For the week of 15 October 2018

Joy needs time


Wunjo is the half-month stave through 28 October. Nauthiz is the intuitive stave, and Isa indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Wunjo, Nauthiz, then Isa.

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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).

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The Weekly Rune is based on 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.

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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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Wunjo comes at a time that we’re ready to take stock of our efforts. Last week we completed our time with Gebo, which was sweet yet not without a few pokes. Usually by the time we get to the end of the first aett, we’re fairly pumped with ourselves, life, and things are looking up. and they are. However, when we look at the runes in season, as this cast does, they are framed by what’s actually going on, and how we can best move through it.

Learn more about that seasonal progression, and how Gebo situates into it in Runic Book of Days.

What does it mean?

Wunjo is the rune of joy. It comes at the end of the  first aett, throughout which we’ve learned the real deal of becoming a soul in form. It’s not been easy. In fact, it’s been the exact opposite of easy, yet we’ve gained enough out of it that we want to see where it’s all leading. That’s the lure of Wunjo.

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Wunjo is the point along the runic human progression that we realize what we’re good at. We’ve figured out how to work some of the details under our control–to weave our wyrd. The close of any of the aettir is a natural point that we should pause, honor the path that’s led us where we are–warts and all–and celebrate. In a sense, Wunjo is a point that the elements of our wyrdweaving are top-notch, and we’ve internalized how it works.

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The framing runes for this week’s cast point to some details that we need to savvy onto, however. That doesn’t mean we’re Wunjo-ing wrong, or that we haven’t earned the completion we’ve achieved. Rather, they are deeply suggesting that we stay self-aware through the realization of success.

Nauthiz comes when we’re struggling to meet our needs. In fact, part of the struggle it realizing a need isn’t being met. We just feel the conflict without understanding it’s an unmet need. And the  majority of the time a need isn’t being met is because we haven’t created the boundary(ies) under which it can be met.

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Isa as the voice of Nature reinforces that awareness. Isa is often thought of as “No,” when in reality it’s more of a “Not yet.” Isa comes up when we haven’t attained the knowledge or wisdom needed to move onto the next point of our path. It doesn’t mean we can’t push ahead. It means we shouldn’t.

This week Isa affirms to us that Nature knows when it needs to move ahead, and it doesn’t move a muscle until it’s time. As we celebrate our success in first aett mastery for this year, we have to maintain our boundaries, which make sure our needs stay met. The needs at this time are realizing we are part of the rules under which we manifest. We are part of the process, maybe the most vital part, though in order to function well within it, we have to retain what we’ve learned and keep applying it. We can’t so deeply thrill in victory that we forget what it took to earn it.

Learn, where change intervenes, though keep working our process.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.