For the week of 19 November 2017
Needful planning, with force.
Nauthiz is the half-month stave through 28 November. Jera is the intuitive stave, and Thurisaz indicates the Ancestor’s message to us. Read right to left is Nauthiz, Jera, then Thurisaz.
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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.
We spoke last week about Nauthiz presenting a natural point to identify why/where in life we feel constrained, and to work with unmet needs around that spot. Most likely, last week dealt with identifying that dynamic, which leaves this week open to intentionally engaging it and generating change.
Nauthiz is the “not this” stave. It provokes feelings of resistance that aren’t necessarily based on rational information. That’s a tough one, yes? Anything at the feeling or need level is always tricky business.
As we go into this second week, remember the options. Jera is the “Hearth Accounting” rune, in that it represents that culminating point in the annual cycle that we take stock of things. We note how it went, how we could improve outcomes, what we should do again, what we should never do again, what new tricks to try.
In terms of Nauthiz and identifying need, Jera’s memo is that we assess and make plans. Do the mindfulness techniques. Do the soul searching. Do the interpersonal communication that’s part of identifying need, then learning how to meet it. In situations that we feel we have no control, we forget that these things are our control.
What’s challenging about Thurisaz is that it points toward internal conflict, which muddies everything. It presents a force-meets-force dynamic, of the unconscious variety. It’s that feeling of being out of sync with something that on the surface should be fine. In other words, when our unconscious conflicts with our conscious awareness. It has other information, something lies in opposition that we’re not aware of–something inside becomes conflicted.
This week our challenge is to be aware that we possess the emotional depths to identify need, while simultaneously possessing the mental skills to framework with it well and hold in check our animal motivations driving it all. This week we get to experience some of our strongest complexities as humans, all at once. Disregard none of them, and through honoring them all we cultivate bad-assery befitting our Ancestors.
- How do you recognize your own needs?
- What skills best help you work with personal needs?
- How does internal conflict manifest for you?
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.