Intentional Insights

The Weekly Rune

For the week of 16 June 2019

Meaning in stillness

Dagaz is the half-month stave through 29 June. Mannaz reversed is the intuitive rune, and Isa indicates Solstice’s message to us. Read right to left is Dagaz, Mannaz reversed, then Isa.

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What’s a half-month rune?

“Half-month” is an astronomical concept in which each month is divided into two parts: days 1-15, then 16-month’s end. In terms of the runic calendar, each half-month rune is one of the 24 runes of the Elder Futhark, and governs for a tad over two weeks (14 and 1/4 days, or a fortnight).

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The Weekly Rune is a three-rune cast. Those runes are the half-month, the intuitive rune, and the overview. The half-month is a set rune, which for the most part follows the traditional ordering of the Elder Futhark. The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, to the focus of the half-month rune into sharper focus. It suggests how we can best handle the half-month energies. The final rune (also drawn blind) provides a high overview of the current time, and speaks from different voices. These voices are usually Nature, Earth, Creation, though are sometimes others. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.


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Take a deep breath as we in the north inch (literally) closer to Summer Solstice. Solstices are the pinnacle status points of the year, and the summer one comes in broad daylight. I say that only partly in jest, because the crux of it is a keen inability to look away. All shadows are bared, and we’re fortunate to have worked the wheel of the year in runes to meet them face-to-face.

Likewise, in the south, Jera heralds movement toward Winter Solstice, which demands that we have a keen awareness of how to meet our needs as the darkness shades access to and feelings around resources.  This solstice carries its own shadow connotations, though more regarding being comfortable with them.

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What does it mean?

Dagaz is the rune of “day,” or the experience of light, warmth, and all the bounty that state of being brings. It’s the point that we know how the crops are doing, for the most part, yet still realize their fragility. It’s the point that we celebrate light at its highest, greatest point, while realizing how short-lived that state of being is and managing grief that comes up with that knowledge. It’s the end and beginning. If nothing else this rune is about contradictions and what unites them.

In short, Dagaz perches on a knife’s edge. It’s brings huge flaying of the human consciousness, yet it’s over in a blink. It really does require that we simultaneously have done the work that leads to every life moment, so that when we’re in it, our carefully tended consciousness can just come through, while we make peace with not knowing what comes next.

When we can sit with the extremes Dagaz, thus Summer Solstice, brings, we realize it really isn’t about what’s on either side of them at all. It’s about what’s in the middle. It’s about what connects them. It’s about the whole coin, not the sides. There’s a term for that cohesion and for the fact that the cohesion, itself, is a presence in the mix, and at least when we’re talking about coins it’s called ‘the third side.’ It is literally considered the third side of a coin, where the two faces meet.

Dagaz is the third side of a coin.

Yes, it embodies the dynamics leading up to Summer Solstice, and it equally embodies the qualities that lead from it, all the while being both extremes and their shift. The significance of this vast. This embodiment of full cycle, full scope, and being able to hold the components that comprise it is the complexity that Summer Solstice brings.

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Mannaz reversed says that we’re going to be alone in our observation of Solstice. Whether that’s literal or figurative, when it comes to realizing the significance of our own path to Solstice this year, to the closing and opening of a new planetary sun cycle, the final and initial work will be done alone. 

It could also mean that such a time of transition generates feelings of exclusion. Whether that’s attributable to a social group, family, or All Things, be attentive to feelings around being left out, and prepare how to respond to them. This isn’t a question of if such feelings will arise. They will. They are part of the birth process of this Solstice. Let them come, breathe them through completely, then let them move on to their next destiny.

Isa, from the voice of Summer Solstice, speaks of stillness. It speaks of the primal silence before the scream, which doesn’t have to be one of anguish. It can as easily be one of release, passion, celebration–whatever it needs to be. Be the vehicle for it, much as the feelings brought up by Mannaz reversed, and let them move through. Let them be acknlwledged, then move on.

Isa is all about internalizing the needs-examination process brought by Nauthiz, as it follows Nauthiz in the traditional ordering of the Elder Futhark. So by the time we get to Isa, we’re ready to calculate all that new data into boundaries and learn how to apply them to life. When Isa comes up randomly in a spread, as it has here, it assumes we’ve done that part.

For Summer Solstice Isa is preparing us to be ready. It’s telling us to be armed with how to respond to new needs that this seasonal change will bring. Revisit the personal process of needs-assessment. Does the process, itself, need to change? If so, modify, and be ready to work it. Let the stillness inform; therein lies the meaning.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.