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Interpreting the Runes ~ Ehwaz ~ Movement ~ Progress ~ The Horse

Ehwaz is a rune of transit, transition and movement; of physical shifts, new dwelling places, new attitudes or new life. It also signifies movement in the sense of improving or bettering any situation.

With this rune, there is a sense of gradual development and steady progress, with the belief in slow growth through many shifts and changes.  This could apply to the growth of a business or to the development of a new idea. A relationship may need to undergo changes if it is to live and grow. Moral effort and steadfastness are called for when this rune of movement, another of the cycle runes is drawn. Let it be said with this affirmation, “As I cultivate my nature, all else follows.”

This rune Ehwaz is symbolized by the horse, and it signifies the bond between horse and rider. Bronze Age artifacts show a horse drawing the sun across the sky. Here, Ehwaz is saying, you have progressed far enough to fee a measure of safety in your place.

Now is the time to turn again and face the future reassured, ready to share the good fortune that comes your way. The sharing is significant since it relates to the sun’s power to foster life and illuminate all things with its light.

Ehwaz Reversed

Movement that appears to block. Be certain that what you are doing – or not doing – is timely. There are no missed opportunities. You have simply to recognize that not all possibilities are open to you, that not all opportunities are appropriate. The opportunity at hand may be precisely to avoid action. If you are feeling at a loss, unclear about the need to act, consider what is timely to your nature and remember this affirmation, “What is yours will come to you.”

You Are In Integrity

“You are in integrity when the life you live is an authentic expression of who you are.” — Alan Cohen

 

Interpreting the Runes ~ Sowelu ~ Sigel ~ Sun

 

This rune represents the sun which rules the astrological sign, Leo. Leo is a sign that likes to enjoy life and have fun. Leo is also a very proud sign and one that likes to be the center of attention. Sowelu is a supremely positive rune.

When this rune appears in a reading, it can imply that one has been overstretched lately and is in need of a rest, to take time away from the everyday pressures associated with life and needs to enjoy him/herself.  The appearance of Sowelu also may warn that one is in the midst of a situation in which control must be taken. If feeling “off” or out of sorts, this rune may be a sign that the person receiving the reading may be worrying about something and feeling unable to make any positive move to change the situation. The advice from this rune is to return to the center of affairs and seize control.

The sun has been associated with energy and strength, so the surrounding runes in a cast hint to one’s state of health. On the other hand, if Sowelu is close to very positive runes this means one may be at the peak of his/her powers. Sowelu can be seen as the “guiding light” that shows the way. On a material level, its appearance may imply one’s need for help, or a need for someone or something to show the way forward. On a spiritual level, Sowelu may signify that one should seek, or will soon find a spiritual guide.

Interpreting the Runes ~ Perth~ Question Mark ?

The meaning of this rune has been left a question mark because in modern times, we have no way of knowing its exact nature.  It has been described variously as an apple, a chess piece, a dice cup, a tune, a hearth, and even a penis.  This lack of clear meaning is proper, as Perth signifies something unresolved in life, something hidden away that is about to surface. The appearance of Perth may represent a secret; something one may feel secretive about.  This can be a hint to the person doing the reading. When Perth shows up, it can signify that someone is not being entirely forthright or honest about the question being posed for the reading or runecast, and is in fact asking about something else.

As a rule, this rune has fairly positive associations, implying that the secret about to be revealed will be helpful or pleasant to the person being read in the runecast.  It can signify that matters of the heart, which the person being read may have been unsure of, will be resolved to their advantage – and surprise. It can also denote an unexpected inheritance.  In addition, this rune has associations with gambling, although the route by which this meaning is reached is somewhat uncertain. However, on this basis, Perth can mean that it is a good time to undertake some financial undertaking that might seem to be somewhat risky.

Reversed

In reverse, Perth suggests that what is about to be revealed will be none too pleasant.  If there are any dark secrets, a reversed Perth signifies that they are certain to be exposed.   On the other hand, when reversed, this rune may show that someone is involved, either personally or in business, with someone who cannot be trusted and that the evidence for this will soon appear.  In either case, one must be armed for disclosures of a discomforting nature.

Interpreting the Runes ~ Jera~Harvest

Jera is considered to be a neutral rune.  Its neutrality is conveyed by its design. It is almost a wheel and looks no different however it may fall in a rune reading. The surrounding runes hint at the outcome.  Its meaning is also closely linked to the wheel, just as it is concerned with cycles. The word “harvest” suggests a positive outcome to most, however there are in truth all kinds of harvest: bumper crops displayed at Thanksgiving time to the life sentence handed down to a murderer.

The appearance of Jera in a reading implies a time of reckoning, when things have perhaps gone full cycle and must now demand review. In many instances, this rune of Jera signifies legal matters, the general way of “reckoning” in our culture. Since this rune indicates one’s “just desserts,” justice is likely to be involved in some way. As Jera also governs every kind of contract, there could be a chance of some form of business deal or even a marriage.

On another level, this rune can represent disturbing forces at work, represented as it is by two interlocking forces whirling around each other. It is an indication of inner turmoil, of one being almost torn apart by opposing emotions, and yet still managing to keep them contained .The turmoil approaches resolution, but while this may produce a certain peace, some loss is also involved.  Once again, the runes counsel us that nothing comes for free.

Interpreting the Runes ~ Is ~ Ice

Does this rune seem rather forbidding? Ice is obviously very cold and can even, in some instances be dangerous. That does not tell the entire story however.  Ice may be considered protective.  We have all heard the phrase, “put it on ice” ensuring fresh storage for later use.  This rune counsels caution: the best course of action is simply, no action.  This is the moment to stop and freeze all plans, for to continue would be fool hardy – just like stepping on, thin ice!

The rune Is indicates things have gone on far too long and with too much coldness for there to be any chance of the return of any warmth.  Sometimes the appearance of this rune heralds the destruction of plans by sly and hidden hands: ice is easy to see once it has formed but only rarely does one have a chance to see it develop, and it is strong enough to break nearly everything in its path.  The appearance of Is in any reading should always be considered a serious warning. In personal relationships, this rune does not bid well for the future.  Once ice has penetrated into the heart and soul of loved ones there is little chance that matters will work out well.

This rune has no reverse; the same shape whichever way it falls.  This indicates putting plans on hold and waiting until the situation changes.  Eventually, there will be a thaw and again everything will go back to what seemed normal.

The Scary Thing About Making a Decision

“In the important decisions, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature.”             – Sigmund Freud

We all make decisions all the time, and each one of them, large or small, creates change within us.  Since change is frightening, making a decision is frightening too.  The process can become easier by asking ourselves the right questions: “Do I really want to do this?” or, “Will it benefit my life?” or “Is it realistic?”  These questions help us know our true feelings, which are the most important part of any decision we must make.

Wrong decisions are often made by focusing on external data: “If I do this, it will please my partner.” or, “I’m doing this for the thrill and fascination.”  “I’m doing it for the money.” or, “I want the power and position.”  “I may be running away from something I can’t or don’t want to face now, but so what?”

It is important to avoid impulsivity and “all-or-nothing” thinking.  If we can just slow down, take our time, talk our feelings through with friends or a support group, we begin to see the bigger picture.  If we’re still unsure of the right thing to do, we can ask for the Universe’s help, decide, and then trust the outcome.  The only wrong decision is one made for the wrong reasons!


Interpreting the Runes – Mannaz – The Self

mannazMannaz – The Self

The starting point is the Self.  Its essence is water.  Only clarity, willingness to change , is effective now.  A correct relationship to your self is primary, for from it flow all possible right relationships with others and with the Divine.

Remain modest – that is the Oracle’s counsel.  Regardless of how great may be your merit, be yielding, devoted and moderate, for then you have a true direction for your life.

Be in the world, but not of it.  And yet do not be closed, narrow, or judging; rather, remain receptive to impulses flowing from the Divine within and without.  Strive to live the ordinary life in a non-ordinary way. Remember at all times what is coming to be and passing away, and focus on that which abides.  Nothing less is called for from you now.

This is a time of major growth and rectification and, as a rule, rectification must come before progress.  The field is tilled before the seed is planted, the garden is weeded before the flower blooms, and the self must know stillness before it can discover its true song.

Now is not the time to seek credit for accomplishments or to focus on results.  Instead, be content to do your task for the task’s sake.  Herein lies the secret of experiencing a true present.

If you take the Rune of the Self and cut it down the middle, you will see the Rune for Joy with its mirror image.  There is here a subtle caution against carelessness.  The Self is required to balance the self.

Nothing in excess was the second phrase written over the gateway to the temple at Delphi.  The first counsel was, Know thyself.

Reversed: If you feel blocked, Mannaz urges you to begin by being clear with yourself.  Do not turn to others now, but look inside, in silence, for the enemy of your progress.  No matter what area of your life is in disarray, stop and consider this: You will recognize the outer enemy as but a reflection of what you have not, until now, been able or willing to recognize as coming from within.

Above all do not give yourself airs.  Breaking the momentum of past habits is the challenge here: In the life of the Spirit, you are always at the beginning.

Interpreting the Runes ~ Dagaz ~ Breakthrough ~ Transformation ~ Day

Dagaz

dagaz

Breakthrough

Transformation

Day

Dagaz is the last Rune belonging to the Cycle of Initiation.  Drawing Dagaz often signals a major shift or breakthrough in the process of self-change, a complete transformation in attitude, a 180-degree turn.  For some, the transition is so radical that they are no longer able to live the ordinary life in the ordinary way.

Because the timing is right, the outcome is assured although not, from the present vantage point, predictable.  In each life there comes at least one moment which, if recognized and seized, transforms the course of that life forever.  Rely, therefore on radical trust, even though the moment may call for one’s self to leap empty-handed into the void.  With this Rune the Warrior Nature reveals itself.

If Dagaz is followed by the Blank Rune, the magnitude of the transformation might be so great as to portend a death, the successful conclusion of one’s passage.

Interpreting the Runes ~ Ansuz ~ Signals ~ Messenger Rune Gift

Ansuz

Ansuz~ Ansur~ Mouth

Ansuz~ Ansur~ Mouth

Signals

Messenger Rune

The God Loki

The keynote here is receiving: messages, signals, gifts.  Even a most timely warning may be seen as a gift.  The message may be that of a new life unfolding.  New lives begin with new connections, surprising linkages that direct you to new pathways. Take care now to be especially aware during meetings, visits, chance encounters, particularly with persons wiser than yourself.  When the Messenger Rune brings sacred knowledge, you are truly blessed.

Loki is that ancient trickster from the pantheon of the Norse Gods.  He is theheyeohkah of the Native Americans, a mocking shadow of the creator god, as well as the bringer of benefits to humankind. He is a reminder that even scoundrels and arch-thieves can be the bearers of wisdom.  When this Rune is drawn, expect the unexpected; the message is always a call, a call to a new life.

Ansuz is the first of the thirteen Runes that make up the Cycle of Initiation -Runes that focus directly upon the mechanism of self-change – and as such, addresses our need to integrate unconscious motive with conscious intent.

Drawing Ansuz indicates that a connection with the Divine is at hand.  It is a signal to explore the depths, the foundations of life, and to experience the inexhaustible wellspring of the Divine in one’s own nature.

At the same time, Ansuz reminds that one must first draw from the well to nourish and give to oneself.  Then, there will be more than enough to nourish others.  A new sense of family solidarity invests this Rune.

Ansuz also presents a different message when drawn in a reversed position: One may be concerned over what appears to be failed communication, lack of clarity or awareness either in one’s past history or in a present situation.  One may feel inhibited from accepting what is offered.  A sense of futility, of wasted motion, may overwhelm one’s self.  However, that is what is happening and is timely to one’s own process.  If the well is clogged, this is the moment for cleaning out the old.  Reversed, Ansuz is saying, “Consider the uses of adversity.”