For the week of 13 March 2016
Finding meaning, this week.
Last week, I was led to address the weekly runecast a different way. A soul missive about the state of Midgard that came to me a few weeks ago has been gnawing at me to speak differently about how we engage our relationship with the planet, and incorporating this stave for the Earth seems useful. This cast includes three staves, read right to left: the half-month stave, a stave reflecting what the planet needs, and a stave reflecting the life force most available to humanity, going into this week.
Tiwaz (not pictured) is the half-month rune through Monday 14 March, at which point Berkano (Berkana) moves to the fore. Algiz reversed is the stave indicating the planet’s needs, and Jera is the intuitive stave. Read right to left is Berkano, followed by Algiz reversed, then Jera. The half-month rune is set by the traditionally accepted runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks. The planetary stave indicates the state of the planet. The intuitive stave 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.
Following is a summary of The Weekly Rune. Read the full runecast for more details on how these runes impact human life force over the next week, and how to best manage the curves and twists.
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Significant about the transition from Tiwaz to Berkano again calls up battlefield images. Where Tiwaz indicates an aggrieved change of plans mid-battle, Berkano soothes that friction. Telling, though–it only soothes after the transition to Plan B has been accepted. I guess that’s logical, though that comfort after the surrender of the heart’s desire can almost feel too little too late.
Berkano is a holding place, though not a forced one like the runes of the winter trio. It’s a reprieve, and a time to honor a job well done. This week, honor what has recently come to a close, and without rushing to begin new projects, behold the creative space of rest.
To learn more about the relationship between Tiwaz and Berkano, read the full runecast.
From a planetary standpoint, things are interesting, particularly since we have the same rune two weeks in a row telling Earth’s tale. Algiz reversed suggests not feeling comfortable in home space, feeling vulnerable. As we transition to spring, according to custom, it’s really not a single transition, at all. The truth is, we’ve been transitioning to spring repeatedly, all winter. We never really shifted fully into winter. It’s easy to understand that with this kind of erratic weather pattern, the planet would continuously express discomfort.
Climate change isn’t waiting to happen. It’s here, and Algiz reversed demonstrates that malaise.