For the week of 5 May 2019
Supporting self in flow
Laguz is the half-month stave through 14 May. Uruz reversed is the intuitive rune, and Dagaz indicates Tree’s message to us. Read right to left is Laguz, Uruz reversed, then Dagaz.
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“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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The RunecastOver the last week, Laguz has challenged us to get right with flow, or how we fit into All Things. The suggestion isn’t that we aren’t in flow, but that we become more aware of how we are. 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?
Laguz means water, or more specifically, the qualities of water. When we talk about water, archetypally, we refine our perspective back to the oceans of the world, from which all of life as we know it emerged. All of being stemmed from salt life, and at deep levels, we all long to go back to it–or back to our sense of it. For that reason, when we work with Laguz, we’re dealing with inner aspects of self that are likely not being spoken or manifest in our external lives. Should they be? I can’t say. I suspect it comes down to whether we feel sated by our current experience of flow, or starved by it. The complexity of the question is a bit unfair, really, because which self are we talking about? A mundane expression? Transpersonal? A combo?
The reality is, different levels of self have different relationships to flow. They aren’t all working with the same availability of information or agency, which is where tension can erupt. And of course, this week it does.
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Uruz reversed as the best way to move with Laguz this week suggests that a deeper part of us isn’t getting what’s needed from flow, or that it is impeded from flow, in some way. I know last week in the runecast and podcast I said that we can’t be out of flow. It’s not possible, and I completely stand by that assertion. This doesn’t mean that we aren’t disconnected within the layers of ourselves, in such a way that we can’t step with flow the way we really need to.
Uruz reversed speaks directly to this dynamic, in how the runes congregate this week. Uruz is all about the body as the vessel that houses the soul. It emphasizes how we must take care of the body in order for the soul to perform as it requires. It also suggests there’s no distinction between body and soul, or that the body has its own experience of soul, unique from all other parts of the system.
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Dagaz as the message from Trees brings great simplicity around what seems to be a very complex examination: Find meaning. I’m not one to believe that everything has a meaning. Shit happens. Teams win. Sink holes open up. I do believe that we can find meaning, in a way that facilitates healing, though we are never required to. And pressuring self or others to claim meaning in the face of trauma only generates more trauma.
The meaning Dagaz is referring to is the kind that keeps us motivated on a day-to-day basis, and the implication there is it can change just that often. What brings meaning one day may not be applicable the next. Be organic. Be resourceful, like trees. They know how much water is needed for themselves, and every plant around them. They know when to draw up more water and leave the excess. They know how to conserve energy when there’s not enough sunlight, when to drop seeds. They know this because they constantly base their needs on the moment, and in this runecast we’re asked to behave similarly. They don’t sulk or withdraw from the forest; they adapt.
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The task list this week includes listening more closely for diverse aspects of self, and their commentary on flow. What do they have to say? How do they enhance awareness of it? How do they hide from it? With that knowledge, kick up the self-care. Do the things needed to take care of them, and self.
Because that kind of deep self-wareness… is flow.