What a glorious day today was—Sunna shone bright in the skies and warmed all of us below. Soweilo is the rune of the Sun. All things bright and beautiful are Her pervue; success and joy are her mood. Occasionally one can get a sunburn by overindulging; but usually it was worth it! All things in moderation—including moderation. Today is the peak of the season—the longest day. From here on the days will shorten until December 21st when the shortest day marks the beginning of lengthening days and the cycle starts all over again.
Sowielo cannot be inverted, it is the same at the top as it is at the bottom. She mimics the Sun’s path—rising, climbing to the apex, then setting—sinking during the night and arising the next morning to start all over again. Some other phrases/visuals that come to mind are a teeter-totter, what rises must fall, every ending is a beginning, there is no end to the circle.
Another truth about this rune is that like the Sun, it never sets. Success and joy are our birthright and always available to us. Sometimes we can’t see the sun, but we know it is still there. And we could travel to see it if we wanted to badly enough by going to the other side of the planet. When you are experiencing loss, grief, depression, failure…remember that they are just illusion and temporary. You are the Divine Child in the Sun card of the Tarot….and you can move to joy and success with clear intention and concrete actions that support that intention.The runes are magical tools to assist us in our work, not only a divinatory tool. Make an affirmation and surround it with the rune Soweilo. Put it up where yo can see it, and read it out load several times every day.Trace the rune over your heart, or third eye, or all your chakras; see it becoming part of you. Visualize your intention, believe it and take steps to make it come true…it will!
Today the rune spread I was given turned up these three runes:
Thurisaz, Algiz, and Hagalaz.
Direct action-protection and unexpected help- and chaos. As always, it fits exactly with what is going on in my life. I am actually making changes to my home that I have talked about for a very long time. I made a choice to take action—landscaping, painting, laying new floors, redesigning where items will live in my house. It is possible by the unexpected help by others that are willing to help me do the work. I have been given supplies and that talent and time of others. What a gift. In order to have a changed (and better) living space, I must embrace the chaos that comes with that change. Right now my freezer is unfrosted and living in my bedroom hallway next to the fridge; changing my typical walking path. I have had to alter everything I do in my home during the deconstruction, reconstruction phase. A little painful, yes. A lot exciting—hell yes!
Getting this reading helps me fully recognize that change process, and allows me to embrace it and experience it in a more complete way….mind, body, and spirit. I get more out of life journeys when I really understand what is happening instead of just floating along with the current.
Today I am out shopping for gifts. Gebo is sometimes translated as gift or giftbringer. It looks like the “X” that marks the spot on a treasure map; and don’t we all want our gifts to be treasured? Maybe that is why one of the most common gifts is money. I am getting graduation cards and will be sending gift certificates and checks-both of which are promises of treasure. But there is more to Gebo than a dance with Capt. Jack. (And yes, I did just watch Pirates of the Caribbean)
Why do we feel compelled to give gifts anyway? And who do we choose to begift? We give to those who have crossed our paths and marked our lives. To those that we have spent time with and want to spend more time with. Cross mark, and time are all indicators of Gebo.
Crossing paths is a place of connection and a place of choice. It is also a place of power. Where 2 become 1 doubles the possibilities available to each. Gebo is created during the tying of a couples hands together in a handfasting or wedding ritual. It signifies the merging of 2 into 1 and the gifts that each bring to the relationship.
Gift giving is a mark of friendship. We mark milestones in our live with gift giving–births and birthdays, weddings, graduations, promotions. A thank you or apology seems more sincere when marked with a gift. The gift giving in the deep of winter was a way to mark the return of the sun on the Winter Solstice. The longest night marks the turn of the year that brings the first of the lengthening days until we reach Summer Solstice and the longest day. During medieval times the deep winter was a time of death and loss. The huge feasts to honor the sun allowed the farmers to cull the animals that would not survive the winter–giving their share of fodder to the remaining herd as well as providing sustenance and celebration to the peoples.
And lastly I want to explore that time is a factor in this rune. We mark the passing of time with gifts just like Mama Gaia gives us gifts of the harvest every summer and fall. The berries, greens and early fruits of summer and the fall harvest of grains and gourds. They return each year as the wheel turns and mark the seasons. Jera is really the rune of the harvest, but Gebo is the gift of the wheel as it spins us inextricably into the future.
My immediate future is the seeking and finding of cute graduation cards to wrap my gifts. You know I’ll buy the ones that are marked with Gebo’s X.
Today the runes that chose to show up for me were:
Mannaz and Laguz
I think of Mannaz as “double joy” since it is the “P” of Wunjo facing itself. Partnership, marriage, connection, sharing, concern for other rather than for self—but for the betterment for both.
Laguz is the deep Lake of our sub-consciousness, is the watery place where our emotions, desires, affairs of the heart. Dreams, intuition, influencing the Wyrrd (fate, web of life) and healing are in the realm of Laguz.
Paired together, the two of them show me that my “work” today is to connect with others at a heart level. Partnerships will be strengthened by sharing concern with others; my needs will be best met by meeting others needs. Laguz always calls us to dive deep and look under the surface…so I will not be satisfied with the surface issue—but will be looking for the “heart” of the matter. And always I can choose to be in joy!
I have several consultations scheduled today with the intent to assist others in meeting their individual goals—which will meet my goals for the larger organization. Perfect! I will remember to engage my heart. Thanks to Odin and Freya for the message! Odin was the God that was given the runes, and I am dedicated to Freya—so both send me wisdom through the runes.
What rune or runes showed up for you today??
And how will reflection or meditation make the wisdom available to you?
after I started my blog this winter, I started radiation treatment for uterine cancer after finding an early-stage cancer during a hysterectomy. I had a total of 25 sessions, and after the initial treatment, I took a different rune with me into the treatment for each of the remaining sessions. I am now cancer-free, energetic, and back on track. It was quite an experience and I am working on sharing my experience of runic healing—but I’m not sure if it will be an e-book, published, or just filter into my blog.
I have a practice of pulling runes daily. I have been collecting them and making them for year. I have a beautiful pottery bowl adorned with Freya’s Boar-Hildisvini that I keep all the runes in. Today when I reached in, the runes that came to me face up were Fehu and Thurisaz—wealth and thorn. I also pull a tarot card daily. Currently I am using the Gaian Tarot created by my dear friend Joanna Powell Colbert. The card I drew was Strength—a woman shown holding a lioness in a fond embrace. So together it made me think that the message for the day was that wealth is like strength; most likely gained by courting rather than by force. All though there is a need for “pointed action” or focus as shown in the Thurisaz rune. As the Northern Mysteries do not fear/or hide the shadows we all create, there is a shadow meaning as well. Seeing only material wealth can be a thorn in your side, or make you a thorn in the side of others. Weath should improve your life and make you happy; it is doesn’t, then you are out of balance.
I am off to the Highland Games in my town of Ferndale, Washington this weekend. I will be at my huband’s booth, Michaels Books today and will have my runes with me if you want to drop by. I’ll be having a grand day listening to the bands, watching the dancing, and I just love seeing the men in kilts—I’m off!!