For the week of 25 December 2016

In which we reflect and flow.

Jera is the half-month rune through 28 December. Laguz is the intuitive stave, and Isa indicates the planet’s needs. Read right to left is Jera, then Laguz, followed by Isa.

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.

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Approaching Solstice,  Jera set the tone for an intense time of assessment, purging, harvesting, and planning. Meaning “year,” Jera brings what I call Hearth Accounting to the fore, an act well-timed for the dark winter months. More than that, though, it comes at the time of the longest night, underscoring the deep human need to know that help is on the horizon–literally.

The Runic Calendar - December - by S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent ArtsJera brings a generally uplifting vibe, at a time when we most need it. It’s celebratory, albeit in a cautionary, methodical way. It encourages us to shift from the dreaming state of Isa to a bean-counting grounding that requires us to be very present. Even that chop-wood-carry-water task is appropriate during the winter. What else is there to do? All else is on hold.

It’s funny then, that Dagaz is the intuitive stave this week. Where Jera means “year,” and Hearth Accounting, Dagaz means “day,” and Heart Water at the Bottom of the Ocean - Laguz Rune Art by S. Kelley Harrell on EtsyAccounting–according to me, anyway. Dagaz is the distillation of all the harvest-mindedness we take into a year focused on one day. Our task is to find the meaning, what we value most at this time, and make it happen.

Laguz  as the planet’s advice to us, says our job is to go with what carries us. Yes, there can be some scary aspects of water. It can get away from us, turn us upside down, hold us beneath, and move way faster than we’re capable of going with. We’re the only ones who can determine what we can handle. Generally speaking, though, Laguz is a favorable stave, indicating that the elements are there to move with us. They won’t do the work for us, but they will facilitate our efforts at this time.

Of course, it’s up to us to take advantage of that offer.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.