The Weekly Rune, Hagalaz
For the week of 28 October 2018
Hold still and hang on.
Hagalaz is the half-month stave through 13 November. Fehu is the intuitive stave, and Isa indicates the Rune’s message to us. Read right to left is Hagalaz, Fehu, 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, 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).
The Weekly Rune is based on 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.
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This is the week that it all changes, or at least in my book. Go with how the seasonal flow speaks to self. For me, this week has always been the turn-key week of the year. We move into Hagalaz, which hosts Samhain (Wintersnacht), the final harvest days, and full-on descent into The Dark Time.
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?
Hagalaz is one of the runes that makes people cringe. The truth is, though, all of the runes come with light and shadow, which means Hagalaz has its brighter virtues, as well. Meaning “hail,” it points to a place between places. Hail represents a torrential frozen state that comes up out of nowhere, and leaves devastation in its wake. It is unpredictable, in that we don’t know when it’s going to happen and we don’t know what will come of it.
The thing that is predictable about hail is that it will melt. It will eventually dissolve and become ground water, which feeds everything. That’s the silver lining of hail. The destruction is what it is, though something entirely other is grown and nurtured from it.
We have great fortune regarding the influence of Hagalaz, this week, in Fehu. Fehu, the rune of wealth, assures us that allowing hagalaz to play out without additional drama is imperative. Yes, react to loss, or whatever trial comes up. Don’t try to stop it. This placement indicates that letting Hagalaz run its course is the best outcome.
Fehu comes when the intention at hand will benefit us.It will support us, in some sustainable or sustaining way. That outcome may not be evident at first, though the emphasis isn’t on what will grow from the hail of hagalaz, but on not trying to force outcomes. There’s no room for personal agenda here.
Isa, another of the winter runes, speaks on behalf of the Elder Futhark, this week. Isa always comes with the message that we can’t getto Step 2 until we’ve completed Step 1. Sure we can skip the given order, though doing so has ramifications that circumvent the goal we’re working toward. It comes down to: follow the given order and meet goals, or try to force a different order and deal with the consequences of going to the back of the line.
For this week, our job is to let the unfolding happen. Do the self-care of allowing, then make room for what good can come of it. Trying to do otherwise will just place us back at the starting line, again.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.