For the week of 8 July 2018
Change, change, change.
Fehu is the half-month stave through 14 July. Hagalaz is the intuitive stave, and Kenaz indicates Transition’s message to us. Read right to left is Fehu, Hagalaz, then Kenaz.
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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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Last week began the runic new year in the Norther hemisphere. Fehu posits us at a seasonal high, when crops are on their way to bounty, the work to tend them is hard and steady, and the promise of good production provides motivation to stay with it. The nuance of change runes in this week’s cast emphasizes an uncommon characteristic of Fehu, and that is investment–or spending.
When most people discuss Fehu, they’re really talking about addition. They’re highlighting the positive aspect of the rune, which is wealth, or prosperity–either beholding it or acquiring it. That’s awesome, though as we discussed last week, having wealth to spend or invest implies that we have something to invest, a baseline from which we can add more. Anyone who has studied economics for five seconds knows that in order to earn, we must first invest, which recursively indicates we aren’t starting from nothing.
And as always, we’re not just talking about money here, but whatever the current structure of support needs tending in life. Fehu demands that we be able to identify what we have–our strengths. It may not be riches, but talent, resources, knowledge. Whatever we possess that holds us steady, that we view as an asset, we have to be willing to tend it and spend it. We must leverage it, to participate knowingly and with intention in that investment process.
“Change” is the emphasis of this week’s cast, though change means different things with each rune. With Fehu, it references the process of how we tend our wealth. We change one thing for another. Hagalaz as the best way to accomplish that is curious. Meaning “hail,” we internalize Hagalaz as abrupt external change, which generally brings discomfort. It portends what we think of as natural disaster, and forces us to draw deeply on skills to find the way to recognize blessings in challenging dynamics, then move on.
In short, Hagalaz means we have to let go of something past, so that the benefit of it blessing us now can come.
Kenaz as the voice of Nature suggests we already know what that blessing is. Meaning “torch,” it points to a faint light flickering at the edge of our periphery. The insight not entirely unknown, nor is it particularly clear. It’s the thought lingering in liminal space that we’ve pushed back, until it can’t remain hidden any longer and bursts into our consciousness. In Nature’s lingo, it’s that little sprig of greenery that manages to push through concrete toward light.
This week our charge is change, not just to endure it, but become it. Shapeshift into it so that we can be as flexible as possible, part of the process, and fully integrated into the solution. Fluidity, flexibility are key, not just to mastering the process, but to realizing and thriving in the outcome.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.