For the week of 12 November 2017
In which need is meaning.
Nauthiz is the half-month stave through 28 November. Dagaz is the intuitive stave, and Othala indicates the Ancestor’s message to us. Read right to left is Nauthiz, Dagaz, then Othala.
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The half-month rune is set by the runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks (a fortnight). 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, and where noted, of Nature, well beyond the earthly sphere. If you’re curious about how I do the cast every week, catch a couple of my Instagram videos, which explain the intention behind The Weekly Rune, and what makes it different from other ways of casting.
Our time with Hagalaz was characterized by a need to reconnect with our humanity. A rune of change and making peace with the continuous nature of transition, its big build up is Nauthiz, the point at which we must understand our needs. Recall that Nauthiz is the middle of the winter trio of runes. Literally, it is the crossroads where we pause and can’t go forward until a need is met. The caveat of this stave is that we’re the hold up. There’s no invisible force–or overtly obvious one–that’s slowing things down. The hold up lies in our ability to identify why we feel constrained, which at heart is about a need not being met.
The hardest part of the state of Nauthiz is to remember that’s what longing is. Longing is our internal messaging system telling us that a need isn’t being met. Most of the time, once we can make that realization, our consciousness can take it forward a bit more gently, our spirit allies can become active in putting us in the places to meet that need. I find that paradox of mindfulness similar to the turning point aspect of Tiwaz. When we can step through the emotional reaction to a mindful awareness, we find options. As with all the winter runes, Nauthiz isn’t reversible, which means we will cross the roads. We will have the revelatory moment and take the action needed to meet the need.
Dagaz, as the way we can best deal with Nauthiz, has a bit to say on that. All about what makes a day meaningful, Dagaz encourages us to intentionally creating process around sustaining that evaluation through life. We can’t expect our needs to be met if we’re unwilling to investigate how we actually live–who we’re with, where we go, what we do, how we think. Dagaz asks us to carry this inquisition behind every day.
As for the higher insight in how to meet this week, the stave in third position came from a new voice. As I drew the last rune for the cast, I was very clearly told that it wasn’t coming from the usual voice of Nature or the planet, but from the Ancestors. This came, of course, before I saw the rune, itself, which was curiously Othala. Meaning ‘inheritance,’ this is the Ancestor rune. It’s also the stave of tribe and all things within the tribal territory.
Many of us court guides and/or Nature Spirits in times of need. However, it’s the Ancestors who really thread the needle of personal success in the mundane. Why? Because they’ve done it.
Ultimately, it’s why they volunteered for the job as Ancestors, and we need all the help we can get. Take some time this week specifically to invite Ancestor(s) who best know how to navigate identifying and meeting needs. Ask for their insight on the exact tension felt, and how they handled it in their lives.
Then get across that road.
- How does Nauthiz show up in your life?
- How do you recognize your own needs?
- How do you connect with your Ancestors?
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.