For the week of 11 February 2018
Sowilo (Sowilu) is the half-month stave through 27 February. Ingwaz is the intuitive stave, and Thurisaz indicates the planet’s message to us. Read right to left is Sowilo, Ingwaz, then Thurisaz.
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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.
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Ingwaz persists. Last week it set the tone of the reading as Nature’s memo to us, and this week it offers intuitive insight into Sowilo, our half-month stave. The rune of the sun, the season of Sowilo brings a time of closure. It marks the end of the second aett, which has been focused on getting us accustomed to boots-on-the-ground life as a soul in form. It’s a challenging sequence of runes that follows a more blissful and esoteric time of soul development with the first aett.
In short, take pride in realizing the success of significant challenges through the second aett. Completion of this aett is a real celebration point that’s often overlooked, not because the relief isn’t palpable, but because we’re frazzled by the time we get here. To boot, the deeper celebration of the season lies in our ability to pay-it-forward. To be able to do that, we have to be able to see ourselves as divine. It sounds simple and framed with all kinds of awesome, yet remember, the fatigue is real.
The story with this rune is that in realizing our own divinity, we make peace in our relationship to the Divine. In accomplishing that, we realize that we carry that divinity, so that we may express it throughout our lives. We honor the sun that shines on us, so that we may shine on others.
That overlap, that season of celebration intertwined with service, expresses one of the most base truths about the Elder Futhark, as a whole. Each rune is characterized by extremes, which means our success with that rune relies on our ability to navigate those extremes, and find genuine comfort with our position somewhere on the spectrum.
This week our half-month challenge is to find where we are on tAhe continuum of divinity, to honor it, and celebrate it. My clients always laugh when I acknowledge a need for ceremony in their lives, when I tell them to do something decadently celebratory for themselves, though I mean it. We rarely do something utterly delightful solely to celebrate ourselves. Do it this week. Not only does the season support it, it demands such, so that we can successfully and compassionately do the second part of Sowilo, which is to pay that divinity forward.
Ingwaz exalts our capability in doing so. The rune of some new consciousness bursting upon the world, it suggests that debuting our divinity is timely and of necessity. Ingwaz is the sacred seed come to fruition. It’s gestated its long preparation, and is now birthed to the world, poised to evoke change. The nature of this rune is that it brings something unique. Each of us is unique. How we witness and bear our own divinity is, as well.
Nature speaks to us this week through Thurisaz, asserting that we have force to exert. Associated with willed change, this rune calls to mind the impact of Thor’s hammer, specifically, what results ripple out from its impact. The care, of course, is that we have really good aim.
Another aspect of Thor’s hammer is we often recognize the need for force, though we don’t act on it. We don’t want to be the bad guy. We don’t want to have to take on the responsibilities that come with it, or display the maturity in how we deal with it.
Nature doesn’t come with that option. Where Nature sees the need for action or change, it does it, and that’s our job right now. Whether it’s making a significant change in our ability to see our own divinity, to pay that divinity forward, or some other subtlety in that engagement, now’s the native time that both gravity and inertia are helping swing the hammer.
Go for it.
- When you think of yourself as a sun shining on others, what sensations rise in your body?
- How comfortable are you with feeling your divinity?
- How well do you initiate change?
Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.