For the week of 14 January 2018
The good runes.
Perthro is the half-month stave through 28 January. Gebo is the intuitive stave, and Fehu indicates the planet’s message to us. Read right to left is Perthro, Gebo, then Fehu.
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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.
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I always joke about how people have come to desire certain runes in their casts. “I hope I get the good runes.” Everyone wants the favorable fortune and relationships runes. This week we got a good dose of them, and it’s the first time in a long while that we’ve had this kind of break.
It is, of course, not without clauses. Eihwaz leaves a lot of people uncomfortable, because it expresses having come to the end of the road in some way. Not only does it bring up the stress of that, it reveals in blurred detail that we have no choice but to keep moving, even if the new way hasn’t presented itself.
Having said that, where Perthro has been reduced to meaning “luck,” it’s really more about chance and wyrd. Yes, there are forces that we can never see coming. However, there are a ton of forces we can see coming. When we choose or don’t know to be active in those that we can control, it’s difficult to legitimately complain about the outcome.
One force at our defense this week is Gebo. The rune of partnership, or “gift,” it indicates a general support for the current life dynamic. It’s one of those runes that everyone wants in their cast. Specifically, it hints at an alliance to support in some endeavor, or a pay-it-forward dynamic coming to roost well with us.
Again, it carries the caveat that we be involved and giving within that dynamic. In fact, that’s what makes it go. It’s very much born of the momentum we put into it. And in the vein of the day, in which so many people need, we can make a small change in our prayers, blessings, or honoring, in that what we ask for for ourselves, let us ask it for all who need it. Even that small change in the way we think of our own needs and ability to include others generates Gebo.
We tend to think of Gebo as a prize, though it is that, plus duty. Neither can exist without the other.
The curious voice from the void this week comes with a powerful feminine tone, and it reminds us that Fehu is law. So many have struggled for so long, focus has stayed on obligation and rarely considered wealth. As with Gebo, wealth is a process. It requires showing up in the form of tending assets, so that when we need them, they can be there for us. This may be literal currency or possessions, though it could also be what we value or hold dear.
The bottom line is, Fehu is a force. It’s a balancing principle along the lines of Gebo. There Gebo holds a balance of give and take, Fehu holds a balance of tend and spend. We can’t ignore our assets and expect them to be there for us when we need them, any more than we can hoard or blow them and expect to have our needs met. If we hoard, we become overwhelmed by tending. If we blow our resources, we have nothing to fall back on.
In general, balance is the goal and the outcome this week. With a bit of strategy and a great deal of awareness, we’ll make the good runes proud.
- What’s your comfort level with control?
- Do you really control the elements at your will?
- How do you handle it when things go well?
Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.