For the week of 31 March 2019

Sacred disappointment

Ehwaz is the half-month stave through 14 April. Wunjo reversed is the intuitive rune, and Dagaz indicates the voice of  Song’s message to us. Read right to left is Ehwaz, Wunjo reversed, then Dagaz.

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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, the half-month rune is based on the Elder Futhark, and governs for a tad over two weeks (14 and 1/4 days, or a fortnight).

As we experience a shift between the half-month runes this week, the energies subtly reflect a change in focus.

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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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Runic Book of Days - A Guide to Living the Annual Cycle of Rune Magick by S. Kelley Harrell

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Berkana brought needed quiet after the chaos of Tiwaz in Mercury retrograde. It also ushered in its own brand of tension, though, focused more on how we cope with chaos. It’s easy in the aftermath of battle to just walk away from distress. It’s natural to want to. However, in that ripe timing, while it’s all still fresh and we’re treating the wounds is when we do our best, most focused grounding. Enter Ehwaz.

Learn more about this seasonal progression, and how to draw its insights into the personal spiritual path in Runic Book of Days.

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What does it mean?

Ehwaz is the rune of going deeper. It means ‘horse,’ which I’ve talked a great deal about in TWR and the podcast–off the top of my head–episodes 52 and 17. What’s important to really hold about Ehwaz is that while it may have this honored historic precedence of meaning ‘sitting with the deeper spiritual animism of Things,’ in the modern construct of how we live, that very act is the single-most rebellious thing we can do. It is what we have been groomed for centuries not to do, through colonialism, the Church, oppression, capitalism. These isms were the end of animism, which means they were the end of our natural inclination to direct relationship to All Things. They stopped us going deeper.

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My take on Wunjo reversed isn’t so much a lack of joy, but the presence of disappointment. We often think the opposite of joy is sadness, though in those sad moments, our feelings are way more nuanced than just that. They are specific to the situation. They are personal, thus emotional. Despite the catalyst for our upset, we generally, blame ourselves for the grief (or not being able to move past it), which sets us up for: disappointment.

There’s a lot going on in there, and this week we’re asked to examine the disappointments of our lives, to see where they are obstructing us from going deeper, where they are keeping us from our sacred duties, or where we carry disappointment around our ability to go deeper. All of these scenarios point to a black of some sort, a stuckness that has up to this point been intransmutable.

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The voice of Song speaks to us through Dagaz, and it hinted at how music allows us to side-step analytical processes to feel joy. It frees up processes by virtue of dual-hemispheric engagement that puts us deeply in touch with the surge of feelings that come up  when in the presence of fabulous art, but more specifically, how we find meaning in it. And when we find meaning in art, we are able to unconsciously apply it to our own experience and mitigate how we move forward in it.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.