These are readings done either for the Discontinuity Round Table Discussion or general readings for the Month of March 2012.
I have included a rune reading by my husband, The Wolf, which is used with his permission because it was an addition to the March Reading done for the webs forum and posted in the March Reading section. These two readings were done of Feb 21, 2012, and posted on the forum.
First the question:
Is it possible to ask a question like “what is the biggest concern for the month of March 2012? – Easy
Disaster Cat’s Reading:
The Liar card: Deception, Lies, Falsehood, False Premise, Something is not as it seems, The Man behind the Curtain, Trickster, Joker, Liar
The Tree: The Tree of Life, The human genome, The Family Tree, Strong Foundations, Putting Down Roots, Spreading out Branches, Difficult to dislodge, Something very stable, Something with deep roots and far reaching branches
Tiwaz – see reading above, Stern Judgment, The Right Action of the Law, The Law as written word or custom, Divine Justice as retribution (an eye for an eye or Tyr‘s hand for a lie, even one told for the good of mankind). Justice with littler mercy, Sky Father (ancient male power),
Also, The “younger” God Tyr who raises the Wolf Frenris from a tiny cub and feeds him, only to discover the Wolf grows up to be eating everything in sight and will eat the world if not stopped. Tyr tells the Wolf he will put his hand in the Wolf’s mouth as a pledge, if the Wolf allows Tyr to bind him with a rope. When Tyr is forced to break his promise to the Wolf to let him go (and let him destroy the world) he allows Fennris to bite off his hand in payment.
The rune Ingwaz (also showed up in our private reading along with one of the runes for Odin). Ingwaz, also called the God Freyr, a god of war and kingship, but the God of DEFENSIVE war (defense of the home land). Rune means “seed” and Freyr is most commonly thought of as a fertility/harvest god in modern times, but he symbolized both harvests and warfare in the Nordic tradition. He also is associated with the wild boar and with the sacrifice of kings, many of the early kings of Sweden were associated with Ing/Freyr and there’s a whole list of supposed sacrificial deaths they undergo. Some at the hands of people, other times by the gods themselves. Freyr is also associated with the Horse and the Leek, and was almost always shown with a very large set of private parts in full erection. Visitors to modern Stockholm are sometimes shocked to see this image on billboards and tapestries, but Swedes know it is just depiction of one of the ancient gods and probably a banner advertising a new collection of Viking art or similar event.
But once again, we have the connections to the human genome, seeds, planting, harvest and a saying attributed to Freyr’s rituals:
“Peace and Good Harvests”
I don’t know if that is a modern toast to Freyr or an ancient one, but it feels important here.
[update – expression is at least 1,000 year old if not older]
So, the main energies appear to be:
Deception/Lies, The Tree of Life and/or something with deep roots and many branches
Judgment (of the stern, legalistic type) and Seeds/Harvest/Kings/Possible war or defensive war/Peace
A side note Freyr is also sometimes called the King of the Elves and his realm being Alfhame and in the Norse/Germanic traditions there is a lot of cross over between the various types of elves and the Dead (especially the Mighty Dead or Alfar) that sometimes stay around in order to guard, ward and protect their living family members or clan; in both peace and war…
Not totally clear but again indicates the whole foundation of what happens in March may be based on falsehood, false premise or out-right lies (either ones already presented, ones about to happen or both). These are so profound, they may very well affect the pattern of the world tree.
So, March should be very interesting even if things don’t turn out quite as many of have speculated, it is still likely to be a bumpy ride. Problems or possible affects on the planting harvest, really don’t bode well for the fall either (in the North).
My husband the Rune Master also added:
This is DC’s husband with a few more notes on the Tiwaz-Ingwaz runestaves (not runes! A rune is the word or phrase you write in runestaves! That’s like calling a letter of the alphabet a poem!) and our follow-ups to it:
Tiwaz, or Tyr, is fundamentally associated with justice as conflict – trial by battle or single combat. The harsh letter-of-the-law legalism is an aspect which can be shown by other staves (Isa, in particular) interacting with Tiwaz, but is not necessarily what the stave (or the god) implies.
In Germanic culture, there was a constant overlapping interaction between legal action and combat (this is why women, even powerful landowners, in Iceland needed a husband, brother, or son to go to court for them – it was not only understood, but explicit, that any court case might finally be resolved by someone swinging a sword). The tradition of trial by combat probably has roots deep in Germanic culture, although mediaeval Christians took it up with enthusiasm highly inappropriate to followers of Jesus; the idea that battle showed the decisions of the gods is certainly deeply rooted in not only Northern, but Indo-European culture. Tyr might also fairly be associated with the aspect of rulership described as the “drighten” – the leader of the warband or army, best translated as “warlord”.
Ingwaz, or Freyr, on the other hand, represents the other side of leadership – the “fro” (same word as “Freyr”; best translated as “lord”) who rules in peacetime and is responsible for the prosperity of his land.
So we have here a relationship between the military and the economic. Is this an antagonistic relationship, or are the two working together? The next stave we drew was Mannaz – “human being” (the “man” word did not imply “male” in earlier Germanic languages, and still doesn’t in some). The runic poems mention that “Human is the joy of human”; it is a stave suggesting friendship, blood-brotherhood, etc. This suggests to me that the military and the economic are working together towards a single goal; but the specific question we asked was whether we were moving towards a peaceful resolution, or a war. To us, Mannaz suggests the former: that there will be resolution.
The Liar card, in my opinion, implies that deals will be made behind the scenes, with the truth denied to the public. I also see a hint of Loki here. In the tales of the gods, Loki’s dodgy deals generally worked out to the good of gods and humans in the end, but were decidedly dodgy all around (like offering Freyja to the giant-mason who built Asgardhr’s walls, or giving Idhunn and her apples to the giant Thjazi to get himself out of trouble). We can hope that the Liar here is showing as Loki in this aspect (though, as I recall, the final good results required some forcible intervention from Thorr to motivate Loki in the right direction), but none of the god/esses come with guarantees, and Loki least of all.
In the context of Loki and the Mannaz stave, we should also remember that Loki is blood-brother to Odhinn…and Odhinn, like the late George Stark, is “Not a Very Nice Guy”. And also prone to making dodgy deals and carrying out massive deceit. In Odhinn’s case, always for the greater long-term good, but I’m not sure we can depend on the humans involved in whatever is going on to be as committed to that as Odhinn is, nor as foresightful and wise of judgment even if they were.
Summery update for Feb 26, TMRN Roundtable:
War and Economics look to be the primary Themes for the month of March – it is inconclusive if a war will actually happen or not, but there is a lot going on behind the scenes and the war and economic themes seem to be linked together.