For the week of 27 May 2018
Past, Present, Onward.
Othala is the half-month stave through 14 June. Perthro is the intuitive stave, and Ansuz reversed indicates Transition’s message to us. Read right to left is Othala, Perthro, then Ansuz reversed.
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The half-month rune is set by the runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks (a fortnight). The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, which brings the focus of the half-month rune into sharper focus for the present week. It suggests how we can handle these energies. The final rune (also drawn blind) provides a high overview of the current time, and speaks from different voices. I note who’s speaking each week.
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Check out my What in the Wyrd podcast, which is available across all popular podcast platforms, including Google Play and iTunes. The last couple of episodes shed a great deal of insight onto the dynamics in play with Ingwaz over the last two weeks, and how that shift is building to a bigger one with Summer Solstice, in June.
For the last two weeks we’ve sat front-and-center with the Ingwaz Initiation. We’ve completed a significant shift in consciousness that began back in November, and we brought it to the world. In doing so, we had to change. Aspects of that were likely uncomfortable and uprooting, yet necessary to sustain support for our new way of being. Movement into Othala brings a bit of reprieve from that dynamic, maybe even a graduation of sorts. If you’re curious about the unusual placement of Othala as this week’s half-month, do listen to the last episode of What in the Wyrd.
Othala means “inheritance,” which encompasses issues of estate, wills, legacy, and ancestry. Most people don’t really want to talk about this stuff, or have no grounded understanding that it’s necessary to do so. One might say, in fact, that it is our duty to manage these life affairs, as when we don’t, we leave a disorganized mess for those after us to unravel.
Because someone has to unravel it. I maintain that a key component of our cultural issues stems from lack of proper ancestral blessing–in that we haven’t done it as a standard rite for two thousand years. We haven’t, though, orchestrated the deathwalking aspects of making sure our elders become fit Ancestors. Anytime Othala comes up in a cast, it’s time to do that work.
Perthro as the rune informing us how to best make use of Othala doesn’t toss out any hints, either. Well, except that it’s on us–that’s its intel. Perthro is up-in-the-air in terms of meaning. What is clear in Perthro is a subtle optimism that at the end of it all, our recourse is to live into our unknowns. For that reason I call Perthro the “What do you think?” rune. It’s a mirror held in front of our faces, not allowing us to bypass anything–even the unknown. In short, don’t expect help on the Othala tasks.
The voice of the third rune changed, this week. This week the new voice I’ve been hearing was made clear, and it is Transition. Not just any transition, of course, but this time that we’re living in, in which systems are falling, communities are shifting, land masses are literally, visibly moving. From an animistic viewpoint, this life force is formed, though not complete. It comprises all the changes we’re experiencing and all the possibilities for where they can go. It is a system, or System, and right now it’s still very malleable. The concern is that how we treat it, how we engage it, in part determines what it becomes.
Therein lies the importance of Ansuz reversed. Ansuz is the communication rune. It’s considered the breath of Odin, which is to say, the breath of life–life force. What is breathed into is life. For that reason this rune carries connotations of mouth and speech, communication, in general. Upright it means literally the words we choose to ascribe to everything. In this way, it’s about thoughtforms taking shape–coming into being. Very animistic stuff.
Reversed, Ansuz suggests a lie, or at least some garble in the communication. Given this new system, Transition, which could set the tone of life on the planet for millennia, the suggestion of Ansuz reversed is that we need to get busy having a say, or risk unwanted elements of Transition to take the fore. It’s Manifestation 101. Be involved. Give energy and effort. Stay attuned the whole way through, not just when it’s convenient. Be part of the process.
This is not just the advice of Transition, it’s our job here as temporary stewards of Life.
Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.