For the week of 17 December 2017
Jera is the half-month stave through 28 December. Fehu is the intuitive stave, and Laguz reversed indicates the planet’s message to us. Read right to left is Jera, Fehu, then Laguz reversed.
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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.
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With Jera, the Dark Time gives us all the assets we need, to get us back to the light half of the year. The half-month rune of (northern) Winter Solstice (which falls this year on 21 December, at 16:28 UTC), Jera, means “year.” In application it refers to the accounting process of reviewing the work of the year–specifically harvest–and deducing whether it was beneficial. It’s the appropriate time for assessing what worked, what didn’t, what to do, what never to do again. To that end, I call Jera the rune of “Hearth Accounting.” It represents external and internal housecleaning of the deepest level.
Our challenge is to do the hard rituals without worry or judgement.
2017 has been hard for us all. More times than we can count this year, we didn’t know where it was going to come from–literally, energetically, emotionally. Yet, here we are. Rough-housed, worn, and weary, yet still capable and showing up. We’ve had no choice but to find a way through, and that’s the prosperity of Fehu in the darkness, right now. We are digging into deep reserves. We are tapping the roots of our deepest needs and applying the reserves that meet them.
This has been a survivor year. Take that wisdom into the accounting of this season. Leave the judgement and fear out of it, as challenging as that is. Just set aside some time to realize we’re still here. We’re not alone, and the light is upon us, at least in a very animistic, whole, reliable way.
Laguz reversed indicates a place where we aren’t flowing. I always think of it in terms of Big Flow, Multiversal Flow, All Things Flow. However, it could mean that we just can’t get into the groove of the flow around us. And the question there is, is it a flow we should be in? Could be, though maybe not. Maybe we’re done with that rivulet, and it’s time to move on to our own stream.
Another caveat of the narrative of these particular runes is how comfortable we’ve gotten in our darkness. It’s been a shitty time for a lot of us, and even crummy times can have their lures. For me in particular, I love the cloak of darkness. It’s the strata in which I get the most accomplished. It’s also usually the most fraught with drama and crisis, and I have to realize that fondness ain’t no accident. Consider that given the chaos of this year, darkness is actually very calm. Whether it should be, we all have to decide for ourselves.
When we deal with upside down water, sure there are worse messes to clean up. Yet, the mess is what it is. Whether it’s not drifting in the Big Flow or some micro lack of finesse in our lives right now, a dam is on the horizon, and it’s telling us to get our accounts in order, and find some gratitude, some hope, for how we go forward into the light. All of Nature knows it is carried. This is the time we need to remember it, and that we also have oars.
- How do you find hope?
- In what darkness are you most comfortable?
- How do you best deal with active stillness?
Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.