For the week of 23 April 2017

New life force, old shadows (again), and fortitude.

Mannaz is the half-month stave through 29 April. Thurisaz reversed is the intuitive stave, and Algiz indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Mannaz, Thurisaz reversed, then Algiz.

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

Over the last week, Mannaz has in some way brought (or forced) us into some challenging need of people. Most often this stave introduces us to some social group or interaction that we wouldn’t normally place ourselves in. It may be that events force our hands to step out into new territory, or that we realize of our own volition the need for new insight and support in a life area.

That said, Thurisaz reversed presenting twice in a row indicates challenge in dealing with Mannaz. Whatever the distress, it’s coming from within, and it’s old. Now’s the time to cull present needs from old wounds. Clarify exactly what’s priority–honoring new wisdom, or feeding old fears. Where disparity falls between those, bring in the healing that’s needed, so that the focus can be solely on the present.

Algiz as the planet’s memo to us indicates that the support is inherently there for us to do the healing asked of us, this week. A stave of caution, it reminds us that boundaries are everything, and this week is a good time to examine them. Are old ones still needed? Maybe new ones should be in place? We are creatures of familiarity, and Algiz is the shrine of that safety. Fortitude is its hallmark. It presents when we need to situate more deeply into our home space, bio region, and Nature Spirits, therein.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.