For the week of 12 March 2017

A beautiful realization of self.

Tiwaz is the half-month stave through March 14, at which point Berkano (Berkana) moves forward. Sowilo (Sowilu) is the intuitive stave, and Ehwaz indicates the planet’s message to us. Read right to left is Berkana, Sowilo, then Ehwaz.

The half-month rune is set by the runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks. 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 planetary stave (also a blind draw) indicates the state and needs of the planet.

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The Runic Calendar - March - by S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent ArtsOver the last couple of weeks, Tiwaz showed us what needed revamping  in our lives and gave us gritty insights into how to accomplish just that.

Luckily, Berkano follows. Berkano is traditionally correlated to feminine nurturing, and refers to an evergreen tree (which often come up in runic lore). The idea of weathering intense conditions (such as Tiwaz) and still being able to bloom in the subsequent warm season very much typifies the energy of Berkano. It’s a very careful sort of nurture, though. Where after such traumatic events we may be inclined to duck and hide, to wallow in our emotions, this stave offers no such stagnation.

If we can’t ground the wisdom of what we learned from battle by permitting time to fully process it, we can’t hold onto the wisdom.

Sowilo assures that we will stay grounded in that course of action. Meaning “sun,” it reflects the power behind the sun that shines through us all–divinity. However defined, that quality of life-bringing exhiliration underlies everything we do this week. It may be easier to find and connect with our own divinity, so that we can heal and integrate the wisdom Tiwaz brought.

Ehwaz, the voice of the planet, reminds us that it’s our natural state to take this learning deeper. As it symbolizes the shamanic journey of greeting the world in an animistic light, so we can use this perspective to help us integrate more challenging aspects of this new learning. If it just won’t digest at a conscious level, address the unconscious by calling it in as a spirit being. Converse with it. Ask it what it needs. Tell it what you need. Learn how you can coexist.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.