For the week of 18 June 2017
External boundaries, internal allies.
Dagaz is the half-month stave through 29 June. Algiz reversed is the intuitive stave, and Ehwaz indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Dagaz, Algiz reversed, then Ehwaz.
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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.
To catch anyone up who may have missed it, previously I discussed how we’re at the spoke of the wheel (of the year) that diverges from the traditional Elder Futhark ordering. The commonly accepted order is Ingwaz -> Dagaz – > Othala. However, with the runic calendar, the order becomes Ingwaz -> Othala -> Dagaz. There are several good arguments in general, for re-ordering the Futhark. Specifically regarding the runic calendar that I follow, the determination to follow this widely accepted alt-order was based on ancient observations of solar cycles that posited Summer Solstice as the end and beginning of a “year.”
Meaning “day,” Dagaz brings to mind affairs of micro accounting. With this stave we are challenged to clarify what brings meaning to our day. What does, we keep. We encourage more of it. What doesn’t, we ditch and move on down the road.
What’s the significance of Dagaz marking Summer Solstice? This day of “Heart Accounting” is extra long. On this longest day of the year, we get bonus time to cull meaning and plot how we want to spend our days. Take time this week to honor the truth of the personal shadow. Let it in. Ask it what it needs, and give it. Tell it what’s needed. Create a way to move on together in a way that benefits both.
Traditionally Algiz means elk or sedge, which whether we’re talking about the animal or the grass, we’re in the realm of indigenous creatures in protective stance. Given that this rune calls for caution, the emphasis isn’t so much on the fear aspects as the safety ones. Maybe home has changed and we haven’t updated. Maybe home isn’t home anymore. Maybe we’re too defensive. Maybe there’s been static in spaces often frequented leaving us feeling threatened or just off.
However it manifests, pay attention to that prickly friction, and let it inform as deeply as possible. The more discerned about its source, the more prepared we can be to cope with, if not resolve it.
Ehwaz as Nature’s missive to us is where things get interesting. If Algiz reversed is telling us to inspect how we’re protecting ourselves, Ehwaz says start that inspection within. Either the source isn’t external, or the solution to how to soothe it is fully internal.
The stave of deep shamanic soul travel, Ehwaz points to looking at things at their soul source. In an animistic view, that means to engage the soul of the current dynamics, which are the confrontation of shadow and concerns around protection. The keyword here is engage.
This is the end of a cycle. While this longest days is emphasized as the beginning of the year in Old Norse culture, honor it as feels fit. What needs closure, bring it. What needs blessing, give it. Say the prayers that empower self and honor us all.
Thank you for what you bring to the planet. Keep bringing it, and if you need a cheerleader, I’m here!
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.