TIWAZ is the rune that represents the ancient Norse warrior (Tyr) who gave his hand to a giant wolf that was threatening to devour the entire universe. In exchange for his hand, Tyr’s people were saved. It is an extremely positive rune that signifies effective leadership through selflessness and sacrifice. Compared with what there is to gain, the sacrifice can seem relatively minor. We can ask, “What are we willing to give up and replace with a constant state of appreciation?” With the understanding that what we think literally attracts the people, events and things that show up in our lives, it would make sense to manage our thoughts. For example, complaining about something attracts more of the same thing. Expressing gratitude for something we are happy about draws more of that into our lives. There is something in every situation we encounter and in every person we meet that we can be grateful for. A skilled leader knows how to draw out the best in a person. Tiwaz calls on us to be the best that we can be. It’s true that sometimes we have to make sacrifices, but isn’t it cool that we had something of value we could give up in order to have the greater gain!
The rune is RAIDO. It symbolizes riding, a journey or a chariot. It references the sun as it moves across the sky like a mighty rolling cartwheel. It represents nobility and acting honorably because of its association with the leaders of ancient times that rose horses. It indicates the ability to discern and do what is in the best interests of everyone involved. Drawing Raido suggests a journey is at hand, either physical or spiritual. Considering the question that was asked, it could be both, but definitely a spiritual journey is necessary. Within each of us is the pure, untarnished soul we are at our innermost being. As we move through life and the world, we pick up ideas and beliefs that are not pure. Greed, jealousy, dishonesty and abusiveness, to name a few. These weigh on us like a layer of thick tar that prevent us from moving swiftly and unhindered to our goals. The result is apathy, and willingness to surrender to a mediocre life of suffering. The journey within requires facing every harmful characteristic we have decided to take on. Once we take the blinders off and admit what we are really like, we can make a choice to change. We can let go of that destructive behavior and replace it with powerful, effective ways of being. The more tar we remove, the lighter we become and thus, the more energy we have to move forward into our ideal lives. Raido calls for us to act in ways that with command respect, and in this case self-respect is equally important. The first step to touching the unstoppable drive within is deciding we truly desire the rewards of health, wealth and happiness. We have to want it more than anything else and be willing to do what it takes.
WUNJO is the rune. This wonderful rune represents glory, bliss and joy. It is the time after a long struggle when victory has been achieved and the celebrations are in full swing. Drawing this rune is a reminder that the journey is just as important as the destination. It is important to derive as much happiness along the way as you would upon reaching the destination. In the ultimate sense, it is a spiritual state of indescribable bliss. In reference to the question, a feeling of joy happens when we are in touch with the bigger picture. It is the connection with our true purpose and divine self. And it is possible to experience this even in the small details because they are contained within the big picture. The nitty gritty details of life can be stressful but they are necessary. In moments of frustration or other not so pleasant emotions, take a moment to step back and consider how this moment fits into the big picture, our ultimate purpose. Feel the joy and allow it to permeate the moment. We are in the journey and it’s just fine to celebrate right now!
OTHALA popped up to answer this question. This rune represents land and property held by the ancient clans, where there is a deep connection to the individual member of the clan. It is the physical manifestation of the rewards resulting from the efforts of the previous generations that were handed off to the current generations. It is strongly related to our ancestry and the lineages that make us who we are, the nobility that is in our past and is our destiny. Othala speaks of inheritance and wealth, both materially and spiritually. There is a dilemma we face as humans that happens just before we reach the finish line for an intention we have set out to accomplish. It’s the feeling of wanting to give up when we are almost there. The prize is right in front of us but all we can think about is the overwhelming weight of all the hard work and sacrifice we have made to get this far. It is a moment when our commitment to achieve success is tested in a big way. We have a choice to lay down in exhaustion because we just can’t take it anymore, or we can push beyond what we believed we could do and reach for greatness. Othala clearly states that greatness is at the core of our being. The sole purpose of the existence of our ancestors was for us to be here in this moment, crossing the finish line, reaching for the crowning glory. It’s time to take courage, step it up a notch and bring home the prize.
DAGAZ is the rune. It symbolizes the dawn, a new awareness, and a new consciousness emerging. As the old ways of thinking fade away, new opportunities arise, just as the night gives way for the dawning of the new day. Here we are reminded of the natural cycle of the universe. Drawing this rune indicates that we have already come through the challenges and wonderful events are about to happen. We have put in the hard work. A major transformation is upon the horizon. In answer to the question, the results have arrived. I would like to note here that this is usually a time when we tend to freak out a little. The goal we have been working to achieve is so close we can “smell” it. It’s like feeding the dog in the morning. He has been waiting patiently for hours while you get out of bed and head to the cupboard where his kibbles are stored. As you open up the bag he starts jumping around like a frenzied lunatic. Can you relate to that feeling? The energy has been building up. Now that you can see the results falling into place you want to explode if you don’t get them in your hands RIGHT NOW! Dagaz is showing us that we are in clear sailing, so my recommendation is we channel our energies into giving as much gratitude as possible for the fruits we are about to harvest.
The rune is BERKANO. It is symbolic of new life beginnings and personal liberation from past restrictions. It indicates a powerful energy of nurturing, protection, support and creation, much like the bond between a parent and a child. Can you imagine how much better the world would be if we treated everyone in our circle of contacts with same care we would give to our sons and daughters? Keep in mind that each one of us is a human development project. We continue to grow and learn until the day we die, and if we were perfect we would probably ascend! Think about a little child struggling to interpret the world and grow into maturity. A loving parent would have that child’s back, so to speak, guiding them to improve their skills and to make sense of life. In our adult relationships it helps to remember that although we have adult bodies, we may still have the emotional maturity of a 2-year-old. When we witness the people around us acting out, we have a choice. We can act out with them, or we can become the nurturing parent that assists them to resolve the dilemma they are experiencing. We can use the healing and life-giving energies of Berkano to nurture harmonious relationships with others.
MANNAZ inverted is the rune that came forward today. In its upright form it represents the joining together of people for the purpose of achieving a common goal. The success we desire happens when our goals flow into a greater purpose for the benefit of the many – the community or all of mankind. When this rune is drawn in its inverted form it is telling us to look within to remove obstacles that are acting as a barrier. It’s time to take a self-inventory. Do we have any agenda other than one that would lift others as we lift ourselves up? Remember that real success involves accomplishing our goals on all fronts. It includes health, wealth and happiness. This is the time to find peace by taking responsibility for our motives and resolving imbalances. Mannaz inverted advises us to take time to reflect inward through quiet time and meditation.
The rune for this question today is ANSUZ, inverted. It symbolizes all forms of creativity, music, the arts, literature, the birth of a child or an endeavor coming into fruition. Many see it as the rune used by the divine to send direct communications. In the case where it is inverted, there is a suggestion of an authority figure that is blocking progress. This could be a parent, a teacher, an employer or a spiritual leader – anyone that is an authority in our lives. However, this is a time to take an honest look at what we perceive. Is this authority really causing an impediment to our progress or are we resisting their genuine assistance? Real change involves doing something totally different. It can feel terribly uncomfortable, even suppressing to step outside our usual behavior. To this point we have been interpreting the world with a limited perspective. The authority figure might just have a view of the bigger picture that is precisely what we need. The rune is advising us that the wisdom we need to break free of our limitations is within our immediate circle of contacts, but we must be open and willing to accept it.
The rune is ALGIZ, which symbolizes defense, protection and sanctuary. It was used on the shields, swords and spears of warriors as a mark of protection and a safe place from harm. When this rune appears it is notification to the seeker that there is a need to protect against something, yet within the same energy is contained the force that ensures he or she will come to no harm. It references our natural internal system of checks and balances that do keep us on track with our purpose. I see Algiz as the assurance that although we may lose our perspective in the moment to moment busy-ness of life, there is an intelligence within us that has our backs, so to speak. It talks to us through our “gut” feelings, letting us know if we are engaging in activities that are beneficial for ourselves and others or not. It is the part of us that is connected to the bigger picture and is the ever present sanctuary. It feeds us information and creative ideas that keep us on course.