For the week of 11 March 2018

Careful nurture brings good, solid results.

Berkano (Berkana) is the half-month stave through 30 March. Gebo is the intuitive stave, and Ingwaz(Inguz) indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Berkana, Gebo, 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 is a nice, laid back balm, which is a nice followup to last week’s power closure with Tiwaz. Book a Rune Reading with Kelley HarrellBerkana translates to a tree , though exactly what tree- birch or fir–is up for debate among the most seasoned rune scholars. Attributes associated with both trees are long life, if not evergreen, and the patience and wisdom that comes with the deep memory derived from such a long lifespan. In general, the wisdom of the life cycle is attributed to this rune.

For this reason, Berkana brings a sense of a project that’s wrapped up. It carries the memo of “dues paid,” and a sense of earned entitlement. However, it also brings a sense of fatigue at having brought that project to fruition, thus emphasizes taking some time to just sit with that accomplishment. Entertain no thoughts of what next, performance judgement, or doubt. Just allow the closure process to move through, without interference.

This closure is exactly what the ordeal of Tiwaz needs, and the nurture that Berkana can offer.

Gebo brings company with the above. Meaning, “gift,” it points to partnership in literal and metaphoric manifestations. It’s a general indicator of things going well, being in balance, and well-poised to support the restorative time that Berkana brings.

Use the good will of Gebo to make alliances, this week. Be open to good fortune, and be willing to facilitate it. Much of this rune’s power lies in gratitude, and realizing we are all capable of being an active part of its process.

Steel Runes, S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent ArtsIngwaz rounds out the support Gebo brings to Berkana with a warm welcome to some new idea, thought, or dynamic. It’s something that’s been brewing for a longtime, and the timing is now right for its presentation to the world. As Nature dictates, timing is everything, as well as process. Nothing blooms before its season. No season forgets itself.

Allow work completed to stand on its own, this week. Realize the effort and energy put into it, and bless it with every resource possible. Everything in this week’s cast is about the art of standing in a glorious moment, with no thoughts before or beyond. Just let it be and enjoy it–if possible, with friends.

Half-month Considerations

  • How do you acknowledge success?
  • When’s the last time you celebrated a personal accomplishment?
  • Do you know how to nourish 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.