For the week of 23 September 2018
Knowing the unknown
Kenaz is the half-month stave through 28 September. Jera is the intuitive stave, and Uruz indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Kenaz, Jera, then Uruz.
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Last week Kenaz entered on a fairly positive note. It is ultimately about light shed on a tense situation, something that’s been grating finding relief, thus gaining movement on some dynamic that’s heretofore been stagnant. It meets its half-month midpoint at the Autumnal Equinox, which is the second harvest sabbat. Given that transition time, it’s appropriate that Kenazcarry some frenzied vibes.
What does it mean?
Kenaz is the, “Aha!” change rune. In its native time, it means we get elemental support to allow some suppressed bothersome thing to come to the fore. Most of the time when we talk about liminal awareness we’re talking about unconscious stuff–or the Jotnar. The ‘giants’ in Old Norse cosmology are the forces of Nature. Most often we think of those as being the law of gravity, mountains, or ocean currents. When we speak of the Nature forces within us, key among them is our unconscious.
Despite its beyond-reach feel, the unknown of Kenaz references a more obscure liminal awareness then our unconscious, which I refer to as microthoughts. They aren’t unknown, yet they aren’t known, either. They are the wipsy thoughts that come just to the periphery of our awareness, and we either can’t quite bring them into full cognition.
The rocking news around that is, Kenaz in season means we can handle it, now. We can let it come forward. Or maybe we already have, and we can now breathe through the life transition that allowing brings. The support is abundant to do exactly that.
Jera allies well with Kenaz, this week. Referencing ‘harvest,’ it reinforces that now is the time to let Kenaz do what it can in our lives. There is clear benefit from letting what we’ve held back. As Kenaz marks a micro cycle of harvest–the second harvest holy day (Equinox)–Jera represents the yearly harvest cycle. It brings a drive to inventory what’s working, what we need to do better, what we should never try again, etc.
This week marks a good time to take notes on process and how it supports life change. It’s also a good time to tweak that process, given the new personal revelations.
Uruz from the voice of Nature colors things a bit differently. Uruz references that our deep unconscious, the forces of Nature within us, as filtered through the experience of the body. What that means is everything I just said about the difference between the unconscious and what we simply refuse to know about ourselves is a little more murky.
The focus and benefit of Kenaz in time still stands, as does the support of Jera in refining life post-AHA! What’s offered from Uruz is the wisdom that we’re on the right track in allowing the meaning of our story to emerge. Nature knows impeccably that nothing can be held back. We can either be in the driver’s seat of that impact (shape the meaning), or we can be chauffeured who knows where to gods only know what outcome (have the meaning shaped for us).
This week be in the driver’s seat in allowing Kenaz to bring what it will, and respond with the bounty of Jera, the wisdom of Uruz.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.