For the week of 23 October 2016

Joy, for the sake of sincerity.

Wunjo is the half-month rune through 28 October. Thurisaz is the intuitive stave, and Uruz reversed indicates the planet’s needs. Read right to left is Wunjo, then Thurisaz, followed by Uruz reversed.

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.

Last week we talked about Wunjo pointing to a relatively peaceful time. However, given its place at the end of the first ætt, this closure stave hints that having learned how to energetically fend for ourselves in form, we will take reprieve when it’s presented. But, will we? That’s the thing about joy. It’s ever there, though whether we choose to allow it draws on an entirely other set of skills. The message this week implies that when we have the opportunity for joy and don’t take it, or refuse to take it, that choice may spin out repercussions all its own.

The Runic Calendar - October - by S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent Arts

Where Kenaz is tiny flickers at the periphery accumulating in a revelation, Thurisaz is more like the raw self gone wild. Related to the giants, which in the Old Norse context refers to natural forces rather than extremely large creatures, Thurisaz is who we are with no filter–could be good, could be not so good. Regardless, what comes from it is a radical explosion of energy, of the willful variety. I think of Thurisaz as our inner four year old, off the chain. We say what we mean, we do what we say we’re going to do, with no regard for how any of it falls.

Uruz reversed expresses a lack of self-confidence in telling it like it is, which is of course, a recipe for disaster. If we’re going to be all-out, then we have to stand in it, completely. We can’t throw our truth out not caring where it’s going to land, and not fully believing that it’s our truth. The ramifications of that would be horrific for us, and everyone within shrapnel distance–which is all of us, really.

Do us all a favor: stand in it fully, or shutup. That’s the gospel of Uruz reversed, this week.

What the planet is reminding us of through this reversal is that it’s okay to be bold, just be sure of what we’re being bold about. Stand solid in what’s really important. Nature doesn’t do anything by halves. It’s either in or it’s out.

This week we are charged to be boldly joyful, and it’s going to require a significant expression we’d otherwise stifle. And stifling that expression will bring very specific hurts, of the self-sabotaging variety.

Trust deeper motivations, because for right now, they’re the most honest relief we’ll find.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.