For the week of 15 July 2018

Ins and outs of self-care

Uruz is the half-month stave through 29 July. Dagaz is the intuitive stave, and Hagalz indicates Transition’s message to us. Read right to left is Uruz, Dagaz, then Hagalaz.

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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 was colored with a season of change. We currently have multiple retrograde planets, a topsy turvy society, and a general sense of center being both invisible and in flux. It’s been a time of needing to know our assets, tend them, and realize how we need to manage our own needs while not forgetting those of the collective.

Uruz is the rune of body. It brings the reminder to tend what is most vital to how we function here, which is the vessel through which we claim calling and show up. A rune of the Jotnar, it delves into the forces of Nature and conjures deep unconscious rumblings about our wild.

In American culture we tread a careful line between domestication and wildness, and Uruz stomps all over that line. In fact, it’s the primordial scream within us that demands expression as a force of Nature, ourselves. More than that, it demands that we see ourselves as one of Nature’s mysteries, a conundrum of balance and chaos.

Dagaz revisits us this, perhaps to help us mind that very contradiction. In this helping capacity, it reminds us to bring our roar back into focus, one day at a time. Indeed, explore life and see where wild isn’t being honored.  The reminder with Dagaz is that we don’t have to fix it all at once, though we do have to make daily practice of assessing and staying with it. Change doesn’t happen without work, and work doesn’t happen without some continual commitment.

Hagalaz as the voice of Nature keeps us on our feet. It sat with us last week as the intuitive stave, and now in this position brings a message of minding the external changes we can’t control. That note on top of Uruz being a state within that we can’t or struggle to control is a tough one to hold. Because this is the third stave in this reading, its influence is more indirect, more informative, rather than predictive. Culling the chaff is a necessary function of healed, fit humaning. We don’t do it. We’re not taught to do it, we’re not to value the process of doing it. Nonetheless, the symptoms of not doing it produce a backlog of unprocessed stuff, which clouds our ability to know what’s ours and what is out of our hands. What’s our, deal with it. What isn’t, let it carry its own burdens.

This week indulge in self-care. Recognize the signs in life that point to its need. Write them down, so that next time those signs show up, it’s clear what they mean. For now, see them. Listen to them. Respond.



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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.