For the week of 15 October 2017
The necessary waiting period of joy.
Wunjo is the half-month stave through 28 October. Nauthiz is the intuitive stave, and Isa indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Wunjo, Nauthiz, then Isa.
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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.
The last few months have been a flurry of coming into creating what we want in life, with everything from how that process works, how successful it is, to staying light on our toes to update the parts that just aren’t working.
Wunjo, meaning “joy,” is the epitome of that capability. What’s lovely about this season is we will always have joy functioning as the natural elemental state at this time. The challenge, of course, is that we realize it. Also, Wunjo is the last stave in the first aett of the Elder Futhark. That means we’ve come to the end of a cycle, which by default implies we’ve worked our asses off. We didn’t just fall into bliss. Its position as a closing rune also means we get a bit of a break before we go back into the grind.
For this week, this means enjoy. The efforts of hard work have paid off and the ability to see the results of it is at hand. Of course, this all rests on our ability to allow joy, which is an entirely different challenge of this stave. We can’t realize success if we can’t see it in our own lives. If we can’t realize it, we can’t roll its momentum into the process to fulfill our next goals, dreams, and needs.
Of course this is where Nauthiz gives us a hand. It’s the crossroads stave, at which point we can’t choose a direction and move forward until we can readily identify what need doing so will fill. We can’t fill a need we can’t name. If we can’t name it, we can’t make choices to fill it.
As we come into awareness of joy in our lives, consider what needs are prodded. Is joy comfortable? Why, or why not? What needs are revealed with that question, and how do they relate to our ability to allow joy? Moreover, how do we get those needs filled, so that we can internalize that process and get better at it?
Isa as Nature’s memo to us for the week sheds insight. Meaning, “ice,” it refers to that frozen sacred seed state within all things. Every thing carries within it a coded script of what it brings to the planet. “Coded,” not as in we don’t have choice around it, as in unique to us. The mystery of how it evolves is through Isa we get this frozen wintry space, isolated from all interruption and discord, so that we can figure out what that is. Every seed gets the chance to take the elements that make it grow, and decide how it’s going to grow. It gets to choose how to make use of that base blueprint.
That time for us is now, with joy. We get to sit with Wunjo in a deepened, maybe super slowmo manner, so that when we emerge in to it, we can fully be there.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.