What Comes Next?

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I have been consulting Nordic runes lately. Just as I sat down to write on the topic of What Comes Next? I opened to Eihwaz, Rune 9, which translates Avertive Powers/ Yew Tree:

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This Rune speaks to the difficulties that arise at the beginning of new life.

 Often it announces a time of waiting: for a spring to fill up with water,

for fruit to ripen on the bough.

This is so true for where I find myself on many levels: at a transitional period in my new home, at a pregnant juncture between teaching semesters, and between productive work with writing projects.

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I realize I am happiest when I can be of service in some capacity, and teaching/ learning or sharing ideas and writing in any form are my most personally satisfying forms of service.  So, I continue with teaching and with writing as vocations (callings/ passions), hoping to be of service. I am reminded of a college English professor who taught from age 18 (no degree needed at that time) until his death when he was in the final allowable semester before retirement. On his tombstone was a line from his beloved Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, at the end of a portrait of the Clerk character:

                And gladly wolde he lerne,

                And gladly teche.

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So as I ‘wait on the Will of Heaven’ for a new cycle of service roles and activity to begin, I breathe in and breathe out to receive and to give life and unconditional love.  I look for opportunities to communicate.

Sowelu: Be Like the Sun…

 

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Nourishing the Self is so important for manifesting our highest potentials in any endeavor. Through eating nourishing foods, or through prayer/meditation/ contemplation, or a walk in Nature, we store positive energy for the new day like a solar panel collects the rays of the Sun to energize Life. (Betterendings 7/26/16)

On this July 31st we are at the cusp, a meaningful cycle shift, from the Archetypal energies of the Nourisher (July) archetype into that of the Golden Child (August).  To me an apt symbol of this powerful shift is found in the Nordic rune of Sowelu (see the rune below that looks like a lightning bolt, third line down on the left.)

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Sowelu (various spellings) has always been a special rune to me. It is a symbol of WHOLENESS and represents the energy of the SUN, which always gives and is of service to the Whole, “without asking anything in return.”

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When once my beloved harlequin calico cat Ariel fell from a balcony and punctured her lung on a grill underneath the balcony window (!), at an emergency clinic I placed a Sowelu rune stone with Ariel in her special oxygen chamber to give her strength. She survived and lived til twenty!

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I wear the Sowelu as a talisman on a necklace in times when I choose to exert extra strong focus on a goal. This past ten days or so I have been wearing Sowelu as my book proposal for Your Life Path is now in the hands of publishers.

Here below is one of many versions of a descriptive summary of the Sowelu rune (http://www.drnikki.com/readings-chat-and-email/modalities/rune-stones/rune-stones-sowelu/) :

The rune of Wholeness Sowelu

Sowelu is the final of the runes of the Elder Futhark. After travelings through the entire set of Runes we come to Sowelu – Wholeness. Sowelu is the wholeness to which we all belong and are connected. Sowelu is finding wholeness and completeness within whom we are and how we interact with others. Sowelu is the Sun in it’s most magnificent and beneficent guises. Sowelu is the harvest from the fields stored and ready to carry through the dark of winter’s night. Sowelu is achievement. Sowelu is celebration. Sowelu means having what we need when we need it – even if we can’t see the truth of that in the current moment.

Sowelu’s wholeness can also be the wholeness found in a happy and appropriate relationship. Sowelu indicates that your personal regenerative powers will allow for you to continue to grow even after you have achieved wholeness. It is once you have achieved wholeness for the self that you can truly participate as an equal partner in a romantic relationship. For, as it is often said, we must learn to love ourselves before we can turn the internal light of self-love out to the world. Loving ourselves allows us to choose those relationships that are healthy and nurturing for us and our partner.

Sowelu speaks of basking in the glory of the sun’s rays. The spiritual warrior has achieved his center. His final arrow has been released and he now knows the inner workings of his own character. Through this position of wholeness a new, stronger, more solid, and higher foundation is created.

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So, fellow bloggers and readers, shine on! Be like the SUN that always rises anew; You too can illumine the darker spaces and fill your Day with Light.