For the week of 21 April 2019
Needs, community, and knowing when to reach out
Mannaz is the half-month stave through 29 April. Berkana is the intuitive rune, and Nauthiz indicates the Season’s message to us. Read right to left is Mannaz, Berkana, then Nauthiz.
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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.
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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I wanted Mannaz to go a bit easier than the runes of the last couple of months, and it has. Sort of. It’s made us deeply consider where we fit into social groups and what role they should play in our healing, tending, fragility, and calling.
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?
Mannaz is the rune that urges us to take what we’ve learned, not just brushed against and thought would be a good life tid bit, but really learned, and bring it to the world. It demands that we bring heartsong level revelation into new community, and wear it like our spring best.
Mannaz isn’t attributed any particular tribulation. If anything, it carries an air of triumph, of having clarified an important life detail, and celebrating it with others. That sounds all well and good, except that that process can also be a massive slap of reality. For those of us who are introverted, we’d rather stand naked in public than have to share a new personal revelation. Same difference. Aside from even that part of it, Mannaz demands that we not just share our new awareness, but that we give ourselves completely over to it. It is where we are right now, and it’s also every arrow pointing forward.
Along that line, Berkana says we need to remember to nurture ourselves while we venture out in to this new community. Of course it’s not so simple as a spa day, or even a proper self-care. Berkana comes with caveats, which are that we have healthy emotional distance between what we should expect to gain from community and our own solid judgement. It begs us to ask the questions: Are we engaging in confirmation bias? Are we just hearing what we want to? Are we expecting other people to give us something we are unwilling to give to ourselves?
Nauthiz takes any touchy-feely-ness out of the equation. Ever the stripper of superfluous fluff, this rune forces the needs assessment at a deep level. From the voice of Season, wherever we’re located, this rune asks us to keep it local, with regard to filling our needs. Don’t over reach. Don’t ask for more than is needed or can be tolerated. This isn’t nut-storing season. Stay efficient and economical. Take in what’s needed; let go of what isn’t. Don’t bring in what isn’t needed. Give to whomever has needs can be filled. Don’t mire in any particular emotional state around anything.
There’s a mathematical quality to this week, along the lines of sleek frugality and deep nourishment, far outreach from a fortified foundation, and the discernment to know how to healthily do all of the aforementioned.
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