For the week of 21  June 2015

Speaking carefully is recommended this week, as is being aware of the slide toward darkness.

Read right to left is Dagaz, then Ansuz. Dagaz remains the half-month rune through 29 June.

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Runes by Tristan, 6 years old, S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent ArtsAnsuz portends that through speaking our truth, we strengthen the bonds of communication in our lives. That sounds simple enough, though most of us are deeply challenged to do exactly that. It’s a very poetic and romantic call to action, though living it is something else entirely.

Ansuz literally translates to “breath,” which is perhaps the most fundamental expression of life force moving through us. We can’t live without it, and it’s also a primary way that we communicate with each other. It seems logical, then, that such a significant relationship and ownership of life force should be as authentic as possible. In that light, this stave speaks to the process leading up to what comes out of our mouths, which is where most of us get tangled in truth saying.

So the fusion of Dagaz and Ansuz makes more sense at this time. It becomes intensely more personally focused on that inner process before speech. In a day, how often do we censor ourselves? How often do we present ourselves as we truly are, as we truly intended? Such is the accounting to be measured now, and to be meted against the fleeting sunlight of our lives. It really is short, our time here, and what we do with every interaction with it determines the quality of our fulfillment.

Take time this week–no really, while the days are still long–and consider the you that dwells inside, and the you that is presented to the world. Where is the truth in each? Where is the insecurity in each? How do you reconcile them to create a clean slate for the darkness?

To celebrate their book birthdays, for the month of June, the Teen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism ebook and its sibling in the Teen Spirit series (which was released the same day), Teen Spirit Wicca by David Salisbury, will both be available for $0.99. Yay!