For the week of 19 February 2017

Divinity, self-care, and change.

Sowilo (Sowilu) is the half-month stave through 27 February. Berkana (Berkano) reversed is the intuitive stave, and Ehwaz reversed indicates the planet’s message to us. Read right to left is Sowilo, then Berkana, followed by Ehwaz reversed.

The half-month rune is set by the runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks. 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.

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For the last week, Sowilu has has challenged us to find our place in divinity, which points to realizing the divinity within ourselves. Meaning “sun,” this stave is very charged for us. Everything we are, have, have been, will have, will be is connected to this rune. Our compass for finding our way through season, each day, each year rests in the heart of this rune. For us, the sun is everything, and this second week with Sowilu escorts through this final rune of the second ætt. We will get up close and personal with our ability to recognize what is wonderful and timeless in ourselves, and how to carry it forward.


The Runic Calendar - February - by S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent ArtsMeaning ‘midwife,’ Berkano gets distilled to various feminine aspects of nurture, care, medicine, tending. It encapsulates the ability to provide those components of care without being emotionally involved, again, with outcome.

This rune indicates that between all that standing in our power, we need to remember to take care of ourselves. Take time to do that, this week. It may be something that’s sheer pleasure, a break, a treat, the ability to notice a gorgeous day. It’s there. It’s always there. Berkana is just reminding us to make use of it.

Ehwaz reversed is refreshing, in that even its merkstave meaning is still fairly upbeat: restlessness. It hints at an itch, maybe the inability to go as quite deeply as we’d like. Maybe we need to examine the mundane a bit more. It’s not the disruptive “change” energy of Thurisaz or Hagalaz. Still the motivation to follow through on something that’s needed to shift comes this week, and it’s a good thing. Being so well-aligned with our divinity, so self-nurtured, we’re ready to make that change.

Remember, as we change individually, so are others around us.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.