For the week of 26 May 2019
Stepping into power
Ingwaz is the half-month stave through 29 May. Kenaz reversed is the intuitive rune, and Dagaz indicates Rain’s message to us. Read right to left is Ingwaz, Kenaz reversed, then Dagaz.
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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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For two weeks, Ingwaz has reached its climactic initatory close, and we’re left wondering if we’re ready. As we stand near the threshold of Summer Solstice in the north and Winter Solstice in the south, we’re about to find out.
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?
Ideally Ingwaz has prepared us for what is upon us now. In a lot of ways, it marks the end of the deep personal catharsis of the year, even though there are two runes left. By that I mean, the remaining two runes focus less personally, or are sort of the “lessons learned,” at the end of a project.
Recall that Dagaz and Othala are inverted in order, for the purposes of the runic calendar. This puts Othala on the rise for Wednesday. Until then, we remain under the watch of Ingwaz, refining exactly what this closure to initiation means. Carefully consider what began with the planting of the sacred seed of Isa, how it rooted and came to life in its own right with Mannaz, at this point it required presentation to the world. With Ingwaz it is its own life force with demands and a purpose, and we have had to adjust our lives to give it support for those things. In short, we can’t be mamby-pamby about moving out of Ingwaz. We must stand in our power, our truth.
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What follows with Othala is nothing less than the demand that we know how to hold our space healthily on this planet. The rune of all things ancestry and inheritance, Othala represents the Ancestors. If nothing else in all my words is retained, know that the transition from Ingwaz to Othala represents the bridge that must exist between humans and the unseen. It represents that both are required for either to function well. We have a job that must be done here, as our spirit allies, specifically the Ancestors, have a job that must be done There. In that sense, we anchor each other. The Ancestors’ work is manifest through us, while we hold the physical space for that manifestation to happen.
Our successful completion of the Ingwaz initiation indicates we’re fit to be that anchor.
Reflect on that for a minute, because it’s the crux of this runecast. It represents the point of the annual progression of the runes that we state a clear, “Yes!” to the Ancestors, to all of our spirit allies. It says we’ve done the work, and are committed to continuing it. It isn’t just acknowledgement of that anchor, but commitment to what being it entails.
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Kenaz reversed suggests we’re not as okay with that role as we may think we are. And because it’s Kenaz reversed, a rune of subtlety, it may not be evident what’s not jibing. As has been the current of Uruz reversed recently, some part of the personal system isn’t playing on the same team, and that lack of cohesion is creating dissent and inner tension. Because Kenaz is a rune of fire and creative spark, we need to examine the belief and mental levels of personal cosmology.
Recall, also, that a meaning of Kenaz is “kenning,” or the metaphoric combining of two things that don’t seem related until brought together and an entirely new meaning emerges. Think “mind reader,” as someone who knows the thoughts of another, or “tree hugger,” an environmentalist. Sit with the odds and ends of beliefs, memories, or thoughts that cycle around being the living anchor to the Ancestors, and see what new revelation comes. Look specifically among shadowed contradictions to find the light source of each. My bet is they are the same, and once revealed, they become part of the power arsenal.
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Dagaz as the voice of Rain is curious. For its first visit to the runecast, this presence suggests we hold things very lightly right now. We need to be willing to honor the meaning and growth offered by the transition from Ingwaz to Othala, yet realize it, too, needs to pass to its own life trajectory. Growth, revelation, AHA moments are not ours to hold onto. We are only with it for a short time. They pass through us, then move on to nourish something else, to find new iterations of themselves.
The focus this week is to realize what has been gained through Ingwaz, recognize what in that realization connects us to the Ancestors, and let it.