For the week of 7 April 2019G
Going deeper, alone
Ehwaz is the half-month stave through 14 April. Mannaz reversed is the intuitive rune, and Ansuz indicates Vision’s message to us. Read right to left is Ehwaz, Mannaz reversed, then Ansuz.
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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.
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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Ehwaz holds us in this careful place of depth and potential. Not quite a void space yet also not fully formed, when we dive down into its spiritual implications for the dynamics in our mundane, we find that sweet spot between known and unknowable: both the answers and more questions.
Learn more about this seasonal progression, and how to draw its insights into the personal spiritual path in Runic Book of Days.
What does it mean?
Ehwaz is the rune of going deeper. It means ‘horse,’ which is the Old Norse metaphor for ecstatic trance, or examining the spiritual roots of every day dynamics. Most people refer to Ehwaz as the rune of shamanic trance, though the ability to hold bridged space between spiritual and earthly layers isn’t reserved only for shamans. It’s animism at its most simple.
To understand what I mean by that, check out the last episode of What in the Wyrd, in which I discuss the connection between animism and the broken path. That discussion was carried deeper in Everyday Animism, a podcast I co-host with Janet Roper and Brandice Schnabel.
Here’s where this week’s cast gets more interesting: we’re expected to be self-reliant. Mannaz reversed as the best way to approach Ehwaz says we can expect to be alone in this process. Well, maybe not literally alone, but solitary.
Also, don’t expect a lot of mental juice for this undertaking. Mannaz is the rune of mental processing. Upended, it suggests that our thought processes won’t be up-to-date for what’s needed right now, we won’t have the clarity to approach it at a cognitive level, or that we do but that’s not the best application for this concern. However it shows up, remember the wider range of skills. In particular, return to Ehwaz, and see what can be done at that level.
Ansuz speaks as Vision–another first in TWR. Vision approach me as timeless. We often think of having vision as forward-thinking, progress, always on a trajectory of onward movement. However, this voice referenced Vision as a moment of All. It’s neither forward nor backward, above, below, within, without. It’s none of these, and all of them, at once. With Ehwaz as animism, Vision reminds us that when we stand in that awareness, we are All. When we make that connection, there is only interconnection from that point forward. We have the ability to put ourselves in the experience of that All, anytime, anywhere.
Understand when I say All, I don’t mean ideology. I don’t mean love-n-light-we’re-all-one. I mean we really are all one. There is no separation between the mundane and the sacred. Who’s hurting hurts all. Who’s needing is lack for all.Who’s shining lights all.
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