For the week of 30 July 2017

Lightning strikes and road trips.

Thurisaz is the half-month stave through 13 August. Raidho is the intuitive stave, and Mannaz indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Thurisaz, Raidho, then Mannaz.

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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.

While Uruz took us deeply into matters of the unconscious, Thurisaz, the third stave of the first aett, puts us on alert to stand in what we learned there. We talked a bit last week about the influence the Giants have over the first aett, and the power of them as natural laws is never more evident than in Thurisaz.

Associated with Thor, and “thorn,” this stave is often thought of as a force of Nature. When most of us think of Thor, we think of his hammer, the Mjölnir, which when struck, created a strike of lightning. That’s all intensely profound and power, though what does it mean in everyday life?

The Runic Calendar - August - by S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent ArtsSeveral runes in the Futhark are associated with change, as is Thurisaz. What makes Thurisaz stand out from the other change runes is its connection back to the Giants, to those unconscious urges. While they are not necessarily right in front of our faces, they are ever at the very edge of our consciousness.

Therein lies the protective aspects of this rune, as well. Things are usually unconscious for a reason. We couldn’t process them at their inception, we didn’t have the developmental faculties to create a formidable narrative around them, etc. They’re big, in short. They’re so big that we have to shelve them a bit, before we can be certain of healthily managing them into our waking awareness. Those among us who are shamanistically savvy recognize such symptoms as the hallmarks of soul loss.

This is not a “the hell you know” situation. In fact, having the clarity to greet shadows on our time, on our terms, gives us extraordinary power to do exactly that. The truth of Thurisaz is the shadows are coming. It may as well be on our terms.

It makes a huge difference, and at this time, the elements collude on our behalf to help us greet them, well.


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Raidho, the rune of travels, portends a good journey in this creation of space. I love this rune, because it’s all about words and storytelling. Indeed, how we tell our story means everything. I would even go so far as to say, our story means nothing until we not only understand but engineer how we tell it.

This stave demands that we come into that clarity, which has everything to do with being able to greet our shadows, with creating space for our inner storms. In fact, if it wasn’t for those storms, most of us would never have need to travel. We wouldn’t be motivated to become active in our own stories.

Mannaz as the voice of Nature tells us to spread out. Specifically, it urges us to open our minds and find new community to support our wild new territory. How very fitting this message is, in light of Raidho’s encouragement to hone how we tell our stories! It feels like grand adventure time, and nothing spells adventure like diversity.

Ultimately, Nature knows when to change routes, when to take a pit stop, or to get on down the road. This week we are asked to come into our own wisdom regarding what we need on our journey, and to get out of its way once is arrives.

The runecast for this week spells “mrth.” Indeed, let the laughter abound!



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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.