The Weekly Rune – Mannaz

For the week of 30 October 2016

This week, the external manifests the internal.

Hagalaz is the half-month rune through 13 November. Mannaz is the intuitive stave, and Isa indicates the planet’s needs. Read right to left is Hagalaz, then Mannaz, followed by Isa.

The half-month rune is set by the runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks. 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. The planetary stave indicates the state of the planet.

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.

In our time with Wunjo, we talked about it pointing to a relatively peaceful time. Wunjo closes the ordeal of the first ætt, through which we learned to fend for ourselves, spiritually. Part of Wunjo and all of the staves that close ætts is the natural opportunity of a slight reprieve. It is of course up to us to take advantage of that reprieve, and also to see that it’s merely in passing. We don’t get to hang out there for the long haul. Certainly Hagalaz, the current half-month stave, reinforces that impermanence.

Hagalaz comes at the traditionally recognized point of Samhain, or beginning of the Dead Time. For the Old Norse people, this would have been Alfablót, or a time of sacrifice to the elves. Akin to the western European tradition of leaving a place setting for the deceased, in the Northern Tradition we find offerings of mead and meat on burial mounds. So our focus also turns to what is dead in our lives, what must be let go, our ancestors, and what we can learn from all of it. Interesting that we encounter that juxtaposition of worlds between the living and the dead as we approach Hagalaz, which begins Heimdalr’s ætt.

Hail is also an extremely effective motivator. This abrupt and frequently damaging external jolt is the force of Hagalaz. It is a wake-up call, a stirring of the status quo, calling our attention to what?

The Runic Calendar - October - by S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent Arts

Mannaz indicates a need to be involved with social groups other than those with which we currently engage. The stave of the mind and multicultural interaction, in the place of how humans can best flow with what comes up this week, get out. Interact. Open up. Allow self to share, to listen, and to broaden awareness. What is rote will not facilitate direct relationship with comfort between. What’s been working isn’t going to position us well to meet our current needs.

Isa as the planet’s advice encourages us to sit with this whole process. Don’t rush it. Don’t bypass it.  Isa is the sacred seed of each thing that is, the part of it that never dies and continues to grow. It’s the part that remembers what came before, and naturally bends toward the best resources to greet what’s coming.

This week we have these diverse influences rubbing against each other. Hagalaz suggests a poke from the external world will urge us to find better footing between worlds, while Mannaz encourages us to explore new consciousness to refine that footing. Our ability to do that speaks to creating a nurturing, safe place for the brew of Isa to develop and grow–internally.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.