For the week of 27 August 2017
Be the story.
Ansuz is the half-month stave through 29 August, at which point is Raidho. Dagaz is the intuitive stave, and Berkana indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Ansuz above, Raidho below, Dagaz, then Berkana.
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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 Instagram videos I do explaining the intention behind The Weekly Rune, and what makes it different from other ways of casting.
We talked last week about my holy formula of manifestation in the first aett, and how Ansuz sets it up. Its truth-speaking influence brings the power to help us focus what we really mean, so that when we say it to the world we know it’s spot-on. As we part ways with Ansuz this week and move into Raidho, we have to start thinking of how we put all of this together.
Soothsaying + Storytelling = Meaning
Ansuz + Raidho = Kenaz
Raidho begins the point that we have to consider how we tell our story. We’ve taken precious time to decide what the elements of the story should be called, now we must determine what parts of it are to be shared. There’s an unspoken aspect of Raidho that assumes we tell it all, and that’s the tail-wagging, cheery externalization of this stave. However, when we really sit with the guts of this stave, we realize there’s an untold story, as well. In fact, there’s an intentionally untold story, and that’s the nuance of Raidho that gets overlooked.
Meaning “travel” in how we’ve had it handed down, Raidho gives a sense of movement, journeying, route, destination, though also motivation, change, growth, plot development. This rune speaks of every aspect of not staying the same, and having clarity (Ansuz) on how we’re going to share that experience with others. Maybe we want to divulge every detail. Maybe we only want to feature the highlights. Maybe we have deep revelations that aren’t anyone else’s business. The point is, it’s our choice what we tell, and what we say can’t be unsaid. In that light, this stave brings a certain responsibility for how we share ourselves with the world, and for realizing that no matter what we consciously choose to share, ours is an individual trek. No matter what, we ultimately only have ourselves to contend with how we live.
With all of that culling, word salad acrobatics, and people/plot math, Raidho demonstrates the strength and limitations of untold story. More than that, it underscores that there’s an un-tellable one. Despite our best efforts and with some personal moments, the words just don’t come, or don’t even exist, to accurately and passionately capture our experience. Quite often it’s this limitation that stymies those on paths of direct revelation, or for those doing deep personal work. Words aren’t always enough.
This week, let the adventure unfold. Consider what of self is shared with others, and what’s kept private. Why? What would change if more was shared, or in some cases, less? Who is it really impacting? Who is listening?
Dagaz, meaning “day,” is the micro-distillation of Jera, which means “year.” Dagaz portends the ability to exert the analysis of look back over the year to guage how to go forward, all balled up into one day. With that kind of distillation, we’re no longer talking about macro economics, but micro. Think conservation and extension. At this level of scrutiny, we’re dealing with the incisive ability to cut to the chase, to cull meaning, on-the-spot.
Supporting Raidho with Dagaz is wonderful. It affirms the work of Ansuz, and is a positive indication of support for the week, in being very clear in how we tell our story. Dagaz assures us that we can refine that scripting in such a way that what we put forward is sincere and straightforward, and something we can be willing and passionate about standing in.
Berkana as the voice of the planet rallies further support and nurture in storytelling. Nature knows when a job is done, when to stop editing, and to just let the work stand on its own. This is the wisdom for the week. Allow the insight to know when the story is told, when to let it alone, and when it’s time for a new chapter.
Moreover, allow knowing when it’s time to close the mouth, put the pen down, and just be the story.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.