For the week of 29 April 2018
Laguz is the half-month stave through 14 May. Mannaz reversed is the intuitive stave, and Nauthiz indicates the rune’s message to us. Read right to left is Laguz, Mannaz reversed, then Nauthiz.
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The half-month rune is set by the runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks (a fortnight). The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, which brings the focus of the half-month rune into sharper focus for the present week. It suggests how we can handle these energies. The planetary stave (also a blind draw) indicates the state and needs of the planet, and where noted, of Nature, well beyond the earthly sphere.
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Moving from our half-month with Mannaz, the tone shifts from that of opening our new project or life focus to the thoughts of others, to how we situate into flow, changed. Where Mannaz challenged us to bring something cherished out into the light, we are now tasked to reorient into life.
Meaning “water,” Laguz is about flow. Its native time on the seasonal wheel gives us the wonderful opportunity to get in sync with the greater currents of life within and without, and to perhaps realize that they are the same. Just to keep the narrative of the wider Futhark in mind, we are nearing the end of the third and final aett–the countdown to Summer Solstice. We’ve come through the majority of the Elder Futhark and weathered its challenges. Laguz is the point that we integrate the wisdom learned from them into some personal logic and foundation.
Water, for the most part, is friendly. I’m a Cancer, and when folks learn that about me they always say, “You must love water.” Well, sort of. As long as it behaves itself. I’m one of those crabs on the shoreline that runs the opposite direction every time a wave comes in. I like being near water. I feel best near water, though I respect its power to topple the other elements, post-haste. With that potential in mind I reframe thoughts on Laguz to, water is mostly friendly as long as it respects its own boundaries. When it doesn’t, all bets are off, and nobody can control that.
Such is the nature of Laguz. Indeed, now is the season to get in sync with the greater rhythms that are important to us. These rhythms may be home life, some inner spark that’s igniting, or the all-encompassing flow of All Things. Ultimately, all rhythms flow to and from All Things, and that also is the lesson of Laguz.
At its core, Laguz represents elemental home–that which all flows toward. While chords of life and need express themselves so that we can align to satisfy them, which we should strive to do, remember that satiation isn’t always found in new territory (Mannaz). We are ultimately connected to and simultaneously ever attempting to return to home, which contains everything we need it to.
This week examine places where life is in sync with deeper personal drives and where it isn’t. Then, find the common places where those deeper drives match the pull to All Things, and drop the rest.
Mannaz reversed says we’re going to be doing the work of Laguz alone. Meaning ‘man,’ or ‘human,’ Mannaz usually see us socially engaged. Upended, not so much. We either want to be more socially engaged and can’t find the right way to accomplish that, or we think we’re well-connected to a social group then surreptitiously learn that we’ve been ousted. Whatever the reason, we’re cowboy this week, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We have resources. We have skills. Now demands that we put them to our best use.
The voice of the Multiverse speaks Nauthiz, for this start of the half-month. Meaning “need,” Nauthiz speaks of that sticky point that we’re in our own way. We recognize the crossroads for what it is, yet can’t move forward for the life of us. The thing that holds us back is we can’t name our need. We feel it, though not being able to identify it, thus express it, means it can’t be filled.
So often that hardest part of an unmet need is realizing that’s what the icky feeling is. Once we can name it, articulate it, we can understand how to meet it. Mannaz reversed complicates this process by suggesting we not only have to go through that need-identifying process, but then meet that need ourselves. Indeed, the second part of coping with needs is realizing those that need to be met by others, and those we must meet for ourselves.
This week assumption falls on the side of self. If in doubt, DIY. Because if we’re really working DIY from the deep roots we’ve developed this last sun season over the Futhark, we know we’re in flow to do that with wisdom.
- How do you recognize flow in your life?
- How do you adjust when you’re not in flow?
- How do you identify needs?
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.