For the week of 11 November 2018

Not this, for joy and inspiration


Nauthiz is the half-month stave through 28 November. Wunjo is the intuitive stave, and Kenaz indicates the Rune’s message to us. Read right to left is Nauthiz, Wunjo, then Kenaz.

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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).

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The Weekly Rune is based on 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.

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Runic Book of Days - A Guide to Living the Annual Cycle of Rune Magick by S. Kelley Harrell

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Our last two weeks with Hagalaz were a bit rocky. All things considered, the framing runes smoothed out the inherent rough edges of the rune, though greeting it in its native time still presented tension. Mid-week we shift into Nauthiz, which comes with its own version of wintry chill.

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?

Hagalaz opens the second aett with a huge shake up. That’s the nature of what it does. Following it is Nauthiz, which takes that shake up and forces us to confront any needs around it. Meaning “need-fire,” Nauthiz is somewhat of a crossroads. It’s the point that we stand in the center of options, yet can’t move. We’re paralyzed with wanting to make a move, maybe even knowing what move we want to make, yet something stands in the way of us making it. In other words, it symbolizes constraint.

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There’s no magical resolution for that process, though there is brightness for having gone through it. Wunjo expresses how we can best undertake our ordeal with Nauthiz, and also gives commentary on why give a shit to begin with. Ultimately, we want our needs met. We don’t want to be stuck at the crossroads. Nauthiz doesn’t present a case of us not wanting fulfillment, but one of not knowing how to get it. It presents a question of emotional literacy, which for most of us is among the most challenging skills to acquire. In order to realize it’s missing, we have to be emotionally literate enough to recognize the signs. It’s very much a catch-22 dynamic. But once we have that awareness, we do cross through. We take action and are on our way.

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Wunjo is joy. It’s the cheerleader encouraging us to do that catharsis. Enlist whatever help is needed to do it this week, and follow through, because Wunjo is what’s on the other side of things, as well.

And if we’re really breaking this down to brass tacks, Wunjo is the culmination of weaving our wyrd. It’s actively engaging all the components of life shaping that we can, and standing in the glory of realizing it worked out well.

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The voice of Creation is Kenaz, and it reminds us that the cycle of identifying and meeting needs brings inspiration on its own. We often think we need inspiration to do such challenging work, though the work is the inspiration.

This week allow time and space to cull needs. By doing this, we facilitate any suffering into movement. That movement brings happy place relief, in the shape of true inspiration to stay the course.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.