For the week of 17 June 2018
The power within.
Dagaz is the half-month stave through 29 June. Ansuz reversed is the intuitive stave, and Sowilo (Sowilu) indicates Transition’s message to us. Read right to left is Dagaz, Ansuz reversed, then Sowilo.
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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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For the last two weeks we’ve talked about Othala’s undercurrents of elderhood, how it demands attention to the Ancestors, and hands-on engagement with matters of inheritance. The force behind that insistence is justified, as Dagaz, the rune of Summer Solstice, follows. Dagaz on the surface is very simple. It means “day,” as in the 24-hour course of Earth around the sun. Polar to its sibling timekeeping rune, Jera, which sits at Winter Solstice in December, Dagaz asks us to focus on what brings meaning to our day. It demands a very distilled, intense examination of how we spend our time, with whom we spend it, and being honest with ourselves about how our day-to-day activities feed us.
That sounds fairly involved on the surface, though as the half-month rune, that examination becomes even more significant. Through the progression of the runes in season we not only see but get to live their progressions into each other. We feel the Elder narrative unfolding and can experience it in our lives, around us. The shift from Othala to Dagaz rankles our psyche a tiny bit because it’s not the order we expect the runes to be in, also because we need all the tools we can posses well in place to meet Summer Solstice well.
Does that mean the solstice will bring difficulty? Who knows? I guess that depends on how we’ve each worked with the narrative up to this point. The skivey aspect of Dagaz is even if we’ve mastered it all, we arrive at those glorious rays with every tool imaginable, focused, open for change, Dagaz looks us square in the face and asks the biggest question of all, “So what?”
Indeed, that’s the most challenging component of this rune. It represents, in native progression, the point that we have done the work. We’ve learned a shitload and actually internalized it as wisdom, and so? With this rune comes the scene of sitting with the masters, truly having ascended to a higher level of awareness, and realizing… We get to do it all over again. We got to the end, did all the things, and we just do it all over, again.
Some will handle that truth of initiation better than others.
Ansuz reversed as the support rune this week suggests that folks around us may not handle it so great, or we may not be open to hearing that others handled it better than we are. However it plays out, the dynamic of what’s internal isn’t going to match or be met with equal integrity externally.The best we can do is be sure of which side of that disjoint we’re responsible for, and poise ourselves to find balance within it.
Sowilo suggests that balance comes from within. Or without. Or more specifically, that fine point where they meet as magick in each of us. Focused also on the sun, Sowilo challenges us to find what lights us within, so that we can shine on others. This placement, specifically as the voice of the Transition system we’re all bearing in the Multiverse right now, means we can’t expect overt external motivation. It doesn’t mean we’re unsupported or forgotten. Rather, it means we need to fall back on what nurture and support we’ve been given over this year, and dole it out like the holy people that we are. Give what we’ve been getting. Teach what we’ve been learning. This isn’t the time–this half-month and beyond–to wait for someone to tell us what to do, to become immobilized from a lack of skills. Get them. Do them. Do all the deep work you’ve done on self on the world. No force, no judgement. Just offer self and skills, wisdom and experience, like an altar for the world to cherish, replenish, and inspire.
Because we are altars of wisdom.
Everyone of us is, and Summer Solstice is the time to live it.
- How do you cope with standing still?
- How do you manage what you find in stillness?
- How do you show up when external forces aren’t supportive?
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.