Laguz is the rune of the lake and its shore, the water that surrounds us and that we are made of, the subconscious that shapes our conscious lives. It can indicate not just these places, but the liminal space where the two meet. It is in this mutable place, this time out of time that mystery lives and magic happens.
Think of the mists that surround Avalon; the Lady of Lake and the gift of Excalibur.
Have you ever been to the shore, and played in the tide pools and the estuaries? They are teeming with life and possibility. Many creatures that live there have the ability to live in both salt and fresh water as their environment is constantly changing. While powerful, these places of mystery and magic are fragile and must be respected and cared for.
Impermanance is another hallmark of the liminal space. Nothing stays the same. Taking the action, making the decision is the gift of the moment. It may lead to a result; but the result is not obtained in this border of in-between. Laguz is about the internal actions and feelings; about you changing as a result of being in the space. There is often a spiritual aspect to address or respect when this rune show up.
When Laguz shows up in a reading, pay attention. It is calling you to look under the surface; seek the deeper meanings. What part of your magical nature is it calling to? What will you choose?
All around me I can Mother Earth’s harvest – berry laden branches, fields of greens, beets, carrots, grapes on the vine, plums, tomatoes, zucchini…the list goes on and on. The Earth is so bountiful that the ancients recognized 3 harvests: Lammas, Mabon, and Samhain.
Lammas is the first harvest. It is the easiest of the three and is the harvest of the grains and has been celebrated with beer and bread. The harvest is collected by gathering the crops on top of the ground and storing them in a dry place. Early veggies and edible flowers are gathered now.
Mabon is the second harvest. It is the wine harvest, time to gather the grapes and berries and the veggies that take a bit longer to ripen—tomatoes, green beans, plums. Preserving the harvest takes more work; crushing grapes and berries into juice for wine. Other fruits are put up in jellies and jams. Salmon runs are caught, smoked or salted and put away for winter.
Samhain is the third and final harvest. This is not only more work; but is a harvest that requires sacrifice. The late ripening fruits and veggies like apples, squash, and pumpkins are associated with the Halloween holiday. So are skeletons; which symbolize the culling of the herds; harvesting the weak and old animals that wont survive the winter. It give us meat for winter and leaves more food for the remaining herds. We choose which animals live or die, we cover the root stock of crops to protect the from the harsh winter—to be uncovered next spring.
As the Earth is going through its harvest season, it is a great time to reflect on what you are personally harvesting in your life. I have created the Triple Harvest spread to review each of your harvests and how you may best preserve them. You will need to draw a total of 10 runes. I have several sets of runes that I use together to allow for more than one rune to show up in larger spreads. It is not a traditional practice, but I have found it to be very effective.
Here is the layout:
1 1st Harvest 4 Helper 7 Preserver SEED 2 2nd Harvest 3 3rd Harvest 5 Helper 8 Preserver 6 Helper 9 Preserver
First draw the seed rune and place it in the middle. Next, draw the three Harvest runes in order; these are the three harvests you have or will harvest this year. Follow this with the three helper runes; these are representative of the persons or processes that help you with the harvest. Last, draw the three preserver runes; these represent the steps you need to take to preserve your harvest
My seed that reaped the harvest is Othala—heritage and family. It is about being healthy and staying around a long time to provide for and enjoy my family.
My first harvest was Isa, with Ehwaz a helper and Eihwaz the preserver.
I learned to be still and calm. Meditation and visualization is key to helping me follow my instinctsand communicate clearly.
Second harvest was Isa again, with Mannaz a helper and Ehwas the preserver.
Being centered and calm is effective in my work with groups. I have had to work harder to harvest gains in this area. I have had coworkers that have partnered with me; and given me good feedback on what works and what does not work in observed interactions. Again, what will sustain the gains is to trust my instincts, work for a common goal and ensure there is effective communication.
My third harvest was Algiz, Laguz my helper and Dagaz my preserver rune.
I have been protected in many ways this year. My dreams have guided me in ways to improve my health. I have just started a new diet that has been very effective—I have truly started over—it’s a new day!
Try it out and let me know how this works for you!
May your harvest be bountiful,
On Tuesday, I facilitated a ritual at The Center for Spiritual Living in Bellingham. It was timed to coincide with the Venus Transit–which occurs once every 140-150 years. Venus is the feminine planet and when it comes to the forefront, so will the feminine attributes of healing, communication, community, and compassion. The 13 Grandmothers, leaders of Indigenous tribes all over the globe heard the planet call for help. They called for people all over the Earth to gather by the Fire in sacred space to bless the waters of the Earth that She might be able to cleanse, heal, and renew Herself.
96 of us gathered by the sacred fire and honored the 7 sacred directions. We heard Cloud’s Story and honored the waters within us and surrounding us. People brought water from all over the NW and places as far as Chalice Well in England; snow from the mountain passes, flood waters and freshly fallen rain. All went into a great singing bowl that mixed the waters and created our own Ocean. We blessed this Living Water–these drops that are connected to all the waters of the earth. We sang and danced our blessings into the water and deep into the Earth. And we each took some of that Ocean home with us to remember our connection and committment to Her healing.
Certainly we were experiencing the Laguz rune. The intent was to heal the waters of the Earth while we were in community with the entire planet. The collective unconscious lives just underneath the surface of the waters–accessible by all. Great power for healing and renewal lives in the water, in the bloodstreams of all of us.
I have a vial of this Ocean on my altar, a reminder that I am connected to every being on the planet, that I have a responsibility to pray for and act in consort with Her healing, and that I have been blessed by those that came together for the same purpose…knee deep in planetary healing.
I am waiting at the Black Drop Coffee House while Michael closes up Michael’s Books in Bellingham.
By now you know me…if I have time to muse I’m musing about the runes. This picture of my mocha makes me think of bind runes. The design was a simple spiral that had two Isa lines cross over it that resulted in the “X” of Gebo. Hmmmm, constant creative motion stopped–made still long enough to produce a result, or gift. I received a beautiful coffee flower full of colors and hues–just filled with potential energy; much like the coffee it adorns.
A perfect treat as I wait and get my second wind this cloudy NW day.
What rune provided you a moment of insight or inspiration today?
Hail and blessings to you all!
Tonight I drew Ansuz out of my cauldron of runes. Ansuz is the voice of the Goddess, the Universe, God; whatever you call the Creator of Life. When you draw this rune you had best listen up, and be willing to speak Her truth.
You can easily see the parallel lines that run from the top to the bottom. In neolithic symbolism these lines represent water or flow. Parallel lines can also mean sound or speech depending on the context of the rest of the drawing. There are lots of wonderful connections between the runes and the marking of the people living during the neolithic period. Check out Marija Gimbutus’ biography and some links to her archeomythological work. What connections do you find between the runes and the symbols of these ancient people ?
I have also been working with Caroline Myss’ Healing Cards. I find that reading a rune and another oracle together an enlightening way to expand the conversation with both. In this practice 1+1 really does = 3. The Healing Card I drew tonight was #26:
The Universe resides within the individual; and the individual’s actions affect the Universe. Listen carefully to the messages it sends you. Be brave enough to speak the truth, even if you are the only one who hears the message. You can choose to be a blight or a blessing upon this Earth. Choose to be a blessing and find yourself blessed by all that you do.
In Her Healing Light,