For the week of 26 November 2017
Thinking twice about thinking.
Isa is the half-month stave through 13 December. Jera is the intuitive stave, and Tiwaz indicates the Ancestor’s message to us. Read right to left is Isa, Jera, then Tiwaz.
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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.
For the last last couple of weeks, Nauthiz brought us front-and-center in identifying and meeting needs–or at least clarifying where that process is needed in our lives. We also talked loosely about the winter staves, Hagalaz, Nauthiz, and Isa, and the general role this mini initiation beginning the second aett brings.
Humans don’t relish stillness, which is the hallmark of Isa. It’s a feminine aspect lost on a heavily masculine western society. Nonetheless, in that stillness we’re faced with letting go of what doesn’t serve how we can best move forward. In fact, until we allow that culling, we won’t move forward. Through the ice rune, the final bout of winter before any warmth can come, we are bound. We are the sacred seed choosing captivity to be thoroughly prepared before our springtime debut.
Because thrusting ourselves out into the world before we’re ready serves whom?
Meaning “year,” Jera points to setting increments of accountability, points at which we check ourselves, our process, and ensure they’re still benefiting us. In short, we need skills. We don’t just up and know how to do everything. In order to know what we don’t know, we have to assess our process. Once we understand where our process is serving or failing, we can requisition teachers for the skills we need. Such is our homework, while the sacred seed of Isa prepares itself. Figure out what skills are needed, how to get them, and structuring life so they can be applied.
Tiwaz as a message from the Cosmos affirms that need to re-think things. Meaning “Tyr,” and calling up the story of Tuisto/Buri, its focus is the shove all gods eventually feel to shed popularity for the newer, shinier gods. Tiwaz = Making peace with God 2.0. Yes, I’m oversimplifying, yet that’s what it comes down to. Everything eventually has to face its expendability, that some heartfelt dream isn’t going to happen, or at least it’s not going to happen on the current trajectory. Yet instead of just changing trajectories, most of us get stuck in the grief that Plan A isn’t going to work. We can’t overcome the emotional process to realize that there is still a way, or at least a really good potential.
Because Tiwaz isn’t the half-month stave, I don’t think we’re up for significant heart upheaval, right now. What it indicates, instead, is that we need to sit in that stillness to tie up any emotional and ego-based loose ends. Isa is nonmovement. We can’t shove ourselves from where we are at this time. Jera emphasizes planning, while Tiwaz insists on clearing the grief of loss. These are the two most perfect activities nonmovement could wish for, and this week they’re the best skills we can teach ourselves.
- How do you rest?
- What in you is waiting to be born?
- How do you protect your feminine?
- How do you strengthen your masculine?
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.