For the week of 2 June 2019
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Othala is the half-month stave through 14 June. Ehwaz reversed is the intuitive rune, and Fehu indicates the Earth Guardian’s message to us. Read right to left is Othala, Ehwaz reversed, then Fehu.
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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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Everything in the north is full-tilt to Summer Solstice (Dagaz). That’s not to say that Othala doesn’t hold significant space of its own volition; it most certainly does. We could even say it’s the gatekeeper of handling solstice well.
Likewise, in the south, Isa is laying the groundwork for movement into Winter Solstice. Again, a significant close to an important progression through the winter runes, culminating at one of the two most prominent times of the year, and our psyches.
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?
Othala is the rune of inheritance, which covers the territory of death, assets and estate planning, Ancestors, and descendants. Its own rune of inventory, it serves as time to note status of estate affairs and get them in order, as well as how aligned we are with our Ancestors’ needs, thus if we’re accomplishing what is required for our descendants. In my vernacular, Othala is the core rune of eldering well. It is the ultimate embodiment of adulting.
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Othala embraces all the things we’re most terrified of, the most frightening of which is death. Of course to the Old Norse culture, death isn’t separate from life, so seasonally visiting Othala as a reminder to get affairs in order and dig a bit deeper into the Ancestors’ needs wouldn’t have been a huge departure from everyday perspective or effort. For us, though, it is. It forces us to face our own mortality, which is completely counter to our anti-aging cultural oath. It makes us consider that if we get the option to live long, we have to plan out how to prosper. We can’t just wing it. That kind of life assessment calls to the fore every inequity we’ve faced at a personal level regarding finances, authority, social standing and mobility, opportunity, education, etc., that cultural biases have imposed upon us. Nothing spells out limitation like culling through what we stand leave behind in treasure and torment.
Othala represents a late life stage, or at least the mindset of late life, where we realize this is the only life we have.
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Ehwaz reversed as how to cope with Othala this week tells us up front that we need to tread carefully into this territory. We will feel offtrack and clouded as we delve into inheritance matters. What’s important is that we honor the source of those feelings. It may not even be that we need to assess or change anything about the dynamic; rather, that we explore the feelings and be realistic about what they tell us about our lives.
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Fehu, from the voice of the Earthly Guardian, assures us that there is wealth in mundane healing. A new presence to TWR, this being isn’t the Earth spirit. This being has detachment from the everyday machinations of Earth, yet has every investment in its wellbeing, its growth and evolution. To that end, its message of wealth is about Earth, itself. Fehu in this position reinforces that our best insight into Othala will be at the mundane leve, right now. Examine assets that must be tended, though remember to include among them the value of Middle Earth, the spiritual aspects of all that we are among, and the animistic community we move through all day–every day.
Indeed, the value of this week is about what roots us here, so that we are the anchor to do the Ancestors’ work, to create our descendants’ future.