For the week of 3 September 2017
Look back to create now.
Raidho is the half-month stave through 13 September. Othala is the intuitive stave, and Perthro indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Raidho, Othala, then Perthro.
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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.
For the last two half-months we’ve talked 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. This week we are fully in Raidho, which prompts us to think it all through.
Soothsaying + Storytelling = Meaning
Ansuz + Raidho = Kenaz
Now’s the time to work boots to the ground magick. The spellsong has been sung. Raidho directs us to get out in life and live the verses.
Othala, as how we can best work with the half-month stave, shares an interesting insight. It hints at that which is inheritable in our lives, which boils down to estate, titles, and legacy. From a spiritual point this is about ancestors, specifically clan or tribe, as in the known territory (Innangarðr). Exalting Raidho, the conversation then becomes one of looking to the story the ancestors told. Is it the one we want to tell, now? Has something changed? Do we even know the story our ancestors told? Was it the one they intended to tell? What have we inherited that needs healing or acknowledgement?
It’s easy to see with this focus how it can delve into ancestral work.
Perthro, as the wisdom of Nature, isn’t going to clarify that work one bit. Many think of Perthro as meaning luck, which is too simplistic a concept–in the modern understanding, anyway. To the Norse it brought a more complex crisscross of possibilities. This rune draws on wyrd, or the network of choices made by ancestors, community, and self, which influence the direct things go for us.
None of it is carved in stone, no matter how healed, aligned, or blessed we are, and this is the ultimate message of nature. We are, however, responsible for our actions, and those that others haven’t healed. It’s a bitter pill for modern mystics to swallow, though the truth is, when we manifest for ourselves, we manifest for All. Be sure to do it well, and with that in mind.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.