The Weekly Rune – Tiwaz
For the week of 10 March 2019
Tiwaz is the half-month stave through 14 March. Othala reversed is the intuitive rune, and Raidho indicates Antiquity’s message to us. Read right to left is Tiwaz, Othala reversed, then Raidho.
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“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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Tiwaz is hardcore; there’s no two ways about it. In the calendar, it comes at a time that the northern hemisphere angles more toward the sun, when we’re focused on waking, rousing, shaking out the dust of winter’s stalemate.
I don’t know about others. For myself, I hate dusting.
This week we ‘re asked to examine our narratives, and who we engage in them, and the story we tell from that experience.
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?
After the events of last week, I might have to take back everything I’ve said about Tiwaz being my favorite rune. To say it’s been a rough haul is an understatement, and I cringe that it’s coupled with Mercury retrograde.
In previous #theweeklyrune posts and on the What in the Wyrd podcast, I’ve talked at length about the story of Tiwaz, its historic and mythological associations, its assumed meaning in the Futhark, and the action plan its narrative lays out. Most of the runes that are associated with tension don’t have the full package of a beneficial outcome. Tiwaz does, yet even knowing that, enduring what it portends is still a challenge at core personal levels.
Othala reversed really puts how Tiwaz is showing up right now in perspective. Drawing on everything family and inheritance, when we’re examining the battle nature of Tiwaz, we have to ask ourselves if the battle we’re fighting is really ours. By which I mean of course, Othala is saying that it isn’t. Reversed, Othala tells us to examine where what we’re carrying isn’t ours, but is that of our Ancestors.
The sense of timing carries through all the runes of this week’s cast. To that end, Raidho comes from a voice that’s never been represented in The Weekly Rune, before. Antiquity spoke very clearly as the rune fell into my fingers, and I sat with it a few seconds to be sure I understood its viewpoint. The sense I had was one of time before our understanding of time–one might say the era of the Giants. My ability to describe it more than that detracts from the fresh-from-the-void nature of that voice.
In this context, Raidho speaks to how we tell our story, with the caveat that it affects other people. So often–and I’m guilty of this, as well-the emphasis is on the internal process (Ansuz) of just realizing that we have a story, allowing the process to get it right and out. It’s about us, in other words. The context this vast voice of all of our past reminds us of is that every little thing matters.
In short, it has to work.
And this has to be the guiding plan for how we keep going forward. Its not just to satisfy some seasonal caveat of Tiwaz. This is part of the space we are called to hold, period. The timing of Tiwaz is to bring our attention to that fact, and focus on getting the skills to do it well.
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