For the week of 9 June 2019
When the Ancestors speak
Othala is the half-month stave through 14 June. Kenaz is the intuitive rune, and Ansuz indicates Change’s message to us. Read right to left is Othala, Kenaz, then Ansuz.
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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 one of the 24 runes of 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 leaning into Summer Solstice (Dagaz). Othala has given us significant preparation, maybe even hints, for what it will bring. What is assured is that good relations with the Ancestors would make it all a lot easier.
In the south, Isa wraps up needs assessment with movement into Winter Solstice. Also a significant point of closure, both solstices mark the two most prominent times of the year, and shifts in 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?
We’ve spent the past couple of weeks in the runecast and podcast discussing that Othala is the rune of elderhood. From the standpoint of having to do the very adult tasks of managing estate, communing with the Ancestors, and teaching the descendants, Othala covers all aspects of third chapter life.
An aspect that isn’t talked about often (though I’ve brought it up a lot in TWR) is that of seeing self as lineage elder. Archetypally speaking we know it brings examination of very adult tasks, though at a spiritual level another dynamics enters: becoming The Elder of the family. For most of us, sooner or later in our lives, we will be faced with a point that we are required to see ourselves as the family leader. How’s that different from what I’ve already said? It’s not terribly, except that it requires, to a point, that we see our elders as our charges.
Kenaz, as the best way to work with Othala, gives hope. It offers a light in the thick of things that allows us to suddenly sit well with something that’s prior to, created tension. It’s not necessarily something that’s stressful, so much as it’s something we just haven’t been able to hold or honor until now. In that awareness, it’s a sweet thing. It’s a provocative thing, as it gives us much-needed momentum and inpsiration to go forward with how Othala is affecting our lives.
Ansuz speaks as Change this week, and it directly addresses the dynamic of speaking our truth with regard to Ancestral work. Specifically, Change comes when we are fully aligned with our deepest needs and gifts to bear. For this half-month, that means when we really can have that AHA! moment and synergize the work that has to be done in family and community with the internal spark of inspiration, we can’t be stopped. That’s the magick of this week. To say nothing of the fact that that’s the formula of wyrdworking all the damned time. In the context of Othala, when we can do that work and live into how it situates into our soul work, nothing but truth cn come out of our lives.