For the week of 25 February 2018
Redo, ownership, and meaning.
Tiwaz is the half-month stave through 14 March. Perthro reversed is the intuitive stave, and Dagaz indicates the planet’s message to us. Read right to left is Tiwaz, Perthro reversed, then Dagaz.
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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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Last week was pretty sweet. Honestly, the last couple of weeks have been. We had a wonderful elemental set up for some solid personal advancement. This week we progress into the territory of Tiwaz, which marks entry into the third aett. Tiwaz, in particular, is a bracing dose of reality. A lot of people aren’t comfortable with it in their readings, though I always feel relief when I see it. I call it the survivor rune, as its story encompasses being in the midst of heart-wrenching battle, and realizing that best-laid strategy isn’t going to work. Not only will it not, the casualties thus far will be nothing compared to those amassed from continuing to force a wrong agenda. What’s important to realize about Tiwaz is that Plan B is victorious. So if we can just get out of our own way to have the process of realizing the doom of Plan A, we’re golden.
Perthro reversed brings a clue-x-4 to help with that transaction. Upright, it points to all the qualities of wyrdweaving, including wyrd, orlog, personal baggage, ancestral baggage, and the forces of Nature that do what they will, and how all of that combines to create outcomes.
Reversed it sings a different tune. Reversed in this cast, its melody becomes very refined. Under the half-month of Tiwaz, Perthro reversed challenges us to own what we know. Stop pretending we don’t know it. Stop avoiding taking action on relevant data. Take responsibility and instill accountability for whatever the fall out is. Perthro is nothing if not a rune of accountability. Sure there are natural forces beyond our control. Yes, even with healing through all the things, we can still be to the wind. The point of it–particularly reversed–is that we take ownership of whatever is our part to own. This isn’t the time to worry over variables beyond our control. The ones that are, need attention, now.
Dagaz as the voice of Nature gives the commentary that where we find meaning makes this all have a point. Meaning “day,” the focus of this rune is the ability to take stock in our tasks, engagements, and duties through the day. It’s the micro harvest, compared to Jera’s “year.” In my words, it’s “Heart Accounting,” compared to “Hearth Accounting.” Where with Jera we examine the harvest for its pluses and minuses, so with Dagaz we examine our day. Can we do that whole tabulation process for the year in one day? No. So what we end up with is determining what in our day had meaning.
This week, our job is to realize whatever dynamic needs to be let go, and do that as gracefully as possible. There’s a point where ownership of our shit isn’t just an overall good thing to do for ourselves, it’s the ethical, supportive choice for the community in which we’re situated–animistic and otherwise. Perhaps there’s where Dagaz is most of service. If we can’t find the deeper meaning for ourselves to make the life change we know we need to, perhaps we can find it to do for community.
- How comfortable are you with changing plans?
- How do you recognize your heartsong?
- What are you willing to do to live it?
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.