For the week of 5 November 2017
Hagalaz is the half-month stave through 13 November. Jera is the intuitive stave, and Algiz indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Hagalaz, Jera, then Algiz.
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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.
As we touched on last week, Hagalaz often gets a tough break, for being hardcore. Representing blunt, external change, this stave receives cringes and moans when it comes up in a cast. What’s important to remember about Hagalaz is that it can’t be reversed, which means it can’t be avoided. And anything that can’t be avoided simply must be made peace with. It’s not a matter of “maybe,” or “sort of,” or even “if I have to. ” It’s part of being human, and Hagalaz isn’t a harbinger of harshness in its native timing. It’s merely a reminder of that cycle. The stave of this trek into the Dark Time comes every year at this time. We can count on the natural rhythm of becoming acquainted, re-acquainted with the cyclic aspect of our humanity, over and over.
Jera as the best way to cope with Hagalaz emphasizes precisely this fact. The rune of resourcefulness, it hints at culling through our resources, habits, thoughts, routines, and beliefs, to weed out what doesn’t support ease with the death part of the cycle, and to bring in what will support it. This gentle reminder to come back to very basic, practical self-management serves to take the emotional sting out of the transition of cycles, as well as out of their shadows.
The Cosmos speaks to our ability to do that through Algiz. Meaning “elk sedge,” it portends protection. As with all things runic and Norther Path, that protection isn’t just free. We have to engage it, We have to show up for it and in it, in order for it to work when we need it.
Considered the shamanistic stave, it speaks of the ability to take on the characteristics and spirits of the home space, so much so that we can shapeshift into them at will. When we master being able to walk that animistic path, home is everywhere. It’s every thing, and every one. What greater protection is there?
This week, stay tuned to the tenderness of the cycles in life. Allow to play out what must, yet approach it with resources, tribe, and the delicate understanding that shit happens. And as often, it doesn’t.
- What does Hagalaz mean to you? Shadow?
- How do you manage the cycles of your life?
- What resources do you call in to manage transitions?
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.