For the week of 7 July 2019
Peace in adversity
Fehu is the half-month stave through 29 July. Wunjo is the intuitive rune, and Ansuz reversed indicates Time’s message to us. Read right to left is Fehu, Wunjo, then Ansuz reversed.
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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).
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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The start to this new runic year has been tense, yet supported. We came into it off this big wave of Dagaz and the Solstice drive to button up dynamics left from the year. That’s every year. What’s made this one different is that we started getting support for the transition before Fehu, or the payoff. My optimistic side sees that as a nice perque. My everything else wonders what’s coming that we need such reinforcements, up front.
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?
Fehu is the rune of wealth, and it visits in season as an indicator to tend what bling we have, and to realize that we have it. Whatever assets we possess, we have to first see them as that to really tend their prosperity, ability to support us, and to meet their needs. After all, it’s all about relationships, and we are indeed in relationship with our stuff. Reciprocity is required. Now’s the time to get right in that relationship and learn what our assets need.
Wunjo underscores this beneficial time. Meaning joy, it tells us the best way we can approach Fehu is with a light heart. I know that’s easier said than done when assets are slim. I know that if it’s difficult to value self or our own efforts to support ourselves, bringing lightness to it all is a challenge as big as figuring out how to sustain self.
Part of the challenge part of joy, even wealth, is other people, dynamics involving more than just ourselves. They screw up everything, am I right? Ansuz reversed hints at this complication, this week. From the perspective of Time, we’re urged to explore the bigness of things, the network-ness. Reversed, this rune indicates currents in which our social system isn’t working properly. It’s not necessarily working against us or even personal to us, though what’s going on with it has repurcussions that complicate personal matters.
Time suggests we cope with social discord by seeing how it situates into the bigger picture. I always think of time as a human construct, with timing being more of a magickal or awareness component. Either way, both are life force. Both have agency, and that agency pertains to wholeness, sustaining, and all parts functioning on pointe. Our job this week is to hold open awareness of how we situate into such collectiveness, and not sink into either personal or social drama.