For the week of 18 March 2018

Self-care and awakening.

Berkano (Berkana) is the half-month stave through 30 March. Mannaz reversed is the intuitive stave, and Ingwaz(Inguz) indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Berkana, Mannaz reversed, then Ingwaz.

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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 planetary stave (also a blind draw) indicates the state and needs of the planet, and where noted, of Nature, well beyond the earthly sphere.

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This week’s cast isn’t as laid back as last week’s. The soothing that Berkana brought in with spring is welcomed and sustaining, though the nuances of other runes in the cast this week make it a bit more challenging to achieve.

On its own, Berkana is the just right, exactly on-time balm needed to soothe, support, and sustain. It’s care given after battle, as well as the realization of closure and the need to actively, fully allow it. That’s the thing about closure. On its own, it can pass us right by without us ever realizing it. The misnomer of closure is that it happens to us. The reality is we must embody it.

Let this closure of winter and step into spring bear Ostara’s native blessings. The equinox occurs at 12:15pm EST, on 20 Tuesday March 2018. If led, take sometime to be still for the local sabbat time. Ask what’s needed for self-support, at this time. Ask what the new tide of birthing energy can bring. As well, remember to thank the spirits of the turning season for what has transpired. So often we look to the shiny and new, without blessing what came before, to make the new possible.  Seek sacred closure.

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Therein lies this week’s challenge–alongside Mercury retrograde, beginning Thursday. Mannaz reversed describes how we can best make use of what Berkana brings, and this rune means expect no help. Where Mannaz usually indicates bringing some new creation to the attention of new consciousness or social groups, this week we have only ourselves. We must provide the support, brawn, and cheerleading. However the dynamic of this week plays out, no calvary is coming.

That said, this isn’t an emergency week. It’s not upended or dramatic, just completely fixed on self-reliance. However, Mannaz reversed can indicate overthinking, being too analytical. It may bring other mental challenges and feelings of not being able to bear our genius to light, though the overall tone insists that we have the goods. What we’re being asked to provide to ourselves in support and soothing we have in spades. Realizing that is the key.

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The fact that Ingwaz remains the voice of Nature this week tells it all. As it’s been with us for two weeks straight, the wisdom of this rune in this placement is that we are upon a significant opening in our lives. In fact, it’s huge, and our job is to tend its birth. It may even be on pointe to say that it can’t or won’t birth well without focused, planned, personal attendance. We can poll, do taste tests. It still will come solely down to ourselves to do the self-work that yields new awareness, this week.

The positive of Ingwaz is that it can’t be reversed, which means it can’t be avoided. The new way is coming, and it will serve. Tend the process. Challenging as it may seem, lonely as it feels, we’re headed in the right direction.


Also, tomorrow I will be featured on Why Shamanism Now, talking with Christina Pratt about the impact of our lives and soul seeking on the spirit world, and the calling to step up our game as active participants in All Things.


Half-month Considerations

  • How do you realize closure?
  • How do you honor Ostara?
  • How do you support yourself?

In case you missed it–I was a panelist on the Runes Round Table last week, on Blog Talk Radio. It was a great discussion with several seasoned runesters, who work with different futharks, and brought different uses of the runes to the table. I learned a great deal from it, and I think you will enjoy it, too.



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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.