For the week of 29 October 2017
Trickster in The Dark Time.
Hagalaz is the half-month stave through 13 November. Isa is the intuitive stave, and Perthro indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Hagalaz, Isa, 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 my Instagram videos, which explain the intention behind The Weekly Rune, and what makes it different from other ways of casting.
Our time with Wunjo has been characterized by becoming comfortable with joy. As is the way of the runes, and life in general, we know that one era gives way to another, which surely will hold uncertainty, no matter how well we’ve come thus far.
Hagalaz begins the second aett, and it also marks the time of Samhain in the north. In the Northern Tradition, it heralds winter nights (wintersnacht), which was the dark time of the year. I’ve talked quite a lot in my blog about the impact of the Dark Time (Dead Time), as it constitutes the frozen era that all of life eventually requires. As with all things, how we cope with it tells the tale, and that process begins with this sabbat.
Hagalaz means “hail,” though it brings to mind a state of transition. Inclusive of the destructive change that hail brings, it also carries the underlying realization that change is unavoidable, how it manifests is unpredictable, and some nourishment will come from it. We know this because it is the cycle of All Things. At its core is Nature, and Nature always finds a way.
Perthro as the Cosmos’ memo to us underscores this ability, completely. This stave isn’t overtly associated with trickster, though it is about being so in sync with wyrd that we’re ready for what comes–even when we can’t know what that is or what impact it will have. It’s the state of being so on our skills (collective from lineage and personal), that we land on our feet.
The ability to do so is the true skill of the trickster. It’s not in blowing it all up and creating a scene, or in giving into the chaos by becoming it. Rather, the power of trickster, thus Perthro, lies in greeting it with the best we have and doing the best we can with it. By bringing our wisdom and ability to laugh, we stand in twilight. We stand in the nuanced range of all outcomes and options available to us. When we can hold that informed openness, we stand in our greatest power.
- What does Hagalaz mean to you? Shadow?
- How do you identify twilight in your life?
- How do you allow it?
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.