For the week of 12 May 2019
The Mannaz we’ve been waiting for
Ingwaz is the half-month stave through 29 May. Mannaz is the intuitive rune, and Sowilo indicates Casting’s message to us. Read right to left is Ingwaz, Mannaz, then Sowilo.
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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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Over the last week and a bit into this one, Laguz challenges us to up our awareness of how we fit into All Things. Verging into Ingwaz brings a sense of accomlishment, and finally a comfort in sharing it.
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?
I spoke too soon, regarding a break from Mannaz. However, it’s finally exalted in its position as the modifier this week, and the spotlight is at last somewhat comfortable. I say somewhat, because for some folks, it’s never comfortable. What makes it more palatable this week is we’re finally standing in it with wisdom.
The transition from Laguz to Ingwaz happens Tuesday, and until that point, we’re still in refining-our-relationship-to-flow mode. What happens mid-week is a shift into comfort with that work. In fact, it’s a transition around finally getting comfortable with much bigger work that began back in November. If you’ve read Runic Book of Days or taken my Reclaiming the Runes intensive, then you are fully aware of the long initiation that plays out beginning with Isa, Tiwaz, Mannaz, Laguz, and manifesting with Ingwaz.
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Ingwaz represents a finish line, which requires us to maintain ethics and integrity. The moment isn’t just about wrapping up a long-gestated dynamic, also it requires that we do so fully seated in the wisdom we’ve gained about ourselves, All Things, and the dynamic, along the way. It’s the point that our projects are handed off to themselves. We have to trust that we’ve given them what they need to sustain on their own. As well, this week brings a sense of closure, relief, and need for self-tending. This is where Mannaz is the best medicine we could receive. This week a delicate balance of the kind of self-care that nourishes, and the social engagement that affirms.
Understand: This isn’t party-til-you-drop, gain-approval, or sacrifice-self-for-the-collective social need. The kind of community involvemnent this week is the kind that builds self and the community, period.
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Sowilo underscores the emphasis on supportive engagement. Speaking from the voice of Casting (a new entity for TWR), the feeling around that pressence was foremost to remember that the methods we use are life forces, not just the tools used in the method, not just the outcome of the engagement. The method has agency and conscousness. As I sat with that to form this runecast and what that voice in particular needed to say about it, I came back to the base anthem of Sowilo: Divinity shines through all.
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When we work casts, it is our responsiblity to have that same kind of vision–to realize it isnot just the method, tool, or message delivered that is before us. It’s also how we allow ourselves to shift in that transaction, and how we carry that shift forward into all of life.
And really, that’s how we need to approach everything we do. That doesn’t mean take no downtime, fret every gesture, and allow no spontenaity. Rather, it means hold space for the option. Develop awareness for the potential. Allow diversity. Be open.