The Weekly Rune, Kenaz
For the week of 16 September 2018
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Kenaz is the half-month stave through 28 September. Fehu is the intuitive stave, and Gebo indicates Creation’s message to us. Read right to left is Kenaz, Fehu, then Gebo.
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Raidho left on challenging notes, last week. I usually find it a fun, transformational energy, though our time with it this year wasn’t, so much. The runes framing it presented us with a forced need to cultivate self-awareness, and cultivate it now. This time, Raidho didn’t just present the right conditions to hone how we tell our stories. It handed us an ultimatum, and demanded we get cracking.
Moving into Kenaz begins with a lighter intensity. I say that carefully, because Kenaz is one of those runes that falls through the cracks for most people. It’s not sexy or damning, so it doesn’t get a lot of attention. In reality, it’s both transformational and affirming, and for this week, in as gentle a package as possible.
What does it mean?
Kenaz is the, “Aha!” change rune. It hints at some darkness that’s been self-perpetuated, either consciously or unconsciously, which after it’s had all it can stand in the periphery, launches itself full-tilt into the spotlight. This rune has elements of burning, both in a irritating boil sort of way, as well as of that of keening discomfort. Kenaz comes to us as some maddening microthought that’s skirted the edge of our awareness, not unknown yet not fully realized.
Until it is.
Kenaz in its native time suggests we will come into that skulking awareness this week, or at least that it’s a great time to make space for it to emerge. If some brilliance has gnawed, some clarity has evaded, make an offering to it, now. Make room for it to come forward, and whatever it is, let it do so and greet it with open arms.
Remember how we’ve talked about the formula:
Ansuz + Raidho = Kenaz
Naming + Storytelling = Meaning
Through this methodic attention to what we name things, how we tell our stories, we are able to find the meaning in them. Do we have to find meaning? No. Is it always clear? Definitely not. Chances are, the ability to derive meaning from the story that’s been shaping over the last couple of months is that niggly bit that’s been hiding in the shadows.
Fehu allies well with Kenaz, this week. It potentially brings a nice reward, though it may require a deposit up front, or need a little tending to fully reveal its benefits. Whatever support it needs, the willingness to give it assures a supportive stance for Kenaz’s inspiration.
Gebo from the voice of Nature suggests that we do so with an openness toward company, or at least with a generous spirit. It may mean we will best support and nurture that budding insight with partnership. It may mean that we should be willing to sacrifice some of our abundance to someone who needs it more. Likewise, we may have to ask for something we need.
However it works out, a sense of giving and receiving supports Kenaz this week. It opens us to people we know have our best interests in mind, and by joining with them finding relief and light.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.