Nauthiz – Need –  Considering that the southeast has skipped early winter and plunged right into winter storm, it’s fitting that this middle stave of the second ǽtt’s winter trio shows up now to offer insight.

Situated between Hagalaz (harsh external change) and Isa (processing outcomes),  Nauthiz forces us to confront our limitations and what we’re getting out of them. By that I mean, it highlights the things we say we don’t want, yet hold fastest to. This stave is the niggling feeling that all is not well, without knowing what needs attention.  However, often just honoring that something isn’t right is enough to bring mild reprieve, perhaps even movement toward resolution.

In order to meet a need, we have to be able to recognize it when it comes on the scene, then choose to either fulfill or reject it. Either way, something has to give. We choose to preserve self and make a call on that need, or we stay locked in this karmic purgatory stewing in our own fears.

When we meet resistance in fulfilling our needs, do we respond compulsively just to make the tension stop? Do we buckle down and address the core issue?  Do we risk the reality of learning that our needs are really wants?  Nauthiz is the tension of not knowing what we need, balancing our wants, and determining which is most important.

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