For the week of 28 August 2016
This journey reorients, reunites.
Raidho is the half-month rune through 28 September. Thurisaz is the intuitive stave, and Othala is the stave indicating the planet’s needs. Read right to left is Raidho, Thurisaz, then Othala.
The half-month rune is set by the runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks. The intuitive stave 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 indicates the state of the planet.
Following is a summary of The Weekly Rune. Read the full runecast for more details on how these runes impact human life force over the next week, and how to best manage the curves and twists.
Over the last couple of weeks, Ansuz suggested that we use our words carefully. It portended the powers of a spell, and imparted insight into how, when, and where to evoke just the rights words for what we want. Followed by Raidho comes the time of putting the foot to the pedal, so to speak, in that now we begin the active part of manifestation.
Raidho is translated as meaning “travel,” as in the act of, movement, getting from Point A to Point B. In modern culture we’re told it’s the journey that matters, not the destination; however, I think Raidho is proof positive that both are equally important. Metaphorically, this stave speaks of seeing the best move and taking it, which is in essence being in flow with All Things. It’s the application of the wisdom earned from the first four First Aett runes (say that three times, fast)–Fehu, Uruz, Thurisaz (natural forces coming into form) + Ansuz (inspired spellsinging), which creates directed motion. With Raidho, we realize our capability of focused life force in balance with the life force of All. When viewed this way, Raidho is about how we tell our story. It’s the trip we took, the experience we had, and how we share that story with the world. It’s how we manifest our ideals, brewed through the intro of the first aett, and create lore for how we move forward.
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Thurisaz is the edgy, unknown antagonist of this journey. However, as blunt and hard-hitting as it is, the craving for change that preceded it is what’s familiar. Its reality, though, is it brings wanted change. The lightning strike doesn’t come out of nowhere. What’s significant to heed is detach from it. Approach it symbolically, no matter how in-your-face it seems. Remember the greater story being told, that we each are playing out with Raidho right now, view the change as an expected part of the plot.
In fact, the planetary rune, Othala, indicates we should court the past before we make any moves. Last week, it visited us reversed (merkstave), which hinted that we weren’t taking our Ancestors’ experiences into consideration of how to navigate our own. From a shamanic standpoint, it’s always good policy to include the Ancestors’ wisdom in current affairs. Some might say, in fact, that’s what they’re for. Upright though, this stave urges us to think of what we’re leaving for future generations. It encourages us to think of ourselves as elders, and think before we act, speak, or engage.
This rune more than any other is about remembering the collective, and not just the collective on the planet, now. We are the embodiment of all that came before and all that will come. It’s up to us to move forward in a way that embraces and sustains the integrity of that for ourselves and others.
Read the full runecast.