For the week of 28 April 2019

Flowing alone, calmly

Laguz is the half-month stave through 14 May. Mannaz reversed is the intuitive rune, and Wunjo indicates the Planet’s message to us. Read right to left is Laguz, Mannaz reversed, then Wunjo.

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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.

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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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Mannaz wasn’t any more gentle than Ehwaz, and while Laguz brings a more laid back state, some self-work frames it, this week.

Learn more about this seasonal progression, and how to draw its insights into the personal spiritual path in Runic Book of Days.

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What does it mean?

Laguz is the rune of flow. People think of it as water and attribute it with emotional aspects, though there’s no historic precedent indicating that emotional association was there, back in the day. I think it’s okay to bring in the associations we each experience in relationship with it (or any runes). We have to be able to hold their historic context and find how they still relate, and I’m dedicated to the effort of doing both.For me, Laguz brings up concerns around being in greater flow, and that, of course, is All Things.

We can’t be out of flow with All Things.  I could say that 56 times and still have someone write me and say, “But I AM.  This week’s cast taps directly into the tender points between realizing our reliance on network and our inherent connectivity into the Big One, lots of little ones, very personal ones. It also elaborates on the discernment of knowing when we need to be self-reliant, which is still doable within a network.

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We’re not good at that kind of discernment–humans, I mean. It’s been domesticated out of us. Nature knows when to risk its neck for the collective, when to tuck in and rest, when to cruise along, when to lead, when to follow. Humans are the ones who don’t use base wisdom, or even instinct, around how we relate to collective. So, of course, that’s what this week’s focus is.

Mannaz isn’t done with us yet, as it follows its half-month stint by showing up in reverse. And for those keeping score, it was the reversed modifier rune the week before it was the half-month rune. That means we need to really sit with what it can give us, and live into its wisdom. This reversal speaks directly to that feeling of being outside, outside the fun, the intel, the love. However that sense of being “off-path” is showing up right now, that’s what this rune is prodding. Its memo is that we aren’t going to just suddenly feel back on the path. Rather, we have to do something about it. Maybe there’s big assessment and digging to be done to figure all of that out. My guess, though, is that we’ve already done that. Tat’s why Mannaz has visited in some position for a solid month.

This isn’t out-of-the-blue stuff. We know what’s working and what isn’t, and we’ve even had some clues around what to do to bring things into balance. To state the obvious in this reversal, no calvary is riding in. The revelation and change around this will be self-derived, and we can trust ourselves to make good on it.  We can trust flow, and that’s the deeper message this week.

We’re already in flow. Realize it. Make use of what it can readily give.  

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Wunjo is always welcomed, though even more so when it speaks for the Planet. We can look at it as the culminating rune in the cast and leave it as ending on a high note. We can break it down further and say that when we find the balance between our role in flow and our role as individuals, that’s joy.

Guess which one I’m going with.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.