For the week of 19 May 2019
New self, new balance
Ingwaz is the half-month stave through 29 May. Uruz reversed is the intuitive rune, and Jera indicates Tree’s message to us. Read right to left is Ingwaz, Uruz reversed, then Jera.
I truly believe that #theweeklyrune includes the keys to making better choices based on keen insight into the present, to help each of us be more active in creating a better reality for us all. That realization process includes learning to tend what can’t just be fixed, and using every tool at our disposal to accomplish that. The runes are such a tool, and in the Old Norse tradition, this process is wyrdweaving at it deepest potential. The runes provide one way we can create ourselves as fit elders, so that we can become well Ancestors upon death.
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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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Ingwaz brings the dawn of new consciusness. Over the last week, some existing dynamic that has needed clarity or a new dynamic sprang into being. Either way, it’s a time of giving space to that new life force, and allowing the recallibation to support 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?
Ingwaz comes at the end of a long progression through initiatory runes, which is detailed in Runic Book of Days and in my Reclaiming the Runes intensive. What’s significant to note is Ingwaz is the end of this initiation. It indicates a time that the paces have been endured, and what emerges is a polished, new awareness.
Historically, this emergence is noted through Ing, Yngvi (Freyr), the god of the Ingaevones, the people of the northern Germanic sea region. The significance of Ing as a fertility god and bearer of blessing is attested throughout history, though Ingwaz epitomizes that same spirit of taking elements and making the best of them.
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Uruz reversed visited us a couple of weeks ago, bringing the message that we have to tend our personal cosmology. This is also the memo now, though in a more optimistic light.
Without oversimlifying, Uruz is all about the personal, internal cosmology -body/mind/soul/feelings. Reversed, it means some part of that isn’t functioning as well as it could or should be. It may be the whole thing needs a reboot, or that part or parts of it needs tending.
Our cosmology has changed because we have. The internal balance that fed us before and during this long initiatory process served us well. However, it isn’t what’s going to sustain us now. We need a new balance, and we have to devote some effort and time to understanding what that is or will be.
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This week’s Big Perspective comes from Air. Ever moving, always chasing out what needs to go, filtering what is, and blowing in what must be, Air in the lens of Jera is about assessment, inventory. It’s about the objective evaluation of our personal cosmology: what needs to go, what needs to be brought in, clearing what is, and blessing the whole.
This assessment is the nature of our change, this week. Manifestation isn’t all-inclusive. When we manifest an intention, we still have to do the work of creating space for that manifestation in our lives–internally and externally. If the skills for that kind of assessment and self-support are lacking, engage the Dream Team for help.
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Manifestation is one thing. Having the chops to sustain it is something else, entirely. In order for this initiation to root and bring the opening in our lives that we ached for, we are required to get both.