For the week of 29 July 2018

Breakthrough, support, and learning

Thurisaz is the half-month stave through 13 August. Fehu is the intuitive stave, and Othala indicates Transition’s message to us. Read right to left is Thurisaz, Fehu, then Othala.

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The half-month rune is set by the runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks (a fortnight). The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, which brings the focus of the half-month rune into sharper focus for the present week. It suggests how we can handle these energies. The final rune (also drawn blind) provides a high overview of the current time, and speaks from different voices. I note who’s speaking each week.

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Last week closed our time with Uruz, this year. The rune of body, it reminds us to stay on top of our self-care, with caveats of tending our own mysterious nature. The movement into Thurisaz as half-month brings a realization of that tending, usually with a radical realization.

The rune of Thor, thorn, lightning, and all things explosive, Thurisaz rankles a lot of people, with good reason. One of the “change” runes in the Elder Futhark, this second rune of the Giants evokes concern around internally motivated revelation, exactly the kind set into motion by Uruz. The natural forces that the Giants bring up are internalized in Thurisaz.

Where Uruz urges us to color outside the lines, Thurisaz is the moment that it actually happens. We hope that it’s consciously motivated, though often it isn’t. The thing about working with Giant energies, with the wild–even our own–is it’s wild! We don’t get to say how it’s going to emerge or manifest. We don’t get to control how it shows up in our lives. Such unpredictability is ultimately what makes it wild.

Thurisaz is the first point that we identify as separate from Source. It’s the first point in the progression of the first aett that we can realize we are independent, yet still connected enough to draw on some higher resources if we need to. Just because we are distinct from doesn’t mean we are divided from. We can be both individual and connected, and appeal to what we’ve learned as beings in this very challenging experience as humans, and we can ask for help from our spirit allies.

Fehu, as the supporting rune, indicates that it is beneficial to us to do just that, this week. Make use of assets to hold space for our wild, to give it what it needs once expressed, and to honor what comes out of the whole process. That may mean be prepared to dole out funds to bring this expression to fruition, or it may mean to realize the wealth of support available in spiritual, social, and creative outlets.

This week’s overall commentary comes from Nature, and it speaks Ancestors. Othala comes when we need to look back, look down, and forward. It brings a keen examination of where our line has been, what we’re doing with it now, and how what we’re doing with it blesses those who walk it after us.

In terms of Thurisaz, remember that what self does affects others. It reflects not on just us, but every Ancestor who came before, and every descendant who comes after. The emphasis over and over with Thurisaz is that coping with the expressions of wild–with our unconscious rubbing up against our conscious–has to be a vividly intended undertaking, or it will best us.

It likely will anyway, though I maintain the more we can actively show up for that blunt force, the better and more thorough our recovery will be.


–>And yes, that’s my grandfather in the photo, when he was 19. He died 30 years ago, last week, and made an indelible impression on my life.


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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.