For the week of 1 January 2017

In which we end then begin.

Eihwaz is the half-month stave through 13 January. Dagaz is the intuitive stave, and Mannaz reversed indicates the planet’s needs. Read right to left is Eihwaz, then Dagaz, followed by Mannaz reversed.
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 rune for the season, is one of endings and beginnings. Specifically, Eihwaz forces the corner we have no choice but to go around. The journey is as comfortable as we make it.
It’s appropriate for this state of needed uncertainty to come after Solstice. Jera asked us to evaluate harvest and make plans, when things were festive and still giddy from the tranciness of Isa. Eihwaz slams us back to grounded reality, requiring us to change our foundation to accommodate those plans.
And it does slam.
The Runic Calendar - January - by S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent ArtsSeveral of the runes can be considered change runes, though what makes Eihwaz stand out from them is that it comes with baggage, and is usually the kind that we carry dutifully, though complain about carrying. It expresses the point at which we realize change is necessary, though not necessarily welcomed. Indeed, when Eihwaz appears in a cast, the time to strip out the dead of our lives has arrived.
Eihwaz represents the hell we know, and the itch for change despite tense comfort.
Linked to the evergreen yew, its association with poison and configuration as an axis between worlds brings multiple levels of meaning to Eihwaz. It is the part of the path that lies between extremes. It is the point that we know we must leave the familiar and venture into the unknown.
Dagaz as the rune of best-spent energy encourages us to find meaning in this change. If we approach the required change as perfunctory, one we’re obligated to participate in, we’re likely to miss or resent the emotional process required to heal what’s led up to this need for change, and we’ll lack the bond to the change, itself, which can make settling in more agreeable.
Greet this change as a being unto itself. Talk with it. Ask it what it really needs. Tell it what is needed. In this way, intimacy is created, and all forces can work together to a helpful end.
Mannaz reversed sets the stage for this change to be fully self-driven. Brightstave, Mannaz is all about engaging new social groups so that new consciousness can be stirred. Merkstave, though, the processes needed for that interaction can’t happen, or are misleading. What the planet tells us through this rune is no calvary is rushing in to save us, or even set us up and dust off in the hubub.
And really, we don’t need the calvary. As all things in Nature do, we have what we need to make this change and see it into being. We just only produce change under the needed circumstances.
Push comes to shove, we’ll meet on the other side of this.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.