For the week of 10 June 2018
A deep break.
Othala is the half-month stave through 14 June. Ehwaz is the intuitive stave, and Eihwaz indicates Transition’s message to us. Read right to left is Othala, Ehwaz, then Eihwaz.
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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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Last week we talked about Othala’s undercurrents of elderhood, and how we struggle with that life stage in the west. I don’t mean literally the act of aging, or seeing those past a certain age as elders. I’m referring to at any life stage making the strides necessary to be as emotionally mature, spiritually astute, and humanely responsible to the world around us as we can be. If we wait until we hit a late life stage to heed this core charge that we all carry, not only will it be too late for us to manifest it, we are being irresponsible in what world we’re leaving to those who come after us.
Othala’s message is big. It is essentially, “Get the ducks in a row, and get busy!” Such is the urgency expressed any time Othala comes up, though especially so in its native time as the half-month rune.
At least we have Ehwaz to give us a boost on this work. Meaning, “horse,” this rune is very much about making use of the vehicle that allows us to go deeper with our focus. Tune that focus however needed, though under Othala, it’s going to be something along the lines of getting estate in order, stepping into elderhood, working with the Ancestors, or some combination therein.
Eihwaz as the message from Transition is important at this time. I can’t not note how curious it is for Ehwaz and Eihwaz to show up in the same cast. I don’t think that’s ever happened, before. People so often get them confused in meanings, and really, they are quite different. The message with Eihwaz is an ending. There’s no other way around it–a termination point has come, and there’s no way to move except forward. And of course moving forward includes an acceptance of not knowing what lies ahead.
In this sense, Eihwaz is about the real, meaty life stuff, from which we can’t turn away. And if we can sit with the truth that on the continuum of life, everything goes on, everything gives way to some new life force, some new being, Eihwaz is one small step furthering if nothing else–faith in ourselves. It is faith that we trust ourselves as co-creators of All That Is.
In that realization we don’t have to know what’s to come. We only need to know that we’ve done the best we could to be fit elders now, so that our best efforts go on to create a fit life for All.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.