Happy Christmas! My wish for you is that everything that you need to create the best year ever comes to you with ease and grace. My hope for you is that you embrace the dream you’ve been afraid to dream and let your light shine.
The winter holidays bring out the best in people. We open our homes to friends and family, and we spend hours seeking and choosing the perfect gift for each person. People waiting in long lines strike up conversations and wish each other well. Children make gifts for Mom and Dad, and unexpected phone calls brighten our days. We can feel a magic in the air that seems to only happen in the dead of winter.
Exploring the Mannaz rune, I see that it the perfect rune for this holiday season. Take another look at it and see that it is really two Wunjo runes facing each other. This is the reason some call it the “double joy” rune. It is two people facing each other, looking for and seeing the best in each other; as equals. Differences are set aside, and we meet on equal ground. We are there to support each other—partnership is implied. Mannaz is a rune that is experienced in communication with other people. As a people we seem to be united if by nothing else, in our search for meaning in this dark time. And in our determination to celebrate life and renewal in the middle of winter.
There is also an aspect of Divinity meeting man in Mannaz. If we are all children of our Gods, then we have that Divine presence within us. Looking at each other—we recognize the joy that is present within. The God in me recognizes and rejoices with the God in you. Namaste` as we bow to each other.
The Christ story brings Light into the world through the birth of child. The Druids worship the return of the Cosmic Sun that is accompanied by lengthening days. I believe that each of us gives birth to the Light every time we choose to do what is right, even if it is hard; asks what others need instead of asking what’s in it for me; when we ask what love would do, then act accordingly.
May you all receive the blessings of Mannaz. May your light be recognized by others and reflected back to you in joy.
In Her Light,