Kenaz – Torch – This Rune brings so many things to light in our lives. Reversed, as it is this week, we are asked to be comfortable with darkness, or at least flickers of it. Note that Kenaz is brightstave in the image.
A couple of core meanings are associated with this Rune. It most often regarded as a spark of hope, or enlightenment, out of the blue. Where Hagalaz is unexpected external change, Kenaz is the internal inspiring flame. Thus, a direction toward change is made evident from the shadows.
Another layer to this Rune references a ‘boil,’ or more specifically a blemish, that which is inflamed and restrained. Suffering secret pain, a buried hurt is a motivating fire, all its own.
Reversed, the light of Kenaz points even more inward. It encourages us to consider where a facet of life is dead, and we need to let it go. It may be a relationship, an attitude, a project, an aspect of ourselves. More than identifying such, this stave brings the message to follow through on that intel. In order to bring greater light, we must let go of what is no longer needed.
So often we register discomfort in our lives, and we don’t know where it’s coming from. Kenaz reversed shows us, vividly. It circumvents the mystery and lays bare to the light what’s going on. Our job is to have the fortitude to collect the ash left from the flame, and dispose of it appropriately.
Don’t turn away from what Kenaz shows you this week. See it for what it is, and do what is required of you to let it go.
Love it, and let it move on to its destiny.
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