For the week of 18 November 2018
Confusion and the map
Nauthiz is the half-month stave through 28 November. Kenaz reversed is the intuitive stave, and Raidho reversed indicates the Rune’s message to us. Read right to left is Nauthiz, Kenaz reversed, then Raidho reversed.
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Over last week we’ve confronted a deep place filled with need. Maybe more than one place, maybe more than one need. Either way, it was a bit overwhelming, though this week’s rune shed some light on how to move forward
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?
Usually people see a handful of reversals and fill with dread. If you’re not sure how to cope with reversals or if you ever consider them a thing, check out Episode 9 of What in the Wyrd. It will at least shed some insight into where I’m coming from on them.
Most of the time people see reversed (some say merkstave) runes as stuckness or a glitch in anotherwise moving fine process. That two come up with Nauthiz is actually very helpful, particularly since one of them came brightstave (right-side up) last week.
We’ve established that Nauthiz is about needs, learning to identify them and potentially fill them. We’ve all heard how realization is half the battle–I find that definitely true with Nauthiz. It presents a “hell you know” dynamic, in which you have to face yourself to make a choice.
My pro tip on that one is: go with the unknown hell this week.
We spent the early fall (in the north) culling the meaning of things with Kenaz. Remember how we talked about it completing the equation of Ansuz + Raidho = Kenaz, which is Soothsaying + Storytelling = Finding Meaning? When Kenaz is reversed that meaning isn’t found, or either it’s not there to be found–yet. In some way there’s confusion around what should be, what is, and what’s wanted. Each of those potentials presents its own landmine.
However we slice it, this week Kenaz reversed serves to give us pause and sit with the darkness. Let it inform. See what’s in it, because that inspiration is a direct clue to how to identify and process the needs currently aching.
The voice of Reason speaks through Raidho reversed. It reminds us that where we don’t know what truth to speak… shutup (That was hard for me to type. Shutup was the s-word when I was growing up). We don’t know where we’re headed. We aren’t following an appropriate plan, or maybe we’re following the current plan too dogmatically. However it pans out, again, we’re asked to pause to really understand with impeccability what need wants to be unearthed.
Raidho reversed and Kenaz reversed are saying that it’s okay to pause in this tension. In fact, we have to pause in it. Rushing our way through just to make the tension be done will result in not identifying the need, thus not meeting it.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.