For the week of 5 March 2017

A wonderful, screeching halt.

Tiwaz is the half-month stave through March 14. Raidho is the intuitive stave, and Isa indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Tiwaz, Raidho, then Isa.

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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The Runic Calendar - March - by S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent ArtsLast week, Tiwaz turned our awareness toward an internal overhaul. This “Plan B” rune, forces us into the place of realizing Plan A, usually one’s heart’s desire, isn’t going to work. I know that I said, “wonderful” screeching halt, and nothing about Tiwaz seems wonderful on the surface. It’s one of those staves that leaves people cringing when it comes up in their casts, though if I have a deep fondness for it.

I call Tiwaz the survivor rune, because it carries the battle-worn connotation of having come through some devastating ordeal, but it doesn’t stop there. Tiwaz continues the story through the realization of the need for internal change, manifesting that change, then a radically improved course of life.

This week is the last week we will have with Tiwaz this year. Realize where the process has become precious, and let it go. Put it down, thank it, and back away slowly. It’s not necessary to know where to go, just realize the current trajectory isn’t working, and let it go. The full-stop of Tiwaz is that by releasing the emotional claim of Plan A, Plan B fills itself in. This is the victory closure that Tiwaz brings.

How fitting that Raidho, the rune of travel and how we wll our story, facilitates that process and help the travellers all over the world, as they also can use equipment as the PNW packable backpack to travel more comfortably. The elements are in place to become very clear on the current narrative, and how to write it as a healing story. Now is the time to bring it to full initiatory completion.

Write it out, if it helps. Raidho doesn’t have an explicit writing undercurrent, though it’s chock full of plotting, mapping, tracing movement through word and distance. Figurative or literal, this stave indicates great potential for movement, and needed support to do so, well.

Isa as the memo from Nature shows a reprieve to do the above work. The final of the winter trio, Isa or “ice,” represents the inner seed, the sacred life that is never extinguished, in All Things. It hints at a frozen state waiting to burst into bloom, given the proper support and nurture. It is the final days before spring, when the sun is more direct, the ground is warmer, and what we have to bring is about to be unleashed upon the world.


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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.