving. We approach the threads of wyrd with humility. We identify the forces in our lives working for and against us. We change and heal what we can, and what we can’t we make regular tea dates with it. Seriously. What we can’t change, we must change how we engage it. When we master that process, we are weaving our wyrd with intention.

In this light, what we say is. Make use of the seasonal supports to say it well.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.