For the week of 2 October 2017
The uneasy gift.
Gebo is the half-month stave through 13 October. Hagalaz is the intuitive stave, and Perthro indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Gebo, Hagalaz, then Perthro
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The half-month rune is set by the runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks (a fortnight). 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, and where noted, of Nature, well beyond the earthly sphere. If you’re curious about how I do the cast every week, catch a couple of Instagram videos I do explaining the intention behind The Weekly Rune, and what makes it different from other ways of casting.
Having come through the magickal manifestation formula of the last couple of months, we arrive at the opportunity of a gift. It would seem that natural memo indicates significant potential for that formula to have worked in our favor. If we learned anything from this transition into fall, it’s that every year we have the chance to work and rework how we achieve, how we think about meeting our needs, and the ability to internalize healthy processes for all of the above.
Gebo is the ‘gift for a gift’ rune, as well as the ‘gift freely given’ reminder. It can’t be reversed, thus the gift is certainly coming. As we associate a gift with being something wanted, cherished, and beneficial, Gebo is a wanted rune, thus, this is an inherently beneficial time to reap. We are, after all, coming upon the final harvest season. It’s a time to enjoy the plenty of our yield, and celebrate the people and Nature that have helped bring it to us.
Usually when we reach this stave, I talk about how those two phrases seem to conflict with each other. This time, what seems important is the reminder that there are still processes to tend on either side of “gift.” There is the act of giving, as well as the ability to receive. Hagalaz as the rune expressing how we can facilitate Gebo hints that we need to push through something. There’s something around gift-giving or receiving that we’re going to need to be the active principle on. It won’t just happen by virtue of the elements of the season. There will be a shove, and if it can come from ourselves, we will be better for it.
Perthro brings an air of mystery to facing this gift-challenge (See what I did there? A quasi-kenning? Kenaz?). The memo from Nature here is that some things we just don’t know, and some things we do. What we know, we must sit firmly in, while we equally hold space for what we just don’t and can’t know. A caveat there is that we always have the potential to know more than we do, alongside the reality of what simply isn’t knowable.
In this way, for this cast, Perthro hints at finding compassion for gifts that have nothing to do with us, and inversely realizing that we are still part of the process. All Things are connected.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.