For the week of 3 January 2016
Informed detachment serves us well, this week
Eihwaz is the half-month rune through 28 December. The half-month rune is set by the traditionally accepted runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks. Read right to left is Eihwaz, followed by Berkana (Berkano) as the intuitive stave. The intuitive stave brings the focus of the half-month rune into sharper focus for the present week.
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The calendar New Year greets us at the cusp stave of Eihwaz. The 13th rune in the traditionally accepted ordering of the Elder Futhark, it indicates a death, or transformation, from which we can’t turn. Likewise, this rune can’t be reversed.
Having come through Jera at the Winter Solstice, we have settled into the realization that we don’t have to do things alone. Jera is the acquisition of tools, perhaps allies. Eihwaz brings the reality check, of a double-edged sword variety. While it reminds us that we are alone no matter what helpful trinkets we may have in our [metaphorical?] pockets, it also reminds us that self-power really is enough.
Berkano brings an interesting detachment to this meeting of selves. This stave is wrapped in intrigue, in that it’s not clearly attested in the Elder or Younger futharks. It represents a tree in both, though different trees–it’s a birch in one, and a fir tree in the other. In that light, Berkano is a bit of a trickster, of deep sorcery. What remains significant is its connection to feminine healing, though it’s contested as being maternal in nature. It’s often more readily attributed to the role of mid-wife, certainly feminine and nurturing, though without the emotional strings of motherhood.
Focus on navigation by internal needs, not external planning. It’s the way home this week.
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