For the week of 24 February 2019

divinity + truth = protection

Sowilo (Sowilu) is the half-month stave through 27 February. Sowilo is the half-month rune. Ansuz is the intuitive rune, and Algiz indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Sowilo, Ansuz, then Algiz.

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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.

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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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Runic Book of Days - A Guide to Living the Annual Cycle of Rune Magick by S. Kelley Harrell

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Sowilo is a generally benevolent rune, though the currents of self-exploration and examination of self in the Multiverse aren’t to be underestimated.  Last week we  talked about it from the standpoint of Sowilo making certain personal demands. This week we continue exploring those depths.

Learn more about this seasonal progression, and how to draw its insights into the personal spiritual path in Runic Book of Days.

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What does it mean?

Sowilo is the rune of the sun, which we previously discussed sets the pace for pretty much everything in our lives. When we internalize that force and power, we become capable of seeing ourselves as creators in our own right. As we seat into the responsibility and duty driving that sense of self, Sowilo isn’t so light and fluffy. The thing to remember about it is its light, its inspiration, its ability to make things grow. And the way we really foster the world around us to grow is by honoring and embodying our full selves, by being a fit, active member of our animistic communities.

Ansuz emphasizes that the best way we can work with Sowilo in our last week with it this year is through soothsaying–by which I mean, speaking our truth. There is a deep appeal to be honest with ourselves about our ideas of Divinity, not just how we think and feel about situating into it, but what that means about how we engage the world around us, and the Divinity of the world around us, as well.  As we’ve discussed, most of us are comfortable with thinking or believing, knowing at some unspoken level, that we are Divine. Yet when we really sit with what it means to show up as divinity in the world–which is the metaphor driving Sowilo–we start to feel the cracks in our own power.

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The thing about light is it’s defined by Shadow, and Sowilo is no exception. The skills Sowilo challenges us to gain through Ansuz are foremost a willingness to bear witness to ourselves and life around us, then to tell the truth about that observation. When we start to look at Sowilo in that way, it becomes less about pay-it-forward, and more put-the-oxygen-mask-on-yourself-first. It’s no longer that we don’t see ourselves in the Divine chain of command, but discernment of how to maturely manage the role we play. We’ve all known folks who are out to save the world, yet have never dealt with their own stuff. Not only is that a band-aid and bypass, but people eventually see through it. They realize we’re not really grounded into that Divine midpoint, which means we’re not telling the truth.

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Algiz as the voice of Nature brings a certain reckoning, to that end. Recall its emphasis on our intimate connection to Nature, how when we are so saturated in our immediate animistic community that we become it–we become the greatest protection we could want. This week it supports the Sowilo equation, in that when we realize our Divinity and speak our truth, we reinforce our protection.

Nature can only speak truth. It can’t lie. It doesn’t keep forcing a direction that’s blocked. It doesn’t assume or deny an avenue. It doesn’t pretend there’s no path. Nature presses forward, and re-routes, as needed. That kind of honesty and flexibility is what keeps us on track with stepping into our Divinity and all its Shadows this week.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.