For the week of 17 April 2016
Rooting new traditions takes all our awareness, this week.
Mannaz is the half-month rune through 29 April. Laguz is the stave indicating the planet’s needs, and Othala is the intuitive stave. Read right to left is Mannaz, Laguz, then Othala.
The half-month rune is set by the runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks. The planetary stave indicates the state of the planet. 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.
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.
My new year-long Intensive Reclaiming the Runes – Putting the ‘Elder’ Back in Futhark will be available 1 May. Stay tuned for sneak peek discounts! This Intensive is focused on teaching the story of the runes in as full an Old Norse context as possible, and instructing on how to work with them as a personal tool for growth, and a facilitator of gaining insight for others.
Patterns in the runecasts over the last few weeks have been interesting. After a succession of Tiwaz and Eihwaz in various positions and locations of casts, now Laguz repeats, though with a more uplifting message.
Mannaz entered as the half-month stave toward the end of last week, with an emphasis on finding new community. Mannaz is a midpoint of a cycle that began with Isa. Before we can understand the role of Mannaz, we have to delve more deeply into the message of Isa.
Meaning “ice,” Isa is the final rune of the winter trio. It represents the sacred seed just below the surface, just before sprouting to new life. More specifically, it is the frozen Niflheimr principle of the Old Norse creation story. In that light, Isa is eternal. It is the part of All Things that is always coming into being. Mannaz is the point along the process of bringing that seed into form that requires a change of atmosphere for it to grow well. Taking the initiative to step into new spaces and engages new places, new people, is likely not going to be comfortable. However, without doing so, the seed can’t reach its apex of growth with Ingwaz, which we know is coming down the line.
To learn more about the relationship between Isa and Mannaz, read the full runecast.
Laguz indicates rightful flow, on behalf of the planet this week. Last week when it was reversed, we were asked to see the places where we are not in flow with the planet’s needs. This week in its upright position, Laguz asks us to honor where we are flowing with the planet’s needs. For some, this perspective may be as challenging as the reversed one. We may not realize the things we do right in how we live with Earth’s needs, though we need to. It needs us to. Take some time to realize the things done on a daily basis that support Midgard, and take it a step further to celebrate that fact. Devote prayer, ritual or ceremony to how flow with the planet’s needs is part of our daily awareness, and express gratitude for how we benefit from that relationship.
The message from Othala brings in more allies and considerations. The stave of ancestors, we are reminded that we must do the release work our ancestors didn’t receive. Any family lines that need blessing, give it this week. If healing is needed, contact me and we can explore that work in-depth. What isn’t released from our ancestors, we carry. The heaviest burden carried is the one in addition to our own. This week is a good time to address any heaviness that isn’t ours. In blessing the ancestors we come into wisdom, as well as how to value it.
Read the full runecast.