For the week of 2 September 2018
The benefit of storytelling boundaries
Raidho is the half-month stave through 13 September. Algiz is the intuitive stave, and Jera indicates Creation’s message to us. Read right to left is Raidho below, Algiz, then Jera.
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Our first full week with Raidho brings interesting caveats to how we tell our story. We know Raidho as taking us for a “ride,” in the sense of movement. Getting us from here to ——–> there. In a sense it forces change, though it isn’t considered one of the change runes (Thurisaz, Kenaz, Hagalaz, Tiwaz). I don’t know why it isn’t considered one of the significant change runes, though if I had to guess, it’s because it doesn’t require anything of us.
What does it mean?
We don’t know right away what Raidho will manifest in our lives. We don’t know what anything will ultimately manifest, though with the other change runes, that shift is immediate, and usually gut-wrenching (are we having fun, yet?). n a way, I think that’s because Raidho is acting as part of a sequence, the middle piece between Ansuz and Kenaz.
Soothsaying + Storytelling = Meaning
Ansuz + Raidho = Kenaz
With Raidho, we’re just not there yet. It is a slower bell curve, though curve, it is. We’re still information-gathering on the ride, and processing as we go. There’s still time to decide direction, and in that sense, have some control over where things are going.
The good news this week is that we, yet again, have Algiz as conductor of this adventure. Two weeks in a row, we have the reminder to honor our boundaries in how we tell our stories, and to make use of native allies on the trip. The strength of Algiz lies in our home spirits, in our ability to take the work we’ve done, to so deeply sink into the spirits of our immediate animistic community–or home spirits, as I say–that we take them with us on our treks. When we truly, deeply seat into those relationships, not only do we bring them with us everywhere–including their strengths, gifts, abilities, memories, wisdom–we give them ours, and become the living, organic matrix that weaves the wisdom of new territories together. When we drive up, we’re never alone. We’re never estranged from that which we’ve left.
Jera as the voice of the Universe tells us that paying close attention to boundaries will bring a good harvest. It will be worth the self-policing and moderation to have clarity on what of our story we share and what we keep to ourselves. The beneficial outcome will validate the effort we put into the due diligence of bringing the home spirits along for the ride.
Yes, it takes effort to do well. Yes, it takes slowing down and making intentional acts. It requires our full attention.
It’s supposed to.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.